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The Malted Barley

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98
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29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
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42 High St
Westerly, Rhode Island, 02891-1854
United States
phone: (401) 315-2184

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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by Roguer:
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4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Slightly odd looking interior, with a mix of blue-collar warehouse and hipster/preppy coffee-shop. Overall very nice, though; while on the small side, there are plenty of spots to which you can retreat to have your own private conversation.

The beer selection is far and away the best in the area. A large selection of IPAs and DIPAs on tap; seasonals; stouts; et al. Something in excess of 20 taps, and a cask they change out weekly. Small but decent bottle selection. Most offerings are American craft, although they do get some craft imports.

The food is the funny part: they only offer pretzels. But oh, they're good! They have all kinds of pretzels, stuffed pretzels, and pretzel sandwiches. They also have a single soup option that is always fantastic.

Prices are very good: you pay what you'd expect for quality craft beer, and the pretzels are very inexpensive.

Edit: they have a beautiful - but very small - outside area, shaded by trees with a view of the river.

I try to come here every week; by far the best craft beer bar anywhere near.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cjelden
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I am just getting started with rating here on BA and I am trying to be honest with my ratings...but it's hard not to drop all 5s when rating The Malted Barley. I've been going here for a couple years and it's still my go to place when I want to get friends together for pretzels and beer! The Vibe is really good. Very open space with two floors (unless there's a private party downstairs). There's even an outdoor area when it's not freezing outside. The Quality of the food they offer is also top notch. And speaking of food we are talking pretzels. They go perfect with your beverage of choice. The servers are all awesome and personable.

Oh and the main reason we are all here...the beer. They have a continuously amazing beer selection. I can always find something new and exciting to try. They offer flights and usually have a beer on cask. There's even an amazing root beer for your DDs and non beer drinking friends. You will love this place.

Photo of gman36
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Beer is good...got to sample a number due to attending with others. Food was amazing...both the bratwurst and especially the dessert. Great selection!

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The pretzel centered menu was tasty and excellent. Great beer selection, reasonably priced.

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4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of NateF90
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -10.8%

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Beers Good - Pretzels Great - Nice Location

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4.84/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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Photo of EDNOSE
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

My wife and I went here on a Saturday night in November. We were there about 8:30 - 10.

The beer selection is excellent. 37 beers on tap by my count of the tap handles. A good variety with a fairly heavy leaning on seasonals. Strong showing on IPAs and stouts, as well. Had a cask of Grey Sail's red in addition to the 37 taps. We had 8 samples (all < or equal to $2) which is a great feature in a bar. Regular pints are generous pours but they hold you to 12 oz for higher ABV / rarer offerings.

Service was excellent. All the bartenders we dealt with knew what they were talking about. Owner Colin was particularly engaging and good to converse with.

All they have are pretzels and despite being full we had 2 and thoroughly enjoyed them.

Look forward to coming back next time we are in the area.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of coachdonovan
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in at 2:30 on a random Sunday afternoon and was surprised to see most of the tables occupied. Got a sunny spot in the back and pored over the beer menu. Great selection across all styles and states, and any draft beer can be ordered in one of three sizes. Most samplers were about $2 while most "pints" were $6-8. You could also order a barrel, which looked like a small barrel with a tap. Not sure of the ounces but it would be fun to share for a table.

I should note that the tap list isn't kept entirely up to date on the website, so keep that in mind if you're planning a visit. I was pleasantly surprised to see Stone Enjoy By and Brooklyn Blast. There should be enough here to keep anyone happy, although there isn't a ton of Belgian offerings (which I was happy about). Several pages of bottles too, but many of them are large-format so be prepared for sticker shock.

All food items are pretzel-based. We had an asiago pretzel with spinach & artichoke dipping sauce and it was delicious- warm right out of the oven. All sandwiches are served on pretzel bread too, both the BLT and turkey were fantastic.

Decor is fairly simple and goes with the down-to-earth vibe. Long bar along the left side with plenty of tall and short tables throughout. There is another set of bar seats in the back. A refreshing lack of breweriana shows off the exposed beam & brick interior. I didn't see the downstairs room but the outside patio looks fantastic and would be the best summer seats in town. Crowd included kids and seniors and everything in between; in fact my table included babies of eight weeks and six months, and I still felt right at home. I wish I lived closer but I will definitely be back.

Photo of BeerDude203
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great little place in westerly that's fairly new. Nice amount of taps along the back wall of the bar and the bartender is always engaging, helpful and knowledgable. I try to stop in anytime I'm in the area and always enjoy going. Had a few beers last time I was there including trinity dry Irish stout which was put in place of Guinness and it was a delicious dry stout, far better than Guinness. Best beer bar in town, no question.

Photo of BavariaYeti
4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This a a great place to have a drink, a small meal and to meet up with friends in downtown Westerly. It's been open for about a year, and it has maintained it's quality and simple approach to good beer and food coupled with a great and welcoming atmosphere. The Barley is owed by a young couple, Steph and Colin, and their exuberant and happy approach is evident throughout your experience at the bar.
My only criticism, is really my personal beer preferences. The Barley relies heavily on seasonal beer (a good thing) but in the summer that means lots of fruit and wheat beer, and I'm just not a fan of those sytles. I don't like adjuncts, spices, fruit or wheat in my beer. I'm a fan of the Reinheitsgebot... I like water, barley, hops and yeast in about any configuration when it comes to beir.
Congrats to the Barley!!! Prost!

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The Malted Barley in Westerly, RI
98 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.