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Burlington Beer Co.

in Williston, Vermont

4.93/5  rDev +13.1% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I visited this place for the first time about a week ago. It was near closing time, so there were only a few patrons in the brewery. The bartender was very helpful and knowledgable. I have only had a few offerings from BBCo, but everything has been great. I left with a 4pk of Orbital Elevator and Wizard.

As a graphic designer, I really appreciate the design on the cans and all of the icons they create for their beer. They set up of the space is really well done.

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La Barberie

in Québec, Quebec

3.94/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

I've only been to La Barberie once so let me just tell you about that experience.

It was my last day in Québec and I needed to get back to Montréal by 6 pm while including a stop along the way at Hopfenstark, but I didn't want to miss La Barberie so I convinced my group that we should just visit Le Marché Du Vieux-Port to pick up a few last-minute things and wait until they opened at noon. Well that didn't work out too well as we still ended up waiting (they don't open until noon and the market isn't that big), but I'm glad we did.

Upon arrival we noticed the outdoor deck (or terrace), and what seemed like a seating area out front surrounded by plants (some with lettuce, perhaps for the kitchen?), but it was a fairly grey day in Octobre and we decided to just saddle-up at the bar. We were the first customers in, but not for long, and I was a little surprised that fairly shortly there were several tables who'd chosen to sit outside (it wasn't cold, just not sunny). That was fine, we were very happy at the small but comfortable bar with lots of blonde wood and plenty to look at.

We ordered a few snacks despite the fact that we'd already procured some very nice saucisses et fromage at le marché, and un verre of each of their beers - there are 8 and 1 cask, so between the three of us that wouldn't be a problem, and unfortunately there was no cask available. The bartender was great, very friendly and helpful, and we talked with her while she wasn't busy about the breweries and bars of Québec. The snack were nice, and the beers were met with great regard. Had we not been on such a tight schedule we'd certainly have stayed for another round and some more snacks. It was quite enjoyable, and I'll certainly return the next time that I'm in Québec.

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Live Oak Brewing Company

in Del Valle, Texas

4.23/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great tap room in South Austin...inside is great and outside is kind of like Jester King but on smaller scale. Lots of trees, shade and picnic tables.

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Abnormal Beer Company

in San Diego, California

3.54/5  rDev -19.7% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

"Come on ride the train, come on and ride it!" Honestly think this place is tons of hype with below-average beer...and this is coming from a guy from AZ, where a lot of the beer is mediocre. Only had a flight of five brews and one of their specialty release bottles, and the only think I enjoyed was the traditional Saison. Had some HH "poutine" tots that had two cheese curds with a teaspoon of gravy, as if someone accidentally spilled a little on top of regular tots. Over-priced, over-adjunct-added, for a very not abnormal place.

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Bottlecraft - Liberty Station

in San Diego, California

4.21/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Wow, always stay near MT and cannot believe this little gem was down the road. Shelves are packed with special releases, fresh hops and a nice cooled variety available for on-site consumption. As far as square footage to selection goes, this place it top notch.

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The Brewer's Art

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +9% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited for the first time as a Valentine's Day present. (Hey, I thought that was pretty clever.) No indication from the street that it's anything - no sign, no lights, no nothing. Once inside, you enter the bar first (always a good sign), then a nicely appointed Victorian sitting room, and last but not least the dark, walnut-paneled dining room. Lots of original woodwork - if you like atmosphere, this is the place for you. It's like reentering the 19th century. Service was outstanding, food was great, and the beer selection was great. What more can you ask for? Young crowd, but noise level was surprisingly low. We'll definitely return.

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Wayzata Brew Works

in Wayzata, Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 2.84
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

This place has a great atmosphere and location being on Lake Minnetonka, but this might be the first place I could not finish my beer both times I visited. Both times I left disappointed. Their taproom looks very nice and has a great patio. Their bartenders are not very knowledgeable and neither is the majority of their clientele. I will never give this place a chance again.

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Waconia Brewing Company

in Waconia, Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Only two years old and really picking up some steam in Waconia. Appropriately sized and really comfortable tap room with plenty of seating and a fireplace. They also have a popcorn machine and a patio in the summer. They often have food trucks and there are plenty of places near by to order food. There beer is definitely getting to a point where it can compete with the beer being made in the cities, especially with some of their beers in the last 9 months or so. Their flagships really seemed inconsistent for a while but are getting much better and consistent. Their selection is excellent. Definitely worth the trip.

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Surly Brewing Co. Beer Hall

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -4.7% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This is definitely a place to see for all those who enjoy beer. The brewery is MASSIVE and always packed the interior and exterior is beautiful and the outdoor seating is large. If one is not eating, seating can be lacking. Food is some of the highest quality one can find in the city, especially a their brewer's table. Prices are reasonable for what you get. their pours are reasonably priced as well as their selection is huge. Their beer is good, but seems to be hitting a plateau. Overall, it is worth the visit.

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Arrowhead Ales Brewing Company

in New Lenox, Illinois

3.6/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Large inside-corner stripmall location is clean looking. Bar seating for 12 or so. Table seating for about 50. Service is attentive and knowledgable.
They have a good range of styles with about 8 in-house beers on tap and a few AAL bottles for the less than inquisitive.
I tried three beers that all were off just a little bit, and for different reasons. I know of no related reason an oatmeal stout would have a cigarette ash aroma and a porter would have a sour metallic taste.
The bathroom also had a strong sewer gas aroma. I tried not to let these issues effect my review, but on the other hand they have to effect it.
I did not eat there but the food I saw looked great. I may get back there, to re-review or update, but there are so many closer breweries-bars-restaurants that it will be a while.

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Summit Brewing Company

in Saint Paul, Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Very nice and large taproom with kind of limited hours. The seating is numerous and they have food trucks quite often. They have lots of outdoor seating and plenty of outdoor games. They have events just about every weekend as well. Their beer is top notch. They do nothing big and over the top but their beer is spot on. It is definitely a place I have never had a bad beer form.

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Stub & Herb's

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Beautiful aged bar right on campus where you will almost never find a stereotypical college student except for gameday. For the most part, the students that frequent here are genuinely looking for good beer and not always looking to get hammered. Their prices and pours of their rare beers are generous. Their selection and rotation seems to get better every year and their food is typical bar food, but still very good. It is well priced and they have a couple takeovers each month, but do not seem to hype them up like other places do. Definitely the place for people looking for craft on campus.

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Steel Toe Brewing

in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Neat location being close to Uptown in an industrial park. Their taproom is pretty basic and kind of dark. It always seems pretty busy. The service is usually solid and the pours are generous for the price. It kind of seems like their variety lacks if one is looking for a variety of session able beers. They often have food tucks and have outdoor seating. One issue is their quality seems to have plateaued if not slightly declined. Size 7 was my go to IPA but everyone seems to be catching up and this beer seems like it is losing its charm.

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Sisyphus Brewing

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Extremely underrated nano brewery with a really nice and welcoming taproom and top-notch staff. Their venue always seems to be empty on afternoons. They do not get food trucks but they do allow food to be delivered and they are just south of downtown so that works out well enough. They have a few board games and a few shuffleboard tables. It sounds like they are getting a patio in May. They have a comedy club attached to the brewery and get some decently high profile comedians. With being a nano brewery, their beer is constantly changing, faster than they keep up their online menus. The beer is up there with the best beer being made in the cities. Some of their beer is really unique, but also delicious. A great quality of being so small, their at least one of their two brewers is normally there, and their bartenders are very knowledgeable as well. Their location is not the best, but they really deserve more press and a greater following.

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Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

in Waconia, Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7.7% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Fun place to go if one is looking for a winery in addition to a brewery. The taproom is very nice and large with communal seating. There is lot of outdoor seating and a pretty view of the vineyard. They often have events and food trucks. The beer is acceptable but nothing overly impressive. It does seem to be getting better but is also $6 per pint. Service there has been hit or miss. Their variety does seem to be expanding and the beer seems to be improving so we'll see where it goes.

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Republic - 7 Corners

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

This is a place I could gush over for hours. Inside does not have a single television but looks like it has been preserved from some much older time. Inside is absolutely beautiful. Outside is a good sized patio. Personally, their happy hour is the best for a beer bar in the Twin Cities between their food and beer reduced prices and frequency. Their service is always solid and their prices are on point. Their food is out of this world and made from scratch, even their ketchup. They offer some like 75 beers on tap but they do not seem to change very often. Overall, the selection is still very good, it only becomes a problem when you go a few times a week for a long period of time.

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350 Brewing Co.

in Tinley Park, Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +7.7% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in a strip mall but easy to find. Nice, if small, taproom has seats/stools for about 40 and standing room for maybe another 20 or so thirsty people.
They have a good range of styles available. I had a cream ale, an IPA, and an apa. Quality stuff. The brewery is on just the other side of the bar/kitchen and parts are viewable from part of the taproom.
The food is awesome. High volume/energy music. Servers are very good, knowledgable, and willing to educate.

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Northgate Brewing

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -1.2% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is a very underrated brewery off Broadway in an industrial park next door to a distillery. Their focus is English style beers which, today are not popular styles. This place does their beers excellently to style. I am always pleased with their beers. This is a fun place to watch soccer games and the crowd there really likes to play board games. Food trucks are very common and their pours are generous. If one enjoys the delicious malty English style beers, look no further.

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New Bohemia

in Golden Valley, Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Very fun place to go for happy hour. They are tucked away in a strip mall with large amounts of communal seating and a patio. Their beer selection is top notch and pretty affordable, especially during happy hour. Their sausages are, delicious, affordable, and have options for literally everyone.

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Modist Brewing Co.

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

A tap room in a great location with very unique local artwork. The space is quite large with plenty of seating but always seems to have a decent crowd. They are right by Target Field and Target Center. Food trucks are there quite frequently and events are held often too. Their beer is slowly becoming some of my favorites in the Twin Cities. With just under a year old their beer seems to get better and better. Their beer are very unique thanks to their uncommon brewing system. With this system their attempt to make beers without labeling them a style which seems to work out and make unique beers.

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -10.6% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

This brewpub is one of the most beautiful interiors I have ever seen. Old, but well kept up. They hold a solid amount of events, and their selection is always large and changing. Their food is quite tasty, upscale bar food at a typical price.Their beer is actually some of the best in Minneapolis. Their flagships and barrel aged beers are pretty great, but I have had some duds. Overall, this is a solid place to stop by.

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LTD Brewing Co.

in Hopkins, Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -10.6% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25

This is a place that I have a large love/hate relationship with. The vibe is pretty fun. Inside the taproom is kind of dark, with a solid amount of seating, a popcorn machine, an N-64 and a good amount of events such as music every Friday. They do not get food trucks, but there are many restaurants near by that deliver. The beer is pretty good here, they seem to frequently change their options but at times lack variety. Here comes my biggest pet peeve and even deserves to be in its own paragraph:
Their beer ordering system is atrocious. Both times I was there, I was not allowed to walk up to the bar and order a beer. Their ordering system works through ordering a beer from servers walking around with IPads. They then pick up the beer from the bartender and bring it to the consumer. This system NEVER runs smooth when I am there. At times, the servers do not come to us in a reasonable amount of time. The servers have also screwed up our order and it always just seems slow in getting the beer after ordering. The beer and environment are really solid, they just need to change their ordering sytem.

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Lift Bridge Brewery

in Stillwater, Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Came here on a Sunday after a major event and the place was quite busy. Small taproom that is quite bright and inviting with communal seating and a popcorn machine. It does not look like food trucks frequent there often. They do seem to hold a lot of events. They are really known for their few bottle releases done each year. I have had all their flagships, a few seasonals, and a few special release and I have never tasted anything unpleasant. All their beers are very good for their style. This brewery is an excellent place for Stillwater and Neighboring Hudson.

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Lake Monster Brewing

in Saint Paul, Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -7% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped at this place in fall for an event that brought in a large amount of people. The taproom was really nice and inviting. Lots of seating and has a large patio. It looks like they frequently have food trucks as well. Their beer is quite solid. Their beers hit the typical varieties, but play it pretty safe. Nothing is over the top, but nothing is flawed by any means.

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Iron Tap

in Waconia, Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +33.3% | Avg: 3.18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is undoubtedly a hidden gem in a town that is lacking options. The venue is very small with outdoor/indoor seating on a patio and patio seating on a roof. They have a room available for private events and infrequently hold tap takeovers. They have thirty craft beers on tap, many of them are really highly regarded. Beers such as Darkness and Cassian Sunset have been known to sit on the menu for a couple weeks. Expect any major beer release in the area to hit their menu at some point. Also expect a reasonable pour size and price. The owners and staff are extremely friendly and have very loyal and friendly frequenters. The food is barbecue and pub style. They recently purchased a new smoker from the South and their head chef is really trying to hone in on smoking their meats. They have great pizzas as well that are made from scratch. Pricing is very reasonable. If you really do enjoy beer and are looking for a good meal while in the Southwest suburbs, look for this place on Main St in Waconia.

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