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Amherst Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 230
Beer Avg: 3.84
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
10 University Drive
phone: (413) 253-4400
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 59 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I can never seem to get out of this place for under 50 bucks. Not that thats a bad thing, just means I always have dinner and more than a few pints. Been here probably 7 times now, wanted to wait until I've really experienced it to review it.
Atmosphere is not too bad, could use a little polishing but not bad, I'm not a glitzy guy. The setting is an old bank, so they have that type of memorabelia on the walls along with varying beer stuff as well. It looks like they have soundproofing in some sections, but its beat up and looks like shit, thats my main quam, also the rug through the place is dingy, if they painted the walls, and threw in a hardwood floor, place would be in the next level in my book.
Service has always been great, decently knowledgeable, always helpful and attentive.
Selection runs with the seasons, dark for winter, light for summer, they brew their own so they can have more flexibility which is great. But they run out of things very easily it seems I've run into it many times.
Food has always been good, would reccommend the nachos, wings, tequila lime chicken, and the massatuckey brown ale.
Value isn't too bad, I got out of their last time after an appetizer, two entree's, and six pints for $60 before tip. Not too bad but maybe a little much.
06-04-2008 14:31:07 |
More by currysage1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have to say that I really enjoyed this place. My wife and I stopped by last weekend for an early lunch so it was dead. Fine with us. That might have raised the service score a bit as there were not many to help.
The bar is good size overall. We sat way to the right, next to the growler beer cooler. Tap selection first surprised me as they carry more than just their own. Two cask ales including a very nice ESB. A little too cold but still great flavor. My wife loved the pale ale, non-cask. If I were to guess, I would say they had 8 of their own and 6 guest beers? All well chosen.
Too bad there isn't much around this place to satisfy my better half. Still an easy trip from Northampton where we were staying. I can imagine this place is packed on a Saturday night.
03-21-2008 01:27:50 |
More by CharlesRiver
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I cannot beleive I have not reviewed this place yet, as I frequently frequent this place. This place is truly a "grassroots" type place, thankfully w/o the over the top "I'm in Amherst and I'm here for a reason, I just don't know what that reason is".
Great atmosphere, people, sitting around enjoyng deleicious beer, and decent pub food. 12 taps, usually with one or two guest taps. Of the 12, 2 are cask. There is usually a seasonal offering, today, it was Half-in-the-Bagpipe Scotch Ale...Very nice.
A great place to grab a pint or two, with people who enjoy craft beer.
03-13-2008 20:04:16 |
More by FLAbeergutinMASS
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This a popular destination in the center of downtown Amherst, Ma. Be careful because during the school year, this place, as well as seemingly everywhere in Amherst and Northampton gets over crowded come dinner time and you will be outside, in the cold, waiting for a table. Comfortable, casual, beer spot, U-shaped bar to the right as you enter, friendly service, respectable and reasonably priced home made beer selection. We didnt try the food, but it looked good, seemed to be come in large portions and smelled good, for what its worth. Decent place for a pint, or a hearty meal.
11-17-2007 11:26:50 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
There are big differences between the upstairs/downstairs.
The downstairs is the basic eating area. There is an outside where people can sit during the warmer parts of the year. The bar area downstairs is small and since most people eat downstairs the dining areas are pretty filled. The advantage to the downstairs bar area is it is much quieter than the upstairs bar. The food is great: an excellent pub menu with tons of daily specials. The service downstairs is awful though. You usually have to wait a long time for your food. At least you do have some of the best local beers in all Amherst ready and available to be drank. Sample drinks are available, and the downstairs area is also where one can purchase the ABC's growlers.
Upstairs is much more the bar area. Lots of ABC and European imports are available. It is very loud with music and conversations and often wicked crowded. Tons of games though: pool, darts, foosball, and table tennis are across the upstairs. You can still get food upstairs, but most of the time its appetizers and such. It's much more the social, bar part of ABC basically. Overall, it remains one of the most popular bars in Hampshire County.
10-25-2007 04:27:50 |
More by fitzy84
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The outside is a pretty classic New England style brew house made mostly of brick and reminds me of an old fire station. Plenty of room inside with two seperate dining areas where the walls are adorned with some original art work, mostly of musicains, rock n' roll, jazz and blues greats which adds to the atmosphere. The bar itself is pretty large and was in the shape of the letter J and was sitting about 20 or 25 people with many more standing around the bar area waiting for a seat and just conversing with the folks at the bar.
The selection was really good, just sticking to their own beers which was about eight or ten different brews, i managed to get through 4, which were: Two sisters Imperial Stout, an easy drinking stout with a nod to Irish dry stouts, 10th anniversary ale which was very bold, honey Pils that was thirst quenching and the working man's wheat which was my firsat selection and very easy to drink. The service was fast and pleasant, although I didn't really ask to many beer snobish questions. Overall, very enjoyable i put it right up there with the northhampton Brewery and the elm city brewery in Keene, NH.
07-24-2007 22:05:18 |
More by GratefulBeerGuy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
ABC is a good place to have in town. Dependable and solid, this place is not a show-stopper and perhaps not somewhere to make a long haul to check out, but when it's time for a good bite and a good beer, it's the spot. They always have a fair variety of beers, most of which are good not great. This goes for the Cascade IPA, the ESB and the Double Bitter, which is a seasonal. The Cascade IPA is usually available on cask, quite good in that format, as is another beer. I usually order a portabello burger with provolone and pesto, along with some sweet potato fries. Good vegetarian food at a reasonable price. Pints are $3.50 or so, a good value, and growlers are $8 including $2 deposit. In all, a solid local place, worth checking out, taking family and friends to, but by no means a brewpub mecca.
07-19-2007 12:04:48 |
More by akahn
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped off here on a Saturday afternoon for lunch and some beers. This was my first visit to Amherst Brewing, and in fact, my first trip to Amherst overall.
It was a nice day out, but we sat inside at the bar. I got the sense that it was a lot busier than normal for that time of day. The bartender was alone and couldn't keep up with the demand of all the table service plus the people at the bar. He did the best he could without any help.
The beers were quite good. I had a pint of their Cask Conditioned Anniversary Ale followed by a 6-way sampler of Honey Pilsner, Pale Ale, ESB, Brown, IPA and a seasonal Hefeweizen.
Usually I'm happy if I can find one or two varieties that I like at a brewpub since it's difficult to nab everything .... however, the brewer here is doing a nice job. Each beer fit well within the style except for one in my opinion. The ESB was a little more carbonated than normal, and it had more of a brown ale flavor. It was a good beer, but didn't quite fit into the ESB Genre.
Lunch was good .... had a special off the lunch menu, and I was very happy.
I would definately return here next time I'm in the area... and I'd probably budget more time to hangout at this place.
07-15-2007 15:09:05 |
More by madmanjf
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A very nice place to hang out, with an outdoor patio on the little main street in a college down, and the busiest of the several places we visited in the area. Much more blue collar and typical good beer atmosphere relative to the others in the two towns(including Northampton). Mixed reviews on the beer, some were above average, some quite poor. A couple of guest taps. Excellent service, a welcoming as well as the service. Pub fare: My buddy was satisfied with the food he had, though it was not a full meal.
07-12-2007 02:21:13 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went out to eat at the Amherst Brewing Co. with my roommate before meeting some friends at the Moan and Dove. Honestly, besides chalking up a bill bigger than we planned I would have been fine with staying at ABC. It's located right in the center of Amherst and hard to miss, although the webpage says the address is North Pleasant St but the only signs I saw out there were for South Pleasant. If you're on South Pleasant its's easy to find
It's a pretty big place with two floors, I understand the upstairs is more of a game room but we didn't see it. I liked the atmosphere a lot. The bar is visible to the entrance and we sat off to the right of it. It had a great look, you could see the vats in the back and it had good lighting and nice TVs were you could see them.
It took longer than most places to be seated, we could have gone to the bar but we thought our friends were going to meet us earlier, and the place wasn't very busy at all. That kind of set the tone for the service. I couldn't get a feel for how our waitress felt about us, It took her a while to bring our drinks but she seemed ready to help us out.
For beer we started off with the sampler, 2oz. each of Banker's Gold, Pleasant St. Pale, Massatucky Brown, and Incinerator Doppelbock. The Doppelbock was the best of them with the brown second. I stuck with the Doppelbock when we got our food but I also tried the Oatmeal Stout on a whim and it was pretty impressive.
We had nachos and fried pickles for appetizers. The nachos were pretty standard but I would definitly recommend the fried pickles. We both had burgers, they have several options for styles and I picked the Cajun which was really good. I also opted for sweet potato fries to try something new and liked them as well.
I bought a growler for my brother to go and kind of wish I got one for myself, the beer was great. Overall, my roommate and I decided we would definitly come back. We spent more than two guys in college probably should but it was well worth it. The beers are $3-4 and quality and the food is priced basically the same as most chain restaurants but very high quality.
03-11-2007 00:18:47 |
More by Seanish
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