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Family Beer & Liquor

in East Dubuque, Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +13.6% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Best selection of craft beer in tri state area. Well organized. Great prices. Great service. Tons of seasonal bombers at fantastic prices, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. I also bought spirits that I didn't need, only because the prices were too good to pass on. I ran out of time and money, next time I'll check out their extensive wines.

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Berret's Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill

in Williamsburg, Virginia

2.18/5  rDev -33.3% | Avg: 3.27
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1 | food: 4.5

This place is a higher end restaurant in a tourist trap. The food service staff is above average and the food is as well. $25+ a plate. The beer selection is pitiful. Three taps of lowest common denominator local brews. Bottle selection is on par with national chains. If you are looking for beer selection do not go here, go a block over to DoG Street pub. That place is well above average.

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Waikiki Brewing Company

in Honolulu, Hawaii

4.15/5  rDev +11.9% | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

We went here a couple times on our trip to Honolulu. It's very small, but the beer is great, the food is top notch, and the service is excellent. Definitely recommend!

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Honolulu Beerworks

in Honolulu, Hawaii

3.87/5  rDev -1% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Came here with a few coworkers when I was in Honolulu for a conference. Pretty fun open-air atmosphere with some seating outside as well. Most of the beer was good, I think they had 15 or so on tap. The food was also excellent!

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Dewey Beer Co.

in Dewey Beach, Delaware

4.15/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Dewey Beer Co is an unassuming little brewery and restaurant that brews better beer than you might expect... smallish place divided in tasting room/bar and dining room. Busy on a late October friday evening. Windows open, fall breeze in... nice feeling.

10 beers on tap; I got 5-oz tasters of a couple of them including their 7.8% Chocolate Milk Stout aged 3 months in Painted Stave Rye Bourbon Barrels. Very good! And great barrel presence despite the low ABV.

Batch 13 IPA (Mosaic+Simcoe) was also excellent, while their Black Rye IPA was ok-good. They also had an Imperial Blonde, Pumpkin Sour and a Dubbel.

The beers are truly worth a trip to Dewey Beach.

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Revelation Craft Brewing Company

in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

4.08/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Revelation is a fun little brewery in a quiet corner of Rehoboth. We loved chilling there on a Friday evening after visiting a couple of bigger, crowded beer jawns nearby.

10 beers on tap, of which I got a flight of 4: Berliner (too sour), Saison Peach (decent), Hellacious Chocolate Stout (good, the best of them all), S'morter Porter nitro. The wife got their Grandmother-in-Law DIPA an it was fantastic.

The place is great even if the beer is not, and we look forward to stopping by again in our next visit to Rehoboth..

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Fins Ale House & Raw Bar / Big Oyster Brewery

in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

4.29/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I'm rating the Big Oyster part of Fins Ale House... the restaurant itself is alright, just another big eatery in Rehoboth filled with locals drinking BMC and eating overpriced (but good looking) seafood. They have 18 guests of good craft and non-craft beer, and 9 taps of Big Oyster brews.

Come here for the house beers. Big Oyster is the BOMB! Brettanosaurus Rex (a 9.7% DIPA) was delicious, delicate and complex. Noir et Bleu is a tripel with blueberry and black tea that knocked my socks off with discreet balance and charm... Horus & Seth (a Black DIPA with Belgian yeast from Ardennes) was good but a little odd.

Their IPA's (Hammerhead and Mango Hammerhead) weren't as interesting but still mighty drinkable. Their offerings change often, which is reason enough to go back. This is a little brewery pushing the boundaries inside a "mainstream" restaurant.

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Crooked Hammock Brewery

in Lewes, Delaware

3.51/5  rDev -6.6% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

The wife and I spent a weekend down the Delaware shore in early fall when the beach towns are quiet and the ocean is all for yourself. It is crazy how many new breweries the Rehoboth area now has, compared to just two years ago when Dogfish was pretty much the only option...

Crooked Hammock is the biggest of them all, but also probably our least favorite. They have a massive building in a busy corner of the highway and a beach-bum-meets-Jimmy-Buffett-at-Joes'-Crab-Shack atmosphere. Lots of families, babies, rednecks... packed even though it is the off season.

Beer-wise, I had a decent Belgian tripel and a decent, almost good (although slightly underwhelming) DIPA with New Zealand hops. Both were served in plastic cups, which is sort of like WTF, but it goes well with the Margaritaville theme of this jawn.

Glad I visited, doubt I'll go back.

We sat at the back bar, overlooking a garden-yard crowded with kids.

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Kim's Alley Bar

in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 1
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

it's a nice little bar, but beer selection is quite poor. why do people keep adding places with no beers on tap? Bottles are cheaper at the stores anyway.

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The Blind Monk

in West Palm Beach, Florida

1/5  rDev -73.8% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

There are no taps in there. what's the point of going to the bar and getting bottles? they are cheaper at the store. who the heck added this place anyway?

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Penrose Brewing

in Geneva, Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -9.5% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Arrived before the crowd, place looked clean and orderly. Beer samples were all fine. Our bar-tender Sam was friendly. Wish head brewery was a little bit friendlier, he was busy but we were the only one in there at the time. Belgian beer inspired. I finally got to visit , having had their beers at many beer festivals.

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Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

in Chicago, Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.4% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

What a beautiful space. An old movie theater with big vaulted ceilings and impeccable trim. Very classy and comfortable. The beer is unusual, featuring botanical finishes but none are over the top. For example, a well calibrated dubbel made with mission figs and fig leaves. Sounds overly sweet, but not at all. A mildly perfumy lavender pilsner is also appreciated. There are some big boys here too, like some nicely balanced DIPAs and a giant old ale (cherry amaro). Not a huge food menu, but high end-ish and nicely done. Highly recommended.

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Molly's Spirits

in Lakeside, Colorado

4.87/5  rDev +11.4% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Moved out to CO about 7 months ago and after checking out a bunch of places, Molly's has become my go to spot. It's quite a large store with an awesome selection of wine and spirits, but the beer is what really matters to me and Molly's nails it.

The whole left hand wall is coolers of beer from all over the country and what seems like beer from just about every brewery that cans/bottles in CO. Across from the coolers (on shelves) is some of the more expensive/limited barrel aged stuff (Cascade/Crooked Stave/Eclipse/Bruery/etc.).

What I like the most though is their bomber room. There's always a great rotating selection with solid mainstays like Orval and such but I always seem to find something that's uncommon. Yesterday found 1 bottle of 120min and they had a bunch of World Wide Stout. Pliny comes and goes somewhat frequently too.

Beyond all that, the staff is always super nice and helpful and the guys in the beer department are all very knowledgable which is nice. Last but certainly not least, I have to give a special shout out to their beer manager Grant who just does a killer job.

He runs their "beer club" and has some awesome events throughout the year where they release some serious whales (cantillon/ba dinosmores/key lime gose/mexicake/xocoveza charred/bcs rare/pirate bomb/abraxas/etc.) and they actually try to make it fun instead of just a process like a lot of other places I've been to. For example, as opposed to making people stand in line for BCBS this year they are sending an email to anyone in the "beer club" sometime from 11am-1pm on black friday and you just have to respond with what variants you want (limit 1 each which is the only thing that kind of stinks) and then come in anytime before the end of the day and pick them up. Certainly a better alternative than waiting out in the cold at 5am.

Anyways, that's my take on Molly's!

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Greg & Jane’s Beer and Wine

in Epping, New Hampshire

2.66/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

This is a convenient local store with a decent selection. The prices are about $1-$4 higher than you can get elsewhere, but I suppose that is the convenience premium.

The store is well lit and clean, with beers arranged by brewery and easily accessible..

The owner however ruins the experience. No "hello", and when I went to the counter to pay, he just barked the total at me. I had purchased a few imperial stouts and other "strong" beers, and he said "if you like that kind of beer, you'll like this", and he held up some Oscar Blues white whale that he said was about $13 per can. I said I look at it next time", he said "there are only 12 left" and he pushed the receipt at me to sign.

No "thank you come again" or anything like it (I was the only customer at the counter, so he can't say he was busy)

While this store is convenient, there are two other stores about 30-40 minutes away. I think I'll take the longer trip the next time I'm picking up beer...

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Pulpit Rock Brewing Company

in Decorah, Iowa

5/5  rDev +20.2% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I dont usually give anything all fives, but lets be real, this is the exact kind of place you want to go if you are visiting a brewery. I mean come on. They have great beer, great service, an awesome patio, and you can bring food in (most likely mabe's). Their beers are fantastic and can easily compete with the Toppling Goliath IPAs (and im sure someday they will). I would recommend stopping by to anyone beer snob visiting Decorah for TG, they would be as impressed as I am.

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Short's Burger & Shine

in Iowa City, Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +11% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I love the food here. Their burgers are so dang good. Probs the best in IC. I also love that the beer is all local (iowa) so it is cool to get to try things from des moines area that you cant normally buy in cans or bottles. Prices are high however. Every time i go for dinner and a couple of beers i end up spending $30+. So i cant go as often as I would like. But the place is cool, it was built in an alley so the exposed brick is neat, and has a cool bar too. Good place to go to watch sports as well.

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Safe House Saloon

in Lansing, Iowa

4.59/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.8
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

So remember, this review also has to be based on the area. I live right off the mississippi river, in between lacrosse and prairie du chien. Im a huge beer guy, and it is hard living here with not much around (however i shouldnt complain, Decorah is a 40 minute drive). With that in mind, safehouse is great. They have a good selection, care about beer, have growlers as well as a little table set up where you can buy bottles. It has a nice beer culture and you can tell the owners care about craft beer and like craft beer.

The vibe is not the best, its kind of a janky place. It has an 'old west saloon' theme which is neat, but it just seems kind of off. The beer quality is nice, and you can tell they teach the bartenders well for how to pour and serve beer. The food is awesome. They have pizza, and a large variety of specialties. The cheese curds are KILLER which is always a plus if you are just going to a place to sit at the bar and have a couple of brews. The food prices are good, and the beer prices are spectacular. I would definitely recommend a stop if you are driving through and looking for a place to grab a bite and a beer.

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Buckeye Lake Brewery

in Buckeye Lake, Ohio

4.86/5  rDev +19.7% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We love visiting The Buckeye Lake Brewery! We actually sell their beer at our place. The staff is very knowledgeable about every product they sell. It's a cozy environment where you feel welcome on every visit. It's truly a social hub that has completely changed a neighborhood by becoming a destination....if you are in the area check it out for yourself!

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Light the Lamp Brewery

in Grayslake, Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +27.7% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

friendly staff and owners...great selection for a small brewer and....they are moving to a new location, so even better and greater things around the corner.

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Stove and Tap

in Lansdale, Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Interior was a lot bigger then the picture on google, and the design inside looked like they spared no expense. I loved the historical photos by the bathrooms but the taxidermied bear at the retro storefront-styled entrance I did not care for. Why did they have taxidermy?

Anyway, I was excited to have Free Will IPA on tap, it was very good. There were maybe 10 taps, some bottles. I had the shrimp appetizer, a cheeseburger and salad. All was good, prices were very cheap too. This place is definitely the town hotspot, jammed with people. We made a reservation the night before, I recommend doing so on a weekend.

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Civil Society Brewing

in Jupiter, Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Some of the best people in the biz. Low key, high quality, and fun to be around. You may have to wait a minute for crowler fills (as everyone wants to try these guys) and rightfully so. But I promise it's worth the wait. Can't wait to re visit.

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Blue Nose Brewery

in Hodgkins, Illinois

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

Made a point to stop here over the weekend, and glad I did. Located across from a Menard's in a new strip mall.
Space was open and airy, lots of room to hang out with friends and play various games, darts, foosball, pool, or watch a game. Not a lot of decor, they went with the sparse industrial look, but it's nice enough. The bar has a stone top and high stools.

The beers were pretty solid, 2 great ones (Krispy Vishnya & 2016 Saison), a couple duds, and the rest were good.
A flight of 4 beers was $8, for all 8 beers it was $16. They offer 32 oz. crawler cans to go also.

Service was timely and friendly. The beer list was on a chalkboard above the bar. It would have been nice to see a printed list with beer descriptions, but the chalkboard gets the job done.

Next door there used to be an odd little bar, "Mance's Pub & Motel" which had rooms for rent past the dive bar in the front.
No trace of it now, it's just a muddy empty parking lot for semi trucks.

If you're hungry, I highly recommend the fried chicken at Saban's right around the corner. Good food and a fun retro timewarp supper club vibe on the old Route 66. A hidden gem in the area.

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Holler Brewing Co.

in Houston, Texas

3.47/5  rDev -11.5% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I visited this new brewery on their soft opening weekend, which explains my score for their vibe and their service. Their bartenders were confused and this led to an atmosphere of chaos around the bar. I really enjoyed the Pilsner as well as their IPA. In fact their IPA was one of the best I have had from Houston. It is a top contender for sure. I look forward to visiting again and seeing them grow their business as well.

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Sean's Pub and Eatery

in Garrettsville, Ohio

3.89/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Visited late on a Thursday night. Cold and windy. The right place at the right time.

V - An Irish pub in a sleepy Ohio town. Not the most authentic, but enough. Well lit. The bathrooms could use some updating but that doesn't bother me. 4

Q - My glass may have been a bit dirty, but the beers were tasty. 3.75

Ser - Friendly. Helpful. Pretty. 4

Sel - Starts with your typical BMC, continues with the typical Irish tap fare and then has some nice local beers. I had a Bucksnort stout from a brewery in Slippery Rock, PA. Very happy. 3.75

F - I had the blarney burger, which was a hamburger with corned beef. Yum! All others as the table were happy with their food as well. A good place to eat at a good price.

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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

in Harrisonburg, Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -7.4% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Very impressive the level of quality they are able to put out in this half a shoebox sized location. Obviously a big cult following in the area, decent pub food, only 4 taps but extensive bottle list and solid service

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