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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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Photo of NickDellaGiustina
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of porter17
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
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......

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 civicm87
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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 redelephantdane
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of kelticblood
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

Photo of bultrey
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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?

Photo of psdriscoll
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of Boppar
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The beer selection is great, and the beers can each hold their own. They have something for the hop heads, and the malt heads, and everyone in between. There really isn't anything here too extreme though, but that's not a bad thing.

The food ranges from basic sandwhich to specialty. There is nothing too fancy, but it's good for pub food. All the prices are great, so this place can be visited more than once-in-a-while. The service is good, with standard waitresses and waiters.

The building is in a barn type building, with some of the brewing equipment visible. There is indoor and outdoor seating. In the bar area, there is are two TVs.

I would consider living in Great Barrington just so I could visit this place every weekend (or day). Highly recommended if you find yourself in Western Massachusetts.

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 fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Well me and the misses took a day trip to Great Barrington and decided to have lunch at this place. I loved the appearance to this place: dirt driveway with outdoor deck with a red barn look. You go in and classic beer bottles line the wall next to you. The bar area goes around the front with some tables around the corner and good chunk of the tables to your left upon entering. Very rustic, old New England feel; wood, colonial, farmhouse.

For Great Barrington, right near Stockbridge and Lenox, the prices for food were great. They preferred cash and we were able to pay for our meal quite easily. Food varied but for lunch one could really just get pub food. I had a philly cheesesteak which was delicious. I had the sampler which was pretty inexpensive comparatively. The beers were great, I loved the Berkshire Blonde.

Service was great, friendly and attentive. For being outside in the deck, our waitress was constantly outside checking up on us, striking conversations. Definitely a place worth going to if your in the Berkshires.

Photo of mkobes
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The first time I was here, I had the Yuel fuel what a great beer that is. What an interesting night it was after that beer. After that I have been there a few times. Really nice place. Nice and rustic. It was an old barn that was converted into a brewpub. A variety of foods and good beers. Well made beers. They have 8 taps and bottles to go. Good place to visit for some beers. Basic pub fare. Very nice and cozy place.
Very reasonable prices. Not expensive. The best part about this brewpub is there is a Holiday Inn right across the street, walking distance.

Great fresh beer. Most of the beers can be filled up in growlers.

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 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 dhmxray
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped in for dinner, after not having been there in a few years. I still like the ambiance here, being constructed in an old barn. Many exposed beams, and a few free-standing fireplaces make this place quite cozy. The beer selection is good, with the typical cross section of offerings in a good brewpub. The beer itself is OK: the few I've had won't win any awards, but they won't turn you off either. The food was good on this trip, as both my wife and myself had the prime rib. They have a decent children's menu also. We've had good lunches there in the past. Worth a stop.

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Thrasher
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located just outside of downtown Great Barrington and about three miles from Butternut.

The building is located in a barn themed "strip mall" type complex.

Upon entering, the bar is to the right and the restaurant seating to the left and rear.

The bar is on the smaller side, bu cozy, with table and booth seating. The walls are decorated with a ton of breweriana in the form of coasters and signs. There is a pool table room above the bar on the second floor.

The house beers are flavorful and fresh. Check the website for the latest offerings. The service was good and relaxed, once you got a seat at the bar.

Photo of rousee
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice little brewpub out in the Berkshires. Its tied in with a few other businesses so you can miss it driving by if youre not paying pretty close attention. It looks kind of like an old red barn.

You walk in and the decor is just kind of rustic and a little dated looking but friendly and inviting. We sat at the bar and had a sampler on the oar. They had like 3 seasonals going so the bartender was cool enough to let me try everything they had in my sampler. The beers were a light gold ale, a pale, a brown, a stout, an ipa, esb, blueberry, and old pluto an old ale. The beers were all pretty decent and true to the style. The IPA didnt taste much hoppier than the pale ale. The old pluto was very good and so was the esb. These seemed to be the standouts of the bunch. I'm usually not a huge fan of these styles either.

We ordered some burgers they said were grass fed and hormone free and some sweet potato fries as the burgers dont come with fries but were still pretty inexpensive. The food was definitely good and hit the spot. The bartender was a friendly guy who everyone seemed to know pretty well that came in and he was very friendly and attentive with us. I like this place but it doesnt really stand out as being better than some of your other brewpubs in the general vicinity.

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

This is a remote brewpub located in the rather hilly Western Mass. Lots of scenery in these here parts. The brewpub was built in an old barn. An antique shop shares residence. Lots of rustic seating inside. The bar to the rear, with pool tables upstairs. The place sort of remindes me of a stereotypical redneck bar that would sport line-dancing on Thursday eves. That said, the people seemed to be more along the lines of tourists than anything. And the place is comfortable.

The quality of the beer was very good. All the beers that I had were clean and well made. Food seemed OK, but we did not have that much. from what I can gather, though, this is a great place to stay the night, with the hotel right across the street and all.

The bartender did not seem very sociable, and was only moderately attentive. He seemed to be in deep thought the whole time we were there. Thus he did not add to the experience at all.

Eight decent taps provide a nice selection, ranging from Blond to Stout. Nothing too assertive, but again, all well made. Yule Fule was available in 22 oz bombers, as was many other of their beers.

Food seemed OK, but would require many visits to fully evaluate. Food was very good for beer drinking though.

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 belhav0322
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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...

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
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