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Putting the Merrimack Valley on the (Beer) Map

April 28, 2011

There are a lot of good things going on at the Haverhill Brewery. Founded in 2003 (in the form of The Tap Brewpub in Haverhill), they have been producing some impressive beers and growing steadily ever since. Now that their beers are being distributed throughout Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island, they’ve recently expanded their bottling line to make room for a wide array of new styles.

The first new limited release off their new line is a Tripel-style ale called Three Graces, an exceptionally light-bodied and clean tasting brew with just the right amount of spiciness and a subtle, tingly bitterness at the end. Aged for two months before bottling, it blends together notes of citrus and clove, as well as a subdued, Pilsner-like sweetness for an easy-drinking beer that pairs very well with food. If Three Graces is any indication, Haverhill is poised to become the beer capitol of the Merrimack Valley, with the Haverhill brewery being easily one of the best up-and-coming breweries in the state.

The mark of a great brewery is one that can put it’s own spin on every style they attempt, and Haverhill have been anything but boring. Their criminally underrated Gestalt (easily my favorite of all their beers) is an interpretation of a German Altbier that has the smoothness of a German lager, the hoppiness of a pale ale, and the malt backbone of a brown ale. Their Leatherlips IPA is another great example of Haverhill’s innovation. Obviously made for hop-heads, it has caramel malts up front that give way to a hop bomb of pine and citrus, with a bitter finish that has a subtle flavor of peaches. It’s sessionable at only 5% abv, but with a unique flavor profile that makes it a good sipping beer as well.

In it’s relatively short history, the Haverhill Brewery has created a lot of really interesting beers that  play on old and underrepresented beer styles, including an Old Ale, a French-style Biere de Guarde, and a Belgian IPA. With their new bottling line comes new possibilities for exploring more styles, so there’s never been a better time to support your local brewery and check out what Haverhill has to offer.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2011 3:03 pm

    I must say the folks over at Haverhill Brewery have been brewing up some amazing sweet amber nectar of the Gods for a while now. The Leather lips is one of my favorite IPA’s there is and it hangs tough with the Flying Dogs, Great Lakes, Wachussetts & Dogfish heads of the brew world…. James Tropeano…

    • April 28, 2011 5:11 pm

      Yea, the Leatherlips definitely holds its own against any other IPA out there. You just can’t beat originality

  2. Josh Prestigiacomo permalink
    April 28, 2011 3:40 pm

    I love the Tap Brewpub and I’m there all the time. The Leatherlips is my favorite beer they have and one of my top IPAs. When I’m all hopped out I’ll switch over to the Gestalt which is also an amazing beer. Besides their staple beers they are always rotating different brews. I’ve tried the Three Graces which is great and back in the fall they had their Ruby Bruin on tap. That was my first experience drinking a sour and it was delicious. I’m always excited to see what Haverhill Brewery is coming out with next!

    • April 28, 2011 5:07 pm

      Right on. I didn’t even know they made a sour, I’ll have to check out what they have on tap more often. Thanks for commenting

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