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Capital Craft

in Green Brook Township, New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Solid and varied beer selection. 24 taps, good size bar. Some outdoor seating when the weather cooperates. Food is a step above the average beer bar. Never had bad service in my visits. If you're in the area, it's worth a stop.

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Sand Creek Brewing Company

in Black River Falls, Wisconsin

3.51/5  rDev -3.8% | Avg: 3.65
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Stopped by on a local friend's recommendation. Beers were just ok. Had a cranberry Scottish ale with some oomph to it and fairly well balanced. The Porter and pale ales were overly sweet and maybe "extracty". Apparently their flagship is an English style malty pale, which is serviceable. A very cool old repurposed building with a small tasting room and another small area near the brew house. Not a lot to see though because they were cleaning up to shut down. At 9pm. On a Friday night. I'm sure the locals like this place, as they should, but not necessarily worth a special trip.

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Baerlic Brewing Company

in Portland, Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -4.3% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The Baerlic tasting rooms seems to be in something of an odd location, located right next to the huge Blitz Ladd sport bar (which seems to almost always packed), and just around the corner from BeerMongers and Apex. Given the location, it's pretty easy to overlook the tasting room, which is a shame. Baerlic beers are consistently quite good, and sometimes outstanding. The afternoon I stopped by to sample some of their excellent Delorean wheat IPA, the place seemed almost empty (the tasting room is pretty good size), with probably no more than 10 folks in attendance. Regardless, the very friendly bartenders seemed to be in a good mood, and beer orders came quickly. On this particular day, they had around 11 or 12 beers on tap, including a white peppercorn saison on cask that was pretty tasty. The vibe/atmosphere in the tasting room is pretty minimalistic, which was fine by me.

This is certainly a solid place to come by and hang out with a beer, but given the other options in the area, I'm not sure I can see myself stopping by all the often. Within a mile or two of the tasting room there's the Cascade Barrel Room, Growler Guys, the Commons and Green Dragon (in addition to the other places already mentioned), so coming to the tasting room is never going to be anyone's best option. Oh well...

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Floating Bridge Brewing

in Seattle, Washington

3.9/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Floating bridge has only been open a couple of months, but they are already making some pretty good beer. They had 9 of their beers on tap, plus a guest tap. They do a fair number of unconventional beers: a blackcurrant stout, a juniper bitter, a chai pale ale and others. I particularly liked the blackcurrant stout, but on average the beers were pretty good. The atmosphere of the place is a little minimalist for my taste, but the space is decently-sized; service was decent enough. I will definitely be returning to see what new beers they come up with as the brewery matures.

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Cafe Hollander

in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Exceptional venue with great outdoor seating at a prime corner. Construction going on which makes it a bit harder to get there but you should be able to find spots a couple of blocks away.

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Reaver Beach Brewing Company

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +8.8% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Ridiculously underrated sour/barrel program. Really putting out some quality stuff. $16-17 per 750 of fruited sours is a bargain. Highly recommended.

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The Answer Brewpub

in Richmond, Virginia

4.74/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.65
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my new favorite brewery! Wasn't sure what to expect when moving to the east coast with regards to the beer out here. I'm glad I found this gem with a great barrel aging program.

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in Baltimore, Maryland

3.6/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Located in Meadowmill, a lovely, wooded area just abutting Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood. It's a very nice drive in the autumn.

It's also right near my gym. I showed up post-workout, maybe around 6 PM on a Friday. Wearing T-shirt and jeans and a little sweaty. Oh my, the stares I received.

The decor is surprisingly upscale. The bar has the dark, woody, and very polished feel of an inner city bar in an 80s sitcom. Like Cheers without the smoke, basically. And with lots of taps instead of just one.

The beer list is wide, and they provide take home and half pours. I'd say about 75% of the tap selections were from the region, including several from Waverly and Union breweries, which are both within walking distance of this pub. The prices are a little high, but they have frequent specials that bring them down to a more reasonable level.

Even though "Birro" is in the place's name, and even though they clearly care about their selection of beer, this is definitely a restaurant first and a beer bar second. The vibe is a little too upscale, and they think it's weird if you show up just to drink. Their main food offering are neapolitan pizzas that are expensive and not very good, and with the glut of dining options just up the hill in Hampden, it's hard to argue for coming here for a meal.

So... I dunno. It's certainly not bad. The surrounding area is very pretty, and if you're the type of person who owns a monocle (or an Acura) the vibe might appeal to you.

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Max's Taphouse

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.41/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

In the trendy Fell's Point neighborhood. Parking is difficult. But like almost everywhere else in Baltimore, it's easily accessible overall.

Old facade. Pretty-looking, but unexceptional for the area. The building is bricky and cavernous, with a decent amount of beer schwag and regular bar decor. Nothing too great about it.

The beer is great, though. One of the five or so best tap lists I've ever seen. The selection is gigantic and well-curated, although it does tend toward whatever styles are trending within beer geek communities. When I last visited I think there was maybe one solitary pilsener available? So they don't got a beer for every mood, necessarily, but they do get in a ton of rares and one-offs, frequent tap takeovers, a stellar rotation of Belgians, and a dedicated Rodenbach tap.

The vibe is usually quiet, like a beer bar. NFL Sundays are loud and packed, but the crowd is convivial and more or less respectful. They also have great specials on gigantic pours during games.

The food is standard pub fare. There's better dining options surrounding the place. But nothing touches the beer.

So, overall, I don't know if I'd say Max's is *quite* in the "World Class" category, like with Mekong, Map Room, or Falling Rock. The vibe is just a bit too plain for me. But it's still an excellent beer destination.

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Café Bavaria

in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Great look and feel to this place located on an excellent corner with Hollander and Bartolatta's. A nice selection of biers on draft, too. Only knock when I was there was when I entered the place the bartender was apparently away or on break or SOMETHING. Staff saw that people were waiting and flagged the guy down from someplace. I waited close to 10 mins.

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WarPigs Brewpub

in København, Denmark

4.85/5  rDev +23.7% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Went here while attending a conference in Copenhagen. Really easy to find. Helps when there are lots of people seated outside enjoying themselves. I went inside and lots more people doing the same. Inside they played decent music. The beer? They had 20 taps, lots of them IPA's. The staff was friendly and helpful when I asked for a recommendation and the 19 inch neck IPA hit the spot. From the vibe it was apparent that this wasn't full of beer geeks discussing which hops are best on the third Friday of the summer months, rather than people socializing and enjoying good beer. I will return here if I ever visit Copenhagen again.

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Monkish Brewing Co.

in Torrance, California

4.03/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nice little spot in the cut. Solid vibe, mixed crowd. Had an alright selection on tap. Not much to choose from. Chorizo man outback was fire! Free pretzels and water. I would come back if I was in the area, but wouldn't go out of my way to get here.

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Reaver Beach Brewing Company

in Virginia Beach, Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I'm not a VA Bewch local, so I can't speak to what the people are into there. The tasting room seems to have a lot going on stylistically, maybe a little too much in a small space. But i don't really have much negative to say, Justin was a fantastic host, arguably my favorite sour program in VA, and a well varied, excellent selection. Great spot

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16-Bit Bar + Arcade

in Columbus, Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Excellent selection of games- I'm biased toward the N64 that's usually on one of the front tv screens, but the classics are always enjoyable. Decent beer selection, a lot of locals. Can get a bit too crowded at times, I don't like being nearly humped while playing pac man. Overall though I'm happy with a place with free vintage video games as long as you have a beer in hand!

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Geisen Haus

in North Canton, Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Decent selection of German food along with some regular pub grub. The interior is dimly lit and worn- I'm biased and would like some natural light, less neon, windows, and more open air environment. The beer selection is top notch and they don't charge you an arm and a leg. Usually on the quieter side and never overcrowded- I like having a conversation without having to yell across the table.

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WhichCraft Beer Store

in Austin, Texas

4.35/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Spent some very pleasant time here today. The staff was helpful and accommodating. They cell all their beers as singles, and they were kind enough to break up a four pack for me to buy a single. Excellent selection! Able to get beers not in my area. A nice experience!

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Barley Creek Brewing Company

in Tannersville, Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 3.41
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.75

About 12 home brewed and 10 more on tap. Some other local and big name craft. Food was amazing. Nice family restaurant. Great service. The beer brought down the review.

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Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

in Framingham, Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Swung by a coupe days after opening. Easy to find, parking, nice space with room to grow (Jack's Abbey old spot) - tables, nice bar setup, cooler with cans to go. Super nice crew that was engaging, polite and courteous. Picked up some tall boys with my son in tow and they were very gracious with their attention. Although it was so close to their opening they had a solid selection - Porter, IPAs, Kolsch, sour. Great visit and will be back.

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Institution Ale Company

in Camarillo, California

4.86/5  rDev +18.5% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A great find in nearby Camarillo. More beers available than can be sampled in one visit so guess who needs to make another (several) more trips here. Pizzas and pretzels available to accompany the beers. We split a margherita pizza - very well done. Thin crust, fresh cherry tomatoes and basil on top - not filling, but just enough to soak up the beer. Tried two 8 ouncers on this first visit - the Reverie Rye (hoppy and grapefruity) and the Frantic on Nitro (the latter being phenomenal). Really enjoyed the experimentation that was evident from the "on tap" descriptions. Leaving through the front door (we came in through a side opening), noticed the brewery swag - entered into a conversation with the lady up front, and finally got the connection of the name of the brewery, names of some of the beers and the local "institution" - yes, pun intended. Kudos for connecting the dots on local history.

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Stony Lake Brewing Co.

in Saline, Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +11.7% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopes by at 6 on a Saturday. It is in a strip mall, but don't let that scare you off. Inside is nice light wood walls, black ceiling. Feels welcoming withou being dark. Small 9 person bar, but plenty of tables and booths as well. 10 of their own on tap plus 2 ciders. Pricing is 5/6/7 for 12/16/20 of most items. Service was prompt and pleasant. Nice variety in the 10 offerings as well. No food on site. I really like this place and will return

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Save The World Brewing Company

in Marble Falls, Texas

4.21/5  rDev -3.7% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

My wife and I came across this brewery by accident during a road trip from San Antonio TX to Fort Hood. Just off route 281 - we pulled in and were pleasantly surprised by this great little brewery.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff offering a solid variety of beers. I tried two of the flights and particularly enjoyed their belgian style offerings - though all the beers were quite good. Great tour of the brewery. BBQ food truck in the parking lot the day we were there was quite good, several picnic tables inside and out to take it all in. Inside they had board games and comfy couches to pass the time while you're sampling their beers. Living in the Fort Hood area, I look forward to returning - definitely wort the drive from either San Antonio or Fort Hood.

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Sisyphus Brewing

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +4.7% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

great space these guys have, surprised it took me this long to make it in, but its definitely near the top of the list to visit again in the twin cities. mellow vibe in this old industrial looking space, exposed brick all over, plenty of windows, dim lighting, lots and lots of seating but still a very intimate vibe, a very long bar, and a brew house down the hallway in the back that i could not believe how small it was! they are turning out some seriously delicious beers on a very small operation, all very quaint and humble, big fan already. they had something like ten beers pouring, hands down the best for me was the maple stout, not brewed with maple syrup, but aged on maple wood, something really out of the ordinary and well executed. the barleywine was also very good, and aside from the apple ale, all the beer was quite impressive here, and i got pretty loose. they have crowlers to go which is cool, an awesome bar staff who seemed genuinely stoked to be there and were all cool to chat to, and a very cool energy in here. on the surface its not way different than a lot of taprooms around the country, but this place feels just a bit more personal than most others, and the beer seems to be on its way to greatness. well worth checking out if you are in the area, definitely try the maple stout!

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Strand Brewing Co.

in Torrance, California

3.92/5  rDev -4.2% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

there new place is huge a lot of room and games to play not a bad place beer selection is kinda weak they need more options and newer options as well but great hangout place no doubt about that

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Homebrew Heaven

in Everett, Washington

5/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.7
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best home brew store in Snohomish County! Excellent selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff, central location, and a great hours. This is my go to store for home brewing needs.

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College Hill Sundries

in Greensboro, North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.51
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is exactly what I would describe as a "Dive Bar" from the appearance with the exception that it serves from pretty decent craft beer offerings both on draft and in bottles. Dark, dimly light inside with really loud music playing - too loud for me to be able to carry on a conversation. There was an assorted crowd when I stopped by ranging from college students to retirees. Not really my kind of vibe as I tend to prefer places that reduce the volume enough to easily carry on a conversation.

Beer was served to me in a plastic cup even though the bar was not busy and there was glassware sitting there on the counter which I found a little bit strange. The beer was poured with a decent amount of head and at a decent temperature but I prefer real glassware.

Bartender was not overly friendly but efficient and got my beer quickly. Didn't have enough of a conversation with the bartender to know whether or not they were knowledgeable about the beers as I knew what I wanted to order when I came in (Wicked Weed Juiceless).

Selection is pretty good and they ofter have some of the rarer local offerings available.

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