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in Davenport, Iowa
1.99/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 2.42
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5
Small beer selection in a grocery store. So, grocery store vibe ... Quality was pretty bad - the toppling goliath IPA bombers were five months old. Most of the IPAs were pretty darn old. Service was non existent. Selection was awful for craft - most of the "craft" was just macro brands. No reason to stop here if you are looking for anything other than macros.
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in Davenport, Iowa
3.94/5 rDev -4.6% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
Mid size liquor/wine and beer store. Nothing special about the vibe - its about what you'd expect. Quality is good - stuff was reasonably fresh. Prices were about right for bombers and packs. Singles pricing was pretty expensive - an average mix six pack would cost close to $12-$14. Service was great - staff was helpful and friendly. Selection was pretty good for macro, craft, but imports were very thin.
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in Saint Louis, Missouri
4.88/5 rDev +23.9% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I like this place a lot. The quality , service and selection are wonderful. They had about 8 beers to select from (my last trip a few days ago), they are all rotated. As far as I know they have no regulars. To me that's a good thing. I would like to mention the Earthbound logo. It really does look great and someone did a good job on it. Looks good on everything from the neon sign out front to the stickers. Catchy.
The only thing I can ding them for is a lack of a *safe* place to park a bicycle. I hear they are moving right down the road a hundred feet or so to the old Cherokee Brewery; maybe they will provide room inside or on a patio. The bicycle I ride is worth more than some of the cars parked out front on the street. Locking it up in a bike rack on the sidewalk would never be an option in that area.
I have also noticed that one of the other reviews of Earthbound may be inaccurate. I've made about a 1/2 dozen trips to Earthbound and only see people drinking high quality Earthbound Beer (and having a good time doing so).
I have been a member here since 2007 and this is my first review. Hope you liked It!
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in Williston, Vermont
4.11/5 rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5
Pros: video games! Games, vibe, art, selection, merch offering
Cons: wish the beer was better, small environment that was pretty packed on a Saturday night, long line for beer
If this was in Burlington, it'd be a regular stop. But seeing it's outside the city and the beer is just average, I don't know if I'll ever make it back there.
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in Fredericksburg, Texas
3.92/5 rDev +9.8% | Avg: 3.57
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4
First place we went to when we arrived at Fredricksburg. They were pretty crowded and the bar was full so I grabbed a beer and a wine for the wife and we headed back to the Biergarten. We had been on the road for several hours and it was raining, and that was just what the doctor ordered. A huge cavernous room that was warm and it was all to ourselves. I only had the IPA and I have had worse, pretty good beer, would get another one. Didn't try the food (but from what I saw it looked pretty good), but will be going back to Fredricksburg and will try it next time. Being a wine town, there are actually a couple of places that have pretty good beer selections, this is probably one of them.
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in Galveston, Texas
4.26/5 rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
I've come to really enjoy this place. The beer selection is good, not necessarily the best in the Houston area. However Cita Mellow and Tiki Wheat are pretty strong offerings. Beyond that there is a great vibe, both inside and outside. All sorts of seating around the bar, away from the bar, and outside. In the outside area it is a great place for kids with a playground different games, a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a nice day.
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in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4.36/5 rDev +8.5% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
One of the best breweries in the Pittsburgh region. The quality of the beer is quite high and the selection is amazing for such a small place. Incredible variety and the taps change quickly.
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in North Wales, Pennsylvania
3.83/5 rDev -6.4% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
A suburban mall parking lot spot - ambiance is as expected. The worst thing - and it has nothing to do with beer - is they had a amateur singer and guitarist doing not stop medleys of late 90s tunes. Awful to talk over.
Beer selection was great - some barrel aged choices from goose island and Oskar blues. I had a nice local IPA. Everyone liked their burgers a lot.
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in Portland, Maine
4.39/5 rDev +4.3% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Nice location with Allagash and Austin Street within crawling distance. Ample seating, good vibe, waitstaff were lively. Good selection of beer and others for take away.
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in Portland, Maine
4.35/5 rDev +4.6% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Nice location on the other side of the building from Foundation. Outdoor and indoor seating. Decent enough selection. Was able to purchase a bottle of lm for take away.
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in Portland, Maine
4.55/5 rDev +7.1% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Nice place with decent selection of beer and large sitting area. Beer for take away was a plus. Stopped by during the week but still had a good vibe with killer music and good conversation from waitstaff.
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in Eagle River, Wisconsin
4.51/5 rDev +3.7% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Nice tap room off the beaten path just north of Eagle River. Subdued interior but had a good vibe and waitstaff were attentive. Free popcorn is always a plus. Twelve beers on tap with seven from Tribute and others from Capital, Milwaukee Brewing, O'so, Sand Creek, and Rocky Reef rounding out the selection. Counter-pressured growlers pre-filled with Tribute selections for take away.
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in Portland, Maine
4.68/5 rDev +7.3% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Great place with outdoor and indoor seating. Free 12oz. samples of House Beer, Dubbel, Fluxus 2016, and Interlude on my visit. Decent selection of bottled beer to take away - unfortunately, nothing unusual other than Hoppy Table Beer. Waitstaff were friendly and incredibly attentive. Great atmosphere with great vibe. Selection on tap is limited but stellar quality makes up for it.
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in Rancho Cucamonga, California
3.34/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.34
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5
Great beer! Huge selection. Quality very good. Extremely good juicy ipas. All styles done well.
Unfriendly staff. Their people seemed to kill the vibe.
Decent location for a young business. They have some good stuff going on here but the customer service makes you want to leave. Thy need to work on this.
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in Mystic, Connecticut
4.25/5 rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4
Been to the Engine room 3 times now. Beer selection is stellar for 15 draft lines, although the bottle list is cool it can venture into the esoteric. $118 bomber anyone? Draft list is a wide variety from far and near, but always includes 1-2 locals.
Food is generally great, although in 6 meals we have had one loser.
Vibe is good, crowded, but in a good way. I would love to go when parking is not an issue.
Took a really good pic of Six Point Winter warmer there last night with a Christmas tree out the window, but there is no easy way to post it here.
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in Shreveport, Louisiana
3.86/5 rDev -7.2% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Best selection of beer in the area that I know of. Very friendly and helpful staff/owner(s). Their Facebook page is updated regularly; more so that the website it appears.
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in Peabody, Massachusetts
3.35/5 rDev n/a | Avg: 3.35
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
A so-so bbq chain, in a mall. So, if you got any understanding of American chain restaurant culture you already know the gist of what's going on here.
The beer selection, however, is surprisingly robust. Once in a while you'll stumble across a Buffalo Wild Wings or Ruby Tuesday where management actually knows a few things about the local beer scene, and this appears to be such a place.
Emphasis should be placed, however, upon the word "local" in that last sentence. You get whatever stuff is presently being churned out from Notch, Brewmaster Jack, Clown Shoe's, Jack's Abbey, etc. The national beers are BMC with a handful of widely distributed craft brands, like Sierra Nevada. While the selection is wide and fairly reasonably priced, there's no emphasis whatsoever on rares or one-offs or anything like that.
So, this isn't primarily a beer bar. Not by any stretch. It's a chain restaurant in a mall that happens to have some good beer.
The food is edible but unexceptional. The service is horrible, which requires some more explantation:
The service at Smokey Bones isn't bad because the servers are incompetent or mean. Not at all. It's bad because the place is constantly, intentionally understaffed. This is a trend I've noticed at several chain restaurants over the last couple of years, where stingy management and ownership are seeking to replace human wait staff with dumb little touchpad things that sit on each booth. There's still host, bar, and wait staff, only there's only about half as many workers as you'll find in a normal restaurant. Inevitably, the automation screws up, customers get angry, and workers get stressed. It's a horrible system, and for that alone I would hesitate to give Smokey Bones any more of my money.
If, however, you're at the North Shore Mall and you got time to kill... well, beer has a strange way of blotting out moral complication.
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in Saint Louis, Missouri
4.86/5 rDev +18% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Ronnie and Beemer are really working magic on 5231 Manchester Ave. I love going by the taproom after work on a Friday and stocking up on Crowlers for the weekend!
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in Arrington, Virginia
4.07/5 rDev -3.8% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Nicely setup place with gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Small facility, primarily revolves around brewing, bottling, and of course, barrel storage. Staff was friendly despite a very busy day (Concealed Darkness release). Decent selection of beers on tap, theirs and South Street.
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in Wauconda, Illinois
1/5 rDev -73.8% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1
This beer is awful. I've had other root beer style beers, but this one stands out. Think if you had a dark beer and wanted a root beer, so you grabbed random .**** out of the cabinet and sprayed in some old spice cologne.
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in Lebanon, New Hampshire
3.94/5 rDev +2.3% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
The big one. Largest Co-Op in the Upper Valley. Good selection of beer. Good mixture of local, regional and international. Nice staff, a few are knowledgeable.
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in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3.72/5 rDev +3.3% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This store is large and sells almost exclusively cases and 12 packs. The selection of craft beer from around the country is quite good, although I noticed that some of the beers that they have in quantity are quite old.
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in Temecula, California
4.38/5 rDev +7.9% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Visited mid day, so hard to judge vibe. Brewer on premesis answered all my brewing questions while brewing an experimental. Sour forward beers are very well done. Knowledgeable server
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in Lebanon, New Hampshire
4.5/5 rDev +20.6% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Excellent selection of beer and brewing supplies. There were multiple shelves of singles covering New England and around the world. Huge selection of brewing supplies. Nice, knowledgeable staff. Friendly.
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in Chicago, Illinois
3.36/5 rDev -3.4% | Avg: 3.48
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
This place is pretty generic. It seems like a pre-game sports bar for people going to nightclubs down the street.
Selection was macro-heavy with only a couple rotating taps. Many taps were doubles, 2 bud, 2 stella, 2 green line, etc.
Highlights were beers that can be found most anywhere in town, Daisy Cutter, Two Hearted, Metro, and Off Color Scurry.
Service was alright, they gave me a sample of the Deschutes seasonal but couldn't tell me what it was. Tasted like Chasin Freshies or maybe Hop Slice. Who knows.
The atmosphere was pretty basic, some thrown together sports memorabilia and tv's covering every wall in the place.
There was a black light underneath the bar, which was sort of odd. Piped in mall rock.
Menu looked to be the usual fried pub grub, also burgers, pizza, etc.
Wouldn't return here with so many better options nearby like Clark St. Ale House, Farmhouse, Stout, etc.
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