Current Tap List


Last updated 11-27-17


(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: 7.7%, IBU: 45)
A malty winter warmer with great depth of body featuring nutty, and caramel flavors accompanied by a slight warming mouthfeel from the higher abv. Sweet, smooth and creamy, with very little alcohol flavor present despite the higher ABV.
(ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 40)
Clean, crisp, light body from which the hops springboard to your palate and nose. This American pale ale brings plenty of floral-citrus aroma and taste without the big bitter bite.
(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: 7.7%, IBU: 73)
Dark in color with pronounced hop flavor and aroma: fruity, resinous, earthy, with notes of pine. The dark malts sneak some character in on the finish, but don’t over power the hops. Pronounced bitterness that lingers on the palate without overwhelming.
(ABV 7.0%, IBU: 70)
A bold American Brown Ale with great depth of flavor and a hoppy finish. Malty aromas and flavors of bitter chocolate and nuttiness, coupled with an almost IPA level bitterness make it a big beer with a definite fall/winter appeal.
(ABV: 5.0%, IBU: 17)
A German style rye beer with prominent yeast flavor of clove and light fruitiness; rye malt character comes through in the body with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
(ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 65)
A hoppy red ale with toasted malt characters and an assertive hop profile.

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 5.5%) Sweet and tart cherries sharpen the fermented apple’s acidity. Semi Dry.




Tuesday – Thursday
12:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday – Saturday
12:00pm – 11:00pm

12:00pm – 8:00pm

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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