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Northampton Brewery

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89
very good

79 Ratings
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 186
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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 edchicma
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

edchicma, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

WesWes, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

UnionMade, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

ecoboy, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

bewareOFpenguin, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

UncleJimbo, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

kelticblood, Dec 31, 2002
Photo of Aesop
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Aesop, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of MTMugs
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%

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).

MTMugs, Apr 02, 2002
Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.