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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

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BEER AVG
3.68/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
22
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
283
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
87
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
58
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
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Barrington Brewery & RestaurantBarrington Brewery & Restaurant
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Eatery

420 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 01230
United States

(413) 528-8282 | map
www.barringtonbrewery.net

Notes:
AKA - Berkshire Mountain Brewers

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Photo of ecoboy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

(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.

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Photo of paceyourself
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of porter17
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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......

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Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.