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The Sierra Grille
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 21
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
41 Strong Ave
phone: (413) 584-1150
(Place added by: OBCT on 08-10-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Very cozy bar atmosphere here. Dimly lit, wood everywhere. What really makes it is all the nostalgic beer and wine decor. Gives it a slight classic, old-timey feel. The crowd is always low-key and amiable. I struck up some nice beer conversation with the bartender. He was very pleasant and enthusiastic. Waitresses were very attentive as well. It's one of those places where they fill your water after every sip.
The beer is very well looked after, and the selection is great. There are about twenty carefully chosen taps and the occasional cask, and the bottles menu is small but impressive. Noteworthy beers on tap last time I was there: Avery Maharaja, Chimay White, Tripel Karmeliet, Allagash White, Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout, Oharas Celtic stout, Weihenstephan Hefeweizen, and a smattering of Kriek and lambic. The bottle menu had a few diamonds in the rough too: the whole Rochefort lineup, Founders Nemesis '10, BBC Gude Greg's Scotch ale, and others. Most beers are available in a variety of pour sizes, and pricing is extremely fair on the beer. Rochefort 10 was available for $8. That's only about $1 more than I can get it for at the liquor store.
The food was very good, and pretty fairly priced, considering the quality. The menu is set up so that one chooses an entree, then picks a sauce and two sides to go with it. I chose King Salmon with a Mediterranean sauce, roasted potatoes, and asparagus. This paired well enough with a Tripel Karmeliet. Dessert was a warm, chocolatey stout brownie with whipped cream, caramel, and vanilla gelato. It was excellent, and enhanced nicely by the Ohara's Celtic stout that I enjoyed alongside it.
This is, in my opinion, one of the very elite bar/restaurants in a city chock full of them. In terms of selection only the Dirty Truth can beat them, but to be frank, I'd much rather be here. They host excellent beer dinners in the fall too, so be on the lookout for those. They are to die for.
08-27-2011 16:41:52 |
More by ryan1788a5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My wife and I just had dinner there tonight! GREAT!! A+
Not the best Beer Selection I have ever seen, but very good. A nice selection of Imports (Chemey, Fullers, etc...) and great selection of interesting American Craft Beers. I enjoyed 2 pints of the Mercury Brewing Co's Clown Shoes Black IPA that they had just put on tap today... and a pint of the Berkshire Brewing Company's Dry Hopped Barleywine.
The Food was great! I really thought the idea of building you own meal is awesome. You select a protein (meats), then a sauce and two sides for a very reasonable price. I had the Duck and it was great. My wife order the special Mashed Potatoes... they were Horseradish Mashed...and they were the best Mashed Potatoes I have ever had (if someone from Sierra Grille reads this please put it on the menu FULL TIME!! I would drive up from Boston just to have them again!!!).
I had the Allagash White Creme Brulee and it was very good and the $3 deserts were perfectly sized.... The Food is great here.
For those of you who have significant others who aren't beer drinkers... They have a full bar... and a great wine selection...
The Service was great too... We had Douglas and he seemed very knowledgeable of the beer selection and menu. As well he had an awesome personality!!! I would definitely recommend if you are going there on a weekend night to call and make a reservation. I am glad that we did... there were a lot of people waiting for seats when we got there... and we got right in!!
The Cost is Reasonable for what it is... some people might think that $60 - $90 is pricey for 2 people, but with 4 drinks total, an appetizer, meals, and deserts... I think it was a great value.
I would definitely recommend having dinner and beers here and hope to be back the next time I come to Northampton!
03-06-2010 02:15:50 |
More by GweedoeBRew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I've been here probably around 20 times now. And since I live a mere 5 miles away now, this has become a pretty regular stop (maybe twice a week.) Pretty fancy place. Beer selection is good, but the 15 or so taps don't seem to change very often. Pretty usual to find offerings from Stone, Dogfish Head, Southern Tier, Fullers, Port, Berkshire, Bear Republic, Lagunitas, etc. Bottle list is small but nice with all the Rocheforts, Duvel, FBS + KBS when they're in season, and more. Everything is always served in appropriate glassware. The prices for the beers are great, the bottles are usually barely more expensive than they are in the stores, and the tap list is also nicely priced with many beers giving you a choice of 8, 16, or 20 ounce servings usually in the 3-6 dollar price range. Great for just trying out a beer if you're curious or getting a big glass of one of your favorites. The food here is amazing, pricey but its hard to complain for the quality of what you're getting. If you're not in the mood for a $20+ meal they have plenty of small foods and desserts that are anywhere from 3-10 dollars, still excellent quality of course. Some of my favorites on the cheaper side of their menu are the duck confit panini and the creme brulee made with Allagash White.
06-27-2010 04:23:20 |
More by Chico1985
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Popped in early on a Sat. for a snack and a beer with my girlfriend at the bar.
Nice looking place. ..some high tables , stained glass nice dark wood bar.. 15 taps..or more. Incredibly clean place. Beer selection was very good , mostly American micros and about half dozen Belgians or American Belgian styles...including DeRanke XX Bitter and Chimay Tripel.
You can get half pints here on some of the beers...nice option.
Service was good ..friendly and attentive.
I had mussels steamed in Allagash White....excellent , for $6 and an order of Belgian Frites..very good, for $4. with their aioli and the home made ketchup; which was probably the best ketchup I've ever had. My girlfriend really enjoyed her shrimp and scallop appetizers with very tasty sauces. There are lot's of interesting grille entrees with good choices of sauces...you can mix and match.
I had a Hennepin pint for $4 and my girlfriend had Allagash Tripel 1/2 pint for $3....both served in appropriate glassware.
Overall, a good experience. I'm sure we will go back.
Back again ! Another good experience. DeRanke XX Bitter on tap for me...Grimbergen Dubbel for my girlfriend. She had shrimp with a Thai sauce that was excellent ; I had steak with an onion/mushroom/Belgian Ale reduction..awesome..they let you choose whatever sauces you want on your entree; and the sides.
All good options...hard to choose.
Bartender friendly and quirky...very knowledgable on food and drink.
Met the owner , O'Brian at the CT River Fest...very nice guy.
Another nice option in Northampton.
Update 5\7\07... post Allagash Beer Dinner
Don't pass up a chance to attend one of the beer dinners here. Last night the food was just incredible...all 5 courses ! ...and oh, yeah the beer was good too.
08-20-2006 14:29:34 |
More by Hautacam
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Sierra Grille is a must if you are in Northampton. Its a cozy little restaurant/bar with some great beer decor scattered about. The bar is pretty big and there is a nice dining room in the back.
Quality is the name of the game. For food its a la carte sides with your choice of meat/fish grilled to your liking.
Service is very, very good both in the dining room and at the bar. Our bartender last night really knew his beers.
Lots of great stuff on tap. They had Double Simcoe, Three Philosophers and La Trappe Quad on tap last night along with quite a few others. They also have quite a few bottles.
I realized how great this place was on my second visit. Great place, great food and great beer.
01-18-2009 14:40:53 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The list of beers from 18 taps include Arrogant Bastard, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, Ephemere Apple, DeRanke XX, Dogfish 60 and 90, Gritty's Black Fly Stout, Young's Oatmeal Stout, Boone's Amber Ale, Allagash White, Tripple, and Spezial Rauchbier.
When I was there, I sat at the bar and tried the mussels and fries with a glass of DeRanke. I met the owner who is originally from Bar Harbor. He is very interested in presenting good beer with a good meal. What I also like about this place is that the are willing to serve half pints of beer. Unfortuately this is not available at the Bitter Truth. Definitely have to come back with my wife for dinner and great beer. If the meals are as good as the mussels and fries I will definitely make this a regular place to go
03-23-2008 04:38:19 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Enjoyed a great meal with the family here, very warm, inviting and pleasant spot. High quality drafts (gotta love Double Bastard on tap), also about 20 other BA quality brews. The food also was interesting and high quality. You pick what you want grilled, you pick the sauce you want it with and you pick your sides, nice. Salmon with an Asian sauce was real good. Service also friendly, laid back and efficient. All in all a very worthy and BA satisfying spot. Go and enjoy fine beer, food and atmosphere. Located 3 minutes walk from The Dirty Truth in downtown Northampton. Well worth a visit if in the Amherst area.
12-27-2006 01:48:03 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I usually hit up the Dirty Truth while in Northampton, but on this most recent visit I decided to try something new, at least for one night. Sierra Grille is right down the street, and the Dirty Truth ran out of Cantillon bottles, so here I am. Still without Cantillon bottles (dammit), but at least trying a different menu.
Plenty of seating, with a large dining area (seating for 85+) and a smaller bar area (seating for maybe 25+). The decor is comfortable, lots of woodwork and nice quality window trim, Belgian beer signs everywhere, my kind of place.
Good draft list, maybe 20 or more selections, with many of the beers available in 9oz, 16oz, or 20oz pours. Some pseudo-rarities mixed in with classics and regional specialties. Short bottle list that is heavy on rarity (Founders Nemesis 2010, all of the Lees Vintage Ale treatments, etc). No bottled lambics (dammit again), only a couple of Lindemans on tap (meh).
Excellent food, most entrees are $16-22, everything I had was well prepared and tasty. Friendly and attentive servers too.
This is a very solid stop in Northampton, better than the Dirty Truth in terms of dinners and atmosphere, not quite their equal in terms of beer (but no slouch). Definitely 1 of 2 spots to hit up for beer while in town!
10-12-2011 23:51:00 |
More by TurdFurgison
The Sierra Grille in Northampton, MA
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