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Northampton Brewery

Not Rated.
Northampton BreweryNorthampton Brewery
Based on:
47 Beers
250 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 63
Visits: 90
Avg: 3.95
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 63 | Visits: 90
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Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of blisscent
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Johnct
3.95/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Decent food, fresh brewed beers that usually aren't much to write home about. But the vibe is awesome. Great place to hang out and try some local beer. Definitely recommended for a quick lunch

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Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of harsley
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of boredalready
3.99/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +9.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of SABERG
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

We have been to the Northampton brewery many times over the years. The newest renovation, and rework is what has compelled a review.

A - The atmosphere is split 3 ways. The bar area, the upstairs dining and the roof deck. The bar is a little congested but not impersonal. The upstairs dining, partially open to the bar below is lined with booths and a few center tables for larger groups. The roof deck is multi level and updated. Misting nozzles take the edge off of the warmest days. The décor and audio are all good, the bar area has several large flat screens.

Q - The food and beer are very good. Rarely is the kitchen "off". The menu is pub fare and now a focus on flatbread makes for a nice addition. The beer is solid, several standard offerings like ESB, and a variety of hop forward IPA's.
S- Service is sustained by many long time staff members who keep the service consistent. The brew team is great, kitchen very solid.
S - The food selection has some depth, specials are supported by use of local seasonal farm products. The beers are mainly house made, up to 10 drafts with some guest taps, there are some limited bottle offerings.
F - The food quality is solid, they have superb salads and now the specials have stepped up some. We enjoy the catfish bites and a pint almost weekly.
V - The value quite good. The beers are $5 a pint with short pours available. The food is well priced. A couple can do well here for under $40.
Highly recommend a visit.


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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.