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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
33 Main St
phone: (978) 388-1950
From the owners of the Barking Dog in Amesbury, MA.
(Place added by: MugOfGoodness on 01-05-2008)
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| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by with the fam on the way home from NH after hearing some positive things.
An old restored mill building, recently re-done, right in the quaint Amesbury center. Long winding bar, plenty of booths and spacious tables. Very comfortable. On the afternoon we went, there was an Irish trio playing at a reasonable decible level.
Service was very attentive. Greeted promptly for drink orders and our server was there throughout the meal.
24 taps, mostly regional and well thought out. Had a Pretty Things Field Mouse and a Southhampton Pumpkin, both well-poured pints and reasonably priced for the area ($6 & $5.50 respectively).
Both the mrs and I had the fish sandwich with fries - nice fresh crispy haddock on a fresh roll with crispy handcut shoestring fries. Kiddos both devoured their large Pearl hotdogs with the same shoestring fries.
I would go out of my way to come here again, I wish this place were closer to me.
08-26-2010 01:51:19 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The atmosphere of this place is wide and expansive. It is likely because of the very, very high (tin) ceilings. That said, there is plenty of room for the bar to be 10 deep with thirsty patrons. The beer selection is very good. Comparable to anything I've visited in New England. The food is very tasty and good quality.
The re service is so-so. Always quick to refill a pint of grab another Grand Cru for you, but slow in the food and check delivery. It is a new place so they will have to work on it.
For North Shore residents not wishing to venture up to Portsmouth Brewery or South to Lord Hobo's; then check out The Ale House in Amesbury, MA. It doesn't disappoint.
08-14-2010 18:12:06 |
More by telecomz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This may be the bar that has convinced me that you don't need to live in anything close to a large city to enjoy a lively, comfortable bar dispensing a huge selection of world-class (and local) beers.
In our attempt to visit all seven (or at least the six continental) Flatbread Company locations, my girlfriend and I headed to Amesbury after an afternoon at Plum Island and a visit to the Tap in Haverhill. We arrived to cross the bridge over the Powwow River in the waning Saturday daylight, and emerged to the thunderous roar and mist of the overflowing river in the closing moonlight. We walked out into the square, then up the road to the Ale House. We had drive by it earlier in the day, and even by night it looked more like a stripped down Applebee's than a special local bar, but we'd soon be proven wrong.
Upon entering, the dimly light, small space was immediately homey and sophisticated; the owners clearly knew how to make an unassuming building in a great location into a truly worthy vessel for excellent libations. We sat at two of the few open seats at the bar, directly in front of the glorious display of the beer fridge. The tap list was long, diverse and contained detailed explanations of each offering. The bottle list was astounding and beautiful. We only had time for one beer, and I had the Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA on cask, which was excellent and mellower than when I've had it in bottle form. Our server was attentive, friendly and prompt.
Before leaving, I stopped by the bathroom and noticed the couches and patio overlooking (or at least overhearing) the adjacent river. I wished we'd come early and had more time. This place really doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside it's very special, and seems to be quite a hit. I'd love to be a regular here, as it manages to be sophisticated and homey, and reminded me a bit of Cambridge Common (right down to the questionable soundtrack). Lackluster music aside, every small town should be so lucky as Amesbury.
03-22-2010 22:06:25 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a great find in such a small town. People in this area often head for Portsmouth or Newburyport but if you like beer this is the place to head to. They have a selection that rotates and is always of great quality and always have a cask offering. The food is decent upscale bar/Irish Pub offerings. When we left the big city, we thought we were giving up this kind of place and were very happy to find something like this in such a small town. Matt knows his beer too and can always explain why things are done as they are at the Alehouse. We're also fond of the sunday night Irish music. All in all, a hidden gem.
03-13-2010 20:15:24 |
More by borderjumper
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for an early lunch last week shortly after they opened at 11 am. Hard for me to critique the service since I was the only one at the bar. Bartender was very gracious and knowledgeable. I got to sample several brews and I had 2 excellent Belgians. Great variety of beers on tap and a vast selection of bottled brews. A look at the beer menu tells you that this place knows their stuff. Did not get a chance to stop by their sister pub Barking Dog down the street but was told they have 16 micro taps.
The food menu was quite extensive. I had the fried calamari with hot peppers which was very good.
This place is very convenient to get to, only minutes from either Rte. 495 or 95. This is, in my opinion, the best beer bar on the North Shore. Kudos to Matt for running a great operation.
08-25-2009 19:53:23 |
More by liquorpig
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I can't believe there are only 2 reviews for the Alehouse. On my recent first visit I quickly realized this place was something special. Along with a food menu you receive the current beer list that includes the ABV and price per glass or bottle for each beer. Their selection has to be one of the best for a bar outside of Boston. I counted at least 50 craft and imported beers on the first 3 pages alone. Some of the beer prices seemed a bit high, but if you take into account what's available you'd understand why the price is what it is.
Beers on tap and in bottles included Founders Breakfast Stout, Green Flash IPA, St Bernardus Apt 12 on tap, Haverhill Brewery Belgian IPA, Southern Tier summer ale, and lots and lots more. They also have a cask beer available. There's definitely something for everyone's palate from Coors light to Belgian wild ales.
The bar itself is spacious and clean. There are TV's strategically located for those who want to watch the latest game and various brewery posters hang on the walls. The restaurant is separate from the bar and there's a small area in the back where you can chill on some leather sofa's. There's also a small outside dining area out back.
My friends and I got some frites for and appetizer and sandwiches for lunch. The food prices were very reasonable and quality was top notch. All of us enjoyed what we had. I wish I could remember more of what was on the food menu, but I spent most of my time examining the beer list.
Finally, the staff was courteous and friendly. They were great at clearing our dishes and refilling our beers when the glasses were empty. No complaints or concerns with anyone we spoke with.
Overall, the Alehouse is a fantastic beer bar with great food, a courteous staff and affordable prices. They are located at the edge of a large parking lot and are only a couple miles from Rt. 495.
If you're in the area definitely stop by. They have a new fan with this BA!
07-20-2009 16:41:15 |
More by WanderingFool
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really liked this place. Went to dinner on a Thursday night and it had a good crowd.
The food menu is pretty diverse from balsamic glazed ribs to fresh fish and seafood. It's a cross between fine dining and pub food at reaonable (higher than a brewpub) prices.
The steak and ribs were excellent. The risotto was pretty mushy, though. Apps were what you would expect. Folks rave about the fried pickles, it just isn't my thing.
Beer selection was great as others have mentioned. I had a dogfish 60 and an IPA from Saratoga NY. A minor criticism is that there was a martini list and wine list at the table, but no beer list. At a place called the Ale House? The was a chalk board listing beers above the bar that could not be read from the dining room. The waitress tried to recite it but it was easier to walk over to the bar and read it myself. There was no info on where the beers were brewed or ABV or IBU unless you asked the one bartender that was working. He was polite but didn't have a lot of time to chat.
That being said, I am already looking forward to a return visit. Besides the co-owned Barking Dog next door, it's definitely one of the best places in the area.
10-23-2008 05:45:21 |
More by JimFalzone
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went down there to try out the Barking Dog Pug which has 16 taps - review another time - but they didn't have the Berkshire Lost Sailor IPA (they did have the Boulder Hazed and Infused) and they explained to me they had their Berkshire taps at their new resturant, they purchased Tanya's Pizza across the parking lot and its a sister place - its got 24 taps, a double wide cooler of bottle selection and its great.
Atmosphere is nice - dining area separate from the bar so you could do a family dinner or just hang in the bar, nice 42" for watching the game, wait staff was very pleasant.
Quality - food was good, beer selection superb, bar-tender and owner partook in a nice Belgian bottle that we opened (I think it was Corsendonk - have to find my notes). Taps were all fresh and running very well - all Craft/Micro/Euro.
Service/Selection - excellent
Food - I didn't have enough of it but i will go back - the fried pickles were great, reminded of the Cambride Common menu - nothing too frilly but good solid food.
Value - very very reasonable
Those of us in the Newburyport, Exeter area have a little mini sunset grill sitting in Amesbury between these two places, over 40 taps - no duplicates.
01-06-2008 14:04:11 |
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