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BEER AVG
3.72/5
Based on:
33 Beers
191 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Photo of mlefebvre7
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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...

Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I had dinner here last week while on vacation with the family, this was our second trip to this brewpub. Situated just outside of the main drag in Northampton this pub offers a huge bar as you first walk in with dimly lit tables and a small stage for live acts. One seating are on the other side of the bar as well as tables on the second floor and a rather large second floor deck with seating under the umbrella. A half a dozen or so house brews as well as a few carefully chosen guest taps make a nice tap selection. The food was pretty good, a step above pub grub without being too pretentious. I really enjoyed the spicy sausage flatbread. Service was a hint on the slow side, but it was an oddly busy Sunday night. Pricing was as I would expect for the quality offered, I would return.

Photo of scotorum
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

A favorite spot to eat outside in warm weather and enjoy their fine beer selection and better than average food.

Inside is not bad either, especially if it is not too crowded or you don't mind eating in their fun mezzanine or the newer glass-enclosed dining room. The bar area is a smallish half moon that can get rather cramped on weekends but is great for socializing.

Live music on weekends adds to the enjoyment. Tonight there was an Irish group playing lively tunes from the Old Sod.

Prices good for Northampton, which is a restaurant mecca with some pricey spots (when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were still attached, they ate at an Italian place downtown during a local film shoot). Most of the menu is reasonably priced, and the four beer sampler for $8.75 is a pretty good buy if you want to try some of their usual selection of eight to ten different brews.

Photo of kenneth-t14
4.03/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Interesting place, several rooms including an outdoor deck. I tried the rye ale and their IPA, both were very good. The food menu has the usual selections. I had the chili, which was chunkier than I like it (personal preference) but the heat was just right. Guy next to me was having the fish and chips and he said it was excellent. Can't beat $4.75 a pint for fresh beer!

I will definitely return!

Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Flashy
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of alee42
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of rudzud
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of Kladivo2
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of MaxBrews
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of oddfire
3.83/5  rDev -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.

Photo of trbergman
3.83/5  rDev -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.

Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of mklatsky
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.