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A Guide to the Breweries of the Jersey Shore and Beyond

For the past few years, we've visited many of New Jersey's emerging micro breweries. Here we're summarizing all the reviews we've written so far. Find old favorites like Carton and Kane, as well as newer additions like Red Tank or Bradley Brew.

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 NJ reviewCypress 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 Brewery Review NJ Craft BeerBelford 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 ReviewRed 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.

Whitechapel Pier Village NJ Brewery ReviewWhitechapel Projects (Long Branch)

  • Amazing brewpub with trendy design, outdoors dining and great food, just steps from Pier Village.
  • Favorites: Raspberry Citra IPA, American Ale.

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.

Jersey Shore Breweries: Jughandle Brewing ReviewJughandle 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 Brewery Point Pleasant Beach beersLast 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 NJ craft beer reviewIcarus 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.

NJ craft brewery reviews - Ship Bottom BreweryShip 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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8 comments on “A Guide to the Breweries of the Jersey Shore and Beyond

  1. Gretchen

    And Little Dog Brewing Co. in Neptune City (3/4 mile to the beach)! 🐶🍻

    • Will have to check that out soon. Usually the hours are a bit inconvenient, but will make it, write a review and add to the list!

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  4. cachuela2013

    What about all the South Jersey shore breweries – Cold Spring, Ludlam Island, Bucket Brigade, Slack Tide, Coho, Gusto, 7 Mile, Cape May Brewery, Somer’s Point? You seemed to have completely ignored all of Cape May County. I think your title is a little misleading.

    • Hi, we’re located at the far North end of the shore, only made it down to Atlantic County. Hope to soon visit the many awesome Cape May area breweries as well.

    • And Mud Hen in Wildwood. We’ve enjoyed CMBC for years now. 7 Mile, Cold Spring, and Bucket Brigade are all good.

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