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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
4.26/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
This is a very unassuming bar, and one would be excused if they overlooked it walking down the street. However, upon entering this establishment, one is pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is great. This place immediately feels like a bar. It is by no means a dive, but it still retains that blue-collar, neighborhood bar feel.There is a pool table, a nice dartboard, and a television. Interesting pictures and newspaper clippings hang on the wall, and an older-style jukebox sits near the door. The wood paneling retains faint whiffs of cigarette smoke that still linger from the days when smoking was allowed. This is in no way off-putting, and only adds to the classic bar feel. The crowd is generally older working-class people, and they are all friendly and talkative. Youngsters like myself can also be found here on occasion.
For such a small bar, the beer selection is awesome. They have about ten taps, half of which are macro and half local craft, with one or two rotating specialty taps. However, the bottle menu is where this place really shines. A chalkboard displays about 30-50 different offerings, most of which are solid craft choices and carefully picked imports. Arrogant Bastard, Left Hand Milk Stout, Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Ommegang Hennepin, Saison Dupont, and Tripel Karmeliet were just a few of the options present on my last visit.
The service varies depending on which bartender you get. All bartenders are friendly and service is always better than adequate, but it is apparent that there is a disparity in beer knowledge among the staff. Some will try to serve you a Belgian in a pint glass if you aren't careful. All the proper glassware is available for use, so just ask for it if you need it. If you are lucky enough to be there when Lindsey is bartending, you're all set. She knows her stuff.
Prices are very reasonable, even for some of the more highly-touted beers. I certainly pay a lot less here than I do in Northampton. There is no food served, but you may help yourself to the barrel of peanuts.
There is also a fun mug challenge for those who wish to partake. It is actually quite ingenious, and seeks to expose the novice drinker to a wide array of beers while discouraging beer snobbery and encouraging fun. Should you choose to accept the challenge, you have six months to drink 60+ beers, some macro, but most craft or import. You must also drink a few cocktails and mixed drinks. The final challenge before you can get your glass is to shotgun a Schaefer. If you plan on patronizing this bar often, I suggest you take part in this. Even experienced beer drinkers will have some fun.
I am very glad that I discovered this place. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite hangouts. A cozy little bar in a quaint little Western Mass town, it is the perfect place to relax and have a few great drinks and enjoy the company of friends.
09-22-2010 01:31:15 | More by ryan1788a5
Brass Cat in Easthampton, MA
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