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The Ginger Man

in New York, New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.4% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

So many brews on tap. It's a beer lovers dream come true. Huge bottle list as well. The bartenders are pros as well. Each beer in the proper glassware.

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Belford Brewing Company

in Belford, New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -7.4% | Avg: 3.79
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

I could walk here from my house but I wish they had better beer. I will give the place credit, they have expanded their space and are playing to the local vibe. Straight forward beers here, nothing truly unique.

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Martha

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev 0% | Avg: 4.17
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Martha is a new-ish classy hipster spot in Kensington/Fishtown.

24 taps, of which 10 are beers, a bunch are wine and 1 is a cider. Lots of local/regional: Forest&Main, Sole Green Life, Coppertail Edlermother, Tired Hands… 5-6 bucks per glass except for BFM Abbaye Bon Chien, 12 bucks but soo good!!

12 bottles and bombers from Cascade, Forest-Main, Bruery..

Small menu of engaging vegan/veggie-centric bites, plus hoagies, charcuterie and more.

Beautiful place, but already so popular it gets mighty packed on the weekends. The patio is super nice when the weather is good. Food is a little pricey but yummy.

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Ratskeller München

in München, Germany

3.64/5  rDev -11.2% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Cool spot, on the basement of Munich’s City Hall. Authentic and intriguing, but also full of tourists. Lowenbrau and Franziskaner on tap, including; Premium Hell, Radler, Russenhalbe, Lowenbrau Pilds and Premium Dunkel.

A bunch of bottles as well- Schneider’s, Triumphator Bock, Leffe, Czech Bud… if ordering one of those massive steins the Germans love so much sounds daunting (like it does to me), then ask for a “ladysize” beer.

A worthy stop in the center of it all in Munich.

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Tributary Brewing Co.

in Kittery, Maine

3.78/5  rDev -12.3% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Came expecting great things, having heard of their limited release parties. Went on just a regular Sunday, no special release. Interior is clean, kind of the typical microbrew/taproom. Had beers and growlers in fridge. Got a flight - wasn't terribly impressed. All seemed like basic variations of common styles - none of the beers jumped out to us and they were pretty forgettable as soon as we left. I keep forgetting that I've been here and I was not expecting that.

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Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

in Bamberg, Germany

4.14/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.15
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

This was the Holy Grail of any and all beer places I visited in Germany. They serve the mighty Schlenkerla Rauchbier and that is reason enough to love this place.

The building is incredibly old, ornate and beautiful both inside and out. Very quiet on a Monday at 10:30pm (they close at 11pm). The Gothic vaulted arches and the candelabra are a sight to behold.

No menu given, just a waitress coming by and asking: “Smoked beer”? “JA!!”. The wife wanted a weisse and the server said, “smoked wheat”. Sure! They are served on the traditional pump that dispenses them at the perfect temperature and mouthfeel (if slightly oxidated around the edges).

Didn’t try any food. I was there for the RAUCH!

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Hidden Cove Brewing Co.

in Wells, Maine

4.01/5  rDev -2.2% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I stopped by here about a year ago, so things may have changed between then and now (review date). We also went on a Sunday and it was pretty dead. Oddly, the man working the bar (not a brewer/owner), the other patron and us were all from Worcester so that was interesting.

They had a lot of cask-aged and sour beers on-tap, from what I remember. They were solid though largely unspectacular.

It's a pretty interesting location, shortly off the main road and before heading onto Well's Beach. We're definitely looking forward to going back when next we are there.

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Mad Horse Brewery

in Lovettsville, Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +14% | Avg: 3.14
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

A small brewery nestled into the upper reaches of northern Virginia in the tiny town of Lovettsville. Has a cozy pub feel with lots of hardwoods, ample space, stone, barrels and a few TVs. Nice dim lighting for atmosphere. Food is fairly basic. Fries, nachos, pretzels and the like. Nothing notable. The beer is the real issue here. It's mediocre. Each beer smells vaguely of mildew, which I'm assuming is a glassware issue. Styles are not particularly well executed. The beer is served way too cold which makes it impossible to get much of a nose on anything. I had a Dunkel that had a tart green apple taste. A Porter and a Stout with a listless flavor profile. Decent Vienna Lager and Strawberry Wit. The one staff was attentive and quick with the order. The beer is just utterly forgettable, each one having a similar flavor profile and lacking distinction.

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Engine Room

in Mystic, Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev +4.8% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very cool industrial renewal... old engine plant... wah-la trendy gastro-pub...I never made it to the dining room, so I can only speak of the bar... enter stage right to U-shaped bar that seats about 25 people. There are also tables and booths around the perimeter. The atmosphere is lively and local... a lot of energy. Eclectic tap list, heavy on the Belgiums. Service was friendly and food was great... I had the shrimp & grits and they were delicious, although on the pricey side.

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Zetouna Liquor Store

in Rochester Hills, Michigan

4.58/5  rDev -4% | Avg: 4.77
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Every time you walk into the door Jack is going to greet you with a hello whether he knows you or not. I've seen him make folks trying to check out wait, just to help a customer find something, or recommend something.

Obviously that means his place can be a bit understaffed for the quantity of people that shop here. Under the circumstances, the service is top notch.

Less busy times are great, as you won't be surprised to see some beer sharing happening.

My biggest complaint about this place, is every single reasonably rare release is kept behind the shelf, and you will never know it's there. I'd much rather see everything go on the shelf, with a limit.

Secondly, there is as very limited single selection and a ton of old stuff on the shelf. This problem plagues every good beer store, so it's hard to knock off too much because of it.

Overall: One of the best, if not the best store, in northern metro Detroit.

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3cross Brewing Company

in Worcester, Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +20.7% | Avg: 2.8
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I've been coming to 3-cross off-and-on (mostly on) since it opened. Not a whole lot has changed in that time, for both good and bad.

It's an old arcade which, now, gives the vibe of an empty warehouse (which, well, it sort of is). The warehouse is divided into two distinct spots - the bar and seating on the left and an open space with the visible brewing equipment tucked in the far corner. The decor is solely bicycle - and, if you're into bicycles, they are really awesome. Lot of unique bikes, posters, etc to look at. If you're NOT into bicycles, it'll be hard to feel the vibe and, for lack of a better term, cozy. There are about 7 chairs at the bar (a really cool bar area) and then there are 5 or 6 tables tucked around the side, disconnected from the bar. It's a weird set-up.

There are typically 4 beers on tap. The single-speed is the only "mainstay", though even that changes with different hops each time. I like that he has a build and then experiments off of it; I would like more consistency in the line-up, though. The owner, Dave, does a lot of interesting things with his beers. Some of them are really good - some not so much. That happens with experimentation and that's really awesome! It does kind of suck when you're not into any of the experimental beers and there isn't a stand-by to rely on.

In the past year+ they've added kombucha, and it's normally quite good. The flavors are constantly changing with those, too, and there's usually only 2 or 3 so the same lack of consistency applies here.

The truth is I've wanted to love this brewery since it opened. A craft brewery five minutes from my house! Unfortunately, the beer isn't quite superlative enough to outweigh the general... boredom of going there. It's very bicycle heavy, as noted before, and I'm glad that there is a brewery with that strong of a vibe. It mixes well with the nearby bicycle shop and there are weekly bike rides where they all come back after and drink some beer. If that's not your thing, though, there's little incentive to not grab a growler and head out.

Spring and fall are the best. It's too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. I know it's hard to heat (and cool) a warehouse... but there should be something.

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Beer Revolution

in Edmonton, Alberta

4.01/5  rDev -7% | Avg: 4.31
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Interesting and quite diverse tap selection of north american beers, good turnover. Food is in my opinion overpriced, especially the starters/snacks. Better vibe than the bigger name next door. Overall recommended, one of the best beer place in Edmonton minus the hipster feeling.

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The Wine Bin

in Ellicott City, Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +0.7% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Beer is in the back behind the wine. They have a cooler case with a good selection of local beers. A few shelves with some carefully curated selections. Almost didn't come in here, but was out on date night with the wife. What genuinely surprised me was finding a couple bottles of Perennial 17. They also have a 6 tap growler station behind the counter.

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Brass Works Brewing Company

in Waterbury, Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +8.5% | Avg: 4.01
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Came on a snowy night; there were only two other patrons at the time. It's all one large room - a lot of tables, booths and chairs to sit in, ample space for quite a few people. Nice bar area. You can see all the brewing equipment through massive glass windows. Looks like there might be some outside/patio area but inaccessible due to weather.

**This place was a bit hard to find. It's kind of in the back of an industrial/business complex and isn't terribly clearly marked, especially if you're going by GPS. There IS a sign for the brewery on the main road but it's a bit subtle so keep an eye out for it and drive to the back and you'll find it.**

Beer was very good. Excellent stout and porter - not necessarily unique in flavors but extremely good in the styles. A good IPA and farmhouse ale, too. We did try an Amber Ale and it seemed to have gone bad. Perhaps a dirty tap or... something, it was no good. Everything else was good and clean so we aren't discounting them too much as a whole.

Owners were nice. You could tell they were a bit upset with the weather but were still nice. They "allowed" us to pick the beers we wanted to drink for our flight so perhaps that is not always an option. They had a football game over the speakers via radio on their phone.

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Ellicott Mills Brewing Company

in Ellicott City, Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -6.9% | Avg: 3.77
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Took the wife to dinner here. Tried to get in for our 20th anniversary but reservations were full. When we walked in the door, brew kettles were behind glass in the next room. It was a Saturday night, so I didn't expect the lights to be on in the brew room, but still. Blue Moon sign behind the bar. Hmmm...We were seated quickly but had to scavenge a beer menu off the table nearby. Double hmmm...the waitress confirmed my fears, only 2 of the 7 beers on the menu are theirs and they're brewed by DuClaw. Sooo...clearly the brew kettles are just for show. Disappointing, very disappointing. Food was good, but for a place with "Brewing Company" in the name...just a thought, but this area suffered a horrific flood about 6 months ago that may have impacted brewery operations.

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Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.03
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nice low key neighborhood brew pub. Family friendly, but not a especially large space. Got a bottle of Eliza's cider to go. Had the bratwurst sandwich with 2 flights- good stuff

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Shebeen Brewing Company

in Wolcott, Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +12.7% | Avg: 3.93
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Wife and I took took a trip to see some breweries, including Shebeen. Came on a very wintry night - tough driving, even for New Englanders. There was still a solid handful+ of people there, coming and going. Warm atmosphere in the main entry room with the taps; there's a second room with a lot of tables and games and bean bag toss.

Flight was a good price and got a good variety. Lot of interesting options. Beer was very good, with an eclectic variety that were all distinct and flavorful. Our least favorite ended up being the Cannoli, which we were excited to try. It was... OK. They had a delicious Anniversary ale and a great wheat (don't remember the name) that my wife, who normally hates wheat beers, really enjoyed.

Would recommend a stop. Wish it was a place we lived closer to. It's off a main road and, even amidst a snowstorm, found the signage to be OK. Didn't chat with them much but owners/employees seemed to be cool dudes.

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Right Proper Brewing Company - Brookland Production House

in District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev -0.7% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Was there about 530 on a Friday afternoon (right after the Inauguration, in fact) and there was a couple at a table in the corner and another at the bar. Much quieter and smaller than I anticipated. 20 people in there and it would start to feel crowded. Don't recall music, but if it was there, it was turned way down. What they lack in quantity, they made up for in quality. I think they were training a new guy behind the bar as he was getting peppered with questions about how to make a black & tan, growler fills (namely mine) and general operations. Place like this ALMOST makes me want to live in The District. Favorite surprise was a tap at the corner of the bar facing out that said "free beer" with a stack of glasses beside it. Who can resist this? Not me. Got a glass of fresh water. Ha!

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Persimmon Hollow Brewing

in DeLand, Florida

5/5  rDev +13.4% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A top notch brewery. Though they don't serve food, they welcome their patrons bringing in food from the local eateries. The beer menu is very varied and always good. This is my favorite brewery in the local area.

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The Millworks

in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

4.94/5  rDev +14.4% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The vibe was chill for an early afternoon on a Sunday. The beers were impressive and the food was fantastic. We especially enjoyed the apple cider infused saison. After our fill we shopped some of the artists spaces. Great time across the board.

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M.O.M.'s (Maxwell's on Main)

in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -0.2% | Avg: 4.1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

stopped in for a couple pints on a Sunday afternoon, sat at the bar. The beer list was about a dozen draft taps, a cask beer option, some craft cans, and some pricey cellar aged beers. Decent variety of beer styles available. Bonus points for having a cask beer. Bartender was attentive. I had a snack of some sweet potato fries, they were good.

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Allentown Brew Works

in Allentown, Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.8% | Avg: 3.76
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Mediocre food. Terrible customer service. Failed to provide the beer that was ordered and made the situation worse by ignoring requests to fix the problem. Do yourself a favor and just skip this customer unfriendly brew pub.

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Baderbräu Brewing Company

in Chicago, Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +3.5% | Avg: 3.73
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Attended the CBS Brewpub Shootout here. Cool taproom space upstairs with lots of natural light coming in. Windows on both sides, into the brewery below and west-facing views of a truck yard and the State St. overpass bridge over I-55. Splashy colorful graffiti murals on the brewery side.

Service at the bar was quick and friendly, beers are offered full size or mini snifters to try them out. The Chicago Pilsner and Gunsmoke were good quality, they had maybe 8 beers on. Selection was ok, sort of middle of the road but I liked what I had.

Overall it's a pretty nice place, worth checking out. Not the most accessible location, we walked from the Cermak train station. I think there was free parking under the El tracks a block west.

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Forest & Main Brewing Company

in Ambler, Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2% | Avg: 4.22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Food was sold out (late night during restaurant week), but it smelled amazing. Greeter was sweet and very apologetic. Beers were average, no flights or taster size options. Did have 10oz pous though.

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Great Notion Brewing

in Portland, Oregon

4.09/5  rDev -7.9% | Avg: 4.44
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Located on NE Alberta Street, an area already teeming with eateries, bars, coffee shops etc., GN is still a welcome addition to the neighborhood I think. Located on the corner of NE 22nd and Alberta, GN is fairly sizeable (high ceilings seem to enhance the impression), with a modest size bar in the back (room for around 10 patrons), roughly 15 or 20 tables inside, and then a decent size patio area adjacent to Alberta Street (the latter was closed on the cold and wet January evening we stopped by). The vibe is very informal and laid back, and there are couple of sizeable flat screen TV's over the bar area, typically turned to some type of sporting event. So GN comes across as a relaxed place to hang out with a beer or three.

So of course the beer is the focal point of this new (relatively) to Portland brewery, and GN has garnered a lot of attention for the IPA's and DIPA's they've been producing. Most are made in the so called NE style, which means they tend to be hazy, fruity citrus bombs with very low bitterness in the finish. My take is that these beers come across as initially very pleasing, as the fruit presence is huge and easy to appreciate. However, the lack of bitterness always wears on me, and I tend to get tired of drinking them pretty quickly. That was the case last night with the glass of guava IPA and over-ripe (an experimental IPA) that I ordered. On the other hand, the stack of coconuts imperial stout I ordered was impressive, with a huge aroma and flavor of coconuts in with the dark chocolate and vanilla flavor I picked up. In the past, the double stack maple coffee stout has also been very impressive. I should add that while some of the fruit flavored IPA's they make (which often come across as gimmicky to me) have struck me as "misses," there have been some resounding successes as well, The original orange creamsicle IPA which I was expecting to be terrible, was so good it was literally jaw dropping. In the end, I would say quality is pretty high here, though there's no doubt that the NE style IPA's they're making here are not going to be a hit for everyone. Still, I feel as if I have to give the brewer extra points for bringing something new to the NW, and for the willingness to try something innovative nd creative.

In terms of selection, it varies of course, but typically there are around 10 different GN beers, and then 2 or 3 guest beers. Last night, I think there were actually 12 different GN beers, and then 3 guest taps. Food always looks pretty good here, and the menu looks interesting, but I haven't yet ordered any food here. I would also add that GN has a crowler machine, though typically only certain select beers are available for crowler fills.

So that brings us to the last bone of contention in the local community when it comes to GN. Pricing. By NW standards, the prices GN charges for their beer is undeniably high. $5 for a 10.5 ounce pour is standard for the lower alcohol, core line-up, and prices go up from there. Crowlers are typically priced at $15 for a 32 ounce can. In both cases, that's at least 50% higher than what you'll normally see around town for craft beer. That being said, GN's philosophy seems to be that no other brewery is making anything comparable to what they're making in town, so I gather in their mind that makes the pricing here justified. I do know that those who adore GN beers, seem to have no problem with the pricing here, and are happy to pay these sort of prices for GN beer. My take is that no one is forcing anyone to go to GN or pay their sort of pricing, and so customers can decide for themselves whether they want to go here or not. For me, the quality of the beer simply doesn't justify the premium GN charges, and so my visits here will continue to be infrequent. Cheers.

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