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The Dirty Truth
Taps: 42 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
29 Main St
phone: (413) 585-5999
(Place added by: Todd on 05-30-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by slander:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
There is no reason ('cept they don't open for another hour) and the truth is plain to see (it's right down there across from the corner). I peeked in the windows, it's dark just now. I did the wrong direction drive to get here and they don't even have the courtesy to be open. Dirty, dirty, keeping me curbside for another hour place. Not really, 'cause I went to that other place for a beer or two, but they don't know that...
Red room, red room, long and narrow, with spinning fans on mad high ceilings. Massive folding front windows with a single table just below, forward a half dozen plus bar counterish tables running along the wall down one side to a single booth to the rear. A lengthy wood bar seating 20 on angled stools holds a good length down the other side of the room. 40 taps, all in a line, on the center of the bar back, below 4 x 4 mirrored panels, 3 of them, and large shelving units to both sides. A pair of lower shelves holds glassware of all appropriatenesses and the upper shelves wines and steins, and bottles above. A cantillon tin sits on the wall to one side of the taps, and a snub Russian River growler with flowers on the other side. Drop stray bulb lighting over the bar and drop spots looking in on the bar, the same over the seating. Large framed photos on the far wall above the seating there. Bar scenes, beer scenes, and a single small TV in the back corner.
Above, to the rear, a 4 x 8 blackboard with the tap selections broken out somewhat by style listed in colored chalk. Roughly 2/3 of them are good American micros, local and regional (Offshore IPA, Ipswich Harvest & Summer, Cisco Whales Tale, Allagash Double, Smutty IPA & Big A IPA, Southern Tier Big Red, Middle Ages Wailing Wench, Southampton Impy Porter & Secret Ale, Brooklyn Octo, Victory Lager, Stoudts Triple, DogfishHead Raison D'Etre, 60 Minute & Impy Pils), and beyond (Avery Ellie's Brown & Kaiser Impy Octo, Rogue Impy Stout, Stone Pale Ale, Ruination & IPA, Founders Dirty Bastard, Left Hand Rye Bock, Boulder Mojo IPA, Anderson Valley Boont Amber & ESB). The other 1/3 are better than not imports (Geants Saison Voison, Urthel Hop-It, Christoffel Robertus, Gulden Draak, Spezial Rauchbier, Reissdorf Kolsch, Kulmbacher Monchshof Schwarzbier & EKU Pils, Mahrs U, O'Hara's Celtic Stout, Unibroue Maudite), and a cider (Original Sin). A pair of handpumps sit unused on the bar. They know enough not to pour cask beer in the warmer weather.
Nearly 30 bottles, a dozen Belgian (De Ranke, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, DuPont, Achel, Bink, Thiriez), American (Victory, DogFishHead, Allagash, Stone, Bear Republic), English and German. Solid, all around.
Sat at the bar for a while contemplating just how far north of New Haven I should call in for that pizza to go. Eric let me try a little of this, a little of that, but I was sticking with the Founder's Dirty Bastard and I'll have another, please. Seriously good bar. The truth hurts to leave.
02-27-2008 01:46:34 |
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More by Eriogonum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
I believe the selection of brews here are the best in Northampton....no the most taps ... but the best quality. They always have a sour on tap and I normally have a hard time deciding on what brew to drink as many are 5 star. The food is just so-so but I will choose The Truth over Puplik House , Noho Brewery or Hinge. Crowd is a little more hip too. Usually the wait staff understands beer but once i had someone that was clueless. I have been here 25+ time and I have yet to be disapointed with a brew.
07-02-2013 18:52:32 |
More by Okisailor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Dimly lit and the sound of vinyl immediately take you to a better place. Once your eyes refocus you'll see the bright light and that is a wall of some finely selected beers. Proper glassware and a true knowledge of the product sets the staff apart. I have to admit the hipster vibe is present, but certainly nothing out of the ordinary for Northampton. And certainly not a deterrent to visiting this place.
Overall, it's one of the best beer bars around to share a pint or two before hitting Fitzwilly's for a top notch meal.
01-05-2013 14:37:19 |
More by alexroch
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
If you are in Northhampton, this is the place to drink craft beer.
I like the selection better than the Publick House, and there were a lot of beers on tap which are not often served in the Boston area.
I drank a Founders Porter which was outstanding and served at the right temperature. There was a Stone Ruination 10th anniversary also available.
The lighting and decor are hip. There are no chairs, only stools to sit at high tables which can be shared with other visitors to the bar. The music is not too loud, but the decor, beer selection and atmosphere make up for B grade food-Burgers and salads.
The staff is knowledgeable. There is no beer menu, the current beers are on a chalkboard, which is difficult to read at times.
The crowd is great. Hipsters and regular folk come to drink in this non-pretentious pub.
Overall a great place to drink- no attitude and the beer selection is superb.
07-15-2012 23:24:05 |
More by brureview
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Dirty Truth is easy to overlook from the outside. It's on main street, however I never knew that such a great thing was located right in the middle of the city.
It's dim lit place, young crowd, a lot of people who share the same interest of beer. Music is played off a record player, that's right..records.
There were 37 beers on draft when I went, they have 40 taps.
Victory, Anderson Valley, Allagash, Rougue, Stone, High & Mighty, Phoenix, Founders Brooklyn were just some of the brewries on tap.
It's about 6 bucks on average for a beer.
01-15-2012 07:46:08 |
More by davewlfpckfan29
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Dirty Truth is well worth stopping in for a sit down meal and beer - it's very laid back and the atmosphere is so relaxing. A quick glance from the outside of the bar, it's hard to notice the small letters making out "the Dirty Truth". You walk into a dimly lit area with the bar lining the side of the wall, and long tables with high chairs jutting out from the opposite wall. The environment is warming and relaxing, with some art and canvas paintings hanging high on the walls.
The bar has many taps, probably 25 or so, and a chalkboard with the on-tap beers above the far end wall. Very conveniently, the staff organizes the beers into "light and pale", "medium", "IPA", "dark", and "belgian" on a smaller board to the left of the bar - if people do not know the type of beer listed on the chalkboard.
Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about beers. They are always happy to give you samples and always offer samples if you are uncertain about the selection.
The menu selection is very basic, but a good food to chew on with your beers are the french fries. I highly recommend the fries that are fried in truffle oil - just adds to the experience.
12-27-2011 16:59:53 |
More by alee42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Even though this place is a bit pricey and maybe a little pretentious it is still a great bar that rotates its taps(over 20) pretty regularly. You can always find something to try. Beautiful long wood bar, nice tables and can either be dead or completely packed. Bottle selection is not as extensive as its sister, The Moan and Dove in Amherst, but still very good. If only they had a mug club it would be even better. Food selection is pretty good and probably the best place in Northampton if you are a real fan of beer.
06-09-2011 01:03:04 |
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