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Tasty Beverage Company

in Raleigh, North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.65
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The wife and I were waiting for a table at Poole’s Downtown Diner and we walked around the ‘hood. Painfully cool area. Tasty Beverage is just past Crank Arm Brewing, in a refurbished train depot and around the corner from the outrageous Videri chocolate company. Lots of bars and fun around.

The place is small but packed with goodies. First the bottle shop and then the bar, with some crazy drafts like Sexual Chocolate and Hebrew Jewbelation ’13. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is convivial.

The bottle shop is to die for. Too many goodies and rarities to even make sense of it all… lots of Prairie, tons of Belgian brews, a good amount of Bruery, all the North Carolina beers you can imagine and the most outrageous selection of Harvest Ale ever. Reasonable prices, cold beer, good people. I want to marry this place and move in.

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Raleigh Brewing Company

in Raleigh, North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This was our first stop in our whirlwind tour of the Raleigh beer scene. This jawn is on the edge of town, by the colleges. Big open space, lots of dogs. I mean LOTS!

11 taps, with a bit of everything:

Belgian Golden, Rye IPA, Pils, Session IPA, Scottish Export Ale, Coffee Porter, Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Test Batch #1 Imperial IPA, Wee Heavy… served in 8-12oz.

Food truck outside (as in every other brewery in Raleigh). Nothing barrel-aged or unique on tap (they did have a $17 BA imperial oatmeal bottle), but good stuff overall. Fun place.

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

in Richmond, Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The wife and I went down to Raleigh, North Carolina, for a weekend of beer, food and art, and our first stop was Hardywood in Richmond. It was a Saturday at 3pm right after the brewery had opened and the place was already buzzing and bustling. Thank goodness they have a massive amount of space!

Two bars, one of them right as you go in with a merchandise stand next to it and another one located next to the tanks. Both have different taps so you get to try goodies here and there.

Service is efficient and pretty friendly, and the beers are tasty. I tried the bourbon-barrel barleywine and enjoyed it so much that I bought two bottles. The wife enjoyed her Hoplar Imperial IPA (aged in local wood), so we bought more bottles. I wasn’t a fan of the bourbon coffee Sidamo stout, but I’m glad I tried it.

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Bone Up Brewing Company

in Everett, Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +27.3% | Avg: 3.44
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Very cool little place, loved the decor and feel inside. Good little selection of beers and games to play in the taproom. Really like this place and can only seeing going from strength to strength. Will definitely be heading back soon.

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Firehouse Grocery

in Greensboro, North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place is a small convenient store located right near UNCG which does not look like much from the outside but while small is clean and well cared for inside... The majority (more than 90% I would guess) of the beer is stored in glass fronted cold cases and the beers are sold in 4/6 packs, singles, and bombers - the majority of the wall of cold cases on the right when you enter is dedicated to craft beer.

The beer is stored cold and there are not a lot of windows, so the beer is not as likely to be light-struck as in some other locations I have visited. The cold cases are well light allowing you to easily see what is available. Beers all seemed to be well within date codes and the seasonals are the current ones.

The gentleman that I chatted with on my visit this morning was knowledgeable about beers, quick to let me know some of the more desirable beers they had (some of which other area shops ran out of on the day of delivery), and quick to ask if there were any beers I thought they were missing from carrying. He was very friendly and due to his assistance, I was able to pick up a couple of beers that I thought I had missed this year.

Not the largest selection but a well thought out and curated selection focused on the styles the gentleman I spoke with is most familiar - since the turnover is not as high as at some other shops, not as much volume of IPAs (still have a number of IPAs but more limited quality of each so they stay fresh). Pretty decent sized selection of stouts and a good representation of NC beers.

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Ferguson's Bottles & Taps

in Whitsett, North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -9% | Avg: 4.66
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A nice little spot in an area that does not have a lot of options, a friendly vibe with music playing at a reasonable volume (and concert showing on the TV over the bar)and a spot to enjoy some beers on premise as well as a selection of bottles + can for taking home.

There are bottles of beer available for sale on shelving on both sides as you enter as well as a center area with cans for sale. In addition, there is a smaller selection of bottles stored chilled in a cooler just beyond the bar. Due to the way the store is laid out in the shopping center, while there are windows in the front of the shop there was not a lot of direct sunlight hitting the beers.

I met one of the owners on my visit and he was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Had a really good conversation about the different beers and what types/styles sell quickly in his area vs. Greensboro where I live.

There is a small but well curated selection and due to the beer drinker demographics of the area, it can be easier to find some of the limited releases than in Greensboro without being too far away. There is a good representation of NC breweries with a decent range of styles as well as a number of other US breweries and a small selection of European imports. There are 6 taps and when I visited, 6 different styles available.

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Night Shift Brewing

in Everett, Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Great beers including plenty of small batch gems. Overall setup indoor and out is brilliant, including arcades and bags. Taproom is spacious and decked out with some cool designs, new annex just just adds to it all. Always great food truck offerings outside. Love this place.

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Fieldwork Brewing Co.

in Berkeley, California

4.43/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

V: Great tucked away location with a welcoming vibe. Inside you'll find wood / concrete and steel with a wharehouse feel to it both with sitting a standing tables to enjoy your brew. Bar is split into two sides: one for beers on tap and the other for growler and crowler fills. Outside is picnic table seating with heat lamps outlined by water troughs filled with plants. The floor inside expands to the brewing area in the back where the magic happens. Patrons tend to be enthusiast of good beer from a variety of backgrounds. Kids and dogs are both welcome which is a plus and adds to the atmosphere in my opinion.

Q: Quality is what brings everyone here as it is top notch! Regardless the style of beer you go with each is executed with success. Fresh is the name of the game here. Hands down my favorite local brewery.

S: In my experience the service here has always been good. Depending on the luck of the draw some staff here are more sociable and inviting than others. Regardless all are knowledgeable and none carry the elitist attitude that can be a turn off. With their growing popularity, if you show up during their busier hours they are simply trying to sort through and serve the lines.

S: Although their speciality is of the hop varieties they explore and offer a full spectrum of beers. With fresh being the focus their selection is constantly rotating. Regardless of how often you frequent Fieldwork you are bound to find a new and exciting beer to try. Typically 12+ beers to choose from.

F: Food here is nothing to write home about with selections limited to empanadas and closed sandwiches (both extremely similar to one another). But once you're a few beers in it's always a good thing to have options available regardless of how exciting that may or may not be.

Sidenote: In the past year or so they have started offering limited releases of cans! Their artwork is simply beautiful and the beer inside even better! It seems like they are still learning how to navigate these releases and meet demand. Regardless if you're willing to be patient with them in this process it's always a treat to get your hands on these releases!

Overall... LOVE FIELDWORK!!! Thankful to be within such close proximity to them... definitely my go to brewery! Several of their selections are among my favorites and all of them I enjoy! As they continue to expand in popularity and locations it's good to see their well deserved success!

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Hopewell Brewing Co.

in Chicago, Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A great vibe is reflected inside and out. The minimalist bar and tables with perhaps 50 chairs look out a full window wall on to what is fast-becoming Chicago's next great neighborhood; dubbed The Hipster Highway. (Nearby, several new 40+ unit apartment buildings have been built taking advantage of Chicago's new Transit Oriented Development code.) This diagonal avenue is being lined quickly with restaurants and trendy stores. All this is important because breweries are now a symbol of community redevelopment, much as coffee shops were in the previous decade. Hopewell does its job well and synergizes with the new neighborhood it serves.

I visited twice in the same week... in part because the two IPAs had an odd after-taste and I thought it might have been my mouth. The second visit proved mostly to be me... but both IPAs still had some residual chemical post-taste that I'd blame on the hops. So... I hope my reviews are fair, particularly since both flights had 5 of the six same brews. Hopewell's First Lager was quite good, but their marzen was not. OA Quality of beers is mixed; but respectable for a brewer in this spot for only one year. Their main selling point is: FRESH... and cool.

Service was fine, obviously proud of where they worked.
As for Selection, my advice below is to focus... particularly since they will soon start canning.

Since I'm giving advice... Hopewell should focus on their Belgians. I say so because they seem to be improving their yeast (based on reviews from a year ago of their Saison.) And if an American brewer can get right the Belgian-like yeast (and not just buy some from Belgium which is only the first step), then your brewery is ahead of many aspirants in the race for survival. Too many American brewers first try to compete in the much larger hop-head market; but not enough succeed in the Belgian-devotee market (obviously, people like me.) As a niche business strategy to compete among the 3,435 plus American craft brewers, think like a Belgian.

Another suggestion related to the Belgian niche.... Since reviewers don't call Hopewell's Saison "world-class", offer a world-class example to compare. This says "Hopewell wants to compete with the best." It also helps geeks like me compare and offer Hopewell even better advice. They might even have a note pad to leave opinions for the brewmaster.

OA: I was glad I walked in twice. I wish the same for you... and warmer days.

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Iron Duke Brewing

in Ludlow, Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Set behind a large mill complex, a well renovated brick and timber space, Bar service was excellent,
Selection off the board was diverse, nice to see a wide range of styles, Stout pour was excellent. Not to noisy. and well appointed. Occasional food truck service as I understand, non at time of my visit.
Mixed crowd on a Friday with older couples and younger groups sharing the experience.
Worth the trip.

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in Ann Arbor, Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went there a couple times during a recent holiday trip back to old stomping grounds, went to grad school at UM. Loved both the food and beer selection. Had the family and everyone had a good time. I even enjoyed their vegetarian "kitchen sink" dish!

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Brick Works Brewing and Eats

in Smyrna, Delaware

4.14/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited 2 times in the last 6 month's. Great atmosphere, the place was fairly crowded both times, but we never had to wait for service. BW had a 1/2 off eats special during the visits, so we all had a nice late afternoon beer and appetizer dinner. The wings were very good, taco's made the cut, and the crab dip had no complaints. We might have gone for the entrees, but even half price specials were high (what is it with these brew pups and their outrageous food prices?).

The brews we had were mostly from local breweries, as BW didn't have a full compliment of their own beer yet.. but everything was so good the 1st time, we went back 2 weeks later.

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Brewco Manhattan Beach

in Manhattan Beach, California

3.99/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This place ebbs and flows in terms of selection. Usually has at least a few "wow" beers on draft every couple weeks. Their standard selection is vast, if not particularly exciting. The food is good with something for everyone. Also, the wait is usually 20 minutes less than surrounding establishments

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The Bruery

in Placentia, California

4.16/5  rDev -6.1% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This was my first visit to the Bruery Tasting Room. Unfortunately I don't get down to the LA area too often and even this visit was a little rushed because I was just passing through and still had a drive ahead of me. It was 1pm on a Wednesday and even though the bar was full, there wasn't anyone else in the room. A dozen or so more people came in during the hour and a half I was there. There was only one bartender on shift. He was able to take my first order at the bar, but by the time I was ready for a second round, there was a small line forming at the register and he wasn't able to get back to me. I was still trying to find a beer I could growler. So after waiting in line, my time was running out, I had to make a blind call on the growler fill. The beers are excellent, as expected, and the place is spacious and clean. I just wish I could have had the chance to taste a couple of more.

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in New Bern, North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.53
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is Utopia for beer lovers in Eastern NC. Eight taps with good rotation. Wine and ciders available for variety. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great selection of many fine and hard to get craft beers. And to top it off, a well-stocked homebrew supply store for us beer makers. What more could I ask for....indeed my Brew Utopia!

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Barley Forge Brewing Co.

in Costa Mesa, California

4.48/5  rDev +6.9% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I like to visit local breweries whenever I come home to Orange County, and I have had Barley Forge on my radar for some time. As expected, it fit the bill, a welcoming venue complete with terrific beer.

Usually I go with a sampler flight, which was the case here, picking my favorite out of the five being "Future Tripping", a reasonable DIPA which stood out from the competitor, an IPA, seated next to it on the flight platter.

Looking for something a bit more complex, I ordered a full pour of the aforementioned "Future Tripping" with Habanero added to the mix. My takeaway was that this was the best of the lot I had during the course of the afternoon, and in fact, could still taste it on my pallet on the ride home.

Overall, high marks for Barley Forge, a welcomed addition to the Craft Beer scene here in Orange County. Upon my return to Hong Kong where I currently live, I grabbed a 12-ounce to take with me to share overseas, highlighting it as something from where I live, sharing it with others in Asia who are interested in the revolution taking place in craft breweries across the world.

Glad I had the opportunity to visit this fine establishment and look forward to the direction the continue to take going forward, when we all need something to take our minds off of this unfortunate reality...

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Fat Head's Saloon

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +7.7% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Started going here in 1993 when the the boss and his wife would stop in every night. My name is on the first Wall of Foam plaque. Beer selection is excellent. If you get a Headwich , the kielbasa with pierogies is fantastic. My favorite time to go now is at lunch on a weekday. Not to busy but you can sit at the bar, relax, and talk to some local South Siders. A must go to place if you are in Pittsburgh. Before it was retired, Youngs Old Nick Barely Wine Ale was my beer of choice.

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Arch Bridge Taphouse

in Oregon City, Oregon

5/5  rDev +11.4% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A real beer bar. Tenders know their beers well and can help/explain to those that want to know. Their beer board is always one of the best in Portland (they now have 16 taps), and their bottle selection is way above average (they now have hundreds of bottles, all listed on their website). A really nice, friendly place to have a great beer and good time with friends. And the feet-away Korean and Norwegian restaurants serve some really nice dishes that can be enjoyed with the great beer. One of my favorite bars in the Portland area.

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Latitudes Tavern

in Alpena, Michigan

4.48/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Latitudes may be a small place, but it is cozy and what is lacking in size and menu choices is made up for in beer choices. They have 11 taps, but what is on tap is usually quite good, minus the 2 for bud light and such. The bathroom is so small one has to go outside to change their mind. If you are new to the area, the service here is faster than at the Black Sheep and the beer choices are better.

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Naples Beach Brewery

in Naples, Florida

4.69/5  rDev +28.5% | Avg: 3.65
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great brewery!! Nice selection! I do wish they had a cider on tap/bottle for my non-beer drinking friends. They may have had them before, but not when I've been there. (Correct me if I'm wrong plz)

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Daytona Taproom

in Daytona Beach, Florida

4.15/5  rDev -7.6% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is one of my favorite places in the Daytona area for a good beer and burger. They have the best selection of beer in the area and by far the best hamburgers. The environment is pretty minimalist--just a very long bar, some tables, a pool table, and a small stage--but you don't come for the facility. Great beer. Very knowledgeable servers. Great food.

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Ormond Brewing Company

in Ormond Beach, Florida

3.94/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Ormond Brewing Company is well worth a visit. They are located in an industrial park and have a good selection (although limited) of craft beer that they are others have brewed. The prices are very reasonable and the service is excellent. They have a small L-shaped bar area inside and a fairly large outside seating area where they often have live music (and the occasional passing train). All in all it's a great place to hang out with friends to listen to music or talk. On some nights they even have food trucks. They also have a small selection of wine for those who don't enjoy beer. Come check it out.

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Platypus Brewing

in Houston, Texas

3.65/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 3.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We went by here last weekend, have been meaning to go since they opened, but just haven't made it (did go in one time and the place was packed, no tables). The place has a nice mix of indoor/outdoor seating, large TV outside and 2 inside, positioning makes it not hard to see one from wherever you are sitting. @champ103 did a pretty good review of the layout so I will move on to the experience. We ordered a couple of apps to go along with our beer. The pretzel bites, though pretty aggressively cooked were really good, the nachos on pork skins, well need I say more, they were really good. The beers as covered here are passable, not worth going out of your way for, but what needs addressing is the service. They need more servers, or they need to alter the way you go about getting beer. We only had a short amount of time to kill and most of it was spent searching for our waitress. I think of places like this when people start talking about the beer bubble bursting. People are dropping a shit ton of money at this place and the beer is something you wouldn't even look twice at if it was on a shelf. Brew Pubs are cool, and this is proof of that fact

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Stockdale's Bar And Grill

in Oriskany, New York

4.36/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is a friendly neighborhood bar with--for Central New York--an excellent, constantly rotating selection of taps. Add to those solid facts a delicious lunch and dinner menu and you have a recipe for a good time.

The staff are friendly to everyone, even folks they've just met who aren't regulars. I live about 40 minutes from here so it's a little bit out of the way for me, but they treat you right.

Nice pours, and they tend to run about a buck less per glass than you might find at a comparable craft beer joint.

I'm going there for dinner tonight. You should too if you are passing through or just want to try a new place.

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La Bièrothèque

in Montréal, Quebec

4.19/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nice little store located in the Italian sector of Montreal. The selection of beers is not huge but there is plenty of hard to find and very good beers. Price are higher than other places in town but you won’t get the selection. Staff is knowledgeable.

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