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Amherst Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Amherst Brewing Co.Amherst Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
89
very good

79 Ratings
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 289
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

10 University Drive
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002
United States
phone: (413) 253-4400

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @amherstbrewing

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2.83/5  rDev -28.2%

Just moved to area and someone told me about this place. Huge interior with pretty decent beers on draft with some really good guest beers. The place is so big that a 100 people inside looks 1/4 full. Food was ok - bar food. Beer were decent enough that I'd go again.

SpicyGose, Jun 19, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev 0%

big ass establishment one and a half miles from umass. its a big sprawling venue, long bar 50 yards long and bending, huge pool hall, this is a college bar on first impression. the quality however, is a step above that, but only one step. almost 20 brews on, very impressive, with as many house as guest brews, and some rarities at that, with sierra Nevada beer camp stuff, and gems from smuttynose and harpoon and all, very cool. great great tap list. bartender too is awesome, local cat back and forth to nyc, good insight, not a beer guy per se, but a dope smoker and a classic. generous as anything with the freebees, and a genuinely fun place to hang for awhile. pretty college undergrads abound, but that's not the point here, as sweet as they look, this is about camaraderie. not brutally expensive for what you get, pulled pork chilli is bangin, and overall a place worth visting.

StonedTrippin, Sep 21, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Have been to the old one a couple times, this review is on the new one on University Drive, a great new location

Atmosphere - I think that the new place lost a little bit of the homey feel of the old place. However, it is spacious, very clean and well decorated, beautiful bar and pool area.

Quality - High quality all around

Service - Very good, with a good knowledge of beers and foods

Selection - Mostly German food, not an "all encompassing" selection, but almost all would be able to find something they like

Food - food is always great, I think their German or Pub style food is best.

Value - Awesome Value, good prices on beer and nice meal prices for large portions.

Great place, if visiting Umass or in the area - you must go

JG-90, Dec 16, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

I stopped in here on 04AUG12 with older daughter Caitlin after hitting the airshow at Westover. It was fairly easy to find in a mini-stripmall type of setting just out of the busy area of Amherst. Can tell it used to be a gym; not set up as a typical pub.

Through the sizable foyer and past the hostess stand towards the bar. There's a large, bright dining area to the right, fronting the building. The bar is more to the rear, with more dining and pool tables to the left. Save for the front dining area, the rest has low lighting and dark wood; still feels comfy, though. The bar is extensive, running long from front to back along the back right wall. It has one island-U protruding out near the start, then runs about 50' to the back. A nice dark-wooded bar has a well-placed curved front to lean on. There are a few bier towers, and the barback has lots of liquor, mirrors, and bier plaques. More bier posters and pics adorn the other walls as well. A large blackboard lists the current in-house brews as well as the guest offerings. They had about 9-10 ABC biers and another 10 or so guests. And they ran the gamut of styles, too: maibock, hefeweizen, IPA, imperial stout, rye bier... Sweet!

I had some samples of a few, but quaffed the Maibock in quantity. Caitlin had the hefe- and liked it well. Started with a great, big-ass German pretzel, then some wurst and chili for our main meals. Well made and very flavorful! Service was A-1! We were asked if we'd been in before. When replied no, the 'tender laid out the bier option styles and servings available. Didn't suck that she was hot, too!

Well worth the stop! We both lamented the fact that ABC was a bit of a drive from home... Oh well... Prosit!!

4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

236

Bierman9, Aug 09, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +22.6%

One of the best places in the western mass area. Great prices and an very good selection. Their brews are excellent. The Two Sisters Stout in awesome. One of the best I have had. They also offer some rare guest beers. Just had a rare beer week. Great selection. Brewer usually available and very will make himself available for questions. They also have one or two beers on cask. Very good food with a good selection. Huge bar area. Just a great spot. They also offer their beer to go in growlers. Home run.

bearsxco, Dec 16, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Had to quickly re-review this place, went to the new location for the first time over the weekend. I was skeptical at first because I knew the building they were moving into and their old location was prime, downtown Amherst.

The first thing I have to say is the new place is absolutely enormous. They have two massive lounges/dining rooms with TVs, the "upstairs" of the old building is now a separate billiards and game room and the bar is probably the biggest I have ever seen. They converted an ugly old gym into a very nicely decorated beer bar, very impressed. Tin brewery signs all over, nice wooden structures, clean new bar and tables, new signs for their own beers. They have also increased the amount of taps which is awesome. They had about 8-10 guest taps, 2 casks, and like 11 of their beers on-tap including 2 vintages, a step up from the old location (especially in the guest department). I know it was "rare beer week" but ABC has always brought in great guest beers for good prices. A few examples include Bourbon County, Angel's Share (both), Older Viscosity, Backwoods Bastard, Brooklyn one-offs, etc. Besides beer they have all of the necessary spirits and a few scotches to try. The food was always good, I didn't try any this time around but have had it many times in the past. Gotta give them some more points for atmosphere, quality and selection. I always liked ABC but now it is one notch up from where it used to be. Value is still awesome, even their vintage house beers were $4 a glass and most of the guest beers came in 4 or 8 oz pours so you could try them without breaking the bank. I had a 4oz BCBS, 4oz Firestone 14 and a pint of the Chocolate Porter for $13.

Old Review: (08/12/11, summary of many visits to old location)

4/4/4/4/4 $

Spent a lot of time here during the college years at UMASS. I loved the downstairs bar and am interested in seeing what they do with the new location. Always a great selection of regulars, seasonal and cask versions of pretty much all their beers, 2-3 at a time. Guest beers are usually solid to above average and they also have a good bottle list. Good cost on growlers to bring home. I have had some of the food but mostly the pub classics like wings, nachos and such, they were always nice. I would recommend this brewpub to anyone as they have a style to fit everyone's tastes.

cbutova, Dec 12, 2011
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Amherst Brewing Co. in Amherst, MA
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.