The Brew House of Danvers
Visible from the outside, the stone-clad boil kettle and wood-clad mash tun produces about 3 7bbl. brews per week. The Peter Austin design used an open fermenter technique that favored the chosen Ringwood and European Pils yeast strains. Stainless steel fermenters offered a touch of modern-looking technology.
Beer tasters can sample four five-ounce samples for $3.95, 10 oz. glasses for $1.95, 15 oz. for $2.75, 20 oz. for $3.50 (ceramic mugs), and 23 oz. for $4. Currently brewing at 85% capacity, this supplies the breakfast meal from 6:30 to 9:30 AM, lunch from 11:30 to 2:30 PM weekdays and 11:30 to 4 PM weekends, and dinner from 5 to 10 PM. The bar offers service daily from 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM.
The General Putnam's Pale Ale was a golden color, with a very hoppy aroma and crisp hoppy finish. The seasonal Wheat was a clear light gold color with a sweet flavor balance and clean finish. The Cream Ale was also a light gold color but with a light body, very light hoppy flavor and short aftertaste. The standard Extra Special Bitter appeared a clear dark amber color with fine bubbles, a dry malty flavor matched with a medium body. The Misery Island Stout had a very creamy head, creamy body and clean dry roasted flavor profile. Identified only as the Brewer's Special Ale, the brew was a clear gold color with a light body, even flavor balance, and nice light hoppy finish. Other regulars usually available are the Buddy's Blonde Ale, Pugsley's Pilsner, Breed's Hill Brown, and Pope's Porter.
How many Motel 6 brewpubs have you visited before? Located on Massachusett's North Shore at the local Motel 6 is The Brew House of Danvers. The building containing the brewpub had the brewhouse at one end and the dining area with two dozen booths at the other. At one extreme lay a pooltable and dart board. If that wasn't enough entertainment then you could try gambling on the Electronic KENO that updated every five minutes. Smoke lingered under the 10 foot ceiling all around the rectangular red wooden bar area and its five TVs. Reasonable lighting came from the table lamps and wall lamps. For $50 you can join the Mug Club and get your name on a dedicated mug in the collection and 21 ounces of your favorite brew for $2.50 during special times.
Hosts Chris Shea and Dennis Sherman offer happy hour hors d'oeuvres and a menu complement of Appetizers, Salad, Traditional English Entrees, New Brew Favorites, as well as Sandwiches, Burgers, and Pizzas. Wines and hard cider join the root beer, lemonade, Espresso and Cappuccino offerings. Head Brewer Fred Wesemann and Brewer Frank K. Lever provide the craft-brewed liquid refreshments. Visit them on the Web, then visit them in person.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996
The Brew House of Danvers
Junction 114 & RT.1 North
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923
(508)777-6666 (508)777-7892 FAX
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