Whether you’re passing through New Jersey on a fall foliage road trip or you’re a resident of the Garden State, take advantage of its booming brewery scene. With a variety of unique craft beers available at breweries across the state, here’s a list of some must-try spots for any kind of beer drinker this season.
Kane Brewing Company – Ocean Township, NJ
Founded in 2011 by Erika and Michael Kane, this brewing company was a long time in the making. After spending years visiting breweries, this husband-and-wife team left their lives and jobs in New York to pursue their dream of owning a business. The duo’s hard work was rewarded when Kane Brewing Company was voted the “Best Brewery in New Jersey” by New Jersey Monthly.
Icarus Brewing – Lakewood, NJ
“Go big or go home” is the motto at Icarus Brewing. Releasing 3 to 5 new beers each week, guests can tackle new flights either inside, enjoying the rustic décor, or outside during the warmer seasons on an outdoor patio. As the first micro-brewery in Lakewood, their tasting room offers a close-knit, homey vibe for residents and visitors alike.
Spellbound Brewing – Mount Holly, NJ
Three founders, boasting a combined 50 years of brewing experience, came together in 2014 to create Spellbound Brewing in Mount Holly. This 20-barrel brewhouse features beers they love to drnk themselves, including everyday classics to experimental brews. Their menu features four core brands: IPA, Porter, Pale Ale and Cherry Belgian Tripel, along with 12 different seasonal options.
Alementary Brewing Company – Hackensack, NJ
Known for combining the artistry of brewing and the modern science behind the process, there’s nothing “ale-ementary,” as they put it, about the way this Hackensack location does things. Led by a passionate group of science-based brewers, Alementary Brewing Company prides itself on craftmanship and high-end beer of all kinds. Featuring a tap list ranging from the Hackensack Lager to a Helles-style beer, patrons have a range of choices in this family-friendly spot.
New Jersey Beer Company – North Bergen, NJ
Founded in 2010, New Jersey Beer Company produces a list of year-round beers along with unique seasonal brews like ‘One in a Melon,’ a watermelon sour suited for summer and Clear Skies and Fireflies, an Imperial Pils ready for the fall.