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Gore Range Brewery

in Edwards, Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 3.53
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Have been here multiple times, and this is the best experience so far.

Pretty laid-back vibe for Thursday lunch. Not hopping but above average.

Overall quality decent for the beers we had. Range covered all of the standards, but didn't have anything that pushed the envelope too far. (Chocolate Orange Stout was an exception, but we didn't try that one.)

Service was attentive. Where we sat, server came by every couple of minutes!

Maybe we were just really hungry, but we finished just about everything we ordered.

We will be back on our next trip to the area.

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La Cervesera Artesana

in Barcelona, Spain

4.5/5  rDev +9% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We went in July and enjoyed our visit very much. If you are anywhere in the vicinity of La Pedrera, it's a must. To tell you the truth, I don't remember the beer menu or what we drank specifically, but it's been years since there's been a review and I just want to let you know what a fine establishment it continues to be. It was dark and cool on a hot day, it has a great variety of beers that are reasonably priced and it's got a comfortable vibe. It's easy to chat with others at the bar and we enjoyed our conversation with a local who wanted to practice English by talking hombrew. We didn't eat and I regret that. Altho I wish it opened earlier, all in all It's the kind of place you want for a local and I think that's pretty high praise.

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in Madison, Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +2.5% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

HUGE selection....they have what you are looking for and they likely have 25 cases of a typical also huge Hy Vee supermarket..quality food...quality beer...cant miss stop in Madison...just a short distance to karbon 4 Brewery

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The Malt Shoppe

in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +2.4% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Mid sized beer boutique kinda place...tons of bottle, can, growler fill options...friendly and low key kinda area in the back, samples, pints, growler fills and the ball game on the TV...enjoyed my visit...I'd be a regular if I was local...

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in Kansas City, Missouri

4.23/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Newer place in the KC BBQ scene...this def. qualifies as “white" BBQ spot. Not to be confused with the raw and wonderful grittiness of the downtown Arthur Bryant's or Gates...this is an upscale spot, modern, clean, open floorplan, communal of the best places in town for quality BBQ as well as quality craft beer...a fine combination...this place does not disappoint….delicious BBQ (tried some ribs and pulled pork off of the “competition” BBQ menu) and got brisket and some wings to go…wonderful stuff…expect about 16 on draft, including several from Boulevard and a crew of other local, regional and national heavy hitters…fine place to hit up before a Royals, or with a date…BQ and craft beer as a the double play not all that available in many KC BBQ spots…if you want both-you can’t go too wrong with this place

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Eastwood Brewing Co.

in Syracuse, New York

3.44/5  rDev -9% | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

We always hit up something special while visiting family in Syracuse. This was our second brewery stop on the day, following the new Empire Farmstead location.
Basically your classic hole-in-the-wall. The main entrance was an old loading dock from the industrial business that preceded it. It has a certain charm.
Very small inside, basically a bar and two tables. The vibe and service was great, made it easy to relax.
The quality of brew however, was lacking, the selection was pretty weak. I had a poster and IPA and was underwhelmed.
Had a good time though!

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LowDown Brewery + Kitchen

in Denver, Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +4% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Our very first stop when we finally rolled into Denver from Keene, NH !
The food was very creative and very yummy! Selection was good, 8 taps or so, very quality brews. Tasting amazing after two days and almost 2,000 miles.
Service was good and knowledgeable. Offering is samples and making excellent suggestions based on our taste.
The building is very modern, lots of glass but with an old timey bar feel as well.

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The Answer Brewpub

in Richmond, Virginia

4.24/5  rDev -7.8% | Avg: 4.6
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

So I'm leaving Mekong, thinking the place can't get any better, when I notice a sign that says that there's a brew pub in the back. The area doesn't seem particularly large, so I figure it's a small room where the restaurateurs do some dabbling. But, they, I'm not drunk enough, so I might as well stop by.

Well, turns out, this is not a brewpub, at least as far as square footage is concerned. It is a full-fledged taproom the likes of which would impress at most any production brewery. It actually reminded me a lot of Cigar City's taproom: there were two bars, the decor was stripped down and Home Depot-y, and video screens constantly rotated tap information. It was also huge.

Their brewing operation might not be that large; house beers seemed to fill only 5-6 of the 30+ tap selections. But the remainder of those selections were pretty freakin' choice, especially considering I happened to wander in during a Cigar City tap takeover. Even without the chance to enjoy Huna, however, the selections still would have been great (if maybe not quite as great as those featured in the main restaurant).

I only had a couple pours of the house beers. They were solid.

The vibe isn't nearly as nice as that of the main restaurant, although there's nothing bad about it. Viewed as a whole, this brewery-restaurant complex is probably the best beer destination I've ever been to. Judged just on its own merits, The Answer is still a worthy stop.

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Madison Brewing Co.

in Bennington, Vermont

3.88/5  rDev +5.1% | Avg: 3.69
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Love to stop in for dinner on our way back from visiting family in Syracuse, NY. 5 tour drive from Keene, NH to Syracuse so we are very thirsty and hungry when we arrive!
Love the building, classic vibe right on main 91st. Of Bennington, VT.
Selection is pretty standard for a local brewery. Quality is always good for food and beer.

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Magnify Brewing

in Fairfield, New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cozy little place next door to a distillery, Magnify has a short, sturdy, well-lacquered wooden bar that seats 8-10 people. There were perhaps another 4-6 tables in front of and alongside the bar. Long narrow brewhouse extends into the back beyond the bar. Seven beers on tap - had 5 while I was there (more than originally planned, but was having such a good time I could not pull myself away) and they were excellent. The farmhouse DIPAs were hop-licious, Low Visibility was as crushable as advertised, and the saison was exceptional. The staff were fun, friendly, and informative. Really cool place, already looking forward to a return visit.

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Modist Brewing Co.

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

so the place is awesome, expansive and in a cool and up and coming part of town. the beer is just okay, but its all about this one of a kind mash filter they have, which is apparently allowing for some crazy high grist bills in things like rye and wheat and oats, which usually are supplementary to barley in most beers. seems like more experimenting right now than getting recipes fully dialed in, but i enjoyed their beer for being so interesting, and for teaching me something with each glass. i liked the first call coffee blonde the best, but they were all worth having, if a step short of being perfected in most instances. the place is huge, near some other notable local operations, brick, spacious and sort of modern in a comfortable way with a mix of chrome and neon light on top of old stone and industrial features, i dug the atmosphere. nice folks too, really stoked on what they are doing and eager to talk about it. i had a blast here, and for the beers being works in progress for the most part, its already tasting pretty good. this place is going to blow up im sure...

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The 'Real Beer' Shop (The Craft Beer and Home Brew Store)

in Bucharest, Romania

4.23/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This is possibly the only worthwhile bottle shop in Bucharest - most of the others I found while visiting were places where you order online, and pick up your beers in the "shop."

This place actually has beer on the shelves for you to peruse, and not your usual Heineken-brewed "Romanian" beers - they carry the good Romanian microbrews like Perfektum and Ground Zero, good selections of Mikkeller, Brewdog, Omnipollo, Oakham, and a fairly nice collection of Belgian beers (nothing insane, but good quality beers).

The place looks a bit sparse from the outside, and the hours are weird - like, 3-ish to 7-ish Tuesday through Friday, check their Facebook page for specifics - but the vibe inside is nice enough, and the English guy who runs it is knowledgeable and nice (he forgave me for saying "double IPA" because I'm American).

If you need a bottle shop in Bucharest, this is pretty much the top choice. Possibly the only choice. Also has homebrew equipment for sale, although I didn't get into that since my visit was two days before flying home.

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BrewDog Bristol

in Bristol, United Kingdom (England)

3.74/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.74
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Another city, another Brewdog bar & I usually make a point of visiting when I see a new one. Visited here on a Saturday evening & it was quite busy, managed to get a seat though. The atmosphere was initially good but got a bit noisy when a group of lads showed up & started chanting a lot. The selection was okay, not as much to choose from as some of the newer Brewdog bars but still enough to keep most happy. Service was as you'd expect from these bars & quite good but price wise, it was definitely a bit more expensive than most with prices on-par with London; I know it's the south of England but even then it was steep (although I guess most places in Bristol are).

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South Park Brewing Co.

in San Diego, California

4/5  rDev -1.7% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

As the name suggests, this relatively new brew pub is located in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego. Hamilton's Tavern is located right next door, so you have two nice craft beer options.

This is a nice, inviting place. The food area is to the left side. There were plenty of tables. You order and pick up beers on the other side. They had brewing equipment right behind the bar area. Nice large windows to the street and some patio type area up front.

Tap list consisted mostly of home brewed beers with a few guest beers. The guy behind the bar was super cool.

Great environment. Enjoyed my visit.

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Stickmen Brewing Company

in Lake Oswego, Oregon

3.16/5  rDev -22.2% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

After stopping by the brewpub for the first time this afternoon, I confess I'm a bit surprised by the previous glowing review of this place.

Located on busy hiway 43 in downtown Lake Oswego, from the outside you definitely don't get a proper impression of the size of this place. The interior consists of three modest size dining areas (the front dining area was closed, this being a "slow" Wednesday), but with a pretty sizeable outside back patio area that is right on the lake. The interior is nothing to write home about, but the back patio area is pretty impressive (to say the least). No doubt about it, the location is very, very impressive. But then there's everything else... Sigh...

On this particular day there were 15 or 16 beers on tap (broken down into core beers, seasonals and experimental, limited release batches), and quality was all over the map. Having never been here before, I ordered the sampler tray, consisting of 5 four ounce sample size glasses for $9. Of the beers I tried, I quite enjoyed the gaijan lager and the pillow fight session IPA, and the "quitbitchin" DIPA grew on me as it warmed up a bit and opened up. The blueberry wit was so-so at best (the blue berry seemed to mask the underlying wit flavors and didn't add much to the flavor profile otherwise), and the experimental b3 brett infused belgian golden was a complete mess and an unqualified failure (IMHO). It was light and watery, and the sour brett component didn't blend in together at all.

In terms of food, I got the nachos with the pulled pork ($13 or $14 for a medium size plate). It was fine I guess, albeit a bit on the salty side. Uninspired is probably the best description for the order. If I were to come here again, I'd likely order something different next time.

Then we come to the service. Granted, it was a nice day in Lake Oswego, so there was a nice size crowd on a Wednesday afternoon. Still, the place wasn't full, yet for whatever reason, service was very, very slow. One of the problems I think, is that the majority of the patrons were out on the patio, and most beer and food orders had to brought from inside the building. There was a separate bar area out on the patio, but the beer selection seemed to be more limited, and focus at the back bar appeared to be on mixed drinks (Stickmen seems to be very popular with the "drinks after work" crowd in downtown Lake Oswego). Anyway, my initial sampler tray and food order came pretty quickly (the staff was also very quick about removing empty glasses and food plates), after which I asked for the beer menu to see if there was something else I might want to order (the coffee porter caught my eye). And so I waited, waited and waited. After roughly 20 minutes or so, I decided that perhaps I didn't need another beer after all, and so after waving down a waiter, I asked for my check (giving him my credit card immediately to try to speed things along). After another 15 minute wait (roughly), I received my receipt. Aside from the slow service, it really seemed like a lot of the staff were a bit annoyed by the size of the crowd, and some of the "demands" made on them. It just led to something of an unpleasant vibe, which only compounded my annoyance at the long wait for a beer.

Shrug. Nothing was awful at Stickmen, but nothing really stood out either. The brewpub has a great location, and had a good crowd on a Wednesday night (saw a lot of families stopping in for a bite when I left the brewpub a bit before 7:00). My overall impression is that the folks running Stickmen's don't feel as if they have to make much of an effort to provide a particularly good dining and drinking experience, as given their location on the lake (and lack of other nearby options), patrons are going to come here anyway. In fact, if I did live nearby, I could absolutely see myself coming here again. As I don't, however, I'm pretty sure I probably won't.

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Whole Foods Market / Puka's Bar

in Honolulu, Hawaii

4.03/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ubiquitous beer section that reminds you you're at a Whole Foods. Not getting much character but you are getting quality, chilled beer. Nice to see most all beers were in the cooler. All the beers I checked out were dated within the past three months, which isn't easy for Hawaii. Great selection of West Coast brews - Lost Coast, Gigantic, Breakside, Sierra, Knee Deep, sixers of Deschutes and Coronado for starters. Prices are always a buck or two more but if they're bad the return policy is spot on. Lots of Japanese beers I never heard of. Great spot.

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Equinox Brewing Company

in Fort Collins, Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -3.6% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Packed on a Wednesday evening during dinner time-- despite very limited food selection.

Consistently good taste across the range of beers.

Good service and advice from the bartenders.

Very broad selection: 21 beers across categories that included specialty, nitro (beer engine), and their regular draft varieties

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Aslan Brewing Company

in Bellingham, Washington

3.85/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Solid spot making up the good scene developing in Bellingham. Had a great kale salad with yams and pork; enjoyed 9oz of their brown ale and Dawn Patrol, and 16 of the Schwei-something Pale Ale. Good scene on a Sunday afternoon - crowded outside but snagged one of the picnic tables. They were out of the stout and an IPA but decent selection on hand. Cooler filled with Batch 15 (which is outstanding) and Dawn Patrol (which is OK) behind the counter. Nice building, great location, very engaging staff.

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Wander Brewing

in Bellingham, Washington

3.82/5  rDev +1.1% | Avg: 3.78
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Solid spot making up the good scene developing in Bellingham. Had a growler of their rye IPA to-go and enjoyed 16 oz of Robust Porter Nitro on tap. Samples upon request. Easy going vibe, picnic tables adjacent to the parking lot, cooler of bottles beside the counter, reasonable prices. Straight forward and enjoyable.

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Fossil Cove Brewing Co.

in Fayetteville, Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Apple Blossom, then Mellow Mushroom… let’s hit one more before heading to Eureka Springs! We made it to Fossil Cove 15’ before the 10pm closing time. I was amazed at how busy it was. The taproom was seriously packed and it didn’t look like anybody was going home, even after last call.

I like the place, another one of those taprooms-in-industrial-parks that have become so common around the US. As you go in, you see the brewing tanks and a couple of tables right next to them. A good place to chill with your beer if you don’t want to deal with the crowded taproom itself, which is right past the brewing area behind a door. Here you’ll find the small bar, a couple of high-top tables, merchandise shelves and a restroom.

I got a tasting of five beers for 8 dollars: IPA 3, IPA 6 (3.0), Tripel, Brown, Blizzle Black IPA (3.75)… beers were seriously blah (even though I was expecting Fossil to be the best brewery in NW AR) but the place is really cool. I dig the rural-hipster feel of it all.

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La Cumbre Brewing Co.

in Albuquerque, New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +0.2% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I’ve previously had beers from La Cumbre Brewery in Albuquerque but last weekend I finally visited the brewery. I love their beers, Project IPA, Elevated IPA, Malpais Stout, etc, it might be the best that New Mexico has to offer. The inside is pretty nice, and they have an outside patio. Overall the atmosphere is pretty nice and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I had three very nice beers and a taster. However, I learned that you can have maximum three beers. The reason is that New Mexico law holds breweries responsible for their drunken customers’ bad behavior, so to protect themselves Albuquerque breweries got together and instituted a three beer limit.

Right outside they have a food truck that deliver the food straight to your table or to the bar. There was no line, which is certainly not always the case with popular breweries. The food came quickly and the food was good. They had most of their beers available for take-out so I bought quite a lot. They gave me a big box with handles. I am certainly enjoying those beers now. Overall I really liked this brewery.

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Apple Blossom Brewing Co.

in Fayetteville, Arkansas

4.08/5  rDev +2.8% | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The wife and I drove from Tulsa to Eureka Springs and stopped here for a brew and a bite. It was the first of four or five microbreweries we toured around Northwestern Arkansas, where the beer scene is truly exploding.

Apple Blossom is serious, a nice joint in a quiet corner with plenty of room to roam. A bar, high-top tables galore and a dedicated dining section (where you can bring grandma and the kids without bothering us grownups at the bar).

12 taps of house beer, with a wide selection: Autumn IPA (4.5), Everly Pale Ale (4.0), Nitro Morning Coffee Stout (4.0), Armstrong APA (3.7), Fresh Hop Wharton (3.2), Peach Sour (incredible), Upper Wharton Creek Fresh Hop English Ale 6%..

Great beers, nice Irish-style wooden bar, a pool table and a view of the brewing tanks. I completely dig it.

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Fassler Hall

in Tulsa, Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +3.7% | Avg: 3.52
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

First time at Fassler Hall. We sat on the patio despite the chilly Autumn breeze. Limited drafts- 10 or 12 taps, mostly German (Spaten, Franziskaner, Stiegl Radler, Warsteiner, Hofbrau, Warsteiner) and some OK brews (Prairie, F5, Marshall).

Good food, particularly the lamb sausage, but pricey. Brews are served in ½ liter ($6) or liter ($12). The patio is nice, but inside it gets a little too boisterous when busy. Fun all around, but I'm not rushing to head back.

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New Belgium Brewing

in Fort Collins, Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +10.8% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Ok, I know this is a brewery always getting larger. We've been coming here since 1999, and we've never been underwhelmed!

They have all of the standards (14+) on tap plus a wide range of specialties including one that was only on tap today. Service at the bar was attentive. Quality of all of the special taps we tried was excellent.

First time we didn't take the tour, but still very glad we stopped.

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Main Street Tavern

in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -12% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

We were headed to Broken Arrow and the wife said to meet at Main Street. Predictably enough, I had just looked that place up as the only beer-worthy spot in Broken Arrow.

This is a sports-oriented tavern in the main drag of B.A. Nothing remarkable about it, just a pub with a bunch of big-screen TV’s and dudes eating wings and drinking light beer. But they do have some good brews. Beware of the vague menu, though, and the servers who don’t know about beer. 27 taps overall, including 3 Marshall, 3 Boulevard, 2 Great Divide, 2 Coop, a Green Flash and Grimbergen. The rest is mostly crap. They do flights, which is cool (Oklahoma-Boulevard-American Craft).

Decent bar food. My friend had an $18 seafood mac-and-cheese that was very tasty, and the salmon entrée was fairly priced at $16. Beers are $5-$6. Nothing worth a detour, but a very decent stop in the area.

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