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AleSmith Brewing Company

in San Diego, California

4.83/5  rDev +12.3% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Arguably the best brewery in SD. They upgraded to a much larger tasting room a couple years back and have been working on revamping/expanding it since. The brewery not only boasts a large tasting room with both indoor and outdoor seating but they also have: fire pits, daily food trucks, a Tony Gwynn museum on-site (free), games, gift/bottle shop, tours and a private barrel-aged only tasting room ("Anvil & Stave"). Super friendly and helpful staff and Alesmith always has about 20 beers to choose from which include the every day favorites and a handful of barrel-aged, limited, or special beers. When in SD, this is a must.

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The Bruery

in Placentia, California

4.38/5  rDev -0.9% | Avg: 4.42
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Hard to hate on this place. They regularly have 30+ beers on tap, including barrel-aged gems and sours. Friendly beertenders and clean tasting room. The only real gripe is that this place is too small for the brewery's popularity. They could easily fill a venue 3X the size.

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Angel City Brewery

in Los Angeles, California

4.29/5  rDev +10.9% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Like most, this brewery has a far better selection than what their guest taps at local bars and inventory at Costco might lead you to believe. Outside of the brewery, I mostly knew Angel City for a couple IPAs and a salted caramel gose. When I visited, they had a full gamut of styles ranging from hoppy to sour, dark to fruity. They have a spacious tasting room, cool gift shop and decent bottle selection. if in LA, worth a stop.

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in Saint Albans, Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -0.8% | Avg: 3.66
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Good place, quick service. Fairly clean, easy to take kids. Somewhat loud but I didn’t mind. Pub type of food - large portions for most items. Willing to go back when I’m in the area, not exactly a place to seek out though.

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Moretown General Store

in Moretown, Vermont

3.82/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.82
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Quaint little store with a lot of the normal offerings of the state of Vermont. Manager said they get the "canned" beers of Lawson’s and that’s all. I wasn’t worried. I didn’t have any food. Value seemed reasonable for the area. Worthy of a stop if you’re looking for Lawson’s canned beers and others. Still, I suggest you make your way down to Warren, hint, hint, that’s where the bottles are, just saying.

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Radio Bean Coffeehouse

in Burlington, Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 3.87
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Coffee shop and a bar in one, why yes it is. And being that I love coffee just as much as beer, this fun little joint gets some good beer too ie Allagash (ME), Maine Beer Co. (ME), 14th Star (VT), Mayflower(MA), Banded Horn (ME), Queen City (VT), and Foolproof (RI) are some of the ones I’ve seen here. Since OC retired the Wolaver’s lineup, this place used to do a blend called a Five Dollar Shake using their oatmeal stout beer, but now they use 14th Star’s Maple Breakfast Stout which isn’t as good as when they did it with the Wolaver’s but still worth a try. Other liquors here too. Give it a try if you’re in the area.

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Muddy Waters

in Burlington, Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.9% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Nice coffee bar. Well kept with great service. Quick on the food. Bagels and sandwiches and stuff of that nature. Alright value. And a bunch of beer taps that make this place a good deal to check it out if you’re in the area.

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Ken's Pizza / The Pub

in Burlington, Vermont

3.61/5  rDev +5.6% | Avg: 3.42
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Needing some pizza and beers, and you’re in the downtown area, have no fear, come here. This clean, well lit pizza joint serves up some nice pies! Guinness, Switchback, Backseat Berner, Couch Surfer, Nawch Hoppa and Limited Access are usually ones I tend to like here. It’s loud here, so it’s easy to take kids with the TV’s usually blaring with various sports events. Still, I go back.

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Daily Planet

in Burlington, Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +0.3% | Avg: 3.62
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Near the movie theater, this little place has been known to carry Magic Hat, Long Trail and Sam Adams seasonals, but as the times they are a changing, this place is changing with them. One can go in and get some 14th Star, Fiddlehead, Frost and Two Roads now. Friendly staff as always. Pretty clean. Prices are reasonable. Worthy to stop in.

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Finnigan's Pub

in Burlington, Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.6% | Avg: 3.85
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

As someone who grew up in Eastern PA, I was told this is the place where Eagles fans meet for football games in the Fall. And that is correct. Pretty clean place with a fair amount of taps ranging quite a bit. Decent enough value. Not bad when the Farmhouse is full.

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Church Street Tavern

in Burlington, Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 3.8
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

At one time, this place leaned closer to serving more Magic Hat, Long Trail, Rock Art and Otter Creek. But slowly and surely, Fiddlehead, Lost Nation, Founders, North Coast and even Heady show up now. Food has always been solid. Service has always been great too. So many places for beer in Burlington now-a-days and Church Street Tavern isn’t giving up the fight.

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The Scuffer

in Burlington, Vermont

3.89/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very clean and cozy atmosphere. Nice lighting. Never had bad service even on the busy days, management seems to understand the need to keep some extra staff on standby when necessary. Most of the taps are rotating Vermont taps, with some Unibroue, Allagash, Mayflower, and Two Roads. Though more of a restauarant, they can give you a good meal with some great beers. Check it out if you’re in the area.

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O'Connor Brewing Co.

in Norfolk, Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Well I have to say that I was impressed by O'Connors size, the layout and set-up of their brewery and tasting room, and the building itself. I was lucky enough to get a picnic table along the dock, and with the sunscreens down it was quite pleasant on a sunny June day.

I was also impressed that they offered quite a few of their beers on tap (I think there were 17), and that they had a wide selection of bottles for take out ready to go. The service was quick and accommodating, and it was easy to get beers both of the times I went up to the bar.

I missed it as it was earlier, possibly the night before, but there had apparently been a live band as they were taking their equipment out as I relaxed. What a great evening it would have been relaxing with a few good beers, some food from the food truck that was parked in the lot, and some live music. Apparently they do events all of the time and have some really quality bands. My point is, it seems like a really nice place to hang out rather than just another industrial brewery space where they've set a side space for a small bar and a few tables.

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Divine Swine Brewery

in Manheim, Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 3.83
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

In a town just South of where my parents live right off of RT 72 and practically across the street from Swashbuckler Brewery, sits this brewpub that does spectacular BBQ. They make their own BBQ sauces and do an absolutely awesome job with all of their food. Now their beer, well, it's not crap, I will say that, but in a positive way, perhaps it's better to say that their stout is probably their best beer. If you're bored with Swashbuckler, just come over here.

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RAR Brewing (Realerevival)

in Cambridge, Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +3% | Avg: 4.06
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Really cool taproom vibe. Service was very friendly and we managed to get a taste of the delicious Ice Cream Seas on draft. Aside from the odd bottles and cans of their Nanticoke Nectar IPA, they also do crowlers and growlers of the non-limited beers.

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Industrial Arts Brewing Company

in Garnerville, New York

4.87/5  rDev +10.9% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

All of the beer styles are hoppy, and well-made. I recommend the xtra pale ale, black ipa and ipa 138. An unexpected treat was the meat tile, yummy

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Mellow Mushroom

in Evans, Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +2.7% | Avg: 3.68
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Typical MM location, 'cept this one seems like it needs a facelift/updating....expect the usual variety of flavorful pizzas, respectable but nothing special taps and the typical (fake) hippie vibe...taps were on the dissappointing side, too many very standard options and minimal locals or otherwise very interesting options...with the "highlight" being some Terrapin Hopsecutioner...yawn....stop in for a bite of decent pizza, but dont expect many overly interesting beer options

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Payette Brewing

in Boise, Idaho

3.84/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 3.71
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Based on 3 visits in June 2017.
Innovative and varied list of beers on tap. Variable quality. Flights available. No food but frequent food trucks at night. Large outdoors area plus a largish interior - lends a laidback atmosphere even when crowded. Nicely located on the greenway. Very friendly staff.

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Bittercreek Alehouse & Red Feather Lounge

in Boise, Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -7.3% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Based on 3 visits, not counting one where i couldn't get a seat for dinner, in June 2017.
Extensive, varied, and well documented (menu) list of beers on tap. Focus is on 'local' (WY, Idaho, Oregon) beers. Some rarities on tap each visit. Very good food with excellent presentation.

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Tap & Bottle

in Tucson, Arizona

4.42/5  rDev -5.8% | Avg: 4.69
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

An absolutely phenomenal place that uses mostly correct beer glassware along with a bunch of high end breweries' beers to some breweries that I didn't recognize as I was only in Arizona for a visit at that time. Very clean with a nice semi-rustic sort of feel to the place. Should be a beer destination to the beer geek going to Arizona and able to spend some time in the Tucson area.

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Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

in Kalamazoo, Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +2.1% | Avg: 4.2
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

While cool in theory, the changing beer prices are actually pretty annoying. I don't like anything which makes me want to wait to order a beer. Food was good, tasty sandwich and exceptionally good friends. Service was weirdly friendly (my waitress's hard core eye contact and smile is still freaking me out a bit). That said, the beer selection was good enough that I'd definitely go back (and it's not like Kzoo is hurting for options).

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What Ales You?

in Burlington, Vermont

4.7/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.7
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Yeah, I really need to say something about this spectacular beer bar. Service is spectacular and the place is always clean. They have roughly mostly rotating 20 taps with fabulous beers. These guys don’t joke around when it comes to what they keep on tap here. With Focal and Heady in cans here, figured I better say something since no one seems to know about this little "gem" of Burlington. I don’t always give a 5 for vibe but when it’s due, it’s due. And no, I don’t work for them. Looking forward to seeing more people check this place out.

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Noble Hops

in Oro Valley, Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +4.6% | Avg: 4.12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

When I was married, years ago when I went to visit my mother-in-law in Oro Valley, she knew this place was within walking distance of her apartment complex, little did I know or she knew was that this was a hidden gem! Holy moley and a half! I had my first Epic beer ever, their barleywine, a nice porter from Maui Brewing Company and some San Tan and some others that night, woooeee, I think I floated back to her place, haha, but anyways on the serious side, food was very good. And the rest of the crew, my son and ex wife were pleased. Service was really good too. If you're passing through Oro Valley, this is the place I suggest!

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The Market at La Comisaria

in Modesto, California

4.58/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.58
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is the best bottle shop in Modesto. There are 4 refrigerators filled with quality beers by a beer enthusiast owner, Patrick, who is friendly and willing to help. It's in a bit of a weird location on seventh street next to what seems like a not-in-use taco truck parking lot, and they don't have super convenient hours, but the quality is excellent. Pricing is very fair, and they will often have things that other stores in the area do not carry. If you need a spot to pick up some good beer in Modesto, this is it!

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Zero Gravity Craft Brewery - Pine Street Brewery

in Burlington, Vermont

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

Really nice brewery right across the street from Queen City Brewery and just down the street from Citizen Cider. So if you don’t like Zero Gravity’s beers, just go across the street or walk up the street to Citizen Cider. Lots of bar space along with tables. Paraphernalia and some canned beers off to the right. Service seems to keep up with the peak times. Give it a shot if you’re in this part of Burlington.

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