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Moe's Tavern

Not Rated.
Moe's TavernMoe's Tavern

Taps: 17 / Bottles: 60
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.01%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]

10 Railroad St
Lee, Massachusetts, 01238-1638
United States
phone: (413) 243-MOES

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @nocoorslight

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: sraimondi on 02-26-2008)
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pandora31

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I was driving through MA last week and found this place on the BA website. I loved everything from the atmosphere to the beer selection. The food selection was limited but the burger I ordered was good. They did have DFH 60 min wings that I did not try...maybe next time! The bartender was great, knowledgeable, and personable. Overall, the vibe of this place is a "regular" hang-out, big plus in my opinion. I love unpretentious bars and this definitely matches the criteria (in a good way)!

06-03-2009 05:47:52 | More by pandora31
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Met up with Grover in Springfield and headed for Lee/Moe's on our way to the DEAD show in Albany. Friendly, funky place just a block or so from the mini main drag in tiny Lee. 11 on tap, 30 or 40 bottles (a hand full of Founders bottles were enticing). DFH, Rogue, Stone on behalf of the heavy hitting nationals and then BBC, Mayflower and some others on behalf of the locals. Hendrix on the stereo, a friendly bartender, personable owner, tasty sandwedges (I tried the veggie, "Bird food" special) all added up to an easy going, quite worthy, casual stop in the Berkshires. I need a place like this in my neighborhood! I would be there too often for my waistline.

04-20-2009 23:09:09 | More by Billolick
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drylongso2

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

I took my two sons (12 and 9 years old) and my dad (70+ years old) and we all had a great time. My kids loved the wings, sweet potato fries and Saranac Root Beer. My dad and I loved the Southern Tier Choklat stout on tap. Josh, the owner, was friendly and engaging as was the rest of the staff. I'm going to make Moe's Tavern a regular stop whenever I visit the Berkshires.

On Tap:
Dogfish Head Aprihop
Troegs Rugged Trail Nut Brown ALe
Berkshire Brewing Raspberry Strong
Atwater Vanilla Java Porter
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Abita LIGHT
Victory Saphir Pils
Sixpoint Apollo Wheat
Southern Tier Choklat
Young's Double Chocolate Stout
Dogfish 60 Miniute IPA

03-02-2009 17:17:46 | More by drylongso2
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cbw1978

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Just took the youngest brother for his 21st birthday, as he lives in the area. We had a very good time. Great selection for a beer bar in a very small town in Western MA; made his "first" beer experience very approachable.

Atmosphere is a little weird and eclectic - a lot of Rogue stickers everywhere, Simpson's memorabilia, chalkboard walls with Beer 101 type scrawlings, 11 taps written in colored soap on the window, neon lights, and a lot of craft beer marketing tchotchkes (sp?). The anti-BMC vibe was heavily present here, to the point of being unnecessary and a little annoying. But the music was amazing - classic rock song after classic rock song that we all knew by heart!

Owner was super-nice and approached us to thank us for introducing our little bro to good beer and him to a new customer - "I keep reminding myself that people are turning 21 every day" he said. Ha ha.

A great bottle list, decent prices, and a fun menu - 60 Minute Wings (I assume Dogfish Head beer batter) were tasty, the Krusty Burgers were a little overcooked. Happy to find this place, and I will be back when visiting my brother!

02-16-2009 23:22:06 | More by cbw1978
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $

I finally made it out to Lee to check out Moe's Tavern...about time!

Found it pretty easily, right off the main drag. I thought it was funny since Moe's has tons of craft brew signage on the windows and not more than 20 yards away is some dive bar that has just MBC stuff. Its like the bizzarro Moe's or something...

Anyways, Josh (the owner) is the man. He was bartending on a relatively quiet Sunday afternoon and really took care of us. Super friendly and very passionate about good beer and his place.

Taps are full of great stuff. They are also expanding their taps as well so be on the lookout for even more great stuff. Josh updates the taplist on Moe's Facebook page everytime they kick a keg...that's dedication!

They had the following on tap when we were there:

Sixpoint Apollo Wheat
Great Divide Denver Pale Ale
Brooklyn Lager
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Southern Tier Choklat
Flying Dog Garde Dog
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout
Left Hand Smoke Jumper Porter <---- AWESOME
Victory Golden Monkey
Young's Double Chocolate Stout*
Dogfish 60 Miniute IPA*

They also carry a ton of great bottles!

The decor is great, total beer lovers place. My wife and I were both saying we just felt comfortable having some beers in Moe's and wished we lived a few blocks from a place like it.

Food is enough to keep you going. I had some 60 Minute hot wings which were pretty good and we shared some damn good sweet potato fries. Service was excellent as well.

I only have great things to say about Moe's. We loved it and will go back soon! Cheers Josh, thanks for being such a great host!

02-16-2009 00:20:02 | More by indiapaleale
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madmanjf

New York

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped here on a Saturday evening ... 3rd stop of a three-leg beer excursion.

My friend and I were immediately greeted by the owner who was sitting at the bar and appeared to be a customer. It was really nice to be welcomed to the place by him as it showed a great deal of hospitality. He was on his way out but didn't want to miss the chance to welcome some new faces.

This place has a lot of memorabilia and references to The Simpson's. If you've ever watched the show, you should know why :) The place is very clean and possesses a welcoming atmosphere.

There was an impressive line-up of tapped beers, and I spent the night enjoying Founders Breakfast Stout because, being from NY State, I can't get it. To find it on tap was a great find for me.

I didn't get to try any food; although, people around me were ordering and what I saw looked tasty.

The crowd was pretty much college-age and up and I suspect most everyone would feel very comfortable here.

I really enjoyed the visit and hope to return soon.

NOTE TO GPS'ers: The address on here didn't jive well with my TomTom. I had to drive a block or so further down to find the place.

01-30-2009 18:05:43 | More by madmanjf
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Beercub

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

There are some beer bars that appeal to the old-fashioned traditional beer halls - such as Mahars and Moan and Dove. There are those that strike a chord by offering an overwhelming number of beers and decent (enough) food such as the Falling Rock in Denver and the Sunset Grille in Boston. Moe's strikes out in its own direction by creating a vibe that celebrates the excitement, fun, and off-centeredness of the craft beer scene in America today. There is the hand-written colorful listings of available beers on just about every wall and window. There is a lighting scheme that makes the whole place glow with warmth and vitality. There are silly details everywhere - from Simpsons motifs, to brewery paraphanalia, to a cooler at the end of the bar that is labeled "shit beer" (full of BMC bottles). The front windows are lined with empty Oskar Blues cans. The Stone Arrogant Bastard poster "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" (or something like that) greets you at the bar. There are several flat panel tv's with no volume usually offering some live sporting events. At night the music is on the loud side and leans toward alternative (think satellite radio - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radio Head, REM). So, the vibe is very upbeat, warm, and energetic - appealling especially to the 20-and-30-somethings, but not turning away the older crowed either. The place is particularly nice at making those who love craft beer feel the excitement, and for those who are new to the scene feel compelled to try new things.

There are a couple of permanent taps (DFH 60, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, other?) and the remainder rotate at a nice pace and offerings from Oskar Blues, Stone, Lagunitas, Green Flash, Unibreu, Allagash, Dogfish Head, Founders, Anderson Valley, and Smuttynose are common. If you're a Sam Adams or Sierra Nevada fan, this is not your place. Josh seems to be choosing beers that are on the exotic side - the kinds of beers that craft beer lovers seek out and will drive a little ways to find. They also have many bottled beers and provide you with a printout with prices to make navigating them easier.

The waitstaff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The bartenders are all beer enthusiasts who are eager to talk beer and they are generous with the samples. I was particularly happy that they don't mimic some other beer places in the area that won't give you samples of the more expensive beers. To me that is counter-intuitive - why would I spend 7 or 8 dollars on a beer w/o trying it first? So, again, they're all about celebrating beer and sharing the love.

The food is minimal pub food and on the pricy side for what you get. But it is good quality and dovetails well with the beers if you've really got the munchies. The mini hotdogs are excellent.

In summary, Moe's has the intimacy of places like Moan & Dove and Mahars, but has burned off any european/traditional beer hall features in favor of a vibrant, bright, American craft beer enthusiast place to be.

10-14-2008 16:44:05 | More by Beercub
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HopEnthusiast

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

If you live in the Berkshires, this is a must stop for any beer drinker. That have a great assortment of beers in both bottles and on tap. They even have an easy to understand menu that divides the beers up according to catagory. Josh the owner, and his staff are all very knowledgable on all of the beers that they serve. Just ask them for a kind of beer and if they dont have it they can recommend something that is equally good or even better. The size of the establishment is a little small but the great atmosphere makes up for it. They always got great music playing and multiple flat screen tvs to whatch the game on. They serve standard bar food, ex: great mini dogs, sliders, etc., but there great selection of beer is the best part of this place. Keep up the great job Josh. Thanks

Rick

10-14-2008 03:06:50 | More by HopEnthusiast
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jfindley

New York

4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

I hate to admit it, but I've driven right past here on I-90 on close to one hundred occasions and never knew this was here and never stopped. The fact that I haven't been here until now is - simply put - shameful.

Stopped here with a friend on the way back from business in NH. It was a Wednesday evening. Just a few people at the bar which was fine as it's a small place. My friend and I sat at the bar and ordered up a couple and looked over the beer and food menu. The beer menu is extensive, the food menu not. But that's okay; they make no pretense of this being fine dining. Burgers, mini burgers, hotdogs, etc. All served in plastic red baskets with chips.

But we weren't here for the food, but the soup. And oh my, what soup they have. Absolutely great tap selection as well as a huge bottle selection. There are more unusual and rare beers in this one little place than you'd find in most average cities. My barmate ordered a bottle of Dogfish Palo Santo Marron while I had a pint of Boulder's Hazed & Infused. Then I had a Stone 12 (on tap? are you kidding me?) and my friend Bleary forged on with a 90 minute.

We did order food, but this place is not about the food. It was actually decent (cheeseburger comes with your choice of American, American, or American) and it will fill your gut pleasantly enough so you can soldier on through the soup. It's real work to stick with it for very long.

The staff was friendly and definitely knows beer. And that alone makes it worth the visit.

I'm so freaking stupid for not stopping here sooner. All those trips and miles wasted when I could have been enjoying myself in Lee. Don't make the same mistake I did; take the time to stop here if you're anywhere near the area.

09-21-2008 20:28:05 | More by jfindley
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Junior63

Arizona

4.85/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Well, again what can I say. I grew up in Lee and left 13 years ago to the beer heaven we know as Colorado. When I left the best thing you coule get was a Sam Adams. Wow how times have changed. Everything was top notch and it sure felt nice to sit down at a bar where there was something to drink, and man did he have a list. He had just opened when we visited in Nov., but you could tell that Josh was making something special. Like I said having grown up there, I was a little aphrensive that he would make it, because it is a watered down macro area, but he sure has seem to have done it. Worth the trip off the Pike to check out this little gem.

06-24-2008 02:34:15 | More by Junior63
Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA
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