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Le Poechenellekelder

in Brussels, Belgium

4.1/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This was our first stop in Brussels. Visited the nearly adjacent Mannekin Pis statue and after the obligatory photos went for a beer and some food.

The weather was cooler so we went by the attractive terrace and went in to the bar. It has a several rooms on the main floor and a cozy overflow room on the lower floor.

It is bright and airy and decorated with a strange mix of Medieval crossbows, old marionettes, beer memorabilia, some costumes for the Mannekin Pis statue, etc.

The beer selection was impressive. Yes they have several Cantillions but they offer so much more. While we were there, they were just rolling out the selection of Christmas beers. As expected, everything is served in the correct and marked glassware.

The food was very good. We had the onion soup and a great sausage and cheese sampler platter that went great with the beer.

Service was friendly but a bit slow. However, they did have a good crowd and we were in no real hurry.

I would have no problem going back for a repeat visit!

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The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House

in Seattle, Washington

2.08/5  rDev -47.6% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Been here last week to grab a beer after work. The place itself is ok to grab a quick bite or a drink. More of a dine-in than a sports bar sort of a place. The beer selection was ok. Not too many options (about 10 is my guess), but what they had was pretty decent. I ordered a Boneyard Pale ale a fantastic beer in its own right. The pint glass itself however was another story...it reeked of a bad odor, almost like someone had dipped their sweaty gym socks in the beer. Much as I liked the beer itself, I couldn't finish it...that's how bad the odor was. Sorry, this place loses major points on its cleanliness. Won't be a repeat visitor here...

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Drink Of Ages Pub

in Houston, Texas

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

After Growler's ended up closing, this new beer bar took its place. I was never a huge can of Growler's, and the pressurized system they had was more of a gimmick. As the quality was the exact same as places like Premium Draught. Though here was a few dollars more with snobby service.

Anyway, I have been here a handful of times now. Drink of Ages Pub is a great place to grab a beer and relax. Gone are the pressurized towers, and instead is a tap wall of about 30. The owner and other people that work here are great. They will also talk your head off. It is one big family like vibe and everybody carries on a conversation with everyone else. If you don't like that, it might not be the place for you.

As you walk in, there is a cooler, and a good sized bar past that. Also some tables and booths with a few TV's. Though the TV's are never intrusive, and they will play anything from what ever Houston sporting event is on to any show they like on Netflix.

Prices range from a reasonable $5 to sometimes more than $10 for a pint (for the hard to get and high ABV). Though there is always some kind of happy hour going on. Locals like B-52, Lone Pint, Brash, Saint Arnold, and many other Texas breweries are well represented. Plenty of national brands as well. Also, a fairly substantial cooler of bottles and cans. You can buy anything you want to go, so they still sell growlers.

That is it. A simple, enjoyable spot to have a beer. No frills, no pretension, just supporting local and good national craft brands with a fun atmosphere and great personable service.

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Deschutes Brewery

in Bend, Oregon

1/5  rDev -76.4% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

If you want to have a good time in BEND, OR - "SKIP THIS PLACE!!!!!!!!"

A friend, visiting Bend, and I stopped by the brewery last night (11/28) around 8 pm, we were served 1 beer each and then never addressed again. Never offered menus or anything else for that matter. We were there over an hour catching up, laughing, and trying to have a good time. When we asked for a 2nd drink the bald guy bar-tending told us he could no longer serve us and asked us to leave.

Needless to say having a bar tender insinuate you are a drunk after 1 drink did not leave a good impression of BEND on my visiting friend, and down right angered me. As a small business owner, that level of service is unacceptable and I will no longer recommend this place to friends, family, or my customers.

Never been treated like this anywhere else, guess always one bad apple in the bunch.

If you want to have a good time, laugh, and be around good people and good service, there are a lot better places in town!

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Mountain Toad Brewing

in Golden, Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4% | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Cool little taproom located just off the main part of downtown, Nice patio and laid back atmosphere to the place.

Around 7 beers available during my visit. Tried the IPA which was fine but not really memorable & the Brown Ale which was quite good and not just some random after-thought like some other places.

Pricing was decent. Staff very friendly, loose with the samples, even got a great recommendation for a place to eat in town.

Definitely worth a visit if in the area.

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HopCat

in Louisville, Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a really neat place with a huge rectangular bar with 132 beers on tap in the center of the rectangle with proper glassware underneat the taps. Has a bunch of album covers on the walk and above the bar on the ceiling records are on it. There are a smattering of seating and booths around the bar and a seperate seating area off to the side. The beer selection was good, but not great they didn't really have anything super unique on tap, but an amazing diversity. I think they may have had every beer Rhinegeist brewing ever made on tap. Service was pretty good albiet not very knowledgable about the beer. I had some pretezel nuggets at the end of the night that were covered with cheese, bacon bits, and jalepanos they were pretty good.

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ZwanzigZ

in Columbus, Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +8.4% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

My wife and I finally had the opportunity to visit here last week while we were in town visiting my parents for Thanksgiving (I am formerly from the Columbus area). We left this establishment wondering why we didn't stop here sooner on earlier trips home to Columbus. Personally, this place hit both of us on all levels ... my wife loves pumpkin beers and their pumpkin beer hit right in the upper tier of enjoyable pumpkins and I have to agree with her, it was well brewed. For me, I love barrel aged beers and we must have visited at the right time because there were four barrel aged beers on tap at one time which is very unusual for any brewery, especially a nano like ZwanzigZ - impressive. (And so were the beers.) We sat at an isolated table in the bar area and thought for sure we would be forgotten like "out of sight out of mind". NOT the case. The bar area was very busy and she was still checking on us every (10) minutes, blown away (and we tipped extra because the service was absolutely impressive). And best yet, the pizza was outstanding.

Being a beer geek and a love of pizza, if I lived in Columbus, this place would be a regular destination. Great pizza. Great beer. Great service. Cool vibe. Not overpriced. What more do you want?

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Dust Bowl Brewing Company

in Turlock, California

4.06/5  rDev -5.1% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This place rocked it. Well worth the drive from 99. Only @ 5 minutes. The food was awesome. Nice portions for your money. Everything tasted great. Try the Mac and cheese sticks. The beer here very good.

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El Toro Brewing Co.

in Morgan Hill, California

2.9/5  rDev -20.8% | Avg: 3.66
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

The beer here is palatable. No Wi-Fi. The also charge you for every little thing. I mean $2 for olives on a pizza is ridiculous. The food portions are also on the small side for the price there charging.

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Homefield Brewing

in Sturbridge, Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.16
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Heard some positive things about this place in some of the forums as a nice place to stop on the way to or from Tree House. After my most recent visit to Tree House, I decided to stop by.

Located in the basement of an old building, it's a cool place. Exposed beams & ceiling, nice old style foundation/wall. Large area with some cool looking homemade benches. Looks like a band or performer was setting up for some live entertainment as the evening went on. Cool place for a drink.

That's about where my kind words end.

They have the token chalkboard with their beers available. It showed the name, price and the ABV of the beer. Five offerings. I was looking for an IPA after having some wild ales at Tree House so I went to the beer menu on the bar to see what was what. Well, the printed beer menu provided the same information as the chalkboard but with a tiny bit more information. For instance, Carpe Diem was an offering that showed, name, price, ABV and something along the lines of "seize the day with this one." So I wasn't getting much help from the menu as to what was what. So I asked the bartender if they had an IPA. She looked like she had never heard of an IPA before and with a confused face said something along the lines of "maybe try (insert name here), it's kind of hoppy." So, I tried that one. Well, it was wet, cold and slightly golden, but not much to it other than that.

I decided to attempt to get some more information before trying my second beer. I asked what the 8% ABV beer was. "Is (insert name) a stout, or maybe a sour?" She once again appears really confused and proceeds to look at one of the patrons sitting at the bar reading a book. Apparently, she must also work here. She says to me, "that one is dry, our driest beer." Still having no clue what this beer might be, I passed and tried a different beer that was cold, wet, golden in color and not much taste.

I hate to rip on a new local brewery, especially when the place has potential as far as vibe and location goes. But the beer tastes like it was made out of a $40 beer kit you get at Bed Bath & Beyond. And, the staff, while friendly, didn't provide much help when it came pitching their beers.

Here's hoping they are still learning and going through growing pains and can turn it around. Would be cool to have another brewery close to Tree House that would be worth a stop. But this one might even be worse than Rapscallion down the street which was also a one and done brewery for me. Can't imagine I go back to Homefield unless I hear some good things.

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Rowley Farmhouse Ales

in Santa Fe, New Mexico

3.71/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

So this place is pretty new in Santa Fe, so ill give it time and revise this review as the building progresses. Small indoor bar, amazing outdoor heated patio with cover. Overall everyone was super nice

Pros-
Building is great, very dog/kid friendly patio, quieter inside area for adults to ponder life
Very good selection of guest drafts, drank La cumbra, Bosque, KBS and BCBS
The food was pretty good, some items better than others (wings amazing, poutine gross and not poutine)
Service- Very nice servers, attentive, cool
Great bottle selection as well, cantillon and other cool stuff (but expensive)

Cons-
Their beer kind of sucks, their berliner wasnt sour AT ALL.
They are charging ALOT of money for their beers in bottles. 32 dollars for a 750ml bottle to go from an unknown brewery that just served me a "berliner" that wasnt tart. Were not at side project here. GTFO
The poutine was literally fries with some cheese near them

Summary-The venue is pretty nice, the food is touch and go, and they have a nice guest selection of beers, however their own beers need work and some price adjustment (seriously i would have bought beer to go, im a huge beer nerd, but 32-36 dollars for unknown quality saisons/sours is ridiculous)

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Wildrose Brewing Company

in Griffith, Indiana

2.08/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 2.97
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

Nice big space but pretty empty on a Saturday night around 6:30. Counting us, there were less than 10 people in the place. On the way there we had passed another brewery a block or so to the west that was busy. Had a "west coast" style pale and an IPA that had a common, kind of home brewy taste to them. Drinkable, and not offensive, but not good either. Dude behind the bar seemed to have zero interest in inviting us to like the place or do anything more than shlep us a beer. They had an ok mix of styles and I didn't try the food. I'd been there twice before about 18 months ago. Thought I'd see if there were any improvements. It may have gotten worse.

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Harriet Brewing

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

One of the last nights this place was open...visited over Thanksgiving Weekend while visiting family and friends. $5 cover to enter, worth it after hearing the live band. Very cool atmosphere, loved all the paintings of musical artists. Beer was proper, not many to choose from...maybe cause they were closing in a few days? The crowd was very low key, and unpretentious, which is not the easiest to find in a bigger "beer-snob" city like Minn-St Paul. Overall, would have loved to see this place stay open as I would have re-visited any time I was in town....my type of place!

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Creature Comforts

in Athens, Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +4.6% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This was a fantastic visit to a place I'd been looking forward to stepping into for some time. The people there were great. I just wish the were more of selection of their great beverages to take home, especially the ones you can't find in stores or other places.

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West Lakeview Liquors

in Chicago, Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

After quite a few trips to Chicago and not stopping here, I can safely say that won't be the case going forward. I'm a fan of smaller shops that curate quality over stores that have everything and selected nothing, and WLV is clearly in the wheelhouse of the former.

I was hoping to find one or two beers from some of the more up and coming Illinois breweries like Mikerphone, Scratch, etc, and ended up walking out with multiples of each. Their import game is strong as well, with plenty of awesome Shelton Brothers stuff (no surprise given the Zwanze connection). The guy working was someone genuinely excited to chat and help me find cool stuff I may not have discovered on my own, so shout out to him as well.

If I didn't already have a cabinet full of glassware and closet full of beer shirts, my collections would've expanded here too, as they have plenty of eclectic glassware and t-shirts for sale.

Overall, a pretty great experience that will be passed on to anyone looking to do some bottle shopping in Chicago.

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Tap It Gainesville Growlers

in Gainesville, Georgia

4.8/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

You have to stop by when the food trucks are there. The vibe is really good then. Otherwise this is a great place to get fresh draft beer in a growler and sample craft brews to your heart's content. They do a good job of mixing the popular in with new stuff. They also do a good job of tasting the new brews and remembering what they taste like.

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SaltWater Brewery

in Delray Beach, Florida

3.18/5  rDev -7.3% | Avg: 3.43
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3

It's an ok place. Beer is about average, nothing special. Some easy drinking fare that is enjoyable in the atmosphere. Cool place to hang out, with the outdoor seating area thought the location isn't great, given the proximity to the highway/main street interchange. Not much parking. They don't have food, but they do rotate various food trucks so there is different fare, depending on what day you go.

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100 Beers - Craft Beer Shop

in Sofia, Bulgaria

3.97/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Practically the same as the other beer shop I found in Sofia. A small store with a nice selection of Belgian, German, UK, and US beers. One shelf area for local Bulgarian beer. Freshness not the best, but that's to be expected here I suppose. Staff tried to assist as best they could. Maybe slightly better selection here than at BeerA.

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People's Liquor Warehouse

in Warwick, Rhode Island

4.39/5  rDev +30.3% | Avg: 3.37
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

There seems to be a new person running the craft beer section at People's. New things are coming into the store all the time and they're easy to find on their "New Arrivals" end cap. Haven't noticed outdated beers like I used to. Clean store, good local section, great selection of singles.

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Beera

in Sofia, Bulgaria

3.9/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

A small store with a nice selection of Belgian, German, UK, and US beers. One shelf area for local Bulgarian beer. Freshness not the best, but that's to be expected here I suppose. Staff tried to assist as best they could.

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Halbite

in Sofia, Bulgaria

3.82/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Three locations as if Nov 2016. Food is decent and reasonably priced. Beer also has a reasonable selection at fair (cheap-ish) prices. Compared to other places we went in Sofia, this was an all round place. Not the top beer place or food place, but a good choice for both. 2 x 500ml beers plus food for 3 and water came to less than $30 USD.

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Seneca Lake Brewing (Tasting Room)

in Dundee, New York

4.36/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Opened in July - tasting room for one of only 3 breweries in the US that exclusively make cask ale. Visited on a Sunday afternoon and my wife and I were the only ones there so we were able to chat with the owner. I've never been a huge fan of cask beer but we both enjoyed all 5 beers in the flight. We are looking forward to visiting the British-themed pub down the road when it opens next year.

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Zebulon Artisan Ales

in Weaverville, North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Located about 15 minutes north of Asheville, Zebulon is both new and tiny. Taproom hours are extremely limited as this is currently a husband and wife operation, so check before you visit. The taproom is small, about 10 seats, but there's 8-10 of their beers on tap and very reasonable $1 samples. There are limited bottles available to go, and it did not seem like howlers/growlers were available. There is no food, but the centralized location means there are places to eat within walking distance.

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Arrow Factory Brewing Taproom

in Beijing, China

4.36/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Popped into this spot the other night with a couple friends. The space is a little small, but they use it well. They had 14 Taps on when I visited. I was able to get a full sampler and try them all. I would encourage anyone who is coming to Beijing to check this spot.

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Palm Tavern

in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

4.86/5  rDev +13.3% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I read about this place on Draft Magazine's "top 100 beer bars in America list" for the last 2 years so I finally got a chance to check it out. Its in the "hippest" area of Milwaukee but it is a sincerely cool neighborhood. F**KING GREAT. Awesome dark decor. Especially cool was the framed Joe McPhee LP on the wall. Very solid selection, good mix of locals, regionals, nationals & internationals. Well curated. It was cool to try Abraxas on tap. The highlight for me though was Bruno, who I believe is the proprietor. He played awesome music, mostly reggae & Afro-beat. He was a total blast, great conversation about beer, music & his history. I really like the fact that the Palm is over 10 years old, so it predates the current trendiness of the craft beer bar scene meaning that it was cool before such a thing was cool. I highly recommend this place & I can't wait to return.

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