It may be called Gulu-Gulu Café, but beer aficionados know this no-frills spot with worn wooden tables, community-made art, and near nightly live music has one of the most interesting suds menus in Salem. A veggie-heavy menu of artisanal sandwiches, salads, savory crepes and sweets only adds to the appeal.
247 Essex St., Salem, 978-740-8882, gulugulucafe.com
True North Ale Company
Gary Rogers and his son Jake poured their love of craft beer into True North Ale Company, which makes New England- and globally inspired Belgian ales, German lagers, American IPA’s, and more for thirsty fans to enjoy in the Taproom or outside on one of three patios covered by a new tent, which Rogers plans to keep up until the snow falls.
116 County Rd., Ipswich, 978-312-6948, truenorthales.com