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The Moan and Dove

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

104 Ratings
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
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 OldSock
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Not to repeat what everyone else has said, but this place is great. The atmosphere was perfect, the bartender was fun, and the beer was fantastic. A mother and son combination each finished their beer club sheets and thus each sang a humorous drinking song. As for the beer, I was a bit skeptical that they actually had Westvleteren, but I asked for the 12 anyway, sadly they were out so I had to “settle” for the 8 which was served in the authentic glassware. I was told that normally they have all of them because they are rarely ordered, probably because of the steep price, approx $15 a bottle. They had a wide variety of bottle specials and drafts, from around the country and around the world. I won’t drag on, but if you live near by or are just passing near western MA, stop by for a drink you won’t be disappointed. It is a real shame that its two hours from where I live…

After 37 beerfly reviews for places in 12 states I have yet to give another place a 5/5, this place is just beyond compare.

OldSock, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of yukkamaster
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.

yukkamaster, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of bernardus
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.

bernardus, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Eriogonum
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Eriogonum, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of cheers55
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

cheers55, May 05, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
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.

jneiswender, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of twelvsies
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Hell of a place. The Moan and Dove is the most unique bar I've ever been to. The place seems to never be too crowded or rowdy, mostly just people who love beer coming in to try something new on draught and shoot the shit. I just get a good feeling when I walk into this place, it feels like mutual respect between the beer-loving patrons and the obviously beer-loving staff/owners. I've heard some stories about this place being a bit pretentious or snobby, but I really didn't experience that personally, and if I had, I would definately record it here because I think regardless of ones taste everyone should be respected and not scoffed at, even if they order a freekin vodka shot. Who cares. Let's get over ourselves beer snobs, and enjoy fine brewage for the right reasons.
The quality is superb. Every thing I've had there is fresh and clean. They have an amazing collection of glassware that they serve their delectable beers in. The bartenders all seem to be very knowledgable and willing to chat about beer if it's not too busy, and even offer some suggestions. Which is helpful because their selection is absolutely huge.
About 20 or so great beers on draught, always a couple Stone or Dogfish Head. Upwards of 200 selections on the bottle menu, lots of variety and very rare items. Another quite interesting thing about this bar is thier legendary "Mug List." To gain this prestige you must drink through a list of 144 beers in one year's time. Once this task is completed you are rewarded with a 26 oz. mug on the wall with your name on it. In addition to bar-fame, when you order a draught, instead of a pint it comes in, you guessed it, yor 26 ounce mug. Money, baby.
This is honestly a fun, great all around place. Go. Seriosluy. Now! Get out of here!! GO!

twelvsies, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of JShattuck
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

JShattuck, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mcintire78
5/5  rDev +8.9%

mcintire78, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of WhatsonTapp
5/5  rDev +8.9%

WhatsonTapp, Jul 04, 2014
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The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA
100 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.