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in Ambler, Pennsylvania
4.88/5 rDev +15.1% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5
Go there for the cask ale, saison, and New England hops, stay for the cozy atmosphere of their converted house. Generous sized pours of really high quality beer for way cheaper than tired hands and most others in the area
in Michigan City, Indiana
4.48/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
First, a caveat: We attended Burn ‘Em’s 420ish party, so the atmosphere was a bit different than if we had gone on a typical non-event day.
I had heard the place was small, and that is not a lie. Seating inside for about 8-10 people, and there’s a small patio that could hold double that. It’s a converted house, on the outskirts of town, little parking, although there is an abandoned? warehouse across the street that provided plenty of space to park.
So, on to the beer. For the fest, they had roughly 25-30 beers on tap. I tried several of their pale ales and IPAs, all were good to great. The type of beers that I want another one right away. They also had a bunch of collaboration beers, several of which were sours or in that neighborhood, which I didn’t try. My wife and her friend started the day off with an ice cream float made with a nitro version of Dark Side of the Moo, a Russian Imperial Stout, that she said was fantastic. Honestly, I had 6 or 7 beers, and things got a bit fuzzy, so I’m struggling with remembering names of beers. Essentially, all the beers we had were well done, no regrets. They seem to do some off-kilter styles(Kreamed Corn, anyone?) but I heard no complaints from anyone around, and as stated, the beers I tasted and remembered were all stellar. They also have a few food items in their taproom, and for the fest, they had a Jamaican food truck(which was delicious) in addition to their own chef grilling and serving several sandwiches and the like.
The entire operation looks like it spans 2-3 acres, most of it the surrounding grounds. For the fest, they set up a tent to the side of the brewery. The tent was where the bands were playing, they also had the aforementioned food sources, and a wall of taps set up. Btw, the sound in the tent was probably the best I’ve ever heard an outdoor show sound, so props to the sound guy. Lots of room to roam, sit, hang out, etc. There were several porta-potties, and a dozen or so tables and chairs set up, so it wasn’t crowded at all.
All of the staff were helpful and friendly, and I might have waited in line for beer 5 minutes at the most, and not at all for food. Everyone in attendance was happy to be there, and it was a beautiful day out, so that helped with the overall easy-going vibe. The overall aesthetic of Burn ‘Em Brewery is easily figured out just by looking at their artwork on their product. They don’t take things too seriously, although they do a professional job and produce a fantastic product. Why aren't they collaborating with Hoof Hearted? It seems to be a natural fit.
In short, I think their beer was great, the staff was on top of things, and the space is fantastic. It’s a 3.5 hour drive for us, so we won’t make it a regular stop, but if we’re anywhere close to the area, it’s a must-do. Again, if you’re just visiting for the taproom, it’s small and likely to be crowded. But when they throw a party, and the weather co-operates, I can’t think of a better place to be at.
in Lexington, Kentucky
3.93/5 rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
The main tap room is literally a rock house, fairly small with 8 taps, half or fewer are in-house (at least early on). There is also the brewery warehouse that, when open, provides a lot more space for people. All the beers have so far been solid if not better. Food trucks are regularly scheduled.
in Tel Aviv, Israel
3.88/5 rDev -0.3% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
This place is totally cool -- a tiny little place in an alley in downtown Tel Aviv. It's old and dusty and has outside seating and cheesy music, and it was everything I wanted it to be.
Before I went to Israel I had read that it's one of the oldest breweries in Israel, which isn't saying a ton since it's from the 90s but at least it's considered a mainstay. So I had to make it a stop on my trip. They had 6 or 7 beers on draft, all of which were a little underwhelming, and very expensive, but I took a glass home nonetheless because it was a very cool place. I would definitely go back--maybe they will be brewing some new beers soon!
in Mount Juliet, Tennessee
5/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
Absolutely THE BEST market in Mt Juliet. High quality, gourmet, healthy ingredients to create "goodness without guilt" treats. A variety of ready made yummies, excellent beer selection as well as unique gifts & novelties. A foodies dream
in Williston, Vermont
4.42/5 rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Very chill vibe, great brews on offer with friendly, knowledgeable staff. Definitely a nice place to stop and have a couple of pints, they even have some Nintendo's to pass the time!
in Richmond, Virginia
4.28/5 rDev +6.2% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
With the influx of hype driven beers being cranked out of Richmond, its nice to have this place to slide into. One half homebrew/winemaking store & one half brewery. Helpful, knowledgeable personnel can fill a recipe grain bill or pour a fantastic beer. The hoppy oferings have big flavor accompanied by mouthfeel. There is seating inside and out and a little something for everyone on the menu. Music is always on point. This is a really great local establishment producing some quality.
in Alton, Illinois
3.96/5 rDev -5.7% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
this place is so cool, and this town really needed someone like this to come in. very cool (and absolutely colossal) building, right down off the river, and just massive. used to be a bakery, hence the name, and the humble brewing set up looks almost dwarfed in the huge brick warehouse space as you walk down a hallway with a view to the brewing floor. the hall seems to go on forever when you walk in, finally opening up into an expansive taproom with one of the longest bars i have ever seen, and somehow made to feel comfortable despite being so big. its echo filled and noisy in here even though its not that busy, some minimal acoustic treatments need to be about doubled for ambiance. they had a great list of beers though, including some insanely interesting barrel aged selections, i was impressed with all of them that we had. way ahead of expectations, i didnt think there was such a sophisticated beer crowd here, no offense, but i was delighted to see these selections. the service was mediocre, it took us a long time to get noticed and served at the bar even though they werent that busy, and the guys seemed confused by a sample request, like, he wanted to charge me for a small pour or something, no problem, but could i have really been the first person to ever present him with this question? sure seemed like it. not much personality either, but whatever, the vibe is rad and the beer was quality. we will try to eat here next time, but there was no time the go at it. overall a righteous place, and epic repurposing of an old building, and beer thats well ahead of the curve! not to be missed if you a re anywhere near here...
in Newcastle, Maine
4.78/5 rDev +5.8% | Avg: 4.52
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
Ive got to say that personally, I had a hard time finding something wrong w/ this place. Visited one thursday afternoon on a beautiful late October day, this place was tucked away and almost hidden in the ME woods. It is very unassuming and one could easily drive by and not know it was there and I find that very charming. Everything about whats on premise is tastefully and naturally rustic. From the cedar shingled taproom and brew barn all the way up to the fine ales pouring. You walk into the small and pleasantly cozy taproom to be greeted by a friendly Mainer enthusiatic to pour you a beer. Next is finding a place to enjoy that beer...take your pick! There are countless nooks and sanctuaries inside and out. After my girlfriend and I grabbed a couple of flights we headed outside to a picknick table to indulge. I soon noticed head brewer Tim Adams outside speaking w/ patrons. As a massive fan of Tims liquids and native Virginian, there was no way I was going to pass up speaking to him. I approached him, introduced myself and told him his beer is a life blood of mine. Approachable and friendly, he invited Tessa and I to check out the brew deck/barn, introduced me to Tyler (Doeboy), and I got to stand over a freshly filled coolship while drinking a beer talking to Tim (Primus blasting from the brew deck)...YES! This place was everything I hoped it would be and more. A magical place I cant wait to revisit.
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3.86/5 rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Decent place near the stadium/aquarium area. Mostly carries Southern Tier standards with a couple of locally brewed ST beers (which were underwhelming) and a few taps of Victory (always awesome but local to us so we did not have any here). Nice open space including the connected outside area. Service largely consisted of staff milling about not noticing if you needed something. This seems to happen a lot when there are a lot of bartending staff on, and this was not an exception. Cool if you are in the area.
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4/5 rDev +5% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Very cool stop about 20 minutes outside of downtown, well worth the travel. Very good selection of beers, all well executed. Nothing mind blowing but all really tasty, Food and service were very good. Love the outdoor space.
in Tucson, Arizona
4.9/5 rDev +3.6% | Avg: 4.73
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
Very clean and well designed. The selection of beers on tap (about 20) and bottled (maybe 10 fridges full) is both large and quality. They get some harder to find beers like 120 minute IPA and such. The people who work there are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely check this place out. It's pretty much perfect.
in Springfield, Massachusetts
4.36/5 rDev +3.3% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
They have a really good selection of beers there. A couple of the bottles are a little dusty so they have obviously been sitting for a little while. If you at all resemble a college student, and your from out of state, either bring a military ID or your Passport. They don't accept out of state college student licenses.
in Hood River, Oregon
4.21/5 rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
This is a fun place. They offer a large beer selection on tap, most of which are pretty decent. The servers are friendly and informative and the place is hopping and loud, especially when a band is playing. Seems to be popular with locals and tourists alike. Pizza was OK...
in Santa Rosa, California
4.9/5 rDev +8.9% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Top notch craft brew house. Monster selection of beers with the world famous Pliny the Elder on tap for $5! Super packed but all the employees are cool as hell. Only thing was I didn't really dig the food! Probably a personal thing though since I usually don't eat when I drink anyway. A must visit for beer lovers!
in Portland, Oregon
4.25/5 rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75
Have been meaning to stop by LL, and the other day I finally got around to it.
The atmosphere/vibe is pretty interesting, and I'm assuming that in a previous incarnation, this place was some sort of lounge lizard, dive bar. There is a very large wrap around bar in the middle of the large room (with 50 or 60 seats would be my guess), and then darkly cushioned booths all around along the walls. There are 4 or 5 large screen TV's set in various locations over the bar area, as well as on the walls. Even now, this place has sort of dark, somewhat run down look about it.
In terms of beer, it's pretty hard not to impressed by what's on offer. LL has around 90 or so beers on tap, all from Oregon. I think they had a few cans and bottles as well (for some reason), but focus here is on the multiple tap handles, all from Oregon. On this particular day (a Sunday), there was a weekend Ft. George tap takeover going on, and there were some unusual items on tap (the raspberry infused Matryoshka, among other things). They also had the peche n brett on tap, which was one of the primary reasons I stopped by. So yeah, the tap selection is pretty impressive here, to say the least.
In terms of service, I thought it was OK. I think you have to come up to the bar to place your drink order, unless you happen to be sitting at the bar, in which case you can count on fairly quick drink service. One thing I thought a bit odd, was that every beer you buy costs $6. More expensive, higher abv. beers are also $6, but are served in smaller glasses. For some things, prices struck me as fairly reasonable, while for others, I thought the pricing a bit high. For instance, I was OK paying $6 for a 6 ounce glass of Peche n Brett, but $6 for a pint of Ft. George Vortex IPA was a bit hard to figure. At one time, part of the service "schtick" at LL was that the prices included the cost of service (and so no tip was expected). That's changed now, but from what I can see, it looks like the owner has kept the original pricing, but abandoned the no tip policy (which probably explains why the prices seemed a bit high for a lot of items).
Didn't try the food here, but what I saw on the menu looked pretty decent.
Shrug. LL has a great selection for sure, but that's hardly anything unusual in Portland. Frankly, given the pricing here (which is definitely high for this part of Portland), I'm not sure how often I need to return here.
in Redding, California
4.17/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Nice tasting room in downtown Redding. (The actual brewery is a few miles east of here)
Nice and open, with a bar area in the middle, a couple of TVs, a few tables, and garage door that opens on nice days as well.
Quality is on the up and up. When Wildcard opened a few years ago the quality was decent, now most offerings are good to very good. Selection is about a dozen taps, there are always about 5 or 6 standards, with the rest filled with seasonals and one offs.
Service is always good here, both friendly and prompt.
One of the better beer spots in Redding, no food, but they will let you bring whatever you'd like in.
in Madison, Wisconsin
2.89/5 rDev -28.1% | Avg: 4.02
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75
I'm a little shocked to see this place attain such a high score, especially when adjacent to a much better liquor store, University Liquor.
Some of the beer here is ancient! Like, years old! They've had a holiday ale in the clearance bin for over 1.5 years; $7.99, instead of $8.99! I've also seen ancient beers all over the beer section, the cream-based liquors... Please, inspect the date before buying from here!
The service is neither offensive nor anything to write home about, trending toward the negative side.
The tastings they perform here are incredible, and the selection is great, if, again, they're a brewery that posts "bottled on" dates.
Notably, they require backpacks to be held near the employees while one shops, unlike any of the adjacent liquor stores.
in Madison, Wisconsin
4.64/5 rDev +11.3% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Hopcat has quickly cemented itself as one of my go-to places for beer, and somewhere I can reasonably expect to enjoy a meal as I imbibe. Ever had Old Rasputin as a nitro tap? They might still have it!
in Madison, Wisconsin
4.6/5 rDev +22.7% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
How spectacular service and an experienced, dedicated bartender can make a bar ascend to the highest echelon of the variety. if you've never had Deschutes Obsidian Stout as a nitro, please do so as soon as humanly possible.
The basil shake drink they produce is also immaculate in flavor - one can taste the freshness in every sip.
in Miami, Florida
4.29/5 rDev -5.5% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Star Wars and superheroes all over the place here. Not too fussy despite being in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. Very laidback atmosphere with some big screens to watch sports. Bartenders are helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Every once in a while, you may get lucky when the brewery puts on some of their heavy hitter beers. Prices are just about $1-$2 more than you would want to pay but they do give out pretty generous taster pours so you can try a beer before committing and buying a glass. They do flights as well. Overall, great spot to drink beers with friends.
in Lacombe, Alberta
4.43/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
This is a great little gem in central Alberta. They have a very interesting selection of beer, with a focus on local craft. It is extremely nice to have plenty of options to buy singles, as well. Tastings focus on cool new products. Friendly service, and usually some vinyl spinning funky tunes to add to the ambience.
in Porto, Portugal
4.22/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Been to Letraria a couple weeks after it first opened. The space is awesome as it is a double floor apartment that turns to an awesome backyard presenting with the best beer garden you can think of in Portugal. The beer selection is great, it showcases quite well what's the best being made in Portugal, including, of course, all of Letra's current portfolio (and some new and limited stuff every once in a while). There was Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast before I arrived but soon I got there, the keg was empty. Had a Mikkeller Spontancherry (my first contact with the Spontan series) that was great. There's a maximum of 24 beers on tap.
in Wayne, Pennsylvania
4.73/5 rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.64
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
This is by far the best beer store I've come across in PA, especially now that stores can sell single bottles. TONS of Cali beers from The Bruery, Russian River, The Lost Abbey, Almanac. It's a warehouse style store, with stacks of cases throughout and a few shelves with single bottles. If you're looking for something in particular, ask the people at the desk, they know where all of the good stuff is hiding. They also have CO2 tanks, so if you're a homebrewer or have a kegerator you can exchange your empty tank for a full one while you're there!
in Cocoa Beach, Florida
4.54/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
No AB or Miller beers on tap here. Only the good stuff. A good mix of US and imported beers on tap, along with 2 house-made cocktails and 8 wines on tap. Most of the food coming out of the kitchen is homemade and top quality. This is your go to spot in Cocoa Beach for a good beer and good food.