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in Kent, Connecticut
3.58/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.58
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
A wine and liquor store with plenty of corporate/national and international beers, and a decent selection of local and Connecticut beers too. Mainstream handcraft from around the country. Service was very helpful and knowledgeable. Good selection in an out of the way small town.
in Piozzo, Italy
4.46/5 rDev -2% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Amazing place in the middle of Rome is where I went (Open Baladin) great beer selection and the multiple varieties are crafted to perfection. My favorite was the rock and roll American IPA
in Charleston, West Virginia
3.96/5 rDev +3.7% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Big tap list including WV and Charleston brews. Even bigger craft beer selection from around the country. Pizza is always good, as are the sandwiches. Service is hit or miss. Parking is on street and limited. Vibe is pizza joint with classic rock on. Outdoor seating on sidewalk for people watching. I visit at least once every time I'm in town.
in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
4.91/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
Good and bad but definitely made up for it, but I'll explain as much as I can. My two close friends and I finally stopped in Borough Brewhouse on Friday July 20th 2017. We arrived say about 7:39 and left around 10:03 (google timeline). Greeted at the door by a lovely girl who's name escapes me at the moment. The place was packed but we were lucky enough to still be seated right away after a table was cleared. The atmosphere is historic and industrial with modern updates The clientele are your typical brewpub people and some children are aloud with adults. Only thing I hated is one of the spot lights near the roof must of dropped a bit and was shining right in my face most of the night. Anyway I'll continue.
Start with the beers, If your like me you've been drinking Neshaminy Creek since before the brewery opened in 2010 you already know all about the beers. However if you don't they have a few staples, a few specialties and a few infusions like Coffee JAWN. They also carry some "guest" beers and other various libations to appeal to everyone who is at a brewery to not drink beer. The poor waiter we had was running all around but the whole think is only maybe 2 months old. Things are defiantly being worked on but hey it's all brand new, I cant expect EVERYTHING to be perfect. I waited a bit till her came around to ask about my 2nd beer but after that he was great.
Now the rest of the menu. Well the layout was a bit confusing but we figured that out and its got a little something for everyone and everything seemed to be great. So we ordered a couple flat breads and a burger. Flat breads came out in what maybe 15 min or so? However it is at this time the burger did not. In fact Christen came over VERY unhappy with how the kitchen was going that night. They were out of the burgers at the point of telling us after the rest of the food was done. My friends, Christen and I were unhappy but we do understand because while she is the manager of the brewhouse the food portion is a separate outside company called 33rd Street Hospitality which also has ties with Say Cheese food truck and Revolution Taco. However they took care of this by buying my friend whatever he wanted on the menu. Anyway, he got the Dry Aged Meatballs. All three of us loved everything and then we even ordered the Pig Wings, Chicken wings and Truffle Fries (ok the pieces of fries was annoying but well worth it for the flavor). We were also informed of the kitchen running out of more menu items but not what we ordered thankfully. With all the issues with the food, everything was amazing.
So anyway to wrap it up, we loved the place. Some improvements and communication between bar and kitchen are needed but its still very new, so give it some time. I hope to see some location specific shirts but that's personal preference. The current brewery gift shop is pretty much unused and they started moving the stuff to the common area in the brewery. however having a few more things at the brewpub and something saying Borough Brewhouse would be nice.
Now a tad about me and Neshaminy Creek. I found Neshaminy Creek at random online somewhere and attended the first tasting at Beer Store Southampton before the brewery location was found. Which is where the beers County Line (IPA) Road and Dunksferry (Dunkelweizen) Road come into play as far as I remember. My two friends started going since the brewery opened in 2010. We also know many of the companies employees from the area and the brewery also. Some would even call us veteran customers of the brewery.
Anyway, check the place out or stop in the brewery, it's well worth the drive. Thanks for reading. Sorry that I'm a terrible writer.
in Arlington, Virginia
4.66/5 rDev +7.1% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
I met up with a few other BAs here for a Thursday Happy hour. It did not disappoint! He place has a pretty large bar, larger communal tables and more intimate searing as well. The staff and management were friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. I didn't even look at a food menu so no comments on that but the bottle and tap list are what you are going to want to look at. We were there the day after a Alesmith tap takeover, Perfect!
Great place, can't wait to go back!
in Watertown, New York
2.54/5 rDev -18.1% | Avg: 3.1
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1.5
My family and I stopped into this spot while passing through town. Located in the mall, it is tucked into a corner in the food court. Small and comfortable, it seemed like a nice little brewpub. For a Friday afternoon, it was quiet, and very lightly staffed. As a result, the service was really slow. They had a lot of guest taps and about six of their own brews. The beer was average. Nothing really outstanding, but also nothing that was off or poorly made. The IPA was reasonable. My wife had poutine, which was excellent. The rest of the food, from chili cheese fries to the burger, was awful. Over cooked, not well seasoned, and tasteless. Unfortunately, beer, service, and food could all improve here.
in Reykjavik, Iceland
4.33/5 rDev -6.7% | Avg: 4.64
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
After a very long day of travel, the wife and I got to Iceland around 6:30am. We did a bit of driving around the ring and finally made our way into Reykjavik. Had lunch up the street the saw Hellgrimskirja. After all of that, I was ready for a cold beer.
We walked up and down Laugavegur and I saw the word "Mikkeller", so I stopped immediately. I wanted to make sure the lack of sleep wasn't playing tricks on my eyes and brain. Sure enough, a quick check to BA proved this mirage was in fact a true oasis amongst the volcanic Rick desert.
Rather small place, just like everything else here. The bar is on the second floor. Loaded with taps of Icelandic beer. I was unsure of the prices, but knew I would get torn apart, so I was delicate in my choice. I knew anything too alcoholic would be cost prohibitive, but didn't want to spend $10 on a 3.5% pale ale. I chose an IPA for 1400ISK and was mostly satisfied. At that price point it is hard to have more than one.
Lovely little place but like everything else, quite pricey.
in Albuquerque, New Mexico
3.13/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.13
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5
Make no mistake--this is a sports pub, not a craft beer destination. Painfully loud music made conversation difficult, other than that the atmosphere was modern and appealing as a sports pub. My server was not overly concerned about customer service and did not show any beer knowledge. The food was tasty..
They had about 20-ish taps, with only 3 or 4 that were interesting for being local or unusual in some way. The vast majority were mass market or common "craft-like" beers. Overall, this was a disappointing stop in a city with a strong and growing craft beer culture.
in Pendleton, Oregon
3.5/5 rDev -2.2% | Avg: 3.58
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25
Only brew pub in this town. Good selection of beer on tap, something for everyone, prices were good. Food was marginal with a limited selection. Huge event going on in town the night we visiting so the staff was maxed out, but were definitely accommodating.
in Hector, New York
4.56/5 rDev +17.2% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Great location on the Finger Lakes, beer trail. Beautiful views, great beer and atmosphere, laid back. All of the local breweries I visited do a wonderful job with their craft. This place is a must.
in Hamilton, Ontario
3.69/5 rDev -2.6% | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25
Hamilton has been long overdue for a proper brewpub and Merit is it. The atmosphere of the place is good, and like the lightbulb motiff that doubles as the place's logo. The beers themself were exceptional and they had several offerings on tap,. The food menu is limited to sausages, and while I had a nice chorizo sausage there I do wish something else was offered. A bit pricey too but still a nice place to go.
in Elk Grove Village, Illinois
4.51/5 rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75
Tasting room holds 30-35 people and the line starts before it opens. They control the number of people coming in so the wait for beer is not too bad once you are inside. They usually have a wide selection of beers to choose from, and I believe they have a 48 oz. limit. Pretty basic inside, sit and enjoy your beer and listen to music. For those who just want to buy great beer to go, they have another entrance for beer to go. This is the option I usually choose, and the line moves pretty quickly. But in the end, it all comes down to the beer.
in Brooklyn, New York
2.83/5 rDev -28.4% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Did I go to same place as the previous reviewers had?
The vibe, as my friend pointed out, was off right from the get - go: The mirror over the bar listing spirits had "Congac". Not a good start.
The service was very good so no criticism there. Then again, this site is about beer so let's talk about that. Three of us each got a sampler of four beers: not a one was finished. The first two I tried were a Berliner Wiesse and a barrel-aged sour: almost indistinguishable, and neither coming close to their respective styles. After that it was a dry-hopped saison and a pilsner. Both were weak and relatively flavorless. Also, all four of those beers were served too warm - not something I usually complain about. The IPAs were the last chance for redemption but no such luck. All four were weak and uninspired. This was most disappointing as I had noted good ratings for all of their IPAs on BA. This is the first time that this has happened in all of the time that I've been a member. Maybe I've just been lucky until now. And last but not least was the barrel-aged sour brown. Almost undrinkable.
All in all, a mediocre experience.
in Wichita, Kansas
4.79/5 rDev +10.6% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
One of the nicer liquor stores you'll find in Wichita. For beer they have a few doors worth of refrigerated singles and bombers as well as a few shelves of non refrigerated ones. They have an even larger amount of cold and warm craft 6packs. Quite a few local brews with not many imports. Typical wide selection of big beer. This is also the place to go in Wichita for wine as a side note. Overall they have a larger than average selection of craft for around here but still can't match Goebel's on West street. Definitely worth the occasional visit though, especially if you live on the far west side.
in Peekskill, New York
3.66/5 rDev -10.9% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75
Admittedly, I traveled to Peekskill merely to try out the brewery. Seems a bit small-minded to some, but here we are on Beer Advocate so y'all get me, right?
Here's the thing: the brewery, while still enjoyable, ended up being my least favorite part of Peekskill. It's a truly lovely waterfront town, with plenty of quaintness and curiosities to explore...and yet, its brewery, at least from the outside, looks like the planet of New Jersey dropped a chunk-of-a-strip-mall asteroid in the middle of a culturally educated version of Pleasantville.
Once inside, you get a tiny glimpse of the brewery through a narrow glass window, not unlike something you would find at a zoo's reptile house. And yet, considering the beyond bland facade, it's a nice reminder that "yes, you are in a brewery."
There is plenty of room at the bustling bar, and one automatically takes note of the exposed second floor where, according to the menu, astronomically-above-standard pub fare is served. The set-up pays off, as first-time clients down pints with the full intention of soon journeying to that delicious second floor, especially once giant, juicy burgers are delivered to a few fellow bar-dwellers.
The beer menu feels somewhat limited and lackluster, despite a colorful chalkboard menu displaying beers with fun, tongue-in-cheek titles. After ordering a flight, I was unsurprisingly unimpressed, but at the same time, I was hardly horrified. The beers, while unmemorable, were not without merit. They were steady and safe, but not at all worth the MetroNorth journey.
So yes, of course we trekked upstairs. A blurry-eyed first glance made the area seem almost chic, but an only slightly closer look revealed a both poor and lazy man's design plan: What really says it all were the hanging squares of canvas which had seemingly been wrapped in blue and red burlap by a bored twelve-year-old who then secured the misshapen "decorations" with a couple apathetic smacks of a staple gun.
Still, the staff, though poorly versed in beer, were friendly and responsive, and the food, while not quite worth all of our salivating, was solid.
I can say with certainty that I won't be back...at least not for the brewery. But cheers to the facility anyway: It certainly tries enough hard enough to keep the locals with limited options coming back.
in Mendig, Germany
4.65/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind wine and Bitburger but my idea of alcohol related pleasure lies elsewhere. Vulkan lies in the heart of Mosel wineland and Bitburger is the predominant beer in the area. I tried the Dunkles in a Mexican restaurant in Cochem and, while not being blown away by it, was interested enough to propose a trip to the brewery...
Luckily enough the website promised enough to convince the other adult and children that it would be a cool evening trip with beer and food thrown in!
The beer garden is great and the staff were really friendly, the vibe is really cool with a nice alternative sort of feel to it... no typical beer garden costumes; just good beer and good food.
On the subject of food there are 3 veggie options and, as you'd expect in Germany, an amazing amount of meat options. The meat eating half of the family were very impressed with what they had, and the veggie half were pretty satisfied... which in this part of Germany is the equivalent of a Michelin star!
The beer is limited to their own products as you might expect, but I have yet to come across a beer garden sells other people's beer. And why should they. They brew a beer for pretty much all tastes and sell all of their beers and more esoteric beer related offerings in their shop... which is open until 20:00. I took away a crate of IPA, a crate of Pils and a few bottles of White beer for my beloved.
Would I go back: Yes!
Does the beer taste as nice at home: Yes!
in Milford, Delaware
3.17/5 rDev -24.7% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2
My daughter and I stopped in early evening. I love Black Tie, and was looking forward to the possibility of trying one fresh from the tap. They had 8 beers on tap, but Black Tie wasn't one of them. I was looking to buy a shirt, but I only saw 3 or 4 "Not Today Satan" shirts. I asked if they had any other shirts, and was told they were in the process of changing the styles. I asked if they had any glasses for sale, and the bartender apologized.. they don't. All they had was a sticker for $1. I purchased that and a 6 pack of Black Tie. My daughter wanted to pick up 6 Reach Around's for my son-in-law, but that wasn't available. We finished our beer and left.
I'm going to give them a semi-mulligan on the swag and stuff.. I understand by their website they are redoing the brewery. I'll stop back in after November to see what's what. If things have gotten better, I'll certainly change my rating.
in Winooski, Vermont
4.6/5 rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Excellent selection of craft beer, especially of Vermont brews. Friendly and knowledgeable bartender, a pleasure to talk beer with. Great service. All the food we've had here is terrific. The burger ordered medium-rare was actually cooked properly unlike in so many places. Small bar/restaurant with some outside seating (only negative to the outside seating is it's a busy street).
in New Haven, Connecticut
4.36/5 rDev +2.8% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Great beer selection and good food (the burger and the parmesan fries were excellent)! Didn't have a chance to try the cheese/meat platters but the quality of the cheese looked amazing. All in all a very worthwhile place to grab some quality beer and a good meal!
in Greenville, South Carolina
3.75/5 rDev -4.8% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Located under the Mellow Mushroom, this newly opened pub looks as if it has been there for decades, giving it a more homey, relaxed feel. Friendly if somewhat inefficient wait staff. Good salad. 4 house beers on tap reflect both traditional (porter) and innovative (a beet jasmine Citra IPA) styles.
in Budapest, Hungary
4.74/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
I got here due to an advertisement on some other beer centric app/site. It wouldn't take that much time to visit the place. Once I got there, it was a bit crowded and small with 3 floors.
The staff is really nice and advised me very well on things that I wanted to try out but they gave me a heads up on which beers weren't that good. Most people would just accept the order and go with it and let the customer leave unsatisfied.
On the last day (I've been here 3 times) I asked for a bottle of Warpigs Boogoop and I had to share it with the bartender to not drink it all. It didn't last much for him to give me a glass of rare stuff that some of his friends had just popped up.
The selection is one of the best I've ever seen. Warpigs, Oskar Blues, tons of Mikkeller, tons of belgian, dutch and german beers. The selection on hungarian beers was also relevevant although I didn't knew that many.
All and all, the selection and the staff make it for this place. Would love to come back again!
in Traverse City, Michigan
4.25/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Stopped in for a night cap, a little too late for food unfortunately. Wife had an Oil of Gladness, I had a What'Cha What'Cha What'Cha Want. Tap list ia extensive, with exclusives, limited releases, and other goodies. Nice bottle selection, too. Pub tenders were friendly, fast, and helpful. Can't wait to get back and try the food.
in Traverse City, Michigan
3.81/5 rDev -1% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Stopped by one night walking around town for a couple pints. Located just off the main drag in the Warehouse District, Workshop was slow and inviting. Two rows of tables and chairs are outside, while the rolling doors were open leaving a good chunk of the interior exposed to the great weather. Orders are placed at the small bar inside. Beer is served there, and food is brought out. I wish we hadn't just eaten, because the kitchen constantly emanated ridiculously delicious aromas. Some people had plates of nachos that were arranged in extremely appetizing ways. Service was friendly and quick, and the three beers we shared were good to very good. Definitely coming back and having a meal.
in Mackinaw City, Michigan
4.41/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5
Good beer, good food, and a great atmosphere. The Brew room is visible from the dining area so you can see the Brewers at work. The beer is good, so get the style you like, but the Mac and cheese is a must try if you want food!
in Traverse City, Michigan
3.53/5 rDev -7.6% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4
Decent enough place to stop, but the food was the highlight of the visit. Definitely geared towards adults (there's nothing on the menu that most of your kids would eat), the fare was prepared quickly and is high quality. My wife had the Cobb salad, I had the Bahn Mi and we split a small order of garlic frittes. All were excellent. Tap list featured seven of Rare Bird's offerings, and at least twice as many taps from other brewers, but nothing beyond what you could get elsewhere.
Building is handsome and inviting, long and narrow, with a small stage at one end, a twenty seater bar, some booths alonf the walls and communal tables down the middle. Luckily we were our before the band scheduled to play started, I can't see being able to hear much once the music starts.
All in all an okay visit. Good location, great food, and so-so beer.