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Pittsfield Brew Works

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Pittsfield Brew WorksPittsfield Brew Works

26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 15.38%
Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 16
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 6
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

34 Depot Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 01201
United States
phone: (413) 997-3506
// CLOSED //

Their website reports that this brewpub will close on May 15th and move locations to reopen later in the summer as a production facility only.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Heard about this one closing and made it a point to check it out before it did. Very nice atmosphere which reminded me of an old factory converted into a resturant. Great old brickwork gave this place character. Didn't eat at the bar but made a point to check it out. Quite big with ample seating.
The quality of the brews was 50/50. Really enjoyed their IPA, ESB, and Ahab. However the coffee porter and the stout need a little tweekin. The food was about average. Not a big selection to choose from. Don't know if this is a result of there closure.
Service was typical for about every other food service place nowadays. Not Impressive.
I do look forward to seeing there offerings in the local stores. Hopfully a good move to close the resturant and focus on fine tunning some of the beer styles.

FishGetter, May 12, 2010
Photo of pgrow
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Pittsfield Beer Works is a hidden gem. One thing that particularly impressed me was that PBW made an effort to source their ingredients locally where available which can result in some interesting brews. A Currant flavored beer sourced with local Shaker currants? Check. An Apple cider beer? Check. (Both were quite interesting I might add). The bartender was really cool, let us sample everything without charging us for a sampler and was really knowledeable on the beers. He even directed us to some local shops were we could get other specialty brews. PBW does not distribute due to local liquor licensing laws so if you are in the area stop by for some beers. You can buy 22's as well as growlers of most anything they have on tap (except the limited specialty beers). Prices are very reasonable as well.

pgrow, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of xxHelderxx
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%

I had been meaning to go to this place for a long time. I've been spending my summers in the Berkshires for a few years now and had never made it over to Pittsfield Brew Works. Last night was my first trip.

I love the layout and the general ambiance of this place. Dark but kind of cozy. I was impressed by their beer selection and the fact that they had something on cask was nice. I took a look at their brew operation which included some very interesting equipment (when I was walking in I saw a flatbed with what looked like a few fermentation vessels, so perhaps they're upgrading). Things got a little sketchy when I asked the bartender about their strongest offering "Loopy Lupulin", I read the description- it said it was hopped 9 times throughout the brew process- and asked her how many IBUs the beer had. She did not know what IBUs were and answered "7.6%", so that was a bit weird.

The food selection was nice, with a lot of items on the menu made with their fresh beer. However I ordered the Ham and Brie wrap and there was something funky about it. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but there was an off-flavor that I was not fond of. Other than that, the food was good- I'd say slightly above average bar food.

When we got the bill, we were pleased at the price of the beers we had got. I mean honestly, the beers were the reason we went there, we just happened to be hungry when we went. I would go again, perhaps try some different food and clue that bartender into what IBU stands for :)

xxHelderxx, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of manbeer
5/5  rDev +24.1%

I love this place-My wife and I stopped in to have a few beers and an appetizer around lunch time. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the staff were very friendly. My wife has never seemed to appreciate craft beer but at Pittsfield Brew Works she found 3 beers that she loved the Apricot Ale, the ESB, and Bear's Choice Honey Ale. I can't believe it. I had the IPA-rich and hoppy, the Eclipse-brown ale, and the Gerry Dog Oatmeal Stout. They were all excellent! We also had the Portabella Napoleon as an appetizer-awesome. Great beer, I recommend.

manbeer, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

This is my place of choice when I visit the in-laws out in the Berkshires. Its pretty solid for both beer and food and is a shining beacon of quality beer in the area.

Beers are always pretty top-notch and the IPA in particular is excellent. I've also had a great smoked porter and coffee stout here as well.

Food is typical pub fare and you get a ton of it so in the quantity to cost ratio its a great deal.

I really like the feel of this place. Its very comfortable and very spacious and I've enjoyed seeing it become more and more full as the place gains its spot in the community. Recently they sat us in a huge new area that had another bar and pool tables and darts. This place is now a pretty large brewpub and that is a good sign.

Overall, a great place to divert to if you are in the area. The owners came from Victory down in PA and along with bringing the same sort of quality to their own beers they also have begun to make a name for themselves.

We are going here this weekend and I'll be bringing my growler...

indiapaleale, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

I heard so many talk this place up so i had to try it. The first time i went the service was all right. Tried the sampler platter and was suprised at how many of their beers were delicious. Foods not that bad either. Have a couple of weird things on the menu but the rest was just standard. The only problem that i had was that when you finished your beer it took forever to get the next one. The second time i thought that the service would be a little bit better but it wasn't. They took even longer to get a beer. To break it all down, beer = awesome, service = sucks.

HopEnthusiast, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of jenjenbelanger
1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

I've gone to the Pittsfield Brew Works twice now and each time have had remarkably poor service. The first time we thought it must have just been a bad night. This last time (last evening in fact) it was equally bad. First, the food is really terrible. Unedible onion rings, burgers just ok. The beer, not bad...actually good to almost very good, but the service is so BAD that nothing else matters. Last evening, after reading these great reviews we figured we really must try it again. Not everyone could be being paid to write these A+ reviews :) Upon arrival we stood for over 10 minutes just waiting to be seated. Then after 15 minutes of not being waited on (place was quite empty with servers hanging about) we cut our losses and left. Went back home,(10 minutes away) opend a few Allagash's and ordered a pizza. I can say we won't ever go back to the Pittsfield Brew Works.

jenjenbelanger, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

A great little brewpub tucked away in the quaint town of Pittsfield. There is a dining area near the entrance to the right, and then a bar area to the left.

The beer here is fantastic, and it's got the most economical sampler I've ever seen: only $5 for 10 excellent samples. The last time I went there, my favorites were their Octo-Bock (an excellent Octoberfest), Autumn Fruition (a wheat beer with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries) and an excellent coffee stout.

The bartending staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is classy and yet laid back. An excellent place and worth a short drive. Their rotating tap list always ensures you will have something different.

williamherbert, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

Located in downtown Pittsfield, adjacent to a municipal parking lot. The building is situated on a corner and blends in nicely with the surrounding architecture.

The bar area featured a very long wooden bar along the right wall and bar and dinner seaing along the left wall of windows.

There were about eight or so house beers on draft, all were pretty excellent. The food was rather good and very reasonably priced. The bar tender was super friendly and very willing to talk beer, whether it be house beer or not.

While the beer may not be as good as Great Barrington's, the atmosphere is much better.

plaid75, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of citrusjim
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%

I did not love this place. But, looking at the other reviews, maybe I got a bad server on a bad night. Anyway, we went in on a Friday and sat in the front room which was kind of brightly lit and somewhat empty. The bar sounded a little more lively. We were asked if we wanted a drink (hmm? Really, in a brewpub?) When I asked if there was a beer list, the disinterested waitress went off for 5 minutes and and returned with a list, but just a list with the clever beer names, with no indication of the beer styles. We ordered Maibocks ands after 10 minutes, received our beers with lemon wedges attached. As far as I know, this is not standard and seems out of place in a brewpub. We ordered Nachos at that point. When they arrived, they were probably the worst example of pub food I have ever had. Disgusting. At this point, we cut our losses and went up the road to The Olde Forge. Again, maybe is was a bad night. I might give them another try if I am in the area and looking for a beer.

citrusjim, May 19, 2008
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Pittsfield Brew Works in Pittsfield, MA
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.