The Moan and Dove
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5/5 rDev +8.9%
The sister bar to The Dirty Truth. Whatever the Truth does wrong, this place gets right. The atmosphere is great. It is a small bar, and has that cozy pub feel to it. There is always some jazz or alternative music playing, but it never feels chaotic because of it. The patrons are mostly older and mostly all regulars, and some are of the hippie and yuppie variety. Unlike The Dirty Truth, however, the crowd here is extremely friendly and talkative, as is the staff.
The bartenders are very knowledgeable and extremely attentive. They will even offer you a glass of water before you head out if you have been drinking a few high abv beers. This is very responsible of them, and the first time I have ever seen this done.
The selection is superb. There are about 20-25 taps here (one cask tap sometimes) as opposed to 40 at The Dirty Truth, but what it lacks in taps, The Moan and Dove makes up for it with its bottles list. The bottle menu is impressive, and there are helpful descriptions of most of the beer styles right on the menu to help the novice beer drinker. Prices are a bit high, but these beers don't come cheaply anywhere else either.
These folks do everything right. This is hands down my favorite beer bar to date. I wish I lived a little closer so that I could patronize it more frequently.
09-20-2010 20:19:56 | More by ryan1788a5
4.94/5 rDev +7.6%
I'm new to Amherst, and after trying out a few of the other spots (dirty truth, Amherst Brewing Co, Northampton Brewery) this is by far my favorite. Huge bottle selection, with the requisite 'mug club' challenge to go along with it, as well as 24 taps with a very healthy rotation. It's also off the beaten path, so you don't have to deal with the frat crowds and obnoxious behavior you're more likely to find in the downtown spots. The place is cozy, maybe 15 bar seats, 6-7 booths, and two tables in the center big enough to accommodate larger groups. Bathrooms are small, but clean. The peanuts are fine and all, but the lack of food can be a downer; luckily they're very okay with you bringing some dinner in with you. The service thus far (6 visits in) has been excellent, with knowledgeable staff who are inviting and never condescending to noobs like myself who are looking to step up their beer knowledge. Prices seem a little high, with most pints around 6 and up, but not unreasonable. One caveat- not much to offer to people who aren't beer drinkers, other than some scotch and a few wines. As the only (aspiring) beer nerd in my house, it's a tough sell to people who prefer mixed drinks or ::shudder:: malternatives. All in all, however, I love this place and plan to be here very often now that I'm in the area!
08-26-2010 00:23:57 | More by theetheethee
4.06/5 rDev -11.5%
Ummm.... this place was rated the number one place to get a beer on BA in 2006? Really?
The M&D is yet another fine beer bar located out in the sticks, in the last place you would expect to find it. It's located in a small strip mall, right next to a barbershop, chinese take out restuarant and a gas station. It's also pretty small, consisting of a small bar area to the left when you walk in (probably has 12 or 14 seats), a couple of good size table areas in the middle and then 3 or 4 booths to the right against the wall. I really doubt this place can hold more then 50 or 60 folks at any one time, tops! On the other hand, the place has a very relaxed, low key vibe, with a pretty eclectic selection of music going (loved hearing the ventures while I was there). The beer selection is certainly decent, consisting of around 20 beers on tap, not including a cider and one beer on cask (which this day was the entire butt porter). The selection here is pretty good, but I'd hardly call it mind blowing. They had 5 or 6 Stone beers on tap, and then 4 beers from Bink. They also had the Mongo DIPA from Port, Victory Braumeister pils, smuttynose baltic porter and old brown dog, anchor liberty ale, etc. A nice selection, no doubt, but I can't say it exactly wowed me. Bottle selection was a bit more impressive, with around 160-170 selections. They had some nice stuff, but there was nothing on the list I hadn't seen before or can't get at home. No disrespect, but I was really hoping I might see something at the M&D that I can't get back in Baltimore (they did have the high and mighty twin beast stout, but that's the only thing I saw that I hadn't ever seen or had before).
Service was good. The two young women tending bar were friendly, pleasant and quick. I'm not sure just how much then knew about beer, but it was more then sufficient for my needs.
Prices were high, no two ways about it. 12 ounce pours of anything Belgian were in the $9 or $10 range, and can someone please tell me why arrogant bastard needs to be $6.50 a pint? Generally, most pints were in the $6 range, except for the liberty ale, which for some reason was $4 a pint.
As near as I can tell, they don't serve any food here, but you can order in from any of the surrounding restaurants (accoustics are not good here, so it's not the easiest place to hold a conversation - I think that's what I was told). A number of places do this in the NW, and frankly I thought it a good idea here as well. Otherwise, you can help yourself to free peanuts while sipping on your beer at the bar.
This is definitely a very good place, but it's certainly not the sort of place I'd drive a 100 miles to get to (which I do rather frequently to get to some of the better beer bars in Philly). I don't know. I really had high expectations for this place, and frankly I feel kind of let down. Oh well...
02-28-2010 03:38:31 | More by John_M
5/5 rDev +8.9%
Beervana. Plain and simple. This is everything a beer bar should be. 24 taps and a very robust selection of bottles at very fair prices. The service was impeccable. I walked in and asked for a recommendation. Instead of giving me what he drinks, the bartender asked me several questions as to what I typically drink. He recommended the perfect beer that I stuck with for the afternoon. The beer was served at the correct temperature and in the brewery's own glass. The atmosphere has zero pretense. I am quite shy but found myself engaging with locals easily. A absolute "bucket list" place. Go with food in your stomach or have food plans because they only serve peanuts.
02-21-2010 20:24:33 | More by jneiswender
4.5/5 rDev -2%
A: Warm, dark colors and a small space make for a very comfy, inviting ambiance. Huge selection of glassware behind the bar. It just got more comfortable as the night went on.
Q: Everything I tried was fresh, tasty, and high-quality.
Service: Liza was an extremely friendly and highly knowledgeable bartender who paid amazing attention to me and my friend, especially considering how busy the bar was. Simply top-notch.
Selection: Good (not quite great) mix of styles - a bit too much emphasis on seasonals for my taste, especially with a fairly limited 20 taps - with some very interesting and obscure beers. Extensive (but never surprising) bottle list.
Food: Not offered by the bar itself, but they have menus for a number of different local delivery establishments, so you can get just about anything you want. It's pretty cool to order panini to be delivered "at the end of the bar." Oh, and free peanuts. Awesome.
Value: Beer between 5 and 9, just as I'd expect at this kind of place.
Notes: If I ever live near Amherst, you can bet that I'll be a member of this place's mug club. It's a great establishment in just about every way, and worth a visit if you're anywhere in the area.
12-21-2009 02:26:55 | More by woosterbill
5/5 rDev +8.9%
This is by far the best bar in the area. The selection is great, and the bartenders are very knowledgeable and take the time to answer all questions, give their recommendations, and provide tastes before you order. My favorite aspect of the bar (aside from the great beer of course) is the atmosphere. No matter what time of day or night I'm there, there is always an interesting conversations occurring, be it about beer, politics, the economy, etc. It is one of the few public spaces where people seem willing and able to get together and talk about what is going on, and do so over some amazing beers. At the same time, if you want to come in and enjoy a beer by yourself there is space for that - and free internet also. Anyone in the area should definitely stop by, and its worth a trip for those that are a bit further away.
11-07-2009 22:29:40 | More by yukkamaster
5/5 rDev +8.9%
It doesn't get much better than this place when you factor in the atmosphere, selection, and prices of this bar. Very inconspicuous from the outside and inside, the place is not too big at all. A row of booths to your right, the bar to the left, and some tables in the middle. Very dark inside too, but it suits the place perfectly. Hanging above the bar is the impressive tap list and their bottle list shines as well with several offerings from the big brewing countries. All beer is served in its appropriate glassware if applicable as well.
On my visit around 8 months ago, I started off with an Orval, first I've ever had and it quickly has become one of my favorites. I had a hard time deciding on a second, but the bartender recommended a Schlenkerla Marzen to my father-in-law and I, and needless to say it was an outstanding choice, I've been hooked on Rauchbiers ever since.
We went when school was not in session so we kind of had the place mostly to ourselves for a while and then it gradually became more croweded. Very relaxed atmosphere and clientel. No food to be found but if you like peanuts, you're in luck. Overall, a fantastic bar. Well worth a stop.
09-03-2009 18:08:08 | More by bernardus
4.56/5 rDev -0.7%
Atmosphere here is my kind of place, non-hipster, non-trendy, down and dirty bar where you go to get BEER, not to text or WiFi and show off your new clothes. No problems with quality, all the beer was fresh and the vintage stuff (bottles) was labeled that way on the menu. Service was above average, the bartender was not the most talkative to us but he gave us a free sample of Alpha Dog, served our beer promptly with proper pouring and glassware. He answered any questions we had and treated us like craft beer drinkers like a bartender should at a place like this. Selection here is above average also, the tap list is somewhat small but there is a well-rounded selection on the taps. The bottle list however blows Dirty Truth and Sierra Grille out of the water, it is HUGE and has something of almost any style you would want when going out to a beer bar. Prices were neither too high or overly cheap, right in the middle, $4-8 drafts, Cantillon stuff was aobut half as expensive as TDT and most bottles were reasonably marked up on local liquor store prices.
09-02-2009 19:40:54 | More by cbutova
4.64/5 rDev +1.1%
This place is pretty much where it all started for me and the appreciation of craft beer.
A small establishment with a big following. A vast selection of bottled beer from all over the world. Each beer poured in it's proper glassware of that particular brew. Numerous taps and a couple of cask selections as well. No food but plenty of peanuts for everyone. You are allowed to bring food into the bar. Sevice is top notch. Staff is always tentative and very personable with the patrons. From time to time they hold beer tastings that are very educational and fun.
Worth stopping into anytime you are in the area.
08-21-2009 23:43:09 | More by Tomas77
4.14/5 rDev -9.8%
The Moan and Dove was the final stop on my beer tour of Western Mass. The first thing I was struck by was the seemingly odd location - I nearly missed it, even with a GPS - just on the side of the road, next to a gas station. While the place is pretty much inaccessible on foot, everything else about it more than makes up for that. The twenty taps offer a pretty wide selection, although it is dominated by American craft brews. Not to worry, though, as they have an extensive bottle selection with plenty of Belgian, British, and German beer. Prices are reasonable and they're upfront with the sizes of their pours. I didn't notice a food menu, but there's a large barrel of free peanuts by the door. I also noticed that one group had a couple pizza boxes on their table, so perhaps you're allowed to bring in outside food.
No complaints about the service. No great praise either, but then I knew what I wanted and I wasn't sitting at the bar. Music was pretty good, and not too loud. I'd definitely return.
04-01-2009 21:14:09 | More by trbergman
The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA
100 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.