Current Tap List


Last updated 2-16-18


(ABV: 6.3%, IBU: 65) Named after the old logging term for a two-man crosscut saw, Misery Whip is a traditional balanced American IPA. Copper in color, this IPA features the beloved citrus and floral aromas and flavors of hops from the Pacific Northwest. A solid malt backbone balances the heavy dosing of hops, while dry hopping with Amarillo adds a touch of fruitiness to this refreshingly smooth IPA.
(ABV: 7%, IBU 54) A stout for dark beer lovers, this beer is big, bold, and full of roasted deliciousness. Featuring flavor and aroma notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee beans with depth of body developing as the beer warms.
(ABV: 6.1%, IBU: 31) The red hues of this classic amber are topped with a creamy white head of foam. With a healthy malt backbone, this medium-bodied ale showcases subtle sweetness and caramel flavors. Balancing out the malts is a light spiced hop finish.
(ABV: 4.2%, IBU: 19) An ale as fun to drink as its name is to say! Pale blond in color, this very light beer is topped with a pure white head of foam. Only lightly hopped, the fresh basil takes over the aroma yet remains balanced and not overpowering in the taste. Honey lends a touch of sweetness, with the finish being dry and crisp.

Seasonals and Rotating Beers

(ABV: 5.3%, IBU: 52)
A hazy IPA with pungent aromas of juicy fruit and a mild balanced bitterness that is overshadowed by hop flavor. Hops shine through with notes of orange juice and tropical fruit.
(ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 50)
A well balanced American Pale Ale with greet you at the glass aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and papaya. Balanced but lingering bitterness coupled with hop flavors of orange, lime, tropical fruit, and pine.
(ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 50)
Made with all Northwest grown malt and hops, this IPA is a tip of the hat to those seeking aromatic and flavorful IPAs. Light bodied, balanced bitterness, with notes of resin, pine, and subtle earthy citrus.
(ABV: 9.0%, IBU: 60)
Collaboration with Santiam Brewing (Salem, OR). Big, bold imperial stout with dark fruity notes mixed with copious roasted grains, chocolate, molasses, & vinous booziness.
( ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 84 )
As black as your favorite skillet, this dark beer pours with a creamy tan head that beckons to be enjoyed. A contrast of flavors embodies this richly colored ale made from a combination of dark malt and Northwest hops. Notes of espresso and hints of smoke are paired with the citrusy pine flavors of the classic Northwest hop varieties.
(ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 65)
A deep rich stout made with coffee beans from Salem micro-roaster Steel Bridge Coffee. The coffee is cold-brewed to extract maximum aroma and flavor without bitterness. The final combination has excellent coffee aroma and flavor, which meld with the hints of dark chocolate and caramel from the roasted malts.
(ABV: 6.2%, IBU: 43 )
A dark, sweet, slightly roasty ale. Creamy full-bodied mouthfeel with a flavor profile similar to sweetened espresso. Very satisfying, smooth, and flavorful.
(ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 54)
An American porter with a firefighters twist; subtle smokiness gives this porter its name, but doesn’t leave your taste buds feeling like you drank a campfire.

Guest Taps

(ABV 5.1%) Full-bodied with strong green apple, rose petal and fresh-cut pine. Tropical fruit forward flavors of orange rind, pineapple, passion fruit and papaya; finished with banana and honey notes.
(ABV 6.2%) A deep hue of purple fills the glass with this fine blend of blackberries and elderberries. The tartness of the blackberries is rounded out by the complex characteristics of the elderberries. Filled with tannins the cider leaves a delightful dry and rich finish.




Tuesday – Thursday
12:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday – Saturday
12:00pm – 11:00pm

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Minors allowed daily until 9pm

Our new brewery taproom features expanded seating accommodating 75+ guests, a full food menu, 14 taps featuring our latest brews and 2 guest ciders, plus wine by the glass. Enjoy food and drink in the taproom adjacent to the production area or take your beer home in a growler to go.

The community support we received over the last 3 years has allowed us to expand and grow into our new location. We are excited to share with you this next phase in the journey of Salem Ale Works and to provide more space for the community to come together over top-notch craft beer and food.


Prologue Pastries and Sandwich Library provides a young American take on traditional gastro pub fare. Our menu, as it evolves, is an attempt to reflect the diversity and richness of not only our own background, but the fabric of the country itself. You will find creative and memorable dishes that have an emphasis on freshness, seasonality, local availability, and simple preparations. The menu is diverse, including gluten-free, paleo, and vegan offerings. The beer of Salem Ale Works is incorporated into about 30 percent of the menu, undeniably linking the brewery and culinary experience.



Salem Ale Works was founded by two college friends and former wildland firefighters; Justin Ego and Jake Bonham. Their shared experiences and love of great craft beer gave rise to the formation of a nano-brewery in 2013; through which they have brought well-crafted and enjoyable beers to the Salem community and beyond.

In June 2017, after several years of incremental growth and amazing support from the Salem community, Salem Ale Works outgrew its location and made the move to a new space, nearly 5 times as large but within sight of the previous building.

At SAW we honor the rich history of Salem, striving to have fun while passionately writing the latest chapter in our capital’s brewing legacy. Our beers are handcrafted in small batches using as many fresh, local ingredients as possible. We brew beer for you, our neighbors and friends; continually working at “Putting the Ale in Salem”.


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