Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 202
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by madmanjf:
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
11-05-2007 11:56:27 | More by madmanjf
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2.83/5 rDev -25.7%
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.
11-05-2013 04:35:23 | More by jbertsch
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for a late lunch on a pleasant summer day, and had the perfect combination of great food & beer.
We first enjoyed two flights of five 3 oz beers for $5 each outside on the patio. Our server, who was excellent, also offered a sample of the English style Ale to us in addition to our flights. Our table of three ordered a special of Cajun style Cod in a wrap with fries; also the Cheddar Ale Soup, a Corned Beef Sandwich, and a Smoked Salmon BLT. Everyone loved the food and the beer. All the beers were delicious, but we chose the Raspberry Ale (cajun cod), Mankin's Organic English Style Ale (BLT) and the Bavarian Wheat (corned beef) to go with our meal.
Loved the ambience outside; the patio is tucked into a courtyard off the street, which keeps it removed from the traffic noises. Afterward we went inside and took a look at the bar (covered in coasters, which I really enjoyed while searching for favorites) and the brewing equipment. We also got to meet the owner, Andrew Mankin, who was brewing at the moment (forgot to ask what!). After chatting for a few minutes he had to get back to work, and we were on our way, fully satisfied in all respects!
08-01-2013 15:15:06 | More by rorjets
4.11/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$$
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.
07-29-2013 01:05:10 | More by puboflyons
3.64/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Just north of the main drag of Great Barrington is this brewpub. It has been open for some time and with that in mind, it has a lived in and comfortable feel to it. With a staff that is generally helpful. They have quite a few different selections from a Bavarian Wheat to the Barrington Brown and then at the holidays, their Yule Fuel. Most of the beers are above average, but not exceptional. Nonetheless, they are very satisfying and if you find yourself passing through, pop into this Western Mass establishment.
09-23-2011 01:50:45 | More by mltobin
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
08-14-2011 20:36:06 | More by smcolw
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
03-13-2011 03:11:01 | More by Sam21
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.