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Northampton Brewery

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Northampton BreweryNorthampton Brewery
BEER AVG
3.74/5
Based on:
47 Beers
120 Reviews
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 62
Visits: 88
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
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11 Brewster Court
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060
United States
phone: (413) 584-9903

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Reviews: 62 | Visits: 88
Photo of mklatsky
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. (1,131 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of rudzud
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. (1,539 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
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. (1,737 characters)

Photo of vladtheimpaler
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. (1,011 characters)

Photo of MTMugs
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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). (338 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,111 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I love the building itself, great look, lots of windos and plenty of out-door seating including a new "balcony" area that overlooks the town. Thr quality of the beer was good, although I detect some "watery" effects on some of the brews. The Bock was an excellent choice with the vegetarian/tofu dish my girlfriend ordered.

The Selection was very good, with maybe 12-15 brews on tap with plenty being brewed. Northampton is a very nice little college town with a really good music scene, I always stop by before I go to a show at one of the 4 music venues in the area.
Not my favorite beers in the area, but a very respectable establishment. (648 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Okay, I visited here with some college friends this weekend. I had been to the pub before in my pre-BA days. Quite a nice stop. WE sat at a large table upstairs. Downstairs are several booths tables and a horseshoe shaped bar with about 15 or stools. The decor is dark wooden beams and plaster walls. Looks nice and sets a nice tone for a meal or just for drinks. There is a smaller set of tables upstairs.
The beer selection is pretty good, with examples of most typical styles porter, IPA, golden ale, stout. They also had the strong ale which was a celebration of their 10th anniversary I think, but now is brewed occasionally throughout the year.
Nothing on cask...
Service was pretty good, food came quickly, I did have to wait a bit for one of my pints but the others came very quickly and folks did not have empty glasses at our table most of the nite.
They do sell growlers but wont fill up any but their own.
The food is typical pub grub, burgers, chicken, ribs, pretty good range. The chicken was all free range which I think is great.
All the members of my party seemed pretty happy with their food, except me. I ordered a reuben which I often purchase on visits to brewpubs. Everything was okay except that there was horseradish on the sandwich. Not expecting this the first bite was a bit of a surprise. I did try to scrape it off, but that is a pretty strong flavor.
So the sandwich wasnt great but I just would get the pulled pork next time.

Overall a solid visit if in W Mass. Stop in and have a pint! (1,528 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of Koolbreeze2
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Nice place. The bartender was a well travelled young woman who could carry a conversation. She had a solid working knowledge of all their beers and was eager to please. A barkeep can make or break a place. The beer was excellent. I especially liked the Oatmeal Stout. The atmosphere was nice but I like my beer joints to be a tad older in appearence. Something like the Longbranch Saloon. Selection was varied and fresh. I did not try the food. Always seems like a waste of time in a pub. Good value for the beer. I shall return. (529 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited with the family, on the way to a no alcohol (boo!) family xmass gathering. Nice multiroom set up, we sat in the front room with a nice (but fake) fire going, u shaped bar, fermenters on view, decent (but too low) juke box. The foods sampled were pretty good, wings were worthwhile and pulled pork was spicy and nicely turned out. Brews sampled were all decent to higher quality, service was a tad slow, but I'm from NY and this is Ma., so I guess it was pretty good. Worth a stop if in the area for some decent pub grubby chow and better then average suds. (564 characters)

Photo of kelticblood
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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! (628 characters)

Photo of madmanjf
3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

trip 4 of 4 .... not a bad way to end a beer trip to a new area. This place is walking distance from Dirty Truth, which is exactly what I did.

Saturday evening .... it was fairly busy and I sat at the bar for some beers and eats.

I was disappointed that my favorite stye was on the board and not available ... Pale Ale .... how do you run out of this? Not sure if it's poor planning or not.

I went with a Flight tasting .... overall, everything was a good fit into each style.

My friend got a sandwich, but I went with an entree. I think he got more food on his plate than I did, but whatever. My plate just looked skimpy compared to his and mine was $7 more.

Note to the kitchen, if I want my salad dressing on the side, I'll ask for it that way. Please don't expect someone to toss a mesculin salad on a small plate ... it's just stupid. That's why I sent it back for a toss :)

Despite my bickering here, I would go back for a 2nd visit ... if for nothing else, but to try their Pale Ale ... my favorite style which they had on the board but were out of. (Yes, I know I mentioned that already, but I felt it was worth repeating). (1,150 characters)

Photo of oddfire
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of trbergman
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of SABERG
3.84/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

We have been to the Northampton brewery many times over the years. The newest renovation, and rework is what has compelled a review.

A - The atmosphere is split 3 ways. The bar area, the upstairs dining and the roof deck. The bar is a little congested but not impersonal. The upstairs dining, partially open to the bar below is lined with booths and a few center tables for larger groups. The roof deck is multi level and updated. Misting nozzles take the edge off of the warmest days. The décor and audio are all good, the bar area has several large flat screens.

Q - The food and beer are very good. Rarely is the kitchen "off". The menu is pub fare and now a focus on flatbread makes for a nice addition. The beer is solid, several standard offerings like ESB, and a variety of hop forward IPA's.
S- Service is sustained by many long time staff members who keep the service consistent. The brew team is great, kitchen very solid.
S - The food selection has some depth, specials are supported by use of local seasonal farm products. The beers are mainly house made, up to 10 drafts with some guest taps, there are some limited bottle offerings.
F - The food quality is solid, they have superb salads and now the specials have stepped up some. We enjoy the catfish bites and a pint almost weekly.
V - The value quite good. The beers are $5 a pint with short pours available. The food is well priced. A couple can do well here for under $40.
Highly recommend a visit.

Cheers (1,478 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,354 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,525 characters)

Photo of packetknife
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

It slowly declined through '03 and '04 but it's still a pretty decent place. It's a bit crammed but every sq. inch is clean and well maintained. You have to get used to a lot of political chatter and the occasional gutter punk smell walking through. Their liquor selection could use some serious work but their beers are usually ok, if not needed a little less water. The service is great as there is no lack of bartender/barmaid conversation and attention. Try their porter and/or stout usually, and if they have their pale(s) too. Ask them when they were brewed and tapped and if the tap date is older than a weekend you might seriously reconsider. I'd say it was rather inexpensive given other things in NoHo. (712 characters)

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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.