This place had a rustic look to it with a nice wooden bar. I ate and drank at the bar rather than in the main restaurant. From the bar I had a good view of the brewing tanks. Several flat tube TV’s were on the wall along with a projection TV and patrons could watch the KENO numbers on another TV. There were eight brews available including, when I went, the seasonal Pumpkin Eater beer. The bartenders were friendly as were the waitresses. But even so, on a fairly slow Saturtday night, service was a bit slow. The menu seemed wide ranging and the prices were about average to above average. The spinach/artichoke dip I tried was gooey and very sour creamy. But the charbroiled burgers was excellent. I would go again but order a different appetizer.
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"
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.
Nothing spectacular for beer or food though a few of the brews and a couple of the dishes are above average - recommend the Sassy Rabbit with Goat Cheese and Chicken Flatbread. The great thing about this place is the outside seating on their huge back deck. Prices are more reasonable than most brewpubs as well.
Can’t particularly say that I’m much of a fan of this place, but because of the facts that it’s an accessibly easy spot to meetup with folks and it closes late for Essex County standards, it serves its purposes as a decent downtown function that nobody would disagree to dropping in on. The building is located three minutes by foot from the MVRTA/Washington Square Transit Station and just about everyone you bump into on the street either knows where it is, or is on their way there. But the employees and bartenders strangely remind me of a cast from a quirky 90s late-night sitcom: there’s the invasive drifter who acts as if he just smoked too much pot and asks questions along the same lines; there’s the pretty yet unmemorable girl who secretly wants to join the circus but bar-tends in the meantime to make ends meet; there’s the guy who resembles a famous move actor and can’t help but hit on intoxicated women at the bar. A fun bunch of ragtag misfits whose behavior, at least in the times I was present, mirrored those of the customers. It’s dimly-lit, and that’s a plus for me, but it also happens to be kind of cluttered which is a shame as it has so much space. The food was filling but uninteresting and bland. If they have something good and limited on tap, I think it’s worth checking out, but if there’s nothing new and/or desirable, I simply wouldn’t go. Or maybe I would, but I don’t think I’d get a beer. It depends.
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.
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.
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.
We visited The Tap on a nice sunny day and got to sit on the rear terrasse that gave a nice view on the Merrimac river. The food was decent and the service was good. Now the beer, the brewpub had 8 beers on tap including the main attraction : the Leatherlips IPA which is very good. This place is definitely worth a visit once in a while.