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Armsby Abbey

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168 Ratings
Ratings: 168
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

144 Main St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01608-1105
United States
phone: (508) 795-1012

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @armsbyabbey

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Reviews by mltobin:
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4.15/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Worcester, particularly the downtown area, does not have too many positive connotations associated with it. However, it has gotten better in recent years. One of the businesses that seems to have helped in this is Armsby Abbey.
There is a long bar, as well as a good number of tables. For taps, I believe they have about 20 selections. During a couple visits, I have seen MA brewers including Mayflower, Jack`s Abbery, BBC, others. New England as a whole gets attention, and some Belgians and other US brewers are in the mix as well. For bottles, there is a list with some great options covering different styles, but is not one of those bottles lists that sometimes are larger than necessary.
Food is very good, although a bit expensive. Service is very good, even when they are busy. It is nice to see that have done so well, and with that, it can get crowded at "peak dining/bar hours".

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Photo of Fernans
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A beer geeks, beer bar. All interesting and different craft on their non-descript tap handles with many different styles of both U.S. and European beers. Clean with a solid wood with a vibe of people who understand and appreciate beer. This place also does real cocktails (made the old fashion way).

Though the food was well done, the menu is very limited, unless you like cheese, alot of cheese. Best in class. Definitely a place worth seeking out. Only 50 minutes from Providence or Boston.

Photo of boredalready
3.96/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

My only real issue with Armsby is the service. It seems that every time I go the bartender is a condescending jerk. I live very close by but after a dozen or so visits over the course of a year I don't plan to go back no matter how good the beer and food. But with the selection they have they won't miss my business and people won't stop going there anyway.

Photo of Strickzland
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is a hidden gem! If you are anywhere in the Worcester area this is a must stop! Great locally grown food, great craft selection, and great vibes! A small hole in the wall with just a great atmosphere filled with a diverse group of great people.

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Very nice place, good size for a bar but not huge. Fairly dark interior; music was kept low enough that conversation was easy.

Great tap list from around the country, with a couple from Germany and Belgium, as well. Excellent selections across multiple styles. Very impressive bottle selection, too, mostly focused on Belgians: 3F, Cantillon, etc.

Food is very modern farm-to-table kind of fare: fancy cheeses, mushrooms, etc. They also have more traditional pub fare, like burgers and fries. What I ate (and saw) was excellent.

Service was fine and friendly on my visit.

Truly an outstanding spot.

Photo of jlindros
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%

Well apparently my review of Armsby was deleted or lost accidentally. Well... let's just say this is one of the best bars in the world! I've been around many places in the world, through Europe, some Asia, a little bit West coast U.S., and all over East Coast U.S., and this is def one of the best, if not The best bars I've ever been to. Many people get a pretentious beer geek vibe from it, which I can totally see, but you really have to get to know them to know that's just an external vibe. They are really great here, very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. They can pick out almost any beer to match one of their amazing locally sourced cuisines almost perfectly.

Prices are maybe the only issue... beers are decent but a bit on the high side, typical for a bar that has such an amazing selection, and the food can be pricey but is top top notch food almost all coming from a local farm too. Their selection of beers are amazing, with many taps, 8 or so always dedicated to Belgian beers, and countless amazing bottles that are constantly changing. Often I really have no idea how they can get many of the beers they do, lots of aged beers, super limited beers, and ones I had no idea existed or were only made for a specific event at Armsby.

Speaking of events, nothing compares to the Armsby events, from their Founders Breakfast, to stoutfest, their Christmas beerfest, to brewery take-overs, everything is always amazing. And now that they expanded the size it's even better so they can fit more people inside.

As a semi foodie it's also amazing. I try not to spend too much, but the food can be awesome. If you've never been, first thing to get is the mac and cheese, or bone marrow. From there is just gets better and better. Jerk food and other spicy food can be so hot even I have to take a step back. My only regret is that I can't make it there very often anymore due to family and financial obligations. Someday though I'll be back htere a couple times a week, probably with my son when he's old enough. I just hope Alec can hold out that long and keep this place as classy as it is!

Photo of Nichols33
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Tap list is one of the better ones in the area but over the past half year it's been a tad stale. If you love belgians, there is always a good selection. They tend to have the same breweries on tap (Victory, Stone, Smuttynose, Firestone, Allagash), not that those are bad ones, but if you frequent this place more than once a month, you tend to get bored waiting for new stuff. They do get Trillium and Maine Beer Co. every now and then which is always a bonus.

Most people love the food, but it's a little too out there for me (no pub cheeseburger, etc.) but the cheese slates are outstanding.

Depending on when you go, it tends to get a bit packed, therefore extremely uncomfortable unless you got a seat. But nothing beats getting one of the outdoor tables on a nice summer afternoon.

Bartenders are hit or miss. Some are extremely friendly. And some are dicks. Wish there were a few less of the later.

Photo of Robo123
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have lived in Worcester for over 12 years now and while Armsby Abbey has been open for 6 years, I had not set foot in their establishment until about 2 years ago. Every time I walk in now, I ask myself, "what took you so long?!?"

A-brick interior, inviting bar, low lighting at night, music not too intrusive, and thank heavens for no TV's!
Q-Incredibly fresh food. Period. Mussels steamed in beer finished with pork fat mayo...creative flatbreads...charcuterie slates...oxtail poutine...stout belgian waffles, sweet potato pancakes (mouth waters as I'm writing this!) and of course one of the most diverse offerings OT and in bottles I've ever come across. So, so clean too-you can tell they really pay attention to their taps and lines. Never an off pour here. I always enjoy looking at their lineup on their website and then "planning my strategy" as to which new beer I will be trying when I head in there next.
S-very knowledgeable and seasoned staff; know just when to come over and check in on you and also make great suggestions on pairing.
S- not a huge lineup for food, but everything I've tried I've been pleased with. The OT lineup occasionally has too many selections of a similar type (I'm just getting my toes wet in the pool of stouts and porters, so not as excited to go when several are OT) but bottle lineup is top notch
F-see Q.
V-some of the entrees for dinner are on the high side ($20-$25) but sometimes I go and just grab a few apps and it's affordable. Brunch is very reasonable and most OT selections are between $5-$8 for US and $7-$11 for imports.

Photo of SABERG
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

A- A lively space that can be a touch loud, woodwork and brick are splendid. Lighting is subdued but this is no cave.
Q - The quality is a paramount priority. The food is diverse and well crafted. Attention to detail, like the silverware being perfectly balanced in your hand can be missed by the customers. Local sourcing is listed, the baked goods are from a sister operation and beautiful.
S - The service is tight with a sharp attention that's personal, not overbearing. We have been to fests, when insanity ruled, and a quiet lunch, each treated with a personal touch.
S - There are few places with the diversity of food and drink. All is curated well.
F - From the best cheese plate to specials that challenge a diner this is one of the best food offerings in the state.
V - With all that quality, the prices are market. That can be percieved as expensive. I price value for value, not quantuty. That said Armsby is a great value.

Simply one of the best.

Cheers all

Photo of Dida
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great folks here. Price is right for the quality of food that you get. It's nice to have a place to eat fresh local food in the woo, AND it has an amazing beer and drink menu! This place is on point in every way. it's our go to place for sure for dinner and for brunch.

Photo of deen
4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great Vibe, Outstanding food, Very Good selection. Service has been variable at tables (always great service at the bar)

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I made the trip up from CT to Armsby Abbey for the beer and I was excited about their "farm to table menu." The beer selection was excellent; that night I had the Hoponious Union, Another One, and Trillium Deciduous. The food was also terrific - I would highly recommend the pork sandwich. It might be one of the more ordinary items on the menu (beef heart meatballs, bone marrow, etc.), but it was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. The wait staff was great - friendly, knowledgeable, and readily available. Enjoy.

Photo of vonnegut21
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This place is awesome. I wish it were closer to home. Not much to look at from the outside, but once inside it's small, it's cozy and it's comfortable. About 10-12 tables and a 20 person bar or so. Classy vibe, but not overstated.

The service is routinely excellent when I come. Staff are generally very knowledgeable about beer and food, which seems to be a rarity among even the best beer bars. My pour is always correct and my glass is never left empty for long. I can't ask for more.

Beer selection is generally superb. I've been on some "off" nights where there are only 4 or 5 beers on tap that I find myself choosing from, but generally there are 10 options or more that look enticing. Rarities from Tree House, Trillium, Hill Farmstead, Firestone Walker and countless European options. The bottle list is also extremely deep, if a bit pricey.

The food is excellent as well. The menu is a bit limited, but the options that do exist are all worth trying. The rillons and the mac and cheese are my go to order. I had a pork belly breakfast bahn mi there the other day that was mind-blowingly good. You really can't go wrong. And all the ingredients used are local, fresh and of the highest provenance. Gotta love that.

Overall, I really enjoy this place. Reminds me of the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier... which is a good thing. Check this place out.

Photo of Lambocalrisien
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is awesome! Without question the best place to grab some delicious food and great beer in all of central Massachusetts and maybe the entire state. They always have a great selection on tap and update their online tap list daily. Have had Hill Farmstead and Tree House Brewing on draft there to name a few. A must visit if you're in the area, will not let you down.

Photo of Sarah-Jean
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I can't say enough about The Abbey. I have been a customer since the doors opened. They have the best beer selections and food pairings. Bloody Mary's are the bomb!!! If I could go there every weekend for Sat/Sun brunch I would be there. The staff is also wonderful!!! Love it here!!!

The actual bar and woodworking throughout are so amazing too!!

Photo of mgmfallon
4.21/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

I've been going to the sister establishment of this place, The Dive Bar, for several years. The Abbey is a nice, medium-size place with a large selection of about 20-25 drafts, about a 6-7 belgiums. Seating is mostly high tables and stools (fancy ones), with a couple of tables in the front. A room-length bar- beautiful and a nearly room-length chalk board with the draft list- you can see it from anywhere in the place. Reasonably-priced local, bistro-style food. The beer prices are as high as any in Boston beer bars, but you know it's fresh.

This bar rates with the best I've seen while traveling across the country.

Best bartendar at both locals- Mike! He's a very nice guy and his music selections are my favorites-very eclectic. All of staff are quite good, though.

Photo of mclynch
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nicely tucked away in Worcester, MA on a nondescript street. Very unassuming exterior, but warm & woody interior.

Great draft selection with nice domestic & imported offerings. A ridiculous bottle list as well (although pricey!)

Their food is phenomenal... home-baked breads, artisan pizzas, cheese slates - so much amazing goodness. I was blown away by how delicious everything was.

Be warned that if you go with friends you will drop some dollars here! I went with my wife and spent $75 for beers and dinner... not outrageous, but not something we do a lot.

When in Worcester, though, catching a game or whatever, absolutely drop in for a pint and more!

Photo of Resuin
4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Showed up for dinner on a Saturday night and were told about an hour wait for a table so we grabbed some great beers (I had a peche mortel on tap) and because there was no room at the bar, decided to try the table outside which was empty (it was pretty cold). To our delight, about 15 minutes a table had opened up for us.

Service was great, and the food was very interesting and tasty. I had a pulled pork sandwich as a meal which was superb and we had some cheese platters as an appetizers all of which were very interesting and tasty (not huge). Everything was super fresh and local which was great.

Each beer I ordered came in its respective glassware which was cool and there were a lot of great choices on tap. The place was a little loud which was to be expected on a Saturday night and did not detract from the experience. Highly recommended!

Photo of slander
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Because there was just no way I could scribble notes during ‘The Festival’ pregame; standing room only and an amped up tap list. Was just not happening. Let’s just say it’s considerably less jammin’ now, 3 months out on Monday, just after 5. Parked and meter fed until 6, and an easy jaywalk across Main Street, Worcester…

Ground floor corner of a bricky building on the strip. Past a handful of metal tables sidewalkside, and in. Front vestibule glass door with narrow windows bordering, and a wrapping iron piece over the door for the pull curtain. Corner nooks to both sides below vertical windows holding dangling ornamental stars, and horizontal windows above. Pale olivey walls & big brick, and 3 pillars down the center of the room. Slat wood floorings, and a black ceiling with matching ductwork, drop cheese wheel lamps over the front corners, and sunken & track spots about.

Wood bar with a rounded lip, panel base, & squared bar foot rail to the right; seating for a dozen and a half or so on leather swivel chairs. The barback holds a fat pillared center unit arched with panel mirrored backing over the taps from end to end below on a single row. Glassware shelved below and bottle selections housed in glass front cooler trios to each side. Tiered booze all countered up to both sides with windows above holding Belgian gnomes and mosaic glass pieced candleholders or, um, something. And then shelving units on the ends running to the ceiling; glassware glassware glassware, and display bottles & growlers along the top shelves. Clearly, some of this glassware is way out of reach and is just for show.

A bar counter wood beam with mosaic candleholders, a few stools, & piping foot rail connecting two of the center pillars, and some more bar counter space to the rear. 5 hightops on the far wall, a pair of 2-seaters between the next set of pillars, and a pair of 2-seaters in the front nooks on wraparound bench action with pillowings.

Events board on the far wall up front (movie night, shuckin’ truck raw bar), and a looong horizontal blackboard further down listing tap selections, origin, ABV & pricing. Orval & Dupont tins to both sides of that, and a doorway to the building bathrooms shared. T shirts displayed up front alongside the bar, and a single flatscreen in the rear corner.

22 tap in a row on barback center with nondescript wooden knobby handles; roughly 1/3 of them MA craft offerings (High & Mighty Sono Distrutto, Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union, Cisco Grey Lady, Pretty Things Saint Botolph’s Town, Blatant Session Ale, BBC Coffeehouse Porter), another 1/3 craft offerings regional (Allagash Fluxus 2012, Maine Peeper Ale, Smuttynose Strawberry Short Weisse, Victory Prima Pils, Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter), and not so regional (Port Wipe Out, 21st Amendment Hop Crisis, Greenflash West Coast IPA), and the other 1/3 very good imports (Drie Fonteinen Beersel Blonde, Tilquin Gueuze, Jandrain VI Wheat, Djaevelbryg Schopenhauers Vilje, Mikkeller Hop Bomb Challenge, Trois Dames Fraicheur Du Soir, Ca L’Arenys Guineu Riner, Freigeist Abraxxxas).

Oh, I don’t know, maybe a sampler. You get 4 shorty 4oz glasses of the ‘you pick’, so I did, and then bummed samples of things, and of course, drank Phil’s beer when he went out for a smoke. Had some things I really liked (Trois Dames Fraicheur Du Soir, Drie Fonteinen Beersel Blonde, Mikkeller Hop Bomb Challenge, Blatant Session Ale, Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union).

The bottle list holds some 80 selections, of which roughly ½ of are Belgian. I like that about a 1/3 of the list overall is made up of Gueuze, Lambic, Flanders, & American wild ale entries. Does not suck. Benchmark (lovely) Orval runs $12, just on the edge of pricing sanity.

And a light bite before we get back on the road home, thinking to split a sandwich. The roast beef sandwich was under serious consideration due to its sounding of awesome, but we opted for the apple bacon grilled cheese sandwich (Tougas Farm apples, house smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, Smith’s Farm smoked gouda, & braised Swiss chard on house made honey oat bread). It was a kickin’ grilled chee, came with greens and everything.

Eriktender behind the bar. He dealt samples when I asked for them, and gave honest answers when questions asked, i.e., ‘is this any good?’, etc. Kickin’ selection, comfortable house, good crowd, fine eats. Worth the detour en route to points anywhere...

Photo of mtchaput
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

When i think of Worcester, Mass - Armsby Abbey just doesn't seem to fit in.

When you walk down the street, it looks like your average small bistro, but when you walk in, its a whole different story. The atmosphere of Armsby reminds me of someplace you'd see in small town America. The Bartenders are friendly, to the point where you wonder if you somehow know them. It's warm, and welcoming.

In regards to Selection, Armsby may not have the 30 page beer menu, or the 30 page food menu that some other bars do - instead, they bring you offerings that are from local farms, and use whole healthy ingredients. Their beer offerings may not be as exotic as you might find in Boston, but everytime i've been there i find a beer on their chalk board menu that i've been dying to try, or haven't had in forever. They seem to specialize in bringing you beers that A) Suit the seasons, B) Compliment the menu and C) are Expertly crafted. The best part is that they know their beers, and they know them well.

Now, one of my favorite things about the menu, is that there isn't a ton of anything. By this i mean that they have a few of each thing on the menu and when it runs out - thats it. To me, that SCREAMS freshness. If you're looking for some real neat food choices, (when available) check out; The Duck Confit, The Smoked Marrow Plate, The Olive Platter, and the show stopper - The Macaroni and Cheese. I have never had a Macaroni and Cheese like that in my life.

Overall, while it's not someplace that i could afford every night, i do make sure to frequent it as often as i can. If not for the amazing beers, If not for the amazing food, If not for the amazing service, than its definitely for the fun folks you can meet sitting next to you at the bar. Good Company all around.

Oh... and they don't balk at you for whipping out your tasting notebook. I like that.

Photo of ajohnson2371
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is my top place for going out and having a beer. I never look at the extensive set beer list, but always look to the "What's on tap?" board. There are typically at least twenty selections, and a third of them are always Belgian brews.
Prices for a single glass will range from $5 up to $12 or so, depending on what you're getting, but the staff is well-trained and highly knowledgeable on the beers they serve. I would expect nothing less from a place that specializes in imports, craft and microbrews.

The food is top quality, mostly (if not all) from local farms, and all organic. You may have to pay a little more, and wait a little while, but it is definitely worth the time and money. The brunches are always top notch.

The place is usually packed at nights, and especially on weekends, so it's a good idea to get in early, but you can usually find a place to stand and have a drink. There's no loud music, no bands, no fluff -- just a place to relax, drink up, and enjoy yourself.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A little re-reviewing after my second visit to Armsby Abbey. Busy on a Friday night at around 9:30pm but we managed to find a table. Service was excellent. I finally got to try the smoked bone marrow and it was spectacular. But I'm knocking down the "selection" score because, again, I was disappointed by the lack of variety. Lots of weird European beers you never heard of, and a ton of IPA's, but not a good Imperial Stout or big beer in sight. Great bottle selection with vintages and rarities, but pricey.

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It is the wife’s birthday weekend and we are headed to Maine, where we spent a beautiful birthday years back. Worcester (say “Woosta”) is on the way, so why not enjoy some art at the museum and have lunch at Armsby Abbey!

Located in Downtown Woosta, this is a high-quality beer joint in a town more likely to drink Bud Light than quality beer. Unfortunately, the interior is bland,generic, lacking personality. Soulless like a McMansion, or imagine Applebee’s doing a beer bar. There is no charm here.

But you’re in for a good time here, with good beers and food. The draft list showcases rare and pricey beers from Europe and elsewhere (Hitachino Nipponia, $12; Oppigards Amarillo, $9; De Molen Op&Top, $10, Spain’s Guineu Riner, 2.5%) plus local/regional drafts from Allagash, Sixpoint, Hill Farmstead, Pretty Things… plus Port and Anderson Valley from Cali. All around good,with some treasures (Hill Abner!!!) but lacking variety. No Imperial Stouts, barleywines or big beers.

Food is mighty nice. We had “rillons”, which is deep-fried pork belly, and tried to have the smoked bone marrow but they were out. The bacon-onion pizza was delicious too, and huge. A ton of cheeses, but pricey. Pizza and apps are a better option.

Prices are all over. Hill Abner only $6, imports $9-$10, no price listed on cocktails and spirits but wine does have it. Great bottle selection with cool stuff like Parabola, but pricey ($35 for Parabola, $55 for Old Stock Reserve).

Very good service at lunch on a Friday and overall a great experience. Will return next time I happen to be in Woosta. Oh, parking before 5pm is street only and not too easy… plan accordingly.

Photo of 00766
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Excellent bartenders. Well informed and very helpful as is the wait staff. THe food is interesting and never disappointing. Great, interesting unusual pizzas. excellent macaroni and cheese. If you have non beer drinkers in your party they have good mixed drinks I am told. Breads are excellent and made there. Ambiance is great,. No TV, Music, and other noise. You can actually hear the people you go with.
The beers on tap represent the world and the US. Great choices, nice people, all around a great place to go for a drink and a bite to eat.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Abbey was one of the first places I checked out when I moved to the MetroWest part of MA. I've never ever been disappointed during any of my visits.

It does start with the atmosphere. Initially it does seem to come off as high-end, but once you get settled in, you realize that it's just as welcoming as any comfort/dive bar you've been in. The bartenders are always nice and very cordial, willing to help out with your beer/food choice. When it gets busy, this, as expected, gets toned down, but you must understand that basically everything they do is labor-intensive. They're not just pouring you a cocktail, they're creating it in front of you. Even when pouring beer, if the pour isn't just right, they'll do whatever it takes to make sure it is.

The selection is unbelievable. On-tap, I honestly think they blow any place in Boston completely out of the water. Their bottle selection is extensive and its always worth checking out as they get any possible Cantillon that is sold in the state, although the Cantillon bottle prices are a tad higher than in some places i've gone to in Boston, but at the same time, I've had Fou Foune and '09 LP Kriek on tap for about $8-$9, so that's not something I'd hold against them.

The food has never been a disappointment. The prices are probably a tad more than most would like to pay, but it is also comforting to know where all your food is coming from. Not to mention everything is of top-notch quality. The brunch also may be the best in the state.

I know some will laugh at me suggesting that the value is reasonable here, but for what you are getting, it really can't be beat. Highly recommended.

Photo of grotonmarketguy
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Armsby Abbey is hands down the best place to "experience" beer in the area, in all of Massachusetts, and possibly beyond. Alec Lopez the owner goes the extra mile to acquire the worlds finest beers on a regular basis. Always a good mix. Always something for everyone. Their bottle list is very extensive and he always keeps a selection of rarities in there to tickle the connoisseur. The staff is very friendly and informative and downright AWESOME. They also now how to navigate you into a pleasant experience if you are new to these kinds of beers or have a preference to certain styles. They allow tastes as well so you will never get poured a beer that you might hate. Food is out of this world. Many a whole pig have been slaughtered for your culinary delight. The produce is all sourced from local farms as is the cheese. The Cheese plates draw me back time and time again. What better to cut the edge of a De Dolle Dulle Teve than a nice hannibelle? My only complaint about the Armsby Abbey is that the tap handles could be made of artisanal hand blown glass that would be cool.

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.