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Northampton Brewery

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Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 168
Beer Avg: 3.77

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BA SCORE
89
very good

66 Ratings
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Eatery ]

11 Brewster Court
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060
United States
phone: (413) 584-9903

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Jason

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Delayed hours on the BA Bus Tour waiting next to the diesel pumps at the Ludlow rest stop watch the worst thunder head drop inches of rain thing look pretty dismal to say the least. I guess you’d want the bad luck to happen first, well it did on the BA Bus tour, of course the bus breaking down did not break the Bas spirit. Northampton Brewery was our first stop ... seen to me as a savior and sanctuary from such a crappy beginning of the day. The 30+ BAs descended on that bar like it was last call and the staff worked quickly to get us our first pints. I opted for a pint of Daniel Shay’s Best Bitter and a pint of Hoover’s Porter to warm up on the side. The bitter was played very well and taste as close to style as I could tell, very drinkable. After the porter warmed up at tad it dispersed waves of chocolate and malt sweetness, very delicious. All of the beers tasted fresh and were cheaply price @ around $3.50 a pint ... cheap compared to Boston. I could see spending several hours at the bar going through the well rounded list of beer, they also showcased several guest brews.

08-29-2004 11:22:21 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First stop on the 2004 BA Bus Tour, the Northampton Brewery resides on the flipside of the Thorne’s Market. Though it’s been opened since 1987, the interior remains somewhat modern while being inviting though the exterior is an odd shaped cement building painted yellow with hop vines crawling about. Inside, the bar hugs the room, providing a view of the glassed brewhouse, while there’s plenty of drinking and dining space both on the ground floor, upstairs, new sunroom and outside deck that sits atop the building. They offer up to 8 rotating house beers on-tap, with 4 guest taps, some of which hail from its sister breweries (Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose in New Hampshire). Standouts were the Decadent Ale (a 10 plus percent Old Ale), Nonotuck India Pale Ale (a mild and floral IPA, and highly drinkable one at that) and Hoover’s Porter (with its smooth chocolate, coffee and smoky notes). The beers won’t knock beer geeks over with excitement, but all the offerings are solid, very appealing and highly drinkable. They also offer half- and full-pints and insanely cheap prices, with an average of $3.50 for a pint. Food-wise you’ll find a selection of standard brewpub fare, decent and fairly priced. Beer-battered Shrimp were delicious and the burgers and pilled sandwiches looked very appetizing. Service is friendly and prompt. The bar staff made eye contact and were on top of low pints. Definitely worth a visit, and ask one of the brewers for a tour, if they aren’t busy brewing.

08-26-2004 14:02:43 | More by Todd
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

This is a great place. One of my favorite places to go. They have great selections of freshly brewed beer and I cant say I have ever had one I didnt like.

Excellent place to bring a date. Its location is in a nice and safe area where you can walk around at night. They have a roof top you can sit at in the warmer months.

The food is pretty good. They are creative and everything is good. American Food and American Beers.

I love how they always try to do something new. They are innovators and they are good at it. Every time I leave I can't wait to go back. There aren't very many places that make me feel this way

11-25-2013 17:03:22 | More by Enriquehopnog
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davewlfpckfan29

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $

I cannot say enough good things about this place.

It's got a great feel, a nice comfy atmosphere.
When the weather is nice, and the patio is open, the rating for atmosphere goes thru the roof!
So many options of where to sit.

The quality of the beer is around average for a brew-pub. They've got there standout beers, but you can also get some really average ones.

The staff has always been really nice.

The reason I give the selection a tough score is because they don't really have much besides their beers. But thats why you should be going there... to get their beers.

The food is great, and the prices are great!

11-20-2013 04:17:58 | More by davewlfpckfan29
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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-20-2013 00:38:55 | More by mlefebvre7
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

a very cool place in a very cool town, drove down from a conference in Amherst to have dinner here last night. funky little place this Northampton, gov't mule playing near by, place crawling with dead types, lots of funky cafes and eateries, good stuff. this place was a little hard to find, as its tucked back off the main drag and obscured by a parking garage. smallish at first when you walk in, but you notice clever and character rich architecture, little nooks and comfy seating in front of a wrap around bar. upstairs eating and beer garden as well. 8 or 10 beers on, a couple of guest taps. the beer was all good, alpha project single hop cascade ipa was the highlight by far, a cool series they are running. food was also nice, gourmetish white pizza and squash crostini, but wasn't perfect, good effort though, and props for the local farm partnerships. the best part here is the service, my bartender was a real good human being, generous to a weary traveler with samples, remember most people by name, being conversational, interested in beer, and actually bought me my last pint, a total class act. goodluck to you my friend in fatherhood by the way! overall an affordable and enjoyable experience, if you can tolerate the red sox fans...

09-23-2013 02:14:34 | More by StonedTrippin
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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.