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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
33 Main St
phone: (978) 388-1950
From the owners of the Barking Dog in Amesbury, MA.
(Place added by: MugOfGoodness on 01-05-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 28 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Unassuming from the outside, looking like an ordinary storefront in downtown Amesbury. Inside it's fairly wide and deep. Large bar on the left, some hightops overlooking the street. Booths and tables further inside. A balcony upper left. Back doors open onto a deck overlooking the river. There's even a fireplace tucked in the back. The place has a homey feel to it. Brick wall, earth tones. A high ceiling with several fans. The ubiquitous TVs over the bar. Beer flags, several barrels. Fairly quiet on a Saturday afternoon. There were a few families there with young children.
As has been mentioned, a fantastic beer list. 30 on tap with over 100 bottles. The tap list must be updated frequently. What I saw on-line Thursday had changed by Saturday. I had a couple of The Tap's Gestalt in cask, very good, and finished with De Molen Amarillo, better than very good. My wife had her usual hefe, and enjoyed it.
Food was good, maybe a little better than typical pub food. But I bet that people don't go there just for the food. My wife had a turkey, bacon, avocado wrap and really enjoyed it. I had a spicy fish wrap with coleslaw and cherry peppers, really good.
Our server was very attentive; I never sat with an empty glass in front of me. The meals arrived promptly, and we were asked a couple of times if everything was alright and if we needed anything else.
I wish The Alehouse was a little bit closer. I'd be there more frequently.
04-13-2011 20:51:09 |
More by lordofthewiens
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Made the trip out last Friday night for dinner. This was my first visit to Amesbury and as we were navigating the quiet, desolate streets, we were shocked to find the entire, small town congregating in 'The Alehouse'.
This place is certainly a hot spot in this small town, and after reviewing the draft menu (both quality and selection) and the exciting food menu, it came as no surprise.
The atmosphere is clean, updated, slightly upscale; loud and energetic is the bar area, and calm and mellow in the upstairs dining area.
I counted approximately 30 taps; all of which, were of above average quality. It was tough to find a brew on tap that I've had before or one that I wasn't curious to try. I settled on a Mikkeller IPA, Dieu de Ciel's Aphrodite, and BBC's coffeehouse porter on nitro. The bottled selection is even more extensive with a heavy Belgian influence.
Service was attentive, but a bit preoccupied; certainly within reason given how occupied the establishment was.
The food menu is more upscale than your traditional brewpub or beer bar. The lobster quesadilla was delicious as was the turtle cheesecake.
09-29-2010 00:21:31 |
More by NEhophead
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by with the fam on the way home from NH after hearing some positive things.
An old restored mill building, recently re-done, right in the quaint Amesbury center. Long winding bar, plenty of booths and spacious tables. Very comfortable. On the afternoon we went, there was an Irish trio playing at a reasonable decible level.
Service was very attentive. Greeted promptly for drink orders and our server was there throughout the meal.
24 taps, mostly regional and well thought out. Had a Pretty Things Field Mouse and a Southhampton Pumpkin, both well-poured pints and reasonably priced for the area ($6 & $5.50 respectively).
Both the mrs and I had the fish sandwich with fries - nice fresh crispy haddock on a fresh roll with crispy handcut shoestring fries. Kiddos both devoured their large Pearl hotdogs with the same shoestring fries.
I would go out of my way to come here again, I wish this place were closer to me.
08-26-2010 01:51:19 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
I went here for the first time today with the wife and kids. I know St Patrick's day probably isn't the best time to bring the family to a pub, but they enjoyed it. The beer selection is really good for the area with probably 20 taps and a bottle list that's at least a hundred deep. The food we had was fantastic, my wife and daughter raved about the French onion soup and my shepherds pie was great as well. Our server was less than attentive, but it was busy and hes did apologize more than once and took some stuff off the bill for making us wait. I found the beer a bit pricey, 5 bucks for Guinness, 6 something for smuttynose. 8 for breakfast stout and choklat. I'd go back again the selection a food were great. I would have rated higher if the prices were a bit more reasonable.
03-18-2012 01:16:40 |
More by johnnnniee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my new favorite beer bar they have an ever changing and excellent selection of beers on tap, while the bar tenders and waitresses may not be the most knowledgeable in the business they are still very friendly and do serve beers in the proper glassware(most of the time). They have some harder to find brews come through on tap from time to time as well as a very good bottles selection. the beer on tap is always fresh and the food is very good the nachos are excellent. the price is dependent upon the beer, i have seen beers hat i thought should have been priced lower, but i have also seen some beers come through that were outstanding deals. port older viscosity 10 oz pouurs for 8 bucks, compared to 19 for a 12 oz bottle.
08-18-2011 03:10:12 |
More by rowingbrewer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
First, I would recommend you visit. If you are within 30 miles of Amesbury, this is likely the best beer bar you can find. If you are also within 30 miles of Boston/Cambridge then the Alehouse is not yet at the level of Mead House or The Public House and a few others, but still worth a visit.
- The beer selection on tap is large, varied, and impressive from West Coast IPAs, to German Largers, Belgians, to local craft, and a lot more. They have a World class beer selection that would compete with any large urban beer bar.
- Their new space is very attractive with dark wood, expansive, long bar, tastefully decorated, with lots of different seating options.
- Location is downtown Amesbury, right near the waterfall through the middle of the city is superb. Look out back and check out the mill area. Amesbury has come a long way in 20 years and is an attractive little town, that is worth a visit or a walk around.
- The beer knowledge of the staff is very spotty and service can vary a lot. They have a new person on staff that is enthusiastic and super knowledgable so perhaps this will move in the right direction. The rest of the staff, I have encountered could be working at any bar and seem to have no real knowledge of and in some cases almost any interest in the beer. For me, this is not a big factor, as I am a beer geek. But, it is not unusual for someone to come in, looking for advice on the large selection, and the best the staff can do is just wait for them to decide.
- The food is really below par for almost any pub in the area (Newburyport to Portsmouth). I would choose very carefully. If you find an unusual combinations of ingredients in a special on the menu, don't assume the chef is going to surprise you by making it work, instead imagine a beginning home brewer thinking that 15 unusual ingredients not knowing what they bring to the table will be better has to be better in a beer recipe then 5 ingredients. I am hoping there will eventually be a Ramsey style intervention to bring up the food quality to the level the beer selection deserves.
Great place, worth a visit, and a super addition to the area, but be careful if you plan to eat.
12-24-2011 20:35:26 |
More by rbowser
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
The Alehouse is located in a renovated mill in Amesbury center. Alongside the building is a huge waterfall that was flowing aggressively on the night that we were there. I can just image how amazing it would be in the summertime to drink a beer on the back deck and listen to the sound of running water. The interior of The Alehouse is large and spacious, and its brick walls are adorned with enormous flags of various breweries from around the world.
As for the beers, the tap offerings at The Alehouse were the best I have seen at a beer bar in quite a while. Ballast Point Victory at Sea, Founders Breakfast Stout, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale were just three of the thirty-or-so beers pouring that night. The bottle list was quite impressive as well. It ran 100+ beers deep and included a number of offerings from Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen and Fantôme, as well as Sam Adams Utopias. Most of the tap beers were reasonably priced (usually a dollar or two less than they would be in the city) and were served in the appropriate glassware.
My girlfriend and I were also amazed by the quality of the food at The Alehouse. Since it was St. Patrick's Day, we ordered the corned beef special, as well as the haddock sandwich. My girlfriend claimed that it was the best corned beef she ever had. The haddock was coated in a traditional, thick beer batter and was quite flavorful. The handmade potato chips that accompanied the sandwich were fantastic. Like the beer, the food was priced fairly.
Even on a busy, St. Patrick's Day evening, the service was efficient and friendly, and the food came out of the kitchen in a matter of minutes. We even had a chance to chat with the owner, who seemed like a really down-to-earth guy.
Our night at The Alehouse was fantastic. The only disappointment was the realization that this gem of a bar is nearly an hour from our place in Cambridge. Hopefully they will open another location closer to the city one day.
03-20-2012 19:04:37 |
More by Damian
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Wow this place is a total hidden gem. When I saw and empty bottle of Isebella Proximus promentently displayed behind the bar I know this place was gonna be good.
Great beer list. About 20 taps none of which are macro beers. Mostly a American beers but a few rare Belgians on tap.
I went with two buddies and we had the following beers:
Nugget Nectar (ON CASK!!!)
Mad Bitch De Dolle
Haverill Black IPA
Lou Pepe Kriek 2008
Quite a selection indeed. They actually had 2 vintages of the LP Kriek 2007 and 2008! Wow.
The food was great too. Had some Corn Lobster and Crab cakes which were great. My burger was cooked to order perfectly.
I noticed that the had an Allagash dinner coming up and in looking at the food and beer pairing and it looked like a top knotch event.
I am pretty far from this place so I don't know how often I will get back here but I would highly reccomend this place. The best beer bar I have ever been to on the North Shore for sure.
As good as any of the big well known Boston beer geek bars only out in the burbs.
03-25-2011 20:12:17 |
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