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Northampton Brewery

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 177
Beer Avg: 3.73

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BA SCORE
89
very good

74 Ratings
Ratings: 74
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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mklatsky

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

06-12-2008 02:49:00 | More by mklatsky
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

Neat little place. Lots of light and very open. Lots of seating options (fireplace, bar, upstairs veranda(?) and garden). However, I felt like I was sitting in a Mexican restaurant with the colors and designs on the walls. Service was horrible. The food arrived and I immediately left for well over 10 minutes to put some quarters in the parking spot meter and my comrades had not started eating by the time I returned because they spent the entire time trying to grab the waitress for condiments. Then she disappeared througout the meal and took almost half an hour to rbing us the check after learing the table. Just plain slow!

There were about a dozen of their own beers on-tap and a couple guest taps. The beers seemed relatively fresh. Oddly enough no IPA on-tap (but there was an APA and a ESB). Food was OK. Nothing spectacular but OK. I had the reuben (it is how I judge a pub/brewpub) and it was about average.

I would definitely return if visiting my friends in Northampton, but would not choose it over trying something else in the area.

01-29-2006 04:02:54 | More by MuddyFeet
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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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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$$

another afternoon visit for me, as i am prone to do.

this place is accessible from an alley that runs between it and a parking garage, about 500 feet off the main drag of northampton.

first thing that struck me was the beautiful exterior.. architecturally fascinating with its dark wood and elevated patio with spiral staircase. big windows. inside is just as beautiful.. the bar area sits low surrounded above by a mezzanine of dining. actual bar is a great metallic concoction.. L-ish U-shaped and positioned well to watch fermenters. classy artwork and a chilled out southwestern vibe make this a spot for beer drinkers, hippies, and suited up business types alike.

beer selection was large for a brewpub with a couple local guest beers, however nothing stood out as something unique or intriguing. from what i understand, 75% of their house brews are contracted. which is fine, but it seems like more thought could be put into the choices and narrowed down. wheat beer, pale ale, a porter, a stout, and a few more lighter ales.. i was excited for the fruit-infused wheat beer, but it was barely fruity and disappointingly normal. i know this isnt the place for beer reviews, but it justifies my lower score for selection despite the # of taps. all very similar in their blandness.

i ordered the 'special', a do-it-yourself bruschetta with andouille sausage. quite spicy and tasty, but pricey. $9 for a small plate that made me run right over to ABC for a nice big $4 chili bowl. would have given it 4 $'s if i hadn't been to den dyver and had a truly expensive experience to compare it to.

staff was friendly. not a bad place to hang out, just a bit overpriced and not somewhere i would return specifically for beer.

06-22-2005 15:06:51 | More by goodbyeohio
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

05-26-2014 23:24:54 | More by AlexFields
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vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

first stop on my Labor Day weekend tour. Wanted to stop by Northampton for the first time in many years, and also because the Table and Vine was also in town and it would make a nice combo.

Comfortable environment, with a bar room, a separate dining area, a deck, and even upstairs dining. The brew house was in full operation while we were there as well. OK selection of brews, including their 10th anniversary Decadent Ale which was decent. Overall I would say the beers are average at best, but there is enough on to find something that you could enjoy. But in retrospect, nothing has changed since my last visit which must have been 5 years ago. The service was OK, but the barkeep had way too many tasks going on to provide us with full attention. The Philly cheessteak that I had was average at best, and not worthy of its title.

Overall, worthy of a stop in. The beer selection is interesting and the prices are OK. And being right off of the highway, it is pretty easy to get to for a quick stop.

09-06-2005 12:52:35 | More by vladtheimpaler
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FishDogHead

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-25-2014 21:51:27 | More by FishDogHead
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-30-2014 16:55:28 | More by pisano
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SpicyGose

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-21-2014 19:56:44 | More by SpicyGose
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bcgeiman

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-25-2014 03:14:15 | More by bcgeiman
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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.