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La Mare Au Diable

in Sherbrooke, Quebec

3.61/5  rDev +9.1% | Avg: 3.31
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Only opens at 4pm despite what website says. Arrived when it opened so i was the only one there. The IPA was decent but nothing more. The owner who was tending bar was very friendly which helped. The outside terrace looked a bit neglected maintenance-wise. Siboire is much better IMO.

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À L'Abordage Microbrasserie

in Sutton, Quebec

4.18/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Very nice laid-back feel on the main street of Sutton. About 7 house ales plus a guest or two. Lots of windows open and ventilation which is good on a hot summer day. Bit of a detour but if you're going to Dunham, come here and to Auberge Sutton.

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Trader Joe's

in Bloomington, Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Next to TW/Bloomington. Stopped in to see this store on the way to TW, Very small beer section but they did carry an ample amount of craft.. Stone Bells,Surly,Summit, Ballast Point, also had many private label brews, looks they buy in until out and buy others that are on sale. Staff was amazingly friendly. Worth a stop in if headed to TW, and you are looking for food and wine.

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Long Live Beerworks

in Providence, Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Quaint place that has quality beers on tap, with some 'experimental' tries. Overall, the barkeep (aka, owners) are exceptionally friendly and willing to talk about their beers and practices, local food recommendations or anything else you fancy.

DO EXPECT:
- relaxed vibe, and friendly people
- food that can be delivered (if you want)
- reasonably priced growlettes to go (or whatever we're calling them nowadays)
- solid beers that are very drinkable, along with a few that are still having the kinks worked out (my personal favorite)

DON'T EXPECT:
- a giant space to play corn hole (or other drinking games)
- standing in line waiting for cans forever (well, because they don't currently can as much as I'd love some Lil Sippy in cans)

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Cootie Brown's

in Johnson City, Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my second occasion here at Cootie Browns. Every time I say the name, I think of that 90's rap song by the infamous Luke Campbell of Too Live Crew fame "Doo Doo Brown".

It was a beautiful late August day where a break in the heat wave provided temps of about 75F at high noon: a welcomed reprieve from the heat and humidity. I sat outside and enjoyed the ambiance. The passing traffic was a little loud for the conversations of accompanying patrons mostly drowned out the cacophony.

The server arrived quickly and took my order. The food arrived just as quickly and was delicious. My first visit saw my stomach met with the tender greasiness of a Reuben sandwich and fries. This visit I went a little healthier and for Jamaican jerk chicken with black beans and rice and green beans. Again, a solid choice. The chicken was cooked open flame style with nice grill flavor and charring. The green beans were average and the BBR was slightly above. Chicken was great!

The beer list is pretty incredible. Here are a few highlights:

Bells Porter
Depot Street Freight Hopper
Good People
Hi Wire
RJ Rockers Son of a Peach
DFH
SCHLAFLY grapefruit IPA
Wiseacre

There were many more. A great place with great food and an equally great beer list.

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Green Bench Brewing Co.

in Saint Petersburg, Florida

4.31/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Visited on Saturday August 20th around 5:30 PM. It was Tampa Rays game at 7:30 PM so there were a lot of pre game fans making their way through before the game. Nice place; was a old service garage before so they utilized the bay door design well. I can see the place being completely open during the winter months. The selection was quite enormous. There were at least 18 drafts of their stuff and then a few guest spots of local root beer, etc. The brewery tour was excellent and they gave out 3 free samples during the 45-minute tour/discussion. It sounds like they are in the middle of planned expansion, so I will be curious how the place stacks up after some changes.

I thought the service was good. They had four bartenders on staff to handle the volume. Each was able to give recommendations and allow for samples of their specialties. They offered growlers (32 oz and 64 oz), bottles, and cans to take off premise. There are plenty of restaurants in the area to have food while you drink.

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Cigar City Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

4.65/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Pit stop in Tampa from Orlando and boy was it worth it. There are two tasting rooms with different selections in each (cans to go and merch in the front). Insane number of beers on draft plus bottle pours of Huna 2014!!!! Highlight was Caffe Americano.

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Smack Shack

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Brick & Morter restaurant that evolved from food truck. Its in the North Loop with a large amount of seating indoor and out, a full service seafood menu features shellfish and fish with scallops and many fish/seafood selections. Most taps are local, surly summit, steel toe,fulton, and other smaller brewers. Nothing rare on the beer menu just good, its close to Fulton,Freehouse and Modist, breweries. Worth a stop however the food is pricey.

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Maui Brewing Co.

in Kihei, Hawaii

4.67/5  rDev +11.7% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Went after lunch today - beautiful building and big space. Every staff member I met was friendly and helpful. Something like 26 beers on tap with 2-3 guest taps. High quality all-around including the imperial coconut porter. Great music, great crowd, great beer.

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Side Lot Brewery

in Wauconda, Illinois

4.45/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I've been up here a few times now and it's always an enjoyable time. Sat at the bar and talked with the head brewer, who is really cool, before. Have sat on the comfy chairs with my wife before, which is nice and relaxing, and have sat on the outside patio at night to enjoy the weather -- all good options! There are 2 TV's in the joint so if you wanted to make sure you could pay attention to the Cubs or Bears game, they'd likely have that on. They'll usually have 3-5 house beers on tap along with 10+ other local/midwest beers - good selection. They have some wine and spirits as well. You can get a growler filled of any draft beer. They have a small menu of food or you can order from Slyce ( Pizza place next door ) which I highly recommend!

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Holy Mountain Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

3.76/5  rDev -9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

The last brewery I visited on my beer day in Seattle.

V - Fix the late afternoon sun issue as it makes almost half of the tap room unusable. Otherwise the big garage tap room without windows looking onto the brewery. 3.75

Sel - Only Holy Mountain beers. Nothing dark or heavy. 3.5

Ser - Nice folks. I was not needy. 3.75

Q - Good glassware, clean, etc. 4

F - No food

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Russian River Brewing Company

in Santa Rosa, California

4.58/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Went in on a Sunday early afternoon, drove by myself straight from SFO ( great drive ! ) Had to wait in line about 10 minutes because they were at capacity. The place was pretty packed so I just ordered a pint of Pliny and stood around for awhile, eventually a bar seat opened up and sat next to a couple guys who were real nice. Also talked to one of the bartenders for a bit who was cool. Enjoyed a couple tasters of some sours and finished with a pint of Row 2, Hill 56. Didn't order any food but it looked fantastic, got some Pliny, Blind Pig, and some sours to go. Enjoy my short visit there but couldn't stay too long because had to drive myself to Sunnyvale!

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Rooftop Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

3.8/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited on a Wednesday in late afternoon. Just starting to pick up as I arrived.

V - Very small and all about the outside "roof top." 3.5

SEL - Limited in styles. 3.5

Ser - Great because its a small place and it was relatively slow. 4

Q - 4

F - No food but free popcorn.

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New Glarus Brewing Company

in New Glarus, Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev -15.9% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

As many have stated, the layout and beer garden area is fantastic. Perfect place to enjoy a couple locally crafted beers. However, the selection is weak. Any bar or gas station in Wisconsin sells the same exact beers, in fact the bars in town in New Glarus have more NG beers on tap then them. No food is available other than snacks from the gift shop. The beer mustard from the shop is excellent! It was definitely cool to check out, but not sure if I'll be back anytime soon. If I lived in the near vicinity, eg Madison, this would be cool to check out once a month or so, but it's not worth a 2 hour trip, esp when they close at 5pm.

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Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

in Grandy, North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Go for the food. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and some fine German style beers. Moderate your beer expectations.

V - A Bavarian beer haus, but not. 3.75

SEL - 3.5

SER - Nice people but slow at both server and greeter = 3.25

Q - All the beer is brewed and bottled right there. 4

F 4.25

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BierCraft Tap and Tapas

in Vancouver, British Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by on while on vacation with my wife in August 2016.
Busy place on a weekday evening much to my surprise so that says something. Great tap list of European classics but the real gems were all the local BC craft, I haven’t even heard of half of them. I ended up with a couple pints of Yellow Dog IPA and some Four Winds Nectarous and was very pleased indeed. I could’ve stayed here all day trying different stuff but was loving the two I choose. We heard they had good mussels and were not misinformed, some odd option for a mussel pot but they were all terrific. We didn’t even get main dishes after trying them just ended up eating more mussels. The server knew her beer and did a great job considering how busy she was, I’d go back in a heartbeat if back in the area.

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Urban Family Public House

in Seattle, Washington

4.32/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

DO NOT SLEEP on Urban. Visited on a Wednesday right at opening. Much better selection than the other local/walking distance breweries. If you are in this part of town start with Urban, even before Fremont.

V – A better vide than any other place I have been into around Seattle. Still a big space with a garage door(s) but, good music, friendly people, and you can see the brew tanks, etc. 4.25

Sel – Saisons. IPAs. Stouts. Very nice. 4.25

Ser – Friendly, helpful, they even cracked a bottle of their Signs of Erosion saison open for me (no commitment) so I could taste it. I guess they knew I would like it. Andy and Eric were great. 4.5

Q – Wonderful white wine glasses for their saisons. 4.25

F – no food but . . . a great hot dog food truck was there that day.

Do not sleep on these guys. Put them near the top of your list. A mistake if you do not visit while in Seattle.

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

in Corvallis, Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +2.4% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Spending the week in the Mt Hood area and did a trip out to the Willamette Valley today with Da Boss stopping here after visiting Adelsheim Winery earlier in the day.

Vibe was OK, typical brewpub with the stainless steel vats. Ample seating inside and out. Beautiful day with the temps in the upper 70's but with all the outside tables occupied we opted to go inside.

Quality of the beers I had were awesome. Sticky Hands is a world class IIPA and unfortunately I could not get past this one. Da Boss had Gloria, a very nice Pils.

Service was solid as Kelly was timely and good with the recommendation of Gloria for Da Boss.

Selection was good. I would hazard a guess there was 16-18 beers available from Block 15.

Food was very good. I enjoyed by Kimchi beer burger and Rosemary fries. Da Boss had the Sunday chicken dinner special which was quite tasty. The hush puppies had a cornmeal like flavor.

Overall if you want to have one of the better IIPA's in the west definitely come here for Sticky Hands as I am here to testify it is worth the extra miles!

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Fremont Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

3.73/5  rDev -10.1% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited on a Wednesday after lunch. Slow.

Not overly impressed based on the great reviews I had read. The lack of food should be made clear when reading the web site. No Wi-Fi either.

V – What has become the typical open space with garage doors to the outside. Two bars on either side of a large space connected a nice outdoor area with cover from the sun if needed. Flowers, etc. Beards and tattoos (maybe that should be the name of my band?) 4

Sel – Really just about the hoppy beers during my visit. Not even a saison. No guess taps. 3.5

Ser – No table service. Generally friendly, but maybe the Northwest is different than the South and Mid-Atlantic where I spend most of my time. No public wi-fi (bummer!). How’s a man supposed to day-drink and work at the same time? 3.5

Q – Not a fan of the glasses that are shaped like a beer can, which seems to be the preferred contained unless the ABV on your choice of brew begins to rise. Clean and bright. 4

F – None – apples and pretzels for free.

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Mikey's Bar & Grill

in Plover, Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +14.7% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Seriously if you are in the Point/Plover area looking to have good beer with at solid meal this is the only place to be. Hilltop and Guus have some pretty decent taps but Mickey's far surpasses in that category. It's the only place i go out to anymore because of one word that the other restaurants in the area lack in. Consistency. Try the burger that uses Oso's Hopdinger IPA, you won't be disappointed

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Fair State Brewing Cooperative

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

these guys are doing some awesome beers right now, some of the best in the twin cities, so i was stoked to get in and check it out. they have a cool space, the main taproom is a lot like a million others, some cool art, high ceilings, visible brew house in the back, long bar, newish, but the back is awesome, they have a great outdoor area out there thats private and comfortable, but i sat at the bar. they had quite a few beers working, but most of their gnarly ones were only in bottles. i had a great saison here, and a dry hopped sour that was also excellent. they were quite busy so it wasnt a great opportunity to interact with the bartenders, but they were pleasant and cool folks. everyone in here seemed beer geeky too, lots of conversations overheard about yeast strains, mash temperatures, dry hop schedules and the like, pretty informed clientele for sure. the beer is awesome here and the atmosphere is cool, its also in a neat part of town. of the many breweries in the area i have now visited, these guys rank near the top of the list for the quality of the beer alone. well worth stopping in for some heady bottles too!

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Madison Pour House

in Albany, New York

3.89/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

major league selection includes a hill garmstead and lots of jacks abby. as good as you find this part of the state. little table service today. parking in front.

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The Craft BeerCo

in Leesburg, Virginia

5/5  rDev +8.2% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My go to spot for beer. The selection and prices on the growlers are by far the best that ive seen. We also order kegs here for our kegerator. Usually you have to pre-order them, but they make it very easy and they usually arrive within the next couple days. They specialize in growler fills, but also have an insane amount in bottles. I guess since there volume of traffic is lower than total wine, they manage to hold on to limited releases for a good bit longer. They have the largest gold foil avery bottles, Bruery, evil twin, and cascade selection I've ever seen, so if youre into the higher end stuff, this is the place you want to go.

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Horse Brass Pub

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +16.3% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A member of what I like to call the "Holy Trinity" of Portland beer stops, along with Bailey's and the Beer Mongers. Service is great, the tap list is comprehensive, and the vibe is wonderful. I've never been to England, but if their pubs are half this good it must be a wonderful country. The food is definitely English pub grub. I recommend the fish and chips (Portland's best) or the Bridie. Oh, and there's darts. Gotta get down on some darts.

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Bailey's Taproom

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +13.6% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of Portland's all-time greats, and a must stop when in town. While it can get pretty crowded in the evening and on weekends the service is always quick and friendly. While there are some bottles for sale, I generally stick with the taps, of which there are twenty-six, representing a range of styles, and most of them from here in Oregon. Along with the Beer Mongers and Horsebrass, it's one of my favorite places to imbibe.

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