Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
This is a fantastic little brew pub tucked away in Southern Berkshire county. Housed in a converted barn the place is spacious and rustic. Old school beer cans and advertising adorn the walls, along with other historic pictures. There are a few pool tables in the small upstairs area, overlooking the kettles. The placemats have a nice little illustration on them that explains the unique "brewed in barn" brewing process. For added ambience, there is a black cat that hangs out in the dinning room. He does not seem to beg for food, which is nice.
The food is average and typical pub fare. The Ploughman's Lunch consists of brie, green apples, chutnety, and supposedly "dry sausage", though I'm pretty sure it was just pepperoni. Nonetheless, it is still really good and goes long fine with the other assorted burgers and sandwhiches.
Service is good, if not somewhat indifferent.
The beer here is PHENOMENAL. At any given time they have about 6 different kinds on tap, including one cask The Black Bear Stout is among the best I have ever had, and makes a great session beer. Their IPA is almost as good, and the Nut Brown on cask is well worth your consideration as well. They never seem to do anything too adventurous with their brews, but I guess it is ok to stick with what works. Seriously, the Black Bear Stout puts this place over the top.
Every time I come here it is pretty empty, which is a shame. It is such a good brew pub, but it is hindered (I think) by it's location.
If only they could relocate to Boston...
04-30-2004 15:53:35 | More by belhav0322
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
Visited on a Saturday afternoon, after lunch and before dinner. Easy to find on Rte 7, west side of road in a collection of barns/antique shops just north of Great Barrington proper.
Cozy, congenial atmosphere - it is, after all, a big old barn. The tavern's to the left, with the brewery (very small but very clean) opposite the bar. Seating area throughout the rest of the room, with pool tables upstairs. Breweriana dominates the room - there were a ton of cans from almost-forgotten brews (Weidemanns, Munich, etc.) in the shelf adjacent to the table. We did notice a rogue french fry basket and associated fry hanging out from a previous meal under our table, but otherwise no problems.
The pints I had (Octoberfest, Brown) were both clean, quaffable, and very tasty - the Ofest had a really good malt profile, the Brown was a slightly coffeelike English version - and the sample of Vienna was also to style. Six or seven brews generally on tap, along with black & tans, snakebites, and other mixed brews listed on the menu. 22 oz bottles and growlers available at the bar, $3 for a bomber, 4 for $11 - not at all bad. Seasonals are listed on a chalkboard, and are generally available in growlers. Quick service at the bar...but the table was another story. The waitress seemed to have her mind elsewhere - forgot the kids' milk, forgot my second beer, took forever with the check - and admitted as much. She did comp the second beer, which was very fair of her. Most of the other servers seemed a bit quicker, so maybe we caught her on a bad day. It happens.
The food, mostly tavern fare at lunch (more complete dinners are available after 5), was good for what it was - the burger was decent sized on a really good bun and tasted like the ones I make at home (this is a good thing), my wife's tortellini salad was large, with fresh local field greens and plenty of the specified ingredents, my son's grilled cheese was tasty on good wheat bread, and the sweet potato fried were properly crisp yet tender. My son gave the ice cream two thumbs up, and he knows about ice cream (he's 4 - enough said). The prices were about $1 more than some of the local places, but it IS in a popular tourist area.
Definitely worth hitting if in the area - have a pint or two there, and take home some for later.
10-26-2003 03:28:03 | More by sponberg
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
I loved the look and feel of this place.It was my first time there so I didnt know what to expect.It was the kind of pub I like with stuff all over the walls.I loved the breweriana,especially the bottles in the glass case.The bar was very intimate and they actually gave you coasters.From the bar you have a great view of the brewing tanks and process.It had a country/Irish bar feel.A real brewery atmosphere.The food was awesome.Those were the best nachos I think I've ever had.All the beers were good.They had alot of merchandise available, but I stole a pint glass for a souvenier.We took home four bombers including a vienna style and a belgian white which were both good.They have everyting available from 220z bombers to 64oz growlers and 15 gallon half kegs.
08-15-2003 18:39:35 | More by kelticblood
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
Set next to a very nice, if pricey antiques "mall" on the north end of GB on Rt 7 in a renovated barn. The brewing system is visible from the bar area and tables, during the days you can watch them brew sometimes. Big family friendly dinning room, bar that seats 12 or so. Beers are all served from serving tanks below the brew equipment. Between 5 and 8 beers usually served.
I lived near the Barrington Brew Pub for over 4 years and became quite familiar with all of thier beers.... as well as every item on the menu. I had some beer drinking friends there, and always managed to have a nice chat with visitors to the area, so it was a friendly place to have a beer. Unfortunatly, the beer was never the reason to go. All the beers were ok - good; none were awfull, but they always had a raw, homebrew quality and were very inconsistant batch to batch. I usually enjoyed the ESB , but would ask how long it had been on tap before ordering. If it was less than a week old, it was murky, and rough with unpleasent yeast flavors. After a week ( 3 was better) it was relatively clear and in far better condition. The same was true of other styles. Seasonals were hit or miss. The popular winter Yule Fuel was, according to the brewer ( this recipe may have changed in the last 3 years) was a heavily corriander infused Barleywine. For me, my only advice is DONT try this at home. ( unless you really like corriander). A Belgian style it was not. In the summer they would re-release it and call it Firecracker. I still made me retch 6 months later/ older. Please understand, I can usually find something good to say about any beer. But people loved the stuff so...what do I know?
Ive always thought that longer maturation before tapping is needed for most of thier beers. If there was no conversation to keep me there, I would leave after 1 pint. If the beer I was drinking was in good condition, I would stay for 3.... or more. When properly aged, all the beers were usually pretty good, IPA and ESB being excellent and the Pale not far behind, tho they all had a funky yeast signature I didnt care for, which carried thru every style, from Blonde to Stout. This faded with conditioning as well. But thats just me, check it out for yourself.
I would recomend this place if your driving thru the Berkshires, but warn you not to expect too much. Food is average to good and moderatly priced.
07-02-2003 20:01:20 | More by Shiredave
3.8/5 rDev -1%
(Original review is below: have been back a third time in April of '05, and now feel confident in moving some of my bad numbers in the upward direction. Brews were consistently good over the four styles I tried. More styles were available. New brewer since the last time I was there. Now, I will recommend, and suggest that the bar area is surely where to sit for the best beer lover's experience.)
I've been twice: a rainy summer night and a sunny summer dinnertime. Neither time did I have to wait to get a beer, although table space can be at a premium. The man behind the bar was an avuncular fellow who would fit right in in the hinterlands of Maine. The bar itself was surrounded by the breweriana that shows a beer lover (and not just an opportunist) runs the place.
But the beer itself, well... I pushed myself back there after so many people rated it so highly. I had had a bad first beer impression with sour notes in my stout on the first trip, and I had purchased some of the 22-oz. bottles for Maine friends who had yet to taste this brewery's product. The bottles were indeed not up to par either. I chaulked it up to a bad batch and went back... and there it was again. Am I just the unluckiest BA there is? I can't recommend this place, and would insist on a sample of several beers before ordering a whole pint.
07-02-2003 11:40:32 | More by ecoboy
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
If you like antiques and beer this is the place for you. Several antique shops surround the brewpub in a converted barn. The best way to discribe this place is average, from the service to the food very average. They ran out of their winter seasonal right before i could get one so i had the sampler, all the brews were average to good. I enjoyed their alt the most but took home a growler of thier pale ale and two bombers of the yuel fuel. If i'm in the area i will stop in again but i won't go out of my way to go back.
01-18-2003 18:07:43 | More by paceyourself
4.9/5 rDev +27.6%
Of the many, many brewpubs I have visited, I have enjoyed none more than the Barrington Brewery. The Porter is to die for, one of the best I've ever had. It's tasty, full-bodied, and refreshing. The Stout and Brown are also fantastic. The Blond is amazing and the IPA and Pale Ale are very, very good. The Vienna is well above average, as are the ESB and the Raspberry Wheat. (Only the Blond, Stout, Pale Ale and Raspberry Wheat are standards, the other's being seasonal. They usually have 8 beers available at any 1 time). Their high octane beer (11% ABV, I believe. It's the "yuel fuel" in winter; "firecracker" in summer) is exceptional, especially since I tend to stick to beers below 8% ABV. Other seasonals include a Scotch Ale.
The food is very good (their sweet potato fries are delicious) and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is a jukebox and 2 pool tables upstairs. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable. If I didn't live over 2 hours away, it would be my bar of choice. I can honestly say that I've never had a bad beer at the Barrington Brewery. Looking forward to going again soon......
12-07-2002 13:53:13 | More by porter17
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Good New England vibe, the restaurant is in a barn and has a rustic setting to it, thankfully unprententious in this touristy and antique-shop-ridden part of the Berkshires. Food is good and hearty, but not very compelling. I had the veggie chili and the brat. Perhaps the dinner menu has more exciting dishes. Tried the sampler - golden, pale, brown, porter and the seasonal special ESB. All good, perhaps the pale was the best. I found the brown to be bland and the porter oily, the blonde was very tasty. I ordered a full pint of the ESB since it was what I was in the mood for, quite good but not stellar.
I later found some of their beers, bottled, in a local package store and was able to take home a bottle of the Dunkel (not available when I visited the brewpub). This was preferable to the selections offered at the restaurant. The bottled brews are for sale under the logo "Berkshire Mountain Brewers." I'm not sure how widespread their availability is, but if you can't make it to the brewpub, stop in a local packie and bring some home. Sometimes quietly drinking a bottle at home gives you a better appreciation for the beer anyway.
06-19-2002 15:31:27 | More by Thrasher
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.