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

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Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

slander, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Billolick, Dec 26, 2004
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +1%

A very decent, above average bar, off the 91. There are several good beer bars within a 20 minute drive, in this college area. This is on the more urban style, and attractive lighting and semicircle bar attracts people ready to socialize. The place and the area was 30-something graduate students and associate professors. It is decisively white collar. Good for moi but not for others, another drwback being a decision for isolation to go up the stairs to tables, There is a good selection of their own beers. A few good guest picks and almost instant service, a feature of Western Mass. from my experience. A bit more variety would help.

Sammy, Jul 12, 2007
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 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
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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
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
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +1%

My wife and I go here quite a bit as we live up the road. For awhile I was concerned that this place would never quite live up to the hype and beer quality that its sister establishment, Portsmouth Brewery, tends to get. While, it may never have a line out the door and down the street to buy a bottle of its Imperial Stout (they don't sell bottles by the way, but their Imperial Stout is incredible) I do feel that the beer quality is steadily getting much better and more dynamic.

Right now the Northampton Brewery is going through a remodeling to become more green. Not a bad idea in this town. For the most part its a little funky, a little upscale and a little brewpub-y. Its sort of tough to describe the place but its very comfortable and the bar area (although it can get crowded) is fairly large.

Food is upscale pub food with some eclectic stuff thrown in. They do have soft pretzels as an appetizer which is great and they also do a great jambalaya.

Service has always been good when we've gone. No complaints there and the brewers seem to be around the place quite a bit if you want to talk to them.

I already mentioned the Imperial Stout, but they currently are also pouring a Rye IPA and the first of a single hop variety IPA (centennial). For a long time it seemed that they usually just had some of their old favorites and weren't branching out but I like the direction they seem to be going. They also have some guest drafts and a cask.

Great place with great food and very good beer. Also, if you sit upstairs and like Kurt Vonnegut (famour writer for those who have not heard of him) check out the display of his art work and the beer labels with his portrait on them, he was a resident of Northampton and there is an homage to him upstairs.

indiapaleale, Feb 05, 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 sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

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!

sulldaddy, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +1%

hoppymcgee, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

goodbyeohio, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.93/5  rDev -26%

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.

MuddyFeet, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +1%

Stopped in for a late lunch on a weekday, so not too crowded. Pretty open place, lots of natural wood, brewing tanks in full view behind glass. There's a second level upstairs and a rooftop patio.

Good service from a knowledgeable server. Got two samplers of beers for a total of 7 beers, all very good, not really earthshaking, but definitely worth stopping in for and very drinkable. The pale ale and porter were good, as was the pumpkin.

Food was cooked to order, came quickly, and was very tasty. Good spot, hope to return.

far333, Oct 23, 2009
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3.74/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

johnnnniee, Aug 18, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +1%

I went here with some friends after a reading with a friend at Grey Matter Books for a book tour we were on.

I had already eaten, so I didn't have any food, but I definitely wanted to try some beers.

It was at night, so we were next to the beer garden in the enclosed part of the restaurant to the right part of the bar. Their selection was good, and I wanted to try many more than just the two I was able to.

I had the Rye P.A. and the Dunkelweizen, and both were solid brews that I enjoyed by the end.

Our server was attentive, and even though she was leaving her shift, she wasn't pushy about getting the checks to us, which made us, of course, more accommodating in closing out with her before we left.

The enclosed area we were in was pretty big, high ceilings, a lot of space. Atmosphere was good, though there weren't many people there. The circular bar seemed spacious upon entrance.

I'll definitely go back if I'm in the area, and had a great time.

asabreed, Aug 04, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

bcgeiman, Apr 25, 2014
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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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

We've been here plenty of times and have always like their beers.
Their stout and porter are both very good.

We stopped in here for lunch recently and had really good, very generous pulled pork sandwiches with very good fries....both had trouble finishing our lunch.

The highlight for us beer-wise, was the guest brewery selection, which was Stoudt's Triple Abbey Ale on tap. This was a seriously good ale.

The atmosphere is good...it was a cold , rainy day and they had a fire going in the tap room....it's never noisy here. We've never sat at the bar here, so most of our service has been wait staff, and they've always been friendly and fairly knowledgable.

Overall, a consistantly good experience.

In the summer we enjoy their deck.

Hautacam, Dec 29, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev +3%

This was my first stop on a western Mass beer trip. Located right in downtown Northampton, conveniently across the street from a commuter parking lot. The place is a light yellow building the brewery is visible on your left as you walk in. A horseshoe bar is the center of this place. Wide open ceiling with some upstairs seating and more seating behind the bar area. Lots of beer themed decor and plant life. It was around 1:00pm so the place was rather dead, except for some construction going on in the right side of the bar.
They were pouring nine house brews; golden ale, golden lager, raspberry ale, pale ale, ipa, esb, porter, stout, and a best bitter. They serve 4/ 6 oz. samples in the beer sampler. I ordered one and my girlfriend ordered the other. All the beers were pretty good and fell into style well. I particularly enjoyed the golden lager, best bitter, and porter. Two guest taps included Smuttynose IPA and Stoudts Tripel.
We snacked on some black bean dip while sipping beers. The bartender was very nice, knew about beers and was pretty passionate about them. I also got a chance to talk to Eric the head brewer, he was very nice as well.
Good beer, nice people, nice area, I would definitely stop in again.
Cheers!
Growlers and bottle to go.

SteveO1231, Jan 12, 2007
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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
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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
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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
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