Visited in November 2009 for NERAX so didn’t spend much time in the brewpub itself. Seemed like a pleasant downtown spot in a nice old building with a pubby feel and plenty of their own beers on tap. Must visit again to get a better feel. Easily accessible by train from Boston although buying a ticket was a slight challenge at the the ticket window, mainly due to my UK "Haver-hill" pronunciation (there’s a place in England with the same name). The preferred local pronunciation seems to be "Hay-vrill"
Big room with high ceiling, has both the fire station and the new england feel. Another brewpub that easily as much a restaurant than a beer establishment, though the decoration lets you know the latter is important. Good beers globally, though they would have passed unnoticed without the IPA which seems to be a regular in their lineup. I’d definitely be interested to return when they have other seasonals. Weak, slow, uncaring service on that particular evening.
A town out of the Seventies, accessible by train.
Parking was OK. The brewpub also gave you that feeling of a town from long ago, with a good view of the river from the back patio. A couple of tables up front, and a classic decent sized bar. The beer here is good, and a worthwhile stop if you are passing by. We had to time the trip, as it is not open everyday, noteably not on Monday’s. Service was fine. The cask beer was very good, and a good range of selection of styles, no guest taps.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | March 29, 2005| Updated May 20, 2008
Above average restaurant food in a casual but refined atmosphere in downtown Haverhill. Beers are all very well-brewed, the Leatherlips IPA standing out amongst the crowd as a world-class IPA. Overall an above average brewpub experience, certainly one of the best in Massachusetts. The terrace out back must be wonderful in the heat of summer even though there is a parking lot between it and the river.
From what I saw Haverhill is a pretty ugly little town but the pub is located in what appears to the nice downtown “touristy” strip. Don’t drive around like we did looking for a parking on the street, there’s parking in the back. Inside is pretty nice clean pub. The huge back patio sits over 100. Overall the pub is surprisingly nice and big for such a below-the-radar little town. Food ranges from basic burger/pizza to more elaborate dishes. Most meals are in the $10 to $20 range. I had a quesadilla and the girlfriend had a seafood plate and we were both very satisfied. Selection when I was there was 8 housebrew taps. Haverhill Brewery make some fine brews, from very light session beer to strong Belgian ale. This is a good brewpub and most beer you drink there will range from good to excellent. Good service. They sell a few bottles to go. This place is definitely worth a little detour.
Stopped here on a Tuesday afternoon for a few pints. It was a little chilly, so just sat inside at the bar (didn’t get to see the nice patio area that the other reviewers mention). Overall, a pretty chill place to sit back and enjoy a beer, watch some sports on TV. There is a fairly large tap list (8 or so; about 1/2 are their regulars) with some interesting styles here and there (altbier, maibock, baltic porter) plus a cask offering. All the beers I tried were quite enjoyable. I didn’t order any food. Overall, a place I enjoyed and would visit again.
Nice place, warm, welcoming English-y ambiance in an old building in downtown Haverhill. I visited with MartinT, Rastacouere, tiggmtl so I’m not going to repeat their comments about the poor service...I agree that the food is excellent and the beers interesting, if not 100% successful. Definitely a place worthy of revisiting.
Établissement visité le samedi 17 mai vers 15h30. Ambiance: Musique soft rock en sourdine. Lors de ma visite des courses de chevaux étaient sur des écrans à l’intérieur. Petite terrasse à l’avant et immense terrasse à l’arrière donnant sur un stationnement public et la rivière Merrimack. Service: Sympathique sans plus. Sélection: 8 fûts maisons lors de mon passage. Nourriture: Pelures de pommes de terre comme bouchée, correct. (93e rating d’établissement)
I’ve been here twice. about a year apart. Located in downtown area lots of classic industrail northeast mill buildings around. A short walk from the Haverhill commuter rail station. Nice interior, Bar is darkwood and brick with some murals on walls of local/nautical scenes. Seperate dining area has dark wood panels. Seperate function room downstairs. Black & white tile floor and seperate bar area. Nice deck in the back that overlooks the Merrimack river. Tap handles all are old shoe molds. Both times I’ve sat at the bar. Service was good both times. Beers when I visited lat time were The Haverale
Leather Lips ipa
Doublelips Imperial I.P.A.
Oatmeal stout . I’ve just had burgers when I’ve been there, they’ve been good both times. Worth a visit if oyu’re in the area.
After stopping in here many times spread out of the course of years, time to rate this place. The food menu has greatly improved since my last visit. My grilled chicken sandwich was well made and my buddy’s Poutine was enjoyed as well. The bartender was friendly, witty and gave free tasters of whatever we asked for. He even knows what he is selling which is always a plus when selling craft brews. (not the case in all small New England places) The beers are up and down in taste, guessing it’s mostly your own palate. I will return here based on the updated menu and to try a few more brews of course.