Finally made it to the new spot. The ride up the hill is surprisingly reminiscent of Brimfield. Although the outside of the new building is a lot more industrial, the inside maintains the same character and warmth. Dean retains his characteristic friendly accessible rapor that makes the wait entertaining. Laurenís still the best pour around. Nate and the rest of the brew crew have the beer on lock. Iíd definitely recommend making a trip out to see the new spot, look over the massive new equipment that makes extra large batches of your favorite brews and enjoy the little wonder that is Tree House.
I think some would say that my rating indicates that I didnít like the place and that probably isnít true. The fact that it is in the middle of nowhere can be kinda cute and an adventure, I didnít mind that. Not sure how I could rate Ambiance any higher, it is literally a place you just you herded in like cattle to make a purchase. I will give them credit for service as they have this thing down to a science and move you through rather quickly. The staff was also friendly. It would be like saying the ambiance of your local DMV is good. Then you canít drink anything on premise, so after waiting for 45 minutes in 90 degree weather, I would have loved to crack a cold one on their benches, but canít do that. The selection was below average as there were only 2 things available in cans and one was a limit of 5 cans. I believe there were 3 things available in growler, but only one was different than cans. Of the two beers they had I thought one was really good (Doppleganger) and one was slightly above average (Lights On). Am I glad I went - yes, would I go again - 50/50.
Got here at 8am on a Saturday (first in line). So good here: Incredible beer, basically it doesnít get better. Not insanely priced either. The bad: Middle of nowhere, limited selection (only a few beers on tap, and a few cans if youíre lucky with limited allotment per person). I wasnít even excited about going b/c of how inconvenient it seemed. But after trying the beer Iím a convert. Itís 100% worth it. Itís great beer. Unbelievably good. Do it.
Stopped by as a planned bit to our tour of the northeast. This one was a combination of awesome and disappointing. The ambiance inside (the short time youíre in there) is pretty cool. Everyone is laid back, but more of your time is spent outside, waiting. And waiting. We got there an hour before open and were 150 deep. The service for how packed it was was killer. The selection was disappointing. Only one can available, and 4 beers for growler fills, with a total of 3 bottles. That kind of pissed me off. The costs were relatively cheap, and once we got out, it was fine. It would be somewhere Iíd go if I lived near by, but thatís about it. At least until they open the new brewpub.
Brasserie intťressante situťe dans une grange au beau milieu de nulle part. Visitťe un samedi aprŤs-midi, jíavais quelques apprťhension en ce qui a trait aux files díattentes, mais il níy avait pratiquement personne au bout de 10 minutes jíavais ce que je voulais. Service efficace et trŤs sympathique, biŤre excellente et prix tout ŗ fait raisonnable.
You know you are in trouble when you see a guy on the road waving cars in like itís an airport runway. Once I found parking (I rented a car from Boston just to come up here), you get into a lineup hearing this random church bell going off ever now and then. After waiting 30-45 minutes in a lineup, during which time cans of Julius sold out, I handed in my form for growlers pours. They were calling number 80. I was 240. I waited around in the parking lot for another 2 hours, during which time alter ego on growlers kicked (why am I here again?). I realize at this point the bell that rings every now and then is from some guy at the till who yells "big tipper" every time someone tips 5%. Way to do it guys - make the people who tip you feel like they are idiots.
Now is the time to point out that this rating is based purely on the place, not the beer. I feel this is warranted because in my case I was here for three hours and didnít even have so much of a sip of their beer until I opened a growler to have a small sip of Julius at its freshest. Also, I arrived 2:30, half an hour after opening, the day after thanksgiving (a bad idea I know). Other than the terrible organization (Is it that difficult to take two seconds out of pouring growlers to send out a tray of samplers? It would go worlds to making people happy - nearly all of whom drove a long time to get here). That being said, the place is beautiful, they are doing some landscaping in the back, and the staff is friendly enough (though busy). I wouldnít recommend this place - within a year or two the hype will die down to founders or bells level and if theyíre smart theyíll quadruple production so they can at least send kegs to Boston. For me this place was much worse than Hill Farmstead, who have more respect for the people coming up for their beer.
Anyway, some people go for the hype but then again Iím not the kind of person that will be happy waiting 2 hours in a downpour for 4 beers, no matter how good (see three ratings down..).
Visited on a Thursday night. Far out of the way from Boston, not too bad if youíre going down 84 I guess. Brewery tap room where you can get cans and growlers and try a few samples. The lines were reasonable non-existent so that was great, prices were reasonable especially for the quality of the beers which is very very high. I was in and out in like 10 minutes. Nice place.
Itís worth the pilgrimage. Strider IPA, Green Alter Ego, Julius, Double Shot, Eureka with Citra... all of them available to fill up some growlers. Large variety of cans (if you maxed out, you got 22). The people are so friendly and generous... Value is really sharp. Overall, these guys make some of THE BEST IPAís in the world, get your ass over there and grab them yourself. Btw, the Haze is .......
Visited 10-02-15. I was blown away by how well run and organized this place was. With as crazy as it gets there the staff really do a tremendous job. We arrived 2 hours before open and there were already about 20 people before us in the constant downfall of rain. With another 100 to 150 arriving after us and lining up. Even with it being well before open, they already had people directing cars where to park. Staff came out a few times and talked to us, explained things, were very friendly, took growler order cards, and told us to hang in there and great beer was ahead. When they finally opened the doors they guided us inside in order of the line and had us form a line for the cans. Nice inviting atmosphere and space and you could see the open brewery and people at work. Service was flawless and within a few minutes we got our cans quickly and paid and then went over to wait our turn for the growlers, which orders were being lined up on the counter already. Besides the can options, they had another 6 or 7 beers on tap for a great selection (not to mention Double Shot was one of these!!!). Within 5 to 10 minutes I had my growlers, a glass, and some stickers and was able to cash out. Dean was ringing people out and has quite the personality. He was singing and drumming on the bell and really gave us all a good show and laugh and made you realize how cool of a brewery this is. The value was good to me, some would scoff at the can prices, but come on. Top tier hoppy beers, canít get anywhere else, and super fresh. Iíll gladly pay for quality. Overall this place was perfect. Couldnít have had a better time (although nice weather would have helped). Iíd recommend this to anyone as long as you donít mind crowds or waiting because the beer is worth it. I will say the drive isnít the best, but thatís minor.
This place is a classic case of Massachusetts law making the place less good than it should be. We were fortunately in Monson, Massachusetts for other reasons, so this wasnít a huge trek out of the way, but it would be for other people. The beer is very good. Unfortunately, the only way that you can drink the beer at the location is with the free samples. Even though they have glassware, you cannot get a full pour of the beer when you are there. When we were there, they only had three beers on tap. They were all good, and that should be obvious to all those people who would read about his place. Hopefully, these guys get the permits to allow on premises drinking. That way, the outdoor picnic tables and bucolic environment would not go to waste. The place was pretty full of people on a Saturday afternoon to fill up Growlers and pick up cans. We ended up getting 18 cans, and they were not cheap ($3 per each). If I was in the neighborhood, I would certainly go back for the beer.
Itís a hike, as the brewery is way out there in the country, a la Hill Farmstead. They had about 6 beers on tap of which two blew before my growlers were filled. They also ran out of cans. That being said, the staff was friendly and helpful. The beers are tasty and the lines are long.