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Lodi Beer Company

in Lodi, California

3.78/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is a good brewpub in the heart of downtown Lodi.

It is in a great old building and has nice decor, uitilising some architectural elements of the old building with nice nice additions that keep in with the building. It has big windows on the street and overall seems enjoyable and comfortable, with a big, nice bar, high ceilings. It was pretty quiet but alive when we were there .

Beer quality based on the limited selection we had was very good. Range of styles and choices was good but not extensive with nothing particularly unique or rare.

Service was good.

Food was good - burgers were great, tartar sauce for the fish and chips not good. "Crispy" pork belly was good but not crispy.

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The Fox Brewpub

in Carson City, Nevada

3.98/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

This seems currently, as of March 2017, to be the only real beer-oriented eatery in Carson City, given that the Tahoe Brewing place seems to have recently closed - a fact I discovered in arriving in town ready to visit it (the website was still up and running and indicated it was open).

Anyway, a very recent breakaway from the Firkin & Fox chain, it still has some of that chain's feel and elements but seems to be striving to be something more.

It has a decently large beer selection something like 17 beers on tap with some rotating. Selection was pretty good, with a mix of some basic macro standards (Rolling Rock, etc.) but a lot of craft beers, including one from Founders and several local beers from the Reno-Tahoe area.

The building is a great old building in the heart of downtown, practically across the street from the historic old capitol building and the inside has a good English pub feel and look, one good point seemingly inherited from the Firkin & Fox aesthetic. Food was ok overall - pizza was subpar, fried pickles outstanding, the rest mostly not great but good.

Service was excellent - enthusiastic and efficient.

I'd go here again when in town but would not go out of my way to try it as it currently is.

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The Sovereign

in District of Columbia

4.54/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Walked down the alley and first looked upstairs. TVs and dance/pop music playing not for me. Downstairs however was like a special Belgian beer lovers haven. Dark with bar lamps, big swivel chairs, and a Belgian draft list like I have never seen before. They offer 4oz taster pours at a slight premium but well worth it if you want to roll through many beers. The bottle list is even more impressive with offerings up to 6L size. Really nothing but Belgian/Farmhouse styles available for beer and a full liquor bar including proper absinthe presentation.

Food-wise, I had the bitterballen, dry sausage, and cheese croquets appetizers, and all were delicious.

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Lowry Beer Garden

in Denver, Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This is a pretty good place, but with a couple of caveats: it's LOUD, and the food menu is fairly limited. They've got a ton of beers on hand, though most are overpriced because you're a captive audience. Go in the summertime when the patio is open, otherwise it can get very crowded during happy hour and early dinner hours. Strangely, on non-event nights, it can get a lot quieter later in the evening. But there's plenty of parking, and they'll have several beers you want to try.

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Dru Bru

in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

3.77/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

On a rainy March afternoon, Dru Bru draws a bunch of skiers and other wintery folk. It's a comfortable spot to have a beer or two, and wish the weather were better.

There's room for about 40, at the bar, a couple of communal tables, and a couple of side tables.

The beer leans toward German styles. They say they use German malts, Yakima hops, and Snoqualmie Pass water. There were 11 beers and one cider on tap when we were there. Prices are quite reasonable. The service was very good.

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Paradise Bar And Grill

in Pensacola Beach, Florida

3.84/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped here twice during my visit to Pensacola Beach.

As others have described it, Paradise is located in the middle of an old 1950’s ear motel. The bar is in the center and fronts the beach. There is a music stage on the west side of the large beer garden area. It is a pretty unique setting to say the least.

It is a really fun bar that attracts large but not overpowering crowds. They offer live music every night with no cover. One of the times I was there I saw Little Ed & the Imperials from Chicago. They have been on both Chess & Alligator records so you know they are good.

Food is solid beach fare. I had a good shrimp po’boy on visit and a really nice blackened fish palter on the other visit. Everyone in our party of 5 liked the food.

Service is friendly and considering the crowds, pretty much on top of things. Don’t be in a hurry and you won’t be disappointed.

Finally on to beer…. They have one local beer on tap (a tasty amber from Pensacola Brewery), plus Goose IPA. The rest of the choices were Bud, Bud Light & Shocktop. They did have Abita beers in bottles. Note that they offer High Life starting at $1.25 per bottle going up to $2 per bottle later in the day that is a fun value!

So while Paradise is not a beer bar, it is a great bar and one you will have fun at!

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Binny's Beverage Depot

in Saint Charles, Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is my go-to Binny's. I can usually find stuff at this location that I can't find at other Binny's. It's a medium sized Binny's and the staff are helpful, you just need to ask them for help. Most of the limited releases are kept behind the service counter when you walk in.

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Binny's Beverage Depot

in Montgomery, Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +1.2% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

To sum it up, it's a Binny's. I'd put it in the mid/large sized category, closer to mid. Selection is good but not as good as say St. Charles or Naperville Binny's. The one thing that really sets this Binny's apart from others is the staff. Everyone working there is very friendly and takes the time to answer questions and find out about releases.

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Perennial Artisan Ales

in Saint Louis, Missouri

4.26/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited for a special release party, this joint is pretty standard. Tasting room/bar area is fairly narrow near the front but gets wider towards the back. Two single unisex restrooms, a dartboard, some tables and a decently-sized bar. Prices are reasonable, variety is okay. When they have the big bottles on tap it's a can't miss location.

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Parish Brewing Company

in Broussard, Louisiana

4.69/5  rDev +16.4% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This is a great brewery! The atmosphere is pleasant with good music. The Taproom is on the small side but with the outside sitting area it really isn't a problem! The taproom was to close at 8pm but stayed open till 930pm which was wonderful after driving an hour an a half for just 2 crowlers and 5 teku glasses of the 4XDH Envie (which i highly recommend). Their tap selection was decent! Grand Reserve, 4XDH Envie, Fuzz, South Coast, Cranbrake and maybe a couple more. I was only there for the 4XDH! No Opus Vert or Ghost in the Machine (heart broken)! Two thumbs up all the way around for Parish!!!

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Beerdeckel Bottle Shop

in Kaliningrad, Russian Federation

4.97/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.97
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Excellent store near historical center of the city. Nice range of beers, basically craft, from Russia, Europe and even USA.
Adequate pricing, joyful bearded seller. Highly recommended.

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The Greenville Beer Exchange

in Greenville, South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev -1.9% | Avg: 4.73
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Extremely good service and great selection. Very nice selection from local to US to international. Prices are competitive. Growler station that also serves pints. The gent onsite will walk you through everything in the store, location wise, type/style, and their recommendations - very knowledgeable and very friendly. Would recommend stopping in.

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Two Roads Brewing Company

in Stratford, Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +2.8% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Probably the biggest craft brewery in the state of Connecticut, Two Roads selections are good and high quality. They have a lot of variety in the tap room all the time. Once in a while they would have a Pilot batch beer for on-site consumption. Food truck is always available outside if you need food. Large facility to hang out and definitely good vibe from people.

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Kickbacks Gastropub

in Jacksonville, Florida

4.09/5  rDev -5.8% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

In town for a business trip, visited here on a Sunday night. The beer selection is insane, over 200 beers on tap. Some great stuff on tap, was surprised to find Morning Wood, Wide Awake It's Morning, and Last Buffalo in the Park on tap. Food menu is huge and it's just ok, but came here for the beer and wasn't disappointed. Live music made for a great vibe. Visited another place that is highly rated just around the corner and it was totally disappointing, wish we would have stayed at Kickbacks.

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Renshaw Lounge

in Clawson, Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

We'll start with this: It's a sport's bar that's the closest to my house. It's not a beer bar. That said, I have no problem taking my kids and wife here. Good, attentive service. Good bar food-burgers, fried stuff, pizza, sandwiches. Solid selection (36 taps or so) of local and regional beers with some special taps on occasion, cheap Michigan beer night and a few decent bottles. I'm a veteran young guy but it can get loud in there. We're usually out of there by 8pm though. It's a solid neighborhood joint.

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Metal Monkey Brewing

in Romeoville, Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Funky interior is surprising, considering the spare, industrial complex exterior. Good selection of competent or better beers. No growler fills – only 32 oz. Howlers.

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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

in Bradenton, Florida

4.34/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

If you are looking for BA worthy beer in the general Bradenton area...do yourself a favor and make this your first stop

Huge selection of all the available local, regional and national good stuff that is available in Florida

On top of the massive selection, they have a counter pressure growler fill station ready to fill things up - 12 craft options flowing

I wish this was my first stop this year, it will be next year

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Bar La Tireuse

in Toulouse, France

4.3/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Often overcrowded, for a reason: it's the best place in this town to get awesome beers. The crew behind the counter know their products.
Prices are somewhat reasonable, tap selection is abundant, not sure about solid food tho.
Mostly a student's bar, so awfully noisy and sometimes oozing with pheromones!

Almost impossible to park nearby, unfortunately.

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Pinthouse Pizza - South Austin

in Austin, Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.9% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I really enjoying visiting Pinthouse on my visits to Austin. They always have a great selection of their beers and a good selection of guest taps. I prefer the south location since they have Electric Jellyfish which is in my opinion one of the best IPAs in Texas at this time. The pizza is great and prices are very reasonable, I'd recommend the Armadillo. I find it nice that this location has lots of seating, TVs to watch games and its close to the highway.

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Kelly's Liquor Store

in San Jose, California

3.31/5  rDev -18.1% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.75

Visited store while visiting from the Midwest. I was disappointed in selection, even Safeway had better.
I found a couple of Port Brewing IPAS to take home and enjoyed talking to staff.

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Jester King Brewery

in Austin, Texas

4.8/5  rDev +3.9% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Jester King is a great place to visit when you want to have great beer and escape the congestion of Austin. Nestled away on a farm west of the city it is a nice change of pace from the normal brewery taproom. Only open 3 days a week they always have a great tap selection and extensive bottle list. Most of the seating is outdoors which is great for spring, fall and winter, but it can be a bit hot during the summer. JK doesn't sell food, but Stanely's next door has good pizza and more beer, you can also walk over with your JK pours.

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Steel Toe Brewing

in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

this is about as no frills as it gets, and a great testament to the "if you brew good beer, they will come" sort of motto, it was absolutely packed on a saturday afternoon, no clue what they used to do before the addition of the back room! bar in the front when you walk in with a few tables, and then a new back room are with picnic table style seating, not a seat to be found! they had a great selection of beers on, including some of their special barrel aged stuff, the black barleywine in barrels was insane, as was the lunker, but everything we tasted (and in my experience everything they make) was fantastic! nice to see such a diverse selection all done so well. service was unremarkable, except that they seemed to be handling the business pretty well, we didnt wait long for full glasses at the crowded bar. no much decor in the place, cinder block walls, a small view to the brewing equipment, and mostly just places to sit, but with beer this good, the ambiance is almost irrelevant, and the enthusiasm of the folks inside was contagious, everyone was stoked! i have yet to have a beer from these guys that isnt excellent. from a beer standpoint alone, they are one of my favorites in the greater twin cities, hands down.

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Arch City Tavern

in Columbus, Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +19.1% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Very cool place in the short north, the front opens up into a patio. They have about 30 beers on tap and lots of others in bottles the majority of them crafts and local! The menu was big with plenty to choose from. The food was very good, i got the cuban sandwich and the wife had a chicken sandwich. Calamari as an app was also fantastic. Overall a great place to grab some drinks and hang out, the only negative was they were out of ranch!! How does that happen!

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Village Cork & Keg

in Granby, Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +8.6% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I can't recommend this place strongly enough. Is it small? Yes. Does it have the biggest beer selection you'll ever see? No. Does it have a great selection of unique beers and the best service I've ever had in a liquor store? 100% yes. I'd been primarily frequenting another much larger store for years for no other reason than it was close and big. A friend referred me to Village Cork & Keg and there's been no turning back. Think boutique vs. Walmart. Sean (owner) knows his stuff and loves talking beer (and other spirits) with his customers. He's put me onto some good stuff, all of which is competitively priced. Only reason not to recommend it would be because I don't want more competition for the great brews he carries, but that wouldn't be fair. This place deserves your business.

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TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery

in Paoli, Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Always a solid, well thought out tap selection with something to please everyone. They seem to have good relationships with distributors/brewers and pull a fair number of harder to find brews. Weeknight events are fun. I wish the menu was a bit more inventive, but the specials are usually pretty decent.

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