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Bale Breaker Brewing Company

in Yakima, Washington

2.95/5  rDev -32.2% | Score: 4.35
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Driving on a route that has hop fields on both sides of you, you pull into a lot that is literally smack dab in the middle of hanging hop bines. The first impression is pretty universal and uncomplicated: you feel like you are somewhere special.

This facility seems brand new and surprisingly large for being so young, and especially so remote. If not for the hop fields, the region almost feels like a desert landscape.

The interior bar area is actually small, and is a mix of a sports bar and a very clean, industrial, almost hardware-like store, but the exterior is where it's at. A food truck will pull up to the side, allowing you to order from a limited menu--this day Guerra's was there and they had some rather unique sandwich offerings featuring a tasty sourdough bread with unique grains I was not familiar with. There are picnic tables under an awning, as well as plenty of yard space for the kids to play around in. Even though the hop harvest was mostly complete by now, they seem to have left a wall of hop bines up nearest to the beer garden for those that enjoy a little photo op with a fresh glass of brew.

Beers here are nice, crisp and clean, and obviously quite fresh, particularly on the hop front. However, the variations between them aren't very drastic, and they all lean closer to the classic West Coast IPA, versus the newer trends. The selection is relatively small, but there were a lot of other beers not on draft available to go in cans.

While this is a very nice place to visit, especially out on the patio, I have to admit that what stuck with me is mostly negative. They are very serious about the 5PM closing time on Sunday, cutting people off at 4:30PM and running around screaming "Last Call!" vociferously, while folks are just trying to chill on a nice, sunny day, playing corn hole and sitting at the picnic tables, or patronizing Guerra's wonderful wood fired clay oven. I suppose I had an indication this would be the case when I went up to order my first beer at 4PM and was ignored in favor of a personal conversation, then asked what I wanted as if I was already not welcome. Maybe it was just an issue with those particular individuals, as there was one other person working that was a lot more engaged and amenable, but was busy completing other tasks.

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Bristol Discount Beverage & Redemption Center

in Bristol, Vermont

1.8/5  rDev -47.8% | Score: 3.45
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I'm a regular local customer here and I come here a lot, Today I had went in for a small purchase and I had my card on me, the purchase was ~3 dollars and they said they had a $4 card minimum in which I offered to pay cash to bye the minimum fee on their end and they turned me down. When I went back after driving home and hunting change for a purchase that should've been much simpler. (which the gas cost me $3) After this I returned to the store, asked for the product and the owner had handled my purchase and gave me a rather condescending tone when checking me out. I really hope these guys learn to conduct better business or at least be more friendly about it. Not impressed guys.

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The Bar At AS220

in Providence, Rhode Island

3.16/5  rDev -15.5% | Score: 3.74
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25

Checked this place out on 10/10/17 before a show at Lupo's/The Strand. Food was pretty tasty, with lots of vegetarian options, which was nice. Draft selection left a lot to be desired though. They had a couple of Berkshire Brewing options, Bitburger, Left Hand Brewing Kolsch, Southern Tier's Pumpking, something from Kentucky Bourbon (I think) and then a bunch of In-Bev products: Boddington's, Elysian, Goose Island. They had some cans, too, including Gansett's latest Lovecraft Ale and It's About Time IPA. I had high hopes when we walked in, so it was a huge bummer to see so much In-Bev stuff occupying the taps...

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Fremont Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

3.94/5  rDev -7.3% | Score: 4.25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Wow, was this place a lot more happening than I realized it was going to be! There is a super bustling and huge beer garden in front of a large, fully open interior with two sides split by a wooden bleacher section for casual seating. Both sides feature a walk-up bar with a fairly large taplist, and plenty of to-go options here or in the merch store next door.

The selection is great, especially during fresh hop season. The variety of fresh hop taps was surprising, considering they still had room for some sours and other styles. It doesn't hurt that we had the blind luck of arriving on the same day as the BA Dark Star release, during which it was on draft to try, and still available to-go at night with a 4pp limit, and minus the FOMO lines.

I didn't really see the food options, aside from a grab your own pretzels and water station, which is next to the bus your own dishes station, so service here is basically non-existent aside from the friendly and quick tap slingers.

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Holy Mountain Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

3.89/5  rDev -10.8% | Score: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Located in a unique spot that is much less bustling and a lot more mellow than downtown Seattle, the bar is moderately short, but the rest of the space is rather roomy, as it needs to be since it still gets quite busy despite its decentralized location. The bar top is a nice wooden bar, with a windowed view to some fermenters. The tap station is to the right, in front of the swag, and has a cute, understated appearance for such an up-and-coming brewer. A large garage door that opens in the back not only provides a view of trains as they go by, but is great for sunsets over Elliott Bay of the Puget Sound.

Service is mostly self unless you're at the bar, and the beers are more than worth it: very mature and complex saisons, super potent and dank IPAs, and strong, deep dark brews. Selection includes some local ciders and collaborations, but is limited to around 10 lines total, with some in-house bottles to consider. Two fresh hop ales were on when we visited, and they were our favorites of all the fresh hop brews we had over the course of a 1.5 week road trip through the entire Pacific Northwest.

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Two Dogs Taproom

in Tokyo-to Minato-ku, Japan

3.88/5  rDev -10.6% | Score: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Decent brewpub in Tokyo, although they did only have one beer of their own which I never tried. There was a good selection of beers across about 15-20 taps as I recall, mostly split between US and Japanese craft beers with the odd Guinness and Magners cider through in as well. Prices were on par with most craft places in Japan (read: expensive but not astronomical) and they were happy to put on a football game when I asked. Busy but not packed on the Saturday night that I visited; I'd likely return on any future visits to Tokyo.

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Second State Brewing

in Cedar Falls, Iowa

3.79/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.3
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Recently opened brewery in downtown Cedar Falls. Clean and spacious, with gleaming fixtures and works by local artists on display. Seven taps featuring the current lineup, with flights and growlers available. Friendly wait staff, mellow atmosphere, and a pretty solid tap list. Be sure to stop in if you're in the area.

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Southland Beer

in Los Angeles, California

5/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.67
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my absolute favorite place in town and meets all of the criteria that I look for in a beer bar: wide selection of interesting draught beers, diverse selection of bottles for in-house or takeaway consumption, knowledgeable bartenders, and a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere. They only have small plates on the food menu but they're cool with bringing in your own grub and you're in the middle of ktown so there's tons of options all around. The food they do serve all pairs well with drinking and the options of cheeses on the cheese board are thoughtfully curated. They also regularly have a selection of crazy ciders that I've never seen anywhere else. Wine too, if you're into that. If I have one negative thing to say it's that I'd prefer more weird rock n roll on the speakers but that's probably just me. Overall I gotta say this is a very special place and fills a gap in the neighborhood that BB doesn't cover. Checkem out if you're in the hood!

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HenHouse Brewing

in Santa Rosa, California

4.18/5  rDev -5.9% | Score: 4.44
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Not a ton of beers on the board, but the ones I tried where between good and very good. Nothing mind blowing but definitely worth the visit. I especially liked that they had different styles, even though they had like 12 beers total, they covered like 9 different styles. Low-key type of place and if you order a sampler the bartender comes to your table and tells you about the beers which was cool.

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Vine Park Brewing Co.

in Saint Paul, Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -0.5% | Score: 3.81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Brew your own location with a $7.50 tour that provides info on the process and info on their beers. Not much seating, but then again it is more of a brew space than taproom. Nice and knowledgeable staff.

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Urban Family Brewing Co.

in Seattle, Washington

4.49/5  rDev +10% | Score: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

not sure you can go anywhere and find such an inspired, eclectic, and ambitious list of in house beers! this really was a cool experience. a bit off the map, hard to find, tucked back in an industrial looking area with little more than couple of barrels and a small painted logo on the front to mark their space. inside it appears sort of jibled together with a mix of high and low seating, a small standing room only sort of bar area, and an expansive operations area with lots of barrels and tanks around. kind of dimly lit and minimalist, but not particularly put together. a chalkboard menu shows some incredible stuff on offer, from fruited sours and wilds, beer in barrels, ipa types, and all sorts of esoteric ingredient and yeast combinations, super into it. i had not been overly impressed with their bottles stuff out in the world before visiting, but it seems like everything in the place is dialed in, so either they have gotten a lot better, or their stuff just isnt travelling well. i loved the blind tyger juniper saison, and the dark perennial sour with rhubarb and blackberry was also a hit for me, but all of the beer was interesting and really good. the dudes in here made the place though, they really were stoked to be sharing their beers with us, had a ton of good information, and gave us a lot of samples, as generous as anybody in any brewery i have ever visited or moreso, really rad treatment in here. they have bottles to go as well, and seem to show no signs of slowing down. stoked to have made it in, and will definitely be keeping an eye on these guys, big things are in store i have a feeling! do not miss this place if you are a beer person visiting seattle!

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Brock Street Brewing Company

in Whitby, Ontario

3.64/5  rDev -1.6% | Score: 3.7
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

If you are in area, worth a stop part of tour stop with 5 Paddles and now Jack Astor. Some different styles, like a barleywine and an IPA in two versions, one with pineapple. Hoppy beers not bad.

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Eternity Brewing Company

in Howell, Michigan

4.81/5  rDev +13.7% | Score: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Excellent beer, the owners are friendly and approachable. The staff in general are very good,but a few are exceptional. Overall it is a warm friendly place to frequent with Very good beer. Every 1-2 weeks they are introducing a new beer.

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Trillium Brewing Company

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -4.8% | Score: 4.58
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Fort Point in Boston is a wait with no pours - but if you live in the burbs, head to a canton for some pretty incredible beer. Excellent selections on tap. This stuff is extremely high quality. Great vibe, food trucks, dog friendly. If you’re taking Amtrak to NYC, stop here on your way back - or even better bring your NYC friends some REAL beer.

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Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar

in Tucson, Arizona

4.59/5  rDev +4.6% | Score: 4.39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very cool place. Clean, great food and atmosphere, and a really good selection of bottles and tap. Bartenders are all great (one girl was a little rude once but whatever) and service was quick. Will definitely be returning many times.

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Maple Tree Inn

in Blue Island, Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +1.4% | Score: 4.4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Definitely go for the food, and the beer is no slouch.
Maple Tree has been here forever so expect some eccentricities regarding the building itself, but the really have put some money into her now and she looks great.
Several rooms for dining including the second floor. But my favorite is still the, now expanded, bar area on the main floor.
The decor is New Orleans centric, which they bead-up around fat Tuesday, but the rest if the year it is a touch more subtle. The food, drinks, beer, and music all center around NOLA.
Abita beer is available, but also several local craft beers like 3Floyds and their neighbor Blue Island Brewing, along with Deschutes, Noon Whistle, Destihl, 4-Hands, B. Nektar....and Triple Karmeliet and Old Rasputin on tap was a pleasant surprise.
Service is always well considered and we'll trained. They operate like a well oiled machine, a pit crew, a team, but not that tired, cheap chain-type "team". Everyone has a job to do and they execute the dining experience to a 'T'.

Really good after dinner beer options in the immediate area as well.

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18th Street Brewery

in Hammond, Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +1.2% | Score: 4.12
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Large open-looking former manufacturing space with half walls separating the bar from the brewhouse and from more of a restaurant looking space. It's interesting to see City of Chicago flags in an Indiana establishment, but that's from where the brewers/owners hail.
All the beer is great. 9 house beers in 6 styles on tap and Zombie Dust as a guest all with reasonable prices.
Service was top notch. Our server was enthusiastic about the brewery and beer, well informed, willing to get questions answered, and was always closing with a great attitude.
I can't comment on the food, as I didn't have any, but it looked good and as with the beer the prices are right.

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Harry's Blue Bell Taproom

in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -17.2% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

This is a decent little place in a strip mall just outside of the Norristown area. The bar seats about 10 people, and there are several tables. Basic pub atmosphere, clean, and ergonomic. Brewerania and TVs on the walls. Service was fine, and prices were about right. The beer selection was good, with a nice variety of craft staples on tap and in bottles/cans, including local stuff from the likes of Stickman and 2SP. Food menu was limited but adequate for a quick bite. Pub grub, burgers, tacos, with an emphasis on bacon.

Harry's is a bit off the beaten path as far as local areas I travel to, so it's not likely I'll find myself here again any time soon. I wouldn't say go out of your way to get here, but it's not a bad place, and worth checking out if you're in the vicinity.

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Maine Beer Company

in Freeport, Maine

4.58/5  rDev +1.6% | Score: 4.51
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Just love the quality beer this brewery produces. Do not have a ton of beers to choose from as they believe in offering quality over quantity ("Do What's Right"). Yet, what they do have is probably the best quality top to bottom. They are expanding their facility by leaps and bounds and was so happy to be able to visit them this summer while on family vacation.

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Windmill Brewing

in Dyer, Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -7.5% | Score: 4.27
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Smaller taproom seats 30 and the brewhouse operates within view behind a window. TV for sports and several games available to socialize and pass the time otherwise. I am almost coming to expect a cat at breweries and Luther was pretty relaxed. They are in a good location, but parking is not plentiful.
I enjoyed a few beers and especially liked the wine barrel aged Belgian quad Friesian.
Byo food.
Service was pleasant and informed.
Selection was down on our visit but I understand that is unusual. They had 10 on tap but there is room for several more and they are reasonably priced.
Releases are canned and you can get crowlers to go.

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One Trick Pony

in Lansing, Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1.9% | Score: 4.25
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Medium sized taproom seats about 50 and the tiny patio seats 6 or so. Decor is a great collection of breweriana including probably 150 growlers from past and current breweries, most of which I'm sure don't even sell growlers anymore.
Large screen TV for your favorite team and good music.
Only in-house beer for sale with 12 currently available. I enjoyed the marzen "Ludwig says 'I do.'".
Service was fantastic.

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The Exchange Brewery

in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

4.25/5  rDev +5.7% | Score: 4.02
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is a nice place with a very new age chic look with a bar upstairs and downstairs with a patio in the upstairs portion. They have a lot of their beer for sale to the left along the wall when you walk in and merchandise. They also have their beer cold in coolers to the right. The quality is good, but nothing truly remarkable. The beer is a tad pricey, but they are in the high rent district of Niagara on the Lake. Service was impeccable from people that are really enthusiastic about what they are doing. They also have a pretty diverse tap list of 8 beers that they rotate and some extra ones not on tap in 750ml bottles. This is a nice Oasis in a fairly barren beer landscape.

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Union Station Brewery

in Providence, Rhode Island

3.31/5  rDev -4.9% | Score: 3.48
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

This place can get very busy and noisy. As far as beer selection, it's not the greatest. The service was excellent and the food was above average. All in all, they didn't have any beer that I would go back for. Kind of a disappointment. I'm still searching for a great RI brewery which I have yet to find.

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Trinity Brewhouse

in Providence, Rhode Island

3.66/5  rDev -2.1% | Score: 3.74
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Trinity has a few beers worth trying on tap but the draft list is usually scant. 10 or less to choose from. Not all of the beers are of great quality (that I'd want to drink again). Very cool location. Long bar and plenty of tables to dine at. Service was excellent and the food was above average. Right across the street from Hasbro Toys HQ.

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Wickenden Pub

in Providence, Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -3% | Score: 4
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Small front bar, that opens up into a larger dining area and I think an upstairs. The sliders are very tasty. Beer selection was great, although it left me wanting more. Not much on draft, I think 10-12 if I recall. More in bottles and cans.

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