RiverWalk Brewing Co., Newburyport
Fun Fact: Their Storm Door Porter was recently ranked by Paste magazine as the 27th best winter beer in the world, ahead of heavyweights Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams.
Insider Tip: Try Unveiled, a crisp beautiful ale brewed with pink peppercorns and hibiscus.
IN THE WORKS: A new brewpub with a beer garden coming later this summer. Meanwhile, watch for “Session Saturdays” through the summer, when a one-day license will enable the brewery to sell full pints, rather than just complimentary two-ounce pours.
3 Graf Rd., Unit 15, Newburyport, 978-499-2337 (BEER) riverwalkbrewing.com
Notch Brewery, Salem
What’s unique: They’re focused exclusively on “session” beer—4.5 percent ABV and lower—so drinkers can enjoy more than one with no unpleasant after-effects.
283R Derby St., Salem, 978-238-9060, notchbrewing.com