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Place Reviews: Most Recent
in San Diego, California
4.21/5 rDev -3.7% | Score: 4.37
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
This was my first time to AleSmith. Very cool facility, huge! The selection when I went was great for Speedway Stout variants, but for those looking beyond heavy stouts, I’ve gotta say there maybe could have been a little more. Service was great, speedy and friendly. Beer quality was solid, from what I had. With the right event going on, during a full house session, I can really see this being a fun place to be!
in Rock Island, Illinois
4/5 rDev -4.8% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3
Do not go alone, this bar has no TV's. The bartender was nice and informative. The beers I tried were pretty good nothing to write home about. They do not do flights but will give samples. Reasonably priced. I would not stop here for an on the way home beer it is definitely a place to go hang out.
in Peoria, Illinois
4.4/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.4
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is an awesome brewery set in an old church. The service is lacking on some of my visits but the do have a decent beer selection to make up for it. If you enjoy whiskey they do also have an extensive whiskey list and do whiskey flights as well as beer flights
in Waterbury, Vermont
4.66/5 rDev +3.6% | Score: 4.5
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Stopped in after a brutal, 9-hour, rain-lashed drive from southern PA. Blackback is a fairly small tavern with a central bar that seats maybe 20 people, plus a mix of a dozen or so regular and high-top tables. So it's not a big place. There were quite a few open tables when we arrived, but the place filled in quickly after 7 pm. Our server said the clientele is probably 60% locals during the busy season; higher in the off-season (which I took as a pretty meaningful endorsement by the locals).
Food is not fancy nut definitely a cut above pub fare; service is excellent. Beer selection is phenomenal - probably 30 or so high-quality offerings in a variety of styles and potencies.
Definitely a must-visit if you're in the area.
in Bettendorf, Iowa
4.93/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.93
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
Best brewery in the QCA!!! Fantastic selection of guest brews with excellent indoor/outdoor seating and food options from adjoining restaurants. Each style is well above average or better.
in Le Claire, Iowa
1.74/5 rDev -56.9% | Score: 4.04
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 1.25
Fruit/extract should not represent over 50% of your brews!! Cheap ingredients and bodyless light beers are M.O.
I hope they get their act together and stop being the “out of towner’s” folly.
I highly recommend making a quality lager, kolsch, brown, or any hopped style that doesn’t involve cheap pellets of citra hops... I mean “mango citra hop hop” is the literal name of one of their flagship brews.... too sweet and no balance, pretty much the story of the brewery.
in Warsaw, Indiana
4.15/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.15
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
New brewery in Warsaw with fine beers, and excellent bbq. Located in an old gun store on the outskirts of town.
The beers brewed here are very well done. They had a nice selection on tap including several ipas. The brewer was working the bar on our stop and was fun to talk with.
The bbq was well above average, some of the best in the area. Paired very well with their beers.
Well worth a stop.
in Asheville, North Carolina
3.53/5 rDev -6.1% | Score: 3.76
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75
this is a cool place to check out, but in limited drinking i thought their beer was a little below the quality of many of the other brewers in town. we certainly didnt try them all, and in fact only had time for two, so maybe we just didnt order well, but the vibe made the mediocre beer tolerable, at least for a little while. you enter through a little alley and then down some stairs, an older looking basement vibe with some exposed stone, dim lighting, a cool wooden bar right where you walk in with all the little baby fermenters lined up in the back, its cool and relaxed, a nice respite from the humid warmth outside, and cool low energy on a weeknight. the server seemed uninterested in either us or the beer, but filled up our glasses, got the tab right, and generally didnt hurt the experience. i had a maca stout which was hardly drinkable, and a slightly better hazy ipa, some interesting beers on paper, but execution left a bit to be desired. some cool folks hanging out here though, and we immediately assimilated into some good conversation. its a cool place to relax and unwind and take it all in, but if its high end beer you seek, this should be well down the list, at least in our experience...
in München, Germany
4/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5
This is a small brewery located several blocks south of the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) and is worth the trip in my opinion. It is a sleek modern venue with several booths and hightops in the front room; there is additional seating in the back and another room downstairs, adjacent to the restrooms. The two copper brewing tanks are in the front room. They serve their own variation of your typical German beers, such as a dunkles, helles, Weiss and a version of radler. These were all fresh and well-made. Service was great and the roast pork loin was amazing - succulent, tender and addictive.
Schiller Brau is worth a stop if you are in the area, which does not have much else besides gyro shops.
in München, Germany
3.56/5 rDev -10.8% | Score: 3.99
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25
Paulaner is one of my favorite Bavarian beers. While it is actually brewed elsewhere in Munich, Paulaner I'm Tal still serves it up nice enough. Located on the bustling Tal, between the imposing Isar Gate and Marienplatz, and across from the packed Weisses Brauhaus, it is a spacious and comfortable restaurant that evokes a country inn. If the weather is nice, you can also sit outside on one of the umbrella-tables. Relax, a waiter will see to your needs at once. I quaffed several half-liters of their delectable dark lager (dunkles) and gorged myself with a savory sausage platter.
Worth a stop, naturlich!
in San Diego, California
4.07/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
This Yard House is located in the Westfield Mall in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.
I went here after work to unwind a bit since my hotel was just on the other side of the freeway. It's a fairly spacious restaurant with a large square-ish bar in the middle. Yard House is known for their large number of taps. They probably had about a hundred beers on tap. I had a local wheat beer which was okay.
They had a large chess board and pieces right outside the entrance. That was pretty cool. Overall, a nice place for food and craft beer when in the area.
in Greensboro, North Carolina
3.79/5 rDev 0% | Score: 3.79
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
It is a typical sports bar/restaurant with lots of TVs showing a variety of different sporting events and ESPN with a bar area and two different areas with tables (as well as a couple of video games). There was music playing but not too loud to carry on a conversation comfortably with more classic rock playing and all of the TVs were muted. Not too busy in the section we sat but there were a number of people in the back dining area and at the bar. Early in the evening it was family friendly.
Beers were well poured and served in proper glassware (I saw pint glasses and snifters in use at the tables around me) with a decent amount of head and at a reasonable temperature.
Services was friendly and attentive - I'm not sure how knowledgeable she was about the beers as I chose one of the house beers without asking for any advice (I had checked out the tap list online before attending).
18 taps and approximately 100 cans/bottles - lots of NC beers and a handful of regional/national craft brands represented as well.
Food is traditional sports bar and decent - kids tried and enjoyed the hot dogs, I had popcorn shrimp and wings.
in Agoura Hills, California
5/5 rDev +19% | Score: 4.2
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Within the Los Angeles beer scene, there are only a handful of establishments that deserve to be labeled as a "destination". Somewhere every beverage enthusiast and foodie alike can add to their travel list and know that they will be getting a truly genuine and unique eating and drinking experience.
Ladyface is one of those places.
Nestled in the monotone desert known as The Valley, they provide a much-needed oasis of flavor and character that resembles not a palm tree encrusted spring, but a farmhouse in the French countryside. Specializing in farmhouse and Belgian-style beers with an accompanying European Bistro food selection that rivals many higher-priced locales within the city limits, this brewery exemplifies the concept of pairing food and drinks and will melt most, if not all the senses clean off your face. The idea that you can acquire steak tartare and a red wine barrel-aged quad for under $25 IN LOS ANGELES boggles my mind every time I look at their menu.
And yes, they do have an IPA regularly available as well...
in Cleveland, Ohio
5/5 rDev +14.9% | Score: 4.35
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
This is a can't miss place. Sitting at the same bar John D. Rockefeller sat at and where Elliot Ness shot a hole in is a great experience. the basement bar has an hones old pub feel. the food is top notch and the service was excellent. If you are lucky enough to be in Cleveland, you must make this a priority.
in Brugge, Belgium
4.2/5 rDev -5.2% | Score: 4.43
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Dropped in late evening on a Friday. Placed was packed and had a bit of a party vibe to it. Very different from other places in town. Selection was nice, nothing crazy. Beers were properly served as expected. Found it to be very loud and just not the kind of place I was looking for.
in Los Angeles, California
4.34/5 rDev +0.9% | Score: 4.3
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
West LA Loction:
Very good tap list.
Food is burgers, sandwiches, salads and sharable dishes. So far, I've had burgers, sandwiches and the calamari, all were very good.
Full disclosure: They allow us to have a monthly bottle share there. They go out of their way to make us feel welcome and provide great service throughout the evening, which is where my high service score comes from.
Definately on my reccomended list for a bite to eat and a local beer or two.
I need to stop the Playa Vista location and give that a try too.
in Walland, Tennessee
4.71/5 rDev 0% | Score: 4.71
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
this place is incomparable, really nothing like it out there. you really have to separate this into two entities to comment, one being the farm, the second being the production facility about 20 or 30 minutes away, which we had the pleasure of checking out and meeting some folks. small batches are still being brewed at the farm, but this is just one small part of what goes on at this idyllic property. you basically have to be a guest to visit there, although we were lucky to get a reservation at their fine restaurant as outside guests. when you drive up to the farm, its incredibly peaceful and rural, way out there, and on the property everything is perfectly manicured and presentable, we knew we were in for something special right away. they park your car for you, check you in at a little desk, invite you over to a bar and restaurant area to have a drink and take in the views of the valley and the springtime smells and sounds before chauffeuring you over to what they call the barn, their high end restaurant, which looks like a wedding venue from a movie (i later learn weddings start at a quarter million dollars here, this is big time). open feel and open kitchen, lots of wood, dim lighting and white table cloths. the food was extraordinary, not the best ive ever hard but in the conversation, professionally served and very high end, we did the tasting menu, pricey but you get what you pay for. its mostly about wine here, they hardly mention their own beer, but among the $10k bottles of wine, there is a beer list which includes many of their own. we drink through just about all of them with their meal, rather fairly priced, especially next to the wine, and it was well presented by the servers. we never got to see the actual brewery here, but this place warrants a glowing review nevertheless, its an experience worth having, such an amazing property and meal, unforgettable really. the production brewery is also worth seeing, not yet public either, but they are planning a taproom space there in maryville. for now there is an office building, a brew house area, and another separate building where the wood ageing is going down. we were able to take a quick tour, chat with some folks on their team, and share a beer. it was a special experience and i cant wait to go back when their taproom is open. i think these guys are making some of the very best beers in the country, saisons for days and some amazing belgian stuff too, world class really, and they deserve more attention they they seem to be getting. i had an amazing experience both at the farm and at the production site, really amazing to finally check this place out!!!
in Fresno, Ohio
5/5 rDev +10.4% | Score: 4.53
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Wow! What a great little place.
Located on a farm, but not too far from a main artery in mid-south eastern Ohio, this brewery has all that you need. A nice tap room, with a view to the brewery. An outside sitting area that is covered. Food trucks to supply the good people with sustenance. Oh yeah, and the bier! Delicious stuff, everything. And a good variety of things too. Pleasant people working the place. They have bottles to go and fill growlers.
And if it matters, clean bathrooms (doesn't hurt right?)
in Asheville, North Carolina
4.46/5 rDev +11.2% | Score: 4.01
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
this place was a heck of a find, i knew nothing about this place at all when we walked in, but ended up leaving super impressed with their beers and stoked on the experience. its a big space, with a large parking lot in back, a comfortable open air patio with some picnic tables as you walk in, and then a long bar in a high ceiling taproom with the brewing equipment off to the left, a little shop on the right, and some really cool wood decor and art on the walls with some lower seating in the bar area. there looks like more space towards what is the front of the building where you walk in too. the beer list is packed with curious offerings, really ambitious stuff including a sumac spelt beer, a smoked gose, and a beer made with actual pizza, all of which were surprisingly well executed, unique and delicious, the beer was downright impressive. the service was awesome too, they were attentive and knowledgeable and obviously passionable about the beers, but they handled a busy bar well too, and even dealt well with some college aged drunks that didnt belong there. we really had a good time chatting and hamming it up with our bartender. great energy in here, its upbeat and sort of bohemian and different, and the beer speaks for itself. i highly recommend visiting these guys if you are in the area, i am surprised their beer hasnt generated more hype, it was all interesting and delicious!
in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
4.7/5 rDev +16% | Score: 4.05
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
Mainly known as a wine bar, but they have 36 taps, 32 of which are rotating craft beers! Adult atmosphere and a real Pub feel! Definitely worth checking out, oh and about half of their beers were NC!
in Brugge, Belgium
4.63/5 rDev +1.1% | Score: 4.58
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
Clearly had to make a stop at the classic while in town. Got there not too long after it opened. It was pretty full, but we were able to find a table in the corner. Service wasnt fast, but wasnt too slow either. About what I came to expect while in Belgium. Great beer list and a nice tap list as well. Fun vibe in the place with a mix of locals, beer geeks and tourists coming and going. Beer list was extensive and fun to peruse. As expected, everything was properly served. Definitely a must stop while in Brugge.
in Brugge, Belgium
4.2/5 rDev +6.3% | Score: 3.95
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Dropped in while in Brugge for the day. Had a very very heavy touristy feel, but the beer selection was extensive and well organized. Nothing super rare that I noticed, but a great variety of Belgian beers. Right in the hear of the main tourist area. Chatted up a worker who was stocking/cleaning some shelves and had a good discussion of the gueuze/lambic they had available. She apologized that the only stuff that we get to see a lot of in the states was the sweetened Leindemas stuff which I was entertained by.
in Brugge, Belgium
4.76/5 rDev +7% | Score: 4.45
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
Made two visits on the day we spent in Brugge. Got there right when it opened and it was me and a buddy at the bar and two small groups who came and went for lunch and a beer. Impressive bottle list including a few vintages of Hommage. Bar tender was friendly and helpful. As usual, everything was served in proper glasses. Nice a low key spot. Came back that night after 10 and the place was full but not packed. Sat at the bar again and enjoyed a few more before calling it a night. Friendly staff again but they couldnt chat as much due to the crowd. Still a pretty low key vibe, especially given that we had just come from Le Trappiste. Easily my favorite bar of the four we went to in Brugge and would certainly recommend it to anybody who makes it to town.
in Phoenix, Arizona
4.38/5 rDev +2.6% | Score: 4.27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Small, house-like vibe in this space akin to a modest and quaint coffee shop. Open ceilings help give this small space a little more room. The bar is short and seats maybe a dozen or so customers with a handful of various sized tables. Tap list is short, but sweet. They had 9 tap handles, but just less than that on tap - all their own beer. The selection was focused (almost 50%) on IPAs on my late May visit (bartender said "it's hazy season" as a joke to another patron). Aside from the IPA focus, they did have a hefe and a few other odd-balls for a small brewery, which shows promise. Crowlers are available, but only about half the tap list was allowed to be put in crowlers. They do can releases, but otherwise the only way to take home beer is via crowlers. Staff was friendly and inviting and while the place was packed, helped suggest some beers and other local places to visit. Location felt a little odd as an out-of-towner. The little shop comes up quick with only a few off-street parking spots, so either be ready for a hard turn (if driving north) or just pull off onto the next side street. Worth the visit.
in St Pete Beach, Florida
3.92/5 rDev -5.1% | Score: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Went on a Sunday afternoon and had a good time at a place that has a good in-house tap selection (if not a little pricey). Has tvs and games so you can occupy yourself if you don't want to enjoy the weather (it actually rained when I visited) and shoot the bull. People there seemed friendly so it's worth visiting if you're in the area.