Notch to open second taproom in Brighton

Courtesy renderingAn aerial view of what The Speedway, a new complex planned at the Charles River Speedway Headquarters off Soldiers Field Road in Brighton, will look like. Notch Brewing will open its second location there and will be the anchor tenant in the project.

SALEM — Notch Brewing is opening a second location in Brighton. 

The Salem-based brewer announced Tuesday plans to open a brewery, taproom and year-round biergarten at the Charles River Speedway Headquarters site next summer. 

Notch will be the anchor tenant of The Speedway, a collaborative development spearheaded by the preservation group Architectural Heritage Foundation and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

Notch plans to brew on site.

“If you’ve visited our Salem home, you’ll have a sense of what to expect,” said Notch co-founder Chris Lohring in a statement, “but we’re definitely making space to highlight our new neighbors in Brighton, Allston, Watertown, Newton, and Cambridge and especially directly at The Speedway.”

The new brewery and taproom will hold upward of 200 people inside. The biergarten will be roughly twice that size, with room to expand for festivals and special events.

Like the Salem location on Derby Street, the Brighton biergarten will be designed with reverence to German and Czech traditions. 


Notch-Brighton will not be running a kitchen. Visitors will be able to bring food from neighboring businesses into the taproom. 

“We will brew and offer hospitality to the high standard we’ve established but beyond those, we want to share what we’re about with the greater Boston area and welcome them to the session beer life,” Lohring said.

In the early 1900s, the Charles River Speedway boasted a mile-long harness racetrack and was one of the city's most popular gathering areas. The track was torn down in the mid-1900s to make way for Soldiers Field Road. The Charles River Speedway Headquarters was a park maintenance facility for several years but has since become vacant. Now, an effort is underway to redevelop the complex with a full-service restaurant, local artisans, nonprofit and creative office space and other food and retail vendors.

“We’re excited to join with Notch Brewing to create a brewery and taproom along the Charles River, where the community can experience the multifaceted offerings of the Speedway against a backdrop of the site’s fascinating history,” said Architectural Heritage Foundation Sean McDonnell in a statement. 


Notch launched in 2010 as the first brewing company in the country to focus exclusively on session beer, which has 4.5% alcohol or less. It opened its brewery and taproom in Salem in 2016. 




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