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Petoskey Brewing Company

in Petoskey, Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +15.2% | Avg: 3.74
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

We were "up north" for a week in 2014 and stopped by 5 times. The beer was great. The world cup was on the tube. The soft pretzels were the bomb. 2016 the flights were a bit flat but we find this happens frequently for some reason. I however found my favorite all time beer. Cranium Crush. We heard numerous people around town praising this beer. It is a raspberry waffle cone cream ale. Smooth finish great taste and 8 %. Sit at the bar and get to know the locals. Great vibe. Love that beer!

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SingleCut Beersmiths

in Queens, New York

4.23/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Had the pleasure of finally visiting this great local brewery and favorite of mine. Great beer brewed on the premise. Decent snack food; I had the brats. Cool vibe; I liked the turntable and vynil collection. Service was ok. Will definitely go back!

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The Berghoff

in Chicago, Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +0.8% | Avg: 3.53
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Enough people have said enough about this historic Chicago institution, its bar's abundant wood decoration and its average menu. I can't add more.
But what I find interesting is Berghoff's staying power, some 125 years brewing from before Prohibition , restarting during the Depression and reinventing itself to compete with craft brewers. The restaurant has similar longevity. Both have changed owners and methods. Yet, the tourists and downtown workers keep packing the joint.

I find odd the idea that this may have been Chicago's original gastropub; but instead of fancy food or high quality beer, it is ambience and reputation that keeps brining them in.
To me, the flight of five beers said "average" to me. The menu looked below that.
But successful, Berghoff is.

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Foam Brewers

in Burlington, Vermont

4.26/5  rDev -3.6% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

As other reviews have noted, this is a recent entry to the Burlington beer scene; it is a great place to hang out and enjoy their "New England" IPAs - basically, they pay homage to Heady Topper, a world-renowned brew that looks like orange juice. The venue is somewhat rustic in appearance with tables, high-tops and tables and a decent sized bar. Foam offers several of their IPAs on draught. (Wish they had some darker beers, though.) In any case, it is a worthy stop that makes a stop on any Burlington Beer Crawl.

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery - Pine Street Brewery

in Burlington, Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +8% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Ah-ha! Zero Gravity Pine Street, the only establishment I've been to in Burlington that I haven't yet reviewed, and one of my favorites.

They are closed on Tuesdays, and Queen City across the street is closed on Mondays, so if you want to tour both (and perhaps Switchback which is right around the corner) you'll have to try a different day.

So, it's a simple tasting room, just like so many others, but it looks great. Even the poured concrete bar is nice, and guess what... it's heated during the colder months so that your elbows don't freeze! How cool it that?

I was impressed by the beers, and I was impressed by the selection because they had beers on tap, and a cask, that you couldn't normally get. I had a vintage old ale that was killer, and a barrel-aged Belgian golden strong ale done with Brett that was so good I had to buy some to take home. But all of the beers are done with quality ingredients, which may not seem like much to say, but there are breweries that skimp; and they're done well, with great attention to the style they're meant to be follow; and they're done with great care to achieve a great balance. Really, really drinkable stuff IMHO.

As for food: pretzels, nuts, brats, dogs. Again, it doesn't seem like much to say, but it's actually a lot more than many tasting rooms put out.

If I were to make a quick trip to Vermont, and I will be back at some point within the next two years I'm sure, these are the places I'd be sure to visit (and not in any particular order, but let's start with ZG since this is their review):
- Zero Gravity Pine St.
- Foam Brewers
- Fiddlehead/Folinos (you have to go for the combination!)
- Hen of the Wood
- Beverage Warehouse

There it is! Done. (Drops mic)

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

in Burlington, Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -1.9% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

American Flatbread is right off of the main town-green, and just south of the Vermont Pub & Brewery. It casual and warm inside with a lot of wood, although it's showing its age (that can be seen as charming though). The bar is directly to the right as you enter, or you can get a table at a multitude of different spots, which is nice because it's kind of broken up into smaller areas which can be more comfortable.

It's an old building which brings some character with it already, and the menu and some of the artwork they've got up have a kind of 70's hippie-vibe. But we're not really here for the decor, are we? No, we're here for beer and pizza! (Actually, it's flatbread).

There are 16 taps. I'm not sure what the connection with Zero Gravity is, or where they came in, but I'm guessing that they couldn't produce enough beer and so they brought ZG in as partners. Or I could be completely wrong, did it start as ZG and they expanded???... yeah, that's the ticket! What does it really matter if you're getting high-quality beers that for the most part that you can't get somewhere else?

On to the flatbread. There's only one other place in the Burlington area that I think does "flatbread" just as well, but only one, and I won't name them. This is the real stuff, made with organic wheat, and baked in a wood-fired oven! You can choose from their offerings or you can create your own. Personally I'm a little plain, but I like their "Medicine Wheel" which is just organic tomato sauce with mozzarella, grana padano, and Italian herbs - there's no need to muddy the waters if the basics are already perfect!

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Waterworks Food + Drink

in Winooski, Vermont

4.2/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Waterworks Food & Drink, let me see, yes, I seem to recall... good looking place, and I got to sit overlooking the falls which was great in the early summer as it brought up a very fine mist that moisturized the air and offered a bit of something to look at. In cooler weather they also have outdoor heaters for the patio, which is probably nice as well, and actually, now that I think about it, probably even nicer. It's picturesque. I can't speak for the inside because I just took a quick look, but what I saw looked pleasant, and fairly "upscale".

The service was good but I wouldn't rank it a hell of a lot over a general Applebee's or T.G.I.Friday's, but it's better by at least a touch. As I recall the food runner that brought my food had to ask who'd ordered what, which isn't important to most people, but if you're paying $24 for steak frites or a half-chicken that might be a nice detail.

The beer selection was very good (13 taps with 65-70% being local, and about 20 bottles that thankfully include roughly 10 of the basics like Guinness, Heineken, and Bud), and although my server wasn't really able to help me with my selection, she tried, and even called someone else over for assistance- although neither of them were really able to describe what I actually received in the end. No worries though, the draft beer list is well chosen, and I was quite happy with what I'd ordered (although it wasn't quite right to go with my dish). Which brings us to...

... the food. On a scale of 1 to 5 I'd put it at a 4, but if you expand that scale to say 1 to 100 it might be more like an 85 or 86, maybe even an 87. That's still not bad, but I think you get the picture. As to pricing, I felt it was a little bit high, but I guess you're paying for the location. I won't mention any of the competition specifically, but there's at least one place in Burlington that's looked at as being pricey yet actually offers a better all-around meal and experience for roughly the same or less.

Probably worth trying.

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The Archives

in Burlington, Vermont

4.11/5  rDev -4.2% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The Archives is a little like Barcade in NYC. It's got multi taps of quality craft brew and plenty of 80's arcade games. Each beer you buy earns you token to use, and there's plenty to choose from. That little stroll down memory lane can be nice if you're as old as I am, or you can just look back at the old games with interest. More important is the beer selection, 24 on tap, and about 70 in bottles, because let's face it, the video games of yesteryear can't compete with those of today and you'll either get bored or run out of tokens! (I can't even imagine how much money I spent getting good at Defender, Galaga, Joust, and Battlezone, but I know I spent almost all of my money doing it, and when I'd go to the mall I'd always have at least a $10 roll of quarters which is equal to $31 in today's money).

So what's the drawback? Ahhh-haaa! It can get pricey! Just like me dropping all of those quarters into those slots back in the 80's your money won't last long when you're drinking $8 goblets of Burlington Beer Co. "Chunky". In fact, of the 24 on tap right now there are 11 that I've never tried, and I assure you, they're not the cheap ones! But there are cheaper places to drink, and less expensive beers to be found, but it's about the atmosphere right? You just can't get it anywhere else.

I'll be back to Burlington someday sooner than later and I'll stop in, but at the same time, it certainly won't be my first stop ;)

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Jolly Pumpkin Detroit Pizzeria & Brewery

in Detroit, Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Went for lunch on a Friday. Relatively busy in there, but not packed. Not a very large space, 15 person bar, community picnic style tables, some booths at the edges. Lots of handles for both JP and North Peak beers, but it seemed like a lot of them were out during my visit. Pints are $5-7, not too outrageous. Food orders are via a line, then they bring it out to you wherever you sit. The pizza is excellent. Parking can be a bit of an issue, as they don't have a dedicated lot, so you need to find street parking, which can be hit or miss.

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Queen City Brewery

in Burlington, Vermont

4.05/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Queen City Brewery

So I enjoyed my first visit to Queen City, but let's face it, it's just a bar set up in front of a brewery - it's a tasting room. The food is limited, and it's comfortable, but it's not a bar. (You can bring your own food in which is nice). What I did enjoy was that the bartender was friendly and energetic, and that there were plenty of other "beer people" there, mainly tourists like my wife and myself who were on their own brewery tours.

That's not to say that it's not a good stop, because it is, and you might be able to sample a beer that you can't find elsewhere; and you can pick up bottles at the same price you'll find them elsewhere, so why not support the brewery?

As to the beer (although the pretzels did look good!), I'm a big fan of English, German, and Belgian styles - which I think is everything that they do. They're the basic, solid styles without any weirdness thrown in (i.e. no sour barleywine with avocodo and habanero).

One thing to note is that they're closed on Mondays, and Zero Gravity across the street is closed on Tuesday, so if you want to hit both it'll have to be Wednesday through Sunday - although I'll very heartily recommend that you give each their own day as there's too much good beer for them to all be done at once (I'm also thinking that Switchback is really not that far around the corner... close enough that you could walk).

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Hen of the Wood

in Burlington, Vermont

4.54/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.51
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Hen of the Wood Burlington, Vermont
4 June 2016

General thoughts: Charming place that's warm and cozy and nicely decored. I wasn't fond of the lighting above the bar (it seemed a little "trying" for my tastes, but it worked as far as ambiance lighting goes) but the ceiling more than made up for it (plus it has an acoustic sound-dampening benefit, which is needed). If you can get me upfront with something in the decor that's a good sign because that means it's not just cookie-cutter, which then means there's been thought put into everything else as well, and most likely money, because the last place that restauranteurs want to spend their last dollar is the extra-mile of decor.

Service from the get-go was very good, if not exceptional. I felt like a valued guest rather than just someone waiting in queue; and I also felt as if everything was casual and friendly, and there was none of the NYC "I work here and you don't so I am in charge", but rather a heartfelt "What can I do for you?".

Perhaps there could have been a little more attention paid during the meal, but in all honesty for me I prefer to be left a little bit alone (I do not want to be poked at or pampered, I'm very English in that way), and I thought that it was a little bit more casual-formal (as is the whole place overall) which worked better than if it had been any more stiff. I hate feeling that person, or persons (sometimes several), waiting behind me and watching for the right time to replace my fork. So, for my tastes I'll call it "right on".

Overall it was one of the best meals I've ever had, although don't read too much into that as I've had many great meals across the globe; and where it stands, I don't know, but just the fact that it even makes the list, AND that it was memorable really does say a lot now, doesn't it?! To top that off, apparently there's not another good restaurant in or around Burlington? Really? I'm no snob, I can live with whatever (pretty much, and I did think the pizza at Folino's was pretty damned great!), but there are levels, and Hen of the Wood reaches that higher level. They do that with the highest quality ingredients (clearly), and the highest quality preparation (also quite clearly - I love the open kitchen).

I felt that the menu choices, although limited (which I'm all for because it makes it easier for the kitchen to choose the best ingredients, and allow them to get everything done 'just right'), were actually fairly varied (at least for 2 people who could share) - 8 small plates and 5 large... almost all of which seemed tasty to me... not bad!

I didn't visit for the beer, I couldn't really have cared less about that at the time - there's so much beer in Burlington I wouldn't be surprised if you turned on the tap one day and IPA came out! - but I had an Edward from Hill Farmstead while waiting for my table, and then a Heady Topper before starting (which was probably a mistake), followed by white wine. There were other interesting beers available as well, and there is a bar area, so you could just stop in for a beer without having dinner - which is really another great part of the place, it's just very relaxed and non-pretentious, just like Vermont itself. The bar area has a life of it's own away from the dining.

I'll return, and I'd recommend it without second though.

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Coronado Brewing Company

in San Diego, California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Cool little place in the cut. Pretty much their bottling line operation with a bar in the back. It's pretty cool seeing the guys work and bottle the beers that you drink. The bar is pretty cool, kind of looks like a shack or something. Had a lot to choose from and had happy hour. They have a bigger location down the way with a restaurant, but I chose to come to this one because I wasn't hungry. If I was in the area I would
Come back. Not sure if I would
Go out of my way to get here.

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Modern Times Beer

in San Diego, California

4/5  rDev -7.6% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in the heart of San Diego. Parking is a nightmare. Very hipster inside, with its own bagel & coffee stand. It's pretty cool inside with the comic book wall, but I'm not sure if I could spend all day hanging out here. All their glasses and shirts were over priced and they didn't have a growler with their logo which sucked, because I collect them. Cool spot if you're in the area, but wouldn't come out of my way to get here.

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Foam Brewers

in Burlington, Vermont

4.39/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Foam Brewers was one of the big highlights of my recent trip to Vermont. I hadn't heard anything about them in advance so I wasn't expecting much, but then I was blown away.

The outside looks like a normal building, and in fact, it houses other business next door and further down. There's a small area for outdoor seating that was completely full when I arrived, but I usually go to the bar when I'm alone anyway (it was such a beautiful day though!).

Inside it gets more interesting. The brewhouse is to your left, and the fermenters kind of wrap around the corner behind the bar which is to your right. There's more open space for seating around and in front as well. The decor has an interesting twist to it, and I'll just leave it at that, but don't expect too much, it's mainly a kind of old industrial type space with a few glowing, artistic highlights thrown in.

I was immediately impressed by the beers. I sampled the saison which was right on, and then something else equally good before coming upon the Tranquil Pils. It reminded me of some of the kellerbiers I've had in German, the ones that your family just keeps on drinking and drinking. At that point I knew that whoever's doing the brewing knows their stuff. I'd made a joke earlier by asking the bartender if they had any IPA's, because of course they do, and followed that up by commenting that of course they had to, right, isn't it required by law in Vermont? It's probably funnier here in writing than it was back then because I just looked like an idiot tourist, but it's kind of true, everyplace has at least 3 IPAs on tap, if not more! The point I was leading up to with that was that anyone can make a fairly decent IPA by throwing hops at it, but to nail the balance of a pilsner while still giving it excitement and depth really takes talent. I visited just about every brewery in in Vermont and the surrounding area and I can honestly say that as a brewer myself, I was most impressed by the beer at Foam. (I also loved the beers from Hermit Thrush, but those are a completely different beast).

Moving forward, they offer bread and cheese plates which are also quite common in Vermont, and they're of the highest quality (no skimping). People tend to think of these kind of things as being expensive, but if they're actually giving you quality stuff you're getting what you're paying for.

Finally, they also have live music which goes hand in hand with their artistic decor, and although I didn't get a chance to see anything I'd imagine that there's a decent amount of effort put into that as well.

I'll be back to Burlington, I'm not sure when, but I'll be looking forward to it and Foam Brewers will be one of my first stops.

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Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery

in San Diego, California

4.7/5  rDev +9% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I come to San Diego once a year and each time, try to visit a new brewery. Although Stone and Ballast Point are, of course, delicious, I aim to find something on the smaller side, and here, Monkey Paw delivered. An incredible selection of their own taps (15!) plus an equally great offering from other local breweries both on draft and in bottles. If you want good, small-batch beer, this is clearly the place to get it.

The day I went they were releasing a Triple IPA, "Muriqui", which I sampled, along with all of their other (in-house) offerings, ranging from dark to light, and from 5% to 10%+. Each beer was different than the other; complex with obvious thought put into the brewing process. As far back as 2013 I could get bottles of Ballast Point on sale in Korea(?!), while at Monkey Paw, I couldn't even get a bottle to go out the door. Although I would have loved to sip on one of their beers after having left San Diego, there is something to be said for their small-operation production, as Monkey Paw really does "stay true to the craft"...

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Pearl Street Beverage

in Burlington, Vermont

3.46/5  rDev -5.7% | Avg: 3.67
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I was not impressed with Pearl Street Beverage. I won't even compare it to the other local shops, just to shops in general.

It's got a decent selection of crafts and imports, but honestly, I didn't even find anything to buy, meaning they didn't have a single beer I haven't tried.

I felt the service was completely unconcerned, as if I could be standing there or not, because there would always be another customer behind me; and if that's the case all of the time, you're on your own. I didn't even ask about the Alchemist or Lawson's because I knew they didn't have it.

Finally, they don't even have a bathroom you can use. Fortunately my next stop was about a block away, the 3 Needs (or was that 4, because I needed the bathroom as well?).

If you really want beer find a way to get to Beverage Warehouse. If it was me, I'd even be willing to walk.

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Beverage Warehouse

in Winooski, Vermont

4.37/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

In my opinion Beverage Warehouse is the finest stop for craft brew near Burlington.

They've got a growler filling station with 6 taps that focus mainly on local (and often, unusual) beers with 1 or two other interesting beers (i.e. Mikkeler) thrown in. They constantly change so you could go back almost day to day and find new stuff.

They've also got what I feel is the best selection of local beers anywhere around, and like most other shops they post the times that they get their deliveries so you can try to get your hand on the stuff that goes quickly (check out their website, the information is very detailed). With that said, even if you can't get that special beer (Focal Banger, for example is currently only available in bars) you still shouldn't be disappointed as they've always got a pretty decent selection of other stuff from the likes of Burlington Beer Co., Hermit Thrush, Lost Nation, Zero Gravity, Crop/Idletyme, Lawson's, Frost, Stone Corral, and so on.

There's also a huge selection of other domestic craft brews, and imports (including one of my favorites, Hopfenstark from Montreal, CA).

The prices are very competitive, and the service is very good (although they can get very busy at times and then you're mostly on your own). For me it's a must-visit.

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Levante Brewing Company

in West Chester, Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +13.2% | Avg: 3.49
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in on a rainy Thursday night. I point that out because I believe on a nice night or in summer time they open up some of the doors and let people play games outside, or at least so I've heard.
The brewery is located in the back of a corporate park off of a highway (which at that point is transitioning into a local road). The tap room was busy but not overly crowded. The room is comprised of a 12-14 seat bar, a couple of picnic/bench table, and some high tops. At the end of the room there is a food truck parked in the doorway. They have food trucks Wednesday through Sunday, rotating a different truck each night, which is the food option. During my visit Abuelitas food truck was there. There are no TVs in the taproom but there is a flat screen menu which not only shows whats on tap, but also Untapped users who are in the bar and what they are drinking (if they are checkin in).
We sat at the bar and we greeted by two very friendly bartenders. Through the evening the bartenders were readily available to discuss the what was on tap or help us decide what we were having next.
Very good selection on draft. Ten different beers, a cider and root beer on tap. The beers ranged in all different styles: Wit, Kolsch, Stout, Hefe, Marzen, and several IPA's (Session, Imperial, NE Unfiltered) just to name a few. They also fill 32 oz Crowlers and 64 oz Growlers to go.
The beers themselves were pretty good. I had the Dark Side of the Coconut Stout, Cloudy and Cumbersome NEIPA, and Summit Hop Necessity Session IPA. Cloudy and Cumbersome stood out and was really enjoyable.
Overall I was happy with my first trip to Levante and I look forward to going back. The bar had a great atmosphere in which you could enjoy a couple of beers with friends. They also have a good variety of beers to satisfy whatever you're in the mood to drink.

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The Cave Craft Beer & Smoke Shop

in Kirkland, Washington

4.37/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

A walk-in beer cave behind the row of coolers contains tons of hard-to-get four and six packs. Always a nice variety of beers on tap. Staff are helpful. Some prices are about 25% higher than other places. Found some kinda rare beers, and enjoy their large selection of 12 oz. singles. On bustling 85th Street, if every beer lover driving by stopped in it would overwhelm their small parking lot.

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Industry Public House - North Fayette

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.2% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Cool industrial gastropub with good food and a great beer selection. The staff is all Cicerone Beer Server trained and are great at recommending a brew.

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612 Brew

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6% | Avg: 3.65
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

i think its weird and lame that the locals dont give any love to these guys. they make good enough beer and have some real gems in the lineup, plus, the place is mellow and comfortable, nonjudgmental, and very relaxed. not the largest selection, but enough diversity that the menu resonated with me. the lager was solid, the farmhouse was too, and pretty much everything we tried was relevant. service was sort of interesting, slower, but friendly, not beery but endearing, and there is still a place for that in my book. cruisy long bar, a set back little street area thats mellow and cool, and seriously better beer than people talk about. i could have hunkered down here for awhile if we werent moving, i think its unfair that they dont get more love. cool pint cans too, the package looks good and the beer in them is fresh and sound. maybe not the most inventive and memorable beer in the world, but these guys fill an important niche in the twin cities beer scene and i feel blessed to have had the privilege of getting drunk here...

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Thirsty Hop

in Kirkland, Washington

4.33/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Smallish bottle shop/beer bar in a strip mall. Good variety of beers on tap, kind of small selection of packaged beer compared to most other local bottle shops. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Some prices kind of high, but it is Kirkland after all. It's great that any of the bottles/cans in the cooler can be consumed on site for a small added fee. No food, but plenty of nearby restaurants that deliver or do take out. Parking can be kind of tight. Overall, a great little spot to have a few drinks with friends or pick up some new beers to try at home.

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Skeleton Key Brewery

in Woodridge, Illinois

4.23/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25

Brand new clean brewery and tap room with a joining room for parties or extra sitting. All beers I had with tasting were solid, and tasty, and had nice lace on the glass and we easy to drink. Brewer and owners were very friendly. I will send others here to visit.

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Manor Hill Brewing

in Ellicott City, Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Pretty much a barn on farm property, but really cool atmosphere and a cool place to hang out. Reservations make it nice and relaxed (not crowded) and easy to get a refill. Property includes a hip field and a couple of cornhole boards. About a dozen beers on tap and no food (but you can bring your own). All in all a pretty cool and scenic place.

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Rybrew

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Visiting Philly and staying close to their location in Brewerytown, I figured it was a sign to give this place a shot rather than going to any of the "old stand-by" bottle shops in town. I'm very glad that I did. Leaving a review on BA because I almost didn't go because they didn't have any reviews.

Great selection of PA local brews, as well as some quality craft beers from beyond the region. Highlight for me was finding a 2015 Abyss from Deschuttes as they won't distribute to Maryland (yet). Also picked up a variety from Fat Head, Freewill, Half Acre and Neshaminy Creek. Prices are about what you'd expect to pay in PA, mix and match 6 packs with all bottles priced individually. A select few decent beers were of the $10 mix/match on special, which was a nice option. They also fill growlers (wish I would have brought mine) and had food that looked good but I didn't order anything to eat. Nice area to hang out, saw several business-type people "working" on their laptops while I was scoping the coolers.

Very helpful service pointing out local favorites and limited quantities left of some beers made me feel like this is a place that I would frequent if I lived in the area. I had no trouble parking on the street out front and there are non-meter spots all around the shop.

Bottom line, Philly is a phenomenal beer town and doesn't need another great bottle shop. But they've got one, check these guys out.

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