The brewery behind a popular line of session beers grandly opened in its new home in Salem over the weekend, debuting a space long in the making and effectively ending its era of contract brewing. Notch Brewing Co., founded by Chris Lohring (who previously started Tremont Brewery in Charlestown), put the finishing touches on its 283R Derby St. space in downtown Salem just in time for a weekend opening.
On July 16, Lohring and his team opened the doors to the newly minted Notch Brewery and Taproom, Dig Boston reported. The space features 14 taps, with beers available in half- and full-liter pours, plus 32-ounce crowlers and 16-ounce cans to go. Tasting sizes (a quarter liter) are also available, along with pretzels, bar snacks, and sausage. The taproom features communal tables and counter service, and there is a beer garden outside along the South River basin.
Lohring, who’s a native of Salem, began the quest to focus on session beers (those with a 4.5 percent or lower ABV) in 2010, and six years later he has a specially designed space that caters to the elaborate session brewing process.
Notch is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The brewery is closed Monday and Tuesday.