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Seven Stars Ale House

in Bristol, England

4.6/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.6
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This beer mecca down an alley in Bristol is a noteworthy CAMRA award-winning 17th century pub. The atmosphere is definitely low-key, even a bit grungy, but Seven Stars is no-nonsense about the beer. I'll quote them: "Every month we offer 20 different cask ales from small independent breweries. Called the “Beeriodical” it takes place on the 1st Monday of each month and typically lasts for 4 days.Each of these festivals focuses on a different county, region or area from the UK." This place revels in its offerings, and it's where cask meets craft at the highest level. If you're in Bristol, don't miss a trip to Seven Stars.

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Coastal Wine & Spirits

in Branford, Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by on my way to Providence based solely on BA ratings. Well worth my stop since I'm not generally in this part of the country. Good selection but nothing incredibly outstanding.

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Smith's Billiards

in Springfield, Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I feel really bad that in my time living in Springfield, I only tried Smiths the other night. This is a gem.

Located on Worthington Street next to Theodores (and you can also get food from Theodores in the bar), Smiths is located in an old building after one flight of stairs. You enter, and there is a short bar area in front of you and a very, very long space filled with several tables, side tables, and many billiard tables.

The old time-y vibe of a billiards place in an old building is unique, even though there are TVs and a flat screen tap menu. It seemed the environment skewed young, but as the night progressed, the demographics were varied.

I decided to attend Smiths on St. Patrick's Day evening, so it was extremely crowded and loud. However, the staff was quite attentive to everyone's needs, even though they looked like they were having a long, busy night.

The selection was quite good at this bar. The tap menu seemed carefully chosen, especially new crafts that entered the MA market. I had 2 Florida beers (Funky Buddha and J. Wakefield) and 1 beer from Utah (Epic). Other beers i noticed on tap included Troegs, Sixpoint, Mystic, and more. The bottle menu seemed vast as well and consisted of numerous styles from IPAs to goses.

There is no food at Smiths, but you could order barbecue food from Theodores and have it served to you at Smiths. I did not have food that night.

Overall, this is a great gem in Springfield and Western MA.

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Systrakaffi

in Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland

3.91/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

small little cafe off of the ring road, between Vik and Hofn. Stopped for a lunch. They have a menu of burgers and pizza, and have a decent selection of beers. the service was quick and the food was good.

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Pakkhús

in Höfn, Iceland

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Nice restaurant in the fishing town of Hofn on the coast. It's in an old simple warehouse building - cool interior - you can see the old names stamped into the re-used wooden walls. Rustic, but nice and well kept. They have a couple of Viking lagers on draft, but then some Einstok and Borg beers available by the bottle. Service was good. The meals we had, lamb shoulder/loin and a langoustine entree, were amazing.

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Primus Kaffi

in Hellnar, Iceland

3.63/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.63
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

ate lunch and had a beer here. It's a little cafe in the town of Hellnar, on the coast. Only place for a long way each direction. It's cafeteria style in that you order your food and drinks at the counter and they then bring your food out. They had a few of the Einstok beers available so you can get some decent beer. The fish stew and meatballs were very good - good bread too!

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LAVA Restaurant

in Grindavik, Iceland

4.15/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is the high-end restaurant at the Blue Lagoon site. White table clothes, great service. Nice room.

In addition to a couple of lager beers, they had half a dozen Borg beers available by the bottle. Service was very good, and the food was top notch. Prices are high, but the quality is there.

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Halldórskaffi

in Vík, Iceland

3.36/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.36
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

restaurant in downtown Vik. Small place, all one room. They have an okay selection of beer - a couple of mass produced lagers, plus Viking and Einstok. the food is pretty good, but the service was slow and the waiters not very attentive when we wanted to order more drinks and dessert.

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Geysir Glima Restaurant

in Haukadalur, Iceland

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

ate lunch here with a couple beers. This is a nice restaurant across from the Geysir site. They have a counter where you order food, and self service cooler for drinks, then a dining room they had a good selection of beer - including a good dozen varieties of Borg beer - the highest ranked Icelandic craft brewery. The food was tasty for pre-prepared stuff.

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Scorched Earth Brewing Company

in Algonquin, Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Nice place. Nice that it's set back a bit from the main road. Good vibe and selection of 12 beers on tap (all ales) when I was there. Ordered pizza in from Rossatis.

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Mraz Brewing Company

in El Dorado Hills, California

4.62/5  rDev +1.5% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Great vide, even better beer. IPA's, sours, BA stouts they have it all and very well made. Staff was friendly. Looking forward to visiting these place again

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Industrial Arts Brewing Company

in Garnerville, New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This brewery is located in an historic industrial facility in Rockland County, New York. It's fun just visiting! The brewery itself is well-lighted and open and the bar area is pleasant. The beers served are excellent! The servers are extremely pleasant, well-knowledgeable, and happy to discuss the brewery, and the beers, with patrons. They served a nice selection of beers and a delicious cheese plate. Overall, this is a great brewery, with great beers and a wonderful setting. In fact, this place is the poster child for craft brewing!

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Library Alehouse

in Santa Monica, California

4.64/5  rDev +12.9% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Vibe: Relaxed vibe. You're a block from the beach, and also on Main St. in Santa Monica. One of the bars in LA that is more wood than metal & concrete. It has a very welcoming feel. Noise level is never too loud. Sports are on TV, but the volume is muted - just the way it should be in this kind of bar. Beer is definitely the focus here

Quality: Top notch. Beer selection is excellent, and always rotating. Tap lines are always clean. They have great tap takeover nights, and get a mix of great national distro as well as some great hidden beers

Service: Again, its really good. Bartenders are all very knowledgable, really enjoy beer (which you don't see everywhere), and are always happy to talk to you and make you feel welcomed

Selection: As mentioned above, the selection is quite good. Great bottle list, taps are rotating and get a good mix of nationally/globally distributed beers as well as some nice local options. Tap takeover nights are always fun, and every once in a while they pull some goodies from their cellar

Food: Much better than you'd expect a beer-focused bar to be. I've never had anything bad from there. It goes well beyond your typical bar food, with some really killer dishes. Each dish has a beer to pair with it as well, which is great

Easily my favorite LA bar.

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Flat Earth Brewing Company

in Saint Paul, Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

this is one of the cooler taprooms in the twin cities, a little off the beaten path, but in this enormous old industrial building. it seems like an old abandoned factory or something, and the brewery must occupy a very small part of it, plenty of room to expand, this place is sprawling. they have a bunch of little rooms to post up and have a beer, a few tables, lots of old couches and stuff, very minimal and comfortable, and with all the old exposed brick and concrete visible, a very homey industrial feel, if you can imagine, very relaxing and low key in here. they bar is around through a few rooms, very long, and the brewery past that, just a ton of space in here. they had a good handful of beers on tap, a mix of basic styles and things a little more experimental, and the beer was hit or miss for me, although i only had a few. the spiced porter was intense but very tasty and unique, while the cali lager was pretty amatuer, so it seems like some are strong, others not so much. the service was prompt but unremarkable, you order from the bar, they werent too busy. i love the atmosphere in here, the building is rad and its just real chill, no frills kind of place. im not sure their beer is good enough at this point compared to the most notable operations around the cities, but its well worth stopping in for a pint or two just to take in the building. ill go here again for sure!

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The Masonry

in Seattle, Washington

4.13/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Masonry is a beer connoisseur​'s bar. It's quite small, with one central bar and a few side tables. Don't go there with a crowd.

There are 16 taps, 14 for beer and 2 for cider. The taplist runs toward sours, wild ales, and saisons, but changes quite often. The quality of the beers is very high. On a recent visit, there were sours or saisons from Rodenbach, DeGarde, E9, and Holy Mountain. They've got all the classic glassware. The taplist on their website will give you a rough idea of their current offerings, but I've found it's often only about half accurate.

The food is good. A wood fired oven is the star of the show. They do small gourmet pizzas and skillet dishes (roasted cauliflower, clams), and creative salads. Prices are very good for the food.

There are two TVs, but it's not the best place to really watch a game.

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Snitz Creek Brewery

in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -2.7% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Very nice folks, plenty of space and very friendly customer service. I didn't have any food, but they sell a few items here and also let you bring food in. Selection is just fine too. If you can't find something to enjoy, you are being too picky.

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Begyle Brewing Company

in Chicago, Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -12.5% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

On my visit to Begyle Brewing I could smell sweet wort from outside the building, but inside all that could be smelled was wet dog. Dogs were everywhere. They were laying in the walkways tripping people up, and sitting on the tables. Dog owners being dog owners, most of the dogs were being let do whatever they wanted in spite of other patrons, including myself, not wanting to be licked, brushed up against, and tripped.

As for the beer, it was solid. The coffee porter I have was well done. It was very coffee forward, but I was feeling that at the time. The three beers in the flight my brother-in-law ordered (which consisted of a two IPAs and a saison) were drinkable too (the saison being the best out of the bunch). I wouldn't hesitate to drink Begyle's beers again, and did, in fact, order a cask pour of their ESB on our next stop. It wasn't very good, but that was probably caused by how the people at Fountainhead had treated the cask (I got a bit too much oxidation which probably meant the cask had been on for too long, and I can't blame Begyle for that.).

The service at the beer counter was very fast. The beertenders were friendly, and knew their beers. My complaint (and for me this is a major complaint that I have had with many taprooms) is that none of the staff were policing the dog situation. They should have at the very least been telling people to keep their dogs out of the aisles so others could walk through unimpeded, and off the tables so that others could drink off of clean a surface (my sister and I both had allergic reactions (hives on our forearms and hands) due to a dog, or multiple dogs, clearly having been on the table we sat at.

Overall, the beer was good enough that my group would have stayed for another round if my sister and I wouldn't have gotten allergic reactions due to the poor cleanliness standards of the taproom staff.

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Hops & Grapes

in Chicago, Illinois

3.98/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This store has been open for a couple years, and keeps a current list of 750+ beers on beermenus. It's located in a nondescript strip of shops along the NW corner of Pratt and Sheridan. Planning to be in the area, so I stopped in to check it out along with Independent Spirits nearby at Broadway/Thorndale.

Inside it feels like any other new liquor store, overly bright LED lighting and clean shelves packing the floor of the space. Oddly a urinal cake aroma was very strong in the store. The counter clerk said a friendly hello and I made my way to the back coolers where most of the beer was. There was an endcap od singles with week old Zombie Dust, and several hundred beers in all. They seem to have an "order everything" approach, so there's mediocre stuff along with the good to great beers. Highlights were Baderbrau Blizza, 6 assorted Allagash 375mL including Mattina Rose, Anchorage, BCS, Off Color Tooth & Claw, and the last Prairie Xmas Bomb on the front counter. There's a lot to sift through, and a pile of rarish beers on the front counter at the checkout.

The guys working here were friendly and chatting with the customers. No one helping on the floor but they answer beer questions at the counter. Not a bad option for Rogers Park.

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Chumley's Pub

in Lafayette, Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

Vibe- rowdy pub/sports bar atmosphere. Tvs playing. Old wood furnishings. College kids coming in later on. A bit Crammed as the night goes on. Great place to get loud and a little sloppy. Beer quality- is good. Haven't had an ill tasting beer there. Have some proper glassware for certain styles. Service- is fine. Checked on regularly, even the people behind the bar aren't terribly knowledgeable about the beers. Selection- lots to choose from. No trouble finding a beer I want there. They have plenty of beers to go in a schooner too. (Nice to get a little sloppy sometimes). The food- is tasty. It is standard sports bar type things. Good onion rings, fries, hummus, burgers, nachos, philly cheese steaks. Good tasting cheesy, greasy, fatty foods. Overall, I dig chumleys somethin fierce. Kinda wanna go back soon.

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Cut Rate Beer Liquor Wine (Jake's Liquor)

in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

3.61/5  rDev -5% | Avg: 3.8
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Cut down their beer selection recently. Some product sits a long time here. Check dates. Prices can be horrible on rarer stuff. Lots of Bourbon County behind the cashier...for $30 a bottle. Bottles of Cascade also priced over $40.

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Ridgeview Liquor

in Green Bay, Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev -7.1% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Was in the old store and new store once each. Nice upgrade but volume of selection seems less. That said, still found plenty of gems I haven't seen anywhere else in NE WI ( Appleton, Manitowoc, Sheboygan) like Zeelander, Disendent, and lots of Belgian stuff

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Forager Brewing Company

in Rochester, Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Forager is a very cool place. Housed with a coffee shop, it has a combo hunting lodge/steampunk vibe. We were there in the afternoon so it wasn't crazy busy. Quality is top notch. Awesome IPA's.
Service was superb.
Selection was good with about 8 Forager beers available. Pre-filled growlers (with great labels) also for sale.
The food is also excellent with fabulous wood oven pizza.
Love this place.

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Fools Gold

in New York, New York

4.41/5  rDev -1.1% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Decided to check out the menu while walking down Houston. In town for conference and didn't want to wait in a block-long line for Katz's. My jaw almost hit the ground when I saw 4-5 Hill Farmstead brews on the tap list.

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Rib Eye Jack's Ale House

in Burlington, Ontario

4.3/5  rDev -5.9% | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to Rib Eye Jack's in Burlington a few times now and have not been dissapointed once. Sadly I've rarely been there when it is busy - I hope that I've just picked off times. They have quite a decent selection of drafts - with some rotating taps. Grab a flight of any three for around $7.75. I've been able to try quite a few unique beers this way. Staff has always been knowledgable about what's on tap and have been great at recommending a draft to myself or my friends that have joined me.

Food is above average, but honestly I'm usually there for the beers.

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Landmark 1850 Inn

in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Was a stop on a pre-prohibition MKE food tour. Preserved/decorated really nicely. I was surprised by the selection on tap. Would have wanted to spend more time here.

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