This Season's Outdoor Beer Sessions by Notch and Trustees
Salem, MA– Salem-based craft beermaker Notch Brewery is teaming up again with the Trustees of the Reservations conservation group to offer outdoor biergartens at a number of Trustees sites this summer. Each event offers family-friendly entertainment, food, beautiful surroundings, and of course, beer on tap.
Notch specializes in session beers which are lower in alcohol and increasingly popular with the craft beer crowd. By definition, session ales do not exceed 5% ABV. Notch brews in the classic old-world style, drawing from traditions in Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and England. In support of local food, Notch sources all of its barley and malt from Hadley. The Notch Tap Room and outdoor biergarten in Salem is definitely worth a visit.
If you aren’t planning a trip to Salem anytime soon, you can sample Notch beers at one of the following Trustees locations this summer:
May 30 - June 2: The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover
The former estate of wealth Bostonian John Gardner Coolidge (a relative of Isabella Stewart Gardner) boasts gorgeous formal gardens and open fields.
June 7 - 9: Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough
Now a working farm that offers Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership, Chestnut Hill Farm boasts two miles of easy walking trails in the woods surrounding the open farmland.
June 15-16: Francis William Bird Park, Walpole
With three scenic ponds, a bubbling brook, and open fields for picnicking, this is a hidden gem. The park also offers tennis courts and playgrounds.
June 23: Castle Hill at the Crane Estate, Ipswich
There’s a breathtaking view of the ocean from the hilltop of the Crane Estate’s elegant, sprawling manor and gardens. The green lawn reaches all the way down to the water.
June 28 - 30: Appleton Farms, Ipswich
Another working farm with a full dairy operation (you can buy milk and cheese at the Farm Store), Appleton features six miles of easy trails and farm roads.
August 11: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
August 17 - 18: Francis William Bird Park, Walpole
September 12 - 15: The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover
September 20 - 21: Minton Stables Community Garden, Jamaica Plain
The site of a former stable, the Minton Stables Community Garden offers community space for gardens that are maintained by local residents. The Trustees organization supports 56 community gardens like this one.
September 29: Castle Hill at the Crane Estate
October 4 - 6: Appleton Farms, Ipswich
October 12-13: Weir River Farm, Hingham
Another picturesque working farm where you can see horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and sheep going about their business. There’s a moderate 1.5 mile walking loop and a farm market with meat and eggs for sale.