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Locust Lane Craft Brewery

in Malvern, Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Locust Lane is a charming, clean, well-designed brewery & tasting room in Malvern, PA not far from The Beer Store.

It's in an industrial park on the aptly named Three Tun Road, and so there's plenty of parking available, and a spot right out front for their food truck of the day (4pm Thurs., and 1pm Fri. - Sun.)

The decor is done in the currently popular "modern industrial and reclaimed wood" vein but it's set up nicely and well done. The bar looks into the brewery displaying the 15bbl brewhouse, and there are a fair amount of tables and chairs throughout the room as well.

They have ten taps although they've yet to fill them all with their own beer; and they do offer a cider (as well as PA wines) so I doubt they'll take that off unless it's for a special event. Additionally, a distilling operation is slated to go in next door, which would most likely mean a greater variety of options for those who shy away from beer.

Not unlike most operations of this type, which are very basic, there's a bit of what you bring to it that makes it enjoyable. If you simply like sitting down and enjoying a tasty brew at the bar by yourself they've got you covered. If you'd prefer to bring a few friends, have a couple of Empanada's from Abuelita's and a pint or two and chat, they've got you covered. Or, and I'm sure they'd enjoy this, if you'd like to get together a gang of Penn Staters to watch the game - they've got you covered!

Note: as they get going and increase the number of beer they have on tap I'll update their score for "Selection".

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in Portchester, New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Hole in wall place in Portchester, mostly serving pizza (hence the name) with some wings and smaller apps. Wings are killer and we had the Brussel sprouts app which was equally as awesome. Pizza was not as traditional as you'd expect, but if you find the right match it tastes fantastic.

For beer they have a dedicated Hill Farmstead tap, need I say more? Also enjoyed some Other Half and Grimm, as well. Best spot for taps in Portchester. You're missing out if you don't go here.

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Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +5.4% | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Nice place, but hidden in the back with an outdoor patio area. Quiet for lunchtime, bunch of TVs by the bar. Selection was pretty good, about 10 beers on top when we were there. Beers were good but not great, typically 3.5/5 to 4/5 at best. Really enjoyed the Belly Flop, though. Food was pretty typical Americana, nothing to rave about but quite satisfied. Overall worth a visit, the location is especially nice on warmer days.

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LagerHaus Grill & Brewery

in Palm Harbor, Florida

3.59/5  rDev -7.9% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Visited for the first time on a Saturday, mid-afternoon. The place was quiet, but not expected to be busy at that time. Restaurant area was clean and inviting enough.

Fairly good selection of beers on the menu. It was difficult to ascertain which of the beers on the menu were brewed at LagerHaus though; I ended up needing to ask the server. They had only two available when I was there, and I picked one of those - the tangerine hefeweizen, which was good enough but nothing outstanding.

The server we had was prompt and attentive. No real complaints there.

The food was a bit of a disappointment. Jagerschnitzel was only passable, and a warm potato salad that left me wishing I'd picked a different side. Mr. Dunderbak's food offerings have been much better in my experience.

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Crafters Brew Market & Social

in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

New beer bar on main road, only open a few weeks, in the old swimming pool and supply place. Plenty of parking and cool outdoor seating around the old pool and fountain displays. Plenty of local and TN beer on tap, and a few bottles. Food allegedly coming in near future. Service is stand in line and order from one guy at the elevated counter. The other employee (owner?) was busy helping his friends order food from nearby restaurants...look forward to going back when weather is warmer and the newness kinks have settled down.

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8th Wonder Brewery

in Houston, Texas

4.66/5  rDev +25.3% | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A must stop place while in Houston. If Andrea is waiting on you, in very good hands you are in. These people get it. The only drawback is that they don't serve food, just have food trucks from time to time, but you'll get over it. Great place.

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Sloop Brewing

in Elizaville, New York

4.06/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Cool place to visit. We hit it up for basically just a can release, but seemed like a decent spot to grab a pint or two. It's a very rustic location with parking in a converted barnyard surrounded by an orchard. Selection is heavily slanted towards IPAs which also tend to be their better offerings. Factor that in if you aren't a hop fan. Service was quick even on a busy Saturday afternoon. Check it out if you are in the area.

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Peekskill Brewery

in Peekskill, New York

4.01/5  rDev -2.9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Rated after a couple visits spread out over a few years. They have been a through a few different brewers, but overall quality of the beer has remained pretty high. There is no denying it is a popular spot especially on weekends. Service can maybe suffer a bit as it gets busy, but between the downstairs taproom and upstairs offering you can hopefully find a vibe that works for you. Now that they are canning more often it provides another good excuse to stop in. Food is pretty good, but I've by no means tried it all.

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McHenry Beverage Shoppe

in McHenry, Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -2% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Been here a few times, always enjoy having a decent spot to find some decent beers.

The place is quite clean, and has been, wine, and spirits, as well as a little section of glasses and homebrew stuff. They also have some cigars, and used to have a selection of snacks, but I missed it this past time.

Quality of offerings is good, a decent variety of regional and national brands (also BMC). They have some special offerings, but not much of a "whale" store. Counter this with the fact they have some old stock, especially off-season.

Service has always been friendly and helpful.

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in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Chain pub/restaurant with great decor, good location, excellent food, usually good wait crew - and an OK beer selection. Six taps, mostly macro and near craft, but usually have a beer or two that are real craft. First issue is that wait crew do not always have an up to date list. Second issue is most of the wait staff are clearly not beer drinkers or BMC drinkers (same thing) and know nothing about craft - and not sure management does either. Their beer list has Bud, Bud Light, Coors, etc and then Lagunitas or Boulevard. Just the brewery name as if you would order based only on that - and when you ask which specific beer they often give you the puzzled dog look. After all - someone asks for a Budweiser and you bring them a Budweiser. I explain to them that Lagunitas or Boulevard is the brewery name and they may have a dozen or more different beers. Sometimes when I've explained this I get a pitying look like "for god's sake quit being picky and just order". Most are good about it and find out the specifics. This is the fault of management - don't create a list with just the brewery name of a craft beer - and educate the wait staff about how craft beer naming differs from BMC. Sorry about the soap box - still a decent place to go.

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Forest & Main Brewing Company

in Ambler, Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +15.1% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Go there for the cask ale, saison, and New England hops, stay for the cozy atmosphere of their converted house. Generous sized pours of really high quality beer for way cheaper than tired hands and most others in the area

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Burn 'Em Brewing

in Michigan City, Indiana

4.48/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First, a caveat: We attended Burn ‘Em’s 420ish party, so the atmosphere was a bit different than if we had gone on a typical non-event day.
I had heard the place was small, and that is not a lie. Seating inside for about 8-10 people, and there’s a small patio that could hold double that. It’s a converted house, on the outskirts of town, little parking, although there is an abandoned? warehouse across the street that provided plenty of space to park.
So, on to the beer. For the fest, they had roughly 25-30 beers on tap. I tried several of their pale ales and IPAs, all were good to great. The type of beers that I want another one right away. They also had a bunch of collaboration beers, several of which were sours or in that neighborhood, which I didn’t try. My wife and her friend started the day off with an ice cream float made with a nitro version of Dark Side of the Moo, a Russian Imperial Stout, that she said was fantastic. Honestly, I had 6 or 7 beers, and things got a bit fuzzy, so I’m struggling with remembering names of beers. Essentially, all the beers we had were well done, no regrets. They seem to do some off-kilter styles(Kreamed Corn, anyone?) but I heard no complaints from anyone around, and as stated, the beers I tasted and remembered were all stellar. They also have a few food items in their taproom, and for the fest, they had a Jamaican food truck(which was delicious) in addition to their own chef grilling and serving several sandwiches and the like.
The entire operation looks like it spans 2-3 acres, most of it the surrounding grounds. For the fest, they set up a tent to the side of the brewery. The tent was where the bands were playing, they also had the aforementioned food sources, and a wall of taps set up. Btw, the sound in the tent was probably the best I’ve ever heard an outdoor show sound, so props to the sound guy. Lots of room to roam, sit, hang out, etc. There were several porta-potties, and a dozen or so tables and chairs set up, so it wasn’t crowded at all.
All of the staff were helpful and friendly, and I might have waited in line for beer 5 minutes at the most, and not at all for food. Everyone in attendance was happy to be there, and it was a beautiful day out, so that helped with the overall easy-going vibe. The overall aesthetic of Burn ‘Em Brewery is easily figured out just by looking at their artwork on their product. They don’t take things too seriously, although they do a professional job and produce a fantastic product. Why aren't they collaborating with Hoof Hearted? It seems to be a natural fit.
In short, I think their beer was great, the staff was on top of things, and the space is fantastic. It’s a 3.5 hour drive for us, so we won’t make it a regular stop, but if we’re anywhere close to the area, it’s a must-do. Again, if you’re just visiting for the taproom, it’s small and likely to be crowded. But when they throw a party, and the weather co-operates, I can’t think of a better place to be at.

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Rock House Brewing

in Lexington, Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The main tap room is literally a rock house, fairly small with 8 taps, half or fewer are in-house (at least early on). There is also the brewery warehouse that, when open, provides a lot more space for people. All the beers have so far been solid if not better. Food trucks are regularly scheduled.

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The Dancing Camel Pub

in Tel Aviv, Israel

3.88/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This place is totally cool -- a tiny little place in an alley in downtown Tel Aviv. It's old and dusty and has outside seating and cheesy music, and it was everything I wanted it to be.

Before I went to Israel I had read that it's one of the oldest breweries in Israel, which isn't saying a ton since it's from the 90s but at least it's considered a mainstay. So I had to make it a stop on my trip. They had 6 or 7 beers on draft, all of which were a little underwhelming, and very expensive, but I took a glass home nonetheless because it was a very cool place. I would definitely go back--maybe they will be brewing some new beers soon!

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Mt Juliet Market

in Mount Juliet, Tennessee

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

Absolutely THE BEST market in Mt Juliet. High quality, gourmet, healthy ingredients to create "goodness without guilt" treats. A variety of ready made yummies, excellent beer selection as well as unique gifts & novelties. A foodies dream

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Burlington Beer Co.

in Williston, Vermont

4.42/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very chill vibe, great brews on offer with friendly, knowledgeable staff. Definitely a nice place to stop and have a couple of pints, they even have some Nintendo's to pass the time!

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Original Gravity / Final Gravity Brewing Co.

in Richmond, Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +6.2% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

With the influx of hype driven beers being cranked out of Richmond, its nice to have this place to slide into. One half homebrew/winemaking store & one half brewery. Helpful, knowledgeable personnel can fill a recipe grain bill or pour a fantastic beer. The hoppy oferings have big flavor accompanied by mouthfeel. There is seating inside and out and a little something for everyone on the menu. Music is always on point. This is a really great local establishment producing some quality.

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The Old Bakery Beer Company

in Alton, Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -5.7% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

this place is so cool, and this town really needed someone like this to come in. very cool (and absolutely colossal) building, right down off the river, and just massive. used to be a bakery, hence the name, and the humble brewing set up looks almost dwarfed in the huge brick warehouse space as you walk down a hallway with a view to the brewing floor. the hall seems to go on forever when you walk in, finally opening up into an expansive taproom with one of the longest bars i have ever seen, and somehow made to feel comfortable despite being so big. its echo filled and noisy in here even though its not that busy, some minimal acoustic treatments need to be about doubled for ambiance. they had a great list of beers though, including some insanely interesting barrel aged selections, i was impressed with all of them that we had. way ahead of expectations, i didnt think there was such a sophisticated beer crowd here, no offense, but i was delighted to see these selections. the service was mediocre, it took us a long time to get noticed and served at the bar even though they werent that busy, and the guys seemed confused by a sample request, like, he wanted to charge me for a small pour or something, no problem, but could i have really been the first person to ever present him with this question? sure seemed like it. not much personality either, but whatever, the vibe is rad and the beer was quality. we will try to eat here next time, but there was no time the go at it. overall a righteous place, and epic repurposing of an old building, and beer thats well ahead of the curve! not to be missed if you a re anywhere near here...

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Oxbow Brewing Company

in Newcastle, Maine

4.78/5  rDev +5.8% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Ive got to say that personally, I had a hard time finding something wrong w/ this place. Visited one thursday afternoon on a beautiful late October day, this place was tucked away and almost hidden in the ME woods. It is very unassuming and one could easily drive by and not know it was there and I find that very charming. Everything about whats on premise is tastefully and naturally rustic. From the cedar shingled taproom and brew barn all the way up to the fine ales pouring. You walk into the small and pleasantly cozy taproom to be greeted by a friendly Mainer enthusiatic to pour you a beer. Next is finding a place to enjoy that beer...take your pick! There are countless nooks and sanctuaries inside and out. After my girlfriend and I grabbed a couple of flights we headed outside to a picknick table to indulge. I soon noticed head brewer Tim Adams outside speaking w/ patrons. As a massive fan of Tims liquids and native Virginian, there was no way I was going to pass up speaking to him. I approached him, introduced myself and told him his beer is a life blood of mine. Approachable and friendly, he invited Tessa and I to check out the brew deck/barn, introduced me to Tyler (Doeboy), and I got to stand over a freshly filled coolship while drinking a beer talking to Tim (Primus blasting from the brew deck)...YES! This place was everything I hoped it would be and more. A magical place I cant wait to revisit.

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Southern Tier Brewing Company

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Decent place near the stadium/aquarium area. Mostly carries Southern Tier standards with a couple of locally brewed ST beers (which were underwhelming) and a few taps of Victory (always awesome but local to us so we did not have any here). Nice open space including the connected outside area. Service largely consisted of staff milling about not noticing if you needed something. This seems to happen a lot when there are a lot of bartending staff on, and this was not an exception. Cool if you are in the area.

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Spoonwood Brewing Company

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very cool stop about 20 minutes outside of downtown, well worth the travel. Very good selection of beers, all well executed. Nothing mind blowing but all really tasty, Food and service were very good. Love the outdoor space.

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Tap & Bottle

in Tucson, Arizona

5/5  rDev +5.5% | Avg: 4.74
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very clean and well designed. The selection of beers on tap (about 20) and bottled (maybe 10 fridges full) is both large and quality. They get some harder to find beers like 120 minute IPA and such. The people who work there are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely check this place out. It's pretty much perfect.

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Johnny Mac Liquors

in Springfield, Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +3.3% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

They have a really good selection of beers there. A couple of the bottles are a little dusty so they have obviously been sitting for a little while. If you at all resemble a college student, and your from out of state, either bring a military ID or your Passport. They don't accept out of state college student licenses.

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Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

in Hood River, Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This is a fun place. They offer a large beer selection on tap, most of which are pretty decent. The servers are friendly and informative and the place is hopping and loud, especially when a band is playing. Seems to be popular with locals and tourists alike. Pizza was OK...

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Russian River Brewing Company

in Santa Rosa, California

4.9/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Top notch craft brew house. Monster selection of beers with the world famous Pliny the Elder on tap for $5! Super packed but all the employees are cool as hell. Only thing was I didn't really dig the food! Probably a personal thing though since I usually don't eat when I drink anyway. A must visit for beer lovers!

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