The Tap Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 866
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Tchuck:
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I went up in early August with the small-but-determined group of BA's. Todd really planned it out nicely. We had our own table, and Tod Mott was there to talk about the beer and give us a tour. I started off with the Cambridge Common (seasonal). I thought it was delicious, as it was when Tod brewed it back at the late, great Back Bay Brewing Company. The brown ale was tasty as well, with some pronounced maltiness. I enjoyed the porter, which had some stout-y characteristics, and was very enjoyable. The definite suprise was how good the cream ale was. I expected it to be more of a palate cleanser between stronger beers, but it held it's own and was nicely balanced.
Where things went over the top was when we went downstairs, and tried the Sticke Alt (which was the previous seasonal, and Tod had some left in kegsJ) and the Wheat beer (which was aging to be the next seasonal). The wheat beer was tasty, had the slight banana and clove notes, but the Alt beer knocked my socks off. It was stunning, and probably one of the best beers I had. I'm not entirely familiar with the style, but it was mainly malty with slight hoppiness. It was exceptional, in my view.
I thought the food was pretty good. I shared an order of fried ravioli, which I thought was decent but not exceptional. I had an andouille sausage sandwich that was great, both in terms of taste and quantity. I would recommend it. The gentleman next to me remarked that the fish and chips were the best he's had.
I'm hoping to go back this weekend, and take better notes this time. This time, I'm going to save some room to have the Guinness ice cream across the street at the England Microcreamery afterwards. In all, definitely worth the trip to Haverhill.
08-22-2003 02:10:10 | More by Tchuck
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
I've always felt The Tap is really underrated. Being north-of-Boston in Haverhill, an old mill town that is a bit off the beaten path, has kept them off the radar. The consistently excellent beer and the constantly improving kitchen should get them some attention.
The atmosphere here can vary depending on when you go. The space is dark but open, with high ceilings that point to the building's millyard past. It's quiet and relaxed for the lunch crowd, and you'll see diners of all ages here for dinner. During the summer, they have a large deck out back with views of the Merrimack. A younger bar crowd moves in at night, especially downstairs. They often have rowdy hard rock shows upstairs on weekends.
I think the beer at The Tap has always been top quality, it's really a hidden gem. Their regular brews are fantastic and some of the seasonals they do are among the best in their style. The Intergalactic Acid berliner weisse they do in the summer and the Joshua Norton imperial stout they do in the winter are hard to beat.
Nothing but great things to say about the service. It really feels like a cozy neighborhood pub - it's tough not to feel at home here. The bartenders are friendly and attentive. The servers are the same - we came in one Friday night with my niece and nephew and they were great with the kids.
Being a brewpub, the beers are all brewed on-site - usually 8-10 drafts and one on cask. Their standard beers are solid - you'll see an IPA, a pale ale, a kolsch, a wit, and an altbier on more often than not. There's always a few seasonals and rotating drafts on as well - as I said above, if you can get the Joshua Norton or Intergalactic Acid, do so.
The food has really stepped up over the past couple of years. When I first started going to The Tap, the food was standard pub fare but they've really put some nice twists on that and they update the menu seasonally. My go-to for lunch is the shrimp BLT and they do an amazing brunch on Sundays. The house-made hash is made with their beer.
The prices at The Tap are very reasonable. Most beers range from $4-$6 for a pint, and there's always a Brewer's Choice selection which is a pint for $3. Even at a brewpub it's hard to beat prices like those.
11-26-2013 03:03:21 | More by MThiele360
3.89/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has a dark look and feel, both outdoors and inside. Bordering on a hole in the wall feel, but it totally works. Long, straight bar to the right when you walk in, with a window overlooking some bright tanks at the end. Booths along the opposite wall, table seating in a separate room, outdoor seating in front and back patio, and a pool table tucked away downstairs by the bathrooms and fermenters. Dark wood and little to no frills highlight this place perfectly. 9 beers on-tap, with 1 cask rotating. Beers to go, including bombers and growlers. Didn't try the food, but the menu looked damn tasty, with normal pub fare available, with a few highlights sprinkled throughout. The staff was great, very friendly, and there was even a Cicerone certified beer server behind the bar. This is a great spot to find if you are in the Haverhill area.
08-23-2013 03:15:43 | More by GarthDanielson
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Awesome old building with high ceilings, great wooden fixtures, and a nice spiral edged bar. The staff was very friendly and helpful describing the beers. We ended up getting a couple flights so we could try all the beers available (10) without getting wrecked. Didn't have any food because we didn't have much time but what we saw coming out of the kitchen definitely looked and smelled great. A couple pool tables and a skeeball machine in the basement provided a bit of fun. If you roll over a 500 in skeeball you win a hat. I'll be wearing it proudly. Great spot.
06-17-2013 02:42:04 | More by DerekMorgan
The Tap Brewing Company in Haverhill, MA
92 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.