The story here is that of Session Beer.

Session beer is born of workers beer, where refreshment and taste went hand in hand. It slaked the thirst of laborers while they plowed the fields, mined for coal, fired the blast furnace and forged steel. When water was tainted, session beer saved civilization. It’s 4.5% ABV and lower, difficult to brew and a pleasure to drink. But session beer is so much more than a number.

Launched in 2010 by Chris Lohring, Notch Brewing was the first brewing company in the U.S. to focus exclusively on Session Beer. At the time, we simply wanted to brew the beers we loved to drink, and finding them was a challenge. Being a professional brewer since 1993, Chris knew that session beer had been enjoyed in every great beer brewing nation for centuries, yet in the U.S. it was overlooked. So he set out to brew the world’s classic session styles from England, the Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium, as well as explore how session beer could fit with the U.S.’s hoppy beer infatuation. Six years later, you are sitting in a brewery that was built on the back of session beer. It’s proven one thing, that beer consumers like options, and session beer is a great one.   

Brewery and Tap Room now open

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Six years of brewing session beer, and we are finally building a home. Our new brewery in Salem Massachusetts is scheduled to open in the in the summer of 2016. Some highlights on each:

Tap Room: Full pours for on-site consumption, quart cans to go (known as the "crowler"), and 16oz cans to go of our Single Series beers. We'll have 8 to 14 beers on tap at all times, highlighting session beers styles from all over. Communal tables, counter service, light snacks, no TVs. It's a place to socialize with friends, or meet new ones. 

Biergarten: Communal tables on the South River basin. Watch the tide come and go from our south facing beer garden. Catch a view our harbor seals, birds of all types and striped bass when they are running (no fishing from the biergarten!).

Brewery: . We hope that our brewery will provide guests a way to see the unique brewing processes and equipment Chris will be using - a traditional decoction brew-house, open and closed fermentation, horizontal lagering tanks, true British cask-conditioning, German gravity dispense, and a draft system imported from the Czech Republic – tools, process and equipment that will allow a wide variety of session beer to be produced.





(978) 238-9060



283 Rear Derby Street
Salem MA 01970



Mon, Tues Closed
Wed, Thur 5p–11p
Fri, Sat 12p–11p
Sun 12p–10p



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