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18th Street Brewery

in Hammond, Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -10.8% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was there on a Monday evening around 5pm and the place was almost empty. The place is an old industrial space that they have polished up and converted into one large area that is sectioned off and doesn't flow well. There is no main focal point, including the bar. The service was good and the staff was friendly enough. I got a burger and fries and loved it, great flavor. With only 8 beers on tap I felt the selection needed improvement on quantity and variety. They also offer mixed drinks if desired. This location is worth checking out and I enjoyed it but will try other spots when I get the chance to visit the area again.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

in Munster, Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was there Sunday evening around 5pm and the place was full and there appeared to be a wait. There was a couple seats at the bar so I took one with no wait. The overall feel of the place was more of a restaurant than I expected. The service was excellent. The selection consisted of 20 beers on tap with a couple spots for guest breweries and had a good mix. I did not eat so I can't speak to the food. I loved the Star Wars collectibles that decorated the bar area! Overall a great experience and I will be back when I get the chance.

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The Map Room

in Chicago, Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.6% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite Chicago multi-tap, and a place I make it a point to visit several times on every Chicago visit. Great draft and bottle selection, with new items almost daily. Nice, beer-savvy people on both sides of the bar.

Oh, and they now do take credit cards.

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Bistro On Bridge

in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

went for dinner and drinks on a saturday night. they've got two rooms of dining seating, plus some outdoor tables on the sidewalk. modern vibe.

tap and bottle list were all quality beers, and a wide variety of beer styles. service was decent. the food was pretty good. the menu ranges from apps & salads to sandwhiches and entrees.

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Carton Brewing Company

in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

4.84/5  rDev +7.8% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very cool somewhat out of the way location but 100% worth the drive from central PA. Great selection of well crafted beers on draft when I went with 077Nelson being a standout. Boat really surprised me with its flavor. Service is outstanding and super fast. I highly recommend stopping by if you can.

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Elizabeth Station

in Bellingham, Washington

4.37/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Swung by while in Bellingham visiting a friend. Coming from puritantical MA, I've never seen a spot like this. The back wall is filled with chilled beers running the gamut from local, to west coast to imported. Some East Coast and Midwest options but this is all about west coast and PNW beers. Singles for sale that you can pay a $1 more to enjoy onsite. About a dozen beers on tap - I had Forestone's Bretta Weisse. Love set up - encourages you to explore the cooler and even step and dig deeper. Chill vibe, dive bar-ish feel.

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Triumph Brewing Company

in Princeton, New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +6.1% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

8/14...worthy stop right across the street from Princeton. Split level open space. Large selection of brews on tap, with an eight beer sampler availability. Everything well poured and the staff aptly described the characteristics. Was impressed with the quality of the brews. Good food menu, aiming for slightly upscale and certainly creative.

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Listermann Brewing Supply & Mfg

in Cincinnati, Ohio

4.43/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Had a great, inexpensive flight of beers. Service was fantastic. Only downside was no food, but you can bring it in with you. Decent selection of their own beers on tap. One or two special variants. Bottles for sale. Will stop again when in town.

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The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co.

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Went here last night. Great looking spot, food truck outside. Plenty of cards and board games to keep ya busy. Had two different dipas that were both excellent. Wait time at the bar was very minimal, most times being helped within a few seconds. My only real complaint was it didn't seem like anyone wiped the tables down during the evening. Ours was sticky and had a pool of water on it. It was the only table available so we took the chairs. Definitely will return.

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Belmont Station

in Portland, Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This was the first stop after landing at PDX yesterday before heading out to the Mount Hood area for the week.

Vibe was OK, store is fairly small considering the inventory carried.

Quality was excellent, top notch regional and national brews available.

Service was awesome from the two guys I dealt with. THe first guy, despite how busy they were, took time with myself and other customers to answer questions and provide recommendations.
The second guy who checked us out provided restaurant recommendations and provided lively conversation about the general scene in Oregon.

Selection was superb with a focus on Oregon brewers but top notch regional and national craft brewers were well represented.

This is a can't miss spot to hit, especially if you out of the northwest region of the country!

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Fat Head's Brewery

in Portland, Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited here yesterday with Da Boss for a late lunch in a bustling downtown Portland.

Vibe was OK, sprawling location with a large capacity, maybe 200? The Olympics were on the big screen. Spotted folks from 21 to 70 having a beer and a meal.

Quality of food and beer was good. My SemperFIPA was pretty clean and tasty and the meals were solid.

Service was very good. Rachel was hustling and served us well. Nothing to gauge her on in terms of beer knowledge.

Selection was good as there were maybe 20 Fat Head beers and maybe 20 guest beers.

Food was good. Da Boss had the brewbon with a kimchi twist that made it interesting. I had the pulled smoked bbq chicken sandwich that was smackable.

Overall I found this to be a good alternative to Deschutes which was jammed pack on a Saturday at 1:30. Recommended.

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The Cleveland Brewery

in Cleveland, Ohio

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

This is a very small brewpub that opened on the far east and north east side of Cleveland a little over 2 years ago. I didn't realize they'd been open that long, and I am so glad that I made it over there earlier this evening to check the space out and enjoy a few of their beers. When I walked in a few other customers were just leaving. I was greeted warmly by the husband and wife couple John and Mary who own the place. John also brews all they serve. They have 8 taps, and all of their own beers. The bar is stainless steel and there are about a dozen or so stools at it. There are also 10 tables or so that looked like they could each seat up to around 4 people. A nice hardwood floor and just generally pleasant d├ęcor that gives off a warm and friendly vibe.

For about the first 30-45 minutes or so of my stay I was the only customer in the place. The owners enthusiastically conversed with me about the history of their brewpub and a lot of details about several of the beers they had on tap. Later on during my stay several groups of people came in who were, as I could pretty clearly tell, regular customers of this establishment. I tried 5 oz. sample pours of 5 of their beers. Their flagship beer the 185th Street Wheat Hefeweizen, the Rock N' Roll Double IPA, the Celtic Warrior American Amber/Red Ale, the San Giovanni Farmhouse/Saison Ale, and the bourbon barrel aged version of the Cleveland Imperial Stout. All 5 beers were very good and pretty much spot on for their respective styles. The last 2 I tried, which were the San Giovanni and the Cleveland were my favorites. The prices of these sample pours ranged from $2.00-$4.00 depending on the beer's ABV %.

If you are looking to try some good beer at one of northeast Ohio's/Cleveland's many local breweries and you want something a little low key without the hustle and bustle of the breweries located in downtown, in the Ohio City area, in Lakewood, or without going to the Southwestern area of Cuyahoga County then this brewery might just be what you are looking for. Just bear in mind that this establishment is only open 2 nights a week, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00-10:00 P.M., as this venture, at least as of right now and since first opening, is a part time gig/hobby for the owners who both work full time day jobs outside of running this brewery and who are raising a family.

Also, the only food I believe they serve are the free pretzels they have out on the bar for patrons to snack on. There are several eateries and restaraunts well within walking distance of this brewpub, and while I was there another patron brought in food to eat at the bar from one of these other establishments and the owners were very much okay with this. I'll certainly be visiting this place again in the future!

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Stable 12 Brewing Company

in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

visited for some beers on a Saturday night. There is an indoor space with a bar and some tables, and then also a beer garden outdoor space with a dozen or so picnic tables. there was live music outside that night.

they had 9 beers on tap - a kolsch, hefe, pils, raspberry wit, two single hop IPAs, a rye pale, double ipa, and a bourbon barrel barleywine. I had a pint of one of the single hop beers that was just okay. had a glass of the barleywine too, that was quite good.

we did not have any food.

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Modern Brewery

in Saint Louis, Missouri

4.09/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This brewery's tap-room is a little hard to find, located off the street, in an industrial setting. The atmosphere is spartan, but the vibe was active. Notable are the cool light-bulb tap handles and walls lined with wooden aging casks. My wife and I sat at the bar, where the service was excellent. The beer, likewise, was solid. A Belgian-stlye with brett, aged in wood, was notable. Also, the Belgian Golden ale and the IPAs were excellent. Other than growlers and crowlers, they apparently don't package their products, where are only available in local restaurants and bars. This place is absolutely worth a visit if you have time and are in the area.

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Heavy Riff Brewing Company

in Saint Louis, Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -4.7% | Avg: 3.84
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I'd wanted to try this place for a while, I read about it being a nano-scale brewery with a great atmosphere. So, on a Saturday evening, I visited with my wife. The neighborhood could use more parking, but it was easy to find. It has the feel of a welcoming neighborhood bar. Small, and the bar is the center of the establishment. The crowd churned quickly, mostly folks who were out for a beer before or after dinner. We sat in a booth, where I had an excellent brisket and blue cheese salad. My wife had a tasty chili. No table service, but bartenders were attentive. The beer was okay. More like average homebrew than exceptional professional craft. The vanilla and rye lager, however, were quite good. Worth a stop, although I really enjoyed the atmosphere (as a neighborhood watering hole) as much as the beer.

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Russian River Brewing Company

in Santa Rosa, California

1/5  rDev -77.8% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

I literally could not believe what happened to me today. The doorman called me a chink while waiting for a table and I was extremely upset at the rascism inherent in within the brewery. I feel like the restaurant apparently had never seen an Asian person and despite waiting over 2 hours for a reservation I decided to leave rather than deal with the rascism and discrimination present in this establishment. Please don't support this institution unless you want to support people who are not tolerant of other ethnicities. Come on its 2016 how in the world are people so intolerant!

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Artesia Liquor

in Cerritos, California

3.72/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Artesia Liquor is located in a strip mall near the 91 in Cerritos.

This place is more like a typical liquor store than a craft beer bottle shop which is not necessarily a bad thing. They carried a small selection of craft beers, mostly local stuff. All beers were refrigerated.

Again, nice to see a place that sells craft beer in the area.

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Icon Beverages & Cigars

in Cypress, California

4.54/5  rDev -4.2% | Avg: 4.74
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I visited Icon Beverages today since I was in the area. Of the three stores I visited, Icon was the best. They are located in a small strip mall.

They had some beers on shelves in the middle area and refrigerated beers in several coolers. The selection is pretty good. Mostly local stuff with the usual imports. The cashier was really friendly and appreciative of my business. Prices were market prices which is good. I grabbed a bottle of Udder Love from Beachwood for the night.

Nice bottle shop. I enjoyed my visit.

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Blue Mountain Brewery

in Afton, Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -4.8% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a nice brewpub to while away an afternoon. Gorgeous setting in Nelson county, VA with inside and outside tables. There is a section outside where dogs are welcome and room for kids to run around. The food is fairly good with a heavy emphasis on local ingredients. The service was good, very fast despite being busy during dinner rush. Decent selection at the bar, you can always find something to drink but it isn't as wide a selection as other places.

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June Lake Brewing

in June Lake, California

4.72/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

It has become a hotspot in the town. 3 years ago I was the only person in the brewery. three weeks ago over 100 people jammed the brewery. There is a great little food truck Ohanas just outside that adds to the atmosphere. Great views, great beers, great food, great atmosphere.

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Cerritos Market & Liquor

in Cerritos, California

3.43/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.48
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Cerritos Market & Liquor is located at the corner of South and Bloomfield in a small strip mall.

They had a small selection of craft beers in three coolers. It was mostly local breweries and some imports. While the selection is on the smaller side, it's nice to have a place to shop when in the area. I was staying at the Sheraton a few blocks away and grabbed a bomber.

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Ghost Monkey Brewery

in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

V: Like a lot of nano-breweries, Ghost Monkey is located in a warehouse-style building in a commercial area. This means it's not big and fancy, but it's certainly well put together, with a big bar, several tables, leather couches, a pool table, and darts in the space.

Q: I tried three of the beers and they were of very good quality. Of course, some were better than others, but this isn't a surprise.

S: This is a new spot, but the service is incredibly solid. They're efficient and knowledgeable about their products.

S: While there were only nine beers (all from Ghost Monkey) on tap, they varied in style: IPA, saison, amber, brown, and stout. I'm told there are other beers they were out of, but would have back very soon. A nice array of brews.

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The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

in Stowe, Vermont

4.33/5  rDev -6.3% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

So here's the new Alchemist. Large and in charge, pristine inside and out. If you come here, chances are you're one of two kinds of people: #1 You get to the place at 10 and stand in line for cases, or #2 you go later in the day just to sample the beer, not realizing or simply not caring that they'll probably be sold out. It's pretty amazing to me that after all these years, people still line up at the Alchemist every single day to get their cans...the demand just hasn't lightened up even slightly.

So, I--being the #1 personality--will describe the experience here. You get in line at 10 and hope they open early (sometimes they do, around 10:30 or so). If you're, say, 35-50 people back, expect to wait about 30-45 minutes once the line starts moving, which honestly isn't bad. Inside, everything is clean-cut and attractive. You pass by a couple merch stands, and can view the brewing process in the back, as well as read some informative literature. In the midst of this, there is a tasting bar, where you can get a free sample of HT, FB, and whatever other rotating beer is currently available. Then you simply go to the checkout, order your cases from the jovial crew, and get your beer to take home within seconds. Easy enough. It's a little mechanical and impersonal, compared to a nice little brewpub, but you get what you need, if you know how to play the game. In a word: go early.

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Angry Chair Brewing

in Tampa, Florida

4.44/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Really cool vibe with exposed piping all throughout. All the legs of the chairs were made out of the pipes and the seats themselves were a very comfortable metal saddle. Really good quality beers overall though when I went the selection was not full. It is a bit small so it works when it is not too crowded.

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Foam Brewers

in Burlington, Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.8% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Cool spot right on the waterfront. Foam has a nice refurbished Americana feel, lots of brick and wood. There's a bar and tables inside, as well as an ample outside seating area. A small stage is set up seemingly for live music. Unfortunately, the crowd was pretty bad, with a lot of rowdy college kids and annoying people getting obviously wasted. The beers I tried were all decent. Lupi Fresh was my favorite of the three I tried, the others being Purple One and Pavement. They don't offer sampler flights here, which is always a big downer for me...what better way to truly experience all the beers a brewery has to offer (without getting blasted)? But some places just don't want to hop on board with it. Service was fine, no complaints there really. They do have small food options, seemingly mainly cheese and meat plates. Nice for a snack, but don't expect a meal.

This is definitely a cool place to visit, and I'd like to go back next time I'm in town. I have a feeling they'll be worth keeping an eye on in the future.

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