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Huss Brewing Co

in Tempe, Arizona

4.39/5  rDev +10% | Score: 3.99
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This may very well be the best beer in the Phoenix/Tempe area. About 8 to 10 house brews on tap and an equal amount of guest handles. Clean, well-kept and comfortable tasting room with a friendly staff. The Koffee Kolsch was my runaway favorite but the Husstler on nitro takes runner up. When in the area, give them a go.

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Heathen Brewing Feral Public House

in Vancouver, Washington

4.22/5  rDev +2.9% | Score: 4.1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Have wanted to try this place for awhile, so made a point on this visit to Vancouver. Stopped in for a beer as we had just eaten elsewhere so I can’t review the food. Beer selection was good. I enjoyed a fresh hop IPA and picked up a couple of bombers to go from the cooler. Nice place. I’ll come back next trip and try the food.

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Ecliptic Brewing

in Portland, Oregon

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

Had lunch yesterday in their spacious, covered, outdoor seating area. Very dog and baby friendly place. Enjoyed a fresh hop pale ale and a delicious brisket sandwich. Beer selection was good, service was excellent, and the food was great.

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Hopworks Urban Brewery

in Portland, Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -13.2% | Score: 4.16
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Eighteenth stop on the 2017 Summer Fall Beer Trek (#17 was Johns Market, review coming soon!).

8:45 on Sunday night. Largish room, two entrances (one family friendly) as is typical of Oregon. 20 or so four tops, a few booths and room for 20 at the bar. Seating upstairs as well. 22 selections on the blackboard, most are from HUB. Maybe 39 customers total. Seemed like a sufficient number of waitstaff but service was a bit slow (just ordered beer, food is mostly burgers, pizza, sandwiches). Got chatted up by a Cali bro while ordering otherwise seemed to be mostly locals.

I got the pick your own five beer sampler, 3oz pours (Pils, Bitchin Camaro, Gear Up, Kernza Wit, Kiwi Sparkle & Pop). Ten & 15 Beer samplers available as well. Bombers, growlers, 6pks and kegs to go. Beer was good but not great; the Gear Up was tasty.

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

in Decorah, Iowa

4.3/5  rDev -5.1% | Score: 4.53
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

It's on the smaller side with 8 stools at a "L" shaped bar top, tables and an outdoor patio. 14 beers on tap, mostly of the hoppy variety. They have a cooler with bombers and 4 packs to go. They do not serve food but you can have food delivered. Very freidnly staff. Very tight parking. Right now the tap room and brewery are located at different locations. Said they are constructing a new brewery and taproom where they will all be in one facility scheduled to be open by early 2018. Their current building was once a pizza place and most recently a florist.

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Loomis Basin Gastropub & Smokehouse

in Loomis, California

4.64/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.64
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Smoked meat sandwiches and craft brewed beer. This gastropub operated by Loomis basin Brewing hits the bullseye. I had a fantastic smoked brisket sandwich and fries and my buddy ordered the pulled pork. Both sandwiches were over the top, "Shut the Door", outstanding. Paired my brisket with a nice "Allgood IPA", and most of LBB's great beers are available on tap. The atmosphere is down home country and service is prompt and friendly. This place can get busy and crowded on weekends but if you visit for lunch mid week it can't be beat for a nice brew and sandwich. If you are into Adult cocktails, they have a full bar as well.

I didn't drive 514 miles for lunch, just lucky to have a friend who lives in the area.

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Stony Lake Brewing Co.

in Saline, Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -6.1% | Score: 4.13
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

A strip mall place . No table service so it is hard to rate service. Someone was at the order bar when we ordered and there was no wait. It was a Sunday evening so the only people there were sitting at the bar and are probably regulars. Same goes with the vibe. No food, popcorn at a price.

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Black Cloister Brewing Company

in Toledo, Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4% | Score: 4.1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We stopped in for a beer after lunch at another place local. We plan on coming back. After telling the server my preferences, he recommended a Baltic porter that was very good. My wife had a Scotch ale that was good also. The building looks to be a remodeled old storefront. A lot of brick architecture keeping with the abbey feeling of a cloister. arched walls everywhere. A long bar and hardwood floors.

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Maumee Bay Brewing Company

in Toledo, Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -6.8% | Score: 3.98
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I had two Amarillo Brillo. A very good Double IPA. The pastrami dip sandwich was okay. Probably get something different if I go again. My wife's chicken sandwich was better. The main reason for writing this post is the service. The service was fine. Our server was under the legal drinking age and was not able to guide us to the beers we may like. He was very capable and attentive as a server but I want to hear what the help likes. Sorry for the condescending sounding remark to our server. We will go back.

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Pulpit Rock Brewing Company

in Decorah, Iowa

4.12/5  rDev -2.8% | Score: 4.24
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in after the Oktoberfest party on Saturday night. Parking is available next to the tap room. U-shaped bar with seating, and more seating adjacent on one side, more patio seating outside with a couple of table umbrellas. Tap room fronts on Luther College Drive, easy to find. About ten taps, with most Pulpit Rock but some guest beers. Good selection across beer types. Cool, competent bartenders, who did not ask if this is the "first time here". TV was showing the playoff baseball game. Intelligent rock mix on audio. "Square" used for check out. Space is inviting, well use of space.

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Redding Beer Company

in Redding, Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.89
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Interesting little place... tucked away in the entertainment district of Redding (granted that's a bit of an oxymoron or massive exaggeration) Taproom is off to the left with a small bar that seats six and a few table. There is a separate lounge area on the right as well as a patio. They had 5 beers on tap, all ok.

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Diamond Bear Brewing Company

in North Little Rock, Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +18.5% | Score: 4.01
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place just makes me happy. While this brewery might not offer the number of selections to satisfy the uber hip hipster snowflake, what it does offer is a strong lineup of solid brews. The Pale Ale is the best you will find anywhere in the Natural State. As an foodie at heart, I will tell you that my 45 mile drive from my home to get the Thai chicken wings is well worth it. The service here is top notch, the atmosphere is cozy, and the love of craft brewing exudes from every surface of this fine establishment. This place makes me proud to be a transplanted Arkansan.

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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits

in Clinton, Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +10% | Score: 3.89
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

If you're looking the front of the store from the parking lot, the "Wine & Spirits" store is on the far left hand side. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They have a pick 6 selection where you choose six beers or as many as you like, since they are priced individually - the only downside is you have to choose beer from their "single" section. They have a bomber section too. They seemed to have a good amount of IA and IL beer and some national stuff as well. Pricing was fair. A very nice and modern store.

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The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

in Stowe, Vermont

3.86/5  rDev -15.7% | Score: 4.58
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Cool looking area with cool architecture and art work. I like how you walk in and they give you tasters then you can purchase whatever you are looking for. What I didn't like was that it was all IPA's and double ipa's. Would like to see that they can do more.

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Brasseurs du Petit-Sault

in Edmundston, New Brunswick

3.66/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.66
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Quick visit, passing by, nice little tasting room with modern wood decors, but not sure if they have food. Friendly service and knowledgeable if you talk to the brewers. Around 10 taps of their own, mostly Belgian oriented, the quality is pretty good.

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Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits and Market Grille

in Bloomington, Illinois

3.9/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.88
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The liquor store is on the far left side of the building with it's own separate entrance, on the opposite end of the shopping center from Binnys. Makes an easy 1-2 stop if you're hunting for specific beers.

The store was clean and well lit, the majority of the beers were in coolers and there was a walk in beer cave with aisles of beer. Strangely there were some beers in cases on the back top shelf that weren't stocked elsewhere. I think maybe they were just slow to restock shelves after a busy weekend. The clerk was helpful and answered a couple questions, but the staff on the floor seemed to dodge customers.

Selection was good, a ton of singles but not a ton of seasonals. I lost interest halfway through, there were several hundred. I was looking for central IL stuff and there was a fair amount, but a much deeper selection at Binnys. Some Tryptych, 4204 Main St., and an overabundance of Destihl on a huge endcap. Noticed Surly, Prairie, Half Acre, Metropolitan, and more. Picked up some Dank Meme and Here Be Dragons.

Market Grille is a restaurant and bar on the right side of the store and has a decent selection of craft drafts, but we passed this time.

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Whiner Beer Company

in Chicago, Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -4.4% | Score: 4.5
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The Vibe is interesting. It seems Whiner wants to be the brewer for a warehouse community of alternative food providers. And given that the warehouse is near Chicago's former stockyards and a yet-to-be redeveloped part of Bridgeport (really in the Back of The Yards ghetto) this is a valiant effort.

My enthusiasm for Whiner's ales have been a roller-coaster. Hugely enthusiastic to start, but then disappointed by the consistency challenges of focussing on the Belgian tradition and, even harder, using brett. So Quality is a bit checkered given the tough task. But, the bartender was informed and everyone was enjoying themselves in this cement warehouse that has been made as festive as possible.

While I had intended to visit after my first WOW tasting of Rubrique A Brac in April, other offerings pushed Whiner down my list. But they were featured in Open House Chicago (a great city-wide annual event), so I made myself go. And glad I did.
I Had a flight of three. It was a good value. I hope Whiner succeeds in a market that is growing for Belgians.

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Rushing Duck Brewing Company

in Chester, New York

3.97/5  rDev -5.9% | Score: 4.22
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hole in the wall, kinda place...we had to ask a local for some directions to actually find the place....simple room with bar to the left and a few high "tables" to the right as you enter....samples, 12 oz pours and growler fills available...friendly women behind the bar, always a plus, tasty beer and casual, down to earth atmosphere...was told they are about to expand into a very nearby building...worthy spot to visit for a tasty beer and a growler fill

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Stoneface Brewing Co.

in Newington, New Hampshire

4.91/5  rDev +12.1% | Score: 4.38
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I love this place! The beer is amazing, a lot like the brewerys in San Diego. The "West Coast" flavor of their IPA's are my favorite in the area. Think I'll go there now.

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Offshore Ale Company

in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.9% | Score: 4.27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Older looking wood building. Even during the off season (October) on a Sunday, the place is rather busy.

The food is typical pub like food but it's also pretty good. The service was friendly, informal and unassuming.

There are nine beers on tap today ranging from extra light to a dry stout. They're all on the better than-average side, but not spectacular.

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Off the Grid Brewery

in Apple Valley, California

3.97/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.31
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A nice addition to the high desert craft beer brewery choices. Solid beers, good service and easy access make this a regular stop. Their 2017 Oktoberfest celebration was very busy. I will be back.

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Deciduous Brewing Company

in Newmarket, New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +0.7% | Score: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Great beer selection, 2 sours and 3 IPAs, a lovely location in New Market near Portsmouth with nice restaurants and walking along the river, worth seeking out!

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Three Notch'd Charlottesville Brewery & Restaurant

in Charlottesville, Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +1.7% | Score: 4.02
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

New and much larger location where core beers will be brewed now. Original location will focus on Sours. Very nice spot, open, and pretty good food too,

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Field House Brewing Co.

in Abbotsford, British Columbia

4.13/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.18
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Being in Abbotsford, whose moto is "A City in the Country", you could say about Field House Brewing that it is a bit of Vancouver, Portland or Toronto in Abbotsford. While full hipsterdom has yet to completely reach this city an hour out of Vancouver, this certainly checks all the boxes of a hip brewery you'd expect to find elsewhere. The location is small, but has a range of table sizes, along with outdoor patio/lawn space for those long hot summer nights, and a real wood burning fireplace for those equally long winter nights. The decor is as to be expected of a modern 'craft' establishment, but for Abbotsford this isn't a bad thing. We only had pretzels, but they were very authentic, made from an equally great cafe/bakery not far away in Old Hand Coffee. The rest of the food seemed on point and others have said it was good.

As to the beers, all the beers we had were quite good. They pour a variety of sizes (nice to see), as well as flights and growler fills for the locals, and bottles to go too, not to mention a full line of swag if that's your thing. As is the trend right now, many were soured, both for good and bad, but the beers were if not overly complex, generally well made, very drinkable and already showing some advanced experimentation and collaboration for such a young brewery. (they aren't huge but already have their own koolship in the back)

Overall, worth a visit if you're passing by on the No.1, and a great place to pass the time as a local resident. A brewery that has a lot of upside from the start.

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JoBoy's Brew Pub

in Lititz, Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -21.4% | Score: 3.88
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Nice place with decent BBQ - food is pretty good I had the sliders and they were good but a little dry. The service at the bar was fantastic and friendly. The BBQ sauce is kept in a squeeze bottle that has two speeds - no sauce coming out and with just a bit more pressure it is flying out of the bottle. They know about it but don't do anything about it even acknowledging that several people have complained. The beer is simply not great - the double IPA is a malty mess and the citra session is good not great. All and all I would not make a special trip here - it is ok for a stop over after hitting the Bulls Head across the street.

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