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Great Notion Brewing

in Portland, Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -17.9% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Dug it more as a place (of a piece with garden-y craftsman Alberta) than as a source of beer. Very much the kind of populist, presentist approach I see from more and more new outfits across the country: Sweet-Tart-thin fruited kettle sours; creamy New England IPAs; big stouts that sit in your stomach. Being more of a horseblankety farmhouse boy this all makes me long for a dirty brett beer, or a grisette or, hell, a Weihenstephaner.

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Cascade Brewing Barrel House

in Portland, Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +5% | Score: 4.57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Humble yet formidable, blessedly untrendy temple of the Tart Arts. Splendiferous list of inventive barrel sours (some upwards of 8 years old and all the better for it). Old World knowledge and homebrew playfulness on display. Severly underrated—both in Portland rankings and national sour landscape—likely as a result of Web-1.0-era optics.

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Bear Naked Growler

in Montpelier, Vermont

4.51/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.52
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Needed a growler fill before driving from Waterbury to Bangor ME (no telling what might be available in Bangor - better safe than sorry, I say). Stopped at Bear Naked around 10 am, so not much was going on. Well, OK - it was just me and the guy behind the bar. Who couldn't have been nicer. And service was, obviously, great. Impressive tap list and, while I was waiting for him to fill my growler with Foundation Epiphany, I discovered that he has a pretty damn good cooler selection as well. I'd go there again.

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Chase Street Market

in Plymouth, New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -9.5% | Score: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

Great selection for the area and fair prices. Not many member of the staff are too knowledgeable on the spread but there are some that are quite. Regularly get new releases and old favorites and will try to get stuff for you if they can. Would
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The Wine Source

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +1.4% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Up front, it's important to understand that The Wine Source is predominantly a wine and liquor store with perhaps 20% of the shelf space (refrigerated and not) dedicated to beer and another 10% to cider/perry. That said, the selection of beers was quite impressive. There were numerous local Maryland/DC varieties (I was able to obtain from Union Craft, RAR, and 3 Stars), but the selection of domestic craft beers included a range of styles from high quality breweries throughout the US and was quite remarkable. Most selections are canned or bottled, but growlers/crowlers are available and reasonably priced. The vibe was very contemporary and business-like, but the staff were helpful and pleasant. Wine Source also has dedicated parking, useful to know in an urban environment. Would likely be my go to place, if I lived nearby.

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Rail Line Brewing

in Simpsonville, South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.69
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Their beers are off style compared to how they are listed. They are COMPLETELY confused as to what comprises an IPA and I found only 1 of the 3 to be on the border for the style...despite descriptions, the beers lack any resemblance of hoppiness on the nose, flavor nor mouthfeel. The blonde had barely anything in common with an actual blonde and the stout was drinkable. The tacos were pretty good IMO and the service was fairly fast and friendly.

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Ron's Market

in Farmington, Maine

1.34/5  rDev -66.6% | Score: 4.01
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25

Very rude and short, I spent 50$+ on food and drinks, tiny portions high prices and stingy over dipping sauce. No customer service. Great place to go if you're drunk and an alcoholic because that's all they're friendly too. Last resort for food or service, not a must go a must not go. Go see for yourself.

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in South Burlington, Vermont

4.25/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been here a couple of times. I've never had a bad experience, always clean, and fairly quick service even at peak times. Menu is vast enough to help my 7 year old always pick something he enjoys. Their buffalo wings are legit and a half as they add their creative and semi-unique twist on them. Pizza is always extremely enjoyable. About 10 taps with 2 ciders, and other full bar items. Taps usually seen are from 1st Republic, Frost, Fiddlehead, 14th Star, Good Measure, Burlington Beer, Drop In, Farnham, Foley Bros, Hermit Thrush, Long Trail, Lost Nation, Otter Creek, Queen City, Rock Art, Simple Roots, Stone Corral, Switchback, Trout River, Zero Gravity and Upper Pass for Vermont breweries. Others: Ballast Point, Smuttynose, Aeronaut, Jack's Abby, and Berkshire. Prices are what's to be expected in the area.

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The Co-op Food Stores

in Lebanon, New Hampshire

3.64/5  rDev -8.3% | Score: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

Decent enough CO-OP store, though a chain, their beer is in the back left side of the store. Pretty clean and easy to take in kids. No one asked me if I needed help, but I'm not usually offended if no one asks me, especially in a grocery store like this. Found some NH beers that I can't get in VT. Pretty good stop for NH beers, but part of me says if I had a choice, I'd rather go to the Lebanon Brew Shop. This place is a decent back-up, I must say.

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The Lebanon Brew Shop

in Lebanon, New Hampshire

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

Me and my son ventured in Western NH earlier this month and well, though we went looking for camping and fishing spots, if I'm gonna be in another state, well, that means another distro, so of course I gotta check out to see what NH has that's different than VT. To me, I felt fairly secure in this store seeing a wonderful array of NH beers that I can't get in VT, than the normal - Henniker, Smuttynose, and Woodstock Inn, which I don't mind, but would rather go for what I can't normally get. Very clean store with lots of homebrew equipment, but I kinda gave up homebrewing. Definitely go back here looking for what I can't get in VT.

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in Atlanta, Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -7.7% | Score: 4.55
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited on a Wednesday night just after dinner rush. Sat at the bar.

V - A nice bar, but the vibe is not all beer. Big and open. Dark when they turn down the lights. Take your date, your beer buds or just folks to have a good dinner. Menu is nice but a bit limited. 4.25

Q - A wide variety of glassware. All seems clean. No complaints. 4.25,

Ser - Friendly, knowledgeable, parings can be a challenge but they try hard. The bartenders share customers which I am familiar with but then you loose that connection and knowledge that comes from having the same tender all night. 4.5

Sel - 30+ beers on tap. Fantome Saison in a bottle. A very good selection of local but nothing resembling a whale. 4.0

F - I had the NY strip which was an 1.5 inches thick and then cut against the grain into strips. I asked for it medium rare, which the kitchen accomplished, but the steak was still dry. 3.75

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Culpeppers Pub & Grill

in North Andover, Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.63
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Odd location for a craft beer pub - overlooking the Willows tennis club. Place could definitely use an overhaul, the carpeting is pretty threadbare and the furniture's a bit worn. Jimmy (the GM/owner) is almost always behind the bar and is a bit of a character. If you visit during the afternoon be ready for lots of socio-political hot takes from him while Fox News is on.

They have about 25 well-curated drafts. A tad heavy on the IPA's (then again, most places are) with focus on New England-area breweries. He actively tries to get the latest "it" beers too.

Food is pretty good - pub fare done well. Pizza is some of the best in the area also.

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Nocturnem Draft Haus

in Bangor, Maine

4.6/5  rDev +4.8% | Score: 4.39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Stopped in after a long day of driving from central VT. Sat at a high table next to the bar. Service was excellent; food was even better than the service, and they had a great selection of beers on tap. What more could you ask for? I don't get to Bangor very often (like this trip is once), but if I ever come back I'll definitely patronize Nocturnem!

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George's Tavern

in Racine, Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.99
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Classic tavern asthetics, also good live music venue. Definitely a Dead Head hangout, which is relected in the decor/ choice of house music. Small, but choice selection of beers, with the craft stuff constantly rotating. Standard pub food, well made and presented well. Large dining/ hang out area, but no table service, order at the bar.

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Helio Basin Brewing Co.

in Phoenix, Arizona

3.94/5  rDev -5.3% | Score: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

It's located within a shopping district, which feels a bit odd. Inside is a large two-tiered open space with the brewing equipment behind glass on the right side. Garage doors provide open air into the dining area on appropriate weather days. Staff was not very plentiful (3 outside of the kitchen, and 2 of those were working the brewing equipment), but they were helpful. Beer selection was slim (~8 taps), but spanned a diverse array of styles. Food was good as well.

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Deciduous Brewing Company

in Newmarket, New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.1% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best brewery around for hazy IPAs and for Sours. Space is nice, could be larger. I don’t get all the hoopla about Treehouse, Deciduous’ IPAs blow them out of the water.

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Standard Gastropub

in Bridgton, Maine

4.54/5  rDev +4.1% | Score: 4.36
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Local Maine beers on tap and approximately 300 bottles/cans in coolers for on site consumption. Fast friendly knowledgeable service, cool music. Patio out back. Plenty of parking. And it’s a gas station too. Have not had the food, but menu looked varied and eclectic.

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Santiam Brewing Company

in Salem, Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +3% | Score: 4.36
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

The beer quality is exceptional. The atmosphere is great. Bartenders are generally knowledgeable though some would do better to focus on customers instead of their phones

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Haymarket Beer Co. Brewery & Taproom

in Bridgman, Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +6.9% | Score: 3.6
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice stop on the west side of Michigan, in a reclaimed police post. Modern interior with Biergarten style tables and benches. A beautiful bar with several different tap selections and a small but mixed food menu of sandwiches, salads, and pizzas, with a locavore vibe. Beers were all approachable and the food was pretty solid. Gift shop with to-go cans that were on sale for cheap. Would definitely stop again, and an easy stop for people heading to other nearby breweries Transient, Tapistry, or Greenbush.

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MyGrain Brewing Co.

in Joliet, Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +14% | Score: 3.78
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool venue with a spacious bar located in Central Station in Joliet. Exposed concrete floors and industrial look.
The bartender gave good service but did not talk about the beer. Have a good looking menu but I did not try. Beer is fresh and good with 18 on tap.

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Angels Trumpet Ale House

in Phoenix, Arizona

4.54/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.51
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Small spot just north of downtown, adjacent to an open space on the corner. Inside feels cavernous though. A dimly lit interior features a blackboard opposite the main entrance listing tap selection. Lights focused on the blackboard make it evident this is the focus here. Inside is a large selection of tables and a lengthy bar. Outside on the patio is another half dozen tables for 4, and a lenghty row of adirondack chairs to watch people play corn hole. A light mesh hangs over the tabled seating to help add some shade, and with the addition of a mister, keeps the back patio pretty cool. Another blackboard is back here for tap selection, but doesn't included brewery info or ABV. Beers focus on local and California IPAs (May visit). The service was helpful overall, but not super beer savvy. At least, as far as our waitress went. Food was fantastic and overshadowed the beer a bit. Well worth a stop for the food alone. Overall, a fantastic place to enjoy dinner and a brew or few.

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The Wandering Tortoise

in Phoenix, Arizona

4.4/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Big open space in a small, 3 spot strip mall (Wandering Tourtise is 2 of those spots). The space is dominated by a large "U" bar with the I beam splitting the two store fronts covered in tap offerings. Selection is pretty good, although it was focused on IPAs pretty closely (visited end of May). To-go bottles and cans are available on a small couple of shelves and coolers tucked in the back. It's a tasty selection of large format and small format beers, wine, and mead. In fact, they had a handful of meads on tap as well. Selection encompassed local, California, and a few import Belgian beers. Bottles and cans in the fridge can be served at the bar for a small additional fee. Bartender was helpful in selecting some local beers.

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Sato Brewpub

in Buffalo, New York

4.33/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Stopped into Sato while on vacation in Buffalo. Unique place...Japanese Ramen restaurant with beers brewed with a Japanese twist....yuzu, miso, green tea. All the beers were above average and good. They had a nice selection of styles on...Belgians, IPA, stout and cream ale. Food was delicious, ramen bowls are great, salmon poke was awesome. Would definitely recommend!

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AleSmith Brewing Company

in San Diego, California

4.21/5  rDev -3.7% | Score: 4.37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This was my first time to AleSmith. Very cool facility, huge! The selection when I went was great for Speedway Stout variants, but for those looking beyond heavy stouts, I’ve gotta say there maybe could have been a little more. Service was great, speedy and friendly. Beer quality was solid, from what I had. With the right event going on, during a full house session, I can really see this being a fun place to be!

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Wake Brewing

in Rock Island, Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3

Do not go alone, this bar has no TV's. The bartender was nice and informative. The beers I tried were pretty good nothing to write home about. They do not do flights but will give samples. Reasonably priced. I would not stop here for an on the way home beer it is definitely a place to go hang out.

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