Pittsfield Brew Works
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Reviews by madmanjf:
4.15/5 rDev +3%
I visited on a Saturday afternoon recently. I had been contemplating the trip for a couple of months and finally made the trek from Poughkeepsie to Pittsfield.
First, the Beers. I started off with a sample of nine (yes, nine). It's silly not to start here when you're new to a brew pub. If you're like me you want to try everything. It's really not fair to judge beer on such a small sample, but you can quickly tell that they know what they're doing when it comes to brewing beer. Not only was each beer enjoyable, but in my opinion, they fit into their individual styles quite nicely.
The day I was there, the featured Cask-Conditioned ale was their ESB. The sampler included both the Cask and Tap varieties, and it was very interesting to taste the noticable difference.
After I was done with my Sampler, I went for a pint ... and yes, I chose the Cask ESB. It'd be difficult to pass up a pint of a good cask ale. After that, I had a pint of their Pale Ale which has some underlying oat flavor to it (similar to a Bluepoint Toasted Lager). If I were to have a third pint, I probably would have moved to their Irish Red which, in my opinion, is a great session beer.
Their Lunch Menu had several things that appealed to me. I asked the bartender to help me narrow my choices, and she was kind enought to oblige me and offer a quick recommendation.... the burger. This is what I typically gravitate toward at a brew pub, so her advice was welcomed and sat very well with me. I'd like to return some other time to try out something on the dinner menu which looked intriguing on their web site.
Overall, an excellent place. They manage to do a great job on the beer and food doesn't suck (it's quite good in fact). So basically, they hit the double play.
I look forward to a return trip which will hopefully be sooner than later.
Brewery tours, I was told, are available on request if possible; unfortunately, my timining wasn't so good because the owner was busy ... maybe next time.
12-17-2007 19:23:29 | More by madmanjf
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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.
05-11-2010 23:48:00 | More by FishGetter
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.
11-16-2009 19:45:25 | More by pgrow
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 :)
08-22-2009 14:56:05 | More by xxHelderxx
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.
08-20-2009 00:24:53 | More by manbeer
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...
12-24-2008 16:35:51 | More by indiapaleale
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.
10-15-2008 01:01:26 | More by HopEnthusiast
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.
09-28-2008 21:44:06 | More by jenjenbelanger
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.
09-15-2008 00:53:10 | More by williamherbert
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.
06-10-2008 17:04:49 | More by plaid75
Pittsfield Brew Works in Pittsfield, MA
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.