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Mirror Twin Brewing

in Lexington, Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Opening end of Sept. 2016; 20 taps available, half dedicated to guest early on. Beers are solid, especially right out of the gate. Brewery houses Rolling Oven Pizza, so there is a full pizza/sandwich menu available as well.

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Boom Island Brewing Company

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

been trying to get in here for awhile now, but weird hours and busy trips have prevented it until now. what a great little brewery these guys have here, sort of an enter from the back situation with a cozy outdoor picnic table area, food truck, lawn games, and awesome murals. its hidden from the road, sort of a dont know unless you know situation, i dig that. inside its spacious but the bar and bar area are small and humble, cramped even as they were fairly busy. looks like a humble brewing operation right now but some room to expand, cooler outside than inside, but a neat set up, very much a working brewery. i was inspired to go here by a couple of epic bottled beers i have picked up from them, so it was cool to go in and try the range of their other stuff. oude funk stands as one of the best beers i have had from minnesota ever, and although they didnt have anything quite that wild on tap, they had some special beers. the cuvee de boom blew my mind, a strong ale aged in pinot barrels, and they had a host of other cool belgian styles as well. all of it was top quality, and the folks making and serving it were first rate. happy to chat, give us individualized attention despite being busy, and really take great care of us during our time here. the food truck was cajun/creole and very good, and the overall vibe here was happy and fun. one of my favorites so far in minnesota, and if you arent familiar with these guys, look out, because they are making some elite level beers right now! cant recommend it highly enough!

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Ocean Sun Brewing

in Orlando, Florida

3.88/5  rDev -7.8% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Tucked away in a strip mall; overwhelming aroma of hops as soon as you walk in the door! Very spacious, multiple tvs, and nice selection of beers. Service could've been a bit better(I had to remind the barkeep twice about an order on a recent weekend when they weren't particularly busy), but the beers were worth the trip.

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Three Notch'd Brewing Company

in Charlottesville, Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Stopped in at the brewery in Charlotte NC and ordered a flight. Pleasant, knowledgeable staff and great selection of beers. Atmosphere is somewhat sterile, but certainly not off-putting.

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FreeWheel Brewing Company

in Redwood City, California

5/5  rDev +24.7% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

FSB is the kind of beer I've always looked for, easy drinking, unpretentious, yet still flavorful. Paired with Chef Benny's fish & chips, the pull draft cask FSB makes me feel as if I were transported to England. Freewheel, a must stop for craft beer enthusiasts!

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Blue Earl Brewing Company

in Smyrna, Delaware

4.22/5  rDev +3.2% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited Blue Earl Brewing at opening on 9/24/16. The bar tenders were very helpful in assisting us pick out our beers. You could taste any beer on tap before you bought anything. The offered flights, half pints and pints. They had 12 beers on tap. I tried the Watermelon man, which was a watermelon wit, the You Shook Me, which was a helles, and Honey Suckle Rose, which was a Belgian blonde. I thought all of their beer was pretty good. Very nice spot to catch a couple beers.

They also sold growlers, six packs of 2 of their beers and several bombers.

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Blue Mountain Brewery

in Afton, Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +7.5% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped by for lunch on a cold, rainy Monday. Unfortunate, in that Blue Mountain's claim to fame is the unparallelled view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from their outside seating area. So we sadly sat inside (which is not unpleasant at all) and were served by pleasant, knowledgeable wait staff. The food was great - huge portions; reasonable prices. (Lunch was 7 hours ago and I'm STILL full.) Their bratwurst and fries will fill you up for weeks.
Order a flight - ten 2.5 oz samples for $9.00. Can't beat it!

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Keyport Liquor & Lounge

in Superior, Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

If i cross the bridge to Superior i will always stop here. Its right across the bridge from Duluth in a busy parking lot its a full service liquor store with a growler station and a bar/eatery, Brew is mostly in the back left with the growler station back right, they had 10 or so taps for growler fills 32oz and 64oz like stone , green flash, bells, NG stuff, brew was displayed all over with small stacks you have to look around a little , picked up some CW Brewers Reserve some NG brews . Employees when asked are helpful they just are not here to service you. A Sunday destination or growler fill or a NG fix when in Duluth, this is a stop for sure when beached in Duluth.

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Thirsty Pagan Brewing

in Superior, Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

In Superior in a BLDG and area that could really be cool with many undeveloped abandoned and some what historic buildings are all around. Its old school inside and thats fine with me , service and food (pizza) is outstanding its dank and musty inside several different rooms had a dozen or so brews on tap which were good the star here is the pizza, this is a place i find myself going to every time im in Duluth, it has a certain charm to it and its beer description and artwork are neat.

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MGM Liquor Warehouse

in Saint Paul, Minnesota

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

One of the smaller MGM'S that Ive been to , its right off of 94 on the west side of White Bear Ave. Walk in the front door beer is in the back they have a small selection of 750 and 22 oz bottles and most of the local and regional disto brew to MN, its just that nothing makes me want to shop here it off a busy hwy on a busy street, so just not worth a drive , could be a stop for some one passing thru however as it is right off and right back on Hwy 94.

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Pearl Specialty Market & Spirits

in Portland, Oregon

5/5  rDev +29.2% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great Selection of local craft beer with a consistant rotation of seasonals. Love the wider selection of Ciders and Sours! If you're lucky, you'll be able to pick up a Russian River Suplication or Temptation!

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Ever Grain Brewing Co.

in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in on the opening night to check out Ever Grain -the entrance is located on the side with a stream and outdoor seating area near the entrance. The place is set up with a food window to the left and long bar in front of the brewing equipment with tables toward the back.

The interior is well lit with the only drawback being the noise level for me - they have plenty of beerhall type tables to sit if you want to order food and/or grab a sampler tray. The beers I tried are all well made and fit the style well. The service was very quick and efficient especially for being the first day they were open. I was asked to complete a survey which shows they want feedback and I feel that is a positive for a new brewery.

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Pinguin

in Basel, Switzerland

5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.72
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Agreed with the other reviewer. This place is absolutely one of a kind -- a must see place! Full kitsch with the walls / ceiling covered in rare and unique glassware and the owner is absolutely amazing!! Beers are fantastic and selection is huge ... I feel like I'm drinking a beer in the ultimate beer geeks house. He's so (rightly) proud of what he's built ... Amazing! I'm ordering my second now!

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Old Irving Brewing Co.

in Chicago, Illinois

3.9/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.9
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Visited here during the opening weekend, i'll definitely return to try for a more typical experience.
It was packed and loud, the bar was SRO and it took about 10 minutes to order a beer. Staff seemed to be very busy trying to keep up with the big crowd. We passed around a few tasters that were decent, but decided not to stick around very long. There's a square island bar just past the host stand, and a separate larger dining room off to the right. Everything is designed in an upscale industrial look, exposed brick and metal beams overhead, with large fermenters in the brewery towards the back. Shelves with growlers decorate the entrance, and a merch case full of shirts and branded stuff at the host stand. The slick polished feel reminded me of Finch Kitchen down the street, but the two are definitely different in their own ways.

Only tried 3 beers, they were out of my 1st choice, the Berliner weisse. IPA was a little sweet, but fruity from the Mosaic. Kölsch and APA were both on the nondescript side, probably wouldn't get them again. Didn't have time to try the food, but the menu looks fairly ambitious. Overall, i'll have to come back to get a better idea of the place once the opening crowds disperse.

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Bauhaus Brew Labs

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

what a cool place! their space is absolutely enormous, with a covered and hip outdoor seating area and a colossal interior space which includes a small arcade area, a decent sized bar, and plenty of room. the tanks are behind the bar, a little bit obscured, but they are quite obviously making a decent amount of beer. they also had a substantial beer list, tons of different flavors and styles represented, so i had to get a flight. i was very impressed with both the common and the schwarzbier, which are less popular styles but both very well done here. they didnt seem to be taking a ton of crazy chances in the brew house, but everything they had on was to a high quality even if it was a little safe overall. really cool guy behind the bar, generous with the samples and very hip to whats going on not just in their brewery, but in the minnesota scene in general. good chatting with him for sure. i really liked the vibe in here, a huge industrial space made to feel cozy and fun, and the beer i think is better than its getting credit for right now. im sure with this capacity its only a matter of time before their beer starts getting out to other states. i had a lot of fun here and would absolutely recommend a visit!

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Fulton Chain Craft Brewery

in Old Forge, New York

4/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Fairly new craft brewer in the SW corner of the Adirondacks. Nice & knowledgable staff, and an interesting selection of beer. Did not appear to serve food, but there are many choices nearby in Old Forge for dining. Worth a visit.

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CB Craft Brewers

in Honeoye Falls, New York

4.36/5  rDev +13% | Avg: 3.86
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hometown favorite...I always visit when I'm in town seeing my folks. Not the largest brewery or tap room you may visit but definately nicer then a lot of even larger ones I've been to. Inside the tap room is also a pretty decent restuarant with good pub food. Probably the only down side is that CB's has a lot of beers on tap but a good number aren't their own. From a tasting stand point this is not a big deal but if you do happen to like something that isn't their's you can be limited to what they have avaiable to take home...though everything is usually good to go for growlers. The other thing of note is that they have a really good "fireman's" root beer. I've taken a "growler" of that home a few times in addition to the brews.

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Old Bust Head Brewing Co.

in Warrenton, Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -5.6% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

We've enjoyed going there a few times...even had my wife's birthday party there. You can rent out their party room...not a huge room but large enough to put all your food and chairs and then folks can come and go from the party room into the main room as they please. Main room is nice and they often have live music. Foodwise you have to rely on food trucks...some of which seem pretty good from the turnout. When I was there recently their on tap list was a decent size though in March it had been seemingly much lengthier. Could be just bad memory on my part. I've enjoyed most of their brews and the environment is certainly very nice. Service is usually pretty good and I usually recommend the brewery overall to friiends and coworkers.

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Mekong Restaurant

in Richmond, Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

If you blink you'd miss it. Unassuming restaurant in a strip mall. The inside is similar, basically no windows and the decor consists of beer posters hanging on the walls. Even the ceiling is paneled like an aging office building. That being said, this place is all about the beer. Great selection and many beers that go really well with the fantastic food. Was very busy and service reflected that, but it was completely understandable. Here and The Answer next door are must visits in Richmond, without a doubt.

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The Answer Brewpub

in Richmond, Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.56
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Went on a Saturday night and wasn't very busy. Oh well, more space and attention from the bartenders for me. I didn't have any of The Answer's own beers unfortunately, but their absolutely massive selection of guest taps is overwhelming. Here and Mekong have beers that you never see in the Mid-Atlantic. Great service and a place I need to visit again.

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Ardent Craft Ales

in Richmond, Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +8.1% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A nice little place in an industrial looking neighborhood. Lots of seating outside. Fantastic quality on all the beers I tasted. (I particularly love the sweet potato and sage beer.) Great service that's impressively fast. I also like that they do half pours for when you want to have a beer but don't want to fill up too much. Selection is well rounded. Possibly my favorite brewery in Richmond.

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New Holland Brewing Company

in Holland, Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -4.1% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Tour was very well done. Very informative. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Food was good, but not go out of your way for it. Tap selection was slightly disappointing. Was hoping for a couple one off or unique beers. Only had the normal retail beers on tap here. They do have unique beers, but just none on hand when we were there. Recommend to call ahead if you are looking to try something unique.

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Capital Craft

in Green Brook Township, New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Solid and varied beer selection. 24 taps, good size bar. Some outdoor seating when the weather cooperates. Food is a step above the average beer bar. Never had bad service in my visits. If you're in the area, it's worth a stop.

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Sand Creek Brewing Company

in Black River Falls, Wisconsin

3.51/5  rDev -2.8% | Avg: 3.61
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Stopped by on a local friend's recommendation. Beers were just ok. Had a cranberry Scottish ale with some oomph to it and fairly well balanced. The Porter and pale ales were overly sweet and maybe "extracty". Apparently their flagship is an English style malty pale, which is serviceable. A very cool old repurposed building with a small tasting room and another small area near the brew house. Not a lot to see though because they were cleaning up to shut down. At 9pm. On a Friday night. I'm sure the locals like this place, as they should, but not necessarily worth a special trip.

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Baerlic Brewing Company

in Portland, Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -2.1% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

The Baerlic tasting rooms seems to be in something of an odd location, located right next to the huge Blitz Ladd sport bar (which seems to almost always packed), and just around the corner from BeerMongers and Apex. Given the location, it's pretty easy to overlook the tasting room, which is a shame. Baerlic beers are consistently quite good, and sometimes outstanding. The afternoon I stopped by to sample some of their excellent Delorean wheat IPA, the place seemed almost empty (the tasting room is pretty good size), with probably no more than 10 folks in attendance. Regardless, the very friendly bartenders seemed to be in a good mood, and beer orders came quickly. On this particular day, they had around 11 or 12 beers on tap, including a white peppercorn saison on cask that was pretty tasty. The vibe/atmosphere in the tasting room is pretty minimalistic, which was fine by me.

This is certainly a solid place to come by and hang out with a beer, but given the other options in the area, I'm not sure I can see myself stopping by all the often. Within a mile or two of the tasting room there's the Cascade Barrel Room, Growler Guys, the Commons and Green Dragon (in addition to the other places already mentioned), so coming to the tasting room is never going to be anyone's best option. Oh well...

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