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

This was another stop during my recent visit (Oregon Brewers Festival); in fact, Bridgeport was the first target hit upon arrival - it being under renovation during my previous visit in November 2005.

Located in Portland's Pearl District, or warehouse district more likely, BP is situated in a reconverted warehouse; you enter into a large, open, multi-storied, brickwalled space that is bisected by a steel staircase (leading upstairs to Bridgeport's only bar and restrooms).

On the left is a dining area with tables; to the right, as you enter, is a smaller dining area decked out with tables and high-tops. Off to the side is a bakery set-up with tantalizing sweets, but I was there for the beer. There is a walk up bar in the back for ordering. It sort of reminded me of many of the pubs in Prague - but I digress. Outside on what was once the loading dock is a patio for outdoor drinking - guess it still is a "loading" dock after all. Anyway sit, relax and watch the construction across the street.

The beer, their beer, is served fresh in Imperial pint glasses. A thirsty patron has about eight taps from which to choose; I enjoyed the tasty Blue Heron, the IPA and on cask: Ropewalk and Haymaker, the latter being an amber ale. Please note: they also had their hop heavy (100+ IBU) Hop Czar, which I sampled the following day at OBF - I did go back a second time for another. Mybad.

Efficient service meant my glass was never empty. Bridgeport has an excellent weekday Happy Hour when pints are $2.75.

Off course, being in the aforementioned Pearl District, Bridgeport Brewing is accessible by the beloved Portland Streetcar; it runs east on Lovejoy (1 block south) and west on Northrup (1 block north), so you can catch it either way. Check out the sign in front by the door; it provides notification of the streetcar arrival/departures. I heard that they adopted a stop. How sweet. Enjoy it during your next Portland visit.

(08/21/2008)

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

Establishment: Amnesia Brewing, Portland, OR

After a hearty lunch (and a few brews) at Widmers Gasthaus, I took a pleasant 20 minute walk and found my way to the evolving "Historical Mississippi District," home to a burdgeoning array of establishments, one of which is Amnesia Brewing.

And it is as unpretentious as they come: a converted warehouse with a covered beer garden where patrons quaff craft ales while watching the "Historical Mississippi District" pass by. Inside, you find a large area with a few picnic tables and a small bar off to the left.

In the back is the brewery, a 7 barrel direct-infusion system (I hope this is correct.) The beer list* is pretty expressive - I enjoyed the Dusty Trail Pale Ale (5.2 abv) and a delicious Desolation IPA (6.2 abv). For $7.00 you can get your beer to go (in a quart mason jar).

* Their Copacetic IPA was featured (and drank) at the OBF

Include efficient service along with some great music in a relaxing atmosphere and you have what Portland is known for: a friendly local pub.

If you are taking Trimet, the No. 4 bus from downtown goes right by. It's also a short (10 minute) walk to the Lompoc 5th Quadrant (Review Coming). A wonderful afternoon at Amnesia - one that I'll never forget.

(08/07/2008)

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

Establishment: Birreria Paradiso, Washington, DC

First, my review has been divided into two sections, since "Birreria Paradiso" (BP) is, in actuality, the lower level of "Pizzeria Paradiso." In that there are no separate entries for the latter, the bisected review is necessary to provide a concise description of this exceptional beer bar (and Neapolitan pizzeria).

Pizzeria Paradiso/BP is located on the south side of M Street amid the posh enclave of Georgetown, home of narcissistic poseurs and fashion fops and a destination to many slack-jawed tourists in search of T-shirts - or to check out the stairs from the movie "The Exorcist," which are a few blocks up the street. As a long-time resident of this area, I have always despised Georgetown and have made it a life long point to avoid it like the proverbial plague. That is until now, because with last year's opening of Birreria Paradiso, I am now forced to venture into Georgetown and seek out the city's best beer bar. (Sorry, Brickskeller, you have been deposed.)

Because parking is sketchy, Pizzeria Paradiso/BP can be reached by public transit, the nearest stations being Dupont Circle, where one gets off for the aforementioned Brick, Foggy Bottom or Rossyln in Virginia (you would have to cross the Key Bridge and hang a right on M Street. All of these stops are about a 20-minute walk. Alternatively, for $1.00 you could ride the Georgetown Circulator bus that runs from Union Station along Massachusetts Avenue (where you may disembark for the Old Dominion Brewhouse) and turns onto Pennsylvania Avenue and onto M Street, where it turns north a few blocks from BP.

I - Pizzeria Paradiso (Upstairs): Upon entry you should meet the bored hostess or host who will try to find you a table in the cramped dining room on the left or you can just try to find a spot at the small marble-topped bar directly behind her or him. Look up and check out the blue sky painted on the ceiling, a nice feature for someone who has quaffed a few too many Belgian abbeys only to wake up staring at the sky. A nice touch, though.

The beers list is extraordinary and the beers (80 bottles/16 taps) are carefully selected and frequently rotated. Don't worry if you do happen to sit upstairs, since most of the listed beers are available.

Along with a tasty roast pork Panini, I enjoyed on draught: Troeg's Nugget Nectar (See Review), Wells' Bombardier English Premium Bitter and a bottle of Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA. Note: go easy on the garlic when drinking hoppy beers. Having sated myself, I waited until 5pm and the opening of:

II - Birreria Paradiso (Downstairs): Upon entering Pizzeria Paradiso, head toward the rear of the dining room and to the left of the open kitchen; adjacent to the wine cellar, there is a door, a Portal of Pleasure. Descend the stairs where Beervana awaits. It is a dimly lit space with a low ceiling accommodating a small bar that can seat about 10, lounge seating by the fireplace for 8 people and tables for around twenty. Restrooms can be found at the far end of the bar. A few on tap that I had that night: Troeg's Nugget Nectar (I had some more damn it), Victory Baltic Thunder and Oskar Blues Gordon. I also enjoyed the following bottled goodness: Belhaven Ale and Three Floyd's Alpha King.

IMPORTANT: Ask for the special "Small Batch" list.

I've taken you as far as possible. Discover this place for yourself. I know that I'll be back....

(04/22/2008)

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

Establishment: Brewer's Art, Baltimore, MD

While in Baltimore to indulge myself in Max's Belgian beer festival, I thought: "Why not visit Brewer's Art?" And why not, since it is a superb example of what happens when great beer is combined with excellent cuisine.

Located in the Mount Vernon section of town just a short walk from the Cultural Centre light rail station, and a few blocks south of Penn Station, Brewer's Art is situated in a 107-year old townhome that has retained much of its original décor. Once entering the marble foyer, you then step into the front lounge area, an airy room with windows looking out onto North Charles Street. In this room, which may have been the living room, is the small bar seating about a dozen thirsty souls. Check out the marble fireplace behind the bar. Along the window are a few high-tops. Additionally, there are some plush chairs and sofa available if you need real comfort. (There are those times when it can be dangerous to be too comfortable.)

Passing the archway on the left takes you into additional dining rooms where there can be found an architectural orgy of marble, mahogany and plasterwork. The stairs on the left lead down to another bar, one that reminded me of a brick cavern that one might find in Prague. It is a darker, hipper cousin to the upstairs lounge.

Of course, while Brewer's Art makes their own Belgian style beers, such as a signature brown abbey called Resurrection, they also offered their Beacon Pale Ale, a lightly-hopped session beer and Proletary, a nicely malted porter. There is an impressive bottle list (100+) that leans toward Belgium and Germany - in fact, they had an Alt Sticke to die for. During Happy Hour, most of the house beers are only $3.00.

Add to this a unique food menu and attentive service (even when jam-packed), you could really melt into one of those aforementioned plush chairs and die a happy beer drinker.

Two items of critique: they need to put in additional restrooms and expand the hours - at least on weekends, when they open at 4pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday. Still ... a must stop!

(03/25/2008)

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

Establishment: Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

Having read so many glowing reviews for this much-lauded purveyor of Belgian beer, and being in town to experience Philadelphia Beer Week, what better place to start? So, I chose a quiet Friday afternoon and settled in at the front bar.

In the front, there is a small, L-shaped bar seating about 10; additionally, the area has several tables with two prize locations at the windows overlooking 16th Street. If you pass the hallway and head to the left, you come to the larger back bar - also with different beers on tap. (I recommend checking this first.)

Of course, Monk's Beer Bible is an amazing read - and can be purchased for $3.00. And to describe the diversity of fermented culture would be just repetition; Monk's has many, many beers. However, being the beer perfectionist, I didn't find the available taps (a paltry 7) very impressive - the one that did intrigue me, Urthel Hop-It, was not available. Settling down with a bottle of Val Dieu brown, I enjoyed the Pulled Pork Sandwich and frites (with mayonnaise, of course). When the bartender wasn't busy chatting with her gay friend, I was able to induce her to serve me a bottle of Alvinne Gaspar, a hop monster possessing a head that took 10 minutes to settle! Therein lies the rub with Monk's: the service just sucks - on a quiet afternoon at that!

There are flaws in even the most valuable gems; with Monk's it was the indifferent service. What a shame, since I had really anticipated coming here. While, Monk's is a first-rate beer bar, it leaves a lot to be desired in the realm of hospitality, and since Philadelphia has so many similarly fine establishments from which to choose, why even bother. A great bar is more than a massive beer list; a great bar is one where a beer drinker feels welcome, one where he or she could just stay and never leave. Unfortunately, the "much-lauded" Monk's is not one of these. Great beer bar and a great disappointment.

(03/25/2008)

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

Establishment: Maxwell's Plum English Pub, Halifax, NS

Visited here during a recent trip to the province and while not completely proficient in knowledge of Halifax's pub scene, I will at least say that Maxwell's Plum has the most taps I have seen in Nova Scotia (regional drinkers may know another).

Located a few steps downhill from the Citadel, which we visited prior, Maxwell's Plum is a pseudo English pub having a large bar area, with several tables and high tops and a floor covered in peanut shells, the aforementioned legume being obtained non-gratis. Anyway, they have at least 60 taps and a very extensive bottle selections that cover Canada and Europe.

For those not familiar with drinking in Nova Scotia: beware the HST tax - about 20% extra. Not a bad place to quaff when in Halifax. A couple of rounds along with a few Stan Roger tunes and you're ready for a night on the town.

(02/23/2008)

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

Establishment: Ludwig's Garten, Philadelphia, PA

Well Mark ... you'll be happy to know that Ludwig's is closed. Auf Wiedersehen!

(02/08/2008)

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

Establishment: Split Crow Pub, Halifax, NS

Just around the corner from O'Carroll's (see my reveiw), the Split Crow is located in the Historic Properties area on the pedestrianized Granville Street, at the sign of the two-headed ("split") crow sits this convivial martitime-themed establishment. According to them, Brewer John Shippey opened a tavern by the same name 250 years ago; in any case, this pub claims some history to it, though not this particular location.

That said, it is a split-level pub with a dining area and bar complete with outdoor seatings that is a nice place to hang out on a nice day. Great people watching and beer drinking.

The beer selection consists of domestic (the ubiquitous Alexander Keith's), import (Guinness), micro (Halifax's own Garrison) and several taps of John Shippey ales (IPA, Amber, Red, etc.)

(11/03/2007)

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

Establishment: O'Carroll's Restaurant and Irish Pub, Halifax, NS

Located in the Historic Properties neighborhood, and around the corner from Split Crow, O'Carroll's is a restaurant-pub that serves as an upscale dining establishment (to the left) and a comfortable pub (on the right). Having enjoyed both sections - the restaurant serving excellent cuisine on a seperate menu - no pub grub here; the pub offering about 2 dozen ales and lagers in addition to pouring a fine pint o' Guinness.

In fact, during a recent Haligonian jaunt, friends and I hit it on successive nights simply to enjoy the excellent live music. Wonderful pub venue in a really enjoyable city. And what's wrong with that?

(11/03/2007)

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

Establishment: Rose and Raindrop, Portland, OR

Rose and Raindrop is closed and is being replaced by a bank.

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Max's on Broadway, Fells Point/Baltimore, MD

This is not a review (Did one previously), but to inform those folks who have had poor service at the bar (something that I personally have never experienced), there is an upstairs bar, Mobtown Lounge, which offers a quieter atmosphere and cigars.

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaraunt, Rockville, MD

Never in my wild dreams could I ever conceive of drinking craft beer in Rockville, Maryland. However, dreams do come true; or in this case, craft beer is now available at the recently opened Gordon Biersch brewpub.

Located about 20 miles northwest of Washington D.C. and a 25-minute ride on the Metro Red Line (Rockville Station), this brand new member of the Gordon Biersch chain – there is another downtown and another in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia – is part of the rebirth of downtown Rockville, which was always considered a ghost town void of nightlife. Now this once sad place has started to boom, with commercial development in the guise of Rockville Town Center, a “community” of shopping, restaurants and condominiums slapped together amid a six-story parking garage. (Needless to say, parking is plentiful.) But, as Michael Jackson would say … I digress.

[By the way, if you are thinking of that Michael Jackson, then you have no business being on this website.]

The interior seems to be aiming for trendy, but that’s not the word to use. I did appreciate the long bar in the front that looks out onto the outdoor terrace – rather reminiscent of a beachfront bar (without a beach, sadly). Of course, we can’t drink beer without being inundated with sports, so Gordon Biersch has diligently supplied half-dozen of large-screen plasma TVs.

The menu was eclectic; there was something for everyone’s taste, particularly the upscale appetizer selections. Also available was an extensive wine list for those preferring the grape to the grain and, for the James Bond wannabees, several varieties of Martinis.

Anyone familiar with Gordon Biersch knows that they are primarily purveyors of German lagers, although the downtown location (see my Review in Washington DC beerfly) once offered Baltic Porter under a previous brewer. Speaking of which, the brewer at this location is Jim Sobczak, formerly of Fordham Brewing.

One issue is the lack of knowledge from the servers (Guinness and black lagers are separate styles). But not everyone lives for beer. Another is the spotty service – one shouldn’t remind servers that food was ordered. But this place is new and possessing all the kinks of a new place. The bartender did inform me that this place does “booming” after work business – Rockville is the county seat of Montgomery County and home to hundreds of county workers.

So, Rockville is a dreary backwater no more. While I won’t recommend that anyone make a special trip here, it is nice to know about it. Of course, it’s always nice to have a new place to drink beer.

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Rudder's Seafood Restaurant and Brew Pub, Yarmouth, NS

On a recent trip to Nova Scotia, friends and I lunched at this intriguing brewpub on Yarmouth's waterfront. In that we arrived on the CAT Ferry from Portland and that it is located adjacent to the terminal, Rudder's makes for a fine lunch either coming or going

The building is bright yellow clapboard structure that may have been a warehouse in earlier days. It has a very nautical inspired interior with a small dimly-lit bar area on the left and an airier, brighter dining room on the right - Rudder's also offers outside deck seating that overlooks the water.

The beer selection is limited to Blonde Rock, Rudder's Red Ale, Town Brown Ale and a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, all very balanced and tasty.

The food, particularly the chowder was amazing; the menu also has lobster rolls, which were devoured by my travel companions. With exceptional service, attractive waitresses and live entertainment, Rudder's is, all in all, the best brewpub in Yarmouth.

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Ludwig's Garten, Philadelphia, PA

If you are into German food and, ahem, German beer (bier) then this is the place... And since it is around the corner from McGillin's (see my review) and is strategically located between Nodding Head (see review) and Fergie's, Ludwig's is perfectly situated for a Center City pubcrawl.

There are two sections: to the right, is the homey L-shaped bar surrounded by a smattering of booths and tables and stuffed to the rafters with all sorts of Bavarian paraphernalia; a larger and more formal dining area is to the left. In addition to deutsches bieres (Optimator, Fransiskaner and my personal favorite Kostritzer Black Lager), Ludwig's also offers several Belgians (Stella and Grimbergen) - all served in the appropriate glassware.

And the food is geschmact! Especially the wiener schnitzel, naturlich.

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Standard Tap, Philadelphia, PA

In the City of Brotherly Love for a Labor Day pub crawl, I ventured to the Northern Liberties neighborhood, which appears to be in the middle of much renovation (I bet the rents go up), for the specific purpose of visiting this much-lauded tavern.

The Tap stands sentry on the corner of Poplar and Second – in fact, coming up from the nearby Spring Garden subway station it is pretty hard to miss with its’ name blazing for all to see.

Upon entering is a small L-shaped bar that can seat about fifteen opposite several small tables. A few windows allow a minimum of natural lighting – but hey you’re not here to read. In the back is a warren of additional dining areas, much like the British pubs of yore.

The only menu is on the chalkboard above the bar. The food, primarily seafood, was excellent, eclectic and much more than pub grub – unless you consider Duck Salad “pub grub.” While, the beer selection was not large (13 taps, including two hand-pumps), it was fresh, properly and efficiently served and reasonably priced; the selection included:

Sly Fox Dry Stout Troeg Brown Ale Flying Fish Stoudt’s APA Victory Prima Pils Stoudt’s ESB Yard’s Pale Ale Troeg Dreamweaver Wheat

On cask was Yards ESA and Victory Hop Devil. Oh, and the Yards Pale was $3.00 a pint! No wonder this place gets great reviews, including this one.

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Paddy's Brewpub, Wolfville, NS

Lunched here with friends during a recent trip through Nova Scotia. Paddy's Pub is a strikingly atmospheric, youth-oriented establishment (though it really attracts all ages for a college town) with plenty of character, ambiance and natural light. They offer a small selection of craft brews that run the range from light to dark. While I did not try the others on tap, I did thoroughly enjoy their Raven Ale, which is a mildly-malted but well balanced ale that greatly accompanies any thing on the menu. In any case, Paddy's makes for a worthy stop when in search for something besides the ubiquitous Alexander Keith's.

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Granite Brewery, Halifax, NS

Stopped in for lunch during a swing through Nova Scotia (see my other reveiws). Granite, the house pub for Granite Brewing, is located in a busy commercial area of Halifax, itself being an attractive city with many other fine establishments; it is narrow with a moderate-sized bar on the left and a few high tops by the large front windows where Haligonians hustle about their business. I gather this place has been around since it boasts a fine tin ceiling. (I understand that Henry House, another Granite purveyor, possesses a classier ambience - hey, it's about the beer.)

Granite offers 7 British styles on tap with some on casks. This is a nice place for a hearty lunch and some fine brews. We did not have problems like the previous reveiwer, though. Sometimes it's all about timing. I recommend Granite and Halifax. --

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Triumph Brewing Company, Philadelphia, PA

On a recent Labor Day pub-crawl I took the opportunity to visit the newest member of the Philadelphia brewpub scene – not to mention a new neighbor to a certain Belgian tavern across the street.

Walking into the dim interior, you notice, to the right, a long wooden bar, above which sits, on what one could say was the mezzanine, the glassed-in brewery opposite what one might also surmise to be additional dining. Of course, anyone familiar with the additional Triumph locations is well aware of their minimalist interiors; but, hey, this is not about design; it’s about the beer.

And the beer …the good people at Triumph attempt to represent all major styles; in fact, I bet that even a Bud-swilling beer novice could find something to drink – besides their preferred macro. Here is what was available during my visit:

Honey Wheat – Made with wildflower honey Kellerbier – Pilsner style and very refreshing Vienna Lager – Marzen style Amber Ale – Pacific Northwest style, but lightly hopped Porter – Nice balance of malts Irish Dry Stout (Did not try) Rauchweizendopplebock – Say this quickly five times Bengal Gold IPA – I had two of these

No review of Triumph Philadelphia is complete without a quick mention of the unique restroom, which consist of two rows of self-contained stalls complete with Vacant/Occupied signs. The 21st Century is going to be grand.

PS: Doesn’t Philly ever get tired of getting so many great places to quaff great beer? It is the City of Brotherly Love (of Beer).

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Philadelphia, PA

In the City of Brotherly Love for a Labor Day pub-crawl, I finally got the much-anticipated opportunity to visit this superlative destination, one that I had been reading about for oh so long; and, since it has been reviewed so many times, Ill keep mine short and subjective.

First, I was surprised by the fact that the downstairs bar is very small  in fact, I thought it rather cramped and certainly not as imagined. Fortunately, it was Sunday afternoon and sparsely crowded with a few locals, a smattering of tourists and myself. (I shudder to think of the weekend evening mobs in that small space.) Another thing that struck me upon entering was the overwhelming aroma of mussels, a Belgian specialty (more about the food).

Then there is the beer selection. Eulogy has about 20 taps that include: Busty Blonde, a light-bodied ale brewed exclusively for Eulogy Tavern; Bells Sparkling Ale, in which the Kalamazoo wonder brewer tackles Belgian ale with stunning success; Leffe Blonde and Bruin, two favorite imports; and Gulden Drak, a delicious concoction that will make you weep. Then, there is the spectacular bottle selection that is simply too numerous to count (and drink), though I did count at least one: Stone Ruination IPA, which I also drank.

Eulogy gives worthy due to the much-maligned Belgian cuisine, which has always gotten short shrift from Americans used to fast food French fries  that were actually a Belgian innovation. The frites here are amazing and cooked correctly, but words in a BeerFly review do them no justice. You must try them yourself.

Investigating the small downstairs bar, a rather homey and quaint space I might say, one can gaze upon a large collection of Belgian beer paraphernalia, glance up at a couple of muted TVs (thankfully), or listen to the enjoyable music system that belts out in moderate volume some rather eclectic tunes that would offend few. The only fault was found with the mauve-colored wallpaper. I guess where there is perfection; there is also complacency. Opposite the bar, or behind you as you sit, is the steep staircase that leads to the infamous Coffin Table  and an additional restroom. Eulogy Tavern also has copies of Beer Advocate magazine available for leisurely perusal.

Surely, this must be one of Americas best beer bars. --

(11/02/2007)

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

Establishment: The Alchemist Pub and Brewery, Waterbury, VT

During a recent trip to Vermont, friends and I, in search of a place for dinner and beering, stumbled into this worthy addition to the New England brewpub scene. Well, to be honest, we didnt really stumble; but, in fact, came here deliberately on a quest for some great food and some excellent brews.

Situated on Main Street in the bucolic town of Waterbury (1,706), the Alchemist Pub & Brewery is where much of the populace seems to spend their evening  so prepare to wait for seating. In any case, the crowd was a diverse one, all ages (the young and the old) and backgrounds (from the well to do to the neer-do-well) being represented. Located in what was once the town post office, the Alchemist is not a large and rambling establishment; upon entry, to the right is a crowded bar area; to the left, and separated by a dividing wall of hightop tables, is the dining area. Toward the back, where we waited during our 45-minute wait to be seated, is a pool table (which should really be replaced with additional seating so more people can actually eat and drink).

Now lets hear about the beer. The Alchemist Pub is a 7-Barrel facility that, despite its capacity offered a wide selection of housecrafts on tap, including several guests  a total of 10-12 taps. During this visit, I enjoyed: Rapture American Double IPA (77 IBU), Holy Cow IPA (85 IBU) and Pappys Porter (4.6 ABV).

As you can see, their brewer is definitely fond of hops; this makes for a great place for the hophead. Even the without the beer, the food alone would have made this a worthy trip. In any case, no Vermont pubcrawl, at least no definitive one, should exclude a stop in Waterbury for a few quaffs at the Alchemist, a great place with excellent food, friendly atmosphere and efficient service  oh, and craft beer is to die for.

(08/07/2007)

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

Establishment: Long Trail Brewing Company was Mountain Brewers, Bridgewater Corners, VT

Friends brought me here for a recent birthday lunch. Of course, being a long-time fan of Long Trail products, I thought it appropriate to visit the place of its birth.

Long Trail beer is born in the remote Vermont hamlet of Bridgewaters Corners within the confines of an ordinary looking warehouse type of structure, a rather bland edifice that belies inner magic. Inside one enters into a spacious and airy dining area, supposedly inspired by the Munichs Hofbrau  though, I felt no such inspiration  and a circular bar of moderate size; in the back, towards the restrooms, there is are stairs leading up to a self-guided tour of the actual, and very much active, brewery, where you can watch the miracle of birth.

There is also an outdoor terrace where one could sip by the riverside, but the rain prevented us from doing so. The walls are covered from floor to ceiling with much Long Trail beeraphanalia. (Who could ever forget the Bluebeary Wheat posters?) They also have a gift store (Surprise!) that offers a myriad of products: T-Shirts, glassware, cosies and the beer itself.

The menu was pretty decent and the beers consisted of their year round offerings along with the seasonal styles. I did enjoy the IPA and the Double Bag, a German alt style. From what my friends said, this place gets very busy in the summer; some need-to-know information considering that the pub is only open until 5:00 pm.

This is a worthy stop when in the wilds of Vermont; it is close to Killington and about a 40-minute drive from Springfield (Vermont), the newly crowned home of the Simpsons. I guess Long Trail will be soon brewing Duff.

(07/17/2007)

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

Establishment: Ginger Man, New York, NY

After a pint at d.b.a. (see review), I did what I have always done when in Manhattan: I had to stop here. In fact, in the ten or so years that Ginger Man has sat near the corner of Madison and East 36th, I have never visited New York without failing to drop by – the best time to do so would be on an early weekday afternoon. But then no beer lover should take a bite from the Big Apple without drinking a pint or two (not to mention spending a sizable chunk of change) at Ginger Man, which is one best beer bars in the city if not on the East Coast.

The beer list has always been amazing! On tap are sixty draughts from around the world, many not being available in the US. Of course, cask-conditioned beer is always available. I appreciate the consistent freshness of the beers and the efficient, prompt and knowledgeable staff. The food ain’t bad either.

On the hot July day of my visit the new beers were:

1. Aecht Schlenkerla Helles 2. Dinkle Aker Pils 3. Red Hook Sun Rye 4. Weyerbacher Muse 5. De Ranke Bitter Of course, the heavier styles are rotated in the colder months. (What a place!)

It is a handsome bar as well: high ceiling, a very long wooden bar that is opposite several booths running along the wall towards the back. In the front, to the immediate right are scattered a few tables and a couple of coveted sofas. In the back off to the right is another lounge area complete with additional sofas and comfy chairs. Need I say more? To be here is to be in beervana.

(07/11/2007)

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Great Great N/A Great Great

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

This classic East Village innocuously sits on First Avenue, between East 2nd and East 3rd, a short stroll from Blind Tiger. Since the only natural light comes through a storefront window in the front, it is a rather dark and narrow place that provides East Village drinkers with a beat-up bar, a few rickety tables and a small garden in the back.

However, d.b.a. is not about aesthetics (nor does the seeker of great beer seek such amenities); it is about the beer, the selection of which includes a hearty choice of European bottles and an eclectic assortment of fresh draughts that are served at the proper temperature in the appropriate glass (an extra buck for the imperial pint). I also appreciated their wide selection of single malt whiskey available; since my next destination was Saint Andrews (see my review), I opted for a Sly Fox Piketown Pilsner, a quenching quaff for a hot July day. They have a fine selection of wine and tequila, but who really cares about these?

A veritable Disney Land of Booze in Lower Manhattan waits to slake your thirst. --

(07/11/2007)

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Great Great N/A Good Great

Establishment: Le Cheval Blanc, Montreal, QC

The final stop of my Mondiale de le Biere sojourn, took me here. Located a very short walk down St-Denis from LAmere a Boire and a left on Ontario East, Le Cheval Blanc, or The White Horse is in a rather scruffy neighborhood off rue Berri  shuttered storefronts, scattered trash, drunken squatters amid the fragrant scent of urine. Lets face it, while no tourist to Montreal will ever accidentally stumble upon this place, any dedicated Beer Advocate would know of it  and seek it out as a beer destination.

And it is a destination worth doing so. Previous reviews have remarked that Le Cheval Blanc was once a diner. Possibly so, given that it is a very dark and narrow place with a long bar (counter)  its stools bolted down - on the right and some raggedy-looking tables along the opposite wall. (Of course, it was dark, so who knows what they were?) Include in some red lanterns, a few slow-moving ceiling fans that rotate over the heads of grungy, unwashed slackers and add a chalk board listing a wide selection of house beers, such as my choice: the India Rouge Amercaine IPA (62 IBU, 6% ABV).

Le Cheval Blanc earns no points for aesthetics, but gets much respect for being a very unusual place to spend a final night in Montreal enjoying a beer.

(06/26/2007)

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

Establishment: Le Saint Bock, Montreal, QC

This was the first stop during during my Festivale Mondiale de la Biere trip; first since it was right up the street from my hotel; second, I'd read good things about it. Very unpretentious lounge with eclectic decor. Le Saint-Bock offers 16 taps ("en fut") from around the region and rotates frequently - actually during my stay. Cheap and tasty paninis were enough to sate my belly food-wise.

So, what did I drink you ask? 1. Malt Aimee IPA from Grimoire. This was featured at the festival 2. Quebec Ale from Chaudron 3. Noire Soire, a stout , also from Grimoire and at the festival.

Great service, interesting collection of bottles and some very comy chairs (No Monty Python, please), made for a successful and enjoyable stay. Next stop Dieu du Ciel...

(06/21/2007)

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Good So So Great Lousy So So

Establishment: Hurley's Irish Pub, Montreal, QC

Located next door to Brutopia (see my reveiw) Hurley's is your typical sprawling faux-pub that consists of a warren of brick-walled dining areas with a central bar in the middle and a large terrace in the back.

Also typical is the beer selection: Guinness, Smithwick's and Kilkenny's, the latter being unavailable in the states.Great burgers that fill you up in preparation for the night ahead, which might involve listening to live music. Of course, I would've enjoyed that but decided to make an early departure (to McKibbins) because of the horrid service - I think Hurley's actually derives from the Gaelic term "hir hool he," which can be roughly translated as :He who sits at the bar and gets little service." Anyway, not the high point of Montreal's nightlife - unless you don't care.

(06/21/2007)

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

Establishment: Brutopia, Montreal, QC

My second visit to Montreal’s Mondiale de le Biere Festival provided me another chance to sample the well-crafted British ales served here. A short ten-minute walk from Gare Windsor, the festival’s venue, brought me to this multi-leveled brewpub.

Brutopia consists of the mandatory front terrace, a small dining area that has several tables, a small corner stage for entertainment and a few windows overlooking Crescent Street; in the back is a small bar (most of the bars in Montreal seem to be small) that seats about fifteen people.

But the beers are very good, very fresh and frequently rotated; my choices during this visit: IPA, a Nut Brown and the seasonal, Scotch Ale. Brutopia also offered Imperial Stout, but I tried it at the festival. Also available on the food menu is an eclectic variety of international dishes (I recommend the Cuban Sandwich with an order of Belgian frites – I did say “international”).

Brutopia has excellent service, a relaxing environment, a reasonable Happy Hour ($3.95 pints) and is surely worth a stop if in Montreal – be it for the Mondiale de le Biere or anything else. --

(06/21/2007)

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

Establishment: L’Amere a Boire, Montreal, QC

My trip to Montreals Mondiale de le Biere Festival provided me another chance to visit this impressive brewpub on rue St-Denis in the Latin Quarter. If there was one place that could tempt me away from the festival, this is the place (to quote Brigham Young).

Like many places in Montreal, LAmere a Boire is multi-leveled, with a small sidewalk terrace, a few tables by the large front windows; downstairs are more tables and a very small bar  arent they all? Another, but longer, flight of stairs leads to additional room.

LAmere a Boire offers a diverse selection of fresh craft beers. I loved the beer menu, a great indicator of the passion for their beers. Nothing says refreshing like their Cerna Hora, a 5% (ABV) Czech-style pilsner that brought me back to Prague; after a long day of seeing the many sights of Montreal, this one goes down real well. During my visit LAmere a Boire had nine beers on tap; in addition to the above, I enjoyed:

1.Maibock German Lager - 6.4 ABV (Upcoming Review) 2.Drak, a dark Czech pilsner - 5.8 ABV 3.Odense Porter, a dark lager - 5.0 ABV 4.Boucanier, an English porter - 5.0 ABV (See Review) 5.Imperial Stout - 7.5 ABV

The pricing is unique in that the price of a pint increases throughout the day; for example a beer costs $4.00 until 5:00 pm, after which the price increases to $4.50 until 8:00 pm, when a beer costs $5.25. If timed right, you can drink very cheaply - or at least comparatively so. They dont serve food until 4:00pm.

I would definitely return here; in fact, Id say that LAmere a Boire is my favorite brewpub in Montreal  and yes!, that means I liked it better than Dieu de Ciel! Whats more, a short walk down rue St-Denis and left on rue Ontario brings you to Le Cheval Blanc. --

(06/21/2007)

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

Establishment: Le Sergent Recruteur, Montreal, QC

Located on Boulevard St-Laurent, the Sergent is a corner pizzeria brewpub that excels in tasty pizza and microbrews. From previous reviews, I have gathered that this is a new location, which appears to be a functional, but narrow, establishment with brick walls, a high ceiling and a small semi-circular bar towards the rear.

The Sergent has seven taps that include a decent range of styles. I thought the beers rather pricey ($4.25-$5.75); however, they were fresh and well balanced. During my visit, which followed a visit to Dieu de Ciel, I had their rousse, a smoked porter and the vry potent Hip-Hop IPA, the latter available on cask. All served in imperial pint glasses. Their pizza is a tasty, yet extremely filling, pairing to their beer. All in all, it was the perfect prelude to Mondiale de le Biere.

(06/12/2007)

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Awesome! Great N/A So So Great

Establishment: Dieu du Ciel!, Montreal, QC

My recent visit to Montreal for the Mondiale de le Biere provided me the long anticipated opportunity to seek out this beloved and well-rated beer mecca. So, hopping onto the sleek Metro for a quick trip to the Laurier Station and after a short 6-block walk west (upon exiting this station head in the direction of Mont Royal) I finally arrive at this unassuming corner and enter into beervana.

Upon entrance, you will see about a dozen tables scattered around the room and along the windows; to the right and off to the side is the small bar area (why are bars in Montreal so small) where you can perch at the bar like a happy gargoyle and scan the chalkboard to decide which of the fifteen drafts to try. My choices: Imperial Cream Ale, Dernier Volonte (Belgian Blonde) and Peche Mortal Imperial Stout, a delicious 9% quaff available on cask – and available at the festival. Yes! I had only three beers, but what beers they were – plus, I had to save room for my next stop, Le Sergent Recruteur, which is a few blocks down The Main.

Dieu de Ciel provides a very relaxing environment and a comfortable refuge where folks can read a book, surf the web, enjoy quiet conversation (without loud music), play Scrabble and, yes, drink a beer or three. All in all, a perfect prelude to Mondiale de le Biere.

(06/12/2007)

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

Establishment: South Philadelphia Taproom, Philadelphia, PA

SPTR was a mandatory stop during my recent jaunt to Philadelphia - King Tut and Leahy. It is truly a pleasant way to spend a few hours. A few stops on the SEPTA Broad Street line took me to the Tasker-Morris station, which is a short walk to SPTR. A quiet neighborhood anyway. It was a Saturday afternoon and rather quiet with a few couples and some tatooed hipsters, but they need beer too. Above the bar hangs a listing of draughts; behind you, on the opposite wall, a list of bottled brews. I counted around 13 taps, not as many as other places, but it was a diverse mix of regionals, such as Sly Fox and Yards (which I really liked a lot). My victims on that quiet afternoon: Yards IPA, Sly Fox irish Red, Sly Fox O'Reilly Stout (I loved this one) and Bell's (yes, that one) Double Cream Stout. Of course, I'm sure that these have been rotated since then. SPTR is home to a Monster Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a messy concoction made with 3 cheeses. Hmmmm Beer and Cheese.

(06/12/2007)

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Great Great N/A Good Great

Establishment: McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia, PA

In that they received their original liquor license - still posted behind the well-worn bar - in 1860, McGillins Ale House is considered to be the oldest existing tavern in Philadelphia. Not so hard to understand given that its Drury Street location, which is your basic alley, is well hidden among the warren of cobbled City Center side streets, secluding it from modern day.

Anyone interested in the history of a city needs to visit the local haunts, taverns and drinkerys of the wags, scoundrels, rogues and rakes who are part of this history; and McGillins fits this purpose  as well as providing business types, tourists and young Philadelphians with a convivial spot to stop, lunch and relax over a few pints of finely crafted regional microbrews. And McGillins does this as well; this is a great place to taste such excellent quaffs like OReillys Irish Stout from Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville; the slightly hoppy Philly Pale Ale from Philadelphias own Yards Brewing Company and the incomparable Stoudts Brewery, of nearby Adamstown, which makes several of McGillins house beers.

Perhaps Ben Franklin, local wag and notable elbow-bender, was right when he (supposedly) remarked: Beer is proof that God loves us and wishes us to be happy.

(06/12/2007)

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

Establishment: Rustico Restaurant and Bar, Alexandria, VA

This is not your fathers beer bar! The owners of Rustico have opted to seek a fine balance between upscale cuisine and beer. This is certainly indicative by their unique menu pairings of the two in an almost symbiotic relationship. All of this amidst an open but trendy industrial setting that provides some very plush bar seating  the word bar stool does not adequately suffice here.

Still, the available beers, which include very fresh drafts and a breathtaking selection of Belgian bottles, make it worth the trip. Rustico offers about well-rotated 30 taps that include a diverse array of styles and regions. All at a price; this is not a cheap place, since an imperial pint will set you back about $8.00 (Reminiscent of Ginger Man in NYC.) But dont get discouraged, they do have Happy Hour prices ($1.00 off). During my recent visit, I enjoyed: Stone Pale Ale, Bells Two-Hearted Ale, Avery New World Porter and Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted (English IPA).

Located in a newly developed commercial and residential area adjacent to Potomac Yards  and being literally on the wrong side of the tracks, Rustico is a short walk from the Braddock Road Metro Station. If you wish to drive here, there is parking available for those in search of DWIs.

Though I may not visit Rustico more than once or twice annually, its good to know that establishments such as this exist.

(06/11/2007)

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

Establishment: Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Visiting Philadelphia on a recent trip to see King Tut (Don't Call Me Boy King), I stopped here for a few brews. NHB sits above the Sansom Street Oyster House; in fact, this location used to be home to the Sam Adams Brewhouse - I guess Sam is associated with Boston rather than Philadelphia. Anyway, you climb a worn staircase and find yourself in the middle of a narrowish room: to the right, a dining area; on the left is a small, rather ornate wooden bar with unusual stained glass decorations looking over the tipplers. There is a large case of bobble-head dolls, to the left, through a doorway is another space. The brewery is off to the side. You pass it on the way to the very small bathroom - very small.

During my visit, NHB offered 7 draughts: "Doc' Blonde Ale, BPA (Bill ____ Pale Ale), Boho Pils, "Gordo" Oatmeal Stout and a very malty Scottish Ale, the latter being on cask.

I enjoyed this place; the many locals seemed to be enjoying themselves. Stayed long enough for some lunch - then off to McGillin's. (Review to come.) --

(04/23/2007)

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

Establishment: Independence Brew Pub, Philadelphia, PA

As a city with a rich brewing heritage, Philadelphia boasts a rather decent brewpub in the City Center, across from the bustling Reading Terminal Market, in which both locals and tourists can enjoy a decent meal with some very quaffable ales.

Independence Brew Pub offers beer lovers a wide selection that runs the gamet from kolsch-style, a well-balanced, but mildly hopped IPA and a delicious oatmeal stout. A good representation for all tastes - even for non-beer drinkers, if there are such creatures among us. The menu worked because it went beyond "pub grub." One interesting note: they have a Mens Room attendent - who does work for tips. The only negative is the airport bar atmosphere, not unpleasant, but certainly not intimate - and definately not for folks looking for a quiet meal. In any case, not a bad place to hang out after visiting the Liberty Bell. Ben Franklin would surely approve, after all he supposedly said that :Beer is prove that God Loves Us and Wants Us To Be Happy."

(04/12/2007)

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

Establishment: Mahaffey's Pub, Baltimore, MD

For someone not from Canton, Mahaffey’s is hard to find; and the locals appreciate this fact, since it really belongs to them. With that said, anyone willing to seek it will find a warm welcome, good food and a reasonably priced and well-maintained, though not extensive, draught selection. On my most recent visit I enjoyed the excellent Brewer’s Art Resurrection Ale, Great Divide’s Racer 5 IPA, Lancaster Dunkelweizzen (rather sweet), several selections from nearby Capitol City Brewing Company and the indomitable Orkney Dark Island. They rotate frequently, so this changes...

It is not a large pub; upon entry there is a small bar accommodating about 20 people that opens into a dimly lit dining area complete with large screen television for when the O’s or Ravens are on the field (in their respective seasons, of course). Mahaffey’s may be hard to find, but it is a hidden gem in a quiet neighborhood that is worth the effort. --

(04/11/2007)

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Good Good So So Great Good

Establishment: Capitol City Brewing Company, Baltimore, MD

This brewpub is just one location of CCBC, which is based in Washington, DC. However, each site has its own brewer who is free to make whatever craft beer serves his or her whim. During my most recent visit, they had on tap an incredibly filling Imperial Stout called Fuel, which was served in a 10 ounce goblet.

One advantage of the Baltimore CCBC is that it is located in Harborplace’s Light Street Pavilion and overlooks the world-famous Inner Harbor. Even if you don’t appreciate the beer, there’s still the great view – with terrace seating in the warmer months. The interior is airy, yet rather industrial looking (after all, it is a beer factory), with a large horseshoe bar amid tables. Overlooking it all are the copper tanks where the beer comes to life.

I have been here on several occasions and the service has always been efficiently carried out by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Besides Baltimore, Capitol City Brewing has two locations in Washington DC, and one in suburban Arlington, Virginia. I understand that this location will be closing or relocating. --

(04/11/2007)

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

Establishment: Old Dominion Brewhouse, Washington, DC

Old Dominion Brewhouse, which opened a few months ago, is located on the 9th Street side of DC's new convention center - don't be alarmed by the opposite side of the street, To be honest, this is your average sports bar with the mandatory TVs blasting ESPN 1-24 throughout the generic atmosphere. (DC law says that all bars must have TV, apparently.) In any case, I went for the beer and was not disappointed. ODB offers 14 Old Dominion beers on draught, including: Pale Ale, Irish Red and their Oak Barrel Stout. Old Dominion Brewing Company was recently purchased by Coastal Brewing Company, a partnership between Anheuser-Busch and Fordham, the latter having several available. Also on tap was New River Pale Ale, a Sierra Nevada clone that is contracted by OD. Decent food, such as Buffalo Chicken wrap, great attentive service and reasonable Happy Hour ($2.99 draft) ensure a comfortable, though not necessarily aesthetic, hang-out when in DC. Old Dominion Brewhouse is near the Convention Center Metro (Green/Yellow Line) and Dave Alexander's RFD.

(04/11/2007)

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

Establishment: Bridget Foy's South Street Grill, Philadelphia, PA

Overlooking busy Head House Square, Bridget Foy's is a pleasant restaurant/gastro pub that posseses a comfortable ambience and a unique menu well off the "pub grub" mainstream. I provide as an example, my lunch entree: roast turkey panini made with real roasted turkey accompanied by cranberry mayo and apple sage dressing nestled next to rugella (spelling?) salad. Tasty and healthy, too!

Bridget Foys has an extensive wine list and a draught beer list consisting exclusively of local craft beer, such as Sly Fox, Victory and Philadelphia's own Yards. (As a traveling beerophile, I always make it a point to support local brewers.)

(04/06/2007)

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

Establishment: Quarry House Tavern, Silver Spring, MD

Stopped by Tuesday (4/3/07 - it is still open) and found a hipster dungeon in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Even though it is located on a busy intersection on Georgia Avenue, it is somewhat hard to find - just look for a ratty doorway with a small sign; it is a neighbor to a Chinese restaurant (if this helps). Go down the dingy stairs and walk in: you enter a dark, wood-paneled, windowless room that appears to be a rec-room with a bar. This is the "lounge," a small bar with tables scattered around. Pass the bar and you find another area, where I did not dare to venture. Did someone say "dive/" Now the good part, QHT boasts an excellent selection of bottles, with at least two dozen consisting of Belgian (some very pricey, though); the others range from Germany (with the major brewers being represented), several from the UK, and plenty of well-chosen bottles from the USA, such as Avery, Troeg, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, Victory and Rogue - to name a few. I enjoyed a Brooklyn Lager, which recently won Washington Post's infamous "Beer Madness' contest and Troeg's Hopback Amber.

Add to this equation, a delicious burger, one that is available is many variations - and accompanied by tater tots, then you have a rather interesting place to visit should you fing yourself in Silver Spring, in its' self, a pleasant prospect.

While I don't forsee making a special trip, it is still worth reinvestigating. --

(04/05/2007)

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

Establishment: Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY

Not a reveiw - an update: Blind Tiger reopens 3-14-07 at their new address on Bleecker Street!

(03/15/2007)

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

Establishment: Dr. Dremo's Taphouse, Arlington, VA

I have just learned from their website that Dr. Dremo's will be closing in the near future. Apparently, Arlington was in need of more development, so Dremo's location will be razed to accommodate this need. Greedy developers win again - the irony will come when this property remains 75% vacant due to overdevelopment. Enjoy this great beer bar while you can. I believe they now offer Bell's Amber.

(03/03/2007)

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

Establishment: Brickskeller, Washington, DC

The Brickskeller finally serves Bell's and Three Floyds in bottles. Stopped here last week and was very suprised. This has always been one of my favorite regional micro. I enjoyed the Porter and the exquisite Java Stout. Also available: Avery's New World Porter, Great Divide's St. Brigid's Porter, Ellie's Brown Ale (also Avery) and Pyramid Thunderhead IPA. Always a fine place to spend a few hours - and more than a few bucks.

(02/18/2007)

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

Establishment: R.F.D. (Regional Food and Drink), Washington, DC

Reading the previous reveiw reminded me of a recent visit on February 9th (Friday)at which time I had to return a beer, Bell's Brown Ale, because it tasted like soap .. apparently this establishment does not know that beer glasses, at least those from which good beer is drunk, should be washed out with a mild soap in hot water and not industrial detergent. What a waste of good beer! Gail was looking for soap ... I know where it went. This was an unfortunate incident at a place that I have always rated fairly in the past and hope to in the future. C'mon Dave, you know what great beer is all about!

(02/15/2007)

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

Establishment: Growlers was Summit Station Restaurant and Brewery, Gaithersburg, MD

Having been a regular of Old Towne Tavern and Summit Station, and given the previous mixed reviews entered soon after Growler’s opening, I thought it best to make several visits before inserting my own two cents (or two pints). First thing, Joe Kalish’s beer is still here. Currently (as of yesterday), he offers 8 taps, including Belt’s ESB, Harding IPA, Irvington IPA, the highly alcoholic Centennial, which is brewed every 100th batch, a Kolsch, a Blueberry Wheat and two guest beers (Dominion Octoberfest and Shiner Hefeweissen). All well-bodied ales at excellent prices – and a bargain for this area.

Growlers will continue Happy Hour prices at the bar and have been honoring Summit Station Mug Club Cards through the end of the year. They now have a $2.25 night on Wednesdays and Saturday food specials during college football season. Since Joe regularly rotates certain styles, you should call ahead for the latest on tap – especially if seeking the brain-raping Centennial.

Much like the previous operations, the menu here goes beyond the average “pub grub.” Having only tried the burger and roast beef foccacia (very filling), I can’t attest for the rest. The prices are about the same. Of course, Pubcrawlers never go anywhere simply for the food.

While I do miss Angel, Keisha, Tim and The Angel, the barstaff have been friendly, proficient and knowledgeable on the beers. One complaint is the hideous centerpiece that now overlooking the bar; it reminds me of an industrial Dutch Oven. One nitpick is the removal of the handy hooks from beneath the bar – no more hanging coats, etc.

Finally, the infamous Summit Station bathroom has been relegated to history and is now a somewhat twee space with faux marble and wooded wainscot. A perfectly fine place where one can puke in grandeur. America is truly a great country. And Gaithersburg beer afficiandos still have a great brewpub.

Note: to the Dogfish Head Alehouse reviewer who recently maligned us “Summit Station regulars,” this is one regular who will be happily dividing precious beer-drinking time between both fine establishments. But, let’s be honest, aren’t we a big improvement over the countless lite beer drinkers you seem to attract?

(09/17/2006)

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

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

Davidson Brothers is housed in an interesting old building that sits on the Main Street of Glen Falls. A plus is the pleasant outdoor section (though traffic can seem a bit noisy at first). This is a small capacity establishment - 7 Barrels, according to the owner - with a diverse selection and (as previously mentioned) a female brewer; I only mention this because of the rarity. This in no way is to imply that women can't brew good beer - it's just the fact that this industry is male-dominated (unlike beer drinking). On tap was an IPA, though one that was not as hoppy as I would prefer (they do have a stronger version I was told.) And there was the aforementioned Dacker, which I enjoyed; it goes down very good on a hot summer day. The buffalo wings were superb and spicy. Great service and a very attentive owner makes for a relaxing day in Glen Falls.

(08/27/2006)

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

Establishment: Bobcat Cafe and Brewery, Bristol, VT

Bristol (Population 4000), the Gateway to the Green Mountains as well as home to the July 4th Outhouse Races, is where you will find BobCat Cafe. Situated on Main Street and across the street from the Bedford Falls-like town square, Bobcat is a very popular tavern (15-minute wait) that serves excellent food and brews several tasty house beers. Unfortunately, several of the more popular styles were unavailable during my visit (Bobcat has a very small capacity), I did enjoy their very malty porter - though the body was a little thin. They did offer a selection of regional micros, including one extremely hoppy Smuttynose IPA. Great food, cozy ambience and superb service made for an enjoyable night out at Bobcat. Great beer can always be had in Vermont...

(08/13/2006)

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

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

Stopped by on the way to Vermont (see my review); it is located on Quakenbush Square (who I believe was a Groucho Marx character)in a large airy building with extensive parking and a comfortable, yet small, bar area. It is right off I287 and makes a good pubcrawl with Brown Brewing Company in nearby Troy (15-20 Minutes?)

APH/Evans offers 7 Taps: A belgian ale, which was served in the proper glass; a mildly hoppy "Pump Station Pale Ale," boasting three varieties of hops; a porter ("State Street"), with an abv of 5.5; and, on a similar note, a malty brown ale at 5.6. (By the way, Tom (see previous entry), it is called "Kick-Ass" Brown.) Decent place worth stopping by when in the Albany area - or on the way to Vermont.

(08/05/2006)

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

Establishment: Dogfish Head Alehouse, Gaithersburg, MD

Stopped by on a quiet Saturday afternoon following the demise of Summit Station. Of course, what can one say about DF? Just that they produce some of the best beer on the East Coast. DF Alehouse-Gaithersburg is located right off I270 (convenient for you drunk drivers) in a building that has been home to several restaurants, Diamond Grill and Pat & Mike's come to mind. The interior is rather modern and roomy with a seperate section for dining. The bar is somewhat roomy with one end overlooking a small patio. There is a second floor that I did not visit. Although they do not actually brew on-premises, they offer a very diverse selection of delicious brews: a lightly hopped Shelter Pale Ale (5 abv/25 IBU) a dark and richly malted Indian Brown Ale (this one is served a tad cold, so you may need to let it sit a while), a chicory stout and the incomparable 60-Minute IPA (6abv/60 IBU), the latter is dry-hopped and comes with a pleasant grapefruit-like bite. Easy to drink, hard to turn away from....

DF Gaithersburg has 9 current taps, with several seasonals. They also have a very pricey listing of vintage beers - such as an Imperial Pilsner, for starters. The menu looked rather intriguing, though their burgers are huge. All in all, a very welcoming addition to the Washington DC area bar scene. Cheers!

(05/29/2006)

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

Establishment: Growlers was Summit Station Restaurant and Brewery, Gaithersburg, MD

Closed May 21, 2006. To reopen as "Growlers."

(05/26/2006)

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

Establishment: John Harvard's Brew House, Cambridge, MA

Located off Harvard Square, John Harvard can be found below street level in a dark cavernous location that is a cross between the student union and a British pub. Usually offering at least 5 taps (at least during my recent visit) representative of most styles, such as a decent Pale Ale, a tasty and hearty Brown Ale and a deliciously hoppy (IBU 59) IPA. Great burgers and attentive service make this a worthwhile stop when in the Republic of Cambridge.

(05/14/2006)

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

Establishment: Duda's Tavern, Baltimore , MD

A famous Fells Point watering hole that defies a definitive describtion - although dive/sports bar with a combination of your grandfater's garage might fit. In any case, a comfortable corner bar (across the street from DuClaws (see my review)) that offers a decent selection of local micros along with very good wings. An atmospheric tavern for locals, though everyone is welcome. No FP pubcrawl could be completed without a stop at Dudas' Tavern.

(05/07/2006)

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

Establishment: Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY

Not a review but to report that Blind Tiger will soon rise again at the corner of Bleeker & Jones. (May 2006?)

(05/07/2006)

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Good Good N/A Good So So

Establishment: Ale Mary's, Baltimore, MD

Either I misread the previous reviews ... or just came in on the wrong night, Ale Mary's, while having a decent selection, comes off as a crowded college bar crammed with drunken Bud drinkers trying to pick up women, when the latter's faces aren't stuck to a cell phone. Not a place I could honestly recommend to anyone seeking a place to relax and quaff a few ales - at least not if you're over 30 years old. (And especially if you have little time in Fells Point) Think of $1.00 Blatz night at the student union and ... well. Enjoy yourself and go to Wharf Rat, Max's or DuClaw's.

(04/29/2006)

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

Establishment: Wharf Rat At Fells Point, Fells Point/Baltimore, MD

Wharf Rat is the definitive "waterfront tavern" even if it is a few blocks from the water - in fact it's a short stumble from John Stevens (see my review) and around the corner from the beloved Max's (see that review also). The Rat offers a veddy fine selection of Oliver's British ales and some good lagers, including several casks of the former. They range from Manchester Cream Ale (think Boddington's), a smooth pour stout, a bitter and an Old English Ale (think Old Peculiar) all served in room temperature in a bloody imperial pint glass. And ... if this isn't enough, the prices are very reasonable. Note: the Men's Room is literally at the end of the bar. A must for pubcralwers in the Baltimore/Fells Point area. There is another branch near the Inner Harbor across from Camden Yards, though to be avoided on game day when Bud drinkers are about mourning the loss of another O's game.

(04/29/2006)

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

Establishment: Cambridge Brewing Company, Incorporated, Cambridge, MA

Located in Kendall Square, which appears to have once been an industrial area, CBC serves quaffably average beer - of course, this being the Boston area, one has many other choices - see my other reviews; however, I was visiting and thought to give it a try. As noted in previous reviews, this is not a very large establishment, but it is airy and well-lit with a heavy "former warehouse" decour (deliberate?) The large number of nerds and eggheads typing away on their laptops atop the bar must say something (in the square root) about nightlife in the MIT area. Say fellows, I don't drink in your office, so please don't work at my bar. The service was spotty, but I was in no hurry. The food, though very good, goes a tad beyond pub grub (Venison salsa! C'mon!) CBC did offer the gamut of beer styles (7-8) including a cask ESB, albeit a poor one. Others tried by moi: Cambridge Amber, Tall Tale Pale Ale (nice and hoppy with a crisp finish), and a great porter (Charles River). Check out the Yoda gargoyle above the bar - no doubt staring down among the adult virgins. If pubcrawling in Boston, stop by.

(04/29/2006)

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

Establishment: John Steven Limited, Fells Point/Baltimore, MD

As good as any place to begin a Fells Point pub crawl. Located on the Ann Street Wharf John Stevens looks like it might have looked 100 years ago. An historical tavern with a small dining area off a well-worn bar under an impressive ceiling of pressed tin, John Stevens, named after a teddy bear for some reason, provides pubcrawlers with an opportunity to fill up with delicious crab soup and a filling muffaleta before stumbling out into the cobbled streets of this wonderful old port. The beers were primarily local micros like Tupper's Hop Pocket and Yuengling Porter (on draft - a first for me having never found this one on tap anywhere ever). Unfortunately, they were out of several choices, so ordering your favorite beer might turn out to be a crap shoot. (But still ... Yuengling Porter on tap.) BTW, the hulking building you see as you leave was once home to Frank Pemberton, et.al of the late, and very lamented "Homicide" TV show, which was filmed in and around the area.

(04/02/2006)

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

Establishment: R.F.D. (Regional Food and Drink), Washington, DC

Under the ownership of Dave Alexander (of Brickskeller fame), RFD has the largest tap selection in DC, along with a very decent bottle selection. Having a rough begining service-wise, RFD has shown a remarkable improvement - particularly in knowledgable servers. They also have frequent beer-related events, such as tastings, etc. On my recent visit, I slaked my thirst with the following: North Coast's Rasputin Imperial Stout, Brooklyn Brown, Sussex Best Bitter (cask), Rogue Dead Guy, Flag Porter, Pinkus Munster Alt (bottle) and [drumroll, please]...Leffe Brown, which I have never seen on draught on this side of the Atlantic - outside of Gingerman NYC. The one downside is RFD's sports bar atmosphere, but it is up the street from the Verizon Center (FKA MCI Center), so such imperfections must be allowed. Worth a stop when in DC (I mean ... let's face it, DC is not what one would call a beer mecca. Without RFD, Brickskeller, Big Hunt or Dremo's (Arlington), I would be taking a lot more trips to Fells Point. (See my reviews for this area under "Baltimore.") Happy drinking!

(04/02/2006)

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

Establishment: Cornwall's, Boston, MA

A veddy British pub. Apparently some British decided to stay in Boston and make a go of it. (For those Bud drinkers who may be reading this: Boston was once ruled by the British). Cornwall's is roomy and dark with a cresecent-shaped bar and an excellent selection of UK beers on tap (My adventures included Fuller's, Tetley's Old Speckled Hen and Belhaven's. Also available is McEwan's and Old Peculiar, the latter being in bottles. Cornwall's puts out a hearty bangers and mash (Which for you Bud drinkers is sausages and mashed potatoes and not a sexual act while watching Alan Alda.) Cornwall's is right next to the Kenmore Square T stop (Green Line B,C or D). Cheers!

(04/02/2006)

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

Establishment: Bukowski's Tavern, Boston, MA

Bukowski's Tavern is the definitive "hole-in-the-wall" working class tavern. It has some historical significance given the parking garage apparently built around it (as opposed to just demolitioning it); one can understand this. Consisting of a dark, well-worn bar opposite several small windows overlooking I90, this tavern offers an excellent selection of beer (tap and bottle), including Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter and Fuller's. They also serve a pretty decent burger. In any case, a must-stop when in Boston. There is a newer location at Inman Square in Cambridge (though I did not visit, so I cannot review). Incidentally, Bukowski's is a cash only experience, or as the menu reads: "In God We Trust, Cash Only." (I think they meant to say: In God We Trust. All Others Pay In Cash.) But I digress....

(04/02/2006)

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

Establishment: Growlers was Summit Station Restaurant and Brewery, Gaithersburg, MD

Not a review, but to inform Pubcrawler that Summit Station is being sold - though I have heard nothing about a possible closing.

(03/13/2006)

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

Establishment: Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant, South Orange, NJ

Having a friend in the area allows me the opportunity to visit this always-reliable brewpub. Although I have made only 8 visits, including my most recent, the beers, food, service as always been beyond approach (the decor could use a little update, but pubcrawlers rarely venture into an establishment for reasons of asthetics (spelling?). On my last stop, I enjoyed: Prince of Darkness, a malty scotch ale, their seasonal Satan Claws, which weighs in at a potent 8% (kids, don't try this at home), a guest Cask ESB from Flying Fish and a sampling of the Governator, a marzen. GLB also offers a decent bottle selection and several tapping events throughout the year. To anyone visiting NYC, and not familiar with the area, Gaslight is accessible by NJ Transit, the South Orange station being located a 5 minute walk. FYI: they have an excellent german menu (iff you vant zuch tings.) Auf Wiedersehen!

(01/28/2006)

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

Establishment: Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA

ABC consists of a large warehouse-type dining room, with brewery on the right side (behind glass), and a smaller L-shaped bar area in the far corner; there is also a Belgian bar downstairs (it opens at 5pm). During my visit (last week), I enjoyed a cask version of their "Jolly Scot" Scotch Ale - with a strong hit of bourbon, and a very hoppy little number called "Hoppy Trails." ABC also offers 6-packs and growlers to go. Great food, efficient service and a worthwhile stop when, and if, you are swinging through Harrisburg.

(01/05/2006)

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

Establishment: Bridgeport Ale House, Portland, OR

With the original location closed until February 2006, this remains the only Bridgeport establishment in operation. It offers a great selection of Bridgeport ales (6 taps/3 casks) served in a modern, open and well-lit bar area. During my sojourn, I enjoyed their mild Blue Heron Pale Ale, an ESB on cask and an excellent IPA, a delicious cask served at the correct temperature. BAH is also convenient (20-minute walk) from the Horse Brass Pub (see my review).

(12/28/2005)

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

Establishment: Rose and Raindrop, Portland, OR

An intriguing step back into time, in the case of the R&R, the Age of Queen Victoria. A very unique setting to enjoy some excellent NW micros (30 taps), such as: Rougue's " John Locke's Fresh Hop" and the very hoppy "Homo Erectus Imperial IPA." R&R is located in the historical Barber Block, which dates from the 1890s. Definitely worth checking out when wandering this neighborhood - incidentally, it's a short walk from the Lucky Labrador. Anyone familiar with the Portland transit system could also include the nearby Horse Brass and Bridgeport Ale House (see my reviews). The Rose and Raindrop is a perfect combination of comfortable atmosphere, good food, great service and some really wonderful brews.

(12/28/2005)

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

Establishment: Horse Brass Pub, Portland, OR

A ten-minute bus ride (No. 15) brings you to the front door of this well-known beer bar, one of the best ever visited by me. You walk in and step into an English country pub, heavy wooded beams, uneven wooden floors, wobbly yet sturdy tables amid several dark rambling rooms. Charles Dickens would feel at home here. Any visit to the Horse Brass and something will surely turn up (to quote Mr. Micawber, who would also feel at home.)Every inch is covered with beer paraphanalia. The beer is selected with care and kept fresh, with rotating taps covering a myriad of styles and tastes. The menu features the traditional English breakfast and includes a very filling Bangers and Mash complete with requisite peas. Of course, cask-conditioned drafts are ready for tasting. (They offer about 40 taps total). So many beers and so little time; I had Blue Dot IPA from Portland's own Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Mongoose IPA (Hale's - Seattle, WA), the always delicious Black Butte Porter (Deschutes Brewing Company) and - for the first time I saw it in the US, Bombadier Ale (Charles Wells), which was about as close to Theakston's Old Peculiar (and heaven) as one can get. This is one of the true beer meccas - and a must visit at least once. It deserves the rating of "Awesome."

(12/25/2005)

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

Establishment: Alameda Brewing Company, Portland, OR

Alameda Brewhouse is in a large warehouse-type space set up with a small bar area, several brewing tanks placed in a corner, and several tables, including a line set along the large windows looking out onto NE Fremont. Though located some distance from the downtown core - it's actually closer to the airport, it can be reached via Portland's excellent public transit system (Bus 33 goes right past the door.) I don't know what the previous pubcrawler did, but my service was fast and efficient. During my visit, I tasted: Klickitat Pale Ale, Turk's ESB and a nitro-pour stout, Black Bear XXX. I enjoyed my visit; twas a comfortable and relaxing beerhall that is well worth the trip. Two beer-covered thumbs up!

(12/25/2005)

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

Establishment: McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, Portland, OR

This historic old tavern, another member of the McMenamin family, also serves as a music venue and a hotel. The tavern, really a funky saloon reminiscent of a Jack London story, is dominated by a long bar stretching along one side all the way to the back, where one can find the stage for the abovementioned music venue. Like all McMs, the White Eagle offers the same beers - I tried the "Black Rabbit" porter while here. If you're on a pubcrawl, this place is about a 2-minute walk (or stumble) from Widmers (see my review for that wonderful place). The White Eagle is interesting for the ambience and the local color.

(12/20/2005)

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

Establishment: Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Portland, OR

One of the country's better micros - they have a national distribution; of course, this fact should'nt prevent any Pubcrawler from making the trip. Widmers is situated in an industrial looking area, but is accessible by MAX Light Rail (Yellow Line-Albina/Mississipi Station, which is about 2 or 3 blocks away - in fact, the MAX runs past the door). The small bar area is rather cramped and noisy, what with PDXers yammering on their cells all the live long day. The menu is heavy on sausages -very good and hearty. Widmers runs the gamut of styles, offering 8-9 taps to quench one's thirst (including nitro). Here is what I tried: Drop Top Amber, an Alt, IPA and the (nitro) Brown Ale, the latter being served to cold for my personal taste. Great Happy Hour prices and pretty pleasing ambience, makes Widmers worth the trip to Portland, AKA Beervana.

(12/18/2005)

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

Establishment: McMenamins Blue Moon Tavern and Grill, Portland, OR

As noted below, McM is a local chain of micro offering the same (very good) beers in the Pacific NW - they have several pubs in Seattle, as well. During my recent visit in November, they had a "Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown," which was the current seasonal. They have other styles (see my other McMenamins reviews for Portland). This location is in the Nob Hill area of the city; it is a comfortable lounge/pool hall hybrid with a laidback, homey ambience and a small bar area way in the back. (Speaking of "homey," Portland is home to Simpsons creator Matt Groening, who named several characters after streets in this neighborhood, i.e. Rogues Ale House is located on Flanders Street; one can also find Lovejoy, Quimby and Kearny streets - pubcrawling is so educational.) And speaking of names: The Blue Moon is named after Carl "Blue Moon" Jenkins, a one-armed sea captain.

(12/16/2005)

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

Establishment: Rogue Ales Public House, Portland, OR

A must-see (or must drink-at?) when in Portland. This is an interesting establishment crammed with Rogue merchandise and paraphanalia; its restrooms labeled "Hops" (Men) and "Barley" (Women) Why? Don't know. Besides distilling their own rum, they have 20 Rogue products on tap and delicious Kobe beef burgers on the menu. If you are not driving - or not inclined to seek a parking spot in this trendy district, I suggest taking the Portland Streetcar as it runs right by. Here are the beers I tried: St. Rogue Red (abv44), American Amber (ibu 53) and a scrumptiously hoppy imperial IPA (ibu 75!)served in a special glass. Go to Rogue ...today!

(12/12/2005)

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

Establishment: Flanagan's Harp and Fiddle, Bethesda, MD

This is a brand new place (14 weeks old as of the review date)around the corner from Rock Bottom (see my review above). Harp and Fiddle offers the usual suspects (Guinness, Smithwick's, Stella Artois) and is festooned with the mandatory Irish pub paraphanalia: old "Guinness Is Good" ads, pictures of the Old Sod and, of course, portraits of JFK. The profuse number of blaring TVs makes this establishment more sports bar than Irish pub. Of course, the staff does have a bit of the wee brogue.

(12/08/2005)

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

Establishment: Rock Bottom Brewery, Portland, OR

Your typical RB: spacious, with many blaring TVs, offering 7 styles of decent beers (I tried their Sunny Day IPA and Multinomah Porter). This is right in the middle of downtown (the light rail passes in front); the service was attentive. FYI: each RB location has its' own brewer, so the quality will always differ. But, hey ... this is Portland, the Mecca of Microbrew.

(12/08/2005)

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

Establishment: Tugboat Brewing Company, Portland, OR

Tugboat,located in a street that seems like an afterthought (or an alley) is a very small (3 barrel capacity) brewpub offering a half-dozen house beers (I tasted their Pale Ale, ESB and Porter) and a good selection of guest taps, including Frankenheim Alt. In addition, they offer a decent tex-mex menu, the food looked to be freshly made on premises. A popular, friendly place for locals and visitors, Tugboat is one of those comfortable places that are without any semblance of pretention; only very cheap beer and food (Cash Only.)

(11/23/2005)

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

Establishment: Henry's 12th Street Tavern, Portland, OR

This establishment can be found in the old Blitz-Weinhardt Brewery Block, which is about 2 blocks up the street from Powell's Bookstore. It offers a very large two-level dining area and a smaller bar/lounge area, the latter having a very good happy hour deal on food. However the only reason for any Pubcrawler to stop by is to experience the extensive, well-organized draught beer listing (100, or so). I stopped by on Wednesday (4-6pm) and tried the following: Terminal Gravity IPA/Breakfast Porter(brewery located in Enterprise, OR), Mt. Hood Ice Axe IPA and Caldera Dry Hop Orange Pale Ale (brewery in Ashland, OR). The bar area was still rather packed for this period. Enjoying a visitation at Henry's will depend on the time of day - much like Gingerman in NYC, I would probably avoid it on weekends. Definitely worth a visit when in Portland, America's Microbrew Mecca.

(11/23/2005)

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

Establishment: Elephant and Castle, Washington , DC

Looking at these recent reviews served to remind me that I visited this place in May and never entered my notes for E&C (My apologies for the late - yet honest review) Here goes: E&C is a Canadian chains of faux British pubs. I have visited several of their locations (Chicago, Philadelphia & Seattle, the latter of which I have a posted review); they are basically the same though do offer local micros dependent on the region of location, for example, this location, in addition to the aforementioned Fuller, offers 23 taps that include Old Dominion Hop Pocket and Allagash (Maine). This E&C sits in the middle of the DC Tourist Jungle on Pennsylvania Avenue. I am gratified for the fact that it does offer Fuller's, one of my personal favorites. Hope this helps....Cheers!

(11/04/2005)

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

Establishment: Max's on Broadway, Fells Point/Baltimore, MD

I'm back, because I went back ...to Max's that is. Here is some of the current taps (those I tried): Rogue Schwartzbier (ABV 6.0), Blue Ridge Hopfest (ABV 6.2), and Whitemarsh Gunpoint Pale Ale on cask. BTW, Max's has an outstanding bottle selection, one that includes the magically delicious Three Floyds Alpha King. I am unable to stay away from here. Help! Please!

(10/23/2005)

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

Establishment: Union Jack's British Pub, Bethesda, MD

This is a new establishment located around the corner from Rock Bottom (see my review)in a below street level setting. It is more of a sports bar/pool hall than a pub - there is absolutely no resemblance to a British pub. However, they do have Fullers ESB and that's a good thing. The bar area is rather large and offers the ubiquitous TV with [Fill in] game ablaring amid an unfinished looking room. Anyway, it's a new place and worth checking out if you have a need to be in Bethesda - and who doesn't every now and then? You can't go wrong on any street named after the patron saint of sailors.

(10/23/2005)

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

Establishment: Rock Bottom Brewery, Bethesda, MD

As we all know by now, RB is a national chain, each franchise having its' own brewer. At Bethesda RB is Geoff Lively, who has always brewed some good quaffs (for any Bud drinker who may have stumbled upon this site, "quaff" means to leisurly drink with pleasure.) Currently on tap, Geoff has his seasonal ESB (extra scary beer - though not as scary as Blatz Lite), which is also offered on cask - this was delicious. To really enjoy this place, one must pretend it is not located in one of DCs' most pretentious DC suburbs: home of folks named Kyle, Kelli and Kandi, and enjoy the beer and food, of which their pizza is great (IMHO, of course). If the fermenting tank is to be believed, and who distrusts that, Geoff's next seasonal is an IPA. BTW, RB Bethesda offers great tapping events for Mug Club Members (of which I am one). However it being Bethesda, perhaps Smug Club would be more appropriate. How do you like that Karla and Kenny?

(10/23/2005)

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

Establishment: The Barking Dog, Bethesda, MD

I visited the Barking Dog (though thinking it was the "Thirsty Dog), which is more of a pick-up bar than a beer bar. The selection was good, though I didn't get an indication that beer was a priority. I had a Red Hook ESB; did not realize they offered Caffrey's - have not seen it in the states since Guinness bought Smithwick's. Still, the menu was extensive, although I did not go there to eat. It makes part of a good Bethesda pubcrawl - along with Rock Bottom, Union Jack and Ri-Ra, a nearby faux Irish pub.

(10/23/2005)

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

Establishment: Stout NYC, New York, NY

From the folks who brought St. Andrews to Times Square comes this new addition; it is a huge airy establishment with high ceilings, a long bar and several plasma TV screens (Beer bar? Sports bar? You decide!) Stout offers 19 taps and a very extensive selection of bottled stout (i.e. the delicious Rasputin Imperial Stout) Check it out - they're open until 4am.

(10/21/2005)

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

Establishment: Crescent Moon Ale House, Omaha, NE

Terrific beer bar, if homey and unpretentious and extremely comfortable, a place to spend a few hours. CM offers a fine choice of regional Nebraska micros, such as Upstream BC (Omaha), Empryean BC (Lincoln)and Thunderhead (Kearney); also has Boulevard BC (Kansas City, MO) and New Belgium (Ft. Collins, CO.) A great place to go when (and if) you visit Omaha.

(10/19/2005)

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

Establishment: Raccoon River Brewing Company, Des Moines, IA

Dropped by in order to compare with Court Avenue (see my review). RRBC is a few blocks away in a 2-level warehouse type of buidling - unsure of any historical significance. I visited here on a Saturday night and found it relatively empty (I suppose DSM locals don't come downtown.)There was a band - the usual degree of talent, but not to bad. Sat at the U-shaped bar and tried the Octoberfest (not bad, no Spaten, of course), the Homestead Red (drinkable but cannot compare to the red served at Court Avenue) and the Bandit IPA, this one I did enjoy (over CABC's)in that the hops were on board and pleasantly balanced. Still, I enjoyed the experience - after all, this sits in the middle of Budweiser Country. If I lived in DSM, I would be very greatful for RRBC - and Court Avenue. Think of the alternative: nothing but macroswill. Brrrr!

(10/17/2005)

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

Establishment: Court Avenue Brewing Company, Des Moines, IA

Court Avenue BC is situated in the historical (1881) Saddlery Building, which is in the "Court Avenue Entertainment District." A spacious and comfortable pub with 8 beers on tap (during my visit)and a popular hangout that plays R&B Music, they offered a very fiery Jambalaya. The service was enthusiastic and efficient. The beers: Topping Pale Ale; it was good but not as hoppy as I prefer; O'Leary's Irish Red, which was my favorite; Pointer Brown Ale, which did nothing for me (the weakest beer I tried); and a Black Hawk Stout on cask, which was a great "dessert beer." All in all, a great place to hang out when in Des Moines, or part of a pubcrawl that includes Racoon River (see my review). PS: They also offered a seasonal Octoberfest - did not try.

(10/17/2005)

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

Establishment: DuClaw Brewing Company, Baltimore, MD

An overall rating of "Great" for this recent addition to the Fells Point pubcrawl scene. Located on the water, and across the street from Dudas Tavern, the bar area is surrounded by large windows looking out onto Thames Street (the Main drag in Fells Point). It consists of a large oval shaped bar in a slightly industrial looking ambience. Now, for the beer: on tap, during my recent visit (Columbus Day 2005) DuClaws offered Misfit Amber Ale (ABV 5, IBU 23), Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale (ABV 7), Venom Pale Ale (ABV 5.6 and a very hoppy IBU 36) and Bad Moon Porter (ABV 5.1, IBU 32). Note: the Venom was also offerd as a "nitro pour." This was my initial visit - and will not be the last.

(10/12/2005)

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

Establishment: Walnut Brewery, Boulder, CO

This is the original "Walnut" Brewery and part of the much-criticized Rock Bottom chain. Wide selection of good (not great) beers; however, the atmosphere, the food and the attractive, friendly bartender (female) made up for this. The styles run the gamut: Amber, Pale Ale, Copper Ale, Irish Red, Bitter, Brown Ale and a stout. Perhaps, the brewer is over-extended in terms of capacity and might want to try brewing less variety and shoot for quality, instead. Some of the best beers I've had came from micros with limited capacity. PS: I don't really understand why the aforementioned Rock Bottom gets a bad rap? Each location has its own individual brewer - perhaps, it's a subjective opine centered on the fact that it's a "chain." My question to these folks: "If you dislike chains, then I assume you hate Starbucks? Never eat at McDonalds or refuse to order pizza from Dominos's? (Hmmm? Maybe a bad example.)

(10/09/2005)

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

Establishment: Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO

A true beervana - worth a trip to The Mile High City alone (and not just for GABF!) It ranks up there with Horse Brass (Portland, OR), Great Lost Bear (Portland, ME) Map Room (Chicago) and Ginger Man (NYC). Frequent rotation and always clean lines only improves the experience. A Rocky Mountain pub crawl under a single roof. Here is what I had: Bridgeport IPA (yes it's from NW), Bull & Bush IPA, Odells 90 Schilling and the always delicious Avery IPA - wish I could get this back East.

(10/09/2005)

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

Establishment: Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver, CO

I visited Wynkoop again (see my review for May 2003) while in Denver for ... well, you know ... a certain festival. Even though the founder is now the current mayor of Denver, Wynkoop still provides adventurious beer drinkers with a wide selection of uniques brews (though not as unique for folks from the Buckeye State, apparently.) Here is what I tasted: Railyard Ale (their staple), Imperial IPA, a porter (Name?) and B3K schwartzbier (how many BPs offer black lagers?) and a Brown Ale called "Flying Artillery." Too bad those guys from Ohio did'nt enjoy it - but everyone has his or her own likes. Question: other than Great Lakes BC - does Ohio have any decent microbrews? Killian's does not count (Coors).

(10/09/2005)

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

Establishment: Collins Pub, Seattle, WA

Offering 22 (mostly) NW micros and an extensive listing of area wines, this recently opened upscale pub can be found right off Pioneer Square (next door to the Smith Tower, which you cannot miss). The Collins introduced me to the excellent Boundary Bay Brewing Company (Bellingham, WA), who brews a very hoppy and likewise tasty IPA and another micro from nearby Redmond called Far West Ireland Brewery. If you seek a great place to hang out over a few brews or wines, this is the place to do it.

(10/09/2005)

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

Establishment: Bell's Brewery / Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo, MI

A visit here is a must to any true beer geek! Living on the East Coas, I can only wistfully dream of putting my hands around a pint of a Bell's - and what beer! During my short (alas) visit here, I lost count of all the styles offered - although, I did count at least 6 different stout. What a place!

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Olde Peninsula Brewpub and Restaurant, Kalamazoo, MI

I visited OP for dinner prior to hitting Bell's (Tell me Gabriel, why don't you like Bell's?). This was a very pleasant place: great, though not overwhelming, beers (OP IPA, Sunset Red Ale, 123 Ale and Midnight Stout). A very wide selection, something for everyone and anyone that enjoys delicious beer. OP is OK!

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Syracuse Suds Factory, Syracuse, NY

The reason for my rating is obvious: there are so many good places in town (Blue Tusk & Clark's) where a thirsty traveler can parch their lips, so why come here? Maybe, my mistake was coming here AFTER Blue Tusk? While, Syracuse Suds (SS - how appropriate) is not the worst beer I've had, given the environment, it could be better - particularly since the demise of the great Empire Brewing Company. Syracuse Suds? More like Syracuse Duds. Keep trying guys! By the way, porter should be dark color.

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Flying Scotsman, Washington, DC

I have been here thrice, with the first time (see below review) being the best. This was the last time, they actually had scottish beer available. Maybe it's me or what ... I could enjoy it more if they had Belhaven's on draft. Once agin, while the beer selection is good, FS still seems to cater (as do many DC establishments) to Bud Swillers. BTW,they still offer Red Hook ESB. It still located next to the DOL. The Scotch Eggs are good.

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Max's on Broadway, Fells Point/Baltimore, MD

The word "Awesome" pretty much defines this gift from the beer gods. Rotating taps, clean lines, excellent bottle selections (though honestly I have yet to venture beyond the extensive draft list. Having pubcrawled all over the world, back and forth across this grea land, and up and down the East Coast, I can sincerly consider Max's one of the greatest beer bars in the world. Here is what I had on my last visit: Belhaven's Wee Heavy, Coniston's Blue Bird Bitter, Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale, Troeg's Dead Reckoning and the indomintable Victory Storm Imperial Stout. Whew!

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Buckley's on Queen Anne, Seattle, WA

A very casual smoke-free pub in the Queen Anne neighborhood, a few blocks east of the Space Needle. Buckley's offers a great selection of NW micros, such as Maritime Pacific Imperial IPA (very tasty), Bridgeport IPA (from Portland, OR) and the always orgasmic Deschutes Black Butte Porter. Try to make Happy Hour for their really cheap pints.

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Pike Brewery and Pub, Seattle, WA

Pike Brewery gets an overall "Good" simply because it is in Seattle, where there are simply too many other "great" purveyors of malted beverages. Any other city (with the obvious exceptions) it would be great. It is located in the famous Pike Place Market amid tourists and an occasional local. During my visit I enjoyed:Naughty Nellies (IBU 22), Pike Pale Ale (IBU 32) and Pike IPA (IBU 60!) In that PBP is owned by distributor Merchant du Vin, they also offer some great bottled selections, such as Ayinger, Samuel Smith and Westmalle. In fact they had an almost complete style selection of Ayinger.

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Porter's Taproom, Erie, PA

Located in a former train station, Porter's serves some excellent upscale cuisine with an impressive selection (24) of drafts, including local brews produced by the Erie Brewing Company. They also stock a wide selection of German lagers.

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Molly Brannigan's, Erie, PA

Attractive faux pub in the heart of Erie offers great food and an interesting selection of lagers and ale. Definitely worth a stop when in town.

(10/07/2005)

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

Establishment: Elysian Brewing Company - Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

Located in the Capital Hill, this is a local hangout (not being a "local", one can just assume, I guess) with a large windows overlooking Pine (Pike?) Street. The decor is funky minimalist, but the beer was tasty and offered in a wide variety of styles: maibock, IPA (very hoppy), EsB, an Immortal IPA and a Dragonstooth Stout. A good choice for the hopheads. They also serve a great dish of bangers and mash. Great hangout for that rare rainy day.

(10/02/2005)

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

Establishment: Two Bells Tavern, Seattle , WA

Located in the Belltown area, this is a venerable working class tavern that takes you back to the 1950s. Offering many excellent NW micros, such as Deschutes, Maritime Pacific and Big Time, Two Bells provides a relaxing atmosphere where one can hang out. Includes jazz music and great happy hour deals.

(10/02/2005)

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

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

This is an open, warehouse-type BP across Safeco Field (I guess this is fact is pretty much established?) with an interesting selection of beers - this brewer is not afraid to experiment. Some examples: the IPA, a DPA (draught pale ale), the delicious Snow Cap and MacTarnahan's Cream Porter. I think Pyramid owns this Portland BC brand. Great beer in a decent BP - although, I have always been reluctant to visit BPs located across from sports complexes in that there is the terrible potential of attracting Bud drinkers. Yuch!

(10/02/2005)

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

Establishment: Elephant and Castle, Seattle, WA

This faux British pub, part of a Canadian chain, is actually located below street level of the Red Lion Inn; it offers a pretty good selection of NW beers, including a Boundary Bay (Bellingham, WA) Scotch Ale. Having been to several E&Cs, I have always considered this to be reliable for decent British - sometimes cask - beers.

(10/02/2005)

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

Establishment: Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, Boulder, CO

A very ecclectic establishment that combines funky, hippy, family, laid back along with the ubiquitious self-absorbed yuppy; it serves some interesting beer styles especially IPAs and a very tasty porter. It could be a little bigger. A nice stop if in the Denver area. Nice little college town - if you enjoy left wing environmentalists who drive gas guzzling SUVs.

(06/20/2005)

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

Establishment: Great Lost Bear, Portland, ME

One of the best beer bars I have ever visited (including Brickskeller in DC, Gingerman and Blind Tiger in NYC, Map Room in Chicago), GBC is a true mecca for beer afficianados and a real haven for seekers of regional microbrews, such as: Andrew's St. Nick, Geary's, Allagash, Shipyard, Casco Bay and Sheepscot - brewer of the superb Pemaquid Scottish Ale. The food menu was great as well. If only GLB was located closer to downtown rather than the ugly industrial area it is currently sited. It is worth the cab ride though. What a wonderful place!

(06/20/2005)

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

Establishment: Sebago Brewing Company, Portland, ME

SBC can be found a few blocks (uphill) from the Old Port - and an easy stumble from Gritty McDuff's and Three Dollar Dewey's. Located in an historical building that looked as if it had some utilitarian purpose, SBC proffers a maritime theme in several areas including a nice bar area with large windows. Now for the beers: Frye's Leap IPA, an American-style pale ale (5.2%), which was mildly hopped with a full body; Runabout Red Ale, a malty amber (5.0%); Boathouse Brown, a stoutish ale with a rich body (4.8%); Lake Trout Stout, a very good quaff with a great body/finish laced with coffee; and the seasonal, Slick Nick Winter Ale. Great Beer, Great Place. Highly Recommended.

(06/20/2005)

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

Establishment: Gritty McDuff's, Portland, ME

Supposedly Maine's first brewpub, Gritty's is located in the Old Port in a convivial warehouse type of structure with several rooms all brick-lined. Offering a wide variety of English-style ales (see below), GM is a pretty nice place to relax and quaff some great ales such as: Pub Style Pale Ale, a malty, dry-hopped Scottish Ale and a delicious cask bitter. Also available on cask: Uncle Andy's IPA a smooth, medium-hopped beer that tastes better if you let it attain room temperature. The food was rather eclectic; I tasted my first lamb burger, probably not as good as the one Mary had...

(06/20/2005)

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

Establishment: Ri Ra Irish Pub and Restaurant, Portland, ME

Part of a chain (as mentioned in the previous review), Ri-Ra (gaelic for fake pub)is located in the Old Port amid swarms of tourists in search of Bud. They had the usual suspects - I had Geary's Winter Ale, a copper-colored yet mild pint. Maine beers are just not very hoppy at all? Still, when in Portland, I suggest trying Sebago's and Gritty McDuff's nearby - and of course, the indominatable Great Lost Bear (see my reviews)

(06/20/2005)

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

Establishment: Great Basin Brewing Company, Sparks, NV

Located across the street from the Nugget, this brewpub serves OK beer - the IPA somewhat unexciting, although the porter seemed somewhat palatable. Much of this could have been the temperature. The waitress was indifferent, putting my friend & I in a dark corner in front of the door. I guess she noticed my own indifference by the fact that she gave us the tab without even asking if we wanted anything else. The food was enjoyable - although bruschetta should be more than toasted french bread with a dollop of canned tomatoes. I would go around the corner and get some reliable Sierra Nevada...

(06/20/2005)

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

Establishment: Titanic Brewing Company, Coral Gables, FL

There is at least some refuge for beer geeks in the Miami area. Located across the street form the Metrorail tracks - though the nearest station is about 10 minutes away, I found the beers to be reliable and consistent, though may be too complex for the Bud Lovers that have been giving the "Lousy" reviews. And to the Miami-area beer geeks, you should be thankful that this establishment exists. The selection is varied and includes most styles: White Star IPA, made with Cascade hops, has a mildly hoppy, clean finish (7%abv); Brittanic Best Bitter, a traditional English-style fermented eith British yeast - not as hoppy and rather light (%5.5 abv); Captain Smith's Rye, a German-style amber (altbier?) with malted rye (%6.00 abv); Boiler Room Nut Brown, an unfiltered British-style nut brown with roasted malts and toffee (%5.00 abv.) TBC also offers a wheat a light beer (It is Florida, afterall) If I lived in Miami, I would come here often.

(04/12/2005)

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

Establishment: Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY

Awesome does not describe how superlative this Garden of Beerden is. I live in the DC area and make several weekend trips to NYC a year just to hit the Blind Tiger (along with Gingerman, dba, Blind Tiger and Brazen Head - to name just a few.) Where else can you go on a quiet afternoon in the West Village (they still call it that right?) and enjoy fresh ales such as : Chelsea Sunset Red, Chelsea Henry Hudson Cask IPA, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Sierra Nevada Harvest (Seasonal) and ... AAAA Leffe Brown. Simply an experience. If I had my way, it would be a crime to enter this establishment an order Budweiser. Nuff said.

(03/23/2005)

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

Establishment: Barley and Hops Grill and Microbrewery, Frederick, MD

Visited here on the way to Brewer's Alley; it was a pleasant surprise to find a decent brewpub in a shopping center amid the ubiquity of retail alley. Though the selection was not diverse, the beers I tried, Nut Brown and the special (can't remember the name, but it was tasty) were enjoyable. It may give Brewer's Alley a run for its money (though I hope not, as I enjoy both - along with Brewer's Alley affiliate Summit Station in nearby Gaithersbarrio).

(03/22/2005)

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

Establishment: Capitol City Brewing Company - Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

One of four locations, Capitol City - Capitol Hill serves reliable English/German style brews. Still a good place for us "bureaucrat-types" to unwind, despite the hordes of beer-moron tourists who sometime frequent this establishments, uttering phrases like, "What's the closest thing you got to Budweiser?" [Answer: Urine] Located in the Old Post office building, the area is not that dangerous, unless you're afraid of giving money to the homeless who live in the area. I digress ... it is a great place to have a good brew and some decent (not great) food.

(03/22/2005)

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

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

Very like a British pub, the Wharf Rat-Camden Yards is a great place to relax (if there is not an O's game that day) and enjoy a traditional English ale. The usual selections include: an Irish Red (strange for a British pub, though), a cream ale, several dark ales, cask-conditioneds and their Ironman Pale Ale, tasty but not as hoppy as I would prefer. Still a good choice - and across the street from Max's Camden Yards. If you feel the need to forget the loss of DeGroen's (Baltimore Brewing), you may as well drown your sorrow in an English Brown Ale. Cheers!

(03/22/2005)

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

Establishment: Brewer's Art, Baltimore, MD

True Beervana in Charm City! I live in Washington, DC, yet still make it a point to visit this gift to the beer geek. The fact that Brewer's Art is still here, deadens the loss of DeGroen's (Baltimore Brewing Company). Of course, one must go to the downstairs cellar (somewhat reminicent of a Prague beerhall) to get an adequate atmosphere. They serve their own house beer (IPA, Proletary Porter and Resurrection, the last being a very malty Belgian) as well as an excellent bottle choice: Ayinger Dunkels, Victory Weizbocken and Frankenheim Alt, which I've never even seen in the US until here. A must for the true beer afficionado.

(03/22/2005)

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

Establishment: Abbey Brewing Company, Miami Beach, FL

This place should get a great review for the simple fact that it offers great beer while in Miami Beach, where the only other import is Sam Adams (I am not joking.) Their house beer is excellent, though they do serve it to cold - my only qualm about Abbey Brewing. I had the Pale Ale and the Imperial Stout, the latter being served properly BTW. An oasis in America's Beer Wasteland. It is located about 1 Block S of the highly-pretentious Snotnose Alley called the Lincoln Road Mall. Yuck!

(03/22/2005)

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

Establishment: Big River Grille and Brewing Works, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Located on Disney Boardwalk, a resort that is a boat ride between MGM and Epcot, this is establishment offers the only opportunity for decent beer while in the Land of the Mouse. This was my second visit (right after Hurricanes Charley and Frances) and was pretty quiet. On tap: a very good Oktoberfest (this chain is owned by Gordon Biersch, a purveyor of decent lagers), a light pale ale, an even-bodied brown ale and their (signature?) beer, Rocket Red Ale, a malty ale made from British Crystal malts. Take the patio on a nice day and you have a very relaxing experience while the kids are doing their thing in the Magic Kingdom.

(10/11/2004)

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

Establishment: The Wicked Hop, Milwaukee, WI

I visited this new addition to the Third Ward during a recent trip to Irisfest. About 5 minutes walk from Milwaukee Ale House, WH has 5 taps of regionals (Tyrenna, New Glarus and the delicious Bell's) and a decent selection of bottles and Belgians - beer, I mean. Add to that an angelic barstaff and you have a pleasant place to hang out.

(09/12/2004)

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

Establishment: The Nomad World Pub, Milwaukee, WI

Stopped by here during a recent trip to Irishfest. An inviting bar that is a real comfortable place to relax. Not that many beers ot tap, though they do offer the usually great Lakefront products, which for some reason I could never fathom in my many visits to Milwaukee is not available in many of the places I haunt. Nomad is a nice neighborhood tavern that makes visitors seem welcome - unlike many places I have frequented.

(09/12/2004)

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

Establishment: Founders' Restaurant and Brewing Company, Alexandria, VA

I made the trek down to Old Towne Alexandria to sample the wares. FBC, formerly Virginia Beverage Something Or Other, offers about 8 taps, with their usual beers named after the "founders" of Alexandria. During my visit, I tasted Kolsch, Brown Ale, a delicious (and potent - 8.6 ABV) Scotch Ale and a very tasty and hoppy (IBU 65) American Pale Ale; they also had a few wheat beers, but not being partial to that style, did not imbibe. I even got to chat with the brewer, Bill Madden. The Scotch Ale was his first batch at FBC, since leaving Capitol City. Menu looked pretty diverse, and a little above the pub grub offers. The one negative was the somewhat reluctancy of the bartenders to keep my glass filled. Those of us who spend much (too much, maybe) of our time rating BPs, know that one criteria of service is not having to ask for another pint! Nevertheless, the beer was excellent and makes another trip a probability.

(09/12/2004)

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

Establishment: Moriarty's, Philadelphia, PA

Great beer bar in Center City offering a wide variety of regionals including the excellent Yards. About 30 taps with good listings. Great food. Worth a stop when in Philadelphia. Don't know if Ben Franklin drank here though.

(09/05/2004)

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

Establishment: Fergie's Pub, Philadelphia, PA

A comfortable pub that is up the street from Nodding Head and around the corner from McGillin's. Nice unpretentious atmosphere - no yuppies or Bud Swillers, just regulars - judging from other reviews - though I was from out of town. I rated the Beer Quality "Awesome" for the fact that Fergie pulls a great pint, too good as I imbibed about 5 pints. But seeing as it's Guinness, I owe no apologies. Also Yard's on cask and Yuengling Porter in bottles. Better than many of the faux pubs that seem to appear everywhere. No names of course.

(09/05/2004)

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

Establishment: Ship Inn, Milford, NJ

When in the area, you must visit the Ship Inn. one of the best British pubs in the US, second only to Horse Brass Pub in that microbrew Mecca: Portland, Oregon. Ths Ship has always been consistent in quality, both foodwise and brew-wise, particularly the excellent British-style draught ales. They even offer great bottled selections, such as the elusive yet delicious Darwin's Oribinal Porter, made from yeast recovered from a shipwreck - how ironic!

(09/05/2004)

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

Establishment: Trinity Hall, Dallas, TX

Excellent faux-pub in the Mockingbird Station Complex that has the usual tap selection of Guinness (great pour!), Boddington's, Stella A. and Murphy's Red Ale. This is the first time this reporter has even seen this good, flavorful Irish Red Ale. All in all, a great place to relax when in Dallas.

(09/05/2004)

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

Establishment: Ginger Man, Dallas, TX

What a wonderful purveyor of malted beverages! I have had the honor to visit the GM in NYC & Austin and can say that all the locations are consistent in great selections and good quality along with knowledgable staff. The Dallas location is in the Uptown District and is right on the McKinney Avenue Trolley. Not bad given that the pub is located in what appears to be a converted house with minimal parking - but then responsible beerophiles don't drink and drive anyway. Here are some of the choices I oppprtuned to quaff: Abbott Ale Pub Draught, New Belgium Fat Tire, Kostrizer Black Lager, Fuller's Porter, DeKonnick and a cask from St. Arnold's, which is a Houston area microbrew. Great Pub in the Big D.

(09/05/2004)

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

Establishment: Tun Tavern Brewing Company, Atlantic City, NJ

A pretty decent brewpub located adjacent to the AC Convention Center/NJT Terminal. What makes this place a lifesaver is that it is located in a veritable beer wasteland (excluding "Firewaters.) A pleasant selection that included Devil Dog Pale Ale, All-American Pale Ale, Card Shark Red, Nut Brown, a Stout and the Tuninator Double Bock. I was in AC on business and visited twice. Supposedly, the original Tun Tavern was where Ben Franklin made one of his famous beer quotations. Anyway, if you are are a beer geek in search of a good pint, I heartily recomment the Tun Tavern.

(08/17/2004)

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

Establishment: Nodding Head Brewery and Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Pretty reliable brewpub in Center City and not too far from Fergie's or McGillan's. The bar area is rather small for me, and the place is sort of in need of repair, nobody comes here for anything except tasty beer; I had the Grog, BPA and the Downtown Brown Ale. IMO, the best brewpub in Philadelphia - especially, if Monk's is too crowded.

(05/31/2004)

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

Establishment: Flying Scotsman, Washington, DC

First, let me say that I have been here only once; I did enjoy this place. Second, while the beer selection is good, I would not describe it as "outstanding." They serve the usual triage of terror (Bud, Bud Light and Coors), but they DO offer Red Hook ESB and (drum roll)...Belhaven Ale, which makes this establishment worth the trip. By the way, this was the site of an Irish pub (Name?), which was open for about a month - I think. Also,this pub is located in an alley next to the DOL (DC residents will know what that means.)

(05/26/2004)

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

Establishment: Dubliner Irish Pub, Washington, DC

This is an update of my last reveiw from July 200..you, know? I forgot. Anyway, the Dubliner is still my favorite DC Irish pub and they now serve Smithwick's (pronounced Smith-icks). And the trad music is still the best! Go there in the fall after the tourists leave...

(05/26/2004)

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

Establishment: Syracuse Suds Factory, Syracuse, NY

The reason for my rating is obvious: there are so many good places in town (Blue Tusk & Clark's) where a thirsty traveler can parch their lips, so why come here? Maybe, my mistake was coming here AFTER Blue Tusk? While, Syracuse Suds (SS - how appropriate) is not the worst beer I've had, given the environment, it could be better - particularly since the demise of the great Empire Brewing Company. Syracuse Suds? More like Syracuse Duds. Keep trying guys! By the way, porter is supposed to be a caramel color.

(05/26/2004)

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

Establishment: Olde Peninsula Brewpub and Restaurant, Kalamazoo, MI

I visited OP for dinner prior to hitting Bell's (Tell me Gabriel, why don't you like Bell's?). This was a very pleasant place: great, though not overwhelming, beers (OP IPA, Sunset Red Ale, 123 Ale and Midnight Stout). A very wide selection, something for everyone and anyone that enjoys delicious beer. OP is OK!

(05/26/2004)

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

Establishment: Bell's Brewery / Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo, MI

A visit here is a must to any true beer geek! I live on the east coast and therefore can only wistfully dream of putting my hands around a pint of a Bell's beer, and what beer! During my short (alas) visit here, I lost count of all the styles offered - although, I did count at least 6 different stout. What a place!

(05/26/2004)

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

Establishment: Firkin, Libertyville, IL

I discovered this fine establishment during a visit from Chicago - was in town to "discover" Mickey Finn's. Although, I had only one beer during this trip, it was evident that I should have come here instead. The menu looked very eclectic, not the usual brew and burger venue; the beer list was astounding! I need not brag to the folks in Chicagoland, but to beer travelers venturing to this great city on the lake, a visit to The Firkin (a 70 minute ride on the excellent Metra commuter train) is surely mandatory.

(05/26/2004)

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

Establishment: Mickey Finn's Brew Pub was Libertyville Brewing, Libertyville, IL

I don't know who this Ashley fellow is, but this is a pretty good brewpub; great selection of lagers and ales (Abana Amber Ale, Old Rondout Pale Ale, Nitro Pale, Irish Ale and two ales on cask: American Pale Ale & Irish Stout). Worth the Metra ride from Chicago - responsible beer geeks don't drive when imbibing. If you have the time, check out The Firkin place across the street.

(05/26/2004)

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

Establishment: The Duke of Perth, Chicago, IL

One of the best Scottish pubs in Chicago; a very unassuming place - rather small - but comfortable. One of those typical pubs you would find in Glasgow or Aberdeen, a place where Groundskeeper Willie could call home.

(05/25/2004)

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

Establishment: Map Room, Chicago, IL

You've read the previous reviews; it is really difficult to add to what has been said by others. For me, great beer is a passion. When one finds a great beer bar, with exemplary service from folks who know what it's like to love great beer, you just want the whole world to know that such a beervana exists. Have been to NYC, Portland (OR), Boston, Munich, Bruges (Belgium), Ireland, Seattle and Baltimore (home of Max's on Broadway), they all are up there with Chicago. A sample of what I had here: Spaten Maibock, Adnams Broadside Bitter (cask),Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Founder's Dirty Bastard, Bell's Expedition Stout, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Three Floyds Alpha King and DeKonnick - on tap!!!

(05/25/2004)

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

Establishment: Jaks Tap, Chicago, IL

Great beer bar, great seletion of regional microbrews (Bell's, Stoney Creek, Two Brothers); unfortunately, it is a little out of the way - not so muchinto Greektown, but a few blocks west of Union Station. Still, when you get there, you aren't going to regret the trip: this is what beer is about.

(05/25/2004)

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

Establishment: Clark Street Ale House, Chicago, IL

After The Map Room, this is probably the best beer bar I have visited in Chicago. Good atmosphere - humble folks without pretension always saying "Howdy neighbor..." Always a great selectio, particularly a consistent supply of Three Floyds brews. MMMMM Three Floyds.

(05/25/2004)

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

Establishment: David Copperfield's, New York, NY

Great beer selection, great food and great service - worth the trip uptown if the Gingerman is too crowded.

(01/18/2004)

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

Establishment: Flossmoor Station Brewing Company, Flossmoor, IL

Great brewpub makes a great day trip from Chicago!

(09/21/2003)

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

Establishment: Dubliner Irish Pub, Washington, DC

As several reveiwers have already noted: the Dubliner is not a beer bar, but a very atmospheric and popular Irish pub that pours a great pint o Guinness. Decent food and live irish music nightly. Next door to the Irish Times and across the street from Capital City (Capitol Hill.) Not a bad crawl...

(07/21/2003)

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

Establishment: Dr. Dremo's Taphouse, Arlington, VA

Just three words: Chimay On Tap. I love the Brickskeller, but Dr. Dremo is an excellent, casual beer bar with great selections and IMHO the best burgers around. If you can just get used to the abandoned warehouse decor and the minimalist ambience, you can be best prepared for an evening (it opens at 5pm) of great beers!

(07/21/2003)

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

Establishment: Brewzzi, West Palm Beach, FL

This is the second location (the other being in Boca Raton.) Located in WPB very pretentious Cityplace, this brewpub offers some enjoyable german lagers with an occasional IPA. A great happy hour deal is 2-4-1 beers. Good food - at least mine was and some attractive, efficient barstaff makes this a worthy addition to the beer wasteland that is south Florida.

(07/21/2003)

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

Establishment: Bieres et Compagnie, Montreal, QC

This is an excellent Quartier Latin beer bar with two locations offers a great selection of Belgian beers with a good selection of Quebec micros, which IMHO have always been underated. One interesting note - the menu has caribou burgers (it tastes a little like sausage - thought I was going to say chicken?) A great place to go if you're in this beautiful city.

(07/21/2003)

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

Establishment: Triple 7 Brewpub, Las Vegas, NV

The best Vegas brewpub I have visited. this place is located at the Main Street Casino - in Downtown Vegas, right of the kitschy Fremont Experience. Good selections of ales and lagers. What's real great: no video poker games in the bar! This is for beer drinkers.

(12/18/2002)

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

Establishment: Boston Beer Works - North Station, Boston, MA

Having also visited BBW across from Fenway (which I liked), I prefer this one simply because it was one of the few -wait, correction - the only place that did'nt charge outrageous cover on St. Patty's Day - the most revered day of the year. And the beer was excellent. Try the 9 Alarm Amber Lager.

(03/23/2002)

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

Establishment: Boston Beer Works, Boston, MA

I had an enjoyable and relaxing lunch here during St. Patty's weekend; great Boston Red Ale and Curley's Irish Stout. A great brewpub in a great beer drinking town. Of course, I would avoid it at game time. Three thumbs up!

(03/23/2002)

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

Establishment: Brickskeller, Washington, DC

The Brick is about beer. Nothing else. Not for the food -which is good (I recommend the wings and burgers.) As far as service...never had a problem getting beer. Is the bartender surly or rude? Who cares? Just hand me another bottle of Old Flag Porter and I'm a happy camper. To those who seek draught beer, I suggest Big Hunt(off Dupont Circle), or take the train to Philadelphia (Monk's Cafe) or NYC (Gingerman.) Remember: Life is too short to drink bad beer.

(06/21/2001)

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

Establishment: Growlers was Summit Station Restaurant and Brewery, Gaithersburg, MD

There still seems to be a division among fans of the former "Old Towne Tavern" and the current "Summit Station." Having been a long-time patron -though not one of the regular barflies who make daily appearances-I will defend this establishment with my worthless life. Is'nt bad enough living in Maryland, where beer lovers cannot receive beer by mail? Is it not tragic enough to be a beer lover in Montgomery County, home of the world's most deplorable liquor laws? To those two parties mentioned, I ask: If it were not for Summit Station (FKA Old Towne), where else would you find great beer?

(01/19/2001)


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