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89
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79 Ratings
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 186
Beer Avg: 3.74
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11 Brewster Court
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060
United States
phone: (413) 584-9903

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Photo of ppoitras
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

ppoitras, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of Enriquehopnog
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%

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

Enriquehopnog, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Reagan1984, Jun 10, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Sellen, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

mlefebvre7, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

jarrodddd, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

cellardwellersbrew, Jan 20, 2014
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 krantul
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

krantul, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Stimack
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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!

Stimack, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Flashy
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

Flashy, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

bjohnson, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of MaxBrews
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

MaxBrews, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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...

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Kladivo2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

Kladivo2, Oct 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

JGLittle, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

DaveR514, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of masterbruewer
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

I visited this place while waiting for the broken-down BA bus.

The atmosphere was interesting. A mix of 80's restaurant with an outdoor deck. It rained all day so I didn't get on the deck.

Tried one of just about each beer they had on tap. All were great.

The service was excellent and quick, even when the bus full of 30 thirsty BA's showed up.

The selection on tap was good. Many styles brewed in house and a guest tap of Magic Hat.

The food was delicious. I recommend the Killer Kowalski sandwich. It's a sliced sausage/kielbasa sandwich.

masterbruewer, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of awall422
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

awall422, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of CHADMC3
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

CHADMC3, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

CharlesRiver, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%

After a short stop at a roadside rest stop to swap our BA Bus for a replacement because of a Battery problem with ours, we were soon at the Northampton Brewery. From the outside it looks rather low key, a smaller building sits to the left of a larger building which runs perpendicular to the roadside on which it sits. The gable end of this larger building has a 45° tiled roof and the outside brick walls are all painted in a light pastel yellow. The entrance has a small orange awning which has the words Northampton Brewery in white. To the right of this a small sign has the Breweries logo which you find on the (as yet incomplete) Website. Above the entrance at the apex of the roof is a round window which contains a neon sign, a yellow pint of beer surrounded by the words 'Northampton Brewery Fine Food and Ales' in blue.

Inside, there is an air of quality that immediately greets you. Wood and steel construction materials have been used to great effect here and the whole interior is put together extremely well. The restrooms are just to your right as you enter, and in front of those there is a decent sized seating area. To your left, set inside a semi-circular bar, is the main serving area. Solid wooden beams around the semi-circular bar hold up a partial upper floor which overlooks the Bar area and the Brewery. But the BA gang of 30 or so all decided to stay on the ground floor from memory. Many chose to sit in the area in front of the bar, but several of the more rowdy backseat bus gang located ourselves in some comfy high seat chairs at the back of building. Later I would sit at the bar for my last pint which is surrounded by wooden stools.

The Brewery is visible to your immediate left as you enter, and is located behind a full size glass window giving the imbiber the chance to view the equipment that produces the local brews. 12 brews on draft in total, 8 house brews and 4 guests. I had the chance to try the Nonotuck India Pale Ale, a decent IPA but a little restrained, and the Hoover’s Porter which was my favorite. I had taste samples of other people’s offering as well. The Northampton brews are solid efforts, never over the top but not exactly run-of-the-mill either. I was also surprised to see that you could purchase Pints and Half-Pints which was a neat touch.

Northampton does food, though I didn’t have any whilst here, but what I saw offered up to some hungry BA’s looked like solid pub fare and the prices seemed to be reasonable as well.

The beers are above average offerings, with a few notable exceptions like the Porter, but I have to praise the service here, there were two servers behind the bar, and they were both great, service was quick and very efficient and you didn’t have to wait long to get your Glass filled, in fact I was spotted with an empty glass whilst approaching the bar on one occasion and the server moved round to where I was to serve me immediately, proactive service, rather than reactive, which was very impressive.

Nothing much to bitch about at all really, a solid all round performer that offered a warm welcome and handled an infusion of 30+ BA’s extremely well. A good stop if you are in the area.

Last Visit: Saturday 21st August, 2004.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%

Delayed hours on the BA Bus Tour waiting next to the diesel pumps at the Ludlow rest stop watch the worst thunder head drop inches of rain thing look pretty dismal to say the least. I guess you’d want the bad luck to happen first, well it did on the BA Bus tour, of course the bus breaking down did not break the Bas spirit. Northampton Brewery was our first stop ... seen to me as a savior and sanctuary from such a crappy beginning of the day. The 30+ BAs descended on that bar like it was last call and the staff worked quickly to get us our first pints. I opted for a pint of Daniel Shay’s Best Bitter and a pint of Hoover’s Porter to warm up on the side. The bitter was played very well and taste as close to style as I could tell, very drinkable. After the porter warmed up at tad it dispersed waves of chocolate and malt sweetness, very delicious. All of the beers tasted fresh and were cheaply price @ around $3.50 a pint ... cheap compared to Boston. I could see spending several hours at the bar going through the well rounded list of beer, they also showcased several guest brews.

Jason, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Todd
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%

First stop on the 2004 BA Bus Tour, the Northampton Brewery resides on the flipside of the Thorne’s Market. Though it’s been opened since 1987, the interior remains somewhat modern while being inviting though the exterior is an odd shaped cement building painted yellow with hop vines crawling about. Inside, the bar hugs the room, providing a view of the glassed brewhouse, while there’s plenty of drinking and dining space both on the ground floor, upstairs, new sunroom and outside deck that sits atop the building. They offer up to 8 rotating house beers on-tap, with 4 guest taps, some of which hail from its sister breweries (Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose in New Hampshire). Standouts were the Decadent Ale (a 10 plus percent Old Ale), Nonotuck India Pale Ale (a mild and floral IPA, and highly drinkable one at that) and Hoover’s Porter (with its smooth chocolate, coffee and smoky notes). The beers won’t knock beer geeks over with excitement, but all the offerings are solid, very appealing and highly drinkable. They also offer half- and full-pints and insanely cheap prices, with an average of $3.50 for a pint. Food-wise you’ll find a selection of standard brewpub fare, decent and fairly priced. Beer-battered Shrimp were delicious and the burgers and pilled sandwiches looked very appetizing. Service is friendly and prompt. The bar staff made eye contact and were on top of low pints. Definitely worth a visit, and ask one of the brewers for a tour, if they aren’t busy brewing.

Todd, Aug 26, 2004
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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
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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.