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Old 06-24-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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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

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Old 06-24-2008, 03:34 PM   #2
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FWIW AB owns about 1/3 of Red Hook.

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I thought it was more than that. It was still worth the trip.
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I live in Dracut and I was thinking of going to The Tap to try it out. There is a Boston Beer Works that just opened in Lowell as well.

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Do you know if the Tsongas Arena is going to be hosting the Beer and Barbeque event again this year? I can't find it online. We went last year and it was GREAT!

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I second all that the big guy had to say about the weekend! If the Tap was any closer to us i would be there all the time!

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I live in Dracut and I was thinking of going to The Tap to try it out. There is a Boston Beer Works that just opened in Lowell as well.

I would make the trip to the Tap. You won't be sorry. We've been to Salem Beerworks and it was ok. We haven't made it to Boston or Cambridge yet.
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The Boston Beer works was good. The food was great and I tried the IPA and it was fairly good. The Lowell Beer Works is combing with the Lowell Brewery. It will be 2 seperate bars but will serve each others food.

I am not sure if the Tsongas is holding that event again. I know that the Folk Festival in lowell is coming up and that is a good time.

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