Amherst Brewing Co.
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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.
12-16-2011 09:45:02 | More by bearsxco
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
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. :-)
03-21-2004 17:23:32 | More by ppoitras
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.
11-23-2011 18:40:04 | More by Barsies
4.4/5 rDev +12%
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.
07-14-2005 14:10:19 | More by TheJudge
4.36/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
07-29-2003 15:47:00 | More by edchicma
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)
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.
12-12-2011 15:43:49 | More by cbutova
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-07-2007 20:19:49 | More by bigone4
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.
09-22-2010 07:00:10 | More by ryan1788a5
Amherst Brewing Co. in Amherst, MA
88 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.