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Copper Kettle Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -14.2% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Vibe - small bar, but plenty of searing inside and a fair amount outside. Hidden off of Parker road, but the place is decent size with plenty of parking and room for a food truck.
Quality - I'm not in love with anyone of their beers, but nothing I've had is terrible. They certainly have a following, especially with the Mexican chocolate stout.
Service - I can imagine this score would be lower if I had been in during a busy time; there's a lot of room for patrons, but doesn't appear to be a lot for employees, other than in the brewery behind the taproom. Our beer tender/server was friendly and timely.
Selection - about 5 year round offerings, 3 barrel aged and 4 seasonal/rotating; growler fills and bombers available.
Overall - cool enough place, but with so many other options, I'll likely look elsewhere.

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Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

in Hood River, Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -5.8% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Stopped in with Da Boss yesterday after a hike to see Tamanawas Falls.

Vibe was OK, looked small from the outside but was pretty large inside. Typical brewpub with the vats, rustic booths dotted the place, with two bar areas.

Quality of the beers were good, really liked the Pale Death.

Service was solid as the server was quiet but hustled to keep up with the post lunch time crowd.

Selection was pretty good, maybe 15-20 brews available.

Food was OK. Had the Pizza which was baked to perfection but a little skimpy on the toppings.

Overall a good experience and worthy of a visit.

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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill

in District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -11.8% | Avg: 3.8
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

This is a smallish restaurant and patio that is really mostly an independent bookstore. We had a great server, my blackened salmon was perfect, and their beer list is pretty respectable. Also (if you're used to DC prices) it's pretty fair.

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Delicious Heights

in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I really enjoy this place. The bar area is large, well-stocked, and the bartenders are knowledgeable and can talk beer with you. The food is well-prepared and tasty. Overall, it is worth the trip.

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12 Gates Brewing Company

in Williamsville, New York

3.56/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 3.64
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hard to find small place. Decent inside with a bunch of tables outside where we sat. Beer selection was pretty good with lighter styles, IPA's and a dark beer. Bartender seemed to pay a large amount to her regulars and not any attention to us as we tried to order drinks and food. Seemed like a place full of regulars which is fine, but as a younger looking guy it was a different vibe than most breweries I have visited. Will be back to check it out again. If sitting outside expect to have some planes flying over as its directly in line for the Buffalo Niagara Airport.

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Evil Horse Brewing Company

in Crete, Illinois

4.69/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.69
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The only negative thing I can say about the place is they're closed on Sunday. Beautiful space converted from an old bowling alley. Lanes are incorporated into the bar. They may have a little bit of an acoustics issue, it can get relatively loud, but they're aware of it. Service is at the bar and has been top notch the four times I've been. The brewer/owner is evidently, an accomplished and long time home brewer, certified beer judge and industry consultant. It is evident in the beer. I've had the Pale, IPA, DIPA, Porter, Black Ale and the Amber and all were spot on. At a lot of young places there seems to be a common taste across the beer line up, but that's not the case here. In light of all the bad breweries popping up manned by relatively inexperienced home brewers, I imagine this guy said "wtf I might as well open a place and show them how it's done".

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La Mare Au Diable

in Sherbrooke, Quebec

3.61/5  rDev +9.1% | Avg: 3.31
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Only opens at 4pm despite what website says. Arrived when it opened so i was the only one there. The IPA was decent but nothing more. The owner who was tending bar was very friendly which helped. The outside terrace looked a bit neglected maintenance-wise. Siboire is much better IMO.

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À L'Abordage Microbrasserie

in Sutton, Quebec

4.18/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Very nice laid-back feel on the main street of Sutton. About 7 house ales plus a guest or two. Lots of windows open and ventilation which is good on a hot summer day. Bit of a detour but if you're going to Dunham, come here and to Auberge Sutton.

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Trader Joe's

in Bloomington, Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Next to TW/Bloomington. Stopped in to see this store on the way to TW, Very small beer section but they did carry an ample amount of craft.. Stone Bells,Surly,Summit, Ballast Point, also had many private label brews, looks they buy in until out and buy others that are on sale. Staff was amazingly friendly. Worth a stop in if headed to TW, and you are looking for food and wine.

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Long Live Beerworks

in Providence, Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Quaint place that has quality beers on tap, with some 'experimental' tries. Overall, the barkeep (aka, owners) are exceptionally friendly and willing to talk about their beers and practices, local food recommendations or anything else you fancy.

- relaxed vibe, and friendly people
- food that can be delivered (if you want)
- reasonably priced growlettes to go (or whatever we're calling them nowadays)
- solid beers that are very drinkable, along with a few that are still having the kinks worked out (my personal favorite)

- a giant space to play corn hole (or other drinking games)
- standing in line waiting for cans forever (well, because they don't currently can as much as I'd love some Lil Sippy in cans)

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Cootie Brown's

in Johnson City, Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my second occasion here at Cootie Browns. Every time I say the name, I think of that 90's rap song by the infamous Luke Campbell of Too Live Crew fame "Doo Doo Brown".

It was a beautiful late August day where a break in the heat wave provided temps of about 75F at high noon: a welcomed reprieve from the heat and humidity. I sat outside and enjoyed the ambiance. The passing traffic was a little loud for the conversations of accompanying patrons mostly drowned out the cacophony.

The server arrived quickly and took my order. The food arrived just as quickly and was delicious. My first visit saw my stomach met with the tender greasiness of a Reuben sandwich and fries. This visit I went a little healthier and for Jamaican jerk chicken with black beans and rice and green beans. Again, a solid choice. The chicken was cooked open flame style with nice grill flavor and charring. The green beans were average and the BBR was slightly above. Chicken was great!

The beer list is pretty incredible. Here are a few highlights:

Bells Porter
Depot Street Freight Hopper
Good People
Hi Wire
RJ Rockers Son of a Peach
SCHLAFLY grapefruit IPA

There were many more. A great place with great food and an equally great beer list.

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Green Bench Brewing Co.

in Saint Petersburg, Florida

4.31/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Visited on Saturday August 20th around 5:30 PM. It was Tampa Rays game at 7:30 PM so there were a lot of pre game fans making their way through before the game. Nice place; was a old service garage before so they utilized the bay door design well. I can see the place being completely open during the winter months. The selection was quite enormous. There were at least 18 drafts of their stuff and then a few guest spots of local root beer, etc. The brewery tour was excellent and they gave out 3 free samples during the 45-minute tour/discussion. It sounds like they are in the middle of planned expansion, so I will be curious how the place stacks up after some changes.

I thought the service was good. They had four bartenders on staff to handle the volume. Each was able to give recommendations and allow for samples of their specialties. They offered growlers (32 oz and 64 oz), bottles, and cans to take off premise. There are plenty of restaurants in the area to have food while you drink.

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Cigar City Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

4.65/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Pit stop in Tampa from Orlando and boy was it worth it. There are two tasting rooms with different selections in each (cans to go and merch in the front). Insane number of beers on draft plus bottle pours of Huna 2014!!!! Highlight was Caffe Americano.

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Smack Shack

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Brick & Morter restaurant that evolved from food truck. Its in the North Loop with a large amount of seating indoor and out, a full service seafood menu features shellfish and fish with scallops and many fish/seafood selections. Most taps are local, surly summit, steel toe,fulton, and other smaller brewers. Nothing rare on the beer menu just good, its close to Fulton,Freehouse and Modist, breweries. Worth a stop however the food is pricey.

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Maui Brewing Co.

in Kihei, Hawaii

4.67/5  rDev +11.7% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Went after lunch today - beautiful building and big space. Every staff member I met was friendly and helpful. Something like 26 beers on tap with 2-3 guest taps. High quality all-around including the imperial coconut porter. Great music, great crowd, great beer.

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Side Lot Brewery

in Wauconda, Illinois

4.45/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I've been up here a few times now and it's always an enjoyable time. Sat at the bar and talked with the head brewer, who is really cool, before. Have sat on the comfy chairs with my wife before, which is nice and relaxing, and have sat on the outside patio at night to enjoy the weather -- all good options! There are 2 TV's in the joint so if you wanted to make sure you could pay attention to the Cubs or Bears game, they'd likely have that on. They'll usually have 3-5 house beers on tap along with 10+ other local/midwest beers - good selection. They have some wine and spirits as well. You can get a growler filled of any draft beer. They have a small menu of food or you can order from Slyce ( Pizza place next door ) which I highly recommend!

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Holy Mountain Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

3.76/5  rDev -9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

The last brewery I visited on my beer day in Seattle.

V - Fix the late afternoon sun issue as it makes almost half of the tap room unusable. Otherwise the big garage tap room without windows looking onto the brewery. 3.75

Sel - Only Holy Mountain beers. Nothing dark or heavy. 3.5

Ser - Nice folks. I was not needy. 3.75

Q - Good glassware, clean, etc. 4

F - No food

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Russian River Brewing Company

in Santa Rosa, California

4.58/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Went in on a Sunday early afternoon, drove by myself straight from SFO ( great drive ! ) Had to wait in line about 10 minutes because they were at capacity. The place was pretty packed so I just ordered a pint of Pliny and stood around for awhile, eventually a bar seat opened up and sat next to a couple guys who were real nice. Also talked to one of the bartenders for a bit who was cool. Enjoyed a couple tasters of some sours and finished with a pint of Row 2, Hill 56. Didn't order any food but it looked fantastic, got some Pliny, Blind Pig, and some sours to go. Enjoy my short visit there but couldn't stay too long because had to drive myself to Sunnyvale!

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Rooftop Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

3.8/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited on a Wednesday in late afternoon. Just starting to pick up as I arrived.

V - Very small and all about the outside "roof top." 3.5

SEL - Limited in styles. 3.5

Ser - Great because its a small place and it was relatively slow. 4

Q - 4

F - No food but free popcorn.

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New Glarus Brewing Company

in New Glarus, Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev -15.9% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

As many have stated, the layout and beer garden area is fantastic. Perfect place to enjoy a couple locally crafted beers. However, the selection is weak. Any bar or gas station in Wisconsin sells the same exact beers, in fact the bars in town in New Glarus have more NG beers on tap then them. No food is available other than snacks from the gift shop. The beer mustard from the shop is excellent! It was definitely cool to check out, but not sure if I'll be back anytime soon. If I lived in the near vicinity, eg Madison, this would be cool to check out once a month or so, but it's not worth a 2 hour trip, esp when they close at 5pm.

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Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

in Grandy, North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Go for the food. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and some fine German style beers. Moderate your beer expectations.

V - A Bavarian beer haus, but not. 3.75

SEL - 3.5

SER - Nice people but slow at both server and greeter = 3.25

Q - All the beer is brewed and bottled right there. 4

F 4.25

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BierCraft Tap and Tapas

in Vancouver, British Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by on while on vacation with my wife in August 2016.
Busy place on a weekday evening much to my surprise so that says something. Great tap list of European classics but the real gems were all the local BC craft, I haven’t even heard of half of them. I ended up with a couple pints of Yellow Dog IPA and some Four Winds Nectarous and was very pleased indeed. I could’ve stayed here all day trying different stuff but was loving the two I choose. We heard they had good mussels and were not misinformed, some odd option for a mussel pot but they were all terrific. We didn’t even get main dishes after trying them just ended up eating more mussels. The server knew her beer and did a great job considering how busy she was, I’d go back in a heartbeat if back in the area.

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Urban Family Public House

in Seattle, Washington

4.32/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

DO NOT SLEEP on Urban. Visited on a Wednesday right at opening. Much better selection than the other local/walking distance breweries. If you are in this part of town start with Urban, even before Fremont.

V – A better vide than any other place I have been into around Seattle. Still a big space with a garage door(s) but, good music, friendly people, and you can see the brew tanks, etc. 4.25

Sel – Saisons. IPAs. Stouts. Very nice. 4.25

Ser – Friendly, helpful, they even cracked a bottle of their Signs of Erosion saison open for me (no commitment) so I could taste it. I guess they knew I would like it. Andy and Eric were great. 4.5

Q – Wonderful white wine glasses for their saisons. 4.25

F – no food but . . . a great hot dog food truck was there that day.

Do not sleep on these guys. Put them near the top of your list. A mistake if you do not visit while in Seattle.

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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

in Corvallis, Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +2.4% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Spending the week in the Mt Hood area and did a trip out to the Willamette Valley today with Da Boss stopping here after visiting Adelsheim Winery earlier in the day.

Vibe was OK, typical brewpub with the stainless steel vats. Ample seating inside and out. Beautiful day with the temps in the upper 70's but with all the outside tables occupied we opted to go inside.

Quality of the beers I had were awesome. Sticky Hands is a world class IIPA and unfortunately I could not get past this one. Da Boss had Gloria, a very nice Pils.

Service was solid as Kelly was timely and good with the recommendation of Gloria for Da Boss.

Selection was good. I would hazard a guess there was 16-18 beers available from Block 15.

Food was very good. I enjoyed by Kimchi beer burger and Rosemary fries. Da Boss had the Sunday chicken dinner special which was quite tasty. The hush puppies had a cornmeal like flavor.

Overall if you want to have one of the better IIPA's in the west definitely come here for Sticky Hands as I am here to testify it is worth the extra miles!

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Fremont Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

3.73/5  rDev -10.1% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited on a Wednesday after lunch. Slow.

Not overly impressed based on the great reviews I had read. The lack of food should be made clear when reading the web site. No Wi-Fi either.

V – What has become the typical open space with garage doors to the outside. Two bars on either side of a large space connected a nice outdoor area with cover from the sun if needed. Flowers, etc. Beards and tattoos (maybe that should be the name of my band?) 4

Sel – Really just about the hoppy beers during my visit. Not even a saison. No guess taps. 3.5

Ser – No table service. Generally friendly, but maybe the Northwest is different than the South and Mid-Atlantic where I spend most of my time. No public wi-fi (bummer!). How’s a man supposed to day-drink and work at the same time? 3.5

Q – Not a fan of the glasses that are shaped like a beer can, which seems to be the preferred contained unless the ABV on your choice of brew begins to rise. Clean and bright. 4

F – None – apples and pretzels for free.

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