Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
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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
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-12-2007 14:20:49 | More by rousee
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
3.64/5 rDev -5.2%
Just north of the main drag of Great Barrington is this brewpub. It has been open for some time and with that in mind, it has a lived in and comfortable feel to it. With a staff that is generally helpful. They have quite a few different selections from a Bavarian Wheat to the Barrington Brown and then at the holidays, their Yule Fuel. Most of the beers are above average, but not exceptional. Nonetheless, they are very satisfying and if you find yourself passing through, pop into this Western Mass establishment.
09-23-2011 01:50:45 | More by mltobin
3.94/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
01-29-2008 23:30:00 | More by plaid75
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
I will try not to repeat too much...
Cool place, inside and out. Nice outdoor patio during summer, nice, cozy bar and seating area inside. Brewing equipment is small and on display.
Nothing too fancy with the beer or the food when I went for lunch today. Food was pretty standard lunch pub fare and the beers were extremely standard (Blonde, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout, Vienna, IPA and a Respberry Ale).
Service was fine, waitresses were attentive.
My only gripe would be the $4.50 they charge for a pint of their beer, that seems high to me for beer brewed on premise...especially when a 22 oz. bomber is only $3.50 out the door. Cut the costs of 16 oz. pints down to $3.50!
No frills brewpub in a cool location. I'd like to try some of their not so standard beers next time they have them available.
06-24-2009 18:24:40 | More by indiapaleale
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
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
We have eaten here a few times after skiing at Butternut and had their grass fed burgers, which are really good. I would normally order a stout.This was our first summer visit. They have a nice outdoor area with several tables and umbrellas. We went in to sample some beers at the bar. Their brown ale was nice....their IPA was OK... the bartender was gracious. I picked their pale ale which was very good and my girlfriend had a raspberry blonde which she enjoyed. We brought our beers outside and enjoyed some late afternoon sun before driving up to Tanglewood.
They have hops growing up the side of the barn....loaded with flowers !
A nice place to drop in when you're in the area.
08-13-2007 12:55:29 | More by Hautacam
4.13/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-09-2007 03:09:19 | More by BeerSox
3.68/5 rDev -4.2%
The Barrington Brewery is located at a quaint New Englandy strip mall off the main road in Great Barrington, MA. The restaurant reminds me of a quintessential mom & pop family eatery. Indeed the patrons were all across the spectrum: old, young, college kids, Europeans, parents, etc.
During the day sandwiches are the fare. I had a sampler of authentic German sausages. They were excellent. The wings were odd because they were dry (but still spicy).
The beers were pretty run-of-the-mill except for the stout which I thought was quite good. The rule of thumb for me was the darker the beer the better the score.
The prices were reasonable, particularly the beer.
Worth a stop if you are in the area.
08-14-2011 20:36:06 | More by smcolw
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.