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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits - Sioux City #1

in Sioux City, Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.64
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I visited this store on an out-of-state beer run. Though it wasn't the main store I went to Sioux City to visit, it was just around the corner from my main objective, so why not. The selection was decent for a grocery store, and they had several beers I can't get back home, but paled in comparison to the store I had just left. I didn't buy anything because everything there I would have bought, I had seen at the other store. Still, I will probably visit there again.

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Charlie's Wine And Spirits

in Sioux City, Iowa

4.34/5  rDev +8.5% | Avg: 4
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A buddy recommended this store for out-of-state beer runs to get beer not in distribution here. I visited on a Sunday, when the owner isn't there. Although the staff is helpful, the owner is the guy to work with - sounds like he is really into craft, and the selection reflects that. I was looking for styles 100 through 104 on my quest to try them all, and I was happy to find one (remaining ones are difficult to find). I also bagged quite a number of other beers I've wanted to try for a while - and passed on others I'll get next time. I plan to get down there every month or two from now on - and will make it a point to go on a weekday when the owner will be there.

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Eastbound Brewing Company

in Toronto, Ontario

3.67/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.67
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

fairly large long and narrow area. decent sized bar. This has become instantly popular.
lots of tables. beer is at beginner stage though good taps. will follow up in 6 months or so.

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Cottonwood

in Houston, Texas

3.23/5  rDev -24.9% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Great place that always has a solid beer selection.

The bar service is absolutely awful though. Very unattentive staff. Takes forever to get their attention. It almost seems like they get pre-occupied woth busy work that they forget customers are sitting in front of them (i.e. cutting limes, filling the ice cooler, etc.)

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The Phoenix Brewing Company

in Mansfield, Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

10 minutes off of I-71 in Mansfield. We were looking for a brewery to stop at on our way back from Cleveland. Went on Sunday right after they opened, but the crowd built steadily while we were there. 12 of their own brews on tap and a couple guest beers. No kitchen, but they partner with a couple places nearby who will deliver to your seat. We didn't try a beer we didn't like or didn't taste or look like the style it was supposed to be.

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Oak Road Brewery

in Summerville, South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -4.7% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Nice little brewery with 8 to 10 of their beers on tap at any given time. Small bar area, table seating and couches with tables. Games for adults and kids. No A/C, so hot this time of year...plenty of parking in front and across the street. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Average beers...

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Visited Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant on Germantown Ave in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia on Friday August 18, 2017. The building is newly renovated within the past few years. There were TVs all around the eating area with various sports shows on.

We went over lunch and the restaurant was about half full, and was seated immediately.

There was a nice selection of beers available, many on draft. I had two pints of the Ore House IPA, which were excellent. The waitress was very helpful. She answered all of our questions and was very friendly.

We received our drinks quickly. The food was also served quickly. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner, and did not feel rushed.

I had the Big Bold Blue Burger, which was very tasty, and I loved the blue cheese on it. My wife had the Caesar salad which she enjoyed.

Overall, the beer was great, and the food was good for a brewpub. Beer selection was good too.

We enjoyed ourselves and will be back. I bought a couple of 22oz bottles to take home as well. :)

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Propolis Brewing

in Port Townsend, Washington

4.19/5  rDev -9.5% | Avg: 4.63
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

If you do find your way to Propolis, you probably already know what you'll be getting: highly unusual herbal saisons, in many different forms. The beer is high quality, but whether you love this place will depend on your taste for saisons and similar beers.

They have 11 taps, all their own beers, and all served in 4, 6 or 12 ounce servings. A flight of all their beers (4 ounce) will run you $30, and will get you an education in subtlety.

In short, this is a place for connoisseurs. If you're looking for IPAs, stouts, or other conventional beers, look elsewhere. But if you want to taste a whole lot of beers like you've never had before, this is the place.

The service from Piper, co-owner with the brewer, is just fine.

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Clark Street Ale House

in Chicago, Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +12% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Fantastic patio. Solid selection but average for the users on this website. Can't go wrong though. Plenty of Midwest staples and great European beers. For liquor lovers, the selection is stellar. Especially the whiskey/bourbon/scotch. Recommended for anyone in the area.

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Front Range Brewing Company

in Lafayette, Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

i liked this place, in a little shopping center or something, kind of tricky to find, but its worth it once you do! old school vibe in here, mellow lighting, relaxed seating, a long bar, and some great looking outside seating. its a cool arrangement, and the folks in here greeted me warmly when i entered. they had a nice range of beers on top, not a ton of choices, but offerings as interesting as a sour peach double ipa, a black gose with limes and fresno chilies, and a barrel aged belgian selection, so pretty impressive and ambitious list of beers here! the gose was tremendous, and the peach ipa was sweet but not bad at all, and the service was excellent. i can see some of the beers being a little amateurish in here, but i think its cool they are trying to hard to come up with something unique. relaxed as can be in here, with solid and entertaining beers, upbeat service, and really fair prices. no pretentiousness at all, honest beers, good energy. definitely worth a visit if you are making the brewery stops around lafayette!

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The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

in Stowe, Vermont

4.69/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Felt like a kid walking into Jurassic Park when I pulled into the parking lot, family in tow. So pumped! Beautiful new building, gleaming tanks, crisp murals. Lots of green space to stretch the dog's legs; there are even a few disc golf goals (or whatever they're called) spread in a row. Spacious, clean and streamlined building.

Merch over to one side and three taps to sample from...out of real glassware. Yes! Crusher from the tap is something to behold. My god.

Cans sold on the opposite end. The day I went Beelzebub, Lightweight, Heady, Focal, Crusher and Pappy were for sale. Great range; no guest cans or bottles. You can watch the brewery in action but no tours or onsite consumption. It's designed as a sample-and-cans-to-go facility and it totally hits the mark. Pick up some cold cans, head home and share the wealth. Bask in the aroma, enjoy the friendly staff and soak in the vibe of being at Heady-Ground Zero.

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Two Roads Brewing Company

in Stratford, Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -2.6% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

We visited Saturday early afternoon, The Baird Machine building is an old gem re purposed into this large production brewery. The outside has some food trucks and a side yard with a small stage and area for games.
The vibe inside was taproom and viewing area, nicely appointed, noise level is high with some tanks venting sporadically to add ambiance. The quality is very good, solid line up of draft offerings including seasonal . I like the history photos and ephemera.
Service is prompt and polite, lots of staff all wired together via radio, an empty glass on a surface lasts seconds very quick to clean up, which I appreciate.
Pricing was very good and the value I felt was quite good.

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Sticks & Stones Wood Fired Bistro & Bar

in Schroon Lake, New York

4.61/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Visited this place while in Schroon Lake to watch our niece perform in My Fair Lady. The family went to Sticks and Stones for dinner prior to the show. I'll preface this by saying it was a great place.
There's a large dining area with an equally large outdoor patio(s). Extra points for being dog-friendly.
A dozen or so beers on tap. I had a couple (OK, three) IPAs from Paradox, a local brewery. Very nice.
A variety of food was ordered and everyone was happy with their meals My wife and I split a pizza and they had vegan cheese for it. Many extra points for that!
Our service was excellent, despite my brother-in-law acting like an asshole (but that's a story for another day).
If I'm ever back in Schroon Lake again, I will be eating at Sticks and Stones.

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Goed Zuur

in Denver, Colorado

4.35/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

V-Goed Zuur is located in Five Points, just north of Downtown Denver. The space inside is well done in the industrial chic style with exposed brick, copper bar-tops, artsy woodwork, etc. The bar sits at the center of the building and there are a few large tables, as well as a numerous two and four-tops. The small kitchen peeks out from the back with a cool hand-crank meat slicer. When we visited on a summer Sunday afternoon, the crowd was small and comprised of mostly locals with a few beer geeks that were obviously there for the sours.

Q-The beers on offer were mostly above-average. There were no mega-whale-type rarities, but it is not often that I see things like Casey or Cascade on tap.

Ser-We sat at the bar and the service was prompt and knowledgeable. Our server was friendly and answered questions honestly with his opinions about the beers. Pours were on the small side, but glassware was appropriate for the beer.

Sel-If you want to try a lot of sour beers, this is your joint. I counted 26 different tap offerings that ranged from gose to Berliners to lambic to American wilds. The bottle list might not be quite up to par with the best bottle lists, e.g., light on the Belgian classics, but it also packed a number of sours.

F-We tried some nuts and cheese with our beers. The nuts were a little underwhelming, but the cheese was tasty. The bread and spreads that accompanied the cheese was really good, too. Goed Zuur does offer some full-size meals, so I'll have to come back and investigate those.

O-I liked the upscale vibe, good food, and great service. I also like sour beers, so this place will be a repeat for me. Be warned, however, that the beers are very pricey.

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Fish Heads Bar & Grill (OBX Fishing Pier)

in Nags Head, North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Visited with two other families and kids on a Monday evening around 5pm. Place was crowded but we found a table looking over the water.

V - Not a beer bar but a happy beach bar and that might be better. Nothing snobbish about this bar. Its a beach bar with good beer. 4.25

Q - Maybe you get a glass when you order, but they are clean. The place sells a lot of beer. I doubt anything they are selling languishes in or out of a cooler. 3.75

Ser - Waitress was attentive, extremely friendly and helpful. She had a basic knowledge of the beer. 4.25

Sel - A good local selection with a surprising number of California beers on tap. Nothing will blow BA readers away, but there was a good variety and good quality. 3.75

F - Had the fish tacos. Yummy! Everyone else enjoyed their food as well. 4.25

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Half Acre Beer Company

in Chicago, Illinois

4.82/5  rDev +12.4% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Went before a Cubs game. Killer selection and great knowledgeable bar tenders. Plenty of samples, super fresh, awesome selection. Great location and neighborhood. Cant beat a place like this!

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Jordan's Big 10 Pub

in Madison, Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -2.5% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

We were attending a movie premier at the nearby Union South so this was a nearby option for a few beers and a quick bite.

The space is larger than it appears from the street. As you enter there is a rather cramped bar area around the L shaped bar. There is seating in back and lots of seating in the larger back room.

It is a sports pub with lots of TVs and video games but the small draft list was solid and the prices were fair. I had a couple of Summit Kellers and my wife enjoyed a couple Born Again Yesterday. They had a New Belgium event going so three of the taps were NB.

Food was solid and touch above standard pub food. Given their location near Camp Randal and the campus, they could probably do just fine with average food so it is nice to see them step-up their game.

Service was friendly and well timed.

While Madison has many great places to go to, I would have no problem making a return visit here.

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Great Rhythm Brewing Company

in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

4.61/5  rDev +5.5% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great spot in the West end of Portsmouth, a open space tap room, in the same large space as the brewery, with a view of the a North Pond.

They are producing a wide range of hoppy beers, in the New England style. They come across a bit like a NH version of Bissell Brothers. As is the law in NH, when you don’t serve food, you can only get 4oz samples. Although it is common for people to order a tray (4 samples) . You can also buy 4 packs of cans to go, availability varies as stuff goes fast.

Very pleasant place to hang in the summer. If you want to explore beyond the downtown area of Portsmouth to the neighborhoods, then this is a local gem. You can walk there from downtown, but the “informal” short path is hard to find, driving is the easy way, lots of parking nearby.

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Conshohocken Brewing Company - Bridgeport Brewpub

in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.8
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Conshohocken Brewing Company's new Bridgeport location shows that they know what they're doing. There are basically 4 sections to it. There's the beautifully restored old building that has two floors. The downstairs offers a bar and a good amount of seating for dining while the upstairs has more of just a bar character (of course you can still eat there if you'd like). Then there's also a small patio area right outside for dining when the weather is nice. The pièce de résistance, however, is the very chill, relaxed beer garden-like area along overlooking the Schuylkill river. It's completely separate from the rest of the operation in many ways (one of which is the large parking lot); and really unique in the area - the perfect place to hang out after work when the weather's good.

Moving back inside, they brew special beers on their 3 BBL system while filling out the remainder of their 14 taps with standard beers from the brewery. That gives you a pretty wide selection to choose from. (Note: there are only 6 taps in the beer garden truck).

The food is basic but good, and standardly priced: Caesar salad ($8), nachos ($8 + $2 for each add-on), tacos (2 for $10-$14 depending), portobello mushroom sandwich ($10), cheeseburger ($13), steak frites ($18).

Overall I really enjoy it and I have no doubt that they'll be very successful.

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Trillium Brewing Company

in Canton, Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.7% | Avg: 4.53
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The staff was super friendly and helpful. The real genius is having two separate areas; one for tasting room/taproom and the other for sales of cans and growlers. At 12pm on Saturday, the taproom was standing room only and there was a 15 minute line to get a sample-its good problem to have for the brewers/company/owners. The space is pretty conventional suburban industrial park with concrete interior, a few pieces of barnwood screwed up for a bit of character. There was pretty good parking at the time we were there.

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Higgins Restaurant and Bar

in Portland, Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Anniversary dinner 5 years, 18/8/17
She wanted fine dining and I wanted beer so this place seemed right. Fancy but not up its self, nice draft list of local stuff and a bottle list that would have something for everyone. Drank a couple pints of Ex Novo NE IPA and I liked it so much I had a second. I was pretty much hammered at this point in the day otherwise I might've got into some vintage hotd stuff that was the same price at hotd the day before. The food? Ohh maaan the food!! I had a pork schnitzel and it couldn't have been improved upon, wife hanger steak was something special. Big plates too, 40$ a plate should fill you up but this isn't one of those places where you eat 5 courses and go grab a cheeseburger after cause your still hungry after dropping 200$. My money was well spent here for sure. Not really a beer bar, more like fine dining with a giant beer list

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Check Six Brewing Company

in Southport, North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -3.2% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A nice pub addition to the Southport area. The vibe is friendly but for the there is not much "pub" in the decor. The quality of the beers is pretty good. This joint is known for its Porters. The bartender was knowledgeable and very pleasant.
Good selection of a variety of beers and there are also activities on various nights, like trivia or karaoke.

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Pulpit Rock Brewing Company

in Decorah, Iowa

4.39/5  rDev +3.3% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Fuck wasting your time at Toppling Goliath. Go to a real brewery like Pulpit and have yourself great beers at a great spot. Chill employees and chill brews. Oh, they actually brew their beers onsite as well.

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Strangeways Brewing

in Fredericksburg, Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +4.4% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Lots of seating inside and out. Genuinely enormous bar and impressive beer selection. I think there were 32 beers on tap. Video games, pinball and the usual brewery trappings. There were 2 food trucks outside during my visit. The only downside is the price- maybe I'm a cheap ass, but $5 for a 5 ounce pour seems a little high.

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Neches Brewing Company

in Port Neches, Texas

4.15/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Had a good time going last month. Nice place but not without criticisms. The music is not my thing - so what if it is Texas? I'm a musician, and I know the customer base likely does not want to hear just country around here, especially the younger crowd. Also, the older gentleman working the taps made his support for Donald Trump more than clear enough along with his disdain of Democrats. Not very professional and that was pretty annoying. Otherwise a friendly and helpful dude. Plenty of other cities like Houston and Galveston have taprooms that know better as far as music, etc.

Small little place with lots of colors on the wall. Not much parking but luckily it wasn't busy, just one or two other cars. A mini stage for live music on one of the bar, and the other end is a door to the brewery. Nice smooth tables and bar, my favorite part was USB ports and outlets on the patron-side of the bar, allowing you to conviently plug up while you drink.

Sports on the TV, lots of different bottles on the wall along with their merchandise. 20-something taps with larger bottles and growlers for sale. It was cool to see bags of barley/grain/malts actually sitting within the tap room right outside the door to the brewery. Workers would sometimes walk out and grab a bag and head back. Bathrooms were decked out with cool bottles like Pliny the Elder and other critically acclaimed beers.

Flight was a little expensive, 4 small pours for $10 vs. the normal 5 pours at many other breweries. The growlers and bottles were also expensive. Their beers were good, nothing extremely special but fresh, homemade beer always tastes best on tap. I was surprised at the amount of good options from other breweries - they had Sierra Nevada specialties, Prairie, Brash, and more. Not enough bars around here have any decent beers on tap. It was nice to get beers that aren't available for sale around here as we are 2 hours away from the nearest hub, Houston.

They have some decent events here, but the live music is almost solely country. I'd recommend diversity with the acts, none of their music events have convinced me to show up. I luckily came on a normal day. No food available except for on certain days when food trucks show up, but they are nice enough to welcome outside food inside.

Bartender was relatively attentive and patient. They should do more brew tours - it would be convenient with the door to the brewery being right there next to the bathrooms. Although there is room for improvement, this is one of the only breweries in the area and certainly the only developed one with a taproom. Gotta hand it to them for attempting to fill the void of brewing and beer businesses.

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