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The Moan and Dove

Not Rated.
The Moan and DoveThe Moan and Dove
BA SCORE
100
world-class

106 Ratings
Ratings: 106
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: n/a
Taps: 23
Bottles: 175
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
Voted the #1 Place to Have a Beer in 2006 - by BeerAdvocate.com reviewers.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.7/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

So I stopped by here after going to Amherst Brewing and People's Pint. After driving through some farms (I knew this was in a rural area), I pulled up behind the gas station next door. Interesting location for sure...

I was served a Founder's Breakfast Stout, my only beer, in a half pint glass. It was served at proper temperature, and apparently I got the last one of the keg, so it was free. Can't argue with that.

The bartenders were polite, but not particularly helpful. I guess it is a local's place, so I won't dock them here. They did get me a free Breakfast Stout...

The selection of beers is where I was disappointed. Sure, the selection wasn't bad. I struggled to find something I haven't had and sounded interesting in an area I don't even live, though. I decided on a beer that I have at home. Maybe I'm spoiled with Brick Store Pub in Atlanta, but I was expecting more - maybe some of the Cisco sours, a Lost Abbey beer or two, something local and interesting (BBC sours I've heard about?). They did have a decent lambic selection in bottles, but I was by myself so didn't go that way. I had tried them all anyways. Oh yeah, and no cask.

I really don't understand everyone's obsession with this place. It's rather expensive, the beer selection is mediocre by a beer bar's standards, and mostly everyone was drinking beer out of a huge stein (I realize it's because of some sort of club). This place could be great - I'm sure they have the means to get some great beer, but they just don't.

Photo of heavydrexler
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What a fantastic bar! I'm sorry, but I've never been to another bar with a ridiculous beer bottle list, an amazing rotating tap selection and different cask beers every week that also is next to a Hess and has dogs sleeping on its floor. Not to mention that it's in a college town and I will never have to rub elbows with frat boys or deal with huge crowds here. The place is fantastic, the people (both the patrons and the bartenders) are fantastic, and the beer is overwhelmingly fantastic! People may think it a little pricey, but, to be honest, it's really not that bad when you factor in how much it would cost to buy these beers at a liquor store.

Photo of ryan1788a5
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of theetheethee
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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!

Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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...

Photo of jneiswender
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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.

Cheers!

Photo of yukkamaster
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of bernardus
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of cbutova
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of Tomas77
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of trbergman
4.14/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of sentomaster
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer bar. A great place to go with friends and enjoy some really good beer. This is not a place to go with frat buddies and pound bud light (you might be out of luck if that's your goal because I don't think they have it even in cans).

The place is small, dimly lit and usually plays some nice moody background music (I never remember what's playing, but it's always appropriate and not too overwhelming). A great atmosphere and a very friendly place with a clientele and employees that love beer.

They have 20 taps and they always rotate great beer. You'll find an awesome selection of beer here. They will almost always have several IPA's and stout's, one or two wheat's and pilsner's, and then mix in some seasonally appropriate beers. They also have a great selection of bottled beers, including a lot of hard to find, of the beaten path stuff.

If you're looking for food there's a deli place and a chinese place right next door, both of which are very good thankfully, because they don't serve anything but peanuts.

Not your typical bar in the least, more of a connoisseurs bar. Very laid back and just a great place

Photo of markcl
3.18/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Atmosphere was great, I thought -- lots of wood paneling, dimly lit, small, intimate place where it be great to bring a couple friends for some good conversation. Exactly the type of place I'd want to be in when it's cold and windy outside...

...Especially with the quality and selection of beers. Totally outsanding, both drafts and bottles. Good balance of local stuff and non-Mass beers, especially west coast stuff. Beer menu is well-curated with brief descriptions of styles for the uninitiated or for whoever needs a refresher. This is a serious place for beer.

All this makes for a great little tavern that would be a regular spot -- however, I had such an absolutely horrible experience with the service and that has unfortunately tainted my impression of the place and has definitely damaged my desire to go back.

Bartender, a pretty young guy, very aggressively asked me for an ID. I still haven't gotten a MA ID since moving up here, so I produced my Ohio driver's license. He then asked for anything else with my name on it, and I produced my debit card.

At this point I was thinking, fair enough, this is a college town and a small place like this can't take any chances. I'm not baby-faced by any means, but I'm 25 and I understand the need to check ID. Happens all the time.

I thought that'd be enough, though. The guy, again very aggressively, starts quizzing me on my social security #, date of birth, ASTROLOGICAL SIGN, even. I produced this information with no problems. He then asks me to sign my name three times on a piece of paper so he can verify that my signature matches the one on my ID and debit card. I don't want to play a psychiatrist, but there was a level of contempt that he seemed to have that seemed to stem from his feeling that I *must* be underage and therefore a liar.

At this point, I was ready to go, it almost didn't seem worth it. I've been an avid craft beer enthusiast since becoming of age and I've never encountered any security routine like this. I had some great beer in my fridge at home and that seemed like the best place to be, at that point.

As it turned out, my fiancee, who is older than me (and doesn't drink beer) forgot to bring her ID, and understandably no one without one is allowed in the place. So after the whole ordeal, the bartender told us that she couldn't be there anyways.

I'm sad the guy had to be such a hard-ass about it. There's a civility and courtesy that should be practiced, and it's too bad that was lacking.

That said, the place is pretty awesome for beer/atmosphere and I'm sure I just had a bad apple. Next time I'll bring my birth certificate and college transcripts just to be sure though.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Moan and Dove is a great little beer bar (well, maybe that is not giving it enough credit). This place is all about great beer.

Tap list always has some exceptional offerings. West Coast stuff as well as locals and they have two beer engines as well. I had some DFH 90 Minute (in a pint glass for $6) when I was there.

For a rather small bar, they pack a lot of taps and bottles into the place. Bottles are from all over the US and tons of imports as well.

Bartender was very nice and she was more than happy to answer any questions we had.

Moan and Dove doesn't have any food (except peanuts) so don't come hungry.

Excellent beer bar.

Photo of tjbartjr
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been 21 for over 6 years, I lived in western Mass until I was 26, I even went to UMass for college, but I did not go to the Moan & Dove until a recent business trip! Granted, it wasn't always the Moan & Dove; I think it used to be the Old Amherst Ale House. Anyway, stopped in there to met up with some buddies before we made our way to McMurphys uptown. What a travesty I had never been there before! It's a great little place, the kind of bar you could picture a modern Hemingway or Kerouac relaxing at on a Saturday night. Nice mix of locals and more "alternative" college kids; a decidely different kind of college student than the ones at McMurphys, the Pub, or the late Barsies, for example. Easy to drive past, if you're not totally sure where it is, but a worthwhile stop. Warm, inviting interior, friendly staff. Had a real nice selection of brews, and they have a mug club for those interested in joining. If you're in the area, or passing through, it should be a definite stop on your list.

Photo of Caesar024
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

First off, I was driving into town just after dark and this place was virtually impossible to find since it is outside Amherst proper and their sign is completely unlit.

I'm still really glad I made it.

Inside the atmosphere is great: no television screens to suck your attention away from your conversation with friends (or anyone else you happen to meet there), fairly eclectic music doesn't overpower either; dimly lit which is comfortable unless you actually want to read the printed beer menu, then you should make sure to bring reading glasses.

Beer selection was great, with most styles represented in draft and a fine bottle selection. Somewhat disappointed to see two beer engines plus a firkin sitting on the bar, but only one cask beer available (Allagash Curieux, which looks phenomenal, but a little too much when I had to drive back to Springfield afterward). A pretty sold list of "lawnmower beers" there for when friends who aren't as adventurous, but want to hang out.

Service was quick, friendly, and knowledgeable. Also, excellent at giving accurate directions when I had to call to find the place...

I really expected to find food (to pair with my beers), but ended up with a complementary bowl of salted peanuts in the shell. At least they have menus from ares restaurants that will deliver to the bar so you can have something to soak up that 10% imperial IPA (although I think we could have done better than pizzas).

Prices were not out of line, drafts were a little more than what I'm used to paying in Rochester, bottles were generally a little less. Hey I wasn't coming here to find the dollar PBR specials anyway.

All in all a great beer bar. So long as you can find it.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Attended last night so as to attend before departing back to Boston.

Excellent atmosphere, candlelit with glassware for display.With tap selection on a blackboard

Everything their was top notch beer, no Bud, Coors or Miller.

Excellent bartender very knowledgeable and friendly.

5 of the 6 trappists in bottles, I was pleased to find Stone IRS on draft, I had planed on getting whichever RIS they had and could not have been happier.They also had Hoptimus Prime on Cask.

A little expensive,but a very nice place, I will be back as soon as I can be

Photo of orsulacp
4.74/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I had to try this place after the fine ratings. It is right up there with the best in the country, the lack of food is fine, it is a beer bar. The staff was awesome, one person in our party doesn't drink alcohol and the bartender recommended the best NA beer they had, he actually knew things about the NA beer available, very impressive. They had a wide variety of beer on tap, they had a special section for IPA's, a weissbier, and a bunch of other stuff. The standout for me was the Monk's Sour Brown Ale. The draft beers were a little on the pricey side, but not too much, the Stone RIS was 7. The bottle list was exceptional, broken up by style with a wide variety and reasonable prices. The only other downside is that it is a bit outside of Amherst proper so you will have to drive, or have someone drive you here. This place is pretty much exceptional on all things needed in a beer bar, if you are within 50 miles it is a must stop.

Photo of CudOfCow
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Moan and Dove is the best bar in the entire valley, if not the state, if not the country. I will forever hold this hole in the wall dear to my heart.

If you are a fan of real beer, that is all you will find. If you ask for anything else, you should probably just find another place to drink.

If you want beer, you will find oh so much. Whether on tap, in cask or in a bottle, there is an endless supply of some of the most unique beers around. The bar men and women are fantastic sources of knowledge and always have a good recomendation if you cant make up your mind. I also have to compliment their selection of music and it is not uncommon to see beer mug graduates standing up to say a poem or sing a song.

The only complaint is that the prices have risen quite a bit since i first started going here, i suppose not nearly as much as the price of gas at the Hess station next door... cest la vie.

Photo of chuckd123
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Have now been to the Moan twice, and it is near the top of my list of beer bars. Only real downside is the lack of food, but I suppose you could bring your own. Beer rules at this place, and the bartender who's been there both times is exceptionally nice and genuinely interested in talking beer & making suggestions. We asked what the story is with the shelf over the bar holding countless bottles of the same beer. He proceeded to tell us the story of meeting the brewers on a trip to Belgium (De La Senne) and falling for this particular "hoppy ale" called "Taras Boulba", which apparently is the favorite of the bar staff. We tried a bottle, and it was very good, though I am currently in a "no such thing as too much hops" mood that doesn't seem to want to end, so I prefer a full on IPA (or Double), but it was a very drinkable beer. The atmosphere at this place is excellent -- a very dark and fairly small place, the emphasis is on beer and nothing else. Excellent selection of taps, and more than enough bottles. It's a good hour drive for me, but I'll be back many times. Absolutely worth a visit (or many) if you're anywhere near Amherst.

Photo of NEBeerWench
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I'll bite - I might be a bit biased in reviewing the Dove because I've been going there since five days after I turned 21 (I realize that that makes me sound like Old Lady River; trust me, I'm not; that was three years ago). All that being said, this bar has become my basis of comparison for every beer bar that I've ever visited. The staff is all extremely competent; this note applies both to the bar-back and doorman staff, and to the bartenders themselves, who are veritable beer encyclopedias. They are all friendly, funny, and helpful: the latter being especially helpful when I'm in the mood for something different, or I'm having trouble being decisive (which, of course, never happens). I have learned an incredible amount about beer and how best to appreciate it, over the past few years.

On that note, the Moan & Dove's beer selection and atmosphere create an environment that is conducive to learning about and appreciating beer to its fullest extent. The amount of beers is enough to keep regulars and/or beer snobs from ever being bored, and yet is not overwhelming to newcomers (it's now up to 183). Coupled with this is the beer list, in which participants try to drink every beer that the M&D offers, within a year. Instead of encouraging this to be a trophy, the staff treats the list like a rite of passage, emphasizing that the point is to learn and appreciate all types of beers, rather than rushing through the list simply to say that one has done it.

Even though the Dove doesn't offer food beyond the ever-present barrel of peanuts, there are about 10 places within 5-10 minutes of driving time that deliver. Also, people may complain that the Dove is out of the way, hard to find, and is not overly easily accessible by public transportation. Although it is true that the bar is not on one of the main bus routes in and around Amherst, it has a bus stop right out front. The fact that it is not right in the middle of things is also fantastic to those of us who enjoy not being inundated by undergraduates who drink Narragansett like it's going out of style.

In short... I love the Moan & Dove. There simply is no place (that I've found, anyway) that quite measures up. Although I've been to my fair share of great bars and beer bars, I've never found any bar that could quite replace this one.

Photo of Loki
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Well worth the 45 minute drive from Hartford on my business trip. Very surprised at how rural the location was. I wish that any town in NC had a bar like this.

I think they have 14-20 beers on draft ranging from Stone VE to DFH 90 to De Ranke XX Bitter to other fantastic craft beers. Huge bottle selection with some rare and aged stuff. Tons of Belgians and craft beers from all over the country.

They were doing a launch party for Mayflower and had a cask of the IPA that was fantastic. Good enough that with the selection they had I ordered two!

The third beer I ordered was a De Ranke XX Bitter b/c I love the beer and I've never had it on draft. Packed place, no empty seat in the house and the Bartender came by after about 5 minutes and said "I was supposed to bring you something and I forgot." He then immediately poured my beer and said it was on him. I was waiting but not long enough during a night that busy that I would expect anything other than a "sorry that took so long". I will be back here next time I'm within an hours drive.

I would have loved to have more beers but it was 9:15 with a 45 minute drive back, early work the next day, and I didn't have a DD so three was enough after dinner.

Fantastic Place!

I rated the value at $$ b/c it's in MA and beer is just expensive there. Or at least that is what I've observed. Plus most of their offerings are low production to rare beers. Now if they charged that in NC I would probably have to rate it at $$$, but it wouldn't stop me from going again and again.

Photo of cheers55
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place rocks. My wife and I finally made it here on a busy Saturday night and it was great. After reading reviews talking about snobby bartenders I was surprised with how personable the bartender was who took our order for first round.
Draft list is small but well chosen (Maudite for instance) and bottle line up is spectacular. Had Fantome La Dalmatienne to start and it was great. Later in the evening announcement was made that as a way of saying thanks everyones next beer was on the house! There were 100 or so very happy beer drinkers. M&D has customer service and great beer down to a science.

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4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

After coveting a visit to this place for a few years now, I was finally able to make it here last week.

We came here on a sleepy Wednesday night and the place was very quiet. A couple of tables were occupied and the bar was lined with empty stools. We were more than happy to occupy three of them.

Did you ever walk into a bar and think to yourself "Gee, this place is spotless and seems so well maintained". Well, that is what I thought to myself. You could smell the cleanliness (in a non-chemical sort of way).

I enjoyed a High and Mighty stout and a Mayflower IPA (YUM!). Both were nice and fresh and served in appropriate glass ware.

Our bartender was kind enough to share a bottle of Affligem Double with us that was opened up for a staff tasting. Very nice. Aside from that our bartender also proved to very attentive and pretty knowledgeable.

The draft selection was not huge, but it was well rounded and well thought out. Many locals were highlighted. My only complaint was that they do not carry anything by BBC (I was told this was by choice on managements part). I found this odd given the neck of the woods we were in. It was also disappointing given that I look forward to getting it whenever visiting my home state. Oh well, to each their own.

The bottle list was very comprehensive (nice lambic selection, something you do not see too often).

All in all, this place was amazing and worthy of the many accolades it receives.

I hope to be back soon.

The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA
100 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.