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in Cleveland, Ohio
5/5 rDev +13.9% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Not a ton of good olaces to go and get a good selection of beer with knowledgeable people around, its a great little place and i visit veey often definetly recommend to all my friends! Check it out youll love it!
in Kamloops, British Columbia
3.84/5 rDev -6.8% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Visited whilst in Kamloops overnight. What a nice surprise! I figured Kamloops might not be the end of the world, beer-wise. but you'd be able to see it from there. Wrong! Noble Pig is a very acommodating bar/restaurant with a decent selection of their own brews. Which are good. Food is good, too. Wait staff is attentive and knows their stuff. Highly recommended if you happen to be in Kamloops. (But who "happens" to find themselves in Kamloops, for chrissake??)
in Capitola, California
4.46/5 rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Google maps is useful to find this if you aren't from around the area. Once there the bartender was friendly although the brewer didn't seem particularly interested in chatting up the place. Which was ok because the beer was great and it was relaxing just being there. Hours are kind of odd from mid afternoon through the early evening but I was on vacation so it didn't matter. Wish there'd been more bottles to go.
in Portland, Oregon
4.08/5 rDev -2.6% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
If you blink you'll miss it, which would be unfortunate. Awesome little spot in St Johns with 30 taps and a cooler with probably 100 more cans and bottles. Food can be brought in from several quality eateries close by. Friendly staff and great sidewalk seating for those glorious PDX summer evenings. Stop by if you find yourself in North Portland.
in Saint Paul, Minnesota
4.03/5 rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
I loved the vibe in here, brand new but bustling, huge, and new meets old, with a really hip renovation and build out of this old space. its enormous in here, but it feels comfortable and mellow. brew house in the back, right in the open, still shiny new looking, they havent been open long. the bar is super long, and there are tables about the place, its sort of white and chrome, sterile for its apparent oldness, but relaxed in here, i liked it. they had a handful of beers on, obviously still working up to a more complete lineup, but the beers we had in here were way ahead of the curve for such a new operation. i loved their coffee beer, but all that we had were great, and their glassware is awesome! i love unique glassware and nice presentation, and they nailed that here. service was great, enthusiastic and attentive, even at a pretty busy bar, and very conversational and kind, we enjoyed chatting with him. its all so new, its great for just getting started. i look forward to watching the evolve in a very competitive local scene here! its a great space, right on top of and adjacent to the crazy arcade place, can can wonderland, which is worth checking out too while you are there. we had a great time here, dug the beers, and will be back for more before too long!
in Cambridge, Massachusetts
4.31/5 rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
I like Lamplighter's space a lot. It's warm and inviting. However, it is small and while it has good vibes and good coffee shop vibes, it definitely doesn't use the limited space it has as effectively as it could. The place can fill up fast and at times, it's hard to move around, let alone find a seat.
The beer is very good and has exceeded my expectations. The service has always been good, but it's hard when it's very crowded. They usually have a good, not great variety of stuff on tap.
in Gallipolis, Ohio
4.03/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
Tracked down this place while passing through. Is basically your typical convenience store with a small selection of craft brews. Not the largest selection but they do carry brews that you cant get across the river over in WV. Worth the stop
in Seffner, Florida
3.55/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
You could buy 6 craft beers for what you'd pay here for beer. Very confused. They have Sam Adams on their import beer listing along with the import price. Servers have no idea why? smh
in San Juan Capistrano, California
4.36/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
In an industrial complex behind the famous Coach House, Docent has a pretty sweet spot backed up to the San Juan Creek basin. Large open room with a long bar and another along the fermentation tanks, some couches in the corner and some more tables in the back. Nice modern decor, and even a couple games for the welcomed kiddos. I was unable to grab a bite, but the menu looks greats and apparently is from the minds of the La Sirena Grill. Even though there were only 7 beers on tap (Saison, Pilsner, APA, two IPA's, and their Coffee Stout which was on Nitro as well) they were all quite delicious, fresh, unique and overall very high quality, and I was able to bring home a crowler as well (which they will can any of their beers for you, or most at least). The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and just chill. My family and I couldn't help but feel welcomed and comfortable here. Will definitely be coming back to Docent, and hopefully pretty frequently. Cheers!
in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
4.06/5 rDev -3.3% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
this place seems like they are still growing into their place, it all seems so new, so unused, so clean, very modern but comfortable new taproom and restaurant, with the bar in the middle and action all around, the brewery is visible down a hallway toward the back. the bartender greeted us warmly, and let us sample the beers like crazy. they must have had ten or twelve flavors working, and we liked all of them pretty well. the darker beers were my favorite, but i had a nice belgian tripel and ipa as well, any beer drinker should be able to find something for them on this diverse beer menu. the food menu was impressive too, and lots of options, i elected for a personal pizza, which was just okay, but the meatballs we got were awesome, and the rest of the food leaving the kitchen looked better than our pizzas. great service, solid beers, seemingly still in their adolescence, but given their location in a more rural area than minneapolis and the lesser density of breweries, i bet their business will do great. i had fun in here, and would stop back in if i were passing through the are again. worth a stop if you are heading out that way!
in Bainbridge Island, Washington
4.18/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
There wasn't much of a vibe to the place on a Wednesday afternoon. We walked in and were the only two patrons for the first 15 minutes until another two individuals walked in. It seemed like the only two other people at the establishment were one brewer and one bartender. Having said that, it was nice to not have a noisy place around.
Quality of the place is top notch. Really clean, well laid out and aesthetically appealing with the fermenters and barrels placed in viewing site. No complaints there at all.
Service was prompt when needed because there were so few patrons in the establishment at the time. Had there been more, it might have been difficult for just the two employees to keep up.
Selection was approximately 15 beers or so with a nice mix of IPAs and saisons/sours. Not much in the way of stouts or other styles, but that seems to be a common theme around the Seattle brewery scene. The quality of the beers was average to slightly above average from the beers I had.
Overall, this is a very nice brewery in a conveniently located unique shopping area on Bainbridge Island. There is a winery right next door and one of the best coffee roasters in America just a few buildings over (Storyville Coffee Roasters). If happened to be visiting Bainbridge Island, I would recommend making a stop over to this brewery and enjoying some beers in a quality establishment. But I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to make it to Bainbridge Island specifically to visit the place.
in Seattle, Washington
3.95/5 rDev -3.2% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Vibe - due to it's location near the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, there was plenty of indecisive tourists hovering about. Pointing at the menu and items, and simply taking too long to make a selection. This isn't exactly surprising but the mix of people seemed like it was completely clueless visitors and a number of regulars. The place had a feel right between corporate and local.
Quality of the place was good. Everything was clean, with a good bit of tables and booths available indoors. There was also outdoor seating available so the place could accommodate a good group of people comfortably. Even though the tables were all taken up, there was still plenty of space between them that it didn't feel quite so crowded.
Service was relatively quick at the bar once you were able to place your order with three employees working the area. There was also an individual walking around and clearing tables of empty glasses. Only issue was, again, the indecisiveness of the clientele which slowed things down a bit. This certainly is no fault of the establishment or a negative reflection on the service.
Selection of beer was approximately 15 or so, with mostly IPAs and saisons being available, so not bad. But the menu was primarily IPAs and saisons. If you don't like either of those two styles, you're going to be very limited on your choice. Also, out of the IPAs and saisons that I had, the quality of the beers was OK.
I did not order food so I cannot comment on it, but I did see chefs whipping things up behind the bar area and the food did look good when it was brought out to the tables around me.
Overall, this wouldn't be a place I would say is a must stop for out of town visitors to Seattle who are looking specifically for the best of Seattle local breweries. But if you're near Pike Place and feel like stopping in at a brewery that's within walking distance, this would suffice. For higher quality beer and unique experience, I would recommend walking just a further bit north and stopping in at Cloudburst Brewing instead.
in Seattle, Washington
4.37/5 rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Place is in a very hipster neighborhood. Bicycles parking is plentiful, and car parking is not. The place is relatively large indoors with two separate bar areas and two seating areas, as well as some kind of mini stadium seating section between the two. Outdoor seating is also plentiful and is covered. But, even with the large amount of seating options, the place is still relatively full due to it's quality beers. There is a large mix of people from older people that were sitting next to us talking about beer, to a few people sitting by themselves reading books, to a woman behind us who was breastfeeding. So yeah, it was kind of all over the place.
Quality of the establishment is, again, hipster. Very colorful interesting wall art. The tables were sturdy benches for community style seating in the middle of the indoor area, whereas the edges had smaller booths. Outdoors there was a good bit of foliage around surrounding the beer garden. I wouldn't say the place looked brand new but it was neat, tidy and layed out well.
Service was top notch at the bar. There are no bartenders so if you want a drink, you'll have to go up to the bar and grab it yourself. However, there was never any wait (even on what looked like a busy evening) and the bartenders were very nice and friendly.
Selection of draft beer was solid. It was primarily IPAs and saisons, but there were porters and stouts available as well. Couple of interesting things to note is that the two separate bar areas where you can order drinks actually have slightly different options. I'm guessing this is primarily due to how many tap lines are available. The one small negative I have is regarding the selection of to-go beers. There were only 4-5 can/bottle options from what I recall and none of them were the offerings that I was interested in. Growler and howler fills were available (and for a favorable price) but for someone that's very far from out of town and who wanted to take something back, there wasn't much of a selection.
Food wise, I wasn't sure there was a menu (I didn't look for one), but there were some complimentary pretzels and apples you could grab to snack on
Overall, I really enjoyed this place. In Seattle it was one of my top two breweries that I enjoyed (along with Cloudburst) and I would recommend this place to anyone (beer enthusiast or just a casual drinker).
in Flagstaff, Arizona
3.6/5 rDev -9.1% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Enjoyed two good beers here, a porter and a good lager. The beer selection could have been a bit better, as could the service but both were fine. Food selection was great and all in my part seemed to enjoy theirs, even a three year old boy!
in Dayton, Washington
2.73/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.06
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3
We stopped at Chief Spring's Fire & Irons Brew Pub while visiting Dayton on a weekend trailer trip.
A good sized place for the town, with a lot of fire fighter memorabilia. The brewery is in the basement.
Quality is OK. I had a Red a Stout and an IPA. All were essentially the same beer. Unfiltered and average for the style
Service was questionable. The place was near empty, and there were a few regulars, but they didn't seem too interested in selling us beer at 3 in the afternoon. I would finish my mug, wait a few minutes and then ask for something else.
Selection included about 10 taps, All brewed in house.
Overall easily the best place in Dayton, maybe for a 30 mile radius. But average.
in Pueblo, Colorado
3.84/5 rDev +0.5% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
V-Brues is located near downtown Pueblo on the Riverwalk. The space is pretty large, but strangely shaped. There are multiple rooms, including a large concert area and a coffee-shop-type bakery/coffee bar. Weird. The numerous TVs gave it a bit of sports bar feel. The patio on the Riverwalk is pretty nice though. I visited for lunch and the large bar was empty but the tables were more full.
Q-I tried two Brues beers and both were decent, but nothing I would search out or write home about. The Marzen was a tasty and drinkable lager and the IPA was average in flavor but well-built.
Ser-The staff was friendly and helpful with my beer selection. My beers and food arrived promptly and pours were properly done in appropriate glassware. Nice.
Sel-Brues had seven house beers on tap when I visited (they had an eighth beer on the board, but it was scratched out). From the look of their handles and massive tap set-up, it looks like they have few guest taps, but I did not see them listed anywhere. Styles were standard brewpub fare, ranging from blonde to IPA to amber to stout. Nothing unusual.
F-I had a sandwich, which was nothing creative, but above-average for brewpub food. The bread was especially tasty. The menu leans heavy on the burgers.
O-I like the low-key vibe and good service I received at Brues, and the food was decent. The beers were good, but they weren't anything to fuss over, which fit the vibe of the place. Would definitely come back here.
in Chatham, New Jersey
4.23/5 rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Twin Elephant has been open for a little over a year and it's made great strides. It's located in a nondescript commercial building between Chatham and Summit. The tasting room is attractive and of decent size. On Friday and Saturdays, it draws a large, loyal, and lively crowd. The staff is friendly and willing to talk beer but they are often overtaxed by the crowd. Breweries in New Jersey cannot serve food but there often is a food truck standing ready and there are good restaurants nearby from which you can bring in food. The beer itself is somewhat inconsistent with some pretty good offerings and some head scratchers. Overall, Twin Elephant is a welcome addition to the New Jersey craft beer scene and has quickly developed a loyal following. They recently started canning and the new releases sell out quickly. As the quality of the beer improves, and it already has and I have no doubt will continue to, it will become even more popular.
in Los Angeles, California
4.7/5 rDev +6.8% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
This place is delicious. Came to BA looking for a serious taproom while on a work trip and y'all didn't disappoint. Had the truffle burger and am making my way through a Tales from the Cryo. If you want a good place for serious beer and pub food in L.A. then look no further.
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4.05/5 rDev -1.9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Stopped in on a Thursday for lunch and a tour while in town on business.
Lots of enticing options on the food menu and the wurst plate was delicious.
Tour is a good deal and includes 4 six ounce samples and a pint glass to take home. Our tour was a little brief but I heard on the weekend they offer more in depth tours when they're not brewing.
Beers I tried ranged from a little below average to good. Was most impressed by their hoppier offerings.
By far the best thing about this place is the location though. Giant inviting beer hall and nice riverside patio.
Well worth the stop.
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.5/5 rDev +10.3% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Amazing beer selection. It's huge and nearly overwhelming. Food is decent pub fare. Place can be kind of a hassle because of the Fenway crowd, but it's a good choice.
in Cleveland, Ohio
4.85/5 rDev +10.5% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
My regular stop. The only reason I don't give fives across the board is that I've been to places outside the area with a slightly better selection but that's a small quibble.
in Akron, Ohio
4.28/5 rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I recently visited Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron, Ohio. It is nearby Akron Fulton International Airport and is right off E. Waterloo Rd (224), but it is easy to miss. I had to make a U-turn. Next to the brewery there is a trailer & hitch company featuring a white building with red window frames and a blue building. It stands out. When you see that exit the road before you pass those buildings and the Hoppin’ Frog is right there.
I’ve had many of their beers previously, the various BORIS and DORIS Imperial Stouts and some IPAs and all the beers I’ve tasted have been top notch. On my visit I had a few beers including DORIS the Destroyer the Nitro version. It was probably the most smooth and creamy Imperial Stout I’ve ever had. We also bought a few bottles to take home. If you like Stouts this is the place for you. Unlike most breweries I’ve been to they served food in the tasting room (no food truck) and they had waiters serving on you. They had a quite good menu. I had the BORIS BBQ sandwich for ten dollars, and it was delicious and paired well with a BORIS Imperial Stout. The service was friendly and knowledgeable and the food and the beers came pretty quickly. Overall I think it was a very nice brewery with a good atmosphere.
in Charlotte, North Carolina
3.36/5 rDev -5.9% | Avg: 3.57
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3
When I visited in May 2017, there were a half dozen NC beers on tap, including some fairly decent choices like Hop Drop and Coco Loco. The food comes from the Cali Pizza Kitchen next door.
If you find yourself in CLT with some time to kill and you haven't tried some of the NC standards, this place is worth the trek to Gate B6.
in Riverside, California
4.23/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Visited this place about a week ago, and I had a few of their beers on tap. Great selection of American style food, my family really enjoyed the food but the place is a little bit loud. You get a lot of food with your order, we left with plenty of leftovers, definitely going to visit in the future.
in Crosby, Minnesota
3.53/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.53
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
It's all still pretty new, even though it's in a old building with the original ceiling, which is cool. I was there early on a Sat. so there was not much going on. Brewer wasn't' there. Staff was enthusiastic, but not all that well versed in beer knowledge. Nonetheless, it's on my way up north and I"d stop in again. Should be open earlier on Thursday to catch the early up north traffic.