5 Best Breweries On The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

June 6, 2022

Is there anything better than a cold pint on a hot day? Or a flight of incredible craft beers so that you can try them all? Luckily, off the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, there are many breweries to try all across your journey (provided you have a designated driver, of course!). 

Below, you’ll discover a few of the many great breweries to choose from. And you might even just discover a scenic view or two while you sip your delicious brew.

craft beer on the beach

1. Bent Water Brewing

Address: 180 Commercial St #18, Lynn, MA

Hours:

  • Thursdays 3-10pm
  • Fridays 3-10pm
  • Saturdays 2-10pm
  • Sundays 12-6pm

If you’re starting your Scenic Byway brewery tour in Lynn, there’s no better way to start than by visiting Bent Water Brewing. Here, brewery-lovers are invited into Bent Water’s taproom to enjoy and try out their seasonal beers, familiar favorites, and even hard seltzers for non-beer drinkers.

2. Notch Brewing

Address: 283R Derby Street, Salem, MA
Hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday 4-9pm
  • Wednesday 4-10pm
  • Thursday 12-10pm
  • Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm
  • Sunday 12pm-8pm

Notch Brewing in historic Salem, MA, is a great place to grab a tall mug of craft beer and enjoy incredible views of the South River and Salem Harbor. Beer-lovers will find session beer inspired by the classic brewing styles of the Czech Republic, Germany, England, and Belgium. It’s like a European beer tour without the 12-hour flight!

beer flight on a bar top

3. Backbeat Brewing Company

Address: 31A Park St, Beverly, MA

Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 5:45pm – 10pm
  • Saturday 8pm-10pm

Backbeat Brewing Company in Beverly is more than your typical craft beer stop. The brewery also features various quick bites, such as sandwiches, wraps, bar snacks, and even breakfast items. Additionally, the brewery also offers a vast selection of coffee and tea. And all of that is before we even mention the incredible craft beer list, featuring various brewing styles from across the world.

4. Great Marsh Brewing Company

Address: 99 Main Street, Essex, MA

Hours:

  • Tuesday 3 – 7pm
  • Wednesday 12 – 8pm
  • Thursday – Saturday 12 – Close
  • Sunday 12 – 7pm

The Great Marsh Brewing Company has everything you need for a top-notch brewery experience. Here, guests will find a diverse selection of craft beer brewed in multiple styles. The brewery also provides SpaB Craft Hard Seltzers, which are made all-natural with zero sugar, zero, carbs, and gluten-free. And you can enjoy your drinks overlooking the sprawling Great Marsh just outside.

5. RiverWalk Brewing

Address: 40 Parker Street, Newburyport, MA

Hours

  • Monday 3-9pm
  • Wednesday-Thursday 3-8pm
  • Friday 12-9pm
  • Saturday: 12-9pm
  • Sunday 12-8pm

RiverWalk Brewing is a fantastic craft beer spot in Newburyport, especially when beginning or ending your Scenic Byway brewery tour. The brewery features a vast selection of local craft beers and a large menu of food choices. Beer & donut tray, anyone? The restaurant also hosts various events and tastings, and features outdoor fire pits!