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Nexus Brewery

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I visited the restaurant/brewery for dinner on a Thursday night. All tables and bar stools were full at about 7:00 when I arrived. I had to wait approximatley 15-20 minutes for a table but it was not bad.

There were about 10 beers on the tap list, but at least one was out (a pity, because it was the Imperial Cream Ale, which sounded interesting). I tried their self-proclaimed flagship beer, a 7.0% ABV Scottich Ale, which was very good. Unfortunately it was served ice cold, which to me seems like a huge faux pas for the style. It did not really start to shine until it warmed up considerably. I also had a 10.2% ABV English Barley Wine that was ecellent and was served in a nice snifter.

The staff was friendly and efficient and knowledgeable of the beer and food menus. The food menu was not extensive, but the food was tasty and hearty. According to a display on the wall, Guy Fieri of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" has visited to try their chicken and waffles.

Overall, this was a good place for food and a beer or two. I would have rated them higher if not for the unforgiveably cold temperature they served their Scottish Ale. That seemed especially surprising because their brewers obviously have skill in making authentic English and Scottish styles. Why not serve them at a more authentic, complimentary temperature?

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Second Street Brewery at the Railyard

in Santa Fe, New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This location is right along the Rail Runner tracks just before the Santa Fe Depot. I took it from Albuquerque for a day in Santa Fe. I did the touristy thing for part of the day, visited some museums and government buildings. I ended the day right before getting back on my train to Albuquerque by drinking a pint.

It has a nice vibe. Modern, since it fits the area design of other businesses. Lots of tables and a bar area, also an outside patio. They had about 8 house beers on tap. I had the cream stout. It was a nice beer, and nice way to unwind after walking Santa Fe for most of the day.

The bartender was nice, quick, and friendly. Enjoyed my visit.

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Blue Corn Cafe

in Santa Fe, New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I wanted to see what New Mexican cuisine was all about since I heard about it during my ride from the airport to my hotel. So, after a few hours walking around the area taking in the sights and sounds, I decided to find a place for lunch and try New Mexican food. Without any prior research, I just picked Blue Corn Cafe after quickly looking at the menu.

I'm not sure what I had today was authentic New Mexican food. It was fine, but seemed like stuff I get back in California. I didn't realize they also brewed their own beer, so I tried their wheat pale ale. The beer was good.

The folks there were nice. I would say the vibe was also nice. From one side of the block near the plaza you walk through a mall like corridor, so you're on the second floor, so there's a nice view to the streets below if you sit by the windows.

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The Sovereign

in District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev -9.5% | Avg: 4.63
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

V-The Sovereign is in the heart of yuppie-ass Georgetown, located towards the back of a yuppie-ass alley near an interior design firm office. I sat at the medium-sized bar, which was dark and appropriately bar-like with dark wood and a cozy but slightly contrived feel. I visited on a Tuesday evening shortly after 5 pm and the place was mellow, but filling up with yuppie-ass and a few beer geeks. Confession: I'm a yuppie-ass.

Q-The tap and bottle lists are heavy on the Belgians and wild ales. The tap options include some good and little-seen-in-the-States offerings from across the pond, but nothing crazy unusual or amazing. Things like De La Senne and Allagash. The bottle list is also heavy on the Belgian and wild offerings and includes things like Cantillon, 3F, Jester King, and Crooked Stave.

Ser-The two bartenders were knowledgeable about the beers they were slinging and could offer good advice if you asked. The pours were in appropriate glassware and served promptly. Very solid service.

Sel-If you just want to drink IPAs and 12% ABV stouts, this is not your best option, but if you are on the hunt for unique tripels or some Jester King sours, you have found the right place. I like Belgians and wild ales, so the selection suits me, but it might be a bit limiting for other beer drinkers.

F-I did not eat much, but the salad and mussels were decent. The menu, like the beer list, leans toward Belgian offerings like cheese and mussels (not cheese with mussels, but...) with a few fancy burgers.

O-This is a great place to drink Belgian beers with really good service, but it is a tad expensive and if you want a BA stout look elsewhere.

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Galaxy Hut

in Arlington, Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

V-Be warned, Galaxy Hut is small, dark, kinda scummy, and may contain offensive art on the walls. In other words, it is a rad place to hang out and drink beer. The place really is tiny, with just five bar stools and a few small tables, including some sit-down video games. There is a tv, but it is from 1991 or so and the color is terrible. Seriously, not even close to a flat screen or HD, which is fine by me. Rock'n'roll is playing on the stereo, but it sounds like shit, so I'm pretty sure the sound system was built when the bought the TV. I like this place.

Q-The tap list contains about 20 beers of decent quality; things like Dale's Pale. Quite a few local offerings, which is nice, but nothing is blowing me away. There are 10 options on the can/bottle list of average quality.

Ser-The bartender is friendly and subdued. Glassware is appropriate and the pours are done correctly. The bartender was more interested in talking punk rock with a customer than talking beer, but he knew his beer.

Sel-I guess a place this small can't offer 100 taps or anything, but Galaxy Hut could have done a better job of spreading out the styles on their tap list. It was almost all IPAs and other pales when I visited. An almost IPA-only list is OK guess, because the IPAs were decent, but I could have used a bit more variety.

F-Didn't try.

O-I really like the dive-bar feel of this place. I just wish they had a better spread of beers on tap and lower prices.

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Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar

in Arlington, Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

V-Fire Works is a big space with a gently curving bar that anchors the corner unit in an Arlington office building. A large patio is out front and it sits on a building plaza. There are multiple TVs inside playing football and most patrons seem to be half-watching the end of the Redskins game when I visited late in the afternoon on an October Sunday. The crowd is mellow and the place is not quite half full. Feels a bit corporate and chain-like, but nothing is offensive.

Q-The beer list is quite good, both taps and bottles. I notice a few offerings from Maine Beer Co. on draft, as well as nice options from Brooklyn, Firestone Walker, and a few locals to round things out. Bottle list includes things like Sucaba.

Ser-The bartender is quick and the beers are poured well into appropriate glasses. If I have a knock on the service it is that the beer was served too cold. I like how the bartender knows at least two of the customers by name.

Sel-The tap list is healthy, maybe 30 beers on offer. The bottle list isn't giant, but it includes a number of styles and is well spread out geographically. There are two beers on cask (which I did not try).

F-I had a mushroom pizza that was pretty tasty, but nothing spectacular. Above average.

O-This place isn't going to win on charm, but the beer list is good, the service was good, and the food was good. That works for me.

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Disgruntled Brewing

in Perham, Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cute little joint - but have the right idea. 12 beers on tap and 9 styles including a sour, two stouts, and a few IPAS. Everything I've tried is solid. The standouts being Stupid Good (juiced IPA) and their chocolate milk stout.
Well worth going a bit out of your way if you're near Perham MN.

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Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

in Las Vegas, Nevada

4.46/5  rDev +18.9% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Have to say we came here just for the beers on 2 seperate occasions, while celebrating my 21st. If you come to Vegas do not leave without stopping here, some of the best German beer I've ever tasted and plenty to choose from. Also tried a little of their poached veil amd pork which was amazing, as well as their pretzels, just a little too salty for my liking. They had music and entertainment , plenty of bench tyle seating, tons of tvs and waiters to bring you whatever you'd like. Hofbräu original, must try !

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Freehouse Brewery

in Charleston, South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A hidden small brewery well worth a trip. Beers are good and varied. BBQ truck out front. Expansion plans on tap (so to speak). IPA is best in area. Brown ale excellent. Lots of sour and wild ales to try.

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Side Project Cellar

in Maplewood, Missouri

4.38/5  rDev -6.8% | Avg: 4.7
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Surprised that the place was so small. Good parking nearby. Also surprised that it is also a whisky lounge. Staff is polite and attentive that interacts lively with the customers. The vast majority of the beer here is neither Side Project or Perennial beer but guest taps but all of it is sours or saisons. Have to get into the bottle list for any other style. Everything is expensive especially the Side Project bottles but those bottles are worth it.

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Big Top Brewing Company

in Sarasota, Florida

4.65/5  rDev +13.4% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great atmosphere with some awesome beers! Love the Pumpkin Stiltskin for it's superb pairing ability to not over power the flavor of foods when enjoyed together. Absolutely recommend having it on Taco Tuesday or whenever Ri Quisimo is there! Can't wait to try the Decklin's Indulgence(Chocolate Peanut Butter Brown Ale)

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Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà

in Roma, Italy

4.41/5  rDev -2.9% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Really cool place. It seems small at first, but there is additional seating downstairs. The beer selection is solid and the servers are friendly. However, I ran into a problem when trying to order from their bottle list. They had a Vintage 2002 on the menu. I tried to order that. They said OK. Then they come back and say, "No. Sorry. We only have one. We can't sell it to you. But we have this St. Valentijn Cuvée from 2004." The label on the bottle was completely tore up, so I couldn't verify the year, but I'm also pretty sure they only made that in 2007. I bought it anyway, because it was at least something. But then later I tried to order a bottle of Millennium Geuze. "No. Sorry. Only one bottle left. Maybe if you come back tomorrow." ....what? Whatever. I'd still go back, but that was weird.

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Chalet Party Shoppe

in Goshen, Indiana

3.72/5  rDev -9.9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

My job had me on a brief trip to Indiana, but I did have time to stop in here. Selection is pretty good, lots of craft available as singles and six packs, a wall of warm beer and a beer cave. Some imports are available. Everything is clearly priced, and those prices seemed a tad high, but not to bad. My only encounter with staff was at checkout. Overall this is a store I would shop at regularly if I lived nearby.

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Hops & Pie

in Denver, Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +7.4% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is a really cool craft establishment in the heart of Denver's hip neighborhoods. The beer selection was phenomenal as it was GABF week. The staff is very friendly, accommodating considering the crazy crowds, and the food is amazingly delicious!

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Next Door Brewing Company

in Madison, Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.9% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The Next Door Brewery was my latest stop in Madison. This was a “new to me” place even though they told me they have been open three years. Thanks to BA for the point in the right direction.

I liked this neighborhood, it looks like it is on the rise with some rehabbed housing, new restaurants, shops, etc.

Next Door has a small parking lot, I think you could also easily park on the local side streets.

There is a nice sized room as you enter. There is also another dining area off to your right. They have some really cool communal tables.

The bar area is straight ahead. The bar has 3 sections and seats about 20. There are also some smaller tables in the bar area and the tanks are also on display.

Lots of wood in the decor which makes it kind of dark. There are some glass block and regular windows that lighten it up a bit.

Strategically located TVs to catch games. Indy rock for the soundtrack

Service was friendly and accommodating. I counted 10 house beers on tap.

I liked the APA and the really solid Oktoberfest I had.

The food menu is not huge but has some really good options. My family enjoyed the wings, curds, burgers, subs, salads and chicken sandwiches. We were satisfied and stuffed and still had food left to take home.

I would have no problem returning!

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Fox River Brewing Co. at Fratellos Waterfront Restaurant

in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +34.5% | Avg: 3.33
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Came here during a Packers Night. Apparently this was the right choice.

The bar hosted a "Packers Battleship" during the game where the rules included lining up the last number of the opposing teams' score and our team's score (GO PACK!) after every score change to land on a large square which offered us $5 Bloodys, $3 pints, $4 double shots, or $3 bombs.

Every touchdown from GB landed the whole bar free shots. And as the Packers kept scoring, we kept getting jollier.

They also gave out free raffle tickets and did drawings every quarter for free Fox River and Packers merch including pint glasses, t-shirts, growler fills, sports tickets, and more. Their food and presentation of it was dare I say, world class. Just...top shelf. Everything from the vinegarette drizzle underneath the mozzerella tomato bruschetta to the garnishes on the top layer of the beer cheese dip with enormous pretzels...and the sandwiches and salmon tacos were to die for. Fall-off-the-bone wings with creamy ranch and a crunchy exterior. Pairings were offered and of course many of their dishes incorporated the house beer into the recipes. Everyone was friendly, the beer was decent, and we came away with a memorable night and a couple extra pounds.

As you can see by other reviews here, the beer may not have won any awards (still good though!), but this brewpub's atmosphere and down-to-earth hospitality and group culture just made the night one to remember. Here, you're welcomed as "one of the group" and they let you know it.

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Probably the best beer I've ever had in Minneapolis proper.

A rather standard looking venue that could pass for just about any place, townhall clocks are a common motive. Love the neat looking taphandles.

Service is relatively straightforward, with a menu that's slightly a little more inventive than simple burgers and fries, but not straying too far. Duck poutine anyone?

But what really sticks out are the beers. While there are many to be had, 2 of the yearly produced beers were stellar. One in particular Black H20 was one of the most amazing Oatmeal stouts I've had in years. Project 3106 was also an exceptional piece of work.

Still think about the beers I had at this place and wishing I could go back.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.

in Amherst, Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -8.7% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Tours are Fri-Sunday during business hours which are 10-3. We came on a Thursday but still got to get a couple crowlers and chat a bit. Nice staff, typical cement floored brewery but a few decorations on the walls. Chill atmosphere with some cool paintings. Snifters are $5, Tumblers are $3, and they have their limiteds on tap for sample and growler/crowler fills. Good pricing, the barrel aged were $16 and $11 respectively. I'd like to visit again during a tour!

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La Cumbre Brewing Co.

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I wanted to take some time off, and I always wanted to visit Albuquerque and Santa Fe, so here I am. A trip to Albuquerque wouldn't be complete without a visit to La Cumbre.

Very solid place. It's located in an industrial area. There was a food truck serving food, and they had a front patio area. Inside were more tables and a bar area with monitors. They had empty beer bottles from various breweries from around the country decorating the inside. They probably had 10 or so beers on tap. The production area was in the back where you could take a peek from the door next to the restrooms.

The servers were great. Very friendly and attentive. I had an Elevated IPA, Project Dank, and Malpais Stout. Fantastic beers.

Great place. Now time to explore the two cities.

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101 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

in Kent, Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -14.8% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Great bottle shop. The bar is just OK. Beer is a bit overpriced at the bar and on my last visit with my wife and another couple, everyone's beer was rather flat! Go to Ray's in Kent for an awesome selection and a much better value!

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Burnt Hickory Brewery

in Kennesaw, Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Friendly people, 5-6 beers on draft for tour in tiny tap room, benches and picnic tables outside with board games (and "Operation"), BHB has a very laid-back vibe. Notably, the failure to try all six of your allotted samples doesn't waste your tour fee, as there are coolers with packaged beers redeemable as souvenirs with your unused sample tickets.

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Two Blokes

in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

4.57/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Two Blokes is set in a newer industrial park, very clean and organized brew house. tap room up front. The owners are very friendly and they are serving a nice selection of beers. the stout was my favorite, but the others my party and I tried were very good as well. There was a nice food truck as well.

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Max's Taphouse

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Was there during the early afternoon on a weekday. Had the entire place to ourselves besides for one other couple seated down the bar. The bartender was very nice and gave good recommendations. I really really really like that they do smaller pours on all the beers. Helps when you're feeling full or need to drive later but still want to try something new. Wonderful selection of beers, with lots of German stuff. Food is average.

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Heavy Seas Alehouse

in Baltimore, Maryland

3.83/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went on a friday night so I suppose I should have expected the vibe to be loud, but it was LOUD for a place that is basically a restaurant. People were shouting over each other to talk. The decor is a little mismatched too. Like half nautical and half just whatever. Quality of the beer is great, quality of the food is great. Service was good, nothing better or worse than any other restaurant of its style. Good selection of their beers, nice menu variety. The strongest point to me was the food, actually. The Cuban sandwich is excellent.

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Tustin Brewing Company

in Tustin, California

3.85/5  rDev +4.6% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

A nice bar in a sort of spanish style strip mall. The atmosphere is sports bar but there is a nice patio outside facing the street. I sat at the bar and the bartender was very friendly. The brewery is behind the bar and no wall/glass separates you from the glory that is beer. The brewmaster was on site and was very friendly as well.

They tend to have beers that cater to the noob. Don't expect a lot of complex malty beers. That said, the red ale was amazing. Their beers tend to be on the higher end of the alcohol ABV for a given style. The lighter beers were crisp and clean. Despite the preponderance of lighter beers, there are enough darker and maltier selections on tap. They also have a decent selection of bottles.

The only food I tried was the chili and I highly recommend it. And chili goes well with beer so why not! Go with the bread bowl, it sounds big but it isn't. It's just the right amount.

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