Place Reviews: Most Recent
in Norfolk, Virginia
4.08/5 rDev +3.6% | Score: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Rip Rap is a rather small operation with a homestyle feel. When you walk in you are greeted by paintings on the wall of a map of the Hampton Roads area. On the left side of the taste room, facing towards the inside of the establishment, there are various flags of the uniformed services hanging. Both of these things delighted me, as it gave me the local feel I wanted while including support for our service members. As you walk in a friendly staff greets you a offering fantastic beer selection that has a style for everyone. My favorites are then Scrimshaw, the Heart’s Content, and the Marlin Spike. As you sit down, upbeat music and a lively atmosphere allows you to enjoy your beer while socializing. Note: if they do open the garage door during colder weather, it will get chilly! Overall, I love Rip Rap Brewing Company!
in Madison, Wisconsin
3.68/5 rDev -13.6% | Score: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
Long bar in a semi hipster warehouse place with large artwork on the walls. Beer was decent, but staff had to ask each other about the stats on the beers when I asked. Parking can be tough. Vibe lively.
in Puyallup, Washington
3.08/5 rDev -6.4% | Score: 3.29
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
I’d never in a million years consider this place, and the other Ram Restauarants as a brewery, brewpub, etc. Sure, they have their house beers and others, but this place is a restaurant first (and a chain restaurant at that) and only seems to have beer to cash in on the craft craze.
in York, Pennsylvania
4.48/5 rDev +14% | Score: 3.93
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Was in York overnight and we got a coupon from the hotel so we gave it a try. Glad we did! This is a family friendly place with a great draft selection. The bottle shop was ok, lots of local selections. Quite a selection on the menu. The food was great. Service is second to none.
in Springfield, Missouri
5/5 rDev +14.2% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Pairs great with a cigar Chocolate Carmel espresso notes really awesome stout first time trying this and just wow if you love a good stout with your cigars this is the one
in Santa Rosa, California
4.2/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
This new place so far seems to be quite good, although as of our last visit at the end of November 2017 they still are not brewing any beer, the brewery part still being set up. This review is therefore for the place as a pub rather than brewery.
The place itself is overall pretty nice with a nice central bar in the middle inside and some nice modern-pub details. The inside is, though, somewhat drab and part has a bit of a cavernous feel to it. The best part is the large garage-door type windows opening onto a large patio-dining area in front. In warm weather, this is very nice and adds a comfortable, pleasant outdoor-indoor feel. In cold or rainy weather, the indoor area is more limited and not as nice.
Beer is a good range of craft beers both local and from far away, plus macros, plus good imports, including fairly uncommon ones. Styles run the gamut of just about everything. The quality overall is very good with some really nice craft and import beers.
Food which we've had so far is very good - not outstanding, but certainly good enough to want everything we've had again.
Service which we have had is outstanding - friendly and efficient, very accommodating and attentive without being bothersome.
in Oakland, California
4.4/5 rDev +11.4% | Score: 3.95
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This is a great neighborhood pub on Piedmont Ave in Oakland. They have 15 rotating taps of good craft, always with a cheaper one (Racer 5 for $5 I think most of the times). The servers are friendly and take their time with you, answer questions and will give you samples to try before you buy. You go to a window to order food which I think makes sense here, you don't have wait staff running around trying to figure out who is there to eat and who is there to drink. It works for me.
There are usually a number of IPAs on the menu, many from local California breweries, but I usually find something else, like a saison, a barrel aged something or other, or sour. Very good selection. I am lucky to live close by.
You can bring your kids, at least during the day, and they have high chairs, big booths, smaller tables and a stand up bar. I always feel comfortable hanging out there with friends, with the kiddo, or by myself. There are TVs which I mostly find annoying, usually playing sports but sometimes I do want to watch a game so I cannot really complain about that.
The food is good. I usually get the chicken pot pie or the sandwich special, but I come for the great beer selection, casual and nice staff, and it's in the business district that I can walk to. There is also a bike corral right outside.
in Lexington, South Carolina
4.54/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.62
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3
100 beers on-tap, and the menu is laid out in a way that is very descriptive and helpful. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful, as well. Beers are available in full 12-oz pours, half pours, and flights. Food was just 'meh', but I'm ok with that.
in Lexington, South Carolina
4.36/5 rDev -5.4% | Score: 4.61
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Kinda pricey, but cozy and intimate (I've never been when there was music). I also like how they're constantly hosting/sponsoring events across the street at the amphitheater.
in Cream Ridge, New Jersey
4.86/5 rDev +12.5% | Score: 4.32
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Extremely impressed with the 6 beers I tried. Their hops, grain, adjuncts and other ingredients come right from the farm next door. Staff was very knowledgable and answered all my questions professionally. Must visit any time of the year. I went to the christmas tree farm next door and thought i'd give the beers a try. Will be going back for sure.
in Madison, Wisconsin
3.71/5 rDev -10% | Score: 4.12
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
Large new place, plenty of parking, very long wrap around bar, lots of side rooms. Irish modern flavor, decent selection, did not have time to eat here.
in Charlottesville, Virginia
4.43/5 rDev +10.8% | Score: 4
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Stopped in to check out the new location. It has a modern yet relaxed feel. A couple of tvs on the wall and lots of spaces to relax be it tables or couches. An overall sense to hang out.
Service was excellent with the barkeeps letting you try anything on tap before purchase.
Taps rotate with a couple of HW's Mainstays but also the special releases appear and their pilots brews. Not too many to go bottles unfortunately - probably just due to the satellite location.
No food except the random pretzel which is good but I need like 4 of them if I am going to keep slugging BB GBS.
in Charlottesville, Virginia
4.28/5 rDev -5.3% | Score: 4.52
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
50+ taps iirc and pay by the ounce. The place is pretty basic, concrete floors, high tops, tvs and clean at that.
The concept is pretty cool and allows you to try as many beers as you want. Selection is above average but nothing to get too excited about. I would equate it to buying a mixed 6 pack from Total Wine.
Service was pretty top notch though and the burger I ordered was pretty tasty.
in Zürich, Switzerland
4.37/5 rDev -5.2% | Score: 4.61
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
I am reviewing the sister establishment THE ALEHOUSE with is at 23 University Strasse .
This recent bar with the bottle shop close by must have the largest selection of beers on tap in Zurich. Its is also a restaurant and popular with local students. Beer is not served until midday, but you can get coffee etc before then. They usually have at least 20 beers on tap, ranging from Germany, USA, Switzerland...an ever changing range at typical Zurich prices, dependent on alcohol strength. Staff very knowledgeable about the beers, speak English, and a good food menu too. Basic interior, larger tables for groups and an outside seating area at the back in fine weather. Definitely worth a visit when in Zurich. To get there, walk across the road bridge from the Station to Limmenquay - and look for the STUDENT BAHN funicular - catch that, from there continue walking up the hill past tram stops, then turn LEFT and walk up towards the University, and its about 100 yards from there. Otherwise a Tram from outside the Main Station. You can walk it, but a steep climb. Note the STUDENT BAHN funicular does not usually run after 7pm, but its an easy walk back down to the riverside. Visited in June 2017
in Zürich, Switzerland
2.93/5 rDev 0% | Score: 3.17
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5
This lively bar close to Main Station across the river has outside seating looking over the river and into the old town. Inside seating is live music (and sometimes a cover charge) and similar to a small beer hall with long tables and benches. The beer on tap is Hurlimann lager, which is a reasonable beer and popular in this part of Switzerland, they also have Schneider Weiss on tap, and a small selection of bottled beers from regional breweries. Service is mixed, the beer a little cheaper than bars in centre of Zurich, but pleasant outside sitting - a bit quieter than inside- but if you want live music and lively atmosphere you have to choice to sit inside. Decent value food served here too, and often popular with locals.
in College Station, Texas
4.03/5 rDev -2.2% | Score: 4.12
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
The downtown Bryan location is harder to find than the College Station location, but it has a good atmosphere. They were offering their core, December seasonal, and two taproom only seasonal variant. Friendly service with industrial decoration and large group picnic tables.
in Temecula, California
3.93/5 rDev 0% | Score: 3.93
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75
I hit this place up the other to check it out. I found that the vibe, quality, and service are above par but when it comes to selection, it deserves a high rating. I was in the store for about 45 minutes and not a single person asked me if I needed help, sadly. However, their selection is the best in the Temecula area and prices as well. This may become my new spot for everyday beers because of selection and price.
in Williams, Arizona
2.74/5 rDev 0% | Score: 2.74
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75
Vibe - Collection of loyal locals, and travelers with and without families all just pretty much keeping to themselves.
Quality - Beer average, food better but but not much going on.
Server was attentive but did not demonstrate any depth of knowledge - Their beer list did nothing to help anybody out.
Selection - 16 different in-house varieties. Only had four. Some inventive but none I would say was more than average (Prickly Pear Saison had no hint prickly pear coloring or flavor and a barrel aged that seemed like a coffee porter).
They dove headlong into an arid craft brewing desert but need to shrink their list and improve the quality.
in Zürich, Switzerland
4.61/5 rDev +21.6% | Score: 3.79
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Over 500 beers from around the world. It was busy and crowded this evening and the service was great, knowledgeable,friendly and English speaking. I had my list from looking at their website, and in minutes had a basket of tasty beers. Beer from overseas is hugely expensive, USA beers are 2-3 times what we pay in the States, so get the Belgians which are 1/2 price what we pay! No Cantillon, etc. but mainstream Belgians are the bargain in this very expensive city!
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.19/5 rDev -8.3% | Score: 4.57
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Alley entryway with virtually no parking, best to be dropped off and picked up... not sure where a solo driver might park. Small service area with can and growler sales... very efficient service especially if you figure out what you want before you get there. Much different from the Canton facility. The beer speaks for itself.
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.09/5 rDev -2.2% | Score: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Huge open second floor taproom to the right of the entrance with expansive racetrack bar and plenty of picnic table seating. Small merchandise sales area to the left. About 20 well assorted beers on tap. Quick and courteous service. We were there Friday at happy hour and the place was packed and lively.
in Cambridge, Massachusetts
3.45/5 rDev -4.4% | Score: 3.61
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25
Large open dining room one floor below street level. Only had 2 of their own beers on tap. 6 or so local craft guest taps. Friendly service. Food was reasonable priced, but nothing to write home about.
in Everett, Massachusetts
4.22/5 rDev -4.3% | Score: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Revamped industrial building with lengthy serving bar and ample seating in its 2 high-ceilinged, open, front rooms. 18 beers in a wide variety of stlyes on tap... most available in cans - they will sell single cans, really like that - but no growler fills at the time. Service was friendly, efficient and informative. Had a very enjoyable time and look forward to my next visit.
in Salem, Oregon
4.82/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.04
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Barrel & Keg is a comfortable little wine, beer, and cider bar/pub and bottle shop. They have a very friendly staff and owner. Shannon(part time wine maker and shop owner) and Kelso(head of staff and beer buyer) are both very hospitable and knowledgeable. They also have food trucks in the back, Salem Cinema is directly across the street and Christos Pizza is located at the other end of the block. It is an excellent place to hang out with friends, get a beverage before, or after a movie, or enjoy a take away pizza from Christos. They also have a weekly "Meet the masters" tasting with reps from wineries, breweries and cideries on Thursdays from 4-7 PM. Check out their Facebook page. And, no I do not work for them.
in Wallingford, Connecticut
2.97/5 rDev -15.9% | Score: 3.53
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. It was quiet during my visit, as there were only a couple of other people in the tasting room. Cliffside is located in an old storefront on Center Street and was pretty empty overall (only containing a couple of tables and bar stools along one side of the wall). Four of Cliffside's beers were on draft along with approximately 4 guest beers. I opted for a paddle (four samples at $8) which contained the Apricot Ale, a Brown Ale, a Dry Stout, and a Winter Ale. The staff were attentive and friendly, but didn't seem to know much about the beer itself (ABV, style, etc.). They just indicated that a description about each beer was printed out on a menu like piece of paper and available to read. Cliffside has only been open for a couple of months, so perhaps in time the staff will be more knowledgeable about their product. Overall, I thought that the Brown Ale was the best of the bunch, but I was not overly impressed with any of the offerings that day. Maybe I will stop in again after they have had a chance to dial things in a bit.