Microbrewery in Salem, MA

Notch Brewery + Tap Room

283R Derby St, Salem, MA 01970
https://www.notchbrewing.com
(978) 238-9060

Makes of the Session Beer

Notch Brewing keeps the ABV low, unlike Worcester's Greater Good. This tap room with communal tables is set back a block or two from the historic Salem waterfront. Despite this, there is no shortage of ambiance at the brewery.

There are rumors of a 2nd taproom in the works in Boston, technically Brighton.

Session Beer

New England Pale Ales, German Pale Lagers, IPAs, and more.

  • Dog & Pony Show
  • Left of the Dial
  • Raw Power
  • Session Pils
  • Zwickel

Interesting U.S. Breweries

Kettlehead Brewing Company taproom in Tilton, NH

Kettlehead Brewing Company

407 West Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276

Federal Jack's Brewpub in Kennebunkport, ME

Federal Jack's

8 Western Ave Ste 6, Kennebunk, ME 04043

Beerworks Brewing Company Boston/Fenway Park in Boston, MA

Beerworks Brewing Company (Fenway)

61 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Interesting Craft Beers

Breathing - Conversations, a Double IPA brewed by Vitamin Sea Brewing

8% ABV

Breathing - Conversations

Vitamin Sea Brewing

Past Life, a Vienna Lager brewed by Wandering Soul Beer Company

5.1% ABV

Past Life

Wandering Soul Beer Company

Dolphins on Parade, a New England IPA brewed by Barrel House Z

5.4% ABV

Dolphins on Parade

Barrel House Z

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Everything to know about IBUs and the IBU scale.

The International Bitterness Units or IBU is one way to measure how a beer tastes in terms of bitterness. While the bitterness of beer plays a significant role in a flavor profile, it is only one of many factors. Alcohol content, malt and water quality, yeast fermentation byproducts, bacteria, and aeration also affect a particular beer's taste profile.

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What is Krausening?

Commercial brewers and homebrewers alike employ experimental and traditional brewing techniques to get their craft beer just right. One of those techniques is Krausening, a traditional German approach that eschews adding any sugars or extras to the fermented beer, with the goal of producing a "cleaner" beer. In summary, and ultimate effect, to kräusen a beer is to add carbonation to it.