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
4.05/5 rDev +0.5%
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
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
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
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
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
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
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.
11-28-2005 17:25:27 | More by Longstaff
4.58/5 rDev +13.6%
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
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
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
Pittsfield Brew Works in Pittsfield, MA
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.