Quick Bite

Movie Theater–Turned–Brewery Remains a Cinephile’s Paradise

Alternate Ending Beer Co. in Aberdeen boasts film references and movie nights alongside classic bar fare and an extensive tap list.

A soft pretzel with several glasses of different beers at Alternate Ending Beer Co. in Aberdeen
Grab a bite and a brew at this unique Aberdeen eatery. Photo courtesy of Jose Manchola/Alternate Ending Beer Co.

STYLE

This nostalgic brewery with a full kitchen features a cinematic theme, in keeping with its past as a movie theater. Film references enliven the menu, and movie posters are adapted to promote Alternate Ending’s brews. Some tables include theater-style seats.

THE SCOOP

A giant screen plays classic flicks, and movie nights are held regularly. Trivia nights typically focus on beloved movies and TV shows.

THE MENU

You’ll find burgers, cheesesteaks and pulled pork, but also falafel, chicken salad sandwiches and deep-dish sourdough pan pizzas. The pies include the Grandma Style, the Detroit Style, and the Big Kahuna, with pineapple. Smaller dishes (in the Previews section) include pretzels, fries and wings. There are salads, vegan options and desserts. 

True to its name, Alternate Ending offers an extensive tap list: IPAs, lagers, pilsners, stouts, ales and more. (4-ounce tasters are $3.) Looking for something refreshing and light? Try Hanzo, a citrusy green-tea lager with a 2.6% ABV. 

HEADS UP

Alternate Ending is 10 minutes from Holmdel’s PNC Bank Arts Center, making it the perfect place to grab a bite and a brew before a concert.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    New American
  • Price Range:
    Moderate