Place Reviews: Most Recent
in Sparta, Tennessee
3.83/5 rDev 0% | Score: 3.83
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25
this place is so rad, way off the beaten bath, you probably dont just drive by and stop in, its more of a destination, or at least it was for us. such a cool place, really one of a kind, a red barn looking place, rural as can be, mellow and relaxed, chickens running around a beautiful beer garden in the front, an old hippie bus parked in the driveway, mature shade trees, really a paradise. inside there is a small bar where you can taste the handful of beers they have on, with the brewery in the back, sort of a cobbled together feel, rustic, some old guy sharpens an implement on a stone wheel, no joke. they double as a coffee roaster, and they do a nice job with that, a gift shop too, handmade mugs and trinkets, they probably need to grab every possible dollar that walks through here, given the location and all, but its well set up and welcoming for sure. one weird thing here is that they wont pour you a pint, you have to by a growler or a half growler, even to sit there and drink, so thats what we did, a half growler and some little glasses and a wonderfully comfortable sit spot in their garden, an impossibly beautiful and relaxed place to drink a beer. they only had four beers to pick from, all kind of basic despite wordy names, and none of them particularly compelling to any of us, but drinkable enough and not bad, just sort of average. the service was fantastic, and we could have been drinking almost anything here and been over the moon on the experience, the vibe they have is so awesome and we just had a fabulous time. if by some chance you are driving through here, make it a point to stop. wonderful!
in Albuquerque, New Mexico
3.36/5 rDev 0% | Score: 3.36
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5
Visited the restaurant/tap room with a group for dinner in April 2018. Located in a strip mall in a shopping district just West of the river. Had a somewhat generic but modern New Mexico feel, with a few tables outdoors. Food was tasty. The beer selection was a bit broader than a typical brewpub, with things like a 9% ABV brown ale and a honey IPA. The ones I tried were good but not great, not quite living up to my hopes from their descriptions. The big exception was a Marzen that I found to be an excellent example of a tricky style.
in Saint Charles, Missouri
3.89/5 rDev -4.7% | Score: 4.08
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Went in for drinks with a group of co-workers in April 2018. Located in the historic heart of Old St Charles in a historic building. Did not try any food. Interior was a classic pub style, but modern-feeling and well-appointed. Service was pretty good. Had enough of a tap list to satisfy our whole group, although it was quite heavy on IPAs (an all-too-common failing in my opinion). Still, I was able to find a few malty and/or sour options to keep myself interested.
in Madison, Wisconsin
4.09/5 rDev -1% | Score: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Nice large building with a sweet, roasty, cereal aroma enticing you, beckoning you, to enter.
Seating area surrounds the central bar/kitchen, with the only view of the kitchen being the pass line. Bar seats 20 and high tops on the left for about 60. The other side of the kitchen looks more restaurant like, if only because you can't see the bar, has a bench/ booth at the kitchen wall for 20 or so and several 4tops and booths for another 40.
Music playing, several TV's for Packers and Badgers.
12 beers on tap are solid. 4 IPA options, a hoppy amber, the dunkel was gorgeous, a pilsner, lager from an experimental committee, and a wee heavy.
Food is great. The turkey on sourdough with a spicy/smokey (not hot) Chipotle mayo was perfect with the beers.
Service is more than adequate, experienced and friendly. The staff was sharing batches of fries experimenting with dry rubs, fun and delicious.
Overall, I like this place and will be back.
in Portland, Maine
4.81/5 rDev +8.8% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Huge space with an order counter and then a few picnic tables inside and high rise bar stools. Has outside seating as well and upstairs seating. Very hip vibe music is usually playing too loud. No food served but a restaurant attached to the brewery that you can bring food in from. One of the few times I've been in there and they had multiple cans for sale. Usually they only have Substance and whichever one they are releasing that day. Service is pretty good the counter is well manned.
in Portland, Oregon
3.63/5 rDev -17.9% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Dug it more as a place (of a piece with garden-y craftsman Alberta) than as a source of beer. Very much the kind of populist, presentist approach I see from more and more new outfits across the country: Sweet-Tart-thin fruited kettle sours; creamy New England IPAs; big stouts that sit in your stomach. Being more of a horseblankety farmhouse boy this all makes me long for a dirty brett beer, or a grisette or, hell, a Weihenstephaner.
in Portland, Oregon
4.8/5 rDev +5% | Score: 4.57
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Humble yet formidable, blessedly untrendy temple of the Tart Arts. Splendiferous list of inventive barrel sours (some upwards of 8 years old and all the better for it). Old World knowledge and homebrew playfulness on display. Severly underrated—both in Portland rankings and national sour landscape—likely as a result of Web-1.0-era optics.
in Montpelier, Vermont
4.51/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.52
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
Needed a growler fill before driving from Waterbury to Bangor ME (no telling what might be available in Bangor - better safe than sorry, I say). Stopped at Bear Naked around 10 am, so not much was going on. Well, OK - it was just me and the guy behind the bar. Who couldn't have been nicer. And service was, obviously, great. Impressive tap list and, while I was waiting for him to fill my growler with Foundation Epiphany, I discovered that he has a pretty damn good cooler selection as well. I'd go there again.
in Plymouth, New Hampshire
3.52/5 rDev -9.5% | Score: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75
Great selection for the area and fair prices. Not many member of the staff are too knowledgeable on the spread but there are some that are quite. Regularly get new releases and old favorites and will try to get stuff for you if they can. Would
in Baltimore, Maryland
4.44/5 rDev +1.4% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75
Up front, it's important to understand that The Wine Source is predominantly a wine and liquor store with perhaps 20% of the shelf space (refrigerated and not) dedicated to beer and another 10% to cider/perry. That said, the selection of beers was quite impressive. There were numerous local Maryland/DC varieties (I was able to obtain from Union Craft, RAR, and 3 Stars), but the selection of domestic craft beers included a range of styles from high quality breweries throughout the US and was quite remarkable. Most selections are canned or bottled, but growlers/crowlers are available and reasonably priced. The vibe was very contemporary and business-like, but the staff were helpful and pleasant. Wine Source also has dedicated parking, useful to know in an urban environment. Would likely be my go to place, if I lived nearby.
in Simpsonville, South Carolina
3.95/5 rDev 0% | Score: 3.69
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Their beers are off style compared to how they are listed. They are COMPLETELY confused as to what comprises an IPA and I found only 1 of the 3 to be on the border for the style...despite descriptions, the beers lack any resemblance of hoppiness on the nose, flavor nor mouthfeel. The blonde had barely anything in common with an actual blonde and the stout was drinkable. The tacos were pretty good IMO and the service was fairly fast and friendly.
in Farmington, Maine
1.34/5 rDev -66.6% | Score: 4.01
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25
Very rude and short, I spent 50$+ on food and drinks, tiny portions high prices and stingy over dipping sauce. No customer service. Great place to go if you're drunk and an alcoholic because that's all they're friendly too. Last resort for food or service, not a must go a must not go. Go see for yourself.
in South Burlington, Vermont
4.25/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Been here a couple of times. I've never had a bad experience, always clean, and fairly quick service even at peak times. Menu is vast enough to help my 7 year old always pick something he enjoys. Their buffalo wings are legit and a half as they add their creative and semi-unique twist on them. Pizza is always extremely enjoyable. About 10 taps with 2 ciders, and other full bar items. Taps usually seen are from 1st Republic, Frost, Fiddlehead, 14th Star, Good Measure, Burlington Beer, Drop In, Farnham, Foley Bros, Hermit Thrush, Long Trail, Lost Nation, Otter Creek, Queen City, Rock Art, Simple Roots, Stone Corral, Switchback, Trout River, Zero Gravity and Upper Pass for Vermont breweries. Others: Ballast Point, Smuttynose, Aeronaut, Jack's Abby, and Berkshire. Prices are what's to be expected in the area.
in Lebanon, New Hampshire
3.64/5 rDev -8.3% | Score: 3.97
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25
Decent enough CO-OP store, though a chain, their beer is in the back left side of the store. Pretty clean and easy to take in kids. No one asked me if I needed help, but I'm not usually offended if no one asks me, especially in a grocery store like this. Found some NH beers that I can't get in VT. Pretty good stop for NH beers, but part of me says if I had a choice, I'd rather go to the Lebanon Brew Shop. This place is a decent back-up, I must say.
in Lebanon, New Hampshire
4/5 rDev +7% | Score: 3.74
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Me and my son ventured in Western NH earlier this month and well, though we went looking for camping and fishing spots, if I'm gonna be in another state, well, that means another distro, so of course I gotta check out to see what NH has that's different than VT. To me, I felt fairly secure in this store seeing a wonderful array of NH beers that I can't get in VT, than the normal - Henniker, Smuttynose, and Woodstock Inn, which I don't mind, but would rather go for what I can't normally get. Very clean store with lots of homebrew equipment, but I kinda gave up homebrewing. Definitely go back here looking for what I can't get in VT.
in Atlanta, Georgia
4.2/5 rDev -7.7% | Score: 4.55
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Visited on a Wednesday night just after dinner rush. Sat at the bar.
V - A nice bar, but the vibe is not all beer. Big and open. Dark when they turn down the lights. Take your date, your beer buds or just folks to have a good dinner. Menu is nice but a bit limited. 4.25
Q - A wide variety of glassware. All seems clean. No complaints. 4.25,
Ser - Friendly, knowledgeable, parings can be a challenge but they try hard. The bartenders share customers which I am familiar with but then you loose that connection and knowledge that comes from having the same tender all night. 4.5
Sel - 30+ beers on tap. Fantome Saison in a bottle. A very good selection of local but nothing resembling a whale. 4.0
F - I had the NY strip which was an 1.5 inches thick and then cut against the grain into strips. I asked for it medium rare, which the kitchen accomplished, but the steak was still dry. 3.75
in North Andover, Massachusetts
3.63/5 rDev 0% | Score: 3.63
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Odd location for a craft beer pub - overlooking the Willows tennis club. Place could definitely use an overhaul, the carpeting is pretty threadbare and the furniture's a bit worn. Jimmy (the GM/owner) is almost always behind the bar and is a bit of a character. If you visit during the afternoon be ready for lots of socio-political hot takes from him while Fox News is on.
They have about 25 well-curated drafts. A tad heavy on the IPA's (then again, most places are) with focus on New England-area breweries. He actively tries to get the latest "it" beers too.
Food is pretty good - pub fare done well. Pizza is some of the best in the area also.
in Bangor, Maine
4.6/5 rDev +4.8% | Score: 4.39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
Stopped in after a long day of driving from central VT. Sat at a high table next to the bar. Service was excellent; food was even better than the service, and they had a great selection of beers on tap. What more could you ask for? I don't get to Bangor very often (like this trip is once), but if I ever come back I'll definitely patronize Nocturnem!
in Racine, Wisconsin
3.99/5 rDev 0% | Score: 3.99
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
Classic tavern asthetics, also good live music venue. Definitely a Dead Head hangout, which is relected in the decor/ choice of house music. Small, but choice selection of beers, with the craft stuff constantly rotating. Standard pub food, well made and presented well. Large dining/ hang out area, but no table service, order at the bar.
in Phoenix, Arizona
3.94/5 rDev -5.3% | Score: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
It's located within a shopping district, which feels a bit odd. Inside is a large two-tiered open space with the brewing equipment behind glass on the right side. Garage doors provide open air into the dining area on appropriate weather days. Staff was not very plentiful (3 outside of the kitchen, and 2 of those were working the brewing equipment), but they were helpful. Beer selection was slim (~8 taps), but spanned a diverse array of styles. Food was good as well.
in Newmarket, New Hampshire
5/5 rDev +13.1% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Best brewery around for hazy IPAs and for Sours. Space is nice, could be larger. I don’t get all the hoopla about Treehouse, Deciduous’ IPAs blow them out of the water.
in Bridgton, Maine
4.54/5 rDev +4.1% | Score: 4.36
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
Local Maine beers on tap and approximately 300 bottles/cans in coolers for on site consumption. Fast friendly knowledgeable service, cool music. Patio out back. Plenty of parking. And it’s a gas station too. Have not had the food, but menu looked varied and eclectic.
in Salem, Oregon
4.49/5 rDev +3% | Score: 4.36
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
The beer quality is exceptional. The atmosphere is great. Bartenders are generally knowledgeable though some would do better to focus on customers instead of their phones
in Bridgman, Michigan
3.85/5 rDev +6.9% | Score: 3.6
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Nice stop on the west side of Michigan, in a reclaimed police post. Modern interior with Biergarten style tables and benches. A beautiful bar with several different tap selections and a small but mixed food menu of sandwiches, salads, and pizzas, with a locavore vibe. Beers were all approachable and the food was pretty solid. Gift shop with to-go cans that were on sale for cheap. Would definitely stop again, and an easy stop for people heading to other nearby breweries Transient, Tapistry, or Greenbush.
in Joliet, Illinois
4.31/5 rDev +14% | Score: 3.78
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Cool venue with a spacious bar located in Central Station in Joliet. Exposed concrete floors and industrial look.
The bartender gave good service but did not talk about the beer. Have a good looking menu but I did not try. Beer is fresh and good with 18 on tap.