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Relic Brewing Co

in Plainville, Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This is a small location, but worth stopping at if in the vicinity. I had first heard about it searching here at BA, then found some bottles of Sorceress at a nearby store. The first time I dropped in to the brewery, it was early afternoon, I had planned to just fill two growlers. I believe one was Sorceress and the other Flaxen Foal. The friendly staff insisted I check out the list of what was on tap, and I was impressed with what I tried at that time. Thrice, Ryddle and probably the Flaxen Foal were what I had sampled. Other times I had stopped in just for growler fills, but recently stopped for more samples on a Friday afternoon; the place was quite busy, people inside and also right outside the door as it was a nice day. New to me were Blackheart, Cygnet, Points West and Simcot samples. All were very good, and then a glass of the Cygnet. The only bad thing was that I had not properly prepared for the trip, and should have also had my growlers to fill.

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Weisses Bräuhaus

in München, Germany

4.95/5  rDev +14.8% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

In Munich's Tal 7 stands the most traditional and interesting "Wirtshaus" in Bavaria. Roughly translated, a "Wirtshaus" is partly a bar and partly a restaurant. It's an institution and an essential part of any beer lover's visit to Munich. When foreigners enter, they believe they are simply in a restaurant. They slowly figure out that it's strictly seat yourself, and that if you actually want to eat or drink you going to have to sit at common table with others. Even if they figure all this out and actually manage to order food and drink, most will leave without even grasping where it is they have been. Maybe it's the language or maybe it's the culture that is the barrier. Perhaps both.

The beer is the main attraction and the focus is on the Weissbier. The George Schneider and Sons brewery has been in business since 1872 & is currently in the 6th generation - all the proprietors using the name George.

Schneider Weisse Tap 7 Unser Original: Starting with George Schneider I, George Schneider VI is now in control of this family run brewery in Kelheim. Still brewed according to the original recipe from 1872, this is a darker colored Weissbier. It's rich, dark amber color has just a wisp of banana and is more associated with its clove aroma. It's a fully bodied beer with sweet, dark bread flavored malt and lingering wheat flavors with light touch of lemon and banana at the finish. Alcohol: 5.4 %.

Schneider Aventinus Tap 6: Aventinus is the quintessential Weizen Bock (Strong Hefe-Weizen). It's dark brown in color with a ruby red tinge and offers an aromatic hint of ripe banana, dried rasins, and plums which plays off its licorice and roast malt profile. It's well balanced nature and rich flavors hide it's true alcohol content, so be careful! Alcohol: 8.2%.

If you still have anything left in the tank, you can try the Eisbock - a super strong version of the Aventinus whereby the mash is frozen, forming ice crystals that can be removed from the beer, driving up the the alcohol level. Then I would go for the aforementioned Hopfenweisse - but only if you can sleep in the next day!

Additionally, Schneider offers a great alcohol free version, and a light version with1/2 the alcohol of an original. Further you can try a "blond" Weissbier, or the "green" one which recreates Schneider's version of an Oktoberfest style beer. If you don't like the yeast,you can also get a filtered version called "Kristall Weizen." If for some incomprehensible reason you don't like Weissbier, you can order a Helles from the Tegernseer brewery, or various soda's produced by Schneider und Söhne. Also, a Rotling or a Silvaner wine would be worthwhile.

Beer Etiquette:
• Wait until everyone has a beverage before you take a sip
• Raise your glass and say "Prost!"
• Leading with bottom of your glass (the rim is much to delicate!), look into each persons eyes as you clink glasses. Failure to do so results in 7 years of bad sex.
• Be sure never to reach over or under other's extended arms. This is a bad omen and all too often results in a broken glass and spilled beer
• Never fail to take a sip after you clink glasses. Failure to drink after saying Prost will be taken as an insult.
• Never play with your cellphone while sitting with others - this is rude behavior and tells your tablemates that they are boring. If you really need to do something, first excuse yourself from the table.
• If you are with others at the table, tick marks are often made on your coaster so you don't screw the others at your table. It is hard to keep track of how many you had!
• The Pretzels are not free. If you touch it, you take it. Don't ever put a half of a pretzel back in the basket.

The kitchen at the Weisses Brauhaus shows continual improvement. Under the leadership of Sepp Nagler, they continue to offer old Bavarian specialties from the "Kronfleischküche." Granted that this isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's reassuring that these old recipes continued to be on offer at the Weisses Brauhaus. On the regular menu, Bavarian dishes dominate, but often are given a slight modern twist. My favorites are the Zwiebelrostbraten and the Kaiserschmarrn, but you can't go astray with any of the items.

If you decide to visit, it's important that you take your time and enjoy the evening. If you have any luck at all, you'll somehow converse with your table mates and have an entertaining and enlightening conversation. The Weisses Bräuhaus is an institution that must be savored!

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The Yard

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +5.3% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Large draft beer selection (50 taps?) from across Pennsylvania as well as the country. Impressive bottle/can selection to drink on site, or take away (I got a 2016 BCBS to go!). Drank WWS on tap and ate great wings. Wife thought Monte Cristo was ok. Great bar service and fun place to watch game and meet locals. Loved the music (punk rock) and the bar vibe. Can't wait to return!

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Delirium Café

in Brussels, Belgium

4.88/5  rDev +17.9% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Really enjoyed visit there - the menu reads like a great book. . . . .in fact I bought it. A must visit when you go to Brussels. You could go there many times and never drink the same beer once

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Cheers!

in Salisbury, Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -16.2% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Cheers! considers itself to have the best selection of craft beers in Delmarva. It does in fact have a good quality of selection, especially with Maryland based beers (Flying Dog, EVO, Heavy Seas, Tall Tales etc.). It also has a good selection of rarer non-MD beers including Oxbow, Maine Beer Co., Founders and Allagash. They also have a growler station which shoots to have hard to get beers not available in bottles/cans. They even have a homebrewing section near the back of the store and a good variety of wines.

My big problem with Cheers! is some buyer beware issues. 1st if you are looking for a rare beer that they may get, it is practically impossible to get an answer from their staff if they have it, when they will have it, how much it will be and if they are getting it. A lot of the staff are college kids who seem to have minimal knowledge on beer, so you need to know what you are doing. 2nd is that you need to look at the bottles to make sure they haven't been sitting on the shelf forever. You might find something cool but it's covered in dust and might have been sitting on the shelf for a long time.

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Moon Tower Inn

in Houston, Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

OK...this place is different. I mean WAY different. I visited this fine establishment a couple of months ago and found it to be charming, surprising and good. Yes, they brew and their beers are good; they have a very fine array of guest taps, the beer garden atmosphere (all in open air) is very nice. The food menu consists of wild game wurst and other top notch yums. I would mightily recommend this place.

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Liquor Mart

in Whittier, California

4.8/5  rDev +14.8% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Many bottles, great selection. All the newest beers out at a great price. One of my main go to spots to pickup beer, ciders and meads. Not a easy spot to get into. Entrance is only easily accessible coming going west on Whittier blvd. you have to make a u-turn if you are coming east.

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The Bottle Room

in Whittier, California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Great spot has a great selection of beers on tap and many in bottles. Food is very good can be salty at times. Service can be so so. Love the mac and cheese and the turkey burger is the best I have every had.

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The Cellar Bottle Shop & Tasting Room

in Whittier, California

4.15/5  rDev -10.2% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Great spot, large selection of bottles. The only bad things is you have to either get full pours or a flight or tasters. Can't just get a taster or two. Not great if you want to try a few beers and take off sober.

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Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer

in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

1.4/5  rDev -66.3% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Owners routinely harass patrons via social media. Like, no kidding. The store is owned by children. Check their IG account for some examples. Overpriced and childish. No reason whatsoever to patronize this place. Food is fine, but not much better than a well made Quarter Pounder from McDonald's.

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Homage Brewing

in Pomona, California

5/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.59
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very cool spot to get together and drink. I love all their beers, milk lizard is a great milk stout. IPA's are solid and very tasty, but their sours are awesome!!! I've made all the bottle releases but the first. Loved every single one and always look forward to each new release.

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Moonraker Brewing Company

in Auburn, California

4.71/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

If you are ever on your way to North Lake Tahoe, I'd definitely recommend taking a 1 mile hiatus and visit Moonraker. I think you'll end up making trips specifically to visit the brewery after you first visit.

The brewery at first looks fairly small but the back side is quite large (no pun intended) and often they have taco trucks serving pretty good food (you just need to check their website for which one will be there on a given day).

The beer selection is pretty darn tasty. I'd say their IPA's are their best offering, but they have a pretty good stout as well. Depending on what day you are there, they may have cans available, otherwise you can get growlers and the on-site consumption prices are really good.

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Thyme Kitchen and Craft Beer

in Peoria, Illinois

3.93/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

High ceilings make it seem like a large-ish place. 10 stools at the impressive looking bar. A few high tops then 8 or so four tops on the main floor with a few more in a semi private section. Upstairs seating as well seems more for private parties.
Animal heads and live plants decorate the walls: the moose and water buffalo are especially eye-catching.
25 beers on tap with anything from Destihl, Deschuttes, B-Nektor, to Peoria Brewing, Stone, and Revolution.
Bottles are equally solid.
Food is well done.
Servers are knowledgeable and attentive without being in your face.
Nice place to find in Peoria.

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La Cave à Bulles

in Paris, France

4.35/5  rDev -6.9% | Avg: 4.67
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Thursday morning less than an hour after the place had opened. There were already other customers in the shop. As this was my last day in Paris and my suitcase was already full and probably overweight, I was only looking for special beers of which I did not see any and thus did not buy beer during my visit. Will definitely stop in the next time I am in Paris for any extended period of time as this is the place to buy and avoid drinking Kronenberg all the time. A good beer store in Europe but just average when compared to the stores I can visit in the US.

V – Bright, clean, open, well laid out. All prices are marked.

Ser – As the one clerk was already busy when I entered I did not interact with anyone in the store. But everyone was friendly

Sel – Plenty of French, Belgian, English and even some US beers to choose from. No sours that I could see during my visit.

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Beers'n'More

in Zürich, Switzerland

5/5  rDev +6.8% | Avg: 4.68
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Open bar and comfortable sitting area, great food.
Quiet, sizeable outside sitting terrace.
Very knowledgeable and friendly staff.
More important than all, they have in the pub, amongst many excellent bottle choices, but, 20 of the best quality beers from around the world on draft! The best I've ever seen.
The shop has an elaborate choice of great beers from all over.

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Les Fleurs Du Malt

in Lyon, France

4.58/5  rDev +15.4% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I was quite surprised by this place. The shop is very small! A few rows of shelves on the walls to your right and left and boxes stacked in the middle. Not really enough room for two people to pass by each other. That being said, spent 90 minutes talking with Matteo (host/staff at LFdM) on what I thought would be a 10 minute trip in and out. The staff speaks very good English and is passionate about the craft beer scene. They are able to get their hands on nice gems and are always seeking to bring/try out new breweries for their shelves. The pricing is a bit higher than average but overall not bad! Highly recommend a visit to this place. They have about 50% of shelf space dedicated to local French beers, 25% beers from around Europe, 25% from US, and 25% from Belgium specifically. This is a rough estimate of course. Location is right by the Saxe-Gambetta Metro station.

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Funky Buddha Brewery

in Oakland Park, Florida

4.66/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place just keeps getting better and better. A lot of there beers are very similar; sweet adjunct porters, but they are generally very good to world class. I wish their IPAs were on the level of their porters, but you know what you're in for with FB. The food counter was a great addition, and everything I've had was delicious.

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Cigar City Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

4.89/5  rDev +9.2% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Love hanging out at this brewery. They always have a great draft selection, and even pour bottles of Hunahpu's from time to time. There's plenty of room and two bars.

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Trillium Brewing Company

in Canton, Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.59
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

It is surprisingly easy to walk into this modern spacious brewery and get draft pours and cans/bottles/growlers of some of the best beer in the world. The staff is great as well. Can't wait to get back to the Boston area again so I can spend some more time at Trillium.

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Prohibition Pig

in Waterbury, Vermont

4.7/5  rDev +8.3% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is a must if you're in the Waterbury area. The beer selection is incredible, and the food is gourmet bar fare. It's a little small especially for the crowds they draw, but I've thoroughly enjoyed both times I've been there.

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The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

in Stowe, Vermont

4.86/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Relaxed modern atmosphere with hip music and three samples of free beer flowing. The staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. They usually only have 3-4 different beers for sale, but they're usually world class beers. The only complaint I would have is the unpaved parking lot, that becomes a muddy mess in the damp winter months. Other than that, visiting the Alchemist is a bucket list experience.

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Craftbeer Lodge

in Freiburg, Germany

4.43/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Great shop right in the busy downtown area. Really shocked by how amazing the selection was. It was a fairly large store with a huge wall of beer. They had numerous beers from all over Europe, some that are typically hard to find. By far the best selection in Freiburg. Service was fine.

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Perrin Brewery

in Comstock Park, Michigan

4.71/5  rDev +12.1% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Excellent selection of beers. No Rules may be their top beer, but they have many others that are just as good. Crowler and growler fills available. Food is very good as well. Just 15 minutes north of Grand Rapids, MI.

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Near Wall Bar

in Xi'an, China

4.28/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited this bar in Xi'an twice during the three days I stayed in Xi'an in April of 2017. I stayed by the South Gate, and saw that there was a bar associated with Xi'an Brewery about a 5 minute walk away. How about that? Translating the Chinese name, it literally means "small bird's nest", or sort of like a "little hole in the wall" to give more context. It doesn't translate to "Near Wall" like you would think. That's an idiosyncrasy of language that suits this location, which is literally right on the southern portion of the ancient city wall of Xi'an. If you sit outside on the patio, you are literally 15 feet away from the wall and can see the people walking past on top of the wall (I would recommend doing that in the evening, also). The vibe is really great outdoors especially if the weather is nice. Indoors, smoking is allowed so if you don't like that vibe, I highly recommend going outside. Live music from what I can hear from both inside and outside is nice (though I did not linger inside, only went in to use the WC), they sing a mix of songs in Chinese and in English, and they have an enclosed area for the brewpub setup.

So they have on their menu their 5 flagship beers. You can order a paddle with a sixth taster glass of something experimental. When I went, their Kolsch was tapped out, so they replaced it with a dry cider; and the experimental beer was a "golden IPA". So that was six 4oz glasses for 80 RMB, which translates to about $13 US. Seemed pretty standard, considering a tall glass (I'd estimate 16oz) of the Citra IPA ran 45 RMB ($7 US). They also give you a plate of spicy peanuts and waffle crackers, which was nice. I did not order food here, so I cannot comment on that specifically but they had mostly western fare on the menu. Since I was vacationing in China, I didn't feel the need to eat western food that I could get anytime at home in Wisconsin, so I chose to eat elsewhere before coming here to drink.

Overall, great location, enjoyed the outdoor patio seating a lot. It's pretty rustic sitting and drinking a tall pint of a Citra IPA while glancing upwards at the large ancient city wall and enjoying the ambience of the live music indoors. If you only visit one bar (of any kind) in Xi'an and like craft beer, definitely come here.

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Cascade Brewing Barrel House

in Portland, Oregon

4.76/5  rDev +4.4% | Avg: 4.56
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited by myself on a business trip. They don't do flights but you can order 4 oz'ers two at a time. The waitress asked what I wanted and I said, "All of them." So for the next 90 minutes every time she looked my way I held up two fingers and she brought two more - kind of a fun interaction really and I certainly benefited from a little pacing. Alas I was not able to finish a sample of everything (seemed like around 20 taps) but the waitress gave me an "A" for effort. Bottom line I've been to several of the well known "sour houses" and this one had the most consistently great stuff. Food was really nice too - I got some kind of cold asparagus salad and bruschetta which really paired well with the sours. Not as stuffy as you might expect from a place with such high quality beer. And an easy walk back to the trolley line which connected with the light rail back to my hotel which allows one to safely attempt to consume all their beers without getting behind the wheel.

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