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Establishment: Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

If you go for the history--you won't be disapointed. If you go for lunch or dinner--be sure to dress appropriately. They were very relieved that I just wanted to go to the bar--I was dressed in shorts and a golf shirt. As I turned to the bar I glanced in the dinning room and saw all the suits and snootiness and couldn't help but wonder what old George (Washington, not Bush) would think. The bartender was friendly but far more interested in talking to her boyfriend than really working the bar (earning a tip). I didn't eat but had a few brews from their varied but 'safe' list of beers (I couldn't imagine anyone in the next room ordering an arogant bastard ale). On tap were the likes of Majic hat #9, Mich light, New Castle, Stella, Bass Blue Point summer ale, Sam Adams etc. The bottled beer was similar--Becks, Amstel, Carona. The bar menu looked appropriately priced for Manhattan. It was fun to stop in for a beer and then go on. That's all I can recommend.

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Heartland Brewery-Midtown, New York, NY

This location comes the closest to replicating the original Union Square location (that is until the fall when the Empire State Building location opens--the bartender here told me that it would be in the old Houlihan's location and be huge--seating for 500 on first floor with a lower 'sports bar' floor--we'll see how that location compares on my next visit). I have been here several times but most recently on 7/23. As I expected the service, food, and beer were great! On tap were a saison, summer apricot, Indiana river, cornhusker lager, harvest wheat, red rooster, and farmer Jon's oatmeal stout. I'm always a fan of the oatmeal stout, but their apricot is really good also. I'm typically not a fan of fruit flavors in beer but this is one of the really good ones (Middle Ages, and Pyramid are others I like--to give you a frame of reference). It is just amazing to me how different this location is from the Times Square location...I was only 9 blocks north, but you'd think you were in a differnt state based on the frienldy, competent service! Heartland beer is too good to miss while in NYC--but no one deserves the treatment you get at the Times Square location (OK, I can think of some people who do). Walk up 6th Ave past Radio City to 51st, hang a left and you will see the sign.

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Heartland Brewery South Street Seaport, New York, NY

Despite this location--smack dab in the middle of tourist haven (like the times square location) the service, atmosphere, food, and beer were all great! (You won't find that at the Times Square location--ok, the beer is good there) Since all Heartland Brewery beer is now contract brewed in Brooklyn, you can expect consistency in the brew from one location to the other--the other three may vary. I visited on 7/20 and was pleased to get out of the tourist traffic as well as the heat and humidity. On tap were Red Rooster Ale, Harvest Wheat, Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout, Indiana Pale Ale, and Corn Husker Lager. This location has less space than the other three but more outdoor seating than Union Square. My bartender was great. Before she went outside to have a smoke (thank God for the NY smoking law) she asked everyone at the bar if they needed a refill before she stepped out. I have never had this happen before. In fact in many places, the bartender spent more time outside smoking than dealing with customers. So, she won a lot of bonus points with me. My food was great and as always--the Farmer Jon's Oatmeal Stout was just great! This is a great respite from Southstreet. Stop in!

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Heartland Brewery and Chophouse, New York, NY

As luck would have it, I happened to be in Manhattan in June of 2001 and wondered into the HB Chophouse the day it opened. I also had the luck of having a very friendly attentive bartender. History has not repeated itself. I think Heartland is the best microbrewed beer in NYC (note to those not in the know--Heartland no longer brews their own beer, they contract with a brewer in Brooklyn but the quality of the beer doesn't seem to be suffering) but this Times Square location is the worst of the lot. There are times I think it exists only to provided rude service for the tourists. Last Tuesday (7-20) a buddy of mine, one of his colleagues (both work across the street in the Conde Nast Building) and I stopped in for some beer and "dinner." What we hopped to do was order several appetizers (sp?) and toss back a few brews. They weren't having any of that. They refused to seat us if we were not going to order an entree. They point blank told us that we could order one entree and then all three share it but if we were not going to order an entree we could not set at a table. So we each had a beer and went up to 46th street to a bar called House of Brews (great place) and ate dinner. The few other times I had eaten there I found the food only "ok" the wait staff rude and condescending, and the prices pretty high. I don't know if this was a cranky waitress or a HB policy but it is nutty. Had we been allowed to have a seat, we would have spent more money ordering the appetizers and we would also have had more beer--more money for the owner and bigger tip for the waitress (or not, she seemed pretty cranky). If you really want Heartland beer--walk up 6th avenue a few more blocks and go to the Radio City location (50th street I think). If you don't want to leave Times Square, go down to Times Square Brewing. You really should avoid this particular Heartland Location. What a shame!

(07/25/2004)

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Great Good Good Great Great

Establishment: Times Square Brewery, New York, NY

I went there for the beer, and found the beer to be quite good. The variety wasn't vast but what I had was very good. The California Ale is one of the seasonals and it is excellent. They don't call it an IPA but that's what it is. On tap the day I was there (7-19) was the blond, pilsner, pale ale, dunkel, and the California. I had the pale ale and thought it was good--pretty bitter to be classified as just a "pale" but not quite as bitter as an IPA. The dunkel was good too--it was dark and malty but not real sweet. The service was really good--I found that to be surprising for Times Square. The place wasn't that busy--it was a Monday, but then the theatre crowd may have just departed too. The bar tender said he worked on Monday and Wednesday nights so I recommend those nights to stop in and have a seat at the bar. If you're in Times Square and want a good beer stop in here rather than the Times Square Heartland

(07/25/2004)

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

Establishment: Brickhouse Brewery and Restaurant, Patchogue, NY

If there is a line out front--don't let that scare you away. They are probably waiting for a seat out in the hop garden. Opt for bar seating so you can get in there and start drinking. The person from NYC who claimed that this place had no charm...I'm not sure what is up there. Honestly, "charm" is not a word I think of to describe brew pubs but if this NYC-er is used to the likes of the sterile environment of Chelsea Brewing they may have been uncomfortable in the likes of The Brickhouse. A buddy of mine and I stopped in here for dinner after some tasting at Blue Point. I found the beer here much better although the patrons not as colorful. Our major bartender (they all seemed to share the bar) was new..so I cut her some slack when she didn't know what an IPA was--but let's hope the management has better/more training in store for her and furture employees. The Hurricain Kitty IPA was really nice--coppyery color that made you expect a much more malty flavor, but it was nice an bitter. The double stout was a tad sweet but really good. The Brown was a bit dull. Didn't seem to have much flavor. On tap that day was: Street Light, Hurricaine kitty IPA, Red, Brown, Double stout, Summer Buzz--and from Blue point (they share a head brewer) the Toasted Lager. My steak sandwich was great, but by buddy said his was tough.

(07/25/2004)

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

Establishment: Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue, NY

If only bars were run like this tasting room! Ok, a little more seating would be nice but what a wild ride! The locals love this place and I enjoyed myself as well! The beer and the people watching were great. What an eclectic (sp?) collection of both. The first try was the Old Howling Bastard--great name--nasty sweet beer. I couldn't finish the sample. The IPA was cloudy and not real bitter but it had a nice taste--just didn't taste like an IPA. The Oatmeal Stout was out of this world!! Excellent--and the best part was that I got a logo pint glass full of the Stout for only $5. Just as I was leaving, the blueberry was tapped (it had run out before I arrived) Masses were rushing up to have their growlers filled--so I thought I'd better have a taste even though I'm not big on fruit beer. I don't know what the rush was--to me it tasted like a bandaid. So many others I didn't have time to try but the stout was worth the trip. Jess is a friendly bartneder and how she handled that crowd--she should do training for bartenders!

(07/25/2004)

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

Establishment: Hyde Park Brewing Company, Hyde Park, NY

I visited on 7/15 after touring the Presidental grounds across the street. This is an incredibly convenient location if you have made the trip to see FDR's place. If you made the trip only for Hyde Park Brewing, you are bound to be disapointed...Unless you are a big lager fan...of so/so lagers. I'll confess, lagers are not my beer of choice and I knew that they brewed mostly lagers before I went. They did have a pale ale on tap--it tasted like a slightly bitter Bud. The Black Lager had a nice chocolatly flavor--it it was overwhelmingly a lager. There was no list of beers on tap--and none of the taps were labled so everytime you wanted to order something different there was the "sigh" at having to repeat a list of beers. So, I just stopped ordering beer. Friendliness and converstaion are not 2 things at which bartender excelled. The beers on tap were listed in the menu--which was proptly taken away as soon as I ordered my food. And speaking of food--that was very good and very reasonalby priced. Despite the tone of this review, if I find myself in Hyde Park again, I will likely stop in but I wouldn't go out of my way to stop in.

(07/25/2004)

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

Establishment: Mount Hood Brewing Company, Government Camp, OR

I had the good fortune of excellent service at Mt. Hood. Thank god for Bar seating and an beautiful view. There were 7 beers on tap the day I was there: Amber, IPA, Extra Special bitter, oatmeal stout, Wee heavy Scotch ale, Dark Brown Porter, and a Blond. After stopping at Full Sail, Big Horse, and Elliot Glacier already, I couldn't taste them all...but I tried. I found the Ice Axe IAP go be very smooth and delicious, but not as hoppy as I believe an IPA should be. The oatmeal stout was very flavorful. A nice mix of hops and chocolate malt--it was not sweet and I see that as a good thing. The ESB had a bit of a metalic taste but was still worth drinking. The porter was ok--nothing to get excited about, but ok. This place is definatly worth a stop.

(07/11/2004)

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

Establishment: Elliot Glacier Public House, Parkdale, OR

The view of Mt. Hood out the back is worth the trip. This was a small friendly place that was recommended to me by the people at Full Sail in Hood River. They described the Parkdale pale ale as "moderate hop flavor and aroma." They were right--I found it to be watery..but then I don't think you can ever have too much hops-and I can't say I wasn't warned. The Porter, on the other hand, did not disapoint. It is not sweet or heavy. A flavorful porter that could be consumed all summer long. Be sure to stop here if you're doing the 'round Mt. Hood' tour. You'll be glad you did.

(07/10/2004)

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

Establishment: Full Sail Brewing Company, Hood River, OR

I hate it when you can't set at the bar--but, I can't even hold that against Full Sail. This place is great. Full Sail was one of the few establishments that responded to my e-mail when planning my Northeastern Pub Crawl--and they were great. The beer was great, food good, service just outstanding. They were very willing to let you sample and encouraged me to visit the competition in town and in the surrounding area. True, the IPA was not the hoppiest I had ever had, but the combo of the hops with a clear, not sweet malty flavor was excellent for massive summertime drinking. The porter was especially nice--it didn't try to be smoky or a stout.

(07/10/2004)

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

Establishment: Big Horse Brewing, Hood River, OR

My God, those stairs...but a great view once you get to the top. My schedule kept me from staying very long..but I'll bet if I could have stayed longer, the stairs would have made me leave before I wanted to. I didn't have the service trouble the day I was there but then it was mid-afternoon and I sat at the bar. The Pale Rider IPA wqas very light and not very hoppy but it had a nice taste--although it was more of an ESB than and IPA. The imperial stout was a bit sweet for my liking but very true to style. There were 7 on tap the day I was there: Hefe, IPA, Extra special bitter, Scoth ale, black porter, and the stout. The staff was very friendly and if I can ever get back to beautful Oregon, Big Horse will certainly be on my list of must-go's.

(07/10/2004)

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

Establishment: Elm City Brewing Company, Keene, NH

Last week I was making a marathon trip from North Hornell, NY to Albany, through MA on highway 2 up to Keene, NH, back to Bennington VT, and then back to North Hornell, NY (759 miles in case you were wondering). I searched Pub Crawler for a place to stop in that area of MA, NH, and VT. Elm City had the best reviews so that is why I stopped in. I was in a rush and only had time to order a sample set. for $4 you get 4, 2 oz samples of your choice. That day (7/2) you could pick from Hefe Weizen, Peachy Keene, Keene Kolsh, Raspberry Wheat, Cream Stout one I can't read in my notes, and NoName IPA. I chose the Hefe, peach, stout and noname. All were ok, but the stout was the best. the IPA wasn't that hoppy and had a bit of a metalic taste. The waitress was very friendly but just didn't know much about the beer or the place. When I asked what design was on the pint glasses--she told me that there wasn't one. I said "on the pint glasses you sell?" Then she said "oh, I don't know, I'll go look." Well, despite their menue, this girl claimed that they didn't sell pint glasses--instead she tried to sell me some pottery. I politely declined.

If I lived in the area I'd be a regular, I'm sure. But after that drive, I was hoping for something more

(07/10/2004)

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

Establishment: Colter Bay, Buffalo, NY

I had walked past this place many times while in town for the Allentown Art Festival but hadn't stopped in. I did this time based on the reviews here. I was NOT disapointed!! They have 24 taps: of note are Arogant Bastard, Smuttynose Brown, Ellicottville Pale Ale, Brooklyn Brown, Flying Bison, Blue Moon, and Boddingtons. I have never tasted fresher EBC--that includes at the brewery. It was incredible. The food and service were great! This is a must stop. Tuesday import drafts are 2.75 and Saturday local brews (Flying Bison and EBC) are 2.75.

(07/09/2004)

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

Establishment: Tugboat Brewing Company, Portland, OR

I wish I could have stayed here longer. All the books and the great beer. I should have started my pub crawl that day at Tugboat--rather than eneded it. The IPA was all I had and it was good. If I can ever get back to Portland I will defianly spend more time here.

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: Rock Bottom Brewery, Portland, OR

In a city packed with original brew pubs, I'm surprised that a Rock Bottom can survive but it seems to--and on the night I was there--it appears to be thriving. I hear that each Rock Bottom has it's own beer--I think they have their own names but I'm not convinced that they all make their own beer. The is nothing wrong with their beer. It's just the same in each Rock Bottom.

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: Portland Brewing Company, Portland, OR

This is a good place to go. It isn't spectacular but a solid nice place. No risks are taken with the beer but it is good.

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: Old Market Pub, Portland, OR

All I kept thinking while I was here was "God, this would be a great place to spend Sundays during football season!" A huge variety of taps to please anyone (even bud, PBR,coors) along with other local brews, and of course their own. The Pacific Porter wasn't that great. Hop On was really good.

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: McMenamins Fulton Pub and Brewery, Portland, OR

The day I was there the bartender kept making phone calls to a friend to complain about her ex--it's a small place so you had no choice but to listen or at least hear--that was pretty uncomfortable. This is an ok place but not worth the hassle to find. If I lived in the neighborhood I'd be thrilled to have it there. The IPA was the best. It was hoppy but not too heavy for the summer.

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: Lucky Labrador Brewing Company, Portland, OR

Although their beer didn't make me want to stand up and yell, this place was fun. Indoor and outdoor seating. The Black Lab Stout was probably my favorite beer. It was pretty heavy--which I like but I'm sure it will come off tap soon as most won't want to drink it in the summer. The Cask Nitro Dog Day IPA really didn't tast much like an IPA--it really wasn't bitter at all. The food was very good and the staff was very friendly. To an easterner, the view and friendly attitude of the employees made it a good time!

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Portland, OR

Before my trip out to Portland I had contacted this place via their web page. I corresponded with one of the owners and he seemed very helpful and willing to give me the 25 cent tour when I got to town. So--when I got to town I called and they guy I had corresponded with was out of town. The person I spoke to was all bussiness--but not really rude. I have me the most involved set of directions I'd ever heard. It took over an hour to find the place--even people living and working near by hadn't heard of the place. Once I found it..I got a 5 cent tour. The guy who showed me around made it very obvious that I was an imposition and waisting his time--he was moring than willing to sell me shirts and glasses though--which I bought purely out of guilt for having "taken this man away from his work." I did NOT however, buy any beer. I simply didn't like any of it. I know it has won awards but it just wasn't for me. I found my treatment at Hair of the Dog to be atypical to the treatement I received at any other brewery and brewpub in the Northwest. Any other place was thrilled to have someone come in that was really into beer--at Hair of the Dog--you are just an imposition. If you like the beer--drink it in a pub--don't go visit it!

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: Bridgeport Brewing Company and Public House, Portland, OR

It's true that there is no wait staff or bar seating but this place but go go go! I was treated like a king! I arrived right after lunch and the place was empty. I got a tour by the head brewer, pizza by the slice--CHEAP! and great beer. The Bridgport Blackstrap IPA is great as was the Bridgport Porter. This was a place that made me wish I lived close by.

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: Alameda Brewing Company, Portland, OR

What impressed me most when I walked into Alameda was bar seating! I found this to be a rarity on my trip out west. The menue looked a bit tendy and expensive but I wasn't there to eat. The beer varieties and ingredients had a bit of a "new age" twist but were pleasing one the less. Particulary good was the black bear double stout and the porter. The service was not that great until she realized that I was a beer enthusiast--then service improved dramatically. Great view of Mt. Hood as you drive down NE Fremont.

(06/19/2004)

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

Establishment: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant, Seattle, WA

In all my beer travels, I have to say that I had one of my best experiences here. Service, food, and beer were excellent. I arrived for lunch and the place was hopping--but service did not suffer. I did set at the bar, which could have made a difference but I was very pleased with everything. The tour was fun too. This place is a must for a pub crawl in Seattle. I'd guess you'd want to avoid ball game nights but I didn't have that problem when I was there. Be sure to try the espresso stout and the apricot. The apricot we can occassionally find out here in western NY but I've not seen the stout..maybe they don't bottle. For the entire beer experience (food, beer, tour, collectables) Pyramid is as fun, if not better than Redhook was while they were in Fremont.

(06/10/2004)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
So So So So Lousy Lousy Lousy

Establishment: Flour City Brewing, Incorporated, Rochester, NY

Unfortunately I must add another bad review to the list for Flour City. I stopped in today (Sat. 6-5-04) for lunch. I got there about 1:00 PM and mine was the third car in the parking lot. I didn’t think that was a good sign but I had really been looking forward to this place opening and I thought that would mean better service. There were only three customers at the bar—however, to the far right at the bar were several employees for the bartender to chat with—and chat she did! The place is spacious, and almost a little stuffy for a brewpub (someone to seat you, white tablecloths) but I’m all for a little upscale beer drinking environment. The bar is long and will seat many—many more than three—but I don’t see how the bartender I had will keep up. It took a good 5-10 minutes for the bartender to pull herself away from the glass of ice tea she was pouring and the discussion with her co-worker to ask me if I wanted a beer. There was no listing posted anywhere as to what was on tap and the bartender had a difficult time remembering—this concerned me as none of the taps were labeled—hopefully they were on her side! She got to one she called Hoppy Accident. Being a hop head, that’s what I ordered. It looked beautiful. The first taste was very hoppy—and then the bitterness just disappeared. I’d never experienced anything like it. A huge bitter rush followed by Bud Lite. I ordered the reuben sandwich with fries. I also asked for a few jalapeños on the side. Not long after the bar tender took my order, my beer was empty. It stayed that way while the bar tender chatted about how many kinds of basil there was to order from their food supply company. My food arrived in good time. On the plate was a small bowl of yellow pepper rings—not jalapeños. As my plate arrived I asked for a stout—that was one that the bar tender remembered having on tap. After about 5 minutes she took my glass. At that point I asked if I could have some napkins and catsup. She picked up a stack of cocktail napkins (that were right in front of me) and said “there’s your napkins.” When she brought the catsup, she had a handful of silverware. She was walking up and down the bar asking all 5 of us if we wanted silverware. I guess it’s optional at Flour City. So I have a French fry and noticed that they have fried them in the same grease that they fry fish. I hate fish, but I also understand that this is a common practice at many eating establishments. I then take a bite of my sandwich and it is cold. Not “out of the fridge” cold, but room temperature cold. So I ask if they could take it back and heat it up. They were all over that. While it was gone, I tried the stout. It tasted like alcohol and then it had no flavor. The food came back fast and I assumed that they had nuked it—and that would have been ok. But I took a bite of the sandwich and it was still cold, then I grabbed a fry and it was now cold. So I don’t know what they did. It tasted like the just took it back to the kitchen, waited 3 minutes and then brought it back. Had they nuked the plate, the fries wouldn’t have gotten cold. At this point I had had enough so I pushed the plate away and got ready to pay. Cook (I am assuming—he was dressed as such) asked me if it was ok. I told him that it was still cold and now the fries were cold and I just wanted to pay my bill and leave. He was apologetic and offered to cook me something else but I told him at this point that I didn’t have time. The woman who brought my food out of the kitchen the second time (NOT the bartender) asked if there was anything they could do. I said no, I just wanted to pay my bill and go. Well, to their credit, I she refused to let me pay for the food—BUT only because I was being “fussy.” Well, if expecting a reuben sandwich and fries to be warmer than room temperature is fussy—“Hi, I’m Fussy!” So I paid for my 2 beers--$4 each—a little pricy for upstate NY. The bartender—now she can’t be nice enough. “So, sorry, soooooo sorry—hopes that my next experience at Flour City will be better” Well, I’m willing to grant some slack since they’ve been open only a month. But my experience seems to echo the experiences of others who have written. I am so disappointed. I live about 60 miles south of Rochester have missed a good brewpub experience since Empire closed down. Maybe I should have bought a Flour City glass. If they don’t change their ways, the Flour City glass could have gone with the glasses from other brew pubs that have died. I will probably give them another try—around Christmas. By then they should have it together or have lost it completely.

(06/05/2004)


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