Notch Brewing (2022)

Discussion in 'US - Northeast' started by MattOC, Jan 1, 2022.

  1. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Since the pandemic began, we’ve been out alone exactly three times (new baby, no child care options). We don’t need fancy. We need kid free stuffing enchiladas and loaded nachos in our faces. We eat Mexican all the time and this place comes highly recommended
     
  2. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Nice! Crush some margaritas while you’re at it as well. Doesn’t hurt it’s like two feet from Notch.

    Couple other pro tips: Go to Jaho and get a boozy coffee (or whatever drink you prefer) in a to-go cup. You can casually stroll around undetected drinking.

    Also head to Goodnight Fatty for cookies after dinner. You could pair the two for a nice stroll around Salem before heading home.
     
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  3. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    A bit off topic, but does anyone know if Super Bien opened yet?
     
  4. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    The last IG post from a week ago says "very soon." Always seems to be work being done there while I'm at Notch.
     
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  5. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Love this. Adding Jaho and Goodnight Fatty to my list. Thanks for the tips.
     
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  6. DucRacer900

    DucRacer900 Initiate (115) Aug 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Soon seems to be the forever word. Notch Provisions is supposed to be "soon" as well.
     
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  7. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    "About three weeks out" for about a year now
     
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  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,621) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Does Chris also have this sign hanging up at the brewery:

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jbrews

    Jbrews Disciple (351) Aug 6, 2013 New Hampshire

    Gotta say that Odd Meter has better coffee thank Jaho! Love me some George Howell.

    But Jaho is pretty good so we’re splitting hairs here.
     
  10. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Never had Odd Meter. But George Howell is infinitely better coffee than Jaho.
     
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  11. Stormfield

    Stormfield Aspirant (229) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    Well if Odd Meter doesn’t serve boozy coffee to go than I won’t be going there. But George Howell coffee is good, entirely agree. Mother-in-law loves it.
     
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  12. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Super Bien is open. Wines are $15 a pour and the empanadas are $4.82 after tax, and about half the size you’d expect for an empanada. I got two to go. The beef one is delicious. The bean and cheese is interesting. The cheese on top is like the powdered stuff you get in Kraft mac & cheese. It’s good and has a little heat to it.
     
  13. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Does anyone know if you can take the wine into the beer garden?
     
  14. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    No, I don’t think so. Saw a couple on Friday that came up from between Notch and Super Bien and one was holding a glass of wine. She was stopped promptly before entering the taproom and headed back down while the guy proceeded into the taproom.

    I don’t think the biergarten is for anything but beer. That’s why I think it’s cordoned off and other spots that sell alcohol, sake spot comes to mind, have their own little areas of outdoor seating.
     
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  15. yuppiescum

    yuppiescum Initiate (47) Jun 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Classic Boston micromanagement. It's annoying that it can't be like, say, High Street Place which has a large shared common area where you can bring whatever you get (including alcohol) from wherever you get it.
     
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  16. Rysk22

    Rysk22 Zealot (545) Nov 12, 2014 Massachusetts
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    Whoa whoa whoa... what's next open borders!? /s
     
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  17. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Anyone pick up any French Pils cans?
     
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  18. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Eight of them
     
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  19. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Yes. A 4-pack.
     
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  20. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    How are they?

    I might swing through there Saturday, but might go today or tomorrow in case they may run out.
     
  21. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    I’m enjoying the cans (2 so far) more than the draft liter I had.
     
  22. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,621) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Whoa!?! :astonished:

    The cans are 'better' than the draft!?!:flushed:

    Time to make some :popcorn: and await the reply by @AlcahueteJ .

    Cheers!
     
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  23. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Ha, sold! Considering how good that draft was (and I wasn't alone, their fastest selling draft ever) I think I'll have to buy some.
     
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  24. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Aspirant (277) Nov 6, 2010 Canada (BC)
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    Shameful to admit I haven’t had one yet. It wasn’t on draft either. It’s been too damn hot for beer (okay, I did have two cans of the Hefe). I’ll dig in tonight!
     
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  25. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Yes, I’ve preferred them to my draft pour.
     
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  26. DucRacer900

    DucRacer900 Initiate (115) Aug 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Got 2 - 4 packs. This might be the closest to draft of all their cans, just perfect!
     
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  27. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Sold! I was going to pick some up but totally spaced on its release last week.

    Now the question…do I go tonight or wait until the weekend…how much is left…decisions.
     
  28. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    They seemed to be selling quick last week. I snagged 8 cans too. They also brought it to the NoIPA Fest in RI last week.
     
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  29. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Stichfaß Friday and Satruday…

    [​IMG]
     
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  30. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Salem out in the French Pils cans.
     
  31. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,266) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    All of the drinking establishments have their own liquor licenses vs the whole property having one. The arrangement was not well thought out.
     
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  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Plenty of French Pils cans left.

    Also, there was confusion on both ends regarding Super Bien. People who had wine glasses in the beer garden. And people with Notch glasses at Super Bien. Both parties had to be kindly reminded you can’t do that.

    To be fair this is how Bow Market operates too. But for special occasions you can drink anywhere in Bow. I think Speedway will be the same. When they’ve had special events in the past I’ve been able to take my Notch beers anywhere.
     
  33. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Yeah, I think Chris said they can get an all venue permit like 3-4 times per year
     
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  34. wehaveamap

    wehaveamap Aspirant (208) Jan 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I'll be the lone naysayer - French Disko is a fine beer, but it isn't blowing my doors off the way Alsace did a year and a half ago (sadly missed this year's go-round). To be fair I haven't been in as much of a pilsner mood lately.
     
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  35. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (599) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    Batch 1 of Biere d’Alsace touched the sun. An all-time great lager.
     
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  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    It's ok, we all have different favorites and palates. For example, I liked this latest French Pils better than Alsace batch 1 or 2. Alsace never knocked my socks off.

    I had a can last night, really good, not quite as good as the draft I had...but I had also already had a couple beers.
     
  37. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Speaking of that, Who Loves the Sun kicked last night. I know you dig that one, so figured I'd give you a heads up.
     
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  38. MattOC

    MattOC Defender (663) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Oktoberfest

    Saturday, 9/17, Brighton
    Sunday, 9/18, Salem
     
  39. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I bet this will be one of those special permit days.
     
  40. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,944) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    How’s the Stichfass lookin?