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 there’s always something new on tap. Just set yourself a budget before walking in, or it could become a really expensive evening.
I went here a few weeks ago, just before Chrustmas. Great experience. They had a lot of special Belgian Christmas Ales, and some great American selections, like Southern Tier Choklat and Port Brewing Old Viscocity. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. I had a cheese plate and a ham and cheese sandwich, a beer sampler, dessert, and 3 other beers and my share of the bill was under $40. My only complaint was the service, which while friendly, was very slow, which would have been more than fine, but I had concert tickets that night. Overall, a great experience.
Schultsc (11) San Diego, California | January 18, 2009| Updated January 21, 2011
We discovered this place just a few weeks after it had opened. This place just makes you feel really good inside. Not only do they have a lot of great beers, but the whole focus of the place is on local, organic, sustainable foods. from artisanal charcuterie and cheeses to fresh plums from the owner’s mother’s pack yard, you really have to appreciate the vision behind this remarkable restaurant. I was lucky enough to score a bottle of Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout off of the list--$12! The owner was very generous with us and we wish him and his team the best of luck. We’ll certainly be back next time we’re in Mass.
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 life’s 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 we’ve witnessed the trainings during the middle of the afternoon on several visits. We’ve 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 (I’m in the industry) and have never seen anyone out do Armsby Abbey. If you have a chance to go to one of their dinners don’t 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 couldn’t 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 you’ve won and more!
The Abbey is the second bar to be opened by the owners of the Dive Bar. This one is a bit more upscale and does offer food. The beer selection is outstanding, focusing heavily on Belgians (even hard to find ones) with a good mix of craft Americans and other international notables. The food menu features artisanal breads, cheeses and meats served as cheese slates and sandwiches. The pizzas are exceptional with a fantastic dough for the crusts (the best I’ve ever tasted). The attention to detail in the beer, the food and the establishment is evident. I highly recommend a visit to the Abbey.
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 it’s all locally grown and all very good.
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 IPA’s, Black IPA’s 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 couldn’t have had a better visit!
revjim (2) waltham, Massachusetts | November 13, 2015
I love this place! 21 smart taps, at any given visit I want to try 19 of them, beats the hell out of searching through 50+ taps for two that are moderately interesting, food is on the money but a little overpriced even for how good it is. just a little... friendly, accessible, not overwhelming, and again, 21 taps that put the average 121 taps to shame
Love this place. Classy but casual atmosphere. The servers are friendly and seem to know their beer. Excellent selection, lots of Belgian choices. There’s always some new selections on tap. Food includes locally grown stuff, good unique pizza. Good desserts also.