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in Waterbury, Vermont
4.7/5 rDev +8.3% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
This is a must if you're in the Waterbury area. The beer selection is incredible, and the food is gourmet bar fare. It's a little small especially for the crowds they draw, but I've thoroughly enjoyed both times I've been there.
in Stowe, Vermont
4.86/5 rDev +5.4% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Relaxed modern atmosphere with hip music and three samples of free beer flowing. The staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. They usually only have 3-4 different beers for sale, but they're usually world class beers. The only complaint I would have is the unpaved parking lot, that becomes a muddy mess in the damp winter months. Other than that, visiting the Alchemist is a bucket list experience.
in Freiburg, Germany
4.43/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Great shop right in the busy downtown area. Really shocked by how amazing the selection was. It was a fairly large store with a huge wall of beer. They had numerous beers from all over Europe, some that are typically hard to find. By far the best selection in Freiburg. Service was fine.
in Comstock Park, Michigan
4.71/5 rDev +12.1% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
Excellent selection of beers. No Rules may be their top beer, but they have many others that are just as good. Crowler and growler fills available. Food is very good as well. Just 15 minutes north of Grand Rapids, MI.
in Xi'an, China
4.28/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
I visited this bar in Xi'an twice during the three days I stayed in Xi'an in April of 2017. I stayed by the South Gate, and saw that there was a bar associated with Xi'an Brewery about a 5 minute walk away. How about that? Translating the Chinese name, it literally means "small bird's nest", or sort of like a "little hole in the wall" to give more context. It doesn't translate to "Near Wall" like you would think. That's an idiosyncrasy of language that suits this location, which is literally right on the southern portion of the ancient city wall of Xi'an. If you sit outside on the patio, you are literally 15 feet away from the wall and can see the people walking past on top of the wall (I would recommend doing that in the evening, also). The vibe is really great outdoors especially if the weather is nice. Indoors, smoking is allowed so if you don't like that vibe, I highly recommend going outside. Live music from what I can hear from both inside and outside is nice (though I did not linger inside, only went in to use the WC), they sing a mix of songs in Chinese and in English, and they have an enclosed area for the brewpub setup.
So they have on their menu their 5 flagship beers. You can order a paddle with a sixth taster glass of something experimental. When I went, their Kolsch was tapped out, so they replaced it with a dry cider; and the experimental beer was a "golden IPA". So that was six 4oz glasses for 80 RMB, which translates to about $13 US. Seemed pretty standard, considering a tall glass (I'd estimate 16oz) of the Citra IPA ran 45 RMB ($7 US). They also give you a plate of spicy peanuts and waffle crackers, which was nice. I did not order food here, so I cannot comment on that specifically but they had mostly western fare on the menu. Since I was vacationing in China, I didn't feel the need to eat western food that I could get anytime at home in Wisconsin, so I chose to eat elsewhere before coming here to drink.
Overall, great location, enjoyed the outdoor patio seating a lot. It's pretty rustic sitting and drinking a tall pint of a Citra IPA while glancing upwards at the large ancient city wall and enjoying the ambience of the live music indoors. If you only visit one bar (of any kind) in Xi'an and like craft beer, definitely come here.
in Portland, Oregon
4.76/5 rDev +4.4% | Avg: 4.56
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Visited by myself on a business trip. They don't do flights but you can order 4 oz'ers two at a time. The waitress asked what I wanted and I said, "All of them." So for the next 90 minutes every time she looked my way I held up two fingers and she brought two more - kind of a fun interaction really and I certainly benefited from a little pacing. Alas I was not able to finish a sample of everything (seemed like around 20 taps) but the waitress gave me an "A" for effort. Bottom line I've been to several of the well known "sour houses" and this one had the most consistently great stuff. Food was really nice too - I got some kind of cold asparagus salad and bruschetta which really paired well with the sours. Not as stuffy as you might expect from a place with such high quality beer. And an easy walk back to the trolley line which connected with the light rail back to my hotel which allows one to safely attempt to consume all their beers without getting behind the wheel.
in Denver, Colorado
3.89/5 rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
V-Briar Common is located near Downtown Denver in Jefferson Park. The space and feel are decidedly more upscale than most breweries or brewpubs around town, which is nice. Downstairs is almost cozy with smaller bar and a few tables, but the upstairs rooftop patio is pretty amazing. It feels more like a well-done restaurant than a brewpub. The place was pretty quiet when we visited around 8 pm on a nice Tuesday evening.
Q-I did not see any guest taps and the Briar Common beers I tried, a saison, an IPA and a dubbel, were merely ok. The saison was probably my favorite of the bunch, but each beer had some flaws, e.g., an odd, bitter yeast note.
Ser-Our waiter was friendly enough, and he could discuss characteristics of the beers, but he was a little spaced out. It was not a huge issue, but he messed up our order, which resulted in slow delivery of the first course and delivery of the second course too quickly.
F-The food menu is upscale like the decor and priced to match. The pretzels were ok, not great, but the main dishes were pretty good. I had ceviche, and it wasn't amazing, but it was good food for a brewpub. My friend's pasta was also solid.
O-I definitely enjoyed the higher-end vibe of this place. The beers could use some tweaking and the food is priced on the high side, but I would come back because it is a nice departure from the typical brewery/brewpub.
in Vancouver, British Columbia
4.06/5 rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75
This was the best beer joint we visited on our Vancouver vacation (but we didn't get to the Alibi Room). It's got the vibe of a friendly neighborhood joint, one that just happens to have a ton of beer choices. There are many many taps, around 40 I'd say. They had an excellent diversity of styles and brewers, most from BC, but a few well chosen ones from the US (including Modern Times!). The quality of the beer we had was first rate. They offer tasting flights. The food was very good. The place wasn't too noisy in the middle of the afternoon, but it was easy to see that it could get noisy, once it was more crowded.
We were staying near Stanley Park, and drove over. It was worth the effort, getting away from central Vancouver, and the drive (or SkyTrain) isn't too bad.
We visited St. Augustine's in November, but I misplaced my notes, so I'm now writing this up a few months after the fact.
in Lewes, Delaware
5/5 rDev +7.5% | Avg: 4.65
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I stopped by R&L on the way to the ferry today. I was not disappointed. They have a great selection of Mikkeler and other imports. I met Tom, he knows his beer and is passionate about it.
in Asheville, North Carolina
4.79/5 rDev +11.1% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
One of the best breweries I've visited, and I've visited countless breweries around the world. This brand-new facility let's you see the entire brewing process. Plus, free beer tastings! The staff is amazingly friendly, knowledgeable, and clearly love their jobs. The tour includes a fun slide and all sorts of information. The beers are numerous with even some limited edition brews on tap and even more for purchase at reasonable prices. The only downside is that they don't do many stouts or porters which are my favorite. But what they do, they do well! I will absolutely be going back for events and future tours.
in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
3.83/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Came here during the Carlisle auto show.
The place could use an upgrade in decor and presentation. It's essentially a single large empty room with about 12 tables and a bar. It could really use a reduction in natural lighting (the front of the restaurant is mostly windows) to increase ambience, and some overhead music to enhance the mood.
Beer selection was great for a new brewery -- 13 homemade beers on draft. I tried the Noble Experiment No. 1, which is an American style IPA "with citrus notes and pine characteristics" according to the menu.
Good choices on food as well -- lots of traditional German options as well as some standard pub fare. I ordered the Cuban ("the Capone"), which was rather good.
Glad to see a brewery this close to the fairgrounds.
in Vergennes, Vermont
4.11/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Located above The Antidote (See My Review), this rustic little gem serves excellent pizza to go with their superb beers, which are also served downstairs. A homey family atmosphere, friendly service and knowledgeable staff makes Hired Hand a great place for lunch - while you await the opening of Antidote.
in Austin, Texas
4.13/5 rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Fun spot. Comfortable inside and outside seating. Lots of hammocks to sit in out back. Large outdoor area.
Brews were good enough quality to make me want to come back again. They had been open about a month when I visited. Offered flights or pours. Had shirts/etc. available. Good music at good volume playing. Had some items for children to play with as well.
in Austin, Texas
4.46/5 rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Great place to hang out in the middle of nowhere. A short drive to the country from downtown Austin in a working ranch. Lots of outdoor seating. Taproom set up inside, outdoor beer station as well. Excellent quality farmhouse brews are poured via tap or out of the bottle depending on the beer. They have a ton of beers from other brewers available as well. A bottle to go and swag station is set up with a long list of retail bottles.
Great and friendly service. Tours offered throughout the day. Cornhole set up. Pizza place right in the same location. Looked good but I did not try.
Multiple pour sizes from 4oz to 8oz to 12 oz depending on the brew.
in Brugge, Belgium
4.07/5 rDev +3.3% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
I thought I had reviewed this place, but must have missed doing it.
I was here on a kind of a dreary day in late November. Both the town and this place seemed to shrug it off as both were bustling.
The bottles for sale are impressive. Be sure and check out the “cellar” for even more options.
We chose to consume on site and all four of us picked a different beer from their draft offerings. Service was friendly and was more than willing to answer our questions.
We took our beers out to the canal side patio and really enjoyed the setting, the beers, the views and the atmosphere.
I have a great photo of their beer themed Vespas that included map case like holders for large format bottles.
If I recall correctly, the bathrooms are downstairs and if you are a paying customer, they give you a token to use them.
This was an enjoyable stop in a really nice town.
in Brussels, Belgium
4.73/5 rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.66
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
What a fantatastic visit! The family and employees are all very friendly. As an American, I felt at home within minutes. Everyone speaks English.
I visited on the Tuesday after Easter. Brewing season has just ended and it was slow at 10:30 when I arrived but very busy when I left almost 3 hours later. Buy your to-go items when the line is short as the wait can be longer than expected.
The self-guides tour was everything and more, just wish I had made this visit when there was actual brewing going on, though it was certainly cool enough for lambic making. Loved the small pot belly stove in the middle of the tasting area that kept us warm as we drank.
I met folks from Toronto, Kansas, Dublin via Brazil, Binghamton, NY, Southern California and Portland, OR. It doesn't take long to make acquaintances and everyone is looking to try more than one beer so the momentum is towards groups with each person or couple buying a bottle to share.
Service at the to-go area can be slow and its only Cantillon beer so the styles are quite limited but a must visit for lambic lovers and anyone who wants to get close to what brewing must have been a very long time ago. Loved it. The best part of my Brussels 24 hour tour-de-force.
in Saint Louis, Missouri
4.07/5 rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
we drove past this place looking for it. set way back in slightly out of the way industrial looking area, it wasnt hard to get to, but it was a little tricky to pinpoint. these guys are doing some great beers, their hoppy stuff leading the way i think. its a cool space, with a divided warehouse vibe, a brewery on one side with plenty of room to grow, and the taproom set up on the other side, with an average sized bar, some casual seating, minimal interior decorating, barrels stacked up high, and a cozy, upstart sort of vibe. they had eight or so beers flowing, and all of them that we had in here were great. i especially dug the arkhams finest with coffee and chocolate, great beer, but all their hoppy offerings were exceptionally good as well. the folks responsible for the beer were kind and humble and welcoming, we had a great conversation about their growing business, and they are rightly proud of what they are doing here. a relaxed and mellow place to drink some ahead of the curve beers. food truck outside too! awesome tap handles with the little light bulb that actually light up, i dig them! definitely a place worth checking out, i always see only the citra ipa out around town when i am in saint louis, so it was nice to come in and check out their other beers!
in Fort Worth, Texas
4.23/5 rDev -4.7% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Love this place. #1 for the location. #2 for beer. #3 Simply the convenience to obtain a solid sour beer
Nice vibe, well kept up. Kind of old downtown building meets brewing equipment with a crafty touch
Weekends get more active and you can even join their club.
Very enjoyable place with a neighborhood feel.
in Dallas, Texas
4.22/5 rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Very Fun, laid back vibe near heart of Dallas, in an upcoming hip rebuild area.
Walkable from American Airlines Center.
If your looking for something to kill 3 hours near the area, definitely try this.
Always fresh brew and nice service with a free brewery tour and extra entertainment at times.
Selection is good, could be better if they had more beers in their catalog.....but usually can get a couple rarities on tap
Overall. Go enjoy it on a Saturday
in Tualatin, Oregon
4.58/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Very clean industrial looking space. Very busy on a Saturday night. Had difficulty parking and they have a large parking lot. Seems very popular with young families. Eventually got a seat at the bar and ordered their veggie burger along with the English Mild, Very good indeed, Service was good, lots of beers and some wine and cider. Nice atmosphere and you can see the brewery through a glass partition. Overall excellent place.
in Freiburg, Germany
4.54/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Fantastic shop in Freiburg. It's small, but it only has beer. The beer is spread out on two walls, and almost everything they have is not going to be found in most shops in the area. They had lots of lambic (Tilquin, 3F), and lots of variety from around Europe. The guy running the shop was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable, more than happy to discuss any beer, and was giving samples of a beer he had opened. Highly recommended if you are in the area.
in San Diego, California
4.18/5 rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
This Bottlecraft location is similar to their sister store in Little Italy. The selection of beers here was quite nice. Some beers were on shelves and others in coolers. This location had tables and I believe a cheese/meat counter to enjoy with beers that you drink onsite. Most beers are probably purchased to go.
Overall, a solid bottleshop. I'll visit again next time I'm down in the North Park area of San Diego. Enjoyed my visit.
in Fort Collins, Colorado
5/5 rDev +19.6% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Tremendous selection of local brews and the prominence of the taps adds a nice touch to the appearance of the place. Read about this place when thrilling.com named it one of the best beer bars in 2015. Well deserved!
in Tucson, Arizona
4.47/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
Great beer selection. A about 10 cooler doors filled with beer. One dedicated to broken down singles and another with more bombers. Great local beer selection as well as a lot of other good crafts. The produce and everything else in the store is great as well. Very friendly staff.
in Clawson, Michigan
4.28/5 rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This place is only about a half mile from where I work and on my way home. Besides the beer selection, they appear to have a large wine assortment, liquor, coolers. ciders, etc. A small cooler of frozen pizzas and that is the entire store.
Back to the beer. I well stocked cooler of single bottles, 12 and 24 oz., 4 packs and 6 packs. with larger quantities in a walk in cooler. The cooler in arranged in a logical order with European, Asian, Mexican, local craft and national craft plus the big brands from Bud and Miller.
Their prices are about $1 more then what many places sell it for but, the variety is fantastic. Some of what they have in stock I didn't realize was bottled and distributed.