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

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

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

Twitter Contest! Win 2 Free Tickets to The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on May 9!

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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. Great craft beer, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and more!!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must Follow @NJIsntBoring and @BigBrewBeerFest on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Twitter you must ReTweet it.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 20th at 8pm. There will be  a Twitter post declaring the winner!

Additional Details:BBNJS

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming back to Sussex County, NJ!

The Big Brew Sussex Fest on May 9th will feature:
* Outdoors & Under Tents at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
* 200+ Craft Beers
* 6 Food Trucks
* Mechanical Bull
* Music by Sick Star Nation

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $53 GA, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on April 25th. Get Tickets HERE

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Picture Taken from December’s Big Brew Sussex Festival

 Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is returning to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.  The Fest will be outdoors and under tents.

Over 200 styles of craft beer will be available for tasting, and many New Jersey breweries will be featured including Sussex County’s popular Angry Erik Brewing.

There will also be six great food trucks on-site including award-winning food trucks The Cow & The Curd, Oink & Moo BBQ, Empanada Guy, Waffle de Lys, The Outslider and Pizza Vita.

Big Brew Sussex will also feature a Mechanical Bull, which is certain to add to the festive atmosphere.

Music will be provided by high-energy local cover band Sick Star Nation.

Big Brew Sussex Festival is a benefit to support the effort to restore the historic Newton Fire Museum, which due to needed repairs is in danger of closing its doors forever.  The intrinsic value of what the museum contains and represents to the community is priceless. Please visit their website to make a direct donation  www.newtonfiremuseum.org                                                                   

Sponsors for the event include Salt Gastropub and The Trout and the Troll (both of Byram, NJ) and No Idea Sports. Partners include New Jersey Craft Beer and New Jersey Isn’t Boring.

SESSION TIMES:     1:30 PM -5:30 PM

SESSION PRICING:   General Admission – $53     Designated Driver -$10

(Note: ticket prices will increase on April 25th and again on May 2nd).

Tickets are available online at:   http://www.bigbrewnj.com
All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Please note that knapsacks and large bags are not permitted on the Festival grounds.

Brewery Review: Village Idiot Brewing Co in Mount Holly

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I recently got to check out Village Idiot Brewing Co in downtown Mount Holly, right on High St. It’s a really neat bar that you should definitely check out if you’re in town!

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If you’re there to try their beer (why else would you be there?) the way the tastings work, is you buy “tokens” and the tokens can be applied to towards a tasting glass sized beer or a pint.

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Beers I tried while I was there:
– Bridgeton Blonde; Golden Blonde Ale 4% ABV
– Oatmeal Chocolate Stout; 5.5% ABV
– Thong Removal Tripel; Belgian-style Tripel 9.5% ABV

The more and more breweries I go to, I feel like I’m drawn to those three kinds of beers. I prefer a Belgium-style beer, and the Thong Removal Tripel was my favorite of the three(of course it cost more tokens). All the beers were great, they definitely take pride and hard work into what they do. I wish I could have tried all the beers, but this was my second out of three brewery tours that day and I definitely had to take it easy. Luckily I saw a diner right around the corner so I’ll be back in the area soon! I’ll just need to remember to bring back my growler!

Leaving @villageidiotbrewing with growler no.2 🍻#njcraftbeer #mounthollynj #njbeer #southjersey #nj #drinklocal #newjersey #njisntboring

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This is a great brewery in a great area. You can very easily spend the day walking around Mount Holly, grab lunch or dinner, and then grab drinks the brewery! Personally, I would rather grab a beer from the brewery directly. It’ a fun experience, and you can chat with the people who created the beer your drinking. It’s educational!

I am very quickly checking off  visiting a lot of breweries all around New Jersey! Good thing I became a NJ Craft Beer Member!

Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

About Village Idiot Brewing Co (From their Website):

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Our brewery is a 1.5 BBL (46.5 gallons) artisanal, small-batch, neighborhood business brewing quality beer for good people who appreciate good beer. We offer samples, pints, and growler fills. Our unique tasting room is situated at the location of the former Bridgetown Pub, just a short drive from NJ Turnpike Exit 5 or the Mt. Holly exit off 295. We combine fresh ingredients with beer education and a brewery tour to refresh, enlighten and inform.

Our limited brewery license prevents us from serving food, but we encourage our customers to carry-in or order delivery from one of the many restaurants in downtown Mt. Holly within walking distance.

Village Idiot Brewing Company is a very unique concept that we have seen blend in and work successfully in other Main Street settings across the country. Our small size will allow us to be nimble and offer tap selections that change frequently.

Address: 42 High St, Mt Holly, NJ; (609) 975-9270
Hours: Thurs: 5pm – 9pm, Fri: 3pm – 10pm, Sat: Noon – 9pm

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @VillageIdiotNJ & Instragram

Win 2 Free Tickets to The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on May 9!

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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. Great craft beer, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and more!!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

Here’s How to Enter the Facebook Contest:
1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and The Big Brew Beer Festival on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must LIKE and COMMENT  it as well. If you do not like/comment it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 6th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Additional Details:BBNJS

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming back to Sussex County, NJ!

The Big Brew Sussex Fest on May 9th will feature:
* Outdoors & Under Tents at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
* 200+ Craft Beers
* 6 Food Trucks
* Mechanical Bull
* Music by Sick Star Nation

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $53 GA, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on April 25th. Get Tickets HERE

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Picture Taken from December’s Big Brew Sussex Festival

 

Brewery Review: Lunacy Brewing Co in Magnolia, NJ

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I am very quickly checking off  visiting a lot of breweries all around New Jersey! Good thing I recently became a NJ Craft Beer Member!

This past weekend I got to go to three breweries in one day! My first stop was the Lunacy Brewing Co, which is located in Magnolia, NJ. If you’re driving around looking for it, it’s across the street from the Lowe’s in town.

The tap room is located in a warehouse, and the area itself is very cozy. They have couches, tables, and a bar where customers can hang out and drink.

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They had 6 beers on tap, which you can try a “shorty” size for $2 a piece, two of the more limited beers were $3. I tried 5 out of the 6 beers.

Beers I tried while I was there:

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– Lunacy IPA
– Moon Howler Pale Ale
– Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
– Sanitarium Double IPA
– Beautiful Baby’s Belgian Blonde Ale

The beer I did not try was a coffee stout, which is not really my thing. My friends loved it though!

My favorite beer was the Belgian Blonde Ale, so I ended up taking home a 32oz growler (which has already been finished by the time this post has been published).

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All and all, it’s a great brewery with a great staff! I definitely plan on going back. They also had a lot of great merch, including t-shirts which can be seen here:

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And here:

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Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

About Lunacy Brewing Co:

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Address: 214 Davis Rd, Magnolia, NJ; (609) 379-5862
Hours: Friday: 5 PM – 10 PM; Saturday: 12 PM – 8 PM

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @LunacyBrewery & Instragram

St. Patrick’s Day Week(March 17 – 22) at Zeppelin Hall

St. Patrick’s Day Week Mar 17 – 22, 2015

Celebrate the luck o’ the Irish at Zeppelin Hall from March 17th till March 22nd. In the spirit of the holiday, Zeppelin Hall will have a special menu featuring traditional meat and potato dishes and other St. Patty’s Day favorites. Enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage, or an Irish Reuben Sandwich, which puts a twist on the classic with corned beef pilled high atop savory, Irish bacon, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Thousand Island on warm toasted rye bread. Other fun menu items range from creamy, Potato Bacon Soup for $4.95 and traditional Fish and Chips for $13.9 to and a Beef Guinness Stew for $10.95. And of course, what’s St. Patties day without a pint of beer for each hand?

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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: River Horse Brewing Co in Ewing Twp

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I am very quickly checking off  visiting a lot of breweries all around New Jersey! Good thing I recently became a NJ Craft Beer Member!

I have drank River Horse beer before, so I was looking forward to visiting their brewery in New Ewing Twp (Right by Trenton). They have a pretty big facility in New Ewing compared to their former space in Lambertville.

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If you decide to go and you want to go on the tour, be sure to sign up for the tour before hand! When we went it was busy! The tour was great because it was only $5 and we got to try 4 different beers.

The tour itself it quite informative. It was roughly 30 minutes, and you get to try the samples at different stations along the route of the tour. I highly recommend doing it.

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Beers I tried while I was there:
– River Horse IPA: American Style IPA, ABV – 5.7%
– Triple Horse: Belgian Style Tripel Ale, ABV – 10.0% (!!)
– Oatmeal Milk Stout: Stout brewed with oats and milk sugar, ABV – 6.7%
– Belgian Freeze: Winter Ale available Oct-Dec, ABV – 8%
– Chocolate Porter – ABV – 6.5%

The last 3 beers are all seasonal, but definitely try to get your hands on them!

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I also really enjoyed the decor of the place. There were hippos everywhere! They have a lot of great, original art work all around the brewery which gives it a really hip (pun not intended) vibe.

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Inside the brewery you can buy pints of beer, growlers, and they have lots of merch.

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My husband and I went home with a growler of Tripel Horse and a 4-pack of Hippo-Lantern. AKA we went home very happy.

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Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

For more pictures be sure to check out my Facebook album!

About River Horse Brewing Co:

Address: 2 Graphics Drive, Ewing Township, NJ
Hours: Friday – Sunday 12pm to 5pm
*Tours are available by appointment. For more info click HERE

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @RiverHorseBrew & Instragram