In the past few years, since the craft beer craze has started in New Jersey, we’ve started touring and writing reviews of Jersey Shore’s best breweries. Here is a summary of these breweries and the reviews we’ve wrote. It’s not meant to rank them, so we’re listing them North to South.
Cypress Brewing (Edison)
- Hidden in an Edison industrial park, it has a refreshing selection of IPA’s and very flavorful beers.
- Favorites: Cecilia, 17 Mile.
Raritan Bay Brewing (Keansburg)
- A bit hidden off Route 36 in Keansburg, the old red brick building hides a great brewing operation with plenty of good options.
- Favorites: C3, Billy Goat Bock.
Belford Brewing (Middletown)
- A very nice and big location with a neighborhood-style bar. And it’s right around the corner from my house. Focused more on grains than on hops.
- Favorites: Lobster Pot.
Carton Brewing (Atlantic Highlands)
- One of the first and most famous breweries in the Northern part of the shore, with a tasting room that’s always crowded. You probably know many of their beers from Jersey bars.
- Favorites: 077xx, Boat.
Red Tank Brewing (Red Bank)
- Great new watering hole in downtown Red Bank. Just a few beers for starters, but a big tasting room with a nice atmosphere.
- Favorites: Tempus Fugit Pale Ale, St. James Trappist Dubbel.
Triumph Brewing (Red Bank)
- This is one of the hottest new spots around. Not only it has a lot of great beers, but being a brewpub it serves food as well. Very good food!
- Favorites: Bengal Gold IPA, Helles Bock.
Kane Brewing (Ocean Twp)
- Another “old” brewery with a huge farm-like tasting room (even if it’s in an industrial area). Lots of amazing beers, and Head High is a staple in shore-area bars.
- Favorites: Head High, Overhead.
Jughandle Brewing (Tinton Falls)
- A brewery that keeps growing its offerings, especially the IPAs, close to Asbury Park and the Jersey Shore outlets.
- Favorites: 4057, Pacifically Speaking.
Dark City Brewing (Asbury Park)
- A hip and trendy location in Asbury, with a cool design and several cool beers.
- Favorites: Double Yellow.
Bradley Brew Project (Bradley Beach)
- Great location a short walk from the beach
- Favorites: From Making Dreams
Beach Haus (Belmar)
- The oldest name from this list and probably the best location as well. In downtown Belmar, with a rooftop terrace overlooking busy Main St. They really got good at specialty IPA’s lately.
- Favorites: Test Dept IPAs.
Last Wave Brewing (Point Pleasant Beach)
- With a great location in downtown Point Beach, this is a buzzing place with great atmosphere and plenty of IPAs.
- Favorites: Board Breaker, A-Frame.
Frye Brewing (Point Pleasant)
- Hidden in Point Boro, it has a cool friendly tasting room and a great variation of beers.
- Favorites: Nuth’r IPA, Fireside Imperial Brown.
Icarus Brewing (Lakewood)
- A hidden gem not far from Point Pleasant Beach, a wide offering of beers with a lot of IPAs. And there’s a food truck outside that you can order food from.
- Favorites: Yacht Juice, We Want the Idaho Gold.
Rinn Duin (Toms River)
- It’s a nice little Irish-style brewery on your way back from Seaside but the beer selection is still limited and there’s no take-home option unless you have a growler.
- Favorites: Dimwit Belgian Ale.
ManaFirkin Brewing (Manahawkin)
- Great beer stop just before the LBI bridge (or after, if you’re leaving the beach). Almost 25 beers on tap!
- Favorites: Ju Sea Shore, Clint Yeastwood, Bang a Wicked Uey.
Ship Bottom Brewery (Ship Bottom)
- Great location in between the LBI beach and the bay, with a great tasting room. One of the rare places where you can try 8 beers (that’s their standard flight!) and like all of them.
- Favorites: The Shack, Stupid Paddle Boat, Beach Patrol Hefe.
Garden State Beer Co (Galloway)
- Right out of Atlantic City, this is a huge brewery, bigger than anything I’ve visited in New Jersey. Very summery feel and some interesting IPAs.
- Favorites: Nor’Easter IPA.
Hidden Sands Brewing (Egg Harbor)
- Very friendly bar, also by the AC Expressway. Using locally sourced ingredients for good beers in a cool tasting room.
- Favorites: Rose Petal Saison.
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