Pittsfield Brew Works
Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 16
Beer Avg: 4.01
Taps: 6 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.78/5 rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Five of us went on a brewpub crawl of Western Massachusetts a week ago, and the Pittsfield Brew Works was our first stop. We should have saved it for last because there wasn't a brew pub during the rest of our crawl that could even hold a torch to this place. Every beer for the rest of the day had to be compared with its Pittsfield Brew Works counterpart.
I'm not going to review each beer because the selection was large and this review would be way too long, so I'll keep the comments general. Three of us got samples of all their beers, and every single person in our group raved about every single beer. Each beer was full bodied, with great flavor, and the mouth feel of each beer was the finest we've ever had. Every beer was as it should be (and the beer styles ran the full gamut of beer styles), and did not stray into another beer style. You will not find a more consistently superb selection anywhere.
We all had basic pub grub - burgers, wings, nachoes, etc., and just like the beer, there wasn't a bad dish on the table. Every dish was cooked to perfection. We couldn't have asked for a better meal with which to begin our brewpub crawl.
On top of all this, the service was excellent, and the staff was very friendly. It was great to meet one of the brewers, Christine, to be able to tell her how much we enjoyed their establishment.
Bottom line: if you are anywhere near the Pittsfield, MA area, and you like only the best beers and food, then you would be a fool to pass up the Pittsfield Brew Works.
04-28-2008 02:44:33 | More by tcbl1007
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Situated in the old Depot Brewpub (which was quiet good back in the day) on Depot Street. A handsome restaurant, complete with showcase brewers equipment, which is made to look as if it is actually used.
The quality of beers here are far better than you average brewpub, in fact, I feel they are outstanding! There were nine tap offering, with three rotating.
Our waitress was nice, polite, and attentive; but, was a little slow offfering us 2nd's and 3rd's. Not a big deal, but we were the only people in the restaurant.
Food was what you would expect from a brewpub, but was better than average. Burger, fried onion. Could be a little more creative.
03-10-2008 12:26:44 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in after a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge . . .got a late start, so it was 1:30 pm or so when we got there for lunch. Started with the mozz sticks - pretty standard stuff, but good. Had a couple of cask ESBs during the meal, which were mighty fine. My wife had the Gold, which she enjoyed - a little too spritzy for me, though . . .
Meat was the order of the day, and we had burgers - mine with jalapenos - yum! Nice, solid burger offerings - the medium was actually done medium, with some pink in the middle! One of the kids had a veggie panini, which looked pretty tasty, too.
Very friendly and helpful staff - it was pretty quiet when we were there, but service was still good and attentive.
Took home a growler of their Russian Imperial Stout (Gerry Daum Stout, I think?) - good stuff! Extremely smooth, and pretty sessionable - which could be dangerous with a RIS!!
Overall, the Pittsfield Brew Works is a great place to hit if you are in the area. Our experiences there have always been good.
02-24-2008 04:35:00 | More by rmessick
4.15/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Update, June 2008:
I was able to make a quick late lunch stop here on the way back from a recent biz trip.I have upgraded my review on the food end to a 4.0, as I had a very good BBQ chicken sandwich (homemade BBQ sauce!)with fries. In addition, I was able to scope out the "new" Bierhall. What a great and large space! A couple of pool tables, nice, large separate full-service bar and great beer hall vibe. Can't wait to try this out. Given the new space, I have also upgraded the "Atmosphere" category to a 4.5.
On the beer side; as usual a very good selection:
Name ABV %
Dohoney's Gold 4.5
Gerry Dog Oatmeal Stout 5.4
Dunkel Amber Lager 4.5
Berkshire Weiss 4.9
McKenna's Irish Red 5.4
Legacy IPA 6.7
IPA on cask
Ahab's Resolve 5.3
They also had a BBC Shabbadoo running.
I only had time for 2 10oz. glasses. Started with the Ahab's Resolve, which is a Pale Ale style beer. Finished with the Dunkel Amber Lager. Both were fresh and tasty. I took home a growler of the Ahab's and will be posting a review soon.I also had a small taste of the Legacy--very nice.
I believe that PBW is now 3 years old.They continue to brew some of the best beers in the Region, true to style and not extreme, which I appreciate. Their food has improved in the last year or so, IMHO; and the expansion mentioned above really makes for a sweet experience.
If you have not been there yet, make sure you get there soon. You will be happy you did.
In addition, with the addition of Moe's in Lee (see separate review), this part of Massachusetts is becoming quite the beer destination (don't forget Barrington or The Old Forge either).As I live in northern NW Connecticut, I will be hanging in the Region more and more.
Stopped here for a late lunch early dinner with my wife and 15 year old daughter yesterday, after doing some outlet shopping in nearby Lee, MA.
The beers up yesterday were:
Amarillo Pale Ale--use of hi Alpha Amarillo Hops along with German & English malts; 5% ABV
Blueberry Ale--pale golden ale using Czech Saaz and German Hersbrucker hops; 5.5% ABV
Dohoney's Gold--use of German malt and Czech Saaz and German Hersbrucker hops; 4.6% ABV
3rd Eye Triple--German malt & hops with Belgian candy sugar; 9.8% ABV
Gerry Dog Oatmeal Stout--German malts paired with American Hops & fresh rolled oats; 5.6% ABV
Legacy IPA--Gerrman malts with Cascade, Chinook & Liberty Hops; 7% ABV
Mocha Java Porter--German & English malts, English Hops and Fogbuster's coffee from The Cup & Saucer in North Adams, MA, along with 5 lbs. of baker's chocolate in each batch; 5.8% ABV
Centennial Saison--Belgian Golden Ale, German Malts and Tettnang Hops, with the addition of coriander, blackpeppercorns and lemongrass; 6% ABV
I had 4 10 oz. servings. since I had to drive 80 minutes back to Torrington in the rain. I started with the Blueberry Ale. It was very good, with a subtle blueberry flavor. I liked the fact that the blueberry was very subtle, as the backbone of this pale ale could still come through. Too many fruit bears, IMO, go overboard with the fruitiness; turning the stuff into "soda". This one was really good. Next up was the Mocha Java Porter. My first impression was that it was too bitter from the coffee addition. However, I as got through it, it became a bit more balanced. The only real criticism is that its hue was not the classic porter, as it was too ruby accented. My 3rd sample was the Gerry Dog Stout, which I have had before. This one is a really good and on target example of an oatmeal stout--very smooth on the palate, with a well-rounded balance. My last drink was the best--the Saison. Never mind that you don't see this style brewed too often at a brew pub; it was outstanding. You could get the flavor of all of the adders, but not to the point of over doing things. This one stacks up well to commercial examples, like Dupont; with a bit more of some witbeer characteristics, without the cloudiness of same. On the way out, I chatted briefly with Christine and Bill (the brewer owners) and gave them props for making such a good Saison. Christine confirmed that they tried to impart some witbeer characteristics in the brew.
As far as the food went, my wife and daughter shared some mozzarella sticks to start, followed by a very good cheese quesadilla and chicken caesar salad with lotsa chicken. They said the food was good. I had a cup of very good (not too thick) NE clam chowder loaded with clams. My main course, a salmon fillet didn't fare as well, as it didn't have much flavor, until after I added the terriyaki. I should have probably had the salmon on the menu, or the special jambalaya. Despite this, I highly recommend this place to any BAs out there.
03-25-2007 16:09:03 | More by sraimondi
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
stop 1 of 4 on the great western mass beer crawl of 8/20/06.
again, mapquest failed me. i got to the general area thanks to the chaotic cartography website, but it was seeing that yellow lamb sign in the distance that ultimately pointed me in the right direction. all i could find was 30 minute parking on the street, but lo and behold, they have a parking lot in the rear. be careful, they only have one side of one row of spaces in the lot for PBW customers. keep your eyes on the signs.
inside, the design immediately puts brewing vessels into your eyesight, promoting the art of beer making behind glass shields. the restaurant splits into two after the foyer. you can hang a right and have the 'dining' experience. high ceilings, wooden booths, low-light, casual and mildly trendy appearance. not for me, thanks. i hang a left, enter the spacious bar area. the left side of the room (or the rear) is essentially a big huge window, giving a decent view of the rolling hills in the distance. oh, and the parking lot. the right side is all bar. big, polished wood monster with malt-filled tap handles.. and some makeshift ones too. i spy a handpump.. nice. also, they've got a nice big chalkboard with pictures of beer barrels on which they write the current tap offerings. there were 9 in-house beers (from memory: pilsner, kolsch, pale ale, ipa, esb, berry wheat, hefe, barleywine, and light), one in-house cask, and one guest tap (bbc ipa). $3.50 for a sampler? let's do it.
i saddled up for a sampler. one of each, which is always a good start. none of this 'choose five' crap (see barrington brewery). out of my samples, there was only one beer that i found to be less than excellent (esb). the cask ipa, which i later ordered a pint of, was perfectly conditioned, served at a perfect temperature, and was kept in excellent shape. the hops shined and the flavor was all there, showing delicate treatment of their casks. the hefeweizen was also a terrific brew, with lots of banana and a true german inspiration. allie went absolutely nuts for the tart, crisp and sour berry wheat.
service was top notch here and probably the best thing about my experience despite the array of fine malt beverages. the kid who served us was young, early 20's with short hair. he knew all the answers to my questions about the beers. he insisted on pouring free samples of anything i asked about. he made good conversation and was a riot to boot. after sampling something he poured me, he seemed genuinely interested in my opinion, and seemed really proud of all the beers. he also recommended the nachos, which were awesome (although not vegetarian-friendly). allie, the caesar-salad critic, passed the PBW version with flying colors.
i really didn't want to leave, and considering my experience at the next stop, i wish i had just had another beer in this fine establishment.
considering the brewing resume of the artisans at PBW (former-Victory), i think this will be one place to keep my eye on, and make occasional stops.. despite the 90 minute car trip. highly recommended, and easily one of the best brewpubs in the ct/mass area.
08-22-2006 13:44:11 | More by goodbyeohio
4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in to break up a long trip home from upstate NY, Wednesday late afternoon, the day after July 4th. Parking seemed a little tight, but we got something. Headed in with the wife and 2 year old, seemed to be mostly us and a few groups of senior citizens, and a bunch of empty tables. Whatever.
Divided into two rooms, the first one a bit dark, long with tables down the left and large (easily 6 people, maybe 8) booths down the right. In the next room, lots of windows, very airy, with the bar in the center of the right wall surrounded by stools, and also tables along the left (windowed) side.
Decor reminds me of English, dark woods and such, but our booth had a collage of colored menu covers that captivated by daughter. The tulips of varied brewing grains on each table were also of interest. Brewing equipment is totally on display, right next to the hostess podium as you enter, behind glass.
Food was great, beers were too. Growlers were filled with a smile, even though they were unbranded German-style ones. Only question was where I had gotten the cool growlers. A cask offering was available.
My only "complaint" was that the printed menu lists the "standard", and says to ask for the seasonals. So I ask the waitress, and she offers three summery brews, which is fine. However, when I tour by the bar, I see that there is a coffee porter, dubbel, and barleywine that were not listed on the menu, or noted as seasonals by the waitress. What, secrets for locals only or something? Never fear though, I got what I needed anyways.
Directions from the web were totally accurate, which was perfect since that section of downtown Pittsfield can be a bit confusing to navigate. You have to get here...
07-09-2006 02:55:58 | More by ppoitras
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped here with a group of people while on a business trip. This was my second visit, the first being 2 years ago. The atmosphere is roughly the same, but it sounds like there's new brewers now (from Victory).
There's some old beer-making equipment you can see behind glass, lots of wood and no copper.
The beers were pretty good, but the food was more important to me. The steak was done just right, and the service was good too.
I tried 3 beers: The cask brown ale was kind of watery and weak (not too far off from Guinness though). The Rudolph spiced winter ale was interesting, but too strangely spiced for me to drink too much. The Legacy IPA was really good. BA shows that they also make a dubbel, but it wasn't on tap when I was there. Too bad...
02-18-2006 18:31:01 | More by TurdFurgison
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Soooo... I lived in Pittsfield, Mass. from 2001 to 2003, and if ever a city needed a cool place to hang, this one was it. The current digs of Pittsfiled Brew Works housed two other establishments -- the Brewery at 34 Depot and the Fighting Parson -- and both folded faster than a cheap umbrella in a rainstorm.
So naturally, as soon as I moved out of Pittsfield, ex-Victory Brewers Bill and Christine set up shop, and word spread quickly of their possibly turning this place around.
When I came here a couple of weeks ago, it was for the second time -- the first was just to fill up growlers a day or two after they had opened -- and the grolwer of IPA I filled up that day had me pining to get back real soon. This most recent visit my girlfriend and I were able to stop in for dinner the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as we made our way back home to NYC from Southern Vermont. The place is fairly easy to find -- just get onto North Street/South Street (depending on what side you come from -- it's routes 7 & 20) in Pittsifled, and turn onto the tiny Depot Street, which is located... behind the train depot!
The place was fairly dead for a Saturday night, even after Thanksgiving, and I felt pangs of panic that this didn't bode well for business. The atmosphere was same as it has been in the past, a long dining room in front that wraps around to a long bar area with an attached long porch behind it. It's been spruced up a bit, most notably by a nice roaring fireplace in the back, a welcome addition anytime between October and April. Otherwise it's all exposed brick with nice high ceilings, about 8 booths for dining, a few bar tables and about a dozen bar stools.
On draft was Dohoney's Golden Ale, Brew Works Brown, McKenna's Irish Red, Legacy IPA, Gerry Dog Stout, ESB, and the Weissbock. Lucky me -- they also had the ESB on cask.
I opted for an ESB cask, as did Beth, and were blown away -- BLOWN AWAY -- by how good this was. What a fresh, delicious, easy-drinking beer with such flavor. We split beer-battered mushrooms which came with a nice horseradish dressing, and were good in a TGIF or Ruby Tuesday's sort of way. For dinner, she had a salad and clam chowder, the latter which Beth proclaimed yummy, and I had gorgonzola sirloin steak. My dinner was an average pub steak -- a nice cut, but a little overcooked. The food could improve IMO.
The waitress then offered us tastes of several of the other brews -- I then had a small weissbock and an IPA, and Beth had the IP as well. All were very good, though I thought the weissbock was a bit medicinal, but with all the other classic flavors. Everything was dirt cheap, and lucky for us, Bill and Christine were sitting in the restaraunt and the waitress introduced us and we had a nice conversation.
We got a growler of Legacy IPA and ESB (draft) to take home, and we polished off the ESB the next night in about a half-hour. Fan-frickin-tastic, as Randy would say. The IPA lasted for another week, when I took it to the Heavyweight open house and it was promptly consumed.
I hope they make the ESB a year-round thing, and if you have the chance to stop by when it's on cask, don't miss it. I wish this brewpub all the luck in the world, and hope that the rather depressing town of Pittsfield can support such a place. All you yuppie tourists in Lenox, Great Barrington, and Stockbridge get yo asses up here and frequent this place.
NOTE: Closed on Sundays, which is one less day for you out-of-towners to take a day trip up here. Try and get here on a Saturday...
12-07-2005 21:27:01 | More by bultrey
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Did a fly by on my way to Albany the Friday after Thanksgiving. Took about 15-20 minutes to reach from Exit 2 (Lee) on the Mass Pike. Place is not hard to find, but you may have to execute an illegal u-turn to get to it from the south if you don't know the roads.
Just looked like an average office building until you got inside and the bright bar area becomes very appealing and welcoming. Tried a sampler and all of the beers were well made but nothing geekified. I thought the ESB was the most drinkable and tasty with a good balance of hop bitterness/flavor/aroma and malt. IPA was good if you like Chinooks - but I don't. Golden was kolsch like, Stout was ok and probably a decent session beer. I only had the beer battered mushrooms which were quite delicious and well made.
I don't think I would go out of my way just for the beers again, but if I was looking for some food while driving through MA, I wouldn't hesitate to stop for something to eat with a couple of decent beers.
11-28-2005 17:25:27 | More by Longstaff
Pittsfield Brew Works in Pittsfield, MA
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.