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El Bait Shop

in Des Moines, Iowa

4.59/5  rDev +3.1% | Score: 4.45
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Vibe: El Bait Shop side of the house is focused on beer, with simple natural-colored wood walls, and concrete floor. The walls are absolutely covered in craft beer signage, with loads of craft beer stickers all around. There are several tables, both low and high top, but most of them are for family or a family plus one or two. We had a little trouble finding space for our group of 10.

Quality: Very well kept. Only problem is there is not a lot of open floor space except right around the bar. Due to this, there was a large crowd blocking access to the bar. Finding a place to shift these people, or making a defined ordering space may help.

Service: Fast, even when it was packed. They were efficient and helpful, without ever been condescending.

Selection: With 212 taps, and some bottles and cans, selection here is top notch. There are some great things on tap to sip and savor, followed by some things to chug. There was a good mix of styles, with a little more focus on the hoppy styles on our late November visit. The menu breaks down beers by overall taste (i.e. light and refreshing; dark, caramel, rich; hoppy; etc.), which helps expedite the process of picking which beer to have out of 212+.

Food: Food menu is the same as the High Life Bar next door (shares the same building, and alcohol can move between the two spaces). The food was good. Tasty, and it complimented the beers nicely.

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Iowa Taproom

in Des Moines, Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +1.1% | Score: 4.42
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Vibe: Large open space with wood floors and old brick walls. Lots of high top tables, with a huge circle bar at the center. High ceilings help keep sound down even when it's packed. Large, and clean bathrooms. Nice, open atmosphere to drink anc chat.

Quality: Everything is top notch.

Service: Bartenders were very friendly, quick, and helpful.

Selection: All beers are made in Iowa, with a lot of spectacular choices in the mix. With such a huge selection, it's easy finding something good to drink.

Food: N/A

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Cinder

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.67
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

What was here before? I don't remember, but I think it was a small food mart. Cinder, Copper & Lace is a small bar and kitchen, conveniently near the Broad Street theaters. Taplist is generally consistently good, with a lot of different breweries and styles to choose from, as well as a decent cider list, if that's your thing. One cool thing is that they organize the beers by style on the menu, and you can get a full sampler flight of any of these styles. The service I thought was pretty good. The bartender was attentive and quick even when the crowd started picking up. The menu isn't too extensive, but everything looks good. Pizza is the main attraction here, but they also make a good burger, and the appetizers seemed pretty tasty as well. Usually Monk's is my Rittenhouse go-to, but if that's too slamming, and/or if I'm pregaming a show somewhere, Cinder makes for a good alternative.

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Moo-Duck Brewery

in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1% | Score: 4
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

[2nd stop in 3 brewery tour]
I had never heard of this brewery, until someone locally recommended we try The Joy Is In The Consumption pale ale. Upon arrival, we spoke to the pourer of beers, and told him we were not from the area, and wanted to buy a couple crowlers of Joy. He suggested we give that and another beer a sample try, before committing (I liked that). While there, we found out the story behind the Moo-Duck naming. Very interesting and very friendly.

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Funk Brewing Company - Etown

in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.9% | Score: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

[1st stop in a 1 day, 3 brewery tour]
Arrived on gloomy rainy Saturday. Clean, quiet, nicely decorated with a bit of an old school and modern feel. My wife and I sat down to try a flight. The beertenders were very helpful, and guided us through their lineup, trying to hit on what we both had in mind. We split a sandwich (good) and downed our flight. We chatted with the beertenders for a few minutes, bought a couple of shirts and (my main reason for being there) a couple of 4 packs of Silent Disco.

Very impressed with our visit, and the next time in the area, it will be our main attraction.

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City Tap House

in Boston, Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +6.1% | Score: 4.28
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

WENT ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. TOLD THERE WAS 1.5 HOUR WAIT BUT THE HOSTESS FOUND OUR PARTY WITHIN TWO SIPS OF OUR FIRST BEER AT THE BAR.

GREAT RESTAURANT SERVER, GREAT BEER SELECTION, YOUNG (LATE 20S TO EARLY 40S) CROWD, GREAT FOOD.

ONLY DRAW-BACK (WE ARE 50 +) WAS THE LOUD (CONVERSATION WAS DIFFICULT) NOISE...BUT EVERYTHING ELSE MADE UP FOR THAT SHORTCOMING!

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Vis Major Brewing Co.

in Omaha, Nebraska

3.84/5  rDev -2% | Score: 3.92
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

A medium sized space has a couple rooms, with about a dozen small tables in the main room and about a dozen and a half seats at the bar. Has a new-age cafe feel to it, very clean with a slightly odd mix of neutral and aged decor.

The place looks to have all twelve taps working, with options such as lighter blond ales and saisons, about a half dozen IPAs, and a few darker beers, including a Scottish ale, a doppelbock and and an oatmeal stout.

The quality is in the decent range. The IPAs are hoppy but seem a bit young and could use some refinement. Can’t pick out anything wrong with the offerings, but didn’t find anything really strong, either. The IPAs did showcase the hops with a decent bitterness, but could use a little bit of balance. The other styles were tame versions of their styles.

A nice place to have stopped in on, could see grabbing a beer or two here on occasion to see how they’re progressing.

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Third Place Brewing

in Wichita, Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +10.3% | Score: 3.58
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Nice smaller place, pretty crowded with live music and catered food on a Saturday night. 8 beers on tap ranging from meh to pretty good. Good service, average prices.

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McNally's Taproom

in Hillsboro, Oregon

3.79/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.46
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Tap room with a sports bar feel. Excellent selection of beers on tap. Many of the best Oregon has to offer and also small, but select, group of really good beers from outside the northwest. Solid packaged selection. Food is good, but the menu is sparse. Quickest to step up to the bar to order. Staff is very beer knowledgeable.

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Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company

in Parksville, British Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -9% | Score: 3.9
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Sunday rainy November afternoon.
VIBE: Busy and cramped. Seats about 25 inside.
QUALITY: had 6 tasters, two were very good to excellent (Saison and Blonde Ale), two were good (porter and pale ale), and two were average (IPA and Fresh Hop IPA)
SERVICE: they were swamped so our server was not at all engaged and just trying to keep up.
SELECTION: lots of different style to choose from.

They also have a very good logo and good wearables to choose from.

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Community Beer Company

in Dallas, Texas

4.57/5  rDev +7.8% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Cool brewery that sits downtown Dallas. On a weekend trip decided to drop by. We missed the swap and tour, I believe it was clothes, due to traffic. Thankfully staff took our $10 tickets and instead just gave us a buncha tokens. I decided to try a couple IPAs as well as a sour. 3rd Coast IPA - their current "newer" IPA, was amazing. Mosaic fresh from the tap is a big improvement over the canned version. Sour was pretty good, a little grainy but a nice break from the IPAs. Place was mega crowded when we got there, without enough seats. Sadly you are confined to just one room, no alcohol allowed out back with the truck. However, there are projection screens, games to play, and although it wasn't my style - nice to have some music being played live. (Dude on acoustic playing Matchbox 20 covers, etc haha). Staff is super kind.

Funny story - as I began to leave a little girl ran up into me so hard, I actually spilled a little bit of beer all over her! I looked up in horror to her parents' eyes, who gave me this hilarious understanding look and tried to force more tokens on me - I had to refuse but a funny moment for everybody as the family was celebrating a party there, haha.

Would like to give more of the menu a try. Love the little tulip glass we bought from there. Cheers.

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Brash Brewing Company

in Houston, Texas

4.54/5  rDev +11.5% | Score: 4.07
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This brewery is the definition of "hole-in-a-wall". Pretty crazy finding it on my phone while driving through random areas of Houston. Once you reach the alley (behind apartments) the tell-tale skull logo they are known for shows you this little parking lot is the right place. It is basically a garage.

Dimly lit, like a dungeon with stone floors, tables to sit at, and a shitload of old school pinball machines and arcade games. Dope man! Also a ton of heavy metal, bringing back some middle and high school nostalgia.

Their beers are excellent and exactly what I am looking for. High ABV stouts are all that I order, shelling out 6 bucks a piece. Sadly there are no glasses to drink out of or purchase.

Still, great beer, awesome games, nice people. Cheers

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Braindead Brewing

in Dallas, Texas

4.44/5  rDev +8.8% | Score: 4.08
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came in on a Sunday morning I believe, Had to order food in order to beer it up so we grabbed some of the fried cauliflower. Super sugary, has that indulgent "I'm going to regret this" feel to it, super sweet. Helpful staff let me know the options/pricing points and steered me towards trying their core beers. Solid beers, none of the core really stood out too much though. That 10th Anniversary DIPA however is incredible. Also, although it was expensive so I didn't get to try a full glass, the Darth Lambic was something special to taste test. Friendly bartender told us about some cool stuff in Dallas to do, helping us find the farmer's market. Worth a shot for sure. They have some dope glasses for sale at $5 a pop.

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Augustiner-Keller

in München, Germany

3.99/5  rDev -2.4% | Score: 4.09
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Came here on a "tour" and still enjoyed it. This is a classic beerhall (the massive garden was closed) and represents everything that one thinks a beerhall should be. We had a communal table - with one half "reserviert" - in the downstairs cellar, a huge vaulted brick ceiling overhead. The Augustiner helles is a crisp and clean lager, and one of Munich's faves. The food was a gigantic cheese plate layered with yummy cheese and great fresh bread. Loved it.

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Tap-House Munich

in München, Germany

4.06/5  rDev -4.2% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Located down the street from the Munich East Train Station, Munich Tap-House is a hop haven in the middle of German lager central. They offer several house beers, brewed by Cambra, which are not bad, especially after a week of drinking lagers. They also offer several American drafts along with a long bottle lists. That said, this is a cramped and crowded place with some of the most uncomfortable bar stools my butt has ever met. Had a few, grabbed a bowl of German chili and left. Still, not that bad.

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Der Pschorr

in München, Germany

3.89/5  rDev -5.8% | Score: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a rather upscale beerhall situated on the southern end of the Victualienmarkt; it is an attractive place, sleek and wooden, but somewhat lacking in character or personality. The beer, Edelstoff, was pretty decent, but not comparable to a Paulaner or Augustiner. After two beers, I left. This is Munich, after all, and there are more places to see.

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Shenandoah Hops

in Staunton, Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2% | Score: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A pleasant, moderate size store with an emphasis on craft beer. Most beers at room temp. but a few in coolers in the back.
Singles available at a small, reasonable upcharge.

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Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà

in Roma, Italy

4.89/5  rDev +7.2% | Score: 4.56
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is awesome! Amazing beer bar that is a must stop in Rome. Met the head brewer of Cantillion here by happen stance. He was in town for a beer event at Another local craft beer haunt. Anyways, they have a small yet very well chosen draft list including draft pours of Cantillion. Huge selection of sour bewers in large and small format bottles. Very small place fits 25 to 30 people which feels slightly crowded, but its cool to stand outside and drink your beer in the alley. Which is a fun novelty for me since we can't walk in the streets with a beer in America.

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Harris Teeter

in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.5% | Score: 3.83
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

V: It's a typical grocery store atmosphere in Harris Teeter. It's clean and well-maintained (this one is newer than most). Typically antiseptic corporate ambience; you can't argue against it, or get too excited about it.

Q: The quality's fair enough at HT, but I get the impression they don't rotate out the beers very often. Still, not bad.

S: The staff's pretty friendly in this store, though I can't attest to their beer knowledge.

S: For a store like this, they have a decent selection: A lot of local breweries (Holy City, Westbrook, Palmetto), national (Ommegang, Anderson Valley, Stone), and some minor imports. Of course, they have the bulk of their space dedicated to the macros, but that's to be expected. You're not going to find anything rare here, but it's a good place to pick up a bottle in a pinch.

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Three Notch'd Charlottesville Brewery & Restaurant

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +4.2% | Score: 4.07
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Nice, large space, very open. Tables are large, done in a blonde timber block style, with a number of tv screens around. When we were there they had college football games on. Small spot off to the side with children's toys. Staff was attentive, I like that they have tablets to take your order right there and can pay with a card in front of you using Square instead of taking your card out of sight. Selection is good, they print up a sheet of paper with the day's selection, and also carry ciders from Bold Rock and Blue Toad. Food is pretty good, fairly standard bar fare with burgers, sandwiches, etc being the highlights. Prices seem pretty fair, portion sizes were nice but not huge.

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Midtowne Bottle Shop

in Harrisonburg, Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -19.4% | Score: 4.63
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Vibe is eh, the store is small, sparsely decorated, mostly just racks of beer. Which makes it nice to drop in and grab what you want, but doesn't make you want to stay long. Staff seemed knowledgeable and somewhat friendly. Selection, though, certainly made up for everything else. Really good selection of local and bigger national brands.
Timing can be weird with them, though. My wife stopped by one day when they said they would have an event selling some beers they had stashed away or recently gotten in. They started to sell the bottles well in advance of the time they had set on their Facebook event, and while they still had some when the event time started, if the craft scene grows in Harrisonburg this lack of timeliness could cause future problems.

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Brothers Craft Brewing

in Harrisonburg, Virginia

4.36/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.36
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Went for the Resolute release so there were several hundred people in attendance. Despite that, customer service was fantastic. Didn't have to wait long in line for a beer, they rotated through special kegs fast enough to keep the lines at bay and had plenty on tap of Resolute, it's variants both this and previous years. The interior is quite nice, good seating selection. Staff was friendly, attentive, could hardly tell that they were holding a big release. Guest taps were great, included beers from Aslin (Master of Karate), Veil (White Ferrari), Triple Crossing (Battle Creek), and Ocelot, among others.

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Foam Brewers

in Burlington, Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Right outside the center of lively Burlington situated along the waterfront. I was there on a perfectly warm Fall day and the city was teeming with activity.

Great walk to the brewery along the beautiful waterfront park. Showed up right at opening so there were only a handful of people. Punk rock coming from the speakers, long bar stretched around towards the left, small section straight ahead for purchases. I lucked into leftover four packs from the previous day’s release.

Nice staff; received a sample of their wild ale Crescent Ship which was damn tasty. Bummed that no bottles were available for purchase.

Small food station outside manned by a couple churning out modern twists on bar food. Great vibe, chill and excellent surroundings.

Will be curious to see how the waterfront area evolves. As Burlington builds up I’m sure there will be a greater appetite to use some of the open space around the brewery, including the ground-level parking lot, i.e. Portland, ME. Should be enjoyed while it’s there.

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Sly Fox Brewing Company

in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.4% | Score: 4.07
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

stopped by for a few beers on a Saturday night. Brewpub is in a strip mall. Smaller inside than I expected - there are tables for dining, and then a fairly large bar, with windows through to the brewing tanks. They've got about a dozen beers on tap, a mix of year round and seasonal/one-off. Plus a cask conditioned beer on hand pump. good variety, and solid beers.

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Kent Falls Brewing Company

in Kent, Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Rustic little building adjacent to brewery. There is a small foyer before entering the taproom which is about 25 x 40. The 8 foot long bar is along the left hand wall as one enters the room, and there are makeshift tables of planked barrels around the room. There were 6 beers on tap when I was there along with bottles and 4 packs of cans for sale. I was somewhat dismayed that they would not fill growlers of the beers they had in cans, nor sell single cans. There was a good sized crowd, and there was a steady stream of people coming and going while I was there.

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