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in Los Angeles, California
4.19/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
This Karl Strauss location in Los Angeles is fairly new. I used to work in this part of downtown and the space was formerly occupied by a bank. Wow. The transformation was impressive.
This space is much larger than the downtown San Diego location I usually visit. There's a bar as you walk in and lots of tables for both small and large groups. They also had some private spaces as well.
Our server was very nice and accommodating. Maybe because it's still new, but our group received a lot of free tasters. We ordered shareables, and they were really tasty.
Nice to have a solid place to visit after work. I'm sure this will make our regular rotation.
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in Santa Rosa, California
4.7/5 rDev +5.4% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
This place was amazing and very family friendly. It was my west cost summer trip to California with my wife and 3 kids (7, 5 & 4) and we got to sit at the bar with the best bartender. My wife is a wine and martini drinker and to her a beer is a beer. The bar tender let her sample some great beers on tap and now the wife is a fan :) (sorta).. Would visit again and hang out with the hipsters LOL.
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in Mills River, North Carolina
4.85/5 rDev +9.7% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
Vibe: The place has a fantastic vibe. It feels like a large mountain chalet or ski lodge. Everything about the place is decorated beautifully and focuses on beer and the art of brewing. You can see everything from barrel stave lined walls to old advertisements for homebrewing malt syrup. You just want to stay in that cozy corner of the woods and hang out!
Quality: Everything is high quality here. The staff is nice and respectful, the serving dishes are high quality, and they have the perfect glassware. The beer is great and the whole place just exudes taste.
Service: The staff are fantastic but the tour guides go above and beyond. They are more than just employees talking about the brewery they work at...they are professional tour guides. They present everything very well and are just very professional overall. The staff are great too. A number of times our tour group was in the way of somebody trying to move through an area and they would smile and wave as they walked by or politely excuse their way through the group.
Selection: They have a great selection of beers there. They had all of their commercially available regular beers on tap as well as a pilot batch and some special beers. In the gift shop they had a ton of barrel aged and special beers refrigerated and available for sale. If you go there be sure to check out the gift shop because it has a lot of stuff that I haven't seen for sale in bottle shops. Be ready to pick up some stuff because there's sure to be a beer you haven't seen!
Food: The food is good but it is a bit sparse with selection and it's a bit of a random grab-bag of dishes. For example we were told that grain was given to farmers in exchange for meat sold in the taproom, but the only steak they had was hanger steak. All things considered they have a good enough selection that you will undoubtedly find something to eat.
Get a tour! Even if you have toured a lot of breweries this is a good tour. Even the free tour is fantastic!
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in Bradenton, Florida
3.59/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.59
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25
Well, it's a brand-new brewery, opening in late November, 2016. I only stopped in on a Wednesday evening for a flight before heading home and to check out the new place.
The location seems quite good, in the Lakewood Ranch area east of I-75 and located in a shopping center that should bring quite a bit of foot traffic and awareness. Very well done, very yuppie-friendly. (Considering the locale, that's a good thing for them.) Plenty of space inside to get around the tables, pool tables and granite bar area. Very inviting.
So why a low vibe score? It's really, REALLY LOUD! I was told - apologetically & repeatedly - that it was "Mom's Night". There were a lot of 30-something females grouped around, conversing, to back that up. But they need, DESPERATELY, some sound-absorbing materials installed. When the bartenders have to lean over the bar to shout to you from less than 2 feet away, there's a problem. I actually put in ear plugs to stave off the oncoming headache.
There were 5 beers of their own on tap when I went with a total of 24 taps available. An IPA (duh), a Belgian brown, a Belgian single, an amber & a stout with coconut. Guest taps included several ciders along with Florida & national craft beers. I tried all theirs save the IPA (not a fan of the style). The brews were solid but nothing stood out. I assume there will be tweaking of recipes as they get feedback from customers unless they are aiming for M.O.R. brews. Time will tell.
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in Providence, Rhode Island
4.14/5 rDev +13.7% | Avg: 3.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
I always enjoy myself when I come here. Beer selection is always solid (or better), and I'm a big fan of the atmosphere. I like dark, divey type bars and this fits the bill. Barkeeps are generally attentive, they have one TV (maybe two), but you come here for the beer/conversation.
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in Asheville, North Carolina
4.18/5 rDev -7.3% | Avg: 4.51
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
Vibe: The place has a nice laid-back mountain lodge feel which was cool. The customer base was diverse and I could see families, hipsters, business people, couples, and older individuals all sitting around enjoying the atmosphere without being out of place. The staff was nice to everyone there. Seating is a bit awkward as I was told booths are only allowed for parties larger than six and the chairs are just hard wood. They do have a wall of half-booth-half-chair tables. There is also fire heated outdoor seating which is nice.
Quality: The beer is served in appropriate glassware and they have some nice chic plates.
Service: It was odd that they had three booths, two of which were open, and still did not seat anyone in them. Policy is policy I guess but they never got filled the whole time I was there. The service otherwise was great, especially the waiter, complete with table-side bottle service, etc.
Selection: They have a great selection of their own beers on tap and out of the bottle, including a huge bottle selection from the Funkatorium.
Food: The food was cooked well and presented nicely but there wasn't any seasoning on any of it. They didn't have any salt or pepper shakers on the table either. Their menu was pretty simple consisting mostly of hamburgers and sandwiches. Go there for the beer but I really don't recommend their food.
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in Chicago, Illinois
4.83/5 rDev +12.3% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Thanks to @DMcGirr - place is literally across the strret from Kedzie St exit off the Blue line at Logan Square. You won't see the tiny sign and entrance is not on Kedzie- on corner. True gem. Have a hearty breakfast that begins at 9am. Had a wild boar sloppy Joe lunch with a FFF mild ale--ok two.. Beer list is a nice blend of local/regional with lots of stuff that pairs well with food-- good dozen to choose from. It is truly so close to the blue line that you can to get off and back on and not miss a beat.
Only gave 4.5 on beer as lots of places with bigger selections but everything seemed well chosen. Whisky selection is one of the best I have seen-- esp if rye is in your wheelhouse.
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in Asheville, North Carolina
2.76/5 rDev -39.5% | Avg: 4.56
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4
Vibe: The place is pretty dark and it has a few long wooden benches, a taller table on one end of the bar, and a roped off booth at the other. There is an outside area to sit which is pretty nice. The overall interior aesthetic matches the open view of the barrels stored off to the side. There isn't much decor but it really showcases the important part of the building which is the barrel house. Unfortunately the staff really kills the vibe of the place. There were one or two that were nice but most of them seemed depressed or angry about something. They were wandering around frowning, looking sad...looked a lot like a goth bar. They were snappy or short when discussing beers as if it wasn't worth their time. I overheard more than one employee make rude comments about patrons at the bar and at tables. That alone really killed the vibe and I didn't want to sit around hearing them talk trash while they passed each other.
Quality: The quality of the beer and how it is served is pretty good. Flights are served in a nice looking wood arch with mini snifters. I didn't see any coasters and I was never offered water or any sort of palate cleanser.
Service: Quite simply the service stinks. Interactions were rude and snappy. They won't ask you what you thought of the beer or if you would even like a full pour. It felt like I was overstaying my welcome just by walking through the door.
Selection: They have a very good selection of their own sour beers.
I would recommend going to their pub location down the street instead. I had a polarizing experience there and they carry a huge selection of sours.
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in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4.49/5 rDev +3% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
What a pleasure it was to visit this place. Dark but colorful, cozy, inviting; European/Belgian decor.
Friendly service, decent Belgian food and very good beer selection. I'm happy to report that you can find Russian River brews at this establishment; a rarity for the East Coast. I had a Pliny the Elder and a Blind Pig! I will definitely go back!
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in Westford, Massachusetts
4.94/5 rDev +9.8% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Very friendly and knowledgeable. Great selection of bottles and cans. Any 4 or 6 pack can be broken for just one. Traveling from California and was able to grab a case of local and eastern craft beers in cans. Great for packing and for my can collection after enjoying each and every one.
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in Wausau, Wisconsin
4.01/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Went there for during a business trip to Tomahawk. About 40 beers on tap, Surly vs Founders tap take over the night we stopped by. Prices were a little high (22oz Fat Tire was $9). Food specialities include and interesting variety of burgers, topping included such things as whipped cream and peanut butter...., basic burgers were above par. Lots of TVs, bathrooms were clean, overall place was decent enough.
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in Houston, Texas
3.29/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.29
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2.75
I have been to the Mellow Mushroom in Spring, and a few others in other states as well. All in this pizza and beer bar chain are pretty much the same. With its faux alternative/grunge vibe that is more harmless kitsch than anything else. Completely dated 90's music playing that might as well be the 90210 playlist. There is plenty of seating, outside and in. A small bar with TV's. I am not sure why, but the center big screen was on a Mexican basketball channel. One reason why I hate big TV's in the middle of a bar, people just stare with mouths a gap like zombies, not really paying any attention to what is actually on. At this point, just turn the damn thing off...anyway I am digressing to much.
Service is OK, many are still training at this early stage. They will take drink and food order promptly, and pizzas come out in about 25 minutes. Lots of pizza options that all have overly kitschy names. I have never been a huge fan of the pizzas. Bland, overly chew crust, with flavorless toppings that don't stand out.
They do have about 35 taps and a full bar. With Heights club rules. While I always enjoy an expansive tap list, a good number are the pseudo craft breweries like Blue Moon or from Anheuser-Bush Inbev owned like Goose Island, and now Karbach. Plenty of Saint Arnold though, some 5 O Clock Pils, and New Holland Dragon's Milk was about the only things I really wanted to drink. They could do a much better tap wall with just a bit more effort, but what you going to do?
Pretty much by the books for the franchise. If you want the sameness and comfort from a franchise restaurant, this will do, and probably stands out better in a place like Spring or other suburbs. Though with so many other good options around the immediate neighborhood for pizza and beer this won't be my go to.
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in Shiner, Texas
3.36/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.36
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25
Little beer store/bar in downtown Shiner. This is the only place for 50 miles for good beer. The prices are a little high, but it is not retail, just a bar that sells to go. The selection is decent, but for Shiner it is outstanding. If in the area check it out, you can drink and shop lots of small town antiques. The owner is real nice and will explain every beer to you if you ask. My only problem with it is that the IPAs are not fresh. I got three to go and she said she just got them in so I assumed they were ok. I didn't check until I got back and 2 of the 3 were over a year old.
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in Cambridge, Massachusetts
5/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.86
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
For sure the best bottle shop ive been to since moving to MA. Ben and his team have the best customer service ive seen from helping in store to going out of their way to find certain bottles. They have the best selection of beers and always have gems around so its always worth stoping by. i highly recommend City Liquors.
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in Boulder, Colorado
4.45/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Although I had some decent beer here, it was the last one that got me. It isn't even listed in their beers but they had a Whiskey barrel aged Barleywine that was sensational! It topped 14 % ABV and it was delicious. I've had a lot of good beers and plenty of not-so-good ones, but this was one of the best. Hope they keep brewing it.
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in Whippany, New Jersey
3.54/5 rDev +2.6% | Avg: 3.45
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
This establishment is located in a Marriott Hotel on busy Route 10 in Morris County. It has a pleasant atmosphere - rather dark, but as a hotel bar it has no regular crowd. It has standard beers on draught, particularly Irish favorites but has some interesting rotating crafts, as well. The food is typical pub fare - tasty and well prepared. There's not a lot of reason to visit if you're not staying in the hotel but it's relatively quiet and would work well for a meeting with clients.
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in Columbus, Ohio
3.66/5 rDev -12.4% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Zaftig is a neat lil' hang out near the gigantic Budweiser plant. It's perfect location for me as there is an ice rink where my son practices .3mi away. It's a casual easy going place....easy to hang out. Picnic tables on one side....bar high tops in the other. Brewery viable through a glass partition. Selection is decent...but there is nothing under 7% so hanging and having more than two is tough. Quality of beer is good and it's definitely worth a visit.
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in Brooklyn, New York
4.6/5 rDev -0.6% | Avg: 4.63
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 1
I have to admit, Im one of the owners so Im obviously biased in my review. However, we built this place because we love delicious, delicious beer. We are a huge beer hall, with a giant backyard. We have 60 draft lines, and about 120 bottles and cans at any given time. And to top it all off, we are located in the old Otto Huber/Hittleman Brewery (built around 1875), which is a beautiful old building with so much history. One day soon, (end of January) we will also be serving a full menu and brunch also!
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in Brooklyn, New York
4.93/5 rDev +6.5% | Avg: 4.63
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
This place is absolutely amazing!! 60 taps. 100 some bottles. And it's ALL good beer! From local greats Other Half & Grimm to Italian Del Ducato's. Great Whiskey & Tequilas too. And it is ENOURMOUS!!!!
The bartenders are pretty knowledgeable & friendly too. Go see John (or Sean, can't remember) , he is very helpful!!
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in Houston, Texas
4.2/5 rDev +11.4% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This place is over-the-top in respect to hole-in-the-wall, gritty, craft beer roots. Many upon pulling up may question whether their GPS directed them to the correct location, but rest assured you have found some of the latest and greatest brews coming out of H-town. The arcade games, loud metal, and top quality beers will set you right.
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in Austin, Texas
4.25/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
Great low-key but modern vibe and selection with over 40 draft lines of mostly regional craft beer, which when I went included a 10oz pour of Pirate Bomb priced at $10. Pretty damn good considering a fair price for a 12oz bottle at any store or bottle shop is $12. They also have some bottles (stuff like Jester King regulars Petit Prince, El Cedro, etc..) at higher prices, like $20+
The service was attentive and prompt, and the food came out quickly, but the server didn't seem to be too knowledgeable about beer or the food itself, granted they've also only been open for 2 months now.
The food is amazing, and I'm not vegan. Don't let the words "plant based" or "vegan" deter you, this is decadent gastropub-style stuff. I got the Hop's n Chips, which is deep-fried and beer-battered hearts of palm with fries and tartar sauce. Awesome.
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in Pepperell, Massachusetts
4.46/5 rDev +11.2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
For a small independent store their selection is phenomenal. It might not have the depth of some of the larger places like RedStone or Craft Beer Cellar but they seem to increasingly get some stellar beers in. I'd say they now exceed or at least match some of the Craft Beer Cellar stores. Randy and Alex are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Love this place, its my go to beer store.
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in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
3.93/5 rDev +8.9% | Avg: 3.61
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
Not as good a selection as some other Wegmans stores, but pretty damn good nonetheless. Large cooler section. Service is available, but doesn't seem particularly well informed. Wine selection is really nice, too. Weird thing is that this is technically a separate store, even though it's under the same roof, and you have to check out at a dedicated set of registers to buy alcohol (and they will ID you every single time, even if you look 80). Thank PA laws for that, but still it's nice they worked around the laws enough to finally get a beer section here. Used to be that grocery stores in PA just didn't/couldn't sell beer!
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in Wilmington, North Carolina
3.64/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
First time at a Trader Joe's!
Cool vibe. A little yuppy-hipster, but hey I like that.
Seems like quality is valued across all products. As for the quality of the beers, I didn't see anything high end that drew my eye, but I did see enough craft options. Trader Joe's likes to partner with folks to make their own house-branded products and when they do so they make affordable and very good products by finding leaders in the area as partners. Point-in-case: Trader Joe's line of specialty beers. The two on the shelves when I went were both Belgians: Trader Joe's Providential Golden Ale and Trader Joe's 2016 Vintage Ale (a strong dark ale). Both were really good, solid beers. Surprisingly good. No surprise once I saw that they were actually brewed under contract by Unibroue, a very respected brewery (they make Maudite and La Fin Du Monde for crying out loud). Awesome.
Otherwise, the selection is a bit lacking. It's not a lot to pick from here. Dwarfed by my local Wegmans and put to shame by any Whole Foods I've ever visited. They seem to focus on local brands, which is cool, but don't go expecting to find something in particular.
Service... who knows. I didn't see any. The staff there are very friendly and helpful, and I saw someone who seemed to be holding down the wine section (and presumably the beer section) but I didn't test her knowledge or get a chance to speak to her. I give them the benefit of the doubt that had I done so I'd at least have gotten competent assistance as a bare minimum.
At the end of the day, if you are here for other reasons, you can get some OK brews, but I wouldn't call this a place to go if brews are what you're looking for, unless out of convenience.
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in Wilmington, North Carolina
3.63/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.63
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Pretty nice venue. Big open space, not too loud, but not stuffy. Fairly kid friendly. Big selection of beers on tap with a good number of local options and quite a few craft offerings. The focus isn't necessarily emphasizing the beer connoisseur's hopes and dreams , but there's enough there to satiate such predilections at least.
The service we got was a bit shoddy. Staff were nice and we were quickly seated. The staff in general are all very young, probably college aged, although thankfully the customer base seemed to be a good mix so it is definitely not "a college bar". Unfortunately, our server had next to no beer knowledge. That's not an essential, but it's certainly something I look for when I go to a tap room. Our server also disappeared for large stretches, forgot items we ordered altogether, and drink rounds often took a while to get to our table once requested.
The food was good. Not great, but good. A lot of cajun fare, but full menu nonetheless. I got the chicken and waffles and it wasn't bad, but not too memorable either. The pub food items (pretzel, fried pickles, fried mushrooms) were all good enough, but won't leave a lasting impression.
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