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Falling Rock Tap House

in Denver, Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -3.9% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Pros: had Pliny the elder on tap outside of California. That was a nice surprise.
Cons: had Pliny the younger on tap last weekend and next weekend but I'm missing both because I'm only here for 2 days

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Mercantile Dining & Provision

in Denver, Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +3.4% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Small but comfortable bar. Only 4 taps but I got luck with a great ipa from odd13. Expensive if you want a casual night but not bad for a "nice" dinner. If like to come back when I'm hungry. Excellent whiskey selection

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Zephyr Brewing Co.

in Denver, Colorado

3.31/5  rDev +9.2% | Avg: 3.03
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Cool space but I'm the only one here at 6:30. Place would be pretty solid with a crowd

Edit: 3 people showed up but it hasn't raised the rating yet.

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Village Bottle Shop And Tasting Room

in Honolulu, Hawaii

5/5  rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.72
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Where to begin... 16 frequently rotating draft beer lines (which often supports a bunch or Hawaiian breweries), over 400+ bottle of beer refrigerated so you can drink on premises or take to go (drinking in-house has a slight opening fee - $2 to $4; taking beer from retail into bar/restaurant). The staff on both the bottle shop side and tasting room are well versed and knowledgeable about their beers and wine (yes they have wine on tap too - 4 reds and 4 whites). They also as meat pies!!! Great snack while having a pint or few. But, they also allow other food in as long as it is bought through neighbor businesses in the Salt complex. Overall, this is exactly the place Oahu needed in an up and coming thirsty craft beer scene.

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Central Market - Westgate

in Austin, Texas

4.13/5  rDev -5.5% | Avg: 4.37
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

For a grocery, it's got the looks. Large selection of beers in cans, bottles, bombers, and now with a growler station. Taps have a good rotating selection, you can get nearly every Texas beer in the universe here, and many from far afield. Don't expect any rarities, thought they do get some through the door. Look/ask over at the growler station, that's where they seem to keep the specials.

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WhichCraft Beer Store

in Austin, Texas

4.57/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

If you visit Austin, and you're staying South, head here to get a great selection of beers from TX and beyond. Selection is huge, they sell singles, and the staff are super helpful and friendly. Can't go wrong.

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Independence Brewing Co.

in Austin, Texas

3.89/5  rDev -12.6% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Unfortunately, I find many of their beers quite delicious but very hit or miss in terms of quality. One sixer can be great, the next taste like booty. It makes me reluctant to buy, except I know if I hit it right it's going to be great. The people working there are definitely great and will take care of you.

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Waller Creek Pub House

in Austin, Texas

4.41/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Waller Creek is in a sweet location off Dirty 6th, steps from Easy Tiger with a nice front patio for warm weather enjoyment. The beer selection is spot on, with a lot of beers from the skinny branches of the breweries serving in Texas. The atmo is a little douchy but not so much as to turn you off. Hey, it's still 6th. The food was delicious, if relatively pedestrian, and service was plenty friendly enough.

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Middleton Brewing

in San Marcos, Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small out-of-the-way brewery south of Austin. Usually a good variety of beers on tap and the quality has improved a lot over the past year or so. Nice patio up top.

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Rollin' Oats Market & Cafe

in Tampa, Florida

3.35/5  rDev -11.1% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Nice nutritional marketplace. They have a little restaurant that smells really good. They have about 80+ beers for sale. The prices are decent and have some hard to find beers.

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Burlington Beer Co.

in Williston, Vermont

4.93/5  rDev +13.1% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I visited this place for the first time about a week ago. It was near closing time, so there were only a few patrons in the brewery. The bartender was very helpful and knowledgable. I have only had a few offerings from BBCo, but everything has been great. I left with a 4pk of Orbital Elevator and Wizard.

As a graphic designer, I really appreciate the design on the cans and all of the icons they create for their beer. They set up of the space is really well done.

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La Barberie

in Québec, Quebec

3.94/5  rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

I've only been to La Barberie once so let me just tell you about that experience.

It was my last day in Québec and I needed to get back to Montréal by 6 pm while including a stop along the way at Hopfenstark, but I didn't want to miss La Barberie so I convinced my group that we should just visit Le Marché Du Vieux-Port to pick up a few last-minute things and wait until they opened at noon. Well that didn't work out too well as we still ended up waiting (they don't open until noon and the market isn't that big), but I'm glad we did.

Upon arrival we noticed the outdoor deck (or terrace), and what seemed like a seating area out front surrounded by plants (some with lettuce, perhaps for the kitchen?), but it was a fairly grey day in Octobre and we decided to just saddle-up at the bar. We were the first customers in, but not for long, and I was a little surprised that fairly shortly there were several tables who'd chosen to sit outside (it wasn't cold, just not sunny). That was fine, we were very happy at the small but comfortable bar with lots of blonde wood and plenty to look at.

We ordered a few snacks despite the fact that we'd already procured some very nice saucisses et fromage at le marché, and un verre of each of their beers - there are 8 and 1 cask, so between the three of us that wouldn't be a problem, and unfortunately there was no cask available. The bartender was great, very friendly and helpful, and we talked with her while she wasn't busy about the breweries and bars of Québec. The snack were nice, and the beers were met with great regard. Had we not been on such a tight schedule we'd certainly have stayed for another round and some more snacks. It was quite enjoyable, and I'll certainly return the next time that I'm in Québec.

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Live Oak Brewing Company

in Del Valle, Texas

4.23/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great tap room in South Austin...inside is great and outside is kind of like Jester King but on smaller scale. Lots of trees, shade and picnic tables.

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Abnormal Beer Company

in San Diego, California

3.54/5  rDev -19.7% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

"Come on ride the train, come on and ride it!" Honestly think this place is tons of hype with below-average beer...and this is coming from a guy from AZ, where a lot of the beer is mediocre. Only had a flight of five brews and one of their specialty release bottles, and the only think I enjoyed was the traditional Saison. Had some HH "poutine" tots that had two cheese curds with a teaspoon of gravy, as if someone accidentally spilled a little on top of regular tots. Over-priced, over-adjunct-added, for a very not abnormal place.

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Bottlecraft - Liberty Station

in San Diego, California

4.21/5  rDev -3% | Avg: 4.34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Wow, always stay near MT and cannot believe this little gem was down the road. Shelves are packed with special releases, fresh hops and a nice cooled variety available for on-site consumption. As far as square footage to selection goes, this place it top notch.

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The Brewer's Art

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +9% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited for the first time as a Valentine's Day present. (Hey, I thought that was pretty clever.) No indication from the street that it's anything - no sign, no lights, no nothing. Once inside, you enter the bar first (always a good sign), then a nicely appointed Victorian sitting room, and last but not least the dark, walnut-paneled dining room. Lots of original woodwork - if you like atmosphere, this is the place for you. It's like reentering the 19th century. Service was outstanding, food was great, and the beer selection was great. What more can you ask for? Young crowd, but noise level was surprisingly low. We'll definitely return.

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Wayzata Brew Works

in Wayzata, Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 2.84
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

This place has a great atmosphere and location being on Lake Minnetonka, but this might be the first place I could not finish my beer both times I visited. Both times I left disappointed. Their taproom looks very nice and has a great patio. Their bartenders are not very knowledgeable and neither is the majority of their clientele. I will never give this place a chance again.

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Waconia Brewing Company

in Waconia, Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Only two years old and really picking up some steam in Waconia. Appropriately sized and really comfortable tap room with plenty of seating and a fireplace. They also have a popcorn machine and a patio in the summer. They often have food trucks and there are plenty of places near by to order food. There beer is definitely getting to a point where it can compete with the beer being made in the cities, especially with some of their beers in the last 9 months or so. Their flagships really seemed inconsistent for a while but are getting much better and consistent. Their selection is excellent. Definitely worth the trip.

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Surly Brewing Co. Beer Hall

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -4.7% | Avg: 4.45
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

This is definitely a place to see for all those who enjoy beer. The brewery is MASSIVE and always packed the interior and exterior is beautiful and the outdoor seating is large. If one is not eating, seating can be lacking. Food is some of the highest quality one can find in the city, especially a their brewer's table. Prices are reasonable for what you get. their pours are reasonably priced as well as their selection is huge. Their beer is good, but seems to be hitting a plateau. Overall, it is worth the visit.

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Arrowhead Ales Brewing Company

in New Lenox, Illinois

3.6/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.6
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Large inside-corner stripmall location is clean looking. Bar seating for 12 or so. Table seating for about 50. Service is attentive and knowledgable.
They have a good range of styles with about 8 in-house beers on tap and a few AAL bottles for the less than inquisitive.
I tried three beers that all were off just a little bit, and for different reasons. I know of no related reason an oatmeal stout would have a cigarette ash aroma and a porter would have a sour metallic taste.
The bathroom also had a strong sewer gas aroma. I tried not to let these issues effect my review, but on the other hand they have to effect it.
I did not eat there but the food I saw looked great. I may get back there, to re-review or update, but there are so many closer breweries-bars-restaurants that it will be a while.

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Summit Brewing Company

in Saint Paul, Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Very nice and large taproom with kind of limited hours. The seating is numerous and they have food trucks quite often. They have lots of outdoor seating and plenty of outdoor games. They have events just about every weekend as well. Their beer is top notch. They do nothing big and over the top but their beer is spot on. It is definitely a place I have never had a bad beer form.

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Stub & Herb's

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.6% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Beautiful aged bar right on campus where you will almost never find a stereotypical college student except for gameday. For the most part, the students that frequent here are genuinely looking for good beer and not always looking to get hammered. Their prices and pours of their rare beers are generous. Their selection and rotation seems to get better every year and their food is typical bar food, but still very good. It is well priced and they have a couple takeovers each month, but do not seem to hype them up like other places do. Definitely the place for people looking for craft on campus.

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Steel Toe Brewing

in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 4.09
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Neat location being close to Uptown in an industrial park. Their taproom is pretty basic and kind of dark. It always seems pretty busy. The service is usually solid and the pours are generous for the price. It kind of seems like their variety lacks if one is looking for a variety of session able beers. They often have food tucks and have outdoor seating. One issue is their quality seems to have plateaued if not slightly declined. Size 7 was my go to IPA but everyone seems to be catching up and this beer seems like it is losing its charm.

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Sisyphus Brewing

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +4.5% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Extremely underrated nano brewery with a really nice and welcoming taproom and top-notch staff. Their venue always seems to be empty on afternoons. They do not get food trucks but they do allow food to be delivered and they are just south of downtown so that works out well enough. They have a few board games and a few shuffleboard tables. It sounds like they are getting a patio in May. They have a comedy club attached to the brewery and get some decently high profile comedians. With being a nano brewery, their beer is constantly changing, faster than they keep up their online menus. The beer is up there with the best beer being made in the cities. Some of their beer is really unique, but also delicious. A great quality of being so small, their at least one of their two brewers is normally there, and their bartenders are very knowledgeable as well. Their location is not the best, but they really deserve more press and a greater following.

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Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery

in Waconia, Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7.2% | Avg: 3.75
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Fun place to go if one is looking for a winery in addition to a brewery. The taproom is very nice and large with communal seating. There is lot of outdoor seating and a pretty view of the vineyard. They often have events and food trucks. The beer is acceptable but nothing overly impressive. It does seem to be getting better but is also $6 per pint. Service there has been hit or miss. Their variety does seem to be expanding and the beer seems to be improving so we'll see where it goes.

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