Guide to New England’s Breweries and Distilleries

By Emily Marcus, June 28, 2019

Destination: Salem, Mass.

There’s far more than witches in this gorgeous seaside city, just a quick ride from Boston. A foodie and artsy mecca, Salem doesn’t disappoint in the beverage department, and many of the local spots (including those below) team up for mouth-watering collaborations.

Sublime Suds: Notch Brewery & Taproom

Built in 2016, the brewery offers their many popular craft lagers and ales and specializes in refreshing session beers. Come check out their biergarten (open year round) and hip warehouse taproom complete with up to 14 beers on tap, communal tables, tasty snacks, and Skee Ball. For private events, their stunning “Star Room” is available for up to 30, or the full Tap Room & Biergarten is available for rental on Mondays and Tuesdays, November 1st through May 31st.

Spectacular Spirits: Deacon Giles Distillery

Named for the title character of an intriguing 1835 temperance tale, Deacon Giles Distillery captures the spirit of old Salem and honors the rum-making roots of the city by providing the first distillery in Salem for over 100 years.  The distillery offers craft gin, vodka, rum, spiced rum, amber rum, and absinthe. The spirited and relaxed Speakeasy Lab features a curated, semi-seasonal cocktail menu including gems like the citrusy “You’ll Shoot Your Eye out” or the perfectly balanced “Yippie-Ki-Yay.” Corporate groups can enjoy a formal tour and tasting, and The Speakeasy Lab is available for rental.

Sagacious Suggestion: Hotel Salem

Fora unique place to stay, check out the brand new Hotel Salem, a vibrant 44-room boutique hotel which soaks in much of contemporary Salem’s new hip yet elegant vibe. Housed in a former high-end clothing store space, Hotel Salem features mid-century modern décor with vintage, retail-inspired touches. Four event spaces provide flexibility and creativity for planners: the stunning rooftop, the lounge (perfect for small meetings up to 30), the counter, and the cellar which can fit up to 180 people and would suit a larger company meeting or conference.

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