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in Los Angeles, California
4.7/5 rDev +6.8% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
This place is delicious. Came to BA looking for a serious taproom while on a work trip and y'all didn't disappoint. Had the truffle burger and am making my way through a Tales from the Cryo. If you want a good place for serious beer and pub food in L.A. then look no further.
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4.05/5 rDev -1.9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Stopped in on a Thursday for lunch and a tour while in town on business.
Lots of enticing options on the food menu and the wurst plate was delicious.
Tour is a good deal and includes 4 six ounce samples and a pint glass to take home. Our tour was a little brief but I heard on the weekend they offer more in depth tours when they're not brewing.
Beers I tried ranged from a little below average to good. Was most impressed by their hoppier offerings.
By far the best thing about this place is the location though. Giant inviting beer hall and nice riverside patio.
Well worth the stop.
in Nanaimo, British Columbia
4.15/5 rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Spacious, airy taproom at the north end of old downtown Nanaimo, overlooking a waterfront park. Short but solid selection of draft offerings (growler and bomber bottles to go) along with a local guest tap. Good offering of hoppy ales: pale, IPA and Cascadian styles. Limited but good selection of beer snacks from nearby Nesvog Meats. Friendly and helpful service.
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.5/5 rDev +10.3% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Amazing beer selection. It's huge and nearly overwhelming. Food is decent pub fare. Place can be kind of a hassle because of the Fenway crowd, but it's a good choice.
in Cleveland, Ohio
4.85/5 rDev +10.5% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
My regular stop. The only reason I don't give fives across the board is that I've been to places outside the area with a slightly better selection but that's a small quibble.
in Akron, Ohio
4.28/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I recently visited Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron, Ohio. It is nearby Akron Fulton International Airport and is right off E. Waterloo Rd (224), but it is easy to miss. I had to make a U-turn. Next to the brewery there is a trailer & hitch company featuring a white building with red window frames and a blue building. It stands out. When you see that exit the road before you pass those buildings and the Hoppin’ Frog is right there.
I’ve had many of their beers previously, the various BORIS and DORIS Imperial Stouts and some IPAs and all the beers I’ve tasted have been top notch. On my visit I had a few beers including DORIS the Destroyer the Nitro version. It was probably the most smooth and creamy Imperial Stout I’ve ever had. We also bought a few bottles to take home. If you like Stouts this is the place for you. Unlike most breweries I’ve been to they served food in the tasting room (no food truck) and they had waiters serving on you. They had a quite good menu. I had the BORIS BBQ sandwich for ten dollars, and it was delicious and paired well with a BORIS Imperial Stout. The service was friendly and knowledgeable and the food and the beers came pretty quickly. Overall I think it was a very nice brewery with a good atmosphere.
in Charlotte, North Carolina
3.36/5 rDev -5.9% | Avg: 3.57
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
When I visited in May 2017, there were a half dozen NC beers on tap, including some fairly decent choices like Hop Drop and Coco Loco. The food comes from the Cali Pizza Kitchen next door.
If you find yourself in CLT with some time to kill and you haven't tried some of the NC standards, this place is worth the trek to Gate B6.
in Riverside, California
4.23/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Visited this place about a week ago, and I had a few of their beers on tap. Great selection of American style food, my family really enjoyed the food but the place is a little bit loud. You get a lot of food with your order, we left with plenty of leftovers, definitely going to visit in the future.
in Crosby, Minnesota
3.53/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.53
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
It's all still pretty new, even though it's in a old building with the original ceiling, which is cool. I was there early on a Sat. so there was not much going on. Brewer wasn't' there. Staff was enthusiastic, but not all that well versed in beer knowledge. Nonetheless, it's on my way up north and I"d stop in again. Should be open earlier on Thursday to catch the early up north traffic.
in Cleveland, Ohio
4.45/5 rDev +14.4% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I'm kind of biased toward this because it was my introduction to a large selection of craft beers plus I snagged a lot of free glassware and tee shirts. Even though other places have passed them in adventurous taps, I'll still stop in.
in Hillsborough, North Carolina
4.68/5 rDev +5.4% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
Went there with a couple friends I was visiting in Durham and met up with others who snagged a table. It was the first Sunday of the NFL season and I think the owner is a Falcons fan so their game was on which we were partially paying attention to. Great tap list and the food was tasty. Seemed very friendly but the guys I was with were known there, so I'm not sure how total noobs are regarded. I'd gladly go back.
in Plattsburgh, New York
4.38/5 rDev +7.1% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
Cool location in Plattsburgh. Located in an 1800's era stone barracks. Good selection of flat breads, burgers and sandwiches. Beer selection is good, beers were all average or slightly above for the style. Smoked porter and double ipa were both winners.
in Charlottesville, Virginia
3.83/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Decent beer section that holds most of the major craft breweries as well as local breweries. Pricing isn't too bad, about par with some good prices on local breweries. Makes an effort to promote local breweries products as much as they do the larger breweries. Pick your own 6 for $9.99. Occasionally holds tastings.
in Minneapolis, Minnesota
3.95/5 rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4
something a little different from the normal craft taproom here, its got more of an authentic english pub feel, smallish and comfortable, sort of juxtaposed to the fairly large brewing setup visible behind the window at the bar. man, looks like they have quite a bit of fermentation capacity! european soccer scarves adorn the rafters, several classic english styles are on the beer menu, and the vibe in here is good and comfortable, bustling as well. we had several beers here, i liked the shaky walls coffee brew, and the pub ale on nitro wasnt bad, but the real winner from these guys is their barrel aged barleywine, which automatically gets them my love and admiration, its one of the best i have ever had, fully serious. other beers were drinkable but much less impressive. service was just okay as well, they seemed overwhelmed by a moderately busy bar, and didnt really care to chat much about the beers or anything. good vibe in here though, and based on the barleywine, they are capable of greatness. i am glad english beer has a home in the twin cities, my kind of beer. worth checking out if you havent yet...
in Minneapolis, Minnesota
4.18/5 rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
this place was great, the beer and food was fantastic, and i cant believe it took me so long to finally get in here and check it out. the place is smallish, mellow, and clean, with a rather mod feel, a full and large bar, and an equal focus on the restaurant aspect as the beer aspect. they are a smokehouse, and they are doing some incredible things with both food and beer. they had a maple brown ale brewed with maple syrup that they smoked in house! it was awesome, but their other beers were quite good as well, a range of basic styles done well and more ambitious beers, even a barrel aged offering. the food we ate was amazing, a trio of smoked fishes, including pike, which you just dont see too often, and it was just delicious. the smokehouse aspect seems to be in everything they do, and i am super into it. im not sure they sell kegs out of this place, i have never seen their beer on tap anywhere in the twin cities, so you might have to go here to drink it, but its worth doing for sure. service was sort of irrelevant, didnt enhance or detract from the experience either way. i will get back in here soon for a more substantial meal and a few more beers. everything in here was quality, and fairly priced too! under the radar, but they shouldnt be!
in New Brighton, Minnesota
4.28/5 rDev +6.2% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
what a cool place, an undersung staple of the beer scene up in the twin cities, been doing it awhile, and it was nice to finally make it up to check it out. the place is cool, a converted gas station or village inn or something it seems like, youd almost miss it coming from downtown if you didnt know it was there. minimalist space, with some old wooden features and an almost cabin sort of feel, very homey and comfortable, with a big patio and a small bar. they had a great beer selection too, brewer andy is doing some really cool stuff. the belgian strong dark and the wild rice brown were my favorites, but all the beers we had in here were well done, and they seem to have a real grasp on the english styles as well. the food menu was equally ambitious, and i really enjoyed my meal in here. simple, honest, and prompt service, liberal with the samples, and just fun to chat with and obviously passionate about the beers. the customers here seem loyal too, everyone knows everyone, and they all love the beer so much. a few of them were a little under carbonated, but overall the experience in here was awesome, and this is a fantastic spot to drink a beer and slow down a little bit. ill be back for sure!
in Greenfield, Massachusetts
3.81/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Went here for the first time last week. I have been to the Wings Over/Hangar in Amherst ever since college and I have been to the Westfield location. This one is similar in terms of selling the staple food of the brand and having a sports bar like atmosphere.
Located near the People's Pint, the space oddly seemed small, but the inside had plenty of tables and a huge bar area in the middle. I counted numerous TVs set to New England sports channels around the bar and the place played somewhat loud music for a quiet Thursday evening.
The selection of beers is pretty decent. Although you can get the large macro brands likel Budweiser here, you can get a lot of craft options. In my case, I had a Singlecut Beersmiths beer during my dinner and noticed beers like Maine Beer and Kent Falls on the list.
Overall, this business seems like a nice addition to the city. It has the Wings Over/Hangar brand, lots of Western MA residents know with a decent craft list.
in Brewster, Massachusetts
3.53/5 rDev +6.6% | Avg: 3.31
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25
They have a fairly decent selection given their location. Lots of wine and a decent selection of craft beer. They have a lot of New England beers, and a few west coast beers, but very few singles. Their price is slightly expensive, but that is to be expected for Cape Cod. Easily the best package store in Brewster.
in Brussels, Belgium
4.03/5 rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
Visited on a Tuesday afternoon in April 2017 after spending the morning at Cantillon. The place was empty except for the bartender and three other people. It goes without saying that I visited during a slow time.
This place looked and felt like what I imagine as a classic Belgium beer bar. With the old man sitting next to me singing along with the radio, I could envision myself in another era. Come for the Westy and the Vibe.
V –You have to walk down an ally way. A great approach to a small place with about 15 tables. Dark décor but bright enough lighting. Loved the décor, including the stained glass, the fireplace (with an insert), great hardwood unfinished bar, lots of beer signs. The paint scheme with tile and wood make the place feel more homey than beer bar. 4.75
Sel – Nothing on tap. About 15 bottles limited to Belgian beers and Trappists including Westy 12. I had two Westys – that beer was so good! The Westy was 15 EU. 4.0
Ser – Fine service. Bartender spoke limited English and I speak no Flemish and less French than the Bartender spoke English. But she was pleasant and when I communicated that I needed to charge my phone she was more than happy to find a plug. We had a good laugh when she accidently charged me 1,5 EU for my Westy. Not sure to what degree she had any beer knowledge, assuming very little. 3.75
Q – No complaints. The bar uses labeled glasses most of the time. 4
FOOD – NA
in Canton, Massachusetts
4.74/5 rDev +3% | Avg: 4.6
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
This is set in an industrial park brick building. Very wide open space if you go in through the ramp entrance the taproom is to your right. It is more just an open space with a long standing only at and some stools pushed back against the walls. If you go further into the place is where all the cans, growlers, and merchandise is sold. The quality of beers are always impeccable leaning heavily on IPAs, with a great stout thrown in and a sour or two. Service at the taproom was great and the guy had good suggestions on what to try. Vibe is a little meh it's very modern and hipster.
in Victoria, British Columbia
3.99/5 rDev +6.1% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
A very nice bar attached to the Strathcona Hotel in downtown Victoria. Lots of dark wood and sports memorabilia. Had 20 beers on tap - lots of local offerings, plus a few of the usual mega-brews. Pool tables adjoin the bar, if you're so inclined. I only had an hour to kill, so I didn't get to sample the food. I'd return if the opportunity preented itself.
in Colorado Springs, Colorado
3.7/5 rDev -0.5% | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
V-Iron Bird is located near downtown Colorado Springs. It has the typical industrial-chic decor that includes natural steel furniture, some wood, and brick. It is a nice space, though, with lots of light coming in through the windows on the small bar and few scattered tables. A nice patio (with fire pit) and fireplace inside with a few overstuffed chairs add some comfortable lounging spots. The place was mellow when I first arrived at 5:45 pm on a Tuesday, but it filled up a bit when I left an hour later. Mostly locals.
Q-I tried two beers, a English Pale Ale and an IPA. I though the English Pale was pretty decent, but the IPA was off.
Ser-I tried to ask the server about the beers but she was too busy chatting with her friend to give me a decent answer, which was annoying. A second server was more helpful. Slight attitude aside, the service was prompt and the pours were well-done in proper glassware.
Sel-Iron Bird had eight beers on tap when I visited, three of which were an IPA. I like hops, and I get that hops are what the people want, but I would prefer to have a little more variety. Props, however, for offering some lower ABV options instead of all 8% or higher.
O-I liked the funky vibe of this place -- how often do you get to hear white-haired guys chatting about high-school baseball -- but the service was hit or miss and the beers were hit or miss. A little more QC and this place would be great.
in West Hartford, Connecticut
4.84/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.84
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
A relatively new store that I was tipped off to by @PenningtonNY10 about the quality of the shop.
Right on New Britain Ave. Easy parking as it is in a small commercial strip mall.
Walking in there are some scattered beer displays of bombers and six packs at the end of the rows of wine and liquor.
the big score is the walkin cooler or "beercave" There are cooler doors around a large rectangle area in the back with singles of a wide variety of beers available. On this visit I grabbed a Singlecut brew, Relic, Lord Hobo, and White Birch brews. But there were several other worthy singles and the prices were good. Plus the mixed 6 pack gets you a discount, I think it was 15% but still a cool deal. Plus there is no secret handshake or password to find the good stuff. They just put things out in the cooler for the next customer to find.
The best part of the cooler lies within. Open the door and there are flats of various six packs and some bombers in the center of the room and the perimeter is loaded with 4 packs, 6 packs, and represents a wide swath of regional and local beers. Relic, white Birch, New England Brewing, Backeast, Hooker, Firefly Hollow, Collective Arts, and lots and lots more.
Ian was behind the counter and was very helpful and told me to make myself at home. He looked a up a few beers I was looking for when I asked him and was truly interested in the conversation and feedback on the shop.
this is a great place to stop in for some shopping and there is 15 min parking right in front if you are in a hurry.
Well worth a visit if you are searching for some craft beer in the Hartford area!
in Oak Lawn, Illinois
4.15/5 rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Large space with an exciting vibe. Oddly boot shaped bar seats about 25; high tops and tables for 100 surround the bar; a private room in front for about 20; and finally a large outdoor patio in back could easily fit another 50.
Hundreds of tap pulls hang over the bar outlining it's odd shape. 40 active pulls focus on local beers: like Pollyanna, BuckleDown, Haymarket, and Burnt City; regional beers: like Great Lakes, Founders, and Shorts; and national beers: like Revolution, Lagunitas, Deschutes, and Sierra Nevada.
Prices are reasonable.
Service is attentive.
Frequent group nights like painting.
Food is good and plentiful.
in Colorado Springs, Colorado
3.8/5 rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
V-Phantom Canyon is a large brewpub located in downtown Colorado Springs. It has a definite early 2000s "brewpub vibe" but there is not tacky crap on the walls and the space is actually kinda cool with mid-century touches to compliment the high ceilings and older wood. The space is big but there was a waitlist for tables and the 20-seat bar was nearly full when I visited on random Tuesday night. I heard it was graduation week crowds.
Q-I only had one full beer, an experimental pale ale; it was pretty terrible. The small taster I had of the another beer was more average quality. Will need to re-visit.
Ser-The staff was hustling to keep up with the crowd. They were friendly too. Beers were served promptly but in the dreaded shaker pint glass and with very little head. I asked a few questions about the beers, which were answered, but I did not want to keep the staff from serving other people.
Sel-Phantom Canyon had 18 beers on tap and one bottle (a 750 ml tripel) when I visited. The list covered all sorts of styles, including a sour, a few IPAs, and some more unique beers like a BA brown ale. No guest taps.
F-I had a turkey reuben with a side salad. Both were typical brewpub food, but well-executed with fresh ingredients. Do not expect haute cuisine here.
O-Phantom Canyon is an average brewpup. In a city with a ton of competition, that might hurt them, but in Colorado Springs, it might be worth a visit if you are in the area and need some grub and a pint.