About us

About Us

Ipswich Ale Brewery has been a fixture on Boston's north shore since 1991 - focused on brewing tradition, innovation, and community. Visit our brewery and follow the brewing process from grain to glass while peering through industrial-sized windows overlooking the production floors.


Our Restaurant

Our Brewer's Table Restaurant, nestled uniquely inside the brewery itself, features 15 Tap lines of Ipswich beers and an eclectic lunch and dinner menu, with free live music on weekends. While you're there, pick up some brewery glassware, apparel, or your favorite Ipswich Ale beers to-go.


A little about us

Residents of Boston’s North Shore were first introduced to Ipswich Ale during the spring of 1991. With over 30 years of history behind it, Ipswich Ale has been in existence longer than nearly every other craft brewer in New England. Since that time, the Ipswich Ale portfolio of brands have developed into a tradition shared by not only the residents of eastern Massachusetts, but across New England.

In January of 2016, the Ipswich Ale Brewery opened their onsite restaurant the Ipswich Ale Brewer’s Table, which features 15 tap lines and a diverse menu with a mix of tastes ranging from brewpub to New American cuisine.



A lifelong North Shore native, Ipswich has been his local go-to brand since its inception in ‘91. In April 2018, he joined the Ipswich team with eight years of beer wholesaler experience - most recently serving as brand manager.


He received his certificate from the Siebel Institute in 2009 after successful completion of the concise brewing course, and became a Certified Cicerone in 2012 – although you’d be hard-pressed to get him to admit this. After years of exploring the myriad of beer styles out in the wild, these days he has special reverence for clean and elegant beers brewed true to style.


Chuck has more guitars than he’d care to admit, and always has his ears open for something tasty to listen to. Is it Bruins season yet?


Keith Monahan, Head Brewer

There is a young man named Keith, who smiles by showing his teeth,

he makes lots of beer both cloudy and clear, and that, unto you, he bequeaths.

One day while shining his shoes, he overheard the good news that old Ipswich Ales most worthy of tales needed to make some brews. He headed to Ipswich post haste. There wasn't a minute to waste


Then he used his several years of experience in production brewing to craft a myriad of exciting beer styles to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. He believes every style of beer has a home in his glass and in the greater brewing community.


His free time is spent painting little plastic people and playing metal music.He is roughly twenty-thousand coiled earth worms in a man suit.


Jim Beauvais, Production Manager

Jim founded Ipswich Ale Brewery in 1991 with business partner Paul Sylva. In 1999, he left Ipswich Brewing.


Over the years he worked with startup breweries such as: Flying Goose Brewpub of New London, NH, Shinano Brewing Company in Nagano, Japan, and Pirate Republic Brewing Company in Nassau, Bahamas.


In January 2018, Jim returned to Ipswich Ale Brewery as the Production Manager. He’s climbed all but one of the 4,000-footers in New Hampshire.


TJ Peckham, Sales Representative:

TJ’s worked in the beer industry since 2003. He started out in Oregon in the Willamette Valley as a brewer and sales representative at Oregon Trail Brewing, as well as FreshHops.com as a farmer and in packaging.


He then fished for three winter seasons as a long shore foreman in Dutch Harbor, Alaska on the Bering Sea. After moving back east, he worked for Salem Beer Works, Cape Ann Brewing, and Wachusett Brewing before coming to Ipswich.


TJ has a degree in Anthropology and Marketing from Franklin Pierce University. Father of two amazing kids; loves playing anything and enjoys running; professional interrupter and closet pina colada-drinker.


Rob Martin, President

Rob started at Ipswich Ale Brewery in 1994 as a volunteer brewer; after brewing for 6 months and being paid in beer and pizza, he asked for a job. Early ’95, he became the brewery’s delivery driver.


After two years on the road, he returned to the production floor and ran the bottling line, then became Director of Operations. In 1999, he bought the brewery.


Rob has a BS in Building Sciences and a BS in Architecture from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, NY and helped design the brewery’s current on-site brewpub, the Brewer’s Table Restaurant. He once ran across the Continental Divide in the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run.


James (Jim Jamz) Dorau, Director of Operations

1963 Valentine’s day in quiet hops field a child is born. Not an unusual event…but this child had a full beard. Raised by wolves in the outer most reaches of Richardson, Texas James grew to worship the taste of beer.

It wasn’t long before he left the den and headed north in search of the perfect brewery. For years he roamed from town to town solving crimes and breaking hearts only to hear the somber sound of the road calling to him and for his quest to continue. Finally in 1999 he became the Head Brewer at Ipswich Ale Brewery and the rest is history.


When Jim is not drinking beer he enjoys spending time with family, restoring an old house, and singing sea shanties with The Portermen


Myles Eason: Brewer's Table GM/Chef

A Food and Beverage Industry veteran with 40 years of cooking and management, Myles grew up on the Northshore and has worked his way along the east coast from Maine to Florida and the Caribbean as well. With experience and influences from Sicily to Northern Italian to French to Pacific Rim and West Indies, these flavors can often be found front and center on his eclectic menus or carefully incorporated into modern day classics.

"With such a diverse beer portfolio there was no way to stick with just pub fare...I had to take it up a notch to have the dining experience match the amazing brewery space and cool beer vibe" 

Myles is a Pisces who enjoys long walks on beaches and puppy dogs. 


Alan Pearsall, Art Director

Our artist and graphic designer Alan has been creating amazing artwork for the brewery for 20 years.  Our label design is something we pride ourselves in and Alan never ceases to come up new and unique concepts. Aside from being the most handsome and modest non-bearded man at the brewery, he’s also an award winning designer, artist/muralist, and published author (he even wrote this glowing description).


He painted the 2,700 square foot mural portraying the History of Ipswich on the EBSCO building at the town’s Riverwalk. He has a BFA from Pratt Institute. He’s a Capricorn who loves his pets and the Patriots.


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