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Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

in Millheim, Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +14% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

9 of us stopped by after a Penn State game (faster getting food here than waiting in State College). About a dozen beers on tap. Half were very good, the other half were OK. Nice menu choices.

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The Hops Company

in Derby, Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +14% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

They have about 40 beers on tap, most seem to be Connecticut brews. I think they also had a few ciders. Wide screen TVs, long tables, talk or play games (like Jenga).
The pizza wasn't that great. The BBQ station was pretty good.

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Veracious Brewing Company

in Monroe, Connecticut

4.79/5  rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I have visited a half dozen times, when I wait for my beer kit to be assembled next door. Very classy looking place. Very comfortable setting. Always a nice selection of different types of beer. The staff can discuss any of the beers with you.

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Black Hog Brewing Co.

in Oxford, Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +10.3% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I enjoyed the Easy Rye DA (rye beer). Very drinkable.
The CT Love Bomb was very interesting and enjoyable. It was wet hopped with Connecticut grown hops.
The Granola Brown Ale is liked by most people.
Disco Pig 7 Pineapple was not liked by any of us. It was a sour beer with pineapple juice.
Nice casual atmosphere. Most people had to stand.

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Lewis Bros. Market

in Horseheads, New York

4.5/5  rDev +3% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

According to the man who seemed to be in charge the last time I was there the store carries over 500 different beers. It has a higher ratio of the large bottles to four/six packs than the other two locals places I am aware of with comparable selections (Wegmans and the place near Kmart) which, to me, implies a bit better chance to find something I have never had before.

The aforementioned "man in charge" also seems pretty knowledgeable and was willing to offer suggestions by style. The building can be a little tricky to find as, last I knew, there was no sign but is worth a visit, especially if you have tried the other local stores and are looking for some additional variety.

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Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors

in Lahaina, Hawaii

4/5  rDev +1% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

i think they have the best bottle selection in lahaina. reasonable pricing and pretty fresh bottles. the poke is pretty good too. tucked away in a strange location but worth a visit.

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Chainline Brewing Company

in Kirkland, Washington

4.06/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Very unassuming front to the brewery along the business center. Has a cool set of copper kettles up front. Decent sided taproom and bar area. Usually have food trucks visiting, check their events schedule for times. Staff were friendly and interacted well. Good variety of offerings available when I was there with a NE Pale, Marzen, DIPA, IPA, and a really good Pils. Would like to come by again for sure as I visited on their anniversary party which had a few more offerings too. Liked a couple of the experiments they had on a lot.

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Barrel Proof

in New Orleans, Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Technically a whisky bar, Barrel Proof has over 250 whisky and 10 taps with can and bottle selections. What better way to end the day than with a cold beer and a shot. The kitchen has just a short list of bites but boy are they good!!

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Black Bottle Brewery

in Fort Collins, Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -8% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

A neat little place away from downtown in FC. The foods were solid and they source some local foods. Beers were good. They had a few ipas that were good and would do well in the FC scene. Family friendly. Worth a visit.

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HopCat

in Kalamazoo, Michigan

4.65/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.65
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This restaurant has only been open a couple months, and other than the city and the specific building's characteristics (I think it was formerly a railroad warehouse or depot many years ago) the place is not much different from other HopCat restaurants. It is close by to many other great beer bars and restaurants (across the street from Bell's Cafe), so a walking pub crawl makes for a great day. There are 100 taps here, plus they had 20 bottles available at the time of our visit. I was lucky that they had Hipster Brunch Stout from Odd Side Ales available (maybe left over from the grand opening), so I finally got to try it. I can't say that the food menu is or is not the same as any other HopCat location, but at least I can say that the crack fries are on the menu. Parking is adjacent to the building. Growlers are available for beer to-go, but I don't know if any beer can be ordered in a growler. Any time that you can visit any of the HopCat locations, it is an\ great experience to do it.

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Monkeypod Kitchen

in Kihei, Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

great place to grab beer and food. good for just grabbing a beer at the bar or sitting down to eat. selection and quality both very good (esp compared to other places on the island). food and service were both very good.

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Town in City Brewing Co.

in Houston, Texas

2.85/5  rDev -19.7% | Avg: 3.55
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2

My experience with Town in City was that it was a cozy, mediocre neighborhood taproom. They had a handful of beers on tap, but nothing that was interesting or attention-grabbing. I wasn't looking for a 12% stout or a spontaneous saison, but a solid offering that would catch my eye. Fortunately, I downed two pints of their Porter and was very satisfied. I would look for that beer again. The service was pretty damn bad, as we could tell the bartender had probably never worked in a bar before that night. Not saying the guy can't learn, but it's not a good idea if you're a bar owner and you leave someone inexperienced at the helm and go home. I didn't order any food from the food truck thankfully, as I saw another patron try to but was rebuffed due to half of the menu being out.

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Tria Taproom

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After attempting to go to the original Tria Cafe location and finding it at full capacity at 6:15pm on a Saturday, we tried our luck a few blocks away at Tria Taproom. It was at capacity as well but we decided to wait, which ended up being 20-25 mins. We were finally seated at 7pm.

Great vibe inside playing awesome tunes on the stereo. Tap list was great, several beers on it that I wanted to try. Also have a good selection of wines on tap. The tap list is presented to you on an iPad which was kind of cool. I decided on a De Dolle Arabier and a Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock. Both were served in Teku glasses at proper temps with good carb and were outstanding.

Service was not overly friendly but got the job done. Ordered crispy calamari and a cheese plate which were delicious. I could have stayed here all night drinking and listening to music, but we had to leave for a dinner reservation. Great, trendy spot that doesn't feel pretentious at all.

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Earth Fare - Turkey Creek

in Knoxville, Tennessee

4/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

They have a really nice selection here. I saw at least five or six different beers that appealed to the gluten free crowd, which are hard to find. Large selection of locals including Yazoo and some regional stuff like Foothills as well. Saw the new New Belgium Ben and Jerry's beers, so I had to get a sixer of it. It is the chocolate chip flavor. Cant wait to dive in to that one. A very clean store with friendly associates.

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Liquid Riot Bottling Company

in Portland, Maine

4.04/5  rDev +3.1% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

A cool stop on Commercial Street . We stopped in late afternoon/early evening and were able to snag a table for our party of 8. Loved the cool hangout vibe. Beer was very good with a wide variety. They also have a diverse house made spirits program but we did not try any. Service was a bit slow but the place was pretty crowded. i'd stop in anytime for a couple of beers.

HV

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Armsby Abbey

in Worcester, Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.6
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A delightful spot for dinner when we stopped overnight in Worcester on our way to Portland. Loved the openness and cool vibe. Outstanding taplist including 3 or 4 Hill Farmstead selections (for me, HF is the one endlessly hyped brewery that always makes great beer). Service was very pleasant and capable. Only slight disappointment was some of the food. The cheese and charcuteries plates were really great (wonderful duck rillette) but the other stuff we had was rich but bland, not my favorite combo.

Overall though, well worth the stop. I'd jump off the highway anytime i was in the area.

HV

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Medusa Brewing Company

in Hudson, Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -12.6% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Cool spot in downtown Hudson. Typical bar on the side, brewery in the back set up, but very inviting as a tap room setting.

Service a tad slow since it was busy and only one server, but she was friendly enough (if not very helpful with describing the various IPA styles).

Tried a sampler of the hop-forward beers on tap at the time, was not disappointed. Many of them were representative of the new "New England" style of hazy juice bombs. Not something I look for all the time, but a nice treat.

Worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Freshcraft

in Denver, Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Comfortable, cool vibe at this place on Blake St in LoDo.

Good selection of local/national beers, good balance of styles. Beers all poured properly with nice amount of head, right temperature, and reasonably priced.

Food was excellent. Fall menu seemed to be German-inspired and very creative. My 3 dinner mates & Ireally enjoyed our meals, well-prepared and good proportioned.

Service was prompt and friendly, couldn't ask for more.

This is definitely a place to seek out while in Denver.

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Hi-Lo Club

in San Francisco, California

3.99/5  rDev -4.5% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

V-Kinda dark and mellow when I visited on a Friday around 5 pm with some good tunes playing and a lone bartender getting ready for the evening. By the time I left about two hours later, the place was getting more crowded, but the crowd was pretty subdued. People included a good mix of hipster types drinking PBR, yuppies drinking cocktails, and hangers on like me. The space isn't huge, with room for maybe a dozen at the bar and some tables that seat maybe 25 more, but the Hi-Lo isn't a tiny space and there was enough room to move around.

Q-The draft list is pretty small by modern standards, but the beers on offer were good craft, e.g., Fieldwork and Anchor. The bottle list is heavy on the Belgians, and all of the classics are there, e.g., Westmalle, St. Bernardus, etc. A good mix of above-average stuff, but nothing mind-blowing.

Ser-We received prompt service when we walked in and the place was slow, but our second drink took a little while. I can't really fault the bartender since he was the only employee in a pretty crowded house. Don't expect to discuss the finer points of brewing here, either, but the bartender knew enough to offer suggestions on the menu.

Sel-The draft list would score a 3.5 or 3.75, but the nice bottle list raises this score a bit. Don't come here expecting to find crazy rare beer on tap; come here to drink good beer in a nice setting.

O-A very solid bar for people that want to drink and chat. Bonus points for the nice selection of whiskeys and other spirits. The Hi-Lo definitely falls more into the "bar with some good beers" category than the "beer bar" category...which makes it A-OK in my book.

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Suarez Family Brewery

in Hudson, New York

4.73/5  rDev +6.1% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Hey. You. Yes, you? As previous review described, repurposed industrial building with a family, dog, life friendly tap room with a thoughtful tap list of unfiltered lager and delicate hoppy ale tap list; future portends more mixed fermentation ales but if you're on this page and reading this review you are probably already sold on visiting. Visit them now, before they are the next most important thing ever.

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Fonta Flora Brewery

in Morganton, North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 4.35
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited for the Rhythm Rug release/anniversary party. Beautiful decor, nice tap list, friendly and helpful employees, all despite being fairly crowded and busy. Can't ask for any more.

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Bier Station

in Kansas City, Missouri

4.33/5  rDev -4% | Avg: 4.51
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I really liked this place. The draft selection was quite unique and well thought out, with an excellent combination of local, craft and foreign brews. This is a beer enthusiast's destination, and you will not be disappointed. Very laid back, kind of a Bernie Sanders' supporter type crowd ( disillusioned, but mellow and hoping for the best). The pulled pork KC Carolina sandwich was very good and paired well w/the Zipline Smoked Bock that I was drinking. Followed that up with two flights of beers that I've mostly never seen on tap anywhere else. Been to a number of places during my four week stay in KC, and this place was definitely the one that caters to the beerdo in all of us.

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Logsdon Barrel House & Taproom

in Hood River, Oregon

5/5  rDev +14.2% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome new spot in HR. Best place for a tasting flight. The server was great she brought us free tasters and had very good suggestions. She seemed to know a lot about the beer. We had a wine drinker with us that kept saying "oh I like this! Oh I like this too! Oh wow THIS is beer??"

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Pitt Stop Beer & Wine

in Berlin, Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +8.7% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I can't say enough good things about Pitt Stop and my brief but good interactions with them. Here is how I came to their store.

I used to do business with a store in Salisbury that is known for having the best beer selection in Delmarva. When Stone's Xocoveza came out, I called them b/c they were listed as just receiving an order from Stone. I called and the staff were completely useless. They didn't even realize that Xocoveza was available in six packs.

I then called Pitt Stop in Berlin and not only did they have the Xocoveza in stock, but they held 2 six packs for me. Since then, I have been able to get a great deal of items from them. They will try to special order upon request and will call you back to let you know if they can get the item.

Prices are reasonable and the staff is top notch. I plan on making Pitt Stop my main Beer/Bottle store from now on.

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Sedition Brewing Company

in The Dalles, Oregon

4.23/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Nice atmosphere, very good beers and food. Easily the best beer and food in TD. I like the layout of this place, there is a patio and another room that is set off separate from the main seating area. The building is cool too we liked the tour- they even have an artisian well under the floor. For our group kid friendly and options for wine drinkers were pluses too.

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