There is something to be said about enjoying a brew after a long day at work or at a new spot with friends. New Jersey is home to several breweries and brew pubs with more on the way. Our small state is known for its music scene and shoreline, but now it is getting attention for its craft beer, too. Although there are more than just these, here is a list of 10 breweries and brew pubs to check out as a starting point for your New Jersey beer journey:
1. Cape May Brewing Company, Cape May
This gem of a brewery is a short drive from Wildwood, and it offers a cozy aesthetic. You get four tokens good for beer tastings, a souvenir glass, and the tour for $10. Outside there is a patio area with string lights offering the perfect place to sip on some brews and hang out with friends. Plus, what’s not to love about the themed beer names such as Concrete Ship?
2. Kane Brewing Company, Ocean
Looking for another brewery close to the beach? Look no further than Kane Brewing Company. Their beers can be found on tap at several bars, and one of the most memorable is the Kane Head High IPA.
3. Angry Erik Brewing, Lafayette
Angry Erik is nestled in Sussex County, and it is the perfect place to go after hiking part of the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy a tour of the facility, and settle in with a flight of tasty brews. No food is served, but it is BYOF, so you can bring anything from local restaurants.
4. Magnify Brewing Company, Fairfield
Magnify has its beer on tap in several New Jersey bars, and their seasonal brews are delicious. If you ever see the seasonal 30 Hours Imperial Pale Ale make sure to get it—the peach notes derived from New Jersey peaches pack this beer with tons of flavor.
5. Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company, Cherry Hill
Besides having a fun cat logo, Forgotten Boardwalk also creates fun, beach-themed beers. One of their popular beers is named after a cherished boardwalk snack--Funnel Cake. The brewery boasts skee ball, so you can play some games after enjoying a flight.
6. River Horse Brewing Company, Ewing
It’s hard not to love the story behind River Horse. Two people decided desk jobs were not for them, and they poured their efforts into creating a successful brewery. From their Summer Blonde Ale to the Oatmeal Milk Stout, this brewery does no wrong.
7. Flying Fish Brewing Company, Somerdale
Flying Fish is a well-known brewery in New Jersey. Check out their different beers in the Exit series along with various seasonal brews. Tours are free, and you pay as you go for beer samples.
8. Man Skirt Brewing, Hackettstown
Man Skirt may be new to the brewery world, but Joe Fisher has been brewing beer for a long time. His dream finally came to life, and it put Hackettstown on the map in the brewery scene. Check out the upstairs area after enjoying some beer to get a cool view of the town.
9. Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, Sparta
Here we enter our brew pub category, and it is one you should visit. Krogh’s is located by scenic Lake Mohawk, and it is fun to see their brew area while you enjoy food and drinks by the bar. They host live music, trivia nights, and you can indulge in good beers like the Krogh’s Gold.
10. Harvest Moon Brewery and Café, New Brunswick
Harvest Moon Brewery is on George Street, one of New Brunswick’s more charming areas. Inside you will find exposed brick walls decorated with names of their beers, and a varied selection from which to choose.
This only covers a fraction of the breweries New Jersey has to offer, and there are more to come. Grab your growlers and fill up on some of the state’s finest craft beers. Cheers! What are some of your favorite New Jersey breweries and brew pubs?