The Moan and Dove

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

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Photo of slander
4.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Davo was talking about taking this in on the way home from the AOBF and I thought he was kidding because I know the layout of New England and understand that this is at the other damn end of the state of Massachussetts and would put us hours out of the way, but that Davo,... once he gets something into his head, you just can't tell him "boo", so...
Rolled in on a Sunday afternoon during graduation weekend at some of the "finger schools". The place is dank and dark, with an L shaped bar to the left and at least a dozen or so tables throughout otherwise. It was kind of hard to tell what the layout was about as they had a graduation party for 3 primadonna's with their large families group taking up a good portion of the bar, tables thrown together to hold them, others covered with fruit and cheese spreads. Anyway, we scored some space at the end of the bar and held up there. Tap selection? The Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek headlined a blackboard list of a dozen and a half + great tap selections. Regional micros and great imports, not a clunker in the lot and they've got a bottled list that runs 150 + easy, broken out by style type. The list itself is printed on a heavy cardstock and is like a 13" X 20" or I would've folded one up and lifted it. Some of the higher end bottled stuff was ridiculously pricey but, hey, you've got to pay to play. They had the most extensive bottled Cantillion selection that I have ever seen in either a bar or beer store.
They don't do food here, but they've got a big barrel of peanuts at the door for you to gnaw on. The decor is dark wood with a TV here and there. Crowd is going to be the college kids from the neighboring schools who know better than Bud bars, and beer folks from far and wide who travel for the good stuff.
It did put us hours out of the way but it was well worth it.

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

My first visit here, Just south of Jamherst, funky location, Medium sized rectangel of a room, dim lighting, dark walls, beer bar to the left, 2 or 3 large communal tables in the middle and booths along the wall to the left. large blackboard of brew selections by the bar. Yeeha, my kind of place, relaxed, low key, friendly folks, eclectic/extensive/high qual brew selection. Btender,very knowledgable,and friendly. Beer served in appropriate glassware. No food avail. but Fish and Chippy and sandwedge joint real close. Add it up and this becomes a MUST visit location.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The 3rd and Final Stop on BA 8th Anniversary Bus Tour. The rowdiness at the back of the Bus had reached epic proportions and the party was most certainly in full swing as we headed into the legendary Moan & Dove.

Strange setting, for some reason I expected something different, but it is set in a strip mall and has a rather plain appearance. Still, never judge a book by its cover. Inside it has a darkened dimly lit interior to greet the visiting Imbiber, as in fact does the infamous Moan & Dove peanut Barrel. Small interior, again for some strange reason I expected a bigger place, but it had character and warmth. The bar is to the left, tables to the right and that’s about it.

Simply put you come here for one reason and one reason only, the most excellent beer range. Simply too many to list, you can check the website and wet yourself. I for one enjoyed the Spezial Rauchbier and even tried the Cask beer, which was Cameron Long Legs Fuggles, but it was a tad under carbonated. Other brews read like a Who’s Who of the worlds famous brewers, and you could easily spend a week here working your way through the list. Service was slick.

The warm welcome was genuine and we even had a rousing speech from the owner. The place was full of BA’s and I met my latest BA mate, steinlifter and his Wife, they must have thought we were nuts!!

Travel, too many beers, both on and off the Bus, and many hours had me flagging a bit, but a nice touch here is the availability of water to keep you hydrated; it sure helped me come around after a power nap.

No food, but offerings from a nearby Pizzeria are allowed in here which is neat; many empty boxes were testament to the fact that they certainly nourished a few BA’s. Of course you could settle for the peanuts.

The end to a long great day spent with friends old and new.

Well worth the trek out to here for the excellent beer range. I must get here again but in a more sober condition to better enjoy its character and libations.

Last Visit: Saturday 21st August, 2004.

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

I only found out after that it is so highly rated. It is a relatively small place, well lit by natural light. Moderate bar was all full, but the socializing tables in the middle were fine for us. Instant service, good glasses and good and varied selection. I particular liked the photo of the latest beers up on their website that I could prior check out. Northwest Mass., not an easy trip to come out on a regular basis, which I would do. I enjoyed it,it was a laid-back and diversified crowd.I know this is "corny", but I have a "sweet" spot for all the shelled peanuts you can eat.

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 TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped here during a drive from Boston to Pittsfield. I really had no choice but to check it out, as it was voted best place to have a beer by BA in 2006. After stopping here I can say that it is an excellent establishment, very comfortable and relaxed with good beer selection, but it's not possible for me to rate this above the Ginger Man or Hop Devil (Manhattan) or the Map Room in Chicago. Regardless it was nice. There were about 15-20 beers on tap, all good (Spezial Rauchbier, Stone RIS, SN Bigfoot, DFH Johnny Rawton, etc), and also 2 beer engines although there were no casks available when I stopped. There were about 5 booths, 2 tables, and maybe 10 seats along the bar, all comfortable.

Worth a stop for sure, but no need to drive too far in case you have access to LA, Chicago, or NYC beer bars.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This bar is located 2.5 miles south of Amherst center on Rt. 116. Opened in December 2002, this place apparently has already built up quite a following, and once you see the beer selection, you can see why!

Brick storefront. The bar seats about 12, and there are 6 or 7 booths, plus some high table seating. The front has large windows, and there is a barrel of free peanuts near the door (help yourself). The bar top is nice wood. There was one TV, but the sound was down, and music from CDs behind the bar was playing. There are some ceiling fans to keep the place cool when the airconditioning is not on. There is art work on the walls.

Now, as for the beer! I counted 19 beers on tap, and they were all great: Stone, Dogfish Head, BBC, Wachusett, Rogue, several German weiss beers, etc. etc. There were 3 hand pumps in the bar, and I was told they usually have one beer on cask. Finally, they had a barrel of 1996 Lee's Vintage Harvest Ale in a 100 year old wooden port barrel. Wow. $10 for 6 oz, but I couldn't pass up that opportunity. In addition, they offer about 200 beers in bottles. (They have a "mug club" that you have to earn your way into by drinking everything on a list of 165 bottled beers.)

They have a very impressive glassware collection, and many beers are served not only in the correct type of glass but also in that beer's brand glass.

The staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable about beer, and they all seem to work there because of their love for quality beer. The fellow patrons were also very friendly.

No food is offered here, other than the free peanuts, but the bartender can show you take-out menus for places that will deliver, or you can do as I saw several others do, and bring in your own food to eat.

This place is a real jewel of a beer bar, and I know I will be back even if I have to take a trip to Amherst specifically to visit The Moan and Dove!

Last visit 1-14-06

Photo of Goldorak
4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I fell in love with this place the minute we drove down West street and saw it from a distance. It was early and the place was pretty quiet, a few regulars at the bar, we took a booth in the far end corner. I was told you could bring in outside food, so we sort of had a little Beer/Cheeze pairing.

Without wasting any time, we started with a bottle of Cantillon Iris. Having gone through the two big liquor stores in the area I had a fair idea of prices and thought that the markup here was reasonable. It took a while for the waitress to bring the right bottle, but I think it was my french-canadian accent that threw her off. But it was her first day I think, and what she lacked in knowledge she made up in enthusiasm. Besides, I spent more time shooting the shit with Dan, the owner. Especially when I saw that bottle of '96 Cantillon on the bar. I tried to barter with him, but no deal. He's as much of a Cantillon freak as I am. I was more than happy with my consolation prize, the Iris was served with Cantillon glassware and with the wicker basket. Just perfect.

As the evening carried on, the place got nicely packed, but not too much, you could move comfortably from your seat to the bar and/or the bathroom. Entertaiment was provided by two guys who were inducted into the Mug Club, who had to recite poems on barstools in front of the blackboard that showed the tap offerings and favorites of the staff.

Simply put, the best Beer bar experience I've had on this side of the pond. I promise I'll return.

Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ...

Photo of ecoboy
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Outstanding, well-laid-out menu. I actually appreciate the employee opinions in the descriptions. Selection would be given a 5.5 if I could. Love the proper glass selection. Love the commitment to firkins.

Another establishment where the number system of this site breaks down. Clearly one of the best places for a beerfly to visit in the region. But the service can gravitate toward you-should-be-thankful-I'm-serving-you-this-beer and the small room can feel like cramped quarters; you're not going to find "your space" in there if your mood does not reflect that of the other patrons. And it just doesn't freaking matter: you want a judicious selection of some of the best beers on this site, somewhere between Boston and New York City, and you want to pay reasonably for the privilege? You go to the Moan and Dove. Period.

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 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 sulldaddy
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Well this place was a stop after a hiking trip today. It is a little place on route 116 in South Amherst and you may drive past it. Walked in and grabbed a table. Bottle list on the table is great! 200 choices and some hard to find stuff. Westy 6,8,and 12! , Stone VE 030303, and Victory V-12 to name a few. Prices were a little steep but you get what you pay for. best part of the bottle menu, "lawnmower beers" They dont serve bud, miller,coors but they need to have something cheap on the menu. Some good quality 70s throwback brews, PBR, Golden A, and Schlitz. Good times!
Anyway, small bar area about 12 stools, a standing table in the middle of the room and about 5 booths. 10-15 beers on tap and 2 cask ales. One cask was a 96 JW Lees Harvest and the other was Adnams Broadside. Only tried the Adnams due to the $10 for a 6oz sample for the Harvest ale. Jazzy music is on the stereo loud enough to hear but you dont have to shout to have a conversation, very nice.
Bartender was helpful and knowledgeable. Every beer on tap served in proper glassware which is also displayed behind the bar. Very cool!
Only downer is the food available,
bowls of peanuts are the only food here, but I think they let you bring in outside food to enjoy with their incredible beer selection. I will definitely go back to this place and sample a few more brews. WIsh is was closer to home.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

last stop on the amherst trip this past sunday.

odd suburban location, not at all what i imagined from having checked out their website so many times. place was full of crunchy types- some extreme sports guys from california who were all tanned up and ordering racer 5. some local hippies who were endlessly debating the roots of jazz. bartender was spaced out but helpful.

not all of this is bad, mind you, just not what i expected.

but its all about the beer, isn't it? enormous selection of bottles, and the menu is almost as interesting as the selection. seems they printed it last year and just keep updating things in pen. like the notepad of a mad scientist. the bottles i was interested in were out, so i stuck to drafts. EDIT: after several trips here, i have seen an ungodly selection of draft beer and bottles. second only to the kulminator.

avery, goliath, dogfish, allagash.. and an achel bruin in the bottle to top off my visit. lack of food made this place very dangerous. every couple of minutes, someone would grab the bar phone to order food from one of the many local joints for delivery. all they need say is 'moan and dove' and the restaurant knew where to bring it.

the interior is divey, another thing i didn't expect. wins the prize for absolute worst artwork on a bar wall ever, at least it's rotating... EDIT: future rotations of decor have been much nicer, but overall still a bit too dingy. there is TLC put into this place, its just focused on certain areas and lacking in others.

so conflicted about this place.. what they offer is 5.0 but how they present it is more 2.5. spruce this place up and it will be world class. still had fun though and will be back for a re-review.

EDIT/RE-REVIEW NOTES: since my initial review i have had a variety of great bartenders (never saw that guy again, strangely enough). had the great opportunity to meet new people, try crazy beers, and just hang out. be in a beer-friendly environment. this place has grown on me and i will continue to visit this place as often as my schedule allows. thanks for the great beer.

Photo of NEhophead
4.6/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in last weekend on the way back from New Hampshire. This was my second visit to the Moan and Dove over the past year, and I should really make the effort to visit more frequently. We stopped in around 3pm on a Saturday so it wasn't too busy. Only one bartender, but the service was prompt, and seemed very informed as to what they offered/glassware. Simply put, this place is a hole in the wall that doesn't offer food, but it's practically heaven when it comes to beer. This place is unbelievable in terms of selection and quality of their brews. They have about twenty very quality brews on tap; most of which are very tough to find anywhere in New England. I decided on the Duchesse de Borgogne and the Rogue 'private stock' pilsener (Uber pils). Both beers were delicious! In addition to the tap menu, they have an extensive list of hard to find bottles (world wide stout/120 min/all seven trappist offerings/Westy 12/a range of Cantillons/the list goes on and on). Even if this place may not be on your path, go out of your way and make a day of it...this is a must visit for any beer advocate!

Photo of Hautacam
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a great bar to visit. Was there on a Wed. night about 6pm.
Not too crowded...found a table after a few minutes.

The list of beers in the bottle is the best that I've seen. The selection, and the way the list is catagorized by style with a brief , sometimes irreverant explanation of the style was fun to look at. And , for novices, like me, another step in my beer education. There were some highlighted beers that the staff recommends as the best example of each style.

The tap selection was also impressive. We tried the Cantillon Gran Cru...very good, but not our favorite... decided instead on Allagash Grand Cru and Heavyweight Lunacy; both great. The bartender was friendly and suggested those two when we described the style we were looking for. I also had a Dogfish 90 min. IPA draft and that was fantastic.

It was fun to sit, sip great beer, read the beer list and shell salted peanuts.... which were free.

Several people had brought pizza with them and some had it delivered....there was a list for ordering on the wall.

Atmosphere was OK. Music not too loud...really diverse crowd...interesting art work on the walls...I guess by some local artist....it probably changes ?

All in all, a great place...wish we lived closer...I'm sure we will go back, though...maybe for their Belgian Fest.in January.

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

EDIT went to the stone event at the moan and dove and was crAzy impressed with the service and beer list (the most stone beers on at one place at one time on top of all the bottles).

didn't try the food. there was a barrel of peanuts just inside the door though.

on to atmosphere: many shells on the floor from said peanuts. big chalk board with the draft list. it was a BIG board. nice bar with a cask on it, not for show. tall table in the middle, a few tables on the wall.

manymanymany beers. i've seen a larger list here or there but never had such a good time. many beers on draft and many more in bottles. bottles were served with the correct glasses even! very nice.

but get there before the sun gets low in the sky as it get really hot with the big windows!

Photo of SteveO1231
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Fifth and final Stop on my beer trip. This place is right down the street from ABC. Tiny, dark little bar located next to a HESS station.

This place is very much like The Dirty Truth in Northampton, but has more of a pub feel to it. It was loud, crowded, a bit grungier, I love it. I bellied up to the L shaped bar and ordered a Hercules DIPA from Great Divide. It was poured in a gigantic chalice.

They offered about 30 or so drafts and an even bigger bottle list.

The staff were all very friendly and knowledgeable. When realized I was from out of town were eager to give advise and directions. I wish that I could have stayed longer and drank more but 8 hours of beer drinking takes it's toll.

I really like this place and would love to make it up more often, most definitely worth a stop if in the area.
Cheers!

Photo of harsley
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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

No food available here, so no rating for that, but they'll provide menus for local restaurants that will deliver to you as you sit in the M&D, so it's almost like eating food there.

Have visited many times, and The Moan & Dove is somewhat of a throwback. I remember walking in one afternoon, and having no one being in attendance. Not another custoner, not the bartender, no one. Eventually the bartender, who was restocking the fridge showed, 10 minutes after I sat at the bar and started reading a brew paper, but it was an odd feeling nonetheless.

Continues to feel weird to be sitting at the bar and watch a Shelton brother walk in and order a brew, knowing that he is responsible for a number of the cool brews available.

Variety is incredible, in both tap and bottled arenas. Literally the best beer bar I've been to.

Oh, in case I need to support my position, I noted to the bartender on a recent visit that my glass should probably be replaced when I finished due to a crack, and he immediately replaced it with a full brew, which was certainly not my intention. Shoot, he dumped what I had left in my glass before I could say something, which was vexing. But he was concerned for my physical well-being, which was nice...

Photo of ybnorml
3.43/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Everyone raves about this place? It's small has no air conditioning and has no food (that is if you don't count the big barrel of stale unshelled peanuts. Not a lot of beers on tap (the place is not big enough for more taps). What was good was the ecclectic selection of hard to find beers. I had been looking all over for Stone Brewings Imperial Stout. I had to buy the whole 22 oz bottle but it was very good.
Beer geeks will appreciate the knowledgable staff and the fact that they use the proper glasses when pouring Belgians.
That being said. I will have to try this place again maybe in the early fall or early spring. The selection warrents a second shot.

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

Smallish brick building, nicely painted, with a large sign above the heavy wooden door.

Walking inside, you're greeted with a dimly lit, rather spartanly furnished bar. Some booths on the right, a long table and stools forming the nexus of the room, with a wooden bar along the left wall. Minimal, but not uninviting. If there were more tables, the place would seem much smaller. On the other side of the bar sit the bottles of booze and requisite mirror, the row of taps and beer cooler (unlit for your beer's protection) are tucked away on the far end. Most of the backbar is taken up with shelves bristling with copious amounts of glassware, all shapes and sizes, a style-appropriate vessel for anything you can imagine. Above it all, just below the ceiling, is a vast bottle collection, I assume to advertise what they stock for bottled beer. I have no idea how many they have on hand. There's several coolers, though. I know there's a bottle or two of very hard to find stuff that I'd like to get eventually. An artfully decorated chalkboard hangs prominently against the back wall, gleefully listing all the draft brews, plus upcoming events and the like. My most recent visit featured such gems as Ridgeway cask Bitter (on one of the two Angram hand pumps), Heavyweight Lunacy, Great Divide Titan IPA, and an absolutely stunning Mahr's Pilsner, unfiltered and served in a half liter Mahr's mug for your enjoyment.

Nearly all the beers are a different price, clearly listed on the chalkboard. Depending on what you want it can get pricey, but the more sessionable stuff is fair and the expensive stuff you get what you pay for. Given that everything is served in an appropriate, proper glass, never a skimp on the pour, the extra 25 cents more than I usually expect is definitely fair to me. All the taps are constantly rotating, the beer is always fresh, and you'll definitely find stuff here that no one else has.

Service is usually great. All the bartenders I've dealt with know their stuff and are friendly enough. The owner, (Daniel?) who served us on our most recent visit, is great. Very personable, loves to talk about beer, and is happy to make a suggestion. I was debating on what to get next, he suggested the Mahr's Pilsner, and it was outstanding. I'm a big pils fan, and I can certainly say I'd never had one quite like that. Unfiltered, no less. The cask is always a good temperature, properly cellared with good carbonation. On a previous visit I ordered a Cantillon Gueuze, about as obscure a draft product as you can get, and it was served in the appropriate gueuze tumbler. Impressive. It can get very busy in here, and you'll have to be agressive for the berkeep's attention, but that's to be expected.

My complaints? No food. I guess you can order from several take out menus, but I personally think it would be much more convenient to just ask for a plate of fries or something, and put the whole tab on the card. The place is small, so I can see why there's no kitchen. Not a big deal unless you're starving. Also, the place gets absolutely packed on the weekends. Everywhere is busy on the weekends, but I've been here where there wasn't even any standing room. It was almost like being at a big concert, where it gets hot and people are so close they have to touch and sweat on you, and they're all starting to get drunk and talk really loud. Moving and getting to the bar is impossible. Crazy. It's best to visit on weekday evenings and in the summer, when the college population has thinned out.

All in all, one of the best beer bars in the MA, maybe even the northeast. Possibly the whole east coast. Good place. Make a detour if you're within 50 miles.

Edit: I'd just recently taken my girlfriend up here to buy her a special bottle of Cantillon on Christmas night. First, Dan the owner recognized me from the couple times I'd been up, and knew just what I wanted. Second, it was very reasonably priced. I think they could have charged whatever they wanted for it, I believe they're the only establishment in the area to have this stuff, but it didn't bust my wallet like i thought. On top of that, it was presented in a fancy little basket, and served in real Cantillon branded goblets, which made my girlfriend's experience that much more special. These folks made her really happy, and I can't remember the last time I'd gotten such great, personable service and real care about the beer I wanted. Not only that, but they were serving black and tans made with Dogfish Head 120 Minute and World Wide Stout that night. Both on draught. I challenge you to find something like that anywhere else. Then i challenge them to sell an 8oz serving for under $10. This is really the ONLY place to have a serious beer when in southern new england. Drinking at a place that properly serves and cares for their beer makes all the difference in the world.

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4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My second visit was on the latest bus tour (first was the first bus tour). Sad to say I haven't been here unless I was on the BA bus, but to be honest, this is a very serious beer bar, and it would be hard to come here and not have a designated driver. Ok, here goes why I gave the tally I did: Atmosphere: the place is rather small, but really that makes it all the more cozy. Get some good beer in you, and it really gets a certain beer loving vibe going on. When it gets dark out, it gets dark in, and that lends itself to the atmosphere...for serious beer drinkers only. Quality: I have to commend them on their beer menu, many choices, including great bottles (I had Cantillon Vigneroune sp?), and I saw Mahrs Ungespundet on tap. These are only two of the many fine beers and beer styles they had to offer. The beers I had were tasty, fresh, and in appropriate glasswear. Plus they had cask beer, nuff said. Service was good, I never had to wait at the bar. Everything I ordered was available, and they have a table set up so that folks can get themselves water to keep themselves hydrated. Selection...you already know I thought it was very very good. Food: no food, but I did have some peanuts, thanks. Would go again, just need a DD.

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4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is my favorite place in all of Amherst. I love its atmosphere: very small, closed space. When it does get crowded, boy, it is hard to find a place to sit though. The bartenders dim the lights a bit as the evening progresses, as candles are usually on every table. Local magazines are on a main table for customers, as a huge barrel of peanuts with serving bowls are available for all to spoon out and have for the evening. The demographics are usually locals, grad students and some undergrads, so its not a rowdy college bar. In fact, it is often known as a much more quiet, casual, less get-together "party" place than other bars in most college towns.

The bar is a beaut with its huge selection of beers. A chalk board often has what is on tap tonight and what the specials are. A front-back beer menu sports a whopping selection of bottles, somewhere around 160 different bottles from around the world. The bartenders are also very well educated. Any question I have had of beverages or recommendations have been very well thought. These people love and respect beer. It's selection of micro-brews from the US to around the world is amazing. They also hold many events and specials for breweries from around the world. Because of this though, they are known to be wicked pricey, a turn off to many college aged kids. But what you get in return is incredible. Every penny is worth it here. Highly recommended.

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The Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA
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