The Big Brew Beer Fest Returns to Morristown Armory – October 10th, 2015

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For $10 off your admission to this great event, use the promo  code: NJISNTBORING. Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing, prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest!

Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is returning to the Morristown Armory in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, October 10th, 2015.

There will be over 200 Craft Beer styles (unlimited tastings) available during the session. In honor of autumn, the Fest will feature of Pumpkin Brews from a variety of great brewers, local and national.

In addition, the fun will include a host of gourmet food options from Morris Tap & Grill (featuring dishes from celebrity chef & partner Chef Eric LeVine), award-winning BBQ from Handsome Devil and the ultra-popular The Cow & the Curd’s Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, as well as live music for Session 2 provided by local favorites the Stereo Junkies (there will be a DJ for Session 1).

VENUE: The Morristown Armory, Morristown, NJ.

SESSION TIMES: Session 1: 12:00pm–4pm; Session 2: 5:30pm–9:30pm

SESSION PRICING: Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing (prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest): General Admission – $55     Designated Driver -$10

Tickets are available online at:   http://www.bigbrewnj.com big_brewNJjpg

All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Attendees can also vote on the People’s Choice Award for best beer at the festival.

Partners for the event include Morris Rugby and No Idea Sports. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region. For more information, please visit www.morrisrugby.org

Full beer and food list will be made available soon.

Bacon and Beer Festival – Next Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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Michael Snyder, CEO of Crossroads Programs, is bringing out the big guns: though his nonprofit runs several events during the year as fundraisers, none is more successful than the South Jersey annual Bacon & Beer Festival. This year the festival will be held on Thursday, August 20, from 6-8:30pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood. Tickets for are $37.50 and are available online at http://www.wheretoeat.in/2015-south-jersey-bacon-and-beer-festival/ .

The popular event features a dozen restaurants all offering tastings of a wide variety of dishes. “Our only requirement is that they have bacon,” says Snyder. “Aside from that they chefs can use their imagination…and they do.” Last year’s festival featured bacon chowder, bacon pasta, bacon doughnuts and bacon infused bloody marys. “We can’t wait to see what’s on the menu this year.” Crossroads is joined by EatBoston which raises money for non-profits all across the country. The latest Bacon & Beer Festival in Boston raised over $60,000 for participating organizations.

Crossroads Programs runs homeless shelters for teens and has built an extensive network of foster treatment parents. Still, the organization has struggled to make itself known to the public – until they developed the SJ Bacon and Beer Festival. So popular has the combination of both foods been that Snyder often has donors calling him months ahead of time to insure they get a ticket.

This year the organization had no trouble signing up new restaurants eager to compete (“best bacon dish” and “best beer” are awarded by popular choice contests), spanning Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties. Fifteen restaurants will be on hand to offer tastings of their bacon favorites and 11 breweries will offer craft beer tastings.

Participating Restaurants
The Pop Shop
The Tortilla Press
Tortilla Press Cantina
Bistro di Marino
Blueplate
Braddocks Tavern
Aunt Berta’s Kitchen
Andreottis Catering
Otts Tavern
Robin’s Nest
DiBartolo’s Bakery
Kitchen 519
Trattoria Figaro
Famous Dave’s
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Participating Breweries
Downeast Cider
Evil Genius
Flying Fish
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Neshiminay Creek
Pinelands Brewing
Saucony Creek
Sixpoint
Smuttynose
Troegs
Weyerbacher

Beer and Barbeque Festival at Zeppelin Hall: July 31st – August 10th, 2015

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Starting this Friday, July 31st and running all through Tuesday, August 10th, Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Drive) will be holding a Beer and Barbecue Festival. Guests will be able to enjoy slow smoked beef and pork ribs, sausages, brisket, chicken, and fish.  The beer hall will also have a pig roast in the garden on Saturdays and Sundays.  On top of all that good ole’ barbecue, there will be over 50 different beers on tap. For more information please check out: http://www.zeppelinhall.com/

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Zeppelin Hall is open from MondayFriday 4pm-2am and 12pm-2am on Saturday & Sunday.

About Zeppelin Hall:

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Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302) is the Metropolitan Area’s largest biergarten featuring more than 50 European and American beers on 144 taps including Specialty Brews, Lagers, Pilsner, Ale, IPA, Stout, Hard Cider, and even Non-Alcoholic & Gluten Free selections. Zeppelin Hall is located in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor, with free parking and just steps away from the Light Rail and a short walk from the PATH train. For more information on Zeppelin Hall please visit, http://www.zeppelinhall.com

Brewery Review: Demented Brewing Company in Middlesex

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This past weekend I went to Demented Brewing Company in Middlesex to check out their “Soft Opening”. Since I have been following them on Facebook, I saw they were having an event and decided to stop by.

They have a great location, it’s a big space off of Lincoln Ave near Rutgers in Piscataway. It’s not too far from Route 18.

One of the first things I noticed when we got there we a big mural devoted to all things “demented”. This is only a very small part of what was on said mural. You will need to see in for yourself:

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The placed was PACKED when I got there and the bar was full, but sought out a small space where my friends and I could drink. I decided to split two flights with friends since they have 7 beers on tap and I like to try everything. These were the beers they had on tap when I was there:

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Double Dementia | Imperial IPA | 8.5%
Scarlet Night | American Red Ale | 5.8%
Litha | American Wheat Ale | 5.8%
Belladonna | Berliner Weisse | 3.2%
C-4 | IPA | 7.0%
Sol Reaper | American Pale Ale | 6.0%
Astarte | Strawberry Cream Ale | 5.5%

 

They had 3 flight options at their soft opening, and it made it easy to choose a flight based on your typical beer preference. Each flight had 4 beers and cost $5 each. Not too shabby! I chose the “Summer Celebration” flight which has the Belladonna, Astarte, Litha and the Sol Reaper. The other flight seen in the picture above is the “Hop Showcase” which had the Litha, Sol Reaper, C-4 and the Double Dementia. I tried my friend’s C-4 and Double Dementia, but I’m not an IPA person. To each his own!

My personal favorite was the Belladonna, and they have a slight specifically all about the Belladonna called the “Cordial Lady”. You can try it 4 different ways with your choice of different syrup options. They had black currant, cherry, green apple, peach and strawberry.  I am definitely trying that next time!

I left with a growler to add to my growing NJ Craft Beer growler collection which is currently taking up my basement:

I took a growler home! Visit @dementedbrewing! #njcraftbeer #NJisntboring

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Overall we had a great time and I am looking forward to going back.

 

About Demented Brewing Company:

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Insanely flavorful ales…not for the faint of heart!

Address:600 Lincoln Blvd, Middlesex, New Jersey; 732-428-5275
Hours: Open every day. More info coming soon.

Check out more info on their Website!

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Atlantic City Cider Social Set for August 8th, 2015

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The Atlantic City Cider Social
Date: Saturday August 8th 2015
Address: Caspian Point, Atlantic City New Jersey (Adjacent to Gardner’s Basin)
Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the Door. $15 DD Ticket
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Twitter.com/@cidersocial

Press Release:

Hold onto your apple carts, folks, THE ATLANTIC CITY CIDER SOCIAL is headed your way! On August 8, attendees will pour into the waterfront of Caspian Point adjacent Gardner’s Basin to celebrate the summer and the shore’s newest libation craze “ciders”! How about them apples?

The event producers at Good Time Tricycle Productions are anything but new to the festival game in Atlantic City, producing events such as The Atlantic City Seafood Festival, The Atlantic City Tattoo Expo and the annual “apple” of South Jersey’s eye- The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival. Producers are confident that the apple won’t fall far from the tree and The 2015 Atlantic City Cider Social will meet and exceed all expectations with 30 cider brewers, 5 local food exhibitors, cooking demos, live music, cider seminars and amusements.

A few years ago, ciders were a super-sweet, rare find sitting at the edge of the alcoholic beverage world. In its current state, cider is becoming more diverse and appeals to both beer and wine drinkers. It is no secret that cider is rising through the ranks of beverage popularity among all demographics. The goal of The Atlantic City Cider Social is to promote and educate attendees on ciders as well as the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for cider aficionados, cider lovers and the casual cider drinker to speak to the company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite ciders.

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The Cider Social and Goodtime Tricycle are excited to name Gilda’s Club of South Jersey the charitable beneficiary of the first Cider Social. Gilda’s Club South Jersey is a cancer support community where men, women, teens and children with cancer, and their families and friends, are always welcome free of charge. Its mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Gilda’s Club South Jersey is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that solely relies on donations from individuals, foundations and corporations in order to provide a free community of support to our members.   www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org

The Atlantic City Cider Social aims to be a true downhome American experience. We encourage attendees to put on their best denim, bob for apples, dance to live folk music acts, take a break at red and white checked picnic tables, and enjoy a mouth-watering caramel apple or slice of pie paired with your cider. There will be two sessions on Saturday, August 8: Noon-4pm & 7pm-11pm. Tickets are $45 and include a tasting cup, entertainment and cider tastings.

The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $15, available at the door, to further encourage attendee responsibility. Attendees are also encouraged to utilize the many transportation options in the Atlantic City area, such as jitneys and cabs.

Tickets are $45 in advance (fees apply) online at www.cidersocial.com or by visiting Joe Canals on Fire Road in Northfield and on Rte 40 IN Egg Harbor Township. Tickets at the door are $50 (if available). All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits and book your hotel rooms now. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

The Atlantic City Cider Social Would not be possible without the following Sponsor Partners: Fantasy Resorts, The Golden Nugget, 100.7 WZXL, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey, Joe Canals and Philly Voice.

Rib Rumble at Zeppelin Hall until July 12th, 2015

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When it comes to summertime comfort foods, ribs definitely tops the list. It’s time to get your hands dirty because Executive Chef Franco Robazetti will be cooking up a battle for your taste buds in many ways at Zeppelin Hall’s (88 Liberty View Dr,) Rib Rumble from now till Sunday July 12th. Don’t worry, no one has to weigh in and everyone is welcome. Take a jab at Pork Riblets ordered to your preference with 9 different flavors to choose from, Dino Bones Beef Short Ribs smoked for 6 hours, or St. Louis Ribs.

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If you are trying to keep your hands clean, try the BBQ Ribs Boneless Burger or Smoked Beef Short Rib Sandwich which are both served on a brioche bun with Haus BBQ sauce, coleslaw, pickles and a side of French fries. Last, but not least on the menu, Tomahawk Steak. The only thing that will not rumble at the end is your stomach.

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The rib selections go hand in hand with one of Zeppelin Hall’s European and American craft brews that flow through 144 taps to wash down some spicy perfection.

Full Menu Here:

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About Zeppelin Hall:

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Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302) is the Metropolitan Area’s largest biergarten featuring more than 50 European and American beers on 144 taps including Specialty Brews, Lagers, Pilsner, Ale, IPA, Stout, Hard Cider, and even Non-Alcoholic & Gluten Free selections. Zeppelin Hall is located in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor, with free parking and just steps away from the Light Rail and a short walk from the PATH train. For more information on Zeppelin Hall please visit, http://www.zeppelinhall.com

Brewery Review: Climax Brewing Company in Roselle Park

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I recently got to visit Climax Brewing Company, the oldest microbrewery in NJ! They have a small location in Roselle Park.

When we got there we paid for our tour and tasting which was $10 a  person. With that $10 you get 6, 4oz samplers which is actually a decent amount of beer. You can even get your first beer filled while you’re waiting for the tour to begin!

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When I saw tour, I use the term lightly. You don’t move too much while you are learning about the beer making process and history of the microbrewery. Having said that, you do learn a lot. Our tour was conducted by the owner, who was obviously knowledgeable about what he was talking about. I definitely learned more about making beer from this tour than I had on other brewery tours in the past. Plus, he was entertaining.

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The brewery has two small stations where you can get beer, but be prepared to stand and drink. The area is small, and you’re surrounded by equipment and boxes…but there is a nice little outdoor area if the weather is nice.

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One of the kegs was tapped soon after we got there, so I tried the following beers in this order:
– Helles; ABV 4.7%
– Golden Ale
– ESB (Extra Bitter Pale Ale); ABV 5.5%
– IPA; ABV 6%
– Cherry Snow Plow Winter Ale (Seasonal)

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I will say this, I have nothing negative to say about the beer. Everything we tried was fantastic, including the IPA and I regularly dislike IPAs (it wasn’t too hoppy). I highly recommend their beer, and if you can visit, directly from the brewery.

Their hours are limited so if you want to visit, visit during 5:30 – 8:30pm. The tour was roughly 45 minutes so they really only have time to do 2-3 tours each evening. I’d recommend calling ahead.

Also, as an FYI, they do not sell growlers BUT you can get them filled. So if you want to bring home some beer, BYOGrowler. If you’re like me, you have plenty.

About Climax Brewing Company:

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Climax Brewing is New Jerseys oldest micro brewery producing much acclaimed ales and lagers.

Address:112 Valley Rd, Roselle Park, NJ; (908) 620-9585
Hours: Friday – 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM for tours and tastings (Cost is $10)

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Brewery Review: Belford Brewing Company

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Apparently I’m on a brewery kick! Last week I reviewed Carton Brewing, but the same  day I also visited Belford Brewing which is only 8 minutes from there.

Belford Brewing Company is still on the newer side. However, this small brewery offers a lot of craft beers to try!

2 breweries in 1 day! #belfordbrewing #belfordnj #middletownnj #njcraftbeer #drinklocal #nj #newjersey #njisntboring

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BUT before you try the beer, you must go on the tour! This tour was short and sweet, and hosted by the brewery owner! This is a family run brewery which is pretty cool!

Once you’re done with the tour, you can try their beer in sample size or pints individually. Or you can do what I did and try a “school” which allows you to try all their beers for $12. Not too shabby.

If you go the school route, you get tokens to redeem for beers. Beers are set individual at a different token prices.

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While I was there they had 8 beers on tap. They are always creating new things, but they always have the “Core 5”. Depending on when you go you can be trying something completely different.

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Beers I Tried ->

The Core 5:
– Striper – Wit 4.8% ABV
– Wares Creek – Pale Ale 5.8% ABV
– Lobster Pot – Nut Brown Ale 6% ABV
– Pro-Multis – Belgian Tripel 9.4% ABV
– Crowweed- Stout 6% ABV
Seasonal:
– Leonardville – Lager 5.4% ABV
– Flannel – Spice Ale 6.2% ABV
– Horseshoe – Maibock 6.2% ABV

Overall, I had a great time hanging out there and drinking beer. I also enjoyed having these snacks along with my beer. It was a nice touch.

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I left there with another 64 oz growler to add to my collection on NJ Brewery growlers. I’m running out of space.

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Drink local and support this small brewery so they can continue to grow!

About Belford Brewing Company:

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NJ Craft Brewery in Monmouth County!

Address: 84 Leonardville Rd, Belford; (732) 769-7168
Hours: Friday – 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Saturday – 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Check out more info on their Website!

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Brewery Review: Carton Brewing in Atlantic Highlands

I have two friends who live in South Jersey (I’m more central) and we like to go to breweries together. So when they came up to visit me, we went to Carton Brewing!

Carton Brewing might be one of the more popular craft breweries in New Jersey. You may recognize them from their orange logo.

Visiting their brewery was a really cool experience. They are right in downtown Atlantic Highlands, close to First Avenue Playhouse and the movie theater. You’ll find the building since it’s orange (they really like orange) and their cool cars outside.

Before you go to their tasting room for the first time, you need to take the tour of the brewery (state law) which I don’t mind since I love hearing the process of how a brewery’s beer is made, history, etc.

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Apparently dogs can also go on the tour, because I met two when we were there. Maybe I should have brought my two crazy pups? Nah…

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Once we finished the tour we headed to the tasting room which was PACKED. They are definitely a popular place to hang.

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You pay $5 to try 5 beers. Each beer was 1 token, which made the whole tasting experience really easy. You can hold on to the tokens too if you want to use them on a different visit. I was pretty tempted to do that because the tokens were pretty cool.

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Regardless of what you’re tasting, they start you with the Boat (Session ale, 4.2% ABV). The Boat is the first beer they ever produced.

Time for some #njcraftbeer at @cartonbrewing in #atlantichighlandsnj! First time here! #njbeer #drinklocal #nj #newjersey #njisntboring

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After that, I tried 5 different beers they had on tap:

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– 077XX – East Coast Double IPA: 7.8%
– BDG – Country Ale: 6%
– HopPun – American Pale Ale: 5.3%
– Wit Whale – Wit: 5/9%
– Intermezzo – Green Apple and Wasabi Sour Ale: 5.0%

AND I took a sip of the Carton of Milk – Session Milk Stout: 4.0% from my friend’s sample.

I really liked all their beer, but my favorite was the Intermezzo. It was an odd smelling beer, and it had an interesting taste, but I dug it. Despite not being a fan of IPAs, I did enjoy their 077XX Double IPA.

I left with a growler (FYI a 32oz growler and a 64oz growler are the same price) and a t-shirt because they were so cool! I love a Jersey Tee!

Definitely visit their brewery! If it’s too far, at least try their beer!

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About Carton Brewing:

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Having decided they had something to contribute to the very exciting conversation going on in craft brewing, cousins Chris and Augie Carton teamed up and started Carton Brewing. In the seashore community where they were born and raised, the Carton boys found a turn-of-the-century red brick warehouse and adapted it to accommodate a state-of-the-art Newlands Systems 15 barrel brew house. 6 E. Washington Avenue was turned into an independent craft brewery and their hats were in the ring. Applying a passion for stimulating flavor to inspiration found all around them, they set about their goal: to make tasty beer in the place their tastes were formed.

Address: 6 E Washington Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ; (732) 654-2337
Hours: Thurs & Fri  5-7:30PM, Sat & Sun 12-5PM

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @CartonBrewing & Instagram

Brewery Review: Tun Tavern in Atlantic City

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I’ve been visiting a lot of craft breweries all around New Jersey lately, and while in Atlantic City I decided to check out Tun Tavern, which is a microbrewery and restaurant.

The restaurant itself is really nice, and it’s right by the convention center and the Tanger Outlets so it’s in a convenient location. They also have free parking, which is always an added bonus in Atlantic City. They also had live music when we were there!

We decided to get a flight/sampler, so we could try most of their beers on tap, which came in 3 oz pours, 5 total. I opted out of the IPA and switched it out with a Hefeweizen (not a fan of IPAs). I should also mention that their Hops are Jersey Grown!

Enjoying a flight of #njcraftbeer at #tuntavern in #atlanticcity! 🍻 #nj #newjersey #njisntboring

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Beers I tried:
– Irish Red: Irish Style Red Ale ABV 5.1%
– Devil Dog Pale Ale: American Style Pale Ale ABV 5.2%
– Tun Light: Blonde Ale ABV 3.9%
– Leather Neck Stout: Oatmeal Stout ABV 4.5%
– German-Style Hefeweizen (Seasonal)

As I mentioned, they also have an IPA (ABV 6.5%), a Belgian Style Tripel, and an American-Style Barley Wine Ale which comes in bottles only. Because they brew all their beer in house, they also have seasonal beers. I may return in the Fall to try their pumpkin beer.

Since they are a restaurant, they recommend what beer would taste well with your meal which is nice.

My husband got a burger, which they recommend with the Leather Neck Stout or the IPA.

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I got a chicken caesar salad, which they recommend with the Devil Dog Pale Ale or the Tun Light.

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Overall, it was a great meal with great beer, and it’s definitely a reasonably priced place to go to in Atlantic City.

You can also get a growler to go! ($10 empty, $24 filled, $16 refills). We got one to add to our big collection of NJ growlers which is growing more and more every day.

Support local NJ beer! Check them out!

About Tun Tavern:

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When first built in 1685 on Philadelphia’s waterfront, the original Tun Tavern developed a reputation for offering fine beers and being home to important historical events including being the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps on November 10, 1775. Today’s Tun Tavern continues to hold prestige as the first brew pub in Atlantic City, NJ offering award-winning casual gourmet cuisine and handcrafted brews, as well as live entertainment and special events.

Address: 2 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: 609.347-7800

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @ACTunTavern