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in Brewster, Massachusetts
3.53/5 rDev +6.6% | Avg: 3.31
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25
They have a fairly decent selection given their location. Lots of wine and a decent selection of craft beer. They have a lot of New England beers, and a few west coast beers, but very few singles. Their price is slightly expensive, but that is to be expected for Cape Cod. Easily the best package store in Brewster.
in Brussels, Belgium
4.03/5 rDev +1.3% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
Visited on a Tuesday afternoon in April 2017 after spending the morning at Cantillon. The place was empty except for the bartender and three other people. It goes without saying that I visited during a slow time.
This place looked and felt like what I imagine as a classic Belgium beer bar. With the old man sitting next to me singing along with the radio, I could envision myself in another era. Come for the Westy and the Vibe.
V –You have to walk down an ally way. A great approach to a small place with about 15 tables. Dark décor but bright enough lighting. Loved the décor, including the stained glass, the fireplace (with an insert), great hardwood unfinished bar, lots of beer signs. The paint scheme with tile and wood make the place feel more homey than beer bar. 4.75
Sel – Nothing on tap. About 15 bottles limited to Belgian beers and Trappists including Westy 12. I had two Westys – that beer was so good! The Westy was 15 EU. 4.0
Ser – Fine service. Bartender spoke limited English and I speak no Flemish and less French than the Bartender spoke English. But she was pleasant and when I communicated that I needed to charge my phone she was more than happy to find a plug. We had a good laugh when she accidently charged me 1,5 EU for my Westy. Not sure to what degree she had any beer knowledge, assuming very little. 3.75
Q – No complaints. The bar uses labeled glasses most of the time. 4
FOOD – NA
in Canton, Massachusetts
4.74/5 rDev +3% | Avg: 4.6
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
This is set in an industrial park brick building. Very wide open space if you go in through the ramp entrance the taproom is to your right. It is more just an open space with a long standing only at and some stools pushed back against the walls. If you go further into the place is where all the cans, growlers, and merchandise is sold. The quality of beers are always impeccable leaning heavily on IPAs, with a great stout thrown in and a sour or two. Service at the taproom was great and the guy had good suggestions on what to try. Vibe is a little meh it's very modern and hipster.
in Victoria, British Columbia
3.99/5 rDev +6.1% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
A very nice bar attached to the Strathcona Hotel in downtown Victoria. Lots of dark wood and sports memorabilia. Had 20 beers on tap - lots of local offerings, plus a few of the usual mega-brews. Pool tables adjoin the bar, if you're so inclined. I only had an hour to kill, so I didn't get to sample the food. I'd return if the opportunity preented itself.
in Colorado Springs, Colorado
3.7/5 rDev -0.5% | Avg: 3.72
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
V-Iron Bird is located near downtown Colorado Springs. It has the typical industrial-chic decor that includes natural steel furniture, some wood, and brick. It is a nice space, though, with lots of light coming in through the windows on the small bar and few scattered tables. A nice patio (with fire pit) and fireplace inside with a few overstuffed chairs add some comfortable lounging spots. The place was mellow when I first arrived at 5:45 pm on a Tuesday, but it filled up a bit when I left an hour later. Mostly locals.
Q-I tried two beers, a English Pale Ale and an IPA. I though the English Pale was pretty decent, but the IPA was off.
Ser-I tried to ask the server about the beers but she was too busy chatting with her friend to give me a decent answer, which was annoying. A second server was more helpful. Slight attitude aside, the service was prompt and the pours were well-done in proper glassware.
Sel-Iron Bird had eight beers on tap when I visited, three of which were an IPA. I like hops, and I get that hops are what the people want, but I would prefer to have a little more variety. Props, however, for offering some lower ABV options instead of all 8% or higher.
O-I liked the funky vibe of this place -- how often do you get to hear white-haired guys chatting about high-school baseball -- but the service was hit or miss and the beers were hit or miss. A little more QC and this place would be great.
in West Hartford, Connecticut
4.84/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.84
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
A relatively new store that I was tipped off to by @PenningtonNY10 about the quality of the shop.
Right on New Britain Ave. Easy parking as it is in a small commercial strip mall.
Walking in there are some scattered beer displays of bombers and six packs at the end of the rows of wine and liquor.
the big score is the walkin cooler or "beercave" There are cooler doors around a large rectangle area in the back with singles of a wide variety of beers available. On this visit I grabbed a Singlecut brew, Relic, Lord Hobo, and White Birch brews. But there were several other worthy singles and the prices were good. Plus the mixed 6 pack gets you a discount, I think it was 15% but still a cool deal. Plus there is no secret handshake or password to find the good stuff. They just put things out in the cooler for the next customer to find.
The best part of the cooler lies within. Open the door and there are flats of various six packs and some bombers in the center of the room and the perimeter is loaded with 4 packs, 6 packs, and represents a wide swath of regional and local beers. Relic, white Birch, New England Brewing, Backeast, Hooker, Firefly Hollow, Collective Arts, and lots and lots more.
Ian was behind the counter and was very helpful and told me to make myself at home. He looked a up a few beers I was looking for when I asked him and was truly interested in the conversation and feedback on the shop.
this is a great place to stop in for some shopping and there is 15 min parking right in front if you are in a hurry.
Well worth a visit if you are searching for some craft beer in the Hartford area!
in Oak Lawn, Illinois
4.15/5 rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Large space with an exciting vibe. Oddly boot shaped bar seats about 25; high tops and tables for 100 surround the bar; a private room in front for about 20; and finally a large outdoor patio in back could easily fit another 50.
Hundreds of tap pulls hang over the bar outlining it's odd shape. 40 active pulls focus on local beers: like Pollyanna, BuckleDown, Haymarket, and Burnt City; regional beers: like Great Lakes, Founders, and Shorts; and national beers: like Revolution, Lagunitas, Deschutes, and Sierra Nevada.
Prices are reasonable.
Service is attentive.
Frequent group nights like painting.
Food is good and plentiful.
in Colorado Springs, Colorado
3.8/5 rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
V-Phantom Canyon is a large brewpub located in downtown Colorado Springs. It has a definite early 2000s "brewpub vibe" but there is not tacky crap on the walls and the space is actually kinda cool with mid-century touches to compliment the high ceilings and older wood. The space is big but there was a waitlist for tables and the 20-seat bar was nearly full when I visited on random Tuesday night. I heard it was graduation week crowds.
Q-I only had one full beer, an experimental pale ale; it was pretty terrible. The small taster I had of the another beer was more average quality. Will need to re-visit.
Ser-The staff was hustling to keep up with the crowd. They were friendly too. Beers were served promptly but in the dreaded shaker pint glass and with very little head. I asked a few questions about the beers, which were answered, but I did not want to keep the staff from serving other people.
Sel-Phantom Canyon had 18 beers on tap and one bottle (a 750 ml tripel) when I visited. The list covered all sorts of styles, including a sour, a few IPAs, and some more unique beers like a BA brown ale. No guest taps.
F-I had a turkey reuben with a side salad. Both were typical brewpub food, but well-executed with fresh ingredients. Do not expect haute cuisine here.
O-Phantom Canyon is an average brewpup. In a city with a ton of competition, that might hurt them, but in Colorado Springs, it might be worth a visit if you are in the area and need some grub and a pint.
in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
4.6/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.6
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5
As is the case whenever I travel to a different country, I make it a mission of mine to seek out the local craft brewery(ies) so as to catch a glimpse into the culture of the place I am visiting. Back in 2013 during my first trip to Cambodia, I made my way to Himawari, so this time, I was looking for something along the same lines (small and delicious) but with a bit more authenticity and local flavor.
Busy with work for the majority of my time in Phnom Penh, it wasn't until Friday night when I was able to slip away, taking a TukTuk down the main boulevard to reach my destination. Looking for "Cerevisia" what I found was "Botanico" so I entered the grounds, sensing that Hops were near. Passing through a verdant garden with live music playing from a guitar, I knew I was in the right place when before me appeared a selection of 10 drafts, underscored by the always-there-at-a-brewhouse Chalkboard. As the musician played some David Bowie, I pulled up a seat at the bar and immediately went to work.
As is always the case at a new establishment, I ordered a sampler paddle, with three at a time being offered of Cerevisia's finest. Since there were a total of 10 drafts, over the course of the night, I obviously went with each, about a four-ounce pour into respective glasses. They don't brew on premises, but rather a few blocks away, and since these types of beers are catching on with both the local and foreign population, Cerevisia can now be found on draft at a number of bars and restaurants. I was lucky enough to be served by one of the founding partners, Erich, who filled me in on the aforementioned details pertaining not only to his situation, but the larger craft beer scene taking place in Phnom Penh as well.
The vibe was beyond chill, and in retrospect, the perfect microcosm of what I took modern-day Cambodia to be. It wasn't like I was stepping off the streets for a bit of respite from chaos, rather, it was a simple diversion in my path which over the course of four days in Phnom Penh, had allowed me glimpses into varying sectors of Cambodian life. From the first sip of "Rattanak" Honey Ale (5.7%) to the last gulp of "Dark Star" Porter (5.4%), the quality of the beer matched the quality of the environment, reminding me of why I make it a priority to visit such places when traveling anywhere on the globe.
There seems to be a number of new and exciting craft breweries popping up within the country, and this is a testament to the positive direction places like Himawari and Cerevisia are taking. The next time I visit Phnom Penh (sooner rather than later), I will seek out another place to review, hoping that it matches the high level I experienced last Friday night under the gaze of a SouthEast Asian Moon...
in Baltimore, Maryland
4.54/5 rDev +8.6% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
In the theatre district, and packed after a show. Huge selection of local and regional beers on tap. Solid bottle list too. Noisy but great energy and good music. Bartender was super on, and the roast beef dip sandwich was delish! Awesome vibe, beers and food.
in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
4.54/5 rDev +4.1% | Avg: 4.36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
As others have said, this has come a long way, particularly regarding the quality of the beer. Gets a lot of traffic as there always seems to be groups of people making it a regular hang out. Most of the staff are friendly and ready to answer questions. Good to have this only a couple miles away.
in Cleveland, Ohio
4.66/5 rDev +11.8% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Stopped in per some comments in the forum. Easy to get to and find parking. Nice Flats feel to it. Sat at the bar and owner/bartender was nicely friendly and even drew with chalk on bar how to get to where I was going afterward. Beer was very good and if I wasn't going to a concert afterward could have sampled some more offerings. Will definitely return.
in Machesney Park, Illinois
4.74/5 rDev +19.1% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
More of a family atmosphere. Bt running the place is phenomenal. Highly knowledgeble and knows how to handle the place...owner?? Vanilla royal bitch slap is awesome. Could not score a bottle, too late. Sweep the leg is world class!
in Galveston, Texas
4.54/5 rDev +5.3% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
Our favorite brewery/tap room is Galveston, and we camp at Dellanera RV park close by. It's a very friendly place with a good selection of craft beers brewed on site. The tap room is small but the service is good. We enjoyed the outdoor area when it's not too hot. Highly recommend for any Galveston visitors!
in Rockford, Illinois
4.79/5 rDev +15.7% | Avg: 4.14
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75
A wonderful little place I stumbled on. Great beer that is underrated. Nice variety with 11 on tap. Great service with old world coolness with nice, knowledgeable bt. Gave huge samples of whatever. Parking a little tough but on beautiful riverfront. I highly recommend a visit!
in Reston, Virginia
3.48/5 rDev -11.2% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25
Very small selection at this particular Whole Foods. What they had, no complaint, just not anything real unique or special. Good stop off for grabbing a tried and true six pack though.
in Woodbridge, Virginia
4.04/5 rDev +2% | Avg: 3.96
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Selection and vibe on par with what you'd expect from a Wegmans, but this was the first time I was taken back by great service. Very attentive, helpful and polite fellow making himself available to several different folks.
in Richmond, Virginia
3.83/5 rDev -3.8% | Avg: 3.98
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Place seems huge. Very impressive building, lots of great beer on tap and bottles to go, only knock would be the feeling that the staff was disembodied from the overall purpose. They were like disinterested teens on summer job at an amusement park. Just saying.
in Sterling, Virginia
4.04/5 rDev -5.6% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Stopped by for a growler while passing through and hit them while they were hosting some sort of large event. Despite the mayhem, the service was very sharp, attentive, polite and helpful. Plenty of great looking beers on tap. Take time to hit this place up if given the chance.
in Mystic, Connecticut
3.45/5 rDev -17.1% | Avg: 4.16
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
Visited on Sunday. As others have described the place is in a touristy section and has a vibe of visitors and locals wanting a good craft brew. When we went, the place was lightly busy at 4:00 in the afternoon. Saw several shoppers there as well as a local college's drinking team. Big open and airy. Their are games of cornhole and a couple others outside which makes the place very family friendly. Lots of great taps--30 in all with several locals like Beer'd and other regional beers like Captain Lawrence. Definitely had several taps I could not get locally. Service left a lot to be desired. You need to order all food from the bar. My parents ordered their entrees separately from my wife and I. Their food did not come out until 15 minutes after ours despite having fewer items ordered. My father actually had to go back to the bar and see where the food was, when they realized they made an error. On top of that, when we closed our tab, we were billed another party's food which was not noticed until after our card was run. The Jealous Monk really did not do anything to make things right...That said, the food we did receive tasted great despite a limited menu. The schnitzel was divine, the steak frites were hot and crispy, the pretzel was nice and fluffy and the chili was good. Overall I would go back, just do not expect a lot if anything from the service.
in Tallahassee, Florida
4.05/5 rDev -2.9% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75
I've been to my share of gas stations turned beer geek heaven, but this one takes the cake. First off we pulled in and instantly thought it was the wrong place. Only for a Founders banner barely vissible through the window we would have driven away. Among entering this typical dirty inner city convienwnt store you are welcomed by a row or CCB Marshal Zhukov's variant and over 5 different hard to find Funky Buddha bombers. We have found the right place. The two employees are clueless but it seems that the owner who was not where knows exactly what he is doing. He has devoted about 1/3 of the store to craft beer and cider. And I'm not talking 6 packs and such I'm talking high end big bottles. The entire isle is stacked 5 high with 750, 500 and single 12 bottles. Wow, it's overwelming the inventory. Many have rating tags and any vintage beer is called out with a date label. This place has in stock ALMOST EVERY available craft beer release aloud in Florida. I mean this little store has more in stock then most craft beer stores and this is only a sleazy gas station.
Only issue is no organization. Though most beers are sorted by brewery, some are not. I found 4 packs of 2015 vintage Ten Fiddy next to cider for example. I wish I could rate higher this place but there was no service and the vibe was bad. But the selection, quality and whale sightings were among the best I've seen in the southeast. Maybe this place might go the way of Shep's in St Pete, I sure hope so.
Best selection in the Panhandle, period!
in Dominical, Costa Rica
4.28/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
this place is magnificent, seems almost out of place in such a small and modest town, this is a sprawling facility, almost looks like a treehouse, absolutely gorgeous in every respect. its all open up top, has some glass floor windows looking down to the shiny new brew house down below. the whole place is an oasis, on a beautifully manicured property with lots of cool plants and some outdoor music space. inside its all wood, a big like open lofted ski lodge or something, its brilliant. the bar is super cool, smallish, but with a ton of tables around it and a really neat lounge are upstairs with some swings to relax in and other comfortable furniture. the lighting is relaxed, surf films and snowboard movies play on the tvs behind the bar, and they had a small selection of house brews, plus a nice range of other costa rican craft beers, just a fabulous vibe in here. the brewer apparently spent some time at anchor and maui, so he knows whats up, and the beers tasted quite professional compared to a lot of the other craft beer we had in costa rica. the mango pale was awesome, as was the dark brown, but all that we tasted were very well made, if a little conservative in terms of styles. the service was awesome, very attentive and stoked, and the food we had was really sensational, honestly some of the better food we ate the entire trip. wonderful tuna and chicken and shrimp skewers, some of the best calamari ever, and just a very happy belly leaving this place. they had some soft live music happening, and all was right in the world in here. it was all amazing, and this was one of the beer and food highlights of our time in costa rica. not to be missed!!!
in Royal Oak, Michigan
4.27/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Smaller, newer brewery in Royal Oak. They've had some great stuff on tap every time I go in. they allow dogs, which is awesome. Check it out if you're in the area.
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
5/5 rDev +13.6% | Avg: 4.4
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
There's not one bad thing I could say about this place; huge, open space with an awesome beer garden, great food and (obviously) beer, with some special offerings on tap. Service was great, and the shop had Blis maple syrup in stock, which is killer. Definitely recommend.
in Wheaton, Illinois
4.37/5 rDev +10.6% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4
I frequent this place often. The staff and owners are always super friendly. Whether It's totally packed, or it's just me and the bartender - they're always on their game. Cozy small space with occasional live music and outdoor seating. Decent selection of beers that continuously changes. I love the small space - someone else said it's like being at a friend's house and I concur. Stop by and grab a few samples, then take home a growler or two!