Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
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2.3/5 rDev -40.1%
stop 2 of 4 on the great western mass beer crawl of 8/20/06.
you know what it's like when you've just left a really awesome brewpub, and you immediately begin to mentally plan your next trip back, reminisce about the good brews, and have that really positive revelation? that's how i felt walking in the door here, after my tremendous afternoon at pittsfield. i walked in here to an almost polar opposite vibe. this place was cluttered. stained coasters were nailed to the walls and dusty framed photos hung crookedly beside them. the fonts and graphic design of their logo'd items had a really silly, early-80's vibe. this place seemed like a dirty version of the shed in vermont. we approached the bar with trepidation. it was nestled in a dark corner of the downstairs level.
the bar itself was a worn-in slab. ceramic mugs hung low and the bartender was dressed up. the few people seated at the bar seemed like hillbilly biker types and drunk construction worker types (no offense intended to either group, just broad strokes people). i decided to free myself from this desolate region and explored the restaurant. the upstairs seats several and has a pool table, currently being used by underage drinking student types. downstairs were lots of family sized tables full of bustling groups, tourists and wannabes. back to the bar i went, feeling an icky sense of depression. let's try a beer.
or a sampler, as i am known to do. ok. they serve them on those wooden oars, and include 1.75 oz samples of five beers. like other reviewers have said, you must speak up or get sacked with the run-of-the-mill house brews. when i went there were 6 beers available. a pale ale, a light, a stout, a raspberry ale, and a couple other forgetful beers. the stout has a nice body and some good smokiness, but had a metallic off finish that is hard to achieve in something with such big flavor. the rest of the beers were decidedly below average.. or maybe comparing them to the PBW beers is an unfair order of travel. i can't imagine anyone in this area choosing this place over pittsfield, a mere 17 minutes away. who is in this mug club, anyway??
can't really bash the service. oh wait. yes i can. the waiter didn't really do anything but pour beers for us, and that was ok. i asked him, clearly, to his face, "we're all set. can we have the tab?" to which he responded, dumbfoundedly, after staring into space for a minute, "february". i shit you not. idiots! gosh!
no food was consumed here, and i am still alive today as a result.
08-22-2006 14:25:48 | More by goodbyeohio
2.83/5 rDev -26.3%
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
3.03/5 rDev -21.1%
Early to mid afternoon, and I'm sure there's a good reason why I'm in Westernish Massachusetts instead of the Octoberfest at the (kind) bar 6 miles from where I live. Had a beer already, plan on having another real soon, if we can find this, what are we looking for here, yeah, Barrington Barn Brewery Berkshire Beer what? Anyway, we're on Rte 7 so it's around here somewhere, and we're making good time to Saturday...
Located in a strip of something there on Rte 7, it seems like a series of connected buildings with little stores in them. Something in the way of an old barn, the whole room is slanted and off, it's fucking up my equilibrium. Brick floors with carpeted areas around the tables, wide plank and painted walls, panelled glass windows to the rear looking out over patio dining, angled ceilings here, wood cross beam ceilings there, drop lamp lighting and ceiling fans. Framed black & white photos, French beer posters, and old brewerania throughout, beertrays and old beer cans on shelves and in cupboards. Old beer steins displayed above the archways. Shirts and hats for sale up there, as well.
Nearly a dozen and a half booths and tables, and a side room with another 8 tables. The bar area holds a a 12 seat "L" shaped bar with 2 towers. Mug club mugs, tons of coasters plastered everywhere, a pair of TV's, 5 small bar tables & 2 large tables to the rear. A doorway to the rear leads to the patio seating area, upwards of a dozen tables under a canopy.
2 wood lined kettles above, and secret brewing vessels in an area down below. Upstairs in a loft above the bar, green walls with wood trim, ceiling fans, a half dozen small tables scattered about, a couple of small pool tables, a jukebox and a TV. Framed turn-of-the-century pool prints (Mark Twain, Hartford, CT 1891).
Food menu consisted of mostly sandwiches, salads, apps. I had the beef chili with cheese and the sweet potato fries, which were real damn good. Randy wanted to know how they cut the fries so perfectly. I told him that I don't know because I don't know.
4 house beers (Blonde Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout), and 4 seasonals (ESB, Raspberry, Hefe, Amber). They also carry some maltos and a cider (at least no crappy macros). 10 ounce pours for $3, pints for $4, pitchers for $16. I ask about the sampler and am told that it's 3 ounce pours, 5 of them for $4. Pretty good deal. You get the 4 house beers and 1 seasonal. "I'll have the sampler", and Randy echoed as such. So she starts to walk away and I say, "Um, do you want to know which seasonal my 5th beer will be?" I opt for the Hefe and Randy, the Amber. The samplers arrive, 5 beers on paddles, and because it isn't my nature to let these things go, I have to ask, "Had I not spoken up about my choice for the seasonal, what would you have done?", and she says, "The bartender would have chosen one for you". With red pen in hand, he says, "So you know, the bartender chooses your beer for you if you don't ask".
The Berkshire Blonde Ale had a strange sweetness to it; the Hopland Pale Ale, a light copper color with a grassy hop flavor; the Barrington Brown Ale, medicinal, fulll bodied, slightly chocolatey; the Black Bear Stout, smooth, good licorice flavor, I'm okay with it; the Hefe, not filtered, light banana flavor; the Amber tastes just like the Brown Ale. Beers were just okay, they all pretty much tasted the same. I was expecting more here, but it is what it is...
11-05-2005 17:22:57 | More by slander
3.05/5 rDev -20.6%
This was one of those visits that wasn't bad but it wasn't good either.
First, the beer was good. I started with a sampler but was disappointed that out of 6 or 7 regular beers and 3 seasonals I got 5 and only 1 seasonal choice of my own. My tastes run towards the darker side and even craft made lights do nothing for me. But, the quality was good.
Second, the food was very average. Perhaps I'm just getting fussier in my tastes but why does pub grub have to emphasize the grub? Too much frozen, pre-made food. I don't recall one item that included any cooking with their beer. Onion rings that were touted as really good came out as a fried glop that needed prying apart with utensils. Dishes just didn't quite live up their billing. Is that price one pays when the kitchen needs to cut costs and displays poor prep technique?
Third, service was awful. We ate out on the patio. Our servers spent more time yuckin' up with their friends than doing their job. Our server may have already been into the beer.
I don't expect ultra high end food or service at this kind of place. But I do expect value (and not in quantity) and service of the "service as you'd like to be served" variety.
And the cake someone mentioned in another review - recipe is available from Bon Appetit (Chocolate Stout Cake) and it's wonderful!
06-24-2010 16:53:00 | More by jatotter
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
I have tried the Barrington Brewery & Restaurant on two separate occassions - both times I ate in the bar area. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the staff friendly, the food good, and the beer somewhat disappointing.
On my first visit I tried the Yule Fuel, their winter beer (Lager? Ale? Don't remember). It lacked the flavor, fulness, or complexity I've come to expect from winter brews.
I also have tried the Hopland Pale Ale as well as the Barrington Brown. Both were more to my liking but there still seemed to be something missing. Neither had much depth.
Although my experiences have been middle of the road I'm still willing to give the Barrington Brewery another chance.
10-02-2010 16:53:08 | More by Barsies
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
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
Ok, had to re-review this place since now it's one of my favorite spots (partially because of the Yule Fuel).
Well, all that's below the === is (was) totally true, but I am redeeming this place...
When it's not completely crowded and noisy, it's very quaint. Very barnlike, all wooden everything, not very comfortable. Good beer selection of their own concocting, decent sized menu. So far, things I've had have been quite good there. Reuben melts and other grilled sandwiches. Specials and other things as well. Very good. Very reasonably priced. I go here almost every time I go out to Lee these days. Service is still kinda eh. The pickles suck also :).
Located in Western Mass in Great Barrington (right near the NY border). Went there on a whim after a day at the Lee outlets.
It's in an old-style farmhouse with a barn attached. They brew beer in the barn. We went for dinner, it was beyond packed! I bet everybody who lived in Western MA was packed into there, jeez. Was going to take forever to get a seat. So, we go to the back pub area. They have a nice selection of custom draughts made right in the back. Apparently, the taps are hooked up directly to the beer tanks in the back. The two beers I had before we sat down were quite good quality. I was impressed with the level of craftsmanship. Still, it took a solid 45 min to sit down (we were already starving an hour). Sat in a rather drafty area, was freezing outside and wasn't too warm in. Table and chairs were wood, rather uncomfortable. Also, all the tables are too close to each other.
Had the ploughman's luncheon platter for appetizer, was very good with dry sausage, bread, and brie, the apple chutney is WEIRD though. I had the special of the day, Yankee Pot Roast. Good mashed potatoes, roast was very dry with a very salty gravy. My gf had an open reuben melt, was pretty good actually, although it's not my favorite style. For dessert we got the chocolate cake to go. It's made with their stout and is VERY dense, it almost chews back at ya. It was good though, just had to get used to it.
I'd go again, but maybe on a diff night of the week so it isn't so insane.
01-24-2005 22:06:39 | More by aquatonex
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
This place had a nice warm home-y feel to it, packed to the gills with townies. The restored barn-feel certainly adds to it as well. The quality of the beers sampled was about average, but my biggest complaint was that there weren't many on tap. Maybe I hit them in between batches. Anyway, the service was super-polite and knowledgeable about their beer. The food was standard burger/diner -type fare, but nicely easy on the wallet. I'd go back in the hopes of being able to sample more than just four of their beers.
09-25-2009 05:09:58 | More by donniecuffs
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Trying to find the front door was the first hurdle during our first visit to Barrington's brewpub. The restuarant pub is housed in a expanded barn type building along with other businesses, poorly signed, and we watched from our table once secured, other approaching visitors also fumble their way to the correct entrance.
The brewpub has 3 seating areas, including an outside patio out back. A few dozen small tables, wood corner benches lining the walls, and a woodstove make for a homey, casual atmosphere.
The sandwiches served were decent, nothing spetacular, however they were served perhaps too quickly. Annette had to put her sandwich together herself, and the waitress offered "the cook is really busy today" as an explanation. The beer however arrived in timely fashion, cold and refreshing.
The porter had a mild mouthfeel, with bitter chocolate notes and a sweet finish. The brown ale, perhaps my favorite of the day, embellished more with the mouthfeel, lending a nutty taste, but without any real hop presence. Both the porter and brown ale were light bodied and very drinkable. We sampled the raspberry, blonde and pale ales, as well, and they were just OK. The stoudt was worth a second look, tasty with a bitter finish, however also a bit on the light side.
I must give props to the pastry chef, the strawberry rhubarb pie with fresh whipped cream was excellent. All the desserts displayed near the entrance looked delicious.
This out of the way brewpub is a nice place to stop by if you're in the area. Try the brown ale, stay for the dessert, but good luck finding the front door.
05-29-2006 13:37:04 | More by LeffeHanded
3.55/5 rDev -7.6%
Sweet Potato Fries and decent beer. What else could one ask for? I have been to the Barrington Brewery a few times tried most of the beer and was for the most part, not overly impressed. The beers were good, better than drinking most things you find in a bottle in Berkshire County restaurants but I think they have better beer up 7 in Pittsfield at the PBW. The food was what you would expect at a brew pub not fantastic but good with a beer. Who would go to a brew pub for the food anyway? The place seems to be smaller than it should be for the number of tourists that fill the Berkshires, there was a thirty minute wait for a table to we sat in the bar which was alittle cramped and seemed to be missing a few chairs. Their Sweet Potato fries are a great beer food.
10-12-2005 16:18:55 | More by alejandro
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.