Barrington 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 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 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 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 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 jatotter
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

This was one of those visits that wasn't bad but it wasn't good either.
First, the beer was good. I started with a sampler but was disappointed that out of 6 or 7 regular beers and 3 seasonals I got 5 and only 1 seasonal choice of my own. My tastes run towards the darker side and even craft made lights do nothing for me. But, the quality was good.
Second, the food was very average. Perhaps I'm just getting fussier in my tastes but why does pub grub have to emphasize the grub? Too much frozen, pre-made food. I don't recall one item that included any cooking with their beer. Onion rings that were touted as really good came out as a fried glop that needed prying apart with utensils. Dishes just didn't quite live up their billing. Is that price one pays when the kitchen needs to cut costs and displays poor prep technique?
Third, service was awful. We ate out on the patio. Our servers spent more time yuckin' up with their friends than doing their job. Our server may have already been into the beer.

I don't expect ultra high end food or service at this kind of place. But I do expect value (and not in quantity) and service of the "service as you'd like to be served" variety.

And the cake someone mentioned in another review - recipe is available from Bon Appetit (Chocolate Stout Cake) and it's wonderful!

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Photo of Barsies
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I have tried the Barrington Brewery & Restaurant on two separate occassions - both times I ate in the bar area. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the staff friendly, the food good, and the beer somewhat disappointing.

On my first visit I tried the Yule Fuel, their winter beer (Lager? Ale? Don't remember). It lacked the flavor, fulness, or complexity I've come to expect from winter brews.

I also have tried the Hopland Pale Ale as well as the Barrington Brown. Both were more to my liking but there still seemed to be something missing. Neither had much depth.

Although my experiences have been middle of the road I'm still willing to give the Barrington Brewery another chance.

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

Photo of CTHomer
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 donniecuffs
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This place had a nice warm home-y feel to it, packed to the gills with townies. The restored barn-feel certainly adds to it as well. The quality of the beers sampled was about average, but my biggest complaint was that there weren't many on tap. Maybe I hit them in between batches. Anyway, the service was super-polite and knowledgeable about their beer. The food was standard burger/diner -type fare, but nicely easy on the wallet. I'd go back in the hopes of being able to sample more than just four of their beers.

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Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Photo of mltobin
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Just north of the main drag of Great Barrington is this brewpub. It has been open for some time and with that in mind, it has a lived in and comfortable feel to it. With a staff that is generally helpful. They have quite a few different selections from a Bavarian Wheat to the Barrington Brown and then at the holidays, their Yule Fuel. Most of the beers are above average, but not exceptional. Nonetheless, they are very satisfying and if you find yourself passing through, pop into this Western Mass establishment.

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

The Barrington Brewery is located at a quaint New Englandy strip mall off the main road in Great Barrington, MA. The restaurant reminds me of a quintessential mom & pop family eatery. Indeed the patrons were all across the spectrum: old, young, college kids, Europeans, parents, etc.

During the day sandwiches are the fare. I had a sampler of authentic German sausages. They were excellent. The wings were odd because they were dry (but still spicy).

The beers were pretty run-of-the-mill except for the stout which I thought was quite good. The rule of thumb for me was the darker the beer the better the score.

The prices were reasonable, particularly the beer.

Worth a stop if you are in the area.

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

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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