Pittsfield Brew Works

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

34 Depot Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 01201
United States

(413) 997-3506

// CLOSED //

Their website reports that this brewpub will close on May 15th and move locations to reopen later in the summer as a production facility only.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Heard about this one closing and made it a point to check it out before it did. Very nice atmosphere which reminded me of an old factory converted into a resturant. Great old brickwork gave this place character. Didn't eat at the bar but made a point to check it out. Quite big with ample seating.
The quality of the brews was 50/50. Really enjoyed their IPA, ESB, and Ahab. However the coffee porter and the stout need a little tweekin. The food was about average. Not a big selection to choose from. Don't know if this is a result of there closure.
Service was typical for about every other food service place nowadays. Not Impressive.
I do look forward to seeing there offerings in the local stores. Hopfully a good move to close the resturant and focus on fine tunning some of the beer styles.

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Photo of pgrow
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Pittsfield Beer Works is a hidden gem. One thing that particularly impressed me was that PBW made an effort to source their ingredients locally where available which can result in some interesting brews. A Currant flavored beer sourced with local Shaker currants? Check. An Apple cider beer? Check. (Both were quite interesting I might add). The bartender was really cool, let us sample everything without charging us for a sampler and was really knowledeable on the beers. He even directed us to some local shops were we could get other specialty brews. PBW does not distribute due to local liquor licensing laws so if you are in the area stop by for some beers. You can buy 22's as well as growlers of most anything they have on tap (except the limited specialty beers). Prices are very reasonable as well.

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Photo of xxHelderxx
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I had been meaning to go to this place for a long time. I've been spending my summers in the Berkshires for a few years now and had never made it over to Pittsfield Brew Works. Last night was my first trip.

I love the layout and the general ambiance of this place. Dark but kind of cozy. I was impressed by their beer selection and the fact that they had something on cask was nice. I took a look at their brew operation which included some very interesting equipment (when I was walking in I saw a flatbed with what looked like a few fermentation vessels, so perhaps they're upgrading). Things got a little sketchy when I asked the bartender about their strongest offering "Loopy Lupulin", I read the description- it said it was hopped 9 times throughout the brew process- and asked her how many IBUs the beer had. She did not know what IBUs were and answered "7.6%", so that was a bit weird.

The food selection was nice, with a lot of items on the menu made with their fresh beer. However I ordered the Ham and Brie wrap and there was something funky about it. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but there was an off-flavor that I was not fond of. Other than that, the food was good- I'd say slightly above average bar food.

When we got the bill, we were pleased at the price of the beers we had got. I mean honestly, the beers were the reason we went there, we just happened to be hungry when we went. I would go again, perhaps try some different food and clue that bartender into what IBU stands for :)

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Photo of manbeer
5/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love this place-My wife and I stopped in to have a few beers and an appetizer around lunch time. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the staff were very friendly. My wife has never seemed to appreciate craft beer but at Pittsfield Brew Works she found 3 beers that she loved the Apricot Ale, the ESB, and Bear's Choice Honey Ale. I can't believe it. I had the IPA-rich and hoppy, the Eclipse-brown ale, and the Gerry Dog Oatmeal Stout. They were all excellent! We also had the Portabella Napoleon as an appetizer-awesome. Great beer, I recommend.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is my place of choice when I visit the in-laws out in the Berkshires. Its pretty solid for both beer and food and is a shining beacon of quality beer in the area.

Beers are always pretty top-notch and the IPA in particular is excellent. I've also had a great smoked porter and coffee stout here as well.

Food is typical pub fare and you get a ton of it so in the quantity to cost ratio its a great deal.

I really like the feel of this place. Its very comfortable and very spacious and I've enjoyed seeing it become more and more full as the place gains its spot in the community. Recently they sat us in a huge new area that had another bar and pool tables and darts. This place is now a pretty large brewpub and that is a good sign.

Overall, a great place to divert to if you are in the area. The owners came from Victory down in PA and along with bringing the same sort of quality to their own beers they also have begun to make a name for themselves.

We are going here this weekend and I'll be bringing my growler...

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I heard so many talk this place up so i had to try it. The first time i went the service was all right. Tried the sampler platter and was suprised at how many of their beers were delicious. Foods not that bad either. Have a couple of weird things on the menu but the rest was just standard. The only problem that i had was that when you finished your beer it took forever to get the next one. The second time i thought that the service would be a little bit better but it wasn't. They took even longer to get a beer. To break it all down, beer = awesome, service = sucks.

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Photo of jenjenbelanger
1.75/5  rDev -56.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 2

I've gone to the Pittsfield Brew Works twice now and each time have had remarkably poor service. The first time we thought it must have just been a bad night. This last time (last evening in fact) it was equally bad. First, the food is really terrible. Unedible onion rings, burgers just ok. The beer, not bad...actually good to almost very good, but the service is so BAD that nothing else matters. Last evening, after reading these great reviews we figured we really must try it again. Not everyone could be being paid to write these A+ reviews :) Upon arrival we stood for over 10 minutes just waiting to be seated. Then after 15 minutes of not being waited on (place was quite empty with servers hanging about) we cut our losses and left. Went back home,(10 minutes away) opend a few Allagash's and ordered a pizza. I can say we won't ever go back to the Pittsfield Brew Works.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A great little brewpub tucked away in the quaint town of Pittsfield. There is a dining area near the entrance to the right, and then a bar area to the left.

The beer here is fantastic, and it's got the most economical sampler I've ever seen: only $5 for 10 excellent samples. The last time I went there, my favorites were their Octo-Bock (an excellent Octoberfest), Autumn Fruition (a wheat beer with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries) and an excellent coffee stout.

The bartending staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is classy and yet laid back. An excellent place and worth a short drive. Their rotating tap list always ensures you will have something different.

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Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in downtown Pittsfield, adjacent to a municipal parking lot. The building is situated on a corner and blends in nicely with the surrounding architecture.

The bar area featured a very long wooden bar along the right wall and bar and dinner seaing along the left wall of windows.

There were about eight or so house beers on draft, all were pretty excellent. The food was rather good and very reasonably priced. The bar tender was super friendly and very willing to talk beer, whether it be house beer or not.

While the beer may not be as good as Great Barrington's, the atmosphere is much better.

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Photo of citrusjim
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I did not love this place. But, looking at the other reviews, maybe I got a bad server on a bad night. Anyway, we went in on a Friday and sat in the front room which was kind of brightly lit and somewhat empty. The bar sounded a little more lively. We were asked if we wanted a drink (hmm? Really, in a brewpub?) When I asked if there was a beer list, the disinterested waitress went off for 5 minutes and and returned with a list, but just a list with the clever beer names, with no indication of the beer styles. We ordered Maibocks ands after 10 minutes, received our beers with lemon wedges attached. As far as I know, this is not standard and seems out of place in a brewpub. We ordered Nachos at that point. When they arrived, they were probably the worst example of pub food I have ever had. Disgusting. At this point, we cut our losses and went up the road to The Olde Forge. Again, maybe is was a bad night. I might give them another try if I am in the area and looking for a beer.

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Photo of tcbl1007
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Five of us went on a brewpub crawl of Western Massachusetts a week ago, and the Pittsfield Brew Works was our first stop. We should have saved it for last because there wasn't a brew pub during the rest of our crawl that could even hold a torch to this place. Every beer for the rest of the day had to be compared with its Pittsfield Brew Works counterpart.

I'm not going to review each beer because the selection was large and this review would be way too long, so I'll keep the comments general. Three of us got samples of all their beers, and every single person in our group raved about every single beer. Each beer was full bodied, with great flavor, and the mouth feel of each beer was the finest we've ever had. Every beer was as it should be (and the beer styles ran the full gamut of beer styles), and did not stray into another beer style. You will not find a more consistently superb selection anywhere.

We all had basic pub grub - burgers, wings, nachoes, etc., and just like the beer, there wasn't a bad dish on the table. Every dish was cooked to perfection. We couldn't have asked for a better meal with which to begin our brewpub crawl.

On top of all this, the service was excellent, and the staff was very friendly. It was great to meet one of the brewers, Christine, to be able to tell her how much we enjoyed their establishment.

Bottom line: if you are anywhere near the Pittsfield, MA area, and you like only the best beers and food, then you would be a fool to pass up the Pittsfield Brew Works.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Situated in the old Depot Brewpub (which was quiet good back in the day) on Depot Street. A handsome restaurant, complete with showcase brewers equipment, which is made to look as if it is actually used.

The quality of beers here are far better than you average brewpub, in fact, I feel they are outstanding! There were nine tap offering, with three rotating.

Our waitress was nice, polite, and attentive; but, was a little slow offfering us 2nd's and 3rd's. Not a big deal, but we were the only people in the restaurant.

Food was what you would expect from a brewpub, but was better than average. Burger, fried onion. Could be a little more creative.

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Photo of rmessick
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in after a visit to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge . . .got a late start, so it was 1:30 pm or so when we got there for lunch. Started with the mozz sticks - pretty standard stuff, but good. Had a couple of cask ESBs during the meal, which were mighty fine. My wife had the Gold, which she enjoyed - a little too spritzy for me, though . . .

Meat was the order of the day, and we had burgers - mine with jalapenos - yum! Nice, solid burger offerings - the medium was actually done medium, with some pink in the middle! One of the kids had a veggie panini, which looked pretty tasty, too.

Very friendly and helpful staff - it was pretty quiet when we were there, but service was still good and attentive.

Took home a growler of their Russian Imperial Stout (Gerry Daum Stout, I think?) - good stuff! Extremely smooth, and pretty sessionable - which could be dangerous with a RIS!!

Overall, the Pittsfield Brew Works is a great place to hit if you are in the area. Our experiences there have always been good.

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Photo of madmanjf
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited on a Saturday afternoon recently. I had been contemplating the trip for a couple of months and finally made the trek from Poughkeepsie to Pittsfield.

First, the Beers. I started off with a sample of nine (yes, nine). It's silly not to start here when you're new to a brew pub. If you're like me you want to try everything. It's really not fair to judge beer on such a small sample, but you can quickly tell that they know what they're doing when it comes to brewing beer. Not only was each beer enjoyable, but in my opinion, they fit into their individual styles quite nicely.

The day I was there, the featured Cask-Conditioned ale was their ESB. The sampler included both the Cask and Tap varieties, and it was very interesting to taste the noticable difference.

After I was done with my Sampler, I went for a pint ... and yes, I chose the Cask ESB. It'd be difficult to pass up a pint of a good cask ale. After that, I had a pint of their Pale Ale which has some underlying oat flavor to it (similar to a Bluepoint Toasted Lager). If I were to have a third pint, I probably would have moved to their Irish Red which, in my opinion, is a great session beer.

Their Lunch Menu had several things that appealed to me. I asked the bartender to help me narrow my choices, and she was kind enought to oblige me and offer a quick recommendation.... the burger. This is what I typically gravitate toward at a brew pub, so her advice was welcomed and sat very well with me. I'd like to return some other time to try out something on the dinner menu which looked intriguing on their web site.

Overall, an excellent place. They manage to do a great job on the beer and food doesn't suck (it's quite good in fact). So basically, they hit the double play.

I look forward to a return trip which will hopefully be sooner than later.

Brewery tours, I was told, are available on request if possible; unfortunately, my timining wasn't so good because the owner was busy ... maybe next time.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Update, June 2008:

I was able to make a quick late lunch stop here on the way back from a recent biz trip.I have upgraded my review on the food end to a 4.0, as I had a very good BBQ chicken sandwich (homemade BBQ sauce!)with fries. In addition, I was able to scope out the "new" Bierhall. What a great and large space! A couple of pool tables, nice, large separate full-service bar and great beer hall vibe. Can't wait to try this out. Given the new space, I have also upgraded the "Atmosphere" category to a 4.5.

On the beer side; as usual a very good selection:

Name ABV %

Dohoney's Gold 4.5
Gerry Dog Oatmeal Stout 5.4
Dunkel Amber Lager 4.5
Berkshire Weiss 4.9
McKenna's Irish Red 5.4
Legacy IPA 6.7
IPA on cask
ESB 5.6
Ahab's Resolve 5.3

They also had a BBC Shabbadoo running.

I only had time for 2 10oz. glasses. Started with the Ahab's Resolve, which is a Pale Ale style beer. Finished with the Dunkel Amber Lager. Both were fresh and tasty. I took home a growler of the Ahab's and will be posting a review soon.I also had a small taste of the Legacy--very nice.

I believe that PBW is now 3 years old.They continue to brew some of the best beers in the Region, true to style and not extreme, which I appreciate. Their food has improved in the last year or so, IMHO; and the expansion mentioned above really makes for a sweet experience.

If you have not been there yet, make sure you get there soon. You will be happy you did.

In addition, with the addition of Moe's in Lee (see separate review), this part of Massachusetts is becoming quite the beer destination (don't forget Barrington or The Old Forge either).As I live in northern NW Connecticut, I will be hanging in the Region more and more.

Prost, Steve

Stopped here for a late lunch early dinner with my wife and 15 year old daughter yesterday, after doing some outlet shopping in nearby Lee, MA.

The beers up yesterday were:

Amarillo Pale Ale--use of hi Alpha Amarillo Hops along with German & English malts; 5% ABV
Blueberry Ale--pale golden ale using Czech Saaz and German Hersbrucker hops; 5.5% ABV
Dohoney's Gold--use of German malt and Czech Saaz and German Hersbrucker hops; 4.6% ABV
3rd Eye Triple--German malt & hops with Belgian candy sugar; 9.8% ABV
Gerry Dog Oatmeal Stout--German malts paired with American Hops & fresh rolled oats; 5.6% ABV
Legacy IPA--Gerrman malts with Cascade, Chinook & Liberty Hops; 7% ABV
Mocha Java Porter--German & English malts, English Hops and Fogbuster's coffee from The Cup & Saucer in North Adams, MA, along with 5 lbs. of baker's chocolate in each batch; 5.8% ABV
Centennial Saison--Belgian Golden Ale, German Malts and Tettnang Hops, with the addition of coriander, blackpeppercorns and lemongrass; 6% ABV

I had 4 10 oz. servings. since I had to drive 80 minutes back to Torrington in the rain. I started with the Blueberry Ale. It was very good, with a subtle blueberry flavor. I liked the fact that the blueberry was very subtle, as the backbone of this pale ale could still come through. Too many fruit bears, IMO, go overboard with the fruitiness; turning the stuff into "soda". This one was really good. Next up was the Mocha Java Porter. My first impression was that it was too bitter from the coffee addition. However, I as got through it, it became a bit more balanced. The only real criticism is that its hue was not the classic porter, as it was too ruby accented. My 3rd sample was the Gerry Dog Stout, which I have had before. This one is a really good and on target example of an oatmeal stout--very smooth on the palate, with a well-rounded balance. My last drink was the best--the Saison. Never mind that you don't see this style brewed too often at a brew pub; it was outstanding. You could get the flavor of all of the adders, but not to the point of over doing things. This one stacks up well to commercial examples, like Dupont; with a bit more of some witbeer characteristics, without the cloudiness of same. On the way out, I chatted briefly with Christine and Bill (the brewer owners) and gave them props for making such a good Saison. Christine confirmed that they tried to impart some witbeer characteristics in the brew.

As far as the food went, my wife and daughter shared some mozzarella sticks to start, followed by a very good cheese quesadilla and chicken caesar salad with lotsa chicken. They said the food was good. I had a cup of very good (not too thick) NE clam chowder loaded with clams. My main course, a salmon fillet didn't fare as well, as it didn't have much flavor, until after I added the terriyaki. I should have probably had the salmon on the menu, or the special jambalaya. Despite this, I highly recommend this place to any BAs out there.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

stop 1 of 4 on the great western mass beer crawl of 8/20/06.

again, mapquest failed me. i got to the general area thanks to the chaotic cartography website, but it was seeing that yellow lamb sign in the distance that ultimately pointed me in the right direction. all i could find was 30 minute parking on the street, but lo and behold, they have a parking lot in the rear. be careful, they only have one side of one row of spaces in the lot for PBW customers. keep your eyes on the signs.

inside, the design immediately puts brewing vessels into your eyesight, promoting the art of beer making behind glass shields. the restaurant splits into two after the foyer. you can hang a right and have the 'dining' experience. high ceilings, wooden booths, low-light, casual and mildly trendy appearance. not for me, thanks. i hang a left, enter the spacious bar area. the left side of the room (or the rear) is essentially a big huge window, giving a decent view of the rolling hills in the distance. oh, and the parking lot. the right side is all bar. big, polished wood monster with malt-filled tap handles.. and some makeshift ones too. i spy a handpump.. nice. also, they've got a nice big chalkboard with pictures of beer barrels on which they write the current tap offerings. there were 9 in-house beers (from memory: pilsner, kolsch, pale ale, ipa, esb, berry wheat, hefe, barleywine, and light), one in-house cask, and one guest tap (bbc ipa). $3.50 for a sampler? let's do it.

i saddled up for a sampler. one of each, which is always a good start. none of this 'choose five' crap (see barrington brewery). out of my samples, there was only one beer that i found to be less than excellent (esb). the cask ipa, which i later ordered a pint of, was perfectly conditioned, served at a perfect temperature, and was kept in excellent shape. the hops shined and the flavor was all there, showing delicate treatment of their casks. the hefeweizen was also a terrific brew, with lots of banana and a true german inspiration. allie went absolutely nuts for the tart, crisp and sour berry wheat.

service was top notch here and probably the best thing about my experience despite the array of fine malt beverages. the kid who served us was young, early 20's with short hair. he knew all the answers to my questions about the beers. he insisted on pouring free samples of anything i asked about. he made good conversation and was a riot to boot. after sampling something he poured me, he seemed genuinely interested in my opinion, and seemed really proud of all the beers. he also recommended the nachos, which were awesome (although not vegetarian-friendly). allie, the caesar-salad critic, passed the PBW version with flying colors.

i really didn't want to leave, and considering my experience at the next stop, i wish i had just had another beer in this fine establishment.

considering the brewing resume of the artisans at PBW (former-Victory), i think this will be one place to keep my eye on, and make occasional stops.. despite the 90 minute car trip. highly recommended, and easily one of the best brewpubs in the ct/mass area.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in to break up a long trip home from upstate NY, Wednesday late afternoon, the day after July 4th. Parking seemed a little tight, but we got something. Headed in with the wife and 2 year old, seemed to be mostly us and a few groups of senior citizens, and a bunch of empty tables. Whatever.

Divided into two rooms, the first one a bit dark, long with tables down the left and large (easily 6 people, maybe 8) booths down the right. In the next room, lots of windows, very airy, with the bar in the center of the right wall surrounded by stools, and also tables along the left (windowed) side.

Decor reminds me of English, dark woods and such, but our booth had a collage of colored menu covers that captivated by daughter. The tulips of varied brewing grains on each table were also of interest. Brewing equipment is totally on display, right next to the hostess podium as you enter, behind glass.

Food was great, beers were too. Growlers were filled with a smile, even though they were unbranded German-style ones. Only question was where I had gotten the cool growlers. A cask offering was available.

My only "complaint" was that the printed menu lists the "standard", and says to ask for the seasonals. So I ask the waitress, and she offers three summery brews, which is fine. However, when I tour by the bar, I see that there is a coffee porter, dubbel, and barleywine that were not listed on the menu, or noted as seasonals by the waitress. What, secrets for locals only or something? Never fear though, I got what I needed anyways.

Directions from the web were totally accurate, which was perfect since that section of downtown Pittsfield can be a bit confusing to navigate. You have to get here...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped here with a group of people while on a business trip. This was my second visit, the first being 2 years ago. The atmosphere is roughly the same, but it sounds like there's new brewers now (from Victory).

There's some old beer-making equipment you can see behind glass, lots of wood and no copper.

The beers were pretty good, but the food was more important to me. The steak was done just right, and the service was good too.

I tried 3 beers: The cask brown ale was kind of watery and weak (not too far off from Guinness though). The Rudolph spiced winter ale was interesting, but too strangely spiced for me to drink too much. The Legacy IPA was really good. BA shows that they also make a dubbel, but it wasn't on tap when I was there. Too bad...

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Photo of bultrey
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Soooo... I lived in Pittsfield, Mass. from 2001 to 2003, and if ever a city needed a cool place to hang, this one was it. The current digs of Pittsfiled Brew Works housed two other establishments -- the Brewery at 34 Depot and the Fighting Parson -- and both folded faster than a cheap umbrella in a rainstorm.
So naturally, as soon as I moved out of Pittsfield, ex-Victory Brewers Bill and Christine set up shop, and word spread quickly of their possibly turning this place around.
When I came here a couple of weeks ago, it was for the second time -- the first was just to fill up growlers a day or two after they had opened -- and the grolwer of IPA I filled up that day had me pining to get back real soon. This most recent visit my girlfriend and I were able to stop in for dinner the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as we made our way back home to NYC from Southern Vermont. The place is fairly easy to find -- just get onto North Street/South Street (depending on what side you come from -- it's routes 7 & 20) in Pittsifled, and turn onto the tiny Depot Street, which is located... behind the train depot!
The place was fairly dead for a Saturday night, even after Thanksgiving, and I felt pangs of panic that this didn't bode well for business. The atmosphere was same as it has been in the past, a long dining room in front that wraps around to a long bar area with an attached long porch behind it. It's been spruced up a bit, most notably by a nice roaring fireplace in the back, a welcome addition anytime between October and April. Otherwise it's all exposed brick with nice high ceilings, about 8 booths for dining, a few bar tables and about a dozen bar stools.
On draft was Dohoney's Golden Ale, Brew Works Brown, McKenna's Irish Red, Legacy IPA, Gerry Dog Stout, ESB, and the Weissbock. Lucky me -- they also had the ESB on cask.
I opted for an ESB cask, as did Beth, and were blown away -- BLOWN AWAY -- by how good this was. What a fresh, delicious, easy-drinking beer with such flavor. We split beer-battered mushrooms which came with a nice horseradish dressing, and were good in a TGIF or Ruby Tuesday's sort of way. For dinner, she had a salad and clam chowder, the latter which Beth proclaimed yummy, and I had gorgonzola sirloin steak. My dinner was an average pub steak -- a nice cut, but a little overcooked. The food could improve IMO.

The waitress then offered us tastes of several of the other brews -- I then had a small weissbock and an IPA, and Beth had the IP as well. All were very good, though I thought the weissbock was a bit medicinal, but with all the other classic flavors. Everything was dirt cheap, and lucky for us, Bill and Christine were sitting in the restaraunt and the waitress introduced us and we had a nice conversation.
We got a growler of Legacy IPA and ESB (draft) to take home, and we polished off the ESB the next night in about a half-hour. Fan-frickin-tastic, as Randy would say. The IPA lasted for another week, when I took it to the Heavyweight open house and it was promptly consumed.
I hope they make the ESB a year-round thing, and if you have the chance to stop by when it's on cask, don't miss it. I wish this brewpub all the luck in the world, and hope that the rather depressing town of Pittsfield can support such a place. All you yuppie tourists in Lenox, Great Barrington, and Stockbridge get yo asses up here and frequent this place.

NOTE: Closed on Sundays, which is one less day for you out-of-towners to take a day trip up here. Try and get here on a Saturday...

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Photo of Longstaff
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Did a fly by on my way to Albany the Friday after Thanksgiving. Took about 15-20 minutes to reach from Exit 2 (Lee) on the Mass Pike. Place is not hard to find, but you may have to execute an illegal u-turn to get to it from the south if you don't know the roads.

Just looked like an average office building until you got inside and the bright bar area becomes very appealing and welcoming. Tried a sampler and all of the beers were well made but nothing geekified. I thought the ESB was the most drinkable and tasty with a good balance of hop bitterness/flavor/aroma and malt. IPA was good if you like Chinooks - but I don't. Golden was kolsch like, Stout was ok and probably a decent session beer. I only had the beer battered mushrooms which were quite delicious and well made.

I don't think I would go out of my way just for the beers again, but if I was looking for some food while driving through MA, I wouldn't hesitate to stop for something to eat with a couple of decent beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Straight up Rte 7, that's the easy part, but I've got to tell you, neither of us remember passing I-90. I mean, we must have 'cause here we are in Pittsfield, I just don't remember seeing no interstate, is all. Hey, let's drive aimlessly around and around. What are we looking for, Depot? A clue!! Gots to be a train here somewhere...
And, yeah, here's Pittsfield Brew Works, just across the street from (or just behind) the train station. Parked beneath the big windows out back and headed around. Sign on the front door says "We're now closed on Sundays", which relieved me greatly as this Saturday excursion was originally planned for the next day and ended up being switcharooed with my brother's kid's 3rd birthday party slated for this day. Inside, you pass through a dining room with 6 tables and 6 booths in an area showcasing local artwork; Pittsfield Brew Works flyers colored in, presumingly by the chhhhiiillldddrrreeeennn. Large windows to the front of the room looking in on a brick lined kettle and wood lined masher. Painted yellow walls with a hanging mash rake and drop spot lighting over the tables and booths. Cut openings at both end of the far wall lead you into the bar area, with a straight dark wood bar seating 15 running between the openings, and a half dozen bar tables and a booth at each end against the big back wall of windows. Archways cut into the brick wall behind the bar hold a blackboard listing the current tap selections, a fridge for wines & Martini glasses, and the usual booze. Racks with growlers for sale and glassware, with a stereo sitting above. A pair of TV's facing different ways on a central post. Wood slat floors and ceiling with sky lights and drop chandeliers around the bar area, and the area around the rear tables carpeted. Wonderful De Dolle posters to each side (Boskeun to the left and the Randy portrait OerBier to the right), plus random framed photos, Belgian prints, and a large painting above the mantle of the fireplace at the end of the room.
A single tower with 7 house beers and a guest tap (BBC Ocktoberfest), and a cask. The sampler gave you all 7 beers, a pair of them ran a big $7.05, I don't know where I'm going to come up with that kind of dough. The Brew Works Brown was malty and quite good; the Kickass Pils was a light straw color, very clean; the Gerry Dog Stout was silky, smooth & oaty; The ESB had a great malt flavor and pleasant bitterness; the Legacy IPA was (as Randy says) "really fricken nice"; the Raspberry Beret was good, not overly fruity or cloyingly sweet; and the Dohoney's Gold was okay, nothing crazy. Also got to try the BBC Ockto, just a crazy malt bomb. Beers were just wonderful overall, these folks from Victory brought the goods.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I have been to PBW several times, only eaten there twice, both times I found the food to be average. The beer selections are fantastic, except for the pilsner which was not on the same page as the rest but, I have never been a fan of pilsners anyway. I have also been quite impressed with the guest beers they have on tap. I have sampled several good beers from their cask all of which I have prefered to the tap beers. Their cask seems to be always filled with something different and the staff is happy to pump a pint out. Unfortunately, I have never seen much of a croud in PBW which can not be good for the longetivity of such a fine establishment. If you are in the area I urge you to give it a try the beer is well worth it.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

My wife and I decided to try this place over Labor day weekend upon the recommendation of Venom. Firstly, I gotta say that it must've changed names a few times over the years because the phonebook listing is for some other brewpub and the parking reserved for..signs say another brewery still. The town was pretty quiet as was the pub itself.

Nice standard wood decor with some big windows that really dont look out onto much. They were out of the brown ale and the IPA when we visited. This was a little disappointing. I got a sampler and thought all of the beers were quite good except the pilsener one which was very average. The beers were the gold-excellent, the wheat one--quite good, a stout on cask--excellent and the ESB was also excellent. So overall, the beers were great but one average one.

The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We got buffalo wings,fish and chips and a bratwurst sandwich. The waitress was as nice as can be. She also helped us with directions out of there as it is in a bit of a confusing square. I would recommend this place for sure. I'd love to try it when I wasnt driving so I could have more than a pint or 2.

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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Yep, it's a solid start, IMHO.

Easy to find a block from the main streeets both running east-west and north-south through town. Plenty of free nighttime parking in the area.

Two room service set-up, and tellingly, the bar/pub area that has windows and a convivial atmosphere was crowded and there was but one table taken in its more subdued "restaurant side." Nice old wood bar.

Clientele was mixed on a Friday night, couples, larger parties, three guys thinking they might get macroricebeer who instead were happy to find out that micros do get above 5% abv (I know it's irresponsible in some ways, but when is some struggling micro in some blue collar not-yet-enlightened burg going to just flat out advertise that their ale is "twice as strong as Bud." It has to work somewhere.) Bartender was pleasant and funny, and when he got an entree order flat-out-wrong, got the replacement order rushed to the front of the line, so I did not have to rush to catch up with my dining companions. then he comped a pint. Huzzah sir, and well met.

The pilsener was more flowery than my tastes would require, but it did make the beer interesting, rather than being dull or plain. The india pale was nicely hopped and satisfying. The menu was filled with three pages of good food choices, and I enjoyed the taste and thoughtful presentation of the food.

Not that it's on the way anywhere, but I sense I'll be back again on a trip through in the future. Glad Pittsfield has a place to go again after all these years.

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Hearing all the hype about Victory ex-brewers starting this place up, decided to pay a visit. Inside seemed small to me compared to other places, although I cannot confirm that I saw the whole place. The brewpub is divided into two sections with dining on the side where the entrance is and the more spacious bar area on the other side of the wall facing the railroad. Plenty of window space to watch the trains go by. Bar is of average size, with two tv's overhead and ample seating durning off peek hours. The barkeep was friendly and knew her beers. Got to talk with Bill, one of the ex victory peeps and he talked about the operation a bit, mentioning that they had only done 16 batches thus far, and we could expect some big brews this winter, etc.

Nice round selection of beers, with the Stout and the Cask IPA standing out. I do expect these beers to get even better giving them a few more batches to get things down pat.

Decent pub fare selection. I had a wrap that was adequate, but not really enough by which to judge their entire menu.

The prices were reasonable, with $7 sandwiches and I don't remember what we paid for pints but I am sure it was not more than four a pop.

Good place to stop for a visit-do recommend. Brewer will keep the beers interesting, so frequent visits may be in order.

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Pittsfield Brew Works in Pittsfield, MA
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