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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
11 Brewster Court
phone: (413) 584-9903
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 61 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
One of my favorite places to go too, especially in the summer. They open up the roof so you can soak in the rays for a nice lunch or even dinner with some good beers. The atmosphere on the roof is great, mostly people eating but as the night wears on, a younger more vibrant atmosphere shows up.
The food is pretty good, standard upscale Americana bar food. I've never had anything i didn't like. The beers are decent, they have a normal lineup as well as a rotation beer. They also serve guest beers which can be good if you want a change. I'm not saying that their beers are bad, i just don't think they're that great. Their best bitter is my fav. from them and the rest of their lineup is respectable.
I would recommend this place, especially for a light lunch during the summer months where you can enjoy a couple of their beers. Atmosphere is the key here.
03-21-2009 21:52:07 |
More by bum732
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I go here quite a bit as we live up the road. For awhile I was concerned that this place would never quite live up to the hype and beer quality that its sister establishment, Portsmouth Brewery, tends to get. While, it may never have a line out the door and down the street to buy a bottle of its Imperial Stout (they don't sell bottles by the way, but their Imperial Stout is incredible) I do feel that the beer quality is steadily getting much better and more dynamic.
Right now the Northampton Brewery is going through a remodeling to become more green. Not a bad idea in this town. For the most part its a little funky, a little upscale and a little brewpub-y. Its sort of tough to describe the place but its very comfortable and the bar area (although it can get crowded) is fairly large.
Food is upscale pub food with some eclectic stuff thrown in. They do have soft pretzels as an appetizer which is great and they also do a great jambalaya.
Service has always been good when we've gone. No complaints there and the brewers seem to be around the place quite a bit if you want to talk to them.
I already mentioned the Imperial Stout, but they currently are also pouring a Rye IPA and the first of a single hop variety IPA (centennial). For a long time it seemed that they usually just had some of their old favorites and weren't branching out but I like the direction they seem to be going. They also have some guest drafts and a cask.
Great place with great food and very good beer. Also, if you sit upstairs and like Kurt Vonnegut (famour writer for those who have not heard of him) check out the display of his art work and the beer labels with his portrait on them, he was a resident of Northampton and there is an homage to him upstairs.
02-05-2009 17:49:07 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Went last night with 2 other couples. We wanted to sit outside on the deck, but that was a 30 minute wait. Ok- don't want to wait that long so we were told to head back downstairs to the other hostess to be seated.
We stood by the hostess station for another 10 minutes before the bartender acknowledge us and went to set up a table. Just then, a waitress perked up and came over but the bartender was already doing her job.
We were led to our table- one of 3 or 4 others. The place was by no means busy.
We sat perhaps another 10-15 minutes without so much as a hello- and decided to head up to the Dirty Truth for a couple of beers and some food. So- the Dirty Truth (where I have NEVER had bad service or a bad time) got our $150 instead of the Northampton brewery.
I titled this "3rd strike, you're out" because this was the third time in a year that I have had pretty much the same experience here. So, since there are anther hundred or so restaurants in Northampton- THEY will be getting our business.
I can't attest to the meal quality here unfortunately, as 2 out of the last 3 times here I didn't make it to the meal.
06-12-2008 02:49:00 |
More by mklatsky
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was very pleased that I chose to stop at the North Hampton Brewery this past Saturday and spend the afternoon sampling their offerings.
If you are in the area, it's a definite destination...
They offered seven on tap from their own brewery. Additionally they offered Five "guest beers" from other Micro-brewers to help round out the selection of styles they had available.
If they don't have an IPA available, then they'll offer one on the "guest list" I think this is a great idea.
Additionally, four of the five guest beers they offered are among my favorites. This led me to believe that I was somewhat simpatico with whoever was making these calls.
Service was excellent and they were very free flowing if you wanted to sample some of the varieties before ordering a pint. Atmosphere was also excellent and the clientele was very friendly. I spent about an hour helping the woman next to me complete her crossword puzzle.
For their own selections they offered;
Redhead stepchild (Irish red) - Did not try
Hoover's Porter - Did not try
Altbier - A little sweet for my taste, but a well constructed beer.
Magic Carpet Rye - Excellent, really, really nice beer.
North hamp Pale Ale - Very, Very Good
Weizenheimer - Did not try
Raspb Weizen - Pretty darn good for a summer session beer. Not too sweeet.
On the guest list:
Cape Anne fisherman's Ale - Excellent Beer
Stone Ruination DPA - One of my favorites
BBC Steel Rail Ale - Excellent Beer
Victory Prima - My favorite Pilsner
Smutty nose IPA - Among my favorite IPA's
Guest brews $5
Samplers (4 - 4 oz) for 7.50
You must stop when in the area.
06-10-2008 01:38:40 |
More by Reagan1984
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited on a trip to central mass where I also stopped by Opa-Opa with fello beer geek, Sean. Great layout for a small bar area and loved the copper everywhere. Much bigger space than it looks from the outside, plenty of seating if you don't want to sit at the bar. The bartender was excellent and she was very familiar with the brews. Food was good, but not great. The beer selection was good, but leaned a little more towards the English ale styles than I was hoping, more bitters and pales than I was hoping for. That said, the quality of the beers was excellent. Nice spot, will definitely visit again.
01-19-2008 17:03:14 |
More by awall422
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I were in town for a wedding a few weeks back and we stopped in for lunch. Had to ask how to find this place as it isn't on the main drag.
Cool looking building from the outside. Appears to be tiny until you enter. General seating to the right and the bar area straight ahead. We decided to sit at the half circle bar which was pretty busy.
IIRC there were eight of their own beers on tap and a couple of guest taps including SN Celebration. I had the Bitter which was awesome and the wife had one of their two pale ales. I then ended with a Celebration which was good, but I wish I stuck with thier beers.
We both ate and everything was just fine. I think I had a basic burger and my wife had some sort of panini thing. Both very good "pub food". Overall, I really enjoyed this place and can't wait to go back. Very laid back atmosphere with solid service.
12-01-2007 02:28:32 |
More by CharlesRiver
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located near the downtown parking garage, Northampton Brewery live up to their motto "peace, love and beer". This place's history involved lots of remodeling so this review is mainly of the post-2004 sun-room construction. First the place is huge but not isolated. Entrance in the bottom floor area reveals a bar area with many tables, couches, chairs and stool area. A wooden fire is usually going in the middle of the bar area, giving a great cozy ambiance within the huge space. The main dining area is also huge, sporting glass siding allowing to look through to passer-bys. As well, one can take the stairs outside to the sun-room area which sports many tables, a sprinkler system that gently mists water during the hot days, and a small bar too. This area most likely is closed during the winter.
The quality is pretty good. Northampton brewery has a good amount of their own beers on tap, plus a few micro-brews on tap too. If you look online, they usually conveniently have listed whats on tap at the moment. They usually have 10 regular beers they brew all year round with switched around Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter seasonals. The food is mostly New American foods with local, New England charm. I personally loved their Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas. Service has been decent the times I went. At the bar area, I was impressed by the lone bartenders serving stamina. He would check on everyone at the stool area but then run around and ask each person sitting at the tables or couches/chairs if they wanted more beers. I hope they are like that when they are wicked busy!
Overall if you are in Northampton and want to relax at one place, Northampton brewery might be the place. With its great and easy to find location, food, atmosphere and beer, the Northampton brewery might want to be your first stop in NoHo.
11-28-2007 01:23:41 |
More by fitzy84
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
trip 4 of 4 .... not a bad way to end a beer trip to a new area. This place is walking distance from Dirty Truth, which is exactly what I did.
Saturday evening .... it was fairly busy and I sat at the bar for some beers and eats.
I was disappointed that my favorite stye was on the board and not available ... Pale Ale .... how do you run out of this? Not sure if it's poor planning or not.
I went with a Flight tasting .... overall, everything was a good fit into each style.
My friend got a sandwich, but I went with an entree. I think he got more food on his plate than I did, but whatever. My plate just looked skimpy compared to his and mine was $7 more.
Note to the kitchen, if I want my salad dressing on the side, I'll ask for it that way. Please don't expect someone to toss a mesculin salad on a small plate ... it's just stupid. That's why I sent it back for a toss :)
Despite my bickering here, I would go back for a 2nd visit ... if for nothing else, but to try their Pale Ale ... my favorite style which they had on the board but were out of. (Yes, I know I mentioned that already, but I felt it was worth repeating).
07-18-2007 14:57:02 |
More by madmanjf
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A very decent, above average bar, off the 91. There are several good beer bars within a 20 minute drive, in this college area. This is on the more urban style, and attractive lighting and semicircle bar attracts people ready to socialize. The place and the area was 30-something graduate students and associate professors. It is decisively white collar. Good for moi but not for others, another drwback being a decision for isolation to go up the stairs to tables, There is a good selection of their own beers. A few good guest picks and almost instant service, a feature of Western Mass. from my experience. A bit more variety would help.
07-12-2007 02:00:19 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This was my first stop on a western Mass beer trip. Located right in downtown Northampton, conveniently across the street from a commuter parking lot. The place is a light yellow building the brewery is visible on your left as you walk in. A horseshoe bar is the center of this place. Wide open ceiling with some upstairs seating and more seating behind the bar area. Lots of beer themed decor and plant life. It was around 1:00pm so the place was rather dead, except for some construction going on in the right side of the bar.
They were pouring nine house brews; golden ale, golden lager, raspberry ale, pale ale, ipa, esb, porter, stout, and a best bitter. They serve 4/ 6 oz. samples in the beer sampler. I ordered one and my girlfriend ordered the other. All the beers were pretty good and fell into style well. I particularly enjoyed the golden lager, best bitter, and porter. Two guest taps included Smuttynose IPA and Stoudts Tripel.
We snacked on some black bean dip while sipping beers. The bartender was very nice, knew about beers and was pretty passionate about them. I also got a chance to talk to Eric the head brewer, he was very nice as well.
Good beer, nice people, nice area, I would definitely stop in again.
Growlers and bottle to go.
01-12-2007 19:00:42 |
More by SteveO1231
Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
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