Northampton Brewery

BEER AVG
3.74/5
Northampton BreweryNorthampton Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

11 Brewster Court
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060
United States

(413) 584-9903 | map
northamptonbrewery.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
44
Ratings:
318
Reviews:
126
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
7.3%
 
 
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Photo of krantul
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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 -7.3%
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 -5.5%
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 -26.2%
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 -6%
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%
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!

4/26/06
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%
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 good...it was a cold , rainy day and they had a fire going in the tap room....it'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 -15.6%
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 +0.8%
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 -22.4%
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 -0.8%
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 -5.5%
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 +0.8%
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 +4.3%
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 +4.3%
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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Photo of Todd
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

First stop on the 2004 BA Bus Tour, the Northampton Brewery resides on the flipside of the Thorne’s Market. Though it’s been opened since 1987, the interior remains somewhat modern while being inviting though the exterior is an odd shaped cement building painted yellow with hop vines crawling about. Inside, the bar hugs the room, providing a view of the glassed brewhouse, while there’s plenty of drinking and dining space both on the ground floor, upstairs, new sunroom and outside deck that sits atop the building. They offer up to 8 rotating house beers on-tap, with 4 guest taps, some of which hail from its sister breweries (Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose in New Hampshire). Standouts were the Decadent Ale (a 10 plus percent Old Ale), Nonotuck India Pale Ale (a mild and floral IPA, and highly drinkable one at that) and Hoover’s Porter (with its smooth chocolate, coffee and smoky notes). The beers won’t knock beer geeks over with excitement, but all the offerings are solid, very appealing and highly drinkable. They also offer half- and full-pints and insanely cheap prices, with an average of $3.50 for a pint. Food-wise you’ll find a selection of standard brewpub fare, decent and fairly priced. Beer-battered Shrimp were delicious and the burgers and pilled sandwiches looked very appetizing. Service is friendly and prompt. The bar staff made eye contact and were on top of low pints. Definitely worth a visit, and ask one of the brewers for a tour, if they aren’t busy brewing.

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Photo of masterbruewer
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this place while waiting for the broken-down BA bus.

The atmosphere was interesting. A mix of 80's restaurant with an outdoor deck. It rained all day so I didn't get on the deck.

Tried one of just about each beer they had on tap. All were great.

The service was excellent and quick, even when the bus full of 30 thirsty BA's showed up.

The selection on tap was good. Many styles brewed in house and a guest tap of Magic Hat.

The food was delicious. I recommend the Killer Kowalski sandwich. It's a sliced sausage/kielbasa sandwich.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very cool, huge space with two levels in the main pub, a (slightly quieter) restaurant section to the side, a bier garden out back, and kettles visible through a glass partition from the pub. Too bad it was pouring rain that day. Friendly staff who kept up with a demanding crowd. The brewpub beers cover the fairly standard range of ales. Plus a good selection of guest taps. No cask, though. The beers themselves seem a mixed bag, with the Decadant Ale shining like a star amid a decent, if unremarkable array.

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Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First stop on the "Reeeal long way around to Albany" tour.
It took some senseless wandering about to find the place but it was under our noses the whole time...
On approach, you will see that this place has some good size to it, bar, restaurant, and the roof top deck. The main bar is semi-circular, and seats a dozen. Adjacent to it lies a half dozen tables, a corner room with a few more tables, and seating above in a blacony that partially overlooks this room. Fermenters behind glass in the corner over there and in the opposite corner, an entrance to the dining room which is large and spacious, with a dozen and a half copper topped tables, a fireplace at the far end, arched wooden ceiling, neat checkerboard floor, horizontal windows on one side that look up to the deck and on the other side, big open windows facing out towards the street, and a stairway to the rooftop deck which is where we opted to do lunch...
The rooftop deck is the place with the space. All wooden, 3 tiers to it, with it's own bar and roughly 3 dozen tables with plastic chairs. Most of the seating areas fall beneath the large red steel framed canopy, either here or there. The tables that aren't enclosed by a canopy have umbrellas over them. Flower boxes and hanging plants everywhere, it's a sharp looking place.
The bar has 12 taps. 8 house beers (Gold, Pale Ale, Weisse, IPA, Nut Brown Ale, Raspberry Weisse, Bitter, Stout) and 4 guest taps (SIerra Nevada Pale Ale, Magic Hat 9 & Fat Angel, BBC Steel Rail Ale). Did a samper which is your choice of 4 beers on the standard paddle. The Nonotuck IPA was good, although it smells considerably more hoppy than it tastes, the Northampton Pale Ale was nicely copper colored, with a sweet hop aroma but a very light hop flavor, the Raspberry Weisse was not offensively sickly sweet (as many raspberry beers can be), and the Black Cat Stout had a nice coffee aroma and flavor but was a little light on bite and body. We did lunch. I wanted the Jambalaya but they ain't servin' no fricken Jambalaya 'til 5!!! Bummin', I opted for a pound of wings in some sauce of sorts. Service was good, no complaints there, all in all a good stop along the way.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited the brewpub today with the my wife, 4 month old daughter, and a friend, and enjoyed a nice meal in their upstairs, outdoor-but-covered-well patio. So cool to enjoy the outside but to not have to worry about the elements such as rain and the like. They also have a nice ~10 seat bar, nearby bar-style seating with about 8 table settings, more elegant seating upstairs in a loft area, and also a nice sunroom with ample seating as well.

Plenty of brews on tap, with probably 7 of their own, a couple from their sister breweries Smuttynose and Portsmouth Brewing, and then three guest taps. They always seem to have the gamut covered for beer styles, from pale ale to stout, and most everything in between. No barleywine, but probably because it's summer or some lame reason like that. Brews I had (Porter, Stout, and Smutty Weisenheimer) were all excellent.

Food and service were exemplary, with our orders brought out in a prompt manner, and all was as advertised and tasty. Each time I neared the bottom of my glass I was asked if I was interested in another, and never finished before the next arrived. Made for nice and continuous brew enjoyment.

Still miss the days when they used to run the Great New England Beer Festival, but where would we be without nostalgia. If in the area, definitely worth your time.

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Photo of edchicma
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice atmosphere. Sat at a bar table with high stools. Waitress was extremely efficient and pleasant and offered beer menus very expeditiously, This night there were around 7 or 8 offerings as well as bottled SNevada. Sizes ranged from 8 - 16 oz glasses. Bombers and growlers were available for takeout.

Bar was laid out in a semicircle with nice appointments, including wall hangings and mirrors.

As mentioned previously, the selections were there for a variety of taste....pale ale, stout, porter, amber, maibock, pilsener, biiters amongst others.

There is also a restaurant associated with the pub. I did not eat upstairs, however, an order of buffalo wings with bleu cheese certainly complemented my Black Cat Stout quite nicely.

Northampton is a great town for culture and other attractions. It's nice to see that they also have a nice brew pub too.

Addition 6/27/04. Had lunch and the pulled pork barbecue sandwich was outstanding. They were out of a few brews so I had to settle for my 2nd and 3rd choices, which were ok, but not spectacular. My party also had the ruben and turkey bacin club sandwiches which they also rated very highly.

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

This place was a good stop on the way from NY to Maine. It was located in a pretty upscale section of town and seemed to maintain that sort of atmosphere. The place was a split level rest/pub done up in wood planks. The bar was located right in the center of the building with tables around the outside and in the upper deck.

This was a quality brewpub with many good offerings to choose from. I stopped in with two of my friends and ended up buying a beer sampler platter to split. There were 12 different beers consisting of most every style. The bartender went through the list and was very friendly. We had a bit of bar food to create a food base for drinking. It was quite good although if I had more time and money I would have liked to try some actual dinner entre's which seemed to be very popular.

We had great service the whole time and actually recieved directions for our next stop. We grabbed a few bombers to go that they were selling from a cold cooler in a nearby room. I rather enjoyed the IPA the best. This is a stop to remember for future roadies.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went here with my girlfriend a ways back. It's very close to Table and Vine, a great liquor store, so the two stops went hand in hand.
The place was a little hard to find, mainly because neither of us had ever been to Northampton before. There's a nice big parking lot right across the street, so that was nice. The place itself is a big brick building right in downtown, with a very classy sign proclaiming that it's the Northampton Brewery.
Walking inside, it's very nice. Somewhat dark, spacious interior, with a small brass bar. We decided to eat, and they escorted us to the patio/beer garden area. Very, very nice. Intimate outdoor setting with small tables and a single candle. Classy. The only drawback is that it got hard to see when it grew late in the evening, particularly while reading the menu.
The food and the beer are great. I ordered a philly cheese steak, and that was super. The beer is excellent. We got a sampler, and all the beers were terrific. I especially liked the decadent ale and the hefeweiss. The raspberry brown ale was also good. Prices are reasonable. I would have liked to bring home a growler of one of their tap only beers, but you could only get 22oz bombers of the pale ale, which is available in 6 packs. They had 5-6 beers on tap, which isn't bad, but no guest brews. I imagine that if you came here often enough, you'd want to try other things.
Definitely worth a trip if you're in the area. It's a stone's throw from Table and Vine, and right on the way up to VT. Nice place.

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

Review derived from four visits 1999-2002. The western brother of Portsmouth Brewery, they even share a logo, and a few recipes. But a unique building set-up places the two apart. Your choice of atmosphere for your quaffing always impresses me: you can eat in the second floor dining area which feels nothing like a beer-devoted area, you can sup at the central bar on the first floor, or you can catch some fresh air outside at the enticing rooftop bar. Service (as usual) is most prompt at the bar.

Fairly extensive beer choices beyond the usual, and I've never had a bad pint. I'm a standardized pale ale guy in a new place, and theirs is plenty good. Menu also extensive with gradients of how much you'll spend for a snack or a full entree. Suffice it to say you could get out of there on $15. Good town, good brewery, good vibes.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Found myself rather west on I-90 and decided to stop here. Great choice. Cozy fire, 2 floors, not too crowed, right across from a big parking lot. At least 10 great beers on tap, which I sampled many.. The food was fantastic, I had a veggie burger, nachos, fries, my wife had popcorn shrimp and clam chowder. It felt too cozy, as we played scrabble, heard people signing, saw well behaved children. If I wasn't so far from home, I would have closed the place.

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Northampton Brewery in Northampton, MA
3.74 out of 5 based on 318 ratings.
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