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Pearl Street Beverage

in Burlington, Vermont

3.46/5  rDev -5.7% | Avg: 3.67
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I was not impressed with Pearl Street Beverage. I won't even compare it to the other local shops, just to shops in general.

It's got a decent selection of crafts and imports, but honestly, I didn't even find anything to buy, meaning they didn't have a single beer I haven't tried.

I felt the service was completely unconcerned, as if I could be standing there or not, because there would always be another customer behind me; and if that's the case all of the time, you're on your own. I didn't even ask about the Alchemist or Lawson's because I knew they didn't have it.

Finally, they don't even have a bathroom you can use. Fortunately my next stop was about a block away, the 3 Needs (or was that 4, because I needed the bathroom as well?).

If you really want beer find a way to get to Beverage Warehouse. If it was me, I'd even be willing to walk.

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Beverage Warehouse

in Winooski, Vermont

4.37/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

In my opinion Beverage Warehouse is the finest stop for craft brew near Burlington.

They've got a growler filling station with 6 taps that focus mainly on local (and often, unusual) beers with 1 or two other interesting beers (i.e. Mikkeler) thrown in. They constantly change so you could go back almost day to day and find new stuff.

They've also got what I feel is the best selection of local beers anywhere around, and like most other shops they post the times that they get their deliveries so you can try to get your hand on the stuff that goes quickly (check out their website, the information is very detailed). With that said, even if you can't get that special beer (Focal Banger, for example is currently only available in bars) you still shouldn't be disappointed as they've always got a pretty decent selection of other stuff from the likes of Burlington Beer Co., Hermit Thrush, Lost Nation, Zero Gravity, Crop/Idletyme, Lawson's, Frost, Stone Corral, and so on.

There's also a huge selection of other domestic craft brews, and imports (including one of my favorites, Hopfenstark from Montreal, CA).

The prices are very competitive, and the service is very good (although they can get very busy at times and then you're mostly on your own). For me it's a must-visit.

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Levante Brewing Company

in West Chester, Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +13.2% | Avg: 3.49
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in on a rainy Thursday night. I point that out because I believe on a nice night or in summer time they open up some of the doors and let people play games outside, or at least so I've heard.
The brewery is located in the back of a corporate park off of a highway (which at that point is transitioning into a local road). The tap room was busy but not overly crowded. The room is comprised of a 12-14 seat bar, a couple of picnic/bench table, and some high tops. At the end of the room there is a food truck parked in the doorway. They have food trucks Wednesday through Sunday, rotating a different truck each night, which is the food option. During my visit Abuelitas food truck was there. There are no TVs in the taproom but there is a flat screen menu which not only shows whats on tap, but also Untapped users who are in the bar and what they are drinking (if they are checkin in).
We sat at the bar and we greeted by two very friendly bartenders. Through the evening the bartenders were readily available to discuss the what was on tap or help us decide what we were having next.
Very good selection on draft. Ten different beers, a cider and root beer on tap. The beers ranged in all different styles: Wit, Kolsch, Stout, Hefe, Marzen, and several IPA's (Session, Imperial, NE Unfiltered) just to name a few. They also fill 32 oz Crowlers and 64 oz Growlers to go.
The beers themselves were pretty good. I had the Dark Side of the Coconut Stout, Cloudy and Cumbersome NEIPA, and Summit Hop Necessity Session IPA. Cloudy and Cumbersome stood out and was really enjoyable.
Overall I was happy with my first trip to Levante and I look forward to going back. The bar had a great atmosphere in which you could enjoy a couple of beers with friends. They also have a good variety of beers to satisfy whatever you're in the mood to drink.

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The Cave Craft Beer & Smoke Shop

in Kirkland, Washington

4.37/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

A walk-in beer cave behind the row of coolers contains tons of hard-to-get four and six packs. Always a nice variety of beers on tap. Staff are helpful. Some prices are about 25% higher than other places. Found some kinda rare beers, and enjoy their large selection of 12 oz. singles. On bustling 85th Street, if every beer lover driving by stopped in it would overwhelm their small parking lot.

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Industry Public House - North Fayette

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.2% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Cool industrial gastropub with good food and a great beer selection. The staff is all Cicerone Beer Server trained and are great at recommending a brew.

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612 Brew

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6% | Avg: 3.65
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

i think its weird and lame that the locals dont give any love to these guys. they make good enough beer and have some real gems in the lineup, plus, the place is mellow and comfortable, nonjudgmental, and very relaxed. not the largest selection, but enough diversity that the menu resonated with me. the lager was solid, the farmhouse was too, and pretty much everything we tried was relevant. service was sort of interesting, slower, but friendly, not beery but endearing, and there is still a place for that in my book. cruisy long bar, a set back little street area thats mellow and cool, and seriously better beer than people talk about. i could have hunkered down here for awhile if we werent moving, i think its unfair that they dont get more love. cool pint cans too, the package looks good and the beer in them is fresh and sound. maybe not the most inventive and memorable beer in the world, but these guys fill an important niche in the twin cities beer scene and i feel blessed to have had the privilege of getting drunk here...

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Thirsty Hop

in Kirkland, Washington

4.33/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Smallish bottle shop/beer bar in a strip mall. Good variety of beers on tap, kind of small selection of packaged beer compared to most other local bottle shops. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Some prices kind of high, but it is Kirkland after all. It's great that any of the bottles/cans in the cooler can be consumed on site for a small added fee. No food, but plenty of nearby restaurants that deliver or do take out. Parking can be kind of tight. Overall, a great little spot to have a few drinks with friends or pick up some new beers to try at home.

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Skeleton Key Brewery

in Woodridge, Illinois

4.23/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25

Brand new clean brewery and tap room with a joining room for parties or extra sitting. All beers I had with tasting were solid, and tasty, and had nice lace on the glass and we easy to drink. Brewer and owners were very friendly. I will send others here to visit.

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Manor Hill Brewing

in Ellicott City, Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Pretty much a barn on farm property, but really cool atmosphere and a cool place to hang out. Reservations make it nice and relaxed (not crowded) and easy to get a refill. Property includes a hip field and a couple of cornhole boards. About a dozen beers on tap and no food (but you can bring your own). All in all a pretty cool and scenic place.

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Rybrew

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Visiting Philly and staying close to their location in Brewerytown, I figured it was a sign to give this place a shot rather than going to any of the "old stand-by" bottle shops in town. I'm very glad that I did. Leaving a review on BA because I almost didn't go because they didn't have any reviews.

Great selection of PA local brews, as well as some quality craft beers from beyond the region. Highlight for me was finding a 2015 Abyss from Deschuttes as they won't distribute to Maryland (yet). Also picked up a variety from Fat Head, Freewill, Half Acre and Neshaminy Creek. Prices are about what you'd expect to pay in PA, mix and match 6 packs with all bottles priced individually. A select few decent beers were of the $10 mix/match on special, which was a nice option. They also fill growlers (wish I would have brought mine) and had food that looked good but I didn't order anything to eat. Nice area to hang out, saw several business-type people "working" on their laptops while I was scoping the coolers.

Very helpful service pointing out local favorites and limited quantities left of some beers made me feel like this is a place that I would frequent if I lived in the area. I had no trouble parking on the street out front and there are non-meter spots all around the shop.

Bottom line, Philly is a phenomenal beer town and doesn't need another great bottle shop. But they've got one, check these guys out.

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Oak Hill Beverage

in Scarborough, Maine

4.97/5  rDev +24.9% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Robert Denton has really brought his A-game to this store. The selection is incredible and growing every day. We are living in great times here in Maine and Oak Hill is really one of the finest examples of bringing all of the variety and choices that we have to the people of Scarborough and beyond. I have lived in Scarborough for 20 years and Oak Hill was always my go-to store. If you haven't been here yet, I think you will be very satisfied with the selection and service. It is time that more folks review Oak Hill because it is a much different place than when Paul owned it. If you are driving all the way over to Portland to find the best beer in Maine, you owe it to yourself to get to Oak Hill for the convenience, selection and service. While Maine is producing an incredible variety of beers these days, Robert has done an amazing job of keeping the choices fresh with beers from all over the country. Oh, they have wine there too.

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The Diving Elk

in Sioux City, Iowa

4.19/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The first craft beer bar that we went to after moving to Sioux City from West Virginia. Told our waitress and she was very welcoming and suggestive of best beers to get for a newcomer to the majority of the breweries. I got the elkwurst and it was delicious. Pricing isn't bad, $5 for most pints and comparably priced smaller sample sizes. We've went back twice since and received similar service and more great food. Definitely would suggest to any craft beer fans coming into the area.

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Switchback Brewing Company

in Burlington, Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +10.4% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

There's something about Vermont that's just cool, and I can't really describe that without writing far more than is needed here, but Switchback fits the bill. You have the brewery itself, and then the tasting room, and then the people and it's just "chill"... if I'm not too old to use that word. It's just relaxed. You've got a nice friendly brewery dog (or maybe he's an office dog, I don't know) running around, and everyone's just having a good time, even the employees - and you don't see that too often.

There's limited food (I think just it's just hot dogs), but you can bring something it in or have it delivered, and there are eight beers on tap as well as the option to buy and drink their seasonals there. The eight taps cover the regulars and a fair amount of specialties. And it's a good looking place. It's nicely polished, and comfortable; and they have live music on Fridays and an open mic night on Wednesdays.

There can't possibly be anything that I've said here that hasn't been said before so I'll just wrap it up: worth a stop.

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Crossroads Brewing Company

in Athens, New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Crossroads really is kind of at a crossroads in Athens, NY. My wife and I kind of happened upon it (with a little nudge) on a trip north. It's charming looking, and in a great old building. You can feel the history around you despite the fact that it's been redone. The main dining room is quite comfortable, and the bar is lively. I think it's actually several spaces that have been opened up, but you'd have to ask to be sure.

I wasn't overly impressed with the food, but it was better than adequate (better than Chili's or Applebee's for sure), and I felt the service was good. Given that, I felt the food was slightly over-priced, but I understand. At least the beers were reasonable. I wouldn't hesitate to go back, be it for lunch or dinner, or just a snack and a beer.

As to the beers, there are ten taps with a lot to choose from. They're well-balanced including wheats, ambers, IPAs, and dark beers. I appreciate that as my wife isn't into IPAs and we've been to several places, including our local watering hole, where ten taps means four IPAs or more (or whatever the current rage is... sours, for example). I think I had three beers and enjoyed them all (I might have just shared one of my wife's). Standing out in my memory is the Maggie's Farmhouse, which was great, and the White Dog Wit.

It was my intention to stop back on the way home but that didn't work out. I'm sure I'll be back fairly soon however, which says something seeing as how I'm from southeastern Pennsylvania!

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Noble Grains NYC

in New York, New York

4.36/5  rDev +5.3% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Great selection for such a small space. They don't get everything, but very impressive for their size. They have 4 tap lines they do growler fills from. If they have it cold and you bring up a warm bottle they always offer to swap it for you. Overall prices are good, and they offer discounts on mixed six-packs and when bottles start to get old as well. If you live anywhere nearby I highly recommend them.

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WoodGrain Brewing Co

in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

4.07/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

A great new brewery in downtown Sioux Falls. The location is neat, and walkable to most places you;d visit downtown. While the brewery is new, the beers are all solid. I definitely recommend visiting!

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White Eagle Wines & Liquors

in Chicopee, Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.51
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Great little store. Actually bigger than you'd guess. Got a few guys working there that are really passionate about craft beer. A year ago they had 4 shelves of craft beers, they now have 4 doors. Always have some nice treats and hard to find brews.

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Creston Brewery

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

4.42/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

New brewery to the Grand Rapids scene. Opened by ex-Founders brewers, this brewery will absolutely become a destination in the near future. Large historic corner building containing a spacious interior with plenty of table seating and a large bar. Open lounge feeling due to large windows wrapping around the perimeter. For being so new (I believe opening in the last month or so) their beer line up is very impressive. They had 16 beers on tap during my visit with flavor profiles all over the map, and each I tried were more than solid representations of style. I believe Panda Bear in particular will be viewed as a standard in spiced style ales and to me was a very unique beer and perfectly timed for fall.

If you're coming to Grand Rapids, you NEED to visit Creston. I promise it will be worth it! Personally I can't wait to come back and try what they dream up next!

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La Prosciutteria

in Firenze, Italy

4.13/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

If you are in Florence and your wife is tired of you dragging her to yet another beer bar where she can barely get a drinkable glass of wine, then this is the place to go to. It's a very small cheese & salami shop which doubles as a great wine bar, with a few tables at the back. I was very happy to find in the fridge a few different bottles of craft ales from Birrificio Artigianale Math. The couple of bottles I tried were very nice, the cheese & samali platter we shared was very tasty, and the Tuscan wine I'm told was great. Order at the counter as they have no table license. It also proved to be excellent for money!

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Wayne's Country Market

in Mansfield, Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 4
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a country market first and foremost. The beer section is not large, but is a prime example of quality over quantity. Nothing super rare, but plenty of pleasant surprises like fresh Columbus Bodhi and Creeper, FFF Alpha King, Black Butte XXVIII, and more. Prices are extremely reasonable. I will make it a point to stop here every time I'm in the Mansfield area.

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Mega-Bev

in Portage, Michigan

4.09/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Portage location isn’t quite as expansive as the Kalamazoo store, but by all other standards it’s a pretty decent bottle shop for the area. They have opened up an entire wall for a walk-in cold box. Buyers beware, however, and watch out for old stock.

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Fountainhead

in Chicago, Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Have been just a small handful of times but really find this to be a solid spot to visit for a bite and a few drinks. The beer list is expansive, with some reserve type offerings at a reasonable cost. Draft list is varied with cask offerings as well as a few nitro pours. Had a nice local pale ale on cask which was a pleasant way to start my sunday. Vibe is fairly lively, with a very varied crowd. Brunch on the weekends here is an underrated option.

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Cisco Brewers Inc.

in Nantucket, Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +4.1% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A must visit for any beer fan while on the island. Tried to avoid peak times (i.e., keeping to early afternoonish) which worked out well. Food trucks present on premises. Beer options vary but seemed to be about 5-6 core beers with another 4-5 other beers of theirs. Prices I recall ranged from 6-8 depending on the beer which seemed reasonable to me considering the effect the island typically has on prices. Just walk to the beer bar (note there are separate wine & distillery bars for those options), purchase your beer and grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables and relax. Not all outdoor tables are covered so the sun can be strong at times depending on where you sit. Brewery merch and beers to go can be purchased at the beer bar as well. Plenty of bike racks for the preferred method of transportation imo. They have daily tours of the entire facility but I did not participate in one. Also live music as well but I was out the door before the shows started so I cannot comment on that either. Great place to hang out and enjoy a beer when not at the beach. Again I purposely avoided evenings when visiting here so ymmv.

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Brick & Barrel Brewing

in Cleveland, Ohio

4.07/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited on 8/31 - realized I forgot to review.

Great little brewery, a 10 minute walk from West Side Market. Very cozy in feeling, 10 seater bar, a few unique tables, and a small outside area through the garage door. Definitely worth a visit if heading to GLBC. (Plus, you'll get a GREAT photo op of downtown Cleveland as you walk across the bridge!)

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

in Elmsford, New York

4.07/5  rDev -4.2% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited multiple times while in the area but realized I've never rated it. Was most recently there 9/14, so this review is a couple weeks late.

Great outside patio area, nice space inside, and a little brewing room seating area. Nice line up of beers at reasonable prices too.

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