Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Salem Ale Works

Salem Ale Works is located on 25th Street SE in Salem, Oregon.

Salem Ale Works started in 2013 by two college friends. They had a small space of about 10 seats before moving to their current 70-seat location in spring 2017.

In addition to the SAW beer and wine taplist, the menu also features food from Prologue Pastries (a food cart set up outside the brewery), and Sandwich Library. Their menu is online here.

There are usually about 10-12 beers on tap. The Misery Whip IPA ($5 pint) is 6.3% ABV and 65 IBU. While I didn't find it extraordinary, it was still an easy-drinking, balanced IPA that was much appreciated with all the warm weather we've (finally) been getting.

Their Capital IPA is one of their bottled beers; a 22 oz bomber is $6. At least when I was there, it was not available as a sample or on draft.

I tried the Caveman Hash ($9): sweet potatoes, chorizo, charred onions, garlic, brussels sprouts, and a fried egg. A hearty dish, and I loved that the brussels sprouts retained a good crunch, but it was greasy.

I think a sandwich may be a more ideal choice if dining solo. The Johnson Street (a meatball sub with garlic bread) is one of the most popular choices there.

Based on the price of the nachos (usually in the $11 to $13 range), it may be enough food to share with another person. But if you get the nachos, the American BBQ nachos sound delightful (pork, tomatoes, beans, jalapenos, cheddar, BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and potato chips).

Salem has a growing beer scene, and Salem Ale Works is a great place to stop if you're in the area! 7.5/10

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