Nerax North

Regrettably, there will not be a NERAX North in 2018.
We hope and expect it will return in the fall of 2019.
Our next NERAX festival will be April 3-6, 2019 at the South Boston Lithuanian Club.

NERAX North Sessions & Pricing

[Session dates/times and pricing info TBA.]

As always, we do our best to ensure a pleasant, pub-like atmosphere. During the festival, new casks of American and British beer and cider will be tapped every day, for a wide selection from Thursday to Saturday. We expect to serve over 50 beers.

Advance Ticket Sales are closed, but plenty of tickets should be available at the door.

Session Hours Admission
Thursday evening, November 16 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. $9 in advance,
$10 at the door
Friday evening, November 17 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. $9 in advance,
$10 at the door
Tutored Tasting (FRIDAY ADD-ON)
See details below
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. $15 in advance,
$15 at door, if space is available
Saturday afternoon, November 18 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. $9 in advance,
$10 at the door
Saturday evening, November 18 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. $9 in advance,
$10 at the door

No physical tickets will be issued. If you purchased advanced admission, please come to the Will Call line. Your name and the number of tickets you purchased will be on the list. All you need is your ID.

Admission does not include beer or samples. At NERAX festivals you purchase beer at a cash bar. Our beer prices are:

$8 for an Imperial pint
$4 for a half pint
$3 for a quarter pint

Beers and ciders of 7-10% ABV are limited to half pints ($5) and quarter pints ($3).
Beers, ciders and mead over 10% ABV are limited to quarter pints ($4).

There is a $5 refundable deposit on your festival glass.

Proceeds from each event are invested in maintaining and upgrading our equipment, educating the public, and starting the next event.

Please remember that NERAX festivals accept cash only.  There are a number of ATMs nearby if you need one.

NERAX festivals are for adults AGE 21 AND OVER.  Valid Photo ID is required.

Please see our Festival Policies page for more details.

Friday Night Tutored Tasting with Thames Side Brewery!

Make NERAX extra special with a tutored tasting from 7:30 to 8:30 pm!
      Andy Hayward, owner of Thames Side Brewery in Staines upon Thames, Surrey, will lead us on the tasting and discussion of Andy’s choice of four quarter-pint selections from the stillage!
      Ever since Andy was a slim youth reveling in the local pubs of New Malden, his love for real ale has endured. The hops, the barley, the malt and the pub in which it was served all merged to give an “I’m home” sensation.
      Through the years (even as early as the late 1970s) Andy experimented with making and creating his own beer at his various homes both in the US and UK (In hops there is home). He has attended beer festivals and drinking establishments in a number of countries with a genuine interest in the beer, the local influence and the process of making it.

$15 pp, includes beer samples.
PLEASE NOTE, this is a Session Add-On. Participants must also have Friday Session Tickets.

Directions to NERAX North

Directions to the Fall festival will be posted after completion of the Spring festival, so as not to confuse anyone.

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Knights of Columbus Hall

94 Washington Square East
Salem, MA  01970
(978) 745-3408


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Parking:  On-street & city garages. Please carpool or use Commuter Rail if possible.
Also see:

Click here for Commuter Rail Schedule

Easily accessible by Commuter Rail, Downeaster Train, and Auto

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By Commuter Rail:

The Barking Dog Ale House is accessible by Commuter Rail from North Station via the Haverhill line (Schedule). The Barking Dog Ale is located just around the corner from the Haverhill Commuter Rail station.

Downeaster Train:

The Barking Dog Ale House is also accessible by the Downeaster which runs between North Station and Portland ME with a stop in Haverhill (Schedule). The Barking Dog Ale House is located just around the corner from the Rail station.

From surrounding communities:

The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) offers bus transportation in Haverhill and surrounding communities from Lawrence to Newburyport. The MVRTA also connects to the Lowell Regional Transit Authority. Route schedules are available at many locations throughout the Merrimack Valley. Call 978-469-1254 for more information.

From Boston MA and points south:

Take I-93 north from Boston. Then take exit 44A to merge onto I-495 N toward Lawrence. Go 9.6 miles and take exit 49 (Rte 110 east/River Street) off I-495 N. Approximately 50 minutes driving time from Boston.

From Manchester NH and points north:

Take I-93 South to Rt. 213 and go east for 3.3 miles. Take Exit 5B to Haverhill/NH/Maine and bear right onto I-495 North. Proceed to exit 49 (Rte 110 east/River Street) off I-495 N.

From Worcester MA and points west:

Bear right on I-290 and go northeast for 13 miles to I-495 North. Proceed to exit 49 (Rte 110 east/River Street) off I-495 N.

Once you exit 495-N:

Follow Route 110E / River Street through two sets of lights. This road becomes Washington Street. After you pass under a bridge, the Barking Dog will be on your left. Keep going to the nearest parking lot, and turn left at the blue “P” sign. There are other parking lots in downtown Haverhill, as well as street parking. All parking is metered Thursday and Friday evenings until 8:00 pm.

NERAX North Sponsors

Our sponsors have graciously stepped up to help us present cask ale to you, and we gratefully thank them for their support.

Glassware & Staff Shirt Sponsors

Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring Glassware and/or Shirts for NERAX North.

Glassware Sponsor:

Notch Brewing
Salem, MA

Staff/Volunteer T-shirt Sponsors:

Homebrew Emporium
Cambridge, MA
Weymouth, MA
W. Boylston, MA
Rensselaer, NY

We would also like to thank:

Homebrew Emporium

CAMRA and Shelton Brothers for their assistance in procuring the British casks.

Beer Advocate for festival promotion.

…. and last but not least, we wish to thank all the American breweries who have sent casks to this year’s festival. If you are interested in sponsorship or advertising possibilities with NERAX, please contact .

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