Place Reviews: Most Recent
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.19/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
I walked in on a Tuesday evening and there was barely a seat to be found due to the DJ bingo event that was happening. Lots of life, solid beer selection, gorgeous waitresses, and menu looks delicious. I'm looking forward to trying the food next time.
in Charlottesville, Virginia
4.59/5 rDev +16.8% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
I immensely enjoyed my meal and the huge selection of beer they offered. It's a typical Charlottesville white "I'm hipper than the yuppie" crowd which only offers so much entertainment but that's why there is beer, to add color and liveliness. They have over 500 beers to choose from - most impressive. The food was yummy and the service was spot on. I can't believe it took me so long to venture there. I will definitely be back. Hit it at happy hour, you can't go wrong.
in Douglas, Wyoming
3.73/5 rDev -7% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25
Nostalgic decor, it was a hot day and the doors were open to mitigate the brewing funk. I had the red IPA and smoked wheat beer. The IPA was tasty, the smoky wheat was phenomenal - I had three. A brave experimental brew now a must-try...enjoy!
in Concord, New Hampshire
3.93/5 rDev -1% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Dinner pit stop on the way home from up north. Interesting b&w photos of whisky all over the walls. Our waiter was a cool dude. They had a few local NH beers on tap, but a few other goodies. We all liked our dinner choices. Must be a popular place in Concord.
in Littleton, New Hampshire
4.08/5 rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Such a cool place. The setting is really nice, in a old converted mill. Beers and pizza were top notch. Service was good, but food was kinda slow out of the kitchen on a Saturday afternoon. The owner came by and said hello. Nice touch. A real gem in the area.
in Glen Allen, Virginia
3.75/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
It's a country themed store on the Edge of Richmond, so the vibe meanders between outskirt suburban soccer mom and "Bubba", which doesn't lend itself to a full on craft immersion, BUT, the cooler and growler to go selection is clearly well thought out and in no way reflects the mainstream clientele. Place is clean on an OCD level, food is on par with a restaurant, not a C store, and overall, it's inviting in a folksy Cracker Barrel sorta way. No reason to not drop in if nearby.
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4.01/5 rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. is a great place situated in a not so good place - but things are improving greatly in the area and they've got at least a little bit to do with it.
It's nice looking and comfortable inside with a kind of retro-industrial look that includes (very cool) pulley fans, Edison bulbs, exposed brick and original plaster walls, and wood and tile floors. There aren't really a whole lot of places that've pulled off the look quite as well. The bar is on the left directly as you enter, and it's fairly small with 12 barstools and an additional 6 on the side by the window that looks into the brewery and another 4 or 5 on the street side depending.
There are 30 seats at the tables opposite, and the menu is interesting with items like Chipolte Spiced Cajun Fried Peanuts, Pork Pibil Tacos, a Veggie Meatball Sandwich, and Steak au Poivre. Everything I've had has been great, and I think the prices are fair.
As to the beer, it's not the longest list you've ever seen but they try, every beer I've had has been great.
in Boston, Massachusetts
4.79/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.79
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Unreal place. Sensory overload in a great way. Just glad I don't live to close or I would Iive there!!! So many wonderful choices or just about everything you can imagine and some you can't Go and have fun.
in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
3.89/5 rDev +0.5% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Stable 12 is a smallish brewpub on Bridge Street in Phoenixville, PA which means there are a few other places around if you want to include it as part of a brewery crawl. It has it's own merit though.
Inside the decor is basic, and fairly sparse, with a wide bar that's backed by a wall of corrugated metal that I assume is supposed to make it look a little farm-like. The walls are a fairly deep royal blue, and there seems to be a blue & black theme that gives it a kind of retail-shop feel. There are some high-top tables along the walls, and shorter dining tables in the center. The floor is poured concrete and the ceiling is made up of basic black 2 x 4 acoustic ceiling tiles, unfortunately leaving it a little loud when it's busy. There's also a dog-friendly beer garden when the weather's nice.
There are 8 beers on tap and they're all fairly good. They seem to always have a Kolsch-style beer, a raspberry witbier, and a west coast IPA on tap but the others vary. They do tend to like saisons and IPAs though so I'd expect those'll make up at least half of what's left.
The food is basic and fairly limited (nachos, wings, salad, burgers, and a few sandwiches) but surprisingly good.
All in all it's nothing spectacular, but it's pleasant, and probably worth a visit.
in New York, New York
3.95/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
ate an early lunch here on a weekday - it was slow then. Nice interior space, good size bar with tables and booths along the side and up on a partial 2nd floor. Good selection of beer, but the tap menu only listed either brewery names, or beer names, not both. but good variety of beers, and quality stuff. food was good, but expensive. Burgers are $15 with no sides - fries are another $9. I guess that's Lower Manhattan for you.
in Greer, South Carolina
4.04/5 rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
60 brews on tap, eclectic fresh innovative menu, all employees (including kitchen) are either Certifed Cicerone or Certified Beer Servers. Staff is knowledgeable and friendly, not condescending d-bags.Highly Recommend
in Peoria, Illinois
4.06/5 rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Excellent selection of craft beers in stock for those looking to get a more varied taste. Stockmen and floor workers are always helpful whenever I stop in, and it's a pleasure discussing some of the more exotic beers with one of their current managers, Paul. Another little man works there that mainly stocks wine, but seems to have little clue as to how the rest of the store functions. He seems to live in his own little world, even going so far to throw beer around when something upsets him. Upsets the energy of the store, otherwise they would be receiving high marks due to their overall friendliness of their staff, minus their wine guy. Definitely recommended to stop in. Might pay a little more for some of their stock, but compared with the Tuck, the staff here is much friendlier. Give 'em a chance!
in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
3.64/5 rDev +6.1% | Avg: 3.43
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75
This is the pub/beerhall attached to the historic Sarajevska brewery in Sarajevo. The place itself is very nice, a beautiful rendition of a traditional-looking "German/Austrian" decor with lots of wood and brass, columns holding up mezzanine balconies, a long bar, etc. It looks very much like the epitome of a central European beerhall. The food we had, traditional Bosnian cuisine, was very good, and there was more on offer, including German/Austrian elements and other pub food. Serve when we were there - around 1 pm - was mixed. Thewaiter for most of the time was rather rude and unfriendly but after he went off his shift the other waiter was better. The beer was excellent - traditional German/Czech styles - pilsner, dark lager - great quality. The pilsner had a good hop presence and nice herbal hop bitterness. The selection was limitied to just these styles, though.
in Roseville, California
4/5 rDev -4.1% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Cool place! It's located in Old Town Roseville (I didn't know there was an Old Town Roseville). Very nice, inviting interior. The place was packed on a Tuesday night (possibly because there was a street fair going on outside). A nice selection of both house beers and guest beers (plus a full bar). The menu looked good (but I didn't order anything). All in all, a great brew pub. Definitely worth a visit!
in San Francisco, California
4.88/5 rDev +13.5% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
In town for business and I had heard that Toronado was the place in San Fran guaranteed to be serving Russian River. I walked from my hotel over to Toronado on Haight and Fillmore, keeping a close eye as I had heard it was easy to miss.
For a world class bar, this place is tiny and unassuming. For me (at 4:15pm on a Tuesday afternoon where I was easily able to find a stool at the bar), this was a good thing. I can imagine if I came at a more peak time it would be really frustrating trying to get a beer.
I had read reviews in advance and was fully prepared with my cash on-hand and was expecting a surly reception from the bartender.
The bartender (a delightful lady) was very pleasant and quick to take my order. She approached me in less than one minute, I ordered the Blind Pig, she poured in within another minute and I had paid and was enjoying my beer just like that. I followed that up with a Pliny the Elder (a requirement IMO) and a Drake's beer that the bartender actually helped me select based on its New England style.
I had a couple of pleasant conversations with guys at the bar that were just like myself - in town for a short period and looking to check one of the world's best beer bars / best beers off their bucket list.
Overall, it was an extremely pleasant experience. Even the music was enjoyable... mellow folk / rock and not the death metal I was expecting.
I don't doubt the horror stories I've read, so I would recommend that if you're planning to visit, try to hit an off-peak time to maximize the experience. Have your cash ready and have a good idea of what you want to start. After an efficient order and a nice tip, good chance the bar tender will help you out with some advice if you need it. Cheers!
Edited to add: I was lucky and hit happy hour - $1 off all pints. Blind Pig for $4 and Pliny for $5? That's insane to an East Coaster like myself. Wish I could have made an entire day of it.
in Chesterfield, Missouri
4.68/5 rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
So, I wonder how many home-brewers have the fantasy of running not only a brewery, but also a home-brew shop? This is the place that fulfills that fantasy. It' a small, local brew shop, with a bar in the back and about eight tap handles, all serving on-site-made brews. The staff, including the owner were friendly, engaging, and interested. Homebrewers at heart. The brewing equipment, situate behind large windows, is on display. The beer was all well made, especially the German Golden and the IPA. The brewshop is small, but well stocked. I will certainly be returning.
in Willowbrook, Illinois
4.13/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Newly opened in July 2017, it is located in an industrial park, somewhat hard to find as many breweries in the area. Parking has overflow in a Target lot. Video games, board games, TVs and music as entertainment. Medium long bar. Owners were informative and talked about have several selections on tap. Sampled only four beers but hope to try more. Some were better than others but they will get their brewing chops soon as with any just opened taproom. Food trucks in very near future.
in Leavenworth, Washington
4/5 rDev +2.3% | Avg: 3.91
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I visited Icicle on a recent trip to Leavenworth on my way to go camping. It's right in the heart of the tourist bustle, with a big outdoor seating area and a counter geared toward to-go and quick-service sales. They had 10 taps when I visited, including 4 flagships and 6 rotating/seasonal offerings; I liked the Bootjack IPA, one of the flagships. Service was friendly enough, although they are geared a little bit more for throughput rather than chatting. A decent place to get a beer in the sun.
in Leavenworth, Washington
3.96/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
I visited Blewett on my way to a camping trip last weekend, and had a taster tray and got a couple of growler fills. The brewery is exactly the kind of place that I like to visit, with the brewing equipment right up close (on the grownups-only side of the bar, anyway), and a friendly and knowledgable staff. They had seven beers on tap, along with a couple of guest ciders; the beers I had were good, with the nut brown and the Crikside IPA as stand-outs. I would definitely make an effort to visit Blewett again, were I to find myself in Leavenworth again.
in Seattle, Washington
4.05/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Altstadt is one of a half-dozen or so German-style beer halls in the Seattle area. It's relatively new, and the inside is spiffy and welcoming with big communal tables. There are a dozen beers on tap, focused on German beers, and two dozen or so beers in bottles, again focused on German and other continental beers. Of course, beers are available in liters (the only civilized pour!).
Service was good and the food was really quite tasty. It's kind of upscale pub food with a German influence; definitely a good place for a hangout or happy hour.
in Arlington, Virginia
4.03/5 rDev -1% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I really enjoyed this place. Many different styles of beer on tap as well as cans and bottles. The staff is extremely friendly. This place is small, dark and at the time displyed awesome artwork from comic Ben Classen. The food is comforting, with different selections, most notably the tater tots. There is also an outdoor patio. I went on a Sunday when they had live music, this time featuring a local band and a band from Boston. Both were instrumental, rhythm section heavy, with psych, math, and post-hardcore elements.
in Lombard, Illinois
4.11/5 rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
There is little dividing the taproom from the brewery. In fact, you have to walk through the brewing area to get to the restrooms. The quality of the beer was generally very good. The service was friendly and helpful. The selection was excellent. Ten taps with several different styles represented. The also have cans, bottles, crowlers and growlers to go.
in Richmond, Virginia
4.39/5 rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
The Answer Brewpub is situated right next to Mekong, making the two of them a beer destination in and of themselves. I won't go into Mekong because that's another review, but look them up, they're great. By the way, just so you know, you need to go around back to enter the brewpub while the entrance to Mekong remains on the street side.
The Answer is a large, open and fairly unadorned place with several bars, and it can fill up. It didn't used to be that way but now it's very busy, so keep that in mind. Go early if you want to have some room, and some quiet as it's full of hard surfaces that sound bounces off of and when it gets crowded it can get quite loud.
The best thing about The Answer is the beer, and the second best thing is the food. But how good is the beer? It's really good!
They offer a wide selection of their own beers on tap, 11 or 12, but they're all part of their own little niche that they've carved out: sweetish fruit gosebiers and Berlinerweisse, double and triple dry-hopped IPAs, and various stouts, coffee beers, and the likes. They also offer a fair amount of guest beers but I'm not sure why you'd even bother with those unless you go there all of the time and have access to their regular beers.
For food they follow along the lines of Mekong (they might even share a kitchen for all I know) serving ramen and phở, báhn mì, bao sliders, and interesting main dishes like Viet brussel sprouts and soft shell crab. I feel that the food is actually better at Mekong, but I might be completely imagining that. Still, I've enjoyed every bite of everything I've had there so there's that.
In my mind it's an absolute stop, and every time I come through Richmond I follow the same route: The Answer and/or Mekong, Strangeways, and then The Veil. Highly recommended!
in Williamsburg, Virginia
4.54/5 rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4
Great place for large selection of craft beer and food. Beers are mostly Virginia brewed, but some from Penn., Mary., and West V.. Great service and very knowledgeable staff. TVs in the bar area. Outdoor seating available. Plenty of parking. Reasonable pricing.
in Williamsburg, Virginia
3.41/5 rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.52
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5
Taproom still feels new and fresh; even the parking lot and facade. Lots of bar seating and some tables. No food offered. flights of four are standard. Eight to ten of their own beers on tap. No guest taps. Knowledgeable service, but not overly friendly. Beers were all average. Bling offered was pretty neat. Music and tvs playing.