As more breweries and brewpubs open their doors around New Jersey, beer-lovers are taking notice. New Jersey is divided into northern and southern sections, both of which are seeing upstart breweries and brewpubs altering the landscape, not only attracting locals but beer fans from New York, Pennsylvania and beyond.
1.Eight & Sand Beer Company
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Named after the phrase that was used to wish train crews a quick and safe journey, Eight & Sand Beer Company produces a variety of traditional style brews made with modern American grown ingredients, the majority of which are sessionable (lower in alcohol content) and adhere to classic styles. Eight & Sand Beer Company features a selection of rotating taps in the brewery’s tasting room, providing a different experience for every visitor, including core beers, seasonals, one-offs and special releases, which are only available at the brewery. Core beers include Zug Lager, Monkey & The Engineer, and Bo Chaser Pale Ale, while seasonals include Brass Pounder, Grisette, and Buzz Keeper.
1003 N Evergreen Ave, Woodbury, NJ 08096, Phone: 856-537-1339
2.Cape May Brewing
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Cape May Brewing was founded in 2011 by Chris Henke, and father and son Bob and Ryan Krill, bringing delicious craft beer to the beloved New Jersey seaside resort city. All beers are brewed on site at the company's Rio Grande and brewery, including year-round flagship brews like its Cape May IPA, Devil's Reach Belgian Ale, Cape May Lager, Always Ready Northeast Ale, and Honey Porter. The company's tap room is open to the public daily, offering a spacious beer garden area and draft pours of all of the company's brews. Interactive guided tours are available daily, with self-guided tours permitted any time the brewery is open. Though the taproom does not serve its own food, guests are welcome to bring their own food in from a number of area restaurants.
1288 Hornet Rd, Rio Grande, NJ 08242, Phone: 609-849-9933
3.High Point Brewing Company, Inc - Ramstein Beers
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Founded in 1996 by award-winning brewer, Greg Zaccardi, High Point Brewing Company is a craft brewery specializing in German wheat beer made with Bavarian yeast known as Ramstein beer. Located in Butler, New Jersey, High Point Brewing Company is the country’s premier brewer of German-style lagers and wheat beers, producing beers according to the German Purity Law, using only contain four ingredients of hops, malt, water, and yeast. Named after the town of Ramstein in Germany, which is home to the US Ramstein Air Force Base, Ramstein Beers reflect the marriage of German tradition and American innovation.
22 Park Place, GPS 14 Kiel Avenue, Butler, NJ 07405, Phone: 973-838-7400
4.Slack Tide Brewing Company
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Slack Tide Brewing Company was founded in 2015 by Jason and Tadhg Campbell who wanted to create a diverse and high-quality line of beers made with locally sourced and natural ingredients from the region. Located in Cape May County, Slack Tide Brewing Company have produced over 37 beers to date using a 3BBL system with some of them winning awards like the Belgian Blonde, Bell Buoy, and the IPA, Angry Osprey. Other beers in the line include 5 Fathom (Pale Ale), Monkey Face (Dry Stout), and seasonals like Avalon Amber (American Red Ale), Blackfish (Blackberry Wheat), Bobber (Blonde Ale), and Bucktail (American Brown Ale).
1072 NJ-83, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, Phone: 609-478-2343
5.Demented Brewing Company
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A relatively new craft brewery on the brew scene, Demented Brewing Company is located in Middlesex New Jersey and features a modern 10 BBL brewing system with two 10 BBL fermenters, four 30 BBL fermenters, one 15 BBL bright beer tank, and one 30 BBL bright beer tank. Demented Brewing Company produces a variety of beer styles, including an - American Pale Ale called Bargaining Chip, an American Amber Red Ale known as Scarlet Night, an English Mild Ale called Fiend, and a Pilsner known as Hometown hero, among others. These beers and more are distributed by Hunterdon to over 600 bars and restaurants throughout the state and can be tasted on tap in the tasting room, which is open Tuesday through Sunday at various hours.
600 Lincoln Blvd, Middlesex, NJ 08846, Phone: 732-629-8262
6.Departed Soles Brewing Company
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Departed Soles Brewing Company opened in the summer of 2015 as New Jersey's first craft brewery to produce 100% gluten-free craft beer. Located in the Powerhouse Arts District in Downtown Jersey City, the brewery was named after the founder’s combined passion for beer and sneakers and produces a variety of beer, along with gluten-free options. Departed Soles Brewing Company offer one of the most unique selections of craft beer in the Tri-State Area, crafted with traditional ingredients such as barley and wheat and fermented in dedicated fermentations vessels. Brews include Departed Soles A Dark Night, a gluten-free Cascadian dark ale; Departed Soles GoodbIPA: Four My Homie, a gluten-free floral and citrus IPA, a Philoso-Rapper, a Belgian ale; a Departed Soles Red Headed Step Brewer, an amber ale; and a Cantankerous Blonde aka "South Ward Ale", a honey blonde ale.
150 Bay St #2a, Jersey City, NJ 07302, Phone: 201-479-8578
7.Devil's Creek Brewery
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Located in historic downtown Collingswood in the heart of Camden County, Devil's Creek Brewery is a family-owned microbrewery and a favorite gathering spot where locals and visitors come together to enjoy excellent handcrafted beer and gourmet cuisine. Set in a town that has a deep connection to their Quaker roots, Devil's Creek Brewery is the first facility to produce and sell alcoholic beverages in the area. Owned by Anthony Abate, the brewery produces beers inspired by local farmstands and offers a lineup of blondes, wheat, maibocks, and saisons, as well as a fruity IPA and double IPA. The seven-barrel operation has eight rotating taps and sells 32 oz. and 64 oz. Growlers that can be taken away to enjoy at a later stage.
1 Powell Lane at, Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108, Phone: 856-425-2520
8.Brix City Brewing
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Founded in 2015 by friends Pete Reuther and Joe Delcalzo, Brix City Brewing released 25v handcrafted brews in its first year and has since become a recognizable name on the Jersey beer scene. Located less than 10 miles from the George Washington Bridge in industrial Little Ferry, Bergen County’s first brewery pays tribute to the Garden State’s rich brewing history with a variety of styles and tastes, ranging from a Belgian tripel to hopping porters, including flagship beers like Just Another IPA, Just Another DIPA, Cheap Labor Pale Ale, Porter Authority and Gloria Blonde, and exclusive releases such as Heady Jams, and Silk City. Open seven days a week; the brewery caters to business people looking to sample the local suds.
4 Alsan Way, Little Ferry, NJ 07643, Phone: 201-440-0865
9.Flounder Brewing Company
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Flounder Brewing Company is a nano-brewery in Hillsborough in Somerset County, New Jersey that was founded by Jeremy Lees as a homebrewing hobby and has grown to become a successful small batch business. Opened to the public in 2013, Flounder Brewing Company was one of the first nano breweries in New Jersey, producing an estimated 50 barrels of beer per year, with signature beers including its signature Hill Street Honey Ale, an unfiltered American pale ale, and the year-round Murky Brown, an American Brown Ale, and Saison du Flounder, a farmhouse ale. The brewery also produces two seasonal releases - a spiced pumpkin amber ale called Floundering Pumpkin, which released in the fall, the Gingerbread Brown, a spiced brown winter ale to enjoy in the colder winter months. The brewery is open for tastings and fills Thursday through Sunday.
1 Ilene Ct Ste 16 Bldg 8, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844, Phone: 908-396-6166
10.Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Flying Fish Brewing Company is the largest producer of craft beer in the state and features a 45,000-square-foot brewing facility, a low-key tasting room, and a wide range of award-winning beer. Located in Somerdale, the brewery is one of the most familiar of Jersey beer brands, producing 25,000 barrels of beer per year in a variety of styles, including the Jersey Turnpike-inspired Exit Series. Signature beers include American Trippel, Hoppy American Wheat, Bayshore Oyster Stout, Wild Rice Double IPA, Wallonian Rye, Hoppy Scarlet Ale, and Chocolate Stout. Flying Fish beers are distributed throughout the state, as well as eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.
900 Kennedy Blvd, Somerdale, NJ 08083, Phone: 856-504-3442
© Icarus Brewing
Icarus Brewing is Lakewood’s first microbrewery and has built a reputation for some of the best IPAs in New Jersey. Priding themselves on creating fresh, hand-crafted ales and lagers using locally sourced ingredients with maximum flavor and taste, the Lakewood-based brewery produces a range of beer styles and insane variants of IPAs, saisons, stouts, and more. Named after the Greek myth that fully embraces the theme of balance, Icarus Brewing features an inner taproom with hanging lights, comfortable seating and warm décor, where guests can taste some of the brewery’s beers. Signature brews include Panic Pale Ale, Ella Ella IPA, Sunwalker Smoked Pilsner, Birdman Brown Ale, and a delicious Black Mass - Dark Chocolate through a Randall that is best drunk warm.
790 Swarthmore Ave #2, Lakewood, NJ 08701
12.Kane Brewing Company
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Founded by home-brewer and beer entrepreneur, Michael Kane who was inspired by the European beers he enjoyed, Kane Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated brewery that produces a range of American and Belgian-style beers and ales. Kane’s passion for experimenting with various styles of beer led him to create a variety of Belgian-influenced beers with an American twist, such as the favorite Single Fin, light, and crisp blonde ale. Other unique creations include Apiary (brewed with local wildflower honey), A Night to End All Dawns (a barrel-aged imperial stout), and Malus (a dark ale made with locally sourced apple cider and autumn spices). Other signature brews include Head High IPA and Overhead Imperial IPA and visitors can enjoy tastings and self-guided tours on weekends.
1750 Bloomsbury Ave, Ocean Township, NJ 07712, Phone: 732-922-8600
13.Lone Eagle Brewing
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Located in beautiful, historic Flemington, Lone Eagle Brewing was founded in 2016 as Flemington's first craft brewery and offers 12 to 14 beers on tap with a balanced board of ales, lagers, stouts, porters, saisons, and IPAs. The brewery boasts a 10 BBL brewhouse with 100 BBL's of fermentation capacity, along with over 5,000 square feet of tasting room space, which includes a 1,800 square-foot loft overlooking the brew area and main tasting room. An outside patio is available for tastings in the summer months and can seat up to 60 people. Award-winning and signature beers include Maiden Flight West Coast Style IPA, New England Chowdah, Station Lager, “Spelt” Wrong IPA, 49 Fame Helles Lager, KellerWolf (Kellerbier), Hoppe Stad #005, and Chocolate Milk Stout.
44 Stangl Rd, Flemington, NJ 08822, Phone: 908-237-2255
14.Magnify Brewing Company
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Magnify Brewing Company was founded by Eric Ruta and Erich Carrle, both of whom had worked at breweries before launching Magnify, now a stalwart on the craft brew scene. Located in Fairfield, Essex County, Magnify Brewing Company produces a range of core beers such as Black Wheat, a light-bodied dark beer with notes of espresso and an herbal kick, along with monthly limited releases, like the 30 Hours Imperial Pale Ale brewed with 650 pounds of peaches and the Pollinator IPA, made with 200 pounds of Jersey honey. Other flagship beers include Search Saison; Low Visibility Pale Ale; and Vine Shine IPA, which can be sampled and purchased at the 7,000-square-foot facility off Route 46.
7, 1275 Bloomfield Ave #40C, Fairfield, NJ 07004
15.Man Skirt Brewing
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Man Skirt Brewing is a locally owned and operated brewery in Hackettstown, New Jersey that produces small-batch beers made with the highest commitment to quality. The brewery focuses on English and German styles, as well as a range of other styles to provide something for every taste. Named for the owner’s love of Utilikilts, Man Skirt Brewing offers nine rotating taps of beer, including flagship brews such as Imperial Progress IPA, Better than Pants English Bitter, The Great Porter, and Gold Bar Blonde Ale. Special releases include London Flood English Mild Ale, H-Town Helles Lager, Blonde Bastard Blonde Ale, June bug IPA, and Fully Regimental IPA.
144 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Phone: 908-989-0286
16.New Jersey Beer Company
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New Jersey Beer Company is a microbrewery with a cozy tasting room that is all about the Garden State that has produced renowned beers such as the 1787 Abbey Single Ale, the Hudson Pale Ale, the Garden State Stout, and the cleverly named LBIPA. Other signature beers include Skyway Saison, Pit Boss Double IPA, Weehawken Wee Heavy, and Beach Watch Ale. The New Jersey Beer Company Tasting Room is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers samples, tastings, free take-home bottles, and a variety of beer-related accessories and merchandise to purchase. The brewery also offers free guided tours of the facility.
4201 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047, Phone: 201-758-8342
17.Cricket Hill Brewing Company
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Located in Fairfield, New Jersey, Cricket Hill Brewing Company is a microbrewery that produces a variety of year-round and seasonal beers with a limited-hours tap room that offers brewery tours with tastings. Founded in 2000, Cricket Hill Brewery opened to the public two years later with flagship brews such as American Ale and East Coast Lager and have since added several more like the Hopnotic IPA and the Colonel Blide's Bitter. Cricket Hill actively practices the Germany beer brewing practice of Reinheitsgebot and is well known for their cask-aged beers. In addition to their flagship brews, the brewery also produces several seasonals such as Fall Festivus, Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale, Paymasters Porter, and Maibock.
24 Kulick Rd, Fairfield, NJ 07004, Phone: 973-276-9415
18.Rinn Duin Brewing
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Rinn Duin Brewing was established by father and daughter team in 2014 and have been producing a distinct range of beers that focus on British and Irish styles. Named after a 13th-century castle in County Roscommon, Ireland, where the owner’s ancestors once lived, Rinn Duin Brewing is inspired by the castle’s indubious heritage, which saw it countless battles by the hands of the Irish. The microbrewery produces a variety of beers, including Rinn Duin St John's, Rinn Duin Pota Caifé, Rinn Duin Lawnmower, Rinn Duin Dimwit, Rinn Duin Bloody Dimwit, Rinn Duin Lawnmower Grapefruit, and Rinn Duin Dimwit Blueberry.
1540 NJ-37, Toms River, NJ 08755, Phone: 732-569-3261
19.Screamin Hill Brewery
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Overlooking 100 acres of beautifully preserved farmland at Bullock Farms, Screamin’ Hill Brewery is a farm brewery rural western Monmouth County that produces a range of organic beers created from four essential ingredients of beer, hops, water and yeast. Nestled in the shadow of Six Flags Great Adventure, at Cream Ridge, Screamin’ Hill Brewery uses on the freshest ingredients, 90% of which are grown on the 500 acres of land owned and farmed by Bullock Farms, with only specialty malts purchased from outside sources. Combining the love of beer and farming, Screamin’ Hill Brewery produce fine ales with grown farm ingredients, such as American Wheat, Screamin’ Magnolia, Rusty Farmer, Single Hop Pale Ale, Blood Orange Pale Ale, Red IPA, and a Cocoa Currant Porter.
Emley's, 83 Emley's Hill Rd, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514, Phone: 609-401-2025
20.Alementary Brewing Company
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Alementary Brewing Company is a rustic-chic microbrewery and taproom in Hackensack with eight taps pouring a rotating selection of craft brews. Owner chief scientist Michael Roosevelt and fellow co-owner Blake Crawford founded the brewery as a gathering place for the community to enjoy great beer and food in a relaxed setting. Alementary Brewing Company features a tap list that includes the flagship Hackensack Lager, an A-Game IPA, originally a homebrew Crawford created, and a Helles-style beer, and other styles that can be tasted and enjoyed in the taproom, which is open Thursday through Sunday at various hours.
58 Voorhis Ln, Hackensack, NJ 07601, Phone: 201-968-1290
© Spellbound Brewing
Spellbound Brewing is a locally owned and operated brewery in Mount Holly that focuses on brewing beers that are bold representations of the owner’s favorite styles. Boasting a 7500 square foot brewery space with a 20-barrel brewhouse, seven 40-barrel fermenters, two 40-barrel and one 80-barrel brite tank, Spellbound Brewing produces a range of core year-round brands such as Cherry Belgian Tripel, Pale Ale, IPA, Porter, Major Nelson, Peach IPA, and the award-winning Porter aged on Palo Santo Wood. The brewery also features a 5,000 square foot connected space for barrel aging and storage, and 1,000 square foot tasting room where visitors can taste the various house brews, and purchase bottles, cases, and growlers.
10 Lippincott Ln #12, Mt Holly, NJ 08060, Phone: 609-832-0077
22.Third State Brewing
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Third State Brewing is a seven-barrel brewery located in Historic Burlington, New Jersey that brews a wide variety of high-quality craft beers including several award-winning recipes. Opened in 2015, the brewery is owned and operated by founders Bill Pozniak, Jay Mahoney and John O'Brien, who bring a combined brewing experience of 50 years to the taps. Third State Brewing features a comfortable, family-friendly tasting room where visitors can sample some of the brewery’s beers, including
352 High St, Burlington, NJ 08016, Phone: 609-387-1620
© Tonewood Brewing
Tonewood Brewing is located in Oaklyn, New Jersey and is committed to creating flavorful and exciting craft beer using the finest ingredients and masterful brewing techniques. Home to a 15-barrel brewhouse and tasting room, the brewery offers a wide variety of rotating taps that can be found and sampled in the tasting room, including Fuego, a juicy IPA inspired by the New England IPAs of Vermont and Massachusetts; Freshies, a soft and crushable American Pale Ale; Mindless Dribble, an American DIPA brewed with malted oats; and Bierspace, a Kölsch German ale with 100% German malts and Noble hops.
215 West Clinton Avenue, Oaklyn, New Jersey 08107, Phone: 856-833-1500
24.Village Idiot Brewing Company
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Village Idiot Brewing Company is a small-batch, artisanal neighborhood business with a 15 BBL brewing system that produces delicious made-from-scratch handcrafted brews in a casual and laid-back environment. Situated on the site of the former Bridgetown Pub in Mount Holly, the locally owned and operated brewery produces a tap list of exciting and innovative beers, ales, lagers, and IPAs, including the Bridgetown Blonde Ale, Bike Rail Pale Ale, Mullen's Irish Red, Rich's Revolutionary Rye, The Hoptimizer IPA, and Summer Wind Wheat. Village Idiot Brewing Company offers samples, pints, and growler fills with their beers in their unique tasting room, which is open Thursday through Sunday at various hours.
42 High St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060, Phone: 609-975-9270
25.Wet Ticket Brewing
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Named for the individuals who ran for office during the 1930's with the intent to repeal prohibition, who was known as ‘Wet Tickets,’ Wet Ticket Brewing is owned by Al Povalski and Tim Pewitt and is based in Rahway, New Jersey. Featuring beautiful tasting room where visitors can enjoy the brewery’s great beer, Wet Ticket Brewing uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to produce a range handcrafted and unique beers, ales, lagers, IPAs, and other styles that are easy-drinking and full of flavor. Signature beers include the Kolsch, a traditional beer brewed with German hops and malts; Spanktown IPA, a West Coast style IPA featuring Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra hops; an Imperial Oatmeal Stout with a smooth and refined finish; and the Dream Ticket Double Indian Pale, which bursts aromas of candied orange, pineapple, peach and passion fruit.
1435 Main St, Rahway, NJ 07065, Phone: 848-666-7141
25 Best New Jersey Breweries
- Eight & Sand Beer Company, Photo: Eight & Sand Beer Company
- Cape May Brewing, Photo: Cape May Brewing
- High Point Brewing Company, Inc - Ramstein Beers, Photo: High Point Brewing Company, Inc
- Slack Tide Brewing Company, Photo: Slack Tide Brewing Company
- Demented Brewing Company, Photo: Demented Brewing Company
- Departed Soles Brewing Company, Photo: Departed Soles Brewing Company
- Devil's Creek Brewery, Photo: Devil's Creek Brewery
- Brix City Brewing, Photo: Brix City Brewing
- Flounder Brewing Company, Photo: Flounder Brewing Company
- Flying Fish Brewing Company, Photo: Flying Fish Brewing Company
- Icarus Brewing, Photo: Icarus Brewing
- Kane Brewing Company, Photo: Kane Brewing Company
- Lone Eagle Brewing, Photo: Lone Eagle Brewing
- Magnify Brewing Company, Photo: Magnify Brewing Company
- Man Skirt Brewing, Photo: Man Skirt Brewing
- New Jersey Beer Company, Photo: New Jersey Beer Company
- Cricket Hill Brewing Company, Photo: Cricket Hill Brewing Company
- Rinn Duin Brewing, Photo: Rinn Duin Brewing
- Screamin Hill Brewery, Photo: Screamin Hill Brewery
- Alementary Brewing Company, Photo: Alementary Brewing Company
- Spellbound Brewing, Photo: Spellbound Brewing
- Third State Brewing, Photo: Third State Brewing
- Tonewood Brewing, Photo: Tonewood Brewing
- Village Idiot Brewing Company, Photo: Village Idiot Brewing Company
- Wet Ticket Brewing, Photo: Wet Ticket Brewing
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Angry Erik Brewing, LLC
Angry Erik Brewing is a 10-barrel microbrewery owned by husband and wife, Erik and Heide Hassing that focuses on well-balanced brewing beers that can be enjoyed by everyone. Located in Lafayette Township, Angry Erik Brewing uses locally sourced and fresh ingredients to create a constant variety of delicious ales that surprise and delight palates, such as sour goses like Rhu Gose There?; English Mild Ales like the two Shoe Brew; Belgian Quads like Quadhalla, and the ever-popular Fika, a milk stout. Angry Erik Brewing has a taproom that is open Thursday through Sunday, which offers brewery tours of the 10-Barrel brewhouse, along with light fare and some of the best local and fresh beer you'll ever taste.
10 Millpond Dr #8, Lafayette Township, NJ 07848, Phone: 862-432-9003