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The Seven Barrel Brewery

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The Seven Barrel BreweryThe Seven Barrel Brewery
BEER AVG
3.6/5
Based on:
19 Beers
107 Ratings
Place Score: 84
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.67%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

5 Airport Rd
West Lebanon, New Hampshire, 03784-1658
United States
phone: (603) 298-5566

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sevenbarrelbrew

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Reviews by eLMsITYbUM:
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stop into the Seven quite frequently, so I figure it's time to review it. You walk into the bar area where there is some tables and the u shaped bar. They always have some sort of sports on the many televisions in the bar area. A small flight of stairs brings you into the dining area, that has booth style seating and some tables in the middle that can be combined for larger parties. The brewhouse is visable from many angles in the dining area, from behind glass. The brewhouse is also what you see from 89 and 12a. The decor is an odd collection of "mish mash hodge podge" that seems to work well for the Seven Barrel.

The staff have always treated us well, and have kept our glasses full. Some of them have a great deal of knowledge of what is on tap. They usually have at least one beer on cask, sometimes two. They always have a good selection on tap, even our Bud drinking friends don't have a problem ordering one of the lighter offerings. The food ranges from the standard pub grub, with burgers, sandwiches and the such to full entres including some steaks and nice chicken dinners. The menu also offers some healthier selections as well. The Seven Barrel also fill growlers for take home beer.

Overall: my many experiences have been good here ans I would say it's worth a stop if you're in the area. Hit the Beverage King before or after your visit!

More User Reviews:
Photo of jco3
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Great food, mostly local. Haven't had poor service yet, and I've been there quite a few times. They do best with porters and browns. Their coconut porter is great. I would highly recommend this place.

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1/5  rDev -72.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Jayli
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Headed from Boston to Stowe on 12/5... we were on the road, hungry, stopped at a rest stop and grabbed one of those "breweries of New Hampshire" brochures. Who knew our luck (by the time we read it) put us 15 minutes away from Seven Barrel!

Walked in around 2pm on a Monday. Just missed the lunch crowd so it was kind of dead. Our server couldn't have been happier to see us.
Set up is a long hallway down to the dining area, ample bar space to the right (on the way down to the dining area). Lots of wood fixtures, slightly rustic feel to the place. Kitschy decor.

It wasn't until a trip to Maine that my partner finally learned the beauty that is poutine. She originally thumbed her nose at it, but had it once in Maine and once she saw it on the menu here? Yea, that was a no brainer! We got the poutine and the Cheese plate which featured Grafton Village Cheddar, Garfield Smoked Gruyere, and Vermont Chevre Goat cheese. Yea - the food was pretty awesome.

Our waiter was AWESOME. Yea, perhaps it was because we were the only people to sit in his section. However, we could totally joke with him and that's a person that I want waiting on me.

Food selection was awesome, beer selection was pretty good too. There were about 7 beers on draft from Seven Barrells. I had the RIP Stou (which we left with a growler of and stopped in on the way home for a second growler), and the gf got the winter. Additionally they had an Imperial Pale as a part of their Conan the Destroyer Series.

This is a definite stop over for all other trips out to Stowe. It's a diamond in the rough. Good food, I can attest to the stout...but it's a great local gem worthy of hitting up if you're in the area.

Photo of adirondack88
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I used to live in the Upper Valley and would enjoy stopping by 7 Barrel after work on occasion. Sad to say that was about 14 years ago. Not much has changed at 7 Barrel in all those years, except for the staff. Well, there is one guy that works during the afternoon that has been there all along. The quality of the beer is ok, not overly great or creative, but ok. They usually have a selection of IPA, Red, Brown, or Stout, plus a couple of others to choose from. The food has a British flair and is also ok for Pub food. It is worth stopping in for a beer or two.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Atmosphere: A cool looking place, kind of a bar-in-a-log-cabin feel to it. Had a dining section where we sat, and a decent (but on the smaller end) sized bar. Rather plain looking.

Quality and Service: Comfortable seating, a very nice waitress (who was a vegetarian but pointed out some crowd favorites, why are all waitresses vegetarians?) who was friendly and paid close attention to us.

Selection: They have about seven beers, give or take a couple, but a decent selection. On their drink menu they offer a lot of different pairings and combinations of beer that looked interesting, cider, too.

Food: Average bar food, sandwiches, fish and chips, nothing special.

Value: Beers were around four dollars and change, offered different sizes to please everyone. Food was priced fairly.

Photo of grahambo
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Just moved to the area and are in the process of checking out what's pretty close by. This was first little trip.

A: Went on a Tuesday night, this place was cozy and pretty busy. Wood paneling everywhere with a rustic feel.

Q: I would say that the beer was good. Nothing to write home about and few that were below average but a few beers wel above average as well. Tried a flight with all six of the regular beers and a bonus sample of the Double IPA on Cask. The Canadian style lager, Quechee Cream Ale, IPA and Dublin Brown were at the top of our list. The Double IPA tasted like it had been on cask for a few days too long and was bit oxidized, the Red #7 and RIP Stout were ok.

Service: Very slow but very forgivable. They had a waitress call in sick and they were short a cook so our waitress was flustered but very nice and polite.

Selection: The beers and the food menu ran the gamut and they had something to satisfy as many palates as possible without going overboard.

F: The food was above average pub fair. My finance had a very good Reuben and I had the Toad in the Hole, a maple sausage wrapped in pastry with cheese and onions with apple chutney.

Value: A flight, two pints, a half pint two dinners, chips and salsa for under $35, this was a great value. I'll be back for sire since it will be on my way to and from school.

Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A friend of mine is starting grad school at Dartmouth soon, so we took a road trip up to the area yesterday to look at apartments. We stopped into Seven Barrel right around happy hour. It's located in the Colonial Shopping Plaza. Grabbed some seats at the bar. There are brew kettles lined up behind the bar, which looked cool. Average looking bar otherwise, except for the big wooden signs advertising their staple brews hanging from the ceiling. Our bartender was friendly and chatted with us. Eight house beers on tap, but no cask today. I ordered pints of the RIP Stout and Al's Bock, while my friend had two half-pints of the Red 7. We also split an order of the gravy cheese fries. The fries were sloppy but tasty. The bill came and it was only $18, for a basket of fries and essentially three beers. Not too shabby. Also, growlers were only $10 + $1.50 deposit, which seems good also. I'd stop here again if I find myself back up in this part of NH visiting my friend.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Came in here on my way home from Maine with my dad and girlfriend. I had no idea this place was here even though I've been through here many times.

I ended up getting the Greg Noonan Vienna Lager they had which is awesome because I'm a fan of the style and I'm from Burlington and love vpub! Well the beer was pretty solid and the beer prices were decent. I got a pulled pork BBQ sandwich that was quite good. I'd say that the portions are a bit small but it's not too expensive. Overall a nice place.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I've been here a lot because it's close to work and home. Atmosphere is homey and unique, no chain restaurant or cookie cutter sports bar here. Kind of an odd collection of decor and an awkward floor plan. It is smaller on the inside than it looks from the outside. Service is always prompt and friendly, a little bawdy at times (in a good way). Selection of beers is pretty broad, something from all of the major styles. Beer is pretty good but nothing fantastic. Overall they tend to be a thin and watery. No high ABV or overly exciting brews here, pretty mundane. Food is good but on the greasy side.

Photo of Deuane
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Right off the interstate so it is an easy lets stop in and check it out type of place.

Interesting interior with the typical bar TV's, a nice bar area and then suits of armor and other antique knick-knacks? Interesting but certainly odd.

Hostess and waitress were both prompt and friendly. So, at least there was little room to complain.

Good beer selection that ran across a nice line of styles. Even a cask choice, always a +0.5 in my book. All of the beers were at least decent....nothing really blew me away but nothing was bad, even the "Canadian" Ale.

A decent place worth the short detour off the highway. Next time maybe we will have an appetite and try the food.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.78/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped into Seven Barrel Brewery for lunch when I flew to New England to introduce my infant daughter to her great grandparents. We met for lunch and at first I thought they were trying to give me the brush off as they said the heat wasn't working and it would be too cold for the baby. Before we left the heating issue was resolved and we were seated. That was an awkward start to things, but I tried to remain objective.

The menu for food was pretty extensive and everyone seemed to enjoy what they ordered. We tried several of the soups, a couple sandwiches, an entree of fish and chips and I had something called a "toad in the hole" with apple chutney that I enjoyed quite a bit. It wasn't five star fare, but was good food when you are there to try some beer anyway. There were no beers that I would call bad.

They do sell beer to go, but it must be in one of their own growlers. I obviously don't get their often and tried to get a growler I found in the trunk of the car I borrowed filled and that wasn't happening. I can't complain about that, but would have liked to take some beer home. There were 8 of their beers on tap the day I was there including the two seasonals. Its definitely worth checking and isn't far from the Harpoon facility in Windsor, VT so if you are there for one, do both.

Photo of BoSox25
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Walked into this place and got service quickly. Shortly after I ordered my beer I noticed that everyone else at the bar wasn't
drinking beer but tall mix drinks (not a good sign) Most of the beer was forgettable, the Pale Ale was awful, IPA was ok. I was kinda puzzled with the ribbons on the wall awarded to their beer. The place seemed more like a low end chain restaurant than a brew pub. Food I saw coming out looked really greasy so we went elsewhere for dinner. No doubt I will skip this place next time.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is located near the Colonial Plaza. Getting off the highway from exit 20 on 89 head N on 12A and its within spitting distance of the highway.

A: This is a very interesting place to go to. Decor seems to try and do to many things. Has some antique armor statues that guard the dining area from the bar and signs all over the place. The whole building looks like it was made from an old barn or that maybe it was an old barn. Very casual place and nothing hob nobbish about it. Definitely seems to cater to the blue collar worker.

Q: The atmosphere took away from some of the enjoyment of being there because you never could really set yourself for any one particular setting. The place was clean throughout. Staff was friendly. Always a fan to see the brewing tanks in view with a brewpub.

SR: Seated quickly by the hostess and the waitress was prompt. The place seemed to be busy, but I never worried about having beer in my glass.

SE: The menu was quite expansive. Something there for everyone. The beer menu was a little short though. But they brew there own beers so that is all they carry. They did have a beer of the major styles on tap though. To me the best thing was that they have cask conditioned ale on tap.

F: Nothing special. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich so that really isn't anything special in itself. They did have a lot of variety to the sandwiches which is good. The salad I had seemed very fresh.

Photo of lancecreed
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Beer was average and nothing really stood out. If anything the RIP Stout was the best followed by the Dublin Brown Ale. The IPA lacked punch and in my opinion could of used some hops. That being said there wasn't anything that was awful either. Overall it was just ok.

The food was barely passable. I had a reuben and it was unremarkable and the onion rings were far too thickly battered. My compatriots were even less impressed with their dinners. The service was pretty much non-existent as our server didn't come back to see if we wanted another round until we were at the point where you just give up and ask for the check. Mildly disappointed in comparison to the other brewpubs I have been to in the past 3 years while living in New England.

Photo of slander
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Saturday morning finds us leaving Burlington far, far behind and setting sail for New Hampshire, we innocents abroad. I have to say that it's one state in the NorthEast I've never really seen, short of that 15 minute clip in the coastal corner sandwiched between Mass and Maine. I had Trouble navigating as she's quite good with the logistical stuff. This was a very easy mark to hit, straight down 89, over the river and exit at your first brewpub...

Standing solo out front of a plaza just off the highway, it's easily identifiable by the large red number "7" on the roof and a sign dangling on the side of the building. There's speculation that it formerly housed a Cracker Barrel. Just off the entrance sit 3 tables adjacent to a long bench for people waiting to be seated. Surely not where I'd want to be seated as it's got to be totally weird catching a meal at these tables with people just sitting there looking at you, watching you eat. Just around the bend is a walkway with a jukebox and glassfront brewery shwag cabinet and a pair of suits of armor, one to each side of a small staircase leading to the raised seating area to the rear. These 2 areas wrap around the bar space, kept separate by a green paneled ½ wall with glass windows & brewery beer placards. The "T" shaped wood bar, lip and copper rail, seats a dozen and a half, with a wooden unit above tracing the bar lined with booze, and above that, figurines, TV's, statues, bottles, trophies, a birdcage, a model ship, a tin soldier, all the essentials.

The long wall bar back is a collection of tax determination tanks in a row with a tower box of 8 taps up front and a pair of handpumps off to the left. A long counter runs below the tanks holding pint glasses and growlers. 3 pseudo bar counter pieces extend from the wall behind you with stools seating a dozen. The room burgundy wallpapered over panel wood lowers, prints, plates, awards, a framed mirror, and the tap selections written on a blackboard strangely concealed in the far corner where no one would reasonably see it. Tile floorings, blue painted ceiling with mural pieces, drop movie spotlights, and tinnish lamps on the bar counters.

To the rear, a dining room holding a dozen booths (6 on the far wall and 6 near) and nearly as many tables down the center (2 seaters pushed together where need be), with views of the far partial brewroom show pieces. Wood beam uprights with "Y" supports, framed paintings & prints, potted plants on shelving overhead.

6 taps on the sampler. The Red 7 was hoppy, sweet, slightly floral; Paul's Pale Ale was metallic, strange; the Ice Rock Canadian, a blonde, was crisp and hoppy; the New Dublin Brown Ale was somewhat nutty; Champion reserve IPA, citrus, nicely hoppy; the RIP Stout, smooth, roasty, dry and a bit chalky. Also sampled the cask Stout, silky, smooth, roasty chocolate, quite nice. I liked both versions of the stout and the IPA.

Nothing amazing but not too shabby either. Glad we stopped in but there's more to see, more to see, and we've got to backtrack into Vermont before back backtracking back into New Hampshire again.

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The Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon, NH
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.