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The Complete Jersey Guide To Beer

Had it with mass-produced suds? Ready for real flavor? Grab a stool and we'll bring you up to speed on the best thing to happen to brewing since the repeal of prohibition.

Posted February 14, 2013

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March 2013 beer section

“Fresh and local” is the founding principal of the locavore food movement. Lately, New Jersey beer lovers have gotten into the act. Beer fans who long had thought the height of sophistication was ordering a Heineken have been swept up in a tide of wheat beers, IPAs and stouts made right here in New Jersey.

Enjoyment of craft beer can be much like appreciating fine wine. Craft connoisseurs know which glass to use with which style of beer and how to pair beer with food. They swirl and sniff their beer in the glass before drinking, then let it glide slowly over their tongues to savor the flavor and mouth feel. Gulpers and guzzlers are missing the boat.

This heightened sophistication feeds on—and has fed—the growing presence of craft brewers and brewpubs throughout the state. It’s good business for New Jersey—a new and thriving industry, albeit one that aims to renew the Garden State’s former stature as a major brewing state.

Click on the links below to read the articles from our beer package:

The Art of Craft
New Jersey’s rapidly growing craft-brewing industry is creating—and slaking—a statewide thirst for local beer with character.

The Top Tap Rooms
Thirsty? Here are 26 great watering holes to bring out the craft-beer lover in you.

10 Jersey Beers You've Got To Try
With so much fabulous foam being brewed in New Jersey, we asked the experts who pull the taps to name some of their favorite local beers. (The Flying Fish and River Horse selections are available in bottles; the others are available only from the keg.)

Beer Appreciation 101
Mastering the art of storing, pouring, savoring and pairing your favorite brew.

Who's Who In Jersey Brewing
Your detailed guide to New Jersey breweries and brewpubs.

What Makes A Beer Expert?
Were you aware that a certified beer expert is known as a Cicerone? We explain how a person becomes one, and how this level of expertise impacts the hospitality and beverage industries.

Food and Beer: Perfect Pairings
Experts from around the state share their knowledge about food and beer pairings to help us find the perfect combinations.


Related Articles:

Who's Who in Jersey Brewing
Food and Beer: Perfect Pairings
What Makes A Beer Expert?
Beer Appreciation 101
10 Jersey Beers You've Got To Try
The Top Tap Rooms: Great Jersey Bars for Beer Connoisseurs
The Art of Craft: Jersey's Booming Beer Industry


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NJ Beer Blog

Just wanted to add another great Jersey based beer blog to the list http://www.thekegtap.com We are all primarily based in Northern Jersey and have been "drinking and telling" as our motto states, for about two years now. Check out the site for local bar reviews, local beer reviews and much more.

Posted by: Irving, Jersey City | Feb 21, 2013 00:38:39 AM |

Great Article

Outstanding. New Jersey is fast becoming a meca for craft beer and a location for new breweries. Each year has new brewies starting up. I don’t know if the the NJ Craft Beer Guild’s fest on the Battle Ship New Jersey. LOL
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Posted by: 3 Beers Gone , Hamilton | Feb 22, 2013 19:20:41 PM |

Glaring Omission

I can’t believe you didn’t list the Northside Lounge on your list of beer bars. Yes, it’s in Manville, which maybe isn’t the most glamorous town, but Mattie and the crew there have been bringing the joy that is craft beer to Central NJ for a long time now. It would be nice to see them get some love, because they deserve it!

Posted by: MadPiglet, Raritan | Mar 02, 2013 17:23:11 PM |

Forgot a bar

I believe you missed a bar in your section, this bar beets out all the morristown spots for craft beer. Poor Henry’s Pub & Restaurant has 11 beer taps 5 rotating craft bottle list, etc They do deserve to be on the list of bars that serve craft beer. There is also a Carton Beer Pairing dinner on the 20th of March.

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