Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3378 White Mtn Hwy
North Conway, New Hampshire, 03860-5189
United States

(603) 356-6381 | map

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Photo of OffHeGoes
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The taplist had lots of options, but there wasn't anything from my sampler that really impressed me. Nothing bad, just nothing great either. The restaurant service was good and the food is good too, but I think I'd try someplace different the next time we're in town.

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Photo of rixport
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Steve and Vickie know how to do this and do it well... Beers are solid and pretty much to style... Always busy, so be patient... Food couldn't be better.... Always enjoy my visit...

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Photo of DJScottJ
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is a great place to stop after a long day of site seeing. The beer selection is good. The best beer they had out of the sampler of 7 was thr Hoffman Weiss closely followed by iron Mikes pale.

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Photo of JohnChimpo
3.2/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

OK beer and hit or miss food in a resort town. Not worth the hour wait on a Monday night. Any interesting beer that you want from the menu is out. Their standard beers are good and true to their style but not worth taking home a growler. I was disappointed because I heard good things

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Photo of SawDog505
3.96/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Nice little pub. Solid selection of regular beers, with a some good seasonal offerings. Good staff, with some beer knowledge. Excellent pub food and especially barbecue.

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Photo of danlib7
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Best place in town for that post hike, climb, ski or whatever activity you may enjoy in the valley. Grab a brew and some food and enjoy the hospitality!

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Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I visited this place with two friends the other day. The atmosphere is decent with witty beer-related posters on the walls and a casual feel. We ate at the bar.

The food menu was well-designed but I do wish they had a more comprehensive beer menu. I was confused as to what I could actually take home in growlers/bombers/cans because of a chalkboard sign that had 3 beers listed. I learned that you could actually take home more than that but not until after my friend did so.

Service wasn't anything to write home about. The servers seemed more interested in chatting it up with regulars than bringing us our checks or more beers. To be fair, they had just opened and it was slow-paced at the time. Despite this, our servers were very friendly and this made up for whatever shortcomings they had.

They had a lot of beer that they could serve. The only problem as I mentioned is the beer menu. They could adopt a chalkboard above the bar somehow with each beer listed. Just a thought. I did find it refreshing that they had a helles lager, a czech pilsner and a fairly decent old-school IPA on tap. It's a refreshing change from establishments that are dominated by hops.

The food was excellent. The bun for my burger could have been a better quality but other than that, no complaints. I tend to keep it simple anyway when I eat at brewpubs.

I would recommend that you check out Moat Mountain. It's in a beautiful scenic area not too far from the Attitash ski area.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.48/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

A.. The bar looks cozy and warm. Had the family so we are in the dining area which is a bit standard.

Q.. Great brew restaurant.

S.. The service was excellent. Attentive, conscientious, and knowledgable staff.

S.. Nice variety all around with some unique takes on standard fare (eg the Mexican nachos are spread out on a flat cookie sheet with cheese an black beans, fixings on the side).

F.. Yup, I think the food is damn near perfect. They do a great smokehouse flavor on some of their foods (eg had a burger with steakhouse sauce and it was incredibly).

V.. Very competitive pricing when you consider the overall great quality. The Bill was less than expected and we would have willingly paid more for the experience. In fact we took the family back for lunch two days later.

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Photo of mikefour77
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The food is very good with a nice selection of premise smoked items, plus very good options for those who don't crave pulled pork or ribs. The smoked salmon, for example, is excellent and on par with the quality you would expect from a dedicated seafood establishment.

The beer (all brewed on site) is excellent and reasonably priced at $5 for a 20 oz glass. Personally have not had anything here that I did like.

The growlers and big cans are a steal as well at $9 a refill and $5 for a can (24 oz.).

The only issue - that place is very loud so going with a group can be a bit challenging.

We'll be visiting again very soon.

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Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Drove up here from a recent trip to So. NH for lunch. We weren’t disappointed. The brewpub is in an old converted house. It is a great setting, with small rooms all over for dining. There was a decent selection of their beers, as well as a couple of guest taps. The beers are good. I only had one, but the blueberry was tasty: not excessive on the blueberries. My wife had the Pale Ale and the Weiss, which were tasty also. The menu was good. We were there for lunch and the sandwiches were excellent. I had the pastrami and it was lean and tasty. The Cajun Fries were superb. It is worth going there just for them. Our server was very attentive and quite helpful. It is a bit out of the way, but well worth the trip!

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Photo of plutoniumpete
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Great food, Great beer, and Great prices. $5 for all their 20 oz draft crafts. The BBQ selection is quite nice, and I recommend the BBQ plate for 4 people with pretty much unlimited BBQ for like $15 a person. The Thai chicken pizza and curried crab bisque are personal favorites. Always busy, and bar seats are hard to come by sometimes. Their brown ale is probably my favoirte, but I would say go ahead and get the flight of all their beers. You wont be dissappointed.

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Photo of Siebel98
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The Moat is a must visit if you're in the area. The beer offerings are widely varied, well crafted, and true to style. The menu is interesting and the food is very good. Although the place can get very crowded at times, the atmosphere is comfortable, the staff is attentive and the layout facilitates good service. Prices are reasonable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Up in the Conway area for some weekend hiking and Moat turned out to be the perfect spot to refuel and recharge at the end of the day. This place is a brewpub and an inn, and it looks like it was converted from an old farmhouse. Very welcome, rustic feel as soon as you walk in the door. Lots of eclectic decorations throughout the different rooms. Very diverse menu of food, with a BBQ/TexMex feel overall, but some very unique combinations sprinkled throughout. The beer was tasty, and they have 6 regular taps going, with two seasonals. Beer to go is available, and the waitress said that growlers are $15 for the purchase and initial fill, and $9 for subsequent fills. Not too bad for pricing when compared to other breweries. Sampler paddles are also available if you just can't decide what you want. Our waitress was really nice and very prompt. Overall, from food to beer to service, we had a great time. Prices were not bad at all, and if we are ever in the area again, we would definitely swing by again. We even said that we may stay there some time, to see how the entire experience is. Worth a visit!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located on Rt. 16 in the northern-most part of North Conway, N.H., this pub is in a stylish looking old converted home. Parking is limited so be prepared. The brewery is located in the cellar and the tops of the steel barrels can be seen as you enter the front door.

I sat at the bar even though there is a dining area. The bar was made of granite like the Granite State. It was slow when I arrived and the service was friendly enough but a little slow to greet me and take my order. You can buy five 5 oz samplers for $5 and there had 8 of their own beers on tap.

The menu is comfort food with a smoky twist. I ate the bison quesadilla and found it to be quite tasty. There are a few beers here that you currently cannot get in bottles/cans in NH stores and the prices are more reasonable here than in the stores. It is a pretty decent place to stop if you are in the area.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by this little brewery on my travles up to North Conway. Moat Mountain does not look like brewery or resturant at first glance. But it is a nice setting in an old farm house with fire places and many dining rooms. Host staff was not anything special at all, almost would have said they were rude. But the wait staff was good, they knew the in house beers well. I noticed the menu had a lot of BBQ items, and it was actually really good, I was surprised. usally BBQ up north here in New England isn't that great. The beer was great, I decided on a sampler with all the beers on tap that day from Moat Mountain. Cannot complain at all on the beers. If you are traveling up to the White Mountains I would make a point to stop here, it was not too pricey and food and beer was great. I will be going back myself soon to try some of the other beers they don't have on tap.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've been here a few times over the years, we stopped here on the way home form Ebeneezer's and this review reflects that visit.
The restaurant is in an huge old restored farmhouse, there are rooms for rent upstairs with a bar area out back. Brew house is behind glass downstairs from the bar. We sat at the bar for a late lunch.
Our waitress was friendly and attentive, and our beers were solid if not unremarkable. For a place with smokehouse in the name you would expect to find great bbq, So that's what I ordered. I had a brisket and sausage chili which was the highlight of my meal.
The pulled pork platter came with mashed potatoes and cole slaw. The pork was slathered to the rafters in sweet sticky barbeque sauce but even underneath the sauce the meat seemed dry. The slaw was really nice and the taters were taters.
Typical resort town pricing a bit on the high side. I would go back and give them another shot, but this trip wasn't horribly impressive.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Quite a hike over the mountain from where we were staying in Lincoln, but well worth the drive. Big old building with quite a bit of work put in using recent years. Lots of white wainscoting and stainless steel accenting the light natural wood tones. Bar area looks fairly modern and is separated from the dinning area which consists of a handful of different rooms throughout the layout.

6 house beers on tap, all good to very good in quality and construction. The brown ale is not to be missed and the pale and wheat are right up there. A few guest taps and bottles to boot.

Menu has a mix of bar food and BBQ. The BBQ is smoked in the basement on premises and served with a light coating of sauce. The meat is fall off the bone done, but maybe a splash dry later in the day. Service was good but could have been more attentive on a slow night.

Overall the solid beers make it enough of a destination when in the area, and the very good food makes it as close to a must see as possible.

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Photo of SevaTse
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located just outside of North Conway's main drag. A no-brainer for apres-ski or for stopping by after hiking.
The beers that they brew a pretty decent, with nothing too outstanding(with the exception of Iron Mike's Pale Ale). They have rotating in-house taps and a few guests. They also offer a mug club, so that you can identify locals/seasonal guests.

I always found the food to be above average, and that's with a presence of a cheap and quality tex-mex place on the other side of town(Cafe Noche).

They have redone the area behind the bar in the last few hours with brand new bathrooms and extra sitting area.

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A > nice quaint place with the look of a house. the layout inside is pretty unique. the bar is nice and depending on what side your on you can see the brew kettles or holding tanks. Location is great up in the mountains of NH in North Conway. Cannot beat that.

Q > I thought the beer was very good. All were very fresh and clean. You can tell the brewers and staff truly appreciate the beer and want it at its best.

S > It seems everywhere i go when i order the keg is kicked. same here. the IPA was pouring half foam and the bartender was not going to give that to me. She was very good and you could see that they love their beer. All were knowledgable and respectful if you werent too up on your beers.

Selection > Great selection of the Moat beers. they covered every category and were very good and very fresh.

Value was spot on we did a 6 sampler bought 4 IPA cans and it was 28 bucks..not bad at all.

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Photo of HelperMunkee
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I stopped in on a trip to Mt Washington.

The beer was great. They had 5 beers on tap. Which could be ordered as a flight. I opted for pints. Weidsbeir was excellent (it's tough to find a good American Hefe these days). Pale ale isn't as hoppy as it is billed to be (but nice). They also distribute product locally in cans and bottles.

The food was not as good as the beer, but I think I didn't get the best thing on the menu, which was the BBQ Reuben (seemed to be a bit of a misnomer). My wife really liked the blackened catfish.

Nice looking place, you can see some of the brewery from the bar.

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Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to NH for a long weekend, and my wife and I ate here on Friday night. It was packed when we walked in, and were told it would be a 30 min wait for a table. We waited for about 20 mins and then we were seated. There's screened in outdoor seating here, a large bar, and lots of rooms with dining tables. The brewhouse is visible through glass when you first walk in. After we were seated, we were greeted and served promptly. Our waitress was nice and quick. There were 6 house beers on tap, plus a few guest beers. I started with a pint of barleywine ($5.50) and a cup of brisket & sausage chili. Awesome. Next I had the St. Louis BBQ ribs and a pint of stout ($4.00). Excellent also. My wife liked her pulled pork a lot too. I wanted to get a bomber of the tripel or the barleywine to go, but they were $12 each. Kinda steep. Cans (24oz) of the pale ale were $5. But we had a great couple of beers and a nice meal. It had been about 8 years since I've been here, and this place has not missed a beat.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Second stop on the New England beer tour of 2011. Drove by on our way to the hotel after being the last one's off Mt. Washington.

One of the more unique settings for a brew pub, stand alone inn, restaurant and brewery (in the basement). Entrance is on the side splitting dining and bar areas. We had to wait for dinner so we sat at the bar and ordered the sampler and an appetizer. Decent vibe, mostly traveling families (saturday night, mid summer) with some other locals. Surprised to see many BMC options available, along side the house beers and guest taps. Either way, sampler was good (though they were out of the Maibock!), I really liked the stout and the brown ale, the pale ale is decent as well.

Quality is solid, all food was prepared timely and very good and the beers were served appropriately and were solid interpretations from my recollection.

Service was great at the table, very helpful with suggestions and was able to gather up some bottled and canned brews to go.

Selection was pretty good, had about 5-6 of their own on draft, with a few regional guest taps (smuttynose and allagash, I think). Again was surprised to see some BMC options, but makes sense as North Conway is a touristy stop.

Food was excellent, I was really craving some BBQ so couldn't go wrong with brew there as well. I orderd the BBQ sampler, huge portions of each selection, and each were great. My wife orderd the ribs and they were great as well.

Value is reasonable, pretty standard pricing for brews and food.

Overall, a great stop on a New England brew tour. Our seats were great as we got to see the sun go down behind Mt. Washington. Service, food and brews were all very good.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.4/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Finding a hotel in a brewpub is too good to resist, so we didn't. Took a while (a lot of phone call tag), but eventually reserved a room in the upstairs above the bar. When the reservation was made, we were told to talk to the bartender when we arrived. Paid the bartender like a tab, and we had a room, which was cozy, clean, nice and a great location.

After settling in, we headed to the bar for the night. Started really strong. Hoffman Weiss was good and my wife liked it right away, and the appetizers were fantastic. Vegetarian chili with Thai peanut sauce--unusual, but really fun. And the NE Hushpuppies with maple syrup were the best of the entire trip. Very cool.

And then we ordered more. Sampler of the remaining beers were all good but nothing really stood out, even the barleywine. Not many places will have a barleywine this time of year, so we were excited at first. It seemed under attenuated or something similar. Just a bit off. Decided to try a local brewery Tuckerman's Headwall Alt and couldn't finish the beer because it was so bad--switch to Smuttynose IPA to finish the night. Not sure if the Tuckerman's was the beer itself, or if the line had gone bad--not good at all even though the beer has slightly better reviews online. Nachos looked really good from a far, but were only mediocre up close and personal.

So, overall, a good stop but very mixed. In part, the start seemed very strong and above expectations that the tail off was disappointing. Not a place I would go out of my way to repeat coming from Minnesota, but if your heading up to the White Mountains from a NE locale, it's a reasonable room in a good place. Also, since we're vegetarians, we might not have taken advantage of the "smoke house" enough to rate the food. Staff was friendly was friendly and gave a great recom for the Peaches restaurant down the street for breakfast.

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

Da Boss and I stopped here during our tour of the White Mountains earlier today.

Atmoshphere was good, the restaurant is laid out on the 1st floor of an old inn. It was cool in that the dining area (which seats 100+) was segmented out in different rooms giving it a less generic feel. Old signs adorned the one wall giving the place a classic feel.

Quality of the beer was solid. I had the Brown and the Stout which were very enjoyable - some lighter alcohol beers but with great viscocity. Da Boss enjoyed her Pale - it had a nice nose.

Service was good, it was semi-busy for a early Wednesday afternoon. Server was timely coming around to attend to us.

Selection of brew was good, 6 or 7 house brews were available in addition to a guest Allagash and 2 other taps. Also, a number of macro bottles were available.

Food was good. Da Boss had the pulled pork and i had the brisket, definitely smackable!

Overall is was pretty reasonably priced, basically just over $50 with tip for 2 entrees and 3 pints.

Nice place, solid beers. Make it a point to stop here if in the area.

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Photo of Chowdahead
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The wife and I traveled over from Maine to North Conway for a couple of days of XC skiing with our dogs at Bear Notch. The bonus for me was a stop in at Moat Mountain for beers and dinner on Saturday night. Showed up at 8:00 hoping to miss the crowd a bit but with it being the final weekend of February vacation week it was still pretty crowded which was fine since it gave us time to go enjoy a few beers.

The whole restaurant takes up the bottom floor of an old, large inn which gives is a homey feel as the bar and dining room(s) are all in different "rooms" of the inn. The bar area is large with the concrete topped bar in the middle of the room. Tables lined the bar area and were first come first serve seating. There were 7 Moat Mtn beers on tap along with a selection of non Moat bottles. Despite the great and reasonably priced Moat beers I noticed lots of people drinking BMC bottles. I always find it strange when people go to a brewpub and drink BMC. It's like flying to Italy and only eating at McDonalds. Live a little people! I am chalking that up to the fact that it was Feb vacation week with lots of out of towners lurking about.

Overall I thought the beer was quite good. I started with a pint of stout and then moved on to the sampler with dinner. I thought the darker the beers were, the better they were. The stout and porter were excellent however some of the lighter beers I would only rate as average. Prices for the beers were very reasonable and if I didn't have to drive I could have stayed there and sipped on pints of stout all night. I also purchased a bomber of the RIS which I am looking forward to enoying at a future date.

Once we were seated for dinner we were not disappointed with the food. Very nice menu with a little bit of a Southern flair. The food was great and also reasonably priced. Our service was also top notch all night. Even though it was packed and I'm sure had been packed every night for a week every employee was friendly and attentive. Our server couldn't have been better.

Overall I would say Moat Mtn is the best brewpub I have been to in NH. The beer here is most certainly better then at Woodstock, the food is great, the prices right and the service exceptional. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the White Mtn region.

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Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. in North Conway, NH
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