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RG Brewery

in Brockport, New York

4.32/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.32
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

RG brewing a.k.a five sons winery. This definitely gave off that vineyard ambiance having a big open piece of land and a country like setting. Very nice place with excellent beer. I think they had 8-10 house beers on tap and 1 cider. They had a nice range of different styles. They do flights but, not your standard 5 beers in one holder. U tell them the 5 beers u want and they decide what order to drink based on light to dark. They give u a 3oz pour of one beer and then when u finish that beer you move on to your next selection. All their beer was great especially their peach pie pale ale. They were very busy but still very friendly. All their beer was awesome and I’ll definitely be stopping here again in the near future.

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Hi-Wire Brewing

in Asheville, North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +12.6% | Score: 3.9
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

one of the top taprooms and breweries in asheville as far as i am concerned, this place is awesome, and making some absolutely killer beers right now. i am so glad we made it in. they seem to have a couple informal series for beers, including some cool wild stuff in some of the sexiest packaging i have seen, and some more basic hoppy stuff, and just about everything i had from these guys, both here and around town while i was there, was awesome. their space is nice, hillside there with a mellow working brewery vibe in the evening, packed with thirsty guests but still comfortable and mellow. a couple of the ipa types blew me away, a brut ipa was tremendous, as was a mosaic focused one called hi pitch. i liked their brett saison a little less, but found just about everything else to be great. incredible service, the gal was so kind, talkative, and welcoming, and the knowledge of the brand and beers was there for sure. relaxed space and high end beers, everything about it was worth the trip in, and i now understand why everyone in asheville thinks they rule, because they do! dont go here and not stop in...

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Dry Ground Brewing Co.

in Paducah, Kentucky

3.97/5  rDev -9.6% | Score: 4.39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Dry Ground is located in a cool renovated old building. The bar and tables are cool and the decor is nicely done with an overall industrial feel. The quality of the beer is fantastic and worth a try. The service was a bit interesting.....certainly helpful but seemingly dispassionate. Locals that come are greeted with flare but out of towners are just greeted. Plenty of beers to choose from....have 11 oftheir own and 8 guest taps....bonus points for having peanuts and water readily available.

I have two nits....#1...the beer menu is hidden behind a fake tree where you are supposed to order and there are no paper menus to look at. #2....there is a "Coke" fridge at the end of the bar that seems out of place. Goes against the rest of the decor.

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Runyon's

in Seaford, New York

2/5  rDev 0% | Score: 2.01
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

Decent-sized pub/tavern with a central bar area that could probably seat about 30 people around and tables off the one side for additional seating. Booths line the other side of the establishment, with a wall separating them from the bar area proper. Bar area pretty lively with music and a decent crowd on Tuesday evening. Booths are kinda too quiet and don't get the music from the bar which was odd. Also rather dimly lit, but I suppose that's a matter of preference.

Beer selection is mediocre, but cans of Barrier's Tanto, Money, and Suite are promoted. The Tanto can I got was ice cold, served in a frosted pint, with a 6/12/18 canning date. What was weird was that it didn't taste fresh and there was sediment at the bottom, which I don't recall seeing when I buy cans from the beer store. Goose Island and Weihenstephaner were also offered, with a supporting cast of about 20 or so lagers and imports (including Peroni, Carlsberg, Becks, etc.), hard ciders, a couple of shandies, and a couple of non-alcoholic beers.

Food service was a little off - too quick to take an order, but slow to follow-up; side item missing from entree; wait staff seemed a little stiff, too... Didn't sit at the bar, but it was a much more active area and everyone seemed to be having a better time than us - in fact, it's the only reason they got a 2.5 for the vibe...

Food menu looked and sounded tremendous, but I'm giving it a big thumbs down. Not sure why the place is rated so highly. Sauces were unceremoniously dumped on apps and entrees making everything look cheap, like on Applebee's level (that might not even be fair to say about Applebee's)... I want to say my porterhouse was ruined by the sauce they bathed it in, but it wasn't even a good cut of beef to begin with. Part of the chicken my wife ordered was undercooked and rubbery, and her crab cakes were like big balls of bread - with a fat tongue of some pink sauce covering them. What was funny was when the waiter saw all the uneaten food, he kinda hesitated and then slowly removed it - he brought it back all wrapped up for us to take home, but we just left it on the table. Not cheap either. They only get a 1.5 instead of a 1 because I liked the six baked clams I got as an app.

I'll never go back, but if you're in the area, the bar area looked like the best part of the deal, though it's not worth traveling to for cans of Barrier you can get at most Long Island beer stores... Very disappointed...

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Rail Line Brewing

in Simpsonville, South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -3.6% | Score: 3.62
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Cool place, good location, nothing else around. Friendly staff, nice munchies and most importantly, they have guest taps, so you can drink someone else’s beer. Not a lot of character in their stuff, tastes like mediocre homebrew

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Bullfrog Brewery

in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -2.1% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Located in downtown Williamsport, parking is a little tough as the lot next door is only for a bank. So you need to find street parking in the surrounding blocks. Fairly large inside, setup like a typical brewpub with a bar and then tabling for dining. Had about a dozen beers on tap, then bottles of their sour beers. Good variety.

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Finnegans Brew Co.

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

The location is great just 5 short blocks from US Bank Stadium, 15 tap lines that change regularly, huge patio, barrel aging program, friendly staff, growlers to go, warm inviting Irish pub feel to the taproom. You will an amazing time and if it is too amazing there is a hotel connected to the brewery.

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The Shepherd & The Knucklehead of Hoboken, NJ

in Hoboken, New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.59
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The bartenders and wait staff know their beers. This is a great place for beer snobs because the only non-craft beer is the Bud Light they have on tap for those who don't know better. There are some other regular beers on tap all the time, but many of the taps rotate on a weekly basis.

The food menu is a bit weak. You would expect items such as onion rings and fried pickles at a gastropub but these aren't on the menu. I'm not big on salt but some people, not me, complain that the hamburgers need more salt.

The place is fairly new. Some nights it is crowded but other nights the place is nearly empty. I hope more people find it so that it will stay in business for a long time.

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company

in Houston, Texas

4.38/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 4.3
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This is my updated review for the brand new restaurant and beer garden. Which officially opened this week on 7/23/2018.

The brand new building is just past the original brew house on Lyons. They will still use the original for the regular Saturday open house/tour that has been going on for about 10 years now. Though the restaurant and beer garden are just stunning. With regular hours everyday. A huge outdoor area that is partly covered. There are large fans, and it is very open so air moves through easily. For as hot as it has been lately, it really is not as stifling hot as you would expect. Though this will be one of the more popular spots when the weather is nice, and the downtown view can't be beat. Inside is almost like a cathedral. With high arching ceilings and wood beams. Nooks that all have individually commissioned art work. A small bar towards the back that is all wood. For as big as the inside it, the noise level didn't get overbearing. Just a stunning build out.

A large food menu that is amazing. The Reuben might be one of my favorites in Houston now. With house baked bread, and house cured corned beef. Legit pizzas, and there are bigger, more upscale entrees that I am really looking forward to trying. The burger is good, but didn't find it as amazing as it looked. Again, an awesome house baked bun, but the burger itself was a little over cooked (with two thinner patties, so it is probably a little harder to cook that correctly). Though all in all, the menu is fantastic.

Of coarse they have the 12 year round offerings available (I can drink Pub Crawl and 5 O'clock all day), two cask engines, a few BB and DR's on tap, and 4 tap room only beers. One was a spot on, supper clean West Coast style IPA that I really enjoyed called Citra-Odoos, another I had was the Palmer. Kind of an Arnold Palmer with alcohol, a 3.6 % ABV Berliner Weisse with lemon peal and black tea. I am not usually a fan of these kind of beer cocktails, but this was really good.

Service and kitchen times are spot on. It seemed everyone in the building was being taken care of. The entire build out is impressive on its own, and probably the best true brewpub in the city now. This will be an institution in Houston, and I will always be a fan as they continue to do things the right way without shortcuts.

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The Crafty Chameleon Bar

in Ellisville, Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -11.4% | Score: 4.39
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Very laid back atmosphere. I was surprised by the fact that it was almost half full on a Monday night. They had a great selection of stouts and other heavy hitters on draft including KBS, Parabola, Sucaba, Stickee Monkey, and Vanilla World Wide Stout. They had a fairly large selection available in general but at one point I went for non draft options and was looking at their website selection. I ended up with my 5th choice as they were out of the first 4.They had board games, shuffleboard, and darts available. There's no food but you can bring your own in and with Dewey's Pizza, and at least 3 other restaurants in the same shopping plaza, you won't starve. Service was attentive, but I did have to go inside to the bar to get the beer. I sat mostly out on the patio which you can bring your dog to if it is on a leash and well behaved. Another plus is that unlike some of the other beer bars in the St. Louis area is that they also serve wine and spirits so if someone in your group isn't a beer fan they still have other options.

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Asheville Brewing Company

in Asheville, North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +1.3% | Score: 3.86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

this place doesnt have great ratings or a great local reputation from what i can tell, but i really dont understand why. i had a great slice of pizza here, a couple of solid beers, and a nice relaxed mellow time at the bar. its right downtown in the middle of all the other breweries here, so maybe its lost in the shuffle a little bit, but i really enjoyed my time here. its got a hippy vibe inside bright colors and a coffee shop sort of atmosphere, with a large beer garden area outside, covered but open air too, very chill. i had an enormous slice of pizza that was quite good, especially late night, and i liked both the float fluid ipa and the perfect day ipa, classic and well made hoppy beers. the selection wasnt crazy, everything pretty basic and approachable, but its a relaxed space, totally unpretentious, and with some nice folks behind the bar taking care of me. i wouldnt rank this among the best in town, but i sure wouldnt write it off either. low brow and solid offerings, whats not to like?!

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The Open Bottle

in Tinley Park, Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -9.6% | Score: 4.7
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Open Bottle has a quality selection of beers to go. Their taplist can be overpriced at times though. Kind of a sterile vibe to the place. Some employees are friendly, while others barely make eye contact with you.

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ShopRite Liquors

in Westfield, New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.4% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Shop Rite Liquors in Westfield has a great selection of beers, including a fairly large selection from NJ in the refrigerators.

Some pointers: They do keep some of the more sought after releases in the back. But if there’s something you’re looking for that just came out you can just ask if you don’t see it.

Also, the refrigerated section is a walk in and includes some beers that are not on the shelf, I assume due to spacing issues.

I do wish they had more of their craft beer selection refrigerated, a better mix your own 6 pack selection, and I wish they had a larger selection of German and Belgian beers (beyond the staples that they do carry).

There are a few “beer guys” who know their stuff so it’s easy to talk if you’re looking for something specific or if you are seeking a recommendation based on something else you’ve liked.

The prices are reasonable too.

As someone who lives in the area, this store is the no brainer go to.

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Stirling Fine Wines

in Stirling, New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -2.3% | Score: 3.83
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I’ve heard of this place and decided to give it a shot while I was in the area. It is largely focused on wine and spirits but they have a few aisles and refrigerators worth of beer.

While the selection was decent, and the people who worked there were very friendly and helpful, it was hard for me to get past the cluttered design of the store. I would describe it like walking through tight library stacks with cases of beer lining the shelves.

In the grand scheme of things, this is not as important as quality, freshness and variety, but it was a turn off.

There were some interesting finds, such as 6 different Firestone Walker Barrelworks beers, 3 different The Lost Abbey beers, as well as KBS. I picked up one FW and a couple Lost Abbey’s. Seems like the type of place where things don’t move all that quickly and maybe you find the nice one off, unexpected beer on the shelf.

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Devil's Club Brewing Company

in Juneau, Alaska

4.58/5  rDev +9% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We got 2 flights, sampling 6 of the 7 beers, and all were excellent. I'd happily get a 12 oz pour of all 6, and I've gotten fairly picky after visiting so many breweries. Great little taproom!

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Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint

in Rochester, New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.7% | Score: 4.21
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

BBQ restaurant, with indoor and outdoor (covered) seating, with a large bar as well. Long draft list, probably 30 or 40 taps. Spread of macro lager, national craft beer, and local NY breweries. So a wide selection. Bartender gave some recommendations on the local beers. the BBQ was pretty good.

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Public House Brewing Company

in Rolla, Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +1.5% | Score: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Hip, good tunes and atmosphere. Modern art and tasteful wooden accents. Menu is adequate, pickle plate and artisan plates suited my low-carb palate. Stout was unavailable due to tap issue. Recommended.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.

in Munster, Indiana

4.48/5  rDev -0.2% | Score: 4.49
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Visiting from Edmonton - July 2018 visit - a Sunday (post Willow Creek Community Church beforehand). Busy already at noon but seated as 2 immediately at bar. Great selection of hop forward beers - less so if you are not hip fan (I am). Bartender super friendly and helpful - had 5 5 oz pours for two of us - prompt and delicious pub food at reasonable price. Honestly metal music not my thing but seemed appropriate for the overall feel of the place and not teeth rattling loud.
The shop is a little small but well stocked and again friendly service. Overall great - would go back any time.

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HopCat

in Chicago, Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -12.8% | Score: 4
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

The math of my review is going result in a rating higher than it should, but let me sum up. Food is good, service is good - but neither is great. My gripe is that I don’t get paying $6-$10+ (most on the high end of that range) for less than a pint. The majority of their list is served in a snifter (10oz) or tulip (13oz) even for styles that don’t warrant that size pour. Sure, you can get a pint of Old Style for $3, but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of 100+ taps?

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Definitive Brewing Company

in Portland, Maine

4.43/5  rDev +11% | Score: 3.99
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Great taproom. Lots of space, outdoor and indoor. Cornhole out back. Lots of parking. Nice big bar.

Lots of beer options for onsite consumption and to go in cans. Multiple pour sizes.

Lots of variety during my visit. Session, fruited, stout, BA stout, multiple PA/IPA/DIPA varieties.

A pizza trailer was out front selling food.

Service was attentive inside.

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Goodfire Brewing Company

in Portland, Maine

4.43/5  rDev +5% | Score: 4.22
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Nice newer brewery located in a great area of Portland. Lots of other places to check out while in this area.

Located in the back of a building (behind Lone Pine). Sign isn't that easy to see from the road.

Decent sized taproom for a smaller brewery with some outdoor and indoor seating.

Had a decent amount of brews for sale for onsite pours and cans available to go. Pours in two sizes.

IPA/DIPA, sour, pilsner, pale ale available while I was there. Decent variety/options.

Service was attentive and friendly.

Offered glassware and t-shirts that I saw.

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Akronym Brewing

in Akron, Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -9.2% | Score: 4.25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A skinny but very high-walled space and a lot of hard surfaces makes for an atmosphere that might seem cold and a little echo-y, but a large garage door opens to the elements when its pleasant out, and a long, dark laminated concrete bar is actually really nice and somehow comfortable. There's also a decent number of high-tops, a couple of short but long wooden communal tables and a few boob tubes inside, as well as a very large, dog-friendly patio nestled below the road level, helping to minimize traffic noise.

The taplist is moderately sized right now, and currently features all their own brews. I wasn't crazy about their IPAs or Saison, but their Lager and Pilsner were both solid, and their Stout was nice too. Everything was very nicely made regardless of my subjective preference.

Service is great, and the ability to select 3 different pour sizes with each price listed right on the menu is a huge bonus. This is a surprisingly nice upgrade to a pretty perfect location in downtown Akron--if they play their cards right, focusing on their strengths and marketing those strengths well throughout the community, this could be a solid win for everyone.

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Minogue's Beverage Center

in Queensbury, New York

3.65/5  rDev -14.3% | Score: 4.26
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Passing through Queensbury, I had heard about this place and figured I'd give it a shot. It's not a bad option in this town. Definitely got the vibe of a typical 'beverage store' for anyone looking for beers, ciders, meads, sodas, chips and other party items. I did see a humidor but I'm not a true cigar fan so I didn't glance in that direction. I found a singles section close to the growler station. Though I did purchase what I picked up, I did notice the prices seemed a bit heavier than Hops n Barley, which seemed odd to me. Not a bad place, but part of me thinks I'll stick to Hops n Barley which has better prices and closer to Rt 87.

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Bottomless Brewing

in Geneva, New York

4.73/5  rDev +12.4% | Score: 4.21
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Set in a restored dairy barn, this place screams farm brewery. Located in the Finger Lakes wine country of New York. Great selection of beers. The Mapleton Porter and Kilt Smack Wee Heavy are solid brews. There's plenty of space to sit, either at the bar or on the outside deck which overlooks the farm country and Seneca lake in the distance.

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O'Neill's Bar & Restaurant

in Dublin, Ireland

2.88/5  rDev -25% | Score: 3.84
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Meh. A tourist pub for sure (no matter what it what once might have been). Bartender from from Chicago- I asked him what he recommended- he said "Guinness, of course". Passable selection, no real vibe except tourists, huge, forgettable buffet in the back. You get heaps of food, but it's all of mediocre quality. Much better places around.

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