Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

Country Mornings with Jonathan & Ayla

The Lushy List is a list I've created to help you find local breweries and wineries. The North Shore and Merrimack Valley have a ton for you to visit.

It’s time for another Lushy Lists! This time, we head to the North Shore and Merrimack River Valley to look at some of our favorite breweries. I created the “Lushy List” to help fellow beer and wine enthusiasts find their local drinking spots.

The North Shore is beautiful, and we’ve all been to Salem in October, but have you really taken the time to explore all it has to offer? And by that, I do mean all the amazing Breweries and Wineries. We’ve all driven up the 95 and seen the big white letters that say “Alfalfa Farm” between twin grain silos, but did you know that’s actually a winery?

It’s time to sit back, pop open a bottle of your favorite Pinot Grigio, and plan your next trip to the North Shore and Merrimack Valley! And hey, if you’re going up that way you might as well treat yourself to some tax free shopping in New Hampshire!

Breweries: Where “Hoppy” Isn’t Just an Emotion

In the North Shore and Merrimack Valley you’ll find inventive brews that challenge your palate. Perfect for those who walk on the wild side… or just along the river. If you’re a session beer lover, you’ll find plenty of selections. There are a ton of local breweries that take pride in making beers for their local community. Masny of them offer full food menus, trivia events, live music and patios that allow dogs.

Two Wineries: Because Variety is the Spice of Life

There are two wineries on this list.  One located in Topsfield and one located in Rowley. These wineries offer a variety of reds, whites, and even fruit wines!

Next time you’re thirsty set your sails towards the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. Whether you find yourself amidst the bubbling fermenters of a brewery or the tranquil barrels of a winery, remember to sip responsibly. After all, with so many places to explore, you’ll want to remember each delightful drop!

ALL Of the Breweries & Wineries On The North Shore And Merrimack Valley:


  • Granite Coast Brewing Company

    77B Main Street, Peabody, MA
    I have actually been here! It’s a small tap room, but it’s a brewery that is very proud of their beers, as they should be! (They’ve won a few awards too)


  • Twisted Fate Brewing

    120 Andover St STE 4, Danvers
    You can buy their beers in some restaurants as well as some liquor stores. They also have a tap room with plenty of variety of beer, including many different New England IPA’s.


  • East Regiment Beer Co.

    30 Church St. Salem

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    According to their website, East Regiment Beer Company is proudly a Massachusetts SDO registered Veteran Business Enterprise & Federally Registered Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. They also have a new food partner: Theara Spicy Kitchen.

  • Notch Brewing

    283R Derby St, Salem
    Notch Brewing has two locations. One in Salem and one in Brighton. You can also buy their cans in multiple stores.

  • Far From The Tree Cider

    108 Jackson St. Salem
    It’s what it says it is….an alcoholic cider house! I love a brewery that knows what they’re good at and they obviously know ciders. It’s a perfect place for a fall beverage.


  • Backbeat Brewing Company

    31A Park St, Beverly
    They have coffee, food, events, beer, and a little British supermarket. I’ve never actually been to it to verify the British market part, but maybe someday I will! My ancestors did come over on the Mayflower…

  • Coastal Mass. Brewing

    95 Rantoul Street, Beverly
    According to their website, “For a casual yet deliciously memorable experience, set sail to Coastal Mass. Brewing to enjoy great beer, great people, and great vibes.”

  • Gentile Brewing Company

    59 Park St, Unit 1, Beverly
    They are only open four days a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). It is a family-owned nano craft brewery.

  • Old Planters Brewing Co.

    232 Rantoul St.Beverly
    According to their website, “Old Planters was the name given to the founders of Beverly, MA back in 1635 and we chose this name as a direct connection to the City where we were born and raised. Our goal has always been to be firmly rooted in our community with everything we do.” I love that! And I love that they’re open 7-days a week.

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  • Bent Water Brewing Company

    180 Commercial St, Unit 18, Lynn
    All of their production takes place at their location. “Bent Water Brewing was born from the mind of a scientist, artist, and beer enthusiast. From there, the Bent Water team formed, drawing in unique expertise to strike a balance between the artistic and scientific complexities of brewing and operating a brewery.”


  • Dory Brew

    30 Atlantic Ave, Swampscott
    According to their website, “We design our recipes following old world examples, mashing schedules, and yeast cultures and then improve upon them with modern resources.”


  • The Tap Brewing Company

    100 Washington St, Haverhill
    They have beers and a restaurant. And a really cool area called “The Playpen.” I dig it! They’re closed Monday’s though.


  • Barewolf Brewing

    12 Oakland St, Amesbury
    I have been to this brewery and it’ really cool! They have a little stage for live music and some arcade games for kids. Their beer is good too! But to my memory, they don’t have food (just snacks).

  • Brewery Silvaticus

    9 Water St, Amesbury
    They have a dog friendly beer garden. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday. No outside food! But they have good beer, so it’s all good! I’ve also been here and it’s good! Small area, but they also sell their own coffee beans which is cool.

  • Mill 77 Brewing

    77 Elm St, Amesbury
    Another great brewery in Amesbury. Dogs are allowed on the patio. They are a great place to host an.


  • Spicket River

    56 Island St, Lawrence
    I’ve never been but they definitely have a spooky vibe going on with their website. Check it out and see what I mean for yourself!


  • House Bear Brewing

    3 Graf Rd, Unit 15 in Newburyport
    According to their website they made a “mead,” which means that it’s not really a beer, and not really a cider. A Mead is a beverage made by fermenting the sugars in honey.

  • Riverwalk Brewing Co.

    40 Parker Street, Newburyport
    This is my best friend’s favorite brewery. She’s from Newburyport and goes here with her family all the time. Based on their website I can see why!

  • Newburyport Brewing Company

    4 New Pasture Rd, Newburyport
    Oh wait, maybe THIS was my friend’s favorite brewery. She’s been to them all in Newburyport and loves them. This brewery has been open since 2012.


  • Oak & Iron Brewing Co.

    18 Red Spring Rd, Andover
    They accept reservations and have plenty of beers on tap. They also sell snacks. Don’t forget trivia nights too at this brewery!


  • Hopothecary Ales Brewery and Kitchen

    303 Main Street, North Reading
    While I’ve never been there, their food menu looks legit! From Brussel sprouts to chicken lettuce wraps it’s my kind of menu! But the beer looks fantastic as well. This is on my “go-to” list!


  • Navigation Brewing Co.

    122 Western Ave Lowell
    They have pop up food tents and food trucks. They also allow dogs and kids on the patio, but they must be accompanied by an adult. They rotate their brewing schedule and tap list to offer a vast array of styles and super fresh beer.


  • Alfalfa Farm Winery

    267 Rowley Bridge Road, Topsfield
    This is the only winery on the list and it’s one that I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s right off 95 in Topsfield. In fact, you can see it right from the highway. It’s so cute and right on a farm. They have reds, whites and fruit wines like blueberry and cranberry.


  • Mill River Wines

    498 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley
    it’s the vineyard that makes you go, “Wait, is this Tuscany or Massachusetts?” Offering a delightful array of reds, whites, and rosés, it’s a must-visit for those who prefer their spirits fermented from grapes. Raise a toast to the little winery that could (and does).


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