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Temblor Brewing Company

in Bakersfield, California

2/5  rDev -42.7% | Avg: 3.49
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Been thrice. Beer is flaccid. Food is flaccid. No reason to return. Last place of all Kern County Breweries.

The two our round trip to KRBC is a weeken tradition. Lenghtwise scored the former brewmaster of KRBC. Dionysus is creating a storm of fine new brews.

Temblor is more a social butterfly plant.

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Louisville Beer Store

in Louisville, Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +6% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

After recently stumbling upon this place, I'm please to say it is a quaint, inviting watering hole.
The selection, while not extensive, is very impressive. And the staff is attentive, informative, and very friendly.
They also have a nice beer garden in the back, where you can kick back and enjoy your "pint of the day".

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Sanctuary Brewing Company

in Hendersonville, North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +9.8% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I stopped here on a Friday afternoon during a brief visit to town. It was a lively place with a good crowd and positive atmosphere. We were impressed with the range of ages of the patrons - from people in their 20’s to folks in their 60’s or 70’s. During our stay we struck up relaxed conversations with various friendly locals. We found the servers to be outgoing and knowledgeable. We didn’t do any flights, but the beers we selected seemed solid and tasty. Near-by Asheville gets a lot of attention, but the next time we are in the area, we will definitely stop back here again.

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Boese Brothers Brewery

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

4/5  rDev +8.7% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Stopped with a dear friend for a beer while visiting Albuquerque. Nice downtown place slightly off the main drags. Nice friendly interior, good vibe. Service was great as was the Porter I had. My friend had a white IPA he enjoyed. I would definitely go back for the "colonial " style Porter.

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Brewer's Cask

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Walked down Light Street from the harbor. Lively place and had live music. Taps are a great mix of local\rare domestic\import. Bartender was really helpful and cool. This place seems a bit under the radar, and that should not be the case. Worth a visit.

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Craft Beer Store

in Springfield, Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

As you enter the store you see a long narrow store with a small bar up front so you can have one of the beers on tap. The walls on both sides of the store are lined with shelves and cold boxes full of different beers. In addition there are some beer packages and shelf racks in a shorter center island which leaves room near the front for a table that allows a small group to sit and have a beer together.

On the left side of the store are several cold cases. You can make a mixed six from any of the cold cases but there are two pricings for a mixed six. Use only the cans and bottles in from the first 5 cases and a mixed six will cost you $13.99. If you any pick beers from the other cases all the bottles are individually priced and the cost of your mixed six is going to be the total of the can/bottle prices for those six beers. While the beer prices seem on the high side they are pretty much consistent with what you'll find in a PA bottle shop.

On the shelves there are lots of IPAs and several other styles of beer. The Belgian selection seems to be focused mostly on Trappist and Abbey ales. The slots in the cold cases house lots of variety.

The store does host occasional tastings and have a knowledgable friendly helpful staff

While a bit small and crowded if there are more than a few people there the general ambiance/vibe is warm welcoming.

Also, a note for folks who are driving there, while there are few parking spaces at the front of the building there is more parking and a downstairs entrance to the store behind the building. Parking there can be much easier than trying to use one of the spaces in front of the store and dealing with the Baltimore Pike traffic, especially during rush hours. The driveway to use is right between the Music Store sign (one of the three shops in the same building as the Beer Store) and the Raymour and Flanagan building next door. That drive gets you around to the back end of the shops in the same building with the Craft Beer Store and then you can use the back entrance to the Craft Beer Store and go upstairs for your beer.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

in Munster, Indiana

4.79/5  rDev +9.6% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Came all the way from California and aside from the wedding I was attending, I made it a point to stop by Munster. After my flight to Chicago was delayed coupled with heavy traffic out of the city towards South Bend, a detour seemed in place as 3 Floyds was on the way.

Arrived late on Thursday, about 9:45pm, greeted by a smiling face and were immediately seated near the take out beer counter. As we sat down we were greeted with menus and asked what we wanted to drink. With all the talk about Permanent Funeral, I just had to order one. There are some quality beers in CA, Russian River to name one of the more popular ones I frequent. So the bar for good beer is set rather high.

PF did not disappoint, down to the last drop. Amazing tasting beer that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Pliny the Elder. Wanting to try something else, round two was Alpha King. Another solid beer from 3FB, very pleasing to the palette.

I had not received the second round when I went to see what I could take back to CA. Seeing PF, I jumped at that and a case of Zombie Dust. A cool $160, not including the t-shirt. Now how does one get 36 bottles back to California?

Dinner was absolutely amazing! The menu, quite impressive didn't have much for a vegan. Thankfully the waiter checked with the chef and I was provided two options. How cool! Was impressed when I order and got my pizza. Tasted great, coupled with amazing beer.

The brew up was not as I expected it, but the staff was welcoming and friendly. The music, seemed to be set to the names of the beer, hard, heavy and strong in nature. Loved it all.

So thanks 3 Floyds for an amazing experience. Can't wait to return in the future!

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Burn 'Em Brewing

in Michigan City, Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +16.6% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

What a find! We were driving back from Cabelas in Hammond and were looking for breweries. We skimmed a few along the way on our route back to Mishawaka and Burn 'Em came up. The beer sounded good and we were in search of more good craft.

We actually drove right past the turn and had to double back. We were a bit shocked that the brewery/tasting room was downstairS of their (I assume) home. We questioned our decision but weren't let down when we ordered. I picked up a flight including Siesta, Rye Alerr, Gawd Loves Fugly and Boader Allies. All excellent selections and was pleased with the variety I selected.

The setting is small but doest take away from what craft beer is all about. The guys behind the counter were laid back and cool, appreciated their information.

On the way out I bought 2 cans of the Creamed Corn Cream Ale. While not on our list I will be sharing those and when I return to Northern California with other craft enthusiasts. Thanks for the great beer guys!

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Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri

in Oslo, Norway

4.09/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

English style pub in the middle of Oslo. We stopped in on a Sunday evening and had a very good experience with the beers and food. Very good selection and variety for an international bar.

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Hops Burger Bar

in Greensboro, North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch today early. Place was filling up nicely even before noon. Place is small on the inside, I can see this getting crazy packed at night. Good tap list and good bottle/can selection. Almost all "local" NC offerings on tap. Service was friendly and quick, not overbearing at all. Food was amazing as I expected. Burger cooked perfectly to order. Really one of the best gems in this town. A place I will frequent again and again...

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Lot One

in Dubuque, Iowa

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I'm originally from Dubuque and this is where I usually end up when I'm home. It has the best overall tap selection in Dubuque and it rotates quite often. They had a nice Toppling Goliath tap takeover a while back and I'm assuming (hoping) they've had more events like that.

It's a very narrow building as it's quite old. It looks very cool, but if you try to get in on a Friday or Saturday night, it's packed with early 20s and can sometimes be tough to move around. Otherwise it's a nice sports bar with a great beer selection and nice food.

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Jubeck New World Brewing

in Dubuque, Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Nice small brewery in downtown Dubuque.

The vibe is definitely one of sociability as there are no TVs in the place. There's a small bar and about six to eight tables. It's a great place to sit an have a beer or two and be social.

Service is great as they are very helpful with finding what beers people might want. Dubuquers are getting stronger in the craft beer world, but there are still many who wouldn't understand what each style means, and Jubeck is very helpful.

Along with that, they have some nice light beers along with their more microbrewery traditional beers so there's something for everyone. The only slight I would say for selection is that it doesn't rotate too often. For someone new, this obviously won't be a problem.

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Barley's Brewhaus & Restaurant

in Leawood, Kansas

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Had my wedding rehearsal dinner here due to the nice selection of beers. Not being from Kansas (my wife is) I could see maybe being more excited for some of their offerings than someone from Kansas.

Vibe is definitely a nicer sports bar. Tons of TVs, but not loud like a BWW.

Food is better bar food too. The catering we had was very good and the regular menu is diverse enough to keep everyone happy.

Location is easy to get to, right off the interstate.

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Bukowski Tavern

in Cambridge, Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Popped in here last Saturday about 5:00 and the place was just starting to fill up. Has a modern open feel, slightly industrial but open. I did notice that they had descriptions of beer styles on the walls as part of the decor. Taplist was very good. About 30 different offerings with locals and imports being well represented. Prices are above what I pay locally, but not unreasonable. Did not stay for food, but my wife did have a mixed drink and she really liked it. Not a place i would search out for, but we have several restaurants we like in the area. This seems to be a perfect place to hit before our reservations.

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Surly Brewing Co. Beer Hall

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +4.9% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What more can I say about Surly. It's an awesome place to mingle with other beer snobs and indulge in some amazing selections. If you are ever in Minnesota and love beer make this a destination.

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Max's Taphouse

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Place was lively on a Wednesday night. It was Craft Beer Week, so plenty of new options. About 70 taps roughly, covering local, domestic, and some import. Bottle list is terrific. Certainly worthy of the hype.

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Duke's Refresher + Bar

in Toronto, Ontario

4.28/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place deserves some serious love. 30+ craft taps and a fridge full of local 16oz cans. The music is a bit loud but I can forgive that when the beer selection is so strong. Lots of good IPAs and plenty of other styles. Food is A+ to go with the beer. One of my favorite spots.

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192 Brewing Company & Lake Trail Taproom

in Kenmore, Washington

3.35/5  rDev -8% | Avg: 3.64
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

One of the better places to go on a warm day. Outdoor area has a lot of seating in an open garden style environment. Right off the bike trail so quite a few peddle fanatics stop by. They bring in some of their beer from surrounding breweries. They have a few things to eat.

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City Swiggers

in New York, New York

3.54/5  rDev -12.4% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

I live across the street. Perhaps bcos i am so close i want it to be perfect and so I am more critical of it... the selection is very good, but prices are high, pretty much everthing is in singles and i have never found the service to be friendly at all. Still worth a look if you are after something different, though I wish they had more hard to get/recent release stuff.

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Stout

in Seattle, Washington

4.03/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I added this place to BA in April 2016, but didn't rate it then. This rating is based on the notes I took then.

Stout's vibe is a cross between Capital Hill hipsters and a sports bar, with a nod to beer geeks. There are 10 screens, tuned to different games, so it's a pretty good place if there's a game you want to watch while having a meal and good beer. Like sports bars, it can be crowded and noisy, but nothing unusual there.

There are 20 taps, and the mix of beers, breweries, and styles is excellent. There are less well known local breweries, out of state breweries (a Logsdon sour, for example), and some non US beers as well. The quality of the beers was very good, with some rather unusual stuff. The food was decent.

I think this place manages to be not-quite-on-the-radar for Seattle beer geeks, but it's well worth stopping by if you are in the neighborhood, or if you're looking for a good place to watch a game and have first rate beer.

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Only Child Brewing Company

in Gurnee, Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +7.2% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

A great local place with a clean/industrial vibe compared to another brewery just up the road (small, dark, cozy taproom). there are usually 8 or so beers on tap at any one time. The staff and owners here are very happy to talk beer, family, anything at all. Friendly and welcoming.

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New Glarus Brewing Company

in New Glarus, Wisconsin

4.76/5  rDev +6.5% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great brewery and great place to enjoy some of the best beers Wisconsin has to offer. Take the self guided tour and enjoy a few beers outside. They have some fun events in the summer months too.

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Blue Holler Brew Supplies

in Bowling Green, Kentucky

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

Have the best selection of craft beer on tap in town. Also, prices are cheaper than anywhere in town. Homebrew supplies are priced competively with online prices, sometimes cheaper. Overall, great place!

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Canteen Taproom

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

3.92/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Their 2nd location, taproom only on the East side of Albuquerque. Smaller with inside seating with a bar and tables and a covered outdoor patio (dogs allowed). Clean, modern maybe a touch mixture of rustic and modern aesthetic? Not sure of that categorization. I can not tell you why but I have had a lot better experiences with the beer at this location that their original. Makes no sense, its the same beer but I have generally been pleased with what I try here while being disappointed at the brewhouse taproom. Plus, Exodus IPA is one of the flagship beers at this location and is a great IPA. Service has been good during my visits. Selection is solid. Overall, I prefer this location over the original brewhouse location. I like stopping by every once in a while after a local hike.

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Kaldi Bar/Café

in Reykjavik, Iceland

3.94/5  rDev -6.9% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Nice and warm bar.
It's very small and is very crowded. Clearly a popular bar given chose of beers most from Bruggsmidjan that serves variety of beers of Kaldi beer

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