As the leaves begin to change, so too are beer taps across the Garden State. Check out the fresh fall flavors gracing local breweries.
Pum-Queen at Bonesaw Brewing • Glassboro
Autumn is in full gear at this South Jersey establishment. Bonesaw’s Pum-Queen–a vanilla, pumpkin-spice cream ale—is available in the taproom and in select New Jersey stores. The brewery also introduced Bonetoberfest, a Wiesn/Dortmund Export lager with a 5.9-percent ABV.
570 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro; 856-243-5464
Late Harvest Tart Cherry Ale at Buttzville Brewing Company • Buttzville
Buttzville’s newest brew, Late Harvest Tart Cherry Ale, is crisp and sweet with just the right amount of cherry tartness. Enjoy it at the brewery’s Oktoberfest event on October 1, which features games, contests and the unveiling of the brewery’s annual Oktoberfest beer.
30 East Washington Avenue, Buttzville; 908-223-1831
Apple Bomb at Cape May Brewing Co. • Cape May
Cape May Brewing’s Apple Bomb is back with a new look. An aromatic wheat beer made with apple juice, Apple Bomb is available in the popular brewery’s tasting room and at retailers throughout the state.
1250 Hornet Road, Rio Grande; 609-849-9933
Floundering Pumpkin at Flounder Brewing • Hillsborough
A Flounder favorite is back just in time for fall. The mildly spiced Floundering Pumpkin is made with pumpkins from the nearby Norz Hill Farm & Market. It’s being poured now in the Hillsborough tasting room, open Wednesday–Sunday.
2 Clerico Lane (Building 4), Hillsborough Township
Oktoberfest at Heavy Reel Brewing Company • Seaside Heights
This off-season at the Shore, Heavy Reel is embracing sweater weather with its new Oktoberfest brew, a German Marian lager that’s malty and crisp. It’s available in the taproom, in 16-ounce cans ($15 per four-pack), and in cases ($70). Open Monday–Thursday starting at 2 pm, and Friday–Sunday starting at noon.
1520 Boulevard, Seaside Heights; 732-702-2880
Autumn Equinox Ale at Hidden Sands Brewing Company • Egg Harbor Township
Hidden Sands’s new Autumn Equinox Ale honors Germany’s Oktoberfest celebration. The malty brew, offering hints of ginger and cinnamon, is available in the taproom Tuesday–Sunday.
6754 Washington Avenue, Egg Harbor Township; 609-910-2009
Hefe You Seen My Lederhosen? at Lions Roar Brewing • Westfield
Cheekily named after the traditional German breeches, this German Hefeweizen is made with yeast from one of the oldest operating breweries in the world, Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan in Germany. Boasting hints of banana and clove, the brew can be enjoyed all fall—including at the brewery’s second annual Oktoberfest on October 8.
517-519 S Avenue W, Westfield; 908-591-6344
OktoberHund at Little Dog Brewing Company • Neptune City
Prepare for pours, tours and to-go beers! Little Dog is introducing OktoberHund, a German-style lager on tap and in cans. (The logo features the brewery’s signature dog—this time sporting a German Tyrolean hat.) Little Dog is hosting Oktoberfest celebrations Saturdays and Sundays through October 9.
141 Steiner Avenue, Neptune City; 732-361-3555
Headed Downtown and Dress Up & Get Down at Old Hights Brewing Company • Hightstown
Old Hights is introducing two new beers for fall. Headed Downtown, an Oktoberfest lager, is a toasty, malty amber ale, brewed in celebration of Hightstown’s Harvest Fair on October 1. Dress Up & Get Down is an amber ale with hints of pumpkin, pie crust, cinnamon and nutmeg. Both are available on tap and in 16-ounce four-packs.
123 West Ward Street, Hightstown; 609-469-5976
Headless Tribesman at Seven Tribesmen • Wayne
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman inspired this beer. Made with pumpkin purée, featuring notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, the brew returns to Seven Tribesmen’s tasting room this fall.
1151 NJ-23, Wayne; 973-706-7337
Ubiquitous Autumn Ale and Tony Martzen Oktoberfest Ale at Somers Point Brewing Company • Somers Point
Somers Point Brewing has two new beers on tap. The Ubiquitous Autumn Ale is a rich and malty pumpkin ale made with real pumpkin and the brewery’s special blend of spices. The Tony Martzen Oktoberfest Ale is an amber beer brewed with German-style malts.
705 West New York Avenue, Somers Point; 609-788-0767
Waffle Cone A-La Mode and Bierstiefel-Festbier at Three 3’s Brewing • Hammonton
Salute your inner child with Three 3’s new Waffle Cone A-La Mode milk stout, which offers hints of chocolate gelato, vanilla soft-serve and fresh-baked waffle cones. The Bierstiefel-Festbier, also on tap, reproduces a beer served at Oktoberfest in Germany.
50 13th Street, Hammonton; 732-814-1396