Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

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Barrington Brewery & RestaurantBarrington Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.78/5
Based on:
20 Beers
148 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 43
Visits: 55
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

420 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 01230
United States
phone: (413) 528-8282

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AKA - Berkshire Mountain Brewers
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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 55
Reviews by donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This place had a nice warm home-y feel to it, packed to the gills with townies. The restored barn-feel certainly adds to it as well. The quality of the beers sampled was about average, but my biggest complaint was that there weren't many on tap. Maybe I hit them in between batches. Anyway, the service was super-polite and knowledgeable about their beer. The food was standard burger/diner -type fare, but nicely easy on the wallet. I'd go back in the hopes of being able to sample more than just four of their beers. (518 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On my way up from Mt. Frissell to Tree House I chanced upon this solar powered brewery. Entering there is no bar in sight, but it is tucked around the corner. That area has a pub like feel while the main eating area has a country kitchen decor. Seemed like most people at bar were regulars who had own mugs. The other patrons seemed to be mostly locals as well.
I was ravished after my hike and would have eaten most anything. I had the smoked salmon blt for $11. Plenty of salmon and the bacon was thick cut with a good cracked pepper seasoning. Good value and tasty. The beers were run of the mill. A taster of 5 beers for $5 also provides good value. They had about double that on tap and a wide selection of styles. I had the blonde, ipa, dortmunder, cask scotch, and altbier. Faves were the German lagers and blonde. Not a huge fan of the ipa which seemed to lack bitterness. The cask scotch had a metallic aftertaste. (932 characters)

Photo of MacQ67
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

There's nothing really special to say about the Barrington Brewery. The beer is passable at best, the food is atrocious and the service is lackluster. (150 characters)

Photo of tgates
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.16/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of Wally_Dad
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Unexpected gem in the middle of . . .well, Berkshire County. We had lunch outside on a beautiful day. The IPA was my choice and it was very good. A bit of an English style with more malt than hops. Food was very good and fresh. Service was a bit slow and not the best, but we weren't in a hurry. Very nice rustic atmosphere. (324 characters)

Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jbertsch
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Stopped in a couple months back. I read nice reviews of this place so I had high hopes but ultimately was let down.

Fitting for the country setting and the style of food offered, the restaurant reminds you of an old barn or come-as-you-are country steakhouse. Unsurprisingly, the interior is kitschy. The place needs a makeover. It appears rundown and not in a cute, rustic, or other intentional way. The layout is simply weird. I remember feeling off about walking into an area that quickly turned into the server’s station.

Quick, attentive service is normally a positive. But our service here was so much so that we quickly felt an enjoyable leisurely dinner was not in the cards. Our server was so attentive we felt rushed.

The BBQ food was mediocre. Nothing was wrong, but nothing was worth a return visit. I don’t like that fries cost extra at a pub like this.

The beer was no better. I tried their brown ale, pale ale, and a stout. All three had a noticeably slick and thin mouthfeel I found deterring. As for flavor, the brown ale and pale ale both tasted ok, nothing great. The stout actually smelled very nice but then let me down on flavor, in addition to its poor mouthfeel.

Neither my wife or I were pleased with our experience. We like to visit Tanglewood once a summer and we finally got around to trying this place, but now we know to not go back. More for you all I suppose. (1,403 characters)

Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for a late lunch on a pleasant summer day, and had the perfect combination of great food & beer.

We first enjoyed two flights of five 3 oz beers for $5 each outside on the patio. Our server, who was excellent, also offered a sample of the English style Ale to us in addition to our flights. Our table of three ordered a special of Cajun style Cod in a wrap with fries; also the Cheddar Ale Soup, a Corned Beef Sandwich, and a Smoked Salmon BLT. Everyone loved the food and the beer. All the beers were delicious, but we chose the Raspberry Ale (cajun cod), Mankin's Organic English Style Ale (BLT) and the Bavarian Wheat (corned beef) to go with our meal.

Loved the ambience outside; the patio is tucked into a courtyard off the street, which keeps it removed from the traffic noises. Afterward we went inside and took a look at the bar (covered in coasters, which I really enjoyed while searching for favorites) and the brewing equipment. We also got to meet the owner, Andrew Mankin, who was brewing at the moment (forgot to ask what!). After chatting for a few minutes he had to get back to work, and we were on our way, fully satisfied in all respects! (1,171 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

This is a brewpub located in an old barn in Western Massachusetts's artistic and cultural center. I loved the decor with the rustic, wooden surroundings and coasters from all over the world stuck on the wall. You can see a section on the second floor with a couple barrels and piles of malts ready to be added to the latest brew. On tap they had about 9 in-housed brewed beers and you can buy a 5-glass sampler pack. The beers were average to above average depending on the style. The service was friendly and the waitress knowledgeable. The food was decent pub fair and quite likable. If I was to get over to that part of the state again I would definitely make another visit. (677 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Just north of the main drag of Great Barrington is this brewpub. It has been open for some time and with that in mind, it has a lived in and comfortable feel to it. With a staff that is generally helpful. They have quite a few different selections from a Bavarian Wheat to the Barrington Brown and then at the holidays, their Yule Fuel. Most of the beers are above average, but not exceptional. Nonetheless, they are very satisfying and if you find yourself passing through, pop into this Western Mass establishment. (516 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Barrington Brewery is located at a quaint New Englandy strip mall off the main road in Great Barrington, MA. The restaurant reminds me of a quintessential mom & pop family eatery. Indeed the patrons were all across the spectrum: old, young, college kids, Europeans, parents, etc.

During the day sandwiches are the fare. I had a sampler of authentic German sausages. They were excellent. The wings were odd because they were dry (but still spicy).

The beers were pretty run-of-the-mill except for the stout which I thought was quite good. The rule of thumb for me was the darker the beer the better the score.

The prices were reasonable, particularly the beer.

Worth a stop if you are in the area. (707 characters)

Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been to the Barrington Brewery several times since moving to CT. In addition, I have had their beer on-tap at several different restaurants and bars.

Upon walking in, you are greeted by a dimly lit tavern-style room with a combination of tables and booths. The staff is very friendly and takes your name promptly if there is a wait, or shows you straight to a table. You are always more than welcome to go straight to the bar and grab a beer while you wait. In some cases, you can grab a table by the bar while you wait. The bar area is comfortable and does not feel like a typical overcrowded watering hole even at prime-time on Saturday nights. A great pub vibe.

The service is great. Always friendly and eager to please.

Onto the beer. Solid. Their pale ale is a standard and sturdy beer with some great juicy hop notes and balancing malt sweetness. The IPA is much more bold, but remains balanced. Both are beers that one could settle with for an evening. The brown ale is great. Sweet, roasty, and drinkable. The stout is full bodied, rich, and sweet. Wonderful roasted character, although the body can feel a bit slick. The blonde is simple, full-flavored, and smooth. One of those beers for the warmer months, or to get one's appetite going. Their seasonal selection, as far as I have experienced, has also been good. The staff is always willing to give you a sample, so ask if you are interested!

The food is also solid. I have yet to be disappointed.

Overall, Barrington Brewery & Restaurant is a great place to stop for a couple pints and some solid grub. Whether you are looking for a quiet afternoon, or a lively dinner with friends and family, the Barrington Brewery can accommodate. Always a friendly and comfortable experience. (1,754 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I came here with 4 of my buddies. we drove up a few hours from long island NY for a ski trip and once we got to barrington we found this place. we got very lucky that we came across this place.
the food was great. we split a pitcher of their hopland pale ale which was fantastic, and had many pub fare appetizers and we all enjoyed our main courses too. even their chocolate cake was an excellent dessert. service was good also. we all really had a great dinner there. will 100% go back if I'm ever in the area. (511 characters)

Photo of Barsies
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I have tried the Barrington Brewery & Restaurant on two separate occassions - both times I ate in the bar area. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the staff friendly, the food good, and the beer somewhat disappointing.

On my first visit I tried the Yule Fuel, their winter beer (Lager? Ale? Don't remember). It lacked the flavor, fulness, or complexity I've come to expect from winter brews.

I also have tried the Hopland Pale Ale as well as the Barrington Brown. Both were more to my liking but there still seemed to be something missing. Neither had much depth.

Although my experiences have been middle of the road I'm still willing to give the Barrington Brewery another chance. (682 characters)

Photo of jatotter
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This was one of those visits that wasn't bad but it wasn't good either.
First, the beer was good. I started with a sampler but was disappointed that out of 6 or 7 regular beers and 3 seasonals I got 5 and only 1 seasonal choice of my own. My tastes run towards the darker side and even craft made lights do nothing for me. But, the quality was good.
Second, the food was very average. Perhaps I'm just getting fussier in my tastes but why does pub grub have to emphasize the grub? Too much frozen, pre-made food. I don't recall one item that included any cooking with their beer. Onion rings that were touted as really good came out as a fried glop that needed prying apart with utensils. Dishes just didn't quite live up their billing. Is that price one pays when the kitchen needs to cut costs and displays poor prep technique?
Third, service was awful. We ate out on the patio. Our servers spent more time yuckin' up with their friends than doing their job. Our server may have already been into the beer.

I don't expect ultra high end food or service at this kind of place. But I do expect value (and not in quantity) and service of the "service as you'd like to be served" variety.

And the cake someone mentioned in another review - recipe is available from Bon Appetit (Chocolate Stout Cake) and it's wonderful!
Cheers (1,327 characters)

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.