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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 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 Eriogonum
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Eriogonum, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of JGLittle
5/5  rDev +12.9%

JGLittle, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of mikeys01
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%

Visited the Dirty Truth with my wife Lisa this past Sunday afternoon. Fantastic location in downtown Northampton on Main St. We nearly walked by the place, which although very nicely fronted with a gigantic open air window and well stated polished metal trim, still somehow manages to lurk just under the nose of the unsuspecting passerby. As we were peering in the window, we quite quickly realized that this is Where It’s At from the huge line of taps we could see as well as the good natured jeers to us from fellow beer drinkers and Daniel inside telling us there was a great place with crappy beer just around the corner. Unabashed, we wandered in and plunked ourselves down on a couple of the plethora of bar stools lining the impressively long beautiful dark wooden bar. Although we had no problem finding a seat this day, I have no doubt there will be many a night when patrons are waiting hours to grab one of these many seats.

Inside the Dirty Truth the place is clean and brand spanking new, dark red paint on the walls, with interesting artwork adorning them a la Moan style, very cool. Good and different music playing as well, something else you can always count on Daniel and staff for. The uberlong bar runs most of the length of the room, flanked by tables along side. New diverse and proper glassware is evident and all beers are served accordingly and appropriately. Excellent attention to detail on everything here, it just feels right and you know right away you won’t be disappointed. Service is prompt and extremely knowledgeable, but how could it be otherwise here?

Beer selection is jawdropping, both on tap and in bottles. I thought it was tough deciding what to order at the Moan sometimes; well, the Dirty Truth is another order of magnitude beyond that. This is a place where you could comfortably sit for a LONG time enjoying the world’s best beer, good conversation, and just a great environment. Food menu appears to have just enough of exactly what you’d want to go with great beer, and all of it extremely well done and put together. We sampled the mussels and sausages from the plates of goodbyeohio and thebestever who were visiting with us, and nearly had to order some for ourselves, despite the fact that we’d already eaten.

All in all a great place and a new treasure to certainly rank among the best places to enjoy some of the best beer to be had. We really enjoyed our visit, from the amazing beer, to the comfy seats at the bar, to the great service provided by an obviously happy and well satisfied proprietor, Daniel Lanigan. You MUST visit, nuff’ said.

mikeys01, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of alee42
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%

The Dirty Truth is well worth stopping in for a sit down meal and beer - it's very laid back and the atmosphere is so relaxing. A quick glance from the outside of the bar, it's hard to notice the small letters making out "the Dirty Truth". You walk into a dimly lit area with the bar lining the side of the wall, and long tables with high chairs jutting out from the opposite wall. The environment is warming and relaxing, with some art and canvas paintings hanging high on the walls.

The bar has many taps, probably 25 or so, and a chalkboard with the on-tap beers above the far end wall. Very conveniently, the staff organizes the beers into "light and pale", "medium", "IPA", "dark", and "belgian" on a smaller board to the left of the bar - if people do not know the type of beer listed on the chalkboard.

Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about beers. They are always happy to give you samples and always offer samples if you are uncertain about the selection.

The menu selection is very basic, but a good food to chew on with your beers are the french fries. I highly recommend the fries that are fried in truffle oil - just adds to the experience.

alee42, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of sanguis
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

sanguis, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Lomochic82
4.92/5  rDev +11.1%

Lomochic82, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

sunday afternoon, two-ish. bar is empty, owner is tending to the few beer-lovers and tourists who wander in on a lazy, sunny, yet cool day.

the place itself has high ceilings, railroad car-depth and northampton class. from the outside, all you'll see is plate-glass and silver steel. no sign necessary.. look for the happy people hoisting pints and you're in the right place. walls are dominated by a maroon/magenta crisp paint- balanced by some great large-sized pieces of intriguing artwork. boba fett in silhouette, 'as seen on tv,' and a beautiful metalworked clock, actually functioning, in the front of the bar. artwork will rotate, but on a more seriously art-conscious schedule. by the clock, there's indoor/outdoor seating overlooking a window to the street. the bar runs along the left side, stools and tables along the right. kitchen in the rear. same setup as 'moan and dove', strangely, but everything here is new, shiny, big, and smells good. give it time, daniel, crew, and fans will wear it in.

the bar itself is still untarnished wood with a good view of the forty taps this place prides itself upon. mirrors are mounted with chain links over the taps, creating a euro-pub atmosphere on a grander scale. glassware fills the shelves, all proper and sparkling crisply. the m&d team knows there is extra attention on this spot, and they have succeeded in covering their bases here.

the beer? pristine. the selection? immaculate. something for everyone. lagers, pale ales, pilsners, ipa's, stouts, porters, gueuzes, lambics, triples, etc... with 40 taps and 20 truly well-selected bottles (everything from monschambacher lager to spezial rauchbier, achel extra to rogue xs imperial stout in the ceramic bottle), how can you go wrong? 2 casks too! it's been a while since i've felt the urge to spend all day at the bar, experimenting with several new beers despite my liver's sensitivity.. i didn't buckle today but i can predict problems in the future. the selection here will make those tickers cream in their pants.

the food... small menu, reserved. upscale pub fare with a twist. seemingly the bane of the owner's existence, but it looks good. i opted for the 'sausages,' the s/o went for the mussels and frites. let me tell you, i have not had better kielbasa and bratwurst in recent memory, maybe ever. not to mention, the char-grilling was perfectly juicy in its carbon crispiness and the buttered onions were creamy, flavorful compliments. the mussels that i tried were void of sand and luxuriously creamy in a beer sauce. tender, clean mussel meat. the food was a big deal to me, and the craving for these bratwursts will bring me back just as strongly as the beer will.

service? you're being helped by one of the most passionate beer geeks around. samples, conversation, insight... what more do you want? i'm sure, at some point, the bar will be ruled by slightly-less-knowledgeable northamptonites or former dove-ishes, but the spirit of DL will inhabit all the interactions forged at this ritzy new beer bar. i saw a real desire to keep interactions here on a personal and insightful beer level, rather than succumb to the surrounding area's posh vacancy. a true beacon of northampton, infusing some really keen elements of what we all love. this place is the new gold standard on the NE tip.. respect it, come visit. don't forget the original moan and dove, but split your visits up. cross that bridge.. it's ok, jim says so.

goodbyeohio, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of bird18
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

Really loved this place. as other reviewers have pointed out there is no sign, know the address before you go and look for the tented chalkboard outside with the specials listed.

We sat at the bar both times we visited. Was blown away by the number of beers on tap and how many IPAs (my favorite) to choose from. Bartender who served us was most excellent, I wish I had gotten her name. Started with a Racer 5 then tried a Hooker IPA she got talking about the different IPAs with us as it was a favorite style of hers as well. My last try was left hand warrior and was certainly glad we were walking back to our room. Had the hummus plate to eat and hubby had the cuban with sweet potatoe fries both meals were excellent. Hubby stuck with DIPAs most of the time as was very happy with his choices as well.

we went back the next night to have just one more because we just couldn't leave without trying a couple more of the incredible selection (I counted 37 active taps) We took a look at the bottle list the second night and wished we had more time in the area to try some more of the great selection of beers they had. If in western MA add this place to your "must goes"

bird18, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

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 !

Hautacam, Jun 26, 2006
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The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
97 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.