Monday, June 13, 2011

The Moan & Dove and the Dirty Truth

It was Dad’s 85th birthday and we decided to take a trip through Western Massachusetts with the
destination of Northampton in mind. We traveled along secondary roads, through small hamlets that
time had forgotten. The old architecture and great views were memorable. Finally, we came upon the
Connecticut River Valley and the hustle and bustle of our modern time returned.

We decided to take a small side trip to Amherst for a beer at the Moan and Dove. The Moan and Dove
is on the outskirts of town, in a small strip mall. It has twenty three taps. We arrived at about 3:30 PM
and the place was moderately busy. Dad had the Allagash White. I had to try the Two Headed Beast.

Next, we traveled to Northampton. Our destination was the
Dirty Truth for a beer and dinner. The Dirty Truth is in the
midst of downtown Northampton and we were there on a
Friday evening. Parking was a bit difficult and Dad, being 85,

is not much of a walker. For most people this would not have been a problem and the walk through
town is rather nice. Finding the Dirty Truth is also a bit difficult. Were it not for knowledge of the
street number, we would have walked right by it. The sign is rather small. You need to look in the
upper right corner of the building. We arrived at a good time for there was plenty of seating. I cannot
say the same for when we left. There were thirty two beers on tap. We tried the Avery IPA, Stone
Levitation, and Stone Smoked Porter. All were very good. The menu had some interesting items and
everyone inour group enjoyed their meal. Among our selections were the House Cured Lox Salad; Crawfish,
Chorizo, and Confit Gumbo; P.E.I. Mussels and Handcut Fries; Currywurst; and Pulled BBQ Duck
Breast Sliders.

A nice ride in the country followed by some great beer and food. What more can you ask for?

Moan and Dove:

The Dirty Truth:

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