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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

in Charlotte, North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.4% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

My wife and I ate here on a Wednesday around noon, it was not very crowded and the service was very quick. I loved the outside beer garden and the picnic style seating. I had the Mecktoberfest and Copper and both were amazing, it was my first time having both. The food was excellent as well, my wife and I split the butcher block pizza and the soft pretzel. They had roughly 10 beers on draft and the food selection was great.

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Royal Docks Brewing Company

in Canton, Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.5% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great attention to detail. Owners are very attentive to their customers. Good variety of beer styles and all done very well. Good food and atmosphere.

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Provisions Market

in Orange, California

3.93/5  rDev -2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

As some older reviews point out, this establishment had some major issues w pricing (happy hour not consistent, price not as advertised, over pricing of some basic session beers, etc.) and correct pours. However, now nearly a year since my first impression, things have inevitably gotten better. The atmosphere is rustic and very relaxing. Come with a group or easily relax by your lonesome. They have a wide variety of bombers and a very decent tap at (almost) all times. Their big beer take overs are a god send (abraxas on tap in California anyone?). The food is not quite "good" but is good enough (if you're reading this, you probably arnt primarily concerned w the chow anyway). They have a Portola coffee stand within the establishment which is always good after a few beers.

Now for the cons...

Although service is okay, you rarely get a server who is knowledgeable about the beers you inquire about. Sometimes you will even manage to get someone who seems to be completely oblivious to where they are working. The food being just okay can be considered a con as well as a pro, I suppose. It is also worth mentioning that they have twice now lowered the quantity of food given without a heads up pre ordering. I am pretty sure the price didn't lower alongside the quantity either. Finally, they only pour 6 oz for their heavy beers at a high price to your wallet.

Overall, this is a solid addition to the beer community which, I feel, comfortably sits among the top three best joints in the immediate Orange area. Bottle Logic and the Bruery being the only other big dogs to contend with.

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Barrels & Bottles Brewery

in Golden, Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +7.3% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Another nice spot to check out in Golden in addition to Cannonball Creek.

Cool little spot right in downtown, (just steps from a LARGE brewery in town) small but open, decent amount of curb side seating. A few TVs, lots of games, and fairly lively.

Quality of the handful of beers that I've tried that they have brewed has been decent. But the quality and variety of the guest taps that are offered (and there are many) is excellent. I've had 3 Noses, Hill Farmstead, Alesmith, Comrade, among others...

Service has been quite good both times I've visited. Both friendly and prompt.

Overall, well worth a visit. Especially just to see what gems they have on the guest taps, if they have anything good that they've brewed then that's just icing.

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Elysian Brewing Company

in Seattle, Washington

2.83/5  rDev -30.1% | Avg: 4.05
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3.25

Went here after the Sounders game to grab a brew before heading up north. Decently busy with a good vibe going on...but that was quickly squashed by the multiple jerks we encountered who worked there. Mediocre beer. Avoid.

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Brouwer's Cafe

in Seattle, Washington

4.68/5  rDev +7.3% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

A must visit in the beautiful town of Fremont. Amazing selection of bottled beers, whisky, beer on draft and killer food to boot. Just go...go now!!!!

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Black Diamond Brewing Co.

in Concord, California

4.27/5  rDev +8.7% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Went on my monthly trip to RRBC last week and it turned into a 2 day brewery crawl on the 130 mile trek home. Black Diamond was one of the last stops on my trek, got there about 7 (as they were closing) they welcomed us with open arms and were happy to serve us for as long as we wanted. All the beer that I tried at Black Diamond was top notch but especially liked the Frampage DIPA and the stout. As good as the beer is the atmosphere and staff and patronage is even better! once you are here for 15 min you almost forget that you are in a strip mall in a totally industrial area, which along with no food is the only draw back to this place but honestly I didn't care. there is a couple of small flat screens which is the way it should be, if you want to get into a game, cheer and be a fan go to BWW, if you want good beer with good people and chill this is the place. Oh ya another big plus they fill growlers, and don't force you to commit to buying their growler. of the 5 breweries I visited from east of Santa Rosa to Antioch this was by far the best. I am making this a regular stop on my monthly trip to santa rosa. Thanks BDBC and keep up the good work!

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Bar Hygge / Brewery Techne

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

It hasn't been that long since Bar Hygge opened firing on all cylinders (decor, space/atmosphere, music/sound - although somewhat loud when busy, service, food, beer, and cocktails) and I'm sure it will remain that way for a long time to come.

There's a Danish/Scandinavian feel to it, which is the intention. Hygge (pronounced "hoogah") means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. It's not about big things, but rather focusing on the beauty and enjoyment of the little things that are always around you: friends and family and good conversation in a warm space with a nice bit to eat and a good glass of ale!

The style of the interior expresses hygge in that it's anything but shining and polished with lots of glass and open space (remember, IKEA is Swedish), rather it's quite comfortable and home-like with brick, wood taken from old barrels, stacked stone, a wood topped bar, sofas, and old, reclaimed or "found" windows. There are little details like the hand mirrors hanging in the bathroom that remind you of home; and the space is laid out so that it's broken into smaller, more comfortable areas. The large windows that look out onto the street might be a distraction to the "hygge" as it's not a closed room (the windows are a necessity so there's no getting around them), but they keep the lighting inside right (and it does face north), and when there's outdoor seating in the summer everything will feel perfect.

Some of the beers keeps with the Danish theme, and I hope it stays that way (I especially like the Grinding Grooves), but they're all interesting in their own right, and some are quite unusual. Tom Baker's known for his gruit beers and it seems there's always one on tap, as well as an IPA (everyone wants IPA these days!), a saison or two, and a dark or strong beer (also known for his Baltic porter) and something funky or fruity, or both. Every beer I've had has been an example of hygge in that there's something interesting about them, they're not cookie-cutter, and you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into them. They're unique and charming beers that make you take notice of them. The small things, right?

The food seems to pair well with the beers, and are at least put-together well within themselves (i.e. the way the poached turnips and radishes add a bit of earth and spice to/against the tart-sweet of the cherry sauce that balances/cuts through the fat of the roast duck). The chef, Chris Galbraith, is doing a wonderful job of creating dishes that are similar to the beers in that they're all just a little bit more interesting than you might normally find, yet they don't stray too far from the main.

The Hygge boards are probably their main sellers, however, and within those you get to chose what you'd like from a carefully prepared list of meats, vegetables, and cheeses. The servers can offer suggestions if you'd like, but to be honest, unless you're putting together some really odd combinations, everything is good - there's no skimping on quality, and I personally feel the portions are pretty good. It's not Cracker Barrel, kids!

I've been several times now and have always enjoyed it, and since my initial visit I've always recommended it as a "must visit".

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The Pony Bar - Hell's Kitchen

in New York, New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Really surprised to find such a cool beer bar in this part of Manhattan. Hit this up after Beer Culture, and this place was far superior in my experience. Walked into undisclosed (online) HF Edward on the board, so got set up with a pint of that and immediately became friends with the bartenders and locals. Chris and Sarah were attentive but not overbearing - really friendly and helpful and didn't mind us hanging out for quite a while. Ended up staying for about 4-5 hours and felt like I had been coming there for years by the time I left. Highly recommended - hard to do much better in Manhattan in terms of a down-to-earth beer bar.

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The City Beer Hall

in Albany, New York

1/5  rDev -74.6% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

My wife went there the other night with a friend of hers. They went in for some drinks and app's and found the kitchen was closed. Bartender said it was OK for her to leave her car in the lot across the street where their was also a sign for "free parking" Came back to the lot and the car was towed and the establishment closed early (10:30). Stranded in the bowels of hell and had to walk to Osborn's Garage and pay $135.00. Not even a Police Department tow. Release form said the caller was the City Beer Hall. Hoping the establishment will do the right thing and reimburse her. Her safety was put at risk by what this establishment did and I intend to seek restitution for the charge. They are so lucky that nothing happened to them..Update; refused to answer my FB or regular emails.

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TailGate Beer

in Nashville, Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -12.2% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

First review for an actual place here.
Fun vibe. Very family oriented. They even had a game room for the kids.
The quality was pretty nice too, liked the beer selection they had. The beer was just okay though, from what I tried. They actually had an insane amount of beer to choose from. Some were crazier than others.
The service was awesome too. They guys there seemed really jolly and were super excited about their brew.
The food was good too from what I saw. Not amazing but good tailgate/fun time food like pizza. It was more about the atmosphere then the food quality.

Last thoughts: this place is in the outskirts of Nashville, so it was a very awesome find for where it was. This place isn't a big heavy hitter when it comes to prestige. But I don't really think they're going for that vibe... They're definitely going for a fun/ relaxed/weekend atmosphere (hence tailgate), so I really enjoyed it.

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Stone Brewing

in Escondido, California

4.49/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Having recently moved to Los Angeles, I knew it wouldn't be long before I visited Stone down in Escondido. Although a different experience than I had anticipated, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loads of merch to choose from at the store; anything from T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats, to limited and wide-release batch beers, hot sauces, cookbooks, beer soap, and more! The tour itself was fairly uneventful however very informative. For the amount of beer that they brew, Stone has an incredible amount of brew kettles in a comparatively small space. So, while there wasn't a ton of space to walk through, the guide was very informative, funny, and made it worthwhile. In addition to this, for $3.00 (which all goes to charity), you get the tour ticket as well as a 4-beer flight (of 4oz pours). Definitely worth the trip, unfortunately didn't have time to visit the Bistro, but I will definitely be returning!

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Pearl Specialty Market & Spirits

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +29.2% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was awesome! I came in looking for pumpkin flavored beer to kick off my fall the right way and they provided everything I needed. I was able to snag Elysian's Night Owl and Rogue's Pumpkin Patch Ale. Some really great local brews!

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Barnett & Son Brewing Co.

in Parker, Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Not a bad little place in Parker, perhaps the best in my opinion.

Nice smaller joint, clean and new looking with a decent outdoor patio as well.

Quality is pretty good. The styles offered are mostly run of the mill standard ales, and the quality is mostly decent to good with an occasional dud. The amount of taps offered always seem to be around 8 or so.

Service has been good. Table service is a nice touch that I don't experience at a lot of other places around.

Overall this is a pretty good spot for Parker. If this place was in Denver then it would probably get lost in the shuffle though.

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Little Machine

in Denver, Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A very cool little place just a short walk from Mile High Stadium.

Nice and ope, with a very cool circular bar, roll-up doors along the front, scattered seating around the bar and some couches in a corner of the room as well. The current beer list is also prominent and easy to read.

Quality is solid, I can't say I've had a beer that has wowed me here, but I've enjoyed everything I have tried. It's nice that they usually have a selection of 12-14 beers or so each time I've visited.

Service has been excellent each time I've visited. Everyone that I have interacted with has been friendly, helpful, and quick.

Certainly not the best beers in town, but definitely one of my favorite places to visit.

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Evil Czech Brewery and Public House

in Mishawaka, Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +6.7% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

First time at this incredible brewpub, last night. Very impressive. Great selection of beers and spaces to consume. The variety of 14 beers covers all types and tastes. The duck confit taco and Evil Schnitzel sandwich are superb. The outdoor Taco bus is an excellent patio area and the public house inside provides lots of TVs and a nice bar.

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Changing Times American Sports Bar & Grille

in Bay Shore, New York

3.83/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Bay Shore, NY- Long Island's south shore-gateway to the Fire Island ferries

In or very close to town I count:
2 decent beer stores -Bay Shore Bev and Islip cold beer
2 decent breweries-Great South Bay and Destination Unknown
and at least 5 decent beer bars- TJ Finleys, Tallulah's, Cortland, Corks and Taps, and this place..(havent been to the Half Penny Pub in years, is it still open?)

Anyway, this place, as their name gives away is first a sports bar, with about 25 screens up and running with a host of games on....

didnt eat, but looks like they turn out a variety of pretty tasty looking pub grub, wings, wraps, burgers, you get the picture

beer wise expect 20 mostly quality taps, with a smattering of the more interesting/local options...highlights last visit were beers from Long Ireland and Bronx Brewery...they also offer 10 again mostly craft cans...be sure to ask for a non frozen glass, unless ya dont mind a quite chilly draft

go for the game and a burger...head to the other places for more high end beer options...

athmoshere was friendly and enjoyable, espceially the smaller outside street side seating

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Harold's Cabin

in Charleston, South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Very cool little place, which is larger than it looks when you walk in. In a former life it used to be a corner grocery store, which they have revived with small coolers for to-go items, think picnic supplies. More table seating in the back and upstairs, plus a rooftop deck with a garden. Small bar is further back when you walk in, but it's not really "a bar", more like a serving bar in a café or coffee shop. Atmosphere is cozy and welcoming, the decor is rustic and artsy with a large jackalope mural on the stairs, and various framed artwork throughout the space. Lots of wood and bar chairs that looked lifted from the Great Northern in Twin Peaks. Bill Murray is a co-owner and lives in town, so a sighting is entirely possible.

Beer-wise, the selection is small, but they rotate local taps from Revelry, Holy City, Frothy Beard, Lo Fi, and Palmetto. A few quality selections in bottles & cans, like Coast 32/50 Kölsch, Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose, Victory Pilsner, and Terrapin Liquid Bliss.

The lunch and dinner menus looked ambitious, but we had just ate and only stopped in for a beer or two. A lot of veggie-driven fare, local and organic, good option for vegetarians. For us carnivores: bison burger, she-crab arancini, rabbit, catfish, etc. Small but creative menus.

Overall it's not a must stop, but if you're in the neighborhood it's a great place to have a beer and some creative food.
Also down the street from The Vinyl Countdown, the only record store in downtown Charleston.

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Fieldwork Brewing Co.

in Berkeley, California

4.33/5  rDev -2.3% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

what a cool place this is, sort of in an odd part of town, but really pretty neat, maybe off the beaten path a little bit, industrial sort of spot, large fermentation capacity inside the quaint and minimalist taproom, they have some picnic tables both inside and out, a two sided bar with growler and crowler fills on one side, some limited baked food items, and a very impressive draft list, at least a dozen or more beers working, lots of natural light, friendly but unremarkable service, and a whole lot of taste beer. we sat outside and had more rounds than i can count, time flew by here, and i cant wait to revisit them again down the track. some of the highlights were the hoppy beers for sure, several pales, ipls, doubles, and even east coasty ipas, all were outstanding. i also really dug the morning time coffee beer, but all of the beers they had here were quite good. it wasnt unreasonably expensive either for how much we drank. these guys are making a great name for themselves and apparently have plans to expand. sounds like their beer is in real high demand, and a few glasses and you can see why. great stop if you are in the area, they hype for the most part is well warranted.

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Brews Brothers

in Galveston, Texas

4.54/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

About 20 or so taps, a nice (small but good) selection of bottles, tables inside and out along the street. Knowledgeable staff and very laid back and friendly. Definitely stop by if your on the island.

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Sam's Bottle Shop

in Durham, North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

On a trip to the Triangle I checked out this store and Tasty Beverage in Raleigh. It seemed like Sam's was a little larger and had more beers available on the shelves, but I found Sam's filing system confusing or perhaps non-existent, Great selection of NC beers mixed in with other great beers from around the world. Just be prepared to wander and browse.

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Liquor World

in Kankakee, Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Its a shady hole in the wall liquor store. The beer section looks like the inside of a hoarders house. Cases staked up to the ceiling. Boxes filled with miscellaneous bottles. Thick layers of dust on beers that haven't bee available anywhere else in years ... including Pipeworks beers that were from 2013... However in that pile of beer are some real gems.

Most importantly the owner is a straight shooter. He keeps his beer menus up to date and he has no problem selling it to you if you ask for it. His selection is expansive. However be careful with dates. The thick dust on many of the bottles betrays just how old they are.

Still, they get some hard to find stuff so its a great stopping off point in the southern suburbs.

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BrickStone Restaurant & Brewery

in Bourbonnais, Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

The vibe here is comparable to a buffalo wild wings or generic sports bar type place. There is some restaurant seating that is a bit nicer, but overall its just a generic brewpub.

The beer is mostly average at best, but there are a couple beers that are really outstanding. The APA and Hopskip are both excellent beers. They also have wine and cocktails.

Service was solid if unremarkable.

Section of beers is solid. They have a bit of everything.

Food was again, what you'd expect from an american brewpub. Plenty of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc. Pretty good food.

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Alibi Ale Works

in Incline Village, Nevada

4.14/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

They always have good beer flowing.Great variety. Lots of tasty selections. Awesome employees here. A must stop if your on the north shore of lake Tahoe.

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Corked

in Valley Center, California

3.01/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.01
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5

Whenever I'm gambling, I often enjoy a beer with the activity. Being able to access a Sierra Nevada or a Sculpin is often a victory in itself, but throwing in Corked, a 12-tap beer and wine bar inside Harrah's Rincon, takes the beer and gambling theme to a higher level. Located near Pink's Hot Dogs and away from the table games, Corked offers a little slice of good beer in an immediate area lacking any (unless you consider the 30 minute drive to Stone immediate). The bar is easy to access, shaped like a circle, with electronic games at each seat. There is a tap menu offered, however I found it to be out of date.

12 taps pouring beer, plus a handful of bottled options make the beer menu. Beer pouring included Allagash White, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Bell's Oberon, Mission Plunder, plus bottles of Damnation and Rodenbach create a list which offers some vibrancy. Both beers I ordered tasted fine. There's a generous time length of happy hour, where drafts see a 25% discount. That's the good news. The bad news is that the pours are short (14 ounce shakers), carbonation bubbles sticking like glue to the glass (not a good sign for glass cleanliness), and the bartender poured me a pilsner when I asked for a stout.

Think of Corked as an oasis for beer inside Harrah's Rincon. But don't make a road trip here just for the beer; at least play some video poker while you drink away.

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