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Best beer in the Berkshires?

amtriska Nov 23, 2009 02:03 PM

I go to college in the Berkshires, and I'm trying to branch out from buying Magic Hat all the time. Any recommendations for good local beers in the Berkshires? I love dark beers and have a weakness for seasonal flavors like pumpkin and peach.

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    r00tarded Dec 2, 2009 09:36 AM

    Perhaps without realizing it you stumbled into a mecca for beer lovers.

    Berkshire Brewing Company, So. Deerfield MA
    Peoples Pint Brewery, Greenfield, MA
    Paper City Brewery, Holyoke MA
    Pretty Things Beer Project, Holyoke MA
    High and Mighty Brewing, Holyoke MA
    Opa Opa, Southampton MA

    Then of course you have the small brewpub breweries like Northampton Brewery and Amherst Brewery, amazing bars like Moan and Dove, Sierra Grille, the Dirty Truth... and I'm sure I'm missing quite a few others that are further west of me (I'm in the Northampton area).

    Every year there is also the Conn River Brewfest held in Holyoke... you should definitely attend!

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    1. re: r00tarded
      invinotheresverde Dec 4, 2009 12:04 PM

      I could be wrong, but isn't Pretty Things based out of Boston? I met Dan and Martha over the summer and could've sworn they were 617-based. Please correct me if I'm having a moment.

      1. re: invinotheresverde
        mazultav Dec 19, 2009 04:08 AM

        Dann and Martha are 617 based. They however do not brew in Cambridge/Boston. r00 is partially correct. Dann used to brew Pretty Things in Paper City's Brewery, with with his well deserved popularity he now brews out of Buzzards Bay in Natick I think.

        1. re: mazultav
          invinotheresverde Dec 19, 2009 08:07 AM

          Cool. Thanks.

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      writergeek313 Nov 30, 2009 03:19 PM

      I was drinking Opa Opa IPA when I was out there recently. It's not the best, but it's affordable and local. I also like the People's Pint, but that's a little more pricey.

      1. Calico Jack Nov 25, 2009 05:09 AM

        Try anything from Berkshire Brewing Company, especially coffeehouse porter. There are a lot of little brewpubs in near Amherst/Northampton. Stop in and get a growler filled.

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        1. re: Calico Jack
          triggs73 Nov 28, 2009 09:04 AM

          I'll second that rec. Great brewery and great people.

          1. re: Calico Jack
            invinotheresverde Dec 4, 2009 12:01 PM

            That coffee porter is really excellent!

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