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Amherst Brewing Co.

Amherst Brewing Co.Amherst Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

10 University Drive
Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002
United States

(413) 253-4400 | map

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -4.8%
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 +0.8%
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 -3.5%
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 +7.8%
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 +5.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.5%
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 -7.3%
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 -3.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -11.1%
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 -2.3%
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 +0.8%
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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Photo of bigone4
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great place to hang and have some food and a few pints. We had dinner there with some friends and it was excellent. We ordered some southwest style egg rolls and I got a Ruben with sweet potato fries. My wife had some veggie lasagna. Mitch and Amy got turkey burgers. They also got a fried Oreo sundae. They hooked Kristin and I up with a fried Oreo. It was pretty delicious. We were quite satisfied with the portions and service. The waiter who was knowledgeable answered some questions and was very attentive. I had the BBC Imperial Steel Rail Ale and an ESB from ABC. They were both tasty offerings. The prices were very reasonable with no surprises. I will certainly enjoy another trip to ABC for some food and drink. I certainly had a great time and would go back any time.

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Photo of unknownoffender
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for dinner fairly early in the evening, so the place was only starting to fill up. Unfortunately it was a little cold or else I would've eaten outside, the patio area looked like a great place to relax, eat, and drink.

I wanted to try as many of their beers as possible, so I went with the sampler option...which was also a great deal! The only downside was they were out of a few beers on the menu that I really wanted to try. I had to settle for some styles that I'm not usually fond of to fill up my 6 samples, but I ended up liking their Oktoberfest, not one of my favorite styles. I felt theirs had more flavor than most I've tried.

And finally, the food. I thought the menu selection was good, and I remember quite a few specials too. I had a pasta dish with shrimp and vegetables. The price was very reasonable so I was anticipating a smaller portion...was I ever wrong! Definitely left feeling full of good food and beer.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My second attempt at "Western Massachusetts" craft brewing; my first visit was to Northampton. Easy to find, located on the main drag of a nice New England College town. I stopped in for lunch 'n brew and i'm really glad that i did. A good sized bar and plenty of table seating. There was a good crowd of college students at 1:30PM. The young staff was busy serving meals while the veteran brewmaster was busy cleaning the hardware which was very near the far-side bar seating.

There was a very good selection of both house and guest beers. I'm a big fan of Imperial Stout and the Two Sisters did not disappoint. The IPA on cask was good as well. They have a full menu of pub sandwiches and burgers as well as steaks and other items from the grill. I had the Cordon Bleuwich and fries and it was exactly what i was looking for.

When i asked the Brewer, Mike, if they had the opportunity to get out to Denver last month, he proudly described the Gold Medal that they were awarded for an Amber Ale that they sent in. Great conversation, good beer and a fine meal...onward to the Moan & Dove.

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Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

To my mind the Amherst Brewing Company represents what a normal brew pub really is. Nothing spectacular. Fresh, decent beer. Quiet, laid-back atmosphere in the middle of a great college town. Worth a visit when I'm in the area, but not really a place that I go out of my way for.

Inside is relatively low lit. The bar is wrap around style. There are several tables in the room, allowing for a good deal of seating--probably a good idea on an in-semester weekend night. A couple of televisions are placed unobtrusively on the walls, allowing viewing but not demanding it. This evironment on the whole allows for pleasant, relatively quiet conversation and small group mingling. There are other seating areas for dining, which seem to be quite spacious and better illuminated.

Quality is good. Beers are well-served in proper glassware. Sampling is allowed (samplers are available as well, but the servers will allow a small taste of one or two at least). Pours seem to be done properly as well. Though the staff doesn't seem to be as up on their product as at other places they still do a pretty good job on the whole.

The selection is pretty average. A porter, an I.P.A., a stout, and E.S.B., and a seasonal selection are all present. There is usually a guest brew--Ommegang Three Philosophers last time I was there--as well. Like the selection, the brews are pretty tame. None are terribly strong in alcohol content. Nor are there any terribly bold, flavorful beers. Seems pretty middle of the road and inoffensive to the average palate. Of course, while the beers are satisfactory their moderate approach leaves a bit to be desired. Growlers are available for decent prices, but I've never been induced to take any of A.B.C's offerings home. The food is mediocre. Save up your appetite and get a couple of slices at Antonio's across the street.

On the whole this is not a bad establishment. It is totally serviceable when in Amherst. And the brews certainly beat out any offered at local college places down the street. It is a place that I always tell friends who appreciate beer to visit if they are in town--but only as a warm up for the M & D.

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Photo of TheJudge
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Well, this was worth a side trip on the way to New Hampshire. A nice place that would score even better if parking were not such a hassle and traffic so bad, a large bar area with half a dozen tables and a large bar, and a separate dining room. Stopped in with my two young daughters. Good menu, including a full kids menu. The fries were terrific, the burger good if alittle small. 8 or so beers flowing, full fridge of growlers and 32 oz bottles to go. Had the Wheat beer and Pale Ale while there, and grabbed the IPA and Heather Ale to go. The beers were all very good. Well made and drinkable. Service was also extremely good at 2 pm on a friday afternoon. Clean tables and bathrooms. Visible brewing equipment and that wonderful brewery aroma. Reasonable food and beer prices.

I hope to get the opportunity to get back here.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Was driving through town around lunchtime and decided to stop by for a sandwich and a couple of pints. I sat at the bar even though it was a gorgeous day outside. I have a feeling that at night when more people are there the bar gets kinda cramped--not a lot of space. Separate dining area too. 12 taps of their brew, plus two guest taps (Guinness and Allagash White). Also one cask pump. Food was really good and the price was more than reasonable. I got the reuben. Service was a bit wierd. Maybe because it was midday, but I had 4 different bartenders. Also, what they had on tap was different than what the beer list said and the board on the wall was different than both the taps and the beer list. I asked for a smoked porter (on the beer list) and was told that the chocolate porter was on tap (wall). I could not read the tap for this one, but I had to second guess the bartender that the porter was not the smoked one (if I was right, they have a really smokey chocolate porter. Yum). He was not sure after all, so he had to get the brewer who had to sample it to make sure. Too funny from my point of view. Great brew though and will definitely go back for more some day.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

this place was stop #2 on my amherst beer sunday.. a voyage i see many people on here have undertaken.

the atmosphere is dark and cozy, plenty of seats at the bar and not too packed sunday for lunch. if you sit at the right spot by the bar, you will be surrounded on all sides by beer tanks, fermenters, hoses, growler fridges, and tap handles.. a beer paradise!

12 beers on tap, 2 guest beers (guinness and smutty ipa). most interesting beerwise were the cascade ipa (flagship), incinerator dopplebock and raspberry brown ale.

friendly bartender and comfortable chairs

the food was another highlight here, maybe the world's best fried pickles (and ive had a few in my day). had the cheese plate as well, with a nice cheddar selection, apple chutney, pilsner boursin and a piping hot fresh loaf of bread. the cascade ipa washed everything down nice, and i sampled a few other brews. growlers here are a good deal.. $6.50 i believe for a gallon. didn't take any home though as i was just wrapping up a big beer shopping purchase.

i'd stop by here again, mostly for the food.

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Photo of misterscooter
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited for lunch on a gorgeous day when you'd be a fool not to sit on the patio and watch the people walk down the main drag. It was the middle of the day in the middle of the week so there weren't many people there so it is hard to say what it would be like on a weekend, filled with students. Because of the small crowd, our waiter was very attentive without going overboard and he took good care of us.

Great beer selection so I had my pick and got a good recommendation from our server. The food is better than average pub grub and I had a grilled chicken and pesto sandwich. The prices were fair and I couldn't think of a better way to spend a lunch time after walking around the main drag of a college town.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Amherst has a good threesome, making a nice place to visit: Brewpub, Beerbar (Moan and Dove) and Bottle shop (Spirit Haus). The brewpub was dark, with the square bar that wraps around to the back right in the main room as you walk in. The place is spacious with plenty of dining area, but we went to the bar. Decent pub atmosphere that is compfy and friendly.

As far as quality goes, seamed acceptable. Beers were ok as was the food. The Cascade IPA was the big feature here. On tap, it had seemed to have been made with green hops (not dried) like a harvest ale would be made. Really unusual find. But other than that, it was all just little more than average.

The barkeep was very friendly and attentive, and he explained the tap brews very well.

Selection was good. Other than the Cascade IPA, there was a vintage Scottish ale on keg, as well as the current version. And there were about a half dozen other brews ranging from pale ale to impy stout.

Half of the available food seemed like pre-prepared foods that came directly from a supplier for deep frying. Granted, food was not the real reason for visiting and was adequate for quaffing a few pints.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nice little restaurant with great food. Typical college crowd, relax people. They were unfortunately out of the award-winning heather ale. Sit at the bar if there’s a line-up, they serve food there too. Good location in central amherst on the same street than moan and dove around 3 miles further. The beer may not be world-class, but I don’t see any reason to spend a night in Amherst without going there for dinner and then heading to the moan and dove. Bartender was unusually friendly, very generous and actually announced us we had drunk on his arm when we got the bill. Very recommendable.

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Photo of slander
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Even before we left Brooklyn, Jess says to me, "I'm going to drop in on my son tonight at his school, take him out to dinner. I dropped him off the other day, he's living in a frat house now. I didn't like the look of the place when I dropped him off. I just want to make sure he's okay. You're coming. You can find one of them brewpubs you like and we'll go there".
A few hours later in Kingston, I ask, "Just where is this kid of yours?"
"I told you, up in Massachussetts, North of Springfield".
"Yeah, I know that, but, where North of Springfield? What school's he at?"
"U Mass at Amherst".
...and I'm thinking Amherst Brewing Co, it's a no brainer. Somehow, Phil and I missed it when we were in the area at Northampton Brewing and Moan & Dove on the "Long was 'round to Ambany" tour in July.
The kid's house is about a mile away on a strip riddled with Greek houses, so we got to Amherst in about 3 minutes, although parking was another story.
Located in a stretch of stores and restaurants on the main drag, the first thing you hit when entering is a small room with wood lined kettles. The bar's straight ahead and the dining room's to the left, where we're seated. A dozen and a half tables, faux marble lowers and tan painted uppers with a Beatles poster, other rock art and brewery prints.
The "J" shaped bar seats 2 dozen or so, wood with a copper top and a half dozen bar tables adjacent, running the perimeter. The room runs brick lowers and painted green uppers, it's a nice room. Mug club mugs hang overhead and the walls are decorated with Belgian beer signs, which are most certainly out of place because they don't serve Rodenbach, or any of these beers for that matter.
I ordered the beer sampler paddle which came with 7 beers (Pils, IPA, ESB, Brown, Impy, Porter, and the Heather Ale, which replaced the PA). The Cascade IPA was medium bodied, hoppy & clean, the Massatucky Brown was sweet & nicely malty, the Puffers Smoked Porter was thickish, dry & smokey, and the 2 Sisters Imperial Stout was winey, strong & inky. Having gone through the sampler, I opted for the cask IPA, very smooth and pleasant. Jess had the Pils and liked it a good deal, his underage Sophmore son settling for a coke. There's a fridge in the bar area with growlers for sale. In addition to the house beers, they carry a few others. On this occasion, the BBC Octo and Coffee Porter, Cisco Whales Tail, Corsendonk Brown and Guinness.
Big surprise, I ordered the Jambalaya. Chicken, sausage & shrimp in a tomato base over rice, not bad, not terrific. Jess had a good burger, the kid had a baaad chicken sandwich. Don't know what made it bad, he just wasn't happy with it.
There's a room upstairs with a big screen TV, a bunch of pool tables, ping pong, foosball, darts and a CD jukebox. Out front, they've got a dozen tables along the street amidst potted plants.
Nice place overall, solid beers and probably makes for a good Amherst One-Two with the Moan & Dove in tow.

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Amherst Brewing Co. in Amherst, MA
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.
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