Ye Olde Forge Restaurant
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
4.47/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I originally found this place on a road trip with my wife to Bennington, VT. We just happened to stop in for something to eat, and then we saw the beer list. We just made another stop there yesterday. They have about 15 on-tap and a couple houndred bottled beers. It's a nice atmosphere whether going in for a drink or drinks with a meal. We had very good service as our waitress was pretty knowledgeable about most of their beers on-tap and kept coming back to check if we needed another beer or just to ask how they were. All the drinks we've had there have come in the right glass (but I did get a lemon wedge in my Weihenstephaner heffe, which I quickly removed). It has a nice, almost rustic, feel to it and a pleasant atmosphere, but that probably depends on when you go. We happened to be heading home just as people were coming in to eat and it was getting busier, so our timing was pretty good. It's a place I'd gladly make the trip back every couple months to get some great beers. And it was the best Balsamic Vinagarette she ever had!
01-28-2009 20:52:52 | More by LtCracker20
4.68/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
The forge is a great place to meet and have some beer and some food. Hopefully it is the wings. The wings are known to be great. I like hot. The beer selection is awsome the are around 300 different beers. Now we are up to 14 or 15 beers on tap. I go there often because it is just 15 minutes away.This is a must if you are in the berkshires. If you go, start a beer card. It is fun and you get to have the beers on tap at mug prices once you finish one. You get a pewter mug with an engraving on it every one except #6, 10, 15, and 20. At 6 you get your name one the wall of foam. At 10 you get a custom plaque above the bar. 15 and 20 I don't know what you get because I am only almost done with #13. Kurk the owner reassures me it is good though.
12-13-2008 02:04:00 | More by oddfire
4.75/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is great. The selection of beers goes on and on. They consistantly have at least 12-15 taps going with a selection of drafts that rotates on a regular basis.
The standard bar food is excellent!! You must try the wings, of course they are the most popular. They also have a regular food menu; The food is good, not top notch but definitely not bad.
If you go on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday get there early or be prepared to wait. If you are in the Berkshires, you need to make the trip here, you won't be disappointed.
08-27-2008 10:48:19 | More by Gerrycah
4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
I loved the Ode Forge. Went there after a bad start at the Pittsfield Brew Works. On a Friday night, they were extremely crowded. We stood at the busy bar while we waited for a table. The patrons opened a lane for me to get in and order. Top notch! The selection is huge! There are two big fridges with hundreds of bottles. Everything you would expect is there. They have 10-15 taps going. I had a Fullers ESB from the tap. Nice. While dining, the girlfriend and I split a 750 of Ommegang Cave-aged Abbey Ale. It was great. The food was ok, but not great. The menu is large and might take a while to discover its highlights. Beyond the beer selection, the real bonus here is the service. The hostess, bartender and waitress were all great. I would come back here in a second.
05-18-2008 23:18:37 | More by citrusjim
4.25/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
the forge is in a lot of ways what every pub in the united states should be. they have a great selection of ever rotating beers on tap supplemented by a very nice selection of bottled beers (probably a few hundred.) the waitstaff is very knowledgeable about beer and can steer you to a choice that you will enjoy. the bar also has tons of regulars (drawn in to fill their beercards--i used to be one before i moved) a lot of whom are also very knowledgeable about beer and who will not hesitate to get into very interesting beer conversations with you.
the pub grub is absolutely excellent. not to be missed are the burger, the wings (which have won about a thousand awards and also come in a few not so usual but delicious flavors) and the french onion soup. these alone get the food a 4.0. However, the 'fancier' options like the pastas or seafood can be a little pricey and dissapointing.
ultimately this is still the best pub i have ever frequented and well worth going out of the way for a visit.
11-09-2007 15:30:20 | More by hoegaardenhero
4.43/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I went to college near the Forge. Not only does it have a more-than-worthy beer selection both in bottles and on tap, but it has the best wings I have ever tasted, Buffalo's Duff's and Anchor Bar included. Get the Dean's Original recipe and chase it with any number of superb suds. Also, join the Beer Club and get your mug. The waitresses can tend towards salty, but only because they are overworked. They are usually willing to point out some of their favorite beers as well, if you're having trouble deciding between a couple. This place opened my eyes to a lot of new brews. Anytime I go back to the alma mater, I hit this place for at least a half-dozen wings and a couple of pints.
10-17-2007 17:48:22 | More by MojoSaves
4.4/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped here while in Pittsfield on business, after a recommendation from a guy who lives in the area (I had mentioned I like to go to the BBC when I'm in town). He was right, this is the best spot in the area so far.
The atmosphere was good, lots of wood floors and wood walls, plenty of tables and seats, nice aroma of good food (from chicken wings to steaks), and some outdoor seating with a view of wooded hills. There were maybe 15 beers on tap (including Old Speckled Hen, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion, Twisted Thistle IPA, Smuttynose IPA, Tucher hefeweizen, Special Rauchbier, Hop Rod Rye, and others I can't remember). Very nice. The bottle list is over 100, probably close to 200. You can see many of the bottles on display behind the bar, making ordering a pleasant chore.
I recommend a stop here, but it's a bit of a drive from anywhere that I'm familiar with.
08-15-2007 11:15:45 | More by TurdFurgison
4.78/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My buddy from Pittsfield has been telling me about this place ever since he moved there about 3 years ago. I finally got out there this past January and let me say, I wasn't dissapointed in the least. Not a very large bar, but comfortable, with a great atmosphere. If i remember correctly they have about 12 or so beers on tap which they rotate on a weekly basis. When you arrive and take your seat they bring you a 3 ring binder which contains the menu of beers they have. Over 200 beers are listed in this book. Some beers can get extremely pricey though. They are organized by style and country. If you can't find a beer you like at this bar...you are definately not cut out to be a beer drinker. The food ranges from salads to burgers and even baby back ribs, you know, typical bar food. Food prices are very reasonable. The hot wings and burgers are exceptional. I will be frequenting this pub every chance I can get. If you are in the area I would most definately recommend stopping in for a beer or two. You will not be dissapointed.
04-05-2007 01:25:18 | More by guinness72384
4.4/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A fantastic place that you have to know about -- it's off the beaten path a bit, so you don't just end up there. On Route 7 in Western Mass., about 5 miles north of Pittsfield, and maybe 10 miles south of Williamstown. Because of the latter, this is a big Williams college hangout, replete with beer club mugs hanging all over the place to canonize the personal acheivements of so many drunk college students.
Kind of a weird parking situation -- there is some parking just off the road next to the place, which is a bit precarious due to its proximity to the 55-MPH highway. There is a large lot down a small driveway and behind the building, though, and on Friday and Saturday nights, it's typically packed.
Upon entering, you see about a 14-person bar running the right length of the place, a dining area with about a dozen or so tables running the length to the right, and a divider in the middle kind of like a picket fence. A narrow walkway at the back leads you to a back room with about 8 more tables, some for larger groups. There is an outdoor deck that is open in the summer, which here lasts from about late June to early Sept.
Behind the bar is the wall of coolers, containing a fairly impressive bottled selection -- I think they claim 200 or so. There are also a few towers scattered about housing a total of 8-10 drafts. The bottled list is divided out by brewery name, and while it contains a few gems, it is mostly three or four decent selections from regional micros and the like. They are particularly strong on Unibroue beers for some reason, and featured the usual suspects, plus the new 15 Anniversary, Chambly Noir, Blanche de Chambly, as well as a $9.99 closeout on the Unibroue Edition 2004. The tap selection is a nicely chosen array of styles and breweries. Standouts included Clipper City's Loose Cannon Hop Ale, Geary's Winter Ale, Lindeman's Framboise, Corsendonk Pale Ale (you often see the brown, but not so much the pale), Sea Dog Blueberry, and Berkshire Brewing Steel Rail Pale. I didn't take notes, so I can't remember the rest, but suffice to say there weren't really too many clunkers -- maybe a Guinness and Magic Hat #9 were the closest.
I had a Clipper City, Geary's Winter, and a Corsendonk Pale the last time I visited, and all were outstanding and fresh. The really great thing about this place is the food. It's slightly inventive pub grub, but large portions, fair prices, and well done. The cajun etoufee with shrimp, chicken, and andouille over rice is outstanding, as are the wings (pretty much all the wings around here are good -- but these are truly outstanding. As good as any in Buffalo). The beer gal had a "Vienna" sandwich, which was open faced roast beef, caramelized onions, swiss, and au jus, served with fries, and it was also delicious. I've had the burgers before, and can vouch for those as well, and they have an array of interesting appeteizers such as butternut squash quesadillas, shrimp and smoked sausages, etc. The fish and chips plate is the size of my head and delicious.
A very convivial atmosphere and friendly, attentive, and fairly knowledgeable bartenders put a cherry on top. If you are ever in the area, you must visit. Makes a fine one-two punch with Pittsfield Brew Works just down the road.
11-27-2006 23:02:18 | More by bultrey
4.6/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Once more, this needs to be stated up front: GREAT WINGS. I personally prefer getting a dozen, half original, half Dean's recipe, but that's just me.
The rest of the food is good as well, especially their appetizers and burgers, but it's all good. Prices are pretty reasonable, but watch out, it can get steep really quickly.
And the food perfectly compliments the real reason to go here: the beer. Their beer list is extensive and varied; there is something for everybody. The beer card is also a great idea: drink 50 different beers in a year and get a free pewter mug with your name engraved on it. Finish enough beer cards, you get a plaque on the wall and eventually (I'm told) your own bar stool.
The service is excellent, and the staff really know their beer. Ask for their recommendations if you're overwhelmed.
Watch out for busy nights (weekends especially). They only take reservations for parties of 6 or more, so try to get a group going, or else be prepared to wait a while. Even on weeknights it can get crowded pretty quickly. If possible, sit in the back room -- I've found the atmosphere there to be quite nice for sitting and enjoying good beer. It brings back the good olde days of local taverns.
Students from nearby Williams College flock here during the school year for their legendary beer selection. Damn the 20 minute drive, it's worth it. Some alums have been known to come back to town to nominally visit friends, but with the ulterior motive of going to the Forge.
If you're ever in the area, be sure to stop by.
06-27-2006 19:26:28 | More by oloughlinrj
Ye Olde Forge Restaurant in Lanesboro, MA
97 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.