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Amherst Brewing Co.

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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: 298
Beer Avg: 3.67
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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Photo of bearsxco
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
Photo of Bob6518
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Bob6518, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of MattXT
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

MattXT, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Visited to pick up some growlers for trading purposes yesterday, and this review is a composite of that and many other visits over the past few years.

Parking, as always on a Saturday, was a bit of a chore in "downtown" Amherst, but found an available metered spot on side street around the corner. Large copper-topped, horseshoe-shaped bar with footrail, when you walk in on the right, dining room on the left. The usual nice variety for a brewpub, about 7 house taps ranging from a pilsner to an imperial stout, plus Guinness and two guest taps, one of which was Berkshire Brewing, and the other I do not remember.

Food has always been of the excellent pub grub style, which works well for me. The gravy and fries are out of this world, and everyone should try the deep fried Pickleman pickles at least once. Myself and companions have always been happy with the various sandwiches as well.

Now have a cooler in the back of the bar side that has growlers of all their available brews, including the Smoked Porter and Imperial Stout. Yesterday they also 33ozers of their anniversary Olde #6, and Imperial Pale Ale, which promises to be a treat.

Also there is a mug club, but I am not sure of the benefits, other than probably getting pint prices on a ceramic mug like see at other mug club sites. There were quite a few hanging above the bar.

All in all, a nice place for a variety of brews and a filling bite to eat. Even the wife likes it. :-)

ppoitras, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Barsies
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%

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
Photo of TheJudge
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Well, this was worth a side trip on the way to New Hampshire. A nice place that would score even better if parking were not such a hassle and traffic so bad, a large bar area with half a dozen tables and a large bar, and a separate dining room. Stopped in with my two young daughters. Good menu, including a full kids menu. The fries were terrific, the burger good if alittle small. 8 or so beers flowing, full fridge of growlers and 32 oz bottles to go. Had the Wheat beer and Pale Ale while there, and grabbed the IPA and Heather Ale to go. The beers were all very good. Well made and drinkable. Service was also extremely good at 2 pm on a friday afternoon. Clean tables and bathrooms. Visible brewing equipment and that wonderful brewery aroma. Reasonable food and beer prices.

I hope to get the opportunity to get back here.

TheJudge, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of edchicma
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%

A nice gem in the heart of a college town. Just popped in for a cold one on a warm day. Nice copper covered bar with cordial bartender. Several options available. I tried a seasonal offering called graduation ale, which had just the right amount of bite and aftertaste. My son had a porter that was rich and smoky, with nice hints of coffee and chocolate. Extremely relaxed atmosphere in mid-afternoon. I'm sure it picks up a little later in the day. On this day they had about 8-10 offerings, including a heather ale. Outdoor seating was also available which is a nice touch and several people were taking advantage of this option. I didn't look at a food menu, but with the wide variety of brew options, I think I will revisit this in the near future.

edchicma, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of cbutova
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
Photo of bigone4
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Great place to hang and have some food and a few pints. We had dinner there with some friends and it was excellent. We ordered some southwest style egg rolls and I got a Ruben with sweet potato fries. My wife had some veggie lasagna. Mitch and Amy got turkey burgers. They also got a fried Oreo sundae. They hooked Kristin and I up with a fried Oreo. It was pretty delicious. We were quite satisfied with the portions and service. The waiter who was knowledgeable answered some questions and was very attentive. I had the BBC Imperial Steel Rail Ale and an ESB from ABC. They were both tasty offerings. The prices were very reasonable with no surprises. I will certainly enjoy another trip to ABC for some food and drink. I certainly had a great time and would go back any time.

bigone4, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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
Photo of msnow34
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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 Bierman9
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 | $$

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Bierman9, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of JG-90
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
Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

This is just the way I like my brewpubs Â… like a pub. As long as you can do it the right way you will be a winner in my book and Amherst meet the criteria and then some. Sadly they were out of a couple of beers but the Steam Lager and the cask Anniversary Ale did me just fine. The Steam Lager paired surprisingly well with the Knockwurst on kraut, real fries and the ale mustard.

A huge improvement from two years ago and it makes me quite envious that a place like this is not in my backyard. Worth the visit if you are in Western MA.

Jason, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

I have to say that I really enjoyed this place. My wife and I stopped by last weekend for an early lunch so it was dead. Fine with us. That might have raised the service score a bit as there were not many to help.

The bar is good size overall. We sat way to the right, next to the growler beer cooler. Tap selection first surprised me as they carry more than just their own. Two cask ales including a very nice ESB. A little too cold but still great flavor. My wife loved the pale ale, non-cask. If I were to guess, I would say they had 8 of their own and 6 guest beers? All well chosen.

Too bad there isn't much around this place to satisfy my better half. Still an easy trip from Northampton where we were staying. I can imagine this place is packed on a Saturday night.

CharlesRiver, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Jersh67
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Jersh67, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Trashcat
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Trashcat, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

waiting4lunch, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Located a few blocks from the common, this brewpub is very inviting. Outdoor seating, long bar area, dining seating, warm/dark colours and full view of the brewery from the bar area. Service was exceptional, we were a large group and took over the entire bar section, however our servers were friendly, informative and catered to our needs without question. Mike, the brewer, gave very informative tours of the brewery and was on hand to answer any questions.

Roughly 12-14+ beers, including cask and some guest taps (Guinness and Allagash White, when I was in) and a house root beer (very tasty). Had their Smoked Porter and Steam Lager, both of which were extremely good. They also sell BBQ sauces and whatnot made with their beers, to-go.

Our menu was fixed, but the food was top-notch for a brewpub; Caribbean Jerk Chicken Salad, Black Bean Lasagna, Smoked Shrimp Pizza and Knockwurst Sandwich plates.

This is the kind of brewpub that's solid. Something you could make your local if you lived in the area, or at least I could. If you are traveling and plan to hit the Amherst area, definitely swing by this brewpub for some grub and brews.

Todd, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Bilco, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

nobullbob, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

markdrinksbeer, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of misterscooter
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

Visited for lunch on a gorgeous day when you'd be a fool not to sit on the patio and watch the people walk down the main drag. It was the middle of the day in the middle of the week so there weren't many people there so it is hard to say what it would be like on a weekend, filled with students. Because of the small crowd, our waiter was very attentive without going overboard and he took good care of us.

Great beer selection so I had my pick and got a good recommendation from our server. The food is better than average pub grub and I had a grilled chicken and pesto sandwich. The prices were fair and I couldn't think of a better way to spend a lunch time after walking around the main drag of a college town.

misterscooter, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

This is a nice little place in downtown Amherst. On a recent visit, sat down, had a few pints as well as some lunch. Met the brewer, he gave a quick overview and it was a really really cool setup. Not alot of room to do what he does, but he certainly made due.

The atmosphere is nice, it has a really low key down to earth feel to it that is really inviting. The bar is pretty big and it has alot of different beers to offer. The beers are overall really good. Their pumpkin beer was excellent as well as the imperial stout. The porter was good, but I think the pumpkin was one of the best pumpkin beers i've ever tasted. The food was excellent. Grabbed a grilled chicken sandwich that was cooked expertly. The price was reasonable for everything and I really enjoyed the time I spend here. The wait staff was very knowledgable and helpful when needed. I would definately recommend this place to anyone who is in the Amherst Area.

erosier, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

Review updated 7-14-03 after 2 more recent visits.

This is a nice place right in the center of town. There is on-street parking or a few municipal lots nearby (including one a few doors down behind the CVS). There is seating outside in good weather, and there is a restaurant/bar downstairs and another bar upstairs with billiards, etc.

The quality of the beers is pretty good with a few being very good. The selection was very good, with 8 of their brews on tap during my visits, and at least one guest beer on tap (from Berkshire Brewing Co.) on one visit, and 3 on more recent visits (Guinness Stout, Berkshire Brewing Co. Imperial Stout, and Allagash White).

The decor is nice. One half of the downstairs is a dining area, and the other half is the bar area with a large rectangular bar and tables around the perimeter of the room. The brewing facilities are visible at the front of the pub, and also behind the bar, and in the rear. Nice setup. A very comfortable bar to sit and have a meal, a few pints, and maybe even read the newspaper.

The service was good from the wait staff and the bartenders. The food was very good in the restaurant. The brew a rootbeer, too, which was pretty good.

Overall a very nice brewpub.

Most recent visit January 15, 2006.

UncleJimbo, Jan 06, 2003
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Amherst Brewing Co. in Amherst, MA
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.