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Crooked Run Brewing

in Leesburg, Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.6% | Score: 3.98
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Supernatural is a fantastic beer. The cozy brewery is a great stop after a long bike ride or for a special trip. The staff is very friendly. I look forward my next visit.

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Devil's Purse Brewing Co.

in South Dennis, Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +16% | Score: 3.57
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The beer is good. The staff is very friendly. I really liked the glass that I was given after making my purchase. I enjoy stopping by whenever I am in town.

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Trillium Brewing Company

in Canton, Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -9.2% | Score: 4.58
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

After visiting the Boston beer garden on several occasions, I visited the Canton location to pick up cans. I was able to get Melcher Street Double Dry Hopped IPA. The staff was professional but not very friendly.

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Hog Island Beer Co.

in Orleans, Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.7% | Score: 3.87
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I picked up a Day Sail Session IPA to go with an old friend. The atmosphere was festive and we ran into old friends. It has a hometown vibe. The service was excellent.

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Tree House Brewing Company

in Charlton, Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -6% | Score: 4.67
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Treehouse is a great destination for folks who love delicious beer. The long line is an issue that I hope the brewery can mitigate by expanding capacity one day. The food trucks are fantastic and the live music set the tone for a fun visit.

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Rochester Tap Room

in Rochester Hills, Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The food at this place continues to disappoint both my wife and I. It isn't necessarily bad, but it's not even close to worth the price they charge.

Expect to pay about $12-15 for mediocre bar food.

Drinks are not an issue. Great selection overall. Decent amount of events which lead to a good rotating tap list. I would visit more often if the food improved.

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Dos Luces Brewery

in Denver, Colorado

3.81/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.81
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

a really interesting new spot on south broadways specializing in corn based "beers" called chicha, which i think comes from peru or maybe venezuela, wither way, calling it beer is a stretch to me. sure it might be fermented with ale yeast, but i dont believe it has hops, and the only grain is corn. they serve it in a little clay cup which is kind of neat, its totally still, and is spiced with autumnal spices and fruit in some recipes, interesting stuff and quite good, but to me more like a chai tea than a beer, enjoyable in small doses, not sure what i really think of it, is it technically even beer? their space is rad though, a cool open feel up front, neat lighting and tons of plants, a walk up bar without any seating. they only had three of their own on when i was in, one with no alcohol, but they did have some guest beers from intrepid sojourner, which i believe is where they brewed some batches before they had their own place, so at least you can still get an actual beer in here after the chicha sampling. the space really is nice, the equipment in the back is gorgeous and shiny and new, and i think its necessary to have a niche like this as a new brewery in denver now, i hope they do well. service was decent, unremarkable, the girl i spoke with and ordered from didnt seem to know much about the product, which seems weird to me, given it being so unique here, im sure they get a lot of questions. ill swing back in here in a few months and hope for some new flavors, its interesting stuff and tastes good. what do others think?

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Hugh O'Neill's

in Malden, Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +2.1% | Score: 4.3
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This place has really upped its game since it opened around 20 years ago. What used to be a very basic Irish pub is now a craft beer mecca. The draft list is well curated and the prices are very reasonable. The vibe is relaxed although I have found the service to be inconsistent. The food is quintessential pub grub. Be sure to go for the $5 appetizers on weekdays 4:00-6:30!

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North Fork Brewing Co.

in Riverhead, New York

3.68/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.68
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

I decided to take a beer crawl in Riverhead, NY with my crew on a rainy Saturday. Riverhead is at the juncture of the two forks of Long Island and has at least four breweries with serving areas (Crooked Ladder, Moustache, North Fork, and Long Ireland) with a fifth (Long Beard) under construction. Crooked Ladder, Moustache, and North Fork are all within a short walk of one another, so after spending some time at Crooked Ladder and Moustache, my party headed over to North Fork.

Located in a repurposed fire house on East 2nd St in Riverhead, Long Island, North Fork has a large, airy service area. Unfortunately, our server was given two different flights for 3 patrons, but seemingly gave us all the same thing. With 8 to ten taps, including one for root beer (for the kids), as well as several locally sources wines, the selection was very good.

The place was hopping but the seating so ample, we didn't feel in the least bit crowded. The beers were generally very good. Plenty of space for a large party and a fun party atmosphere all contribute to the vibe. Note, it appears that Long Beard Brewing is building a serving space on the other side of this former house, which will be interesting to say the least. Definitely worth a look.

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Moustache Brewing Co.

in Riverhead, New York

3.87/5  rDev -7.4% | Score: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I decided to take a beer crawl in Riverhead, NY with my crew on a rainy Saturday. Riverhead is at the juncture of the two forks of Long Island and has at least four breweries with serving areas (Crooked Ladder, Moustache, North Fork, and Long Ireland) with a fifth (Long Beard) under construction. Crooked Ladder, Moustache, and North Fork are all within a short walk of one another, so after spending some time at Crooked Ladder, my party headed over to Moustache.

Located on a cul de sac on Hallett Ave, Moustache has a small, quirky, fun little service area. The servers couldn't have been lovelier, walking us through the offerings and giving us time to make up our minds. With twelve taps, including a guest tap for the local Jamesport Farm Brewery cider, the range and depth of offerings with excellent for a facility of this size. Space in limited, but we did not feel cramped.

We chatted with a couple who had brought their (incredibly well behaved) bulldog, spent a good hour sampling the brews, and just generally had a grand old time. As we were leaving, a Bachelorette party arrived, no doubt taking advantage of the "Brew Crew" 12 seat pedicab available locally for just such purposes. The beers were generally very good, the ambience great, and the staff excellent. Prepackaged bottled and canned beers are available. Just the right way to spend and rainy day.

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Barrels & Vines

in Royal Oak, Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.5
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great selection of craft beers, liquor and wine. Knowledgeable staff, especially owner Ken.

Also great food selections including Saroki’s pizza. And, you can fill up with gas!

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The Exchange Brewery

in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

3.76/5  rDev -3.6% | Score: 3.9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

On the main street of a modest and quaint resort town, this micro-brewery was a pleasant find.
We had the flight of three ales and three cheeses. Recommended (although I neglected to ask if the cheeses were standard or intentionally paired with my beer choice... but they seemed to be.) I like how they enumerate his I can't give high Quality marks for their ales, really just average. Caveats were they were a bit cold and I was sharing with my wife, so I could not get used to an ale. I also generally object to when a brewhouse does not sell the competition. While this might make sense from a short-term business sense, they will learn something from the competition.

The Service was fine; answering my questions about how the Ontario beer market was so different because the state, basically, takes the money that distributors make in the U.S.

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Sin & Redemption

in Toronto, Ontario

4.28/5  rDev +7.8% | Score: 3.97
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Went to admire the nearby contemporary art museum and design school and found this gem by complete urban serendipity... just around the corner. A funny name for a bar and even funnier explanation on their website. Best yet, I got a sophisticated beer list when I was just looking for Canadian brewers I'd never had. The service was patient with me as I asked for a few of their obscure offerings and they were out (including the Westvlerten.) But no worries. I had my beer; refreshed to take on the summer sun.

I wish I had another day in Toronto to work through their list. But, I certainly hope to return to this city soon and Sin & Redemption will be on my list... maybe even my mind.

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Beer On The Wall

in Park Ridge, Illinois

4.82/5  rDev +7.6% | Score: 4.48
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Wonderful selection of beers and ciders, well representing Chicagoland breweries and good picks from the rest of the nation, and world. Coffee and tea is to die for featuring a plethora of Dark Matter and local sourced tea options. They even have Sprecher's soda for those not keen to have alcohol or caffeine. Aesthetic is a fun blend of modern and retro with a wonderful small outdoor seating area. One of the best parts is the community friendly environment with board and card games plus an NES to boot.

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Great Notion Brewing

in Portland, Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.8% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

One of those places that HAS to be all hype, right? Nope! Great Notion is as legit as they come as long as you like dessert inspired stouts and sours or hazy/juicy IPA's.
Located in the Alberta area, it's a tiny bit off the beaten path if you're staying downtown. It's still only about a $10-15 Lyft/Uber away, though. When you arrive you'll notice it's tucked behind a coffee shop and it shares space with a garden center. Luckily it isn't tiny. There's an indoor dining room (where the brewing equipment and bar are located) as well as plenty of outdoor seating via a pair of patios. There's an additional garden center space that seems to be available as needed, too. It's a little bit biergarten-esque.
On to the beer! When I was there they had a pretty astounding 15 taps and a guest or two as well. About 1/2 are variations on hazy IPA's while the other half are split between kettle sours and big stouts. The sours and stouts were almost all featuring dessert adjuncts like coffee, blueberries, lime, maple syrup, peanut butter, and more. Most of the hazy IPA's were simply featuring different hops and strength levels. I don't think anything I had was less than terrific. Blueberry Muffin, Wai-Iti, Juice Jr. and Peanut Brother were highlights. If you can imagine Funky Buddha crossed with Trillium, you're most of the way there. As long as you aren't rolling in expecting a Munich-level dunkel or a SNPA clone I think you'll be more than happy. Prices are low compared to what you'd pay in most of the country. All pours are either $5 or $6. Pour sizes range from around 11oz all the way up to standard pints. However the real gem is the price of a flight. It's $15 for 5 samples, any beers you want. Samples are listed as 4oz each, but I'd say that's a conservative estimate.
Something that also surprised me - the food is also really good. Options are mostly sandwiches and salads, but where they shine is the snack menu. Curry-ketchup waffle fries, buffalo tostones, and pan fried Brussels sprouts are some examples. Oh man they're good, too. Prices are on par with everything else I encountered in PDX. I appreciate that pretty much every brewery in town has food, but GN's was the best I had.
They have beer to go, but only select items in crowlers and 4-packs. Neither option suited me when I was there, but I guess when they do Juice Box and Double Stack people are known to swarm. I appreciate that their main focus is making sure as many options are on tap as possible for visitors anyway. Most of the to-go stuff is just going to be swapped around until it turns to mush anyway.
Overall, I couldn't have been happier with GN. They know what they're doing and they do it well. On both the beer and food front. The staff is super nice, too. If you're in the area, it's a must visit.

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Bawden Street Brewing

in Ketchikan, Alaska

3.93/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.93
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Cool spot in Ketchikan, Alaska. Located on Bawden Street, this is a small cozy taproom with a beautiful table as the centerpiece- it is a ship rudder with a beautiful wooden table top surface. It's a small space, with the rest of the building being used as the brewery- expansive windows allow you to see the brewer at work. It's a small operation, befitting the size of the town. They let you try samplers so you can choose what to order a pint of; at the time of review they carried two saisons and one IPA. It's not a huge selection. They have a crowler machine as well, so people can take beers home with them if they like. You are also able to buy shirts and glassware to take home as well. It's a good spot to have a beer once you've finished whatever excursion or cruise ship activity that brings you to town, and better than drinking the usual at a touristy bar.

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Rising Tide Brewing Company

in Portland, Maine

4.28/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

We stopped by in June and they had live music outside and drafts were flowing along with food trucks parked and ready to serve hungry customers. Good variety of brews and I've seen them in some Mass. liquor stores so their distribution seems very good.

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Barrel House Z (BHZ)

in Weymouth, Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -2.8% | Score: 4.23
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in an industrial park in Weymouth and the interior is nice with wood grains and many drafts and flights. A bit pricy though. Cans and bottles can be found in some local package stores.

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Wormtown Brewery

in Worcester, Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 4.18
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

We went searching for drafts of Be Hoppy and found them. Located in Worcester with some interesting history. They offer flights so you can try different brews and also sell cans and bottles on site.

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Foundation Brewing Company

in Portland, Maine

4.29/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 4.21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Located in a cluster of breweries (Allagash and Austin Street), it is a smaller place serving flights, drafts and growlers. Used to be dog-friendly but no longer probably due to the small size of the place. Beer is excellent IMO.

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Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

in Portland, Maine

4.56/5  rDev +3.2% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located very conveniently in Portland near the train station and the beers are among the best of the best IMO. Good sized place with ample space on the main level and also a second level with tables. Swish is my favorite but I have yet to try others due to its perfection.

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Tritonia Ölverkstad

in Stockholm, Sweden

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A small bar attached to the "Burgers, Barrels, and Beer" restaurant, which offers some alternatives to the beers served at its counterpart, though I'm pretty sure you can order from both lists at both places. So I guess both places are really just two halves of a whole, and I'm going to combine my rating, since BB&B isn't a place on BA.

So the bar in the Tritonia section is, again, is very small, seating maybe 5 people. There are a couple tables. The main seating area is in the BBB section, with a larger outdoor area. The whole place has a classic pub feel, with a welcoming atmosphere. Bartenders were knowledgeable, but the waiting staff left a bit to be desired as far as service went. Beer selection was decent, with a leaning toward local stuff on tap and in bottles/cans, and some simple US and other offerings. Nothing out of this world, but still a good rotating list. As implied by the name, food was mainly burgers, supposedly the "best in Stockholm." I mean the burgers I had were good, and I didn't have any at other places to compare. Not the best I've had (hey, this isn't American BBQ), but still yummy with good options. Prices were expectedly a little high, but not too bad, and not quite tourist-trappy. Definitely a cool place and worth checking out.

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Abnormal Beer Company

in San Diego, California

4.54/5  rDev +3.9% | Score: 4.37
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

It had been 13 years since I had been home to Poway, which borders the San Diego city of Rancho Bernardo (RB). This is where I grew up and lived into my early 20s before packing my bags and moving out of state. Little did I know that RB would a nice, little secret upon my return to San Diego.

I boarded a plane out of San Francisco on a Friday, destined for San Diego with the likes of Modern Times, Mike Hess and AleSmith on my mind. However, a few hours before leaving work, a co-worker dropped the name, "Abnormal Beer Company." Now, San Diego is a big city and chances were I would not be close to check out their hazy IPA, Turbidity, which he raved about to no end. To my surprise, when he said, "Abnormal is in Rancho Bernardo" my mouth hit the the floor. A brewing IN Rancho Bernardo?

After a quick stop at Modern Times, followed by an expensive Uber ride, I arrived at Abnormal, not really sure what to expect. I had looked at their offerings and reviews on BA, knowing I wanted to try Turbidity and grab some 4-packs to go. However, I was taken back by two aspects of their establishment. First, it's small. VERY small. The bar and few tables were all occupied, as the brewpub is situated next to The Cork and Craft restaurant.

I found the last spot at the bar, which was actually being reserved, but the guy was friendly enough to let me hang out until the rest of his party arrived. We tossed back a few beer stories and I asked for recommendations. First up, I started with Turbidity, their West Coast, hazy NE style IPA. My co-worker had not let me down, this was a damn amazing beer. I ordered some garlic noodles that arrived promptly and quickly consumed them. They were incredible too! Then again, maybe I was just hungry as this was my fourth beer and I still had not had anything to eat to this point.

As I was consuming the noodles, I asked for their American IPA, Boss Pour. Another outstanding coming in at 7% IPA. I knew if I went for a third pour, it would be my undoing, as I was waiting for my wife to arrive from Long Beach. The brewpub has great ambience, as the bar faces the brewing vats with an electronic board that displays all the beers on tap. It's great knowing when I go home, I have a close and excellent brewpub in Abnormal available, so I don't need to even go out of town.

If you happen to find your in RB, I highly recommend you stop by Abnormal, it's a right off the I-15 freeway, on Rancho Bernardo Road. Some excellent beer, now to call my parents to have them ship some back up north. Cheers!

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Sapsuckers Hops & Grub

in Huntington, New York

4.43/5  rDev -1.3% | Score: 4.49
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Sixteen beers on tap and approximately sixty in bottles and cans. Excellent selection of breweries and variety of styles. Throw in a few ciders as well. Excellent service, friendly and pretty well versed in beer. Food is good to very good. The bar/restaurant gets very crowded, get here early if you can. I wish this place was walking distance from my house but sadly it is not.

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Nags Head Ale House

in Huntington, New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.2% | Score: 3.84
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

They advertise craft beer but really not so much. Pretty standard selection on their approximately twenty taps. Nothing eye popping that says I have to try. They have about a dozen beers available in cans and bottles and it is a completely unimpressive selection. The place gets extremely crowded and the bartenders must read lips as I do not understand how they could possibly hear anyone.

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