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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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Notes:
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(Place added by: Todd on 05-30-2006)
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Photo of bkett01
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%

Stopped in here the night after hitting the Moan & Dove. Thankfully I was with someone who had been to this place before, because as others have said, there is nothing marked on the front of the place and black drapes cover the windows. It's a long and narrow room lined with tables on one side and the bar stretching along the other.
The tap selection was simply phenomenal, easily one of the best I have ever seeen. Represented among the 40 or so tap lines were numerous offerings from Stone, DFH, Bear Republic & Founders (just to name some of the standouts). That night was the first time I've ever seen Stone IPA (my favorite beer) on tap and not ordered it. Thats how many choices they have.
The service was attentive, but I did not get a chance to test any beer knowledge from them. Atmosphere was the only element that I would change about this place. When I arrived it was somewhat crowded and loud with the music and all. I was told that it gets far worse than that so I can only imagine.
Overall, I put The Dirty Truth above the Moan due to selection, but the Moan does have a better atmosphere. Another place I'd enjoy getting to visit again, it's even better than the high expectations I had for it.

bkett01, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of SteveO1231
4.43/5  rDev 0%

Stop #3 on my W.Mass beer trip. Located right on Main St in downtown Northampton. This place was pretty hard to find, there are no signs outside at all. I actually called information to get a hold of this place for concrete directions,...turns out I was right across the street and had no idea.
Anyways this place was hard to find but worth it after you enter the two doors and the black cape a long straight bar is laid out to the left with about 40+ or - taps of deliciousness. Two huge shelves full of glassware and some impressive bottles. Huge chalkboard in back listing the offerings. Two casks, not being used at the moment.
The place is decorated a bit too fancy & upscale for my liking, very dark red, fancy wooden furniture, fancy fixtures. The sink in the bathroom looks like an iron wok with decorative artwork etched in it. Another thing, I really don't think that flowers belong in the bathroom. I'd rather see shit written everywhere in chalk.
Besides that I did really like this place, awesome beers on tap, I had a Kaiser from Avery and a Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic. The bartender was pretty cool and he knew quite a bit about the beers. I also ordered a giant pretzel that came with 60 mustard for dipping. Holy Shit! was it good.
The atmosphere is a little to upscale for me but the tap list alone makes it work it. You could possibly lose you mind when you see it. I'm glad I wasn't driving.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of bigone4
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%

Long and slender bar. Forty taps with lots of different style beers. 20 different bottles and two beer engines. Huge chalk board listing brews and ABV and price per pint. Some really special brews and hard to find beers. I had the Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co. There were a bunch of beers, lots of Dogfish head offerings and many more. I also had a great Milk Stout but I forgot the brewer. It was an unseasonably warm January night and they actually had the huge glass window in the front of the building open like the summer time. It was pretty busy in there but no problem getting served. The food looked and smelled really good but we were just having a few brews. Clean bathroom located down stairs. Huge painting from local artists adorned the walls. I guess they rotate the artists and all the stuff is for sale. It is a pretty nice bar with ample seating. Prices were a tad steep for some brews but not to outrageous. Some of the special beers were priced rather high for a pint or a glass. They had lots of glass wear for different beer style servings. Overall a good place with a good atmosphere and a very large selection of brews. I certainly had a great time and enjoyed the wacky weather.

bigone4, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of aquariumdrinker
4.65/5  rDev +5%

Back home for the holidays, so of course I had to check out the Doves new baby sister. Easy to find at night by the red lights glowing down on the sidewalk, tiny coaster on the outisde bears the establishments name. Once you walk fast the big black curtains you gaze upon a long ass bar with an equally long ass line of 40 taps. High bar tables lined up against the other wall offers plenty more seating. They also offer table service and food here.. The space is minmally decorated with what I assume is locally rotating artwork. Deep red walls and an immaculate bar add to the great vibe here. I arrived a few hours after the DFH tasting had ended, but there was still World Wide Stout left on draft so I ordered my first and it was served up in a oversized DFH snifter (very nice) and the beer was an awesome dessert after heavy Italian food at Spoleto. Bottle selection is hand picked favorite representations of many styles, and doesnt disappoint. However I stuck to the the drafts, highlights were the Racer 5, Midas Touch 05', and 90min IPA. Menu looked tasty but we just snacked on a delicous cheese plate. They bartender who took care of we was super knowledgeable and friendly. So great to have this place to look forward to on trips home. Talk a walk around noho and check out the great locally owned shops, resturants and music venues, but absolutely do not leave with out a stop at The Dirty Truth.

aquariumdrinker, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of citrusjim
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

We had tickets to a show at the Iron Horse and searched the BA for a place to go preshow. This may be the best bar I have ever been in. It has a great casual vibe that you don't find everywhere. It was not too busy, so we were treated to great service from several of the staff. One or two dropped by our table just to chat or to see how are current beer was. Obviosly, they have a great tap selection. Our server helped us with great recommedatons. The food was great too. We had a cheese plate which was incredible (our waitress was excited to talk about this menu item). We followed this with the sausage plate and mac and cheese. These were great too. Over all, an incredible place that I will soon return to.

citrusjim, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of Envious
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Been in a few times now. Can't seem to keep from going back. I have started checking the website more frequently to see if the chalked board is different. Ocktober is finally around the bend and if the selection in this place wasn't amazing enough I'm sure that Dan will blow us away again.
Favorite time to get there is around 5:45pm on Friday. Seems to be a short lull in the action before everyone and their other comes out to play. I've also been at about 11:30 Friday night and not been disapointed even though it is a mob scene the bartenders are dilligent and if you happen to leave something behind a beautiful waitress might chase you down the street just so you have your jacket. Oh and if that does happen be sure to thank her she didn't have to do it.

Envious, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of rousee
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%

There is really nothing not to like about this place. It has a cool cathedral-like look to it when you walk in --lots of wood, extrememly high ceilings with big windows out front. Pleasant lighting and nice artwork placed somewhat sparingly throughout. I also like that they dont have a sign out front other than the sign on the doorknob 1:00--just in case you were wondering when they open. The place is extremely clean which is also quite important for a first impression.

So we got there at about 1:20 or so and I believe we were the first customers. The beer selection was great and the prices seemed fair enough. They have a big chalkboard listing the offerings and I tried to go for some new local beer called Food of the Gods by High and Mighty brewing--apparently contract brewed by Paper City. I liked it quite a bit. We also sampled the brat and kielbasa plate which was absolutely tremendous--my only gripe is that they should offer sauerkraut to go with it. Regardless, it was excellent and very reasonably priced and cooked perfectly.

The bartender was very friendly and seemed to enjoy working there. He offered me up samples of a few things w/o my even requesting them which was totally cool. We talked beers a little which is always enjoyable.

Overall, I would say The Dirty Truth is exactly what a good beerbar should be. Highly recommended !

rousee, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of StonyB
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%

Thanks to the advice of several BA's, I finally made the drive out to western Massachusetts. I had to check out the Moan and Dove naturally, and The Dirty Truth, just 10 minutes away, was a logical next stop...

If you're not paying attention, you'll pass right by the building, since the name isn't on it. Look for a white building with a large window...it's right across the street from "Taipei Tokyo"...

Once you step inside the Dirty Truth, the space is very long and rectangular, but not too narrow. The bar on the left seats about 24, and roughly 8 tables on the right supply another 50-60 seats. The environment is very modern-looking, clean, slightly avant-garde. The lone TV, in the far right corner, is practically an afterthought. Of course, when you look at the selections on the blackboard, you remember why you came here in the first place...

40 taps. Not a wasted space among them. DeRanke, Duchess, Saison Voisan, Unibroue, Ridgeway IPA (cask)...etc, etc. I ordered a Rogue Dead Guy, followed by Stone Ruination, but I had the opportunity to try several other beers as well, thanks to the outstanding service...

I had the good fortune to visit the bar while the 2 owners, Daniel and Jerry, were on the premises. Daniel was in fact tending the bar, and when I explained I had made the trip from New Jersey, he seemed genuinely pleased. We had a chance to talk for a few minutes before he had other customers to attend to, and he offered several nice-sized samples for me to try...unexpected and appreciated.

If you want a good bottled beer, there are only 20 available, but it's a high-quality selection. There's also various types of food if you're hungry, though I didn't have any on this visit...

Another nice element is the irreverent humor. One example...a small blackboard in the back advises "You should drink cask ale, it's the shit." For real...

Based on the quality, selection and service, I expect The Dirty Truth will quickly climb the charts on Beer Advocate...highly recommended.

**Stony's Biscuit** - Since The Dirty Truth is only a short drive away from its sister bar, The Moan and Dove, its natural to visit both places on the same trip. But if you're only going to one bar, you may want to stick with The Dirty Truth if: you're with a group, you want a better draft selection, you want some food with your beer, and/or you want to be in an area where you can walk around and do some window shopping...

StonyB, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%

An obvious, new, must hit Beer hunter destination in the Amherst/Northampton area. As others have noted, there is no sign, so get your directions ready and keep your eyes open, we, of course drove by a few times, before getting the image up on line in the car, thank you BA Beerfly!

Great tap and bottle selections, check their website for the details, but be confident you will find stuff here that is not pouring in many places. Locals, regionals (Yeah Sixpoint!) nationals (3-4 Stone selections) Hennepin, Saison Dupont, tons of other on tap and bottles, cask selections, they have got the goods beer wise

Upscale, artistic, big, cool, friendly staff, great bathrooms, all the correct glassware, reasonable prices, this place has ALOT going for it. If I was local this would be the obvious watering hole. Highly recommended, if you are anywhere near the area.

Holy smokes BBQ is just a few minutes away in Hatfield and no warm weather visit to the area is complete without a dip in Puffers pond, (easy directions from Google )just north of Amherst.

Billolick, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of unknownoffender
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

I was traveling to MA for work purposes, and Northampton wasn't really on my way to my next destination, so I took a bit of a detour to visit The Dirty Truth. Definitely worth it!

I passed by the bar at first because there's no sign outside, but realized I'd found it when I saw some of the artwork on the wall inside that I recognized from their website. The owner doesn't intend to put up a sign, which I dig. So if you're heading there just look for a bar in the middle of the block with a white facade. You'll know you're in the right place when you walk in and see shelves stacked with the appropriate glassware for the 40 beers they have on tap. And if you need further confirmation have a seat at the bar where you'll see "The Dirthy Truth" printed on their coasters.

The staff was welcoming from the beginning. I was approached quickly after taking a seat at the bar and my beer was in front of me shortly thereafter. The only thing that slowed the process down was my inability to decide what to order...the selection was awesome! I also ordered dinner, which I didn't wait long for and it tasted good too. I'd say their menu is on the smaller side, but I think the variety is good (better than the average bar food) and there's an item on there to match any appetite.

The atmosphere also added to my experience. The walls are a deep red, with one wall displaying pretty cool artwork. I'd have to say one of my favorite parts of this beer hall was the lighting, especially above the bar. The naked lightbulbs that hang above the bar are very simple, yet I really liked what they added to the space.

Last but definitely not least, the service is what really made my day. After traveling solo and driving all day, it was nice to strike up a conversation with the bartender, and find out they LOVE customers who appreciate beer! Unfortunately I had to eat, drink, and be on my way, especially since I planned to visit the first bar opened by the owner, The Moan and Dove. But after spending just a little time at The Dirty Truth, I felt less like a visitor who was there for the first time and more like I feel when I'm at one of my regular bars back home.

This bar is one I'd definitely recommend, especially if you're anywhere within a 100-mile radius of Northampton (like I said, I took quite a detour).

unknownoffender, Jul 19, 2006
The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
97 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.