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Armanetti Beverage Mart

in Woodstock, Illinois

4.52/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.52
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I travel a lot for my work, so I'm always looking for a beer that I can't get in Jersey. Of course when in the Illinois/Indiana area, I'm searching for 3 Floyds. Woodstock is a very small town about an hour and half NW of Chicago. This is the place to go to for any beer, wine or liquor that you're looking for. I walked in, went directly to the beer section and found 4 cases of Zombie Dust on the floor. Sold! Limit 1 6'er per person. The rest of the craft selection was excellent. Worth a stop if you're ever in the area.

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The Cellar on Main

in Oxford, North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.49
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Seems like the "in" place to hang out after work. The beer and wine selection are very good. (wine in racks and the beer in coolers) If you find something you like, grab it, pay for it and sit down at one of the tables and enjoy with your friends. Upstairs, is the wine and a limited selection of cold craft beers and 3 or 4 taps to enjoy while you're shopping. Downstairs is where the craft "magic" happens. There are 4 metal racks with a wide variety of crafts separated into categories. Oxford isn't a big town, but this place has more than some big towns have.

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Noon Whistle Brewing

in Lombard, Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -18.4% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Noon Whistle's location is pretty formulaic for microbreweries these days. Strip mall location, small open drinking area in front with picnic table seating, separate line to order, equipment in the back, pour your own water... Except this place is smaller, kitschier, less friendly/more pretentious, and the product is worse. Tried at least 6 beers and didn't like any of them enough to leave a review. Also growler fills are outrageously expensive. At least some of the customers were quite friendly. Will not be back, sorry!

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Ocean Lab Brewing Company

in Carolina, Puerto Rico

4.54/5  rDev +8.1% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Directly on the beach, this is a nicely done brewpub. They’re just a few months old but their beers are very good- not mind blowing but good. Food is good, service was quick and friendly, the location can’t be beat. Looking forward to seeing how their beer evolves. The standout beer for me was their Hurricane Harvest Ale.

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Chill N Fill

in Portland, Oregon

4.76/5  rDev +4.6% | Score: 4.55
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

As you walk in, you'll notice that it's clean, simple, and easily laid out. A few screens of the impressive tap list clearly marks the cost, size of the pour, and even how much is left in that keg.

Marco was the bartender on this specific night, and he was very helpful, professional, and easy to shoot the shit with.

While enjoying my beverage(s), I was blown away at the bottle and can selection they had to offer, despite the limited amount of coolers.

The patrons, perhaps limited due to this being on a random Monday evening, we're all very friendly as well. Striking up a conversation was no hard task, especially if the discussion focused on beer.

Living right down the street from Chill N Fill, I definitely see myself becoming a regular. Maybe not Norm status, but damn close. Cheers!

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Colony Handcrafted Ales

in North Kansas City, Missouri

4.28/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

these guys started as a coffee shop and craft bar, small and minimal inside, way more coffee shop vibe than bar, with some sparsely occupied wooden tables around the front and a long bar in the back behind the coffee counter, just a few draft lines. i used to come in here for their excellent cold brew. then they knocked out a wall and put in a small stage for a little concert venue and started to have live entertainment. this growth likely funded the small brewery, which now exists in the back behind the bar. they even put in a kitchen back there, although i didnt have time to eat here. they had a really impressive list of house brews, and still some cool guest drafts as well. i was amazed how many of their own they had working, and how creative all this stuff was. vision quest was one of my favorites, a beautifully done carrot cake cream ale. i also enjoyed their coffee kolsch, which i think is sort of their house beer or flagship, and a couple of sours. there really is a lot of innovation happening here. its a comfortable space to hang out, the beer is great, the service is solid, and the dude making the beer is both cool and competent. i will return here probably every time my travels take me to kansas city, its got a great vibe and the beer is amazing, especially for how new they are, definitely check it out if you havent yet!

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The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

in Fort Monroe, Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +17.8% | Score: 3.94
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Fair amount of seating inside. During good weather more than adequate seating outside. Being 100 yards off the Chesapeake Bay or so, you get a nice breeze. They set up bands outside or inside during colder weather.Rotating food trucks provide the food. You can get food truck, bands and beer releases off their events tab on web page or Face Book page.

There are normally 15 or so beers on tap all across the spectrum from IPAs to stouts. Service is good and the bartenders know their product.

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Devlin's One Stop

in Topeka, Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +11% | Score: 3.72
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A large portion of the coolers are taken up by the national crafts but there's plenty local and from nearby states to be had. Staff is very helpful, there was an employee hunting down the remaining gluten free beers for a customer for about 10 minutes. Selection is vast and the liquor selection looks pretty good too.

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Lazy Toad

in Topeka, Kansas

3.3/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.25
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

This is a bar foremost, that happens to have a decent taplist and some okay food. I didn't try much of the food but the chicken in the tacos was so overcooked/dried out it was rubber, the beef barely had any flavor. You're not going to find any rarities on the beerlist but they did have some local beers from Topeka and Lawrence, as well as some others that I don't get in Texas. The waitress was very nice and helpful, even letting me know that the Italian dressing was from Olive Garden so it was the good stuff. The place is huge, though and if you want to play pool or darts or watch a game, this seems like a good place to do it.

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Back Bay Wine & Spirits

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A nice little place with a decent selection of local, regional and international beers, wine and liquor. Based on the beer and booze selection the focus seems to be on more "high-end"/well-regarded stuff. Most of the beer is in coolers. There are also other drinks and some snack food. The staff was nice and the beer selection was good (at least from an out-of-towner's perspective).

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Supernatural Brewing and Spirits

in Livonia, Michigan

3.48/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.64
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Take this as a provisional review, since when I went there they'd only been open four days and are still working out kinks and getting up on their feet. I know Supernatural has been a long time in opening, which was delayed a couple times.

Showed up on an afternoon for lunch, shortly after they opened. One or two othe tables in the restaurant had customers. We were promptly seated by a hostess and handed menus. I was pleased to see that they had a kids menu, even though it's absent from the website.

The biggest kinks they seem to have to work out are in the kitchen and the service. Everything takes forever. The beer, of which I had two, were good. I would have ordered a third but the time between server stopping by the table took too long. The food, a chicken caprese sandwich for me, chicken fingers for the little one, were done well and the menu prices were fair. One of my party ordered the BBQ brisket which was fantastic.

Overall, it's tentatively worth a visit as long as the kitchen gets its act together and the servers aren't as timid.

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John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

in Cambridge, Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +9.1% | Score: 3.62
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A neat basement bar near Harvard with a full bar, a couple house beers and 4 or 5 guest taps. There is decent food and a good selection of styles on their limited taps (at least when I was there). Good vibe, cool stained glass, beer.

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Trillium Brewing Company

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -1.8% | Score: 4.57
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Pretty much a literal hole in the wall. A hallway-feeling room tucked away in an alley off Congress street. There are cans bottles and growler fills as well as merchandise at the end of said "hallway" with a long counter the length of the room.

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Sixpoint Brewery

in Brooklyn, New York

4.86/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.86
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

With their recent app release and opening of their quickly-expanding facilities in Red Hook, these guys have big plans that should set them up as a unique and well-placed player in the beer world. The Brooklyn location is producing small batch, innovation-focused beers that are put up for sale monthly (for now) to purchase via a few taps in the Sixpoint app, and then you mosey on down to Red Hook on the following Saturday to pick up your cans (or following M/Tu, if weekend plans get in the way). No line waiting, no awkward time spent trying to decide how much you want, no waiting for 15 people ahead of you to do the same. Instead, you roll up and grab your cans and then you can spend the morning/afternoon hanging out with the Sixpoint team and fellow beer lovers. Or in reverse order, as I am wont to do.

The vibe of the release is great -- incredibly chill and no pressure to rush in for what is being released. The events currently happen in an outdoor courtyard as they gut-renovate a taproom next door, but the courtyard is just the right size for people to hang out, sample beers on tap, and listen to the DJ in the corner that is always playing some great background music. When I've been, I've met up with some fellow BAs and Shane (founder) has always been quick to expand the group. And that's not just Shane as the whole team that is there on Saturdays is dedicated to making sure everyone has a great time. They're investing a lot of effort into making visiting Sixpoint about more than just beer -- they're trying to build a community around the direction they are headed. The team is always happy to talk about the beers, easy to hang out with, and they create an very welcoming vibe.

The small-batch beers they've been producing recently are all very high quality beer. I've been a fan of Crisp and Resin and the other core beers, but what they release via the app, and have on offer to taste on release day, are even better. I would argue that drinking a beer at its source is the best way to have it, and based on my experiences at the releases, things are definitely looking up for Sixpoint.

For a brewery that's already one of the top 50 craft breweries in the U.S. to be spending this much time and effort to innovate upon the beer experience is a testament to their mindset. They care deeply about providing delicious beer and a great experience, and based on what I've seen and heard, they are going to do some pretty great things in the near future.

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Trail Break Taps + Tacos

in White River Junction, Vermont

4.19/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.19
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

New place, gets crowded. Loud.

Has a ski/hiking/outdoor fun theme. Offer the more yuppie style of tacos, not the US Mexican food (taco bell'ish) stuff that is at most Mexican restaurants in this country.

All the food I have tried has been very good. Stuff is moderately spicy overall. The carne asada tacos are great.

They have a nice, large craft beer selection. Always try to have a few River Roost options (right up the road) as well as other local and non-local craft options. I saw some PBR tall boys, so they have those too.

Service was a bit spacy and they use Ipad looking things at the table. The Ipad things seem like they should make things more efficient, but they never seem to. Took a while to take the order and get everything entered while at the table. (I've been 3 times so far with 3 different servers). I'm sure it will improve as everyone gets used to things. Still a new place.

Overall a great addition to the up and coming local WRJ beer/restaurant scene.

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Ramunto's Brick & Brew Pizzeria

in Hanover, New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.9
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

For Pizza north of CT, this is pretty decent. They have regular Italian style pies as well as smaller pies they cook in a brick oven. Both are pretty good, but the brick ovens are preferred.

They offer a ton of slices and fast service options. Have pasta, salads and sandwiches as well.

Have some good specials for both food and beer.

The beer list is pretty good for NH distribution. They have bottles and cans in the cooler too, so don't forget to check them out. Usually something interesting.

The place gets busy and a lot of kids running around, so not for a quiet evening (unless you get there later), They have outdoor seating too, which is nice.

Not table service, order at counter and they give you a number or put your slices on the end of the counter. A decent cheap option in Hanover area.

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Salt Hill Pub

in West Lebanon, New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.94
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The newest Salt Hill Pub location. They have 4 or 5 at this point.

This is in the location of what used to be the Seven Barrels Brewpub in West Lebanon, NH.

They cleaned the inside up a bit, open, large bar.

Decent selection of craft brews. Mainly local to New England options. Irish pub, so has Guinness and Smithwicks.

Food is typical pub fair with a bit of an irish twist. Service is attentive. Food is fine, burgers are pretty good.

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Jónás Kézműves Sörház

in Budapest, Hungary

4.22/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I was able to stop by here a couple of times while visiting Budapest.

It is located in a redeveloped older building. They added a cool glass atrium to connect two older brick buildings.

They have a ton of outdoor space and are located right on the Danube. We chose to drink outside because the weather and the views were great.

You go into order as they didn’t offer table service when I was there. As you enter you will see a smallish bar with all the taps and the beer list. Service was friendly and was glad to talk “beer” in English.

They had a nice mix of styles and breweries. I remember really liking a Rye IPA and an unfiltered lager.

We spent a lot of time drinking in the various ruin bars in Budapest. Those were great and you could always get a few craft options in them. However, this place had by far the largest craft selection of any bar went into during our visit to this great city (cities).

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Beer Noggin

in Bronxville, New York

4.41/5  rDev -7.2% | Score: 4.75
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Super beer boutique kinda place...directly across the street from the Bronxville Metro North train station...small beer for a sample or two and then a pint or two....expect to find the good stuff, like Interboro, Equilibrium, Hill Farmstead, Saurez, Grimm, Finback etc on tap (growler fills and other pours on the pricey side...but you get what you pay for) Dont pass on the options available in the refrigeration units LOADED with cans and bottles of more of the same...very worthy spot to find all the upper shelf good stuff that you want...they do have a few bar snack kinda food options...but they did not look overly impressive.....friendly and helpful guy behind the counter is always a positive...

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Monk's Café

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.9% | Score: 4.44
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Went here for the first time on a visit to Philly. They did have a fantastic selection of things I have never been able to have on tap before - specifically Russian River sours. It really was a treat. I wanted to try a couple other things (Fou Foune) but at $60 for the bottle had to pass. Selection is great, but there are certainly some high prices on the menu. Worthy of a treat or celebration but I couldn't justify it this go.

It's a nice, old school dive bar vibe. It is definitely cramped and there is very limited space if you are only drinking. I understand that tables are reserved for people eating, at the same time if you're spending enough and there are open tables without people waiting that should be an option.

Service was efficient and not unfriendly. We didn't eat so can't comment on food. I would definitely go here again though. The location is very convenient and within walking distance of quite a lot.

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Tired Hands General Store

in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5% | Score: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Popped in after going to the Ferm and Cafe and it was a cool little spot. Lots of great merch, some a little out there (carnivorous plants was a new one for me). It's nice to be able to grab fresh cans of staples like Hop/Saison Hands and they had a good selection of bottles. Lots of great art prints, posters, shirts... really a very nice gift shop. Friendly enough and if you were looking for gifts, trade extras or whatever, it's worth a stop.

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Tired Hands Brewing Company

in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -14.8% | Score: 4.53
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Went here after a very disappointing visit to the Ferm. This was better - low key vibe though my wife didn't appreciate the metal playlist I thought it was pretty cool.

I got to try a couple more IPAs, but was sad to see Double Extra Vanilla shake had kicked - if it wasn't on the board I'd never have known I missed it.

The service at the bar was friendly and efficient enough. The IPAs I had were both quite good, but I don't think it was worth the cost of the Uber rides from downtown. If I had a rental on my next visit or they had something I was dying to try I could see going back. Otherwise it's fine to be checked off the list but nothing to write home about.

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Tired Hands Fermentaria

in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -24.9% | Score: 4.37
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I went here for the first time and was pretty disappointed. I was hoping to get a couple IPAs since they're my favorite thing they do and a lot of the saisons etc. I could grab in bottles. They only had Alien Church, another was on the menu but had kicked and they said they wouldn't be replacing it.

We had heard great things about the food, and it was better than typical bar food or having to deal with a food truck. That said, it was not very good - the nachos were chips with queso. Tacos were fine I guess.

They had a lot of beers on tap, but the variety was lacking. Not a single dark beer, no stout, porter, bock. The pils my wife opted for was fine but not something worth seeking out.

Service was also disappointing. Incredibly slow, not overly busy either. Seeing this, I ordered my second beer while only 1/2 way through my first. 10-15 minutes later I asked the server and there was an "oh, yeah, that beer kicked response. I can take it off your bill." The bill came and the beer I didn't get was still on there, eventually removed, but still.

Very much a feel of "too cool for school" here. I could see coming back if they had something I was dying to try on tap or cans I wanted. For a low key Sunday evening visit, it was not worth the cost of the Uber rides from the city.

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Brewberry Bar

in Paris, France

4.55/5  rDev +5.1% | Score: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great place for craft beer, 24 taps (Prairie, Cascade, To Ol, etc.) with some rare stuff. The food was great with homemade french fries and beer cooked pork burger. The service was great.
It's in a nice and buzy location in Paris. The best beer place I visited so far in Paris

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Cool Springs Wine And Spirits

in Franklin, Tennessee

2.88/5  rDev -25.6% | Score: 3.87
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Mainly a wine and spirits warehouse. The beers are in a dusty, warehouse-shelved back room with the cigar counter, and the growler station is in an adjacent hallway. They could showcase the beer so much better and cater to a whole new customer base. Decent selection. Saw some pretty stale stuff, date-wise.

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