Amherst Brewing

BEER AVG
3.82/5
Amherst BrewingAmherst Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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:
34
Ratings:
289
Reviews:
94
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
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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.
Cheers!
Gowlers and bottles to go.

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Photo of bigone4
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -4.5%
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 -7.8%
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 +11.1%
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 +1%
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 -4.5%
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 +6.1%
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%
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 +5.6%
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 +3%
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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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I think this is place is great, but there are some things that might make my view biased, so let's get that out of the way. First of all, the place often has jazz groups playing in the dining area, and as I'm a jazz musician, that appeals to me. Second, I'm a vegetarian and the menu there really accomodates that, though a lot of other people said the food was bad. Hmmmm. Maybe the meat is bad, I don't know. Maybe it's just personal taste. The beer was pretty solid. They have a rotating selection, with a cask-conditioned beer always available. I went here on my 21st birthday, and my "first" beer was the Massatucky Brown Ale. Very tasty. The cask beer was pretty good as well, I think it was an ESB. They have a wide array of beer styles, including a Heather Ale, brewed with out hops. I like this place; definately worth checking out, if you don't like it, don't go back, but I invite you to try.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

ABC is actually split into two sections. So, I will start with the normal ABC (downstairs)...

I've been here several times for both dinner and just hanging out at the bar. There's usually good enough room to sit and not be hassled by overcrowding. Ambiance is nice for a brewpub, what else do you expect from a brewery? Beer is a little pricey for the area, but is quality. Their selection for both in-house and other microbrews is rather good. Bartenders are friendly, waitstaff could be a little better. Food is a bit under par. I expected better quality of what they were offering. Their fries are kickass, though.

Ok, now onto the second section...
ABC Upstairs is more of a college student hangout, which is good for me. Lots of space, full bar, with pool tables, darts, and ping pong. They only let in enough ppl to be comfortable, so you may be turned away on a busy night. But, if you're in, then it's great coz it never gets terribly crowded, always room to breath. Great place to go hang out.

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

Visited to pick up some growlers for trading purposes yesterday, and this review is a composite of that and many other visits over the past few years.

Parking, as always on a Saturday, was a bit of a chore in "downtown" Amherst, but found an available metered spot on side street around the corner. Large copper-topped, horseshoe-shaped bar with footrail, when you walk in on the right, dining room on the left. The usual nice variety for a brewpub, about 7 house taps ranging from a pilsner to an imperial stout, plus Guinness and two guest taps, one of which was Berkshire Brewing, and the other I do not remember.

Food has always been of the excellent pub grub style, which works well for me. The gravy and fries are out of this world, and everyone should try the deep fried Pickleman pickles at least once. Myself and companions have always been happy with the various sandwiches as well.

Now have a cooler in the back of the bar side that has growlers of all their available brews, including the Smoked Porter and Imperial Stout. Yesterday they also 33ozers of their anniversary Olde #6, and Imperial Pale Ale, which promises to be a treat.

Also there is a mug club, but I am not sure of the benefits, other than probably getting pint prices on a ceramic mug like see at other mug club sites. There were quite a few hanging above the bar.

All in all, a nice place for a variety of brews and a filling bite to eat. Even the wife likes it. :-)

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

Just visited the pub for dinner and a beer at the end of a western MA excursion. I had been there once before many moons ago and thought I remembered it being a groovy place. Well maybe things change. WE got in and they told us we would wait 40 minutes for a dinner table, fine we will go to the bar area and get drinks. That was fine with the hostess. No sooner had we taken a small bar table but they kicked us out to make it a dinner table. Annoying move. So we actually met some people and shared their table and got menus and a drink order in 5 minutes. Then we didnt see our server for 25 minutes or so. She cam back with drinks and we placed a food order. Didnt see her again for 30-40 minutes. Now it was busy but not ridiculous.
Anyway, the food was decent but not anything great I had a decent ruben with sweet potato fries. A good pub meal, and it was tasty but many of the fries were a little burnt.
Also my girlfriend ordered a baileys and coffee with a shot of vodka. When the bill came the shot was $5!! That seemed a little pricey to me. I had the cask IPA which was decent but not outstanding, and again our server never asked if I wanted another brew or even a water or anything else.
Finally, I had brought a generic growler with me to bring home something. Seemed like a good plan, they sell growlers there. I was told by the bar tender that they dont fill other growlers only their own. That was lame, I asked why and she said something about a license but if they can sell a growler that they fill there why cant they fill mine.
OVerall, a bad experience, the place has a nice look to it and with friendlier staff and better customer relations it could be a nice hangout. I wont be going back anytime soon.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

We visited Amherst Brewing Company last weekend while we were in the area. Had a mixed experience there. The service was awful at first - we sat there for a half hour and no one even came to take our drink order. I then had to ask the hostess and then after waiting some more the manager if we could get some service since people who got there after us were alrerady eating. They gave us some BS about confusion with changing hostesses when we got there, but unless they had two identical hostesses it was the same girl the whole time. However, they did at least compensate a bit by comping us our beers, which were excellent and definitely the highlight. The food was also very good and once we got a server it was smooth sailing....

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Photo of nomad
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Oh, ABC. Though you are an okay place, you do bring me fond memories of wondrous days gone past. But really, please go here for the beer and not the food. This was the place for dates, cheap get-togethers, (are these last two the same thing?) and maybe a dinner with your parents when I was in school at The Fairest College. The food is not good - tried a few of their things over the years, from finger food to entrees, and they are overpriced and underflavored. You can get phenomenal food for much cheaper across the street from a number of diverse places for food. Also, if you're not a student (not too hard to tell), you will receive much better service here, I swear.

As for beer, the selection of out-house stuff is okay and rotates somewhat, and the in-house stuff is okay, too, with a nod to their darker winter-ish selections (bocks, stouts). Overall, decent for a brewpub. I don't remember much because there's not much to remember.

EDIT: Years after graduation, stopping by once a year or so, somehow the food has gotten a little bit better while the service is stil wildly variant. Beer is solid.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The most recent visit brought me in for lunch on a day when the students were rolling back into town. Hopefully all the bare midriffs didn't skew my atmosphere rating.

Beers at the bar in the past have always yielded a satisfactory result. I remember sitting with a friend talking with the bartender as if we were regulars about what other cities we could live in, if we had to move. This time, the service was simply service, but no complaints here.

Did I say "in?" A table for four was laid out on the patio where you can watch the whole of this charming college town walk by. You can also sit in the darkened bar, or the art festooned dining room.

Friends sampled the paddles; I chose the cask conditioned brown which was really, really good to this non-brown-drinker. Then it was on to the steam lager, since the style is so rare. There's also a pilsener and an imperial stout on the menu... I guess the brewery could care less how long it takes, or how difficult it is... bring on any style! Commendable attitude. It wouldn't make a damn bit of difference if the beer wasn't good, and it is.

Food yields a few surprises. Unusual daily soups, and a few nice sandwich choices, like a marinated vegetable roll-up and a bison burger special. prices are fair-to-middlin'.

Recommended, especially as part of a Northampton/Amherst crawl. Hit the used Cd store next door, too.

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Photo of edchicma
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A nice gem in the heart of a college town. Just popped in for a cold one on a warm day. Nice copper covered bar with cordial bartender. Several options available. I tried a seasonal offering called graduation ale, which had just the right amount of bite and aftertaste. My son had a porter that was rich and smoky, with nice hints of coffee and chocolate. Extremely relaxed atmosphere in mid-afternoon. I'm sure it picks up a little later in the day. On this day they had about 8-10 offerings, including a heather ale. Outdoor seating was also available which is a nice touch and several people were taking advantage of this option. I didn't look at a food menu, but with the wide variety of brew options, I think I will revisit this in the near future.

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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I hope to get back here again with my family.There is a large comfortable bar and separate resturant seating, the place is larger inside than it looks outside. Good food and good fresh beer. The brewer was very accomadating and gave a great tour of his facilities and happily answered all questions from a large group. The Cask Conditioned Anniversery Ale was nice. The Heather Ale tasted just like the Scottish Froach Ale, which I sometimes find refreshing on a hot summer day.They also carry guest beers. A nice touch I felt.

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

EDIT nothing to add at this time. but at least nothging changed. i did get a growler. maybe the tv's were new....

a fine fine place to have a brew. nice interior but not too nice. there are a few tables out by the street, a bar room, and a separate dining area. the brew house was visiable from the bar and the street with some of the fermentors at the end of the bar.

beers were grand. several brewed there and a few from away. try the cask (of course)!

service was good. they were knowlegable and attentive.

food was good. we ate from a limited menu but both things i tried were well above average.

when going to amherst stop here first.

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Amherst Brewing in Amherst, MA
3.82 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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