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Establishment: Hilltop Brewing Company and Restaurant, Virginia Beach, VA

I was not surprised to see such a wide range of opinions about this place. Went for the first time about 18 months ago, and again last Summer. Each time I left fiarly undecided. The IPA was *aweful* (which is a bad thing for hopheads like myself), but was evened out by a interesting pale ale and red ale. I was more impressed with the guest beers, including Avertinas and Hop Pocket on draft. For what it's worth, the wait staff were always prompt whenever I went. Food was very uneven; and to this day I still don't understand the "let's make our brewpub's t-shirts in every color of the rainbow except black, white, and grey" thinking. So, I would say give the place a try, and judge for yourself. Considering the lack of good beer in Norfolk, this isn't the worst choice you can make.

(01/11/2003)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Good Good So So Great Good

Establishment: Buckhead Brewery and Grill, Tallahassee, FL

While the Stout and Amber were interesting, the Pale Ale was almost undrinkable. While I whole-heartedly enjoy the mild citrus-like flavor profile of using Cascade hop..., it's another thing altogether to be sucking on a raw grapefruit! However, in all fairness, this was over a year ago, while the Pale Ale was apparently still in it's "prototype" stage. The bartender seemed receptive to my comments, and suggestions for possible improvement, so that's definitely a plus in my book. Food-wise: nothing to rave about. Overall, worth a stop in for a pint -- for no other reason than to get away from the 1,001 FSU college bars serving nothing but Bud/Miller/Coors/Busch...! //TB

(09/29/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great N/A Great Great Great

Establishment: Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub, Asheville, NC

Odd to find an Irish pub with a huge amount of both bottled beers and taps, but then again, Asheville is a bit different. Excellent atmosphere (when the drunken middle-age yuppies are not breaking glasses), excellent food, and enough of a selection to please almost everybody….//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub, Asheville, NC

Odd to find an Irish pub with a huge amount of both bottled beers and taps, but then again, Asheville is a bit different. Excellent atmosphere (when the drunken middle-age yuppies are not breaking glasses), excellent food, and enough of a selection to please almost everybody...//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub, Asheville, NC

Odd to find an Irish pub with a huge amount of both bottled beers and taps, but then again, Asheville is a bit different. Excellent atmosphere (when the drunken middle-age yuppies are not breaking glasses), excellent food, and enough of a selection to please almost everybody...//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Awesome! N/A So So So So

Establishment: Bier Garden, Asheville, NC

This place wins the prize for being perhaps the most puzzling of the various beer-houses in Asheville. First, the Pros: (1) outstanding selection – 200+ -- of bottled beer from around the world, and (2) an quality selection of taps, emphasizing the local beers (and, quite surprisingly, Lindemann’s Framboise Lambic). But now the Cons: (1) atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired – Top 40 and Disco are not normally the best choices for a beer-bar; Cher and 80’s music never is. (2) Service. Went again on a Thursday afternoon, and the only staff on-hand was the bartender, who was also acting as the only waitress. Jack-of-all-trades = master of none. And (3) odd clientele. First time featured red-necks flirting with women(?) dressed up in prom dresses, and some poor sod who couldn’t decide what to drink, and so settled on a Coors Light. Second time consisted of a gentleman enjoying the (admittedly) complete selection of non-alcoholic beers available. Never did eat there, since the wait-staff was also either distracted or otherwise M.I.A. So, overall, worth a stop to ensure that you’ve had the chance to taste what the region has to offer for beer, and perhaps a few other rarities, but I’d be hard-pressed to recommend it for an extended stay….//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! Great Awesome! Awesome!

Establishment: Barley's Taproom, Asheville, NC

This place, to put it succinctly, just plain rocked…! 40+ taps, of which about a third were regional. Highland Brewing Company is just downstairs, so naturally this place featured their excellent brews, as well as Catawba Brewing, French Broad Brewing, and Cottonwood. Was also interesting that each month they feature a Brewery Of The Month (in this case, the under-rated Flying Dog Brewery, of Denver CO). With a large assortment of regional, national, and European brews (both mainstream and arcane), and excellent service and food, it’s hard to fault this place. Along with Jack Of The Wood, a must-see in Asheville...//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great Awesome! Great Awesome!

Establishment: Jack Of The Wood / Green Man Brewery, Asheville, NC

By-far my favorite of the many excellent brewpubs and tap-houses in Asheville. Only three of their own beers on tap (Porter, Pale Ale, and ESB), but each one was liquid gold. This place looks like a mish-mash of Gaelic: Irish, Scottish, and Welsh trappings abound. Went on a quiet Tuesday night (which was a welcome break from the chaos of other, more crowded places), but could tell that the place would be fun with live music and a bit o' dancing and such. Definately a must-visit...//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Great N/A N/A Awesome!

Establishment: Highland Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

Definately the be-all and end-all, as far as quality craft-brew goes in Asheville. Available in virtually every resturant and bar in town, their brews are top-notch. The Gaelic Ale (flagship beer) is either an ESB or Scottish Pale Ale, with a hint of smokiness to balance the smooth bitterness. The Porter and Stout are both excellent, as is the St Teresa Pale Ale. But my favorite (and the only one not available in bottles -- sob!) is the Kashmir IPA. Big bitterness, but not overwelmingly so. Very nice indeed, and all of the beers are worth trying out (and, in my case at least), worth carrying back a few bottle home...! //TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good N/A N/A N/A

Establishment: French Broad Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

A rather difficult brand of beers to track-down (even in downtown Asheville), but worth the hunt. Tried the excellent Country White at Barley's, and the Bock at Hannah Flannigans. Seems to specialize in difficult to brew European styles, since the only advertising I saw of this breweries beers consisted of a Pils, a White, and a Bock. Reminds me of Allagash Brewing (Maine): resolutely brewing complex beers for purely the sake of the challenge. I look forward to tracking down other styles in the future...//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! N/A N/A N/A N/A

Establishment: Cottonwood Brewery was Howard Street Cafe, Boone, NC

I've been a big fan of the excellent Cottonwood Endo IPA every since I first tried it (at a Charlotte airport bar, of all places!). Along with the Low Down Brown (both contract brewed and bottled by Carolina Brewing), Cottonwood deserves more exposure...//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great N/A N/A N/A N/A

Establishment: Catawba Valley Brewing Company, Glen Alpine, NC

The Firewater IPA is quite excellent -- very "Pacific Northwestern" in the hop selection. The Buffalo Knickle, on the other hand, seemed a bit flawed to me (old/stale batch?)....//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Great So So Good

Establishment: Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

An interesting place, that didn’t really win me and my girlfriend over until our third and last visit. This place consists of basically three areas. A small front room (good luck getting a table there), with an average-sized bar and a few TV’s. A huge back room, with a movie-sized big screen and an odd selection of video games (DigDoug, anyone?), a few pool tables, and picnic tables. For the first two times, we had to place our food order at the bar, and make multiple trips from the “TV Room” to the bar for any sort of liquid refreshment. Tedious, especially with the high-schoolers running amok, and no A/C. Service was also a bit spotty. The highlight of this whole place, on the other hand, is the second back room, i.e. the movie theatre. Comfy seats (or couches), with a table in front of each row (for beer and the excellent beer-sponges), air-conditioning, and it’s own bar for food and drink. Rather cool to pay $2 for Star Wars II, to laugh at the übergeeks, while within 10’ of the well-stocked bar. As far the beer goes…. Shiva I.P.A: You know you’re in good hands, when this mighty tasty Cascade-ridden IPA is their flagship beer. Houdini ESP (Extra Special Pale): Very nice, similar to Full Sail’s stuff. Scout Stout – Basic Irish-style dry stout. Scott’s Scottish: Not as heavy-handed as most ales of this type; quite interesting. Worth checking out...//TB

(08/12/2002)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Awesome! Awesome! Great Awesome! Awesome!

Establishment: The Liar's Club, San Diego, CA

The place looks rather trashy, and the jukebox is full of oddities like Rocket From the Crypt, Elvis, Bo Diddily, and Stray Cats, but what really makes the grade for this place are, of course, the beers! Not sure how many taps they have, but each one was pouring some outstanding ales -- many of them local, and rarely seen anywhere else! The bar-staff may look a little shifty looking, but really go out of there way to welcome you and make sure that you are taken care of. Good food, great beers on tap, what more could you want? (Well, parking is a hassle, but oh well, can't have it all I suppose!)... Cheers!

(09/29/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
So So So So N/A Lousy Lousy

Establishment: Taylors was Terrific Pacific Brewery and Grill, San Diego, CA

I've tried this place several times, and it's pretty amazing: each time had a different bartender that was slowler than the last...! My thinking is that if they are too busy doing whatever in the back to serve the customers, then the taps should be self-serve...! :) But seriously, I can't see me going through all the hassle again of waiting for a slow and semi-beligerent bartender to pour me a mediocore beer, when there are so many other places in San Diego that are better.

(09/29/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Good Good Good Good

Establishment: Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado, CA

Have tried out this place several times, and over the past year or so it has greatly improved -- in terms of both the quality and selection. Favorite is the Steam (watch out C.B.C.: Anchor Brewing Company may hunt you down for infringing on Anchor Steam...!), which is, for those readers who are not aware of the style, is an Ale brewed and fermented with Lager yeast, so it's has the flavor profile of both an ale and a lager; an American original. That all having been said, this is the best Steam/California Common that I've had (with the notable exception of Anchor Steam, of course!). The rest of beers are pretty tasty too. Place packs up quick on Friday and Saturday, but is otherwise fairly quiet. A year ago I probably wouldn't have thought that this place would survive, but it's been improving steadily, and I'm sure that I will stop by more often in the future.

(09/29/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Good Good N/A Great Good

Establishment: Hilltop Brewing Company and Restaurant, Virginia Beach, VA

Given the heated debate that this place has created (in regards to some of the earlier posts), I wasn't sure what to expect from this place. Stopped by on Thursday evening, and while the place wasn't packed, it did have a decent crowd. Had the sampler set: kolsch, light, alt/brown, octoberfest, pale ale, and IPA. The Light was obviously a Budmillercoors-wannabe, and didn't even bother to finish it. The Tree Frog Grog kolsch was interesting, as was the Alt/Brown (was labled an Alt, but my thinking is that if it wasn't stored away cold, like the style dictates, then it's Brown vice an Alt -- six of one, half-dozen of the other in the grand scheme of things). The Octoberfest was just rolled out that evening, and while it showed promise, was way under-carbonated, and needed at least another month of conditioning (Yes, I know that would put it outside the traditional Octoberfest partying window, but them's the breaks...!). The Rocket Pale Ale was my favorite -- nice clean flavor and hop profile. Had this Cask Conditioned later on, and was even better. Tastes like your typical "Three `C's'" American Pale Ale: Cascade, Cluster, and/or Chinook hops. On the other hand, was really disappointed with the IPA. It's bitter enough, I suppose, but unbalanced, slightly astringent, and if I didn't know better, I'd swear there was some oxidation there too (air in the serving or Bright tank?). Didn't have any of the food, but it looked pretty good. Great service from the bar-staff who actually seemed to know what they were talking about (vice the more-typical "That beer is light, that beer is dark, and I don't know what kind of beer is this other one is...". Overall, considering I didn't expect to find much of anything, as far as good ale goes, here in the Norfolk area, this place was pretty good, and I'd go back for a few more pints of the Rocket Pale Ale. Cheers...!

(09/29/2001)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Silver City Restaurant and Brewery, Silverdale, WA

Was working in Bremerton, and stumbled upon this place by accident. Very nice beers on tap. Was especially fond of the IPA, ESB, and Pale, and the Porter was nice too. They also sell big 32-oz flip-top bottles of almost everything they have on tap, which is a nice touch. Food was a tad pricey, but still very good. Just proves that the Washington Pennesulia has some fine brewpubs, too...!

(09/13/2001)














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