Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

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Barrington Brewery & RestaurantBarrington Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.67/5
Based on:
14 Beers
232 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.83
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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Notes:
AKA - Berkshire Mountain Brewers

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Reviews by madmanjf:
Photo of madmanjf
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I'm writing this review after my second visit which spanned over several months.

The establishment offers roughly five standard beers on tap at all times along with three additional seasonal ales on tap. Growlers for purchase and refill are available.

I had three beers, each of which I'll review seperately. A seasonal called Homemad Hop (they grew the hops themselves), the Pale Ale and the Brown. All three were drinkable.

The style I wanted, an IPA, was not available during either of my two visits as it's not one of the standard five brews. I was told that they have it as a season about half of the time throughout the year. This in of itself is disappointing because I always feel an IPA is a great way to judge the skills of a brewer. While I was there, three additional people asked for an IPA .... so I guess I wasn't the only one disappointed.

I did notice the bartender consistently pushing the seasonals. I suspect this was more out of a desire or need to get the next batch of seasonal on tap sooner rather than later (hopefully an IPA).

They have a small menu with nice variety. I wasn't there before 5pm, so I didn't really glance at the dinner portion of the menu since it's not available in the afternoon.

I had a grass-fed burger for $9 (Angus was $8). It came with the side of the day which was Coleslaw. Fries were extra ~ $3.50 if I recall correctly. I found this a bit surprising .... most places that give good burgers come with fries at around $9. I will say though, that the Beer-Battered fries I got on the side were VERY good. I usually don't finish fries, but this larger side dish went back empty. The burger was properly cooked, but lacked flavor. It didn't appear to be flame-cooked which is probably why it lacked color and flavor.

People around me were getting other items of the menu which seemed to be a better value than my burger. Next time I return, I'll probably get something else.

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Photo of dhmxray
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.16/5  rDev +8.6%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Wally_Dad
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jbertsch
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of mltobin
3.64/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Sam21
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Barsies
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of jatotter
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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

Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is a nice place conveniently located in GB. The food is good. I had the vegetarian chili and a salad. Others I was with really liked the cheddar soup, the Tomato blue cheese soup, and all of the various dinners ordered. No complaints. The desserts were huge. There is a triple layer cake that is ridiculous and can feed three people with one healthy slab cut off. I had the ice cream brownie and that was huge as well.

As for the beer, I had the Hopland Pale, the Steam, the Glen Ice IPA, the Barrington Brown, and the Black Bear Stout. I will review the stout separately and this was the best one I had. I bought 22oz to go and you purchase these at the bar. The place is spacious and the bar does have the smell of malts. I will review the stout separately and the three take home bottles as I sample them.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I will try not to repeat too much...

Cool place, inside and out. Nice outdoor patio during summer, nice, cozy bar and seating area inside. Brewing equipment is small and on display.

Nothing too fancy with the beer or the food when I went for lunch today. Food was pretty standard lunch pub fare and the beers were extremely standard (Blonde, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout, Vienna, IPA and a Respberry Ale).

Service was fine, waitresses were attentive.

My only gripe would be the $4.50 they charge for a pint of their beer, that seems high to me for beer brewed on premise...especially when a 22 oz. bomber is only $3.50 out the door. Cut the costs of 16 oz. pints down to $3.50!

No frills brewpub in a cool location. I'd like to try some of their not so standard beers next time they have them available.

Photo of aaudette
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I will repeat what someone previously posted in a review - Yule Fuel. It is quite a big, malthy, warm beer. This beer alone rates this place very high for me. We drive 2 hours once a year just to get some. And you can buy 22ozs and they fill growlers. Costs are reasonable - $5 for a 22oz and $13 for a growler - and they fill anyone's growlers. Once again I was not disappointed and walked away with enough to enjoy for a while into the new year.

In addition to the Yule Fuel, started with a scotch ale which was also pleasant and well done for the style - not thin with some warmth and a bit of sweatness. The food was good as was the cervice. Also, the menu is vegetarian friendly with lots of offerings and options.

Photo of williamherbert
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A cool little place where I had a quick one.

There is a pretty large restaurant area for eating, and then a smaller bar area for drinking. A large kettle can be seen high up above the bar area.

Not too loud but not too quiet either. A couple TVs where I could watch some college football and we could pass around a few pints.

The place felt a little bit cavernous, mostly due to the high ceilings, but I felt comfortable there. The place did brisk business yet we were served pretty quickly. A cool joint.

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.