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Kim's Alley Bar

in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 1
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

it's a nice little bar, but beer selection is quite poor. why do people keep adding places with no beers on tap? Bottles are cheaper at the stores anyway.

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The Blind Monk

in West Palm Beach, Florida

1/5  rDev -73.8% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

There are no taps in there. what's the point of going to the bar and getting bottles? they are cheaper at the store. who the heck added this place anyway?

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Penrose Brewing

in Geneva, Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -9.5% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Arrived before the crowd, place looked clean and orderly. Beer samples were all fine. Our bar-tender Sam was friendly. Wish head brewery was a little bit friendlier, he was busy but we were the only one in there at the time. Belgian beer inspired. I finally got to visit , having had their beers at many beer festivals.

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Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

in Chicago, Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.4% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

What a beautiful space. An old movie theater with big vaulted ceilings and impeccable trim. Very classy and comfortable. The beer is unusual, featuring botanical finishes but none are over the top. For example, a well calibrated dubbel made with mission figs and fig leaves. Sounds overly sweet, but not at all. A mildly perfumy lavender pilsner is also appreciated. There are some big boys here too, like some nicely balanced DIPAs and a giant old ale (cherry amaro). Not a huge food menu, but high end-ish and nicely done. Highly recommended.

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Happy Basset Brewing Company

in Topeka, Kansas

3.98/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is the best brewery in Topeka. The selection is good with some unique options - everything from wheat beers with fruit, to wild ales to a rye barleywine. Nice open tap room with a good deal of seating. The only drawback I can think of is a minimal outdoor seating.

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Molly's Spirits

in Lakeside, Colorado

4.87/5  rDev +11.4% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Moved out to CO about 7 months ago and after checking out a bunch of places, Molly's has become my go to spot. It's quite a large store with an awesome selection of wine and spirits, but the beer is what really matters to me and Molly's nails it.

The whole left hand wall is coolers of beer from all over the country and what seems like beer from just about every brewery that cans/bottles in CO. Across from the coolers (on shelves) is some of the more expensive/limited barrel aged stuff (Cascade/Crooked Stave/Eclipse/Bruery/etc.).

What I like the most though is their bomber room. There's always a great rotating selection with solid mainstays like Orval and such but I always seem to find something that's uncommon. Yesterday found 1 bottle of 120min and they had a bunch of World Wide Stout. Pliny comes and goes somewhat frequently too.

Beyond all that, the staff is always super nice and helpful and the guys in the beer department are all very knowledgable which is nice. Last but certainly not least, I have to give a special shout out to their beer manager Grant who just does a killer job.

He runs their "beer club" and has some awesome events throughout the year where they release some serious whales (cantillon/ba dinosmores/key lime gose/mexicake/xocoveza charred/bcs rare/pirate bomb/abraxas/etc.) and they actually try to make it fun instead of just a process like a lot of other places I've been to. For example, as opposed to making people stand in line for BCBS this year they are sending an email to anyone in the "beer club" sometime from 11am-1pm on black friday and you just have to respond with what variants you want (limit 1 each which is the only thing that kind of stinks) and then come in anytime before the end of the day and pick them up. Certainly a better alternative than waiting out in the cold at 5am.

Anyways, that's my take on Molly's!

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Greg & Jane’s Beer and Wine

in Epping, New Hampshire

2.66/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

This is a convenient local store with a decent selection. The prices are about $1-$4 higher than you can get elsewhere, but I suppose that is the convenience premium.

The store is well lit and clean, with beers arranged by brewery and easily accessible..

The owner however ruins the experience. No "hello", and when I went to the counter to pay, he just barked the total at me. I had purchased a few imperial stouts and other "strong" beers, and he said "if you like that kind of beer, you'll like this", and he held up some Oscar Blues white whale that he said was about $13 per can. I said I look at it next time", he said "there are only 12 left" and he pushed the receipt at me to sign.

No "thank you come again" or anything like it (I was the only customer at the counter, so he can't say he was busy)

While this store is convenient, there are two other stores about 30-40 minutes away. I think I'll take the longer trip the next time I'm picking up beer...

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Pulpit Rock Brewing Company

in Decorah, Iowa

5/5  rDev +20.2% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I dont usually give anything all fives, but lets be real, this is the exact kind of place you want to go if you are visiting a brewery. I mean come on. They have great beer, great service, an awesome patio, and you can bring food in (most likely mabe's). Their beers are fantastic and can easily compete with the Toppling Goliath IPAs (and im sure someday they will). I would recommend stopping by to anyone beer snob visiting Decorah for TG, they would be as impressed as I am.

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Short's Burger & Shine

in Iowa City, Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +11% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I love the food here. Their burgers are so dang good. Probs the best in IC. I also love that the beer is all local (iowa) so it is cool to get to try things from des moines area that you cant normally buy in cans or bottles. Prices are high however. Every time i go for dinner and a couple of beers i end up spending $30+. So i cant go as often as I would like. But the place is cool, it was built in an alley so the exposed brick is neat, and has a cool bar too. Good place to go to watch sports as well.

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Safe House Saloon

in Lansing, Iowa

4.59/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.8
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

So remember, this review also has to be based on the area. I live right off the mississippi river, in between lacrosse and prairie du chien. Im a huge beer guy, and it is hard living here with not much around (however i shouldnt complain, Decorah is a 40 minute drive). With that in mind, safehouse is great. They have a good selection, care about beer, have growlers as well as a little table set up where you can buy bottles. It has a nice beer culture and you can tell the owners care about craft beer and like craft beer.

The vibe is not the best, its kind of a janky place. It has an 'old west saloon' theme which is neat, but it just seems kind of off. The beer quality is nice, and you can tell they teach the bartenders well for how to pour and serve beer. The food is awesome. They have pizza, and a large variety of specialties. The cheese curds are KILLER which is always a plus if you are just going to a place to sit at the bar and have a couple of brews. The food prices are good, and the beer prices are spectacular. I would definitely recommend a stop if you are driving through and looking for a place to grab a bite and a beer.

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Buckeye Lake Brewery

in Buckeye Lake, Ohio

4.86/5  rDev +19.7% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We love visiting The Buckeye Lake Brewery! We actually sell their beer at our place. The staff is very knowledgeable about every product they sell. It's a cozy environment where you feel welcome on every visit. It's truly a social hub that has completely changed a neighborhood by becoming a destination....if you are in the area check it out for yourself!

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Light the Lamp Brewery

in Grayslake, Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +27.7% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

friendly staff and owners...great selection for a small brewer and....they are moving to a new location, so even better and greater things around the corner.

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Stove and Tap

in Lansdale, Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Interior was a lot bigger then the picture on google, and the design inside looked like they spared no expense. I loved the historical photos by the bathrooms but the taxidermied bear at the retro storefront-styled entrance I did not care for. Why did they have taxidermy?

Anyway, I was excited to have Free Will IPA on tap, it was very good. There were maybe 10 taps, some bottles. I had the shrimp appetizer, a cheeseburger and salad. All was good, prices were very cheap too. This place is definitely the town hotspot, jammed with people. We made a reservation the night before, I recommend doing so on a weekend.

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Civil Society Brewing

in Jupiter, Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Some of the best people in the biz. Low key, high quality, and fun to be around. You may have to wait a minute for crowler fills (as everyone wants to try these guys) and rightfully so. But I promise it's worth the wait. Can't wait to re visit.

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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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