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The Dirty Truth
Taps: 42 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
29 Main St
phone: (413) 585-5999
(Place added by: Todd on 05-30-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 71 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My son's teacher suggested we take him to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst...y'know, the guy that wrote "The Very Hungry Caterpillar?" I realized that is a spectacular idea because I can work in a lunch trip with the family to one of the area's solid beer bars. The winner is The Dirty Truth. It's an extremely clean place with a wicked long bar and a wall full of about 40 taps. Pretty chill scene, slightly upscale but some hipster doofus mixed in. A couple of booths in the back, raised tables with barstools throughout.
Our server (Benjamin I think?) was excellent. Our almost 5-year-old decided on fried chicken and a pancake and when it came out Benjamin said, "hey, we figured it might still be too hot for the little guy to eat, so here's a fruit salad in the meantime." Well, how cool is that? He knew his beer pretty well and helped out with one I hadn't come across before (Bear Republic End 08). All the staff we came across were mellow, helpful and attentive.
The food was good for brunch; the Beautiful Bride had a breakfast vegi burrito which was good...my andouille & mussels omelette was solid (may work a little closer to the jambalaya feel with shrimp or crawfish if you ask me...I generally don't like to mess with that stuff unless I'm pulling mussels from the shell, as Squeeze would vouch). Jr.'s fried chicken looked and tasted pretty legit.
As mentioned, about 40 taps. They're not wasting a single one, either. Quite a few from Stone, Bear Republic...hell, still Founders Breakfast (it wasn't playing too badly, either). The Beautiful Bride had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen...a clean, sessionable classic. Nice bottles, too...including KBS. At $14 a pop for KBS it falls right around the 2x restaurant mark-up. Ok, maybe a C-hair above but who's counting.
Brunch entrees were between $9-11 or so. Not dirt-cheap but not ridiculous. Pints ran around $6 for the most part. Ditto. Not pricey, but not bargain-basement, either.
This place is definitely worth a stop-in if you're in the area, and is deserving of the praise I've seen. Something tells me that Jr. will want to go back to the museum again in a couple of months. Will be interested in the true lunch/dinner fare the next visit.
05-23-2009 22:42:21 |
More by IBUnit63
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited for the 3rd time this past weekend and decided to submit a review.
I wish I lived closer to this place, I would be a regular!
From the moment you walk in, you feel comfortable. A definite inviting, cool vibe permeates this place. The dark red walls, long bar and series of flat-tops just make you want to hang around for a while. Also, being in Noho, it has the New England hipster scene down pat....
The tap list has something for everyone. It's obvious there has been alot of thought put into it, as alot of different styles and regions are represented. Every beer I've had here has been in perfect condition, the right temperature and the proper glass.
As for the food, the selection is quite broad and the prices reasonable. My son and I can vouch for the baked mac n cheese with kielbasa, and the pretzel served with 60 minute mustard is one of the best you'll ever have.
Service is always friendly and relaxed - a definite departure from the snobbiness I've come to expect from certain Boston-area beer bars.
Definitely worth a trip if you don't live in the area.
02-16-2009 13:05:19 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stop #3 on my W.Mass beer trip. Located right on Main St in downtown Northampton. This place was pretty hard to find, there are no signs outside at all. I actually called information to get a hold of this place for concrete directions,...turns out I was right across the street and had no idea.
Anyways this place was hard to find but worth it after you enter the two doors and the black cape a long straight bar is laid out to the left with about 40+ or - taps of deliciousness. Two huge shelves full of glassware and some impressive bottles. Huge chalkboard in back listing the offerings. Two casks, not being used at the moment.
The place is decorated a bit too fancy & upscale for my liking, very dark red, fancy wooden furniture, fancy fixtures. The sink in the bathroom looks like an iron wok with decorative artwork etched in it. Another thing, I really don't think that flowers belong in the bathroom. I'd rather see shit written everywhere in chalk.
Besides that I did really like this place, awesome beers on tap, I had a Kaiser from Avery and a Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic. The bartender was pretty cool and he knew quite a bit about the beers. I also ordered a giant pretzel that came with 60 mustard for dipping. Holy Shit! was it good.
The atmosphere is a little to upscale for me but the tap list alone makes it work it. You could possibly lose you mind when you see it. I'm glad I wasn't driving.
01-12-2007 19:25:41 |
More by SteveO1231
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 7/18
This was my second trip to the Dirty Truth - major props for a college friend of mine for insisting we go there both times.
This place is a little gem of Western Mass. The atmopshere is very cool - very chill, low key, but a hip vibe to it. Crowd in there was diverse and relatively jumping for a Saturday night. Red walls and dim lighting set the tone, local artwork hangs, bar tables line the wall on one side with a nice long bar. At the end of the bar roughly 40 beers listed on tap. Nice selections listed in here... and no macro's! My poor roommate, which is barely a drinker period had to suck it up and hang with the big dogs and get something with a higher ABV than 3-4%. She did well with Samurai. Another friend of ours had Racer XP, where I tried as many as possible - Black Marlin, Ellie's Brown, Lion Stout, and Founders Breakfast. Service was pretty decent when going to the bar, at the table was a bit shotty. During the day it was excellent (during my first trip), but night time not so much. Orders were forgotten, and it took a long time to have orders brought over - although it was busy, it wasn't packed so I can't chalk it up to it being overly busy.
Overall, I've enjoyed both visits to The Dirty Truth and anyone in the Northhampton area needs to make a stop here!
08-03-2009 14:09:19 |
More by Jayli
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is amazing! On a recent visit over the weekend, stopped at this place. The atmosphere is very nice, not too bright and not too dim. The beers are all written in chalk on the chalkboard in a very colorful and festive manner. The taps span almost the length of the bar and the selection is impeccable. They had Founders Breakfast Stout which is one of the beers I have been itching to try so I had to grab it. There was not a macro beer in sight and the service was quick and helpful. The price was reasonable for beers that are harder to find. There were alot of beers that I cannot find in CT so this was a really good place to go. I did not order any food as I had previously eaten, but from what I saw it looked good. I really enjoyed this place and will recommend it to anyone who is thinking of a road trip to Mass.
10-28-2008 10:36:18 |
More by erosier
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I'm told this place is packed on fridays and saturdays so I'm glad we went on a mellow sunday night after dinner. Barberella on the big screen and hip-hop loud but not blaring over the speakers; odd. A nice mix of people, most younger than me but thats okay. I didn't get a hipper than thou vibe at all. My first impression was a good one.
Then I saw the board offering dozens of great beers. Now I love the place. The selection was outstanding, but I was surprised they didn't have more locals. While they weren't outrageous, the prices were on the high side. The bartender came over to take our order and he was very friendly. He brought me a very generous sample of an expensive beer I asked about, very kind I thought. Later he came by with some pilsener malts to munch on. We were pretty much left alone after that, so I did ding the score a bit.
I scrolled down to read some reviews before I wrote mine and noticed some people had issues with the service. That wasn't our experience at all. I definitely plan to come back next time we visit the area.
05-02-2011 11:32:02 |
More by DIM
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This is owned by the same person/people who own Moan and Dove. But let me tell you, it is both similar but way different from Moan and Dove. The Dirty Truth has no sign outside to signal that this is the bar. It is near other bars and restaurants right off route 9 in Northampton. Upon entering, the bar is very long vertically. Several tables are all along the side while there is a huge bar-stand area that stretches to the end of the place. The on-draught selection is incredible: a huge selection that probably is the hugest in Western Mass and probably rivals places like Sunset Grill in Boston. These are beers from around the country and world; overall enhancing the spirit of Moan and Dove's micro-brew advocation. It can make it a little expensive but man is it worth it; the chance to have beer from around the world is worth the price.
For atmospheric qualities, the lights get dimmed as the night progresses. If it is not busy, it might feel a bit too big of a bar to hang out in. However, the location in downtown Northampton guarantees residents and college kids from the greater Northampton and Holyoke areas flock easily to it. This makes The Dirty Truth very popular and often very crowded at times. The last time I was there I was shoulder to shoulder with other strangers standing up. But this overcrowding with its atmosphere makes it a really chill and social bar. Although it is loud and crowded, service is great: waiters/waitress help bring drinks and food to tables and the bartenders are really keen in making sure they are servicing everyone as quickly and satisfactorily as possible. They do have a food menu but I never seem to have a chance to eat when I am in there. However, just the fact that they have food with their incredible beer selection, to me at least, greatly enhances the overall value of the bar.
Although I prefer Moan and Dove, if I want to hang out in the city of Northampton and get the same great value, Dirty Truth is the bar to go to.
11-26-2007 18:42:33 |
More by fitzy84
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We had tickets to a show at the Iron Horse and searched the BA for a place to go preshow. This may be the best bar I have ever been in. It has a great casual vibe that you don't find everywhere. It was not too busy, so we were treated to great service from several of the staff. One or two dropped by our table just to chat or to see how are current beer was. Obviosly, they have a great tap selection. Our server helped us with great recommedatons. The food was great too. We had a cheese plate which was incredible (our waitress was excited to talk about this menu item). We followed this with the sausage plate and mac and cheese. These were great too. Over all, an incredible place that I will soon return to.
11-12-2006 14:59:06 |
More by citrusjim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was here on a Saturday afternoon. It was destination 3 of 4 for my trip to the area.
I loved this place. I had just come from Moan and Dove ( a sister bar as I understand it ) and this place topped the quality with a spectacular atmosphere. This is more of a city-like establishment as opposed to a typical local-corner bar.
The 40 taps down the wall were all impressive.
The food menu looked good, but I wasn't hungry at the time.
It is located right on the main road through town, but there really isn't a sign outside. So, if you're going for your first time, I'd suggest taking note of the street address and pay attention to building numbers.
This is a great little area that I look forward to visiting again soon.
Not to menition this bar .... I could probably make it an event in of itself.
07-18-2007 14:47:44 |
More by madmanjf
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in here the night after hitting the Moan & Dove. Thankfully I was with someone who had been to this place before, because as others have said, there is nothing marked on the front of the place and black drapes cover the windows. It's a long and narrow room lined with tables on one side and the bar stretching along the other.
The tap selection was simply phenomenal, easily one of the best I have ever seeen. Represented among the 40 or so tap lines were numerous offerings from Stone, DFH, Bear Republic & Founders (just to name some of the standouts). That night was the first time I've ever seen Stone IPA (my favorite beer) on tap and not ordered it. Thats how many choices they have.
The service was attentive, but I did not get a chance to test any beer knowledge from them. Atmosphere was the only element that I would change about this place. When I arrived it was somewhat crowded and loud with the music and all. I was told that it gets far worse than that so I can only imagine.
Overall, I put The Dirty Truth above the Moan due to selection, but the Moan does have a better atmosphere. Another place I'd enjoy getting to visit again, it's even better than the high expectations I had for it.
01-16-2007 21:29:34 |
More by bkett01
The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
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