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Amherst Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Amherst Brewing Co.Amherst Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
88
very good

78 Ratings
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Active Beers: 44
Beer Ratings: 279
Beer Avg: 3.8
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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MattXT, Oct 10, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%

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
Photo of JG-90
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

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
Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

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 | $$

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Bierman9, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of bearsxco
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%

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
Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

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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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

I'm a long time fan of the ABC. I like the new location on University Drive but I am prejudice and prefer the old location on North Pleasant St - I loved the "vibe" of the old ABC with its brick walls and being located in the center of Amherst.

John the brewer continues to produce good quality house beers. The Cascade IPA is always a favorite but keep an eye out for two seasonal beers; Gone Postal IPA and the Banker's Gold. Both are outstanding and neither lasts long.

The ABC has made a conscious decision to expand their guest tap selections. I'm always impressed with the variety offered. I'm also happy to see the ABC has made an effort to feature, at times, other Massachusetts produced beers.

Barsies, Nov 23, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Headed up here the other night. Wasn't really sure what to expect. The place was huge and open, and had maybe the biggest bar i had ever seen. Had a good selection of thier own beers and maybe half a dozen guest beers. I started off with the Spicy Bloody Mary pale ale, on cask. It was one of the more intresting beers i have ever had. It was very much like a bloody, but difficult to drink the whole pint as the flavor was over powering. My second beer was the two sisters stout which was fantastic. Had a cajun chicken sandwich which was phenomenal. I highly recommend the fries.
I thought it was very reseasonable, I think it was $42 for four beers and dinner for two. Service was decent, one of the bartenders kept giving us parts of frozen drinks, although I stuck with the beer. If i was up in the area i would stop by again.

msnow34, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of BeerMaverick
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

I went with my friend on a sunday afternoon and there was almost nobody there, which worked in our favor because the bartender was very social and helpful. I had the beer sampler consisting of the honey pilsner, two sisters stout, puffers smoked porter, north pleasant pale ale, massatuckey brown ale, half in the bagpipe, patriots pilsner, and the black dog ipa. They were all decent beers with the exception of the honey pilsner which was fantastic. All of the other beers seemed a little watery. Even the stout was watery which turned me away from it, but overall the beers weren't bad.

BeerMaverick, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of rdpoint
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

The restaurant is kind of dark but good service usually. If I had one comment its check your schedule before you go here, if its end of the school year beware parking and long lines. The restaurant is a favorite of UMass so knowing when the school breaks are helps. That being said ABC has some of the best micro brews I've ever had. I would go and drink there if it was a hole in the wall, the beer is phenomenal. The food is average, they now have an upstairs in addition to the down stairs and seating outside for spring through fall. Parking can be challenging sometimes. They also sell growlers, basically this is a great brew house that serves average to slightly above average food. The food is your typical bar food, hamburgers, meat loaf, shepherds pie, etc., and its usually very good for what it is. Service has always been good, on the bar side it can be challenging to get served in a timely manner if its crowded. The beers they have are usually on a rotation and they usually have at least two specialty beers which go very quickly.

rdpoint, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

So I stopped by this place on Black Friday around 1PM. It was fairly empty, but there were a few people at the bar. The place was comfortable and fairly well laid out, but not exceptional.

I had two half pints of their beer (Super Stout and Chocolate Peppermint Porter) and a tasting of the ABC/BBC collaboration beer. They were all good, none great. The Chocolate Peppermint Porter stood out among the rest - I really like the sub-style.

The bartender was somewhat knowledgeable about the beer, but was very attentive and friendly. He was very willing to give tasters.

The selection was decent. They had a fairly wide variety of beer with a Triple, a stout and porter on cask, a Belgian IPA, a smoked porter, among others. They had all 4 of the Sierra Nevada 30th beers on tap.

I had the nachos with chili, which was very good. All the food around me looked very good, too. It's certainly bar food, but is very good bar food.

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 29, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

2/3/2012. This is a re-review of this establishment, as they have changed locations.

The most noteworthy aspect of the new location is its size. It is massive, and the high ceilings augment the sense of openness. Quite the departure from the old location, which was small and cozy, albeit a bit claustrophobic at times. There are two separate dining areas set apart by walls, a bar area with high tables, and a billiards and game section. The bar itself is also massive, at least a good 100ft long, with a little peninsula that loops out in the middle. Decor reminds me of the Sierra Grille, with brewery paraphernalia adorning the walls. Large HD televisions in the bar area play all the big games. Patrons range from college kids to middle aged folk, with neither demographic being dominant. Anyone can feel comfortable and have a good time.

The quality of the beer seems to have improved over the past few years. Flagship brews and old favorites just seem to taste better these days. A few new beers (at least ones I hadn't seen in the past) add welcome depth to their portfolio. The Super Stout and Imperial Brown were both very good. They've upped their branding too, with new tap handles and logos for all their beer. T-shirts with these same logos can be purchased on the way out, along with pre-filled growlers and jars of pickles. The added space allows them to put quite a few guest taps on as well, and the guest selections are very respectable, with a few great surprises every now and then. There are usually two cask offerings too. Taps are always rotating, so check the menu each time you visit. Different pour sizes are available, including samples.

The service here is excellent. They have hired ample staff, so that everyone is tended to in good time and in detail. The staff are all well-dressed and very courteous, professional, and friendly. They really take care to see that your experience is enjoyable.

The menu isn't very large and not particularly impressive, but they have some very solid pub fare and some decent dinner options. Specials of the day rotate. Most of the dinner entrees I've had have been somewhat mediocre, and price-for-portion is not really where I'd like it to be. I find the pub fare options to be of much better value. You really can't go wrong with a good sized, $5 bowl of rib-sticking Irish stew. The bratwurst meal is also tasty and a good value.

When at first I had heard that ABC was moving to this new location, I was a bit skeptical. The old location was a prime piece of real estate right in the heart of Amherst center. I worried that the new location might alienate their client base and put them in direct competition with the Hangar next door. Neither seems to be the case, however. While the move does greatly change the complexion of both the business and the customer experience, I think it is strongly for the better. The space has really allowed the business to grow into itself and evolve into something more. It's like running into an old high school friend years down the road and finding them to be more successful and confident, yet still the same friendly, down to earth person that they always were. You always liked them, but now you have a newfound sense of respect and admiration for them. ABC is now poised to make themselves one of the prime destinations in a town full of excellent entertainment options. Great job guys, keep up the good work.

ryan1788a5, Sep 22, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

I wish I had an opportunity to try some of the food, even though it offers traditional brewpub fare.

The inside is very dark reminding me of the band bars throughout New England. We (my daughter and I) had our libations outside which featured wrought iron tables and chairs--no worry about these being stolen.

The service was pleasant enough, but I'd describe it as being closer to efficient. The server stopped by whenever it was "time". Her only moment of personality was when she asked which beer I liked best (Cascade IPA). She seemed to be adequately knowledgeable on the beer.

There were two regular beers missing from today's menu. There were several (I believe five) beers available from the seasonal menu. I ordered a sampler of six. Overall, I thought the beers were above average. I thought the prices were very good: $4.25 for pints (except the Imperial Stout at $5). The six-glass sampler was $6.

Overall, I will want to return and try some of their other offerings, including the food.

smcolw, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of asabreed
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

I was here a week ago with a friend, who used to live in Amherst, for a book tour we were on together. We decided to grab some dinner before the reading, and I'm glad we did; without his suggestion, because I didn't know the area, we would've obviously gone somewhere else.

Lots of nice outside seating and a very cleanly pub atmosphere, some darkness, but not too dark, lots of tables, clean bathrooms, and a nice and spacious bar. Pretty much everything I'd want in a place like this.

For food I had the Bison burger with sweet potato fries and coleslaw. The burger didn't come with the cheese, which I was initially surprised about, but the Bison, with lettuce and tomato, was so flavorful that it really didn't even need it. The sweet potato fries and coleslaw were very good too.

The Cascade IPA was also very tasty, and that's the only brew I tried. It looks like they also have at least two rotating casks all the time, which I'm a huge fan of also.

If I'm ever in the area, I'll definitely come back. Good food, prices, atmosphere, and a lot of stuff to try overall.

asabreed, Aug 04, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

I forgot to add my two cents after visiting a few weeks ago on a Massachusetts Beer trip.

Its a small little place that was completely packed and thriving on a saturday night The design and atmosphere was a bit dated, but not uninviting. The bar tenders were two friendly young women who knew enough about the beer, but were not experts by any means. Impressive though they could handle complicated orders. Stadium pours all around though.

A rather decent selection of beers. I only had their RIS and a sampler flight of there ESB, IPA, Pumpkin and Pale Ale. The RIS was a bit average, higher in alcohol then a regular stout but still lacking a bit of intensity. Just huge roasted characteristics. All the beers in the sampler flight were of pretty good quality though nothing stood out.

Based on my brief visit I would say this is a decent place to check out if you're in Amherst or the surrounding areas, though I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Its a 50 miles drive for me.

MaxBrews, Nov 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Amherst Brewing Company, or ABC, is a pretty basic little brewpub that churns out some pretty great beers from time to time.

The ambience is that of a typical brewpub. Its got a lot of old school beer signs and posters, some of which I wonder how they ended up getting, on the walls. The brewery is encased in glass for you to look at as well.

Service is best at night. During the day when it is quiet it can get pretty slow and the service can be rather minimal. Ask for samples of the beers though, they will certainly let you try as many as you'd like.

Selection for beers is usually pretty good. They tend to have some of their basics on tap all the time along with a few seasonal or special offerings. They had their Anniversary Ale as well as a cascade ipa on as well as guest taps from Troegs (Mad Elf) and SN Bigfoot. I love ABCs Smoked Porter and their Imperial Stout. I'd like to know when they'll have those on tap so I can plan my visits accordingly!

Food is basic pub fare. Its not amazing by any means and its not at the level of Northampton Brewery, but if you want a decent burger, fried pickles and a beer for lunch, than the ABC can surely satisfy.

They just expanded this place so that the basement is in use. Its now 3 floors with lots of room for both students and non-students alike.

indiapaleale, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

We really enjoy Amherst Brewing Company. The atmosphere is comfortable and social. We always sit at the bar and appreciate that it is set up so that you are sitting directly across from other patrons. This arrangement has led to many great conversations with other beer enthusiasts.

The quality and consistency of the brews is top notch. We make a point to try all of their specialty brews which allow brewmaster Mike Yates to show his creative side. We recently enjoyed the Amherst Gold 250 an Imperial IPA and the Super Stout (an Oatmeal Stout) on cask.

The service is consistently friendly and the selection is great with about 8-10 beers on draft, one on cask and a lager of some variety.

The food is quite good, and consists of mainly traditional pub fare. Including soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and a pretty nice vegetarian menu.

Check out our most recent experience and interview with Mike Yates, Brewmaster at www.hereforthebeer.com

ImHereForTheBeer, Feb 07, 2009
Amherst Brewing Co. in Amherst, MA
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.