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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits and Market Grille

in Bloomington, Illinois

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.88
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The liquor store is on the far left side of the building with it's own separate entrance, on the opposite end of the shopping center from Binnys. Makes an easy 1-2 stop if you're hunting for specific beers.

The store was clean and well lit, the majority of the beers were in coolers and there was a walk in beer cave with aisles of beer. Strangely there were some beers in cases on the back top shelf that weren't stocked elsewhere. I think maybe they were just slow to restock shelves after a busy weekend. The clerk was helpful and answered a couple questions, but the staff on the floor seemed to dodge customers.

Selection was good, a ton of singles but not a ton of seasonals. I lost interest halfway through, there were several hundred. I was looking for central IL stuff and there was a fair amount, but a much deeper selection at Binnys. Some Tryptych, 4204 Main St., and an overabundance of Destihl on a huge endcap. Noticed Surly, Prairie, Half Acre, Metropolitan, and more. Picked up some Dank Meme and Here Be Dragons.

Market Grille is a restaurant and bar on the right side of the store and has a decent selection of craft drafts, but we passed this time.

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Whiner Beer Company

in Chicago, Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -4.4% | Score: 4.5
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The Vibe is interesting. It seems Whiner wants to be the brewer for a warehouse community of alternative food providers. And given that the warehouse is near Chicago's former stockyards and a yet-to-be redeveloped part of Bridgeport (really in the Back of The Yards ghetto) this is a valiant effort.

My enthusiasm for Whiner's ales have been a roller-coaster. Hugely enthusiastic to start, but then disappointed by the consistency challenges of focussing on the Belgian tradition and, even harder, using brett. So Quality is a bit checkered given the tough task. But, the bartender was informed and everyone was enjoying themselves in this cement warehouse that has been made as festive as possible.

While I had intended to visit after my first WOW tasting of Rubrique A Brac in April, other offerings pushed Whiner down my list. But they were featured in Open House Chicago (a great city-wide annual event), so I made myself go. And glad I did.
I Had a flight of three. It was a good value. I hope Whiner succeeds in a market that is growing for Belgians.

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Rushing Duck Brewing Company

in Chester, New York

3.97/5  rDev -5.9% | Score: 4.22
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hole in the wall, kinda place...we had to ask a local for some directions to actually find the place....simple room with bar to the left and a few high "tables" to the right as you enter....samples, 12 oz pours and growler fills available...friendly women behind the bar, always a plus, tasty beer and casual, down to earth atmosphere...was told they are about to expand into a very nearby building...worthy spot to visit for a tasty beer and a growler fill

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Stoneface Brewing Co.

in Newington, New Hampshire

4.91/5  rDev +12.1% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I love this place! The beer is amazing, a lot like the brewerys in San Diego. The "West Coast" flavor of their IPA's are my favorite in the area. Think I'll go there now.

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Offshore Ale Company

in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.9% | Score: 4.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Older looking wood building. Even during the off season (October) on a Sunday, the place is rather busy.

The food is typical pub like food but it's also pretty good. The service was friendly, informal and unassuming.

There are nine beers on tap today ranging from extra light to a dry stout. They're all on the better than-average side, but not spectacular.

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Off the Grid Brewery

in Apple Valley, California

3.97/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.31
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A nice addition to the high desert craft beer brewery choices. Solid beers, good service and easy access make this a regular stop. Their 2017 Oktoberfest celebration was very busy. I will be back.

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Deciduous Brewing Company

in Newmarket, New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Great beer selection, 2 sours and 3 IPAs, a lovely location in New Market near Portsmouth with nice restaurants and walking along the river, worth seeking out!

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Three Notch'd Charlottesville Brewery & Restaurant

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 4.02
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

New and much larger location where core beers will be brewed now. Original location will focus on Sours. Very nice spot, open, and pretty good food too,

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Field House Brewing Co.

in Abbotsford, British Columbia

4.13/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Being in Abbotsford, whose moto is "A City in the Country", you could say about Field House Brewing that it is a bit of Vancouver, Portland or Toronto in Abbotsford. While full hipsterdom has yet to completely reach this city an hour out of Vancouver, this certainly checks all the boxes of a hip brewery you'd expect to find elsewhere. The location is small, but has a range of table sizes, along with outdoor patio/lawn space for those long hot summer nights, and a real wood burning fireplace for those equally long winter nights. The decor is as to be expected of a modern 'craft' establishment, but for Abbotsford this isn't a bad thing. We only had pretzels, but they were very authentic, made from an equally great cafe/bakery not far away in Old Hand Coffee. The rest of the food seemed on point and others have said it was good.

As to the beers, all the beers we had were quite good. They pour a variety of sizes (nice to see), as well as flights and growler fills for the locals, and bottles to go too, not to mention a full line of swag if that's your thing. As is the trend right now, many were soured, both for good and bad, but the beers were if not overly complex, generally well made, very drinkable and already showing some advanced experimentation and collaboration for such a young brewery. (they aren't huge but already have their own koolship in the back)

Overall, worth a visit if you're passing by on the No.1, and a great place to pass the time as a local resident. A brewery that has a lot of upside from the start.

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JoBoy's Brew Pub

in Lititz, Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -21.4% | Score: 3.88
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Nice place with decent BBQ - food is pretty good I had the sliders and they were good but a little dry. The service at the bar was fantastic and friendly. The BBQ sauce is kept in a squeeze bottle that has two speeds - no sauce coming out and with just a bit more pressure it is flying out of the bottle. They know about it but don't do anything about it even acknowledging that several people have complained. The beer is simply not great - the double IPA is a malty mess and the citra session is good not great. All and all I would not make a special trip here - it is ok for a stop over after hitting the Bulls Head across the street.

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Whole Foods Market / Puka's Bar

in Honolulu, Hawaii

3.48/5  rDev -12.8% | Score: 3.99
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Spent many a Thursday night here over the years. Always great selection of beers.

Unfortunately the staff don’t know much about the selections, so a little bit of knowledge about the beers helps.

Food is good because it’s Whole Foods so there are a ton of choices.

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Weißbierhex

in Nürnberg, Germany

3.83/5  rDev +3% | Score: 3.72
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

WeißbierHex is a charming little pub not far from the main shopping district in the center of Nürnberg that serves Kuchlbauer Weisse on tap and their dunkel, alkoholfrei, and leicht weisse in bottles as well as Schierlinger Pils. There's also wine and schnapps available.

The decor has a witch/fall/halloween theme, and there's an unusual display of mannequins above and behind the central island bar up where the bathrooms are. It's not much to see but it's something to look at while you're enjoying your beer.

Inside it's very cozy, and a bit tight, but there's also some outdoor seating.

My wife and I enjoyed it as a quick stop for a beer before venturing on, and it was clear that it's also popular with the locals as well.

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Cugino's Italian Bar & Grill

in Florissant, Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -6.7% | Score: 4.51
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Kind of a typical dive sports bar vibe with a giant Bud neon/enamel sign behind the bar. Admittedly it's a nice antique, though it overpowers the space like a whale in the kiddie pool. Flatscreens everywhere and high top tables, above there were exposed steel trusses and corrugated ceiling panels painted black. Dingy bathrooms.

But you don't really come here for the atmosphere. Narrow Gauge beers were all great, 7 drafts with the porter being the highlight. Don't get me wrong, I still left with plenty of hazebro cans.

Service was personable and unpretentious, timely and genuine.

Overall it was a good experience, but the pizza was terrible. Soupy and bland with provel cheese, it was underdone with a flimsy crust that fell apart under the soupy toppings in the middle. The pizza toppings were also pretty limited. The food was more pub grub than Italian, i'd probably just stick to the beers next time. Looking forward to Jeff getting his own place someday.

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Equilibrium Brewery

in Middletown, New York

4.32/5  rDev +3.6% | Score: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Wow....just wow

large and interesting spot, churning out some of the finest NE style IPa and DIPA around..friendly and informative staff...went for a release, great scene in the parking lot, enjoyed a few drafts in the smaller dedicated bar area, larger area with multiple tables, on a higher second level...younger crowd, pleasant atmosphere...def seemed like a place to visit for beer with the guys, for a date? eh not so much... go for the quality beer and fun environment, did not have a chance to explore the food menu, hope to upon the next visit...based on today's activities, I hope next visit will be in the near future..well worth your time to check this place out

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Bad Martha Brewing Co.

in Edgartown, Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.6% | Score: 3.84
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

On the road from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard Island rests this quaint little brewpub. Although they seem to be selling more swag than the usual microbrew, the place offers a convivial atmosphere with wood chairs and coffee tables. The building is like a barn with a concrete floor and wooden walls and ceilings.

Bad Martha’s offers some nice charcuterie and cheese trays for food. Unlike most places, dogs are welcome here and they ubiquitous on this Saturday in October. Given that this is the off-season, the place was quite busy with locals.

The beers themselves are rather pedestrian, but good for the setting. The choices lean to the malty without anything unusual in the mix, except for the Cran Vienna. Service was basically going to a bar and ordering your selection. While I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here, but I would recommend checking this out if you are on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Hooverville

in Seattle, Washington

4.28/5  rDev +2.1% | Score: 4.19
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I've stopped into your a couple times after a long run to rehydrate and then dehydrate. It's a cool place hipster up front and sports bar in the rear with some Skee-Ball. I like the vibe a lot the staff was super friendly and speedy. Like other have said there's Pizza available but other than that they don't serve food which is fine. Definitely worth a stop and a couple cold beers, not a tremendous beer selection but can't have it all. No rug pisser's in here, all friendly.

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The Lodge Sports Grille

in Seattle, Washington

3.63/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.57
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I come hear often because of the proximity to my place but I only go really because of the vast beer selection, with over 70 taps. They don't rotate as quickly as you would like but the selection is still pretty awesome. The beer lines are extraordinarily long and I question whether they clean them out frequently enough. The food is average at best but you can find some things that are pretty good on the menu like the wings are decent and the burgers are average to above-average. Staff is super friendly and service is really good except on game days which is to be expected.

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Fox N Hare Brewing Company

in Port Jervis, New York

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

This place is great all around! I've lived across the river in PA all my life and have been waiting for a place like this. Awesome atmosphere, great people and most of all great product. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

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Flatstick Pub

in Seattle, Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3.3% | Score: 4.29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Excellent winter place, because it's downstairs you don't get a whole lot of sunlight. Prefer a little bit of open air in the summertime in Seattle but regardless really great beer selection and good people...service can be a bit slow at times so be ready for that. Play a round of Putt-Putt golf or a thing called duffleboard which is actually really fun and a great way to spend some time drinking beer.

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Tree House Brewing Company

in Charlton, Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.2% | Score: 4.65
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Charlton-yeah you will have to wait in line early in the day, yeah they have 50 taps but aren't serving pours or growlers until later in the day most days, but it's all good and getting better. Their operation is like a well-oiled machine: they have folks directing traffic, and the line moves quickly, so it's efficient and it feels like it. They're ramping up production so the variety and quantity of allotments are getting better. You will no longer wait in line an hour or more for 8 cans. Check social media for updates on beers and quantities. There's an area to hang out outside when they're doing pours and sometimes food trucks. The bottom line is ALL the beer is awesome. Go to Tree House. Seriously.

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World of Beer

in Pensacola, Florida

4.01/5  rDev -4.5% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Selection is "meh" because there are only a few truly remarkable and hard to find beers available. Everything else is common and found in many other bars. Also had to deal with some thugs who claimed they paid to get prime seats at the bar and the bartender sided with them, even when they got feisty and rude. I don't buy it, so F all of em and F this place.

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Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

in Pensacola, Florida

4.53/5  rDev +3.4% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Cool spot. Probably the best place downtown for a craft beer drinker. Great selection, especially when compared to WoB bc while they have more taps, this place has more high quality stuff you can't find elsewhere. Also, the pizza is fantastic.

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Other Half Brewing Co.

in Brooklyn, New York

4.36/5  rDev -1.6% | Score: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Recently went to the new location and/or expanded Other Half brewery on a Sunday afternoon. Located in a warehouse district type area of Brooklyn, the tasting room was large and open. There were several long tables to sit at and a long bar with several bar tenders willing to help. There were approx 4-5 unisex bathrooms with no lines.

The place was moderately crowded. Service was great and they had plenty of people working behind the bar so I rarely had to wait more than a minute or two. There is a large chalkboard with all the available beers to go and on draft. I gave the selection a slight downgrade because the majority of beers are IPA's although they do have a standard stout, light beer, etc. A huge bonus is they have a few different serving sizes available so you can do anything from small tatsers to pints.

So the main draw to this brewery is clearly all about the hops. I'm guessing there were approx 20 different varieties of IPA's, Double IPA's, Pale Ales, etc. Most, if not all, were the popular NE "hazy" style. I actually managed to try every hoppy beer they had withiut getting pallate fatigue by ordering the small sampler sizes. Unlike some breweries, I can definitely say there was a clear difference between each beer. They did a great job using different hops whether blended or doing single hop beers to showcase a particular hop.

Overall, it was a great experience with a good vibe and very good beers. The service was efficient and friendly...big plus. Keep up the fantastic work Other Half!

Cheers!

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Jon's Bar & Grille

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 3.83
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

stopped in for a beer and dinner on a Friday night. They've got a bar and seating area inside, and a nice patio outside. The interior is generic bar and grill. The taplist is all craft beer, although about 1/3 of it are Tired Hands beer so a little out of whack in terms of variety. Service was fine. Had a burger and fries, they were decent.

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Woodman's Markets

in Waukesha, Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -8% | Score: 4.11
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Fatastic selection when I was there in August. This will be a must visit if I ever get back. Stelllar selection althought there were some stale beers in the mix as well. This market doesn't do Credit cards, cash or debit only.

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