Silvaticus Brewery & Taproom, AmesburyStandout Qualities: Belgian-style ales and German-inspired lagers are the highlights of Silvaticus’s tasty selections. Located in a converted brick industrial space, the tasting room is stylish inside and also offers the chance to sip outside along the Powwow River that runs through downtown Amesbury.
What’s Unique: A food menu that cherry-picks from the best of the North Shore, from whoopie pies by Chococoa to Wolf Meadow cheese.
What’s New: Yoga-and-a-beer sessions Saturday mornings will set you up for a relaxed weekend.
9 Water St., Amesbury, 978-504-2337, silvaticusbeers.com
Notch Brewing, SalemWhat’s Unique: It’s all “session” beer here, meaning less than 4.5% ABV, so feel free to try more than one in this pleasing space in downtown Salem.
283 Derby St., Salem, 978-238-9060, notchbrewing.com