Amherst Brewing

Amherst BrewingAmherst Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

10 University Dr
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002
United States

(413) 253-4400 | map

Formerly Amherst Brewing Co.

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Photo of msnow34
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Headed up here the other night. Wasn't really sure what to expect. The place was huge and open, and had maybe the biggest bar i had ever seen. Had a good selection of thier own beers and maybe half a dozen guest beers. I started off with the Spicy Bloody Mary pale ale, on cask. It was one of the more intresting beers i have ever had. It was very much like a bloody, but difficult to drink the whole pint as the flavor was over powering. My second beer was the two sisters stout which was fantastic. Had a cajun chicken sandwich which was phenomenal. I highly recommend the fries.
I thought it was very reseasonable, I think it was $42 for four beers and dinner for two. Service was decent, one of the bartenders kept giving us parts of frozen drinks, although I stuck with the beer. If i was up in the area i would stop by again.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went with my friend on a sunday afternoon and there was almost nobody there, which worked in our favor because the bartender was very social and helpful. I had the beer sampler consisting of the honey pilsner, two sisters stout, puffers smoked porter, north pleasant pale ale, massatuckey brown ale, half in the bagpipe, patriots pilsner, and the black dog ipa. They were all decent beers with the exception of the honey pilsner which was fantastic. All of the other beers seemed a little watery. Even the stout was watery which turned me away from it, but overall the beers weren't bad.

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Photo of rdpoint
3.88/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The restaurant is kind of dark but good service usually. If I had one comment its check your schedule before you go here, if its end of the school year beware parking and long lines. The restaurant is a favorite of UMass so knowing when the school breaks are helps. That being said ABC has some of the best micro brews I've ever had. I would go and drink there if it was a hole in the wall, the beer is phenomenal. The food is average, they now have an upstairs in addition to the down stairs and seating outside for spring through fall. Parking can be challenging sometimes. They also sell growlers, basically this is a great brew house that serves average to slightly above average food. The food is your typical bar food, hamburgers, meat loaf, shepherds pie, etc., and its usually very good for what it is. Service has always been good, on the bar side it can be challenging to get served in a timely manner if its crowded. The beers they have are usually on a rotation and they usually have at least two specialty beers which go very quickly.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

So I stopped by this place on Black Friday around 1PM. It was fairly empty, but there were a few people at the bar. The place was comfortable and fairly well laid out, but not exceptional.

I had two half pints of their beer (Super Stout and Chocolate Peppermint Porter) and a tasting of the ABC/BBC collaboration beer. They were all good, none great. The Chocolate Peppermint Porter stood out among the rest - I really like the sub-style.

The bartender was somewhat knowledgeable about the beer, but was very attentive and friendly. He was very willing to give tasters.

The selection was decent. They had a fairly wide variety of beer with a Triple, a stout and porter on cask, a Belgian IPA, a smoked porter, among others. They had all 4 of the Sierra Nevada 30th beers on tap.

I had the nachos with chili, which was very good. All the food around me looked very good, too. It's certainly bar food, but is very good bar food.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

2/3/2012. This is a re-review of this establishment, as they have changed locations.

The most noteworthy aspect of the new location is its size. It is massive, and the high ceilings augment the sense of openness. Quite the departure from the old location, which was small and cozy, albeit a bit claustrophobic at times. There are two separate dining areas set apart by walls, a bar area with high tables, and a billiards and game section. The bar itself is also massive, at least a good 100ft long, with a little peninsula that loops out in the middle. Decor reminds me of the Sierra Grille, with brewery paraphernalia adorning the walls. Large HD televisions in the bar area play all the big games. Patrons range from college kids to middle aged folk, with neither demographic being dominant. Anyone can feel comfortable and have a good time.

The quality of the beer seems to have improved over the past few years. Flagship brews and old favorites just seem to taste better these days. A few new beers (at least ones I hadn't seen in the past) add welcome depth to their portfolio. The Super Stout and Imperial Brown were both very good. They've upped their branding too, with new tap handles and logos for all their beer. T-shirts with these same logos can be purchased on the way out, along with pre-filled growlers and jars of pickles. The added space allows them to put quite a few guest taps on as well, and the guest selections are very respectable, with a few great surprises every now and then. There are usually two cask offerings too. Taps are always rotating, so check the menu each time you visit. Different pour sizes are available, including samples.

The service here is excellent. They have hired ample staff, so that everyone is tended to in good time and in detail. The staff are all well-dressed and very courteous, professional, and friendly. They really take care to see that your experience is enjoyable.

The menu isn't very large and not particularly impressive, but they have some very solid pub fare and some decent dinner options. Specials of the day rotate. Most of the dinner entrees I've had have been somewhat mediocre, and price-for-portion is not really where I'd like it to be. I find the pub fare options to be of much better value. You really can't go wrong with a good sized, $5 bowl of rib-sticking Irish stew. The bratwurst meal is also tasty and a good value.

When at first I had heard that ABC was moving to this new location, I was a bit skeptical. The old location was a prime piece of real estate right in the heart of Amherst center. I worried that the new location might alienate their client base and put them in direct competition with the Hangar next door. Neither seems to be the case, however. While the move does greatly change the complexion of both the business and the customer experience, I think it is strongly for the better. The space has really allowed the business to grow into itself and evolve into something more. It's like running into an old high school friend years down the road and finding them to be more successful and confident, yet still the same friendly, down to earth person that they always were. You always liked them, but now you have a newfound sense of respect and admiration for them. ABC is now poised to make themselves one of the prime destinations in a town full of excellent entertainment options. Great job guys, keep up the good work.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I wish I had an opportunity to try some of the food, even though it offers traditional brewpub fare.

The inside is very dark reminding me of the band bars throughout New England. We (my daughter and I) had our libations outside which featured wrought iron tables and chairs--no worry about these being stolen.

The service was pleasant enough, but I'd describe it as being closer to efficient. The server stopped by whenever it was "time". Her only moment of personality was when she asked which beer I liked best (Cascade IPA). She seemed to be adequately knowledgeable on the beer.

There were two regular beers missing from today's menu. There were several (I believe five) beers available from the seasonal menu. I ordered a sampler of six. Overall, I thought the beers were above average. I thought the prices were very good: $4.25 for pints (except the Imperial Stout at $5). The six-glass sampler was $6.

Overall, I will want to return and try some of their other offerings, including the food.

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Photo of asabreed
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was here a week ago with a friend, who used to live in Amherst, for a book tour we were on together. We decided to grab some dinner before the reading, and I'm glad we did; without his suggestion, because I didn't know the area, we would've obviously gone somewhere else.

Lots of nice outside seating and a very cleanly pub atmosphere, some darkness, but not too dark, lots of tables, clean bathrooms, and a nice and spacious bar. Pretty much everything I'd want in a place like this.

For food I had the Bison burger with sweet potato fries and coleslaw. The burger didn't come with the cheese, which I was initially surprised about, but the Bison, with lettuce and tomato, was so flavorful that it really didn't even need it. The sweet potato fries and coleslaw were very good too.

The Cascade IPA was also very tasty, and that's the only brew I tried. It looks like they also have at least two rotating casks all the time, which I'm a huge fan of also.

If I'm ever in the area, I'll definitely come back. Good food, prices, atmosphere, and a lot of stuff to try overall.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.88/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I forgot to add my two cents after visiting a few weeks ago on a Massachusetts Beer trip.

Its a small little place that was completely packed and thriving on a saturday night The design and atmosphere was a bit dated, but not uninviting. The bar tenders were two friendly young women who knew enough about the beer, but were not experts by any means. Impressive though they could handle complicated orders. Stadium pours all around though.

A rather decent selection of beers. I only had their RIS and a sampler flight of there ESB, IPA, Pumpkin and Pale Ale. The RIS was a bit average, higher in alcohol then a regular stout but still lacking a bit of intensity. Just huge roasted characteristics. All the beers in the sampler flight were of pretty good quality though nothing stood out.

Based on my brief visit I would say this is a decent place to check out if you're in Amherst or the surrounding areas, though I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Its a 50 miles drive for me.

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

Amherst Brewing Company, or ABC, is a pretty basic little brewpub that churns out some pretty great beers from time to time.

The ambience is that of a typical brewpub. Its got a lot of old school beer signs and posters, some of which I wonder how they ended up getting, on the walls. The brewery is encased in glass for you to look at as well.

Service is best at night. During the day when it is quiet it can get pretty slow and the service can be rather minimal. Ask for samples of the beers though, they will certainly let you try as many as you'd like.

Selection for beers is usually pretty good. They tend to have some of their basics on tap all the time along with a few seasonal or special offerings. They had their Anniversary Ale as well as a cascade ipa on as well as guest taps from Troegs (Mad Elf) and SN Bigfoot. I love ABCs Smoked Porter and their Imperial Stout. I'd like to know when they'll have those on tap so I can plan my visits accordingly!

Food is basic pub fare. Its not amazing by any means and its not at the level of Northampton Brewery, but if you want a decent burger, fried pickles and a beer for lunch, than the ABC can surely satisfy.

They just expanded this place so that the basement is in use. Its now 3 floors with lots of room for both students and non-students alike.

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Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We really enjoy Amherst Brewing Company. The atmosphere is comfortable and social. We always sit at the bar and appreciate that it is set up so that you are sitting directly across from other patrons. This arrangement has led to many great conversations with other beer enthusiasts.

The quality and consistency of the brews is top notch. We make a point to try all of their specialty brews which allow brewmaster Mike Yates to show his creative side. We recently enjoyed the Amherst Gold 250 an Imperial IPA and the Super Stout (an Oatmeal Stout) on cask.

The service is consistently friendly and the selection is great with about 8-10 beers on draft, one on cask and a lager of some variety.

The food is quite good, and consists of mainly traditional pub fare. Including soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and a pretty nice vegetarian menu.

Check out our most recent experience and interview with Mike Yates, Brewmaster at

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Photo of bum732
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of my go-to pubs while in school. The brewpub is split between two floors. The bottom level is a restaurant and the top level is a bar/pool hall.

Restaurant has very good pub food, sweet potato fries are excellent. Mostly burgers, salads and other entrees.

Upstairs is the bar. Nice dark comfy atmosphere, pool tables throughout. There is also a couple of dart boards and tvs in corners. A larger flatscreen tv is also available. Bar is in the middle with access to two sides to order drinks. Beer selection is pretty good with their beers on tap as well as numerous bottled beers. Selection is advertised on a large blackboard on one side and in menus. Pool tables are beautiful and cost $1 to play. Service has its problems. Waiters are infrequent and bartenders can be very slow on certain nights. Even though their is usually a line to get drinks, many people will skip ahead because the bar has room to serve two people. Obviously this pisses people off.

A different atmosphere to many of the "college" bars in Amherst. More appropriate for older students or others who just want to have a few drinks in a quieter atmosphere. Despite the service, well worth going too, especially to try all of their great beers.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a nice little place in downtown Amherst. On a recent visit, sat down, had a few pints as well as some lunch. Met the brewer, he gave a quick overview and it was a really really cool setup. Not alot of room to do what he does, but he certainly made due.

The atmosphere is nice, it has a really low key down to earth feel to it that is really inviting. The bar is pretty big and it has alot of different beers to offer. The beers are overall really good. Their pumpkin beer was excellent as well as the imperial stout. The porter was good, but I think the pumpkin was one of the best pumpkin beers i've ever tasted. The food was excellent. Grabbed a grilled chicken sandwich that was cooked expertly. The price was reasonable for everything and I really enjoyed the time I spend here. The wait staff was very knowledgable and helpful when needed. I would definately recommend this place to anyone who is in the Amherst Area.

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

I left the Amherst area right before this place opened up years ago. So I never really got to be a part of it. I've only been a couple times, most recently a few days ago on my nostalgic journey through the Pioneer Valley.

When you first walk in you will notice the brewing equipment to your right. It is very enclosed but you still get some of the dank aromas penetrating from it. We walked by the side room where there was a group of about 25 senior citizens but only one of them was male - nice one buddy!

We took seats at the bar, HDTVs were showing whatever was on daytime ESPN. The staff were quite friendly. There was about 8 of the ABC's beers on-tap and 4-5 guest beers. I always like to start on IPA when in a brewpub, so that's what I did.

The IPA was ok - I would have probably went with some of the other tasty sounding beers if we ordered another but we were somewhat short on time. I have had some of their others in the past that I enjoyed more.

We didn't have any food - why would we on this tour when Antonio's Pizza is across the street - so couldn't comment on that.

If you are in the Amherst area it's definitely worth swinging by, I'd say.

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

If you ever visit Amherst, ABC is a definite place to visit. They have the best fried pickles in town, make excellent beer and serve food later than most resturants in the area.

Downstairs they have a full brewery setup and will gladly answer questions about the equipment. The food is all very good and original. They could use a little renovation downstairs as the lighting isnt the greatest and the posters on the wall are for beers they do not carry. Otherwise, it is tasteful and appropriate.

The beer is fantastic, i reccomend trying the Heather Ale, and Anneversary ales when they are in season, otherwise try the Honey Pilsner.

Upstairs is a great place to go for pool but sometimes reminds me of a coca-cola commercial. The jukebox plays decent music and the crowd is usually interesting. As far as uptown is concerned I prefer a coca-cola commercial to Club Sidewalk across the street.

That and they serve decent beer! I have been to ABC more than 1 hundred times. I desperately need to leave Amherst.

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Photo of currysage1
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I can never seem to get out of this place for under 50 bucks. Not that thats a bad thing, just means I always have dinner and more than a few pints. Been here probably 7 times now, wanted to wait until I've really experienced it to review it.

Atmosphere is not too bad, could use a little polishing but not bad, I'm not a glitzy guy. The setting is an old bank, so they have that type of memorabelia on the walls along with varying beer stuff as well. It looks like they have soundproofing in some sections, but its beat up and looks like shit, thats my main quam, also the rug through the place is dingy, if they painted the walls, and threw in a hardwood floor, place would be in the next level in my book.

Service has always been great, decently knowledgeable, always helpful and attentive.

Selection runs with the seasons, dark for winter, light for summer, they brew their own so they can have more flexibility which is great. But they run out of things very easily it seems I've run into it many times.

Food has always been good, would reccommend the nachos, wings, tequila lime chicken, and the massatuckey brown ale.

Value isn't too bad, I got out of their last time after an appetizer, two entree's, and six pints for $60 before tip. Not too bad but maybe a little much.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have to say that I really enjoyed this place. My wife and I stopped by last weekend for an early lunch so it was dead. Fine with us. That might have raised the service score a bit as there were not many to help.

The bar is good size overall. We sat way to the right, next to the growler beer cooler. Tap selection first surprised me as they carry more than just their own. Two cask ales including a very nice ESB. A little too cold but still great flavor. My wife loved the pale ale, non-cask. If I were to guess, I would say they had 8 of their own and 6 guest beers? All well chosen.

Too bad there isn't much around this place to satisfy my better half. Still an easy trip from Northampton where we were staying. I can imagine this place is packed on a Saturday night.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I cannot beleive I have not reviewed this place yet, as I frequently frequent this place. This place is truly a "grassroots" type place, thankfully w/o the over the top "I'm in Amherst and I'm here for a reason, I just don't know what that reason is".

Great atmosphere, people, sitting around enjoyng deleicious beer, and decent pub food. 12 taps, usually with one or two guest taps. Of the 12, 2 are cask. There is usually a seasonal offering, today, it was Half-in-the-Bagpipe Scotch Ale...Very nice.

A great place to grab a pint or two, with people who enjoy craft beer.

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

This a popular destination in the center of downtown Amherst, Ma. Be careful because during the school year, this place, as well as seemingly everywhere in Amherst and Northampton gets over crowded come dinner time and you will be outside, in the cold, waiting for a table. Comfortable, casual, beer spot, U-shaped bar to the right as you enter, friendly service, respectable and reasonably priced home made beer selection. We didnt try the food, but it looked good, seemed to be come in large portions and smelled good, for what its worth. Decent place for a pint, or a hearty meal.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

There are big differences between the upstairs/downstairs.

The downstairs is the basic eating area. There is an outside where people can sit during the warmer parts of the year. The bar area downstairs is small and since most people eat downstairs the dining areas are pretty filled. The advantage to the downstairs bar area is it is much quieter than the upstairs bar. The food is great: an excellent pub menu with tons of daily specials. The service downstairs is awful though. You usually have to wait a long time for your food. At least you do have some of the best local beers in all Amherst ready and available to be drank. Sample drinks are available, and the downstairs area is also where one can purchase the ABC's growlers.

Upstairs is much more the bar area. Lots of ABC and European imports are available. It is very loud with music and conversations and often wicked crowded. Tons of games though: pool, darts, foosball, and table tennis are across the upstairs. You can still get food upstairs, but most of the time its appetizers and such. It's much more the social, bar part of ABC basically. Overall, it remains one of the most popular bars in Hampshire County.

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

The outside is a pretty classic New England style brew house made mostly of brick and reminds me of an old fire station. Plenty of room inside with two seperate dining areas where the walls are adorned with some original art work, mostly of musicains, rock n' roll, jazz and blues greats which adds to the atmosphere. The bar itself is pretty large and was in the shape of the letter J and was sitting about 20 or 25 people with many more standing around the bar area waiting for a seat and just conversing with the folks at the bar.
The selection was really good, just sticking to their own beers which was about eight or ten different brews, i managed to get through 4, which were: Two sisters Imperial Stout, an easy drinking stout with a nod to Irish dry stouts, 10th anniversary ale which was very bold, honey Pils that was thirst quenching and the working man's wheat which was my firsat selection and very easy to drink. The service was fast and pleasant, although I didn't really ask to many beer snobish questions. Overall, very enjoyable i put it right up there with the northhampton Brewery and the elm city brewery in Keene, NH.

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Photo of akahn
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

ABC is a good place to have in town. Dependable and solid, this place is not a show-stopper and perhaps not somewhere to make a long haul to check out, but when it's time for a good bite and a good beer, it's the spot. They always have a fair variety of beers, most of which are good not great. This goes for the Cascade IPA, the ESB and the Double Bitter, which is a seasonal. The Cascade IPA is usually available on cask, quite good in that format, as is another beer. I usually order a portabello burger with provolone and pesto, along with some sweet potato fries. Good vegetarian food at a reasonable price. Pints are $3.50 or so, a good value, and growlers are $8 including $2 deposit. In all, a solid local place, worth checking out, taking family and friends to, but by no means a brewpub mecca.

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Photo of madmanjf
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped off here on a Saturday afternoon for lunch and some beers. This was my first visit to Amherst Brewing, and in fact, my first trip to Amherst overall.

It was a nice day out, but we sat inside at the bar. I got the sense that it was a lot busier than normal for that time of day. The bartender was alone and couldn't keep up with the demand of all the table service plus the people at the bar. He did the best he could without any help.

The beers were quite good. I had a pint of their Cask Conditioned Anniversary Ale followed by a 6-way sampler of Honey Pilsner, Pale Ale, ESB, Brown, IPA and a seasonal Hefeweizen.

Usually I'm happy if I can find one or two varieties that I like at a brewpub since it's difficult to nab everything .... however, the brewer here is doing a nice job. Each beer fit well within the style except for one in my opinion. The ESB was a little more carbonated than normal, and it had more of a brown ale flavor. It was a good beer, but didn't quite fit into the ESB Genre.

Lunch was good .... had a special off the lunch menu, and I was very happy.

I would definately return here next time I'm in the area... and I'd probably budget more time to hangout at this place.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A very nice place to hang out, with an outdoor patio on the little main street in a college down, and the busiest of the several places we visited in the area. Much more blue collar and typical good beer atmosphere relative to the others in the two towns(including Northampton). Mixed reviews on the beer, some were above average, some quite poor. A couple of guest taps. Excellent service, a welcoming as well as the service. Pub fare: My buddy was satisfied with the food he had, though it was not a full meal.

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Photo of Seanish
3.88/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went out to eat at the Amherst Brewing Co. with my roommate before meeting some friends at the Moan and Dove. Honestly, besides chalking up a bill bigger than we planned I would have been fine with staying at ABC. It's located right in the center of Amherst and hard to miss, although the webpage says the address is North Pleasant St but the only signs I saw out there were for South Pleasant. If you're on South Pleasant its's easy to find

It's a pretty big place with two floors, I understand the upstairs is more of a game room but we didn't see it. I liked the atmosphere a lot. The bar is visible to the entrance and we sat off to the right of it. It had a great look, you could see the vats in the back and it had good lighting and nice TVs were you could see them.

It took longer than most places to be seated, we could have gone to the bar but we thought our friends were going to meet us earlier, and the place wasn't very busy at all. That kind of set the tone for the service. I couldn't get a feel for how our waitress felt about us, It took her a while to bring our drinks but she seemed ready to help us out.

For beer we started off with the sampler, 2oz. each of Banker's Gold, Pleasant St. Pale, Massatucky Brown, and Incinerator Doppelbock. The Doppelbock was the best of them with the brown second. I stuck with the Doppelbock when we got our food but I also tried the Oatmeal Stout on a whim and it was pretty impressive.

We had nachos and fried pickles for appetizers. The nachos were pretty standard but I would definitly recommend the fried pickles. We both had burgers, they have several options for styles and I picked the Cajun which was really good. I also opted for sweet potato fries to try something new and liked them as well.

I bought a growler for my brother to go and kind of wish I got one for myself, the beer was great. Overall, my roommate and I decided we would definitly come back. We spent more than two guys in college probably should but it was well worth it. The beers are $3-4 and quality and the food is priced basically the same as most chain restaurants but very high quality.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stop #4 on my beer trip. This place is located right in the center of Umass country.
Nice place, lots of outside seating room, but it's January. The bar greets you as soon as you walk in. We sat in the dinning area off to the left. The dinning area is wide open and spread out kind of like a pizza parlor.
The staff was very friendly and laid back, no rushing you in and out like most other restaurants.
I ordered the beer sampler which featured 2oz. samples of; a pale ale, IPA, esb, brown, porter, imp stout on a wooden paddle. All good but no real standouts.
I also had a pint of they're Anniversary Ale which was a super hoppy red ale and was my favorite of the night.
The food was pretty good, lots of hearty pub choices. I ordered a seafood chowder and stroganoff pie which was a take on sheppard pie with stroganoff filling. My girlfriend had a veg wrap that was good.
I enjoyed my experience here. Very relaxed place for a bite and some new beers.
Gowlers and bottles to go.

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