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Salem Beer Works
Active Beers: 116
Beer Ratings: 1,326
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
278 Derby Street
phone: (978) 745-BEER
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Nutleybeer:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
It is located in a great spot, right along Derby St in downtown Salem. Walking distance from pretty much all of the hotels. We stopped in for lunch. They do have a small patio area, overlooking the street and parking lot, but it was too hot to sit out there.
They had a decent selection of beers on tap. 3 fruit beers, which was unusual: pumpkin, blueberry and watermelon. The pumpkin was a typical fall style, but I think they keep it on tap year round to go with the whole "witch" theme around town.
They do samplers is groups of 4. Aside from the fruit beers, they had a Gables Golden, Kolsch, Red, White, stout, brown and a few others. All of them were pretty good.
The atmosphere was ok. A decent sized bar. The dining area is not huge. The menu is fine, standard grub food. The meatloaf sandwich was pretty good. The "half" order of nachos was still pretty big.
They do sell shirts, pint glasses, etc.
2 pool tables and darts in the back. A pretty good place overall. Friendly service. Same folks who operate the Boston Beer Works.
07-07-2008 21:26:44 |
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11-18-2013 16:39:00 |
More by MGodduclan5
11-10-2013 20:58:43 |
More by Plissken
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
I really love the beer here and I always have. The Black Bat stout was amazing, and I try to get it every time. They have a relatively small selection of beers, but they are all great and cover most types beer. At the least, there's something for everyone. The atmosphere is pretty typical of a bar/restaurant, nothing special but not ugly. It has a lot a space, which is nice for big parties. My only big problem with this place is the service. It varies so much from really good bar service to horrendous table service. I've had to wait for over an hour to get a beer on a day that was actually pretty slow. Similar occurrences have happened a few times here. So while the beer is great, and the food is okay, the service can be a real killer.
11-08-2013 23:49:01 |
More by nikoconnor
10-11-2013 20:29:10 |
More by jmmy3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
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