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The Sierra Grille
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 21
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
41 Strong Ave
phone: (413) 584-1150
(Place added by: OBCT on 08-10-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Sierra Grille is a must if you are in Northampton. Its a cozy little restaurant/bar with some great beer decor scattered about. The bar is pretty big and there is a nice dining room in the back.
Quality is the name of the game. For food its a la carte sides with your choice of meat/fish grilled to your liking.
Service is very, very good both in the dining room and at the bar. Our bartender last night really knew his beers.
Lots of great stuff on tap. They had Double Simcoe, Three Philosophers and La Trappe Quad on tap last night along with quite a few others. They also have quite a few bottles.
I realized how great this place was on my second visit. Great place, great food and great beer.
01-18-2009 14:40:53 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Stone Beer Dinner at The Sierra Grille.
-Rabbit Stew paired with Stone Vertical Epic 08
-Thai Shrimp paired with Stone IPA
-Ground Boar Enchilada with a mole sauce paired with Stone 12th Anniversary
-Lamb Shank, white beans, brussel sprouts paired with Stone Double Bastard
-Baklavah paired with Stone Old Guardian
Exceptional to say the least. I have been to beer dinners before but these pairings were amazing. It is obvious that the owners and the kitchen staff take these dinners very seriously and it shows in the uniqueness and quality of the food. I would highly recommend this establishment not only for a beer dinner but also for a regular night out. I live only twenty minutes away from The Sierra Grille but I would gladly drive 2 hours to make the next beer dinner. I love this place and I can't wait to go back!
12-03-2008 14:59:19 |
More by patsliquor
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Simply amazing. My favorite spot in the city only seems to get better as time goes. They rotate taps fast enough it seems that each week I go in they have something new. Being a frequent visitor I have become accustomed to amazing karma-like atmosphere that has me coming back very often. They recently just put on the sixpoint obama tribute amber/red ale which was amazing but they keep their 20 taps fresh each week. Service is outstanding, the bartenders are friendly and sociable. The owner is a stand out guy who knows what people in this area want. The food is great for the money, small plates and the fries are top notch. The beer dinner each month are spectacular, I believe Southern Tier is up for April (can't wait!) It's a must for anyone in the area to try out
03-27-2008 23:02:40 |
More by Cakanator
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The list of beers from 18 taps include Arrogant Bastard, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, Ephemere Apple, DeRanke XX, Dogfish 60 and 90, Gritty's Black Fly Stout, Young's Oatmeal Stout, Boone's Amber Ale, Allagash White, Tripple, and Spezial Rauchbier.
When I was there, I sat at the bar and tried the mussels and fries with a glass of DeRanke. I met the owner who is originally from Bar Harbor. He is very interested in presenting good beer with a good meal. What I also like about this place is that the are willing to serve half pints of beer. Unfortuately this is not available at the Bitter Truth. Definitely have to come back with my wife for dinner and great beer. If the meals are as good as the mussels and fries I will definitely make this a regular place to go
03-23-2008 04:38:19 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Strong armed to second interview for a job I really didn't want and didn't up end getting anyway, I only had to drive to Chicopee, Massachusetts to have my time wasted. Mid afternoon and the interview done, a smart man would start heading south to try and get through Springfield and Hartford, and maybe even New Haven before traffic gets rush hour shitty. I'm just not that smart a man. Thinking I'll just start heading north and see what happens...
Made too good time (can you really, really?) getting up to Northampton, truthfully way too early. But using a lifeline, I was given direction around the corner and up the block to put up for a while. Sierra Grille is housed on the first floor of a big brick building across from the train station. A "Z" shaped wood bar runs the whole corner of the room and seats just more than a dozen. A large wooden framed barback holds 2 walls with mounted lamps on tiled paneled pieces, and recessed shelves over mirrors, some displaying 12 & 22 ounce beers, others showing random glassware. Tiered wine on the counters back and in racks below and stacked glassware elsewhere and around. Beige walls, wood slat floors, drop old hairdryer shaped glass lamps above the bar, and an old victrola next to the door. Seating for 4 at the bar counter in the center of the room and 4 raised bar tables up front below the large rounded arch windows, their tops crescent stained glassness with white strung Xmas lighting, and their sills lined with potted plants of all types, sizes and shapes. The larger center window bordered on both sides with bookshelf and wine rack pieces, very nicely done. The back room is split in half, with 5 booths on each side, the end booths rounded, and a dozen plus tables in the middle and throughout. Yellow walls with framed foreign beer prints.
20 taps spread across the bar. 12 in a row on a copper tower, a pair of Lindemans handles, and 6 more on a round copper tower piece. Half of them micros regional (Wachusett Octoberfest, Allagash White, BBC Steel Rail Ale, DogFishHead Johnny Rawton Pils, Victory Hop Devil, Southern Tier Pumking), and beyond (Bear Republic Racer 5, Sierra Nevada Best Bitter, North Coast Old Rasputin & Brother Thelonious Brown), the rest imports, some better than others (Urthel Hop-It, Chimay Tripel, St. B 12, Ayinger Octoberfest, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Old Speckled Hen, O'Hara's Celtic Stout, Lindemans Peche & Framboise) and when you come to realize that the Lindemans don't cut it, they've got a black raspberry mead from Redstone Meadery (nice). I had an Urthel Hop-It and sat with the waitstaff amusing ourselves trying to figure out what made the Southern Tier Pumking so god awful. I said it tasted like circus peanut (you know, them orange marshmallowy...), but someone else hit it on the nose with "Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pies", and everyone agreed "It's totally got that iced oatmeal thing!!!"
Did I mention they've got a dozen plus bottles? Orval, Tripel Karmeliet, Duvel, Rochefort 6, 8 & 10, Achel Blonde, De Ranke Guldenberg & XX Bitter, a pair from Chimay, and Eisenbahn Vigorosa & Lust Prestige. Strange, that collection of Belgians and a random pair of beers from Brazil, nevertheless...
A nice pleasant, upscale place. Beer was fresh, and they've got a great food menu, lots of very inexpensive $2 and $3 small bites (spiced olives, hummus, tapenade, empanadillas, vegetable crisps), good apps, salads, panini, some solid entrees and a variety of sauces to match, and sides. Would've like to have done a meal here but I just lunched over the second interview drama and there's a pizza in my New Haven future on the back down.
02-26-2008 03:38:38 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located right off Route 9 in Northampton, the Sierra Grille was an excellent dining and drinking experience. On the first floor of a triple decker building, you enter to a small bar area with probably only 3-4 tables. However, the bar itself is almost shaped like a Z against the wall, allowing over a dozen people to be sitting at the bar. The dining area is a bit small too, but this leads to a cozy atmosphere overall. I guess the restaurant is also a music venue but you might have to see that after hours. The locale was mostly college students, young professionals, academics perhaps and even families. A wide variety was good in keeping up a great heterogeneity and welcomeness.
I was incredibly impressed with the service. Not only did my waiter know a lot about the food, he had boat loads of info about the beers there. He even gave me a sample of a drink similar to the one I ordered. The drinks were impressive; no "random" selections, they were intelligent and well thought of draught and bottle selections. That evening I had the Sixpoint Bengali Tiger and had the awesome Old Chub Scottish Ale from Oskar Blues. Definitely want to return there to just sit and drink at the bar. The food too is unique too: you pick your entree with whatever sauce you want and whatever sides you want. The duck there was good and their veggies are out of this world.
Pricing is what is attractive. Beers come in various sizes, so an 8 ounce one would be 3 bucks. Desserts are small and filling at 3 bucks. Many bite size appetizers are also 3 bucks while others range from 4 to 7 bucks. Entrees ate up the chunk of the meal, but with whatever sides and sauce you want leads it to be a 15-22 dollar creation of your own.
I think the Pioneer Valley has some of the best restaurants in New England, but I must say, Sierra Grille is perhaps Northampton's, or better yet, Hampshire County's best restaurant and beer respecting dining establishment I have yet eaten in. Highly recommend.
02-18-2008 04:05:53 |
More by fitzy84
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Open at 5 instead of 3, this was a nice looking place in a nice town. Not unfriendly, it was not as gregarious as many other smaller town or smaller city pubs. people had their cliques. Good selection of beer, if not on the cutting edge. Nice decor, but also not standout of the several decent pubs in the area. The area is college-town friendly and safe, and I imagine I would spend some time if I was here for a year. We did not eat, and I would think the food is a plus. Lots of room and set up for groups of 4 to be comfortable.
07-12-2007 02:12:29 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My wife and I spent a great evening recently at the Sierra Grill with some new aquaintences. We were very impressed.
The place is owned and run by a gentleman who is certainly quite dedicated to advocating great beer and food, with terrific service.
20 draught lines, with quite a few rotated frequently and a few core ones as well. A few they had on tap as of 6/23/07 were:
DFH Indian Brown
North Coast Acme IPA (extremely fresh)
North Coast Old Stock Ale (quite boozy and delish)
The bottle selection was limited, but all top shelf.
The bar area is gorgeous, with lots of rich wood and trimmed out with very appealing light fixtures.
Appetizers litterally evaporated in front of our group..Habanero wings, a cheese platter, and belgian frites.
Entrees were no dissapointment either. The hanger steak with carmelized onions and mushrooms was mouth watering, and my wifes' salmon was exceptional.
Much of the food is prepared with beer, the gentleman next to me had a lobster cake prepared with a Dogfishead beer.
Service was great, we were never at a loss for anything and the owner-O'Brian, was regularly making the rounds to tables, which is a very good sign.
O'Brian spoke of past beer dinners that they had put on, and if ever I get another chance to stay near Northampton, I will not miss out.
06-25-2007 13:01:57 |
More by brewandbbq
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
UPDATE: June 12, 2007
Stopped here last week, while in the area on some business. I was only able to stay for a couple and some roasted wings, which were outstanding as usual
Drafts on during my visit were:
De Rankee XX
DFH Indian Brown
Hooker Oak Aged Liberator
Old Speckled Hen
Erdinger Hefe Weissen
Stone Russian Imperial Stout
O'Hara's Irish Stout
Fuller's London Porter
BBC Steel Rail Pale Ale
Great Divide Wild Raspberry
La Chouffe Houblan IPA
Brother Theolonius Brown
I had time to have a Fuller's LP and a DFH Indian Brown. Yummy.
Keep up the good work Obrian.
I ended a mini crawl in Northampton recently at The Sierra Grill--my first visit to this beer mecca. Am I glad that I stopped here before heading back to CT!
20 Draught lines, 19 in service during my visit:
BBC Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, Raspberry Wheat & Maibock
Dogfish Head 60 & 90 Minute and Hopricot
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Boont Amber Ale
Rogue XS--Old Crustacean
Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Fuller's London Porter
Old Speckled Hen
O'Hara's Irish Stout
Lindeman's Framboise Lambic & Peche Lambic
St. Bernadous 12 ABT
I must say that this selection is one of the best I have ever seen in a "small" venue, especially being in the Northeast. As you would hope, the two beers I had (Fuller's (the quintessential Porter) & Peche Lambic) were served in the proper glassware & at the right temperature. I didn't have time to eat, but the food selection looked yummy too. I will be sure to try the food next time I am there.
I also had the good fortune to meet the proprietor, Obrian. He was very approachable & nice, and clearly is a beer advocate, himself. The bar tender, Susanne, also knew her beer stuff and was very pleasant.
All in all, a great experience. This is a real beer destination. If you are near Northampton, you MUST stop in. If you are not in the Northampton area, get there anyway. This place is a beer oasis; one of the best beer venues of its size I have ever been to. No kidding!!
05-13-2007 23:49:13 |
More by sraimondi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was my second time dining at the Sierra Grille. I must say my spouse and I were delighted with the exquisite experience. This place came recommended by a close friend of mine who is French, and a food snob, who also enjoys fine beer.
We enjoyed the Rogue Beer Dinner that was hosted in April 2007.
Our host Obrian did a great job pairing the food with the beer selections. The first course was a BBQ chicken thigh paired with the Kells Lager. The chicken was sumptuously tender, and went very well with the Crisp, clean lager beer. It reminded me of hot summer day cookouts.
The 2nd course was the Mussel Stew with Boudin Sausage and Red Ale. There was no shortage of mussels in this stew. It was perfectly balanced with just the right amount of zip. I typically add hot sauce to my stews and soups but, this required no additional seasoning. The spiciness came forward from the back of my mouth as I enjoyed each bite. The Rogue Dry hopped red ale was a great accompaniment. It was the first time I can recall drinking a beer dry hopped with Amarillo hops, and needless to say, I'm very excite about experimenting with this hop on my basement brewery. My wife Isabel was very found of this beer, and is also looking forward to me brewing a beer with this great hop. I digress.
Course Three was over the top as far as flavor goes. We enjoyed the Old Crusty Barleywine paired with New England cheese, a rich duck liver pate, crostini and a decadent honeycomb. Oh yes, and don't forget those mini pickles that go so well with organ meats! This was by far the richest course of the evening.
The main event for me was a Hops-smoked boneless salmon steak fire-grilled and finished with a Special Bitter rhubarb fresh dill sauce, asparagus with fennel and three cheese augratin potatoes. This was paired with Rogues tasty Younger's Special Bitter. Meredith told us the fish was farm raised. I would have preferred wild salmon instead. My wife enjoyed the Hops-smoked and roasted half chicken.
Dessert was a Molten Chocolate Cake with Stout Syrup, Frangelico Whipped Cream, and Madagascar
Vanilla Gelatto paired with Rogue Chocolate Stout. This was a decadent dessert so rich that I had to leave a bite on my plate.
It was a great re-introduction to beer dinners for me. I highly recommend the Sierra Grille for dinner and beer. Obrian is highly knowledgeable when it comes to libation, food and entertaining guests. The eternally rotating taps ensure super fresh beer and something exciting with each visit.
04-02-2007 15:30:07 |
More by deanhead
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