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The Moan and Dove
Taps: 23 / Bottles: 175
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
460 West St
phone: (413) 256-1710
Voted the #1 Place to Have a Beer in 2006 - by BeerAdvocate.com reviewers.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 90 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A: Warm, dark colors and a small space make for a very comfy, inviting ambiance. Huge selection of glassware behind the bar. It just got more comfortable as the night went on.
Q: Everything I tried was fresh, tasty, and high-quality.
Service: Liza was an extremely friendly and highly knowledgeable bartender who paid amazing attention to me and my friend, especially considering how busy the bar was. Simply top-notch.
Selection: Good (not quite great) mix of styles - a bit too much emphasis on seasonals for my taste, especially with a fairly limited 20 taps - with some very interesting and obscure beers. Extensive (but never surprising) bottle list.
Food: Not offered by the bar itself, but they have menus for a number of different local delivery establishments, so you can get just about anything you want. It's pretty cool to order panini to be delivered "at the end of the bar." Oh, and free peanuts. Awesome.
Value: Beer between 5 and 9, just as I'd expect at this kind of place.
Notes: If I ever live near Amherst, you can bet that I'll be a member of this place's mug club. It's a great establishment in just about every way, and worth a visit if you're anywhere in the area.
12-21-2009 02:26:55 |
More by woosterbill
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is by far the best bar in the area. The selection is great, and the bartenders are very knowledgeable and take the time to answer all questions, give their recommendations, and provide tastes before you order. My favorite aspect of the bar (aside from the great beer of course) is the atmosphere. No matter what time of day or night I'm there, there is always an interesting conversations occurring, be it about beer, politics, the economy, etc. It is one of the few public spaces where people seem willing and able to get together and talk about what is going on, and do so over some amazing beers. At the same time, if you want to come in and enjoy a beer by yourself there is space for that - and free internet also. Anyone in the area should definitely stop by, and its worth a trip for those that are a bit further away.
11-07-2009 22:29:40 |
More by yukkamaster
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
It doesn't get much better than this place when you factor in the atmosphere, selection, and prices of this bar. Very inconspicuous from the outside and inside, the place is not too big at all. A row of booths to your right, the bar to the left, and some tables in the middle. Very dark inside too, but it suits the place perfectly. Hanging above the bar is the impressive tap list and their bottle list shines as well with several offerings from the big brewing countries. All beer is served in its appropriate glassware if applicable as well.
On my visit around 8 months ago, I started off with an Orval, first I've ever had and it quickly has become one of my favorites. I had a hard time deciding on a second, but the bartender recommended a Schlenkerla Marzen to my father-in-law and I, and needless to say it was an outstanding choice, I've been hooked on Rauchbiers ever since.
We went when school was not in session so we kind of had the place mostly to ourselves for a while and then it gradually became more croweded. Very relaxed atmosphere and clientel. No food to be found but if you like peanuts, you're in luck. Overall, a fantastic bar. Well worth a stop.
09-03-2009 18:08:08 |
More by bernardus
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere here is my kind of place, non-hipster, non-trendy, down and dirty bar where you go to get BEER, not to text or WiFi and show off your new clothes. No problems with quality, all the beer was fresh and the vintage stuff (bottles) was labeled that way on the menu. Service was above average, the bartender was not the most talkative to us but he gave us a free sample of Alpha Dog, served our beer promptly with proper pouring and glassware. He answered any questions we had and treated us like craft beer drinkers like a bartender should at a place like this. Selection here is above average also, the tap list is somewhat small but there is a well-rounded selection on the taps. The bottle list however blows Dirty Truth and Sierra Grille out of the water, it is HUGE and has something of almost any style you would want when going out to a beer bar. Prices were neither too high or overly cheap, right in the middle, $4-8 drafts, Cantillon stuff was aobut half as expensive as TDT and most bottles were reasonably marked up on local liquor store prices.
09-02-2009 19:40:54 |
More by cbutova
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is pretty much where it all started for me and the appreciation of craft beer.
A small establishment with a big following. A vast selection of bottled beer from all over the world. Each beer poured in it's proper glassware of that particular brew. Numerous taps and a couple of cask selections as well. No food but plenty of peanuts for everyone. You are allowed to bring food into the bar. Sevice is top notch. Staff is always tentative and very personable with the patrons. From time to time they hold beer tastings that are very educational and fun.
Worth stopping into anytime you are in the area.
08-21-2009 23:43:09 |
More by Tomas77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Moan and Dove was the final stop on my beer tour of Western Mass. The first thing I was struck by was the seemingly odd location - I nearly missed it, even with a GPS - just on the side of the road, next to a gas station. While the place is pretty much inaccessible on foot, everything else about it more than makes up for that. The twenty taps offer a pretty wide selection, although it is dominated by American craft brews. Not to worry, though, as they have an extensive bottle selection with plenty of Belgian, British, and German beer. Prices are reasonable and they're upfront with the sizes of their pours. I didn't notice a food menu, but there's a large barrel of free peanuts by the door. I also noticed that one group had a couple pizza boxes on their table, so perhaps you're allowed to bring in outside food.
No complaints about the service. No great praise either, but then I knew what I wanted and I wasn't sitting at the bar. Music was pretty good, and not too loud. I'd definitely return.
04-01-2009 21:14:09 |
More by trbergman
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is an exceptional beer bar. A great place to go with friends and enjoy some really good beer. This is not a place to go with frat buddies and pound bud light (you might be out of luck if that's your goal because I don't think they have it even in cans).
The place is small, dimly lit and usually plays some nice moody background music (I never remember what's playing, but it's always appropriate and not too overwhelming). A great atmosphere and a very friendly place with a clientele and employees that love beer.
They have 20 taps and they always rotate great beer. You'll find an awesome selection of beer here. They will almost always have several IPA's and stout's, one or two wheat's and pilsner's, and then mix in some seasonally appropriate beers. They also have a great selection of bottled beers, including a lot of hard to find, of the beaten path stuff.
If you're looking for food there's a deli place and a chinese place right next door, both of which are very good thankfully, because they don't serve anything but peanuts.
Not your typical bar in the least, more of a connoisseurs bar. Very laid back and just a great place
02-05-2009 15:45:49 |
More by sentomaster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere was great, I thought -- lots of wood paneling, dimly lit, small, intimate place where it be great to bring a couple friends for some good conversation. Exactly the type of place I'd want to be in when it's cold and windy outside...
...Especially with the quality and selection of beers. Totally outsanding, both drafts and bottles. Good balance of local stuff and non-Mass beers, especially west coast stuff. Beer menu is well-curated with brief descriptions of styles for the uninitiated or for whoever needs a refresher. This is a serious place for beer.
All this makes for a great little tavern that would be a regular spot -- however, I had such an absolutely horrible experience with the service and that has unfortunately tainted my impression of the place and has definitely damaged my desire to go back.
Bartender, a pretty young guy, very aggressively asked me for an ID. I still haven't gotten a MA ID since moving up here, so I produced my Ohio driver's license. He then asked for anything else with my name on it, and I produced my debit card.
At this point I was thinking, fair enough, this is a college town and a small place like this can't take any chances. I'm not baby-faced by any means, but I'm 25 and I understand the need to check ID. Happens all the time.
I thought that'd be enough, though. The guy, again very aggressively, starts quizzing me on my social security #, date of birth, ASTROLOGICAL SIGN, even. I produced this information with no problems. He then asks me to sign my name three times on a piece of paper so he can verify that my signature matches the one on my ID and debit card. I don't want to play a psychiatrist, but there was a level of contempt that he seemed to have that seemed to stem from his feeling that I *must* be underage and therefore a liar.
At this point, I was ready to go, it almost didn't seem worth it. I've been an avid craft beer enthusiast since becoming of age and I've never encountered any security routine like this. I had some great beer in my fridge at home and that seemed like the best place to be, at that point.
As it turned out, my fiancee, who is older than me (and doesn't drink beer) forgot to bring her ID, and understandably no one without one is allowed in the place. So after the whole ordeal, the bartender told us that she couldn't be there anyways.
I'm sad the guy had to be such a hard-ass about it. There's a civility and courtesy that should be practiced, and it's too bad that was lacking.
That said, the place is pretty awesome for beer/atmosphere and I'm sure I just had a bad apple. Next time I'll bring my birth certificate and college transcripts just to be sure though.
02-05-2009 04:02:22 |
More by markcl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Moan and Dove is a great little beer bar (well, maybe that is not giving it enough credit). This place is all about great beer.
Tap list always has some exceptional offerings. West Coast stuff as well as locals and they have two beer engines as well. I had some DFH 90 Minute (in a pint glass for $6) when I was there.
For a rather small bar, they pack a lot of taps and bottles into the place. Bottles are from all over the US and tons of imports as well.
Bartender was very nice and she was more than happy to answer any questions we had.
Moan and Dove doesn't have any food (except peanuts) so don't come hungry.
Excellent beer bar.
12-30-2008 17:36:23 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been 21 for over 6 years, I lived in western Mass until I was 26, I even went to UMass for college, but I did not go to the Moan & Dove until a recent business trip! Granted, it wasn't always the Moan & Dove; I think it used to be the Old Amherst Ale House. Anyway, stopped in there to met up with some buddies before we made our way to McMurphys uptown. What a travesty I had never been there before! It's a great little place, the kind of bar you could picture a modern Hemingway or Kerouac relaxing at on a Saturday night. Nice mix of locals and more "alternative" college kids; a decidely different kind of college student than the ones at McMurphys, the Pub, or the late Barsies, for example. Easy to drive past, if you're not totally sure where it is, but a worthwhile stop. Warm, inviting interior, friendly staff. Had a real nice selection of brews, and they have a mug club for those interested in joining. If you're in the area, or passing through, it should be a definite stop on your list.
10-01-2008 19:29:47 |
More by tjbartjr
The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA
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