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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 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 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 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 Aesop
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Nice, friendly atmosphere.
Beers are well-made but generally unexciting - the recipies don't seem to be too adventurous. The exception is the cask-conditioned beers; cask-conditioning really seems to make the beers come alive.
If you happen to be in Amherst, pop in and relax for a bit. Try whatever they have in the cask and you probably won't be disappointed.

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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 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 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 marburg
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Our waitress was very friendly and helpful (she helped us find Spirit Haus down the street!), and the food was pretty good. The selection was about average for a place like this. I thought the place could have stood for some redecorating. It just didn't feel much like a brewpub to me. Some amusing reading on a bulletin board in the men's restroom. Decent beer. I'm glad my lunch plans involved this place.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

big ass establishment one and a half miles from umass. its a big sprawling venue, long bar 50 yards long and bending, huge pool hall, this is a college bar on first impression. the quality however, is a step above that, but only one step. almost 20 brews on, very impressive, with as many house as guest brews, and some rarities at that, with sierra Nevada beer camp stuff, and gems from smuttynose and harpoon and all, very cool. great great tap list. bartender too is awesome, local cat back and forth to nyc, good insight, not a beer guy per se, but a dope smoker and a classic. generous as anything with the freebees, and a genuinely fun place to hang for awhile. pretty college undergrads abound, but that's not the point here, as sweet as they look, this is about camaraderie. not brutally expensive for what you get, pulled pork chilli is bangin, and overall a place worth visting.

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