Place Reviews: Most Recent
in Lakeside, Montana
4.36/5 rDev +1.9% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Stop as we go around Flathead lake
Facility is nice and clean
Selection is not a lot
Food is usual beer fare but serving size is big and presentation is very good
Value overall is good
Overall: very good experience
in Portland, Oregon
4.1/5 rDev +5.4% | Avg: 3.89
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Opened in 2010, Burnside Brewing is located in a large modern building in a small strip mall on the other side of the river. It is right on the bus lines and near the streetcar, so it is easy to get to. It's a large building with a bar, a busy patio and a scattering of tables. I grabbed a hightop adjacent to the window. Excellent service as well. On tap are about 17 taps, which offer a worthwhile array of styles. During my lunchtime visit, I enjoyed their Isomer IPA, a crisp lager and a porter. The food was delicious; I recommend the schnitzel sandwich. Would have liked to hang out a little while longer, but this is Portland and I had to get to the next stop.
in State College, Pennsylvania
4.1/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.81
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Local Whiskey is right on Beaver Avenue, one door down from Phirst, which is by the same owners. They also own Champs, and Happy Valley Brewing for that matter. And if you've been to Happy Valley Brewing you know that they know a little something about design, and Local Whiskey is a great example.
It might be a little overblown, but that doesn't change the fact that it's really interesting to look at, and that the space has a great feel in several different locations: the horseshoe shaped central bar, the black leather horseshoe shaped booths along the back, the raised area with the long marble topped table to the left, the "lounge" area as you enter on your right, and the 7 seats that are in front of that on the "patio" outside. That probably makes it seem like it's a big place, but it's not, and that's some of it's charm - tight but cozy.
Not to get too into it, but here are just a few of the highlights in the design: the bar is painted to look like it has a zinc bar top, a small-tiled mosaic tile floor wraps around it, there's a black wrought iron railing that separated the raised area from the rest of the bar, and there are lime green chairs which match the metal supports along the ceiling (which are, of course, just for show). I could go on about how the black aspects work with the beige and tan aspects, and how the green brings it all to life but it's really just something you need to see for yourself. Check out their website where they have a panographic view of the space.
As for the beer, there are 12 taps that include: 2 or 3 beers/cider from Happy Valley, Miller Lite, Yuengling, Blue Moon, Franziskaner, and a mix of craft from brewers such as Sierra Nevada, Ballast Point, New Belgium, Stone, Avery, Victory, Southern Tier, and Sixpoint - I assume that the tap list changes fairly often. What's nice is that they don't just go with the regular beers from their craft brewers, they choose unusual options such as Ballast Point's Tart Peach Kölsch, Avery's Beast Grand Cru, or Stone's Hop Revolver IPA.
They also do cocktails, and from what I've seen they do them right.
As for food, it's high quality and done well. Highlights include: Yuk Foo's Fried Squid ($8), Seared Salmon Caesar Salad ($12), Bacon Egg Lettuce Tomato Sandwich ($9), Philly Cheesesteak ($10), and Fish N' Chips ($11).
The service I've had has always been great, and the only problem is that it can get crowded. Worth a visit!
in Fort Mill, South Carolina
3.09/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.09
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
I have been looking forward to some more craft beer options in Fort Mill, so when Carolina Ale House opened I had to try it out.
The restaurant is located in the new Kingsley development across from the Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, and beside the amphitheater. The design is similar to most other CAH locations; open concept with the bar in the middle of the space. I have been here a couple of times and each time the place was fairly packed, with about a 45 minute wait.
The food was decent, nothing spectacular, but not bad either. The wings were good, the pulled pork nachos were good. Unfortunately, the burgers left something to be desired.
On to the beer; the place has roughly 80 taps, 10-15 of which were dedicated to your typical mega-brewery offerings (bud, bud light, miller, blue moon, etc...), the rest were standard offerings from more well known regional/national craft breweries, and some local breweries. All in all it was a very safe, uninspired beer menu. No special releases, big imperial IPA's or imperial stouts, sours, etc... Don't get me wrong, there were a few solid beers in there, but nothing that would make me want to plan a special trip there to get it.
The service was another low point for me. Our waitress was missing in action for most of our visit, brought the wrong beer at least once, and was clueless about the beer menu. At one point I had to go up to the bar to get another beer for myself, and a refill of sweet tea for another member of our group. When I got to the bar, I noticed that there were about 6-7 beers sitting up there presumably waiting on a server to come pick them up, with the ticket floating in the top of the beer...
All in all, both times I have visited this location have been quite disappointing. I would say that the rating should be lower, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt since they have only been open a couple of months, and probably haven't found their groove yet... I will give them a while and update this rating
in Portland, Oregon
4.14/5 rDev -3% | Avg: 4.27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5
One of Portland's newer additions to their substantial beer scene, Breakside has three locations; this one on Dekum, is an open and rather atmospheric venue with a sleek wooden bar and a nice patio, where patrons can admire the quiet neighborhood. Breakside Dekum offers a large array of taps - and bombers to go (I took home two.) During my lunchtime visit, I enjoyed a pint of Lunchbreak Session, a tasty IPA and their hearty stout. Though somewhat out of the way, it is accessible by Portland's wonderful bus system - in this case, Bus 75. Excellent. Hope to try the other two locations in a subsequent trip (or two.)
in Chicago, Illinois
4.21/5 rDev -6% | Avg: 4.48
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
One of Chicago's classic beer bars... and my first visit here after 13 years of coming to Chicago. Chill, neighborhoody ambience, jazz music, breeze coming through the open doors in this beautiful late summer day... nice.
They have two bars, a mezzanine, a dining room and a great garden patio.
Good-but-not-great draft menu with a ton of Chicago-Illinois-Midwest brews plus goodies from Warpigs!!
Check out the Belgian drafts (outstanding) and the bottle menus as well.
in Chicago, Illinois
4.05/5 rDev -4.9% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
A surprisingly enjoyable experience at this Heineken-owned massive brewery. The complex is truly ginormous, with a large taproom on the second floor. A dozen-or-so taps ranging from a pilsner to one-off brews like rum-barrel Brown Shugga.
Funky and cozy, and some good food to boot- an excellent meat-and-cheese plate with homemade smoky jerky.
in Orlando, Florida
4.41/5 rDev -3.5% | Avg: 4.57
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
An excellent store with an exceptional selection of local, regional, US, European, even some lambics and guezue. The staff were super helpful, looking through stock not already on the shelves to find me what I was looking for. Looks like your standard strip mall liquor store from the street and inside it gives off the same vibe, but there is a good isle and a half of beer, including a full side of cold beer.
in Madrid, Spain
4.28/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.28
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
This is one of my favorite beer bars ever. We went three nights in a row which I have never done anywhere else. Lots of interesting bottles (especially Belgians) and you get a snack included for an 5 Euro average. Also about 1/2 dozen taps. It's more of a sports bar so we watched soccer, bull fighting outtakes and track and field. It's properly divey and relatively welcoming. Nothing about this place not to love except it doesn't open until 4. And it's so far away.
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
4.13/5 rDev +4.6% | Avg: 3.95
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Quality food stop, kinda felt like a food coop as it has a general "crunchy" feel to it...fine with me...loads of food options, impressive meat dept in the rear...beer is in the cooler to the right as you enter and in a large shelving unit near by...worthy spot for tasty craft options...pick up some healthy food while you visit
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
4.13/5 rDev +4.8% | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Casual dining and quality beer spot in a historic and converted fire house.....beer was on point as far as the brown ale I enjoyed was concerned and the pizza was thin crust and delicious...well worth a visit...one of dozens of fun/quality/casual breweries in this beer saturated town
in Sandusky, Ohio
4.14/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Stopped in after reading the first review. They now have 8 taps and still have an outstanding bottle and cans list about 70 on the menu right now. Not any local breweries here, so this is the next best choice.
in South Norwalk, Connecticut
4.24/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Spacious craft beer /sports bar. Solid draft list focused on local offering with a few national. Bar seats 20-30 in a room that might easily hold a 100 plus people. Knowledgeable servers. Typical pub-grub menu, did not eat but other people's food looked good.
in Madison, Wisconsin
4.06/5 rDev -6.2% | Avg: 4.33
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5
A small taproom connected to Trixie's Liquor Store. There is a bar and some high top tables for seating. The taps are constantly changing so quality is somewhat hard to judge. Service was friendly and helpful. The selection is excellent with 18 beers on tap that you can drink there or take out in crowlers or growlers. I will go back the next time I visit Madison.
in Chicago, Illinois
4.22/5 rDev +2.7% | Avg: 4.11
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
An 8,500 square foot brewpub featuring house-brewed craft beer, wood fired eats, 14 televisions and a 10’ big screen showing sporting events, a relaxed bar area and an industrial beer hall with corn hole. The quality of the beer was quite good. The service was friendly and helpful. They had eight of their own beers on tap when I visited. I did not try any food.
in Rosemont, Illinois
3.8/5 rDev -5.9% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75
Traditional German style beer hall with capacity for 500 guests. There is also an outdoor beer garden and an event room. The quality of the beer was good but not great. Our server was very friendly and helpful. The selection of beers is limited 3 classic Bavarian beers and 3 seasonal beers. The food is prepared quickly, tasted good and the portions were generous.
in Springfield, Missouri
4.06/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Been here a couple times, they have a lot of different beers to choose from. Prices are reasonable, staff is friendly. I've only eaten the deep fried bacon appetizer so I can't really say how the food is (the bacon was good for what it was).
in Richmond, Virginia
3.96/5 rDev -3.4% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Two dozen plus taps and another two dozen cans/bottles of local/regional/national handcraft beers to choose from. Cozy bar and restaurant vibe; which has been a neighborhood icon forever so I am told. We had the best food, from eggs and bacon to spaghetti and meatballs! Lots of different beer styles to pair with your meal. Will return!
in Charlotte, North Carolina
4.5/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 4.5
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
New brewery in Plaza Midwood. Wow, what a beautiful place! Huge!
Went for the first time on friends/family night. Large taproom. There is a barrel room to the side that will be for private parties, etc, but that hadn't been quite finished when I was there. But the best part is they are going to have a coolship. I don't know of anywhere near Charlotte that has one. So nice!
Beers were outstanding. I think there were about 8 on tap for the opening. Most places when they first open, have a great space, but crap beer. Not at RC! The whole thing was well done. Tropes, the brewmaster, is making sure the whole thing is top notch.
At the moment, I could see the parking being the only hiccup. There isn't a lot on property, but there is a public parking across the street and down the road a touch. I'd recommend Ubering, if you can. Less headaches.
Great job RC. Can't wait to visit often.
in Norwalk, Connecticut
3.92/5 rDev 0% | Avg: 3.92
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4
The place used to be Guvnor's Brewery, in the SONO section of Norwalk, and appears to be unchanged except for the name over the door. Place has sort of a dive bar/ steam punk vibe. Bartender was very personable, and there were 8 beers on tap, the two that I tried were unremarkable.
in Stamford, Connecticut
3.93/5 rDev -11.3% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Jazz themed wood-fired oven pizza joint in strip mall with large tap list. I did not realize there was a bar in the back - should have read a few reviews before I went - so sat up front in the dining / pizzeria area. Staff was not very knowledgeable beer-wise. The fusion pizza i ordered - had pistachio nuts on it - and was great.
in Stamford, Connecticut
4.07/5 rDev -2.6% | Avg: 4.18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Trendy downtown bar with extensive and varied craft menu. Bar seats about 20 and there is a separate dining area. Knowledgeable, friendly bartenders. Did not eat, but menu looked inviting.