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[ Brewery, Eatery ]
11 Brewster Court
phone: (413) 584-9903
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Visited the brewpub today with the my wife, 4 month old daughter, and a friend, and enjoyed a nice meal in their upstairs, outdoor-but-covered-well patio. So cool to enjoy the outside but to not have to worry about the elements such as rain and the like. They also have a nice ~10 seat bar, nearby bar-style seating with about 8 table settings, more elegant seating upstairs in a loft area, and also a nice sunroom with ample seating as well.
Plenty of brews on tap, with probably 7 of their own, a couple from their sister breweries Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewing, and then three guest taps. They always seem to have the gamut covered for beer styles, from pale ale to stout, and most everything in between. No barleywine, but probably because it's summer or some lame reason like that. Brews I had (Porter, Stout, and Smutty Weisenheimer) were all excellent.
Food and service were exemplary, with our orders brought out in a prompt manner, and all was as advertised and tasty. Each time I neared the bottom of my glass I was asked if I was interested in another, and never finished before the next arrived. Made for nice and continuous brew enjoyment.
Still miss the days when they used to run the Great New England Beer Festival, but where would we be without nostalgia. If in the area, definitely worth your time.
06-13-2004 00:46:42 |
More by ppoitras
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
This is a great place. One of my favorite places to go. They have great selections of freshly brewed beer and I cant say I have ever had one I didnt like.
Excellent place to bring a date. Its location is in a nice and safe area where you can walk around at night. They have a roof top you can sit at in the warmer months.
The food is pretty good. They are creative and everything is good. American Food and American Beers.
I love how they always try to do something new. They are innovators and they are good at it. Every time I leave I can't wait to go back. There aren't very many places that make me feel this way
11-25-2013 17:03:22 |
More by Enriquehopnog
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Nice atmosphere. Sat at a bar table with high stools. Waitress was extremely efficient and pleasant and offered beer menus very expeditiously, This night there were around 7 or 8 offerings as well as bottled SNevada. Sizes ranged from 8 - 16 oz glasses. Bombers and growlers were available for takeout.
Bar was laid out in a semicircle with nice appointments, including wall hangings and mirrors.
As mentioned previously, the selections were there for a variety of taste....pale ale, stout, porter, amber, maibock, pilsener, biiters amongst others.
There is also a restaurant associated with the pub. I did not eat upstairs, however, an order of buffalo wings with bleu cheese certainly complemented my Black Cat Stout quite nicely.
Northampton is a great town for culture and other attractions. It's nice to see that they also have a nice brew pub too.
Addition 6/27/04. Had lunch and the pulled pork barbecue sandwich was outstanding. They were out of a few brews so I had to settle for my 2nd and 3rd choices, which were ok, but not spectacular. My party also had the ruben and turkey bacin club sandwiches which they also rated very highly.
04-23-2004 23:38:47 |
More by edchicma
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Another reason to like Northampton: a clean, bustling brewpub with an interesting selection of beers (Wee Heavy, Raspberry Lager, amongst "standards") at good prices. The beers are pretty good. If I heard correctly, this place has a connection to Smuttynose and uses a couple of their recipes (owners being brothers, or something?), so this is pretty decent stuff. They had one or two commerical craft beers on tap, and I personally spied no crap beer on the premises.
It was fairly lively for a mid-week evening, and our bartender was very vigilant about replacing our empty glasses with more pleasing full ones. It was really some of the better service I've received at a bar in recent memory, but then again, people AT the bar usually fare better. I can't vouch for the quality of the table service. We came here for "dessert" after dinner, so I can't judge the food... NoHo offers some pretty tough competition when it comes to dining, though.
06-06-2006 17:28:36 |
More by krantul
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Decided to stop here with my wife after a day of shopping and looking around the area. The town of North Hampton is very nice and this place seemed to fit right in and was east to find. Park at the parking garage as the Brew Pub is more or less next-door. The Pub seems to be on a closed street, at least one of the two entrances that we saw. Seems that they have an outdoor Beer garden area that we did not see due to it being November, but the open bar inside was very welcoming. It had a modern feel but warm due to the amount of wood and muted colors. We decided to have a bite to eat and did not sit right at the bar but just a little ways away in a room that had a full view of the bar area. Also had a second floor, which had a large amount of tables, looks like this can be a busy place! The room where we where sitting was nice, had a nice fire (gas) place which was inviting. The menu had a good amount of different pub like foods as well as some nice sounding entrees. I decided to get a burger which was great and my wife got a panini what she said was also real good. The beer selection was very nice, I believe they had 9 of their own brews on tap with a few guests taps, one was from Smutty and the other from BBC but not sure on the third. I had the Black Cat Stout and the Pumpkin Ale and both where excellent. Wish we had more time to try a few other offerings, guess another trip is in order especially with the other great places in the area to check out! If you are in the North Hampton area I would say check this place out, I know that it would have a little competition if time is an issue with The Dirty Truth, Moan and Dove as well as The Sierra Grille but to me was worthy of a stop!
11-06-2006 01:17:32 |
More by Stimack
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went here as part of a beer mini vacation for which it is well suited. The Dirty Truth didn't open for a couple of hours. Took the family for pizza (real pizza as opposed to Vermont pizza). Then while the family was occupied at the great dollar store and eating world class ice cream I ran across the street and was greeted by one strange looking building, which looks like it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was chilly and rainy, the down stairs bar was dark. Went up to the deck, which would be awesome (had it not been rainy and chilly). I was impressed that they had some outside guest beers and went for an Element, which I never saw on tap before. And then had their retro lager which was probably the best I've had a brew pub. Did not eat, only had two beers (while the family was otherwise occupied)- but I will be back.
07-28-2011 11:37:40 |
More by Flashy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for lunch after being out in Western Mass. for an interview. Easy to find, located right next to a parking garage--If you're there for less than 1 hour, parking is free.
Two entrances from what I saw. One is the main entrance and the other are stairs to the "beer garden" or deck area. I entered via the main entrance and sat at the bar--it was around 11:45AM. Only one at the bar, I was received warmly and given a menu.
The inside of the brew-pub has two floors and from the first you can peak at the second--open bar feel. It seems as though they do a lot of restauranting as there are a lot of tables. The whole second floor is tables and chairs. First level and the bar area have some also. About 14 seats around the horseshoe shaped copper covered bar. Lots of mirrors done the walls. Plants hang from a beam as you look up. A couple of tv's, but nothing overwhelming. You can inspect the brewmaster hard at work through large glass panels. The sundeck or beergarden is where you want to be. Open feel and outside--does it get any better than that?
On to the beer...
Drafts, $3.75. 12 taps. 9 from the brewpub and 3 guest taps. When I was there, Big A, Smutty IPA, and BBC Steel Rail were on tap. Not suprised about the Smutty offerings as the owner of this brew-pub is the sister of the Portsmouth brew-pub. On tap they had a Porter, Stouth, Blonde, Pale, Weizenheimer, Hefe, Irish Red, and Pale Wheat Ale. Didn't realize this, but Decadent was on tap also--just seeing that from my notes now (DOOOH!).
Food was pretty decent. I had a turkey panini. Nothing to write home about, but not bad.
The atmosphere could be very upbeat, especially outside on a hot summers eve. Bartender knew her stuff and was quite talkative. Beer to go? Hell yeah! $3.00 for a 22oz. bomber of what they've got. I scored 5! "Best deal in town", said the bartender. I nodded, paid, and left happy. I will go back if I'm in the area. Great experience even though I was pretty much the only person in the joint.
09-01-2006 19:03:54 |
More by bjohnson
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Northampton Brewery may not look like much from the outside. Apparently there's a back entrance, but from the front its drab looking. Once you get in though its a different story. Its a minimal but tastefully decorated place with a semi circle copper bar. You can see the brewing equipment through a glass window by the bar. Theres an upstairs as well as a sun room and a beer garden for nicer weather. Unfortunately it was raining on my visit.
On tap they have several of there own beers along with 2 guest beers. The whole point of a brew pub is to really try someone's hard work and to get beer thats not bottled. I was impressed with a decent selection. The two beers I tried were a Saison and an IPA. The IPA was by far the least hoppy IPA I have ever had. It was a sad day in IPAs. However the Saison was an interesting take on the style. It was entitled "American Farmhouse Ale" but it was brewed with Belgian yeast. I mean you can't always expect perfection the brewers are experimenting.
I also had the luck to talk a brewer there who was very friendly chatty and I learned quite a bit about their process. It was great to meet the man making the beer you just consumed. I actually learned quite a bit from this conversation and my friend making the visit with me enjoyed it quite a bit being a homebrewer.
The rest of the staff we're extremely friendly and informative not to mention the bar patrons. This by far was the most friendly experience I have had at a bar period. Maybe its just Connecticut but I'm not accustomed to friendly people.
So what about out the food. Pretty pricey but this is a bar so you can't complain too much. As a Vegan I never expect to get catered towards at bars, however they had a veggie burger that was vegan so I didn't even have to ask. It was a bit small and something I could make at home, but the fries were excellent. Amazing to have a few vegan/veg options at a bar. My friend seemed to enjoy his burger.
If I lived in Northampton or near it this would be my go to spot. However being 50 miles away from me, the beer wasn't good enough to travel for. Their beer is very unlikely to impress hardcore beer geeks, but it is enjoyable. If I'm in the area I'll stop by without a doubt.
10-30-2009 01:33:51 |
More by MaxBrews
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
On 10/06/10 I visited the Northampton Brewery. To start, one of the more important things is the parking. I had driven over an hour to said location. Directly behind the brewery is a large parking garage with cheap rates (free for the first hour, and 50 cents an hour for each hour after the first).
With that said, upon arrival and entrance into the brewery I was met with very friendly and prompt service. You had the option to choose from the bar area, or the "sun room". The sun room offers a more home feel, as the bar offers the obvious bar feel. Upon seating, a VERY friendly waitress came over to greet and basically introduce the brewery to me. She Promptly asked if I would like a drink. The Northampton Pale Ale was a top choice (I would strongly recommended this beverage).
The menu had many different appetizers and main courses to choose from. Leaving something for everyone. The meal itself was outstanding. The Green Mountain Bacon + Chedder Burger was cooked to perfection and had outstanding ingredients, which made it feel like a homemade burger, certainly NOT one of those chain restaurant burger feels. I admired the use of actual leaf lettuce and homemade dressing for the side salad. Very nice to see that they did not use the typical thrown together at the last minute iceberg lettuce creation.
For a burger, salad & 1 beer the total bill came to $17.65. Not having to spend a fortune on lunch allowed for left over money to walk around the shops of wonderful downtown Northampton. I would strongly recommended and will go as far as making this a must see when visiting Northampton.
10-09-2010 02:01:23 |
More by Kladivo2
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