The Dirty Truth
Taps: 42 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 73 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Long and slender bar. Forty taps with lots of different style beers. 20 different bottles and two beer engines. Huge chalk board listing brews and ABV and price per pint. Some really special brews and hard to find beers. I had the Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co. There were a bunch of beers, lots of Dogfish head offerings and many more. I also had a great Milk Stout but I forgot the brewer. It was an unseasonably warm January night and they actually had the huge glass window in the front of the building open like the summer time. It was pretty busy in there but no problem getting served. The food looked and smelled really good but we were just having a few brews. Clean bathroom located down stairs. Huge painting from local artists adorned the walls. I guess they rotate the artists and all the stuff is for sale. It is a pretty nice bar with ample seating. Prices were a tad steep for some brews but not to outrageous. Some of the special beers were priced rather high for a pint or a glass. They had lots of glass wear for different beer style servings. Overall a good place with a good atmosphere and a very large selection of brews. I certainly had a great time and enjoyed the wacky weather.
01-07-2007 19:09:16 | More by bigone4
4.65/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-27-2006 22:00:50 | More by aquariumdrinker
4.7/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We had tickets to a show at the Iron Horse and searched the BA for a place to go preshow. This may be the best bar I have ever been in. It has a great casual vibe that you don't find everywhere. It was not too busy, so we were treated to great service from several of the staff. One or two dropped by our table just to chat or to see how are current beer was. Obviosly, they have a great tap selection. Our server helped us with great recommedatons. The food was great too. We had a cheese plate which was incredible (our waitress was excited to talk about this menu item). We followed this with the sausage plate and mac and cheese. These were great too. Over all, an incredible place that I will soon return to.
11-12-2006 14:59:06 | More by citrusjim
5/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
09-23-2006 18:07:17 | More by Envious
4.38/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
There is really nothing not to like about this place. It has a cool cathedral-like look to it when you walk in --lots of wood, extrememly high ceilings with big windows out front. Pleasant lighting and nice artwork placed somewhat sparingly throughout. I also like that they dont have a sign out front other than the sign on the doorknob 1:00--just in case you were wondering when they open. The place is extremely clean which is also quite important for a first impression.
So we got there at about 1:20 or so and I believe we were the first customers. The beer selection was great and the prices seemed fair enough. They have a big chalkboard listing the offerings and I tried to go for some new local beer called Food of the Gods by High and Mighty brewing--apparently contract brewed by Paper City. I liked it quite a bit. We also sampled the brat and kielbasa plate which was absolutely tremendous--my only gripe is that they should offer sauerkraut to go with it. Regardless, it was excellent and very reasonably priced and cooked perfectly.
The bartender was very friendly and seemed to enjoy working there. He offered me up samples of a few things w/o my even requesting them which was totally cool. We talked beers a little which is always enjoyable.
Overall, I would say The Dirty Truth is exactly what a good beerbar should be. Highly recommended !
09-16-2006 18:02:58 | More by rousee
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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...
08-13-2006 04:53:08 | More by StonyB
4.64/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
An obvious, new, must hit Beer hunter destination in the Amherst/Northampton area. As others have noted, there is no sign, so get your directions ready and keep your eyes open, we, of course drove by a few times, before getting the image up on line in the car, thank you BA Beerfly!
Great tap and bottle selections, check their website for the details, but be confident you will find stuff here that is not pouring in many places. Locals, regionals (Yeah Sixpoint!) nationals (3-4 Stone selections) Hennepin, Saison Dupont, tons of other on tap and bottles, cask selections, they have got the goods beer wise
Upscale, artistic, big, cool, friendly staff, great bathrooms, all the correct glassware, reasonable prices, this place has ALOT going for it. If I was local this would be the obvious watering hole. Highly recommended, if you are anywhere near the area.
Holy smokes BBQ is just a few minutes away in Hatfield and no warm weather visit to the area is complete without a dip in Puffers pond, (easy directions from Google )just north of Amherst.
07-28-2006 13:07:31 | More by Billolick
4.8/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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).
07-19-2006 02:58:25 | More by unknownoffender
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited the Dirty Truth on a Sunday afternoon as it was opening. Bartender was very friendly and helpful, witha good sense of humor. The long bar and high table were very inviting as were the decorative paintings on the walls. The quality of the selection of brews was outstanding, with 40 brews of every type on tap. I started with a Samichlaus that was fantastic on tap...a great brew that was served in a tulip glass. I also tried a Beer of the Gods by High and Might Brewing. Well, only 38 more to go!
Service was good. Initially the bartender helped us with our order, as the chef and waitstaff were just arriving. The waitress that took over was friendly and helpful, with a good table manner.
The food was mainly sandwiches and small pizzas that were good, but not great. But, then again the food wasn't the main attraction, it was the beer!
An additional feature that was great was the windows in front that opened to the street. We sat in this area and it was a great place for people watching. Another feature that captures the mood is the "sign" for the restaurant. It appears to be a beer coaster with "the Dirty Truth" on it. Interesting Touch!
A high recommendation.
06-26-2006 16:35:33 | More by edchicma
4.9/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Came here with big expectations...love the Moan and Dove....so knew this place would be great.
The previous reviews describe the place well. The atmosphere is very cool...all about beer..a little artsy...only one small TV way back in the corner.The large open front end is really great. My girlfriend and I spent a good part of our rainy Sunday here near the front....sipping great beer, eating some good food and watching the world-that-is Northampton go by ( btw, it's an interesting world...are we in the East Village again ? )
Fun to watch the confused look on people's faces as they walk by...look in and try to find the the sign that will tell them what place this is...there's no sign yet. Somehow, the "beer people" know what this place is....no sign necessary.
The service was really good...our waitress was very friendly, attentive and knowledgable...she patiently brought us samples of several beers...the selection on tap is mind-blowing...hard to decide. We did decide on Maudite,Scaldis,Saison DuPont,and Stone Ruination...all served in the right glassware and at the right temperature.
We both liked the food...a burger w/fries and the sausage plate (awesome!)...a little pricey, but very good.
The music was ecclectic...and kept low....which is as it should be....I've never understood why good bars would blast music.The place had a pretty good crowd for a Sunday ;and people , mostly couples and small groups were talking...not shouting at each other...this is what beer heaven is for me.
The bottle list is amazing too, as is the display of great beers above the bar....Guldenburg and XX Bitter get their own section...as they deserve !
We left to walk around town and shop a little...only to return about 90 mins later for another beer and their special veggie pizzette...which was really good.
This would be a regular spot for us if we lived in the area. We drove an hour to get here from CT and will definitely return as often as we can. Well worth the drive. This is probably the best place in the country to have a beer...oh yeah, I mean the second best....cause, that other place is #1 !
06-26-2006 12:40:34 | More by Hautacam
The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
97 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.