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Notch Brewing

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4.04/5
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927 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

283R Derby St
Salem, Massachusetts, 01970
United States

(978) 238-9060 | map
notchbrewing.com

Notes:
Founded by Chris Lohring (formerly of Tremont Brewery), focusing on American Session Beer.

Formerly brewed at Ipswich/Mercury.

Added by Todd on 04-26-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
39
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
927
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.11/5
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
10
pDev:
6.08%
 
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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Ironnomad
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of blisscent
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mynie
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Notch is sort of a gimmick brewery in that all the beers they brew are legit, sub-5.0 ABV sessions. And they are unique in that they can make a "session IPA" that doesn't have a weird watery middle. And they are bold in that they don;t usually chase trends, which allows them to make excellent versions of, say, a Czech Pils.

But, man, the prices at their brewpub are outrageous.

It's in downtown Salem, which ain't exactly downtown Manhattan but also ain't exactly cheap. The vibe here is thankfully witch-free, meaning it's usually filled with locals instead of tourists. It's a big old brick building that's kind of hard to access--you got to walk through an empty lot and around a corner to get to the entryway, and you can't really see the sign from the street.

The decor is standard for a new brewpub or restaurant in the late 2010's. I don't know when this inoffensive homogeneity started but, man, it's really taken hold lately. Anyhow, umm, there's lots of windows for natural lighting, bricky facade, trim white people, and an outdoor patio with heat lamps. You can bring your dogs.

The aesthetic is inoffensive, if a tad generic. The vibe is a bit hipster, and can lean toward the judgmental if you catch it at the wrong time of day.

They got 7-10 taps going, with 1-2 of those going to local guest brewers. The beers are all small of stature but usually large of flavor and some are quite exquisitely brewed.

But, like I said, it's goddamn expensive. It'll take you over 20 bucks to work up a halfway decent buzz. And I know we all pretend that's not what craft beer's about, but let's just drop that charade for a moment and re-state the point I just made: 20 bucks will barely get you a buzz. Take from that statement what you will.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Went here to visit friends. Notch seemed hard to find, but they are off a busy street with a decent amount of parking. The space is rather large with big communal tables to one's right, some on the side on the left, some in the back, several in a back room, and about a dozen tables outside. Old industrial vibe with, what I believe was brick, on the walls. Some games available at the brewery, including several board games. Great view of some of Salem with, what I believe was a small canal running by the brewery.

Notch had several beers on tap, maybe 2 exclusively on tap, with many of the beers available to purchase in cans. The brewery was very well staffed. I could maybe count 3-4 people behind the bar working with several workers running around cleaning tables and serving people the limited food menu.

Overall, I really enjoyed this place and would come back again.

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Photo of sbuchert
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

If you're looking to spend some time with friends over several beers there's no better location than Notch. The picnic table seating and no TVs gives you plenty of opportunity to talk to your friends or your table neighbor. Beers come in basically 2 sizes, half or full liter. However, the low abv lets you enjoy a few without passing out from the buzz.

Beers focus on European lager styles (pilsner, schwartz, czech lager, etc), but there's typically a few selections for hop heads and English styles to balance things out. The skee ball machine is the most popular area of the bar. For .25 cents you can try your hand at getting a high score. Free wifi is also offered. Yes, there is 1 TV, but it's typically only on for Patriots games.

In the summer the outside patio is the place to be. Plenty of picnic tables to enjoy some beers and the view of the canal.

Food offers are minimal, but the pretzel is very tasty. There's no table service so all beers need to be ordered at the bar. Crowlers of beer are available to go and tours are offered from time to time. If you happen to be in Salem, get off the beaten path and try some of the best session beers brewed in the country.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of qcbrewer
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of AirBob
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of goodshiz
3.7/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Notch Brewing in Salem, MA
Brewery rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 927 ratings
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