Maplewood Farms Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by WesWes:
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5
This was a cool find. The name kind of makes you think of an old farmhouse, but it was much better. Once inside you notice a fine dining area with a large bar in the rear. Behind the bar you can witness the brew process. It looks like these guys are serious as hell about brewing. I swear there must have been at least ten fermenters back there.
The atmosphere was cool. It was the best of both worlds. It had a nice country dining area, but with a trendy bar setup behind. The beer selection was outstanding. They must have had about 15 house beers to sample. My friends and I chose 12 and they were damn good, although I was disappointed you could only purchase them in growlers and they had no glassware for sale.
The service sucked, but I think it had something to do with the fact that I made a rude comment about the bartender to my buddy and it was heard by everyone.
I didn't try the food, but their menu seemed decent enough to necessitate a separate seating area.
Overall, I thought this place was real cool. I would come here again for sure.
01-21-2004 18:52:02 | More by WesWes
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Have frequented Maplewood many times over the past few years, and this review is an amalgam of all those visits, the most recent of which was last night.
Easy to find, Rte 9 location in Amherst, MA, east of the center of Amherst. From the outside, a huge wooden "barn", with a small outside dining area when weather permits, and ample parking. Inside, there's stained wood everywhere, high ceilings, small tea room type area to the right after going through the foyer, dining areas to the left and upstairs, and a small (~10-12 seat?) bar straight ahead.
At any time they have 15 of their brews on tap, which runs the gamut from light to stout to seasonal to root/ginger beer. Always something available to fit your taste. My main draw as of late is their practice of filling growlers, which I do every time I find myself in the area. (Mine is an unbranded German-style, not sure their feelings about other types, call ahead and make sure.)
Dining, which I have experienced a few times is a bit upscale for my tastes, and priced as such. However, everything we have ever had has been excellently prepared, and the service was and is top-notch, from the bartenders to the servers to the hosts. A nice place for taking the parents or that special evening out.
I do have to admit that the nighttime lighting is sparse, and if I didn't know better I would have just driven right by assuming they were closed because it was that dark. Also, maybe I stop in at off times, but it has been sparsely attended the last few times I have been. Almost wonder how they can make a business out of it. But they must, because they continue to produce their excellent brews and meals. Let's hope they can keep up the great job.
03-01-2004 15:12:21 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
We stopped by Maplewood on a whim last weekend and were pleasantly surprised. We took a couple bar seats and were amazed with how many brews they had available - probably 15 of their own brews on tap. Difficult choices, indeed. Atmosphere was comfortable and laid back, a good place to sit and enjoy a couple beers. Service ws prompt and attentive, and althoughwe didn't have any food, it looked pretty good.
11-06-2003 04:59:54 | More by mikeys01
4.13/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Well, sorry to those who don't like the decor, but Maplewoods was my favorite choice for an adult restaurant in Amherst, something hard to find in a college town. Living a short walk up the street, and loving restaurants that stress fresh, organic ingredients prepared with gourmet stylings, I always thought this place's food was great. Their fish dishes were always excellent, as were their spicy chicken (can't remember the name). Appetizers are tasty as well. Love the food. Beer is good, with about dozen always on tap, and I think better than ABC brewpub up the street. I also found the service to be a little better than the former, as well. Gets points for adding more good beer to a little college town I will always love.
10-14-2003 20:58:27 | More by nomad
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
nice place to bring your parents (take that any way you like). definitely a resturaunt with a farm stand more than a pub. but the brewery was right there in plain view and there were many, many tast brews to sample. if i were back in the amherst area i would go back and try more beer as the ones i sampled were nice but the room was lacking.
07-16-2003 02:38:30 | More by bennybrew
3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
A decent selection of beers, The Queens Bitter was the best. Country meets brewpub, or should I say country takes the pub out of brewpub. It felt more like a restaurant that has a brewery. How you can make a hard wood décor sterile looking is beyond me. Not much else I can say about it, Id come here again to try some of the beers enough said.
07-14-2003 07:35:48 | More by Jason
3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4
Organic farm goes brewpub! Hmm ... my immediate thought was "I'm walking into a hippy grocery store," then "This is a place you'd dress up for and take your Mom and Dad to." and finally "They stole my Grandmother's curtains!" Split level dining areas with a farm grocery store attached to it. Nice full view of the brewery, which is pretty amazing and efficient in its layout. Everything is bright. Bright lighting. Bright woods. Just too damn clean and hokey. I felt like messin' the place up and smashing a few light-bulbs around the bar area. No music? Not evey background music?
The sterile, uninviting look and feel of the place simply made me extremely uncomfortable, and we were also made to feel a bit rushed when our large group first came in ... but that went away when it took over 15min to get our beers (bartender was so freagin' slow). Service was too perky.
About 12 house beers on-tap and a root beer, plus another 20 or so guest beers. Informative beer menus. I had their new California Common beer, which was pretty spot-on for the style and a first attempt. Didn't try the food, but the menu was an attempt to hit the high-scale restaurant crowd. Prices were like being in a major city; way too expensive.
I just didn't feel like I was in a brewpub. They had beer. I drank beer. I liked the beer. And, I could even see the brewpub system, but things just seemed wrong, out of place and as if someone was trying too hard in the wrong area, with the wrong ideas.
07-13-2003 05:53:53 | More by Todd
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Only a short drive on Rt. 9 outside Amherst, MA, this brewpub is located on a farm. The brewpub is not huge (the bar seats about 12), but it can hold quite a few people. The decor is almost entirely hardwood (floors, bar, and ceiling). There was one TV at the end of the bar. I happened to be there on "open mic" night, and the place was hoppin' with loud music and lots of people
They had 11 beers on tap during my visit, plus a homemade rootbeer and gingerbeer. They offer free peanuts at the bar. They have $1 "pint" specials on some nights. The pints are 16 oz, unless an Imperial pint is specified (and which costs more). As for the $1 pints, many were served in plastic cups, and only one beer type is available at this special price.
The beers were average to good. I particularly liked the Imperialist Pig imperial stout, the Hop Brook IPA, the Whistle Blower steam beer, and the Ryan Fields dunkel weizen (in that order). The service was good, but a bit slow at the bar.
I returned the next afternoon for lunch. The place was very quiet in the bar area. The food was very good, and the garden fresh vegetables were excellent additions to the meal.
Overall, a nice comfortable brewpub. The clientele had a large mix of students, but others, too.
07-11-2003 08:36:17 | More by UncleJimbo
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Pleasantly surprised to discover this place in 2001... visited again in 12/02. I've been twice in daylight hours and cannot comment on the nighttime hours. The beergarden is pretty good with some rolling hill scenery and a wooden fence cutting off the road/traffic sounds. Inside feels light and airy with light wood planks instead of a mahogany bar feel. In fact, those seeking a good rousing roadhouse experience may not like this take on a pub.
Hop Brook IPA was nicely flowery. Fat Dog stout was very creamy and smooth. There are tons of styles represented here from time to time, and like Gilded Otter in NY they hang wooden shingles with every single one of their beers on the wall. This tantalizes for future samplings/disappoints for the carpe deim types, depending on whether you're glass half full or half empty. Some pubs that brew over a dozen styles do it very well, some lack distinction between styles. I think Maplewood could carve off a couple of styles and concentrate on making everything exceptional, but this is a minor comment. I give them a 5 for selection.
Since there are very worthy brewpubs nearby, I was looking for the Maplewood "in," that thing that sets them apart to ensure long life in a fairly crowded beer neighborhood. I think the following are some possible "in's:"
German styles. New England is full of great Belgian, Irish, English and American styles. Maplewood brings out the German styles.
Barbecue. Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon. (Not like Redbones, but what is in the sticks?) So few barbecue and brew combinations. Why?
Freshness. The market in house, the bright sunlight, the farm feel may be just dazzling my taste buds, but who cares if I sense it for real or perceived? The food and ale here does seem fresher than at a lot of places. Even fried items were light.
Horse Drawn Hay Rides. Hey, works for me.
04-07-2003 10:55:45 | More by ecoboy
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Stopped in here for the first time for a few beers and some food.I didn't know what to expect being as I've never heard of this place.We walked in and went straight to the bar.The atmosphere seemed ok.A real trendy and snobby college kind of atmosphere.I doubt anyone were really there to sample the beers.They had a huge selection of beers available.Although the one I wanted wasnt available which was dissapointing.I settled for their IPA which was average but lacked in my opinion.A beautiful wood bar with exposed beams.A great view of the brewing tanks right behind the bar behind a glass window.I think there were 12 tanks from what I counted.Service was real slow as far as the food was concerned.The prices seemed pretty high.The food was good for an appeitizer.Service behind the bar was slow because there was only two bartenders for the whole restaurant and bar.Not much liquor behind the bar.Overall it was a great experience and I will go back.We left with two Logo Pint glasses for $5 each and two drink lists.
Notes from 2nd visit..Service was still slow even for dinner time with only one waiter.Food quality and selection wasnt impressive.Still a good selection of beers.I dont know what they are trying to get across with their menu as related to their customers.
03-29-2003 21:45:16 | More by kelticblood
Maplewood Farms Restaurant & Brewery in Amherst, MA
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.