The Tap Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 837
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by taez555:
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Tap is located about 40 minutes north of Boston right in downtown Haverhill, MA. Very easy to get to both driving or by the T.
The interior is really quite something. Its in an old 1800s cobblers shop, and it looks like little has changed. Reminded me of the drugstore in Its a wonderful life or something. Old dark worn wood, beautiful fresco style paintings of old New England circle the top of the walls, very cozy tables as well. The ground floor is split into two sections with a bar, small seating area and brew kettles on one side and a dining room on the other through a partially open wall. There are also several floors for functions as well as the rest of the brew stuff downstairs.
The food menu is surprisingly large. Classic pub grub and then some. Soup, Salad, Sandwiches, Burgers, Pasta, even BBQ. Everything I tried was hearty and very tasty.
So hows the beer? Well, what can you say about the beer. Dann Paquette makes some of the best beer in New England. I didnt count, but it looked to be around 8 beers on tap. A few standards with the rest being rotating seasonals. They also have a cask engine. Beer quality is top notch and well worth the trip out to Haverhill.
Overall I was actually really impressed with the Tap. Food was good, great atmosphere in the old building and the beer is fantastic. You really cant go wrong.
01-17-2005 09:59:53 | More by taez555
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$
This place has a dark look and feel, both outdoors and inside. Bordering on a hole in the wall feel, but it totally works. Long, straight bar to the right when you walk in, with a window overlooking some bright tanks at the end. Booths along the opposite wall, table seating in a separate room, outdoor seating in front and back patio, and a pool table tucked away downstairs by the bathrooms and fermenters. Dark wood and little to no frills highlight this place perfectly. 9 beers on-tap, with 1 cask rotating. Beers to go, including bombers and growlers. Didn't try the food, but the menu looked damn tasty, with normal pub fare available, with a few highlights sprinkled throughout. The staff was great, very friendly, and there was even a Cicerone certified beer server behind the bar. This is a great spot to find if you are in the Haverhill area.
08-23-2013 03:15:43 | More by GarthDanielson
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Awesome old building with high ceilings, great wooden fixtures, and a nice spiral edged bar. The staff was very friendly and helpful describing the beers. We ended up getting a couple flights so we could try all the beers available (10) without getting wrecked. Didn't have any food because we didn't have much time but what we saw coming out of the kitchen definitely looked and smelled great. A couple pool tables and a skeeball machine in the basement provided a bit of fun. If you roll over a 500 in skeeball you win a hat. I'll be wearing it proudly. Great spot.
06-17-2013 02:42:04 | More by DerekMorgan
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Really nice old building feeling inside the bar, as well as an awesome deck in the back overlooking the merrimack river.
The beers here are really good and fresh, and they always have a new beer on tap when I go.
The service at the bar can be a bit slow and hard to get the bartenders attention, but that is just because the place is busy
They usually have about 10 beers on tap which is nice
Have never eaten there but definitely would since I like the place
Beers are reasonably priced for the area nothing more expensive than a bar serving other regional crafts
01-04-2011 16:00:28 | More by rowingbrewer
The Tap Brewing Company in Haverhill, MA
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