Ye Olde Forge Restaurant
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Ye Olde Forge is a great place for hard to find and rare imported beer. Their draft menu is limited to around 10 beers, which change periodically, but their bottle menu is vast, over 200. The food's alright, I'd just get a few appetizers to go with beer while I'm there. Great location, the outside patio has a beautiful scenic view. I had a Czech Black Lager on draft that was amazing. There aren't many places in WestMass with this sort of selection of imports, though there is a strong number of local breweries putting out excellent beers. I'll be stopping back whenever I'm in Massachusetts.
09-14-2010 21:38:03 | More by msmezher
4.18/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.19/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$
this place is great, the only problem is getting in there. luckily i live right down the street, you begin to gauge the peek times and the down times, its mostly all peek. but when you finally get a spot the wait staff is usually pretty good, they are always busy so they wont be at your beck and call, but they keep the beers coming and the food usually comes in pretty reasonable time... but whats the rush any ways. i usually spend a good two hours plus taking in the atmosphere. everyeone seems to know each other but its not pretentious. beer selection is top notch and the food is great. their wings are raved about for good reason. prices are very faid and portions are great. awesome spot with the essence of the berkshires.
01-26-2014 17:43:53 | More by berkshire413
4.2/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.25/5 rDev -4.7%
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
Ye Olde Forge Restaurant in Lanesboro, MA
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