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Powder Keg Brewing Company

in Niwot, Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

been wanting to check this place out for a long time, ever since i first encountered their wild beer in the market here. i have been a fan ever since, and think they fly well under the radar here. their space is gorgeous, right in the heart of the small and quaint town of niwot, it looks new and old at the same time, clean and tidy, but with a lot of brick and wood, spacious bar area, small brew house in the back, barrels line one wall, and they have a limited but attractive selection of house brews, and fill in the gaps nicely with guest beers from colorado and beyond. i had half pours of their two coffee stouts side by side, as they did not have any of the barrel aged or wild stuff on tap (seems like most of that goes to bottles for releases, less on tap). both were excellent, the que coffee edition ahead of the dragonfly edition for my money, but the quality of both is enormous. smooth, mellow, and distinctively different in their coffee profiles, a neat idea, and one that should continue with additional coffees over time. service was great in here, vibe was super mellow, and it seems like a real centerpiece of the town. i do wish they had some of the wild beers on tap, thats why i went there in the first place, but its hard to be disappointed when the others i had were so good. these guys are awesome, highly recommended and worth the drive from denver, even without any of their funky stuff!

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Village Grocery

in Waitsfield, Vermont

3.97/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just as the name says, yup, it's a grocery store with a pretty good selection of beers ie Frost, Lawson's canned items, Heady, Maine Beer Company, Exhibit A, Smuttynose, Allagash and Unibroue seemed to be the more noticeable ones. Pretty clean lil' place, good service/nice staff. When in the Waitsfield area, I don't mind coming back to this place.

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St. Johnsbury Liquor Outlet

in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont

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

While in St. Johnsbury, well, you're not exactly going to find a lot of "bottle shops" in this town, but this clean nicely lit liquor store does the trick. They don't have a huge selection as they stick to more liquors and wines, but their selection seems to lean a touch bit more towards some higher end local to semi-regional sort of conglomeration - ie. Unibroue, Central City (yes, out of western Canada), Allagash, some Mayflower high end sort of stuff and then some Rock Art, Long Trail, Otter Creek and some Queen City stuff. Ballast Point, Cambridge Brewing Company, Dogfish Head and Victory had some bottles. Odd to me but the only BMC I saw was some Bud Light seemed to just sit off to the side with a lot of dust compared to the other stuff I saw. Service seemed fine, somewhat of a quiet sleepy little store. It's either this or Horizons Deli & Convenience.

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Basic Brewery

in Hendersonville, North Carolina

3.54/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.54
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Located near Main Street, this nano-brewery is fairly new, as shows in the nicely renovated, very clean taproom. Five house and 5 guest (all NC) beers on tap during my August 2017 visit. Friendly, helpful service. Sports viewing on 4 flat screens over the bar. Flights, pints and growler fills available.

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Baumgartner's Cheese Store and Tavern

in Monroe, Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

If there ever was *the* classic Wisconsin tavern, Baumgartner's would definitely fit the bill. Cheese curds? Check. Local beers? Check. Limburger sandwich? Ok, maybe it's not for everyone, but their's is great topped with braunschweiger from Hoesly's in New Glarus.

Walk through the little cheese shop up front and the tavern is in back, with the bar on the right. A huge mural of a war between bier steins and wine bottles decorates the wall above the bar, and it's nothing short of amazing. Hand carved wooden shields represent the various provinces of Switzerland, along with plenty other unique bric-a-brac on the walls.

Beer selection is pretty good, not great. 2 dozen taps of mostly Wisconsin beers. Fantasy Factory, Surly, Ale Asylum, and a few other crafts. Service is quick and friendly.

Overall a fun place to stop for a beer, have a sandwich, and load up on Zuber's landjaegers and jars of homemade mustard.

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Craft Brewed

in Nashville, Tennessee

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

Great staff that was friendly and very helpful. Took time time to go over my extensive beer wish list without complaint. Love this place. Would be my hangout if I lived in Nashville!

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Driftless Cafe

in Viroqua, Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

After a day exploring the driftless region of SW Wisconsin, there's no better place to eat than the Driftless Cafe.
The chef was recently nominated for a James Beard award and was on the show Wisconsin Foodie, to give you some idea of the caliber of quality here. We stopped in for lunch and it didn't disappoint. The dinner menu looked more interesting but the quality of the food is top notch. We had the daily special pizza and the mornay sauced mac & cheese.

Beer selection is good, but not especially tailored for beer geeks. They have 8 taps of local stuff and 15 or so bottles. Driftless Brewing Co. and Hillsboro both have taps here. There were a few craft staples and imports.

Service was great, we sat at the bar and staff were always circulating around. There was a strong vibe that everybody really cared about what they were doing, which was nice.

Overall it's a great place to stop for lunch or dinner, and Viroqua is a fun little town to explore. Be sure to also hit the Co-op and Kickapoo Coffee down the road.

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Scratch Brewing Company

in Ava, Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +7.4% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Making a trip to Scratch is a worthwhile adventure, set aside a couple days, take the backroads and enjoy the ride.

Imagine my surprise when the gravel lot is packed and there were a couple tour buses...uh oh. Turns out it was the wedding of some brewery friends, and the event hall was separate from the taproom. It was still busy but not bad at all.

Inside the taproom it's fairly small but packed with unique decor behind the bar, shelves with jars full of dried herbs, old port bottles, a stuffed pheasant, et cetera. A large mural of a mythical beast decorates the largest wall, I think it might be the Piasa monster of local folklore. In the back there's a few strings across the room with bundles of drying herbs and plants, which fits right in to their foraging aesthetic. Outside there's a patio lined with old bricks and flagstone rock, beware of copperheads and poison ivy, we saw both.

The beers were great. Highlights included a "cedar stout" that was more of a rustic woody wild ale, and a very impressive wet-hopped IPA made with their own farm-grown Chinooks. Also very interesting was a gooseberry saison and wild carrot Berliner weisse. Experimentation runs high, so expect some unusual stuff. I didn't love everything, the hen of the woods wee heavy was not my style but I enjoyed everything else they had.

Service was good, the owners were out of town and they had some younger staff working there. They knew the menu but that was about it. One guy explained they use their house sourdough culture in some of the sour beers.

The food menu was limited but very good. The margherita pizza was excellent with just the right amount of char on the crust. Wanted to try the cheese plate but there was already enough pizza to go around.

Scratch is a very unique place, if not the most unique brewery i've been to. Highly recommended if traveling anywhere near the area, it's worth the detour. I'm glad we get some of their beers sporadically in Chicago, and looking forward to future drafts at the Beer Temple and Local Option.

Place review #1000

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Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

in Belfast, Maine

3.77/5  rDev -13.3% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Don't go out of your way to visit.beers are ok at this pier type hangout. fun vibe here, with controlled bonfire on main grounds. relaxed and worth stopping if staying in area only. needs to do a lot of guest taps.

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Garfield's Beverage Warehouse - Wicker Park

in Chicago, Illinois

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Garfield's strategy, it seems from a quick review of their website and BA reviews of other stores, is to buy mid-sized stores that have not kept up with the changing market or nearby real estate. This is the largest liquor store within a mile radius of a part of Chicago that has gentrified rapidly. Garfield's has owned this store for two years and I've bought bottles there at least four times. (The bottle store before didn't make it, although it introduced a good selection of crafts. The store before it was a convenience food store that had a good, but limited selection of crafts.)

So, is this how craft market grows? Its independent stores follow in the neighborhoods where the Yuppies moved in the 1990s and then the Millennials in this century?

As per this store's manager, only 1/3 is beer; but not quite half their dollar volume is crafts (I'm guessing that $ number probably includes the Leinie's and PBR's.) The staff is attentive and have always been helpful when I've asked questions. The craft selection is good and reasonably comprehensive for a mid-sized store.

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Lucille

in Madison, Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here for the Central Waters pre-party for the Great Taste.
The space and architecture was very nice, an 2nd floor atrium level with table seating looking down over the triangular island bar below. White painted brick with some faux finish antiqued details here and there, like a ghost sign mural at the top of the stairs. There was a live country band playing as part of the event, and all the huge walk-out windows were open, so you could hear the band a block away. The crowd was half beer people and half yuppies, for lack of a better term. The vibe wasn't overly pretentious, but I can see how it could be interpreted that way.

Skipped the menu as we just ate at Tipsy across the street. Central Waters Summarillo was very fresh and hit the spot, thanks to Steve for the round. Also sampled the BA barleywine which was tasty as ever. I can't speak to their typical draft list selection, but what they had was very good: 17 CW taps and several additional tied tappings of rarer stuff.

Overall it was a positive experience here and i'd definitely return for dinner when downtown again.

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Tipsy Cow

in Madison, Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Visited Tipsy Cow for the Great Taste pre-party hosted by Surly.

I'd heard good things about the Tipsy burger and it didn't disappoint. We sat out on the patio, good spot to watch the world go by as it's a few doors down from Maduro and across from Lucille. Surly kicked off the day at 7am with Darkness and free donuts. I had a peach gose with the burger and it was good. It's on a corner of the square, so it's a wedge shaped room with plenty of windows and an old wooden bar along the back wall. Some live plants in the windows, and table seating all around. Classic Wisconsin tavern vibes.

Service was fine considering how busy they were in the middle of the afternoon from the Great Taste crowd. Fairly timely though we initially waited 10 min. or so at the table for service.

Tipsy burger was a monster, double patty with grilled onions, Nueske's bacon, and Mike's pickles. All for $9.
Had a nice time here and would return if doing the downtown circuit again.

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Declaration Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a funky little place tucked away in an area where you wouldn't expect it to be. It's right near three major streets, but just inside the neighborhood a little bit. Lots of street parking, and they've got food trucks, board games, and the usual brewery taproom entertainment. Really friendly people, and an interesting skateboard vibe here. I enjoyed the boards on the ceiling that showed some of their previous and rotating beers, along with the current roster along one wall. Nice addition to an area without much of this around it.

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Kent Falls Brewing Company

in Kent, Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Wow. Had no idea that Kent Falls was this far out of the way, but this certainly adds to the overall vibe, of which I'm a big fan. Swung by the site while visiting friends in Kent; showed up to scoop up some cans, stroll the grounds and enjoy a fresh pour. The drive out sets the tone - bucolic farmland, leafy forrest, preserved meadows, huge houses, stone walls and then the farm itself. Not sure of the history but I'm guessing the farm is old old old. When juxtaposed with the sparkling brewing equipment and the hipster-cool taproom it makes for a striking visual.

Six or so taps going with a small selection of bottles. $6 for full pours. Nice, although small, outdoor space with picnic tables and a play area for the kiddos; the space is abutting the farm fields. In the taproom there are barrels, both in-use and serving as tables, beside the medium-sized bar. Fresh produce, chicken and eggs can be bought as well.

Let's make this clear - everything poured onsite at Kent Falls smells incredible. Leafy green hops, fresh cut citrus, pungent fauna, barnyard funk. It's so aromatic to the point that a stroll through the actual brewery is sensory overload. Very open atmosphere.

Strolled the grounds (beer not allowed) with my son and he enjoyed the chicks and hens interspersed amongst crops and perennials.

Cool scene, great beer. Hit the spot for me.

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Aptos St. BBQ

in Aptos, California

4.35/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Not much to say here except excellent food, great beer with a bunch of choices and a really nice atmosphere with live music.

My only complaint would be they could use more seating because it gets busy on the weekends and the bathroom line is consistently long. However, the positives hugely outweigh these minor complaints.

I would definitely recommend this place.

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Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

in Capitola, California

4.29/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Really loved this place, had that low-key Santa Cruz vibe.

The beers were excellent and the service was good. They also have it where you can get Apto's BBQ delivered which is nice.

There is not a huge selection of beers on the board, but they did have a couple IPA's, sours and one porter available when I was there.

Based on the quality of their beers I will be stopping by whenever I am in town.

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Ardmore Music Hall

in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The wife and I came here to see Philly-favorite Marah, the band. I was surprised to see how extensive the draft beer list is; 21 taps of mostly Eastern Seaboard craft brews including Troegs, Dogfish, Sly Fox ,Sterling Pig, Brooklyn and Star Hill.

Nothing crazy or super interesting, for sure, but a lot better than going to, say, The Fillmore in Philadelphia and choosing between an overpriced Goose Island IPA and a Shock Top...

The venue itself is great for music shows, intimate and with excellent sound. Folks are friendly and the vibe is right. And of course it doesn't hurt that Tired Hands is across the street.

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Delirium Café Hoppy Loft

in Brussels, Belgium

4.03/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Upstairs from the Taphouse madness is the Hoppy Loft- a quieter, American version of the Delirium downstairs. 20 taps of mostly California beers from lesser-known breweries like Moylans, Magnolia Brewing, Triple Voodoo, 101 North, Devil’s Canyon and Ale Industries…

Bartenders are a lot friendlier here. They will give you tastings, guide you through the menu and take time. Oh, and they use real glassware here, no plastic cups. I dig it.

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Bratwursthaeusle bei St Sebald

in Nürnberg, Germany

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

This is one of Nuremberg’s most famous spots for sausage and traditional German fare. My local friends took us there, and I was surprised to find a hefty selection of beer (for German standards).

Among the 7 taps: Seidlein Lederer Pils, Schoppen Lederer Pils, Tucher Altfranken Dunkel, Tucher Hefe, Tucher Bajuvator (plus two “alkoholfrei”).

The Nuremberg-style sausages are a hit, and so is the pork knuckle. Servers are young, good-looking and knowledgeable and the place is historic AF.

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Gaffel am Dom

in Köln, Germany

3.76/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

This is a cavernous, beautiful and new-looking beer hall right next to the Cologne train station, serving the famous Gaffel kolsch beer. The wife and I arrived in town and were looking for one beer place to hit before crashing at our hotel, and this was it.

No variety here- just Gaffel kolsch, served by gruff-but-efficient servers that come around incessantly dropping a new glass of kolsch as soon as yours is empty or you tell them to stop.

I’m OK with one or two small kolsch brews, but after that I get bored so I moved on to Fernet Branca (thank you Germany for having Fernet all over!). They charge 1.7 euros for a small glass of beer.

The food menu is pretty expansive, and the portions are huge. I had enough food for a midnight snack and some breakfast. Overall a fun place in a super convenient spot.

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Tattooed Mom

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Tattooed Mom is a South street classic. Downstairs is a vaguely-Mexican dressed-up lounge/bar/restaurant with 6 beers on taps (4 crap plus Lagunitas Equinox and Sly Fox Grisette when I visited). But everyone seems to be getting Tecates and PBR.

Upstairs is a different animal. COOL! Punk, graffiti galore, dirt and old school attitude. Lots of room, pool tables, nooks and crannies, nasty bathrooms and the whole nine yards. Six more taps on the upper floor, nothing crazy but serviceable (Sierra, Heavy Seas).

It can get crazy here with drunks and weirdos, but there is enough room for everyone. And the annual barleywine feast Split Thy Skull is fun.

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Honest Weight Artisan Beer

in Orange, Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Went to the brewery to buy a growler. Right off Route 2A, the brewery is easy to get to if you are traveling west or east on Route 2. After a few miles on 2A, the brewery is on the right in a giant mill building. You enter and there is a large half rectangular bar with several tables across the industrial space.

Service was very, very nice. The bartender was quick to serve me, informative about the beers and the brewery, and got my order promptly. I knew what I wanted (Omniverse) but quickly looking at the menu, the brewery was very well stocked with all their offerings (multiple tap lines) which I believe could all be enjoyed with a growler.

Overall, a nice hidden gem off a major road in Orange, MA.

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Long Ireland Beer Company

in Riverhead, New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Rather Lange tasting room with some additional outdoor seating. Very friendly staff. Flights are basically $8 for four five ounce pours poured one at a time (you are given tokens to bring up for your next beer). Selecton and variety of beers is very good, however the quality of most beers is sub par.

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One Block East

in Wantagh, New York

4.23/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Fairly small, low key, friendly restaurant/bar that caters to beer and bourbon lovers. They get their hands on some excellent new releases that I have not seen anywhere else. They only have a couple of beers on tap (BCBS ON one visit) but a very good selection of craft beer in bottles and cans. Knowledgeable wait staff, excellent service. Food is consistent and very good, the daily specials are even better.

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The Ginger Man

in Boston, Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -10.6% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

There are a lot of beers offered, but for the most part, I was unimpressed. Some nice places to sit down, but this has more of the vibe of a family restaurant where the father of the family doesn't feel like having a Budweiser, the mother wants a glass of wine and the kids want some above average chicken fingers...

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