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Plank Road Tap Room

in Elgin, Illinois

4.76/5  rDev -0.6% | Avg: 4.79
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Been here many times since open, probably one of the best craft beer dedicated bars you will find in the northwest suburbs. Their drink menu is constantly rotating, offering fresh local beers and rare limited releases. Each of their 15 taps generally offers a different beer style to cater to just about any beer drinker from serious to casual. On weekends they typically have different food trucks, you are also welcome to carry in food. They hold unique events specific to certain breweries, sometimes a representative from the brewery will be present, tasting events, and even game night.

You can tell they care about the quality of beer being served, paying attention to keeping glasses clean, cleaning lines, and they are all knowledgeable if you have any questions. All of their social networks are a good source to find out about both events and general beer-related content.

If I had to find any drawbacks, parking is limited, prices can also be high sometimes but if you are drinking something limited, what do you expect? I'm really forcing myself to nitpick.

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Kokoman Fine Wine And Liquors

in Pojoaque, New Mexico

5/5  rDev +15.2% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

There's a little something for everyone in this place! I love the selection and the prices. They have everything from the ever elusive Dogfish Head to Coors Light. Friendly and knowledgeable staff; I've been shopping here since the day I turn 21 and will continue to do so. They have the same if not better selection than TotalWine!

TLDR: They have almost everything you could want, and if they don't they will try to hunt it down for you.

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Hill Farmstead Brewery

in Greensboro Bend, Vermont

4.69/5  rDev +1.7% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Taproom is a nice open space plain but modern with great view of the brewery itself. Grounds are expansive With only 5~7 drafts to choose may seem limited to fill, but they have a number of bottled offerings for imbibing on premise. Oddly enough bottles, and swag are purchased in the old tasting room. Be warned, its a minimum of 3 miles of dirt roads (they are graded) to get there. Luckily, you will be rewarded when you get there.

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Wicked Weed Funkatorium

in Asheville, North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This is the place that changed my mind about sours.
Funkatorium couldn't be better titled. A dark, dank, funky long room/bar connected to the warehouse
where they hold all the barrels, aging their fantastic beers. Plus in a hip part of the town.

Sours directly fresh from the barrels. You could really taste the fruits way more than the bottled versions IMO.
Sour but with a variety of different flavors at different moments while hitting the palate. All kinds of stuff on tap, some
normal standard releases, and lots of funkatorium only. If you love sours, you must visit Asheville

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Half Acre Beer Company

in Chicago, Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +8% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Beer was delicious and spot on...albeit a bit heavy on the hoppy side of things. Big Hugs, Vintage 2015, was on the menu but stamped as sold out...BUMMER. Music was a tad loud, but Im getting close to 40 FWIW. It was packed but a Saturday afternoon...would love to stop in here during a more chill time period...if there is one? Def a must stop if on the North Side of Chi-town. BTW, the food was awesome.

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Prohibition Pig

in Waterbury, Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a great overall spot. It has a classic wood and brick look to it. The beer and whiskey selection were excellent. Food as very good (their house made sauces were great). Our wait staff were prompt and quick.

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Melike Mediterranean Restaurant

in Ossining, New York

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

This is the third BA worthy restaurant to occupy this location...all had decent to pretty good beer options..first two not able to survive...this version is doing tasty Turkish inspired Mediterranean fare and offering 10 quality craft tap choices...2 tap wasters and 5 or so non craft bottles available...comfortable mid sixed room, friendly enough staff....if you like middle eastern cuisine you will love the food...worth a visit

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Smart Choice

in Queens, New York

4.04/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Seemingly a typical Queens, NY deli....except...what is this? - multiple craft bottles displayed out towards the street and indoors, to the rear, in the left side multiple cooler units...loaded with hundreds of craft bottles and cans....the operative words being loaded - hundreds - and will find loads of worthy brw in this unlikely destination...friendly guy up front claims they have 1000 varieties...not sure about that but the selection is impressive.( puts em at over 300 options betw bottles and cans).....not the place to go to for boutiqey rarities...just loads of the main line craft kinda options

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The Yard

in Baltimore, Maryland

3.57/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.57
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Local Baltimore beer on tap, as well as Maryland drat and in cans. Typical noisy large hotel lobby vibe with music and news on the big screen. Bartender knew her beers and the service was spot on. Limited menu at bar, and had already shut down after 10pm.

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Greasy Luck Brewery

in New Bedford, Massachusetts

1.93/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 2.24
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3.75

If you like pretend breweries that will pass off other people's beer as their own, then this is the place for you!

Their wort is made in Canada and shipped to the "brewery", where they add water, yeast, and other things (dry hops, blueberries, the tears of people who actually care about beer) and ferment it. They don't even own a brew kettle or a mash/lauter tun. It's the EZ-Bake Oven of brewing.

The real kicker is that when they DO run out of their own beer, they'll serve you someone else's similar beer and not tell you! That's right, they pass off other people's beers as their own. They admitted as much on a Facebook review after being called out for serving Guinness instead of their coffee stout without mentioning the switch. How many people give them reviews for their beer are NOT actually OF THEIR BEER?

As for their "world class beer", it tastes like an extract brew ... drinkable, but mediocre and flawed.

The food is better than average, and their stage area seems like a cool place to see a show. But there's better food a football throw away at No Problemo. There's better beer across the street at Pour Farm. There's an ACTUAL brewery a 3-minute walk down the hill at Moby Dick.

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Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

in Homestead, Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -28.2% | Avg: 3.48
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3.25

This past weekend, I decided to take my family to Rock Bottom and I wish I never did. Our waitress was absolutely horrible - monotone, no desire to even be there and had to ask her twice for: silverware, napkins and water. she barely came back to check on us, she was honestly awful at her job. Asked to have gravy on the side for one chicken dish and a cup of mayo on the side for the burger - Food came out and the chicken had gravy all over it, and the mayo not even there on the plate. Their oatmeal stout, uppity jagoff, irish red and fire house ale was quite enjoyable. I'm pretty sure for the Kolsch beer they just poured Miller Lite into the glass and labeled it Kolsch, it was horrible. Another thing was that they were completely out of about 3 beers there - of course the ones that my wife wanted to drink. The only good thing to come out of this shit place, was the manager; he was sincere, nice, courteous and even gave us 40% off our meal because of the shit service Katrin provided. Honestly go somewhere else for food, service and beer - go to Voodoo Brewery in Homestead it's 5 minutes from the waterfront. The name fits this place perfectly....Rock Bottom

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Best Damn Beer Shop (Krisp Beverages + Natural Foods)

in San Diego, California

5/5  rDev +14.4% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Every liquor store in southern California failed me, and then I found this place. Will be swinging by here so much more, great beer selection, mind blowing service.

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Magnify Brewing Company

in Fairfield, New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Small in size but big in beer stature.

This is a tiny location based in an industrial park area that resembles a strip mall out front. The front portion of this nano brewery is a tasting room with a bar and some tables. They will fill growlers and howlers from other breweries (which is awesome) and have glassware swag available. There were many local craft beer geeks sitting at the bar that knew each other when I was there. The relevance? They obviously are producing some really good beers that keep bringing people back. I tried some of their beers for the first time at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston this past year and was blown away. I stopped for growler fills this past week while in the area on business - not disappointed. Magnify is producing a quality product and will definitely be going back when in the area again.

If you are ever in the North Central NJ area and are a beer geek, this is a must stop.

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Cappy's Wine and Spirits

in Loveland, Ohio

4.34/5  rDev -8.6% | Avg: 4.75
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The best overall selection in the area. Big tap list that rotates often. Helpful and knowledgeable staff. The outdoor seating area is comfortable and laid back. A food truck was on-site when I visited last. Good selection of bombers and singles. A must visit for craft beer geeks.

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Pick'n Save

in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 2.81
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Not the greatest location for beer, a sprawling grocery store with a bare minimum craft selection. There is a walk-in cooler if you pass through the checkout aisle furthest to the right, and go straight back and make a right. A good 3/5 macro and pseudo-macro unfortunately.

Craft selection is mainly New Glarus, Sam Adams, Leinies, Central Waters, and Lakefront. Luckily I picked up the last 2 Enigma they had, which were sold out elsewhere. Service was indifferent, underage high school/college kids.
Hit up Timers or Piggly Wiggly for a better selection in the nearby area.

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Liquor Central

in Lake Delton, Wisconsin

3.07/5  rDev -24.9% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

Selection was decent and on our with other shops in the area (TG, new glaurus, 3 Floyd's). Good location....easy to get in and out of. Had KBS and zombie dust behind the counter....but it was was "you have to buy that in order to buy this" which was a little dissapointing. I had the same cashier both visits.....came across annoyed when I asked questions. Definitely better options in the area.

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Two Kilts Brewing Co.

in Sherwood, Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +9.4% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Neat little place here. In a retail/ industrial area off a busy main road. But as Douglas says it has a homey vibe. Good section. Not crowded even an a Saturday evening. Good friendly serving and out door seating..was a. Blessing after months of rain. Good.

Has no food apart from snacks, but a food cart is there most weekends.

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in Las Vegas, Nevada

4.28/5  rDev +6.7% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Stopped by a couple times on a recent trip. Really nice outside facing space, so excellent airy feel to the place. Maybe 40 handles, decent mix if styles. Pricing is high at 8-12 per pint, but such is a tourist place. The do have a happy hour 2-6 every day with 4 of the drafts for $4, and they are craft choices, not BMC. Food is dogs/sausage, and fried sides. The hot link I had was excellent. Overall a great spot, adding it to my list of regular Vegas stops.

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Nine Giant Brewing

in Cincinnati, Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Fairly derivative space. Hard surfaces and clean lines. Beer selection and quality were superb. The have a kitchen but I did not eat. White collar crowd varying in age. Medium size bar top. Parking wasn't too bad as I parked at an adjacent business after hours. The service was ok, nothing to write home about.

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Brink Brewing Co.

in Cincinnati, Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in the urban College Hill community of Cincinnati, Brink Brewing is a cozy spot for craft beer lovers. Very open design. the tanks the beer is brewed sits within feet of tables. Not a lot of selection. No food but a food truck was on-site. Parking might be an issue if you go at peak times as it's a popular area. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Family friendly. Small bar top.

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Urban Artifact

in Cincinnati, Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Located in the basement of a former Church. Tile floors and tile walls make for a fellowship hall / school cafeteria feel. Small bar area. The servers were very helpful and patient. They specialize in sours with many variants. Even though a band was not playing while I was there, they do have a separate area where one can perform. A cozy indoor space. They also have an outdoor area. Parking could be tricky if they are busy.

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MadTree Brewing

in Cincinnati, Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.3% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Madtree 2.0. Beautiful huge facility! Lots of different areas to hang out and socialize. Lots of different beer. It was crowded but the service kept up and flowed well. They have food but I did not eat. Dog friendly. Indoor and outdoor seating. Parking was a bit of a challenge, just go prepared.

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Mellow Mushroom

in Bowling Green, Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Cool spot with a better than average beer selection and in number of choices. Local and national distributed beers which seem to rotate regularly. The service staff were friendly and helpful. Robin knew her stuff. The venue is well laid out, clean and contemporary. They also had size options for those not wanting a full pour.

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Federal Taphouse

in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +4.7% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

What to say about the Federal Taphouse? Well it's part of a chain, and it feels like it ~ not that that's totally bad, that can be good at times, but it lacks character. Bland. On the plus side they've got 100 taps? Is that right? 100 taps? YES! And it gets better - they're all pretty good and there are beers that you won't find anywhere else in Lancaster. That's enough for me to recommend it, and as much as that seems a bit odd to me as I'd prefer to a certain extent to send you to a place like Pour on Prince Street, they don't have the selection, and let's face it, that place is fancy and "expensive" and small and totally something different altogether ~ apples and oranges, or perhaps apples and something more exotic like dragon fruit.

Let me take a step back. The atmosphere is OK. The architectural elements are basic, as is the decor. The mirrors behind the taps might give the room a bigger look, but they don't give it any character. It's corporate looking, and a large open space. Despite their design efforts it remains bland and uninspiring.

The service is OK, and perhaps a bit better, but really it's just college kids behind the bar and at the tables so don't expect too much.

The food, thankfully, is pretty good. Again, don't expect more than what you'd expect from a decent chain restaurant.

So to add a little sprinkle of new information and then sum up, don't go on a weekend night, it'll be crowded with college kids; but do stop by for at least a pint and perhaps a bit of lunch or early dinner.

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Mikerphone Brewing

in Elk Grove Village, Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +6.7% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The vibe is all-craft beer all the time. Yes, children are welcome but the place is so popular that it's usually packed with enthusiasts, which isn't a bad thing. It can be a bit difficult to find a seat during busy time (Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening) especially if a limited release beer is coming out and because the capacity is only 45. Most of the time people will have to wait before they can go in.

Quality is very high and don't see much of an improvement that can be made there. The tap handles are all microphones, which is attached to the wall lined with speakers and amps. Plenty of guitars on the walls as well as music themed artwork. And of course because the place is new, everything is in great shape.

Service gets the lowest score not necessarily because the waiters and the staff aren't good (they are great actually), but there is only one point of sale within the pub for drinks and one for bottles to-go. If you are trying to get a drink you may end up getting stuck behind people who want to buy merchandise and try things on, which creates quite a line and a long wait. I imagine this will be improved over time but for now, it is the negative.

Selection of beers is usually about a dozen, which at this point is about as many beers as Mike (the head brewer) has brewed thus far. Things do stay on the available for consumption list for a few weeks so there's no real risk or fear of missing out on a specific beer.

Overall, this is a great place and I enjoy going there every time. I look forward to seeing some of the logistical issues worked out and some more great beers coming out.

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