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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)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
How I have gone so long without reviewing this place is shameful. I first experienced Moat Mountain beers at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, and finding them delicious and their taps attractive, I looked them up. Upon finding that they had a small inn above the brewpub and restaurant, my girlfriend and I quickly planned a trip in the summer of 2007. We've been back every summer since, and avoided the two mistakes made on our first trip: (1) staying only one night, and (2) not having dinner there.
The Moat is great for a number of reasons, but the first is the beer. This is some phenomenal stuff, and I get choked up just thinking about the crisp, fresh brew hitting the back of my throat after a long drive up. The Iron Mike Pale Ale is a great version of my standby style, but all the beers are excellent and well-made examples of their respective styles. Get the sampler, and pick your favorites. None will disappoint.
There is a selection of bottles and guest taps, but aside from the local Tuckerman Pale Ale, none are worth trying. Stick to the Moat beers, which are all extremely cheap, and they alone make the selection here a 5.
The Moat is also great because of the food. The menu is an eclectic mix of mostly smoky variations on typical dishes, but my favorite by far is the mango salsa-topped smoked salmon. This is like no other salmon I've had, and is served over rice and beans. Again, all the food is good. The chips and salsa are an especially nice appetizer/snack.
The restaurant is a collection of older rooms, some with folksy painting on the walls, and an enclosed wrap-around porch. It's airy, but cozy. The bar is in the back, and the bar itself is noteworthy: it is a sculptural, smooth poured concrete top with a base made of old doors. The room, itself, has a low-ceiling with mugs hanging over the bar, and a nice view of the vats in the basement. Unfortunately, there are a few TVs, which spoil the vibe a bit for me. Still, the good far outweighs the bad.
The service here is friendly and attentive. The servers are not overbearing, but helpful and quick. You should make a point of spending at least one night here. Like the beer, it's underpriced and worth much more. There are just a handful of rooms above the restaurant, and nothing beats having dinner on the porch, moving to the bar for a night of delicious beer, and climbing the creaky old stairs to retire for the night.
Having just returned from my annual pilgrimage, I am already longing for next year. I miss the Moat, but I resolve until I next return to its restorative elixir to Fear No Beer.
08-14-2009 19:38:45 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in after the first ski day of my season, at Cranmore. Friday afternoon, towards the end of the lunch rush. Plenty of tables in both bar, and dining room...
I was already liking the place before I walked in - the "ashtray/butt can" out front is hilarious! 55 gallon wooden barrel, with a purple toilet seat on top that reads: Put your butt here!
We sat in the bar. Jimmy G, our waiter, was prompt, attentive, knowledgeable & friendly.
Beers - I had an Iron Mike IPA(good, fresh & hoppy and soon will be in cans!), & a limited Double Bock(again, fresh & tasty). My friend had the limited Imp Stout, and said it was great as well.
Food was great & came out promptly. Potstickers, chicken Ceasar pizza & Cajun fries(AMAZING!)
Overall, great Brew Pub experience! Atmosphere, food, service, everything - it was all great! It is now my go to stop after skiing at Cranmore!
01-11-2011 16:38:45 |
More by 603BeerMe
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
A. Sat at the bar which had a view of the brewery.
Q. Had the Hoffman Weiss, Iron Mike Pale and Octobefest. All were fresh and very well made.
S. The two bartenders were attentive and helpful.
S. They had 6 of their brews on tap as well as 5 or 6 from other breweries.
F. Had there Texas Style Brisket that was awesome.
V. 2 Dinners, 3 beer pints, a sample rack of 6 and a growler for $84. Very reasonable.
I have been to the Moat half dozen times and have not been disappointed with the food and beer. Highly recommended to anyone looking for good food and drink.
09-23-2010 21:24:49 |
More by Burt
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
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: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
My girlfriend and I were in town for the Mt. Washington Road Race. (Yes, crazy people actually run up the 7.5 mile mountain once a year.) We drove by this place a few times before finally deciding to give it a try. It looked like it was a biker bar because there was some motorcylce rally in town. I don't think it's normally like this.
We weren't expecting much from the plain exterior and rudimentarly interior, but the place actually knocked our socks off! They invested their time and money in the food and beer instead of the dirt parking lot and run down building.
They had a porter, stout, brown ale, pale ale, weiss, lager, and pilsner when I was there. Everything tasted especially fresh and crisp. In my experience there is usually one beer at a brewpub that is a stinker. In the case, I had low expectations for the pilsner - but it was great! It was sort of humorous listening to the folks at tables nearby. Everyone was "oooohingg" and "aaaahhhing" about the beer. I can't tell you how many times I overheard people saying, "you gotta try this one..."
Food also was excellent. We had Ribs and Blackened Catfish. I have NEVER tasted catfish so good. I would drive the three hours back to this place for the catfish alone.
Go there, you won't be disappointed.
12-29-2006 17:07:11 |
More by JimFalzone
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
while on vacation I convinced the wife and her brothers family to go here for dinner. We showed up as a rowdy group of adults and kids. They set us up with no problems and our waitress was great. Being new to the place we asked what their food specialties were - brisket, ribs and salmon were the recommendations. The adult dinners followed that theme with one chicken pasta alternative.
The brew was good, the food was awesome and the services was great! The price was a bit high but this was vacationland and it was a good brewpub so I won't quibble.
on a funny side note, on the way to the restaurant we passed a guy on a bicycle with a moat mountain t-shirt.
definitely a must visit when you're in north conway! I will go there again!
07-15-2008 13:32:14 |
More by barleywinebrewer
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: 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: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Moat is a must visit if you're in the area. The beer offerings are widely varied, well crafted, and true to style. The menu is interesting and the food is very good. Although the place can get very crowded at times, the atmosphere is comfortable, the staff is attentive and the layout facilitates good service. Prices are reasonable.
01-16-2013 13:41:13 |
More by Siebel98
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