We did a little brewery and brew pubbing this weekend. We hit AB in Merrimack, Redhook and Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, Millys Tavern in Manchester and The Tap in Haverhill. I must say we were in awe at the size and volume we saw @ AB and completely surprised that there was an AB product we'd actually drink in a pinch. The Michelob porter is very drinkable.
I wasn't too impressed by Redhook or Portsmouth brewery. I was really looking forward to Portsmouth since they are owned or partnered with Smuttynose. It just didn't do much for me. It's in a nice building and cool area but something just missed. Redhook was ok. The tour guide was funny and made it a good time. The beer was fair.
Milly's Tavern in Manchester was excellent. It's in an old mill building and has a cool vibe. The beer was really good and we arrived @ Happy Hours or something to that effect cause the beers were only 2 bucks each. How can you beat that? Finally on our way home we stopped @ The Tap in Haverhill. It was awesome, another old mill building. We just grabbed some apps so I can't really speak to much for the menu but what we had was really good. The beer was f-ing great. They package a few of there brews locally so I knew they made good beer. But, there coffee stout was hands down the best stout I've ever had. Hope this helps someone out if they're in the area. Happy drinkin