Pittsfield Brew Works
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
Straight up Rte 7, that's the easy part, but I've got to tell you, neither of us remember passing I-90. I mean, we must have 'cause here we are in Pittsfield, I just don't remember seeing no interstate, is all. Hey, let's drive aimlessly around and around. What are we looking for, Depot? A clue!! Gots to be a train here somewhere...
And, yeah, here's Pittsfield Brew Works, just across the street from (or just behind) the train station. Parked beneath the big windows out back and headed around. Sign on the front door says "We're now closed on Sundays", which relieved me greatly as this Saturday excursion was originally planned for the next day and ended up being switcharooed with my brother's kid's 3rd birthday party slated for this day. Inside, you pass through a dining room with 6 tables and 6 booths in an area showcasing local artwork; Pittsfield Brew Works flyers colored in, presumingly by the chhhhiiillldddrrreeeennn. Large windows to the front of the room looking in on a brick lined kettle and wood lined masher. Painted yellow walls with a hanging mash rake and drop spot lighting over the tables and booths. Cut openings at both end of the far wall lead you into the bar area, with a straight dark wood bar seating 15 running between the openings, and a half dozen bar tables and a booth at each end against the big back wall of windows. Archways cut into the brick wall behind the bar hold a blackboard listing the current tap selections, a fridge for wines & Martini glasses, and the usual booze. Racks with growlers for sale and glassware, with a stereo sitting above. A pair of TV's facing different ways on a central post. Wood slat floors and ceiling with sky lights and drop chandeliers around the bar area, and the area around the rear tables carpeted. Wonderful De Dolle posters to each side (Boskeun to the left and the Randy portrait OerBier to the right), plus random framed photos, Belgian prints, and a large painting above the mantle of the fireplace at the end of the room.
A single tower with 7 house beers and a guest tap (BBC Ocktoberfest), and a cask. The sampler gave you all 7 beers, a pair of them ran a big $7.05, I don't know where I'm going to come up with that kind of dough. The Brew Works Brown was malty and quite good; the Kickass Pils was a light straw color, very clean; the Gerry Dog Stout was silky, smooth & oaty; The ESB had a great malt flavor and pleasant bitterness; the Legacy IPA was (as Randy says) "really fricken nice"; the Raspberry Beret was good, not overly fruity or cloyingly sweet; and the Dohoney's Gold was okay, nothing crazy. Also got to try the BBC Ockto, just a crazy malt bomb. Beers were just wonderful overall, these folks from Victory brought the goods.
11-09-2005 05:10:14 | More by slander
4.33/5 rDev +7.4%
I have been to PBW several times, only eaten there twice, both times I found the food to be average. The beer selections are fantastic, except for the pilsner which was not on the same page as the rest but, I have never been a fan of pilsners anyway. I have also been quite impressed with the guest beers they have on tap. I have sampled several good beers from their cask all of which I have prefered to the tap beers. Their cask seems to be always filled with something different and the staff is happy to pump a pint out. Unfortunately, I have never seen much of a croud in PBW which can not be good for the longetivity of such a fine establishment. If you are in the area I urge you to give it a try the beer is well worth it.
10-11-2005 19:07:25 | More by alejandro
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
My wife and I decided to try this place over Labor day weekend upon the recommendation of Venom. Firstly, I gotta say that it must've changed names a few times over the years because the phonebook listing is for some other brewpub and the parking reserved for..signs say another brewery still. The town was pretty quiet as was the pub itself.
Nice standard wood decor with some big windows that really dont look out onto much. They were out of the brown ale and the IPA when we visited. This was a little disappointing. I got a sampler and thought all of the beers were quite good except the pilsener one which was very average. The beers were the gold-excellent, the wheat one--quite good, a stout on cask--excellent and the ESB was also excellent. So overall, the beers were great but one average one.
The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We got buffalo wings,fish and chips and a bratwurst sandwich. The waitress was as nice as can be. She also helped us with directions out of there as it is in a bit of a confusing square. I would recommend this place for sure. I'd love to try it when I wasnt driving so I could have more than a pint or 2.
09-07-2005 21:49:38 | More by rousee
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
Yep, it's a solid start, IMHO.
Easy to find a block from the main streeets both running east-west and north-south through town. Plenty of free nighttime parking in the area.
Two room service set-up, and tellingly, the bar/pub area that has windows and a convivial atmosphere was crowded and there was but one table taken in its more subdued "restaurant side." Nice old wood bar.
Clientele was mixed on a Friday night, couples, larger parties, three guys thinking they might get macroricebeer who instead were happy to find out that micros do get above 5% abv (I know it's irresponsible in some ways, but when is some struggling micro in some blue collar not-yet-enlightened burg going to just flat out advertise that their ale is "twice as strong as Bud." It has to work somewhere.) Bartender was pleasant and funny, and when he got an entree order flat-out-wrong, got the replacement order rushed to the front of the line, so I did not have to rush to catch up with my dining companions. then he comped a pint. Huzzah sir, and well met.
The pilsener was more flowery than my tastes would require, but it did make the beer interesting, rather than being dull or plain. The india pale was nicely hopped and satisfying. The menu was filled with three pages of good food choices, and I enjoyed the taste and thoughtful presentation of the food.
Not that it's on the way anywhere, but I sense I'll be back again on a trip through in the future. Glad Pittsfield has a place to go again after all these years.
08-29-2005 18:31:40 | More by ecoboy
3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
Hearing all the hype about Victory ex-brewers starting this place up, decided to pay a visit. Inside seemed small to me compared to other places, although I cannot confirm that I saw the whole place. The brewpub is divided into two sections with dining on the side where the entrance is and the more spacious bar area on the other side of the wall facing the railroad. Plenty of window space to watch the trains go by. Bar is of average size, with two tv's overhead and ample seating durning off peek hours. The barkeep was friendly and knew her beers. Got to talk with Bill, one of the ex victory peeps and he talked about the operation a bit, mentioning that they had only done 16 batches thus far, and we could expect some big brews this winter, etc.
Nice round selection of beers, with the Stout and the Cask IPA standing out. I do expect these beers to get even better giving them a few more batches to get things down pat.
Decent pub fare selection. I had a wrap that was adequate, but not really enough by which to judge their entire menu.
The prices were reasonable, with $7 sandwiches and I don't remember what we paid for pints but I am sure it was not more than four a pop.
Good place to stop for a visit-do recommend. Brewer will keep the beers interesting, so frequent visits may be in order.
08-16-2005 17:08:52 | More by vladtheimpaler
4.66/5 rDev +15.6%
Dragged the family here after a long, tired, HOT day and found a sanctuary. The inside is done in mission, spartan, brew pub style.
The staff was as friendly as you'd ever want. The bartender actually had a nice conversation (and I've been ignored by barkeeps in Ireland).
Tried the brown ale, which was nice and chunky and probably the best brown ale I've had. The one beer on cask was the ESB which was up there with McNeills and the Ship Inn (my gauges), though could have had a bit more hops.
Met Bill who, though he had other things on his mind, still stopped and talked with my wife and I for a bit.
Had a bit of trouble finding the telephone number because it's still listed under the old name.
Did not try the food, will next visit. Less than hour ride from my house. My six year old boy gave it two thumbs up and I agree.
Now I HAVE ANOTHER PLACE TO GO!
07-29-2005 00:12:49 | More by Flashy
Pittsfield Brew Works in Pittsfield, MA
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.