Moe's Tavern

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Moe's TavernMoe's Tavern
BA SCORE
100
world-class

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: n/a
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

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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%
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.

Photo of mltobin
4.06/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I had heard about Moe`s Tavern for some time now, not nearly as long as the one from the Simpsons, but they do have quite a bit of Simpsons paraphernalia up. Along with plenty of signs and other decor from craft brewers. I think I also saw a skateboard, maybe some skis on the wall.
For the beer, they have 16 or so taps. And then there is a small fridge with a selection of a few dozen bottles. I recall things from Founders, Stillwater, Atwater, Dogfish, Rogue and others. No food on premise, but I believe that they are ok with you bringing in take-out food from wherever. Only small downside is that prices are a bit higher than what might expect, particularly for this area. But, certainly worth a stop if you find yourself in the area.

Photo of indiapaleale
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!

Photo of Hautacam
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This little place deserves all the praise it gets. What a great lineup of beers. Great eccelctic atmosphere...multiple themes.Very interesting stuff...posters, cans, skis...you name it.
Popped in on a very quiet Monday afternoon after riding up Greylock's newly paved road...both sides..ouch, I need a beer NOW. Pretty Things ... Field Mouse Farewell ..Green Flash IPA. 13 good ones to chose from on tap and a really impressive bottle list.
The kitchen was closed, but the bartender said it was Ok to bring in food. She gave me a few suggestions around the corner.
Too bad that I rarely am in Lee, but I would be a regular if I was anywhere near it.

8-11-10 I am raising my ratings on service and selection. I have been in twice after my initial visit. I love this place ! The owner was training a new bartendar and they were both very cool. The selection is great...everything on tap was quality. I think I have to look for more excuses to be in the area so I can go here.

Update 2012 : I have been here several times now; about once a week in the summer.I have gone to lots of beer bars in the past 7 years. This, IMHO, is the best anywhere. Great beer selection, service
( it's either the owners tending bar or somone else who knows beer and makes you feel welcome) friendliness,atmosphere,vibe...always meet interesting people there.I have brought friends here; recomended it to others...everyone thanks me for letting them know about Moe's.

Photo of Chincino
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I visited Moe's while passing through the town of Lee and I was very impressed with this establishment.

The atmosphere was great. There was good music playing and lots of beer signs were up everywhere in addition to the sports stuff intermingled throughout the place.

The bartender was very friendly and helpful. I had Clown Shoes Clementine and Treogs Dreamweaver on tap. The beer selection was great with several good beers on tap. The bottle selection was also good.

They didn't offer food here, but bringing in food from other establishments was allowed.

Moe's is a great local spot which is definitely worth checking out in my opinion if you're in the Lee area.

Photo of DNICE555
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love the eclectic atmosphere. Simpsons paraphernalia, pulp fiction references, craft beer posters,... this is my type of place. The wife and I hiked Mt Greylock and this is right on the way home. The place is very clean. Clean draft lines, fresh food. I've never gotten better service anywhere. Josh is the man. We sat down and he went over every beer on the taplist with us. Our food order came out very quick. Everyone was so friendly. Open dialogue throughout the bar. The least pretentious craft beer bar that I've ever been to. Awesome selection. About 13 beers on tap... 0 wasted. All carefully selected. KBS keg in storage. Food menu is short but sweet. The wings and burger we had was very tasty. Everything was very reasonably priced. I have to restate - Josh is the man. Awesome place... may be my favorite.

Photo of madmanjf
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.

Photo of MattXT
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of sraimondi
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Update: September 22, 2012

So I stopped by Moe's this past Saturday after a long absence, my loss. This place just gets better and better. Along with My Place in Newtown, CT, my fave beer joint in this next of the woods, by far. The beer is always World Class, that's a given, but what sets this place apart is that it is unpretentious and comfortable, with fabulous music always playing. It reminds me of the small, local bars I grew up with in the NYC area. The owner, Josh, not only knows beer, but is a great host. I was also very excited to visit the new package store he has opened in the front of the same building, which houses Moe's. As with the tavern, unpretentious, just great brews and a nice easy going vibe. I wish I could grade this one even higher than 5.0 across the board. Thanks to Josh and keep doing what you are doing; we beer geeks appreciate it. If you have not made it to Moe's, get there; I guarantee you will have a great experience!!

Update: December 28, 2009

Had to visit Josh's joint again before the end of the decade. Boy, am I glad I did. Check out the draught line-up that was running on this snowy Monday in the Berkshires:

DFH 60 Minute (house beer @ $4)
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Stone Arrogant Bastard
Rogue Yellow Snow
Boulder Obovoid
Anchor Christmas 2009 (!)
Elm City Pils
Left Hand Milk Stout
Pretty Things Jack D'or (American Saison)
21st Amendment Monk's Blood
Bear Republic Heritage (Wee Heavy--see separate review)
Avery Old Jubilation ('Tis the Season)

As I have to drive an hour to home, I only had the Anchor and Bear Republic with a taste of the Pretty Things and Monk's Blood (thanks Josh).

OK, so if you folks have not made a special trip to this beer oasis, make a New Year's resolution to do so, for real. Wow!!

Steve

Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

On my way to Cooperstown and the Solid Sound Festival I visited Moe's Tavern. Looks like your neighborhood bar with some beer paraphernalia and other oddities decorating the space. Nice beer selection on tap with about 9 or so draught lines. The bottle list was decent too but not updated so we had to make 2 or 3 picks to get a beer they had in stock. Moe's does not serve food but they allow you to bring food there so thats cool. I liked Moe's tavern but I would not make it a destination, if your in the area definitely check it out.
Cheers

Photo of shueyy
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Moe's is a great beer bar were you will find NO COORS LIGHT served but if you love great beer like Founders, Dog Fish, Allagash, etc. then this is the spot. The owner Josh who's there a lot really knows his beer and even if it's your first time he makes you feel at home. They don't serve food but they have take out menus from all the local restaurants that you can order from. Not only do they have a great beer list but if you like whiskey they have almost 100 different types. I recently had Founders Imperial Stout on tap and loved it. It's a little bit of a hike from Albany, NY or Springfield, MA but you could always convince the wife/girlfriend to drop you off while she hits the Lee outlet mall down the road.

Photo of nopucophop
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I finally visited Moe's and was thrilled that I did. I wish this place was closer to where I lived. It may a good thing it is not.

I have to say the atmosphere is AWESOME. This place is right up my alley. The decor, music, and overall vibe was great.

I did not realize that aside from it's top shelf liquor selection it is a American Craft Beer only. The beer follows suit with it being the best that there is to offer from America.

The service was great. The owner was actually the bartender so it was cool to chat it up with him.

They no longer serve food but he was quick to let us know that we are welcome to bring things in from the local shops.

Overall the prices were good. The ambiance rocked. I am torn between this place and Ye Olde Forge in Lanesboro. I prefer Forges beer selection as it is from all over the world and there food is great but I could sit in Moe's for hours and just have a blast. I will be going to this place whenever I can.

Photo of jfindley
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.

Photo of charlienyc
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dustinjkline
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DousedInStout
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited for the first time this past weekend - what a treat!

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with the walls covered in beer signs. It's a nice, small spot that wasn't overly crowded - a seat at the bar was easily procured. The bartender knew her shit, which is always a plus at a suburban beer bar.

With just 11 taps, the rare and diverse selection made up for it. I started with a McAuslin Oatmeal Stout on nitro, then into a Troegs Hopback amber, and finished with a Left Hand Warrior IPA. The bottle selection was phenomenal as well, with many rarities (Alesmith Speedway Stout, DFH Squall, Founders Breakfast Stout etc).

Overall, a great gem in western Mass that is a must stop if driving through on the pike...

Photo of williamherbert
4.18/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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

Photo of adirondack88
5/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Moe's is awesome! I was contacted by another Beer Advocate member to check it out the next time I was in the Berkshires and it was a great suggestion. What a great beer bar! No food, but that is ok. I was there for the beer.
I met the owner who is a good guy, a self proclaimed ski bum, and is always looking for quality beer to offer to his customers. The day I was there he had DFH 60 min IPA for his house beer and was really promoting Founders.
Next time I am driving through on I-90 I will not stop at the regular rest area in Lee, I will stop at Moe's.

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Okisailor
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Moe's Tavern in Lee, MA
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