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The Dirty Truth

Not Rated.
The Dirty TruthThe Dirty Truth
BA SCORE
97
world-class

85 Ratings
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Taps: 42
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: Todd on 05-30-2006)
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Photo of DIM
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%

I'm told this place is packed on fridays and saturdays so I'm glad we went on a mellow sunday night after dinner. Barberella on the big screen and hip-hop loud but not blaring over the speakers; odd. A nice mix of people, most younger than me but thats okay. I didn't get a hipper than thou vibe at all. My first impression was a good one.

Then I saw the board offering dozens of great beers. Now I love the place. The selection was outstanding, but I was surprised they didn't have more locals. While they weren't outrageous, the prices were on the high side. The bartender came over to take our order and he was very friendly. He brought me a very generous sample of an expensive beer I asked about, very kind I thought. Later he came by with some pilsener malts to munch on. We were pretty much left alone after that, so I did ding the score a bit.

I scrolled down to read some reviews before I wrote mine and noticed some people had issues with the service. That wasn't our experience at all. I definitely plan to come back next time we visit the area.

DIM, May 02, 2011
Photo of circlenine
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%

The Dirty Truth has very reasonable beer prices, especially when you take into consideration its location - Northampton is not cheap! Beer selection was impressive. I drove 35 minutes for the Founders Breakfast Stout ($6.50 for 12 ounces) and stuck with that, but there were many delectable options if I chose to stray.

Food was great but don't expect traditional fare... and for that reason don't expect traditiinal pricing. $13 for lamb nachos (chicken and beef were not an option).

I had no major problems with service. Seemed to be two wait staff plus bartenders for entire table area. This slowed ordering of food and additional rounds, but delivery of food and beverage was prompt once ordered. Keeping in mind it was a Saturday night, not too bad.

Beer selection was too good not to come back.

circlenine, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%

I guess I see my review as a counterpoint against many of the others which noted bad service. I had an excellent server, very attentive, and several other people stopped as they walked past to ensure everything was good, and also to make recommendations on beers. Absolutely no problems. The other patrons were all friendly too, if a little quirky, this just seems like an odd but cool town.

The beer selection was excellent, about 25 taps with all quality. Things like Bear Republic (Racer 5 and Racer X), Port (High Tide and Wipeout), several from de Ranke (!), etc etc etc.

The food was very good, I tried a French-Vietnamese dish with duck confit that was delicious. Prices were reasonable for dinner. I'll definitely stop here again when in the area. I liked it better than Moan & Dove, due to the availability of good food and the longer tap list.

TurdFurgison, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of adirondack88
3.08/5  rDev -30.5%

I decided to check out this place with an open mind despite the previous reviews that knocked The Dirty Truth for bad service, attitude, and that it was full of hippies. I was a hippie once and I certainly don't feel like that was a bad thing. I haven't changed that much even though I am wearing a tie nowadays. Northampton is a college town so what do you expect. I walked in on a weekday night and there was a good sized crowd there. The beer selection was decent. The bartender wasn't much of a conversationalist but that was ok, but then he disappeared and I never saw him again. Good thing I paid upfront and didn't start a tab. I had an IPA (Bear Republic Racer 5) and that was pretty good. Then I started to look around and saw a little of what the previous reviews were talking about. The place is so dark that they must make a killing on their electric bill. The music is really, really dark and made me feel like I needed to shoot heroin in my eyeballs. The clientele is also dark and didn't seem to be very happy. Hippies, no; hippies are generally happy folk. The dirty truth is that this place is really depressing. It seems to work for them though so I guess I will walk away thinking that "dark people" need a place of their own with good beer to hopefully make them happier or more depressed.

adirondack88, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%

The atmosphere here is a bit sub-par, which is a shame because there is a lot of potential. The bar itself is very clean and nice, the front picture windows can be opened on nice days for that open-air feel. Decorations are cool, and they show old or independent films on certain nights. It can be nice and cozy if you hit it at the right times. However, on weekend nights, the place is bustling and tends to attract a lot of hippies, hipsters, and snobs.

I have had mixed experiences with the service. Some of the bartenders are great, and I have had awesome beer conversations with them, even resulting in a free round at times if they feel especially generous. Other times, I have been treated like dirt, mostly by a select few bartenders. Some of the staff are hippies/hipsters themselves, and I feel that they judge me based on the fact that I am not. I walked in with a group of friends (all of whom were not educated in the ways of beer) and felt that the staff was immediately trying to push us out the door. The bouncer told us there wasn't much space available even though we could plainly see from the door that there were multiple tables and seats at the bar. The bartender was extremely condescending and even shut us off after having only one round of 6 oz. servings of a high abv beer (Dogfish 120). This is ridiculous. I feel that the hipster bartenders are extremely judgmental and try to create a hipster-only atmosphere in the bar when they are working. I find that if you come in here with hipster friends or a group of BAs, you will be treated nicely. If you come in looking like a group of working class, blue-blooded Americans, they will be snobs to you unless you can prove yourself worthy with beer knowledge.

The selection is excellent. 40 rotating taps (sometimes even two cask taps) and a good bottles list, both featuring great craft and imported beers, including a decent amount of rarities. The staff is fairly knowledgeable (some know more than others), and the beer is well looked after. Prices are pretty steep, but then again, everything in Northampton is expensive. The food here is phenomenal, and really on a gourmet level. Despite being treated poorly at times, I come here often. The selection is too good to ignore.

ryan1788a5, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of xanok
3.15/5  rDev -28.9%

Summary of my first experience here:

Went to this place with my girlfriend on a whim after looking for apartments in Springfield.
Walked right in, only two other customers, lots of taps. Appeared to be at least 35 or so, and lots of different varieties. A good amount of Belgians. Also, great bottle list with things like Cantillon. All the taps were listed on a large chalkboard with prices on the other side of the room. I'm glad they list prices. Not many places do that these days.
Some beers they had on tap that day: Green Flash Amber, Rogue Brutal Bitter and Fest, Stone Smoked Porter, Bear Republic Nor'Cal, Victory Helios and Hop Devil.
After that, it was meh. Waitress brought over some water, and a few minutes later our beers (I got Racer X, gf got Racer 5). When I told her after that that I would need a few more minutes for food, she gave me a glare, said "ok" and walked away. After TEN MINUTES she finally was able to pull herself away from writing up the second chalkboard of the beerlisting.
Got my food, which was nachos with lamb meat. It was actually very delicious. My gf got a burger with mushrooms, which she also enjoyed immensely.
After finishing our beers, we asked for the check to be split. And again, she looks at me like I'm retarded. REALLY? Splitting the check that weird that you have to give me a dirty look about it?
Anyways, the bartender was somewhat helpful when I asked him a question. The place seems to attract a lot of hipsters, but I noticed that Northampton is infested with them (not that I don't like hipsters).
If the rest of the wait staff is like this one girl, you will save money by not tipping for the lousy service.

xanok, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Barsies
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

I make it a point to visit the Dirty Truth once every 3 to 4 weeks. Arguably this is the best beer bar in Western MA.

Northampton itself is a very eclectic town and the Dirty Truth is an excellent fit. If my count is correct there are +40 taps and +60 bottles available. I have noticed a rotation of the beers available on tap - something I value. I have also noticed a concentration of Belgian beers.

My experience in interacting with the staff has always been positive. The staff is knowledgeable, never pushy or condescending.

Barsies, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of mephifaust
3.73/5  rDev -15.8%

The dirty truth is a decent beer bar. It is in a great location in downtown Northampton. The atmosphere is chill - low lights, cool art, and plenty of seating. The beer selection is good, but there were no rare or interesting standouts (basically a decent selection of craft beers, as you would expect). The bartenders were attentive, but not extrodinarily friendly, knowledgable, or helpful. There is also a lack of adeqaute bathrooms: one stall for men and one stall for women in a bar of this size just doesn't cut it. Overall, we enjoyed out experience and had some tasty brews.

mephifaust, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of asabreed
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%

After going to so many cool places in the Amherst area as far as beer is concerned, not to mention that it was one of my favorite cities on a recent 17-day book tour across the country, I wasn't surprised to find that I really liked The Dirty Truth.

From the outside, you kind of know what to expect: a lot of people, a full bar, many taps, many bottles, different styles. I don't want to say that as if I'm brushing off the charm of this place, because I'm not, but that's what the eyes witness.

I was impressed with the tap and bottle selection, but I was hoping that they'd have a lot more gems on tap. I'm certainly not the most well-versed BA in the world, but I'd had maybe 85% of the brews before that they had on tap, and though with the more beers you try it does indeed get harder to try something new, I hoped this place would be able to make my head spin from the brews I'd heard about but had never tried.

Another reason to be impressed: for all the insanity and the mass of people (it was, after all, a Friday night, and three of us were still able to find a seat fairly quickly, which was awesome), the servers were very attentive and fast after an order, and that was a great and happy surprised.

Bottom line: if you're in the area you need to stop in here, especially if you're cool with a more crowded bar and a lot of people.

asabreed, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%

I have heard alot of complaints about the staff here, but I have never run into a problem after 10+ times now (other than a back-up ID needed for out of state licenses). Very dark and loud though, at night especially. Definitely a hipster-type clientele. Huge tap list (around 40 I think) with a nice even amount for each style. Great offerings I don't usually see around from Stone, Mikkeller, Victory, Bear Republic, Jolly Pumpkin, Rogue, Great Divide, Ayinger, etc. Nice bottle list with entire sections for Cantillon and Fantome. Prices are very high, especially for bottles ($16 for Rochefort 10 is ridiculous, especially when you can go down the street to Sierra Grille and get it for $8). Food is good but I don't think the quality lives up to the, once again, crazy prices. Other than the prices though this place is great. Tap list is big enough so everyone should find something they'll love.

Chico1985, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of riordan93
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%

This is a great place. However, I went in there on a Sunday night. The place wasn't packed but it wasn't entirely empty either.

This was the darkest bar I think I've ever been in. The lights were kept very low, which made eating my dinner problematic.

There was a handout on the bar saying that it was a special movie night. So I'm not sure whether the lights were low because of the movie or whether it's normally kept that way. But I really didn't care for the uber-dim lighting.

The food was expensive but I'll be damned if it wasn't the best cheeseburger I've ever had. However, a beer (Spezial Rauchbier) and the burger set me back $20.

Although I did get carded (I'm 35) and I am from out-of-state, I had no problem getting served. The bartender was very polite.

Overall, I didn't care for the vibe of this place. As much as I'd like to see good beer get due recognition, I'm glad that it's not as pretentious as wine-drinking.

This is for hipsters, yuppies, and wannabe Manhattanites.

I'd much rather drink at the sister bar "The Moan & Dove" in Amherst. You can get nearly the same beers with much less of the pretentiousness. Plus, the peanuts are free.

riordan93, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

WhiteOak, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of oddfire
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

oddfire, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Hibernator, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

DNICE555, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of yukkamaster
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

yukkamaster, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of r00tarded
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

r00tarded, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of becksam
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

becksam, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%

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

sinstaineddemon, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

cbutova, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Tomas77
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Tomas77, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

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!

Jayli, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of LHuoppi
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

LHuoppi, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Cakanator
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Cakanator, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

IBUnit63, May 23, 2009
The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
97 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.