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Pittsfield Brew Works

Not Rated.
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 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 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
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 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 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 Longstaff
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

Longstaff, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of vladtheimpaler
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.

vladtheimpaler, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of rousee
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.

rousee, Sep 07, 2005
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 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
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Pittsfield Brew Works in Pittsfield, MA
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