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The Dirty Truth

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The Dirty TruthThe Dirty Truth
BA SCORE
98
world-class

74 Reviews
Reviews: 74
Visits: 95
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

29 Main St
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060-3182
United States
phone: (413) 585-5999

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went to The Dirty Truth with my beer compadre´on a Saturday just before noon.

The place was nice and quiet, and we relaxed immediately at the bar.

The bar foot rail, huge tap rail, mirror frame and other architectural details shared the similar material and construction of big, beefy, unfinished tubular structural steel. This made a nice contemporary visual contrast to the warm, traditional mohogany colored tropical hardwoods.

Low wattage pendant light fixtures hung down everywhere, and the soft amber glow of their filaments made for a restful atmosphere (granted that the place was not busy).

Part of the reason for the quiet turnout was that the weather was literally perfect, but this gave them the opportunity to open the entire front facade of the building by sliding aside the giant bi-fold like glass curtain walls. Very cool effect.

As mentioned by others, there was a turntable on the counter behind the bar, so they must spin some vinyl on occaision.

The bartender was a very pleasant and attractive young woman who had a good amount of beer knowledge and a fantastic attitude. She mentioned that they appreciated that we drove a while to visit there, so she was generous with the sample tastings and hospitality.

We drank only from the tap offerings, which were numerous and excellent. Enjoyed were: Lost Abbey Carnevale, Ayinger Bräu-Weisse, Founders Pale, Boulder Cold Hop, Mikkeler Beer Geek Breakfast, Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen. My favorite was the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, which is the nectar of the gods on tap.

We did not eat there, only because we had already had our breakfasts long before, and breakfast fare was being served for brunch, and the only other option were burgers, which did not inspire us at the time. But everyone else there was eating.

There were many, many tempting and worthy brews left untried... but we'll be back. (1,887 characters)

Photo of oddfire
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We went there for dinner with some friends from college. The first thing I noticed was the very dim lighting. Now so would think this was a bad thing but I thought it gave it a good pub feel to it. The quality was awsome. They had quite a large number of beers that are harder to get. Very excellent selection of all varieties of beer. Our server was nice and he was very knowledgeable when it cam to the beers on tap. The selection...50 taps....nuf said. Our meals were very good and were done with fresh ingredients. All in all this was a very reasonable beer bar and we will be going back soon. (597 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by The Dirty Truth this Valentine's Day afternoon. The place was fairly empty when we arrived. Very lengthy and narrow bar area that runs down the left side of the bar with a good amount of seating. Dim lighting, very dim actually with a pretty chill vibe in the air. Cool artwork and decorations on the walls. This place is super clean for a bar and the quality is clearly top notch. Good music playing and also noticed the record player behind the bar which I thought was pretty cool.

The beer selection is awesome, but you probably already gathered that by now. A huge chalkboard gives the options. Some beers featured today included Anderson Valley Hop Ottin', Greenflash IPA, Beer Geek Breakfast, DeRanke XX, Noir and Guldenberg, Bear Republic Hop Hod Rye & XP Pale Ale. Nice selection of Stone beers too like Arrogant Bastard, Smoked Porter and the Imperial Stout. The Stone Imperial Stout was friggin' delicious. There were 37 or so taps and an equally impressive bottle selection. Be warned though, drinks are a bit pricey though. Drafts run between $6-$10, but hey....this is a beer bar and I have no problem paying for quality and rare brews.

A beer destination when in Northampton. Cool town too if you are not familiar with the area. Not the best craft beer bar environment that I have ever been to, but the selection is excellent and should keep you occupied for several hours. (1,402 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Artsy hipster scene always with a very interesting crowd. That's what I love about beer - brings together all different kinds. A long bar with some tables and a very nice bathroom might I add... which is very important to me because I am a timid tinkler. Quality is top notch - clean environment, proper glassware for the most part. Service is good. One of the bartenders was awesome and had a lot of knowledge to offer. The other left a bit to be desired. Selection is unreal. Plenty of taps. The last time I went they had Founders breakfast stout and stone Russian imperial stout on tap as well as many other gems. This beats Eli's for selection simply because MA gets better distribution. Awesome selection... best I have seen in NE. The food was pretty good but the menu was pretty small. The prices were steep but you get what you pay for... so in mind pretty reasonable. (876 characters)

Photo of yukkamaster
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is, next to the Moan and Dove in Amherst, my absolute favorite beer bar.

Food: The food here is great. I try to make it in for brunch whenever I can, and the steak and eggs rivals anything you can get in the area. Plus, being able to enjoy it with an amazing beer makes the food even better.

Beers: This place has amazing beers. Its that simple. Their draught list is great - its 40 taps provide something for everyone and is riddled with beers you couldn't hope to find outside of Boston or New York (except for the Moan and Dove, which does take a back seat to the Dirty Truth's in this regard). The bottle list is not as extensive as the Moan and Dove, but does have some seriously great beers. Some people have siad the beers are pricey, and it is true if you are looking to spend $4/pint you should head to a different place and order yourself a Blue Moon, Bud American Ale, or other crappy beer. The beers here are awesome, and do have awesome beers (unfortunately) costs a bit more. That being said, their prices are in line with or better than the few other bars in the northeast that have these amazing beers.

Service: I couldn't disagree more with Britton's comments about the staff. They have always been extremely helpful and nice, and give their honest opinions about the beers. I always have a great conversation with the bartenders (unless it is very busy, which is sometimes the case), and their recommendations have been right on. I want my bartender to tell me a beer is "over-hyped" if it is; I don't take that as an insult to me and definitely wouldn't give a bad tip because I don't agree with his/her taste in beer or their honesty in describing it.

Atmosphere: I love it here during the late morning/early afternoon on the weekend. Brunch is great, its not that packed, and you can have some great conversations with the bartenders and other patrons. It does get a little too busy for my liking during the evening, particularly on the weekends, and sometimes get loud enough that you can't really have a conversation with more than 2 people (if you can find a seat for more than 2 people). When it does get busy, I just head over to the Moan and Dove, which has the best vibe in the area.

Definitely go here. (2,250 characters)

Photo of r00tarded
3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

The Dirty Truth is now a mere shadow of its former self.

I've been going to the Dirty Truth for the last few years and have enjoyed the exceptional beer selection and, up until recently, the great food. Sure, it wasn't a full restaurant menu, but they always had great items such as the mac and cheese, pot pies, cuban sandwiches, and a whole lot more. There was a selection of food to enjoy with the amazing beers.

The menu now blows.

Would you like a burger, or a burger? Perhaps you'd like some lackluster mussels or... a burger. No chicken dishes, very few apps, and unless you're in the mood for a burger, you're pretty much out of luck. Oh, sorry, there's a turkey sandwich.

I know they don't have the huge selection that the Dirty Truth has, but I think Sierra Grille has more of a compete package. (809 characters)

Photo of becksam
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

So I've heard (both here and from the friends) that this place is great; and that the staff is a little "snotty" (I paraphrase here) I have been a few times and didn't pick up on any excessive attitude. The guys behind the bar were helpfull with any questions I had and didn't seem to care about my choices either way(Victory Uncle Teddy's Bitter and a Great Divide Samurai, never had a rice beer before, interesting). The place was clean, the glasses were clean and the beers were great. I imagine it's apples to oranges compared to a Friday night, but on Monday, the place is great.

The atmosphere is wacky, but very arty-cool: ever changing artwork, Bob Dylan tunes, half coaster made tap markers. They also always seem to have dead flowers behind the bar, not sure if it's on purpose, but they're there every time.
Beer selection is stupendous, and it seems to change frequently from the times I've been.

The prices seem a little high, but then if you think about the cost balance most bars have between the macros and craft brews, it makes sense. They're charging what they should to keep thier business going without the benefit of cheap and profitable bud light etc to pad thier cost percentages.

The food is phenominal. The burgers appear to be hand formed, they're well seasoned and you can add just about everything you want from carmelized onions (free) to pate. In fact, you can add pate to just about everything. Today; though' the menu was limited because they are starting a new menu tomorrow, but my friend and I both left satisfied.

I'll be going again, and again. This could be my new favorite place, but I'm new to the area and I have more to try. (1,672 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A - visited on a Friday night, so a bit of crowd was expected, an there was, lucked into a couple of bar seats, place is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, beers available were well presented, tap handles werent so far back you couldnt tell what they were, music was a bit loud, but not so loud it drowned out our conversation. there appears to be a downstairs, didnt venture down there

Q - clean glasses, clean everything, was of the highest quality

Ser - we were served quickly and each drink was replaced quickly. they took my out of state license, just needed a second credit card/ID to verify, server was friendly and accomadating

Sel - selection was magnificent, 20ish draughts, 30ish bottles, tap prices were reasonable, bottle prices seem exorbitant, $7 for glass of 10 Commandments, $13 for a bottle of Rochefort

did not try the food

overall, we very much enjoyed the Dirty Truth and will visit here many more times, despite the 30 minute commute, would like to try the food (993 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

The atmosphere of this place is not the best, loud music all the time, usually extremely packed at any primetime hours, the kind of place that you walk into and you feel like you are being stared down by "hip"/trendy crowds of people (including some of the employees), the layout is nice though for the size of the building and the location is in the center of Northampton. I have never had a problem with quality here, nothing to complain of, beers taste fresh and are poured well. Service is decent, beers are served quickly and poured well but some of the servers/employees are not that great here (almost everyone I know agrees on this). My friends and I have been treated like we know nothing about beer (order a KBS and the guy double checks to see if we actually want that beer, "you know thats a BARLEYWINE, right?!"), seen people denied for out of state licenses even though there several other states within an hour of here (other bars check the license and know the out of state ones). Maybe its part of the vibe of the place but it seems like the employees (not all of them) can be a bit cocky and it just doesn't work for me. Selection is probably the best in W. Mass of any place I have been to, lots of drafts, lots of breweries to choose from, only thing is the bottle selection is a bit small and stagnant. Price here is a bit much, $14 KBS bottles, $13 Peche Mortel, $70 Saint Lamvinus, I have seen those in other bars for $9, $8 and $50 respectively. All in all, if I go to TDT I will order one beer and maybe two if they have anything World Class, the prices, service and atmosphere are a turn off and I would rather just go across the street to The Sierra Grille or down the road to The Moan and Dove. (1,722 characters)

Photo of Tomas77
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Located in the heart of Northampton, MA. This place is the sister bar to the Moan and Dove in Amherst. Same exact concept with the beer line up. Great selection to choose from. This time around they serve food which is great. Maybe a little pricy but then again we are in Northamton. Bar is much longer with more tables to boot. Same as the Moan and Dove but this time you can visit several other great locals around the area before settling in at the Truth. Service is good too. They always seem to get their hands on some rare or very rare beer which helps attract many beer enthusiusts frequent this fine establishment. (622 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 7/18
This was my second trip to the Dirty Truth - major props for a college friend of mine for insisting we go there both times.
This place is a little gem of Western Mass. The atmopshere is very cool - very chill, low key, but a hip vibe to it. Crowd in there was diverse and relatively jumping for a Saturday night. Red walls and dim lighting set the tone, local artwork hangs, bar tables line the wall on one side with a nice long bar. At the end of the bar roughly 40 beers listed on tap. Nice selections listed in here... and no macro's! My poor roommate, which is barely a drinker period had to suck it up and hang with the big dogs and get something with a higher ABV than 3-4%. She did well with Samurai. Another friend of ours had Racer XP, where I tried as many as possible - Black Marlin, Ellie's Brown, Lion Stout, and Founders Breakfast. Service was pretty decent when going to the bar, at the table was a bit shotty. During the day it was excellent (during my first trip), but night time not so much. Orders were forgotten, and it took a long time to have orders brought over - although it was busy, it wasn't packed so I can't chalk it up to it being overly busy.
Overall, I've enjoyed both visits to The Dirty Truth and anyone in the Northhampton area needs to make a stop here! (1,307 characters)

Photo of LHuoppi
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

When here for brunch while visiting some friends. We almost walked past the place because we didn't see the sign on front.

They have really good food. My friend got the waffles with strawberry butter which was delicious. And I got the breakfast plate which had a small salad, scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, and breakfast sausages. The sausages were really good.

Excellent selection of beers. I got the Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewery, yummy hops. I enjoyed drinking a cold IPA on a hot day, while eating breakfast.

They had really cool art on the walls. Cranes that were semi 3D, i think they were made of wood. (626 characters)

Photo of Cakanator
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Being a hometown native it's always good to see places like this in town attracting people from around the area. The Truth is an exceptional beer drinking establishment from the perspective that you can go in and get pretty much any style of beer your looking for. The only knock i've ever had against it is the atmosphere and sometimes the wait staff. If your looking to just releax and have a great quality brew at the same time, you might wanna go down the street to Sierra Grille. The truth can be very noisy and cluttered the way it is set up in the longer bar. Wait staff when I have been in, which is more than once obviously, can ignore you quite easily and get caught up in talking to other staff members. Otherwise its a great place to get some hard to find beers. (774 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

My son's teacher suggested we take him to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst...y'know, the guy that wrote "The Very Hungry Caterpillar?" I realized that is a spectacular idea because I can work in a lunch trip with the family to one of the area's solid beer bars. The winner is The Dirty Truth. It's an extremely clean place with a wicked long bar and a wall full of about 40 taps. Pretty chill scene, slightly upscale but some hipster doofus mixed in. A couple of booths in the back, raised tables with barstools throughout.

Our server (Benjamin I think?) was excellent. Our almost 5-year-old decided on fried chicken and a pancake and when it came out Benjamin said, "hey, we figured it might still be too hot for the little guy to eat, so here's a fruit salad in the meantime." Well, how cool is that? He knew his beer pretty well and helped out with one I hadn't come across before (Bear Republic End 08). All the staff we came across were mellow, helpful and attentive.

The food was good for brunch; the Beautiful Bride had a breakfast vegi burrito which was good...my andouille & mussels omelette was solid (may work a little closer to the jambalaya feel with shrimp or crawfish if you ask me...I generally don't like to mess with that stuff unless I'm pulling mussels from the shell, as Squeeze would vouch). Jr.'s fried chicken looked and tasted pretty legit.

As mentioned, about 40 taps. They're not wasting a single one, either. Quite a few from Stone, Bear Republic...hell, still Founders Breakfast (it wasn't playing too badly, either). The Beautiful Bride had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen...a clean, sessionable classic. Nice bottles, too...including KBS. At $14 a pop for KBS it falls right around the 2x restaurant mark-up. Ok, maybe a C-hair above but who's counting.

Brunch entrees were between $9-11 or so. Not dirt-cheap but not ridiculous. Pints ran around $6 for the most part. Ditto. Not pricey, but not bargain-basement, either.

This place is definitely worth a stop-in if you're in the area, and is deserving of the praise I've seen. Something tells me that Jr. will want to go back to the museum again in a couple of months. Will be interested in the true lunch/dinner fare the next visit. (2,217 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Stop two on the beer tour of Western Mass. Bounded in as soon as it opened - we were a little bored after wandering Northampton on a weekday afternoon between lunch at Northampton Brewery and opening hours at the Dirty Truth.

The Dirty Truth has absolutely the best tap selection I've seen save the one at Sunset Grill. There must be at least three dozen beers on draft, and they run the gamut. Atmosphere is killer, with a beatiful, long bar that extends almost the entire length of the left wall. Large tables line the right wall. Reminds me of Deep Ellum back home, albeit much larger. Prices seem reasonable - I had a pint of Stone Smoked Porter for $5.75. I would have sampled more of the beers, but we had to press on to the next leg of our journey. (756 characters)

Photo of sanguis
4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been going here since it opened, they have a constant rotating selection of only beer and wine. This is a kinds of place that one can go to learn about new beers and enjoy some of their favorites as well.
They have 42 taps on the wall, plus a couple cask pumps. (rarely active) Plus over 50 bottles.
At lest one of their chalk boards is always divided in to styles so one can walk in look for their fav style and see whats there.
As for the food it's good bar food, and great portions. Burgers, fries, mac and cheese. one really cant go wrong.
If you look to get something done, there is a wifi connection. For a less crowded then a sports bar place to watch new england sports they project the game on a screen.
All and all I was there last night and will be there again tomorrow. (788 characters)

Photo of LeeMarvin
3.76/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

After years of hanging out in Noho, I finally went to go see what all the hype was about. My g/f and I hit it on a Friday afternoon just before the place began to fill up.

The room is very visually appealing, and as another reviewer pointed out, they've got the New England hipster thing down. Which is maybe why I didn't feel comfortable here. Most of the other customers were on computers or hand held devices.

Or maybe it was the bartender who immediately assumed that I didn't know anything about craft beer and failed to engage her customers or engender a feeling of hospitality.

The whole effect was that of a trendy bar that's so popular that they don't have to try as hard anymore. There's no denying they've got one of the best tap lists around, and granted I may have hit them at the wrong time on the wrong day, but when a place gets hyped like this place has, a beer geek has every right to carry a set of expectations into the experience. (957 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited for the 3rd time this past weekend and decided to submit a review.

I wish I lived closer to this place, I would be a regular!

From the moment you walk in, you feel comfortable. A definite inviting, cool vibe permeates this place. The dark red walls, long bar and series of flat-tops just make you want to hang around for a while. Also, being in Noho, it has the New England hipster scene down pat....

The tap list has something for everyone. It's obvious there has been alot of thought put into it, as alot of different styles and regions are represented. Every beer I've had here has been in perfect condition, the right temperature and the proper glass.

As for the food, the selection is quite broad and the prices reasonable. My son and I can vouch for the baked mac n cheese with kielbasa, and the pretzel served with 60 minute mustard is one of the best you'll ever have.

Service is always friendly and relaxed - a definite departure from the snobbiness I've come to expect from certain Boston-area beer bars.

Definitely worth a trip if you don't live in the area. (1,084 characters)

Photo of letsgowhalers
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Love this place! We make the drive at least once a month from CT for the liquid goodness. Had a Dogfish Palo Santo and a Double Bastard last visit which were both poured with perfect heads and in proper glassware. The bartenders are always willing to let you taste before you buy and are pretty knowledgeable about what they are pouring. There is always a nice variety of beers both on tap and bottled. Some of their beers I've only seen on tap here. The food has always been good as well. I had an excellent Cuban sandwich with sweet potato fries and my girl had amazing mac and cheese this visit. Some of their beers might be considered pricey if you're used to paying $4 a pint at your local establishment but I have no problem paying a bit more for such great beers. Slainte! (779 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is amazing! On a recent visit over the weekend, stopped at this place. The atmosphere is very nice, not too bright and not too dim. The beers are all written in chalk on the chalkboard in a very colorful and festive manner. The taps span almost the length of the bar and the selection is impeccable. They had Founders Breakfast Stout which is one of the beers I have been itching to try so I had to grab it. There was not a macro beer in sight and the service was quick and helpful. The price was reasonable for beers that are harder to find. There were alot of beers that I cannot find in CT so this was a really good place to go. I did not order any food as I had previously eaten, but from what I saw it looked good. I really enjoyed this place and will recommend it to anyone who is thinking of a road trip to Mass. (830 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Dirty Truth kicks ass. Beer selection is phenomenal. 40 taps and tons of bottles. Something new everytime I go in the place. What I love is the layout and the fact that it is very, very clean. It screams cleanliness and you know when you order a beer that the lines are clean, the glasses are clean and the beer is poured properly. The staff are nice enough and if you are lucky they will talk to you about the beer. Some of the staff are seemingly not all that interested in what is around them (i.e. amazing beer) and that might be the only negative. The food is outstanding and I recommend getting the soft pretzel since its housemade and served with 60 Minute mustard. Join the mug club as well, its free and you get a card with a ton of beers that you'll need to get signed off on once you drink them. It makes things interesting when you go back...and you will go back. (879 characters)

Photo of alovesupreme
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One Friday night the place was packed.Very long line of excellent beer on tap including, Old Rasputin, Saint bernardus Abt 12, Alagash white, Unibroue Maudite, Stone-Ipa, Ruination,Porter. Great Divide Hercules, racer 5, etc. Prices were not bad I paid 6$ for old Rasputin on tap and was extremely happy with the outcome of that.A friend ordered St. Bernardus Abt 12 for 8$ and was served in the right glass. The place also has excellent beers in bottles and as decorations their were 4 westys sitting on one of the shelves with the Westvleteren glasses sitting right in front of them. (585 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in hip downtown Northampton, The Dirty Truth is a funky, artsy, low key bar that caters to those who care about good food and great beer.

Like its sister pub The Moan and Dove, The Dirty Truth is swathed in blood red walls, which are adorned by modern looking oil paintings. An ornate, mahogany bar takes up the entire left wall and the rest of the room is filled with smaller sized tables that jet out from the walls. During my visit, indie rock music played in the background and patrons (mostly couples) talked in hushed tones. (I visited the bar on a Sunday night and can assume that weekend nights are probably more lively.)

As for the beer, I have never seen a better tap lineup. Over the past few years, I have visited a number of the best beer bars in the country and can say that The Dirty Truth's tap selections were second to none. Of the approximately thirty beers being poured, many were rare finds. Some examples include Stone 12th Anniversary Stout, Ruination and Russian Imperial Stout, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout and Titan IPA, Monk's Café Flemish Sour Red Ale, Ommegang Ommegeddon and Stout (a limited run, Irish stout) and Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, just to name a few. The bottle list, with approximately 150 offerings, was also quite thorough. As with any great beer bar, all beers were served in the proper glassware.

The food options at The Dirty Truth were, for the most part, inventive and unique. My girlfriend and I split the mussels and fries and the sausage plate. The mussels were not as fresh or flavorful as I have had elsewhere, bust tasted decent nevertheless. The sausages were quite good however. We got a brat and a piece of kielbasa, which were accompanied by a homemade Arrogant Bastard mustard. Both were tasty, with the kielbasa being the better of the two.

As for the service, our waitress was not incredibly friendly, but neither was she rude. She did her job and was attentive to our needs.

If for nothing more than the unparalleled tap selections, I definitely plan to revisit The Dirty Truth very soon and would highly recommend it to others. (2,144 characters)

Photo of chuckd123
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Update to my original post in July. Visited for 2nd time last night. Selection was unreal, must be 30 taps at least, w/a great variety of Americans and Belgians. Unfortuantely we were only able to have 2 beers given 45 min drive home and work this am. My impression the first visit was more of a cool/trendy restaurant that happened to have a decent beer selection, but I was much more impressed with the vibe overall this time, and the focus is definitely on the beer. Bartenders are great, very personable and knowledgable. Great food as well. Will definitely be back.

July post:
Spent an hour or so here this past Sunday afternoon, on the adivce of the bartender at the Moan & Dove. Very nice selection on tap, nothing outrageous, but overall very solid. Will have to go back again as a first stop, as my impression may be a tad skewed after spending the previous 3 hours at the Moan. Beyond the selection, the atmosphere was less to my liking than its Amherst sister. Very long bar and overall feel is of a modern bar/restaurant that happens to have an excellent beer selection vs. a more traditional dark, quaint beer bar. Overall a solid spot, and in terms of selection, it's easily worthy of an A to A+. I'll be back for sure, but would choose the sister Moan if I had to pick. (1,286 characters)

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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I stopped in on my way home from Vermont to grab a pre-dinner brew, and I ended up spending three hours inside. Great selection on tap - a nice mix of locals and nationals (and a couple of internationals). To name a few on tap: Victory Storm King and Hop Devil, Old Rasputin, Great Divide Yeti, DFH Raison D'Extra, Chicory Stout (skip it), 60 min, and 90 min., Bear Republic Racer 5. The staff was a mixed bag - one waitress was very knowledgeable but was more interested in talking to her friends than us (guess I would be the same way though), and the other didn't seem to know anything at all about the beers. The food was good, except for the chocolate cake, which I only got because of a stout reduction - skip it. (719 characters)

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