Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain BreweryBarrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery
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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain BreweryBarrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery

Type: Brewery, Eatery

420 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 01230
United States

(413) 528-8282 | map

AKA - Berkshire Mountain Brewers

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Photo of Boppar
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

It's a nice, cozy place. You could probably comfortably seat about 20 people at least in the section I was sitting. There was a bar section across the way, and there may have been more tables in that section, but I didn't look.

The quality of both the beer and the food was good. This is a solid microbrewery/restaurant right here.

The service is fantastic. They are helpful, friendly, and attentive.

In terms of selection: on tap tonight they were serving: Pale Ale, Stout, Brown Ale, Blonde Ale, Barleywine, IPA, Raspberry Ale, and a Porter.

Entrees looked to be in the $10-15 range. Beer and dessert were both $5. They also had sandwiches. The portions were generous but not absurd. At any rate, it is worth it.

If you're in the area and are looking for good beer and a good meal, I'd highly recommend this place.

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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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Photo of Hautacam
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We have eaten here a few times after skiing at Butternut and had their grass fed burgers, which are really good. I would normally order a stout.This was our first summer visit. They have a nice outdoor area with several tables and umbrellas. We went in to sample some beers at the bar. Their brown ale was nice....their IPA was OK... the bartender was gracious. I picked their pale ale which was very good and my girlfriend had a raspberry blonde which she enjoyed. We brought our beers outside and enjoyed some late afternoon sun before driving up to Tanglewood.
They have hops growing up the side of the barn....loaded with flowers !
A nice place to drop in when you're in the area.

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Photo of rousee
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice little brewpub out in the Berkshires. Its tied in with a few other businesses so you can miss it driving by if youre not paying pretty close attention. It looks kind of like an old red barn.

You walk in and the decor is just kind of rustic and a little dated looking but friendly and inviting. We sat at the bar and had a sampler on the oar. They had like 3 seasonals going so the bartender was cool enough to let me try everything they had in my sampler. The beers were a light gold ale, a pale, a brown, a stout, an ipa, esb, blueberry, and old pluto an old ale. The beers were all pretty decent and true to the style. The IPA didnt taste much hoppier than the pale ale. The old pluto was very good and so was the esb. These seemed to be the standouts of the bunch. I'm usually not a huge fan of these styles either.

We ordered some burgers they said were grass fed and hormone free and some sweet potato fries as the burgers dont come with fries but were still pretty inexpensive. The food was definitely good and hit the spot. The bartender was a friendly guy who everyone seemed to know pretty well that came in and he was very friendly and attentive with us. I like this place but it doesnt really stand out as being better than some of your other brewpubs in the general vicinity.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The beer selection is great, and the beers can each hold their own. They have something for the hop heads, and the malt heads, and everyone in between. There really isn't anything here too extreme though, but that's not a bad thing.

The food ranges from basic sandwhich to specialty. There is nothing too fancy, but it's good for pub food. All the prices are great, so this place can be visited more than once-in-a-while. The service is good, with standard waitresses and waiters.

The building is in a barn type building, with some of the brewing equipment visible. There is indoor and outdoor seating. In the bar area, there is are two TVs.

I would consider living in Great Barrington just so I could visit this place every weekend (or day). Highly recommended if you find yourself in Western Massachusetts.

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

A favorite of mine when in the area. Two Words YULE FUEL! A good malty big beer. The brewery makes it for the hiliday season and when it's gone, you year for next year. For those of you who are Growler fans, they fill all growlers. They now offer a quart growler if you can't decide on one to bring home. They have shut down bottleing while they are in an expansion. So growlers are the only to-go bee right now.

The expansion space is going in behind the kitchen in the rear of the building. (Where the vollyball net was) It is being billed as a function facility.

I love thier outdoor space in the summer. THey have a tent up and after 18 at the Egremont CC it's a nice lunch stop.

The food is good. I think I'd make fries standard instead of the chips. They chowder was delicoius, very rich and full of potato and good sized clam bits.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

stop 2 of 4 on the great western mass beer crawl of 8/20/06.

you know what it's like when you've just left a really awesome brewpub, and you immediately begin to mentally plan your next trip back, reminisce about the good brews, and have that really positive revelation? that's how i felt walking in the door here, after my tremendous afternoon at pittsfield. i walked in here to an almost polar opposite vibe. this place was cluttered. stained coasters were nailed to the walls and dusty framed photos hung crookedly beside them. the fonts and graphic design of their logo'd items had a really silly, early-80's vibe. this place seemed like a dirty version of the shed in vermont. we approached the bar with trepidation. it was nestled in a dark corner of the downstairs level.

the bar itself was a worn-in slab. ceramic mugs hung low and the bartender was dressed up. the few people seated at the bar seemed like hillbilly biker types and drunk construction worker types (no offense intended to either group, just broad strokes people). i decided to free myself from this desolate region and explored the restaurant. the upstairs seats several and has a pool table, currently being used by underage drinking student types. downstairs were lots of family sized tables full of bustling groups, tourists and wannabes. back to the bar i went, feeling an icky sense of depression. let's try a beer.

or a sampler, as i am known to do. ok. they serve them on those wooden oars, and include 1.75 oz samples of five beers. like other reviewers have said, you must speak up or get sacked with the run-of-the-mill house brews. when i went there were 6 beers available. a pale ale, a light, a stout, a raspberry ale, and a couple other forgetful beers. the stout has a nice body and some good smokiness, but had a metallic off finish that is hard to achieve in something with such big flavor. the rest of the beers were decidedly below average.. or maybe comparing them to the PBW beers is an unfair order of travel. i can't imagine anyone in this area choosing this place over pittsfield, a mere 17 minutes away. who is in this mug club, anyway??

can't really bash the service. oh wait. yes i can. the waiter didn't really do anything but pour beers for us, and that was ok. i asked him, clearly, to his face, "we're all set. can we have the tab?" to which he responded, dumbfoundedly, after staring into space for a minute, "february". i shit you not. idiots! gosh!

no food was consumed here, and i am still alive today as a result.

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Photo of LeffeHanded
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Trying to find the front door was the first hurdle during our first visit to Barrington's brewpub. The restuarant pub is housed in a expanded barn type building along with other businesses, poorly signed, and we watched from our table once secured, other approaching visitors also fumble their way to the correct entrance.

The brewpub has 3 seating areas, including an outside patio out back. A few dozen small tables, wood corner benches lining the walls, and a woodstove make for a homey, casual atmosphere.

The sandwiches served were decent, nothing spetacular, however they were served perhaps too quickly. Annette had to put her sandwich together herself, and the waitress offered "the cook is really busy today" as an explanation. The beer however arrived in timely fashion, cold and refreshing.

The porter had a mild mouthfeel, with bitter chocolate notes and a sweet finish. The brown ale, perhaps my favorite of the day, embellished more with the mouthfeel, lending a nutty taste, but without any real hop presence. Both the porter and brown ale were light bodied and very drinkable. We sampled the raspberry, blonde and pale ales, as well, and they were just OK. The stoudt was worth a second look, tasty with a bitter finish, however also a bit on the light side.

I must give props to the pastry chef, the strawberry rhubarb pie with fresh whipped cream was excellent. All the desserts displayed near the entrance looked delicious.

This out of the way brewpub is a nice place to stop by if you're in the area. Try the brown ale, stay for the dessert, but good luck finding the front door.

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Photo of slander
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Early to mid afternoon, and I'm sure there's a good reason why I'm in Westernish Massachusetts instead of the Octoberfest at the (kind) bar 6 miles from where I live. Had a beer already, plan on having another real soon, if we can find this, what are we looking for here, yeah, Barrington Barn Brewery Berkshire Beer what? Anyway, we're on Rte 7 so it's around here somewhere, and we're making good time to Saturday...
Located in a strip of something there on Rte 7, it seems like a series of connected buildings with little stores in them. Something in the way of an old barn, the whole room is slanted and off, it's fucking up my equilibrium. Brick floors with carpeted areas around the tables, wide plank and painted walls, panelled glass windows to the rear looking out over patio dining, angled ceilings here, wood cross beam ceilings there, drop lamp lighting and ceiling fans. Framed black & white photos, French beer posters, and old brewerania throughout, beertrays and old beer cans on shelves and in cupboards. Old beer steins displayed above the archways. Shirts and hats for sale up there, as well.
Nearly a dozen and a half booths and tables, and a side room with another 8 tables. The bar area holds a a 12 seat "L" shaped bar with 2 towers. Mug club mugs, tons of coasters plastered everywhere, a pair of TV's, 5 small bar tables & 2 large tables to the rear. A doorway to the rear leads to the patio seating area, upwards of a dozen tables under a canopy.
2 wood lined kettles above, and secret brewing vessels in an area down below. Upstairs in a loft above the bar, green walls with wood trim, ceiling fans, a half dozen small tables scattered about, a couple of small pool tables, a jukebox and a TV. Framed turn-of-the-century pool prints (Mark Twain, Hartford, CT 1891).
Food menu consisted of mostly sandwiches, salads, apps. I had the beef chili with cheese and the sweet potato fries, which were real damn good. Randy wanted to know how they cut the fries so perfectly. I told him that I don't know because I don't know.
4 house beers (Blonde Ale, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout), and 4 seasonals (ESB, Raspberry, Hefe, Amber). They also carry some maltos and a cider (at least no crappy macros). 10 ounce pours for $3, pints for $4, pitchers for $16. I ask about the sampler and am told that it's 3 ounce pours, 5 of them for $4. Pretty good deal. You get the 4 house beers and 1 seasonal. "I'll have the sampler", and Randy echoed as such. So she starts to walk away and I say, "Um, do you want to know which seasonal my 5th beer will be?" I opt for the Hefe and Randy, the Amber. The samplers arrive, 5 beers on paddles, and because it isn't my nature to let these things go, I have to ask, "Had I not spoken up about my choice for the seasonal, what would you have done?", and she says, "The bartender would have chosen one for you". With red pen in hand, he says, "So you know, the bartender chooses your beer for you if you don't ask".
The Berkshire Blonde Ale had a strange sweetness to it; the Hopland Pale Ale, a light copper color with a grassy hop flavor; the Barrington Brown Ale, medicinal, fulll bodied, slightly chocolatey; the Black Bear Stout, smooth, good licorice flavor, I'm okay with it; the Hefe, not filtered, light banana flavor; the Amber tastes just like the Brown Ale. Beers were just okay, they all pretty much tasted the same. I was expecting more here, but it is what it is...

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Photo of alejandro
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Sweet Potato Fries and decent beer. What else could one ask for? I have been to the Barrington Brewery a few times tried most of the beer and was for the most part, not overly impressed. The beers were good, better than drinking most things you find in a bottle in Berkshire County restaurants but I think they have better beer up 7 in Pittsfield at the PBW. The food was what you would expect at a brew pub not fantastic but good with a beer. Who would go to a brew pub for the food anyway? The place seems to be smaller than it should be for the number of tourists that fill the Berkshires, there was a thirty minute wait for a table to we sat in the bar which was alittle cramped and seemed to be missing a few chairs. Their Sweet Potato fries are a great beer food.

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Photo of mkobes
4.05/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The first time I was here, I had the Yuel fuel what a great beer that is. What an interesting night it was after that beer. After that I have been there a few times. Really nice place. Nice and rustic. It was an old barn that was converted into a brewpub. A variety of foods and good beers. Well made beers. They have 8 taps and bottles to go. Good place to visit for some beers. Basic pub fare. Very nice and cozy place.
Very reasonable prices. Not expensive. The best part about this brewpub is there is a Holiday Inn right across the street, walking distance.

Great fresh beer. Most of the beers can be filled up in growlers.

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Photo of bultrey
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Jeez, I must have been here a dozen times when I lived in the Berkshires, but it took a trip to Vermont from NYC with a stop at Barrington on the way through for me to finally write a Beerfly.
This place is well worth seeking out if you are travelling in the Berkshires. The atmosphere is "This Old Barn," complete with rustic wood floors and high, vaulted ceilings. It's a fairly spacious place, and you should have no trouble parking and getting a table. The service has always been above average for me, at least at dinner, but the bartenders have always filled my growlers happily and quickly, so that's a plus. Plus they're super-friendly.
The beers on draft are all brewed on premises, and are all quite good bordering on consistently excellent -- not too many out-there styles -- usually an IPA, pale ale, stout, porter, some kind of fruit beer, and maybe a special like steam ale or barleywine. All are very well-crafted and super fresh -- what more could you ask for?
The food is average pub grub -- nothing too exciting. I'd like to see them upgrade the menu a bit, to be honest. But everything does have a nice country kitchen-type flavor to it, especially the desserts, highlighted by the Stout Chocolate Cake. Rich and dense is an understatement. Delicious.
Prices are quite nice, even for touristy/resorty Great Barrington. Prices seem to be catering to the local rather than the visitors.

I always stop when I'm on my way through. If you don't live in the area, I defintely recommend growler fills, and bellying up for a pint or two if you've got the time.

PS - I've got to echo the complaint about the policy to not fill growlers of their stronger beers, like the barleywine or YuleFuel. Why not? I'll pay more for them. I would love to review these, but you gotta drive to get here, and you gotta drive to go home. Know what I mean?

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a remote brewpub located in the rather hilly Western Mass. Lots of scenery in these here parts. The brewpub was built in an old barn. An antique shop shares residence. Lots of rustic seating inside. The bar to the rear, with pool tables upstairs. The place sort of remindes me of a stereotypical redneck bar that would sport line-dancing on Thursday eves. That said, the people seemed to be more along the lines of tourists than anything. And the place is comfortable.

The quality of the beer was very good. All the beers that I had were clean and well made. Food seemed OK, but we did not have that much. from what I can gather, though, this is a great place to stay the night, with the hotel right across the street and all.

The bartender did not seem very sociable, and was only moderately attentive. He seemed to be in deep thought the whole time we were there. Thus he did not add to the experience at all.

Eight decent taps provide a nice selection, ranging from Blond to Stout. Nothing too assertive, but again, all well made. Yule Fule was available in 22 oz bombers, as was many other of their beers.

Food seemed OK, but would require many visits to fully evaluate. Food was very good for beer drinking though.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ok, had to re-review this place since now it's one of my favorite spots (partially because of the Yule Fuel).

Well, all that's below the === is (was) totally true, but I am redeeming this place...

When it's not completely crowded and noisy, it's very quaint. Very barnlike, all wooden everything, not very comfortable. Good beer selection of their own concocting, decent sized menu. So far, things I've had have been quite good there. Reuben melts and other grilled sandwiches. Specials and other things as well. Very good. Very reasonably priced. I go here almost every time I go out to Lee these days. Service is still kinda eh. The pickles suck also :).


Located in Western Mass in Great Barrington (right near the NY border). Went there on a whim after a day at the Lee outlets.

It's in an old-style farmhouse with a barn attached. They brew beer in the barn. We went for dinner, it was beyond packed! I bet everybody who lived in Western MA was packed into there, jeez. Was going to take forever to get a seat. So, we go to the back pub area. They have a nice selection of custom draughts made right in the back. Apparently, the taps are hooked up directly to the beer tanks in the back. The two beers I had before we sat down were quite good quality. I was impressed with the level of craftsmanship. Still, it took a solid 45 min to sit down (we were already starving an hour). Sat in a rather drafty area, was freezing outside and wasn't too warm in. Table and chairs were wood, rather uncomfortable. Also, all the tables are too close to each other.

Had the ploughman's luncheon platter for appetizer, was very good with dry sausage, bread, and brie, the apple chutney is WEIRD though. I had the special of the day, Yankee Pot Roast. Good mashed potatoes, roast was very dry with a very salty gravy. My gf had an open reuben melt, was pretty good actually, although it's not my favorite style. For dessert we got the chocolate cake to go. It's made with their stout and is VERY dense, it almost chews back at ya. It was good though, just had to get used to it.

I'd go again, but maybe on a diff night of the week so it isn't so insane.

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Photo of belhav0322
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a fantastic little brew pub tucked away in Southern Berkshire county. Housed in a converted barn the place is spacious and rustic. Old school beer cans and advertising adorn the walls, along with other historic pictures. There are a few pool tables in the small upstairs area, overlooking the kettles. The placemats have a nice little illustration on them that explains the unique "brewed in barn" brewing process. For added ambience, there is a black cat that hangs out in the dinning room. He does not seem to beg for food, which is nice.

The food is average and typical pub fare. The Ploughman's Lunch consists of brie, green apples, chutnety, and supposedly "dry sausage", though I'm pretty sure it was just pepperoni. Nonetheless, it is still really good and goes long fine with the other assorted burgers and sandwhiches.

Service is good, if not somewhat indifferent.

The beer here is PHENOMENAL. At any given time they have about 6 different kinds on tap, including one cask The Black Bear Stout is among the best I have ever had, and makes a great session beer. Their IPA is almost as good, and the Nut Brown on cask is well worth your consideration as well. They never seem to do anything too adventurous with their brews, but I guess it is ok to stick with what works. Seriously, the Black Bear Stout puts this place over the top.

Every time I come here it is pretty empty, which is a shame. It is such a good brew pub, but it is hindered (I think) by it's location.

If only they could relocate to Boston...

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Photo of sponberg
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a Saturday afternoon, after lunch and before dinner. Easy to find on Rte 7, west side of road in a collection of barns/antique shops just north of Great Barrington proper.

Cozy, congenial atmosphere - it is, after all, a big old barn. The tavern's to the left, with the brewery (very small but very clean) opposite the bar. Seating area throughout the rest of the room, with pool tables upstairs. Breweriana dominates the room - there were a ton of cans from almost-forgotten brews (Weidemanns, Munich, etc.) in the shelf adjacent to the table. We did notice a rogue french fry basket and associated fry hanging out from a previous meal under our table, but otherwise no problems.

The pints I had (Octoberfest, Brown) were both clean, quaffable, and very tasty - the Ofest had a really good malt profile, the Brown was a slightly coffeelike English version - and the sample of Vienna was also to style. Six or seven brews generally on tap, along with black & tans, snakebites, and other mixed brews listed on the menu. 22 oz bottles and growlers available at the bar, $3 for a bomber, 4 for $11 - not at all bad. Seasonals are listed on a chalkboard, and are generally available in growlers. Quick service at the bar...but the table was another story. The waitress seemed to have her mind elsewhere - forgot the kids' milk, forgot my second beer, took forever with the check - and admitted as much. She did comp the second beer, which was very fair of her. Most of the other servers seemed a bit quicker, so maybe we caught her on a bad day. It happens.

The food, mostly tavern fare at lunch (more complete dinners are available after 5), was good for what it was - the burger was decent sized on a really good bun and tasted like the ones I make at home (this is a good thing), my wife's tortellini salad was large, with fresh local field greens and plenty of the specified ingredents, my son's grilled cheese was tasty on good wheat bread, and the sweet potato fried were properly crisp yet tender. My son gave the ice cream two thumbs up, and he knows about ice cream (he's 4 - enough said). The prices were about $1 more than some of the local places, but it IS in a popular tourist area.

Definitely worth hitting if in the area - have a pint or two there, and take home some for later.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I loved the look and feel of this place.It was my first time there so I didnt know what to expect.It was the kind of pub I like with stuff all over the walls.I loved the breweriana,especially the bottles in the glass case.The bar was very intimate and they actually gave you coasters.From the bar you have a great view of the brewing tanks and process.It had a country/Irish bar feel.A real brewery atmosphere.The food was awesome.Those were the best nachos I think I've ever had.All the beers were good.They had alot of merchandise available, but I stole a pint glass for a souvenier.We took home four bombers including a vienna style and a belgian white which were both good.They have everyting available from 220z bombers to 64oz growlers and 15 gallon half kegs.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Set next to a very nice, if pricey antiques "mall" on the north end of GB on Rt 7 in a renovated barn. The brewing system is visible from the bar area and tables, during the days you can watch them brew sometimes. Big family friendly dinning room, bar that seats 12 or so. Beers are all served from serving tanks below the brew equipment. Between 5 and 8 beers usually served.
I lived near the Barrington Brew Pub for over 4 years and became quite familiar with all of thier beers.... as well as every item on the menu. I had some beer drinking friends there, and always managed to have a nice chat with visitors to the area, so it was a friendly place to have a beer. Unfortunatly, the beer was never the reason to go. All the beers were ok - good; none were awfull, but they always had a raw, homebrew quality and were very inconsistant batch to batch. I usually enjoyed the ESB , but would ask how long it had been on tap before ordering. If it was less than a week old, it was murky, and rough with unpleasent yeast flavors. After a week ( 3 was better) it was relatively clear and in far better condition. The same was true of other styles. Seasonals were hit or miss. The popular winter Yule Fuel was, according to the brewer ( this recipe may have changed in the last 3 years) was a heavily corriander infused Barleywine. For me, my only advice is DONT try this at home. ( unless you really like corriander). A Belgian style it was not. In the summer they would re-release it and call it Firecracker. I still made me retch 6 months later/ older. Please understand, I can usually find something good to say about any beer. But people loved the stuff so...what do I know?
Ive always thought that longer maturation before tapping is needed for most of thier beers. If there was no conversation to keep me there, I would leave after 1 pint. If the beer I was drinking was in good condition, I would stay for 3.... or more. When properly aged, all the beers were usually pretty good, IPA and ESB being excellent and the Pale not far behind, tho they all had a funky yeast signature I didnt care for, which carried thru every style, from Blonde to Stout. This faded with conditioning as well. But thats just me, check it out for yourself.
I would recomend this place if your driving thru the Berkshires, but warn you not to expect too much. Food is average to good and moderatly priced.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

(Original review is below: have been back a third time in April of '05, and now feel confident in moving some of my bad numbers in the upward direction. Brews were consistently good over the four styles I tried. More styles were available. New brewer since the last time I was there. Now, I will recommend, and suggest that the bar area is surely where to sit for the best beer lover's experience.)

I've been twice: a rainy summer night and a sunny summer dinnertime. Neither time did I have to wait to get a beer, although table space can be at a premium. The man behind the bar was an avuncular fellow who would fit right in in the hinterlands of Maine. The bar itself was surrounded by the breweriana that shows a beer lover (and not just an opportunist) runs the place.

But the beer itself, well... I pushed myself back there after so many people rated it so highly. I had had a bad first beer impression with sour notes in my stout on the first trip, and I had purchased some of the 22-oz. bottles for Maine friends who had yet to taste this brewery's product. The bottles were indeed not up to par either. I chaulked it up to a bad batch and went back... and there it was again. Am I just the unluckiest BA there is? I can't recommend this place, and would insist on a sample of several beers before ordering a whole pint.

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3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

If you like antiques and beer this is the place for you. Several antique shops surround the brewpub in a converted barn. The best way to discribe this place is average, from the service to the food very average. They ran out of their winter seasonal right before i could get one so i had the sampler, all the brews were average to good. I enjoyed their alt the most but took home a growler of thier pale ale and two bombers of the yuel fuel. If i'm in the area i will stop in again but i won't go out of my way to go back.

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4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Of the many, many brewpubs I have visited, I have enjoyed none more than the Barrington Brewery. The Porter is to die for, one of the best I've ever had. It's tasty, full-bodied, and refreshing. The Stout and Brown are also fantastic. The Blond is amazing and the IPA and Pale Ale are very, very good. The Vienna is well above average, as are the ESB and the Raspberry Wheat. (Only the Blond, Stout, Pale Ale and Raspberry Wheat are standards, the other's being seasonal. They usually have 8 beers available at any 1 time). Their high octane beer (11% ABV, I believe. It's the "yuel fuel" in winter; "firecracker" in summer) is exceptional, especially since I tend to stick to beers below 8% ABV. Other seasonals include a Scotch Ale.
The food is very good (their sweet potato fries are delicious) and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is a jukebox and 2 pool tables upstairs. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable. If I didn't live over 2 hours away, it would be my bar of choice. I can honestly say that I've never had a bad beer at the Barrington Brewery. Looking forward to going again soon......

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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Good New England vibe, the restaurant is in a barn and has a rustic setting to it, thankfully unprententious in this touristy and antique-shop-ridden part of the Berkshires. Food is good and hearty, but not very compelling. I had the veggie chili and the brat. Perhaps the dinner menu has more exciting dishes. Tried the sampler - golden, pale, brown, porter and the seasonal special ESB. All good, perhaps the pale was the best. I found the brown to be bland and the porter oily, the blonde was very tasty. I ordered a full pint of the ESB since it was what I was in the mood for, quite good but not stellar.

I later found some of their beers, bottled, in a local package store and was able to take home a bottle of the Dunkel (not available when I visited the brewpub). This was preferable to the selections offered at the restaurant. The bottled brews are for sale under the logo "Berkshire Mountain Brewers." I'm not sure how widespread their availability is, but if you can't make it to the brewpub, stop in a local packie and bring some home. Sometimes quietly drinking a bottle at home gives you a better appreciation for the beer anyway.

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Barrington Brewery & Restaurant / Berkshire Mountain Brewery in Great Barrington, MA
Brewery rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 307 ratings