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Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company

in Madeira Beach, Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Cool upstairs taproom and brew pub. Bar is large and they have about 20 drafts, combination of beers and ciders. Great space. Food was pretty solid as well. Service was very good, food and beer were great. Great spot to check out.

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Haymarket Taproom

in Bridgman, Michigan

4.07/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

My wife and I stopped here to try the beers of this recently-opened brewery. It is situated in a wooded setting along a 4-lane county highway just north of Bridgman. Two grain silos have been erected on one side, and a fenced patio is visible on the other side. There is a large, deep interior on one side of the taproom that contained many long tables, and the bar area on the left side. The patio is visible just outside the windows on the south side of the building.

We arrived just after opening for this Saturday and the place was not yet busy. We chose to sit at the bar, and ordered a sampler flight of 7 of the 11 beers that were available. Each was brewed very well to their respective style, and we ended up giving them an overall grade of a B. The notables were Lucy's Tripel, the American Pale Ale, and the Belgian Imperial IPA. It is not normal for us to give scores that are consistent across the board, so 'Well Done, Haymarket.' Of a special note: each beer was described with the hops that were used in the brewing process, and that's a 'plus thing' for me to see that.

We did not order and food, although the menu looked appetizing and tempting. Mostly the choices are pizzas that are baked in a wood-fired oven, 3-4 deli sandwiches and a salad. If this place was not so far from home, I'd be here often.

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Transient Artisan Ales

in Bridgman, Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

This brewery has been open for about a year, and I have heard many good things about the sour beers that are brewed here as well as more recently-heard hype about their IPAs, so a visit was put onto the schedule. The brewery is in a nondescript building along the main downtown area of this small community. (Across the street from Tapistry Brewing.) The small interior area has the basic needs of a taproom, but not much else. There is seating for about 50 people, plus the front wall has an overhead door where I suspect more seats can be set up on the sidewalk.

There are only 8 taps here but they had a nice spread of styles to include an IPA, a DIPA, a sour saison, a BA Biere de Garde farmhouse ale, a mead, a gose, a sour ale with grapes, and a BBA imperial stout. Sampler flights are not available here, so we chose small pours (5-6 oz.) of 4 beers so that we could try a viable sampling of the available offerings from which to rate the overall list. We rated these four beers at a B grade, and the notable one was the Bad Hombre Vanilla Imperial Cream Stout, but the others were close behind.

No food is available here, and I did not ask if they are food-friendly. There were 12 different beers available to-go that are in 22-oz. bottles. Also to go is a small (22 oz.) swing-top bottle that was filled from the tap. If this place was not so far from home, I'd be here often.

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Sister Lakes Brewing

in Dowagiac, Michigan

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

This brewery has been open for 9 months, but only recently showed up in a list of Michigan breweries. I didn't know what to expect from a brewery that is located in a tiny country setting, but my wife and I put them on our list to visit as part of a Sunday drive. We were very pleasantly surprised at what we found.

The place is along a rural country road in an area with 7-8 small lakes, thus it is a vacation community. The brewery is located in a light-industrial style of building with a small amount of parking at the front. It was busier than what we expected for a wintry Sunday, so the locals already know about this place. There is ample seating inside, plus a couple overhead doors open to a patio area so that more seating can be available during the busy vacation season. Several TVs are hanging on the walls.

We sat at the bar and ordered two 4-beer sampler flights. There are 18 taps, and 16 beers were available with a nice spread of styles. Most were standard beer styles (including two shandies), but a couple of Belgians, a farmhouse, a hefe, an altbier, and a Berliner Weiss gives the beer menu an international scope. Each of the beers is brewed very well to style so that we graded all of them as B, B+ or a B- grade. That was exciting for not knowing what to expect before coming.

Our Sunday afternoon dinner was a part of this trip, so we ordered sandwiches to accompany the beers. Soups, salads, shareables and sandwiches are the offerings. (A link to the menu is on the website.) We enjoyed the food just as much as the beers, so kudos to the brewers and the kitchen here.

Growlers, howlers and 16-oz. crowlers are available for to-go. Several wines are also offered. One of the brewers came over to chat with us, so that was a nice 'plus' to our visit. If this brewery were closer to home, we'd be here often, but we will make it a point to visit again when we are in the area.

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Bukowski Tavern

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Came here on Sunday afternoon, very nice and quiet.

Well, this is a dive bar, pretty small, cash only and one of the stranger bathrroms i've seen. One room, with a lockable door, but both a toilet and a urinal? Hmm...

Taplist wall good and varied, also a great selection of cans and bottles. Prices were very reasonable. I only had a hot dog, as I would be fed on the plane home, but the dog was very good.

The bartender was very friendly, I think her name was Joanna or something like that. Talkative and really funny. Knew a lot about the beer and breweries she was serving, which is nice. Sure, not alot of variation in glassware, but hell, its a dive bar.

This was my last bar on my Boston trip, and I'm very glad I tried it. Kind of the polar opposite in the place i was in earlier that day. Row 34, but really cool, and I will return for sure.

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Row 34

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.51
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for brunch on a Saturday.

Cool place, industrial vibe, with pretty spartan furniture and trimmings.

Tap list lived up to it's reputation. This was the day after Peche Day, and they had a few of those left. The rest of the list was varied, and had quite a few odd ones, including one I had, Bellwether by Breakside. Food was also excellent, I had chowder and then pancakes. A lot of food and very tasty indeed.

Row 34 really shined in the service department however. My waitress was named Erin, and she was great. She took the time to chat, and seemed genuinly interested in my opinions and my enjoyment. We talked about me making the trip from Sweden basically for the beer, and she seemed amazed by that. So amazed that she brought over the head of their beer program, Suzie. Suzie was so helpful and knowledgeable about beer, and also just such a nice lady. We chatted for quite a bit about the beer scene in New England and Europe, and then she cracks open a bottle of Jester KIng that she wants me to try. Just awesome level of service here.

So, in all, I loved Row 34, next time I will come for dinner, but the main reason I'll be back is Erin and Suzie. That level of helpfulness is just world class.

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in Boston, Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Pastoral is on Congress, down the street from Trillium and Row 34.

Came in on an early Saturday night, and the place was pretty crowded, not all that loud though.

Good beer selection, a few regulars and a few rotating. There was something for everyone on the list.

This is mainly a restaurant though, so the focus is on the food, and it was very good. I had a woodfired knot and then pasta with Bolognese. Very tasty, and a lot of food.

Service was very good, quick and friendly, the waiter recognized pretty quickly that I was struggling to finish the pasta, and was quick to say that they could always box it up for me.

I regret coming to Pastoral when I did, because I had had way to much to eat and drink that day. I really liked the place, food and beer were very good, service as well. Next time, I'll come in hungry!

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Lamplighter Brewing Company

in Cambridge, Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Right up the street from Lord Hobo. Came here on a Saturday morning and the place was packed.

Nice space, clean and high ceilings, and a great view of the brewery through the huge windows behind the bar. Vibe was busy and hectic.

Selection and quality of the beers were very good, about ten beers on draft. Service was quick and friendly, but the amount of customers meant that chatting was kept to a minimum.

I wasn't here that long, as I'm not afan of crowded places, but I liked it, and will be back next time, but probably during the week instead.

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Lord Hobo

in Cambridge, Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped at Lord Hobo twice, on consecutive days. First day was after Night Shift, so I was pretty worn out. The vibe is a weird mix of dive and gastro pub, but I liked it. On day 1, our waitress/bartender was called Michelle (I think), a short chick with a cool haircut. Very friendly and funny. Had a burger, which was very good, and a couple of beers. The taplist is insane, with every kind of beer you could ever want. Had Grimm's Lumen (amazing) and Lambda Lambda Lambda by Melvin's, my first Wyoming beer. After that shock to the palate I was done, but said I might return for brunch on Saturday, the next day.

Saturday comes around, and I'm back. The bartender (Scottie or Scotty) gives me a high five and a "Welcome back". A bit weird, since I don't remember him from the day before. But he knows where I sat and what I had, so kudos, that's how you make someone feel special and welcome. Scottie overall was just a great dude, funny and quirky. Ended up chatting to his girlfriend at the bar, and damn, those two are people I could hang out with any day. Had biscuits and gravy, which was good, and a few more beers. Big thanks to Scottie for making Lord Hobo one of the highlights f my Boston trip.

I really enjoyed Lord Hobo, beer was fantastic, loved the vibe and the staff, and food was good. Whenever I get back to Boston, I will stop in here.

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Bone Up Brewing Company

in Everett, Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +11.6% | Avg: 3.62
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Bone Up is basically down the road from Night Shift.

Very small taproom, kind of like someone's living room, but with a bar. Situatued kind of strangely inside another building, the taproom itsel was really cool and cozy.

Selection of beer was good, I think about 9 taps. Quality was good, but not terrific. Like someone else said here, it seems like they go for people getting in to craft beer, with offerings that are fairly simple and mild. Maybe they are just trying to find their niche.

Service was very good, friendly bartender who was happy to talk about the beer and the brewery.

Pretty cool place overall, but cannot compete with Night Shift in the beer department. I will be back though, to see their progress, whenever I'm in town next.

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Night Shift Brewing

in Everett, Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +4% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Located in Everett, Night Shift is not the easiest to get to, thank God for Uber.

Very industrial space, like a big warehouse. Pretty cool vibe, pretty quiet on a Friday morning.

The selection of beer was awesome, they had about twelve taps with IPas, sours, a porter and more. They also had bottle pours of a few beers. I tried twelve beers, and every one was at least very good, and a couple were world class. They obviously only have their own beers.

Service was great, the guy, whose name I don't recall, was very friendly, and was happy to chat about beer, both theirs and in general.

They also sell merch, T-shirts, glasses and so on, and beer in bottles or 4-packs.

Overall, I had a great time at Night Shift. A bit of a trek to get to, but worth every dime and minute.

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Beverage Warehouse

in Winooski, Vermont

4.74/5  rDev +11.8% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went on a Thursday morning for Heady release.

Big warehouse kind of buildning, with not much of a vibe at all, it's a store.

The selection and quality are amazing. If you're looking for beer from Vermont, well it should be here, same goes for a lot of New England as a whole, as well as major stuff from out west. They also had a pretty impressive array of European beers.

Staff was friendly and helpful, but pretty hands off. I had done my research beforehand, so I didn't need help, but the staff made it clear that all I needed to do was shout. Jen also helped me out a lot in the planning for the trip, via e-mai.

Basically, if you're in the Burlington area looking for beer to bring home, come here first.

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WoodGrain Brewing Co

in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Excellent brewery taproom conveniently located near where my wife works, so it is a good place to wait for her when carpooling. I've always been able to find a seat, it's clean and modern, you can see the brewing area, and they have a selection of their own beers and a few others, mostly local. Good folks, good beer, decent prices.

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BrewDog Aberdeen

in Aberdeen, Scotland

4.48/5  rDev +6.7% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Having enjoyed myself at Brewdog Castlegate, it was mandatory to pay a visit at the original location. This is a must for any beer traveler. It offers the same hipster environment: a large airy room with tables and hightops scattered about. There is a averagesize bar, where you get one of the many fine beers available. Of course, Punk IPA, a great sessional and a dark one all made for a wonderful evening - as he wandered to his hotel. Next stop is Edinburgh; we shall see what their Brewdog has to offer.

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Prince Of Wales

in Aberdeen, Scotland

4.47/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Found this Belhaven pub in one of Aberdeen's many hidden alleyways - this one is off a Street adjacent to a church. It is a convivial pub, with a long bar on the right upon entry. There are several romos about, where locals can quaff a few of the many cask ales available. I thotroughly enjoyed a Sublime stout from Fyne's Ales in Argylle. Great place and a very enjoyable pub.

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Dystopian State Brewing Co.

in Tacoma, Washington

2.86/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 2.86
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5

One of the newest (if not the newest) breweries in Tacoma. We went opening weekend to see what was happening. Absolutely beautiful building. Lots of wood on the interior. No expense was spared when it came to architecture.

Big tap list, which would be useful if they had enough clean glassware to actually pour a taster flight. Was not able to get a taster flight, so we did a few single tasters.

Service get's low marks, not because the bar keeper's attitude was poor, but there weren't enough employees to ensure enough clean glassware to give people taster flights.

Quality get's low marks because the 3 or 4 beers we tried were uninspired and boring--and served WAY too cold. Two stouts, one porter, and something else so unremarkable that I don't recall what it was. I'm hoping that these are growing pains that the beers are experiencing, but only time will tell.

If you're on BA, chances are you're a huge beer nerd. Based on the quality of the beer coming out of here as the day of this review, this place isn't worth a visit. It appears that all of the money went into concept and design, and the beer recipes fell to the wayside.

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Del Cerro Liquor

in San Diego, California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.53
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Del Cerro Liquor was located next to Windmill Farms. It served as a very nice bottle shop, bistro, and wine shop. The beers were in coolers. The selection was quite nice, there were your standard local and imported craft beers along with some more harder to find beers. I didn't get a chance for a prolonged visit, but next time I'd like to peruse their selection with a more careful eye. They seemed to also carry an extensive selection of wines.

Very nice bottle shop.

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Windmill Farms

in San Diego, California

4/5  rDev -2.7% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Windmill Farms was located in the La Mesa area of San Diego. It's an upscale grocery store like Bristol Farms. The beer selection was nice. They had beers both in coolers and outside. The selection was good. I saw your standard local and imported craft beers.

It's a nice place to pick up some beers and shop for groceries.

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Bottle Rocket Liquor Station

in Denver, Colorado

3.6/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

V-Bottle Rocket is a small shop located in the now hip LoHi neighborhood just across I-25 from Coors Field. The store is located in the ground level of a new apartment building and the inside of the place has an appropriately hipster feel to it. My skinny jeans and irony would be at home here.

Q-Almost all of the beers were located in coolers, which is nice, since sunshine from the big front windows would probably cook the brews otherwise. As for the quality of the beers themselves...average at best. It seems as though Bottle Rocket is catering more to people who don't care about beer they drink, so while there was some craft in the coolers, it was from the big name brands it is was nothing special.

Ser-There were three guys working when I visited and all were friendly. They seemed more knowledgeable about the wine than the beer, but they did offer to help and when I said no, they backed off.

Sel-The place is small, just a few cooler doors, and as noted above, the selection is not very craft focused. I have seen similarly sized shops do a better job of fitting more beers into their space without overcrowding.

O-Bottle Rocket was a bit of a letdown for me. In a town with lots of great beer and lots of great bottle shops, including a few stores very close by, I don't think I'll be back here.

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The Hay Merchant

in Houston, Texas

4.38/5  rDev -5.6% | Avg: 4.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Stopped in for a quick early dinner on a weekday shortly after opening, chatted with the bartender and was promptly seated outside. The tap selection was the best I've seen in Houston and it included multiple very nice cask offerings. The bottle list was really good, some really nice vintages and nice surprises all at fair prices. I enjoyed two Lone Pint IPAs, yellow Rose on cask DH with Mosiac and 667 IPA both at great temps ant very tasty! Myself and my 9 y/o I son split the burger and fries, my wife had the tacos all well priced and tasty. I hope to return
and enjoy a couple of vintage bottles.

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Beers Looking At You

in Webster, Texas

3.86/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Cool place tucked in a strip mall off of highway 3. It's a combo of bottle shop and taproom.
20+? Taps focused on Texas locals with various pour sizes available. The bottle and can selection is decent with lots of Texas breweries represented all priced for individual sale and available for onsite consumption. No food but you can order food from lots of local places.
The staff have always been really friendly and helpful, I really appreciate them giving myself and my family a sincere warm welcome to the neighborhood. Great place to sit and enjoy a beer and pie from Dans Pizza!

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Old Brogue: An Irish Pub, The

in Great Falls, Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +4.6% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Old Brogue is one of the best neighborhood bars around. If you're in the mood for hearty pub food, they offer some excellent choices including a delicious Guinness Beef pie. And they have a lovely selection of traditional pub beers to accompany your meal - Guinness, Harp, and Old Speckled Hen. They also offer a rotating selection of craft beers chosen by someone with excellent taste. On recent visits I've enjoyed Mad Elf, Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo, and Boulevard Collaboration Number 6. The chef obviously enjoys challenges, making the daily specials worthy of consideration. How many pubs offer Seared Tuna or Beef Wellington and do both so well? Other reviewers have mentioned the excellent service which is both friendly and efficient. During the Fall and Winter Celtic concerts, they manage ninja-like service while never distracting from the music. The bar can get crowded but somehow the bartender notices when drinks run dry and refills them with deadly efficiency. I still can't get over how he remembers our drink preferences between visits which can sometimes be several months. As one would expect, the Brogue attracts a loyal and interesting crowd. We've struck up fascinating conversations while sitting at the bar waiting for a concert.

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Mikkeller & Friends

in Reykjavik, Iceland

4.43/5  rDev -5.1% | Avg: 4.67
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

The Mikkeller & Friends bar is upstairs at this address. The lower level is a gourmet pizza place and cocktail bar. Wall paintings and decorations are eclectic. We ate downstairs so that is what the food rating is based on.

The place is fairly small - there is a tiny bar with a couple stools but then another room with tables. They have 20 taps of beer from Mikkeller and other Scandinavian breweries like To Ol. Decent variation of types of beer.

Beers are available typically in small or larger glasses. As with other bars in Reykjavik, beers are VERY expensive. Small glasses of 20cl higher ABV beers ran from 1200 to 1800 ISK. (about $12 to $18 USD).

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Lebowski Bar

in Reykjavik, Iceland

3.74/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

visited late night for a couple drinks. The bar has been decorated with items related to the Big Lebowski movie, but yet the atmosphere was otherwise "very un-Dude" in that it was a trendy vibe, and the DJ was playing mostly 80's rap songs.

The drink menu has a huge list of White Russian variants (as expected), but does have some good Icelandic beers by the bottle. The draft beer is adjunct lager.

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ShopRite Of Brookhaven

in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

There is now a place for beer sales and an eatery inside the ShopRite location in Brookhaven. While relatively new to PA and there is now a bottle shop where there is beer and food avilable for either eat in or take out. However both must be purchased at a different register than where you'd buy your groceries.

I estimate in the neighborhood of 200-400 different flavorful beers on offer, as well as a wide range of AALs. There are also a few imports and a large range of Ciders, etc. You can buy 6 and 12 packs. The ShopRite eatery also has a singles cold case so you can build a mixed. But I though the selection relatively limited as there seem to be more ciders and AALs than craft beers. All the beers are in cold case and there is some are both local, regional and national brands to choose from.

On both of my visits I've found the staff be friendly and helpful. As is the case with food store eateries in PA, don't be surprised if you are carded. Also you are restricted by state law to a limit of 192oz, (e.g., two six packs and a four pack).

The food counter looks to offer some interesting selections and the seating is in a nice open space that doesn’t feel a bit crowded. While this not a place to find a wide variety of new beers to try, it is a good place to pick up some beer for the fridge. However, as with any grocery store eatery I've found in PA, be sure to check dates as these places are not 100% careful at checking the beer on their shelves.

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