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Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 646
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3378 White Mtn Hwy
phone: (603) 356-6381
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 61 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
I'd been here several times, but not in the last coupla years, and a buddy was raving about it. So after a day hiking the Whites, I returned. And remembered what I hated about it. The service is horrible. Incompetent. I excused it at first 'cause it was dinner rush. Took me maybe 20 minutes to get a beer. Another 20 to get a menu, and another 20 to order food.
In fairness, the beer (Iron Mike Pale Ale) was fresh & excellent. The pizza was fine as well. Anyways, I'm ready to settle up, the place has emptied out and the waitress/bartender is doing some busy work. After 30 minutes of trying to get her attention unsuccessfully I walked out. Thanks for the free beer and I'll never be back.
(September 21, 2008) OK, I lied. I've been back a coupla times because I generally like their brews. The service was spotty - a big improvement from the past. On this visit the first bartender was an @$$hole and the second very friendly and cordial. No Iron Mike (kind of the 'go-to') but the stout was great and I enjoyed the Golden Dog Pilsner as well - very flavorful.
This place has so much potential, being a brewpub-smokehouse-inn. A Chicago blues band would make this my dream place. They gots the brew down. Food is OK bar-quality food. On a barbeque scale, not so much. Try the pulled pork on raisin bread... Haven't stayed overnight so I can't rate that. Service has mucho room for improvement. Service reflects on management, so.... well, I ain't gonna tell you how to run your establishment. Unless you pay me....
09-25-2005 22:35:26 |
More by hudsonvalleyslim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Went here this past weekend, I'll add my beer reviews when I get more time. A re-converted house, this place is huge, when you walk in, you can see the brewery part on the right. We sat on the porch to eat, and also in the bar area. Lucky us were there well before 9pm on a Saturday, so we didn't have to deal with any cigarette smoke (smoking is allowed I believe in the bar area only after 9 pm, at least on the day we visited). Service was quick and friendly on the porch. Portions were huge: my smoked salmon caesar was huge and delicious, David's strganoff was also huge. Beers were delicious, fresh, and no off-flavors, we had the house lager and smoked porter, which were really good, and the house IPA, which wasn't bad. Guest beers included Tuckerman's Alt on draft (good), and their pale Ale in the bottle. Ask what they have, even though they had table toppers listing the beers, we didn't realise till later that they had Smutty IPA on draft. The only thing I didn't like was that the seats in the bar area were teeny and not that comfortable. The place got very crowded as soon as it bacame dark and skiers came off the mountain. I would go again, as I was impressed by the beers, their taste and freshness. Food was definitely a step up from typical pub grub.
02-22-2005 02:38:07 |
More by PatandDavid
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was one destination that I was determined to check out during a recent trip up to North Conway, NH. Moat Mountain Brewing is located very close to where we were staying and was easy to find on RT 16.
The atmosphere is very cozy and inviting. The parking lot offers a beautiful backdrop of the White Mountains. There is plenty of seating with different arrangements and brewery tanks can be seen when you first enter to your right.
There is also a fireplace and a good sized bar. Some of the tables in the dining area looked like they had been converted from old sewing machines.
I went with a large group of friends for lunch. The menu is impressive offering a wide variety of pub food with some serious BBQ choices.
Appetizers were 'on-point' with nachos, crab cakes, and chicken tenders as some of the options. Most of the food is creative 'pub food'. For instance, I had a crab & curry soup that was really delicious. Main courses offered are anything from burgers, wraps, chicken sandwiches, salads and BBQ sampler platters.
Beer options are solid and every beer I sampled was tasty. Freshness is not an issue as every beer is brewed on site. I think there was 7 or so Moat Mountain beers on tap. Some of those beers were a stout, porter, weiss, brown ale and IPA. They also have some "guest" beers too on tap and in the bottle. The Smuttynose IPA on tap is worth mentioning as a great option.
The service was average. It's worth taking into account that it was a busy day and there were a few large groups, but we had some serious waiting to do in between courses. Our waitress forgot some of our drinks completely or needed reminders. It looked like they would have benefitted from having another waiter on that day.
Overall, this place is certainly worth checking out when in North Conway. Our group was satisfied when we left. I would like to go back again when I am up north in New Hampshire.
01-03-2005 16:15:02 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Looks pretty much like you'd expect from a house turned into a restaurant and brewpub. Different rooms for the different sections. The floor is cut away in part so the brew tanks can go from the cellar to the 1st floor. Weird tables that look like shallow sinks from a 1950's kitchen.
Weiss, blueberry wheat, Dunkel weiss, Pilsner, Iron Mike Pale Ale, Brown, Stout and Maibock on draft. $3.25 a pint, $4 for an imperial pint.
Food consists of BBQ, burgers and mexican. Service is all right, tag team style where whoever comes by is your server, it gets slow even if the place isn't crowded.
Worth the visit in the North Conway area.
09-17-2004 20:52:18 |
More by mschofield
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
If your anywhere in the N. Conway area, this is a must stop, if only because they have the only fresh brewed beer in the area. It's a great resturant, very "homey" ( of course, that's probably because it used to be someone's home ) With a 5 year old in tow, we were put in the "kids" room, which is a great idea so those without kids can eat in peace. The service was excellent, the food was endless. 2 kinds of chilli, 5 kinds of nachos, quesadillas, salads, burgers, great sandwiches, wood grilled pizza, lots of BBQ meats and fish. Everything we had was excellent, even the kids chicken fingers were better than most. 6 beers on tap, weiss, lager, pale ale, brown, stout and a mai bock. Guest taps were Smutty IPA, Bass, Guiness, and Coors light. Bottle selection was all macros and Tuckerman's pale. I had the beer sampler so could only do a cursory tasting. All the beers seemed a bit thin in body, but made up for it in taste. The weiss and lager were good, the pale had a nice hoppiness to it but again, kinda thin. The mai bock and stout were standouts, with the stout having a really pleasent bitterness and a smokey malt flavor.
Again, if your anywhere in this area, it's worth a stop in.
09-02-2004 22:12:57 |
More by MarkD
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
A big white house conveniently located on the white mountain highway. Top two floors are inn rooms that were full even upon my summer visit. Family-oriented friendly place. Many different rooms have a lot of tables that were also all full when I visited, but the wait was only 20 minutes. Those minutes were passed in the bar area, which has a view through big glass windows of the brewhouse in the basement.
Most of the place is colorful and bright. The room where I ate dinner had a big blue mountain/water mural around it.
I was surprised to find a number of German styles on the beer menu, which included seven house beers and five guest taps. About 20 different bottles were offered, mostly crap but had the super local Tuckerman's Pale Ale. The house beers were a weiss, a dunkel weiss, pils, vienna lager, a maibock, a pale ale, and a brown. Guest taps were guiness, Smutty IPA and barleywine, Bass, and some other one.
House brews were nice, nothing spectacular.
Food menu made my mouth water - a lot of flavorful plates including nachos, BBQ, etc. Most things in the $7-$10 range, some entrees were more. I had a BBQ pork sandwich which was good as well as the fries and pickle that came with. Our waitress was very pleasant, helpful, and answered my questions knowledgably.
Overall a cool place to be. Nothing really amazed me about the place, but everything was good enough for me to want to go again.
08-16-2004 16:45:01 |
More by waughbrew
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Worth a visit to North Conway in its own right (although I was at the Fryeburg Fair, but now I know better). Great old house with a big porch, barroom and spacious indoors. White Mountians out the windows, brewery through the floor and a baseball game at the bar. Solid, tastey brews. Six brews at the time: lager, pilsner, wheat, brown, stout and pale (the porter sounded great, but unavailable). The service at the door, bar and table were all fantastic. The food was great for carnivores and vegatarians alike. It was all great, I am beaming just thinking of it! Cheers!
---I have visited the Moat a few more times, now as a resident of NH. The food just keeps impressing and I finally have enjoyed the porter. Well worth the trip when I have a day off
Enjoy again and again
11-03-2003 02:08:26 |
More by BillyBrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a Wednesday around Noon, so there wasn't much of a crowd. Enter through a side door, and to the right is a long island bar. The brew kettles on the lower floor are visible nearby, and simple folding chairs and tables are set up around the bar as well. Nice view out to the mountains. A large adjacent dining area has nicer decor. Sat at the bar, which is made of a long slab of granite (or similar...). They had 8 home-brewed biers on tap, with 4 guest biers (Magic Hat, Bass, Guinness...) and about 10 bottle offerings. I started with a sampler of all 8 biers for $8.00. Regular pints are $3.25 for 16oz, or you can get 20oz for $4.00. The biers were all decent, though nothing blew me away. The bartender was friendly and attentive, and chatted me up a bit when he saw me taking notes. Had a Blue Cheeseburger, which was tasty and enormous, with a huge side of Cajun fries. It made for quite an enjoyable lunch. I will definitely return, especially to try some BBQ and more biers! Prosit!!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
07-03-2003 07:22:24 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
I remember when Vicky left her place behind the bar at the Great Lost Bear in Portland. The place made commemorative T-shirts for her, she was that linked to it. She and her husband were opening a restaurant and brewery in North Conway...
Cut to a couple of years later, and I'm a believer. Delicious barbecue fare plus ideas like spicy peanut chili and barbecue nachos (yes, it does work, even with sausage.) The best wheat beer for the fan of banana-clove flavors in their wheat. A few guest taps, showing that everyone in the brewing world up there can co-exist (Yay, Tuckerman Pale.) Good track lighting, plenty of seating options (bar, restaurant, screen porch) and a massive parking lot.
A must stop for the brewpub fan who wants an original take on the form.
04-15-2003 11:42:45 |
More by ecoboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
The Moat Mountain Inn & Brewery is a great place to grab some lunch or dinner and enjoy some fine beer when visiting North Conway. They offer some great BBQ selections and I find the pulled pork sandwiches are fantastic. When I was there they had 7 different brews on tap. The bear peak brown was my favorite due to its full body and malty flavor. If you are there on a clear day ask to be seated on the porch so you can enjoy the view of Mt. Washington off in the distance.
08-07-2002 11:53:37 |
More by WanderingFool
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