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The Social Bar + Kitchen

in New London, Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +5.7% | Score: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Big place that was pretty empty on a Sunday night. Great selection of beers divided by style with a lot of local options which was nice since most of them don't make it to my stomping grounds. All beers were available as a full pour or 4oz sample in a flight of 4. A touch pricey, my 2 flights totaled out to $18, but included 3 or 4 samples over 8% ABV, so maybe not so bad. As a previous reviewer stated, the fries are excellent. My friend had the special which was prawns over a cajun rice and she was very happy with it. Our server was excellent she took good care of us. Oh, and no tvs, just music.....nice.

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Deschutes Brewery

in Bend, Oregon

4.61/5  rDev +4.8% | Score: 4.4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Visited during Veterans day weekend. Brewery tasting room in Deschutes production facility Facility is nice and clean, ambiance is excellent for a tasting room in a production environment Quality of the beers is very good Service is very attentive and tour was nice Selection compose of year round as well as current rotational Very good value, tour and 4 tastings are free Overall: very good experience

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The Millworks

in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1% | Score: 4.1
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Downtown brewery close to Capital Building. Average selection of beer, quality above average for this size of brewery. Nice farm to table section of food. With an onsite art exhibit, I found the place a little pretentious for a brew pub.

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The Veil Brewing Co.

in Richmond, Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -15.5% | Score: 4.44
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was the biggest disappointment of our trip to Richmond/DC area breweries. Perhaps the hype is just too much to live up to.....

I've traded for Veil beers before and have been unimpressed. That being said, I wanted to go right to the source. They make juicy, NE style IPAs, my drink of choice. The outside area looks like a cool place to hang but it was too cold. Inside was cramped, and other than the cool "THE VEIL BREWING CO" sign, the vibe and atmosphere inside was hipster.

The service was good as they did a great job of going through lots of people and all the servers had smiles on their faces the whole time. But.....the beer was just not that good. It was ok, better than shelf beer from your local craft beer spot. I was excited to see 1 IPA, 5 DIPAs and 2 Triple IPAs on the board. Wanted to try them all...and did. They all pretty much tasted the same. They all looked the same. They all smelt the same. I felt like it was a social experiment where they just kept serving me the same thing to see if I would react. I think I finished one of the pours (6 oz pours) because it just wasn't good and I was determined to fine a good one. I finally switched over to PB Hornswoggle thinking maybe I just don't like their IPA character. That was thin, no lacing and not really tasty.

I just don't get the high ratings on their beers. I'll certainly try their stuff in the future but would by no means at all go out of my way for it.

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

in Richmond, Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -8.2% | Score: 4.26
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Other than their stouts, I haven't enjoyed one of their beers yet. Their GBS and variants are excellent but haven't been blown away by anything yet.

Place looks like it would be a cool place to hang out on a nice night. I was there when it was 25 degrees out so we were stuck inside, which is a solid place to hang but nothing all that different from any other brewery that has a good size brew pub.

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The Answer Brewpub

in Richmond, Virginia

4.36/5  rDev -3.8% | Score: 4.53
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The andalls are a little bit of a gimmick, but boy are they delicious. Their IPAs they brew are solid, not great.

Place is cool, big open area with a game room that leads to a smaller bar in the back with some cool vintage signage, etc.

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Aslin Beer Company

in Herndon, Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +1.2% | Score: 4.29
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of my favorite breweries as far as product goes. As for the brewery, wow, can't wait for the brew pub to open.

Located in a strip mall with limited parking and not much of an area to line up, we just stood there until they opened and then went to the garage door opening where a table was set up and they asked you what you want. Super friendly people working the 4 "registers" but not much of an experience.

The beer is quite the experience though.

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Three Creeks Brewing Co.

in Sisters, Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +3.9% | Score: 3.8
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

We didn't really get any if the signature dishes, but the food we had was good. I'd feel bad rating it lower based on our lack of participation. Anyhoo, the location is pretty cool. Right in the middle of a cabin resort right on the edge of Sisters, the rustic log cabin restaurant/brewery is very warm and inviting. A nice selection of brews and a friendly staff made this a very enjoyable stay. Cheers!

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Melt Bar & Grilled

in Mentor, Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -6% | Score: 4.02
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Welp, I started reviewing all these Melts here on BeerAdvocate because of their love of craft beer, and I might as well keep doing it as they continue to expand in the Ohio market and I keep bumping into them in the most unexpected of places.

By no means is this one of their newer locations, but for all intents and purposes it has the same exact vibe with a fairly clean, modern feel for a low-lit grilled cheese beer bar. My first time at this location in particular was earlier this year, and I went away just as happy as any of the others.

The sandwiches have consistently impressed over the years, never wavering in quality, and with very unique combinations that just happen to work, (and leave you with a huge doggy bag at the end of it all).

The beer selection is also impressive, making it obvious how the staff loves the American craft scene, as well as the European originals. They usually have a nice balanced selection of both.

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Smith's Liquor Gallery

in Rapid City, South Dakota

5/5  rDev +10.9% | Score: 4.51
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great selection of craft beers. Didn’t pay attention to any other products (wine, bourbon etc.)

Owner is very friendly, he even shared a beer with me!

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Loda Bier Garten

in Mobile, Alabama

4.23/5  rDev -4.9% | Score: 4.45
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Visited on a Saturday during the street festival following the 2017 Gears & Beers bike ride. The bar was packed and there seemed to be several other rooms and a second floor bar that were buzzing with activity. The atmosphere and decor are nothing special; it could be any other urban bar in Mobile or New Orleans, but it was ok. I sat at the bar because all tables within sight were taken. Bar service was a little slow just because of how busy it was, but the server was attentive and knowledgeable about the beer. I did not order any food.

There were signs saying they had 102 beers on tap. The beer menu didn't seem to have that many entries at a glance, but there did seem to be some beers behind the bar that were not on the menu, so I don't doubt the number. The beer menu was divided into broad categories with a listing of brewery, location and ABV for each. They had a wide range of quality beers that you might expect, along with some truly unusual and interesting-sounding ones. The rarer beers were at a premium price, but that's to be expected. The beer was served in appropriate glassware and the Dutch saison I had tasted fresh and well-cared for.

This is a good destination in downtown Mobile for quality craft beer.

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Bike TrAle Brewing Company

in Leesburg, Virginia

4.53/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

You can't walk a block in downtown Leesburg without finding a craft brewer.

Bile TrAle opened in late October 2017 and its beers are off to an impressive start. Eight on tap on our visit. We drank five - all good. Coffee Stout gets high marks from my partner. The Cat. 2 IPA seemed to have a cream ale aspect.

The brewery and bar is set up in an old house, using one room for serving and drinking and one room just for drinking. Bike TrAle is new, so it's still finding its vibe, but it beats drinking beer an industrial park warehouse.

Parking is easy. Two free public lots across the street.

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Backyard Brewery & Kitchen

in Manchester, New Hampshire

4.81/5  rDev +8.6% | Score: 4.43
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This Brewery was a great surprise! I tried 8 of their 12 beers and they were all around really Good. My favorites were the Kafija Alus- Coffee Porter and surprisingly to me the Nut Brown ale. The Happy Pappy was also really good and would be a good year round, bright beer. All together though I didn’t try a beer that I didn’t like and look forward to trying the food next time I come. The Prime rib looked delicious!

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Hungry Brew Hops

in Newmarket, Ontario

3.79/5  rDev -9.8% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

i hear the food is good but i drink beer. very decent selection. relaxed vibe. you can get parking. on taps are somewhat overcarbonated but very good service. eorth a Trip after a few years.

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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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