Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.53/5 rDev +18%
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.
12-15-2008 17:34:16 | More by aaudette
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
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
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
i visited the place with a friend who lives in Great Barrington, she is friends with the owners daughter and took me there knowing my interest in craft brewing. the place is cozy and decorated with assorted glassware and signs from different countries and old breweries. the brewing equipment is 20 feet in front of the bar adding a nice charm to the place. there is a larger hall available for rent that i wa shown, seems like a nice place to have a party.
i enjoyed the two pints(esb, yule fuel) i had and the growler(stout) i took home with me. the service was nice and i got a little tour around the place. i definitely recommend this place to anyone passing through the Berkshires.
01-08-2008 04:55:31 | More by redelephantdane
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
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
Jeez, I must have been here a dozen times when I lived in the Berkshires, but it took a trip to Vermont from NYC with a stop at Barrington on the way through for me to finally write a Beerfly.
This place is well worth seeking out if you are travelling in the Berkshires. The atmosphere is "This Old Barn," complete with rustic wood floors and high, vaulted ceilings. It's a fairly spacious place, and you should have no trouble parking and getting a table. The service has always been above average for me, at least at dinner, but the bartenders have always filled my growlers happily and quickly, so that's a plus. Plus they're super-friendly.
The beers on draft are all brewed on premises, and are all quite good bordering on consistently excellent -- not too many out-there styles -- usually an IPA, pale ale, stout, porter, some kind of fruit beer, and maybe a special like steam ale or barleywine. All are very well-crafted and super fresh -- what more could you ask for?
The food is average pub grub -- nothing too exciting. I'd like to see them upgrade the menu a bit, to be honest. But everything does have a nice country kitchen-type flavor to it, especially the desserts, highlighted by the Stout Chocolate Cake. Rich and dense is an understatement. Delicious.
Prices are quite nice, even for touristy/resorty Great Barrington. Prices seem to be catering to the local rather than the visitors.
I always stop when I'm on my way through. If you don't live in the area, I defintely recommend growler fills, and bellying up for a pint or two if you've got the time.
PS - I've got to echo the complaint about the policy to not fill growlers of their stronger beers, like the barleywine or YuleFuel. Why not? I'll pay more for them. I would love to review these, but you gotta drive to get here, and you gotta drive to go home. Know what I mean?
07-11-2005 01:58:36 | More by bultrey
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
It's a nice, cozy place. You could probably comfortably seat about 20 people at least in the section I was sitting. There was a bar section across the way, and there may have been more tables in that section, but I didn't look.
The quality of both the beer and the food was good. This is a solid microbrewery/restaurant right here.
The service is fantastic. They are helpful, friendly, and attentive.
In terms of selection: on tap tonight they were serving: Pale Ale, Stout, Brown Ale, Blonde Ale, Barleywine, IPA, Raspberry Ale, and a Porter.
Entrees looked to be in the $10-15 range. Beer and dessert were both $5. They also had sandwiches. The portions were generous but not absurd. At any rate, it is worth it.
If you're in the area and are looking for good beer and a good meal, I'd highly recommend this place.
12-04-2007 00:36:57 | More by Boppar
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.