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Fair State Brewing Cooperative

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

these guys are doing some awesome beers right now, some of the best in the twin cities, so i was stoked to get in and check it out. they have a cool space, the main taproom is a lot like a million others, some cool art, high ceilings, visible brew house in the back, long bar, newish, but the back is awesome, they have a great outdoor area out there thats private and comfortable, but i sat at the bar. they had quite a few beers working, but most of their gnarly ones were only in bottles. i had a great saison here, and a dry hopped sour that was also excellent. they were quite busy so it wasnt a great opportunity to interact with the bartenders, but they were pleasant and cool folks. everyone in here seemed beer geeky too, lots of conversations overheard about yeast strains, mash temperatures, dry hop schedules and the like, pretty informed clientele for sure. the beer is awesome here and the atmosphere is cool, its also in a neat part of town. of the many breweries in the area i have now visited, these guys rank near the top of the list for the quality of the beer alone. well worth stopping in for some heady bottles too!

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Madison Pour House

in Albany, New York

3.89/5  rDev -6.5% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

major league selection includes a hill garmstead and lots of jacks abby. as good as you find this part of the state. little table service today. parking in front.

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The Craft BeerCo

in Leesburg, Virginia

5/5  rDev +8.2% | Avg: 4.62
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My go to spot for beer. The selection and prices on the growlers are by far the best that ive seen. We also order kegs here for our kegerator. Usually you have to pre-order them, but they make it very easy and they usually arrive within the next couple days. They specialize in growler fills, but also have an insane amount in bottles. I guess since there volume of traffic is lower than total wine, they manage to hold on to limited releases for a good bit longer. They have the largest gold foil avery bottles, Bruery, evil twin, and cascade selection I've ever seen, so if youre into the higher end stuff, this is the place you want to go.

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Horse Brass Pub

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +16.3% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A member of what I like to call the "Holy Trinity" of Portland beer stops, along with Bailey's and the Beer Mongers. Service is great, the tap list is comprehensive, and the vibe is wonderful. I've never been to England, but if their pubs are half this good it must be a wonderful country. The food is definitely English pub grub. I recommend the fish and chips (Portland's best) or the Bridie. Oh, and there's darts. Gotta get down on some darts.

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Bailey's Taproom

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +13.6% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of Portland's all-time greats, and a must stop when in town. While it can get pretty crowded in the evening and on weekends the service is always quick and friendly. While there are some bottles for sale, I generally stick with the taps, of which there are twenty-six, representing a range of styles, and most of them from here in Oregon. Along with the Beer Mongers and Horsebrass, it's one of my favorite places to imbibe.

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City Tap House - Logan Square

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.5% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited at 1230PM on a Sunday afternoon. Had the brunch menu.

Vibe: Lots of wood, big open space - like a sports bar with the main setup of TVs over the bar, but plenty of tables (both normal height and high table height) throughout the place. There were people with families in the place, so for brunch anyway not a super noisy sports bar type of place. Had some of that distressed wood/semi-industrial vibe to the place.

Quality: All craft beers, some of which are owned by larger companies, but they're craft companies which are not slouches.

Service: Just right attentive waitress. Got me what I needed and once she realized I knew how to navigate the beer list, told me what was recently tapped and went away until I was ready. The only minor beef I had with the service was the glassware - looks like for most beers shaker pints are all you get, and you only get snifters and tulips for the high ABV stuff.

Selection: Quite extensive selection of cans and bottles, and well organized by beer type and ABV. Something for everyone in my opinion, whether looking for hop bombs, easy to knock back beers, stouts or really potent barleywines and strong ales.

Food: Seemed like a good menu for brunch. I had the bacon braised eggs hollandaise - quite tasty.

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Forest City Brewery

in Cleveland, Ohio

4.04/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is a brand new brewpub that just opened about 2 months ago in the Duck Island neighborhood, which is a little, mainly residential neighborhood in the vicinity of Abbey Ave. and Columbus Rd. and that's just a stone's throw away from the West 25th St. and Lorain Avenue intersection that's the heart of the Ohio City neighborhood. Not quite Tremont and not quite Ohio City either, as its sort of tucked in between the 2.

This brewery is located in the space that was once the Atlantic Beer Garden, which was Ohio's oldest beer garden that was founded in 1865 by immigrants from the Alsace region of France that borders Germany. The beer garden closed down some years ago. So it is quite appropriate indeed that this location has been turned into a brewery and that beer is once again flowing at it! :) I remember hearing about this place a few months ago and decided to like and follow them on Facebook so I'd get updates about the happenings there. A few days ago I see a post for an event happening there on Saturday 8/20 called , Hopfenfest, a local hops harvest festival stemming from an old German tradition, where patrons are encouraged to bring their homegrown hops and enter into a competition to see which hops are picked to be used in an upcoming Forest City beer. I thought that was a really cool idea so I picked some of my Mt. Hood hops I have growing in my front yard and headed off to this event, as I figured this event was as good of an excuse as any for me to come and check out this new brewery in town.

The front entrance to the place takes a person directly into the outdoor beer garden with the brewpub located in the building immediately to the right. The beer garden has several long, rectangular tables for patrons to stand around as well as several round tables that can sit 4 to 6 people each. There are several very large trees and some smaller ones that provide a good amount of shade. Inside the brewpub is the bar on the left. The bar's long enough to seat about 15 people. There are several more tables with chairs behind the bar seats. The inside of the brewpub is decorated with several vintage bar signs and advertisement posters, etc. for beers and breweries that are long gone. You can tell very much that this space was, until very recently a warehouse and or garage of some sort, as the floors and walls are unfinished, etc. I believe I saw 10 taps behind the bar if I counted right, maybe 12. During my stop there yesterday the brewery had 5 of their own beers listed on the board, the Wet Moustache Witbier, the Moxie Blonde Ale,the Farmhand Saison Ale, the Hopfenfest Belgian IPA, and the Redline Greenway Berliner Weiss. There was a sixth, unlisted beer on-tap too. An as of yet unnamed IPA collaboration that Forest City did with another local brewery called Brick And Barrell that is literally right down the street a few blocks away from Forest City. The keg of the Redline Greenway had just kicked moments before I arrived and sat down at the bar.

I ordered the Hopfenfest Belgian IPA as my first beer. This is an absolutely fantastic brew, one of the best or maybe even the single best beer I've ever had for the style. For my second beer I was going to order the Farmhand Saison, but the keg kicked as the bartender was pouring my glass! She did give me about a 4 oz. sample pour though for free, which I did not ask for, so at least I got to try it and it was quite good and pretty spot on for the style I'd say. For my next full pour I opted to go with the Wet Moustache Witbier. It is a tasty and refreshing beer to be sure that's pretty spot on for the style, but it certainly didn't blow me away either. Out of all 3 beers I had on this visit to this brewery this was was my least favorite of the 3.

On my way out I talked to the two owners and co-founders Jay Demagall and also briefly to Matt Mapus. After registering me and entering my hops into the competition, Jay went on to explain to me that next month the plan is to have the brewery expand its hours to hopefully be open 4 days a week Thursday-Sunday, and that since opening in early June the brewery has only normally been open on Fridays from 4:00-11:00 P.M. He also went on to tell me that they had just gotten word from the state of Ohio liquor control board that they've been approved to receive a liscense that will allow them to serve alcohol on the premesis other than their own beer that they brew themselves on the premesis, and that they soon plan to have several guest beers on-tap as well as serve wine and mead from the Western Reserve Meadery that will be opening soon and that shares space in the same building that Forest City is in. He mentioned that there are also plans to get a distilling license in the future as well. Sounds like this establishment has a lot of creative things planned for the future. I will certainly be stopping by again soon.

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Hops And Grapes

in Glassboro, New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

My job had me in Jersey for the day, so I figured I would check this place out. A clean and well kept store in a modern shopping center. Selection has lots of craft six packs, and a good number of singles. Import selection was pretty impressive, especially with beers from eastern Europe. Prices were clearly marked, and priced fairly. My only contact with staff was checking out, she was polite and cheerful. Overall a good store that I will stop at again if in the area.

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Castle Grill / Red Castle Brewery & Distillery

in Lehighton, Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -22.3% | Avg: 3.32
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Was visiting the local drive-in theatre this weekend and saw this brewery was less than 10 minutes away so figured we had to stop.

The place is tiny, about the total space of a 2 car garage. Bar seating for about a dozen and a couple tables for say 20 or so more patrons. The place is very clean and appears to be new.

The beer selection was pretty mediocre with all offerings akin to macro swill substitutions. At the time of this visit there were 9 things on tap: an english pale ale that was available via typical draft and also nitro, 2 different fruited shandys, a cream ale, light lager, lager, pilsner and ipa.

My buddy and I each got a flight of 4 beers so that we could sample all but 1 of their offerings. Every beer looked identical with the exception of how hazy or clear it was. Kinda comical that all 8 brews were very pale yellow and seemingly indifferent from the rest.

The beer was pretty sad. For as much as the brews looked the same, they all smelled and tasted the same too. Our waitress mislabeled/poured the wrong beers because I was clearly served some shandy instead of the pils and my buddy did not get the nitro brew despite ordering it.

The food came highly recommended so I opted for the cheese steak special. It was served with a mountain of fries. At least the fries were decent... the cheese steak meat was absolutely murdered, like it was cooked previously and reheated then they tried to salvage it by adding BBQ sauce to it.

$11 for a poor cheese steak and fries, $6 for 4 samples of macro-like mediocre beer. I dont need to visit this place again and would not recommend it.

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Avery Brewing Company

in Boulder, Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Avery's always been a bit of a sleeper brewery for me - you know they're there, and you know they're good, but they just don't seem to get the hype that many lesser breweries seem to get. I made my third visit to Avery on August 14 and my respect for this place has gone up every time. They've got an upstairs restaurant with great food, a downstairs taproom, and a large outdoor seating area - they can handle a huge crowd here and yet they've been close to full all three times I've been. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Avery is how many styles they do really well - hoppy beers, Belgians, and sours are all top notch, not too mention a stout lineup that I'd put up against any brewery on the planet. The tap wall contains 30-ish selections with their common stuff along with tap room only selections. All-in-all this place is easily on my top 5 beer destinations list!

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Local Option

in Chicago, Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +7.4% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I find the dark, goth-y ambience offputting, but their beer selection is magnificent. One of the three or four best multi-taps in Chicago, in my opinion.

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Beer Geeks

in Highland, Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was there on a Monday night around 8pm and the place was fairly empty. Plenty of beer on tap with a few hard to find selections. The menu has a good description of each beer offering which is appreciated. It's dark in there. A couple of Nintendo consoles set up to play some retro video games which is cool. The murals on the wall are awesome! An unpretentious atmosphere. I loved the place and hope to get back next time I am in the area. Beer Geeks!

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18th Street Brewery

in Hammond, Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -10.8% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was there on a Monday evening around 5pm and the place was almost empty. The place is an old industrial space that they have polished up and converted into one large area that is sectioned off and doesn't flow well. There is no main focal point, including the bar. The service was good and the staff was friendly enough. I got a burger and fries and loved it, great flavor. With only 8 beers on tap I felt the selection needed improvement on quantity and variety. They also offer mixed drinks if desired. This location is worth checking out and I enjoyed it but will try other spots when I get the chance to visit the area again.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

in Munster, Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was there Sunday evening around 5pm and the place was full and there appeared to be a wait. There was a couple seats at the bar so I took one with no wait. The overall feel of the place was more of a restaurant than I expected. The service was excellent. The selection consisted of 20 beers on tap with a couple spots for guest breweries and had a good mix. I did not eat so I can't speak to the food. I loved the Star Wars collectibles that decorated the bar area! Overall a great experience and I will be back when I get the chance.

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The Map Room

in Chicago, Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.6% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite Chicago multi-tap, and a place I make it a point to visit several times on every Chicago visit. Great draft and bottle selection, with new items almost daily. Nice, beer-savvy people on both sides of the bar.

Oh, and they now do take credit cards.

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Bistro On Bridge

in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

went for dinner and drinks on a saturday night. they've got two rooms of dining seating, plus some outdoor tables on the sidewalk. modern vibe.

tap and bottle list were all quality beers, and a wide variety of beer styles. service was decent. the food was pretty good. the menu ranges from apps & salads to sandwhiches and entrees.

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Carton Brewing Company

in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

4.84/5  rDev +7.8% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very cool somewhat out of the way location but 100% worth the drive from central PA. Great selection of well crafted beers on draft when I went with 077Nelson being a standout. Boat really surprised me with its flavor. Service is outstanding and super fast. I highly recommend stopping by if you can.

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Elizabeth Station

in Bellingham, Washington

4.37/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Swung by while in Bellingham visiting a friend. Coming from puritantical MA, I've never seen a spot like this. The back wall is filled with chilled beers running the gamut from local, to west coast to imported. Some East Coast and Midwest options but this is all about west coast and PNW beers. Singles for sale that you can pay a $1 more to enjoy onsite. About a dozen beers on tap - I had Forestone's Bretta Weisse. Love set up - encourages you to explore the cooler and even step and dig deeper. Chill vibe, dive bar-ish feel.

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Triumph Brewing Company

in Princeton, New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +6.1% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

8/14...worthy stop right across the street from Princeton. Split level open space. Large selection of brews on tap, with an eight beer sampler availability. Everything well poured and the staff aptly described the characteristics. Was impressed with the quality of the brews. Good food menu, aiming for slightly upscale and certainly creative.

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Listermann Brewing Supply & Mfg

in Cincinnati, Ohio

4.43/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Had a great, inexpensive flight of beers. Service was fantastic. Only downside was no food, but you can bring it in with you. Decent selection of their own beers on tap. One or two special variants. Bottles for sale. Will stop again when in town.

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The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co.

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.47
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Went here last night. Great looking spot, food truck outside. Plenty of cards and board games to keep ya busy. Had two different dipas that were both excellent. Wait time at the bar was very minimal, most times being helped within a few seconds. My only real complaint was it didn't seem like anyone wiped the tables down during the evening. Ours was sticky and had a pool of water on it. It was the only table available so we took the chairs. Definitely will return.

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Belmont Station

in Portland, Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This was the first stop after landing at PDX yesterday before heading out to the Mount Hood area for the week.

Vibe was OK, store is fairly small considering the inventory carried.

Quality was excellent, top notch regional and national brews available.

Service was awesome from the two guys I dealt with. THe first guy, despite how busy they were, took time with myself and other customers to answer questions and provide recommendations.
The second guy who checked us out provided restaurant recommendations and provided lively conversation about the general scene in Oregon.

Selection was superb with a focus on Oregon brewers but top notch regional and national craft brewers were well represented.

This is a can't miss spot to hit, especially if you out of the northwest region of the country!

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Fat Head's Brewery

in Portland, Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -3.3% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited here yesterday with Da Boss for a late lunch in a bustling downtown Portland.

Vibe was OK, sprawling location with a large capacity, maybe 200? The Olympics were on the big screen. Spotted folks from 21 to 70 having a beer and a meal.

Quality of food and beer was good. My SemperFIPA was pretty clean and tasty and the meals were solid.

Service was very good. Rachel was hustling and served us well. Nothing to gauge her on in terms of beer knowledge.

Selection was good as there were maybe 20 Fat Head beers and maybe 20 guest beers.

Food was good. Da Boss had the brewbon with a kimchi twist that made it interesting. I had the pulled smoked bbq chicken sandwich that was smackable.

Overall I found this to be a good alternative to Deschutes which was jammed pack on a Saturday at 1:30. Recommended.

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The Cleveland Brewery

in Cleveland, Ohio

4.22/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This is a very small brewpub that opened on the far east and north east side of Cleveland a little over 2 years ago. I didn't realize they'd been open that long, and I am so glad that I made it over there earlier this evening to check the space out and enjoy a few of their beers. When I walked in a few other customers were just leaving. I was greeted warmly by the husband and wife couple John and Mary who own the place. John also brews all they serve. They have 8 taps, and all of their own beers. The bar is stainless steel and there are about a dozen or so stools at it. There are also 10 tables or so that looked like they could each seat up to around 4 people. A nice hardwood floor and just generally pleasant d├ęcor that gives off a warm and friendly vibe.

For about the first 30-45 minutes or so of my stay I was the only customer in the place. The owners enthusiastically conversed with me about the history of their brewpub and a lot of details about several of the beers they had on tap. Later on during my stay several groups of people came in who were, as I could pretty clearly tell, regular customers of this establishment. I tried 5 oz. sample pours of 5 of their beers. Their flagship beer the 185th Street Wheat Hefeweizen, the Rock N' Roll Double IPA, the Celtic Warrior American Amber/Red Ale, the San Giovanni Farmhouse/Saison Ale, and the bourbon barrel aged version of the Cleveland Imperial Stout. All 5 beers were very good and pretty much spot on for their respective styles. The last 2 I tried, which were the San Giovanni and the Cleveland were my favorites. The prices of these sample pours ranged from $2.00-$4.00 depending on the beer's ABV %.

If you are looking to try some good beer at one of northeast Ohio's/Cleveland's many local breweries and you want something a little low key without the hustle and bustle of the breweries located in downtown, in the Ohio City area, in Lakewood, or without going to the Southwestern area of Cuyahoga County then this brewery might just be what you are looking for. Just bear in mind that this establishment is only open 2 nights a week, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00-10:00 P.M., as this venture, at least as of right now and since first opening, is a part time gig/hobby for the owners who both work full time day jobs outside of running this brewery and who are raising a family.

Also, the only food I believe they serve are the free pretzels they have out on the bar for patrons to snack on. There are several eateries and restaraunts well within walking distance of this brewpub, and while I was there another patron brought in food to eat at the bar from one of these other establishments and the owners were very much okay with this. I'll certainly be visiting this place again in the future!

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Stable 12 Brewing Company

in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

visited for some beers on a Saturday night. There is an indoor space with a bar and some tables, and then also a beer garden outdoor space with a dozen or so picnic tables. there was live music outside that night.

they had 9 beers on tap - a kolsch, hefe, pils, raspberry wit, two single hop IPAs, a rye pale, double ipa, and a bourbon barrel barleywine. I had a pint of one of the single hop beers that was just okay. had a glass of the barleywine too, that was quite good.

we did not have any food.

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