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The Moan and Dove

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The Moan and DoveThe Moan and Dove
BA SCORE
100
world-class

91 Reviews
Reviews: 91
Visits: 111
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 23
Bottles: 175
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

460 West St
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002-2988
United States
phone: (413) 256-1710

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Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Located where The Old Amherst Ale House used to be, I had high expectations for my first visit to the Moan and Dove based on the rave reviews that I've been hearing. Thankfully, my expectations were all met!

Atmosphere is akin to a dive bar (I like dive bars), but without the trashiness. The place is small, and I can imagine that it gets packed real quick. The bar sits about a dozen or so with seating throughout. Our party of nearly 30 pretty much took the place over. No AC on our visit, and it got warm real quick ... I would have loved to see them pushing water on customers.

Beer selection is second to none in the area, and even rivals/exceeds major beer bars in cities like Boston (but can vary from okay to great depending on what's going on). A crazy amount of outstanding selections on-tap (around 20), which I won't even bother trying to list off, plus numerous bottles, some hand pumps and a barrel of J.W. Lees sitting on the bar. Let's just say the selection is kick-ass!! I had Heavyweight's Lunacy, a 0.5l of Mahr's and a bottle of Loterbol. Everything was presented in the proper glassware, and poured to perfection. Prices were very reasonable, to high for some of the beers, but you'd be hard pressed to find some of their offerings elsewhere.

No food, but they do allow you to order food for delivery (like the pizza place next door). They also have a barrel of peanuts which you can dive into with a bowl, which suited me just fine as I was there to drink. Peanut shells get messy and eventually cover every table and the floor, reminding me of the old Ground Rounds.

Service was outstanding. Loads of knowledge. Very friendly. No attitudes. I got the feeling that I could hang and talk with this crew all evening.

Would I go back? Hell yeah! The Moan and Dove is a straight-up beer bar. No frills, just a shitload of incredible beer and without a doubt one of the premier beer bars in New England. I only wish it was closer to me ... (1,973 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I’ve heard a ton of hype about The Moan And Dove over the past couple of months, more to the effects of you will be impressed with their selection. When someone boasts that much I wonder what other places they have been and how does this place compare. Being located in western MA it threw some doubt in my mind. Don’t get me wrong there are some great watering holes as well as breweries in the western part of the state, but the idea of have a killer beer bar never crossed my mind. After hitting a couple choice beer stores my mind was stuck on beer as usual. At first appearance I would not use the word “dive” or “whole in the wall” … more “raw” and “homey” at the same time, that is just how I like my bars. The chalkboard at the end of the bar immediately intimidated me for a brief moment; three DFH, a Stone, Allagash White, a slew of Belgians, a couple of Rogue, a Mc Neil’s on cask and many more. I want to guess about two dozen on tap, then the bottled beer list found its way to me and it was a big of a jaw-dropper. Right off the bat I noticed 5 of the 6 Trappist breweries, no Westve … some of the other Belgians I had never seen or tasted before like Bink Blonde and Bruin, a bunch of Cantillons as well as Guldenberg (Thank you Shelton Bros.). All of the DFH, Stone, Victory, Heavyweight, Rapscallion. Some Rogue, SN, Sam Smith, Young’s, Fullers, Unibroue, Schneider … the list goes on and on, over 200. So they were right, impressive. Perhaps the most impressive beer bar that I have been to east of the Mississippi and west of the Atlantic. Being that they have only been open for a few months I can see this list growing and they could easily build a vintage list … but then I’d have to move in and become a permanent fixture.

No food, as they are too damn busy to even worry about that, peanuts at the bar but you can bring your own food in. Service was fine, and the crowds was mixed of old-timers to college punks to locals. The music ran the same gamete, this place gets pack on the weekends from what I was told. On the Tuesday night during my visit there were at least 20-25 patrons one that was working on his list of beers to join the mug club. A must and worth the two hour drive from Boston … I will be back. (2,259 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

great selection no doubt, but a bit dingey and too swankey. (59 characters)

Photo of slasich
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of boredalready
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of SABERG
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DanG3
4.81/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Cfearey
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dfecteau
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ajendrysik
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SpicyGose
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Went here a few days ago. Great little bar that doesn't serve food but you can bring in your own. Great for picky eaters. Great tap list of rare imports and craft beers. Big bottle list that you can conquer over a few years. It's a nice place to bring a friend for drinks. (272 characters)

Photo of magnificent70s
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of josephmullett
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of rockrob
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of JGLittle
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of harsley
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Dark atmosphere, but welcoming and comfortable, especially if you go in the Fall or Winter.
Eclectic choice of music is most often playing, but rarely ever too loud to hear each other talking at your table.

No food, but peanuts are free.

The beer selection is impressive, and the beer tenders have always been very helpful and knowledgeable.

Not a place to sit down and drink a Beer Light to "watch the game". It is a place to sit with friends, and enjoy some amazing beer. (477 characters)

Photo of Eriogonum
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mcintire78
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of JShattuck
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The moan and dove is by far my favorite bar. I have yet to find a bar that compares to the moan and dove. (Dirty Truth and Lord Hobo are not quite as good).

Beer- Great selection on tap that rotates between standard styles Pale Ales, IPA, Stouts, Porters, , Pilsners, different Belgian styles, along with some rare styles of beer. Some standard beers are always on tap like Guinness, at least three IPAs, etc. Every Wednesday they have a different beer on Cask. They also have a lot of bottles to choose from ranging from $2 to $60.
Mug club if you drink the entire bottle list over a year.

Food- No food. Peanuts for free at the door. You are welcome to bring in pizza or subs from Sibies (best pizza and subs in Amherst), chinese next door, and Latinos around the corner for South American food. There is also a Hess next door for snacks.

Great vibe and great music played by the bar tenders. There is always a dog or two hanging out or sleeping on the floor. All of the bar tenders will take the time to talk to you and help you find the right beer. Tastings and half sizes for half price are available.

The majority of the crowd is friendly and regulars. I have been searching, but no bar beats or compares to The Moan and Dove. (1,236 characters)

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The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA
100 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.