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Moe's Tavern

Not Rated.
Moe's TavernMoe's Tavern
BA SCORE
100
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.87%
Taps: 17
Bottles: 60
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @nocoorslight

Notes:
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(Place added by: sraimondi on 02-26-2008)
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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

Billolick, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of drylongso2
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%

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

drylongso2, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of cbw1978
4.03/5  rDev -13.5%

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!

cbw1978, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%

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!

indiapaleale, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of madmanjf
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

madmanjf, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Beercub
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

Beercub, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.4/5  rDev -5.6%

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

HopEnthusiast, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of jfindley
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

jfindley, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Junior63
4.85/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

Junior63, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of TeddyBG
4.8/5  rDev +3%

An excellent tap selection that apparently rotates frequently. I was there twice over the past two weeks and noticed quite a few changes upon my recent visit. A strong west coast representation.

All tap selections are written on the windows and all beer selections are written on chalkboards throughout the bar. Practically, 100% american craft beers. The only foreign beers that I noticed were the Unibroue's.

Service was excellent with the bartender having a good knowledge of the selections. They are more than happy to offer up a sample without even a request. The owner, Josh, was there both times and you can tell that he is hell-bent on making the best beer bar in Western Mass. My vote is that he has already accomplished this.

The food was typical pub food that doesn't get in the way of why you are there. Try the Dogfish wings. Quite good.

To sum it all up...if you are bombing down the Mass Pike and you pass by exit 2, you have missed an excellent opportunity to try some of the best craft beers this country has to offer.

TeddyBG, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.18/5  rDev -10.3%

A tremendously fun bar with a very good beer selection and something for everyone.

The prices range from the reasonable to the extreme ($4 to $399!). There is a large inside above the large window that says "No Coors Light." They have a helpful menu that breaks their beers into four categories (basically IPAs, Porters, Lagers and Belgians).

The bartender was very friendly and attentive, and though she acknowledged she was still learning about beer, she was very willing to talk about it. She put up with my friend and I which gave her extra points.

The food, while not unbelievable, was good and hit the spot. We had a buffalo chicken strip sandwich and three slider burgers. All very reasonably priced and well-made.

It's a great place to get stranded for a few hours in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

http://jbojangles.blogspot.com/2008/05/two-minute-guide-to-moes-tavern.html

williamherbert, May 25, 2008
Photo of eberkman
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%

My family has a place in Becket (next town over) and I've been going there frequently during the year and for much of the summer since the 70s when I was a little kid.

I'd been pining for a good beer bar nearby forever and while I've only been to Moe's once so far (didn't make it out there much this winter), a beer bar in Lee -- especially one as good as this one -- feels like the answer to my prayers.

My brother-in-law (a fellow BA) and I spent a great Sunday there in January to watch the AFC Championship. While there were only about 5 taps at the time, I hear it's expanded. But the selections at the time were nice. DFH, Rogue and Oscar's among others IIRC. Also, a very solid, reasonably priced bottle selection.

The service was a real winner -- friendly bartenders who were attentive but not hovering and knowledgeable but not snobby. Josh, the owner, seemed like a really cool guy, especially when he was pouring everyone free samples of Southern Tier Choklat Stout (thanks, man!). The clientele was pretty laid-back and friendly as well. The plasma TVs were plentiful and well-placed -- I can't think of anywhere I would have rather been that day.

Didn't try the food so I can't rate it. The selection overall wasn't what you'd see at some of the more established places in bigger cities (Publick House, Sunset), but it was still extensive and, again, very fairly priced.

I loved this place and hope it lasts -- I can see myself making plenty of visits this summer.

eberkman, May 06, 2008
Photo of wwheeler
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%

So I guess I'll go at this review piece by piece. The atmosphere was good from the point of view that there was a lot going on (flat screen tvs, beer signs, and the bottle list written on chalkboards). However, the regulars at the bar were welcoming and willing for conversation. Also, the bartender was EXTREMELY courteous and available. The conversation certainly took precedence over the tvs. So the atmosphere in the end was great because of the people in the bar.

In my humble opinion quality and value go hand in hand. Because of the really good bottle list and the fact that the taps on hand were awesome representatives of domestic microbrews; for that, what they cost was exceptional (and reasonable going with the vernacular of the website). Think about it, if you are going to have a Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA bottle, you GOING to have to pay for it...it's 20% alcohol! (With that said, keep an eye on the draft list, they are going to have 120min on draft, and from what I gather, a GOOD price...so definitely KEEP AN EYE on Moe's). When it comes to it, HAVING that availability of beer lends itself to prices of over $3 a beer.

It was a slow Sunday afternoon, so the bartender was more than able to keep an eye on us and when we were ready for another beer. But because it was slow we were able to talk, and it seems that Moe's is dedicated to keeping a knowledgeable staff. If a bar is going to serve beer that can reach high ends of the ABV spectrum, then it's important to have a staff that is knowledgeable about their beer.

Selection was great, the tap list centered on domestic microbrews...some I haven't heard of yet (as I frequent bars in the Pioneer Valley). The bottles also had great domestic microbrews as well as a few foreign.

As for food, I normally go to a place that has a GREAT beer selection, but no food. So to me, Moe's has great BAR food. I emphasize BAR food because it's not pretentious food, it's no frills bar food that can help you have a few more beers. With that said, it tastes great. I had the mini-burgers and sweet potato fries. Wicked soft buns on the burgers and tastey fries. It's food that helps you out, tastes great, but DOES NOT take away from the beer. Moe's CENTERS on the beer, and helps you out with the food they offer.

In the end, if the owner is true to his vision of offering QUALITY beer AND having a knowledgeable staff, then this is a true departure than other tap halls in the Berkshires. Moe's appears to be a place that is FOCUSED on the beer that they serve. If you live in the Berkshires, then it is MORE than worth it to take the drive down Rt. 7 and 20 to Lee. Compared to other places in the Berkshires you are going to get outstanding beer at a place that focuses on the beer (not other things like wings). If you're in the Pioneer Valley, take the hour it takes to go west on the Mass Pike to check this place out. It's a different kind of place that is willing to focus on a great beer selection, so give Moe's a shot.

wwheeler, Mar 30, 2008
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Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA
100 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.