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Pies & Pints Restaurant & Brewery

in Waterbury, Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +113.3% | Avg: 2.03
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I've been here on many different days to truly be sure I witnessed how it is here. The interior is quite beautiful. The bar has carved wood and a metal type ceiling. The dining area has a unique comfortable look and feel. Very old but well kept. Staff seems amazing. At the dining area I didn't think it took long to be served. The bartenders are pretty awesome and make you feel like you are one of the family. Food is great and made quickly. Temperature is exactly how it should be and quality is on the higher end. I never felt the food was the ordinary frozen chain style food. The downside is that the beer could be colder. A new pour is very foamy and goes room temperature rather quickly. Also the place doesn't get as packed as it should be. The parking may be part of the problem. If you don't like to parallel park then you are most likely to avoid this place but it really is worth trying out. It's not very expensive and the beer selection is amazing (when the taps are full they carry about 30 beers on tap). I have witnessed their pizza being picked up for take out and I must say that they have the ability to make a great pizza. Visitors staying at the nearby hotel have stopped in to try this place and have nothing but nice things to say (I am quite chatty with people who have sat down at the bar while I was present) . This is just one of three bar/restaurant they have opened up in the state of Connecticut and overall it's one of my favorite places to visit.

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The Sports Center

in Yakima, Washington

3.85/5  rDev +10.3% | Avg: 3.49
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The name alone gave me a less than optimistic feeling about the place, but there are not a lot of options in Yakima on a weeknight so we though it would be worth a try. As it turned out it is a decent enough choice. It is most definitely a sports bar (fantasy draft going on in one room while we were there), but not as offensively so as many. It is an odd warren of rooms and oddly big... a diner out front, sports bar like in the middle and kind of transitioning to a live music venue at the rear? They did indeed have some live music the night we were there and it certainly did not help the atmosphere (a wierd hip hop/metal thing as I recall), but your mileage may vary on that. The service was fine, beer selection and quality actually quite good and the food was better than average pub/sports bar fare (pork shank "wings" were a solid choice). If you are spending any amount of time in Yakima, you will probably end up here and you will probably like it, though it will take a special sort to really LOVE it.

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Nu Homebrew & Bottles

in Spokane Valley, Washington

4.56/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.56
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Best homebrew shop in the area by far and also has some pretty sweet beer for sale.

Plenty of bulk grain. hops, and other ingredients if you're a build it yourself type. They also will put recipes together or sell you a kit if that's your thing. The prices rival anything you can get online and definitely beat the area competitors. If you message them on facebook they can even build your recipe in advance so you don't have to do all the scooping and cracking.

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Karbach Brewing Co.

in Houston, Texas

4.68/5  rDev +8.1% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Awesomw biergarten, free parking, and a free tour as well! Came on my fiance's birthday and received a free glass and tokens to drink. The glasses, shirts, and beer tokens were all quite affordable (and we got them all). The tour was my favorite I've had yet out of any in Texas, based on the ~4 breweries I've toured. Their research room was super cool to see and they have a complex system of quality control that goes into these awesome beers. Got to try Rodeo Clown and Hop Delusion at reduced prices (1 token) because the bartenders were so cool. Food was pretty good, but portions could've been larger for the price. The beers in the restaurant were quite expensive, so we decided to keep our drinking to the token system in the biergarten. Aside from that small complaint, which is justified IMO as beer straight from the brewery should at least be as cheap as it is at the atore, this is still my favorite brewery in Texas and has a special place in my heart. Happy 5th birthday, the Quintuple IPA is incredible!

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The Brick

in Roslyn, Washington

3.84/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Finally got to make a stop in Cicely, uh er Roslyn, on our way back from Yakima's Fresh Hop fest a few days ago. It was a semi-busy fall afternoon with nice weather. Our group of 6 got a table in a side room, in front of the stage, where Puntball was on TV. Apparently they have live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Pretty good taplist, a few BMC-type brews, but mostly regional craft beers. Had a Blackberry Wit from Whipsaw Brewing that was pretty tasty. The food menu was pretty standard pub-grub, but everything seemed nicely done. Everyone in our group liked their order. I had the mini-quesadillas, and they were very tasty. My friend Chris is a butcher, and said that his burger was very good beef.

Service was friendly and attentive, without being hovering or clingy. When our server was busy with another table, a different server came over to check on us, a simple enough thing that is not done often enough these days. If you still harbor fond memories of Northern Exposure, you will still enjoy a stop at The Brick. If not a fan of the show, I think you'll still enjoy a few minute detour off I-90 for lunch and a couple cold ones.

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The Industrial Revolution Brewing Company

in Erie, Colorado

5/5  rDev +59.7% | Avg: 3.13
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Among the BEST Breweries in the state! Intimate family run brewery with exceptional offerings. They have something for everyone regardless of your beer palate. If you go, you must try the Blonde Stout and Vanilla Porter, both excel at breaking dark beer myths. Good food from nearby restaurants can be quickly delivered to the brewery during business hours. They are closed on Mon-Tue.

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Greyline Brewing Co.

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

My wife and I stopped here to try their beers and to have lunch. The pub is located on a busy street among other commercial businesses as well as some residential structures. Parking is available on both sides of the building, although the south side parking lot is much larger. A patio is located on the south side of the building, and a trellis of hop bines is being established as a 'roof' for some shade, if not some kind of rain protection.

We ordered a sampler flight of 9 of the 16 beers on tap (one was a cider). There is a wide selection of styles, so something for everyone is available. Sampler-sized pours are priced individually so that every flight is a custom choice. Each of the beers was brewed very well to style and beyond average for the style. All of the beers scored 3.75-4.25 on our rating scale, so the brewer here is very consistent about the quality of the beers. We especially liked Fade (nitro oatmeal stout), Rambler (red ale), Rock the Kazbek (ESP), Shakey Knees (coffee stout) and Sirillo (double pale ale).

The food menu is interesting in the selections as well as the portion sizes, and we definitely enjoyed what we ordered. I'll say that the food and beer seem to try to outdo each other on providing enjoyment to the customer.

This brewpub has just recently opened, and is very definitely a place that will thrive. When we're in the area we'll make a return trip here.

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City Tap House

in District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +2.2% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This was for lunch on a Friday afternoon.

We got a table for 6 pretty easily. The vibe is a little cookie cutter, but they have lots of space and comfortable seating.

Nice selection of taps, available in different pour sizes, making tasting around pretty easy. Cask options, which I always like to see. The 3 Stars Above the Clouds on cask was definitely the highlight of my trip.

Food is good. It's bar food, but with some nice touches. We had sandwiches and pizzas, for the most part.

Service was attentive. Prices are what you'd expect for the city. It's a nice, if slightly antiseptic, place to have lunch.

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Capitol City Brewing Company

in District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 3.57
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

We were in DC for a Friday night and with a lot of restaurants very full, settled on Capitol City Brewing. We waited 15 minutes for table and grabbed a beer at the bar while we did so.

The beer is solid, if unexceptional. A mix of staple styles (Vienna, IPA, Amber, etc) with a more adventurous choice tossed in ( a coffee stout, while we were there).

The food is archetypical brewpub fare. Sandwiches, pizzas, etc. I had bratwurst, which were pretty good.

Prices are fine, considering that you're in a major city. Service was a bit slow, especially after we requested our check, but not offensive. It's a totally reasonable place, with reasonable beer, and reasonable food.

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Offshore Ale Company

in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -15.4% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Went there on a weekend during the first week of fall. The place had a ton of tourists, which was expected considering it was on a weekend at Martha's Vineyard. Quite packed and was a bit difficult to hear. Peanut shelves everywhere. Quality of the place was nice. A lot of it was decorated with fishing and 'sea' themed items (fishing nets, rods, boats, paddles, etc) and it definitely had that kind of a feel to it. Service was prompt and friendly, although I think the staff was a bit overwhelmed due to the crowd. Selection of beer wasn't overwhelming but I also didn't have a chance to try a large assortment. The one beer I had Islander Double, was a solid DIPA offering.

Overall, I'd recommend this place if you are visiting Martha's Vineyard and would like to try some local beer at a local brewery. Otherwise, I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for a visit.

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Birch & Barley / ChurchKey

in District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

We were in DC back in March and went to Churchkey mid-afternoon on a Saturday. The place was very crowded, but with a very positive buzz. We grabbed beers at the bar and waited for seating to open up. The seating situation is kind of sit-where-you-want and first-come-first-serve, so vigilance is the key if you're waiting around.

A few days before our visit, they had hosted Victory's 20th anniversary celebration and the taplist still showed the residual effect of it. As a person who'd call Victory his favorite brewery, I was fine with this, however is probably isn't a great indicator of the everyday offerings. Everything was in good shape and served in appropriate glassware. I also appreciate that they appear to always have a handful of cask options.

Once we got a table, we ordered food. There's a lot of small plate and appetizer-type options, but the menu is on the short side, on the whole. The flatbreads were good and likely the standout.

Service was attentive, despite the large crowd. We never waited long for a round.

At the end of the day, ChurchKey was great. It might be a tad pricey, but it's DC.

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Fools Gold

in New York, New York

4.29/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I visited Fools Gold for the first time for Zwanze 2016, so obviously this was a big/busy day for them. Overall I was very impressed by the way they handled the event. Focusing on the bar itself, it's a very cool space, a long room with a very long bar, and enough seating area to handle a very large crowd...even on Zwanze Day showing up at 2pm as I did, not once was I cramped or getting elbowed by anyone else. Everything on tap is well displayed on the board behind the bar. I'm not sure what the list is like on a normal day, but I assume it's very good and diverse. This day, other than Cantillon, there were many choices from Crooked Stave, Cascade, and the like. Service, again, was spot on. Plenty of people behind the bar, and all doing their jobs. The music was extremely loud, but they sure got all the orders in with no problem. I would love to come back to this place on an off day, and perhaps next time I'm in the City, I'll do just that.

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Maine Beer Company

in Freeport, Maine

4.47/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I went by myself on a Monday afternoon on a short trip to the Portland area, so I'm sure this place is a little more lively and fun on the weekends/nights. It was still busy, but the staff kept things moving. Love the window into the brewery that gives you the ability to watch the beers you're drinking in the early stages. Good selection of beers and nice seating areas inside and outside. Only downsides are no growler fills and my only real complaint was more about the cold pretzel I bought, which I wouldn't have if I hadn't touched it already. I'm sure they're much better warm. Overall, a cool place with some great beers and fun atmosphere.

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Roslyn Brewing

in Roslyn, Washington

3.7/5  rDev +10.1% | Avg: 3.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I finally got to make a stop here recently. I've liked their brews a long time, and was happy to get to the brewery. Small, cozy taproom, and there was a table in the brewery the day we were there, so that's where we sat. The bartender had a broken foot, but got around well anyway (get better soon Kim!). Awesome small beer garden outside. Definitely worth the brief detour off I-90.

Plus, if you're a Northern Exposure fan, you'll want to see town anyway. I didn't see a moose walking down the street, sadly.

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Long Ridge Wine & Spirits

in Plymouth, Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -7.5% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

every friday they have beer and wine tastings. they used to have a larger selection of shelved craft beer but has since dwindled to a small two shelves. they do have quite a bit of 6 packs in the coolers though

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Luke's Liquors

in Plymouth, Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +11.2% | Avg: 3.58
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

What a great little local bottle shop. Well Priced and a great selection of beer. Most of their craft selection is stored out on the selves with great organization (ie. Belgian style beer, Mexican, US, English Ales, ect.) One of my new favorites in Plymouth.

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Midland Beer Garden

in Midland, Texas

4.85/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This place is a treat for us in Midland, Texas. With nothing to compete with in this town it is the go to on any night on the town. This place has a beautiful atmosphere with a full groeing garden right next door.The beer selection has gone from four to over 30 in the last 3 years. They change up a few for the season but there is no doubt this outside garden style bar will have you favorite beer, from porters to IPA. The staff is fun and well informed. Jaime the owner is the most well rounded bar owner around. He'll stop and have conversation with you. Almost forgot to mention the have dog friendly environment love it. If you're in Midland you need to make a stop there during your visit. You won't be sorry.

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Hop Nation Brewing Company

in Yakima, Washington

3.4/5  rDev -3.7% | Avg: 3.53
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Nice spot in an old warehouse-type building. A bit dark inside for my tastes, otherwise a basic "bar" type atmosphere. Only had 1 pint, solid and enjoyable. Had a slice of a friends pizza, was pretty good. If you're touring Yakima, worth stopping in to check out.

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Berchman's Brewing Co. Taproom

in Yakima, Washington

3.62/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.62
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Small taproom in a cool location. Old opera house, that was turned into a fur storage facility. Also, the original location of Bert Grant's first brewery. Family run business, very nice and friendly folks. Beers were solid and enjoyable, but nothing going out of your way for. If in Yakima, worth swinging by for a quick one, as it's located near Hop Nation, near the railroad tracks, in downtown.

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Pearl Specialty Market & Spirits

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +27.6% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped by to purchase some booze for a tasting event, and low-and-behold Pearl Specialty delves deep into all those vices! Cigars to pair with scotch or bourbon, awesome upscale wine selection. Not those cheap box wines mind you, a real curated selection! Props to the wine buyer, I love the Owen Rowe line.

The beer selection was awesome. I inquired about some of the hard to get releases, like the Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee and Helldorado. They delivered on their selection. They have a great selection in 22's, 6-packs, and an increased selection of 16oz cans. Some would say that cans and bottles drink differently, which they do to a degree. But for a nice stout, the hopworks survival stout is my go to.

Cheers Pearl!

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Angry Inch Brewing

in Lakeville, Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7% | Avg: 3.74
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Angry Inch screams "START-UP BREWPUB!" as soon as you walk in the door. Games scattered on tables, no frills, just like we like it. We only had time for two beers, Samoan Kisses & Naked Hop Party, but were impressed by both, especially the Kisses, which was amazingly flavorful for a 4.5% ABV brew. Between that & some other hints (the saison as part of their standard lineup) it seems they may be going for both the locals & beer geek crowd.

The manager (or somebody, anyways) stopped by to chat. Really liked the beer & we'd be happy to stop by if we're in the neighborhood again.

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Wolverine State Brewing Company

in Ann Arbor, Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

The Tap Room at Wolverine State Brewing Co. was a cool place, without a doubt. A great place to have some awesome beer, watch a game and enjoy one another. The only food we had was the 2019 Nachos which were very good (have them with the smoked pulled pork!). Would definitely go back.

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West Lakeview Liquors

in Chicago, Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Was skeptical at first because of bad reviews on trip advisor and yelp, for the online service. But notice a lot were 2014-2015 and said hell I'll try. Ordered on a Tuesday and beer was shipped Thursday, found out they ship Mondays and Thursday. Got the box following Monday. Beer was well wrapped and secure, all beer accounted for. The Furious IPA's are dated 9/3/2016 but I think'll that's fine for getting online beer.

Will try again to get the hard sought beers.

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Knightly Spirits

in Orlando, Florida

4.51/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Great place! I didn't see an issue with the age of IPAs. Would probably say the exact opposite of others - Jai Alai and Sunshine City less than 3 weeks old. (Compare to the Whole Foods by the theme parks with 2 month old Jai Alai). So many sours and Belgian brews. Good selection of local breweries. Definitely wouldn't have expected this type of selection when I walked in. Go out of your way. Highly recommend.

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Pearl Specialty Market & Spirits

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +27.6% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Thanks Pearl Specialty! Their beer buyer ordered me a case of beer from my hometown in California, a few days later, I called back and it had arrived. Service is excellent and product is pretty stocked. Hit them up on Wednesday when they get their beer shipment. I even scored some Russian River!! With service like this, why go anywhere else?

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