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Ye Olde Forge Restaurant

Ye Olde Forge RestaurantYe Olde Forge Restaurant

Taps: 19 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.07%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

125 N Main St
Lanesboro, Massachusetts, 01237-9723
United States
phone: (413) 442-6797

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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$

this place is great, the only problem is getting in there. luckily i live right down the street, you begin to gauge the peek times and the down times, its mostly all peek. but when you finally get a spot the wait staff is usually pretty good, they are always busy so they wont be at your beck and call, but they keep the beers coming and the food usually comes in pretty reasonable time... but whats the rush any ways. i usually spend a good two hours plus taking in the atmosphere. everyeone seems to know each other but its not pretentious. beer selection is top notch and the food is great. their wings are raved about for good reason. prices are very faid and portions are great. awesome spot with the essence of the berkshires.

01-26-2014 17:43:53 | More by berkshire413
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IPAddress


4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

One of my favorite public places to have a brew! Get's a bit crowded at times but that's because they have so many great brews and after all, there are reasons why places are busy!

Nice porch out back and drinking a great beer outside with friends in the Berkshires with the birds chirpin' and the sun shining is one of the greater pleasures in life.

Great food, terrific wings and one of the best selections in the area so if you're in the Berkshires, Olde Forge is one place you have to "hit hefe's" at!

11-14-2012 20:01:14 | More by IPAddress
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TwinCreator

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Ye Olde Forge Restaurant is just a must-visit! They have their normal selection of draught beers and they rotate through those. They work in the seasonal beers and for the most part have a decent selection. The bottled menu is insane - they do have pages and pages of beers - you can get just about anything you're looking for. The service staff are friendly and will go out of their way to help you choose a beer if you're not quite sure what you want.

The wings are the second reason we frequent this place!! The wings are awesome!!! Perfectly done and that's about all I can say on that. The whole menu is good - I've never been disappointed by any food items.

03-07-2012 16:18:46 | More by TwinCreator
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KELPAK

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

GREAT PLACE!

The draught selection waas limited to seasonal beers and a few constants but their bottled beer selection was quite extensive. Pages and Pages of beer labels that were all reasonably priced considering the selection offered.

I went to check their beer selection out but as i normaly do ended up getting some wings. They were fantastic, nice and crispy with a hot specialty sauce, great place to enjoy a nice beer.

It also has a great deck to sit out and enjoy a great fall view in the Berkshires. if you're in the area i strongly recommend the Old Forge.

11-03-2011 18:42:06 | More by KELPAK
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Blizzz

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This place is an amazing place not only to drink unique beers from all over the world but to down some of the best chicken wings you'll ever eat. I've eaten just about everything on the menu, and it's all pretty delicious. The beer menu is about 8 pages long with about 30 beers per page so you're sure to find something that you'll like. On tap there will be plenty of seasonal beer as well as some old standbys.

The atmosphere is great. There is a ton of beer related stuff hanging all over along with a bunch of those metal blacksmith puzzles at the bar. They also have a beer card there, where if you drink 50 unique beers they will give you a nice pewter much with your name engraved on it. Complete 6 cards and your name will be up on the wall of foam, and if you complete 10 you'll have a spot reserved for your very own handcrafted plaque at the bar. Pretty cool. Make sure you get some wings if you go, they're delicious.

12-08-2010 20:55:52 | More by Blizzz
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msmezher

California

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

Ye Olde Forge is a great place for hard to find and rare imported beer. Their draft menu is limited to around 10 beers, which change periodically, but their bottle menu is vast, over 200. The food's alright, I'd just get a few appetizers to go with beer while I'm there. Great location, the outside patio has a beautiful scenic view. I had a Czech Black Lager on draft that was amazing. There aren't many places in WestMass with this sort of selection of imports, though there is a strong number of local breweries putting out excellent beers. I'll be stopping back whenever I'm in Massachusetts.

09-14-2010 21:38:03 | More by msmezher
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slander

New York

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

On the road for hours now, the scenic tour of Vermont the long way around, jagged, cut and cut back down into Massachusetts. Down rte 7 forever, to this packed house on the side of the road; I landed a not spot out back, the last in the lot. Dinnering, we're going to eat and drink too much, and then come in on fumes to Pittsfield Brewing 5 miles down the road; wasn't the plan, just kind of worked out that way...

The place is basically split down the middle, seating to the left and bar area to the right, tight, and difficult to maneuver. 13 seat straight wood bar stained dark; 2 deep to get a beer, sucky for the people winging there seated, being pressed on and reached over. Glassware on the barback counter and more on a rack over a center nook with taps & booze, the unit lined above with figurines, bottles and some other pieces. A pair of doublewide glass front coolers housing bottled selections sit at both ends. 8 taps on a tower on the bar, another 8 from a barrel end in the barback nook, and another 3 on a smaller barrel end next to the other. Pewter mugs hanging and a rack with them twisty bar puzzles over the bar. TV's in the corners and boards listing the tap selections. Wood slat floors, plank side walls decorated with wing fling awards from the local "Y", brewery mirrors & signage, and the areas up high, lined with pieces of whiskey cases and beer coasters all the way around the room, and on the crossbeams. The front & back walls are brick with arched cut throughs, and above, wood shingled looking exterior rooflike. Mug club plaques for completed members line the rafters above. Golf clubs & snowboards hang over the bar, and a pulley system with ropes extending from here to there and back again. Colored lanterns over the bar, some strung Xmas lighting, and wagon wheel chandeliers over the adjacent seating area.

Bar/dining divider lined with faux spruce & white Xmas lighting. 10 tables here, pleasantly candle lit, flowered & clothed, a room to the rear with about a dozen tables and there's a banquet room downstairs apparently. We put our name in for a table with the guy you do that with, and then he totally spaced it, yeah, that's my favorite thing, waiting around for a table that ain't. Some remindin' got him back on track and us eventually seated.

Starter soup was beef barley, the champion of all soups, very good, tasty, veggies hooray, sturdy, and then the Atlantic Salmon with garlic onion spinach rice 'o crazy, and a 'lil thing of vegetables. And unlike Ben, I was awarded access to the salad bar, a privilege, I feel. I may be able to bring you back some bread, I don't know how it's going to play, don't get your hopes up. Food was very good. Ben claims the wings here to be the best wings ever, "Legendary", he said, starting with them and then moving on to the fish & chips.

19 taps, more than ½ of them imports mostly blah (Old Specklen Hen & Scaldis being the best of the lot), and the remainder being American craft (Fisherman's Ale, Cisco Bailey's Blonde Ale, Long Trail Blackberry Wheat, Rogue Chipotle, Stone Imperial Stout, Ballast Point Big Eye PA, Sixpoint Hollow White), and Capt'n Eli's Root Beer from Shipyard. We both started with the Ballast Point Big Eye IPA (yummy), and then thought "Sixpoint Hollow White? Does Sixpoint make a Wit? How did we not know that?" We both ordered it up, not a Wit. "You know what this is?" says Ben, "It's the Apollo Wheat". Yeah, 'cause if you say "Hollow White" enough times fast, "Hollow, Apollo", you know. The beers were fresh anyway, they seem to be moving things pretty well. They've got some wah taps, and a large, and probably dusty in places, bottle collection. 90+ micros, more than ½ of them regional, with some in state unexpectedities (a couple from Berkshire Brewing, Opa Opa Red Rock, and Pretty Things Saint Botolph's Town, which we split). And another 90+ Belgian, UK & Euro combined. The remainder being cheese imports, macros, maltos, ciders, sodas, N/A's and stray unnecessary beers of the world. Roughly 250 bottles in all, questionably compiled on a 7 page list (which I confiscated for dissection, as is my right).

Waitress was fun & playful. When Ben asked for the bathroom, she told him to go outside, down the path into the woods (Ben is not civilized folk and should always have to do his bidness in the woods, she sized him up well). And she knew what beers had just gone on tap, the draft list boards not being updated and all. They've been playing a whole lot of Neil.

Do you think anyeverybody will mind my singing harmony? Oh, okay. You could've just said "Stop fucking singing". Food was great, beers were fresh, service was very good (table service that is, the bar service was of the suck), and vibewise, I imagine the place would be a pretty cool Colonialesque hang any other time than the late on a Saturday night when we showed up. Good wings, too

06-30-2009 16:10:52 | More by slander
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I actually had the rehearsal dinner for my wedding here. After almost three years we made it back!

The bar itself has lots of wood and things hung up to make it feel pretty cozy, especially after a day of skiiing which is when this place really gets packed. In the back is a nice eating area as well as an outdoor deck with a great view.

Beer selection is pretty damn sweet here, lots of local micros and imports both on draft and in bottles. I had a glass of Aventinus (on draft) and a pint of Pretty Things Jack D'or when we were there and both were excellent. The bottle selection is quite big and there is an extensive listing in the beer menu book.

Service was fine, waitress was young and took care of us without any problems. She didn't know anything about beer but whatever.

Food is pretty standard pub fare, nothing over the top but very filling.

I wish that Ye Olde Forge would carry some beers from Pittsfield Brew Works on tap, its so close by and it would be nice to see them throw some kegs around the area so people could get to know them.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Berkshires...

06-12-2009 17:36:00 | More by indiapaleale
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nopucophop

New York

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

This place is unreal!!! Went for the first time this past Friday and was blown away. I understand that we were lucky to have been able to just walk in and get 4 seats at the bar. I guess it is usually packed but with the holiday weekend not so bad. the beer selection was so impressive, i didn't know where to start. I started with the BBC Coffeehouse Porter on a nitro pour, followed with a Guinness 250th on tap(could of done without), and get this finished with a couple STONE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT ON TAP!!!

Let not forget about the food, The chicken wings are as good as i have ever had. We had the hot and the garlic. The garlic were just amazing. We also had a special house extra hot sauce on the side. My friend got the foccia pizza that just looked amazing and i got the shrimp and smokies in a house ale sauce.

Overall I am glad this place is 40 minutes away because it is to good. if it was close i would be there all to often. This is a must if your in the area. I plan on going back and just working on that stone ris while it is available.

05-26-2009 01:31:34 | More by nopucophop
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madmanjf

New York

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I've been up in Pittsfield many times for Beer Visits, but only recently heard of this place. My next return trip warranted a visit to Ye Old Forge.

I was told the wings were really good so I diverged from my typical burger order. I had the "original" and my friend had another variety of which the name escapes me. Well, they were both very tasty and quite worthwhile.

The beer selection was quite spectacular. On tap there was a nice mix of styles and country-of-origin beers available. I immediately gravitated to the Sebago IPA. This brewery is not yet available in NY State, and I remember from some New England beer fests that they do a fantastic job with their beers-to-style. There was an English IPA that I was anxious to try; unfortunately, my request kicked the keg and so I am left with the mystery.

The bar nicely displays their extensive bottled selection in two tall glass-door coolers located on opposite ends of the bar. It's a great way to showcase what's available and surpasses the need for a beer bottle menu.

I hope to come back soon.

01-30-2009 18:14:10 | More by madmanjf
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Ye Olde Forge Restaurant in Lanesboro, MA
97 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.