We recently went to the Tap Brewing Company in Haverhill, Massachusetts. They have been open since 2003 focusing on high quality food every visit. They want everyone to leave happy.
It is located in an older building which they work with instead of against. They embrace the old painted walls and the painted tin ceiling. We could tell that they do take pride in this. On their website they give a brief history.
dining room mural
part of a mural in the bar area
Our location at 100 Washington St has played a major role in the history of Haverhill. Built in 1882 to house the L.H. Hamel Leather Company, it later became J.M. Hickeys, a local bar for the workers of the surrounding shoe mills. There our main dining room and bar area feature the original exposed brick and dark wood bar for a cozy, yet industrial feel.
They have a fair amount of seating – two bar areas, the main bar and the playpen. The playpen is an area with pool tables and arcade games.
sign at the base of the stairwell
part of the playpen bar area was nice too- but too dark for pictures)
They have a dining room as well as outside seating, out front on the city sidewalk and out back on a deck.
barrels on the dining room level
fermentation tanks in the basement- across from the bathrooms for you to view on your way
They have a 10 barrel brew house, which is multi level.
We arrived around 1:30 on a Friday afternoon and were pleasantly surprised by how many other people were there as well. All beer consumed at the Tap Brewing Company is made by them, you won’t find a Bud or a Miller, or any other craft beer, but you should find something you will like. If you don’t know what to order, talk to the bartender, they know THEIR beer. This is definitely a plus to them selling only their beer, they get to know it.
We ordered 2 samplers, $8 each, not bad! That way we got to try every beer.
Year Round Beers
German Blonde Ale – 4.7% – 23 IBU
Really light beer flavor, light spice on the tongue.
Spiced Belgian Wit – 4.6% – 30 IBU
Smelled like a Blue Moon, which makes sense. Good flavor, orange peel, coriander and ajwain. Mark thought it was lighter than other spiced beglians.
American Pale Ale – 5.6% – 30 IBU
Made with 3 hops, Glacier, Athanum, Cascade. Megan did not like the smell or the taste, but she usually does not like APA’s. This was more what Mark would consider ‘light craft beer’ that most people would like. It has some flavor and hops to it, but not too over powering or too heavy.
IPA – 5% – 50 IBU
Dry hopped, fairly light in color. Definetely has that classic IPA flavor, but it has a little something extra, maybe because it is dry hopped with whole leaf centennial hops. Fairly light in color.
Rye Ale – 5.6% – 41 or 4 IBU
Mark is always surprised how smooth rye ales are. Had an earthy, nutmeg finish.
Dampf beer – 5.1% – 21 IBU
All of the flavors and aromas of a Hefeweizen without the wheat malt. Mark thought it had the Hefeweizen smell, but not the taste.
Berliner Weiss – 3% – 4 IBU
German style with a light tartness.
More sour than we expected.
IPL (India Pale Lager) – 7.1% – 67 IBU
Hoppy punch of IPA with the smoothness of a lager. Megan did not like it. Mark enjoyed it, was super hoppy, and not really easy drinking like a lager, but good, especially if you are looking for a hoppy beer.
Farmhouse Ale – 6.7% – 30 IBU
Traditional farmhouse style, bright and spicy, one of our top choices, bought a bottle before we left.
Intergalactic Acid On Peaches
Had a similar smell to the uncasked Acid. The peaches cut the tartness and added a good flavor. One of our other top choices.
Mark enjoying the sampler
Megan enjoying the sampler
Bacon Cheese Fries
Big plate, good amount of cheese and bacon.
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread
Mark really liked this. Lot’s of bleu cheese and the mix of hot sauce was good.
Overall, we felt like we got a lot for what we paid. Prices were good and serving sizes were good. This is another place that we would go to more often if it was a little closer to us.
The bar is open until local last call each night. We are closed on Mondays