Sippers, Your Trail Awaits

Catch some sun and some suds on these brewery trails.

Illustration by Andrew Ogilvie

With winery tours well established (click “Wine Trails” at newjerseywines.com), Shore and Pineland breweries and distilleries are catching up. A trail is essentially just a map that can be followed in any order. Enlist your favorite designated driver with promises of scenic roads and local attractions, and head out:

• Surf & Sip Brew Trail Run by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, this choose-your-own itinerary includes breweries as well as summery stops such as the Surf Museum at Tuckerton Seaport and Jetty Apparel in Manahawkin. Click on “Brew Trail” at southernoceanmade.com for a list of places to pick up your attractions map.

• Wine & Ale Trail Pineland buffs will revel in the agricultural landscapes around Hammonton in visiting the seven wineries and three breweries listed at visitsouthjersey.com/the-wine-ale-trail-of-south-jersey. Two of the breweries (Three 3’s and Tomfoolery) are in Hammonton, and the third (Berlin) is in Berlin. Driving point to point can be done in a couple of hours, but don’t rush. Give yourself a day or two to take it all in.

• Atlantic County Brewery & Distillery Trail Three 3’s and Tomfoolery are among five breweries and a brewpub on a map at atlantic-county.org/tourism/brewery-trail.asp. The map includes two distilleries, Lazy Eye in Richland and Little Water in Atlantic City. The Kafkalas family’s Lazy Eye has won awards for its grape vodka and grappa-like rakii.

• Jersey Shore Craft Beer Tour Climb into a van departing from and returning to the Hampton Inn in Neptune and give your designated driver a break. Tours are $75; reserve in advance at jerseyshorecraftbeertour.com/book-online. “We want people to come try what the Shore tastes like,” says founder Dan Cooper.

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