Amherst Brewing

BEER AVG
3.82/5
Amherst BrewingAmherst Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

10 University Dr
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002
United States

(413) 253-4400 | map
amherstbrewing.com

Notes:
Formerly Amherst Brewing Co.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
35
Ratings:
310
Reviews:
98
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
Taps:
64
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is just the way I like my brewpubs … like a pub. As long as you can do it the right way you will be a winner in my book and Amherst meet the criteria and then some. Sadly they were out of a couple of beers but the Steam Lager and the cask Anniversary Ale did me just fine. The Steam Lager paired surprisingly well with the Knockwurst on kraut, real fries and the ale mustard.

A huge improvement from two years ago and it makes me quite envious that a place like this is not in my backyard. Worth the visit if you are in Western MA.

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Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located a few blocks from the common, this brewpub is very inviting. Outdoor seating, long bar area, dining seating, warm/dark colours and full view of the brewery from the bar area. Service was exceptional, we were a large group and took over the entire bar section, however our servers were friendly, informative and catered to our needs without question. Mike, the brewer, gave very informative tours of the brewery and was on hand to answer any questions.

Roughly 12-14+ beers, including cask and some guest taps (Guinness and Allagash White, when I was in) and a house root beer (very tasty). Had their Smoked Porter and Steam Lager, both of which were extremely good. They also sell BBQ sauces and whatnot made with their beers, to-go.

Our menu was fixed, but the food was top-notch for a brewpub; Caribbean Jerk Chicken Salad, Black Bean Lasagna, Smoked Shrimp Pizza and Knockwurst Sandwich plates.

This is the kind of brewpub that's solid. Something you could make your local if you lived in the area, or at least I could. If you are traveling and plan to hit the Amherst area, definitely swing by this brewpub for some grub and brews.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ecxeeder616
3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

It's been a little while since I visited, and I need to go back soon. The selection of beers was quite decent, and they were tasty. Food was very good as well. Vibe was about what you would expect from a college town. Service was fast and friendly and they knew about the beers they were serving. Give them a try if you're in the area. It's a little ways off of I-91, but since you would have to go by Spirit Haus and Trader Joe's, might as well make a day trip of it.

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Photo of deadanddreaming
5/5  rDev +26.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of joel5493
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is a review of ABC now (Feb 2016) after it's totally changed from how it was for a couple years (2011 to 2015). I was a big fan of ABC in the original location and was bummed that they moved. It got so bad for a while that I'd given up on it. I honestly only went back to get some wings and watch a game after they merged with the Hangar. But...I was totally surprised and really pleased with how things have turned around. It's definitely worth checking out now, especially if there's a game on and you want a bite. It's a big space but they've changed it into a few individual 'spots' within that big space (main bar, restaurant seating, reserve beer-only tap room, pool/darts room). Good idea, good execution. ABC beer has always been good not great but they've upped their game a little now that they're more focused. The Honey Pilsner is better than it was a couple years ago and some new beers like the Vanilla Bean Porter are welcome additions. Perhaps the best addition, though, is that there are a lot more (good) guest taps on. They've had some good tap takeovers and when I was there this past weekend they still had some EBF kegs kicking around.

Awesome to see things turning around, happy to see that the Hanger has righted the ship with ABC.

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Photo of smi69
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of myblais
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Only giving it this high score because when I went I was given a "Black Wednesday 2015" menu. On it there was KBS, BCBS, Bomb!, Even More Jesus, W00t Stout, Vietnamese Coffee Speedway, Breakfast Exorcism,etc. What a surprise. Also, this place was completely scrapped and rebuilt. It's HUGE now, and has a really great atmosphere. Stop by here

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Photo of blisscent
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Huge place, not laid-out particularly well, friendly staff...beer and food just ok.

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Photo of Rideguy64
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ajendrysik
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of SpicyGose
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

Just moved to area and someone told me about this place. Huge interior with pretty decent beers on draft with some really good guest beers. The place is so big that a 100 people inside looks 1/4 full. Food was ok - bar food. Beer were decent enough that I'd go again.

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Photo of gundys10
1/5  rDev -74.7%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Amherst Brewing in Amherst, MA
3.82 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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