The Tap Brewing Company

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The Tap Brewing CompanyThe Tap Brewing Company
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The Tap Brewing CompanyThe Tap Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

100 Washington Street
Haverhill, Massachusetts, 01832
United States

(978) 374-1117 | map

Brewpub & production brewery, formerly called Haverhill Brewery & The Tap.

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Reviews by JimFalzone:
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Despite the review from Brandonc ( of Acton, Massachusetts ), downtown Haverhill is not a bad place to hang out. Within one block of The Tap is an art district with local artisans peddling glassware and paintings. There is a homemade-icecream parlor across the street. A billiard hall and huge antiques mall. Plus the river walk, parks, and restaurants. Admittedly, it's not as cool as Acton with its community theatres, bowladrome, and Science and Discovery Museum. (just kidding). There are also some pretty fun downtown fesitvals in Haverhill throughout the year. And plenty of reasons to bring/lure your significant other to town. And like any similar sized-sized city (Waltham, Portland, Lowell, Somerville, etc.) it gets a little crazier at night with its share of hooligans.

Anyway, the Tap is great. You immediately feel comfortable when you walk in the door. There is no rush to order or rush to leave. And there is always something new on tap (literally). The cask Fridays are a very good reason to visit. And the patio that overlooks the river is a must-see in warm weather. This year's beer festival was awesome! It was well run and had a good selection of breweries present.

Here are some recent offerings: Leatherlips I.P.A. 5% abv, 50 ibu; Haverhale 4.5% abv 18 ibu; Charlie's Porter 5.8% abv, 40 ibu; American Pale Ale 5.2% abv, 30 ibu; DP’S Irish Red Ale 4.5% abv 21 ibu; Whittier White 4.6% abv, 20 ibu; Nut Brown 5.3% abv 17 ibu

If you haven't been there in a while, it is important to point out that much improvement has been made in the last 18 months. Prior to that, I admit I had some horrible experiences at this place. I had very poor service where we waited almost 40 minutes before someone took our first drink order. Another time I ordered lamb tips and they arrived bloody and icy in the middle. Yuck! The service was so poor, that my girlfriend refused to sit anywhere but at the bar where service was quicker (and we always had to eat dinner somewhere else first!). I don't know what happened, but I'm glad I kept going back, because all those problems seemed to have worked themselves out.

And now they sell beer to go in growlers, 6-packs, and kegs!!! I can't wait to put my first log of leatherlips on tap in the coming months.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Went here visiting my old home area. The place is located right downtown in a very old building. You immediately enter the bar area which is very roomy; over a dozen seats and a few tables. Dining areas included outdoor seating in the front of the restaurant and back of it. We ate inside where there were very roomy tables. Wait staff were quick and very attentive. It was lunchtime so not too busy. Found they had a small game room too. Could be a fun place on a Saturday night.

The place only really sells their beer but I noticed maybe 3 other non-brewery beers. Had their Solar Plexus DIPA and Batch 1793 IPA. Both were great beers with my very spicy, delicious burger.

Overall, a nice brewery/restaurant to enjoy in Haverhill.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

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3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of SamPaps84
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Awesome back deck for spring/summertime overlooking the Merrimack River. Great beer, good food, and great service.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was stop #4 for my wife and I on a 9-day East Coast pub crawl and a family visit. The brewery is located in an old brick building in the busy downtown retail area. A nice-looking patio on the sidewalk was inviting, but we chose to eat and enjoy the beers inside. The interior has a nice pub vibe to it, especially with an old-time mural on one full wall of the dining area.

A ‘miscommunication’ between the hostess and the serving staff left us having to flag down a server after a 5-minute wait so that we could order beer and food (and the place wasn’t very busy), and then our first two dinner selections were not available (one they were out of, and one that was no longer served although it’s still listed on the menu), but we got over that after our beer selection was served. There were 9 beers available, and we ordered a sampler flight of 5 of them. Each of them was brewed well above the standard characteristics for their respective style, and our scoring system ended up giving them a B grade overall. The Thunder Paws Pale Ale was the one that we liked best, but all of them were enjoyable.

Despite the unavailability issues with our dinner orders, the food earned its way back into our good graces. It was well prepared, so kudos go to the kitchen staff as well as the brewer. If we’re ever back in this area we’d definitely stop here again.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of libeer4182
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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The Tap Brewing Company in Haverhill, MA
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,288 ratings
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