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The Sierra Grille
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 21
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
41 Strong Ave
phone: (413) 584-1150
(Place added by: OBCT on 08-10-2006)
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
My friend brought me here during my last visit to Noho. The owner has worked for area craft brewers and has also worked at some of the best restaurants that the Happy Valley has to offer. He's taken the knowledge of these two fields and has created a restaurant the likes of which I haven't seen before. The beer selection is exceptional, featuring an ever changing lineup of craft brews spanning a variety of styles. While there I tried a Brother Thelonius, but settled into a Rasputin for my meal, which consisted of beautiful pork medallions cooked in a wine reduction sauce. This place has amazing food and gifted chefs. The atmosphere is classy but casual and the prices won't break the bank. Definitely the best balance of excellent beer, excellent food and excellent service I've found in a restaurant to date.
01-09-2007 00:20:13 |
More by LeeMarvin
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Stone Beer Dinner at The Sierra Grille.
-Rabbit Stew paired with Stone Vertical Epic 08
-Thai Shrimp paired with Stone IPA
-Ground Boar Enchilada with a mole sauce paired with Stone 12th Anniversary
-Lamb Shank, white beans, brussel sprouts paired with Stone Double Bastard
-Baklavah paired with Stone Old Guardian
Exceptional to say the least. I have been to beer dinners before but these pairings were amazing. It is obvious that the owners and the kitchen staff take these dinners very seriously and it shows in the uniqueness and quality of the food. I would highly recommend this establishment not only for a beer dinner but also for a regular night out. I live only twenty minutes away from The Sierra Grille but I would gladly drive 2 hours to make the next beer dinner. I love this place and I can't wait to go back!
12-03-2008 14:59:19 |
More by patsliquor
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Simply amazing. My favorite spot in the city only seems to get better as time goes. They rotate taps fast enough it seems that each week I go in they have something new. Being a frequent visitor I have become accustomed to amazing karma-like atmosphere that has me coming back very often. They recently just put on the sixpoint obama tribute amber/red ale which was amazing but they keep their 20 taps fresh each week. Service is outstanding, the bartenders are friendly and sociable. The owner is a stand out guy who knows what people in this area want. The food is great for the money, small plates and the fries are top notch. The beer dinner each month are spectacular, I believe Southern Tier is up for April (can't wait!) It's a must for anyone in the area to try out
03-27-2008 23:02:40 |
More by Cakanator
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visit date 3/10/07
The Sierra Grille is my new favorite restaurant.
As a connoisseur of craft beers, I find that going to a new restaurant can often be a bit of a crapshoot. I like to enjoy a beer or two with my meal, and many restaurants stock only bland macro-brews. I generally consider myself lucky to find just *one* beer that I like on tap at a given restaurant. Just sitting down at my table and seeing the beer list was awesome, knowing how much the owner of the Sierra Grille must care about beer to assemble a lineup like that. 18 beers on tap, all of them quality craft beers.
The list leans heavily towards Belgian or Belgian-style beers, with approximately half of the list being comprised of these. (Bonbon's review has most of the beers that were there during my visit). I started my dinner off with a Chimay Tripel. I followed this up with a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, which went quite well the Thai sauce on my duck. Unfortunately, I did not have time for a third drink.
Food: Very good. Put it this way: Three members of my party weren't BAs (and one even had wine instead of beer) and they all came away very impressed with the restaurant.
The menu is very creative. I would recommend checking out the restaurant's website to get a better sense of this. The Belgian fries deserve mentioning. I chose the fries with duck gravy as one of my sides (each meal comes with two). Delicious.
Other: Service was good, atmosphere was fine, prices were reasonable given the high quality. Entrees run $15-20. Beers are very reasonable as well, at around $4-6 a pint.
Bottom line: The Sierra Grille is definitely worth a trip for the food alone. But if you love beer (and I'm guessing you do, seeing as you're reading this review on beeradvocate.com), I cannot think of a better place to get a meal.
03-12-2007 20:52:05 |
More by OldTex29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Clean, comfortable, cool looking place inside. This is a beer nerd's wet dream. Proper glassware, not a single tap wasted. Around 15 taps with a decent botle list as well. Had a Duvel Green and a Double Bastard on tap while I was there. Offbeat selections that I haven't found anywhere else. If you are in Northampton this bar and the Dirty Truth are a must. I'v never been int he seating area so this is only a review of the bar area. The bartenders are all very nice, friendly, and knowledgable. Not the largest selection but solid off beat beers which are hard to find anywhere else. The food is very good and everything is priced reasonably. Habanero cheddar wings are awesome.
02-17-2010 16:21:17 |
More by DNICE555
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
With the daughter now in school in Western MA, we're finding ourselves in the Amherst-Northampton area much more often, to the point that we needed a change from the two towns' respective (and respectable) brewpubs. We are so glad we checked out BA and found the Sierra Grille.
Last Sunday, we stopped in (with a younger daughter) for an early dinner. We were seated in the almost-empty rear dining room, which steadily filled as our visit progressed. The atmosphere was both upscale and relaxed, though my daughter found the wooden booths uncomfortable.
As others have noted, the beer selection is top-notch. We enjoyed Stone Lucky Bastard, Green Flash IPA, O'Hara's Celtic Stout and a Belgian red. It's great that they offer half-pints - that's my kind of beer sampler! I also liked the inclusion of local beers at very reasonable prices. If I were passing an afternoon at the bar with friends, the BBC Steel Rail ($2 for 8 oz., $3.50 for 20 oz.) makes a great session beer. Wines are also offered in a range of portion sizes, a great idea I wish more restaurants offered.
From previous reviews, we were prepared for the mix-and-match entree format of the menu. The servers clearly are very used to explaining it to first-time customers. We passed on the entrees and shared selections from the small plate and specials menus. When we ordered the house-smoked salmon plate, the server reminded us that they has a gravlox (cured, rather than smoked, salmon) special that night, and it was delicious. We also shared the slow-roasted pork shank, which was dressed in a light barbecue sauce that didn't overwhelm the flavor of the meat. My daughter loved the drunken chicken sliders. The food highlight, though, was the duck confit panini, which included a healthy portion of duck meat with arugula and goat cheese grilled in artisanal bread.
Prices for food and beer are very reasonable. Dinner for three, with a variety of beers for two, and dessert for one, for under $60! The service was also great. Our server invited our questions about both the food and the beer, and clearly knew his way around both menus. We will definitely be going back to Sierra Grille!
11-30-2010 16:19:18 |
More by quincyships
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: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Probably my favorite overall place to go for beer. Atmosphere is usually fine, this place is not usually overly packed or filled with people that make you want to leave (see: Dirty Truth), it has a nice layout with the bar and a good amount of tables, cool bottle collection behind the bar and a good location, live local music sometimes too. Quality is great, all the beer I have had here was fresh and full of flavor, no problems to report here. Lots of good glassware for the beer too and proper glasses for each style of beer they serve. Service is awesome, every time I have been here I have talked craft beer with the manager(?) who runs the bar area along with the bartender, he knows tons about craft beer and seems to have visited all the big breweries in the US/know many people in the craft beer world. He has also given my friends and I several free samples of new bottles he has. The only thing that can get iffy here is having only 2-3 people running the bar area during a busy night can mean a long time between visits from the server/bartender, but you can easily just go up to the bar and flag him down and be fine. Food can take a long time to get too. Selection is great, had Kentucky Breakfast Stout bottles for $5 less than The Dirty Truth when it was around, seems like beer here is usually $1-3 less than at TDT. Can find stuff here like Avery, DFH, Founders, Stone, Weihenstephan, JW Lees, La Trappe, Duvel, Westmalle and so on. They dont have the most taps or the biggest bottle list but I have been satisfied every time I have visited and it seems like the draft lists changes fairly often, bottle list is kind of stagnant though. Food is great, late at night there is an appetizer list and I have had a few things off it and they were all creative and delicious, the entrees are good too and the prices are not bad for the quality of the food. Good beer prices and decent food prices for value here.
09-02-2009 19:12:53 |
More by cbutova
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I were in Northampton to visit the Dirty Truth. Since it was closed, we wandered down the street to the Sierra Grille. How lucky for us.
The beer selection, though limited, had no real throwaways. It seemed everything we tried was at the very least interesting. The highlight had to be Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Stout. We started with it and finished with it in place of coffee with dessert.
Most of the beers were served in appropriate glassware. The bar also offers half pints of many of the beers to allow for more variety.
The food was exceptional with a variety of sauces prepared in house. Selections range from pub food (my wife says the pork panini is the best she ever had) to full entrees. They allow you to mix and match foods with sauces. This might be a little gimmicky but it leaves you no reason to complain. Hell, they even made asparagus taste good.
We sat at the bar. Service was great and our bartender was able to answer all of our questions.
We will definitely be making the 2 hour drive to visit this place again.
02-17-2010 23:29:30 |
More by mummy178
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