Salem Beer Works

BEER AVG
3.69/5
Salem Beer WorksSalem Beer Works
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

278 Derby Street
Salem, Massachusetts, 01970
United States

(978) 745-BEER | map
beerworks.net

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BEER STATS
Beers:
113
Ratings:
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Reviews:
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PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by bennybrew:
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i was there. and it was good. both boston locations have more character but salem had better service.

the interior is a bit bland. i'm not a big fan of covering every square inch of a joint with something that says beer on on it but there should be something to give a room some character.

but the beers is good and there was a good selection of of good quality beer work beers (7-8 beers?). and the food is good and didn't seem as pricey as downtown.

i went with some veggie and i recall having trouble find something she would eat. the meatloaf was good, though. more brewpubs should have more vegetarian items.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HurryItsJacob
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of sbuchert
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of goodshiz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Cbmcguire
4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been a patron here since I've moved to Salem many years ago. The beer quality is consistently good.

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Photo of MilaMila
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mpsmooth31
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mynie
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Here's maybe the most succinct rating I can give the place: I've lived two blocks away for 5 months, and I've only been there three times. But, each time I've been there, I've enjoyed it.

So... I dunno. It's a pretty boilerplate gastropub. The food is solid, if unhealthy, but there are better dining options within short walking distance. Likewise, the beer is solid, and the selection is admirable, but there is better within walking distance.

The "Works" locations are pretty old school, and so their strengths are the British-inflected east coast styles. The newer styles, like the super hoppy IPAs and coffee stouts, are hit and miss.

The decor is post-industrial but warm, with lots of amber lighting and steel bunting. The servers are friendly.

The prices... kind of suck. For a brewpub especially. I don't mind paying 8 bucks a pint for a high ABV beer that had to be trucked in from somewhere (well, I do mind, but that's understandable), but paying the same for a medium strength, so-so beer that was brewed a few feet away is kind of a rip.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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Salem Beer Works in Salem, MA
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,632 ratings.
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