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Salem Beer Works

Brewery and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Salem, Salem
  • Jason C.
    "Beer Works makes the best and freshest fruit beers."(8 Tips)
    Doug M.
    "Witch City Red is the way to go."(4 Tips)
    Rob B.
    "Try the new Watermelon beer!"(3 Tips)
    G T.
    "The pumpkin ale is the best on earth !!!!"(4 Tips)
103 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • fried pickles
  • witch city red
  • good for groups
  • clam chowder
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  • R Lukas R.
    R Lukas R.January 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    January is Belgian month. Choices: Saison nouveau (on the light side), Houblon rouge, double vision (potent), and Belgian special. My favorite month So it's my birthday month an extra $10 on the card
  • Tiffani W.
    Tiffani WordAugust 24, 2012
    Great place for a chain. Good selection of beer (as they should!) and tasty food. Love the sweet potato fries, hate the raspberry aioli with it. Make a chipotle aioli instead :)
    Upvoted Apr 11
  • Billy F.
    Billy FishFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love to come and try the sampler every month. This month my favorite is Milk Chocolate Stout. The potato bacon egg rolls are perfect companions to the darker beers.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChalifourDecember 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer Works makes the best and freshest fruit beers. In the summer I'll get a flight of all of them.
  • Charles P.
    Charles PAugust 17, 2013
    One and done. Have a beer and go across the street to scratch kitchen they have a decent beer selection and better food. Beer works is good but scratch kitchen is great.
  • Kathleen M.
    Kathleen MSeptember 12, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    My favorite traditional buffalo style hot wings. Bone-in of course. If you ask nicely, the kitchen will grill them which adds to the flavor.
  • Marianne S.
    Marianne S.July 21, 2013
    I liked the blueberry, watermelon, old ironsides, then the stout. Blueberry was fantastic!
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyNovember 29, 2015
    Sometimes you'll get lucky and have a really great bartender, but other than that, everything about this place is just average.
  • PUMA
    PUMAMarch 18, 2011
    Any bar with its own brewery is fine by us! Be sure to check out the monthly specials for some delicious Irish fare!
  • Viki G.
    Viki GayhardtNovember 16, 2014
    Food, beer (pumpkin works yum), service. A must for any trip to Salem!
  • Billy F.
    Billy FishDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bartenders are very friendly, sit at the bar and ask about the months beers and what is on cask.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenApril 4, 2015
    Large space. Ipa's were good, porters and stouts needed work. Food allergy friendly. Super nice staff.
  • Kristie N.
    Kristie NiehusOctober 10, 2010
    The clam chowder is's really thick with lots of clams......the blueberry beer is also very good and fun with real blueberries
  • Lauren W.
    Lauren WrightOctober 15, 2012
    Pumpkin beer now, Watermelon in the summer, blueberry whenever & Fried Pickles & Sweet Potatoe Fries this place is amazing!! ♥♥♥
  • Brett C.
    Brett CopelandMay 5, 2014
    Great food and awesome beer, make sure you try whatever happens to be on cask.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CMay 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely try out the blueberry ale, so good! :) Also, the pulled pork sliders are quite tasty :)
  • Lisa J.
    Lisa J.June 19, 2011
    Great beer and food! Get the Beer Works card for discounts every month and on your birthday :D
  • William G.
    William GeroncoJuly 22, 2015
    Great craft beers, awesome atmosphere and staff
  • Rico R.
    Rico RomeroMarch 23, 2015
    20+ traditional in house brews that tend to be unique from Boston Beer Works.
  • Corey C.
    Corey CheeverFebruary 23, 2016
    Great beer, pretty good food. However I have repeatedly had such bad service here I can barely go back. They need to get rid of the "team waiter" system- it leads to a lack of service all around.
  • Michele K.
    Good beer goes without saying....huge tasty desserts were a surprise!
  • Amelia F.
    Amelia FandreyApril 11, 2013
    Ask for a brewery tour and tasting!! The brewer, Zandy, is very accommodating! Cheers!!!
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenApril 11, 2015
    Ipa's were good for the East Coast. Food specials. Lots of space. Patio.
  • Kathryn W.
    Kathryn WMay 17, 2012
    Witch city red is a total must! And the sour cream and chive french fries!
  • 🌼Jean🌼
    🌼Jean🌼October 11, 2014
    The beer and food are great...the bartenders need people skills....not very friendly.
  • Justine D.
    Justine D'AmourOctober 23, 2011
    Their pumpkin ale has a delicious pumpkin-spiced sugar rim that compliments the beer nicely.
  • Eri V.
    Eri VJune 30, 2016
    Beer was good! Food tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for a while though. Had to send back our dough bites bc they had basically turned into stale croutons.
  • Jenny F.
    Jenny FrostSeptember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food but it takes someone 15-20 mins to seat u when there's no staff at the hostess station
  • Aa B.
    Aa BakerAugust 9, 2011
    The cask selections are definitely worth it, though they are not always available
  • Maarten M.
    Maarten MarkusDecember 6, 2014
    Try the stout and the IPA!
  • Dan G.
    Dan GreenleafApril 26, 2012
    Get snack attack. Pretzels, nuts, & potato sticks. Great price.
  • Rob T.
    Rob Thayer IIIMay 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    New patio is a great place to sit and grab a cold beer on a hot day.
  • Tony G.
    Tony GesJuly 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Salmon is great! Fried pickles awesome!
  • Craig L.
    Craig LueckeDecember 17, 2012
    The ribs were awful. Couldn't pull them apart and they were cold. The waiter wanted to argue with me until I showed me trying to tug them apart. Obviously raw or rushed cooked. Beer was good.
  • Keiko Z.
    Keiko ZollSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're local, snag a VIP Card. $10 loaded every month, and $25 after you earn 500 points!
  • G T.
    G TOctober 6, 2012
    The pumpkin ale is the best on earth !!!!
  • J S.
    J SDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ragin' Cajun with a Back Bay IPA is way to go.
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa ThayerMay 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Watermelon Ale and fried pickles are my staple foods here!
  • Doug M.
    Doug MyslinskiJuly 8, 2013
    Witch City Red is the way to go.
  • Billy F.
    Billy FishDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Curly's Irish stout is a great sweet stout.
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LocklearSeptember 3, 2012
    Watermelon beer is awesome
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel S.May 19, 2013
    Food is banging. Blueberry beer buoyancy got topic of discussion!
  • Jay J.
    Jay JohnsonOctober 8, 2010
    Try the Boston Commons lager. It's off the menu but available. Really nice lager à la Sam Adams.
  • Rob B.
    Rob BegleyJune 1, 2012
    Try the new Watermelon beer! It is so good!!
  • Michael S.
    Michael StaffieriJanuary 9, 2013
    Hard to find a place with magners...
  • Eric O.
    Eric ONovember 1, 2012
    There's always a guy who asks for a Bud Light at Beer Works. Don't be that guy.
  • Dan J.
    Dan JohnsonJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Beer....really....
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyNovember 7, 2014
    Bartenders pour heavy!
  • Amy C.
    Amy CopelandJuly 8, 2012
    Black bat stout is magically delicious.
  • Alice D.
    Alice DayNovember 3, 2013
    Best New England clam chowder ever.
  • Frank P.
    Frank PelletierAugust 13, 2014
    The beer here is amazing ggg
  • Mark C.
    Mark CohenJune 2, 2013
    Try the steak tips and sweet potato fries.
  • Jen E.
    Jen EAugust 17, 2011
    Amazing food amazing fried pickles wow no joke
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SmithNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with the Pumpkin Works Ale!
  • Kapil B.
    Kapil BhutadaOctober 30, 2016
    Craft food
  • Ana S.
    Ana SalazarJanuary 3, 2016
    Fruity beers!!!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MulliganAugust 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Baker's island blonde is amazing. Its like their own sam summer
  • Robert H.
    Robert HerronOctober 7, 2013
    Great craft beer!
  • Sue S.
    Sue StearsOctober 20, 2011
    Awesome food and great wine. Just saying
  • Oscar S.
    Oscar SivertzenJuly 11, 2012
    Try the famous blueberry beer!
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MotternNovember 20, 2014
    get a flight!
  • Justin S.
    Justin SnowMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Boston Bruin. Very good!
  • Jay E.
    Jay EaglesonNovember 7, 2014
    Lots of craft beer.
  • Sedge G.
    Sedge GSeptember 4, 2011
    Sat waiting for twenty minutes before getting tired of waiting for someone to help us at the table.
  • Forrest F.
    Forrest FinklerMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beer is decent, food is acceptable, service is crap.
  • Jesse P.
    Jesse PotwinJune 18, 2010
    Don't eat or drink here. Head to The Olde Spot or The Lobster Shanty.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CordeiroJune 17, 2012
    Build your own pizza rocks!
  • James B.
    James BurnettOctober 23, 2011
    Only place in Salem still serving food late.
  • Terry R.
    Terry RichardsonSeptember 11, 2012
    Great IPA:-)
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon ChapaJuly 5, 2011
    Try the imperial stout(10% abv) Read more
  • Olexy S.
    Olexy SadovyFebruary 22, 2015
    Good beer selection
  • Rob T.
    Rob Thayer IIIMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get fried pickles they are awesome!
  • alex b.
    alex bMay 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Blueberry beer is fantastic.
  • Marcus F.
    Marcus FryerJuly 9, 2015
    Blueberry beer!!
  • Adolfo G.
    Adolfo Gonzalez Jr.September 15, 2013
    They have booze now!
  • Jim M.
    Jim McMillanApril 30, 2011
    Mako shark skewers rock!
  • Doren B.
    Doren B.January 27, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Double Vision = delicious
  • Jersey B.
    Jersey BitchOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    pumpkin works ale is amazing!
  • Dana F.
    Dana FessendenAugust 31, 2015
    Great burgers
  • Pearl S.
    Pearl S.September 5, 2011
    Sat for 20 minutes after being seated, and no server even so much looked in our direction. Never again, don't recommend, unless you enjoy wasting your time.
  • Billy B.
    Billy BatemanOctober 31, 2012
    Great burgers
  • Nathaniel M.
    Nathaniel MuñozMay 18, 2012
    Pumpkin Ale. Duh.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MarcusJuly 9, 2011
    Mediocre food... Very dissapointed all around with sandwiches, French fries, and pizza
  • Doren B.
    Doren B.February 20, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    They removed my two favorite dishes from the menu!!!! Why!?!?!?!?... Way bummed...
  • Stacia W.
    Stacia WiensJune 6, 2014
    Witch city red baby!
  • chris l.
    chris lohringJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    go off the menu for the pretzel, just ask.
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HouchenDecember 31, 2013
    Perfectly mediocre.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SnowMarch 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the fried pickles. They're amazing!
  • Irene R.
    Irene RApril 9, 2011
    Looks great after the renovations
  • Trysha W.
    Trysha WrightJuly 3, 2011
    Try the blueberry
  • Shellie W.
    Shellie WhitmoreJune 12, 2010
    Ask for their rewards automatically earn $10 a month for having it.
  • John M.
    John MagnificoApril 9, 2011
    Small portion of nachos is still a lot of nachos.
  • Cerenity C.
    Cerenity CovaleskyJuly 31, 2010
    Watermelon beer is yummy!
  • Joel Q.
    Joel QualichJune 16, 2012
    Sweet couple fight going on
  • Bill
    BillOctober 3, 2010
    Black Bat Stout is killer!
  • H.I.K.
    H.I.K.October 22, 2011
    What's with the strange people just plopping down next to us in our booth
  • Eddy S.
    Eddy ShawFebruary 20, 2012
    Grilled portobello bitches
  • Elisa
    ElisaOctober 17, 2010
    pumpkinhead beer is delicious
  • Nate M.
    Nate MackeySeptember 4, 2011
    Died of thirst while waiting on service.
  • Merritt K.
    Go to Beerworks. Get Custom House IPA.
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