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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

in New Albany, Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +2.8% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great beer bar/sports bar feel depending on which side you go to. Pizza is great, awesome beer selection, both home brews and guest drafts. Strong bottle selection.
In recent years the brewers have gotten less adventurous, putting out good, but kinda boring new beers. Old recipes are amazing.
Service is usually pretty good, but gets very crowded Friday and Saturday evenings which slows things down.

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Icicle Brewing Company

in Leavenworth, Washington

3.86/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Casual indoor/outdoor beer garden on the east side of the Cascade mountains in a quaint bavarian village. Good selection of craft beers. Growlers available.

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Front Street Brewery

in Wilmington, North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.7% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Vibe: pretty good mix of a cozy/friendly atmosphere, with open space and lots of fun going on. Plenty of seating. My wife and I went with our 2 year old, who wasn't entirely well-behaved, and it wasn't an issue at all, so I would call it family friendly.

Quality: Meh. I tried all the beers on the menu. The beers range from not very good, to good/OK, to 2 that hit or exceeded the 4 mark. So, I'd call it inconsistent. All the beers were drinkable, but with so much good beer out there mediocre has become a hard sell for me. There were so many other breweries in Wilmington that I wish I would have tried instead. They seem price-focused (blessing, to be sure, but possibly also a sign that they are less concerned with quality). $1.99 mug of the day specials are hard to beat. I'd rather pay more and get better beer and food.

Service: The staff are all young, but very attentive and high energy. Service was very good overall. Our server even hooked me up so that my beer selections cost me less (I ordered custom flights and just ended up getting everything on the menu anyway, whereas she saved me a few bucks by charging me as though I'd purchased the pre-planned flights. Unfortunately, our server didn't seem to really know beer at all.

Food: pub fare. We ordered all apps and just snacked more than ate a proper meal, but that's because nothing else on the menu that was calling out to us. Most of the menu is sandwiches and burgers. Of our appetizer buffet, most everything was fried, but fried well. Pickle chips were good. The fries were nice and crisp, but covered in a fake butter sauce that seemed like the sauce pizza chains give you to dip your bread sticks. The fries did come with a truffled aioli, though, which was nice even though I knew all they did was put a drop or two of truffle oil into premade mayo. The grit cakes were very tasty, and the beer nuggets were a novel item. The pretzel was OK, but I've had better.

Overall, an OK brewpub; but, considering the other local options, I'm amazed they aren't getting out-competed.

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Un Dun

in West Lebanon, New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +3% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

An interesting store. They have a variety of k-cups, vapors (right term?), and beer, lots of beer. Excellent choices available from New Hampshire, Vermont, New England and elsewhere. Recommended.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

in Munster, Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Only real down-side was the oppressively loud music. Oh, and the lines, which seem to be a trademark. I'll admit, never really gravitated to metal, so that is par for the course. But for the beer, which is worth its reputation, and the food which is a very nice range of tasty treats, I can wade in and deal. Now, I can say I'm glad I did not bring my daughter, who is sensitive to loud noises, and I'm not sure my wife will join me again, but overall, I came away satisfied.

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The Seven Barrel Brewery

in West Lebanon, New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Recently sold and will close Dec 2016. Nice vibe, good staff. Good food - pub style. Ordered wings - well done and crispy. Ordered pasty - excellent! Decent beer. Currently limited selection due to imminent closing.

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Indeed Brewing Company

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Let it Roll, their IPA was very good. The Mexican Lager went down too smoothly. The tap room was crowded but not very so. Had dinner from the food truck, a very healthy rice bowl with Bison and some delectable side ingredients.

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Café Gollem

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev -0.4% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We stopped by here for a beer prior to our dinner. We liked it so much we ended up staying for two hours and made other plans for dinner.

It is not a large place. There are a couple of outside tables and when you enter you see the U shaped bar that dominates the room. They have massive blackboards to list their available draft and bottle selections. They have 30 draft selections and a huge (200+) bottle choices.

I thought the prices were very fair and the beer selection was balanced between styles and places of origin.

Service was very good and was able to keep up with the crowds. We had a lot of fun with our two tenders.

Bathrooms down some rather steep stairs (or maybe I was getting overserved……

I didn’t try the food but wouldn’t hesitate next time I’m visiting.

Just a great beer bar in a really fun city!

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In De Wildeman

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

4.29/5  rDev -3.6% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Our first visit here was on a Wednesday night, it was mellow and laid back. We tried to go again on Friday and it was standing room only and was much livelier.

There are two rooms to this establishment. We sat at the elevated part of the main bar. It was a great place to sit as you can easily see the chalkboard menu and spend some time people watching. There is a ton of wood, some great old beer stuff and older windows and floors, it is lived in in the best way.

Service was professional and became friendlier as the night went on. There were two bartenders and they had to hustle to keep up with the crowd. Never saw them frazzled or in ill temper.

Beer selection is large and mostly from Belgium and the Netherlands with a few other options (German & US) thrown in. 18 drafts and a massive bottle list will make sure you find something you will like.

I thought this place attracted the most serious of the beer aficionados compared to the other beer spots in town. They had a mix of tourists and locals.

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Arendsnest Proeflokaal

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

4.61/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.53
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

My wife & I loved this place, it would be my local if I lived here.

Located in a nice neighborhood right near a canal, this is an immaculately maintained bar. There is lots of warm wood, some cool latticed windows and brewery memorabilia on display.

There are a few outside tables as you approach the stairs to the entrance. Upon entry you are greeted by a gleaming wood bar with 51 tap handles. All the beers (tap & bottles) are from the Netherlands. Beer was in great shape and served in the correct glasses.

The service was friendly, was free with samples and suggested some other great places to try.

The food was very good. It mainly consists of cheeses and sausages, but what a selection! We had a smoked sausage & a dry sausage flavored with heather. We had four different cheeses (I think they offer more than dozen).

Give this place a try, you will not be disappointed!

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Brouwerij 't IJ

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

3.92/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was the only brewery/tap room I was able to visit while in Amsterdam.

It’s located a short stroll from the center of the city and I went here after first visiting the very cool Maritime Museum.

Our group of 4 sat at one of the tables by the windows. There is seating at the bar and a decent amount of tables. They have a very attractive beer garden by the front entrance.

It opens at 2 p.m. and by 3 p.m., it was 75% full so that shows something about its popularity. I would guess the mix is 50/50 tourists and locals. We enjoyed visiting with the other patrons.

We had full glasses of a total of 8 of their house beers. The verdict was solid to very good. The standout for me was the Columbus.
They offer a limited menu but we already had dinner plans so we passed this time.

Service was efficient and pretty friendly. No complaints there.

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Dogfish Head Alehouse

in Falls Church, Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I made the pilgrimage at last!

Vibe: pretty on point. Tap room feel, with the speed and service more common to a chain restaurant, which has pros in addition to cons.

Quality: Dogfish Head. 'Nuff said.

Service: Akin to an Applebee's. It was somewhat busy when I went and our waiter wasn't around much. But there were lots of servers and busboys and so forth.

Selection: pretty much most of what they make, plus a few unique things that I've not seen available anywhere retail (at least not in my area). Worth a trip just to see World Wide Stout on tap!

Food: was Ok. Menu reads a lot like Applebee's, but execution is better (and food is hopefully fresher). We just ended up splitting a pizza and getting some off-the-wall spring rolls that were pretty good for what they were. Don't expect the food to blow your mind, but it's not bad. The food is just there to go with your beer.

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Caboose Brewing Co.

in Vienna, Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +11.4% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Vibe:
Great vibe! The taproom is beautiful, the outside has heat lamps for the cooler months, and there's a great balance of casual-but-nice going on. Taproom-like feel, but with the full fine dining experience, minus the pretensions.

Quality:
Everything about this place is high quality, from the beers to the decorum. Really nice place serving really nice craft brews.

Service:
Fabulous service. Reservations are available, and waitstaff are what you'd expect from a good fine dining establishment.

Selection:
Great selection of brews on tap when I went. Not so many that you can't try them all, but enough to keep you interested throughout an evening or so that any combination of beer geeks will find something that suits their preferences or mood.

Food:
Excellent. This was the high point for me. Rarely does food at a brewery reach the level of the kind of fine dining restaurant where you'd go specifically for the food. Many higher end breweries are putting more focus on food, but usually this just results in higher quality burgers and pizza and other standard pub food options. Caboose is an exception, as it offers lots of sharable, tapas style small plates, with items that harmonize fine dining with comfort food. Examples include goat cheese grits, crispy Virginia pork belly, or gnocchi with roast chicken. Everything was awesome. This is a place I'd highly recommend for dinner even if you're not in the mood for beer.

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company

in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.6% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Vibe:
Cozy, dimly lit, quieter than most, but still laid back and comfortable. Locals seem nice. We brought our 2 year old and she was acting up a bit at first (yeah, we're "those people"). I'd say it's probably not the best of places for toddlers or restless kids, but it's otherwise family friendly. Ambiance is real quaint and has a log cabin kind of feel.

Quality:
What to say? The beers are AWESOME. Everything we had here (and we tried it all) ranged from good to great to OMFG. Two, not one but two, beers we had here were rated close to 5's and had me thinking "this might be the best *whatever* style beer I've ever had. With my ratings over 1,000, that's a feat these days.

Service:
Service was good, but not outstanding. Food came out quickly.

Selection:
The beers on tap should be enough to satisfy anyone's preferences. When I went they had a pilsner, a marzen, cream ale, scotch ale, a pumpkin, pale ale, IPA, stout, and so on. They only thing that is hit or miss is the English Beer Machine thingy... basically it's natural carbonation served warmer than typical, in the English style. Awesome option to have at all, but sadly wasn't available at the time.

Food:
Food is pub food, but very good pub food. The pretzels are awesome (as they should be in PA!). We got some pastrami sliders on pretzel rolls that really hit the spot and paired perfectly with our beers. For what it is, it's great.

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Fermental

in Wilmington, North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Vibe:
Super chill. Warm, cozy, and familiar. People here seem friendly and I felt comfortable chatting up strangers. The inside is about the size and shape of a double-wide trailer, so it's not big; but, the interior is broken up into about half a dozen or so rooms and areas, where you'll find various corners, couches, and set ups where a small group of friends can set up shop and hang out over some beer and wine. The bar serves both beer and wine by the glass, but only seats about a half dozen, elbow to elbow. The walls are all lined in shelving, and that shelving and racks, which is in turn all full of beer and wine bottles for sale. Very cool.

Quality:
Highest of marks here. They know good beer. When I went, they had Duchesse De Bourgogne on tap. That says it all. The bottle selection is likewise high calibre. You won't find macros here. They also seem to know good wine (I'm less an authority there and I didn't really try much of what they had).

Service:
There's a small bar with one bartender. Not sure how stable staff are, but my server was great. Knowledge wasn't suuuuper deep, but offered some great selections of various styles quickly when asked. The owner/manager seemed more of the uber geek type (though I got the feel maybe he wasn't the most pleasant/warm personality... but hard to judge since I didn't really talk directly with him).

Food (sort of):
They sell cheese and meats and you are able to buy them and eat them there if you wish. That's cool.

Selection:
They have about half a dozen or so beers on tap, and the picks are great and offer the full gamut of taste profiles, from the easy drinking cream ale to hoppy IPA to the uber stout. The bottle selection is not super big. Hard to say how big exactly, but this isn't the place to go if you're looking for a bottle mega shop. But, the choices appear to be very good, and lovingly picked. Nice emphasis on local (Wilmington) and regional (NC) options, but they have a nice assortment of other stuff (including imports), too. (Again: DUCHESSE... ON TAP).

If I lived in the area, this would probably be my pub of choice for those "just wanna go hang out and have a few pints" moments.

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Resolute Brewing Company

in Centennial, Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

i picked the wrong night to come in here for a beer. they were having some kind of charity auction or something, and the place was elbow to elbow, no room to relax, and it was very loud in there, but i could see it being just fantastic on a more mellow night. they have a great space, clean and new looking, wrap around type bar with service station in the front facing the entrance, oddly planned but they run it well and were handling the big crowd without an issue. the real treat though is their patio, which has some big picnic tables, a play area, and a spot for a food truck, which apparently they are having with some regularity. i am not a huge fan of breweries that allow children, especially noisy mayhem causing unpoliced ones, its just bad form, but maybe it was for the special event and not a normal way of things. i wont hold it against the until next time. the beer i had was excellent, honestly one of the best baltic porters i have had made locally, it was really solid. my lady enjoyed the hefe as well, but we only stayed for one because it was chaos in there. i will be back on a more relaxed night and drink through the rest of the beers, but this place is bursting at the seams with promise!

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Savor Growl

in Columbus, Ohio

1.07/5  rDev -31% | Avg: 1.55
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1.25

Not the kind of beer store you want to go to.

Over-priced by ALOT, the owner is extremely rude and not helpful at all.

The selection is subpar and the entire atmosphere is lacking.

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Jester King Brewery

in Austin, Texas

4.65/5  rDev +0.6% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

probably the BEST brewery i've been to to date. reminded my a lot of the HF atmosphere w/ the country side scenic views but the outdoor gathering spot for visitors is absolutely insane! plus killer food to boot. pours are extremely generous and plentiful. no limits here. will go back again.

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Henrik øl og vinstove

in Bergen, Norway

4.64/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.64
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Henrik and Crowbar (in Oslo) were my two favorite beer spots in Norway. Henrik has a really nice vibe - it is quiet with plenty of comfortable seating. Best of all - 56 taps, mostly from Norway and Denmark. They also have Cantillon bottles, including 2016 Fou Foune. Don't miss Henrik if you are in Bergen.

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Crowbar & Bryggeri

in Oslo, Norway

4.49/5  rDev +4.9% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Crowbar was my favorite beer spot in Oslo. Such a great vibe. They had about 6 of their own beers on tap, most of which were pretty solid, as well as probably 14 other taps. Also, the food is great. A very small menu, but we had the felafel wrap and the house made pita chips and both were excellent. Don't miss Crowbar if you are in Oslo.

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Burley Oak Brewery

in Berlin, Maryland

4.33/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Close to home for me. Very laid back vibe and relaxing place. Decent beer selection with many rotating beers. Definitely worth the visit if your in the area.

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Lost Shirt Brewing Company

in West Melbourne, Florida

4.97/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.97
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great new Taproom in West Melbourne! Eight superb brews on taps consisting of Stouts, IPAs, and Ales. The staff is friendly and thus far I have not had a bad pint and have taken home 5 growlers...

You need to give them a try. They are located behind the Home Brew store on Industrial Road west of Wickham Road!

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Rockhound Brewing

in Madison, Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I dug the vibe in the bar but the adjacent "restaurant" area was a bit sterile. Nice reclaimed wood and more of a neighborhood bar feel in the bar area. 12 of their beers and 4 guest taps with a nice variety. Out of the 6 beers we tried their was one that was merely OK but the rest were good to great. They even managed to produce a tasty dry stout, something that's a staple of new breweries and typically insanely boring and mediocre. Food was good as well with my mac & cheese tasting like something made at home (this is meant both as a compliment and a negative) and my wife's grilled cheese being very good, with her soup also seeming like something made at home. Portions were reasonable (i.e. small by normal restaurant standards). Service was friendly and attentive. Food came out quickly. I didn't have real high expectations for this brewery but was very pleasantly surprised. I'd definitely go back and recommend it to others.

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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

in Green Bay, Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +14.6% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

In town for a short time and stopped at Hinterland for dinner/beer. Had an IPA which was very smooth with a nice hoppiness. The Baltic Porter was quite a treat. It was $3 taco night and the Mahi tacos were excellent for the Midwest. I'll probably go back tomorrow to try more beers. Sat at the bar and service was fine. Menu kind of high-end but if the tacos are any judge, probably well worth it.

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Friar Tuck Beverage

in Springfield, Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Big box store with an expansive selection, especially for downstate IL. Probably your best bet for craft beer in Springfield. Selection is quite good and includes a nice selection of craft beers and imports. My only complaint is that some of the stock clearly does not move well and the dates are long in the teeth. Check your dates before buying. Mix-six pack selection is really good and you can buy the bottles individually which is nice. Service was very good - staff was attentive, helpful, and reasonably knowledgeable.

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