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Establishment: d.b.a. (DBA), New York, NY

"Good" on everything else and then a "Lousy" for over all? Why? Because it's a dirty little shit hole. My God! I was there on Saturday Oct. 2nd. It smelled like someone had hosed the place down with urine. I don't mean a hint wafting through the air--I MEAN CHOKINGLY STRONG SMELL OF PISS. The walls and floors were filthy. Honestly, it smelled so bad and was so filthy I downed my beer and got the hell out. I guess if you go after dark you don't notice how filthy it is. I've been there several times before and never noticed it was that dirty--and certainly never smelled anything like I did Saturday.

(10/07/2010)

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

Establishment: Southampton Publick House, Southampton, NY

My Friday the 13th was great because I spent the entire afternoon at SPH. Arrived at noon and left a bit after 4. The bartender was great, food great, service great. They were out of the IPA and I mercilessly gave them grief and they all took it well. It had been 6 years since I had visited. I hope it won't be that long before I make it back again!

(08/19/2010)

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

Establishment: The Pony Bar, New York, NY

August 15th was my most recent visit. Smaller crowd than usual--got a seat at the bar. New bar tender, Tom was great. Probably the widest variety I've seen was on tap.

(08/19/2010)

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

Establishment: Heartland Brewing, New York, NY

The newest of the Heartland Family. This should be a nice find for the bus crowd. It's another Heartland so the same beer and same quality. The bartender the day I was there (6.20.2010) was great! The oatmeal stout was great as usual. They have fried pickles--in the name of all that's holy, they are succulent!!!

(06/26/2010)

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

Establishment: Buffalo Brewing Company, Saint Louis, MO

This is a great place, just down the road (west) from Schalfley. Unlucky for me (but lucky for them) they had a very busy day prior (they were right on the rount for the Race for the Cure) so they only had 4 on tap--Chilie Beer, Buffalo Gold, American Pale Ale, and Buffalo Drool. Having had a a bad experience with chilie beer in the past (missing hours that still can't be accounted for) and not a fan of 'gold' I stuck with the 'pale' and 'drool.' I was not disapointed! The pale had a deliciously clean, not cloying hoppy taste. If I hadn't had a 6 hour drive in front of me, I would have stayed all afternoon and had this. 'Drool' was a nice brown ale, nice malty flavor. The buffalo burger was great and delicious potato salad.

The food, service, and beer were all excellent. Cheap glasses! I love this place! Please, St. Louis, support this place. I live too far away!!!

(06/26/2010)

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

Establishment: Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN

This is a fun little brewpub tucked away in an industrial park. Very funky decoration--as you would expect if you've ever seen their labels. On tap the day I was there (6.11.2010; Alpha Kind, Gumball Head, Robert the Bruce, Pride and Joy, Blackheart Topless Wytch, Devil's Handshake, Actic Panzer Wolf, and Dreadnaught--7 guest's as well. The difference in Alpha King on tap versus bottle is amazing. It will be hard to have it from the bottle again. My second favorite was Dread Naught. My Brisket Sandwich was great! It's a little out of the way but easy to find. Worth the effort!

(06/26/2010)

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

Establishment: White Horse Tavern, New York, NY

The history and atmosphere is the draw here. A small, unremarkable beer selection. Seemed to be lots of regulars. It's good for a beer and a look around, then be on your way.

(06/24/2010)

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

Establishment: Standings was Brewsky's, New York, NY

A tiny little place just down the block from McSorley's. A pretty nice variety of beer for the space...seems like 15 or so. Bartender was passive. Since there were only 5 of us in the bar I would have expected a bit better service but it wasn't awful. No food, and serve only beer and wine. All the sports items over the walls are very fun to look at. I was there about an hour and each time I looked around I saw something differnt.

(06/24/2010)

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

Establishment: McSorley's Old Ale House, New York , NY

The real draw here is the history. Cool stuff all over the walls and old wooden ice boxes. Stop in, take a look around and get out. The beer was drinkable but that's all I can say (of course that slogan seems to work for IN-BUD). Service was dismissive at best. I've been, marked it off my list. Wouldn't consider going back.

(06/24/2010)

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

Establishment: The Pony Bar, New York, NY

Anther great visit to the Pony Bar today! I have discovered that the trick here is the same as at the Ginger Man--go early. Today I got there about 3:30 and was able to get a seat. Still only one bartender but he kept up well and was friendly. The chicken sandwich was exceptional. In an earlier review I said the food was just ok, this chicken sandwich today was really, really good! God Bless the Pony Bar!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(06/18/2010)

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

Establishment: BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Columbus, OH

I stopped in yesterday, June 16th. Maria was the bartender. The beer was very good. I was disapointed that there wasn't an IPA on tap, but the pale ale was quite tasty and bitter. I also had the porter and the stout and they were really good. Food was good also. Cool logos on their glasses--and cheap! $2.95 each or 4/$10. I had a very good experience and will certainly stop in again when I get through Columbus.

(06/17/2010)

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

Establishment: The Pony Bar, New York, NY

This place is all about the beer--American Micro Brewed Beer. THAT, I think is a great concept. The food is ok but nothing that will get you real excited. The Pony is my starting place for each trip to NYC. The variety of beer is always great--that doesn't mean that thay have always had several of my favorite style...but usually by the next night there is something new to try.

I only wish the place was bigger. I am thrilled that they are doing so well, but each time I go you have to hover like a vulture to get a seat. The bartenders work their asses off and it can still take a while to get a beer--but not for lack of effort

I love the All American club--have and rate 100 beers and get a cool shirt. At $5 a beer, you're not going to beat this place.

(06/06/2010)

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

Establishment: Paddy's Pub and Grill, Hornell, NY

A new menue and still a great rotating set of taps. This is a gem in HOrnell and the Southern Tier.

(04/03/2010)

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

Establishment: Horseheads Brewing Company, Horseheads, NY

I visited on Saturday, October 3rd. Very Friendly people. Great Beer. Resonably priced merchandise-It's well worth the trip from Hornell. I'll be there as often as possible. Don't miss the maple and the pumpkin!

(10/04/2009)

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

Establishment: International Tap House, Chesterfield, MO

What a great place. Great bar tender, great variety--even from NYS! They must have an incredible distributor! I was there right before the 4th of July and wish I were still there. PEOPLE OF ST. LOUIS--KEEP THIS PLACE IN BUSINESS!! It is a Gem.

(08/27/2009)

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

Establishment: Tin Mill Brewing Company, Hermann, MO

A buddy of mine bought a 6 pack in Owensville and we tried the three that he bought, Maibock, pilsner, and heffeweizen. All three were very good. None of the three are my favorite styles but all three were very good and I hope the next time I get back to the Owensville area I can get to Hermann and check out the brewery.

(08/01/2009)

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

Establishment: Paddy's Pub and Grill, Hornell, NY

Paddy's is in the place formerly known as Graddy's. The huge variety of wings are gone but they've been replaced with 22 Beer taps. I've been there a few times, most recently yesterday (1 May 2009). On tap were,Lake Placid UBU, Circus Boy, Phin and Matt's, Sly Fox Hop Project, Erie Brewing Presque Isle, Smithwicks, Yuenling Black and Tan, Guiness, SamAdams Summer Ale, Ithaca Oaked Nut Brown, Sacket Harbor 1812, Hoegarten, Majic Hat #9, Ithaca Cascazilla, Argoant Bastard, Dogfish Head 60 min., Erie Railbender, Smuttynose Porter, Troeginator, Smuttynosse Star Island Single. Seldom is something repeated. When the tap runs out something new usually takes it's place--Guiness, Cascazilla, Circus Boy and Phin and Matt's may be possible exceptions. They have a nice variety of bottles too. Of course you can find the mass produced In-Bud, Coors, Molson, Miller, but also Youngs Chocolate Stout, Dixie, Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, Lake Placid IPA, Abita Purble Haze, Green Glash Hop Head among others. It is so nice to have this variety is Hornell. Gail is the bartender on Friday Happy Hour and she is great. Food is typical Irish pub fare and delicious.

(05/02/2009)

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

Establishment: Tap and Mallet, Rochester, NY

Unfortunately, my experience did not come close to the other reviewers. I arrived on a Saturday at about 5 after noon. There was none setting at the tables and 5 people at the bar--2 bar tenders and one waitress. I sat right in front of the taps. They are angled so I couldn't see all of them. I didn't see any beer menu so when the bar tender pulled himself away from the couple at the end of the bar, I ordered a Kona pale ale. When he delivered the beer he told he how much and I asked if I could start a tab? Only if I gave him a credit card. I truly truly hate that. I understand that there are those that will do a drink and dash--but there were only 6 of us and all at the bar. So our first exchange is that the bartender doesn’t trust me. I hoped to have lunch but before I could ask for a menu he went back to the couple at the end of the bar...and there he stayed. I finally spied some printed beer menus so I got up to get myself one--that didn't faze the bartenders or the waitress. What an impressive list of beers. The taps are only the beginning. Probably 25 taps but I'd say over 100 bottles. As I drank my Kona I kept trying to catch one of the bartender’s eyes to get a menu. Just didn’t happen. I noticed that Sixpoint Brownstone was on tap so I decided to try that and keep trying to get a menu. When I got my pint of Brownstone he was gone again before I could get a menu so I decided to finish my pint and go back to Macgregor’s for lunch. In all my beer travels, this was the first time I ever felt out of place in a beer bar/brew pub. Very cool design and art but this place is tucked away a bit much. If it weren’t so out of the way I might give them another try but coming up from Hornell, Macgregor’s is right there with what seems like hundreds of taps, good service, and you actually get a menu. Every place can have an off day, and I recognize that my experience was very different from others that have written here—but I’ll let them support this place.

(04/26/2009)

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

Establishment: MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room, Henrietta, NY

This MacGregor's location has improved dramatically over the past few years. Several years ago you had to stand on your head to get someone to fill your beer. No so any more. Service is very good and the variety of beer is excellent. The bar tenders seem to be much more knowledgable about the beers too.

(04/13/2009)

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

Establishment: Broad Ripple Brewing Company, Indianapolis, IN

I stopped in here while in town for the brew fest in July (which is a great time and you should try to come to this—it’s worth the trip). Inside is very dark and no table service in the bar. When I looked at the menu the first thing I saw was “basket o’ smelt.” Luckily things got better. On tap that day was: lawn mower pale, black heart lager, IPA, wheat, Pilsner, ESP, (can’t read my notes—maybe amarillo?) lager, and Rubic Ale. They had a wide variety of bottled beer too; about 20-30 so there should be something there to please anyone. The IPA was a British IPA so it wasn’t bitter by any stretch of the imagination. The Wheat was cloudy with a nice clove flavor with a hint of banana. The ESB was amazingly hoppy for and ESP. The only reason I gave the service a 'so so' is that there really wasn't any, you had to go to the bar for each drink. I realize that is the British style but...

(04/12/2009)

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

Establishment: Barley's Brewing Company, Columbus, OH

I stopped by this location on Sunday, July 20th 2008. I had been to the BBQ place a few years ago and like the beer (service and atmosphere, not so much). After 5 minutes at this location I was happier than I had been at the other location. On tap the day I was there: Scottish Ale, Pale Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, and E=IPA2, Pilsner, and Oatmeal Stout. I only had time to try 2. E was nice but the alcohol must be high—served in a brandy glass. It was very hoppy, but not so hoppy that it got sweet like some extreme IPAs can be. The stout was delicious. A mild chocolate nose and a very dry taste. One of the best stouts I’ve had. The southwestern burger was good. Service was accommodating enough but didn’t go out of their way to be friendly.

(04/12/2009)

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

Establishment: North Country Brewing Company, Slippery Rock, PA

North Country is easy to find, just a short trip off of I79—and even if it weren’t it would be worth it. I first had their beer at the brew fest in Erie, PA in 2008 and stopped in on my way back from Indiana in July 0f 2008. On tap the day I was there: northern lite, breakfast blend mild, squirrel nut brown, station 33 firehouse red, altbeir, paleo (?) IPA, stone house stout, mother’s milk stout, and another stout—but I can’t read my notes. I tried the IPA, the stout that I can’t read my notes for, breakfast blend, squirrel nut, pale, stone house stout, fruit bowl, and mother’s milk stout. WOW. I’d forgotten I’d tried that many of them. All of them were exceptional—even the fruit bowl. They added strawberry to their light beer—I know what you’re thinking—my stomach turned as they told me about it but I tried it anyway. It was not sweet and had a nice refreshing flavor. Both of the stouts were dry. The stone house stout flavor was more of coffee and the other was more chocolaty. The service was very friendly and accommodating. The food was good too. I had the Bull Runner sandwich. It was sort of a combination of Beef on Weck (for we western NYers) and French dip. I would imagine that during the school year this place is very busy but on the summer afternoon when I stopped by it was quiet.

(04/12/2009)

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

Establishment: Prison Brews, Jefferson City, MO

I have been to Prison Brews twice, once in August of 2008 and March of 2009. I am so happy that there is finally a brewpub in Jefferson City. Both times the beer was very good. I always sat at the bar, so I think my service may have been better than other reviewers have mentioned but during both of my visits the bar tender would walk past my empty glass several times before it donned on him to fill it. He was very nice though, and has a good memory. When I was there in March he remembered me from my visit in August. On tap in August (I have lost my list from March) were Go to Jail Ale, Ain’t your Honey Wheat, Class “A” Amber, Cell Mate Pale Ale, Big House IPA, and Death Row Stout. As I said before, all were good. Of note though is the Pale Ale. In addition to the regular qualities of a pale, this one also had a nutty flavor. As odd as it may sound, it was good. The stout was a little thin but had a very nice chocolaty caramel flavor. The food is nothing to get excited about—it’s not especially bad, it’s just not great. In March I got the pork tenderloin sandwich—it did border on “bad.” What I got was a greasy disk of pork matter much smaller than the bun. This place is worth a visit. It’s on the other end of high street from the capital so politicians aren’t around—or at least they are well disguised. The consistent prison theme is a hoot too, i.e., the sign for the rest rooms says “gas chambers.”

(04/12/2009)

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

Establishment: Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

I have been to the original St. Louis Brewery location several times but December, 23, 2008 was my first visit to Bottleworks. If you are more interested in food—you should go to the taproom location. Not that the food here is bad, it is that they provide a rather limited menu but the food was good. My favorite thing about this location is the shop—you can create your own 6-Pack. That might be available at the other location, but it wasn’t the last time I was there. On tap the day I was there: pale ale, #15, Hefe, Dry-hopped IPA, Christmas ale, Oatmeal stout, pilsner, Oktoberfest, and ESB. The Christmas ale was very good, a hint of spice, a hint of hop, very hoppy nose—delicious. The dry-hopped IPA was very clean for a dry-hopped beer—no cloying aftertaste at all. The coffee stout is consistently delicious—bottle or on tap.

(04/12/2009)

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

Establishment: Mattingly Brewing Company, Saint Louis, MO

I stopped in on Thursday March 12th. It's easy to find in a neighborhood that is slowly being revitalized. There beer was good--not exceptional, but good. On tap the day I was there: Black Dawn, Coffee Porter, 1984 Golden, APA, Bright Side Brew, and Porter Stout. The coffee porter was good but did't have much of a coffee flavor, but a solid porter nonethe less. The APA was very clean, not cloying as some bitter beers can be. The porter stout had more coffee flavor than the coffee porter. The service was friendly but not that attentive. The bartender had to wait on the bar and the house. It was a bit of a challenge to get a refill. THe food wasn't that spectactular. I wasn't bad but not as bad as the wait staff said. The day I was there, a reveiw fo the place appeared in the RIVERFRONT TIMES. The RFT was not too impressed with their food. The wait staff was not happy. I really didn't have anything that tested the cooks--a burger an fries. The burger was fine but the fries were awful--limp tasteless logs of mashed potatos. I bought a logo pint glass and the bar tender kept taking it away because she thought it was a dirty glass. About 10 miles down the road I realized I had left without the glass. The next day I called to see if they could send me an email coupon and I would pick the glass up in June--the next time I was to be in St. Louis. The woman I talked to was very bizzar. The said they would send me the glass, I said that was not necessary, if they could just mail me a coupon or send an email, I was happy to stop in for lunch or dinner in June and pick up the glass. She assured me that she would do it--and then she went on to tell me how attractive she was and that she was the 'hottest bartender" they had. This was not the bartender I had. Anyway, it's been a month and I havent' heard a word from them. It's a $5 glass so it's not that big of a deal but the woman just fell all over herself saying they would get it to me--and I've gotten nothing. If convenient, I'd probably go back.

(04/11/2009)

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

Establishment: Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery, Phoenixville, PA

I just had the O'Reilly's Stout again tonight at a bar in Alfred, New York; Cafe Za. It was better than I remembered. It is a light stout--good for summer. In the dark of winter I would probably be disapointed but great for summer--a nice mild coffee flavor.

(07/25/2008)

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

Establishment: Broad Ripple Brewing Company, Indianapolis, IN

This is in a great location to wait for the gates to open at the Indiana Microbrewer's Festival--which is exactly what I did. On tap the day I was there were: lawn mower pale, black heartlager, IPA, wheat, pilsner, ESB, cask lager, replic ale. All the beers lean toward the British style--which is a little mild for me--but the quality of their beer was very good nonetheless. The IPA was indeed a British IPA--not as hoppy as I would like but a nice flavor and very refreshing after the 'hotter than hell' weather Indy had that weekend. The wheat was very nice--mostly a clove flavor with just a hint of banana. The ESB was amazingly hoppy for an ESB, I thought. The bar is small--only seats 8. There are a few small tables in the bar area but these have traditional 'british syle' service--meaning no table service. There are signs up--but they are really small so be forewarned.

(07/25/2008)

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

Establishment: Ram Restaurant and Brewhouse, Fishers, IN

I get the feeling that this place--along with all the development in this area hasn't been there long. I have been to the RAM in Shaumberg, IL. This one had a lot the same feeling--high ceiling, big screen TVs, but also good service, food, and beer. The bourbon BBQ meatloaf sandwich is incredible--but let's get to the beer:

IPA: cloudy, amber, with a nice critris nose. The taste is nice but not as hoppy as the nose would suggest. It was good, though.

Blond: Looks like InBevBud. No nose but had sort of a vanilla malty taste. Better than I expected from a blond.

Hefe: A strong banana nose with equally strong bananna/clove taste.

Butt Face: Love the name! No nose--a malty nondescript taste--the taste doesn't live up to the name.

Total Disorder Porter: No head or nose but a very nice porter flavor.

71 Pale Ale: On their board it said "hoppy"--my thoughts? Not so much. Really malty and nice but not hoppy at all.

I don't mind a beer chain as long as it doesn't get a "mc brewpub" feel and I think RAM does a pretty good job.

(07/23/2008)

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

Establishment: Barley Island Brewing Company, Noblesville, IN

Don't judge a book by its cover. The exterior and the area just inside the door made me wonder if I had made a mistake....I made my way to the back and found the bar. Ahhhh. It was a little smokey and the music too loud (God, I feel old typing that) but the beer and the service were great. I had the IPA, Java Sout and the Wheat Ale. I had just driven from Cleveland and the IPA was my first--delicous. Java Stout is available only in bottles--it is really good. It tastes more like coffee than beer. I loved it! The Wheat Ale was a bit flat--I don't mean that in a bad way--although I was concerned when it didn't look like it had much fizz--it didn't but it was very good

(07/23/2008)

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

Establishment: Rocky River Brewing Company, Rocky River, OH

I can't say enough good things about this place. This was the first stop on my way to the Indiana Brewers Festival in Indianapolis. It was a little tricky to find but that could have been due to my lack of familiarity with the area. The bar tender was a little ditzy but she was very pleasant. The food was good too. On tap were: golden blond, blueberry ale, li'l warrior pale, hefe, oatmeal brown, back stout, marzen, and kolsch.

Li'l Warrior Pale: 4.4 abv; 60 IBU. This had a luscious clean hoppy flavor--not cloying. It is really bitter but a nice summer drink.

Oatmeal Brown: 5.2 abv; 40 IBU. Has a thick creamy head with a truly unique flavor. It almost turns sweet, but doesn't and finishes dry. You'll have to try it for what I've written to make sense.

Black Rye Stout: 5.8 abv; 33 IBU. This was "motor oil" black. No head, chocolaty nose, and a malty bitter flavor. Probably one of the best stouts I've even had. I had to go out to my car to get my phone and ran into the brewer. I told him how much I enjoyed this stout. After I got back to my seat, he brought me a sample of a stout that is about to be tapped: he made it with Reeces Peatnut Butter Cups. Now, I don't like peanut butter so I was a bit hesitant to try it--but it was delicous! It had a very chocolaty/malty flavor, but finished dry and nutty like a nice nut brown. I wouldn't have expected it to be that dry given the sugar in the peanut butter cups. If you live in the area or are passing though, give them a call and see if this has been tapped. It was really delicous.

The stout and the IPA were some of the best I had in all my travels.

(07/23/2008)

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

Establishment: Wagner Vineyards and Brewing Company, Lodi, NY

I drove over to Lodi for lunch one day near the end of June. I sat on the deck of the restaurant and enjoyed the view while enjoying lunch and a sampler of Wagner Valley beer. 6 4-oz. samples will set you back only $7. I had the hefe, maple porter, IPA, oatmeal stout, dopple bock, and lager. The IPA was by far the best--but then I am a bit partial to hops. the dopple bock has won several awards--not my favorite style but it wasn't as sweet as I remember. The lager tasted a lot like the dopple. The maple porter was more smoky than anything else--I liked that. I was concerned that it would be sweet, but it wasn't.

This place is worth the stop--a beautiful drive from anywhere-and you can also hit Rooster Fish in Watkins Glenn, and Market Street in Corning--an nice pub crawl for a summer day or an autumn afternoon.

(07/23/2008)

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

Establishment: Empire Brewing Company, Syracuse, NY

The fact that Emipre is open again has reaffirmed my faith in a higher power! Empire consistently had great beer in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. Now that they are back in Syracuse only, they have maintined their consistency. The day I stopped in I had the IPA, Hefe, and the Blueberry Wheat--all were great. They told me that they were not planning to reopen in Rochester--but a boy can dream.

(07/23/2008)

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

Establishment: Gilded Otter, New Paltz, NY

A buddy and I stopped in on April 10th. I was pleased to see that the beer variety and quality as well as the service was as good as the last time I was there over three years ago. If the place were closer, I'd be a regular

(04/22/2008)

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

Establishment: Crooked Rooster / Roosterfish Brewing, Watkins Glen, NY

I went to Roosterfish back in 2005--I think, not long after they began serving their own beer. My comment was, "I think this place will get better with age." Well, I haven't been to the place, but on 8/17/07 I had all three of their offerings at the Four City Brewfest in Rochester--all three were excellent. Of the three the only one I am certain of was the heffe--probably because I'm usually not too thrilled about wheat beer--theirs was excellent! I am looking forward to getting back to Watkins Glen and having their beer in more than 2 oz. samples!!!

(08/19/2007)

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

Establishment: Davidson Brothers Restaurant and Brewery, Glens Falls, NY

I've not been to Davidson's since 2001 but I am hoping to get into that area in October so I was reviewing the comments. Apparently the place has lived up to my experience 6 years ago and it will certainly be on my list for this trip. It speaks well of the owners that they check and comment on this site. Other brew pubs/breweries could take a lesson.

(06/20/2007)

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

Establishment: Bullfrog Brewery, Williamsport, PA

I hadn't been to Bullfrog in 6 years but I was on my way home from Philly and decided to stop in. On tap were Edgar IPA, Alternative ale, old treehugger, diabolique, Billtown blond, Williamsporter, inspiration red, and the guest was Church Brew works honey nut. Since I had many about 100 miles yet to drive I only had th IPA and thw Williamsporter. Both were as great as I remembered. Luckly, before I left Hornell, I thought about stopping here so I tossed my growler in the car and cold take some IPA home. 6 years is too long!

(06/15/2007)

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

Establishment: Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

I had a great time here on the afternoon of 11 June 2007. I had just come from the King Tut display and fought 3 buses of 10-year olds the entire way through the show--I was in DIRE need of beer. The bartender on duty was great. He knew his beer and had a great sarcastic wit. None of the beers on tap were your run of the mill type beers. My favorite was the Berliner Weisse. They squirt this green goo into the glass and then fill it with weisse--just incredible. Not a style I typically like but this was great. I sat there and had 3 or 4 pints of it (in addition to the others I tried) but all is fine because a) didn't have to drive and b) alcohol is so low on this I could have sat there the rest of the night and drank it. The hoptimus Prime was very hoppy--but one of those that was so hoppy that it was almost sweet. This place is great fun and good beer.

(06/15/2007)

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So So So So Good Lousy So So

Establishment: Independence Brew Pub, Philadelphia, PA

The bar at this place is huge. There was one bartender. There were about 8 of us scattered around the bar. The bartender would just disapear to one side of the bar. I waited about 10 minutes before my presence was achnowledged. I only had two beers--I would have had more but it wasn't that great and I couldn't get the bartender to come and fill my glass. I asked for a glass of water and that's what I got--A glass. Such a nice location and tons of space, what a shame to be so dispointed.

(06/15/2007)

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Good Good So So Good Good

Establishment: Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, King of Prussia, PA

Don't go on a Sunday after 8PM. They are in a mall and keep mall hours. Only bar menue avaiable. The order of wings had 6 of the tiniest wings I've seen. The Prussia's Pride was pretty good, though. The others were nondescript.

(06/15/2007)

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

Establishment: General Lafayette Inn and Brewery, Lafayette Hill, PA

I was there on Tuesday 12 June 2007--what a disapointment. The beer was just awful. The IPA tasted like ferminted green been juice--I know as I had a batch of homebrew IPA go bad and it tasted exactly the same way. The nose was fine but the first taste was alcohol and then it went to that icky flavor. I choked it down hoping for an improvemtn with the Pacific pale ale--no such luck. It tasted like the IPA only not quite the harsh alcohol taste. For the third, I had the churchill mild. It was more malty and had a bit of a nutty taste. However, it too had that nasty ferminted green bean taste to it. They must have the nastiest set of pipes coming from their kegs or have gotten bacteria in their yeast cause that beer was awful!

To east I had the Pesto Chicken wrap which came with fries and cole slaw. Well, the wrap was fine. There was one (1) fork full of slaw in the little plastic cup and about 8 french fries on the plates. What a rip off. Pint glass was $6!! It was printed on 2 sides but come on!

(06/14/2007)

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Good Good N/A So So Good

Establishment: Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery, Phoenixville, PA

Sly Fox is in a strip mall just before Kimberton Rd. splits. Look at the back end of the parking lot. Here sample trays were 5 for $6. Not sure of size. I was there on Sunday June 10, 2007. On tap that day were Helles goldern lager, Phoenix Pale Ale, O'Reilly's stout, Ral weisse, Pikeland (?) pils, Rold rush lager, Slacker bock, Hellesboch 2006, Sundae Maibock, Chinuch IPA, Belgian Duble. In my sampler I had the golden lager, hellesbock, slacker bock, phoenix pale ale, and O'Reilly's stout. My favorite was the stout--had a bit of a smoky taste that seemed more like a porter but it was good. The pale ale was nice--a little hoppy like a pale should bee. I had a pint of the IPA. It was succulent.

The wait staff was efficient, but not that friendly--not rude, but not that friendly.

(06/14/2007)

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Good Good N/A Great Good

Establishment: Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, Phoenixville, PA

I stopped in here for a sampler after having lunch at Bethlehem brewing. You get 10 4 oz samples for $6. Thats a sample of everything on tap. On tap that day were Belgian Pale Ale, Roggenbier, Maiboch, Belgian Wit, Rasperry Wheat, Pig Iron Porter, Iron Blound Ale, Lodestone Lager, Anvil Ale, and Iron Hill Light Lager. Their beers are ,pre tpward tje sweeter/lager/Belgian style--not my favorite but they seemed to be true to style. There were two bartenders. Both seemed pleasant and knowlegeable. The male bartender went through each beer with me and talked about ingredients and style and was pleasant and helpful. I didn't have any food, but what the others were getting sure looked good. The Iron Bound Ale was my favorite. It is "Coors yellow" with a foamy head and no nose to speak of but a nice bitter flavor--starts bitter, ends bitter but no after taste.

(06/14/2007)

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

Establishment: Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem, PA

I visited on Sunday June 10th. I started with the sampler. $8 for 6, 5 1/2 oz. samples is a good deal. I had the Golden, Hefe, Berlinerweise, Framboise, ESP, Imperial Stout and Oatmeal stout. I had a pint of the HopExplosion. The HopExplosion, Oatmeal Stout and ESB were my favorites--in that order. The Framboise tasted like raspberry vinegar.

Had the Brew Melter sandwich--it was good. All in all a nice experience. Probably wouldn't go out of my way to go back but if I were in the neck of the woods, I'd stop in.

(06/14/2007)

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Good Good N/A Good Good

Establishment: Croxley Ales, New York, NY

This is a nice bar with a nice variety of beer and pleasant helpful staff. If you are in this part of the city it is worth a stop. If you are a true beer lover you won't find any mass-produced swill but you won't find anything out on the fringe of the micro world either. If you're in north of the Village you can probably do as well at a few places in that area or a bit more north.

(01/21/2007)

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

Establishment: Waterfront Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

I hear that this is the original, but I prefer the one in Manhattan. Over Thanksgiving 2006 I made the treck out to try this location. 17 taps--nice. Service was friendly, but it was hard to get them to refill the beer.

(01/21/2007)

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Great Great N/A Great Great

Establishment: Ginger Man, New York, NY

Over Thanksgiving 2006 I stopped in for the 2nd time. The first time it was so busy I swore I would never return. This time I was in the neighborhood so I thought I would see how busy it looked. I got there about 4:30 and I was one of only 3 at the bar. The bartender was very knowledgeable and attentive. I think I've figured it out--get to the Gingerman while everyone else is at work.

(01/21/2007)

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

Establishment: Stout NYC, New York, NY

They have one of the coolest web pages I've seen for a bar. I've been checking the web page since they have been open and have steadily seen their acutal selection of "stout" beers dwendle. I finally made it there while in NYC for Thanksgiving. Service, food, and space was great. But, the name is misleading. There were very few Stouts on tap and very few local--no Stout, Southern Tier etc.

(01/13/2007)

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Great Good N/A Great Great

Establishment: Flying Bison Brewing Company, Buffalo, NY

I finally stopped at the brewery in June of 2006. It's in the back of an old Factory in sort of a creepy part of town. Bill gave me the tour and sample everything. If you get to Buffalo, it's worth a stop.

(01/13/2007)

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

Establishment: The BREW Kettle Taproom and Smokehouse / Ringneck, Strongsville, OH

I was there in March of 2006--I'm a little slow getting my reviews posted. I arrived at 4PM and the bar was packed--I thought this spoke well of the place. Paul was the bartender and he was great. I sat at the end of the bar--unfortunately where the wait staff lingered waiting for someone to set at the tables. They were obnoxious. They were very concerened about what I was writing down, they coughed and hacked and talked about how sick they were and how they should have stayed home, and called each other faggot. "How lucky for the people setting at the tables," I thought. But I was at the bar being tended to by Paul who kept the bar patrons with beer and food all by himself!

I'm sure that the taps have changed so I won't list what was there in March, but I will say that they had 7 of their own and 13 guest taps. I had a stout, Impereal IPA, and 4C's Plae ale. All of them were excellent!

I'd stop in again but I will only set at the bar

(12/31/2006)

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

Establishment: Yippie-ie-O Grille, O'Fallon, MO

On 18 December 2006 I drove past and saw the place empty and for sale. I always hate to see the life of a brew pub cut short. I was there in March of 2006 in the afternoon. I was the only person there the entire time. I was afraid this spelled doom for them. I had the porter while I was there and it was nice but nothing exceptional. That may have been the problem. As an earlier reviewer commented, the beer was good but took no chances.

(12/31/2006)

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

Establishment: William D. Alandale Brewing Company, Kirkwood, MO

I was very impressed with this place! Of course I had just had a horrible experience at Square One. Everyone was pleasant and every beer was great! I visted on 18 December 2006. On tap that day: Plaliner blond lager, amber ale, american IPA, Alandale pilsner, vienna lager, American wheat, oatmeal stout, Alandale light pumpkin ale.

I had the pumking first. It was like pumpkin pie in a glass--but not sweet. Some pumpkin ales are a bit cloying--not this one. Delicious and a nice clean finsh.

Second was the oatmeal stout. It had a thin foamy head and a chocolate/caramel nose. The taste is a complex one--malt, coffee, chocolate--a delicious flavor.

Third was the American Pale ale. A thick lacy head, dark amber color, and nice hoppy nose. It was wonderful.

While I sat drinking I was able to listen to the interchanges between the wait staff and other clients. They were pleasant, friendly--this place has it down. Service and beer were both exclent! This will be a regular stop for me each time I make it back to Missouri!

(12/30/2006)

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

Establishment: Square One Brewery, Saint Louis, MO

This small brewpub is located in one of the most historically interesting sections of St. Louis. It seems to be right on the edge of the nice part--a bit farther east looked a bit creepy--I didn't investigate so I could be wrong.

I visited on Monday, 18 December 2006. I arrived at about 12:30 PM. The front room (bar) was very busy. There was only one bartender, and that is poor planning by the managment. However, that doesn't make an excuse for her poor service and obnoxious behavior. I found a seat at the bar and waited about 10 minutes before Jessica (the bartender) even acknowledged my presence (she had been within inches of me several times prior and didn't say a word to me). She said she would be right with me. I thanked her and committed my first mistake--I said, "not a problem, I'm in no hurry." Little did I know how she would take that to heart.

On tap that day were: pumpkin, dunkel, winter ale, robust porter, cask Belgian, another but I can't read my writing, light squared, pilsner, bavarian weitz, park avenue pale, IPA, and stout. I started with the winter ale and drank that after I finally got a menue--but I got a beer menue and she never did take it away--I do appreciate that. The winter was a cloudy amber ale with no head and vertually no nose. The flavor was malty but not sweet. The beer menue said it was a "strong Belgian Amber." It was really nice, but like many seasonals, one is enough.

At 1:00 the place cleared out. The service didn't improve. I never could quite figure out if the bartender had responsibilites in the back room that kept her from keeping up with the 6 of us at the bar or if she just didn't care. At best estimate it took about 25-30 minutes to get my food. While I waited I ordered the IPA--at least that's what they called it. It was a cloudy golden color. It had a foamy head with a very malty nose--but no hop. The taste was watery and not hoppy at all. The menue said it had a malty taste with a clean bitter finsh. Well, it did finish clean but not bitter. It really wasn't very good at all.

About 1/2 way through the beer, my 'burger of the week' with fries arrived. She sat it down with no napkin, silverware, apology for taking so long (but I did tell her I wasn't in a hurry--apparently she told the cook that) or anything. Jessica turned and walked away--I thought to get at least napkins but she disapeared....and was gone and gone and gone. Finally she reappeared and asked the couple next to me if they needed anything. They asked for napkins and hot sauce--the whole time Jessica is ignoring me. When she returned to deliver the couple's napkins and hot sauce--at least 10 minutes have passed since she sat my plate down--I asked if I could have some of that too. She looked at me and in a cranky voice said, 'hot sauce?' I said no, napkins and silverware? That was mistake number two. Now she was very unhappy with me. By the time she returned with silverware, one napkin and NO apology, at elast 15 minutes had passed since she sat my plate down. It was then I committed mistake number three. I asked her to take my plate back to the kithen and warm it up since it took so long. Oh My God. Now she was really angry and she made a point of letting every one know. She returned with the plate. The fries were still cold and the burger was far too juicy for a well done burger (if you get my drift) so I didn't finsh it--nor did I finish the nasty beer they called an IPA. While I contempleted the food, the bartender Jessica made quite a show of her anger toward me. At one point she was telling a couple some story, and at one point her voice got very loud and she looked at me and said, "Why would you piss off your bartender? That's just stupid." And there in that sentence you get the attitude of Ms. Jessica. I guess I think of it the other way, 'why would you piss off a patron?' THAT, Jessica is just stupid.

Once she realized that I had stopped eating, she figured my bill. She placed it on one of those little plastic trays and litterally threw it on the table. It knocked over the salt shaker. Had she offered any sort of pleasantry, apology, anything I could chalk all this up to being the lone bartender during a busy lunch. No apology, poor service even after the lunch crowd cleared, and nasty treatment complelled me to stiff ole' Jessica and leave no tip at all.

I grew up around St. Louis and get back once or twice a year. I only tried 2 of their many beers--one was very good, one was very bad. The food was only mediocre, and the service absoltely horrid. I won't make any effort to revisit this place again.

(12/30/2006)

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

Establishment: The Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh , PA

I've been to, and reviewed on this site, the Church before. It is still true--the real draw here is the building. The beer is not bad but nothing exceptional. The food is reasonably priced--till you see the small portions. The day I was there I ordered the special. I got a piece of grilled chicken about the size of a Bic Lighter on top of 2 tablespoons of corn salza with about 2 tablespoons of mashed potatos for about $9. The service this day was really disapointing. I was the only person at the bar there was one party setting in the "congregation." The bartender was not pleased at my post-lunch rush arrival and certainly let me know. Everything she said to me was said with a condescending tone of voice and a fake smile. I finally stopped trying to be pleasant and just left. If I lived in Pittsburg I'd probabaly visit a lot, but it's a long way from Hornell, NY and now that I've been there a few times, its not worth going out of my way to get there.

(08/08/2006)

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

Establishment: Saranac / F.X. Matt Brewing Company, Utica, NY

I drove to Utica yesterday (6-17-06) for a tour of FX Matt. I have to admit--I was a bit disapointed. Part of this is probably my fault as I went on a Saturday (no brewing activity) and did the 1:00 tour (none of the neighborhood bars were open yet--the one that was open doesn't serve food on weekends). The tour guide (Shawn or Sean) must have been fresh out of training--at least he admited that he didn't know the answer to most of the questions rather than making something up. When asked which barley was used for the hefe--he didn't know that it is a wheat beer. He had no idea why the line was called Saranac--I don't either but I would think that would be a pretty important thing to know. A lot of the tour focused on history of the brewing industry rather than just FX Matt--which is ok--the family with 5 kids seemed to enjoy it. They charged you $5 for the tour and that got you 2, roughly 8-10 oz samples. I'm not sure what they would do if you wanted to try more. The gift shop is pretty much a beer store and Shultz and Dooley store--except the beer, very little to do with Saranac. We heard several times on the tour that Utica Club was the past and Saranac is their ticket to the future--the shop is till in the past; at least as far as merchandise goes. If you are in the area, I'd say that it is worth a stop. I drove 200 miles and that may be why I was so disapointed--the distance and the rave reviews may have heightened my espectations. I keep thinking about that family that forked over $40 bucks for the tour and wonder if they thought it was worth it. Regardless--Saranac makes great beer and it's a nice mid-point between mass produced swill and more pricey microbrews.

(06/18/2006)

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

Establishment: O'Fallon Brewery, O'Fallon , MO

I have a new favorite Missouri Brewery. Their motto is "We Love Beer," and you can tell that they really mean it. I was back in Missouri in March. I made contact with Fran--one of the owners for a tour. Brian, one of the brewers took me on the tour and let me sample everything they had in the brewery. The Chocolate Cherry Stout is amazing. I typically don't like fruit and beer or fruit and chocolate--but this stuff in incredible! I have been rationing it since I've been back to NY. I want to share it with my fellow NY beer lovers--but selfishness takes over and I have saved it all for myself. The Smoked Porter is great as well--all I tried were really good--even the styles that may not have been my favorites were tasty and well done. You must stop by here--Fran and Brian will show you a good time. There is an obvious difference between talking to people at a brewery for whom it is a job--versus those for whom brewing good beer is a passion. I believe it is a passion at O'Fallon Brewing.

(05/10/2006)

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Great Great Great Lousy So So

Establishment: Barley Creek Brewing Company, Tannersville, PA

I have stopped at Barely Creek many times--usually on my way to and from NYC. When I stopped at Thanksgiving 2004, I noticed a significant drop in service. I sat at the bar and had to send up flares to get service. I hadn't been through the area again till a few days before Christmas. This time I sat at a table and had the same issues. Horrible service: we sat at the table for at least 10 minutes before anyone appeared to take an order. It took forever to get the beer from the bar to the table. The place was over 3/4 empty so it wasn't busy. The stout I ordered--once the foam settled was only 1/2 full. I asked to have a full glass and was told that was the way they served it. When I got the bill I had been over charged for the growler and the pint glass. What a shame, the beer is so good but I won't put up with crappy service and travel that far off of the road to get to the beer.

(01/03/2006)

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

Establishment: Crooked Rooster / Roosterfish Brewing, Watkins Glen, NY

I think that this place will get better with age. Only two of their own on tap now: Butternut pale ale and Black Walnut Ale. The pale had a skunky flavor to it--it reminded me of some of my homebrew that didn't turn out. The Black Walnut was interesting. I couldn't quite figure out it it was a nut ale or a dark amber...it wasn't bad. I'll give them another try.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Gilded Otter, New Paltz, NY

What a great place--fun web page too. On tap 6-26-05 were: Pilsner, lager, wit, pale ale, hefe, IPA, oatmeal stout, summer lager, barley wine. The pale ale was more bitter than the IPA. The IPA was almost sweet. The stout was very delicious and complex. It was dry with a smoky flavor but finished with a nice coffee chocolate flavor. The meatloaf sandwich was great!

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Narrow Gauge Brewing / Granary Brewpub, Farmington, ME

Apparently they are stikcing with the Oak Pond Brewery. Service is really good. The beer was good. The IPA was quite good and awfully smooth for 9%. On tap were" Pilsner, plae ale, IPA, doplebock, nut brown, and oktoberfest lager--all Oak pond. Guest taps were: Bar Harbor Blueberry, PBR, Guiness, Sam Adams, Dogfishhead Chicory stout.

(07/05/2005)

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Great Great Good So So Good

Establishment: Sea Dog Brewery, Bangor, ME

If you are going to be near Topsham and Bangor but can only visit one Seadog...skip this one and go to Topsham. The beer is the same (lots of that yummy hazelnut porter) but the atmosphere is not as nice as Topsham and the service certainly isn't--pretty inconvenient parking too--ok, I was there on a Friday so I'll cut some slack there.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Bar Harbor Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME

If you enjoy great beer and want to learn about the beer you enjoy, you must stop here for a tasting. You get to try all of their beers and learn about their makeup as well as how they fared in competition. I bought a mixed case to take home. Take a break from hiking and stop by this place. The beer is just incredible--even the peach!!

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Atlantic Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME

I got there too late for a tour but the BBQ place was still open out back. THe food was good but only had the Coal Porter. It was a good porter--and as expected, so much better on tap than in bottles.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Maine Coast Brewing was Jack Russell Brewpub, Bar Harbor, ME

I had a great time the day I was there (6-23-05). The bartender--who's name I now can't remember was great and the others at the bar were fun too. I got the nickle tour of the brewery and a 6 pack to go. On tap were: gold ale, pale ale, brown, blueberry, porter, extra special bitter, and oatmeal stout. All of them were very good--the extra special bitter was extra sweet and I'm not fond of sweet beer but it was well built. The porter had a hint of a smoky flavor that was nice. Although not a fan of fruit beers I thought that their blueberry was very good. In my notes I wrote that the oatmeal stout was "fabulously yummy."

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Bear Brewpub, Orono, ME

On tap the day I was there were: brown, peach, pale, chocolate stout, hefe, and porter. I got the sampler. The glasses the bartender "told" me were the peach, pale, and hefe all looked a like, smelled alike, and tasted alike. So either I got three glasses of the same beer or those three taste exactly alike. Given those three styles, you'd think that the tastes would be different enough to tell which was which, but there was no peach, hop, or wheat beer taste in any of them. The three darker ones did taste different but were pretty nondescript.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Rocky Bay Brewing Company, Rockland, ME

I went to the brewery and the pub. While their web page says they'll do a tour anytime within the hours they post, when I got there they tell me that I have to have an appointment. They did let me try the scotch ale and told me about the pub in town--of which I was unaware. On tap were lager, summer ale, scotish, IPA, and red with guest taps of guiness and stella. All of them were fine but none stood out. The red was dark and almost had a chocolate flavor--that was unique. The IPA was the best. Nice and hoppy.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: The Liberal Cup, Hallowell, ME

I actually went to this place twice while in Maine...the second time the service was only a bit better. The first time I went was a Tuesday--which I found out later was Trivia night. The bar was full--2 or 3 deep and a line for a table. I fought my way through the crowd to get my name on the list. I was by myself and they refused to even take my name for a table for one. They said to go to the bar. I asked her where she thought I would be able to eat there. She told me that they serve the same menue at the bar. I guess she thought I would like to eat and drink standing up. Thinking that someone might eventually leave I went to the bar. I stood there while I drank to of their "liberal" pints and no one moved so I moved on. A few days later I was back in Augusta so I thought I would give them another try. I was hotter than hell outside and I feared the air conditioned bar would be full again. It wasn't. I actually got a seat. But the bartender would just disapear. People came in and would set at the bar waiting for service and then leave. Over the course of the two visits I had the Summer bitter Summer not, Tar Box Cream stout, Dummer's Lane Brown Ale and the Dog Days Summer wheat. All three were nice but nothing exceptional--certainly not worth waiting three deep at the bar.

(07/05/2005)

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Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Sea Dog Brewery, Topsham, ME

Either things have improved or I got them on a good day. I had an exceptional experience. The space and view are really great. The hazelnut porter--I couldn't get enough of it. It tastes like it is made from hazelnut coffee. Shipyard now owns Seadog, but Seadog retained all their recipes. Seadog IPA is much better than Shipyard. Much more IBUs. The philly cheesestake was succulent! I had a great experience here and would go back.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Gritty McDuff's Freeport Original Brewpub, Freeport, ME

First--why such a low score for service? The bartender was far more interested in flirting with two guys at the other end of the bar to pay any attention to the rest of us at the bar. But the REAL reason I scored them so low for service has to do with payin my bill. My total came to 23 dollars and change. I sat down 2, $20s. The bartender picked up the bill, looked at the two 20s, looked at me and said, "do you want any change?" Yeah, I always tip $17 dollars for crappy service on a $23 bill. Any bartender or waitstaff that has the nerve to ask if we want change deserves to be stiffed anyway--and had she not looked to see how much money I had laid down, I could have been more forgiving.

Same beer on tap here as was in Portland--although for some reason the stout seemed to taste better here...no wait, a beer called Clusterscrump was on tap here and not in Portland. It was pretty nice. Had a nice dry finish.

(07/05/2005)

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Good Good N/A Great Good

Establishment: Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME

I had a better tour experience. The tour wasn't long but then the real point was the tasting. We tasted the Double Ale and the Four (I can't read my notes). Both were very good. Available beginning the day I was there was the 10th Anniversary so I bought a bottle of that but haven't had a chance to try it yet.

(07/05/2005)

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Good Good N/A Great Great

Establishment: Geary D L Brewing Company, Incorported, Portland, ME

They did a tour just for me--that gets them lots of extra bonus points in my book. Larry took me around the plant and showed me all the ins and outs. Let me go up on the catwalks and look into the vats--cool. I had a bottle of the summer while I toured--had just been bottled that morning. I bought a six pack of the porter--unavailable in NY--and I've not tried it yet.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Sunday River Brewing Company, Bethel, ME

I agree with the earlier review--this place deserves a Good + or a Great -. The drive from Portland the the view from the deck of this place are worth the trip. The beer was very nice. Not exceptional but very solid. The 420 IPA was their best. It had a very sharp hoppy finish. The rest of their beers on tap (sunsplash goldn ale, lager, alt, barely wine and bock) were all true to style but a bit sweet for me. The service was quite good. One of the coolest things is that the sell a shirt with their logo on the front and on the back is the logo of several of the other more well-known breweries/pubs in ME.

(07/05/2005)

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Good Good Awesome! Good Good

Establishment: Bray's Brewpub and Eatery, Naples, ME

I had much better luck with service the day I was there (6-19-05) but in all honesty I was the only person at the bar most of the time. On tap that day were: blond, oatmeal pale, brown, porter. The oatmeal pale certainly peaked my interest. I can't say that I liked it but there were some unique things going on in it.. The pale had a bit of an oaky flavor and that was nice. Pleasant Mt. Porter was by far the best. The Pulled pork sandwich was excellent. It is made with the pale ale and it was incredible. It was worth the trip alone.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Gritty McDuff's, Portland, ME

Maybe I was expecting to much. I had heard so much about this place before I got to ME that my expectations were too high. The beer wasn't bad by any stretch, just not as great as I had heard. The stout had a nice flavor but wasn't a real stout...it was like a summer stout...watery isn't the right word but just very light in all respects except color. The brown tasted far to malty to be a brown--but it finished with a bit of nutmeg so it was nice. All I had to eat here were the gritty chips and they were really good.

(07/05/2005)

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Great Great N/A Great Great

Establishment: Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland, ME

Shipyard seems to have their finger in a lot of breweries/brewpubs in Maine, but they do put on a good show at the brewery and only have the original Shipyard brands here. The IPA was really good, far better on tap than in bottled (which is the only way I've been able to get it in NY). If you can get the Brewer's Choice in your area--do so NOW before it's all gone. It's different each year and this one is quite nice. It's sort of a mix between a brown and a scotch ale. I was great. The place is easy to find. Fun tour, nice shop, friendly people, and easy parking.

(07/05/2005)

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Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Sebago Brewing Company, Portland, ME

While in Maine, I hit 21 brewpubs and breweries and Segabo might be the best one overall. On tap the day I was there (6-18-05) were: Hefe, Brown ale, IPA, Light, stout, red, along with guest taps Harpoon summer and Majic Hat# 9. The IPA was almost perfect! The color was quite light and I wasn't expecting the bitter nose and taste but it was really good. The hefe is not mys style of choice but theirs was quite good. Red is a style that typically doesn't set me on fire either but theirs was very nice. Color was darker than the IPA with a robust flavor. You'll want to try all of them so get the sampler first. It was $6 for 6-3oz. samples. The smokestack sandwich is excellent. Set at the bar and you can drink good beer and watch the foot traffic...also walking distance to the tour at Shipyard.

(07/05/2005)

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

Establishment: Whale Tail Brewing Company, Old Orchard Beach, ME

I'm not sure that I'd rather drink from a urinal, but the beer here is pretty bad. The first clue shoul have been that all the locals were drinking Bud. They had three of their own beers on tap and like trooper I suffered through all three. The Pale tasted like iced tea. What they called a "golden" didn't taste that much different from the pale--there was a slight hing to nutmeg or cinnamin at the end--could have been wishful thinking. And the last one was a strawberry--yep--a strawberry. It wasn't as bad as it sounds, but I think they put strawberry extract in the golden. The service was friendly and the locals were pleasant so I didn't have a horrible time but the beer was pretty unremarkable.

(07/05/2005)

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Great Great Good Great Great

Establishment: Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brewpub, Kennebunk, ME

On tap the day I was there (6-17-05) were: Goat island light, export ale, tainttown brown, old thumper, fuggles IPA, Blue fin stout, raspberry wheat, and summer wheat. The IPA was not as hoppy as a lot of IPAs but there was a really nice mix of malt and hops. My favorite was the stout. It had a nice creamy haed with hints of chocolate and coffee. It had that nice "majic window" effect. This place is a "child" or "sibling" of Shipyard thus some of the beer is Shipyard's. Below is a store that sells their beer, shirts, etc. and coffee. A nice respite out of the bustle of touris traffic. Friendly service and nice view.

(07/05/2005)

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Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

This was my second visit. I'd been here about 7 years ago. On tap the day I was there were: IPA, wheat wine, oak aged stout, lager, bock, pilsner, pale, hefe, cream ale, and old brown dog. I htad the stout, IPA, and brown dog. All three were very nice--especially the stout--hints of chocolate yet not heavy.

(07/05/2005)

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Good Good N/A Good Good

Establishment: Redhook Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

I still miss the Doubleblack Stout...I asked if they would ever brew it again and not a definate "no." Anyone know why? All of their beers taste better here than in bottle--I don't know if they are "fresher" or if they are just better on tap. I didn't take the tour this time, but it's usually a good show. You can get a coupon at their web site for a free tour.

(07/05/2005)

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Good Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Northampton Brewery / Brewster Court Pub, Northampton, MA

On tap the day I was there (6-16-05) were: Northampton Pale ale, Weitzenheimer, Raspberry Weitzenheimer, Daniel Shay's bitter, Black Cat Stout, Hoover's Porter. Guest taps were:Sierra Nevada pale, BBC Steel Rail Pale, Smuttynose IPA, and Majic Hat number 9. I had the porter, stout, bitter, pale, weizen and raspberry weizen. All were solid in their style but nothing exceptional. Service was friendly and efficient with a great atmosphere.

(07/05/2005)

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Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Augusta Brewing Company, Augusta, MO

I visited Augusta in March. It took some searching but it was worth it. The beer, food, and service were all great! It was almost warm enough to set out on the deck--although the god-awful summers of MO would keep me inside. Hike the Kady trail and stop here for refreshment!

(06/14/2005)

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

Establishment: Flour City Brewing, Incorporated, Rochester, NY

I said that I would give them another try--and I have--twice. I am happy to report that these two experiences were far better than the first one. In many respcects, it was hard to believe that it was the same place. Both visits were for lunch. I sat at the bar and had very good, friendly service. The beer was significantly better. I agree with those who have written below, the Magnum 44 and Pumpkin were great. The food was ok. It's not spectacular but certainly not as nasty as it was during my first visit. I didn't have to send anything back and I was't accused of being "fussy." Between my two recent visits, a friend went to Flour City. She agreed that the food was ok, she said that her fiancee liked the beer--but their service was just awful. Based on her experience and some of the reviews here, the service is improving but looks to be spotty.

(01/28/2005)

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

Establishment: Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie, New York, NY

The latest member of the NYC Heartland family. Opened 16 November 2004

I visited this location twice while I was in NYC for Thanksgiving. This space may have improved on the original at Union Square. The beer and food are pretty much the same as other locations--with the exception of the snooty Times Square location. My first visit was on Tuesday November 23, 2004. They had been open a week and were still working out a few kinks but the service was excellent. I sat at the street level bar and received excellent service. I returned on Saturday the 27th with a friend. Again, we sat at the street level bar. Service was not so great this time. We were there from about 8:30-10:00 PM. The bar was not busy but the dinning room was. The bartender pretty much ignored us till we flagged them down to get a drink. When we got our bill we understood why the service was so bad--they were adding a 17% tip to the bill--so the bartender was getting a 17% tip regardless of how bad the service was. In his defense, he did tell us that the tip had been added. HOWEVER, he took it upon himself to charge the 17% tip on the pint glasses I bought too. This crappy practice (and one I had not encountered at the other Heartlands--including those nasty servers at the Times Square location)is what brought my service rating down to good. The noon time bartender was soooo much better--his high rating is what kept the servcie ratting from a 'so-so.' Both visits the place was not run over with tourists. This will undoubltably change. If you go and the street level is busy, go on down the stairs. The bottom level is huge! Another bar and almost twice as much seating is one level down--along with the men's/ladies room.

(01/03/2005)

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

Establishment: Bull Rock Brewery, Jefferson City, MO

This brewery/winery is located high on a hill deep in the sticks north of Jefferson City. It is a beautiful location--even in December. Having grown up in this area, I can't tell you how badly I wanted to like this place. In their defense, it was their the last day they were to be open for the holidays. I arrived about 5 minutes after they opened for lunch. While I was there--I was the ONLY one there. Thus, the service should have been annoyingly good. It wasn't. One couple did show up. They walked around and left--I should have taken that as a sign. I sat at the bar--at least it looked like the bar. There was seating but only one tap. The bar-like structure that you walked past to get to the dining area and bar had more taps but no seating. The server would appear, take an order, disapear, and then reappear later. The food was reasonably priced--but what I had was pretty awful. I ordered a quelsidilla (how ever that is spelled). It arrived burned on the edges and dry as a bone. I choked it down without beer because the server was gone somewhere or talking on the phone. The first beer I ordered was the pale ale. Almost 1/2 of the glass was foam. He didn't wait for the beer to settle before he brought it to me and didn't not offer to fill it after it did settle--he DID however charge me full price. The next one I ordered was the stout. It wasn't a stout. It was amber in color and tasted like an amber. There was no stout taste at all. The next beer was an Irish Red. It looked differnt from the stout, but tasted exactly like it. The only beer I didn't try was the raspberry. I'm not fond of fruit beer but will usually try them at a new place just to see what they are like. Since the first three were so poor I didn't want to waste my money on the raspberry. This place was a disapointment all the way around. I may give them another try in warmer weather--the wine people should be out and that may improve service. I try to avoid Missouri in the summer so I may not get the chance to give them another try.

(01/03/2005)

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

Establishment: Schlafly (aka The Saint Louis Brewery Tap Room), Saint Louis, MO

I was at this location 8 or 9 years ago and swore I'd never go back. After reading the positive reveiws as of late, I thought I would give them another try while in Missouri for the holidays. I was there on 23 December 2004. The first thing I noticed was how knowledgeable the bartender was about their beer, the beer brewing process, and the difference in beer style--a nice thing to find at a brew pub!! I could overhear here discussions with the couple a few stools over and she spoke with wisdom and enthusiasm. That knowledge and the good service was a STARK change from my last visit there. I found the service to be attentive and pleasant (with the possible exception of the bartender on the bar side--in his defense he was doing the bar and the tables there). There were 12 beers on tap the day I was there: American Lager, hefewitzen, pilsner, pale ale, ESB, Belgian triple, schwartzbeir, porter, oatmeal stout (tap and cask, coffee stout, and Imperial stout. I found the porter to be especially nice. It had a very robust flavor yet was not sweet or particulary dry. The finish almost had a bourbon flavor.

(01/03/2005)

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

Establishment: Barley's Smokehouse and Brewpub, Columbus, OH

The previous reviewer was correct--the sourkraut balls are great! The brisket sandwich was good as well. This place has a real neighborhood feel-and I got the feeling that the regulars didn't take kindly to outsiders--particularly those that asked a lot of questions about the beer. 7 of their own brews were on tap the day I was there (12-19-04): scotch ale, plae ale, Russian imperial stout, Christmas ale, St. Nick's winter warmer, IPA, pint o Joe. I tried all of them except the scotch ale and St. Nicks. No small feat since they will serve nothing less than a pint. All the beers were good, solid beer--but nothing exceptional. The pint O'Joe was my favorite. It had a nice coffee flavor but didn't have much body. The Imperial stout was my least favorite. It looked great-very dark--but the taste was pretty nondescript. All this sounds pretty negative and I don't mean it to be. If I lived near by, I'd be a regular (and probably feel more welcome).

(01/03/2005)

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Great Great So So Great Great

Establishment: Old Toad, Rochester, NY

The Old Toad is as close to an 'authentic British pub' as your going to get in the US--and still get Americans to go to it. I was there yesterday (8/6/04) for the first time. Parking is a "royal" pain but once I found a spot and got in the pub I forgot all about the parking. The service is very friendly. On tap: XX Bitter, Dogfish Head 60 min, Custom Brewhouse Raspberry, Old Thumper, Wolavers Witt, Strongbow, Custom Brewhouse Ale, CB Nut Brown, Old Specled Hen, Guiness, Heiniken (how ever that is spelled). Hand pumped--Flying Bison aviator red and pale ale as well as CB Cream Porter. There were a few others on the other side of the bar that I couldn't see. There seemed to be a variety of bottled beer available but I didn't see a list or a beer menu. When you go, you must try the XX Bitter. It is from Belgium and very hoppy by Eurpean standards. It has a really nice combo of the traditional Belgian style but loaded with hops. It's a bit pricey for western NY ($6 glass) but well worth it. The only thing that disapointed was the food. I ordered a sandwich--roast beef--they're named after subway stops in London and I don't remember what mine was called. Anyway, It came with chips. There was a layer of chips on the plate with a sandwich that had one thin piece of roast beef. I wasn't too impressed. I will certainly go back for the beer, service and atmosphere, but I'll dine elsewhere.

(08/07/2004)

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

Establishment: Leavenworth Brewery, Leavenworth, WA

The bartender at the Bell Town Pub in Seattle recommended I make the trip over to Leavenworth--great recommendation. It was a spectacular dive--breathtaking in some places. The town is--unique, with beautiful surroundings. I can agree with the earlier review that you should stay in town for a day or two. I couldn't and regret it. The bartender was amazing. I was there for lunch and he had the bar plus at least 5 tables. He kept up and was friendly all the while. On tap the day I was there: Mia Bock, Blind Pig, Escape Alt bier, Hodgson's IPA, Whistling Pig Heffe, Friesian Pilsner, and Bulls tooth porter. The IPA was very tasty, although not as bitter as I like. The porter was dark and creamy with a nice full flavor but a bit too sweet for my liking.

(08/04/2004)

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

Establishment: Big Time Brewery and Alehouse, Seattle, WA

When I was in college, I would have killed to have had a place like this near by--but then I went to Southwest Baptist U so that would have never happened. Anyway, they certainly cater to the college crowd--and it depresses me to admit this, but I guess I'm too old for that anymore. Servers were very pleasant--but when I was there, no table service so for each beer or food, you're standing in line at the counter--that way you do know how your beer is affecting you when you stand up! The beers were ok but tended to be sweeter than I like and the reviews that I read. It has been a while since I was there so some things may have changed--future visitors please take that into consideration. On tap the day I was there: cask conditioned IPA, ESB, Coal Creek Porter, Summerbreak blond, Bhagwana Best IPA, Prime Time Pale Ale, Mie Bock (there's more to the name but I can't read my notes), Old Rip Oatmeal stout and Amber. I liked the porter best as it was the least sweet of those I tried. The IPA had a floral aftertaste that gave it a sweet flavor to me. The oatmeal stout was smokey with a full hearty flavor--that I like--but it too was too sweet for my taste.

(08/04/2004)

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

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

A great place to start the day--maybe even a bit overwhelming. The day I was there they had 10 Pyramid's on tap and 7 Thomas Kemper's. This place is worthy of several visits so you can thoroughly enjoy them all. The food and service is excellent so you can pleasantly visit several times. The best one I had was the espresso stout on nitro. Very very fine. I was facinated to learn on the tour that there was no coffee in the recipe--they simply roast the barley to that flavor. The apricot ale is one of the few fruit beers I like--what a treat to taste it fresh at the brewery as opposed to out of a bottle like I do in NYS. I must agree with the earlier comment about Snowcap--always great. Not on tap while I was there and I've not had it at the brewery, but even out of a bottle it is very nice. This is a great place--I've visited both times I've been in Seattle and will when I go back. I'm guessing that you would want to avoid game days since it is right across from the stadium--unless you're going to the game--then I'd make it part of my game day ritual!

(08/04/2004)

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

Establishment: Belltown Pub, Seattle, WA

I love this place.

Let me say that again.

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! I have been here on two different visits to Seattle and both times were just exceptional. I didn't eat either time so I can't comment on the food, but the beer, beer variety, servcie, atmosphere--are all just excellent!!!! The bartender each time was friendly and knowledgable about the beers on tap--as well as those not on tap. He recommended a trip out to Leavenworth and other fine places. An incredible beer choice. The day I was there, available in bottle were: Bud, Bud light, Coors, Coors light, Amstel, Corona, Das Equis, New Castle brown (so your friends that like mainstream beer will be happy). And....on tap: Redhook ESB, Guiness, Hales ESB, Rogue Shakespear Stout, a Mai Bock but I couldn't tell from who, Bass, Maritime Pacific's Salmon Bay ESB, Tomas Kemper Root Beer, Black Bute Porter, Leavenworth Whistling Pig Heffe, Walover's Organic IPA, Pike's Scotch Ale, Alaskan Ale, Mac and Jack's African Amber, Mt. Vernon Brewery Nut Brown, Orchard Street Brewing Pale.

Need I say more? You can do a Seattle area pub crawl and not leave the bar stool--but you should still visit the breweries. If you are visiting Seattle this could be a great place to start. Come here early in your trip. You'll want to come back before you leave. You'll want to come back even after you've left!!

(08/04/2004)

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Good Good So So Awesome! Good

Establishment: Maritime Pacific Brewing, Seattle, WA

On tap the day I was there: Flagship Red Ale, Flagship Red Ae Dry hopped, clipper Heffe, Islander Plae Ale, Islander Pale Ale Dry hopped, Nightwatch Dark Ale, bosum's black porter (and on nitro) Salmon Bay ESB nitro, and IPA. The nightwatch tasted nondiscript. It had sort of a woody flavor and was very heavy, sweet, and dark. THe IPA was not very bitter but it had a good flavor. Saslmon Bay bitter nitro was very bitter but it disapated quickly. THe porter nitro was nice, but not exceptional

(08/03/2004)

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

Establishment: Hale's Ales Brewery and Pub, Seattle, WA

Very cool space, succulent ribs and garlic mashed potatos. I didn't find the beer to be that great though. On tap the day I was there: Pale Ale, Special bitter, porter, IPA, cream ale, amber ale, and moss bay extra. The special bitter wasn't that special and it certainly wasn't bitter. The IPA was nice. The cream ale tasted like budwiser.

(08/03/2004)

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Great Great N/A Good Good

Establishment: Dad Watsons, Seattle, WA

The same McMinamin's beer as 6 Arms but a much more sedate verstion--atmosphere is much more sedate. In my notes I wrote "cavernouse and without atmosphere." I tried the Fat Rat Porter and it was not very good. Celebration ale was excellent--again!

(08/03/2004)

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Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Redhook Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

I have been to the Seattle location more recently than the NH location but I can't seem to find the review page in WA state.

There is a special place in my beer-loving heart for Redhook as they were my baptism into the world of microbrewed beer about 10 years ago. While I can't say that the quality has been maintained over the years I am still a fan. I have seen the involvment of AB dabated in a number of beer publications--I don't know what the truth is, but I do know that since AB has had their finger in the the Redhook pie some of my favorites are no longer available (the original rye, Double Black stout). One bartender told me that they were no longer available because AB refused to distribute them for Redhook--true? I don't know. This location and the Seattle are great. They put on a good show (tour) although the NH location actually has a real restaraunt--the one in Seattle closed down tours at the old streetcar place--what a shame, sooooo cool. I'm always pleased to see a Redhook on tap when I go in a bar--had the IPA at House of Brews in NYC about a week ago and it was very find.

(08/03/2004)

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Good Good Good So So So So

Establishment: Pike Brewery and Pub, Seattle, WA

The location does lend itself to tons of tourist but I tried it--several times--once on my first trip and twice on my last trip--each time desperatly wanting to like it. But it just never really did much for me. The beer isn't bad--very drinkable, after all the awards and comments from others I expected something really great and it didn't happen. Service was poor. Even setting at the bar you had to send up a flare to get your glass filled. The IPA really isn't. It's an ESB--at best. The Nut brown was pretty wattery. Don't avoid this place--it's a great place to get out of the traffic and have a seat--just don't expect too much.

(08/03/2004)

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Great Great Great Awesome! Great

Establishment: Elysian Brewing Company - TangleTown, Seattle, WA

What a fun place. I had been to several pubs before I got there so--in reality it may not be quite as much fun as I remember but I encourage everyone to go. The horseradish wings were really great. With a name like Satan Stout, I couldn't let that one pass--unfortunatly it was sweet--which I couldn't figure with a name like "satan." Imortal IPA was truly great. The Perseus Porter was probably my favorite. It was a bit heavy--maybe too heavy for most but I really liked it.

(08/03/2004)

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

Establishment: McMenamins / Six Arms Pub, Seattle, WA

The atmosphere is the real reason to come to 6 Arms--not that the beer is bad, I thought it was actually quite good--but this is another McMinamins. You can get the beer all over Portland and Seattle. The design of the space and all the cool stuff all over the walls will never leave you wanting for something to look at or a topic of discussion. The most unique beer I had there was the Nebraska bitter. To me, it seemed to be almost a bitter and heffe combo--strange sounding, but I liked it. The Celebration Ale was excellent. They make their own salsa which is also quite good.

(08/03/2004)

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

Establishment: Ale House Pub and Eatery, Tacoma, WA

63 taps! If I counted correctly..things did blur at times so I might be wrong but there are a lot of them--of that I am certain. Lots of bar seating...lots of taps...lots of friendly good service and a great Reuben sandwich to boot! I could have spent my entire vaction here just trying all the beers. Of note on tap the day I was there: Guiness, Harp, Hales, Petes, Labatt, Molson, Moosehead, Fosters, Blind Pig, Alaskan, Pyramid, Full Sail, Snowqualmie, Bud, Miller, Deschutes--so there is something there for everyone.

(08/02/2004)

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

Establishment: Engine House Number 9, Tacoma, WA

I didn't know about this place till the people at Harmon told me to check it out. Just great. The old fire House is so cool and the variety of beer--in additon to their own--is wonderful. The 4 alarm stout and the outrageously bitte were very good. As was the Enginehouse porter. The bartender was very friendly. Other beers on tap (or in bottle) of note were: Fish Tale, Red Sea, Pyramid, Hales, Pike Widmer, Skullsplitter, Red Tail, Redhook. This place is a little out of the way but well worth the search. Go when you have time to set and enjoy. I was there in the afternoon and found the place not crowded.

(08/02/2004)

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Great Great Great Great Great

Establishment: Harmon Pub and Brewery, Tacoma, WA

I loved this place. It could be just my infatuation with the NW but the space is so cool and the beer, food, and service were great. Be sure to check out the Chihuly glass display at the Union Station down the street. On tap the day I was there: Plae ale, brown's point bitter, puget sound porter, Wollochet (sp?) bay wheat, and one that I can't read in my notes. The bitter had abit of a sweet note to it but there was a bitter aftertaste--intereseting. The porter was delicious! There was a coffee/malt flavor that was very nice. The pale ale was indeed pale-not too bitter--a good way to start. This place does a lot for it's patrons--organizes all sorts of trips, hikes, etc. If I lived in the area, I would be a regular.

(08/01/2004)

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Great Great N/A Lousy Good

Establishment: O'Blarney's Pub, Olympia, WA

I've been to this place twice. In 1996--my first visit to the NW it was great. More recently, the beer is still good but the service has suffered. They have something for everyone on tap, even Bud. Of note (to me) were: Morror Pond Pale Ale, Widmer Hefe, Fat Tire Ameber, Redhook Blond, Mac & Jack's African Amber, T. Kemper Marzen, Full Sail Golden. Hopefully things are better now. Not any recent reviews so the jury must still be out.

(08/01/2004)

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

Establishment: East Side Club, Olympia, WA

I didn't know that this place existed, but the bartender at Fishbowl recommended the place--glad he did. When I was there there were 31 taps. 5 from Deschutes (mirror pond, black butte, obsidian stout, cascade, bachelor ESP), 4 from Snowqualmie (sp?) ( copperhead, wildcat IPA--yummy!!!!, flack frog stout--also yummy!!, special dark, 24 Karat gold) 4 from Dick's (pale, danger, cream stout, best bitter) along with the traditionals of Bud, miller, carona, grolsch. This was a hoot and a great place to taste beers of the NW!!!

(08/01/2004)

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

Establishment: Fish Brewing Company / Fish Bowl Pub, Olympia, WA

I must admit that it has been a while since I was at Fish Tale but the current reviews tell me that things have not changed. I can not say enough good things about this place--from the food, to the service, to the beer and even recommended another bar near by that served a lot of microcrews (East Side Club, 410 4th Ave, if they are still open). First the food--I had the key lime wings--since I'm from near Buffalo, NY, I had to try them. My God, they were excellent. I've tried to recreate the recipe since I've been home but can't. They were excellent. On tap the day I was there: fish eye IPA, red snaper, mudshark porter, winter fish, barley wine, (something--can't read my notes) salmon. I had the fish eye (exellent, clean and hoppy), the barley wine (not sweet buy not really my thing), and the porter (execellent--bought a 6 pack to drag back to NY--and it made it!!!!). They even kept my 6 pack in the cooler while I went to the other bar they recommended. My understanding is that when I was there, the restraraunt was not owned by the same people who did the brewing although they were all under one roof. That may have changed since then...but you must stop here. Even the pint glasses are a hoot! I wish I'd bought a whole set!

(08/01/2004)

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

Establishment: MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room, Rochester, NY

In April 2004 I swore off the Jefferson Rd. location forever. What good are all those taps if no one will fill your glass? Yesterday (7-31) I finally made it to the Greggory Street location. What a difference. This one is friendly and had much more of a neighborhood feeling. I could feel the difference when I walked in the door! I had lunch out at Rohrbachs so I can't comment on the food, but the beer and service were excellent! There wr 78 taps, 9 IPA's, 5 porters, 8 stouts, 16 ales, and 6 wheat beers--and those are just the styles that I prefer! The bartender was friendly and very willing to let you taste --and no screaming, yelling, clapping, sending up a flare, etc that is necessary to get service at the Jefferson Road location. They have Ithaca brewing do some house brews for them. The porter (Big Man Porter) is quite good. They have Middle ages do one for them, but I don't recall what it was. Those of us who are out of towners might find the Jefferson Rd location more convenient, but skip it--go into the Greggory street location!!!

(08/01/2004)

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

Establishment: Rohrbach Brewing Company, Rochester, NY

It had been several years since I had been to this location. I always went to the Gregory Street location but when it closed I substituted Empire. Then Empire closed and I went to MacGreggors on Jefferson (Big Mistake!) Then I tried Four City--even bigger mistake, or they didn't have those just opened kinks worked out so yesterday (7-31) I decided to take the treck out on Buffalo Road and see what was up with Rohrbacks. It is a little out of the way, but having refreshed my memory--it is worth it. The owner is such a friendly guy--and was even in on a Saturday morning. The bartneder was a little cold at first but once she got going (and she saw the owner talking to me) she warmed up. The rueben sandwich was the best -- with a name like Rohrbach's it better be good, and it is!! On tap yesterday were: highland, scotch ale, hefe, pilsner, american, bluebeary, summer ale, and the guest tap of Otter Creek Amber. I started with the summer ale and it was really good. I'm not sure what the style was, but it tasted a bit pilser-ish but there was a finsh to it that I can't put my finger on. Although it wasn't bitter, I really liked it. The hefe was very good as well. Nice and tart. The bluebeary was realy good as well--and this is from one who doesn't like fruit flavored beer. Although R's is a bit off the beaten track, it's not that far off of 390--maybe 10 minutes and well worth it. They do a great brewer's fest the first weekend in August (this year the 6th and 7th). It's a great gathering of good NY brewers and well done.

(08/01/2004)

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

Establishment: Lewiston Brew House, Lewiston, NY

Lewiston is a beautiful little town on high on the banks of the Niagara River. The food, sercie and variety of taps makes this a great stop. Get away from all the tourons at Niagara Falls, drive up the road and stop in. If you're from out of state, some of Western NY's best are on tap--Ommegan, Custom Brewhouse, etc.

(07/30/2004)

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

Establishment: Market Street Brewing Company and Restaurant, Corning, NY

Bar service is far better than table service--but the bar is so small that many times you have to set at a table. I live about 40 minutes away so I've been here many times. Bartendeers are consistently friendly and knowledgable about the beers. Table service has never been bad--but has varied dramatically especially as far as knowledge about their beers is concerned. Their best is the Pot Belly Pale Ale. It is very bitter and no metalic taste that tends to crop up when beers get bitter. The red ale is a bit bland. I'm not a fan of fruit beers but their blackberry is very nice. D'Artagnan Dark Ale is really good. It is not as bitter as the IBU's would indicate. The variety of malts add a unique flavor that the decrning beer drinker will appreciate.

(07/30/2004)

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

Establishment: King Arthur's Steak House and Brew Pub, Oswego, NY

I have been to King Arthur's four times and was surprisded to see that I hadn't put in a review yet. I noticed that when I was checking Lew Bryson's reviews to see if he had visited some places I'd been to on Long Island. When I saw his review I had to check out the pub crawler page. While I have to admit that the beer here is not exceptional--when I have been there it was certainly not "undrinkable." To put my comments in perspective, I visited in Jan. 2002, January 2003, July 2003 and Sept. 2003--so things may have changed and Lew's unfortuate comments may be accurate. My largest complaint was the use of plastic cups Harborfest weekend--for indoor service. The Sunday brunch is just great!!!! But, to the beer. The oatmeal stout had a really good flavor, but was a bit flat for my liking. The porter had a good nutty flavor, but did not taste like a porter--it tasted like a nut brown. When I tasted it and thought 'nut brown' I really liked it...but it's no porter. The IPA was ok, nothing spectactular--but certaily drinkable. I have friends that live in Hannibal so I hope to get back to King Arthur's soon. Their location, space, and food are really good and I want their beer to keep pace!

(07/30/2004)

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

Establishment: Southampton Publick House, Southampton, NY

I've been to Southampton Publick House twice--most recently on July 16th. Both times I had excellent experiences although I must admit that the service was a bit better at the bar than outside. The foreign extra stout was excellent--chocolate and coffee flavor (had 11/2002--don't think it was on tap in July). The IPA was very good. With friends on the south fork, this can be a regular stop for me. I look forward to the next time!

(07/30/2004)

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

Establishment: Heartland Brewery at Union Square, New York, NY

This is the original Heartland and to date, the best (we'll see what happens in the fall when the Empire State location opens). My only complaint is that the music is too loud--god that makes me feel old to say that. But when ever I go with friends we can barely hear ourselves think, much less talk. I have been there several times and each time had good food and service--I've sat at the bar and at a table and have always been treated well. The food and beer do cost a lot more than I pay up in western New York, but then that is something I've come to expect when I go to NY. Those of you from NYC that have complained about the price the beer--look at what you pay for rent!!! Good God Gerty--and you expect beer to be cheap? Farmer Jon's Stout and the Indiana Pale Ale are consistently great! For seasonal be sure to try the apricot--a fruit beer I actually like--and the Smmiling Pumpkin.

(07/29/2004)

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

Establishment: Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, Ellicott City, MD

This is a beautiful place in a beautiful historic village that is a nightmare to navigate and even more difficult to find parking. But, for those who love lager, it will be worth your trouble. I--unfortunatly--don't like lager. I knew that they dealt primarily with lager before I went but I thought maybe they'd have an ale or two. After the traffic trauma I needed alcohol--lager or not. I had the porter and it was far to sweet for my liking. The serivce was incredible. The bartender was very friendly and wait staff appeared to be as well.

(07/29/2004)

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

Establishment: Wharf Rat At Camden Yards / Oliver Breweries, Baltimore, MD

I was thoroughly disapointed in my visit. On tap the day I was there was: Irish style red, Golden Jubulee, old English, pagan Porter, Iron man pale Ale, Summer light ale, Olivery Blackfriar Stout. The porter was all I tried. That and the service and the atmostphere had me out the door. I've not heard that it has been sold, but if so, let's hope that it is to someone who will make a go of a brewpub in that area.

(07/29/2004)

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

Establishment: Red Brick Station / White Marsh Brewing Company, Baltimore, MD

Although I gave more "good" scores I belive that RBS deserves a "great" overall. It's in a mall area--don't let that scare you away--or the IKEA across the street. (I saw that as a bonus). Lots of indoor and outdoor seating as well as a large circular bar. My service was friendly and swift, although I should note that ony 2 other people were at the bar. My first beer was the Daily Crisis IPA. It is hoppy but not as hoppy as they claim, "Loaded with hops" it ain't. But it had a good clean, bitter taste. In my notes I wrote "just excellent" about the spooners stout. It was bitter and tasty. The brown ale was very clear and amber in color. It was a good ale but it wasn't a brown ale. It tasted more like and ESB. They Made Me Do It Blueberry Ale--again, I am a sucker to try a fruit beer despite so many disapointments. This one was not bad--I didn't want to spit it out--but it really didn't have much of a blueberry flavor either. I ordered the Red Brick Burger well done--and it came well done--dry as a bone. I know that can happen, but so many places don't let it happen that I am still disapointed when it does. I simply ordered another stout to wash it down. Maybe that was part of their plan.

(07/29/2004)

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

Establishment: C.H. Evans Brewing - The Albany Pump Station, Albany, NY

Well, the reviews for this place are all over the spectrum--mine goes on the good side. I was there for lunch and was surprised at the crowd. Even had to wait for a seat at the bar--but there were appologies all around and the patrons were friendly. This is a really cool space and conveniently located--you can see it from the freeway and find your way--it's as close as it looks! On tap the day I was there: Scotish light, Quackenbash blond, state street porter, Kick-ass brown, American Amber, candy apple red, pump station pale, and braggot (? my notes are a bit sloppy). The Pump Station Pale was very good. Not only was it bitter but you could actually taste the hops--any home brewer who has stuck his/her nose in the bag of hops and sniffed knows what I am talking about. The porter was smoky and succulent! The description in the menue made it sound like it was going to be sweet but it wasn't. The kick ass brown was great--a bitter brown--can it get much better? Although I am not a fan of heffe, the patrons next to be kept raving about it so I tried it--it was actually quite good. Since I typically don't like that style, I'm not sure what that says to those of you who do. I loved this place and will certainly make it a regular stop each time I'm in Albany.

(07/29/2004)

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

Establishment: Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA

This is a fun place with OK beer. Service was great and friendly people all around. But the beer was just ok. I had the Susquehana (sp?) stout, the Purist Pale Ale, and the Kiponic (? my notes are hard to read) Fest. All were ok just nothing spectacular.

(07/29/2004)

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

Establishment: Cooperstown Brewing Company, Milford, NY

Cooperstown Brewing is a great microbrew experience. They charge you about 2 bucks but you get pints samples (most of the time), small tour but they chat and answer questions. The pint glass is a hoot with the 3-D baseball in the bottom.

(07/29/2004)

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

Establishment: Bullfrog Brewery, Williamsport, PA

Every beer I've had here has been great. My only complaint is the one-way street outside and parking..but there's not much they can do about that. The Williamsporter was by far my favorite. I wish it was just a little bit closer--2 hours makes it just far enough that you have to plan. Thank God they do growlers.

(07/28/2004)

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

Establishment: Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, Buffalo, NY

I have been to Pear street several times--especially since Empire closed. Each time I go I think I am really going to like the place..but I leave disapointed. I'm not sure why. The beer isn't bad--but it's not great. The good isn't bad, but it's nothing exceptional. The service is even ok. I guess I just expect more from the space and location. The lake effect IPA has never been hoppy enough to really justify calling it an IPA. They had 6 of their own on tap the last time I was their as well as one of Flying Bison's. To my knowledge, Pearl is the only brew pub in Buffalo proper now.

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Niagara Falls Brewing Company, Niagara Falls, ON

I went to NB hoping for more of a microbrewery experience. I got a 5 minute tour and a 25 minute sales pitch. They were far more interested in selling their product than developing customer loyalty. I understand that all breweries want to sell their beer, but the ones that I have been to sell their beer by tasting and telling about the beer and how it is made and let their product and hospitality sell it. I did try their Pale ale. It was ok. Olde Jack was dark like a stout but lighter and more flavorful. I probably would have a better attitude about the place if I'd not be rushed out the door. I thought buying a 6 pack would help. It didn't. They were working for foot traffic.

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Schaumburg, IL

When you've had all of IKEA you can stand, run across the parking lot and have a beer. My experience was a lot more positive than many who wrote here. On tap the day I was there--blond, buttface amber, bighorn light, big red IPA, total disorder porter, and Ram premium pilsner. I thought the IPA was very good--in my notes I have that it was very hoppy and a great hoppy finish--I'll admit that it has been a while since my visit and things may have changed but I certainly wouldn't characterize it as others have here. The porter was smoky and not sweet...I find that good. Others like their porter sweet. Didn't eat and could only have time for 2 beers--had to go back and meet the IKEA shoppers.

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Stoudt's Brewing Company, Adamstown, PA

I used to love coming down to Adamstown in October for their brewfest--that is, until they started selling as many tickets as possible to each session. The last one I was at was so crowded you couldn't move or breath. My buddy and I left and dove down to Victory. This is a shame because Stoudt's makes excellent beer and with the exception of selling as many tickets as possible, the festivals are well run. They have a manageable number of breweries there, meal included, a band (which plays the same songs with the same jokes at each festival--but you've been drinking so you don't mind it as much). I've only eaten in the restaraunt once. I thought the food was a bit pricy and not that good. But any place can have a bad night. Their Fat Dog Stout and American Pale ale are some of the best in that style. Rumor has it that they are contracting out a lot of their brewing to a place in Scranton. I hear that a lot but so far no one is willing to say for sure.

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

On the day I stopped in (7/22) it was hotter than 2 mice fornicating in a wool sock! I was looking for a place to set down, cool off, and have a few brews with lunch. I found all that and more. This is a great place. The bartender that afternoon was great, friendly patrons, excellent food and a great variety of beer. On tap the day I was there--Redhook rye, Dogfish Head 90 min., Guiness, Stella, Anchor, Avery IPA, Weinstephaner Hefe, Bealy scotch ale, Sierra Nevada pale ale, Wyerbacher, Fulers ESB, Plue Point blueberry, South Hampton, Avery white, Hoegarden, Magic Hat #9, Smutty Nose brown. This will become a regular stop each time I'm in NYC.

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: House Of Brews, New York City, NY

I had a great time here! I was there on 7/20--the bartender was John. He was great and knew a lot about most of the beer on tap. We ordered several munchies and sat at the bar. The food was good. Beers of note (to me) that were available--Victory Hop Devil, Redhook IPA, Chemay. Many taps, many bottles, good service, good food--just far enough down 46th--be sure to stop in. They've only been open since March 2004, so flood in and keep John company and keep this place open!

(07/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Kinsale Tavern, New York, NY

When I stepped in this place, I felt like I had walked into my own neighborhood bar. The bartender and the customers were all so friendly. They have many taps--suposedly 35 although I couldn't count them all. Some I could see were Molson, Smithwicks (newly imported to US from Ireland--really good!), Worsteiner's, Magner's, Harp, Bass, Guiness, Anchor Steam, Stella, Sierra Nevada, Coors, Pilsern Urquell, Bud. A lot of beers, but none that really make me scream. Although, if I'm back in the neighborhood, the friendly atomosphere alone would be enough to get me to stop in again.

(07/27/2004)

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

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)

Beer Quality Beer Selection Food Service Overall
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)

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

Establishment: Barley Creek Brewing Company, Tannersville, PA

It is tradition for me to stop here on my way to NYC for Thanksgiving. I have never been disapointed. Consistently they serve up excellent beer, food, and service. The Black Spider--I believe it is called--is just excellent (maybe Black Widow?). If you travelint on I-80 it is WELL worth the stop. The instructions on the web page are very good--and they are not as far off the interstate as the directions may leave you to believe.

(05/04/2004)

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

Establishment: Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

This place always reminds me of an old Baptist hymn, "Victory in Jesus." Well, VIJ this place exists. I've been a fan of their beer since I first tried Hopdevil at the Flour City Brew Festival in Rochester, NY. For my 39th Birthday I actually made it down to the brewpub for dinner (I had been at Stoudt's brewfest in Adamstown). I don't care where you live, if you love good, hoppy, well-brewed beer and excellent knowledgable service (to say nothing about the food) you owe it to yourself to go.

(05/04/2004)

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

Establishment: Ya Ya Bayou Brewhouse, Buffalo, NY

I was browsing Pubcrawler and saw that YaYa was here so I thought I'd see what others had written. And....nothing..no reviews. Maybe they had the same experience I did. I attempted to have lunch on their second day in business. I arrived at 11:30 thinking that they would be open for lunch. The door was locked so I waited thinking they would open soon, by noon at least. Many people walked up, tried the door and walked away. Finally after about 10 or 15 minutes of this, someone came out of the kitchen and opened the door. He looked 'down his nose' at me and asked in a condescending way if he could help me. I said I was hoping to have lunch. He said "We don't do lunch." I looked at him and said, "exucse me?" He said again, "We don't do lunch." I said, "you have a pub in downtown Buffalo and you don't do lunch? Do you plan on doing payroll?" And to that, he slamed the door in my face and locked it. So that's been about 2 years and from what I hear they're still open. I hear Custom Brewhouse does their beer. Yet with no reivews here...makes me wonder...maybe they don't really cater to the beer-lover audience.

(05/04/2004)

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

Establishment: Big Tree Inn, Geneseo, NY

The service and food were excellent. I was just there on Saturday (24 April 2004) and the bartender was friendly and knew a lot about the beers on tap. There weren't however, a huge variety on tap. Bonus points though for no Coors or Bud on tap. They have an extensive bottle choice--although most seemed to be Belgian style (not my favorite style). If you're in the area this is a great place to stop in. I'm not so sure it's worth a special trip though.

(04/27/2004)

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

Establishment: Chelsea Brewing Company, New York, NY

The view here is great. The beer on the other hand--not so much. It's not awful..but it's not worth a special trip. If you're over on the west side, stop in and watch the sun set with a brew..but don't expect the likes of Heartland to be in your glass.

(04/13/2004)

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

Establishment: Buffalo Brew Pub / Brewing Company, Williamsville, NY

I have been to the BBP several times and the service has run the gambit--never bad, though. The food has always been good. The selection of beer is great...but the quality of their own beer is really poor. I keep trying it hoping that it will get better. It doesn't. It's a big space with tv's, games etc. and a great variety of taps. If they were relying on the sale of their own brew, they'd be gone by now.

(04/13/2004)

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

Establishment: Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

I am not a fan of this style of beer, but even if you don't like beer you should stop in and take the tour. They do good work and put on a good beer "show." While this isn't my 'style of choice' you can tell it is well made. The reputation they've built in such a short period of times speaks well for the quality of the product and the organization.

(04/13/2004)

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

Establishment: Ithaca Beer Company, Ithaca, NY

Some friends and I stoped in on a Saturday morning for a tour and taste. We were treated like royalty! Since there was only 5 of us I thought we'd get the 25 cent tour and sent on our way. NOPE! They let us taste all they had and gave a complete, informative friendly tour. An excellent product. Luckily I can pick it up at will at Wegmans in Hornell.

(04/13/2004)

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

Establishment: Distillery, Rochester, NY

The beer here is just bad. Nasty. So bad I actually let them throw it away--and I'd rather see a church burn than to throw away beer but it was not good. The food and service was just ok. Thank God they did have Saranac so I didn't have to drink iced tea.

(04/13/2004)

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

Establishment: MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room, Rochester, NY

I want to change my vote! I have been to the Jefferson Rd location 5 times since I re-discovered McGregor's in January 2004. The service for each of those 5 visits has just been horrible! My last visit on March 18th was just the last straw. I don't think a gun fight would have gotten this guy's attention. God knows putting your empty glass at the end of the bar, waving your empty glass, whistleing (I really mean that!), waving, none of it worked. Yelling--that was it. The horrible service takes most of the joy out of the incredible beer selection. It doesn't do much good if you can't get someone to serve it to you!

(04/01/2004)

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

Establishment: Brü, Rochester, NY

Praise be to the Beer Gods that another brewery has opened in the old Empire space on State or Exchange or what ever the street is called there. I visited on March 18th and was very pleased. There is a lot of 'Empire' still there but that's ok. Best physical improvement is the flat screen TV right above the bar. I have no complaints about the beer, service, or food. I'm anxious to return--especially since service has gotten so bad at the McGreggors on Jefferson--but that's for another review. On tap that day were: blond, Stout, IPA, Hefeweizin, Czech Pilsner, scotch ale, Custom BH Pale Ale, Wolavers Brown, Ithaca's Double IPA, and Kipling light. I tried the IPA (was really nice, not as bitter as Victory or Ellicottville 2 brothers but a great IPA that is drinkable waaaaay into summer) the stout (thick rich and sweet. I'm not a fan of sweet stouts but this was ok.), the Hefeweitzen (Not a fan of this style but it was good, very true to style). Just as I was about to leave they changed the beer menue to add their porter: Double Chocolate Porter. PEOPLE OF ROCHESTER--RUN DON'T WALK to get some of this. It is not sweet nor is it dry but it is excellent. Since I stayed for a porter I got then to give me a sample of the scotch ale--again, not one of my favorites but this was very good. It had almost a nutty flavor. Thanks to the new owners for taking a chance on a brewpub in Rochester!

(04/01/2004)

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

Establishment: Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY

I thought I would offer a "Part 2" to my review of January. I sent a copy of the review I put here to their offical web site ATT: the director of marketing. I never heard a single word back from them. Southern Tier was at the Syracuse Brew Festival so I stopped by there. The people 'manning' the booth were rude and aloof--a rarity at brew festivals. Foolishly bought a shirt. 1 sleeve fell off in the first wash. Since the Syracuse Brew-fest I have discovered at least one bar that has stopped carrying Southern Tier because of the rude, inappropriate behavior of their delevery people (the delivery people are ST emplyees). I hope for their sake that my continued bad luck is the exception rather than the rule.

(04/01/2004)

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

Establishment: Malt River Brewing Company, Latham, NY

If I lived closer, I would probably give them another try-but since I am 4 hours away and the traffic around this mall is just nuts to navigate, I doubt I will. Once you walk in, you quickly forget that you are in a mall. Very cool. I managed to get the bartender's attention twice so I was able to have two beers. I had the pale ale and stout. Both were good--not spectacular or anything out of the ordinary, but good. The awful service probably affected the workmanship of my taste buds. The bartender was horrid. He spent the entire time I was there standing at the far end of the bar--as far from paying patrons as possible--complaining to his buddy about how bad tips were on Sundays so he was dropping his Sunday shifts (there's the good news folks--go on Sunday and you are bound to avoid this guy). Three times I tried to order food and finally gave up, finished the second beer and got the hell out. I'll give the bartender one thing--it was amazing how he could quickly find out what beer you wanted and never loose a beat in the conversation with this buddy at the far end of the bar. Something tells me that the day of the week has little to do with the tips this guy gets.

(03/14/2004)

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

Establishment: Brown's Brewing Company was Troy Pub and Brewery, Troy, NY

I stopped in for lunch on Friday, 12 March 2004. I had just gotten out of the ditch from an exciting adventure on black ice in I88. The staff were very helpful with phone numbers and directions and served up great beer, food and service. The black colla stout was especially good. This place is definatly worth a stop.

(03/14/2004)

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

Establishment: MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room, Rochester, NY

I was thrilled to find the Jefferson Road location. Now that Empire is closed this is a great stop. One side of the bar alone has over 60 taps. I'm anxious to try the Gregory Street location.

(01/16/2004)

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

Establishment: Eddie's Brewery and Grille, Orchard Park, NY

I respect Lew Bryson's oppinion--both of his books are exellent--but I really think he got it wrong on this place. I didn't know Eddie's existed till I read Bryon's book, NEW YORK BREWERIES so I decided to give it a try. Mistake. I had three beers; Cameron's Bitter, Beckster's Red Nose Ale, and Razberri Wheat. All three were very bad. I mean REALLY bad. The bitter was so fizzy I thought I was going to take flight after just one sip. The flavor was well, like some strange bacteria had gotten in the tank or lines. It reminded me of an IPA I made at home-a bad one. The Red Nose ale was black as pitch--but pretty much tasted like the bitter except it was flat. The Raz wheat is just their wheat beer and they add Chambord to it--after they pour it in the glass--not during the brewing process. This was so odd, and the other beers were so bad, I figured that I had nothing to loose by giving it a try--well, it was the best of the three but not great. I ordered a beef on weck. It came with fries...nasty frozen fries that had been baked--at least partially. The beef on the sandwich was piled high--but it was the driest beef I've ever had. The bar tender--I hope--was in training. He knew nothing about the beer on tap and really didn't want to get you anthing. At the most there were six of us at the bar that seated 10-12. You had to ask for another beer. He would stand there see your empty glass, or notice that you had put the menue down but would do nothing till you said something to him. None of the beers that Bryson mentions in his book were on tap so I can hope that those are better than the ones that I tried yesterday (1-3-04). But I would much rather go to a corner bar and drink a Saranac or (gasp) a LaBatts than experience the beers I tried there yesterday.

(01/04/2004)

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

Establishment: Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY

The quality of the beer at Southern Tier can not be denied. It is excellent. This is one reason why I made a special trip from Hornell, NY to Lakewood just to try the beer fresh, do the brewery tour, get a glass, t-shirt--the entire beer-geek experience. I planned to go on Jan 3 so I called the day before to be sure they would be open (being the hollidays and all). The assured me that they would be open. So, I make the 70 mile journey, arrive at 1PM--when the first tour is to start--and the place is all locked up. I decided to drive around a little and was back at 1:20. The door was open this time. I walked in and down the hall to the tasting room. No one was around anywhere. I waited a bit. Walked back down the hall to the receiption area and rang the bell. And boy did it ring--again and again and again. I waited a bit and then walked back down to the tasting room. The phone rang. I'm assuming someone somewhere answered it as it rang only once. I waited and looked through some of the magazines. Finally at 1:45 I said forget it and left. What a disapointment to drive that far and no one ever show up. As I drove back home I started to wonder how many t-shirts and beer they loose if this is a regular occurance.

Their beer is excellent and their shirts a cool as well, and if you live in the area I'd say stop by--but if you live farther away--don't make a special trip, you'll be left--well, beer-less.

(01/04/2004)


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