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#1010 Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company from Ottumwa, IA, United States
Score: 3.1 | Atmosphere 7 | Selection 5 | Value 6 | Service 7 | Overall 6 |
This is located in downtown Ottumwa. The interior was surprisingly elegant and clean inside a fairly old building. It reminds me a lot of Lost Duck in Ft. Madison. They had a few brews on tap and must brew on a fairly small system as they apparently have new ones out all the time. The food is good and pretty upscale. Worth a stop if in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit.
12/9/2010 9:48:20 PM |
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#1009 Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits, West Des Moines from West Des Moines, IA, United States
Score: 3.6 | Atmosphere 6 | Selection 8 | Value 8 | Service 6 | Overall 8 |
This is easily the best Hy Vee beer store I have visited and far and away the best beer store in the Des Moines area. It is the best mega grocer beer selection I have seen other than Woodman's in WI. They are getting the best of Iowa, especially with domestic craft beer. The singles are kept cold, which is a bonus. I always find a couple of new ones each time I stop in.
12/9/2010 9:39:13 PM |
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#1008 el Bait Shop from Des Moines, IA, United States
Score: 4.7 | Atmosphere 10 | Selection 9 | Value 9 | Service 9 | Overall 10 |
I have been here enough times to get a feel. This is easily the best beer bar between Chicago and KC. It is easily on par with the best of both of those cities. The prices are reasonable and the food is pretty tasty. The decorations are interesting and will keep you busy. The beer is served at a good temp. The only thing I think they lack is serving everything in proper glassware, but that is part of the fun. They usually have a few local beers form the brewpubs in Des Moines. Certainly worth a stop if in the area. They share the building with the High Life Lounge next door which has it's own charm with shag carpet and no beer new past the 1970's.
12/9/2010 9:34:18 PM |
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#1007 Hank Is Wiser Brewery from Cheney, KS, United States
Score: 3.6 | Atmosphere 7 | Selection 6 | Value 7 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
I visited on a Friday afternoon. The owner and his son were on hand. They told me about their brewing process and showed the equipment. This is small time, but high quality stuff. I hope to see them expand their production as a brewpub, but the owner seems content to just make good stuff for the locals. More power to him! A nice quiet small town bar.
2/21/2006 3:05:05 AM |
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#1006 Little Apple Brewing Co from Manhattan, KS, United States
Score: 3.3 | Atmosphere 6 | Selection 7 | Value 7 | Service 7 | Overall 6 |
Stuck in a little strip mall, this is a nice oasis in an otherwise beer poor town. It is on the west side a ways from Aggieville. The beers seem to be above average and the brewer obviously likes hops. the seasonals were hit and miss, but he regular lne up was otherwise solid. I will eat there next time I go. I had two small problems. One, they woudl not fill a growler form another brewpub. Two, they do sell tasting sized glasses and 11 oz glasses, but I had to ask to find out.
1/5/2006 12:18:11 AM |
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#1005 John's Grocery, Inc. from Iowa City, IA, United States
Score: 3.9 | Atmosphere 7 | Selection 8 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
I have gotten at least 600 to 700 new beers from this store. They are always getting new beers. They are especially strong for Belgians and some English bottled beers. The staff is generally fairly knowledgeable and helpful. Most six packs can be broken into singles. Teh only thing lacking here are big abv. domestic micros. However, that is due to those beers having to be sold through the state, not John's fault.
10/18/2005 2:46:56 AM |
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#1004 Bricktown Brewery & Blackwater Grill from Dubuque, IA, United States
Score: 1.3 | Atmosphere 3 | Selection 3 | Value 3 | Service 2 | Overall 2 |
I have been here a couple times. The beers are made using extracts and tend to be thin and uninspiring. The atmosphere is crowded and noisy. The food is also lame. The service is horrible. Slow and not attentive. The only thing this place has goign for it is that they have no local competition.
7/17/2005 12:29:55 AM |
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