A couple weeks ago, Brian and I finally made it to Hot Plate Brewing Company in Pittsfield. They officially opened in February and getting there has been on our list ever since. The brewery is located just off of North Street and was easy to locate.
I was immediately into the decor of the tap room. It’s clear that a lot of thought went into the design and I appreciated that the floors, walls and ceilings were all considered. There was ample seating and a detailed tap list in the naturally-lit space. There were no other customers when we arrived for lunch, but their social media indicates that a weekday afternoon is a very different atmosphere from a holiday or a weekend.
Hot Plate Brewing has up to 12 beers on tap, as well as select Hot Plate cans to go, canned non-alcoholic beer, hard cider and hard seltzer (from other breweries). They also have great glassware and clothing merchandise. The brewery doesn’t have a kitchen, but they do have a selection of snacks for purchase including frozen pizzas, hot pockets, burritos, chips, pretzels and almonds. They encourage guests to bring in their own food; we enjoyed takeout sandwiches from The Marketplace Cafe with our beers.
Everything on the tap menu sounded good, so Brian and I chose to order a flight, then ordered another. All of the beers were 6.5% ABV or less and there was a wide variety of styles, which was a delight.
We both enjoyed every one of the beers we tried. My favorites were the Tag In honey blonde ale and the Fellini Italian pilsner. The Rockin’ The Gold Tooth cream ale was the least flavorful for me, but definitely didn’t taste bad.
We decided that 2 flights was probably enough beer for the day, but we purchased a glass as we closed our tab. Given the great atmosphere, convenient location and awesome beers, I’m sure we’ll be back to Hot Plate Brewing soon.
Hot Plate Brewing Company is located at 1 School Street, Pittsfield, MA.