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BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
32 Beers
189 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very cool, huge space with two levels in the main pub, a (slightly quieter) restaurant section to the side, a bier garden out back, and kettles visible through a glass partition from the pub. Too bad it was pouring rain that day. Friendly staff who kept up with a demanding crowd. The brewpub beers cover the fairly standard range of ales. Plus a good selection of guest taps. No cask, though. The beers themselves seem a mixed bag, with the Decadant Ale shining like a star amid a decent, if unremarkable array.

Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First stop on the "Reeeal long way around to Albany" tour.
It took some senseless wandering about to find the place but it was under our noses the whole time...
On approach, you will see that this place has some good size to it, bar, restaurant, and the roof top deck. The main bar is semi-circular, and seats a dozen. Adjacent to it lies a half dozen tables, a corner room with a few more tables, and seating above in a blacony that partially overlooks this room. Fermenters behind glass in the corner over there and in the opposite corner, an entrance to the dining room which is large and spacious, with a dozen and a half copper topped tables, a fireplace at the far end, arched wooden ceiling, neat checkerboard floor, horizontal windows on one side that look up to the deck and on the other side, big open windows facing out towards the street, and a stairway to the rooftop deck which is where we opted to do lunch...
The rooftop deck is the place with the space. All wooden, 3 tiers to it, with it's own bar and roughly 3 dozen tables with plastic chairs. Most of the seating areas fall beneath the large red steel framed canopy, either here or there. The tables that aren't enclosed by a canopy have umbrellas over them. Flower boxes and hanging plants everywhere, it's a sharp looking place.
The bar has 12 taps. 8 house beers (Gold, Pale Ale, Weisse, IPA, Nut Brown Ale, Raspberry Weisse, Bitter, Stout) and 4 guest taps (SIerra Nevada Pale Ale, Magic Hat 9 & Fat Angel, BBC Steel Rail Ale). Did a samper which is your choice of 4 beers on the standard paddle. The Nonotuck IPA was good, although it smells considerably more hoppy than it tastes, the Northampton Pale Ale was nicely copper colored, with a sweet hop aroma but a very light hop flavor, the Raspberry Weisse was not offensively sickly sweet (as many raspberry beers can be), and the Black Cat Stout had a nice coffee aroma and flavor but was a little light on bite and body. We did lunch. I wanted the Jambalaya but they ain't servin' no fricken Jambalaya 'til 5!!! Bummin', I opted for a pound of wings in some sauce of sorts. Service was good, no complaints there, all in all a good stop along the way.

Photo of ppoitras
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited the brewpub today with the my wife, 4 month old daughter, and a friend, and enjoyed a nice meal in their upstairs, outdoor-but-covered-well patio. So cool to enjoy the outside but to not have to worry about the elements such as rain and the like. They also have a nice ~10 seat bar, nearby bar-style seating with about 8 table settings, more elegant seating upstairs in a loft area, and also a nice sunroom with ample seating as well.

Plenty of brews on tap, with probably 7 of their own, a couple from their sister breweries Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewing, and then three guest taps. They always seem to have the gamut covered for beer styles, from pale ale to stout, and most everything in between. No barleywine, but probably because it's summer or some lame reason like that. Brews I had (Porter, Stout, and Smutty Weisenheimer) were all excellent.

Food and service were exemplary, with our orders brought out in a prompt manner, and all was as advertised and tasty. Each time I neared the bottom of my glass I was asked if I was interested in another, and never finished before the next arrived. Made for nice and continuous brew enjoyment.

Still miss the days when they used to run the Great New England Beer Festival, but where would we be without nostalgia. If in the area, definitely worth your time.

Photo of edchicma
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice atmosphere. Sat at a bar table with high stools. Waitress was extremely efficient and pleasant and offered beer menus very expeditiously, This night there were around 7 or 8 offerings as well as bottled SNevada. Sizes ranged from 8 - 16 oz glasses. Bombers and growlers were available for takeout.

Bar was laid out in a semicircle with nice appointments, including wall hangings and mirrors.

As mentioned previously, the selections were there for a variety of taste....pale ale, stout, porter, amber, maibock, pilsener, biiters amongst others.

There is also a restaurant associated with the pub. I did not eat upstairs, however, an order of buffalo wings with bleu cheese certainly complemented my Black Cat Stout quite nicely.

Northampton is a great town for culture and other attractions. It's nice to see that they also have a nice brew pub too.

Addition 6/27/04. Had lunch and the pulled pork barbecue sandwich was outstanding. They were out of a few brews so I had to settle for my 2nd and 3rd choices, which were ok, but not spectacular. My party also had the ruben and turkey bacin club sandwiches which they also rated very highly.

Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place was a good stop on the way from NY to Maine. It was located in a pretty upscale section of town and seemed to maintain that sort of atmosphere. The place was a split level rest/pub done up in wood planks. The bar was located right in the center of the building with tables around the outside and in the upper deck.

This was a quality brewpub with many good offerings to choose from. I stopped in with two of my friends and ended up buying a beer sampler platter to split. There were 12 different beers consisting of most every style. The bartender went through the list and was very friendly. We had a bit of bar food to create a food base for drinking. It was quite good although if I had more time and money I would have liked to try some actual dinner entre's which seemed to be very popular.

We had great service the whole time and actually recieved directions for our next stop. We grabbed a few bombers to go that they were selling from a cold cooler in a nearby room. I rather enjoyed the IPA the best. This is a stop to remember for future roadies.

Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went here with my girlfriend a ways back. It's very close to Table and Vine, a great liquor store, so the two stops went hand in hand.
The place was a little hard to find, mainly because neither of us had ever been to Northampton before. There's a nice big parking lot right across the street, so that was nice. The place itself is a big brick building right in downtown, with a very classy sign proclaiming that it's the Northampton Brewery.
Walking inside, it's very nice. Somewhat dark, spacious interior, with a small brass bar. We decided to eat, and they escorted us to the patio/beer garden area. Very, very nice. Intimate outdoor setting with small tables and a single candle. Classy. The only drawback is that it got hard to see when it grew late in the evening, particularly while reading the menu.
The food and the beer are great. I ordered a philly cheese steak, and that was super. The beer is excellent. We got a sampler, and all the beers were terrific. I especially liked the decadent ale and the hefeweiss. The raspberry brown ale was also good. Prices are reasonable. I would have liked to bring home a growler of one of their tap only beers, but you could only get 22oz bombers of the pale ale, which is available in 6 packs. They had 5-6 beers on tap, which isn't bad, but no guest brews. I imagine that if you came here often enough, you'd want to try other things.
Definitely worth a trip if you're in the area. It's a stone's throw from Table and Vine, and right on the way up to VT. Nice place.

Photo of ecoboy
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Review derived from four visits 1999-2002. The western brother of Portsmouth Brewery, they even share a logo, and a few recipes. But a unique building set-up places the two apart. Your choice of atmosphere for your quaffing always impresses me: you can eat in the second floor dining area which feels nothing like a beer-devoted area, you can sup at the central bar on the first floor, or you can catch some fresh air outside at the enticing rooftop bar. Service (as usual) is most prompt at the bar.

Fairly extensive beer choices beyond the usual, and I've never had a bad pint. I'm a standardized pale ale guy in a new place, and theirs is plenty good. Menu also extensive with gradients of how much you'll spend for a snack or a full entree. Suffice it to say you could get out of there on $15. Good town, good brewery, good vibes.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Found myself rather west on I-90 and decided to stop here. Great choice. Cozy fire, 2 floors, not too crowed, right across from a big parking lot. At least 10 great beers on tap, which I sampled many.. The food was fantastic, I had a veggie burger, nachos, fries, my wife had popcorn shrimp and clam chowder. It felt too cozy, as we played scrabble, heard people signing, saw well behaved children. If I wasn't so far from home, I would have closed the place.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located in Northampton, MA, not far from Amherst, MA. I made a pilgrimage here because of my fondness for their sister brewpub, the Portsmouth Brewery, in Portsmouth, NH.

The bar area is not too large. The bar is bright but comfortable. I found the service to be good. The selection of beers is also good. The beer quality is very good, similar to that found at Portsmouth Brewery.

Overall this is a nice comfortable place. Due to its proximity to U. Mass. Amherst, and other area colleges, it is popular among the college crowd.

Photo of kelticblood
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I've never had a bad experience at the Northampton brewery.The food,beer,and service have always been great.The atmosphere could be at bit better by focusing more on the brewery aspect.Offering more of a selection and promoting more of their beers elsewhere.Parking is right across the street if there is any.In the summer you can sit outside and eat and drink while watching people in the diverse town of Northampton.

Photo of Aesop
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A comfortable bar, comfortable (if not too private) dining area, and, in season, a lovely beer garden.

The menu is typical brewpub; soups, sandwiches/burgers, salads, and some entrees.

The regular beers are good but not too exciting. The occassional seasonal beers let Chris break free, however, so keep an eye out for those.

A solid, reliable brewpub. You probably will never have a bad meal or beer here, and you may occassionally find something excellent.

Photo of MTMugs
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The food was good. The bartender was also the waitress for the first floor tables. Beer was on the bland, watery side. They won't fill a personal growler and you bring back your empty one and buy a newly filled one. Strange. Only the Northhampton Pale Ale was worth a second taste out of the 2 samplers of 4 brews that we tried (8 total).

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