I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The way to my heart is German beers. And Notch Brewery in Salem, MA definitely has my heart. Their German, Czech, and Belgian inspired beers are truly a notch above the rest.
The brewery itself is a beautiful brick beer hall in downtown Salem, the mecca of Halloween. But there’s nothing scary about this brewery. Stealing my heart further, Notch has Skee Ball, because who doesn’t want to play skee ball and drink beer? Or maybe I’m just a nerd. When it’s not zero degrees out, there’s an outside biergarten with cornhole. But if you have enough beer, you’ll play in any temperature.
Notch offers half beers, instead of the traditional flights, but this could be seen as flights on steroids. If you’re craving something more, grab a traditional German stein full of your favorite beer. Whichever way you choose to go, be prepared to drink a lot of beer.
Land Speed Record has to be one of the best Pale Ales that I have ever had. It doesn’t have the traditional bite that most pale ales have but it’s a more smooth taste with Mosaic hops. El Hombre Dorado, on the other hand, is a single hopped Pale Ale with a unique taste which you can feel right on the tongue. I think the Dorado hops give it a more floral undertone. Slanted and Enchanted, the dry hopped Hefeweisse, was a light wheat beer with the slightest sour taste. It was a fun change from the traditional Hefeweisse. The Winter Pils has a great after taste and is a stronger tasting pilsner than others.
Notch Brewery is a must stop not only for their great beers, but for the atmosphere as well. The communal tables are a great place to drink beer and meet new people, because what’s better than that?
283R Derby St
Friday-Saturday 12p.m.-11 p.m.