Armsby Abbey | Worcester, Massachusetts
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Armsby Abbey
World Class based on 46 ratings
Type: Bar

144 North Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts United States 01608 [ print map ]
508 795 1012 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: Mon to Thu 1130am to 12am, Fri 1130am to 2am, Sat 10am to 12am, Sun 10am to 12am

Mayor: ClarkVV (3) | Taps: 21 | Bottles: 120

Armsby Abbey

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Beer Available At Armsby Abbey (arranged by most recent)
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1 99, Brewbaker Berliner Weisse 37, De la Senne Wadesda Smeirlap 91, Hill Farmstead Galaxy Single Hop Pale Ale 99, Hill Farmstead Conduct of Life #1 99, Hill Farmstead Works of Love (Earl Grey Tea) 99, Fiddlehead Brett on the Dance Floor 70, Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout 99, High Horse Satisfaction IPA , Lost Abbey Devotion 92
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46 reviews for Armsby Abbey
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  84%
 Selection  89%
 Food  84%
 Value  69%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Sourhead  (10) Massachusetts | June 2, 2011
This is the standard by which all elitist beer bars should be measured. Armsby consistently has the rarest offerings on Earth,draft and bottles. This is obviously a lifeís passion for the owners. We just had bottles of Brussels Calling from De La Senne, 2009 Duck Duck Gooze from Lost Abbey and a 2006 Founders KBS on our last visit. Also a Guineau Riner on draft from Spain which was mind blowing!. A 2.5% super bitter IPA! The entire staff under goes long, rigorous training to insure that they know all about what they serve, be it beer, food or spirits. We know because weíve witnessed the trainings during the middle of the afternoon on several visits. Weíve learned a lot just by eaves dropping. The cocktail program alone would make this place world class never mind the beer. All hand distilled spirits, house made mixers, tinctures, juices and garden to bar philosophy make these concoctions works of art. The food is a constant, passionate expression of whats seasonal, local and inspiring to the kitchen. Every time we go (which is 2 per week) there is something different on the menu. Spectacular job Chef Alec Lopez. You and your crew keep it inventive, inspired and down right delicious! I have been to beer dinners all over the world (Iím in the industry) and have never seen anyone out do Armsby Abbey. If you have a chance to go to one of their dinners donít delay, they typically sell out in a day or two. This is simply because they are the best at what they do. Even Garrett Oliver was quoted as saying Armsby Abbey is the new standard for gastro pubs! I could go on for ever about this place because I couldnít be happier that this is in my town. Like I said i travel all over and this is as good as it gets! Bravo Armsby Crew! You deserve all of the awards youíve won and more!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
bono975  (2) London, Ontario | May 15, 2013
I travel a lot with my job. This place has been a special treat. Only steps from my hotel, with a world class draft list. Plenty of IPAís, Black IPAís and Stouts. A dream come true. Couple that with great food and a great staff and that sir, is the reciepe for success. Keep doing what you are doing! This beer geek couldnít have had a better visit!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
ClarkVV  (98) Allston, Massachusetts | January 7, 2009| Updated September 11, 2015
Wow. Local meats, grass-fed beef, local cheese platters (lots of em!). In all, with a menu that makes it very difficult to choose (everything looks and sounds phenomenal), it almost dosent matter if the beer is good or not. But it is...of course. A varied draught selection with some very rare selections (had a Baladin Nora on draught!) and dedicated Belgian lines, a wonderful, descriptive (and properly grouped) bottle menu, you could easily make a weekend out of the abbey. Fantastic decor, classy, clean and well-lit during the day. Proper temperature on the bottles, via adjustable temperature beer coolers and immaculately clean, fresh beer lines. Alec, the owner, was very enjoyable to talk to as well. Capped it off with a DD Oerbier Reserva 2007. Will be comin back here soon, thatís for sure.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
phiconners  (3) Massachusetts | March 25, 2009
A real gem, meant for true beer lovers. EVERY beer they have is special. Nothing but the best, with an ever changing tap list. Beers are served in the proper glasses. Old Rasputin on nitro brought a tear to my eye. Not a huge food menu, but itís all locally grown and all very good.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
bbourque1976  (5) Gilbert, Arizona | December 31, 2008
The beer selection here is amazing! Many to choose from, some as pricey as 50.00 a bottle! The only issue I have is the place is small and a bit tight. Otherwise, great bar!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
41cubs  (24) , New Jersey | February 8, 2012
I can only hope to be present in such an acclomlished establishment again in my life. The food is done right from itís origins to the presentation of the plate. The food menu reads like someone very passionate is behind it, and it shows in the final product. The beers were all served at great temps and in fantastic and appropriate glassware. From sours to ipaís to stouts to lambics and gueuze to Belgian strongs and vintages all around, WOW have they gotcha covered! A comfortable place where you might want slap one of the staff on the bottom, but you wonít because youíll want to return for sure. Enjoy the professionalism and passion of these fine people. Cheers to the Armsby Abbey.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Emooze  (1) Massachusetts | February 2, 2011
An amazing number of beers on tap and even more in the bottle. Also keep an eye out for beers they personally age. No TVs, service with a smile and the food is exceptional even if there arenít a lot of options.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Kevinkarpiak  (13) Massachusetts | May 30, 2010
Hands down and straight up. This place has more tasty beers packed into it than should be allowed by the laws if physics. I go there all the time, and thereís always something new on tap. Just set yourself a budget before walking in, or it could become a really expensive evening.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (2056) Washington, Washington DC | August 24, 2012
OK, so this place had an unblended Cantillon lambik on draft, the only place in the US that Iíve ever seen such a thing how cool is that? The atmosphere is also cool. The place was smaller than I expected, but the music was really good, the staff was terrific, and the tap selection Was abosultely amazing. Oh, and the food was spectacular. Definitely worth going far out of your way to find this place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
Chaseman  (18) Massachusetts | January 3, 2012
Unfortunately missed the Hill Farmstead weekend, but was able to catch the tail end of it on Monday. They still had the Foster, Motueka, George, and James on tap. They offer paddle tasters of 4, so I was able to try all 4 during lunch without falling off my bar stool. They were all spectacular, but the George was my favorite. The bartender was very knowledgeable and friendly, and there is obviously a great relationship between Armsby Abbey and Hill Farmstead (supposedly a pseudo-release party for MA). The decor was nice and cozy compared to its restrained exterior. A long bar on the right probably serves 15 people, with tables on the left and a communal bar top in the middle with stools. Food was very good ranging from specialty pizzas to a varying list of cheeses from all over. I found the prices to be quite reasonable, especially the Hill Farmstead. Definitely a new destination for me.

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