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Northampton Brewery

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 181
Beer Avg: 3.73

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BA SCORE
89
very good

75 Ratings
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.6%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Went here a few times during my four years in Amherst and Northampton. The beer is usually solid and priced well. They have decent guest taps as well. The growler I purchased once was fresh and drank very well at home. The atmosphere can be a bit obnoxious because it is smack dab in the center of Northampton, usually packed at night and loud, I would expect a wait for food on weekends. Service was always good, maybe a tad slower due to the crowds but to be expected. Food is a bit overrated here IMO for the price you pay, it is decent but overpriced. A staple of the area but expect it to be busy and go for the beer. Many other amazing restaurants right around the corner.

08-12-2011 16:27:59 | More by cbutova
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Flashy

Vermont

4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Went here as part of a beer mini vacation for which it is well suited. The Dirty Truth didn't open for a couple of hours. Took the family for pizza (real pizza as opposed to Vermont pizza). Then while the family was occupied at the great dollar store and eating world class ice cream I ran across the street and was greeted by one strange looking building, which looks like it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It was chilly and rainy, the down stairs bar was dark. Went up to the deck, which would be awesome (had it not been rainy and chilly). I was impressed that they had some outside guest beers and went for an Element, which I never saw on tap before. And then had their retro lager which was probably the best I've had a brew pub. Did not eat, only had two beers (while the family was otherwise occupied)- but I will be back.

07-28-2011 11:37:40 | More by Flashy
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

Visited the Northampton Brewery as part of a Western MA brewpub crawl. It was a beautiful day outside so we opted to sit on the deck. Deck is well done, most of the seating is covered, and they have a mister going during very hot times. Great place to hang out and have a beer. Inside seems comfortable/relaxed as well. The food and beer both are decent, but not spectacular. For a brewpub sistered with Portsmouth, you would expect a bit more variety and flavor in their beers, but the ones I have tasted were pretty middle of the road. The food is tasty enough, but nothing outstanding. Reasonable mix of normal pub food with some vegetarian offerings thrown in. Service was good all around. Prompt refills, no delays in getting food or attention when required. Selection was average. As mentioned before, the beer selection was pretty ho hum, most of the self brewed were of the liter variety, with the only darker/more adventurous offering the Black Cat Stout. Prices were reasonable and in line with the food offerings. Most beers were available in 8, 12 or 16 oz pours, so you have choices if on a budget.

07-02-2011 22:18:27 | More by mountdew1
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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.

05-02-2011 11:53:56 | More by DIM
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alee42

Massachusetts

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

12-24-2010 01:54:17 | More by alee42
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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.

10-17-2010 04:16:51 | More by rudzud
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Kladivo2

Massachusetts

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.

10-09-2010 02:01:23 | More by Kladivo2
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

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.

09-20-2010 20:43:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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asabreed

New York

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.

08-04-2010 17:57:37 | More by asabreed
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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.

02-22-2010 01:07:37 | More by CHADMC3
Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.