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ShopRite Wines & Spirits

in Caldwell, New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +0.6% | Avg: 3.63
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This is a large bottle store located in suburban Caldwell, NJ. It has a large selection of wine and a decent selection of beer, mostly the "usual suspects." The establishment is well-lighted, airy, and the staff is generally helpful.

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Odell Brewing Company

in Fort Collins, Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -8% | Avg: 4.49
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A bit of a laid back vibe, but one that seems a little too "clean." Many bikes and quite a few families were hanging out on a not too busy day.

Even if I didn't like all the beer here, everything was made very well. They had a fair number of styles represented, slightly heavy on the major pale ale categories.

The service was friendly, for sure, but I dislike the delivery mechanism the use (single point of sale, delivered over at the taps). They are not the only to use this, but I don't feel it fits for a larger place. Also, forcing every person to go get their own beer was just plain odd.

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Helio Basin Brewing Co.

in Phoenix, Arizona

4.7/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.7
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

If you are ever in the Phoenix area - this is a must try place. The staff are knowledgeable, professional and friendly. The place is clean and inviting (check out the men's bathroom for a surprise - great job on the décor is all I have to say). They only have their beer, no guest selection, and it is only 7 beers on tap. But they are all great - really! The Blackberry Wheat is my wife's favorite and their pale ale is better than Sierra Nevada's best try. What I really have to rave about is the food. Not a big selection, but I've been twice with my wife and we've tried 4 different things now and been amazed. This is restaurant quality in a brewery. Take the drive, it is worth it for sure.

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Papago Brewing

in Scottsdale, Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -6.3% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A little dark and out of the way and the seating is weird - probably could get more flow with a different arrangement. The two beers that I wanted to try were out, but the ones I did were pretty good. The food is above average for a draft house. They really have a great guest beer selection - probably one of the best in bottles around. So if you want a nice sandwich with a bottle of beer you probably cannot find anywhere else - this is the place.

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Brat Haus

in Scottsdale, Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +9.6% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went there for lunch right after we moved - needed to get out of the heat and we saw the sign outside, so we thought, let's just get a bite. What a happy accident. The beer selection is fantastic, the service is above reproach and the food was some of the best I've had at a draft house. Amazing find. Go and you will enjoy yourself!!

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Hideaway Park Brewery

in Winter Park, Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +4.7% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

one of my favorite little breweries in colorado that nobody is talking about yet, but if they keep it up, its only a matter of time. such a cool little spot, tucked right in there on the main drag in winter park, they have a huge outside patio space with some cool furniture, a two tiered indoor area, very very small and intimate with a tiny bar and the little brewery crammed in there as you walk up to it. one dude working, tyler was his name, friendly and cool, fun to chat with and knowledgeable. its got some cool homemade wooden decor, very mountain town vibe to it, i like how small and humble it all is, and the beer is awesome. i think they had eight flavors working, the best of which i thought was a wet hop ipa, but they also had a cool chai milk stout, a few belgian styles, and a gose. great diversity on a small beer menu. i liked all of the beer here, and i love the atmosphere. these guys were easily the best of the three breweries in winter park in terms of beer and vibe, and they are dog friendly. will definitely be the place we go back to on our next visit. stop in when you are in town!

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Coddington Brewing Co.

in Middletown, Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev -19.8% | Avg: 3.59
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75

Eaten here many times but just started tasting craft beers. The flight of 7 is extensive. Some of the year round beers are just average. Wish you could pick you selection. Some of the seasonals were excellent.

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Proclamation Ale Company

in West Kingston, Rhode Island

2.12/5  rDev -46.3% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5

7/9/16 Crowded space, standing only, except for a couch that looks like it came out of a basement frat house. Unfriendly servers. Overrun by a Beer Tour group who had a driver who had had to many. (Hope we don't meet him on the road)

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Ølgod

in Barcelona, Spain

4.48/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in the El Raval neighborhood, Ølgod is about a 20-minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya. Funky neighborhood, Moroccan restaurants, fruit markets, handmade clothing and jewelry stores. Wish I had more time to explore.

Bar was empty when I walked in (about 4pm on a Monday). I was greeted immediately by the bartender, Alex, who was very friendly and had a cool, relaxed vibe. The bar is a slab of poured concrete, lined with stools. There are 30 taps against the white-tiled wall; a chalkboard above lists the beers. Only about half of the taps were in service, as the bar had just hooked up a bunch of new beers and would only serve them when they reached the proper temperature, according to Alex. There are tables and sofas available, a very comfy and casual scene. Cool artwork adorns the walls. Although I did not indulge, the food menu had sandwiches, hummus, veggie burger, nachos, guac and chips, sushi, salads and patatas bravas.

Alex was knowledgeable about beer and was quick with the samples. I mentioned that I was only interested in Spanish beer, and he had great suggestions, including Edge Brewing Co.’s Sangria Sour, Space Coast Session IPA, and Padrino Porter; Omnipollo’s Olympus Mons, a double IPA; and a collaboration between Fort BC and Soma BC called Passion for Gose. That was so good, I ordered a 12-oz draft and loved it; sour, dry on the palette, fruit is present but not sweet, a perfect summer brau in my opinion. Next, I went for the Space Coast which had a nice bitter edge and medium++ mouthfeel, proving that session IPAs need not be wimpy. Finally, I circled back to the Padrino Porter, which was excellent (see review under Edge Brewing, Barcelona).

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Pantori

in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

4.04/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited July 19, 2016, reviewed from notes. Pantori is a gourmet food shop in Donostia-San Sebastian, in the Basque Country of Northern Spain. Donostia-San Sebastian has a reputation as a great place for food, with terrific restaurants, pintxo (Basque tapas) bars, and gourmet shops like Pantori. There are museums, beaches, mountains and castles to explore. It's also a great place for beer, with 3 or 4 breweries within a 20-minute drive.

I first learned of Pantori when I emailed a local brewery in advance of my trip, looking for a store where I could buy their beer. It was a great suggestion, as Pantori carried beers from 6 or 8 different craft breweries across the region (note - national brands are available at a nearby supermarket and at bodegas around town).

I picked up brews from the following local breweries: Basqueland Brewing Project, Bidassoa Brewery, and Mala Gissona Brewery, 12 bottles in all. They also had local hard ciders in stock, so I grabbed a couple of those to try. The store is not very big, but the beer section occupies a tall shelf and there is plenty to choose from, all single bottles of different sizes, 12 ounces and up. They also sell various other grocery items from the local region, including cheese, meat and produce, so you can stock your fridge or make a picnic basket to take on a hike to the castle at the top of nearby Monte Urgull.

The young woman at the cash register was friendly and spoke English well. She made recommendations about which ciders to buy. She even laughed when I told her that "my wife came to San Sebastian to shop, my kids came to lay on the beach, and I came here to drink beer." Which pretty much sums up our entire European vacation.

Anyway, be sure to visit Pantori if you find yourself in Donostia-San Sebastian.

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Brewery Ommegang

in Cooperstown, New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great stop after the Baseball Hall of Fame. Outstanding Beer, beautiful setting. Had to wait a while to eat, but was quite happy drinking Nirvana IPA so didn't care. Food is pretty good as well. The muscles were outstanding.

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Cottrell Brewing Co.

in Pawcatuck, Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Around back of a General Dynamics building. Spacious tasting area open to brewing and bottling area. Single server but friendly and attentive. Contract bottler so you can see other breweries product stacked up.

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Outer Light Brewing Company

in Groton, Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -8.1% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Located near the end of a industrial plaza. Open and comfortable. Nice tables and bar. Large selection. Flight served in globe shaped glasses (thank you). Relaxed atmosphere. Board games available.

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Moffat Station Brewery

in Winter Park, Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +38.2% | Avg: 2.46
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

this is a way cooler place than i feel like its getting credit for being, tucked into a cool hotel right across from the ski resort. as such, it has a ski lodge vibe to it, higher end feel, vaulted wooden ceilings, exposed beans, sort of an intimate layout with lots of sofas and a four sided bar. the brewery is all copper and is actually in a lofted area above the bar, a really neat layout. fireplaces raging, cozy for sure. they only had four of their own beers on, but all of them were pretty decent. we liked the coffee porter and the ipa the best, but they also had a sour cherry beer and a coconut porter that were quite good too. the guest taps were generic and lame. the bartender was a total jerk, he wasnt busy at all and instead of giving us a beer list when we asked him nicely for one, he said go sit down and wait for a server. we tried to sit at a nearly empty bar and were rudely turned away. what the heck?! the server fortunately could not have been any nicer. she was prompt and funny and generous with the samples. she more than made up for him, but it was a weird way to be greeted as patrons. we had a nice time here, the vibe would be awesome on a snowy winter evening, and thats what they try to create year round it seems. mellow and cozy, worth checking out, more than passable beers.

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The Beer'd Brewing Co.

in Stonington, Connecticut

2.44/5  rDev -41.6% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2

Small place. Hard to find even when you go in the door where the sign is. Flights served in plastic cups, makes it hard to judge the color and clarity. Too busy too get to talk to the brewers, growler fill line was constant. Many beers were sold out but got to try a few. Close space with too many people, not a comfortable or relaxing experience.

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Good Dog Bar

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.6% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Small, hipster-y, mid-20s crowd. Can get crowded at night, but pretty chill for lunch or an early dinner.

The beer selection at Good Dog isn't anything to write home about. Roughly 10 beers on tap and 10 bottles. PBR, a few craft lagers, 3-4 IPAs, a wit. It's mostly beers you've seen before. I got a Stone Go-To and a bottle of Port Wipeout.

Come to Good Dog, though, if you're in the mood for a burger. The Good Dog burger was pretty amazing, I have to say. Roquefort cheese and caramelized onions, served with a mix of regular and sweet potato fries on the side. We also got an order of fried pickles with goat cheese ranch dressing (drool).

Good, greasy bar food, and a nice enough atmosphere. Think of the beer as a bonus, though. The selection is maybe 1/20th a place like Monk's.

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Bottomless Brewing

in Geneva, New York

3.99/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

8/26...a remodeled barn off the main road on the East side of Lake Seneca just before the main drag in Geneva. Make this a stop on your finger lakes beer tour. An absolutely beautiful remodeled barn with comfortable, cozy tasting space. 10 beers were on tap when I was there and you can sample in groups of four. Very nice variety of styles. Friendly knowledgeable service with free popcorn. Looking forward to visiting again.

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Ithaca Beer Company

in Ithaca, New York

4.16/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A worthy stop in any finger lakes area visit. Conveniently located outside the hustle and bustle of Ithaca and Cornell, sporting a tasting room, indoor/outdoor seating. 10-12 beers on top, with some preset flights to let you plan a tasting. The usuals are there but also the ones you can't buy outside. Were doing some nice IPA varieties when I was there. Lots of to go options, bottle, growlers, etc. Nicely arranged menu with good options for kids and adults alike.

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Tangled Roots Brewing Company / The Lone Buffalo

in Ottawa, Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Was there on a Sunday afternoon after a visit to Starved Rock, and there wasn't much of a crowd at the place so not much of a vibe to speak of. The people there were a mix of young and old, and the place reminded me of many commercial type breweries with a descent food menu. Quality of the place was good: very clean, plenty of space and you can see all the stainless steel vessels from the restaurant. Service was friendly, albeit a bit slow despite there not being many people. Food was very good with a wide variety of American cuisine options. There were healthier options as well which was nice. Beer menu wasn't enormous (maybe 8 beers at the time) but the two I had (Double IPA and West Coast IPA) were both quite well done for the style (citrusy with plenty of floral notes balanced by sweet malts).

I would recommend going to this brewery if in or near Ottawa, IL, and especially after a day of walking at Starved Rock.

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Joshua's Restaurant & Tavern

in Brunswick, Maine

2.88/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 2.88
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

Located on the main drag, this restaurant consists of two large rooms with an outdoor patio. It was a cool night so we sat inside. The interior is dark and rather dingy.
Twenty or so beers on tap, nothing outstanding.
Our server was attentive, but he screwed up my order. I wanted a pizza with marinara sauce and peppers, no cheese. The pizza came out with a few (and I mean a few) peppers and no sauce. Back to the kitchen it went, and it reappeared twenty minutes later. I swear they took the original pizza and poured sauce on it, then reheated it. Worst pizza I've ever had.
I won't be back.

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Perennial Artisan Ales

in Saint Louis, Missouri

4.16/5  rDev -5% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Loved the secretive location in the loading dock. The staff was great and helped us choose different beers based on our personal preferences. Best beer in St. Louis.

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Beverage Plus 2

in Warwick, New York

4.93/5  rDev +25.4% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I've lived in Warwick for over 10 years and this place has always been great. They are really nice folks and will help you find something to fit your taste. Their selection is great and they are always offering up unique beers. They moved their location recently (to right next door) and the concerns about beer being in the windows has been addressed. They also have occasional tasting from Northeast brewers which is great. Highly recommend if you're in Warwick.

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Birreria Volo

in Toronto, Ontario

4.01/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Soft opening was impressive crowd, with Tim of Oxbow and several of his rarities. Lots of solid taps, well chosen for the farmhouse - tart theme. Bottle room opening very soon with the best cellar in Canada. Narrow, though easier navigation in the back and the patio.

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Allagash Brewing Company

in Portland, Maine

4.41/5  rDev +1.8% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

I love heading up to Allagash Brewery. The tour is great, the people are great, and the beer is phenomenal. The only downside is you cannot buy any beer, only get a small flight. On the other hand, it's probably a good thing because I would spend all day there. It's in a great location where you can walk down the street to a number of other great breweries, a mini brewery crawl! If you're hungry, there's usually a couple of food trucks up there at the breweries as well.

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Earth Eagle Brewings

in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -7.7% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Earth Eagle is one of my favorite breweries in the area. Though known for their unique gruits, they offer a great selection of not only their beers but a number of other breweries in the area. The atmosphere is great and have the friendliest people working there. My favorite beer there is the Chiefy Leroux, a Belgain Ale.

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