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Salem Beer Works
Active Beers: 116
Beer Ratings: 1,327
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
278 Derby Street
phone: (978) 745-BEER
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
I really love the beer here and I always have. The Black Bat stout was amazing, and I try to get it every time. They have a relatively small selection of beers, but they are all great and cover most types beer. At the least, there's something for everyone. The atmosphere is pretty typical of a bar/restaurant, nothing special but not ugly. It has a lot a space, which is nice for big parties. My only big problem with this place is the service. It varies so much from really good bar service to horrendous table service. I've had to wait for over an hour to get a beer on a day that was actually pretty slow. Similar occurrences have happened a few times here. So while the beer is great, and the food is okay, the service can be a real killer.
11-08-2013 23:49:01 |
More by nikoconnor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Our trip to Salem on 10/20/11 was a blast. House of seven gables was fun and then we went to the Brwery which was a really nice surprise. We met some of my fiance's family there had a nice meal, I had New England clam chowder and my fiance had glazed shark. All yummy. Between us all we must've had all the beers available at the time which was about 7 or 8 selections, including one cask.
It was buzzing with engery on this Thursday night before Halloween, the place was full and very loud, the music was turned up a bit too load for my taste but we all enjoyed ourselves. The place itself is really spacious with good looks and a nifty, green-neon witch on the far wall. The service was pretty good to for being so busy. Fun!!
11-22-2011 22:13:54 |
More by GratefulBeerGuy
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My family and I love Beer Works in Salem. It's a great value for food, beer, and fun. They just recently renovated the dining room and bar area. It looks more like the Boston locations and it is a lot more open and comfortable. They have lots of TVs for viewing the various sporting events. The food almost always good and pairs well with the beer they serve. The tap list is pretty solid with various standards (Salem Pale Ale, an IPA, a Stout) and they brew three to four beers to go with the seasons. Overall, Beer Works is a great place to go after work and grab a few beers and some apps with friends and also a great place to take the family and have a nice meal and catch the game.
10-26-2011 22:28:18 |
More by danmcg62
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
With the exception of once stopping at the OK Corral in Tombstone, AZ, or possibly a buffalo burger (pre-veggie) at Wall Drug in South Dakota, Salem is the biggest tourist trap I've ever visited. However, our quick stop for an eye roll at the witch museum and the confusing search for the "memorial" quickly led us to the Salem Beer Works for a quick and friendly lunch stop before getting back on the road.
Our made to order pizza was a pie of gouda over white sauce on a spent grain crust surprised our waitress--and then us as to how good it tasted. I also enjoyed some of the themed names for the beers like Black Bat and Witch City Red. But, good if not great beer finished off our trip to Salem. Like Beer Works on Canal Street, one beer stood out and here it was an interesting and funky leftover barrel aged Belgian Imperial Stout. If a stop to see the witchcraft kitsch of Salem is a must, including the Salem Beer Works is a decent plan to break the spell.
07-09-2011 20:14:14 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This Beer Works is pretty similar decor-wise to the Boston locations that I have tried. All the names of the beers are changed to match the Salem location. For example Boston Garden Golden is called Seven Gables Golden yet they are the same beer.
They have a good selection of beers and styles represented and also offer one on cask.The food here actually seems like it might be a little better here than at the Canal street location. They also offer brunch items here which the Canal street location does not.
Our server was friendly and professional and there really isnt much to knock this place on. Its a good brewpub and the beers are decent. They are not the best beers I've ever tried but certainly a worthwhile place to check out if you are in Salem.
07-05-2011 18:20:27 |
More by rousee
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Salem Beer Works is the quintessential brew pub: High ceilings, a vast room with plenty of seating, brewery equipment when you enter, plenty of taps and plenty of American Pub fare. The beers were good and mildly unusual. I particularly enjoyed the cask conditioned IPA.
The Buffalo Wings were superb. As a fellow patron said to me, "they never use frozen wings." I can attest as a former upstate New Yorker, the wing sauce was authentic.
The beer selection was ample, probably a little over a dozen beers on tap. The bartender seemed adequately knowledgeable, although he often referred to the alcohol content in estimated terms (5% for the aforementioned cask conditioned IPA and 8% for the special Barley Wine, I think both were on the low side). He was alone for lunch, but he did a good job keeping up with everyone.
So, for four 12-ounce beers and a double order of wings, the price was $35, without tip.
In short, if you are a tourist or a local in Salem, I would make the trip. Otherwise, I'd stick to the breweries closer to Boston.
05-15-2011 22:12:58 |
More by smcolw
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Salem Beer works always a staple. The food and drink always great. Staff always on point. Food decent, yet quick. Salem spot well worth it!!Downtown location is perfect in downtown Salem. Spots are tough. Lived in salem and they are always tough. Plenty of walking distance bars, Beer works has the best options. Pickering Wharf not to far. Other options in the area are Gulu Cafe, great beers, different crowd. Enjoyed Gulu on a day off, not my type of place, but try it it out! they have great tap beers there. Out of towners would be surprised by list!!
05-13-2011 08:35:44 |
More by KJGAGNE
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
My go-to brewpub for a Friday/Saturday night meal and beer.
A - They recently completely renovated the entire pub. Went from a typical 90's sitcom bar with pool tables (nothing wrong with that) to an almost hip/young gastro-pub. Semi-mood lighting, bars, high-top tables, glass walls, very modern look. Cool place.
Q - The beer here is damn good. The double IPA and double pale are excellent representations of the style. The regulars (porter, golden ale, red, etc.) are all great too. The monthly rotating specials are hit or miss. Big fan of the pumpkin ale, MayBock, Imperial Stout, Bierre de Garde, and more. Some of the beers are just "meh," but with near a dozen taps at once, you will find something you like.
S - Service is usually great. Only been upset with the service (slow service, not checking in with the table for new drinks, etc.) maybe 2 or 3 times out of the dozens of times we have been there.
S - As mentioned earlier, there is usually about 10 beers on tap. Great selection, but not all the beers are homeruns or even above average.
F - Huge menu, seems to have changes several times over the years while keeping the most popular dishes. Not exactly gourmet and doesn't stand up to some of the other restaurants in Salem, but still good. Steak tips, fish n' chips, sandwiches, are all delicious.
05-12-2011 17:34:36 |
More by muttyd
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere is clean, modern take on a pub with a nice outdoor section (which unfortunately we got rained out of today). Large food selection; standard sandwich and fair but GREAT appetizers. Raspberry Mako Shark skewers?!?!?! I thought the Mako was endangered...perhaps that added to it's deliciousness.
Solid selection on draft. Lots of ales in the British style, I had a right nice Barleywine, but was upset because the menu said to ask for "cask selections" - the waitress told me they've had stuff out of the cask like twice in the two years she's been there. Meh, still good stuff.
Overall I liked this place. Friendly service, reasonable price - four beers, two appetizers and two sandwich plates plus dessert was under $80. I'd be curious to come back and try a few other of their brews (it was about 1pm when we ate so we had to limit ourselves a bit on the sauce)...but worth a trip if you're in the area.
05-07-2011 22:10:55 |
More by drumminbrewer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Took the ferry from Boston to Salem just to visit the brewpub.
Hit it early on a Friday and it was very quite. Great bartender ,very friendly and attentive. Had the abbey ale which was a golden ale. Wasn't bad ,but almost flat with next to no carbonation or head.
Taste was pretty one dimensional .
Later we stopped back for a bite and another beer. This time I went with the house I.P.A. which was tasty but again lacked carbonation . Also ordered a lobster roll which was delicious with hardly any mayo - no filler and a nicely toasted bun.
All in all I enjoyed the visit ,but feel they need to work on the co2 levels in their beers.
A fun day with a great boat ride both ways.
08-18-2010 20:28:38 |
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