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New Belgium Brewing

in Fort Collins, Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Absolutely gorgeous campus. Lots of space inside and out to enjoy a beverage, throw a frisbee, play some Cornhole, or just relax in the grass. Solid selection of beers on the board featuring their tradition Belgian and famous sour ales to their American style options. Wouldn't mind seeing a little more info on the beers available though. I wish I had more time to explore and hang out here. The tour sounds fantastic which would explain why it books up so quickly.

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von Trapp Brewing

in Stowe, Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Swung by the bierhall for lunch while in VT for a few days. In so many ways it's the cure for the hop-saturated visitor. Beautiful location that's a fork-in-the-road away from The Alchemist. Long winding dirt and gravel road through the trees brings you to a lager-oasis. Sparkling new beer hall that's clean and spacious. Nice large benches and tables with a view of the brewing equipment. Merch out front if you fancy.

Half dozen of their beers on tap; we enjoyed the pilsner, Vienna and Oktoberfest. All crisp, clean, fresh and delicious. No guest beers for sale so the selection is limited to their own beer; bottles/cans available to go. The food was awesome - super tasty and runs the gamut from light (sliced and salted radish) to heavy (freshly cooked brats). We had the radish, salad sampler, chicken schnitzel and pretzels. So good. Sauerkraut-mash is heavenly.

Great vibe, cool scene and fresh beer abound. Like I mentioned - it was the break I was looking for, and the kids had a great time as well. Worth a visit.

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The Bee Hive Brew Pub

in Canandaigua, New York

4.84/5  rDev +13.6% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is a great place for the craft beer lover!!! 32 draft lines with 29 dedicated to craft beers. Always rotating selection and features some hard to find and highly rated beers. Knowledgeable staff and great food.

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Anchorage Brewing Company

in Anchorage, Alaska

4.54/5  rDev -4.8% | Avg: 4.77
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Anchorage brewing is the premier brewery for Alaska. Their tasting room is very modern with a wide selection of most of their beers except ADWTD which is disappointing. Plenty on tap. They also have a wide variety of bottles but they need to update their reader board since two variations of Darkest Hour were available in bottles but not on the posted list. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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Odyssey Beerwerks

in Arvada, Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

been meaning to check this place out for a long time, i have always liked both their pale and their hefe, and think its strange their beer hasnt caught on more, as its almost always interesting and well made in my experience over the years. its tucked away in arvada, not the easiest place to get to, but definitely worth finding. they have a small taproom, maybe only 5 or 6 seats at the bar, some tables inside that sprawl out to a nice patio with some picnic tables, very relaxed vibe on a thursday evening. they had a cool selection, with all their classics but also some stuff i had not seen before. i had one called tuk tuk, a wheat ale with tamarind and citrus, not bad. they also had some barrels in there, but i didnt see a barrel aged offering, maybe soon?! they had cans stacked to the deck, i havent seem them around in stores in awhile, maybe getting ready to make a relaunch or a push of some kind, there were a ton of them! the bartender couldnt pause her conversation with her friends long enough to even pretend to be warm, pour a beer and here ya go sort of thing, really distracted and even a little rude, weird considering i was one of the only people in there, but that was my experience with the service. annoying but not a real detractor for me, who cares. the beer was good and the space was mellow. more blue collar and sort of old school vibe here than like a new image or even a denver beer co up there in arvada now, enjoyable place to have a pint!

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B & J Coney Island

in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -18.2% | Avg: 3.19
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

this place could be a great place to drink beer, but they have 30 beers on tap and the bartenders couldn't tell the difference between an imperial stout or a double ipa. they act like they know but they don't know shit. One bartender was trying to tell me that a guinness draught was stronger tasting and more alcoholic than a great divide Yeti. plus since it's in a college town they act like everyone who comes in there under the age of 30 is a college student that wants to get totally fucked up and cause trouble. So they'll serve you maybe two 8 percent beers and send you on your way even if your sitting in the corner minding your own business. As for food it's not too bad but unless they change bartenders I'll never go back and it's a shame because of the great beer selection

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Closed for Business

in Charleston, South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Another cool bar within the few block area on King Street. Walking inside the bar is located in the front and to the right, and to the left there is a bunch of disparate couches, chairs, and tables that fill the rest of the front space. Plenty of brick and wood. There is a back restaurant section that has an open kitchen view, booths, and a big community table set for 12.

There were 36 beers on draft here, and the list was interesting. A good mix of locals from NC and SC, and some bigger brands like Lagunitas, Victory, Anderson Valley, and Ommegang. For me the local list was intersting. I stopped here twice over a few days and enjoyed both visits. The service was friendly and very knowledgable. Small food selection here but I had a sandwich which was good but the fries were soggy and limp which is a big turnoff for me.

This should be on any visitors list as a place to get a good local beer.

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Carolina Ale House

in Charleston, South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is located on the 3rd floor. Elevator or stairs get you to the destination - a large bright space with an outdoor deck with a nice view. There are skylights and large windows which give this a nice airy feel. Plenty of signs and TVs here giving a sports bar feel too. There is a large U shaped bar with upwards of 70 taps in the space.

Service was acceptable, a bit slow and not as friendly as some other SC establishments. The beer list has a decent amount of locals, but also a bunch of macros, and most of the beers are easy to find anywhere which was disappointing for the number of taps. I enjoyed a quick pint and the view.

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Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

in Charleston, South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

When you first walk in you notice a small room dominated by a L shaped bar that can seat about 10 folks, and a few tables for dining. Follow the walkway into the back and you will see a larger space with another larger bar and tables. Lots of brick and kind of a historic and relaxed feel here.

Between the front and back bars there were roughly 40-50 drafts, and there was a large bottle and can selection in glass front refridgerators. The draft selection had a good percentage of local beers, and they were not the typical ones found around town. The beers I had over two seperate stops over the weekend were very fresh.

Service was good and knowledgable. Prices were a bit steep but it is downtown Charleston. If I had one stop in town, this would be the place. Great vibe and great selection.

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Barley Head Brewery

in Mystic, Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.38
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

New 2 bbl brewery located in the basement of a reclaimed factory building in downtown Mystic, CT, Barley Head Brewery has a small tasting room with a bar that seats 3, a few tables, and counter seating on the perimeter of the room. They only had three beers on tap, none of which really stood out for me. Two of their beers had the letters IPA at the ends of their names but really lacked any IPA character. Their plan is to brew small batches of different beers each week, so the potential for better offerings is their. I look forward to trying them again in a few months to see how things progress.

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Fermentation Solutions

in Campbell, California

1.44/5  rDev -53.7% | Avg: 3.11
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2

I have been to this store on winchester twice and on both occasions found the pricing is pretty inflated on most brewing items. The store staff is also pretty rude to a novice brewer, and i have heard a lot of other complaints about the service here. Its great having a local store, but the pricing and the service would keep me from coming here again.

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Boston Beer Works - Fenway

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was here after a terrific Red Sox game that had them come back to score three in the ninth to beat the Cards. Needless to say the atmosphere was pumped up.

I thought the service was good considering the crowds. My bartender was able to make a recommendation for one of my party who was looking for something specific.

My beers were fresh and I thought well made. I had a hoppy read and nice stout. Prices were good considering the location.

This was a large sleek space. I liked how it wasn’t really a traditional brewpub.

I will head back next time I am near Fenway!

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The Ginger Man

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This was one of my stops on my most recent visit to Boston.

As you enter, there is seating off to your right and the long bar is on your left. There is another dining area in the back.

This is a nice place. Windows in the front to let in some natural light, lots of wood, old beer posters, trays, etc. No TVs, so go for conversation not to catch the game.

I sat at the bar and received very good service. The bartender (and waitress that joined our conversation) were friendly and well versed their offerings.

They have a great rotating draft list and also offer two cask beers, a mead and some cider. Being from the Midwest it was great to drink some beers I can’t get around me. All the beers were fresh and I’m guessing that is due to the fast turn over.

The lunch menu was limited but I liked my meatball sub. Dinner menu looks a bit more varied.

I would have no problem going back for another visit!

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Downey Brewing Company

in Dearborn, Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -5.4% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Stopped by at 6 on a Thursday. The place is just a bay in an industrial park. No A/C so a bit muggy on a summer evening. No real bar either, just a few tables and chairs. 7 of thier own on tap, mix of German Styles and IPAs when I was there. A very unique place, but zero frills. The beer was solid

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Gezellig Tap House & Bottleshop

in Maplewood, Missouri

3.93/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Just a block or two away from Urban Chestnut's Grove location, it occupies a fairly small space. It has a nice long bar with 25-30 taps - many available for growler fills. The bottle selection in coolers is nice although their were quite a few rows that were empty. Reasonable/typical prices for the STL area.

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Brew/Ultimo Coffee

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

It's a small corner coffee shop that also serves beer for in house consumption or takeout. Coffee is good and service is friendly. There are beers on tap and growler fills, plus a decent selection of bottles/cans for takeout purchase. I think it's run by the owners of South Philly Tap Room, but I'm not sure. Prices are about what you'd expect for this part of the city. Worth checking out if you're at SPTR, as it's right across the street.

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South Philadelphia Tap Room

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -8.6% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Corner bar with gritty charm, one of those places that's been around for a while and hasn't needed to change. Good tap selection, with a nitro line and a hand pump cask. Some bottles and cans. Service is fine, and prices are decent. As people have noted, get there for the 4-6 happy hours: 1/2 price draughts and apps. The food menu is limited, but they have some good items. I've only had the burger, and it was good, though maybe not $15 good.

It's a cool place worth checking out if you find yourself outside of the main bustle of Center City. You can make a pub crawl out of it if you feel like walking off some calories...POPE, Taproom on 19th, Bottle Shop, ARS, Second District, all within reasonable walking distance. And Brew is right across the street, for your take-home bottle/growler and coffee needs.

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Goldwater Brewing Co.

in Scottsdale, Arizona

3.56/5  rDev -7.5% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

this was part of my 20 breweries in 10 days while in arizona for spring training this past march. this place was nice enough - small, airy, with plenty of windows. the brewery is located at the southern end of old town, where scottsdale meets goldwater. we found ample parking on scottsdale. on tap at the time was a pale, ipa, iipa, porter, imperial stout, and a cactus beer. the pale was disappointing, the ipa good, and i very much liked the imperial ipa. i did not try the porter, and it was too hot for an imperial stout. i assume the cactus beer was prickly pear. i described in my notes as "pink, unique, uninteresting". i wish i was there at 5:00 on friday or saturday when they tap a barrel-aged beer.

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North Country Brewing

in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

1.78/5  rDev -57.9% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | food: 2

I'm a local from slippery rock and not some wannabe hipster college student. If you've never drank good beer before you might think some of their beers are good but compared to some of the bigger breweries out east like troegs and victory their beer may as well be coors and miller. The place is a wannabe hipster joint and the food is mediocre at best. If your an old person or some hipster this might be the place for you but if you like good beer STAY AWAY

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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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