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The Hopshop Beer Market

in State College, Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

The Hopshop is located on the corner beneath The Deli Restaurant & Z-Bar. They've got a decent selection of beers, mostly kept cold (21 cooler doors worth), as well as 8 beers on tap for growlers. The service is great. I didn't feel like I was being sold but the guy running the show on the day I was there but he was quite active in asking me about what types of beers I liked, what I was looking for, what I'd tasted before, what seasonals I'd be interested in and so forth, so they get an A+ for service. He also livened things up and made it feel comfortable for everyone else in the shop, so that helped the vibe. I wonder what it's like, in the basement, when it's slow, if there's no one there with personality? That might suck; but at least it's clean and well organized. As to their selection, I didn't actually find anything to buy. Bummer! The 3 or 4 items I asked about they didn't have, although I at least have to give them a pass on the Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout as it was only just recently released, but, the fact remains I was essentially unimpressed. And as to the prices, I found beers cheaper at other places (Pletcher's, for one, or Wegmans and Giant and Weis as well) but their selection is hard to beat given the area. Where they need to improve is in their single 12 oz. bottle selection. What I found was limited and seemingly picked over. I'll gladly buy larger bottles (although their prices were slightly higher than I'd seen elsewhere for similar items), but I rarely buy 6-packs if I'm not familiar with the beer. So, do I recommend it? Well, yes, but with warning as I noted.

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Robin Hood Brewing Co. / Home D Pizzeria

in State College, Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -3.2% | Avg: 3.41
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Robin Hood Brewing Co. (Home D Pizzeria) on Atherton Street is really more of a pizza place that serves Robin Hood Brewing Co. beers than anything else. For the real thing you'll have to visit them in Bellafonte.

It's an OK looking place with an avocado and burgundy color theme that's augmented in places with an appropriately fitting blue, and it's got tile floors and black granite topped bars, and outdoor seating. At the main bar there are 24 taps although they list 35 total. There are 13 seats at the bar, with 6 high tops and more dining tables behind - but there's a whole other section, half or even more of the restaurant, where the dining area really is. I should also note, just in case, that the patio is dog friendly.

The main bar also offers 9 big screen TVs and normally I'd suggests that that really tells you something about the place except that - ta da! - it's State College/Penn State so those are almost required. And who doesn't enjoy a little football now and again anyway?

I found the bar service to be... I was going to say quite bad, but I'll go ahead and go further and say, pathetic... and the quality low as the bartenders who were more interested in washing pint glasses than serving me were doing such a bad job of it, and didn't even seem to really clean up the bar area after patrons left. They're college students though, so I understand.

Back to the beer, at least there's good news there. Both of the two beers that I had - they only serve full "pints" so I couldn't try more - were good, both scoring over a 4 - and they offer 8 to 10, maybe even 12 on tap, and there are a fair amount of other decent beers to be had as well (but who'd go to a brewpub and order beer that they could find somewhere else?).

All in all I thought it was a good stop, and although I didn't eat I saw people eating all around me and thought it looked good. I stopped in during the week and it seems like a popular lunch stop. Within the confines of State College, I'd recommend it.

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Woodland Empire Ale Craft

in Boise, Idaho

3.97/5  rDev -2.7% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Cool little spot with pinball machines, a good amount of communal tables, barstools, and seating outside, with simple and unique decor. Good list and variety of beers available, and all were enjoyable but the From Schwarzbier was easily my favorite. Staff was good, but seemed a little distracted whole we were there. Mix and match 6 pack cans to-go is a huge plus in my book, and perhaps my favorite thing about this brewery. Would have enjoyed to try Manfred's food next door while there, but ran out of time. Cheers!

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Minipivovar U Medvídků

in Praha, Czech Republic

4.39/5  rDev +13.4% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This is an amazing ace, an absolutely must for any beer aficionado visiting Prague! You often find yourself in "breweries" here amond all the vessels and utensils but you can't get any closer to the real thing anywhere but here!
The place just smells of a mixture of boiling hops and malts and yeast and you get hops in your face as they keep loading it into the cauldron. Everything is happening in front of your eyes, the fermentation, the hopping and you even see great oak rum barrels they use for aging. The whole thing is underground, very humid and damp, a real life brewery. You can even take tours and they even take you one floor lower to the "hidden" part where most of the brewing takes place.
They also have a separate restaurant (where they only serve Budweiser) and a hotel to stay at. Recommended when in Prague!

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Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans

in Sainte-Famille, Quebec

3.3/5  rDev -7.8% | Avg: 3.58
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

Bar in rural quebec - it was a bit busy when we arrived so service was friendly but rather slow. Beer selection interesting and what we tried was very enjoyable. The food was okay but nothing to write home about.

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Corridor Brewery & Provisions

in Chicago, Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Enjoy Corridor immensely. Enjoy just sitting and having a beer there listening to Vinyl. Staff is uber attentive and the provide great service, food and drink.

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Prestige Liquors

in Westmont, Illinois

5/5  rDev +35.9% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have lived in the area for ~3 years now, and cannot say enough about this place - if you need something, talk to Dillon as either he already has it or has been working feverishly to get it. He has done a great job bringing in the "smaller" local breweries (Hubbard's Cave, Hop the Butcher, Marz, Hailstorm, etc.) while always stocking the local staples (3F, Half Acre, Revolution, PW, etc.). Best craft beer shop you will find outside of the city and great people too.

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Great Divide Brewing Company - RiNo Barrel Bar

in Denver, Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1.4% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Much more modern feel than their ballpark location, nothing against it whatsoever. Very comfortable feel with plenty of space both inside and out on the patio. Rotating food trucks are awesome. Wouldn't mind seeing a little more barrel aged stuff available and exclusive to this place. Definitely worth a stop.

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Woods Boss Brewing

in Denver, Colorado

3.91/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

i had literally never heard of this place, in planning or anything, until i drove past this week. what an awesome spot! tons of space in here, with cabin-like wood features that make this feel really woodsy, hence the name. split log tables, a long natural edged wooden bar, and tons of room. some comfy couches to post up on, lots of natural light, and the brewhouse in the back, plenty of room to expand should things go well! they had an impressive range of beers on, including tons of hoppy stuff, a dark saison, an oatmeal brown, and others, something for everyone for sure. i loved some of the beers, including that brown and a juniper pale wheat ale, but the hoppy stuff was all over the place, the saison was a bit of a mess, and a lot of the beers werent very much to style, so while its cool they have so many flowing already, i do think some refinement is needed. still, sweet that they are tasting this good already on batch one. vibe was just rad, i could have hung here all day. the service was spotty, she was a bit flighty, kind of sassy, and not totally familiar with the pos or crowler technology yet, it took a look time to get her attention for each round, and she seemed flustered. nice enough, but for how not busy it was, she has to pick it up a little and be more aware. im sure she will improve too, its only been a few days! it seems crazy to think the downtown denver scene can support another brewery, yet here we are, and i really cant see it not working out for these guys. ill be back for sure, the feel in here is really mountainy, ski lodgey, homey. i dug it!

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Great Divide Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cozy tap room with a bit of a retro vibe, but it totally works. Solid beer options, but definitely focused on the flagship Yeti line and some IPAs, which I'm totally ok with. Fun free tour gives a nice look into how they do what they do.

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Bangor Wine and Cheese Company

in Bangor, Maine

3.87/5  rDev -6.3% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Lovely small town new store with fresh good Maine beer. Willing to sell single cans. Friendly service. A reasonable walk from the Orono tasting bar down the street and from a great bar.

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MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room - Henrietta

in Rochester, New York

4.34/5  rDev +12.1% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Went here one afternoon on a business trip, it was recommended by another BA. The place is big & and also has an outdoor area(that I didn't look at). It was early, so not many patrons. They have 134 beers on tap, if you can't find something you like here, you've got problems. As far as food they have a very good variety for a bar, I got a pastrami wrap and it was awesome. If you are in the area I highly recommend stopping in for a brew or two & a bite to eat.

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Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company - Borough Brewhouse

in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

I've been several times and will continue going as the beer is good and this is pretty close to me.

They offer a lot of their own beers on tap in a variety of styles, including a number of lagers and barrel-aged offerings, in addition to the hoppy stuff. Most of it is good; some of it really, really good. They carry four guest taps, too, as well as cocktails.

They offer full pours and smaller pours, and will do crowlers for many of the beers as well. They sell some cans and bottles, too. I don't think they do growler fills. Not great prices, but fair enough for Pennsylvania.

The space is big, open, very updated, with a professional restaurant feel. Newer tables, chairs, recently remodeled, all that. If you went to the previous brewhouse in this space, it's more or less identical.

The servers are all friendly, but hit or miss on beer knowledge (which surprised me as I had thought they required cicerone training). For instance, if I order a beer by the style rather than the NCBC-given name, some don't know what I'm talking about.

One pet peeve -- possibly a generational thing -- is that they do boss pours of their higher ABV beers. Others may appreciate the extra ounce or two of beer. To me, it detracts from the appearance and the nose.

The food isn't very consistent, even for pub fare. Last visit, had a salad that was swimming in dressing and meatballs that were hockey-puck overdone. Have had a really good burger and pretzel there before, though. Have a hard time getting the family excited about going there, because they don't love the food.

Overall, it's a really great addition to the area and I hope it does well. I think with this location, more attention to the food menu would help them. If my wife liked the food, we'd be there every week.

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World of Beer - Dr Phillips

in Orlando, Florida

4.08/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in for a late lunch with my wife and son on a Wednesday. Wide range of beers from all over the country and the world. My son who isn't that much of a beer drinker found a cider that he enjoyed. Cans/bottles are organized by regions/countries so it's easy to "window shop" the coolers from the bar. Really nice selection of Florida beers. Our server was extremely friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. They have a "craft lunch" until 3 with several items all under 10 bucks. We each had a different item (the flatbread, a burger and a brat) and we were all very satisfied. The place isn't too far from the major Orlando attractions (Disney, Universal) and for the beer lover would make an excellent "vacation from your vacation". I'd heard comments that they were a little pricey but certainly not compared to resort prices. The place isn't that big so I could see it getting a little tight in the evening. Overall this is a great place that I am happy I live near.

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Prestige Liquors

in Westmont, Illinois

5/5  rDev +35.9% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in because of all the hype.. and wow , wow , wow. This is the beer temple of the southwest burbs. I walked in and only saw goose island and leinenkugels . But to the right was a room that was full of some of the best brew in the midwest, and even nationally. Three Floyds, Pipeworks, Marz, 18street, Revolution, two brothers, and on and on. Check this place out. A hidden gem.

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Monkish Brewing Co.

in Torrance, California

4.87/5  rDev +11.4% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Based on the criteria listed about from BeerAdvocate, Monkish is superb. Awesome quality , great service, incredible beer. They do, however, need to upgrade their space. The exclusive feel of the brewery is nice, and they run their releases as well as they possibly could, however they need to start thinking more of how they can update the space to accomodate the regulars that just want to sit, relax, and enjoy some awesome beer. I get that right now all the hype is with Monkish and that's awesome, but I feel like creating a more open atmosphere with more seating and space would be huge to their success and local popularity. Anyways, an awesome experience at Monkish and even after waiting hours for cans and tasters, they are sure to draw me back in! You can't argue with quality product.

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Thorn Street Brewery

in San Diego, California

4.36/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Thorn Street Brewery is a very nice neighborhood craft brewery with a fairly small but rustic and quaint tasting room. I was informed they were the first brewery in the neighborhood. It's a laid back, friendly place. The bar and taps are located in the back, with tables and seating around. They had a food truck serving food, and I believe there is some other eatery right next door through a connecting door.

The two bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable. The beers were good. I had a great time visiting Thorn Street. I look forward to my next visit.

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Barley Pop Tap & Shop

in Madison, Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Located in a newer large condo building in a strip of shops on the ground floor. The vibe was clean and modern, from the evenly spaced shelves to the digital tap list on screens above the bar. Concrete floors and bar, the aesthetics were a little too minimal for me personally, but it's definitely a nice place.

The selection wasn't as big as Steve's or Woodman's, but they packed in some quality goods. Picked up some Brewing Projekt and Untitled Art that i'd been looking for. TG cans but no bombers, Mikeller/Evil Twin, New Glarus, Une Anee, Almanac, Upland, etc. Some good imports, noticed Cuvee Rene Oude Kriek for example.

Service was limited to the cashier, but they were friendly and complimented what i'd picked up. A patron at the bar struck up a conversation as well which was nice. It looks like they fill growlers too, which is fairly unique for the area. Overall it was a nice place that i'll make a point to stop at again when visiting Madison.

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Golden Block Brewery

in Silverton, Colorado

4.24/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Seldom do I neglect to stop into Golden Block Brewery when I find myself in Silverton. With a classic mountain town feel, great food, good beers, and an awesome staff it's hard not to like. I highly recommend the panini sandwiches for lunch and would consider their Whoop Arse Scottish Ale to be one of the best.

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Next Door Brewing Company

in Madison, Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped in for brunch after the Great Taste, and they had some interesting guest taps from breweries in central WI that weren't at the fest. Brunch was pretty good too, so that was a plus. Short ribs and grits with an egg on top was the perfect thing to soak up remnants from the fest.

From the outside the building is unassuming, a funky abstract mural adds character to the small outdoor side patio.
Once inside the front door, you walk through a room of tables and booths, and the bar is through some doors to the right.
There was probably a side entrance to the bar that I missed, for future reference. The place had a neighborhood brewpub vibe, a few large groups were gathered in the dining area.

The beers were decent, the IPL and APA were good but the Berliner had a chlorine off note. Guest drafts from Bare Bones and Lion's Tail were better. They had a full bar and cocktail menu as well.

Service was adequate, not chatty but nice enough. Had an empty glass at the bar a couple times, but not for long.

Overall it was a good experience, and i'd return to eat here again and try some different beers.

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TwentyNine Brew Pub & Wood Fired Pizza

in Marion, Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 3.66
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The current location is closed while the owners build out a larger, but still small, brewery in downtown Marion. Looking forward to checking out the new digs. Full disclosure, I give middle ratings without enjoying the old place. But wanted to relate the current status.

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in Cincinnati, Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

We found this place across from the Woodward theater before the game for the GBV concert
Beautiful old building with music memorabilia all over the walls and a decent local selection with a local flavor. Solid food and service. Kind of a developing neighborhood; I would show caution if visiting at night.

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Pivovarský dům

in Prague, Czech Republic

3.84/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A good brewery in downtown Prague. You actually sit next to their brewing equipment and can even see - though from behind windows - beer simmered in pool-like containers.
Apart from that, they produce perhaps the best pale lager in Czech. You can also have beer tasting there and drink 8 kinds of their beers including "green beer", something they make for Easter... They also have fruit beers and one fermented with champagne yeast.
They serve traditional Czech cuisine, good quality, would recommend to anyone who is interested in something else than the commercial Pilsner Urquell pubs.

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Blue Mountain Brewery

in Afton, Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice brewery at the top of a mountain with views of the fog rolling into the valley farmland. Enjoyed their bratwurst pizza while I was there. The sandwiches are great too. Most of the ingredients are locally sourced. Decent outdoor seating area too. Last time I was there, they had some cornhole boards out for people to play while they were drinking.

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Sluggo Brewing

in Tacoma, Washington

3.65/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.65
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

I was never able to visit the original Sluggo over on 6th Street, but the current location actually seems like a good fit (as it's located just a stones throw from Tacoma Dome, and there aren't a whole lot of options out that way).

My understanding is that there used to be a pretty decent, highly regarded Mediterranean restaurant in this location (before Sluggo took it over). Supposedly, the chef from that restaurant still works here, and that's reflected in the menu (gyros and falafel, along with burgers and fries). I didn't get a chance to try any food when I was here, though I heard good things from the staff and patrons, and everything that came out of the kitchen looked pretty good.

As the pictures that can be found online show, Sluggo is a small to moderately sized spot, with a very low key and relaxed vibe. As you come in, there's a smallish bar to your immediate right (holding maybe 5 or 6 seats), and then a smattering of chairs and tables in the fairly small dining area. I think there's a few flat screen TV's showing various sporting events, but otherwise there's not much in the way of vibe or ambiance here.

When I visited back in June, I was told that they were still in the process of building the on site brewery, and that currently Sluggo beers were being made over at Harmon. As a result, there weren't a whole lot of Sluggo beers on tap (just one and the keg was blown), though they have around 15 or 16 guests beers I think. On this day the tap list consisted of various ambers, pale ales, IPA's and porters from the NW and California. While I didn't see anything mind blowing, I had no trouble finding a saison and IPA on offer that looked interesting. In terms of service, the place was staffed by a couple of fairly young bartenders with plenty of tats. However, they were friendly enough, and were happy to pour samples of anything I was unfamiliar with and wanted to try.

All in all, I had a pretty nice time here, though I was a bit disappointed I was unable to actually sample any of the house beers. Still, if I happen to be at the Tacoma Dome for another event (the wife and I were here to see her sister graduate from grad school), this is definitely a place I'd stop by and visit again.

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