The Best Craft Beer at the Jersey Shore
We all might have our go-to adult beverages of choice, for me it's usually wine or vodka-based, but every now and then you just need a beer.
Lucky for us, craft beer is exploding in NJ, and some of the very best breweries are in our backyard.
Patch listed 13 of the best craft beers in NJ, and 6 of them are from Monmouth County breweries (Who knew?).
First place went to Ocean Township's Kane Brewing Co. for their Head High IPA. Second place was Kane's Overhead Imperial IPA. The special edition Apiary Farmhouse Saison placed eighth.
Located near the Seaview Square Mall just off Sunset Ave., Kane is open for a few hours on Fridays and Saturdays for tours, tastings, and of course, purchasing suds.
After you check out Kane's offerings, head to 6 East Washington Ave. in Atlantic Highlands to visit Carton Brewing. Their 077XX Double IPA placed third on the list, with Boat Beer Session at four, and Something Like Sandy sour milk stout at 11. (There's a pretty cool story behind that one, check out the video!)
Like Kane, you can do a tour and tasting at Carton, and pick up some cool swag too! They're open with limited hours from Thursday-Sunday.
Another cool place to check out some local brews? Basil T's in Red Bank. It's a brewpub, which means it's a restaurant that brews its own beer. I dig the Ms. Lucy's Weimeraner Wheat and the seasonal options are always pretty good. (And the food is bangin'. Always a plus!)
Triumph Brewing Company is also set to open its fourth location in Red Bank, likely opening at some point in 2014 along W. Front St. Just down the street from Basil T's, it's sure to add a little competition to the local brewpub scene.
East Coast Beer Co., makers of Beach Haus beer doesn't have it's own brewery facility, currently renting out space from others, but is hoping to settle in Belmar along Main St.
Ocean County is about to get it's own brewhouse too, with Rinn Duin Brewing expected to open on Rt. 37 in Toms River this month.
If you always stay away from beer because you 'just don't like it,' give some craft brews a try. You might be pleasantly surprised!