Ye Olde Forge Restaurant

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Ye Olde Forge RestaurantYe Olde Forge Restaurant
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97
world-class

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: 19
Bottles: 250
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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125 N Main St
Lanesboro, Massachusetts, 01237-9723
United States
phone: (413) 442-6797

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Photo of madmanjf
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of oddfire
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Gerrycah
4.75/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of citrusjim
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of MojoSaves
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Cheers.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of guinness72384
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of bultrey
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of oloughlinrj
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of alejandro
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

At Ye Olde Forge one can get lost in the beer menu. I have sampled nearly all the beer on their menu at some time or another and I have enjoyed going to the Forge on many occasions, it is nearly always busy and the food is generally pretty good. The bar when it is quiet (mid week mid day), is a wonderful place to learn about beer and spend some time sampeling the different beer varieties they have. The taps always have at least one beer that you will love and the bottle selection is second to none in the Berkshires. I recommend hitting this place in an off hour to truly enjoy the selection of beer you have to choose from and, oh yes order the wings.

Photo of UmmmOk
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Having grown up merely a half-hour from Ye Olde Forge (and in this neck of the woods, you have to drive at least half an hour just to find a mall) I could not believe I had never heard of it until I actually went. The selection of beers would be a heavenly site for anyone, but for its location, it is absolutely unbelievable and to be highly commended.

There are well over a hundred beers on the menu, if I'm not mistaken. Lots of micros, a good selection of Belgians and plenty of others from around the world. One really unique aspect to the bar is a challenge they have. They give you a paper with room for either 50 or 100 beers and every different beer you try, you write it down and the waitress initials it. Once you've filled the sheet, you get a prize, I think it was a 'Ye Olde Forge' pint glass the last time I was there.

The food is quite good. I have to take a moment to mention the wings in particular though. They were fantastic and certainly a treat for any wing lover. And really, what goes better with a good IPA than a plate of buffalo wings?

Whether you're a local or just someone passing through, check out Ye Olde Forge.

Photo of Flashy
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hiked Mount Greylock with the wife and kids and when done, we took the short ride to the Olde Forge.
Found it opens @ 5 PM on weekdays and waited. Real nice deck in the back (but folks, can you please put up those umbrellas, it was like dining on Mercury). Nice people running the place. Food was very good, but the highpoint was beer selection. Couple of Dogfish heads, couple of Belgiums on tap, Beamish, Wexford....top notch selection. Well worth the trip.
Not a very big place from what we saw, but with the aforementioned deck, a pretty big back room and a front bar area I would have to say I liked the set up. And important to us...it's pretty kid friendly.
Stopped back on 8/20/08 (one of quite a few return trips) and found the place to be just as good. Arrogant Bastard, 60 Minute IPA, on tap just to name a few. The only down side was the hamburger which starts at $9.50, bit expensive. I guess it must cost alot to ship out to the middle of nowhere. Still the worlds best wings and still great for kids.

Photo of belhav0322
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I cannot BELIEVE that this incredible beer bar has yet to be reviewed. Located a tad off the beaten path (in the Berkshires Western Mass), this place is a MUST visit for any true beer fan if they live within 75 miles (or are even passing through or visiting the area).

The atmosphere looks like a converted barn or something. Really homey and warm inside with dark wood panneling. The main (front) room is adorned with various beer coasters and memorabilla, as well as pewter mugs (which you receive if you are member of their beer club). The back room is more basic with various country adornments. There is also a back deck for when the weather is nice. On a weekend night, you WILL wait at least 20 minutes for a table, but it's worth it. There is also plenty of stools and standing room near the bar.

There is a great, diverse menu selction, including everything from standard pub fare (they have THE best wings around) to more creative and pricy entrees and pastas. You can get anything from a $5 burger to a $17 scallop skilett. Everything is fresh and of good quality

On to the beer. There is a revloving draft list that features around 10 to 15 beers on tap at any given time. They usually do a good job of covering all the main varieties (stouts, heffe weizens, lambics, domestic brews, Belgians, etc). The draughts always taste fresh and revolve quite often. They also feature a bottle list that is around 250 bottles or so long. While they focus on many domestic breweries (Long Trail, Berkshire Brewing, Ommengang, etc.) there is also a great variety of international beers. There are plenty of stand by's such as Samuel Smith, Unibroue, etc. and some more rare, harder to find choices (Xingu, Skull Splitter, DFH 120 IPA, etc.) There is also tons of premium brews such as Chimay, Westmalle, Corsendonk, Lindemins, etc. The quality and freshness are always top notch, and they keep the list pretty well updated. Out of many visits they have only been out of a selection a couple of times. They also do a great job of matching the beer with the appropriate glass, which scores many points in my book. Service tends to run the gamut, but that is how it is at most places, and they do tend to get rather busy here. In all, the staff is very helpful and friendly.

I have been coming here for years and it is one of my favorite spots. I live in Boston, and even though there are many great beer establishments that I love to frequent out here, few hold a candle to the Olde Forge, and that is saying quite a bit.

Try it!!!

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Ye Olde Forge Restaurant in Lanesboro, MA
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