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#2101 Hofbrauhaus (Hofbräuhaus) from München, Bayern, Germany
Score: 3.8 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 6 | Value 7 | Service 9 | Overall 8 |
Now, I'll admit the beers here for the most part won't impress a hardcore beer geek, me included. But, that being said, the beer isn't bad. The German Pilsner I had was hoppy enough to keep me happy and the hefeweizen wasn't bad. The dunkel was malty enough to pass for a good amber ale. You won't get your hop head fix here, but the food and beer are good enough to keep you over for one night, I think. The atmosphere is just like the German beerhalls that you'd expect for an Oktoberfest. Lots of long tables with benches and a huge outdoor beergarten that's larger than most restaurants by itself. It's got a great view of Cincinnatti over the river. I recommend this for at least one visit, and if I had to live in Cincy, I'd probably be up for a visit every month or so. The inside portion is a bit too loud for me with the oompah band, though. It's also a little on the touristy side.
6/14/2006 11:33:41 AM |
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#2100 Party Source, The from Bellevue, KY, United States
Score: 4 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 8 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
I found this place purely by chance. We stayed in the Comfort Suites right across the street from The Party Source. We had chosen the hotel so I could walk to the Hofbrauhaus Newport that evening to get in a new brewpub on the way up to Cleveland and my eyes bugged out when I realized I’d stumbled upon a second beer find purely by accident. After checking out of the hotel on Thursday morning, Kim and walked over to the store to check it out. The place is huge and has a massive selection of wine and liquor and a quarter of the space is party supplies. The beer selection is small compared to the wine and liquor sections, but this is still an excellent beer store. Green’s in Atlanta beats it on selection, but this place beats out almost any other store in the Atlanta area, so it’s quite likely the best store in the Cincinnatti area. They’ve got singles in shelves back in the walk in cooler (the size of a small warehouse). Make sure to bring a jacket. This is definitely a must visit for beer stores in the area.
6/14/2006 11:21:30 AM |
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#2099 Old Goat Winery from Cartersville, GA, United States
Score: 3.6 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 4 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
This place isn’t exactly the best of the homebrew stores around as they focus more on the wine end of things, but for people like me stranded in the hinterlands of homebrewing, it’s nice to have a place to call in an order and be able to pick up the supplies and ingredients I need without having to drive more than 30 minutes. The place also lets you make wine at the store if you’re interested in that. Like I said, the brewing supplies are limited, but they do stock sanitizing chemicals, bottle capping supplies, carboys, plastic fermentors and dried yeast. Anything else you can order by Monday and they’ll have it in on Wednesday. This might be a good place for those of us in Northwest Georgia. The only reason I didn’t give them a 10 on service was because the owners only make wine and liquers so they won’t be as helpful as owners who are homebrewers, but they’ll do whatever they can to help you out.
4/10/2006 5:31:12 PM |
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#2098 Humpys Great Alaskan Alehouse from Anchorage, AK, United States
Score: 4 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 8 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
I loved Humpy’s the last time I visited it. The food is cheap and the place has a great beer selection. It's a pretty nice place to hunker down with a few beers during one of Anchorage’s frequent rain showers. It isn't the top of culinary ladder, but it's a good lunch stop.
3/28/2006 1:56:41 PM |
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#2097 Glacier BrewHouse from Anchorage, AK, United States
Score: 4 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 9 | Value 7 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
Very shiny, nice looking restaurant. The place tends to be extremely packed as it’s popular with the tourist crowd, so I’d advise visiting in off hours. The beer served shows a pretty wide variety and there’s usually some barrel aged offering and a cask conditioned offering. The food is a bit pricey, but less pricey considering the Alaska food prices. Definitely worth a trip as it’s easy to find and centrally located in Anchorage, but it can’t beat Moose Tooth for the beer.
3/28/2006 1:50:42 PM |
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#2096 Brown Jug WareHouse from Anchorage, AK, United States
Score: 3.8 | Atmosphere 6 | Selection 8 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
Excellent selection for Alaskan beers and Pacific Northwest options. Not a bad Belgian selection either. The place is very large (at least the Old Seward Hwy one anyway). There’s a cooler with singles , but for the most part you’re stuck buying six packs of anything smaller than 22 oz.
3/28/2006 1:48:48 PM |
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#2095 The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Ringneck Brewing Co. from Strongsville, OH, USA
Score: 4.3 | Atmosphere 8 | Selection 9 | Value 9 | Service 9 | Overall 8 |
I absolutely fell in love with this place, despite being suspicious when we first pulled up to it. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It's in a slightly industrial-looking strip mall and looks like it'd be really tiny. All that changes when you walk in the door. It keeps a bit of the warehouse-like feeling inside, especially in the back, but it opens up. It is long and narrow, but it's not cramped and there's plenty of room. The bar section takes up about 2/3 of the length. The bar is sizeable, but not huge and there appeared to be about 25 taps. There were 7 Ringneck (the brewpub beers) brews on tap and the rest were guest taps like Stone and Dogfish Head. Excellent selection. In the back, the space gets wider (the must have taken next door's back room) and off in the corner is the brewpub's equipment. The rest of the space is devoted to the brew on premises and homebrew store. They have several very nice steam kettles and bottling machines. I would have loved to have had time to try their stuff out, but I only had a few days in town.

The house beer is excellent; not a bad beer in the bunch. The FOTB Barley Wine was exceptional, as was the Old 21 Imperial IPA. The brewer here is apparently a hop head and it shows in his beers. He also seems to have a way with hops that leaves his American-style hoppy beers with a juiciness that just makes my mouth water. Quite possibly the best brewpub in Ohio.

3/28/2006 1:24:07 PM |
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#2094 Monks Cafe & Beer Emporium from Philadelphia, PA, United States
Score: 4.2 | Atmosphere 9 | Selection 10 | Value 7 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
This is a very cool little place and seems to be quite trendy. It is extremely small, so do not wait until the last minute to go to the bathroom, as you may hit a traffic jam around the bar). The food is pretty good and the service wasn't bad. The beer list is huge and while being heavy on the Belgian beers, it's not totally Belgian. There are several American, British and German beers on the list, although I focused on the Belgians for the night. The place is a little pricey, but not too bad.
3/28/2006 1:18:54 PM |
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#2093 Foodery from Philadelphia, PA, United States
Score: 3.7 | Atmosphere 4 | Selection 9 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
When my wife and walked up to this, I started to wonder if everything I had heard about this place was wrong. Quite frankly, it looks pretty junky. From the outside, it looks like one of those inner-city corner stores where you expect to see homeless people buying Mad Dog or something. The inside doesn't really look much better except for the HUGE selection of beer that takes up most of the store and every last bit of it in singles at decent prices. The selection here is amazing and very varied. I had planned on not buying much here, but after browsing and my wife's permission bought about 15 beers I had not had before despite knowing I didn't need to. I left wishing I could have bought more.
3/28/2006 1:17:29 PM |
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#2092 Dahlonega Brewing Company / Carusos Italian Grill from Dahlonega, GA, United States
Score: 3.6 | Atmosphere 6 | Selection 6 | Value 8 | Service 8 | Overall 8 |
I've known that Dahlonega Brewing Company had started brewing at Caruso's Italian Restaurant in Dahlonega for over a year, but haven't had a chance to visit until recently. Luckily, I was able to make the Gold Rush arts and crafts festival this year and used that as an excuse to stop in and try the beer. I only saw three taps reserved for the house beer and only 2 were currently in use, but the beer was decent. The golden ale was the typical golden ale, although possibly a little sweeter than usual and the Pale Ale seemed to follow the path of the British ESB more than the American Pale Ale. The Pale ale was a solid beer and suggests that the brewer here could make some really interesting beers that I didn't get a chance to try (one of the taps was labeled Belgian Strong Ale, but it was out). The restaurant has good food, mostly being an Italian restaurant, but has recently taken a turn towards bar food, so you've got the standard sit-down Italian restaurant fair, but can have burgers, hot wings and other sandwiches as well. The bar room was slammed on Saturday, but it always is on Gold Rush. I'm guessing it's usually a little less crowded.

Also, in addition to the brewpub beers, they have about 10 other taps to choose from, including a couple of local microbreweries like Terrapin. They had Terrapin Rye P.A. and Big Hoppy Monster on tap during Gold Rush. Definitely worth the stop for a beer if you're traveling through the North Georgia hills on vacation. I'm rating the selection as a 4 because of it's location. Dahlonega is a ways out of metro Atlanta and is a small town supported by tourism. It's much better than one would expect to find in a small town and I rated it accordingly. It wouldn't be so impressive in Atlanta, but Dahlonega is far from being a second Atlanta.

3/28/2006 1:16:06 PM |
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