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Northampton Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.74/5
Based on:
47 Beers
120 Reviews
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 62
Visits: 88
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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11 Brewster Court
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060
United States
phone: (413) 584-9903

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Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We stopped in for a pint after a fairly long bike ride. The deck was open so we made our way upstairs. What a great space, half covered with canvas and half opened to the sun. It was full even at five o'clock. We went to the bare area which didn't have a lot of seats unfortunately. We ordered very reasonably priced (4.50) pints and stood out the very busy servers way. My Belgian Pale Ale was okay while the small sips of the IPA and ESB my wife and sister ordered were much better. I'm sure we'll come back sometime. hopefully to eat on that great deck. (556 characters)

Photo of alee42
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I came here on Thursday afternoon with a couple friends of mine. I was very impressed with its cleanliness and open atmosphere.

The bar is uniquely set up with the wooden counter tops curving around the bar in the shape of a horseshoe. There are two tall tables in the middle of the room with elevated bar stools. There is a more "homely" sitting area with comfy, burgundy cushioned chairs off to the side, as well as a table that is well hidden within a walls of the establishment.

The staff was very friendly and were quick to serve, until about 5-6 o'clock when the place started to get busy.

They had about 14 beers on-tap, with nice descriptions of the beer on back of the menus. I tried the Humbug pale ale (which is NOT retired, as BA claims it is) and the Aces of Spades, a dark beer with a barley wine scent. We had an order of their classic nachos, which were exceptional.

In the end I bought a growler (about $10 bucks w/o glass deposit) for my self and a 22oz of Humbug for my family. Pretty reasonably priced. It's a place well worth visiting if your a native of Western Mass and enjoy a radiant atmosphere as Northampton offers (1,146 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.05/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Went here with a large group of people on a friday night. A starter note they do not keep their website updated as to what they have on tap, as multiple beers had been kicked weeks ago that they listed as on tap.

Very large envoirment with wood everywhere. Our group sat by a fireplace. Nothing too fancy here, but the place looked clean and neat. Just be prepared for massive crowds on any given night, as is the case throughout Northamption.

Not sure how to rate the quality on this one. I felt the beers I had (a bitter, an IPA, a blonde, and a stout) were all average at best, along with the food. To be fair, I think something was up with my stout and if I had been there by myself I would have sent it back as this stout did look or feel like any stout I've ever seen.

Service was alright. Not too attenative considering how busy the place was. The waitress did forget to give us a specials menu, but was quick to provide one when it was brought up.

Average selection of brews along with a few guest ones. Every beer I wanted to try, except the stout, was not actually on tap. Food selection was average too.

Food was alright. Portions were a big disappointing when one considers the price. Looking around the table I wasn't really impressed with anyones portions, except mine. $19.95 for a 12oz steak, atleast I knew how big it was going to be, and they did cook it right. Not really any seasoning on it though.

All in all, theres better places in Northampton and the surrounding area to have a great beer and a great meal at. (1,539 characters)

Photo of Kladivo2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On 10/06/10 I visited the Northampton Brewery. To start, one of the more important things is the parking. I had driven over an hour to said location. Directly behind the brewery is a large parking garage with cheap rates (free for the first hour, and 50 cents an hour for each hour after the first).

With that said, upon arrival and entrance into the brewery I was met with very friendly and prompt service. You had the option to choose from the bar area, or the "sun room". The sun room offers a more home feel, as the bar offers the obvious bar feel. Upon seating, a VERY friendly waitress came over to greet and basically introduce the brewery to me. She Promptly asked if I would like a drink. The Northampton Pale Ale was a top choice (I would strongly recommended this beverage).

The menu had many different appetizers and main courses to choose from. Leaving something for everyone. The meal itself was outstanding. The Green Mountain Bacon + Chedder Burger was cooked to perfection and had outstanding ingredients, which made it feel like a homemade burger, certainly NOT one of those chain restaurant burger feels. I admired the use of actual leaf lettuce and homemade dressing for the side salad. Very nice to see that they did not use the typical thrown together at the last minute iceberg lettuce creation.

For a burger, salad & 1 beer the total bill came to $17.65. Not having to spend a fortune on lunch allowed for left over money to walk around the shops of wonderful downtown Northampton. I would strongly recommended and will go as far as making this a must see when visiting Northampton. (1,609 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The main attraction of this place is the atmosphere, and to be honest I don't think any other bar/brewpub does it better. The bar on the main floor is decent. There is a nice big horseshoe shaped bar and some tables, as well as a few televisions if you want to catch the game. The real draw is the massive outdoor deck out back. Huge awnings provide shade, and there is a nice little bar right on the deck as well. There are about 15-20 tables of varying sizes, and a small uncovered top tier on the deck with about four more tables. Nothing beats this place on a warm breezy day or a cool summer night. Almost all of the beers are brewed right on the premises, except for a few guest taps, which are always good craft selections. The beers brewed at the establishment are all very fresh and range in quality from decent to good, with a few exceptional brews. I enjoyed the DIPA (IPA^2) and the Schwarzbier (Conundrum), but was absolutely blown away by the Imperial Stout. The beer is very fairly priced; the food is good, but a bit too expensive (as is everything in Northampton). Portion size leaves a bit to be desired too. The staff is very friendly and generally knowledgeable. In a town packed with quaint little shops, bars, and restaurants, this place is a true gem. You absolutely must stop in, especially if you are around in the warmer months. (1,354 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I went here with some friends after a reading with a friend at Grey Matter Books for a book tour we were on.

I had already eaten, so I didn't have any food, but I definitely wanted to try some beers.

It was at night, so we were next to the beer garden in the enclosed part of the restaurant to the right part of the bar. Their selection was good, and I wanted to try many more than just the two I was able to.

I had the Rye P.A. and the Dunkelweizen, and both were solid brews that I enjoyed by the end.

Our server was attentive, and even though she was leaving her shift, she wasn't pushy about getting the checks to us, which made us, of course, more accommodating in closing out with her before we left.

The enclosed area we were in was pretty big, high ceilings, a lot of space. Atmosphere was good, though there weren't many people there. The circular bar seemed spacious upon entrance.

I'll definitely go back if I'm in the area, and had a great time. (969 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a great place. We ended up stopping here because the Dirty Truth was not open at the time. We were pleasantly suprised. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and very relaxed mixing some older architectual elements in a modern setting. There is a small lounge, outdoor areas, and dining area with a warm fireplace.

Everything we had here was pleasantly suprising. The service was great, both prompt and knowledgable. We tried the chowder (decent), nachos (also nice), and honey apricot wings(quite good). The prices were all about average for such a place.

There were at least 10-12 premise brewed beers on tap when we stopped. I had the Imperial Stout and my wife the Decadant Ale. Both were quite good (although I think I liked her's better).

We left very satisfied, and not at all disappointed that we missed the Dirty Truth. (841 characters)

Photo of MaxBrews
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Northampton Brewery may not look like much from the outside. Apparently there's a back entrance, but from the front its drab looking. Once you get in though its a different story. Its a minimal but tastefully decorated place with a semi circle copper bar. You can see the brewing equipment through a glass window by the bar. Theres an upstairs as well as a sun room and a beer garden for nicer weather. Unfortunately it was raining on my visit.

On tap they have several of there own beers along with 2 guest beers. The whole point of a brew pub is to really try someone's hard work and to get beer thats not bottled. I was impressed with a decent selection. The two beers I tried were a Saison and an IPA. The IPA was by far the least hoppy IPA I have ever had. It was a sad day in IPAs. However the Saison was an interesting take on the style. It was entitled "American Farmhouse Ale" but it was brewed with Belgian yeast. I mean you can't always expect perfection the brewers are experimenting.

I also had the luck to talk a brewer there who was very friendly chatty and I learned quite a bit about their process. It was great to meet the man making the beer you just consumed. I actually learned quite a bit from this conversation and my friend making the visit with me enjoyed it quite a bit being a homebrewer.

The rest of the staff we're extremely friendly and informative not to mention the bar patrons. This by far was the most friendly experience I have had at a bar period. Maybe its just Connecticut but I'm not accustomed to friendly people.

So what about out the food. Pretty pricey but this is a bar so you can't complain too much. As a Vegan I never expect to get catered towards at bars, however they had a veggie burger that was vegan so I didn't even have to ask. It was a bit small and something I could make at home, but the fries were excellent. Amazing to have a few vegan/veg options at a bar. My friend seemed to enjoy his burger.

If I lived in Northampton or near it this would be my go to spot. However being 50 miles away from me, the beer wasn't good enough to travel for. Their beer is very unlikely to impress hardcore beer geeks, but it is enjoyable. If I'm in the area I'll stop by without a doubt. (2,237 characters)

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for a late lunch on a weekday, so not too crowded. Pretty open place, lots of natural wood, brewing tanks in full view behind glass. There's a second level upstairs and a rooftop patio.

Good service from a knowledgeable server. Got two samplers of beers for a total of 7 beers, all very good, not really earthshaking, but definitely worth stopping in for and very drinkable. The pale ale and porter were good, as was the pumpkin.

Food was cooked to order, came quickly, and was very tasty. Good spot, hope to return. (529 characters)

Photo of oddfire
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Now I have been there two times and they still impress me. The most recent visit was with my wife and my friend and his wife. It was Smith College graduation weekend so there were a lot of people there. Had a few pints of Northampton Pale Ale while waiting for our table. This is always a good all around Beer. The bartenders were very knowledgeable and very friendly. Once seated I went right for the graduation ale. This is very good. Our server was very friendly but a bit flighty. She was cool though. Our food was very good. Nachos with Chicken. Then the main meal. All was good. Good atmosphere and this was the first time on the deck. Well worth the wait. We will be back again. (685 characters)

Photo of trbergman
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Northampton Brewery was the first leg of my Western Mass beer tour. No surprise, but the place was pretty much dead when we arrived just before one in the afternoon on a Monday. I had the Blackened Bleu burger with onion rings and a sampler of four of their house beers (Northampton Pale Ale, Altbier, Maggies Wee Heavy, and Mean Green DIPA). Food was tasty and prepared to order. The beers were a mixed bag. I wasn't impressed with their pale ale or wee heavy (though to be fair, I'm not a fan of Scotch ales anyway), but the alt was pretty good and Mean Green was like drinking hop juice. No formal reviews of the beers posted because I shared with my lady friend, and two or three ounces of beer isn't enough for me to be fair.

Since the place was nearly empty, we got all the attention we needed from the waitress, but not so much that she was overbearing - sometimes it's hard to find that happy medium. My only real complaint was that I couldn't get a growler fill. It seems to be one of those places that doesn't fill from the tap, and the weekend crowds had cleaned out their supply of ready-bottled growlers. (1,118 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my favorite places to go too, especially in the summer. They open up the roof so you can soak in the rays for a nice lunch or even dinner with some good beers. The atmosphere on the roof is great, mostly people eating but as the night wears on, a younger more vibrant atmosphere shows up.

The food is pretty good, standard upscale Americana bar food. I've never had anything i didn't like. The beers are decent, they have a normal lineup as well as a rotation beer. They also serve guest beers which can be good if you want a change. I'm not saying that their beers are bad, i just don't think they're that great. Their best bitter is my fav. from them and the rest of their lineup is respectable.

I would recommend this place, especially for a light lunch during the summer months where you can enjoy a couple of their beers. Atmosphere is the key here. (865 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I go here quite a bit as we live up the road. For awhile I was concerned that this place would never quite live up to the hype and beer quality that its sister establishment, Portsmouth Brewery, tends to get. While, it may never have a line out the door and down the street to buy a bottle of its Imperial Stout (they don't sell bottles by the way, but their Imperial Stout is incredible) I do feel that the beer quality is steadily getting much better and more dynamic.

Right now the Northampton Brewery is going through a remodeling to become more green. Not a bad idea in this town. For the most part its a little funky, a little upscale and a little brewpub-y. Its sort of tough to describe the place but its very comfortable and the bar area (although it can get crowded) is fairly large.

Food is upscale pub food with some eclectic stuff thrown in. They do have soft pretzels as an appetizer which is great and they also do a great jambalaya.

Service has always been good when we've gone. No complaints there and the brewers seem to be around the place quite a bit if you want to talk to them.

I already mentioned the Imperial Stout, but they currently are also pouring a Rye IPA and the first of a single hop variety IPA (centennial). For a long time it seemed that they usually just had some of their old favorites and weren't branching out but I like the direction they seem to be going. They also have some guest drafts and a cask.

Great place with great food and very good beer. Also, if you sit upstairs and like Kurt Vonnegut (famour writer for those who have not heard of him) check out the display of his art work and the beer labels with his portrait on them, he was a resident of Northampton and there is an homage to him upstairs. (1,766 characters)

Photo of mklatsky
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went last night with 2 other couples. We wanted to sit outside on the deck, but that was a 30 minute wait. Ok- don't want to wait that long so we were told to head back downstairs to the other hostess to be seated.

We stood by the hostess station for another 10 minutes before the bartender acknowledge us and went to set up a table. Just then, a waitress perked up and came over but the bartender was already doing her job.

We were led to our table- one of 3 or 4 others. The place was by no means busy.

We sat perhaps another 10-15 minutes without so much as a hello- and decided to head up to the Dirty Truth for a couple of beers and some food. So- the Dirty Truth (where I have NEVER had bad service or a bad time) got our $150 instead of the Northampton brewery.

I titled this "3rd strike, you're out" because this was the third time in a year that I have had pretty much the same experience here. So, since there are anther hundred or so restaurants in Northampton- THEY will be getting our business.

I can't attest to the meal quality here unfortunately, as 2 out of the last 3 times here I didn't make it to the meal. (1,131 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I was very pleased that I chose to stop at the North Hampton Brewery this past Saturday and spend the afternoon sampling their offerings.

If you are in the area, it's a definite destination...

They offered seven on tap from their own brewery. Additionally they offered Five "guest beers" from other Micro-brewers to help round out the selection of styles they had available.

If they don't have an IPA available, then they'll offer one on the "guest list" I think this is a great idea.

Additionally, four of the five guest beers they offered are among my favorites. This led me to believe that I was somewhat simpatico with whoever was making these calls.

Service was excellent and they were very free flowing if you wanted to sample some of the varieties before ordering a pint. Atmosphere was also excellent and the clientele was very friendly. I spent about an hour helping the woman next to me complete her crossword puzzle.

For their own selections they offered;

Redhead stepchild (Irish red) - Did not try
Hoover's Porter - Did not try
Altbier - A little sweet for my taste, but a well constructed beer.
Magic Carpet Rye - Excellent, really, really nice beer.
North hamp Pale Ale - Very, Very Good
Weizenheimer - Did not try
Raspb Weizen - Pretty darn good for a summer session beer. Not too sweeet.

On the guest list:
Cape Anne fisherman's Ale - Excellent Beer
Stone Ruination DPA - One of my favorites
BBC Steel Rail Ale - Excellent Beer
Victory Prima - My favorite Pilsner
Smutty nose IPA - Among my favorite IPA's

Guest brews $5
Samplers (4 - 4 oz) for 7.50

You must stop when in the area. (1,609 characters)

Photo of awall422
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a trip to central mass where I also stopped by Opa-Opa with fello beer geek, Sean. Great layout for a small bar area and loved the copper everywhere. Much bigger space than it looks from the outside, plenty of seating if you don't want to sit at the bar. The bartender was excellent and she was very familiar with the brews. Food was good, but not great. The beer selection was good, but leaned a little more towards the English ale styles than I was hoping, more bitters and pales than I was hoping for. That said, the quality of the beers was excellent. Nice spot, will definitely visit again. (606 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I were in town for a wedding a few weeks back and we stopped in for lunch. Had to ask how to find this place as it isn't on the main drag.

Cool looking building from the outside. Appears to be tiny until you enter. General seating to the right and the bar area straight ahead. We decided to sit at the half circle bar which was pretty busy.

IIRC there were eight of their own beers on tap and a couple of guest taps including SN Celebration. I had the Bitter which was awesome and the wife had one of their two pale ales. I then ended with a Celebration which was good, but I wish I stuck with thier beers.

We both ate and everything was just fine. I think I had a basic burger and my wife had some sort of panini thing. Both very good "pub food". Overall, I really enjoyed this place and can't wait to go back. Very laid back atmosphere with solid service. (875 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located near the downtown parking garage, Northampton Brewery live up to their motto "peace, love and beer". This place's history involved lots of remodeling so this review is mainly of the post-2004 sun-room construction. First the place is huge but not isolated. Entrance in the bottom floor area reveals a bar area with many tables, couches, chairs and stool area. A wooden fire is usually going in the middle of the bar area, giving a great cozy ambiance within the huge space. The main dining area is also huge, sporting glass siding allowing to look through to passer-bys. As well, one can take the stairs outside to the sun-room area which sports many tables, a sprinkler system that gently mists water during the hot days, and a small bar too. This area most likely is closed during the winter.

The quality is pretty good. Northampton brewery has a good amount of their own beers on tap, plus a few micro-brews on tap too. If you look online, they usually conveniently have listed whats on tap at the moment. They usually have 10 regular beers they brew all year round with switched around Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter seasonals. The food is mostly New American foods with local, New England charm. I personally loved their Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas. Service has been decent the times I went. At the bar area, I was impressed by the lone bartenders serving stamina. He would check on everyone at the stool area but then run around and ask each person sitting at the tables or couches/chairs if they wanted more beers. I hope they are like that when they are wicked busy!

Overall if you are in Northampton and want to relax at one place, Northampton brewery might be the place. With its great and easy to find location, food, atmosphere and beer, the Northampton brewery might want to be your first stop in NoHo. (1,824 characters)

Photo of madmanjf
3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

trip 4 of 4 .... not a bad way to end a beer trip to a new area. This place is walking distance from Dirty Truth, which is exactly what I did.

Saturday evening .... it was fairly busy and I sat at the bar for some beers and eats.

I was disappointed that my favorite stye was on the board and not available ... Pale Ale .... how do you run out of this? Not sure if it's poor planning or not.

I went with a Flight tasting .... overall, everything was a good fit into each style.

My friend got a sandwich, but I went with an entree. I think he got more food on his plate than I did, but whatever. My plate just looked skimpy compared to his and mine was $7 more.

Note to the kitchen, if I want my salad dressing on the side, I'll ask for it that way. Please don't expect someone to toss a mesculin salad on a small plate ... it's just stupid. That's why I sent it back for a toss :)

Despite my bickering here, I would go back for a 2nd visit ... if for nothing else, but to try their Pale Ale ... my favorite style which they had on the board but were out of. (Yes, I know I mentioned that already, but I felt it was worth repeating). (1,150 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A very decent, above average bar, off the 91. There are several good beer bars within a 20 minute drive, in this college area. This is on the more urban style, and attractive lighting and semicircle bar attracts people ready to socialize. The place and the area was 30-something graduate students and associate professors. It is decisively white collar. Good for moi but not for others, another drwback being a decision for isolation to go up the stairs to tables, There is a good selection of their own beers. A few good guest picks and almost instant service, a feature of Western Mass. from my experience. A bit more variety would help. (639 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.08/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This was my first stop on a western Mass beer trip. Located right in downtown Northampton, conveniently across the street from a commuter parking lot. The place is a light yellow building the brewery is visible on your left as you walk in. A horseshoe bar is the center of this place. Wide open ceiling with some upstairs seating and more seating behind the bar area. Lots of beer themed decor and plant life. It was around 1:00pm so the place was rather dead, except for some construction going on in the right side of the bar.
They were pouring nine house brews; golden ale, golden lager, raspberry ale, pale ale, ipa, esb, porter, stout, and a best bitter. They serve 4/ 6 oz. samples in the beer sampler. I ordered one and my girlfriend ordered the other. All the beers were pretty good and fell into style well. I particularly enjoyed the golden lager, best bitter, and porter. Two guest taps included Smuttynose IPA and Stoudts Tripel.
We snacked on some black bean dip while sipping beers. The bartender was very nice, knew about beers and was pretty passionate about them. I also got a chance to talk to Eric the head brewer, he was very nice as well.
Good beer, nice people, nice area, I would definitely stop in again.
Cheers!
Growlers and bottle to go. (1,269 characters)

Photo of Stimack
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Decided to stop here with my wife after a day of shopping and looking around the area. The town of North Hampton is very nice and this place seemed to fit right in and was east to find. Park at the parking garage as the Brew Pub is more or less next-door. The Pub seems to be on a closed street, at least one of the two entrances that we saw. Seems that they have an outdoor Beer garden area that we did not see due to it being November, but the open bar inside was very welcoming. It had a modern feel but warm due to the amount of wood and muted colors. We decided to have a bite to eat and did not sit right at the bar but just a little ways away in a room that had a full view of the bar area. Also had a second floor, which had a large amount of tables, looks like this can be a busy place! The room where we where sitting was nice, had a nice fire (gas) place which was inviting. The menu had a good amount of different pub like foods as well as some nice sounding entrees. I decided to get a burger which was great and my wife got a panini what she said was also real good. The beer selection was very nice, I believe they had 9 of their own brews on tap with a few guests taps, one was from Smutty and the other from BBC but not sure on the third. I had the Black Cat Stout and the Pumpkin Ale and both where excellent. Wish we had more time to try a few other offerings, guess another trip is in order especially with the other great places in the area to check out! If you are in the North Hampton area I would say check this place out, I know that it would have a little competition if time is an issue with The Dirty Truth, Moan and Dove as well as The Sierra Grille but to me was worthy of a stop! (1,710 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for lunch after being out in Western Mass. for an interview. Easy to find, located right next to a parking garage--If you're there for less than 1 hour, parking is free.
Two entrances from what I saw. One is the main entrance and the other are stairs to the "beer garden" or deck area. I entered via the main entrance and sat at the bar--it was around 11:45AM. Only one at the bar, I was received warmly and given a menu.

The inside of the brew-pub has two floors and from the first you can peak at the second--open bar feel. It seems as though they do a lot of restauranting as there are a lot of tables. The whole second floor is tables and chairs. First level and the bar area have some also. About 14 seats around the horseshoe shaped copper covered bar. Lots of mirrors done the walls. Plants hang from a beam as you look up. A couple of tv's, but nothing overwhelming. You can inspect the brewmaster hard at work through large glass panels. The sundeck or beergarden is where you want to be. Open feel and outside--does it get any better than that?

On to the beer...
Drafts, $3.75. 12 taps. 9 from the brewpub and 3 guest taps. When I was there, Big A, Smutty IPA, and BBC Steel Rail were on tap. Not suprised about the Smutty offerings as the owner of this brew-pub is the sister of the Portsmouth brew-pub. On tap they had a Porter, Stouth, Blonde, Pale, Weizenheimer, Hefe, Irish Red, and Pale Wheat Ale. Didn't realize this, but Decadent was on tap also--just seeing that from my notes now (DOOOH!).

Food was pretty decent. I had a turkey panini. Nothing to write home about, but not bad.

The atmosphere could be very upbeat, especially outside on a hot summers eve. Bartender knew her stuff and was quite talkative. Beer to go? Hell yeah! $3.00 for a 22oz. bomber of what they've got. I scored 5! "Best deal in town", said the bartender. I nodded, paid, and left happy. I will go back if I'm in the area. Great experience even though I was pretty much the only person in the joint. (2,018 characters)

Photo of krantul
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Another reason to like Northampton: a clean, bustling brewpub with an interesting selection of beers (Wee Heavy, Raspberry Lager, amongst "standards") at good prices. The beers are pretty good. If I heard correctly, this place has a connection to Smuttynose and uses a couple of their recipes (owners being brothers, or something?), so this is pretty decent stuff. They had one or two commerical craft beers on tap, and I personally spied no crap beer on the premises.

It was fairly lively for a mid-week evening, and our bartender was very vigilant about replacing our empty glasses with more pleasing full ones. It was really some of the better service I've received at a bar in recent memory, but then again, people AT the bar usually fare better. I can't vouch for the quality of the table service. We came here for "dessert" after dinner, so I can't judge the food... NoHo offers some pretty tough competition when it comes to dining, though. (950 characters)

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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I love the building itself, great look, lots of windos and plenty of out-door seating including a new "balcony" area that overlooks the town. Thr quality of the beer was good, although I detect some "watery" effects on some of the brews. The Bock was an excellent choice with the vegetarian/tofu dish my girlfriend ordered.

The Selection was very good, with maybe 12-15 brews on tap with plenty being brewed. Northampton is a very nice little college town with a really good music scene, I always stop by before I go to a show at one of the 4 music venues in the area.
Not my favorite beers in the area, but a very respectable establishment. (648 characters)

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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.