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Bissell Brothers Brewing Co.

in Portland, Maine

3.97/5  rDev -6.4% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The vibe is comparable to queueing for a TSA screening with no guarantee that your airplane will not have already taken off when you finally reach the gate inasmuch as 99% +/- of the experience is spent standing in line wondering if there will be any beer left by the time you finally get to the counter. Once you finally get in the door, you have to somehow intuit that the crowd is supposed to self-organize into four separate lines and then pick the one that doesn't have a half-dozen idiots getting eight five oz tasters each and wanting to know if the t-shirt sizes run large or small and are there any other colors that aren't on display? and do you think Tiff would rather have a blue shirt or a green shirt when I'm pretty sure the poor schmuck running the taps doesn't even know Tiff. I picked the line with all the baby strollers because it LOOKED longer but actually had fewer people in it and let's not even talk about how THAT ended.

The beer was really good. Although I didn't actually manage to get very much of it. DON'T go on a rainy Saturday in the summertime.

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Foundation Brewing Company

in Portland, Maine

2.48/5  rDev -41% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3.5

Not much in the way of vibe; it's pretty much just a bay in an industrial building with a couple of tables in a roped-off area as an afterthought. Which is fine for what they're doing there. Quality of the pours I had on-site was excellent, of course, and I should spend as much time writing about that as I'm going to spend complaining about the service but I'm not going to because, um, I'm not going to. Hopefully my service experience was not typical - three girls, each of whom, had THEY tried to buy beer from ME, I would definitely have wanted to see i.d., getting in each other's way and playing with the dogs when they should have been pouring me beer. I bought two growlers, one of which had a couple inches of excess head space and the other of which was unlabelled. Selection was thin which, again, is fine because what they do have is really, really good. Mostly growler fills and a couple of different cans, most of which were gone within a couple hours of opening i.e., before I got there.

Edited to add: BOTH growlers, not just the underfilled one (noted above) were flat the next day- I had pours yesterday so I know they're not supposed to be this limp and lifeless. I'll refrain from reviewing the beer which is too bad because I had hoped positive beer reviews would offset the poor quality and service ratings.

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Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

in Austin, Texas

4.3/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place with great food and a tremendous beer selection. Only minuses are the fact that its always beyond crowded (understandable, as it is such a great place) and parking in that area can be a major PIA.

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Austin Street Brewery

in Portland, Maine

4.25/5  rDev +5.2% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Almost literally a hole in the wall and difficult to navigate the complex obstacle course of ropes, tables and buzzed hipsters in order to locate and get into the service line or subsequently escape the premises with your booty - could easily be reconfigured into something a little less challenging except, perhaps, for the buzzed hipsters which we must simply learn to put up with since we're not allowed to shoot them:( HOWEVER, having managed to get in and out, the beer was totally worth the trouble. Two competent guys working the counter kept the small line moving well. There were only, what?, I think four or five beers available and no cans, only pours and growler fills but, you know what? I prefer a handful of carefully crafted masterful brews to a boatload of mediocrity - was able to sample every beer on offer, every beer was fantastic AND I was able to walk away without staggering.

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Wines & More

in Wareham, Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +18.1% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

A big store, with a big selection of all types of alcohol. They offer a "Pick your own 6 pack" deal for beers, which is great if you want to try new ones.

They do seminars every so often in which you can try certain types of alcohols (which, if you decide to buy them, you get a discount on).

This is my favorite liquor store.

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Hog Island Beer Co.

in Orleans, Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2

This place is pleasantly large for a start up. It is an extension of an existing restaurant but there is no interior connection between the two. There are many long picnic tables in the center of the room while the perimeter has many free games to play (ping ping, foos ball, etc.). They also have a beautiful grassy outdoor area to hang out. This leads to a diverse crowd of families, young couples, and curious beer aficionados like me.

Alas, the brewery (only eight weeks when I visited) only had three original beers on tap. Note: There were several other beers available from the other bar in the room. They were good but not exceptional. The service was limited to going to a bar and ordering the beer. This fit the atmosphere of the place. While I didn't try the food, I was told there were typical bar type munchies.

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Surly Brewing Co. Beer Hall

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -9.6% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Wow! This is a destination brewery. Inside or outside upstairs or downstairs this place has a good vibe. The brewpub has beer hall seating inside , with great outside seating with 6 or so fire pits. Service at the bar is good or if you sit at a table. Food is very good and taps are good have 15 0r so taps going. Overall the vibe > than the beer and food but all is good in beer wonderland.If you are out of state this is a must visit, if you live here yeah sure.

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Lucky Baldwin's Pub

in Pasadena, California

4.43/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

First time here, as well as the Downtown area of Pasadena. Very Hipster around, but this Place was behind the scenes. Very small inside, but cool layout. Outside seating as well, which is nice. The selection was very nice. Pliny, Blind pig, Rasputin on Nitro, Trappistes 10. That should be enough to back up the statement right there. Service was fast and beer prices were average. Didn't Get a chance to try the food, but someone ordered some fries that smelled delicious. This place is pretty far from where I stay, but I love he inside and atmosphere, as well as the beer selection!!

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Lift Bridge Brewery

in Stillwater, Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Well ive only been here 3 times and its always for the annual BA Silhouette release. Will say ts a drive from Minneapolis, its in a small industrial area, with plenty of parking on the street. The brew has always been good and service great. Brewpub is kinda rustic with lots of wood, they do open up the back with more seating.If this were closer would be here more often.

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Rhinegeist Brewery

in Cincinnati, Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +10.7% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Rhinegeist is one of the coolest (and largest) spots in OTR to kick it with a medium or large group, especially on the weekends. The new rooftop patio with its own dedicated bar is a welcome enhancement.

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The Party Source

in Bellevue, Kentucky

5/5  rDev +15.7% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite part about Party Source, besides the extensive selection is the mix-n-match six pack area in the beer cave. With several hundred bottles to choose from, it's the best around Cincinnati. Most bottles are priced $2–3, though you'll find some like Wells just a bit above that.

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Burger Warfare

in Greensboro, North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.51
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

The decor/feel of this place was interesting - some combination of diner/restaurant and futurist post-apocalyptic video game with the front of an old military vehicle the kids can climb in and robot statues. Music was played at a reasonable volume allowing for easy conversation and while it was not real busy when we arrived, there was a wait for tables by the time we were finishing our meal.

The beer was well poured in a standard shaker pint glass with a decent amount of head and at a decent temperature.

The service was friendly and attentive as well as offering to point out the newer/fresher and more interesting (at least in the server's opinion beers). The server did a great job of quickly getting our beverages and orders, which was great since I was visiting with 2 small children. Food service was prompt.

The selection was not great but not bad either - a good number of the taps are dedicated to Pig Pounder beers (sister business to this one) and the rest were easily available NC and National craft brands.

I enjoyed the burger, tots, and fried cheese curds but there were nothing special considering some of the local burger competition (Hops Burger and Big Burger Spot come to mind).

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company

in Houston, Texas

4.73/5  rDev +15.6% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The brewery is in a weird location in Houston, but it's been here forever and if you ask any local, myself included they all know where and how to get to Saint Arnold's. If you are in town any other day of the week except Saturday (which is the worst, you can't find parking and can barely walk to the beer line), go. During the week they're open for lunch until 4:30, but I personally recommend and love Friday's, they open normal time until 10PM and they aren't too busy. You'll always find a place to sit with tons of elbow room, the beer lines are short and food comes pretty quick, not to mention that on Friday's they bring out some of their barrel aged beer or other special reserves that you won't find any other day of the week.

One final note, if you go on a Saturday you pay like $15 and you get a glass and three tokens, if you go during the week, you can by one beer or open a tab and buy as many as you want.

The beer hall itself, is spacious with typical long wooden tables you share similar to German beer halls. It's clean, air conditioned (which only really totally matters when picking out a beer hall in Houston during the summer) and has some awesome murals depicting the beloved Saint Arnold. The staff on the other hand are great, they're all friendly and helpful when you're undecided on what beer to try next or you just want to linger by the beer line to chat.

The food is ok, not great but not bad either, but they're getting there, the restaurant part of the brewery is relatively new, I think less than a year, eventually they'll work out all the kinks and have some amazing menu items. As for lunch, I've only been once, its menu has more of a selection than the "pub fare" for Friday nights. So if you're looking for a full meal rather than stuff to snack on, head there at lunch, they have a bigger selection and daily specials.

Overall it's a cool place to spend an afternoon or Friday night!

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

in Cleveland, Ohio

2.84/5  rDev -33.3% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Cool physical building and cool decor. Terrible vibe. Kitschy tourist trap. Place smelled awful. Like rotted vegetable farts and okd seafood. Pretty raunch. Will never be back.

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House of Brews

in Turnersville, New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +2.6% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I've been to this location a number of times and feel the need to review now as the last review is old and out of date. Apparently this place has undergone a major transformation since 2011. Lets start with the beer selection. They have a nice rotating selection of about 25 brews, only one being a BMC. Recently, they had KBS, so it is much better than when last reviewed. The food is very good. Today I had the Gator Bites, really good. The food menu is quite "pub fair" extensive, offering salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers. The bartenders that I have dealt with are very beer knowledgeable, especially Rick, as he's a home brewer. My only complaint is that they don't serve the brews in proper glassware. Most are served in a goblet with the stouts being served in a 10 oz. pilsner glass. I ordered the DFH SeaQuencher today and was served in a frozen goblet. I asked for and received a room temp glass. Make sure you stop by, you won't be disappointed.

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Comrade Brewing Company

in Denver, Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +7.5% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Tucked away in southeast Denver is a brewing gold mine - Comrade Brewing. No they are not communists, but they do have a communal mission to produce fantastic brews and they succeed at that in a big way. Superpower IPA is their flagship offering, but the roster of excellent suds beyond that runs 10-12 deep. All beer connoisseurs should make this a definite stop.

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Holy Smoke

in Mahopac, New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Beer selection is huge and changes all the time. Barbecue is really good-wings are the best around. I would prefer more food specials offered as the menu never changes but the menu is really good and the portions are huge, guaranteed to have leftovers. The service has suffered since the Croton location opened. I miss my old bartenders. The kids that took over aren't very friendly or good at providing service. Still one of my favorite local joints.

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The Lone Pint Brewery

in Magnolia, Texas

4.42/5  rDev +4.2% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Really special place. Small super friendly brewery set up in residential neighborhood. Nice courtyard shielded by trees and some roofing. plenty of tables and chairs. Live music; food vendors. Tap room area has hand built wooden bar. Good stuff for sale from glasses and stickers to Alice's hand embroidered beer towels and other items. 8 beers on tap ranging from their world class Yellow Rose SMASH IPA to a ghost chili porter, barleywine, nitro brown ale, IPA, Imp IPA, and a braggot. No problem finding something to like. All super fresh and very well crafted. Recommend the 3 pint sampler with tokens.
But it's the people that make this such a special must visit place. Rob and Jim; Aaron and Trevor, Pat and Alice. And many others who offered advice, tips on where to pick up some bottles of YR for thr suitcase...but can't recall allthe names. All with great stories, big hearts and offering huge Texas welcomes. Even to the occasional visiting "Yankee".
Only downside is that this happens only once a week on Saturday afternoons. So plan accordingly. Because it does not get any better than this.

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C'ville-ian Brewing Company

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +32.7% | Avg: 3.06
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dropped in there this week, and these guys have really turned it around. Talked to the (relatively new) brewer about the situation, and he's really fixed the beer. The red IPA was solid; the peach (I think) hef was delicious; the brown rye ale was very nice indeed. Give 'em another look when you're in Charlottesville; you won't regret it.

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Finback Brewery

in Queens, New York

4.89/5  rDev +13.2% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Came here on weekday when it was me and one other customer.

Bartender was very down to earth, helpful, and non judgemental. Explained everything really well and was very punctual in processing my to go order of cans.

The beer is amazing.

Very spacious taproom. I can see them having no problem handling larger crowds on the weekends provided they are fully staffed. There is plenty of beer to go around here.

Much more pleasant experience than another famous Queens brewery whose name I will not mention. Not that the guys in Astoria are bad, but this was just a much more relaxed, chill brewery experience.
Pricing is very fair for the product offered.

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Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits

in Temecula, California

4.54/5  rDev +2.9% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Temecula's brewing district seems to be concentrated west of I-15, so it's natural that Ballast Point opened a taproom along this stretch of land. Ample parking and easy to spot signage from the street make Ballast Point easy to approach for this first timer. The interior brings a large "U" shaped bar filled with lots of tap, a second floor, a dining room, and a comfortable outdoor patio with tables, cover, and a large firepit.

Plenty of servers at both the bar and floating around tables. It's easy to find someone to get you a drink, and as well someone who can guide you to what you should drink next. With nearly 40 different taps and all Ballast Point beer, I was very overwhelmed at first. The classics like Black Marlin and Calico Amber were pouring, as well as many variants of their lineup, including Cantaloupe Big Eye, Passionfruit Grunion, Coffee Sculpin, Barrel Aged Piper Down. Having my share of beers earlier in the day, I drank what I could without wrecking my judgement. Pours are very reasonably prices, are served in stunning Ballast Point chalices with proper head, and it was fun to experiment with a few of Ballast Point's variants.

A limited food menu is available, as well as a small merchandise shop which sells glassware, fridge magnets, and shirts, and more. While Ballast Point doesn't have roots within Temecula, it still offers one heck of an experience.

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Devilicious Eatery & Tap Room

in Temecula, California

3.94/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Near the south end of Old Town Temecula rests this impressive eatery and taproom, and I would say that this is real estate well used. The interior is dark with a bar, lots of tables, however the outdoor patio offers a more enlightening view and a good seat for people watching with the busy artery bustling.

Much of the taps pour beer from California, with a handful of others being from other parts of America. I counted just short of 50 different taps, and with brands like Bootlegger's, Coronado, Stone, Avery, Victory, Hangar 24, Aftershock, Saint Archer, Wiens, Mad River, Founders, Firestone. The styles and alcohol are listed beside the name of each beer, as is the price, where many of the pours go for $7. I saw nothing but clunky shaker pints being used for glassware, although my Coronado at least came in its own branded shaker. It is worth pointing out that Devilicious hosts tap takeovers, as a recent one of Coronado saw 13 different Coronado's on the taplist.

Service was good, friendly, and to compliment was a magnificent pork belly sandwich with a side of garlic parmesan fries. That's one of many good ways to fill yourself with comfort food at Devilicious, and given the beer selection, food, and location, I shall return in the future whenever I have an urge to see Temecula again.

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Rishi's International Beverage

in Grand Rapids, Michigan

5/5  rDev +14.9% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Tier one store so they get all the limited and new to market beers you are looking for with an already large and ever growing selection of year round and seasonal beers from around the world.

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Heretic Brewing Company

in Fairfield, California

4.11/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

What a great spot. Stopped in after sampling a few vineyards in the Napa area. What a treat! Do not miss if anywhere close to Fairfield. The Evil Cousin DIPA is amazing and the selection in the taproom is great! 2 Thumbs way up!

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Insight Brewing

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.1% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Close to Hwy 280 and E Hennepin , an open Industrial style brewpub. Plenty of parking with an outdoor picnic table area, inside is a big curved bar with plenty of table seating as .well as booths. Serving sizes come in 3 types which i like as well as flights. The brew is good and available in pint cans at retail, growlers are for sale at brewery both n 64 oz and 750ml. Just wish they would have more variety on tap have been here 6 times or so and its always the same 6 brews on tap. A laid back setting that is kid friendly with games and a good vibe its worth a visit but brew is just average

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