Food + Drink

Craft Beer in Newburyport

For craft beer lovers, part of the fun of traveling to a new area is exploring the local brewery scene and availability of different brews on draft. Larger Massachusetts craft breweries like Boston-based Sam Adams and Harpoon Brewery are widely available, but you've got to head to the North Shore for a taste of the beers made there.Newburyport has several breweries and beer bars in town where you can enjoy a cold one after a day at the beach or exploring Plum Island; here are three of our favorites:

Newburyport Brewing Co. 4 New Pasture Road, Newburyport (978) 463-8700

This 5-year-old brewery produces five styles year-round, including the Plum Island Belgian White and Greenhead IPA. Rotating small batch styles on tap at the tasting room and local bars include a double IPA and barleywine. Visit the brewery Thursday through Sunday, where there's live music and taco and pizza nights.

Riverwalk Brewing Co. 3 Graf Road, Unit 15, Newburyport (978) 499-2337

Located in a nondescript commercial area, this brewery's tap room is worth a visit to try its popular IPA, Gnomad farmhouse ale, or one of its High Water brews, a changing series of hoppy session ales. The tap room is small, but an expansion to a new location is in the works, which will also allow the brewers to experiment with sour and barrel-aged beers.

The Grog 13 Middle St, Newburyport (978) 465-8008

With over twenty taps that rotate daily, The Grog in downtown Newburyport is a great place to stop for lunch or happy hour. You'll find local brews from Newburyport Brewing and Riverwalk and other popular New England beers like Allagash and Two Roads. With a seafood-heavy menu of pub grub and $1 oysters on the half shell, The Grog is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike.