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Central Waters Brewing Co.

in Amherst, Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Review based solely on attending the Nineteen release. Big line ran smoothly, lots of beers on tap, great music, enough space to move around (unlike previous years I was told) and friendly people.

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Moonshine Liquors

in Hyannis, Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +5.9% | Avg: 4.61
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Despite being in an odd spot (you'd have to find your way around in the summer rather than taking a left), this store shines above the rest. The craft beer and import selection is unmatched on the mid-cape. The staff are always friendly, and they've always got something new in stock.

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Devil's Kettle Brewing

in Athens, Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +17.7% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Devil's Kettle Brewing has over 12 Taps and a variety of styles and abv selection from barrel aged to sours
The Demon's Blood imperial stout is amazing as well as the Black IPA Columbus 97
Always something on Nitro and Cold Pressed Coffee on Nitro as well
Friendly Staff and food nearby

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Ye Cracke

in Liverpool, England

4.19/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I've only been once, and here's my story: Wandering up Hope Street one night on our way to the Fly In The Loaf my group passed the Institute for Performing Arts, which reminded me of The Beatles, and then as we moved on we passed Rice Street my memory was jogged again and I recalled that there was a pub that was Beatles related on Rice Street. Although I couldn't remember the name, and certainly not the address, and although no one in our group, myself included, was a Beatles fan to the point of visiting a location because of it, off we went (Disclaimer: we had all already taken the Magical Mystery Tour bus trip, paid for by one of us to get the others to join him, and which I slept through with the exception of being waken by a Japanese tourist asking me to take photos of her outside of Strawberry Fields). My wife protested the stop because she was completely sure that this was just another one of my dead-end wild goose chases (very understandable indeed!), and because it had started to rain slightly and she had either forgotten or lost her umbrella. Some ways down the street we found it on the right, or what I thought it must be (it looked a little like a house but the Bass Ale sign sealed the deal), and in we went no more due to the fact that it might have been a Beatles bar than the fact that it had started to rain even a little harder outside - and beer in close proximity!

Inside it was warm and nice with an old wood floor and the yellow glow of old-school, traditional lightbulbs (I'm romanticizing that a bit, but that's the general idea - it's not romantic lighting). We passed a few John Lennon images on the way to the bar and then more Beatles stuff and I figured I'd gotten it right (on the other hand, there's Beatles memorabilia in a lot of pubs in Liverpool). Nice little pub with some smaller areas and a larger room past the bar. We grabbed a seat and lo and behold, a left-behind umbrella - a little girly, and perfect for my wife. She put it aside and said that if someone came back for it it was theirs, but if not she'd take it.

Up to the bar I went. First question, "Food?". No food. "Not at this time." OK, pints. There was nothing on tap that I'd seen anywhere else in Liverpool although I'd been there for almost two weeks. Interesting! I had no idea what to choose. I think there were six hand-pumps. The barkeep, a younger lad, tried to help me but that was a little like speaking Italian to a German, and vice versa - some gets across but not everything; and I was trying to choose beers for others which is always like sticking your hand down a hole in the ground - you might find something, or you might get bit!

Three beers in hand I returned to the table, apparently triumphant as they were all well received. We sat and schemed, planned out the next few days (and the next few pubs!), always open to communication with others at the table around us but found none offered, nor did we suggest, and that's OK, we didn't want to bother the locals, or have the locals bothered by us. A second round did it, and we were off.

I though the feel was great, more like a neighborhood pub than something in a city setting; and the beers were unusual and very good if not the greatest. There are other pubs I prefer in Liverpool, but there was a certain charm to it. I'd highly recommend it.

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Alvarado Street Brewery

in Monterey, California

4.12/5  rDev -4.8% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This is a review of the Salinas tasting room. It is located in a metal building in an industrial section of town. The bar space is fairly spartan with a couple of refrigerated display cases and a row of taps. Surrounding the bar area are a few oak barrel racks. Behind them are a few rows of stainless steel fermentation tanks. They don't offer food on a regular basis, but I was told that they do have a rotating schedule of food trucks. The space is not heated and they keep the bay door open, so it can be chilly in there. Dress accordingly.

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Poe's Tavern

in Atlantic Beach, Florida

4.09/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I was able to stop by during one of my frequent trips to the Jacksonville area. I had heard some good things from the locals, so I made sure to stop by for lunch.

There is a small shared lot to the west and some nearby street parking. As you approach, there is an outdoor area and what I would call a three season room.

Once you enter the bar, there is a long bar along the south wall and then a mix of booths and tables in the rest of the area. Note that there is a slightly raised area (one step) that contains most of the seating for eating.

The bar is lived in but clean, it is decorated with lots of Edgar Allen Poe art work (movie posters, portraits, verses from his writing, etc.) it is pretty cool. There are also some high definition TVs so it is a good place to catch the game.

The bartender was friendly, attentive and had a good grasp of their beer offerings. They have a nice draft list that includes local crafts, some national crafts and rotating seasonal selections.

The food was very good with an emphasis on burgers. My Pit and the Pendulum (bacon and cheese) was perfectly done and the dressings were spot on. Good fries add to the enjoyment.

I will have no problems making a return visit.

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Dancing Gnome

in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +8.6% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Nice Place, looks very modern and sleek has a few tables that will seat 6 or so and a fairly long bar probably seating another 15 or more. It was Sunday and while they had a decent amount of people there it was quiet which was a nice change of pace from a lot of places with blaring music. You can see their brewing equipment thought a plate glass window next to the bar and bathrooms. Service was fantastic with knowledgeable staff. I thought the prices were very reasonable too and you could get 4 oz pours, 8 oz pours, or I think 16 oz which gave you nice options. They sell their beers in 750ml flip top bottles or 64 oz screw top growlers. The IPAs were the only thing I sampled and if this is any indication of quality this place will be getting WILDLY popular once they start canning, which the bartender informed me they bought a small canning operation. Their IPAs lean to the fruity, hazy, juicy side that everyone is clamoring for in their beers.

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Buster's on 28th

in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +11.1% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This is honestly one of my favorite neighborhood spots in the Twin Cities. They always have a solid beer selection, they frequently have one or two rare beers on tap, and the staff is great. Food can get a little bit pricey, and it can get a little crowded around dinner time, but this is a spot that I love to go during off-peak hours and do a little work with a beer or two.

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D4 Irish Pub & Cafe

in Chicago, Illinois

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

This is my local go-to for excellent pub food. They always have a decent beer selection (generally including FFF Gumballhead and some eccentric local varieties), and their burger is tops in downtown Chicago, IMHO. Fish and chips are great, as are the lamb chops and pot pie. Brunch is also very good here!

Several TVs and two fireplaces add to the vibe. Service can be hit or miss, though.

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Lost Nation Brewing

in Morrisville, Vermont

4.54/5  rDev +6.6% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Can't believe I forgot to rate this place after visiting with judkinst on a motorcycle trip through Smuggler's Notch! Fantastic food, as expected, with the grilling and preparing being outside on the patio as it was a beautiful summer day. Top notch, fresh beers, as is also to be expected. Had the Gose and Mosaic IPA, both incredible and pair well with almost any menu option. Great vibe and location. Service on the patio was better than inside, where the dude was pretty sketch.

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Rainier Growlers

in Puyallup, Washington

4.93/5  rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.84
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Love this place! Incredibly knowledgeable and engaged staff. Beer selection (40 draft and assorted bottles for sale) is by far the best in the area. Food is good, but the menu is fairly small. They do, however allow you to bring in/order in from surrounding eateries, hence the high score on food. South Hill has needed something like this! As mentioned in the prior review, they are kid friendly, as well.

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Industrial Arts Brewing Company

in Garnerville, New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.6% | Avg: 4.29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place is pretty stunning. Set in an old brick industrial building with a huge smokestack and surrounded by other similar buildings. The interior is tremendous, with a large brick archway over the bar. Plenty of bar and table seating. They fill 32 oz crowlers, as well as regular growlers, and offer full pours of all beers. There are also some food options (cheese plate, meat plate). The bartenders were very nice and helpful. Also, the beer is great!

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Forest City Brewery

in Cleveland, Ohio

2.88/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.46
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Stopped in this brewery recently while passing by the area… Located near Ohio City, just a few streets over, the brewery is situated in a corner of a larger building. A quick walk down a hallway once inside, the brewery is cozy with dim lighting and unique décor (vintage car for example). It was very nice and I was excited to try what they place had to offer. I believe they are brewing on about a 1-bbl system.

The staff was really nice, quickly offering me a menu and pouring the flight I decided to order. The flight consisted of four:

1.) Duck Island Amber
2.) Waldorf Roggenbier
3.) Opening Day IPA
4.) Shinny (Belgian Quad)

Unfortunately, this is where the review turns from positive to negative.

As a disclaimer, I have been to approximately 100 different breweries around the country at this point and have had thousands of different beers. I enjoy all styles, from cream ales and pilsners to IPA’s, wild sours and BBA Stouts… Everything in-between as well! There is no style I don’t enjoy. That being said…

Each beer was difficult to stomach due to different reasons. My guess is sanitation issues (on the brewing side or perhaps dirty tap lines), runaway fermentation temps (harsh alcohols) and/or lack of water treatment for the beer.

The amber was a bit solventy, with no malt character as you would expect for the style.

The Roggenbier was not as bad. Picked up some of the rye character and not much roast. I still didn’t care much for it though, there was some awkward flavor notes I couldn’t pinpoint that made it difficult to finish.

Opening Day IPA was a malty IPA that had a soapy taste (which I admit, can come from certain hop varieties at times), but the sweetness and lack of hop “punch” made it forgettable. It wasn’t impressive by any means.

Shinny, the spiced Belgian Quad was undrinkable and I left ¾ of the sample pour behind. It was practically liquid clove. An hour later I still had a strong clove taste in my mouth, way too much spice! Hard to say how the base beer would have been without the spice additions. I like clove, don’t get me wrong, but if I had brewed this it would have been dumped.

As most people do, I checked these brews in untappd and rated them accordingly. They were honest reviews not meaning to shame the brewery or talk negatively about the place (which was really nice, actually), but just share MY thoughts on the beer produced.

The next morning, a representative of the brewery had attacked me for my comments… Claiming I was a fan of their ex-brewer, shaming him publically for his beer quality and professionalism. Attacking me for liking the beers at the brewery he now supposedly works at (which to them is a very low rated brewery and I rated their beers unusually high). Continued on to say their brewery received low ratings for far superior beer. Then it got a little more awkward when they start posting about the ex-brewers upcoming court date, how many times he has been fired and for what reasons…. Then finished it off we “We hate wasting much needed bar stools on you!”.

Mind you, I don’t know the ex-brewer they speak of. It was all assumption on their part, only because I was at this brewery he now works at right before (they are just a few minutes apart…)

So yeah, as you can see this place is very professional [not]. Sometimes, as a business, you hear things you don’t like that may hurt the ego a bit… But you turn the negative into a positive to remedy the situation.

That being said, while the place was very cool and the staff very nice, in person at least, the beer quality and the way I was attacked for my honest opinions will prevent me from ever going back. Too many other better options in Cleveland less than a mile away!

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Free Will Brewing Co.

in Perkasie, Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in for Sour Sunday #1 of 2017. Lots people hanging out enjoying a Sunday Funday. No problem finding a table as there was lots of room throughout the brewery to post up and hang out whether you wanted to stand or sit. Were there lines for beer? Of course there were but the staff was prompt, and very friendly so even if there was a wait it was never long. Plus there were a couple different bars open with multiple bartenders so that helped. As the name of the event notes the tap list on this particular day featured a lot of sours, but there were many other beers if sours are not your thing (IPAs, Saisons, Dry Stouts, RIS, Etc.). Getting the sampler is a must as its $10 for 4 tasters of your choice. How are the beers? Great! I had only had a couple of Free Will's beers before and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of all the beers they offered. I sampled Cuvee Aigre, Whit, Peachy McPeachface, the Pomisher and Green Pony. I particularly enjoyed Cuvee Aigre and Green Pony (Saison collab with Kent Falls). Did they have food? There is no kitchen in house but they did have a food truck there. On this particular day they were offering table services, which was convenient. You put your order in with the truck then when it was ready they called your cell phone then came in and found you. Finally don't forget to take some beer home. Lots of different options for take out (12 packs, 4 packs, single bottles, growlers, etc.). I made sure to take Home some Cuvee Aigre and Ralphius (which is awesome).
Overall it was a really enjoyable event at a great. A good place to get together with family and friends to enjoy some excellent beers. I highly recommend and would definitely go back whether it was Sour Sunday or just any random day for a beer.

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Reuben's Brews

in Seattle, Washington

5/5  rDev +17.4% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place operated by even better people. Reuben's has become a pillar not only of the Ballard community but all of Seattle in a short amount time. They care about people and their product and it shows. Not to be missed on any visit to the city.

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Saloon Door Brewing

in Webster, Texas

2.48/5  rDev -13.3% | Avg: 2.86
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Seriously, I don't get the good reviews here? A really generic and sterile space that has no character. Fold out chairs, TV's, high ceilings, a pathetic little outdoor area. Servers are nice, and seem to know just enough to get by. I really don't get the appeal of sitting down and lingering for a while here? TV's showing all the ESPN channels, for no reason other than that is what is on. Turn the damn things off when there is no purpose for them.

Lots of different beers on tap, but all in that novelty vain. Do people really drink Vanilla Cream Ales more than once? They have so many nitro beers it is ridiculous. I would say a peanut butter chocolate milk stout on nitro is closer to a Zima like alco pop concoction than any beer I have had. Not only that, but all beers I have had are amateurish at best. When I can tell everything is fermented at way to high temps, something is wrong. The Citrus Wheat was possibly the worst wheat beer I have had, the Saison is completely wrong, Wee Heavy is sickly sweet and all ethanol heat. I could not finish a flight.

They have food catered from someplace called "Tasty Treats." Which might very well be good, but there was no reason for me to stay and try them out. It looked like a tiny menu of simple pub grub (which can be great). I think a quesadilla and grilled cheese were the featured items.

I always find it hard to write a bad review like this. Though there is nothing I would recommend here. I'll leave it at that...

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26 Degree Brewing Company

in Pompano Beach, Florida

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

This place is in an old grocery store storefront. You walk into a large space with tables, couches, and the bar. Seems sterile at first but it grows on you. Beer list on the tvs and the menus with flights that you can do yourself or preselected. The staff is helpful and when they can circulate but this is primarily a bar service place. At least 10 beers on tap, great quality wasn't one bad one there. Overall, this was my favorite on my Fort Lauderdale vacation.

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Texas Beer Refinery

in Dickinson, Texas

3.16/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 3.2
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

The tap room has a unique feel. Right next to an RV park, on stilts with a wrap around deck. All wood on the inside with a bar, lots of booths, and some high top tables. Plenty of TV's, which I found a little annoying, along with a never ending playlist of Nirvana on a constant loop. Though, overall the vibe is very casual and friendly. The tap room is not the same as the production facility, which is just up the road. The tap room itself is a bar with a full kitchen. The kegs are haled from a block away down to the tap room.

Service is a little hit and miss. Everyone is friendly, but there are long stretches of time when nobody is available to take an order. I understand lots of different operations are going on, and it takes time to organize that, but come on. Either everyone was stuffing their face from the kitchen, or doing some work in the office every time I tried to order or close out.

Anyway, the selection ranges from blonde ale, brown, to their Gose variations. A brand new "juicy" IPA, which was not close to the style they tried to project. Still not a bad IPA at all. Just one noted grapefruit bitterness. The Belgian Dubbel was fairly thin and by the books as well.

Food is average pub grub, with a few items of some exotic animals (alpaca fries, frog legs, etc). Nothing bad, but not the best pub grub. Certainly filling and enjoyable for the area and this particular spot.

Anyway, an OK brewery, that is a good hang out for the area. Really, that is all it needs to be. You got to love the building. Just not particularly exceptional.

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Beer Bar

in Salt Lake City, Utah

4.65/5  rDev +6.2% | Avg: 4.38
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Vibe is nothing special in terms of atmosphere. Seating is in sort of long bench tables with a few scattered individual tables which I wasn't a huge fan of, but I won't hold the seating against them. There are several large projectors for sporting events, and it's a good place to watch a game. Food selection is limited to pretty much a few different types of brats and fries, but it is good quality. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Beer selection is about as good as it gets for a bar. Have great selection and quality of taps and bottles. I was able to get a very rare barleywine that they somehow had in bottles. Prices are very steep, but I was shocked that they even had half of the stuff in their coolers, so I was willing to pay.

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The Bayou

in Salt Lake City, Utah

4.69/5  rDev +11.7% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Really nice vibe. Live music often. Great food at reasonable prices. Really nice beer menu in terms of both quantity and quality. Staff was friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this place for dinner and a beer or three.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.

in Amherst, Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.9% | Avg: 4.46
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Went there for the 19 release party and had a great time. Lines moved pretty quick. Easy to get bottles. Easy to get tap beers. Great prices all around. Definitely a fun party and I hope to go back!

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North Rockland Beverage Center

in Haverstraw, New York

4.08/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

This is a nice little shop, looks like a shack from the outside. Very strong BMC presence, with a large craft selection in the back. They have all the popular brews, plus they have a BeerMenus Page. The service is great, they even helped me to my car, when my purchase got to big to handle. Situated 3 minutes away from Industrial Arts Brewing, this place is a must visit for anyone in the area.

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Tex Max Beer And Wine

in Fort Worth, Texas

4.48/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Don't let appearances fool you. This place is pretty unassuming from the outside but actually has the best craft beer selection for miles around.

Owner is very knowledgeable and friendly and is happy to tell you what he has that's new and exciting. Lots of limited release and other hard to find beers.

Definitely worth a visit for those who haven't.

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Municipal Brew Works

in Hamilton, Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6.8% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Warm atmosphere- both the ambiance and the staff. Creative way that the brewery was incorporated into a historic former city building. In warmer weather the garage doors in the back open to about triple outside seating capcity and there is a view of the Great Miami river. In the winter the doors are closed creating a welcoming and comfortable environment with tables and at the bar. Small selection of 4-5 quality standards and 3-4 seasonals. The Dualist Belgian stout was outstanding.

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Block Brewing Company

in Howell, Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -1.8% | Avg: 3.88
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was there around midnight on a snowy blowing Saturday night. Not a lot of people were out. There were maybe a dozen people inside. The menu was limited because of the time so this may not be a fair rating. Pizza and appetizers were only available. I had a pepperoni pizza that was good. The girl working behind the bar was friendly and knew the beers. They had a small selection of guest taps also.

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