Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain BreweryBarrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
BA SCORE
52%
Liked Their Beers
3.62 w/ 306 ratings
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain BreweryBarrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Eatery

420 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 01230
United States

(413) 528-8282 | map
barringtonbrewery.net

Notes:
AKA - Berkshire Mountain Brewers

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BEER STATS
Beers:
23
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
306
Liked:
159
Average:
3.62/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
63.9%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
61
Liked:
39
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by madmanjf:
Photo of madmanjf
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I'm writing this review after my second visit which spanned over several months.

The establishment offers roughly five standard beers on tap at all times along with three additional seasonal ales on tap. Growlers for purchase and refill are available.

I had three beers, each of which I'll review seperately. A seasonal called Homemad Hop (they grew the hops themselves), the Pale Ale and the Brown. All three were drinkable.

The style I wanted, an IPA, was not available during either of my two visits as it's not one of the standard five brews. I was told that they have it as a season about half of the time throughout the year. This in of itself is disappointing because I always feel an IPA is a great way to judge the skills of a brewer. While I was there, three additional people asked for an IPA .... so I guess I wasn't the only one disappointed.

I did notice the bartender consistently pushing the seasonals. I suspect this was more out of a desire or need to get the next batch of seasonal on tap sooner rather than later (hopefully an IPA).

They have a small menu with nice variety. I wasn't there before 5pm, so I didn't really glance at the dinner portion of the menu since it's not available in the afternoon.

I had a grass-fed burger for $9 (Angus was $8). It came with the side of the day which was Coleslaw. Fries were extra ~ $3.50 if I recall correctly. I found this a bit surprising .... most places that give good burgers come with fries at around $9. I will say though, that the Beer-Battered fries I got on the side were VERY good. I usually don't finish fries, but this larger side dish went back empty. The burger was properly cooked, but lacked flavor. It didn't appear to be flame-cooked which is probably why it lacked color and flavor.

People around me were getting other items of the menu which seemed to be a better value than my burger. Next time I return, I'll probably get something else.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HamdenHector
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

kind of run down; clientele seemed to be locals who were there because it is a place to go versus people being there because the food and beer are great; Service was pleasant, but the waitress didn't know much about beer; not a lot of beer options; food menu is large; food flavor was underwhelming;

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Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kinger22
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I liked the rustic atmosphere, which goes well with the fact that these beers are all brewed with solar power. The beers were tasty, but the food was even better. I really enjoyed the free range chicken. Definitely good vibes at this place.

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Photo of smi69
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.63/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On my way up from Mt. Frissell to Tree House I chanced upon this solar powered brewery. Entering there is no bar in sight, but it is tucked around the corner. That area has a pub like feel while the main eating area has a country kitchen decor. Seemed like most people at bar were regulars who had own mugs. The other patrons seemed to be mostly locals as well.
I was ravished after my hike and would have eaten most anything. I had the smoked salmon blt for $11. Plenty of salmon and the bacon was thick cut with a good cracked pepper seasoning. Good value and tasty. The beers were run of the mill. A taster of 5 beers for $5 also provides good value. They had about double that on tap and a wide selection of styles. I had the blonde, ipa, dortmunder, cask scotch, and altbier. Faves were the German lagers and blonde. Not a huge fan of the ipa which seemed to lack bitterness. The cask scotch had a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of Himself
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

There's nothing really special to say about the Barrington Brewery. The beer is passable at best, the food is atrocious and the service is lackluster.

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Photo of tgates
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of dhmxray
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of psdriscoll
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of NickDellaGiustina
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Wally_Dad
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Unexpected gem in the middle of . . .well, Berkshire County. We had lunch outside on a beautiful day. The IPA was my choice and it was very good. A bit of an English style with more malt than hops. Food was very good and fresh. Service was a bit slow and not the best, but we weren't in a hurry. Very nice rustic atmosphere.

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Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of civicm87
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of JayO
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jbertsch
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Stopped in a couple months back. I read nice reviews of this place so I had high hopes but ultimately was let down.

Fitting for the country setting and the style of food offered, the restaurant reminds you of an old barn or come-as-you-are country steakhouse. Unsurprisingly, the interior is kitschy. The place needs a makeover. It appears rundown and not in a cute, rustic, or other intentional way. The layout is simply weird. I remember feeling off about walking into an area that quickly turned into the server’s station.

Quick, attentive service is normally a positive. But our service here was so much so that we quickly felt an enjoyable leisurely dinner was not in the cards. Our server was so attentive we felt rushed.

The BBQ food was mediocre. Nothing was wrong, but nothing was worth a return visit. I don’t like that fries cost extra at a pub like this.

The beer was no better. I tried their brown ale, pale ale, and a stout. All three had a noticeably slick and thin mouthfeel I found deterring. As for flavor, the brown ale and pale ale both tasted ok, nothing great. The stout actually smelled very nice but then let me down on flavor, in addition to its poor mouthfeel.

Neither my wife or I were pleased with our experience. We like to visit Tanglewood once a summer and we finally got around to trying this place, but now we know to not go back. More for you all I suppose.

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Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for a late lunch on a pleasant summer day, and had the perfect combination of great food & beer.

We first enjoyed two flights of five 3 oz beers for $5 each outside on the patio. Our server, who was excellent, also offered a sample of the English style Ale to us in addition to our flights. Our table of three ordered a special of Cajun style Cod in a wrap with fries; also the Cheddar Ale Soup, a Corned Beef Sandwich, and a Smoked Salmon BLT. Everyone loved the food and the beer. All the beers were delicious, but we chose the Raspberry Ale (cajun cod), Mankin's Organic English Style Ale (BLT) and the Bavarian Wheat (corned beef) to go with our meal.

Loved the ambience outside; the patio is tucked into a courtyard off the street, which keeps it removed from the traffic noises. Afterward we went inside and took a look at the bar (covered in coasters, which I really enjoyed while searching for favorites) and the brewing equipment. We also got to meet the owner, Andrew Mankin, who was brewing at the moment (forgot to ask what!). After chatting for a few minutes he had to get back to work, and we were on our way, fully satisfied in all respects!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

This is a brewpub located in an old barn in Western Massachusetts's artistic and cultural center. I loved the decor with the rustic, wooden surroundings and coasters from all over the world stuck on the wall. You can see a section on the second floor with a couple barrels and piles of malts ready to be added to the latest brew. On tap they had about 9 in-housed brewed beers and you can buy a 5-glass sampler pack. The beers were average to above average depending on the style. The service was friendly and the waitress knowledgeable. The food was decent pub fair and quite likable. If I was to get over to that part of the state again I would definitely make another visit.

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery in Great Barrington, MA
Brewery rating: 52% out of 100 with 306 ratings
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