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Griffin Claw Brewing Company

in Birmingham, Michigan

2.15/5  rDev -47% | Score: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 1 | food: 2

If you like three pints and a huge headache the next day this is the place for you! Every time I go here I will have three or four pints and every time I will have a huge headache the next morning. If booze is your thing their soda is flat and citrus slices are paper thin and dry. Maybe you just want some fried food that was never fresh. Telling you to be careful drinking their beer. Garbage place with a headache prize the next day.

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Total Wine & More

in Westbury, New York

4.48/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.35
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

NY's first Total Wine store... Here in NY, you can't sell liquor in the same store as beer, so inside, there are two separate "stores" - on the right is the liquor and wine side, but on the left, a NY beer fantasy land...

The New York Marketplace and Brewery District...

The store emphasizes NY-based products, beers in particular, obviously, and has a singles section, a mix-and-match section, a walk-in keg and case cooler, two walls of refrigerated doors, an area for specialty and seasonal releases, imports (emphasis on German and Belgian beers), and the entire back of the store is comprised of about 5 aisles of beer... Also sells foods like meats, cheeses, crackers, soda, and some baked goods; even glassware and party supplies... Additionally, the store has a walk-in cigar humidor, a tasting station, a growler station with about 8 taps, and a classroom area... Prices seemed about average for the Island (meaning a bit more expensive than most of the rest of the country)...

Having just celebrated its grand opening this past Friday, the store was just impeccably clean and attractive to the eye. Talked to the manager before and after I went exploring - seemed nice enough but didn't give off that "beer geek" vibe - had more of a "retail manager" vibe - don't know if that means anything, since the store spoke for itself. No one on the sale floor engaged me, but I was there just past opening, and I really wasn't looking for help.

A real gem of a store - a must stop spot for beer fiends, especially if you're into local brews, but don't get me wrong, you won't see any Other Half or Sand City here.

Highly recommended stop.

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Camaradas

in New York, New York

3.08/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.08
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 1.75

Very dark bar, with all sorts of strange lights on but not really lighting the place up...kinda nightclub like...I saw only four brews on tap...and nothing overly interesting...think Brooklyn and Guiness. I was heading towards the highway and decided to give this place a chance....I should have kept driving...

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Big Elm Brewing

in Sheffield, Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.82
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Friendly laid back service and seating for you to enjoy your pint or sampler. Wairhouse looking outside but pleasant enough within. Be sure to try the thunderlips!

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Drop-In Brewing Company

in Middlebury, Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +14.9% | Score: 4.03
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Wow, what a fun place! It was hopping(no pun) when I arrived as a small bus load of 20ish guys had just arrived, but the server was still so friendly and patient. I sipped a kitten Death Star as I walked through the various rooms as one is allowed to do. Didn't hurt the experience that it was one of the best beers I've ever had

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ShopRite Wines & Spirits

in Chester, New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.1% | Score: 3.82
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

The store has a wide variety of craft beer with an even better stock of New Jersey breweries. The cold case is mostly macro beers with some select craft and NJ beers cold. Micro and Nano craft selections are on the shelves.

Usually pretty happy with what I️ pick up except for recently. Purchased a whole bunch of beer and noticed one of the IPAs I️ picked up tasted different. Come to find out the cans are over 6 months old and the beer is nothing like it should be tasting.

Went back to the store to exchange for something else and to let them know that the beer wasn’t tasting as it should.
The manager refused to do anything, stating a no return policy. Mentioned that I didn't want money back, just an exchange for beer that wasn't 6 months old. On top of that, the manager tried to explain that IPA's taste the same and are good for one year. As we know, that is defiantly not the case and trying to explain what an appropriate range should be, even the high end that would be acceptable (I️ go to 3 months, even 4 I️ probably would have still drank it), I was responded with an attitude.

So, good store but uneducated staff help and some of the beer on the shelves are old. Beer sure to check the canning/bottling date for anything that is outside of a top selling beer as it may be very old.

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Harmonic Brewing

in San Francisco, California

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

i love discovering these random little breweries when i travel. i had not heard of these guys before, but a quick phone search turned this place up, and it was a great spot to check out. a taproom not unlike many others, in an industrial and oddly quiet part of town for a saturday afternoon, neat space though, expansive inside with a small bar, a huge beer list, and a neat live music area around the tanks, all open, with a lot of natural light and a mellow vibe. a comfortable place to be, and happening pretty good, almost full when we were there. they had some crazy beers in here across a bunch of styles, we liked the hazelnut brown and the cold press stout the best, but they had some cool hazy ipa types as well, and a cool rye old fashioned beer, all were solid but none of them were incredible. serviceable and inventive works for me though. the dudes behind the bar were nice to us, and we enjoyed our time in here. its a great place to visit if you are in the area, and easy spot to pass the time over a couple of pints, id love to come back when they have a show going on! better than average beer here too.

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Beehive Basin Brewery

in Big Sky, Montana

4.3/5  rDev -2.1% | Score: 4.39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Came in on a Thursday Afternoon and the place was empty. The lady behind the counter was busy doing something and ignored me for a minute. The place has this homey rustic with wood and metal, and plenty of window to allow for a view to indulge your sense as you drink. It took a few more minutes to get her stop what she was doing and talk to me. I asked a few questions about the beer they have. I ordered a few crowlers and sampled some beer. I will come back to this place again for the great views and beer.

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Boneyard Beer Company

in Bend, Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +3.1% | Score: 4.21
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The vibe is all in or all out. I'm all in, being an old school punk rock kid. A dingy little 2 bay garage converted into a brewery with the lobby serving as the tap room with some awesome tunes blasting the whole time. No seats. No pints. No bull shit. $1tasters at 2 is each makes you have to try every beer they have, and at an average of $9 a crowler, your bound to take home some of the best IPA's you've ever had. A great place to hang out for a bit. All that's missing is the band. Cheers!

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Endeavor Brewing

in Columbus, Ohio

3.7/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.7
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

The upgrades / changes made from Zauber are nice. It feels like a more complete place. That being said, the vibe was boring, bland and unexciting. This was most likely due to the fact that we were there on a Saturday afternoon after an OSU football game and there was maybe 10 customers in the place. Other breweries we went to before and after were packed, but this was empty. I'm sure the food truck was ecstatic to be there, since they had no potential customers. This place has no chance to stay in business without major changes. They might be busy for Premier League in the mornings and for Crew games, but if they can't stay bring in more than 10 people on a weekend afternoon/evening, their business model is seriously flawed.

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Whole Foods Market - Lakeview / Red Star Bar

in Chicago, Illinois

3.79/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.79
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Another mega-store. Not quite the size and scope as the Kingsbury Ave. flagship, but close.
Missed the opening of the bar by 15 minutes unfortunately, but noticed they have 30 taps with 5 Off Color & Pipeworks.
The bar chairs were well upholstered with backs on the chairs, which seems rare these days.

The beer section is located in the far back corner, past the cheese and the wine bar. There's an L-shaped reach in cooler and several short "aisle" islands in the middle of the floor. Pretty much what you'd expect, some local representation but not a huge amount. Pipeworks, Half Acre, Maplewood, Marz, Off Color, Rev, Goose, etc. Full lines from Deschutes, Allagash, Sierra Nevada. Decent selection of seasonals, including Abrasive and Backwoods Bastard. Long gone are the days when Cantillon used to sit on the shelf at 3300 N Ashland...

Service was nonexistent in the beer aisles. The store has a nice layout and is well organized, hopefully I can get back here to check out the 5 star bar one of these days, but i'm just sad I can't get a beer at Northdown instead.

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D & D Food & Liquor

in Chicago, Illinois

1.44/5  rDev -53.5% | Score: 3.1
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2

Overweight Clerk was very unfriendly and rude. He snuck in an extra $5 charge on a $40 liqour purchase and he refused to give a bag when I asked for one. I came in with a bottle of water and he yelled no outside liquor allowed. I will never go back there. They also charge .40 cents for using a credit card.

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Hoof Hearted Brewing

in Marengo, Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +9.1% | Score: 4.39
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

An IPA lover’s dream. They have a great stylistic and modern take on the typical brewery experience. Their beers are great with a strong emphasis on IPAs. Definitely worth a visit.

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CJ's Doghouse Bottle Shop & Growler Shop

in Lansdale, Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +6% | Score: 3.81
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here for an Imprint Brewing event that was being hosted upstairs. We were greeted immediately upon entry, and offered beers that were available on tap. The place filled up rather quickly, so the seating that was there wasn't there for very long. The service was good, they got us flights rather quickly. The selection was on point too. I liked the place, wouldn't mind stopping in some day in the future if I'm in the area.

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Towerhill Brewery

in Chalfont, Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -5.2% | Score: 4.03
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in here randomly while in the area. The vibe was chill, basically just a long room within a small strip mall. There is a good amount of seating and the bar is pretty large too. The selection wasn't too bad, just nothing super special or memorable on tap. The service was very welcoming and nice. The food was mostly polish cuisine which is cool, it all looked and smelled very good but didn't have anything.

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Dark Horse Brewing Company

in Marshall, Michigan

4.74/5  rDev +11.5% | Score: 4.25
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Went for the 4 Elf Event last December... such a fun time with the bottle share. The staff was great for how busy it was. Really good beer, both on tap, and available for sale.

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Ellison Brewery & Spirits

in East Lansing, Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +3.4% | Score: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Small brew bar. They only serve and sell beer. You can bring your own food and hang in their lounge area. They also have some outdoor seating. its off the beaten path a bit and isn't much to look at, but great beer!

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Cerveceria Mamut

in Tijuana (Baja California), Mexico

3.93/5  rDev -1% | Score: 3.97
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

In Pasaje Rodriguez close to Avenida Revolucion. It's quite a hip place, and is really nice to drink there during the night, just sipping on beer and watching the young people go around you.

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Beverage Baron

in Barre, Vermont

2.03/5  rDev -49.8% | Score: 4.04
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Only bottle shop that I know of in Barre and it's one of those gas station stops with a decent selection of the normal VT offerings as you walk in and off to the left. Honestly, I didn't get a good vibe to the place since I explained to the workers about the ratebeer buyout but they didn't seem to understand that ratebeer's system is broke and shouldn't be used by any store anymore. They had "ratebeer" scores aligning with the beers they were selling and if a bottle shop is going to do that without having any knowledge of AB butting their heads into things that they shouldn't, then they can go down with AB as far as I'm concerned. With that in mind, and their "obtuse" attitude, I didn't buy anything. I don't recommend this place. Service is rated in accordance of their asshole behavior. Don't go in here, so many other places in VT you can get better service that care about your money. This place obviously doesn't. Just drive up to Montpelier for some better bottle shops like Hunger Mountain Coop and The Uncommon Market.

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Morse Block Deli & Craft Beer Emporium

in Barre, Vermont

4.59/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.8
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Was in Barre and had heard wonderful things of this place, so I had to check out for myself. I actually got to talk with Stefano the chef and owner and he seemed like an awesome dude. I had a Philly steak and cheese sandwich with two pours of Space by Four Quarters and an Aeronaut Cocoasutra. Both beers were extremely well done. Philly Steak and cheese was absolutely phenomenal. Quality is rated high because I can tell how much they care there. My son gobbled up his grilled cheese. Very clean place. Selection might not be vast, but they the quality food and brews make up for that. You're nuts if you don't check this place out when you're in Barre.

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Archer's Tavern

in Centerville, Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +3.8% | Score: 4.53
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I place my fiance and I regularly go. We have a few friends on the staff. The relationship between the staff members that customers don't really see is that they spend a decent bit of time together outside of work and it really adds to the environment for us to feel the warmth between staff members.

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Liquor Locker - University

in Evansville, Indiana

3.83/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.83
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This review is for the west side location near the University of Southern Indiana. There are 10 Liquor Locker stores in Evansville with varying degrees of craft friendliness. The selection wasn't huge, but seemed to be quality and organized. Prices were clearly labeled for packs and singles which is a first in this town. Worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood, but the better craft stores are on the east side of town (about 10 minutes away).

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RAR Brewing (Realerevival)

in Cambridge, Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +2.5% | Score: 4.36
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love the video game artwork, shuffleboard and overall vibe of this place. Beers are great and so is the food....cant beat how it goes with the beer too.

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Dillinger Brewing Company

in Tucson, Arizona

4.15/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A newer brewery in Tucson, Dillinger has about a dozen taps for a good selection. Most beers are quite good. The selection is diverse also, giving almost everyone something to find. Staff are extremely attentive and helpful. The location can be a bit tough to find - back in the corner of a strip mall - but it's worth the quest.

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Fury Brewing Company

in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -3.2% | Score: 3.41
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This brewery is about 2 miles from my house. It sits in a little strip mall off of Route 30. I've been there twice. I am a fan of Brown ales and they offer a Nut Brown and a Breakfast Nut Brown. They let me taste both before I committed to the fee for a growler. Initially I decided to go sans coffee and I made my way home to enjoy.

I found the Nut Brown to be complex and full of flavor. It had depth and character that I wasn't really expecting from a brewery in Western PA. I enjoyed the growler although it was flat the next day. There wasn't more than a third left so... no big deal.

I headed up Route 30 later that week to try the Pumpkin offering. With an ABV of 8 and my recent success with the Nuts of Fury I wagered my $18 on a growler (from the last purchase) without a test tasting this time. I was not disappointed. It was also a very tasty beverage and not overdone with spices. The next day... the half of a growler that was left over... was flat.

While I found the two offerings from Fury to be above the bar.... I did not find that they exceeded the cost. While I liked both offerings, it seemed as though I was drinking the same beer but one had a pumpkin flavor. I also could not escape the taste of coffee in either offering. I don't know if it was from the tap lines or not, but I didn't enjoy it. It was distracting.

I've only had two beers from Fury. Admittedly they would taste kind of similar from any brewery, especially a small town brewery. I'm guessing that the coffee wasn't intentional and probably was picked up from the tap lines. If I liked coffee... I may have been overjoyed. In the end I had a good experience at a local brewery, that cost as much as the better breweries I've visited. I will offer that the girl that bartended both times was not engaging nor welcoming, but she wasn't abrasive either. May end up back there some day, but at the moment I'm satisfied leaving it where it ended.

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