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Blue Nose Brewery

in Hodgkins, Illinois

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

Made a point to stop here over the weekend, and glad I did. Located across from a Menard's in a new strip mall.
Space was open and airy, lots of room to hang out with friends and play various games, darts, foosball, pool, or watch a game. Not a lot of decor, they went with the sparse industrial look, but it's nice enough. The bar has a stone top and high stools.

The beers were pretty solid, 2 great ones (Krispy Vishnya & 2016 Saison), a couple duds, and the rest were good.
A flight of 4 beers was $8, for all 8 beers it was $16. They offer 32 oz. crawler cans to go also.

Service was timely and friendly. The beer list was on a chalkboard above the bar. It would have been nice to see a printed list with beer descriptions, but the chalkboard gets the job done.

Next door there used to be an odd little bar, "Mance's Pub & Motel" which had rooms for rent past the dive bar in the front.
No trace of it now, it's just a muddy empty parking lot for semi trucks.

If you're hungry, I highly recommend the fried chicken at Saban's right around the corner. Good food and a fun retro timewarp supper club vibe on the old Route 66. A hidden gem in the area.

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Holler Brewing Co.

in Houston, Texas

3.47/5  rDev -12.4% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I visited this new brewery on their soft opening weekend, which explains my score for their vibe and their service. Their bartenders were confused and this led to an atmosphere of chaos around the bar. I really enjoyed the Pilsner as well as their IPA. In fact their IPA was one of the best I have had from Houston. It is a top contender for sure. I look forward to visiting again and seeing them grow their business as well.

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Sean's Pub and Eatery

in Garrettsville, Ohio

3.89/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Visited late on a Thursday night. Cold and windy. The right place at the right time.

V - An Irish pub in a sleepy Ohio town. Not the most authentic, but enough. Well lit. The bathrooms could use some updating but that doesn't bother me. 4

Q - My glass may have been a bit dirty, but the beers were tasty. 3.75

Ser - Friendly. Helpful. Pretty. 4

Sel - Starts with your typical BMC, continues with the typical Irish tap fare and then has some nice local beers. I had a Bucksnort stout from a brewery in Slippery Rock, PA. Very happy. 3.75

F - I had the blarney burger, which was a hamburger with corned beef. Yum! All others as the table were happy with their food as well. A good place to eat at a good price.

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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

in Harrisonburg, Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -7.4% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Very impressive the level of quality they are able to put out in this half a shoebox sized location. Obviously a big cult following in the area, decent pub food, only 4 taps but extensive bottle list and solid service

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Pale Fire Brewing Co.

in Harrisonburg, Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Very interesting vibe inside, I've never seen a library inside a brewery before. Seems perfectly catered to the university kids in Harrisonburg. Solid beers, good service

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California Keg and Liquor

in Poway, California

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

Amazing ! I came to pick up some Firestone Helldorado 2016 vintage , and wished I had all the time in the world to browse.this place also has a good selection of spirits, along with soda, snacks, and other beverages. Of course, why would you be interested in any of these when there is a ton of fresh, craft beer?This place is simply the best place to go in search of a new craft beer to enjoy. The selection is nearly endless as they seem to bring in different flavors and varieties weekly. The people working there are knowledgeable about their selection and are eager to help you find a new favorite. Highly recommended this place, it's paradise!Well priced, amazingly large selection of hard to find and delicious beers. the workers really know what they're talking about and are passionate about the community. and the have propane refill that's +

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Rogue Ales Public House

in San Francisco, California

3.95/5  rDev -2.7% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Happened upon this while wandering through the city with my girlfriend's brother. We had eaten in Chinatown and bumped up the hills for a while until we were ready for a beer and this seemed like a good place. It was mostly empty at four in the afternoon on a Wednesday but the service was a little slow and the table area seemed a little dingy. The selection was pretty strong, with several taps of local stuff I hadn't seen. I had a Lagunitas I hadn't seen before. It wasn't cheap, but for downtown SF, it was fine.

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Industrial Arts Brewing Company

in Garnerville, New York

4.17/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The "Chief's" new joint - was happy to see him join and pump up Peekskill Brewery - sad to see him move on - hope to see his beers in cans/bottles and kegs in Westchester county, NY soon.

This place lives up to its name...Industrial looking group of older buildings....looks like a movie set from the 30's to me for some reason...upon entering its light. bright and airy...fermenters in front of you as you enter with some benches, bar/tasting area to the left with a few bar stools and tables and chairs around for your comfort...good to see the friendly brewers hairy mug behind the stick!.they are selling pints and 1/2s, will fill your growler or one of their 32 oz crowler cans. Bring in your own food in and they have plans for food trucks in the future I believe...quality beers naturally...warm and friendly spot to visit and enjoy several quality options...well worth a visit

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MobCraft Beer

in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2.2/5  rDev -36.2% | Avg: 3.45
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

The location is nice enough, and probably very comfortable in the summer with its big garage doors, but on a November night, its just a loud garage converted to a bar. I ordered a beer off the firkin, a soda and a to go bottle. The firkin beer was a "brett conditioned dubbel", or, a messy beer that was semi flat, vaguely soured, and not particularly Belgian. The soda was an undrinkable "ginger beer" made from a Torani brand ginger syrup and tonic water. The first bartender disappeared 3 times during my order to fix problems with the tonic water system. A different bartender took my payment after about 5 minutes of screwing around. I was mischarged, in my favor, which is great because the $2.50 soda wasn't drinkable and the $6.50 pint off the firkin was just meh. The beer selection is pretty good, featuring beers from a few other local breweries, which may be a good call, since their own beers are generally questionable.

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Iowa Brewing Company

in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

2/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 2
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

I found this brewery to be lacking in about every category of experience, other than that they have cool marketing and design. I just tried their IPAs, but they were all mediocre. The bartender was nice and very attentive, he just didn't know a dang thing about beer. I asked him why there was an ABV difference between the two versions of their Hop Eagle, a beer in which they supposedly rotate the hops. He told me the hops caused the difference in ABV. He clearly had no clue what impacts ABV and couldn't speak whether or not the grain bills were different. I hate to be a jerk, but in the modern day of craft beer you better be able to talk about basic things with beer geeks or at the very least your beer better be damn good. I found neither to be true at this brewery.
I hope this brewery will improve over time. It's in a really cool neighborhood in Cedar Rapids and with a name like the "Iowa Brewing Company" and good marketing, I really would like for them to be successful.

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Rivertowne Pourhouse

in Monroeville, Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Visited on a Sunday just after the Steelers game had ended. The place was quiet empty. Bottom line - this place may have some warts, but the beer is good and it is well worth the visit. If you are one of the people looking for a deep brew pub experience, you may be disappointed, otherwise you may be pleasantly surprised.

Vibe - A classic Pennsylvania sports bar that happens to make good beer. 3.25

Quality - You're at the source. No worries here. 4

Service - Friendly and quick, but our waitress had very little knowledge of the beer she was serving or even how growlers pours worked. 3.75

Selection - I was surprise at the almost 20 different beers they had on tap. Highly hopped, ambers, sour stouts, DIPA, hoppy pilsner, etc. Wish I could have tried more.

Food - Seems to be hit or miss. I had the cheese steak, which was not bad, but a low on meat. They say that seafood is their specialty. I can't vouch for that. 3.75

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Levante Brewing Company

in West Chester, Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.1% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife and I were have been here on a few occasions and it keeps getting better with every visit. It's in a nice space in an industrial park right off of West Chester University's campus. It's definitely better in the Spring/Summer/Early Fall because they can open up the garage door and you can enjoy the weather. They don't serve food but have quality food trucks at the premise. They have games to play and music going but no TV which is nice so people can actually converse with each other. Overall a great place to hang with friends and family.

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Briar Common Brewery + Eatery

in Denver, Colorado

4.01/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

maybe went here when they were a little too new still, its only been a month or so, and there are obviously still some kinks being worked out. the space is amazing, with a upscale vibe downstairs, neat building with a cool dining room feel. upstairs is a little more mellow, with a bar and some high tops, maybe a little more intimate but also a little more casual. on paper, this looks amazing, and they obviously got a good photographer for their website images, but the picture they paint is a step or two above the reality right now in both food and beer. the beers wasnt at all bad, just a little safer than it presents itself as being. the saison wasnt bad, the pale was nice, and i think there is some real promise here. the food was maybe even a half step behind that, nice on paper for sure, but the scallops were a little fishy, the homemade pasta a bit gunky, and the tartare grey instead of red. none of it was bad at all, and i appreciate it being ambitious and nicer than almost any other brewery in theory, but the execution has some catching up to do for sure. the service was awesome, our glasses never got empty, and the overall experience was a good one. i will wait awhile before returning, but they are definitely on my radar now. cool spot worth checking out for the atmosphere alone. beer and food on the way it seems.

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Dorchester Brewing Company

in Dorchester, Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Huge variety, had 16 taps. Sampled 4 of what they had, 3 of them were average and the one that stood out was Dorchestivus. The others (Porter, DIPA, IPA) weren't bad, just didn't really stand out. Price point seems way too high for the to-go crowlers, $12-$16. That's close to double the cost of Trillium and the quality isn't even close.

Service was fast and courteous. My server had a good knowledge of the beers on tap.

Atmosphere was good. Seating around the bar and picnic style tables in the main room. The room in the back seemed a little crowded, so I didn't really hang out there.

I'll be back for a pint or two if I'm in the area, but until the price is in line with the quality, I won't be picking up anything to-go.

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Dorchester Brewing Company

in Dorchester, Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.9% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Cool refurbished sheet metal factory. Huge place with shiny new equipment. Nice looking patio for better weather, plenty of parking in side lot.

No food, but schedule of visiting food trucks.

Friendly folks pouring & serving the beer. No attitude like some other new-ish places around town.

Tried a flight of 4 samplers - a few IPA's, a German Alt and a Baltic Porter. None were particularly memorable, but no obvious flaws either. Only open for 3 months at the time of my visit, so I'll surely give them some time to nail down the beers.

Pricing OK for glasses ($6-7 depending on ABV/style). 32 oz crowlers were a ripoff at $12-16 so didn't consider taking anything to go. Perhaps they can revisit this price point in the future.

Will definitely give this place some time to develop, lots of potential. A big plus for the community in my opinion.

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Holler Brewing Co.

in Houston, Texas

4.49/5  rDev +13.4% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Dropped by here one friday night when heading back from Hobby airport, traffic was a bitch, figured this would break up the trip to the Northwest side of town. This brewery just opened about 1/2 weeks ago. It is in an industrial park that is going thru a gentrification, lots of things popping up in this area. Because it was their soft opening, you had to purchase cardboard drink coasters, each coaster got you a pour. When I was there, they had a nice selection, Amber, IPA, Pils, Hefe, Milk Stout, Rauchbier, Tripel and a Belgian IPA (also a nito coffee on tap). Ok somewhat stoked, no one in Houston is making a Belgian IPA, so I go for it first and am really surprised, good clean beer, nice yeast profile along with a nice hop background. I unfortunately didn't write any reviews because I was with my son, but will next time. Every beer we tried was spot on, no defects detected. Place is really nice on the inside, there are several communal tables, with a bar that has about 8 taps. There is a patio out front that has some picnic tables, the crowd was pretty good. There was a miscommunication between me and my son and we both ended up buying some more drink coasters so told him we would come back the next day and use the extra ones. We rolled in at 4 and the place was packed. They are going to have to look at expanding their seating area if the crowd keeps up like that. They serve no food, there was a food truck there on Friday night, but at 4 on Saturday, there was none. There is a corn hole game set up outside, and that is pretty much it. I will go back here again, mainly because they are in close proximity to my church, and we are always looking for something to do afterwards. Unfortunately they cannot do growler fills, and in talking to the owner, canning/bottling is not in the near future. I just hope they get that Belgian IPA out and about so I can get it without driving downtown.

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Long Trail Brewing Co.

in Bridgewaters Corners, Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is off the road kind of in the middle of nowhere (Yes, I know I'm in Vermont) near Killington where we stayed one week in the summer with my cousins. I remember enjoying the food and service but it wasn't too expensive. We went for late lunch one day. I ate a ton of food as portions were large and my wife ate only part of her's. They had ten or twelve selections available including some specialties. I remember drinking a lot of Double Bag during that week but I had their white IPA thing too. Overall, definitely a cool stop if you happen to be in the area.

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Faction Brewing

in Alameda, California

4.45/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Roger and Claudia have a great brewery operation going on here in an old hangar on the edge of the crumbling tarmac of Alameda Naval Air Station (killer view of SF). It's all about the awesome beer here. Roger is a brewing genius and is constantly coming up with new recipes.
There are many beers to sample when you visit. My favorite is the A Town pale, only available on the island of Alameda.

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SavWay Fine Wines & Spirits

in Oak Brook, Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 3.8
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I didn't come here solely for the purpose of seeking out rare beer, like the other reviewers. I was in the area and stopped in, objectively they have a good selection, smaller than a Binny's but certainly respectable.

Pipeworks, Off Color Radiolaria & Alfalfa Kang (how's that for rare?), FFF Skeletonwitch, a dozen Founders, Slapshot, Hailstorm, BuckleDown, Motor Row, etc. some of the more obscure local stuff. Imports were a little thin but they had Ayinger, Andechs, Orval, and a few other token ones. A few things were months old when I looked, so check dates on hoppy stuff. One interesting thing they did was include beer and cider related spirits in their respective aisles. Another nice detail was the stack of Great Lakes Brewing News in the beer aisle.

Service on the floor was nonexistent, but they were nice and helpful at the register. Overall a good shop that I wouldn't discount based on the first review.

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The Open Bottle

in Tinley Park, Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -7.5% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Nice place with a clean and well laid out space. Not what you'd expect to find in a suburban strip mall.

US craft on an island in the front, imports on an island towards the back. Limited cooler space along a back wall, as well as a small mix-a-six section. Some small details of the store seemed taken directly from the Beer Temple playbook, the island layout, tags with received on date, the shelves themselves, daily free tastings, and the door in the back covered with bottle cap magnets. Even if it's not fully original, they do pull it off well and you can tell a lot of work was put into the place. It serves a niche in the area for sure.

Selection is very good, noticed some parallels with the Beer Temple again on certain aspects (Garage Project, Prairie, Middle Brow, Sullers Past, Transient, full Mikkeller lineup, specific import selection). The highlight was the assortment of super fresh local cans from Hailstorm, Noon Whistle, Pipeworks, and Half Acre.

The bar is nice, with a finished wood surface and bottle pendant lighting above the bar, clad underneath in light blue corrugated metal. Selection was interesting and varied across 8 taps, thankfully half pours were on the menu. Crowd and vibe were a little sterile, no one seemed to linger, instead staying glued to their phones before leaving.

The lone staff member was great though, she chatted with us and offered a beer sample. We arrived later in the evening but were still welcomed and taken care of. All that said, not a fan of the few obvious shill reviews here. Let honest reviews stand on their own...

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Famous Xpress Liquors

in Tinley Park, Illinois

3.03/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.03
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Pretty standard selection, limited craft in the coolers, 50% devoted to macros.
Most of the craft was on a neglected shelf along the back wall, some various bombers and sixers that weren't in the cooler.

Found one lone sixer of Born Yesterday and took it up to the counter. It rung up as CitruSinensis on the register for $22, about $10 more than it should be. I told him it rang up as the wrong beer. Guy went to ask the other guy, came back and straight faced said that was the price. "No thanks, it's overpriced", I said and left. Wouldn't come back here as they didn't have anything that couldn't be found locally at E&B or The Open Bottle.

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E&B Liquors

in Tinley Park, Illinois

3.86/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here after dropping a friend off at the train. Not much signage, just neons in the windows.
Pretty bare bones inside, concrete floors and fluorescent lighting.
Didn't notice a lack of pricing, everything on the shelves seemed to have a corresponding tag.
The shelving reminds me of Sal's Liquors in Villa Park, racks with cheap plywood/particle board laid across.

Selection was pretty good, they seemed to have more craft beers than they knew what to do with, they spilled into different areas of the store. Overall though, there were lots of good beers here. Allagash, Bells, Rev, Off Color, Victory, Founders, 51st Ward, Hailstorm, and more. Some things seemed to be sitting for awhile though.

The clerk was on the phone but said hello and was generally friendly. Mentioned the beer I asked about had already sold out. Checkout was easy. Not a bad option if you're near the train in Tinley Park, just check dates on stuff.

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Blue Max Liquors

in Burnsville, Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

We have been patrons of Blue Max for 30 years, right after moving back to MN from a miserable year living in Dallas. Good beer stock, but check the dates on imports and the more obscure brews Help is friendly, but you need to ask for Jim for the best info on beer.

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Holy Smoke

in Croton-on-Hudson, New York

4.06/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is the second incarnation of Holy Smoke BBQ in the Northern Westchester, NY area (the other one is in Mahopac)

This one is much larger, expect a full menu of tasty BBQ...portions are large and prices are reasonable....about 30 quality selections on tap...many beers on the higher end of the craft spectrum...well worth a visit....quality Q and many healthy craft brew options...a fine combination

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Mac's Pizza Pub

in Cincinnati, Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +25.1% | Avg: 3.58
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Vibe: College bar at night and game days are jam packed! Totally different vibe during the day. If you are in before 9pm you will find yourself among local regulars, college professors, doctors and nurses. At night leave it to the kids!

Quality: This is not a 5 star establishment but it does have a surprisingly good beer selection and the food is made fresh.

Selection. Local rotations from rhinegeist, madtree and mt caramel. $3 craft cans on monday and the line up is out of this world!
Tap selection is filled with your normal domestics but there are always some surprises on tap that you are sure to love!

Bottle selection is filled with your popular crafts nothing to rare but it seems to be pushing more to the geeky side every week!

Food: PIZZA is the best in the city period.

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