Northampton Brewery

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Northampton BreweryNorthampton Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

11 Brewster Court
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060
United States

(413) 584-9903 | map

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Photo of mklatsky
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went last night with 2 other couples. We wanted to sit outside on the deck, but that was a 30 minute wait. Ok- don't want to wait that long so we were told to head back downstairs to the other hostess to be seated.

We stood by the hostess station for another 10 minutes before the bartender acknowledge us and went to set up a table. Just then, a waitress perked up and came over but the bartender was already doing her job.

We were led to our table- one of 3 or 4 others. The place was by no means busy.

We sat perhaps another 10-15 minutes without so much as a hello- and decided to head up to the Dirty Truth for a couple of beers and some food. So- the Dirty Truth (where I have NEVER had bad service or a bad time) got our $150 instead of the Northampton brewery.

I titled this "3rd strike, you're out" because this was the third time in a year that I have had pretty much the same experience here. So, since there are anther hundred or so restaurants in Northampton- THEY will be getting our business.

I can't attest to the meal quality here unfortunately, as 2 out of the last 3 times here I didn't make it to the meal.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I was very pleased that I chose to stop at the North Hampton Brewery this past Saturday and spend the afternoon sampling their offerings.

If you are in the area, it's a definite destination...

They offered seven on tap from their own brewery. Additionally they offered Five "guest beers" from other Micro-brewers to help round out the selection of styles they had available.

If they don't have an IPA available, then they'll offer one on the "guest list" I think this is a great idea.

Additionally, four of the five guest beers they offered are among my favorites. This led me to believe that I was somewhat simpatico with whoever was making these calls.

Service was excellent and they were very free flowing if you wanted to sample some of the varieties before ordering a pint. Atmosphere was also excellent and the clientele was very friendly. I spent about an hour helping the woman next to me complete her crossword puzzle.

For their own selections they offered;

Redhead stepchild (Irish red) - Did not try
Hoover's Porter - Did not try
Altbier - A little sweet for my taste, but a well constructed beer.
Magic Carpet Rye - Excellent, really, really nice beer.
North hamp Pale Ale - Very, Very Good
Weizenheimer - Did not try
Raspb Weizen - Pretty darn good for a summer session beer. Not too sweeet.

On the guest list:
Cape Anne fisherman's Ale - Excellent Beer
Stone Ruination DPA - One of my favorites
BBC Steel Rail Ale - Excellent Beer
Victory Prima - My favorite Pilsner
Smutty nose IPA - Among my favorite IPA's

Guest brews $5
Samplers (4 - 4 oz) for 7.50

You must stop when in the area.

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Photo of awall422
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a trip to central mass where I also stopped by Opa-Opa with fello beer geek, Sean. Great layout for a small bar area and loved the copper everywhere. Much bigger space than it looks from the outside, plenty of seating if you don't want to sit at the bar. The bartender was excellent and she was very familiar with the brews. Food was good, but not great. The beer selection was good, but leaned a little more towards the English ale styles than I was hoping, more bitters and pales than I was hoping for. That said, the quality of the beers was excellent. Nice spot, will definitely visit again.

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

My wife and I were in town for a wedding a few weeks back and we stopped in for lunch. Had to ask how to find this place as it isn't on the main drag.

Cool looking building from the outside. Appears to be tiny until you enter. General seating to the right and the bar area straight ahead. We decided to sit at the half circle bar which was pretty busy.

IIRC there were eight of their own beers on tap and a couple of guest taps including SN Celebration. I had the Bitter which was awesome and the wife had one of their two pale ales. I then ended with a Celebration which was good, but I wish I stuck with thier beers.

We both ate and everything was just fine. I think I had a basic burger and my wife had some sort of panini thing. Both very good "pub food". Overall, I really enjoyed this place and can't wait to go back. Very laid back atmosphere with solid service.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located near the downtown parking garage, Northampton Brewery live up to their motto "peace, love and beer". This place's history involved lots of remodeling so this review is mainly of the post-2004 sun-room construction. First the place is huge but not isolated. Entrance in the bottom floor area reveals a bar area with many tables, couches, chairs and stool area. A wooden fire is usually going in the middle of the bar area, giving a great cozy ambiance within the huge space. The main dining area is also huge, sporting glass siding allowing to look through to passer-bys. As well, one can take the stairs outside to the sun-room area which sports many tables, a sprinkler system that gently mists water during the hot days, and a small bar too. This area most likely is closed during the winter.

The quality is pretty good. Northampton brewery has a good amount of their own beers on tap, plus a few micro-brews on tap too. If you look online, they usually conveniently have listed whats on tap at the moment. They usually have 10 regular beers they brew all year round with switched around Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter seasonals. The food is mostly New American foods with local, New England charm. I personally loved their Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas. Service has been decent the times I went. At the bar area, I was impressed by the lone bartenders serving stamina. He would check on everyone at the stool area but then run around and ask each person sitting at the tables or couches/chairs if they wanted more beers. I hope they are like that when they are wicked busy!

Overall if you are in Northampton and want to relax at one place, Northampton brewery might be the place. With its great and easy to find location, food, atmosphere and beer, the Northampton brewery might want to be your first stop in NoHo.

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Photo of madmanjf
3.8/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

trip 4 of 4 .... not a bad way to end a beer trip to a new area. This place is walking distance from Dirty Truth, which is exactly what I did.

Saturday evening .... it was fairly busy and I sat at the bar for some beers and eats.

I was disappointed that my favorite stye was on the board and not available ... Pale Ale .... how do you run out of this? Not sure if it's poor planning or not.

I went with a Flight tasting .... overall, everything was a good fit into each style.

My friend got a sandwich, but I went with an entree. I think he got more food on his plate than I did, but whatever. My plate just looked skimpy compared to his and mine was $7 more.

Note to the kitchen, if I want my salad dressing on the side, I'll ask for it that way. Please don't expect someone to toss a mesculin salad on a small plate ... it's just stupid. That's why I sent it back for a toss :)

Despite my bickering here, I would go back for a 2nd visit ... if for nothing else, but to try their Pale Ale ... my favorite style which they had on the board but were out of. (Yes, I know I mentioned that already, but I felt it was worth repeating).

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A very decent, above average bar, off the 91. There are several good beer bars within a 20 minute drive, in this college area. This is on the more urban style, and attractive lighting and semicircle bar attracts people ready to socialize. The place and the area was 30-something graduate students and associate professors. It is decisively white collar. Good for moi but not for others, another drwback being a decision for isolation to go up the stairs to tables, There is a good selection of their own beers. A few good guest picks and almost instant service, a feature of Western Mass. from my experience. A bit more variety would help.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.08/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This was my first stop on a western Mass beer trip. Located right in downtown Northampton, conveniently across the street from a commuter parking lot. The place is a light yellow building the brewery is visible on your left as you walk in. A horseshoe bar is the center of this place. Wide open ceiling with some upstairs seating and more seating behind the bar area. Lots of beer themed decor and plant life. It was around 1:00pm so the place was rather dead, except for some construction going on in the right side of the bar.
They were pouring nine house brews; golden ale, golden lager, raspberry ale, pale ale, ipa, esb, porter, stout, and a best bitter. They serve 4/ 6 oz. samples in the beer sampler. I ordered one and my girlfriend ordered the other. All the beers were pretty good and fell into style well. I particularly enjoyed the golden lager, best bitter, and porter. Two guest taps included Smuttynose IPA and Stoudts Tripel.
We snacked on some black bean dip while sipping beers. The bartender was very nice, knew about beers and was pretty passionate about them. I also got a chance to talk to Eric the head brewer, he was very nice as well.
Good beer, nice people, nice area, I would definitely stop in again.
Growlers and bottle to go.

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Photo of Stimack
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Decided to stop here with my wife after a day of shopping and looking around the area. The town of North Hampton is very nice and this place seemed to fit right in and was east to find. Park at the parking garage as the Brew Pub is more or less next-door. The Pub seems to be on a closed street, at least one of the two entrances that we saw. Seems that they have an outdoor Beer garden area that we did not see due to it being November, but the open bar inside was very welcoming. It had a modern feel but warm due to the amount of wood and muted colors. We decided to have a bite to eat and did not sit right at the bar but just a little ways away in a room that had a full view of the bar area. Also had a second floor, which had a large amount of tables, looks like this can be a busy place! The room where we where sitting was nice, had a nice fire (gas) place which was inviting. The menu had a good amount of different pub like foods as well as some nice sounding entrees. I decided to get a burger which was great and my wife got a panini what she said was also real good. The beer selection was very nice, I believe they had 9 of their own brews on tap with a few guests taps, one was from Smutty and the other from BBC but not sure on the third. I had the Black Cat Stout and the Pumpkin Ale and both where excellent. Wish we had more time to try a few other offerings, guess another trip is in order especially with the other great places in the area to check out! If you are in the North Hampton area I would say check this place out, I know that it would have a little competition if time is an issue with The Dirty Truth, Moan and Dove as well as The Sierra Grille but to me was worthy of a stop!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for lunch after being out in Western Mass. for an interview. Easy to find, located right next to a parking garage--If you're there for less than 1 hour, parking is free.
Two entrances from what I saw. One is the main entrance and the other are stairs to the "beer garden" or deck area. I entered via the main entrance and sat at the bar--it was around 11:45AM. Only one at the bar, I was received warmly and given a menu.

The inside of the brew-pub has two floors and from the first you can peak at the second--open bar feel. It seems as though they do a lot of restauranting as there are a lot of tables. The whole second floor is tables and chairs. First level and the bar area have some also. About 14 seats around the horseshoe shaped copper covered bar. Lots of mirrors done the walls. Plants hang from a beam as you look up. A couple of tv's, but nothing overwhelming. You can inspect the brewmaster hard at work through large glass panels. The sundeck or beergarden is where you want to be. Open feel and outside--does it get any better than that?

On to the beer...
Drafts, $3.75. 12 taps. 9 from the brewpub and 3 guest taps. When I was there, Big A, Smutty IPA, and BBC Steel Rail were on tap. Not suprised about the Smutty offerings as the owner of this brew-pub is the sister of the Portsmouth brew-pub. On tap they had a Porter, Stouth, Blonde, Pale, Weizenheimer, Hefe, Irish Red, and Pale Wheat Ale. Didn't realize this, but Decadent was on tap also--just seeing that from my notes now (DOOOH!).

Food was pretty decent. I had a turkey panini. Nothing to write home about, but not bad.

The atmosphere could be very upbeat, especially outside on a hot summers eve. Bartender knew her stuff and was quite talkative. Beer to go? Hell yeah! $3.00 for a 22oz. bomber of what they've got. I scored 5! "Best deal in town", said the bartender. I nodded, paid, and left happy. I will go back if I'm in the area. Great experience even though I was pretty much the only person in the joint.

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Photo of krantul
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Another reason to like Northampton: a clean, bustling brewpub with an interesting selection of beers (Wee Heavy, Raspberry Lager, amongst "standards") at good prices. The beers are pretty good. If I heard correctly, this place has a connection to Smuttynose and uses a couple of their recipes (owners being brothers, or something?), so this is pretty decent stuff. They had one or two commerical craft beers on tap, and I personally spied no crap beer on the premises.

It was fairly lively for a mid-week evening, and our bartender was very vigilant about replacing our empty glasses with more pleasing full ones. It was really some of the better service I've received at a bar in recent memory, but then again, people AT the bar usually fare better. I can't vouch for the quality of the table service. We came here for "dessert" after dinner, so I can't judge the food... NoHo offers some pretty tough competition when it comes to dining, though.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I love the building itself, great look, lots of windos and plenty of out-door seating including a new "balcony" area that overlooks the town. Thr quality of the beer was good, although I detect some "watery" effects on some of the brews. The Bock was an excellent choice with the vegetarian/tofu dish my girlfriend ordered.

The Selection was very good, with maybe 12-15 brews on tap with plenty being brewed. Northampton is a very nice little college town with a really good music scene, I always stop by before I go to a show at one of the 4 music venues in the area.
Not my favorite beers in the area, but a very respectable establishment.

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Photo of Koolbreeze2
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Nice place. The bartender was a well travelled young woman who could carry a conversation. She had a solid working knowledge of all their beers and was eager to please. A barkeep can make or break a place. The beer was excellent. I especially liked the Oatmeal Stout. The atmosphere was nice but I like my beer joints to be a tad older in appearence. Something like the Longbranch Saloon. Selection was varied and fresh. I did not try the food. Always seems like a waste of time in a pub. Good value for the beer. I shall return.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.93/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Neat little place. Lots of light and very open. Lots of seating options (fireplace, bar, upstairs veranda(?) and garden). However, I felt like I was sitting in a Mexican restaurant with the colors and designs on the walls. Service was horrible. The food arrived and I immediately left for well over 10 minutes to put some quarters in the parking spot meter and my comrades had not started eating by the time I returned because they spent the entire time trying to grab the waitress for condiments. Then she disappeared througout the meal and took almost half an hour to rbing us the check after learing the table. Just plain slow!

There were about a dozen of their own beers on-tap and a couple guest taps. The beers seemed relatively fresh. Oddly enough no IPA on-tap (but there was an APA and a ESB). Food was OK. Nothing spectacular but OK. I had the reuben (it is how I judge a pub/brewpub) and it was about average.

I would definitely return if visiting my friends in Northampton, but would not choose it over trying something else in the area.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Okay, I visited here with some college friends this weekend. I had been to the pub before in my pre-BA days. Quite a nice stop. WE sat at a large table upstairs. Downstairs are several booths tables and a horseshoe shaped bar with about 15 or stools. The decor is dark wooden beams and plaster walls. Looks nice and sets a nice tone for a meal or just for drinks. There is a smaller set of tables upstairs.
The beer selection is pretty good, with examples of most typical styles porter, IPA, golden ale, stout. They also had the strong ale which was a celebration of their 10th anniversary I think, but now is brewed occasionally throughout the year.
Nothing on cask...
Service was pretty good, food came quickly, I did have to wait a bit for one of my pints but the others came very quickly and folks did not have empty glasses at our table most of the nite.
They do sell growlers but wont fill up any but their own.
The food is typical pub grub, burgers, chicken, ribs, pretty good range. The chicken was all free range which I think is great.
All the members of my party seemed pretty happy with their food, except me. I ordered a reuben which I often purchase on visits to brewpubs. Everything was okay except that there was horseradish on the sandwich. Not expecting this the first bite was a bit of a surprise. I did try to scrape it off, but that is a pretty strong flavor.
So the sandwich wasnt great but I just would get the pulled pork next time.

Overall a solid visit if in W Mass. Stop in and have a pint!

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

The Northampton Brewery is a very descent place to go for a few beers or a meal (or course accompanied by tasty brews). There is a nice selection of various beers from their brewery (the Black Cat Stout being a nice option), in addition to a few craft beers from elsewhere. The service is a bit slow at the bar ( at the dining tables things are faster). They seem to be under staffed, when it comes to pouring beers. The food is very good and there is a wide selection of menue items to select from. Definitely a place to visit. Enjoy!

I should have mentioned above that this place is family friendly. Or at least they were the night we were there with a 6 yo, and 2 one year olds.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We've been here plenty of times and have always like their beers.
Their stout and porter are both very good.

We stopped in here for lunch recently and had really good, very generous pulled pork sandwiches with very good fries....both had trouble finishing our lunch.

The highlight for us beer-wise, was the guest brewery selection, which was Stoudt's Triple Abbey Ale on tap. This was a seriously good ale.

The atmosphere is was a cold , rainy day and they had a fire going in the tap's never noisy here. We've never sat at the bar here, so most of our service has been wait staff, and they've always been friendly and fairly knowledgable.

Overall, a consistantly good experience.

In the summer we enjoy their deck.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

first stop on my Labor Day weekend tour. Wanted to stop by Northampton for the first time in many years, and also because the Table and Vine was also in town and it would make a nice combo.

Comfortable environment, with a bar room, a separate dining area, a deck, and even upstairs dining. The brew house was in full operation while we were there as well. OK selection of brews, including their 10th anniversary Decadent Ale which was decent. Overall I would say the beers are average at best, but there is enough on to find something that you could enjoy. But in retrospect, nothing has changed since my last visit which must have been 5 years ago. The service was OK, but the barkeep had way too many tasks going on to provide us with full attention. The Philly cheessteak that I had was average at best, and not worthy of its title.

Overall, worthy of a stop in. The beer selection is interesting and the prices are OK. And being right off of the highway, it is pretty easy to get to for a quick stop.

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Photo of bigone4
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I really enjoy this brewery. They always have a great selection of beer on tap and the food is really good. The area it is located in is great. Lots of shops and places to see or just walk around in a neat little place. With the addition in place the brew pub really takes on a different look. It is great having the new room and it really opens the whole place up. With the summer here the out door garden and deck really add to the ambiance of the pub. It is so relaxing to sit out side on a hot day and feel the light mist hit your face and have a nice Lost Sailor IPA from Berkshire Brew company. Usually have this guest beer on tap. Although the the pale ale from NHB is quite nice as well. I am looking forward to getting back to the NHB very soon. Last night I attended the meet and greet for the first time at the NHB it was called the "Back Yahd BBQ". It was really fun and Berkshire Brewing Co was the guest. Really neat to see the pairing of food with different styles of beer. I had a great time and found it to be extreemly informative. I look forward to the next meet and greet. Keep brewing what you have been doing!!!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

another afternoon visit for me, as i am prone to do.

this place is accessible from an alley that runs between it and a parking garage, about 500 feet off the main drag of northampton.

first thing that struck me was the beautiful exterior.. architecturally fascinating with its dark wood and elevated patio with spiral staircase. big windows. inside is just as beautiful.. the bar area sits low surrounded above by a mezzanine of dining. actual bar is a great metallic concoction.. L-ish U-shaped and positioned well to watch fermenters. classy artwork and a chilled out southwestern vibe make this a spot for beer drinkers, hippies, and suited up business types alike.

beer selection was large for a brewpub with a couple local guest beers, however nothing stood out as something unique or intriguing. from what i understand, 75% of their house brews are contracted. which is fine, but it seems like more thought could be put into the choices and narrowed down. wheat beer, pale ale, a porter, a stout, and a few more lighter ales.. i was excited for the fruit-infused wheat beer, but it was barely fruity and disappointingly normal. i know this isnt the place for beer reviews, but it justifies my lower score for selection despite the # of taps. all very similar in their blandness.

i ordered the 'special', a do-it-yourself bruschetta with andouille sausage. quite spicy and tasty, but pricey. $9 for a small plate that made me run right over to ABC for a nice big $4 chili bowl. would have given it 4 $'s if i hadn't been to den dyver and had a truly expensive experience to compare it to.

staff was friendly. not a bad place to hang out, just a bit overpriced and not somewhere i would return specifically for beer.

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Photo of packetknife
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

It slowly declined through '03 and '04 but it's still a pretty decent place. It's a bit crammed but every sq. inch is clean and well maintained. You have to get used to a lot of political chatter and the occasional gutter punk smell walking through. Their liquor selection could use some serious work but their beers are usually ok, if not needed a little less water. The service is great as there is no lack of bartender/barmaid conversation and attention. Try their porter and/or stout usually, and if they have their pale(s) too. Ask them when they were brewed and tapped and if the tap date is older than a weekend you might seriously reconsider. I'd say it was rather inexpensive given other things in NoHo.

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

Visited with the family, on the way to a no alcohol (boo!) family xmass gathering. Nice multiroom set up, we sat in the front room with a nice (but fake) fire going, u shaped bar, fermenters on view, decent (but too low) juke box. The foods sampled were pretty good, wings were worthwhile and pulled pork was spicy and nicely turned out. Brews sampled were all decent to higher quality, service was a tad slow, but I'm from NY and this is Ma., so I guess it was pretty good. Worth a stop if in the area for some decent pub grubby chow and better then average suds.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Well, I think you can figure out what the place looks like from other reviews, so here's my take on the scores I gave. Atmosphere: I liked it, two levels, nice round bar, some small seperate areas for coziness. And yes you guessed it, I sat at the bar. Quality: over-all, the place was bright, clean, the food was good, the beers were decent. Service: prompt, friendly, I got to talk to the brewer. Selection: I have to give a slightly lower number here...just wish there could have been a bit variety. The Decadant Ale was the most 'exciting' thing on the beer menu, eveything else was pretty run of the mill, style and tastewise (I reviewed the beers I had). Food: my soup was good, so I was happy. I thought the menu was more electric than many brewpubs, and I would go back just to eat there.

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Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Delayed hours on the BA Bus Tour waiting next to the diesel pumps at the Ludlow rest stop watch the worst thunder head drop inches of rain thing look pretty dismal to say the least. I guess you’d want the bad luck to happen first, well it did on the BA Bus tour, of course the bus breaking down did not break the Bas spirit. Northampton Brewery was our first stop ... seen to me as a savior and sanctuary from such a crappy beginning of the day. The 30+ BAs descended on that bar like it was last call and the staff worked quickly to get us our first pints. I opted for a pint of Daniel Shay’s Best Bitter and a pint of Hoover’s Porter to warm up on the side. The bitter was played very well and taste as close to style as I could tell, very drinkable. After the porter warmed up at tad it dispersed waves of chocolate and malt sweetness, very delicious. All of the beers tasted fresh and were cheaply price @ around $3.50 a pint ... cheap compared to Boston. I could see spending several hours at the bar going through the well rounded list of beer, they also showcased several guest brews.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

After a short stop at a roadside rest stop to swap our BA Bus for a replacement because of a Battery problem with ours, we were soon at the Northampton Brewery. From the outside it looks rather low key, a smaller building sits to the left of a larger building which runs perpendicular to the roadside on which it sits. The gable end of this larger building has a 45° tiled roof and the outside brick walls are all painted in a light pastel yellow. The entrance has a small orange awning which has the words Northampton Brewery in white. To the right of this a small sign has the Breweries logo which you find on the (as yet incomplete) Website. Above the entrance at the apex of the roof is a round window which contains a neon sign, a yellow pint of beer surrounded by the words 'Northampton Brewery Fine Food and Ales' in blue.

Inside, there is an air of quality that immediately greets you. Wood and steel construction materials have been used to great effect here and the whole interior is put together extremely well. The restrooms are just to your right as you enter, and in front of those there is a decent sized seating area. To your left, set inside a semi-circular bar, is the main serving area. Solid wooden beams around the semi-circular bar hold up a partial upper floor which overlooks the Bar area and the Brewery. But the BA gang of 30 or so all decided to stay on the ground floor from memory. Many chose to sit in the area in front of the bar, but several of the more rowdy backseat bus gang located ourselves in some comfy high seat chairs at the back of building. Later I would sit at the bar for my last pint which is surrounded by wooden stools.

The Brewery is visible to your immediate left as you enter, and is located behind a full size glass window giving the imbiber the chance to view the equipment that produces the local brews. 12 brews on draft in total, 8 house brews and 4 guests. I had the chance to try the Nonotuck India Pale Ale, a decent IPA but a little restrained, and the Hoover’s Porter which was my favorite. I had taste samples of other people’s offering as well. The Northampton brews are solid efforts, never over the top but not exactly run-of-the-mill either. I was also surprised to see that you could purchase Pints and Half-Pints which was a neat touch.

Northampton does food, though I didn’t have any whilst here, but what I saw offered up to some hungry BA’s looked like solid pub fare and the prices seemed to be reasonable as well.

The beers are above average offerings, with a few notable exceptions like the Porter, but I have to praise the service here, there were two servers behind the bar, and they were both great, service was quick and very efficient and you didn’t have to wait long to get your Glass filled, in fact I was spotted with an empty glass whilst approaching the bar on one occasion and the server moved round to where I was to serve me immediately, proactive service, rather than reactive, which was very impressive.

Nothing much to bitch about at all really, a solid all round performer that offered a warm welcome and handled an infusion of 30+ BA’s extremely well. A good stop if you are in the area.

Last Visit: Saturday 21st August, 2004.

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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 325 ratings