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)

Check out more info on their Website!

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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: 6 E Washington Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ; (732) 654-2337
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

Sausage Fest at Zeppelin Hall until May 10th

This Spring, now through May 10th, Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Drive) will be hosting Sausage Fest! Hungry guests are invited to indulge in over a dozen different types of uniquely prepared sausage dishes.

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The restaurant and biergarten has a supersized menu of sausage delights just for this event. Satisfy your sausage cravings with “The Wild Bunch”, exotic combinations of artisanal sausages including duck, lamb boar, rabbit and ginger served over steaming, sautéed mushrooms and spicy cabbage. Try a casserole with a spicy, Mexican twist: the Chorizo Sausage Casserole. This dish is prepared with a kick, loaded up with peppers, onions and jalapenos smothered in a Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce. Looking for something different to switch it up? Try Zeppelin Hall’s Alligator in a Basket: a grilled pastry with a bite served with potato salad and Cajun mustard.

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The sausage selections go hand in hand with a mug of one of Zeppelin Hall’s 144 European and American craft brews to wash down some spicy perfection.

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

Events to Check Out this Weekend: May 7 – 10, 2015

Tenth Annual Bergenfield Film Festival – May 7

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The Bergenfield Film Festival’s goal is to celebrate independent and mainstream cinema and bring it to the Northern New Jersey area. The BFF aims to support filmmakers based in NJ as well as the world over. It is held each year, one night only, within five separate screening rooms, inside the beautifully redone Bow Tie Cinemas in Bergenfield, NJ. Filmmakers from all over the world have come here over the last eight years to see theirs and others’ movies screened. It is run by the Bergenfield Film Coalition (a non-profit organization).

Each filmmaker whose work is selected to be screened will receive a Certificate of Recognition for their contribution to the medium. The festival’s Best Feature & Best Short Awards will be given to the filmmakers whose work has been judged to represent the best in all aspects of the filmmaking process.

Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $12 per person
Senior & Student Admission: $10 per person
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Middletown South Food Truck Fest and Family Fun Night – May 8

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Don’t miss the first Annual Middletown South Food Truck Fest and Family Fun Night! The event will offer a multitude of Food Trucks, offering at least 6 different cuisines, and all competing to be the fan favorite. We will also be showcasing several live bands, a corn-hole tournament, arcade truck, and several other family-friendly activities. Be sure to pack your beach chair, and stay for our Outdoor Movie. The movie will be shown on the Middletown South Football field, and will start at dusk. Follow on Twitter @FoodTruckFest15 for an updated list of trucks, event details, and the chance to vote for what movie we will be showing.

Date: May 8th, 2015 (Rain Date: June 5th, 2015); 5:30pm to 10pm
Address: Middletown High School South; 900 Nutswamp Road, Middletown
Cost: Free
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Avalon Wine & Spirits Festival – May 8

Over 200 wines and flavored vodkas. Appetizers presented by the island’s finest restaurants. Silent Auction – items from the island’s top businesses. Tickets available for purchase at Fred’s Avalon Liquor Store.

Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015; 6:30pm
Address: 30th Street and the Beach, Avalon
Cost: $40. Buy them Here
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The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – May 9

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 200 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. You can also get more information on their Facebook and Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta
Cost: $10 for DD, $53+ for GA. Ticket prices increase as date gets closer. Get Tickets HERE

$10 off with the code NJISNTBORING

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Unionville Vineyards’s Spring Festival – May 9th

We hope you’ll join us Saturday, May 9, 2015, for a day of great wine and great fun at our annual Spring Festival. Each May, we invite all to come and enjoy the beautiful spring weather and bucolic countryside at our vineyard and winery in Ringoes, NJ. Vineyard walks, winery tours, tastings, and more! On our patio we’ll have live music from two great bands: Working Class Hussys, a local alternative rock group, will perform from 12pm to 3pm. Quimby Mountain Band, returning after a great performance at our 2014 fall festival, will perform from 3pm to 6pm.

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Address: Unionville Vineyards; 9 Rocktown Rd, Ringoes
Cost: $10+, buy in advance Here
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Grape Gallop – May 9

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Participant Benefits
-Participation in the race
-Tasting of Alba Vineyard’s Award-Winning Wines
-Grape Gallop Exclusive Tote Bag
-Grape Gallop Stemless Wine Glass
-Race Shirt

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; Begins at 8:30am
Address: Alba Vineyard, 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Milford
Cost: $35+. Register in Advance HERE
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NYC Spring Wine Festival – May 9

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New York Wine Events is pleased to invite you to the NYC Spring Wine Festival: A Celebration of Wine Downtown. Join us at Broad Street Ballroom on Saturday, May 9. There will be two (2) sessions: Afternoon & Evening. GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS INCLUDE:

Wine: 3 hours of tasting over 200 wines at our sampling tables.
Food: Feasting on light accompaniments prepped by our first class culinary team — plus delectable bites at artisan food sampling tables.
Live Music: Live contemporary jazz performance by acclaimed saxman Art Sherrod, Jr. and his band.
BONUS Wine Glass: Your custom etched tasting glass to keep after the event.

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015
Address: Broad Street Ballroom, 41 Broad St, NYC
Cost: Buy tickets HERE

*5% Off with code NYCISNTBORING
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Big Jersey BBQ & Brew Fest – May 9

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Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Mercer County Park; 1638 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor Township
Cost: Advance: Adults $10 / Children $5. Get them HERE; Tickets at the gate: Adults $15 / Children $5
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Sunset Lake Craft Beer/Spirits Tasting – May 9

Craft Beer/Rum tasting fundraiser to benefit Sunset Lake Community Club in Bridgewater, NJ and PBA Local 307. Featuring local craft beers from the Ship Inn, Climax Brewery and rum from Jersey Artisan Distilling. Also, craft beer tastings from Hunterdon Distributors, Super Savers Liquors – Somerville, and Wine Central – Warren, including Founders, Weyerbacher, Yards, and more. A home brew demonstration from BYOB (Back Yard Obsessive Brewers) Food is included in the price of admission!!!! Randazzos Subs, Maggianos, Chipotle, Steck’s Deli, Panatieri’s Pizza

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; 2pm to 6pm
Address: Sunset Lake; 1377 Coriell Drive, Bridgewater, NJ
Cost: $30 GA, $9 DD. Get tickets HERE
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GSWGA’s Mother’s Day Trail Weekend – May 9 & 10

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Dates: May 9th & 10th, 2015
Address: Participating vineyards in NJ
Cost: Depends on Vineyard
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Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend @ Natali Vineyards – May 9 & 10

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Enjoy a fun-filled weekend at our “Old World Farm Winery”. Bring Mom to the vineyard for a tasting of our wines paired with delicious desserts. Relax on the patio while listening to our violinist, Mary Winkel, and grab a glass of sangria! Feel free to bring snacks or lunch and enjoy in our beautiful vineyard. Every Mother receives a free rose!

Dates: May 9th & 10th, 2015; 12pm to 6pm
Address: 221 N Delsea Dr, Cape May Court House
Cost: Free to Attend
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Mother’s Day Wine Trail @ Terhune Orchards – May 9 & 10

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Celebrate mom on this special weekend. Free tastings for moms. What a wonderful way to treat her with an afternoon of wine tasting. Special samplings from our own bakery. The whole family is welcome here at Terhune Orchards. After wine tasting, visit the barnyard and farm store.

Date: May 9th and 10th, 2015; 12pm to 5pm
Address: 330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free Tastings for moms, $5 tasting Fee
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Brewery Review: Beach Haus in Belmar

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I’ve been to a lot of beer festivals lately, and one brewery I’ve frequently stopped by is Beach Haus. They are finally open (hooray!!) so I decided to check them out during their soft opening.

When you walk in the doors, you are greeted by a very reasonably priced gift shop. They have glasses, hoodies, hats, t-shirts…lots of great things to choose from. We(and by we I mean my husband and I) ended up picking up a growler (64 oz) to add to our growing collection on NJ brewery growlers.

We ended up going on a tour of the brewery (which was free at the time), which really covered everything going on at the brewery from production to bottling. It was a great tour, I definitely recommend it.

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The tour ends at the tasting room where I saw this piece from my pal, artist Corey Hudson:

 

Since the building used to be Freedman’s bakery, the wood used it this piece was salvaged from the original construction. Pretty cool!

We purchased a flight of beer ($7.50 for 4 beers) so we could try a little bit of everything. Here is what the currently had on tap at the time:

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Beers I tried while I was there:
– Parade Day – Irish Coffee Stout ABV 7%
– High Side – American Blonde Ale ABV 6.7%
– Herb’s Rye – American Wheat Ale ABV 4.5%
– Station 2 Station – Porter ABV 6 %

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Everything we tasted was great. I am definitely partial to the High Side. I also recommend the Winter Rental (which is seasonal). I’ve had that a few times at beer festivals. It gets a big thumbs up.

We also picked up a FRESH 6-pack of the Kick Back Ale, which we didn’t taste beforehand…but we’re glad we bought it.

I know this brewery is going to be hopping (pun intended) over the Summer. They are a brewery that is proud of their Jersey Shore roots, and they are located in a prime location in downtown Belmar. If you need a food recommendation, definitely check out 10th Avenue Burrito! They’re walking distance from Beach Haus, and their burritos and nachos (pictured here) are good carbs before you start drinking!

Mmmmm nachos at @10thaveburrito! #belmarnj #Belmar #jerseyshore #jerseyshoreeats @jerseyshoreinmotion #jerseyeats #nj #NewJersey #njisntboring

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About Beach Haus:

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Happily brewing the Beach Haus® family of beers out of Belmar, NJ.

Address: 801 Main St, Belmar, NJ ; 732 202-7782
Hours: As of this post they are still in their soft opening. Check their Facebook page for updates!

Check out more info on their Website!

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

Events to Check Out this Weekend April 24 – 26, 2015

New Jersey Spring Wine Festival – April 24

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New York Wine Events is pleased to invite you to the 8th Annual New Jersey Spring Wine Festival on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Hilton Short Hills Hotel, New Jersey’s Premier Urban Resort. Celebrate spring and enjoy an amazing array of 150+ wines selected by the Wine Library! Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — awesome wines for Spring and Summer!Join us from 7-10pm, hang out and meet up with other wine lovers while enjoying live jazz. Our 8th Annual Spring Wine Festival promises to be yet another great night of wine and merriment to remember.

Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015; 7pm to 10pm
Address: Hilton Short Hills; 41 John F Kennedy Pkwy, Short Hills, NJ
Cost: Buy tickets HERE

*5% Off with code NJISNTBORING
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Chiller Theatre – April 24 – 26

The Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo, held twice a year at the Parsippany Sheraton aka the Tara Hotel in April and Oct, is your Premiere Convention for all things Cool! Chiller Theatre, with over 24 years in the business, is your #1 stop for the Best Celebrities, Dealers rooms that are second to none, a Rock n Roll Costume Party the Saturday Night of both events and in association with WPIX Channel 11 in NY, they’ve brought back the TV show you know and love every Halloween, namely CHILLER THEATRE movie night!

Dates: April 24th -26th, 2015
Address: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel- 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany
Cost: To get tickets click Here
For more information like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @ChillerTheatre
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Fast Tracks and Food Trucks – April 25

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Come out to Six Flags Great Adventure for this incredible food and wine festival. With various local wineries and 20 gourmet food trucks, the event is sure to be fun for everyone!

Date: April 25th, 2015; 12pm to 7pm
Address: Six Flags Great Adventure; 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Cost: Six Flags Admission, Wine Tasting – $12.99 in advance, $15.99 at the door
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Spring Fling @ Natali Vineyards – April 25

SPRING FLING 2015Join us on April 25th from 1-6pm as the vines awaken! Spring is a beautiful time of year on our farm as the vines begin to wake up from their long winter nap. Our live entertainment for this Event will be Arianne Rox, playing from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Tastings, sangria or wine by the glass, or purchase a bottle and grab a table in the vineyard. There will be a variety of different local vendors on hand. There is enough space for the entire family, including the dog! We also have a picnic area, a bocce ball court, and horseshoes.

Dates: Saturday, April 25th, 2015; 1pm to 6pm
Address:221 N Delsea Dr, Cape May Court House
Cost: Free admission
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Warren Arts, Crafts, & Craft Beers – April 25

Original Artists & Crafters eligible for cash prizes. Online registration. The Festival includes Artists, Crafters, Vendors, Craft Beers, Live Music, & Horse Drawn Carriage Rides!

Date:  Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Address: Downtown Washington; 44 E. Washington Ave., Washington
Cost: Free to attend
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Rutgers Day – April 25

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On Saturday, April 25, Rutgers will roll out the scarlet carpet for its 7th annual Rutgers Day celebration, inviting New Jerseyans of all ages to experience their state university at a family-friendly day packed with more than 500 free programs including stage performances, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures and more. Visitors to the Cook/Douglass Campus can enjoy traditional activities like Ag Field Day, and the New Jersey Folk Festival, while the Rutgers Business School Carnival, health sciences programs, and the School of Engineering barbecue are just a few events featured on the Busch Campus. A parade led by the Rutgers Pep Band will kick-off activities on the College Avenue Campus including a variety of children’s activities, the popular R Garden, and BIG 10 tent. Free shuttle buses allow visitors the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of all 3 campuses.

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Address: Rutgers University; 101 Somerset St., New Brunswick
Cost: Free to attend
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Somers Point Bayfest – April 25

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A 14-block block party along Bay Avenue packed with over 120 crafters, 38 food vendors, 15 children activities, live musical bands, and bicycle and kayak giveaways. The Somers Point Bayfest is now the largest, single day festival in South Jersey.

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015; 10am to 5pm
Address: Bay Ave., Somers Point, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Waretown Spring Wine Festival – April 25 & 26

The event will feature NJ Wineries, crafters, food truck and live entertainment. The event hours are Noon – 5 pm each day. Enjoy Live music while sampling New Jersey WInes! Tickets $12 in Advance ….$15 at the gate (designated drivers or under 21 years are free)

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Waretown Recreation and Lake Area; 182 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown
Cost: $12 in Advance, $15 at the gate (DDs or under 21 years are free)
Get Tickets HERE
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Food Truck and Wine Festival – April 25 & 26

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To be held in the upper field surrounded by the natural beauty of the mature vineyard with panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides. Featuring cuisine from the region’s most award-winning food trucks and live music by Jeff Bellfy and Co. Admission includes entrance to the event, parking, and music. Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person

Dates: April 25 & 26, 2015
Address: Village of Finesville; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Milford
Cost: $10 adults, $5 Kids
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Terhune Orchards 40th Anniversary Celebration – April 25 & 26

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Stop by Terhune Orchards on the weekend of April 25 and 26 and celebrate our 40th anniversary with us! Thank you reception for our customers’ support over the years at 12:30 pm. Enjoy a free farm tour and get an inside look at the farm behind the scenes, and learn about the farm’s history from the Mounts. Free light refreshments including cider and donuts, and free wine tasting. Farm tour at 1 pm both days.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free
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Lambertville Shad Festival – April 25 & 26

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Featuring over 80 of the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment. Get your O’Fish’l Shad Fest T Shirt designed by a local artist.You’ll find everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more! In The Food Court: everything from taco salads to fried Calamari! There will also be shad chowder, hot dogs, fried oreos, hamburgers, fries and fresh lemonade! Family fun: Face Painting, Sand Art, and other children’s games and activities. Kids will go crazy for the rides because they’re back! Don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations down at Lewis Island where the Delaware River Basin Commission will be teaching us about how to test water quality. Over 150 original art posters, created and donated by local artists, are on display and will be auctioned off on Sunday to raise money for scholarships.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: 11 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Day of the Wolf – April 25 & 26

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A Creation Entertainment Salute to the MTV Hit Series TEEN WOLF.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: Marriott Hanover; 1401 New Jersey 10, Whippany, NJ
Cost: $20+ Buy Here
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Makers Market – April 26

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Jersey Shore Artists present their various wares…jewelry, glass, pottery, hand made soaps and lotions, handbags and more…in time for Mothers Day and Summer living.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m.
Address: St. James Episcopal Church, 69 Broad St., Eatontown
Cost: Free to Attend
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Red Bank 4th Annual International Food Festival – April 26

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Twenty-five of Red Banks finest restaurants will be serving International favorites outdoors at the event. It will also feature International beers, wines and great entertainment on two stages.Family Friendly! This really, unbelievable event is a fundraiser. The proceeds will benefit Red Bank RiverCenter and other deserving local non-profit groups.

Date: Sunday, April 26th, 2015; Noon to 7pm
Address: White St., Red Bank, NJ
Cost: $5 admission for anyone over age 10.

Brewery Review: Spellbound Brewing in Mount Holly

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When I visited Spellbound Brewery a few weeks ago, it was my last stop on a three brewery tour of just some of the breweries in South Jersey. I have already written a review for stop #1, Lunacy Brewing Co and Stop #2 Village Idiot Brewing Co which is also in Mount Holly.

Like Lunacy Brewing, Spellbound Brewing was also in a warehouse area, but since it’s been around a little longer it looks a little bit nicer on your way to the door. First you are greeted by these gates:

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Then you walk down a path, which has outside seating for the brewery for when the weather is nice.

Then you walk into the tap room, which was cozy, but really well put together.

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From the window behind the bar, you can see the production of the beer which is actually really cool.

Since I like to try as much as possible (within reason), we decided to get a beer flight.

Beers I tried While I was There:
– Pale Ale 5.5%
– Palo Santo Porter 6.9% (Seasonal)
–  NJ Craft Beer Collaboration Triple 8.5% ABV
– Peach 2x IPA 7.5% ABV (Seasonal)

The beer was all phenomenal. I’m not a huge porter fan, but I always like to try it, but this one I really enjoyed.

What’s great about these local spots is that their always adding to their beer line up. Here is the line up when we went, but when you go (and you should go) you could have something completely different.

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This really is a great place to hang out, drink and chill. The day I went there were lots of families, adults ranging from 21 to 70, and you can bring in your food so people were enjoying pizza, Philly pretzels and more. I wish I lived closer!

Like all  the other breweries I’ve touring lately, we left will a full growler (of the NJ Craft Beer Collab Triple). We enjoyed it with our friends with pizza the next day :

 

Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

About Spellbound Brewing (From their Website):

9a02eb_90df1fe1ef4574c00019bbfb683c7705We have been brewing at home for many years and decided it was time to take our recipes to the big leagues! 

We are all passionate about craft beer and helping the community where we can.  Look for us at fests and charity events all over NJ.  Stop by, introduce yourself and chat over a finely crafted beer! 

We are opening with a 20 barrel brewhouse, 4 – 40 barrel fermenters, and 2 – 10 barrel fermenters for some of the more extreme beers

Address: 10 Lippincott Ln #12, Mt Holly, NJ; (609) 744-0665
Hours: Thurs: 5pm – 9pm, Fri: 5pm – 9pm, Sat: Noon – 8pm

Check out more info on their Website!

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

Events to Check Out this Weekend, April 17 – 19, 2015

Third Friday Glasstown Arts District – April 17

Third Friday – Art exhibition openings and receptions, live music on sidewalks and in galleries/shops. Dining at upscale and casual restaurants. Levoy Theatre performances. Shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques. 6 – 9 pm with dining and theatre open late.

Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015; 6pm – 9pm
Address: 22 N. High St., 16 N High Street – 508 N High Street, Millville
Cost: Free
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Spring Food Truck Fiesta – April 18

Time to party again with your Favorite Food Trucks!!
– 20+ Food Trucks (list of trucks to come!)
– DJ and Bands
– Kid and Adult fun including the Hamster Balls, Pony
Rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses Hula hoop fun with
the Twirling Arcade ladies!
– Interactive Art installation!
– Fire Pits
– Beer and Wine!
– Dogs Welcome!
– Bring your lawn chairs and hang out!

Date: April 18th, 2015; 11am to 7pm
Address: Mercer County Park; Festival Grounds, Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor
Cost: $5
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Key West Weekend @ Natali Vineyards – April 18

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Stop by for a taste of “The Keys”! Goodies, such as Key Lime Pie and Conch Chowder, will be available for pairing with our wines. Taste 5 wines paired with our goodies for only $10.

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 12pm to 6pm
Address:221 N Delsea Dr, Cape May Court House
Cost: Free Admission, $10 Wine Tasting
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America on Tap – April 18

America On Tap is coming to Robbinsville, New Jersey on Saturday, April 18th at the Robbinsville Fieldhouse & Expo Center! This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. What better way to spend a Saturday than with great friends, amazing beer, delicious food and live music!

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015; 2:30pm to 6pm
Address: Robbinsville Field House; 153 W Manor Way, Robbinsville
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Buy tickets HERE
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Feis at the Beach – April 18

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Cummins School of Irish Dance presents Feis at the Beach. Doors open at 9 am; Irish dance competitions are 10 am – 5:30 pm. The competitions will include over 1,000 dancers of all ages and expertise. Feis will be choreographed to music and prizes will be awarded. A number of vendors will be displaying and selling many Irish products.

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015; Starts at 9am
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center; 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwoods
Cost: Free
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Dandelion Release Weekend – April 18 & 19

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This time of year brings more than just bud break in our vineyard, it also brings a new vintage of our Dandelion Wine! On April 18th and 19th we will be releasing our 2014 vintage of Dandelion wine to the public for tasting and sale. Alongside our newest vintage we will also be tasting our most recent vintages as well as some that have been aging in our cellar for quite some time! The 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2006 vintages of our Dandelion wine will be available for tasting as a flight of six so you can taste the dramatic changes in flavor that occur over time with this wine. Throughout the day we will also be holding several trailer tours of our vineyard in the full swing of spring! With bud break happening and the vines just waking up from their deep winter sleep it is a great time of year to be in the vineyard. Tours will be held on a first come first serve basis at no charge.

Dates: April 18th & 19th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Bellview Winery; 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville
Cost: Free to Attend, $5 for Wine Tasting
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Cherry Blossom Bloomfest – April 18 & 19

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Enjoy a family day in the pink park. A packed schedule of events includes cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, food, and more! Free admission.

Dates: April 18th(11am to 3pm) – 19th(11am to 5pm), 2015
Address: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Clifton Ave., Newark
Cost: Free
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13th Annual BullyFest – April 19

HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue‘s 13th Annual BullyFest has been set for Sunday, April 19th! Fun for the whole family and fundraising for bulldogs in need. Food and drinks will not be included, so please feel free to bring your own pop-up tent & picnic lunch! Don’t forget to bring a chair! Costume Contest & Prizes. Rescue Parade. All proceeds benefit Heavensent Bulldog Rescue! This year’s theme: “Focus on Fostering!” Whether you own a bulldog, or just love the breed, all are welcome! Dogs must be leashed at all times! Rain or Shine, Indoor and Outdoor Space.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015; 12:30pm-3:00pm
Address: Allen’s Kennels; 116 Bortons Landing Rd Unit A, Moorestown
Cost: $5.00, Kids under 10 free

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Day At The Fair: Family Festival – April 19

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Bring the whole family to celebrate our down home roots as the site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds! Tour the park and its historic buildings where activities are sprinkled throughout. Visit the balloon man, relax to musical Dixie Land and Carnival favorites, take part in nostalgic workshops, have your face painted, see a domestic arts demonstration, and enjoy loads of popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, and more!

Date: Sunday, April 19th, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address: Grounds For Sculpture; 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
Cost: Free w/ park admission