Okay, so I have drawn the misfortune of being in Atlantic
City, NJ, on business (well, near AC, actually). I know
about the new Firewaters joint in AC, as well as the Tun
brewpub. How about the rest of the region, from Absecon
on up the coast, even out to LBI? The Dutchman's Brauhaus
looks passable, for instance.
Also, any liquor shops or specialist shops with really
good beer selections? I wouldn't mind picking up some
interesting beers, particularly from High Point's
Rammstein line, or DeGroen's.
I would pass on the Dutchman for beer. The weekend buffets there are quite
good, exceptional, actually, but the beer destinations are few at the Jersey
Shore, save for Tun and Firewaters. I visited both last weekend, and Ted
Briggs' beers at Tun have never been better; his Fest was first-rate, as was,
and always is, his IPA. Ask for him when you visit, and he may offer up some
samples of rarer stuff that is not yet on tap, or experimental. Always a good
time with Ted.
Firewaters is also quite good, 50 taps and some very interesting selections,
including a wealth of local micros, including Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
barleywine and thier Autimnfest, a very interesting take on the festbier. Not
to be missed are any beers on tap from nearby Heavyweight Brewing, always
You wont be able to find Warsteiner or Degroens in NJ, and save for one of the
Joe Canal's stores further inland in Marlton or Lawrenceville, for example, you
wont find too many stores with a decent selection of micros, but you should try
to get as much Heavyweight stuff as you can; their stuff is pretty damn good.
Close enough to be a Philadelphian!
Excellent info, Rich. Thanks!
There's also a place called Goodfellows in Absecon ... looks like there
are a couple of passable beers on tap there.
That's disappointing, but c'est la vie. Jever, maybe? Too bad the
Dutchman is lame for good beer. You'd think they'd be doing good
business pouring Brooklyn lagers and High Point's Rammstein wheat
Good suggestions. Thanks. Too bad I won't be closer to Philadelphia;
what I'd *really* like is a session in Downingtown at Victory. Another
He won't? I've seen both of them frequently in the past, but since I
don't buy either brand, I can't say for sure if they're now on the
shelves (I can't imagine Warsteiner isn't around). Or are you only
talking draft now?
Truth of the matter is, for as small a state as New Jersey is, beer
distribution does differ quite a bit between the south, central and
Just bought a case of Jever today- it's available but there's still a
lot of old stock laying around, too, so beware. New stuff is in
cardboard (no more funky plastic cases), red stripe on the six-pack
shell, and has a "best by" date on the case.
Beer's from High Point seem to strictly "northern" Jersey in
distribution. Occassionally one of their seasonal products gets to the
central part of the state, but it's not a regular brand.
Well, it's only recently that the Canal's in Lawrenceville got a good
selection but there are a number of good stores in New Jersey, but,
granted, it's hit or miss and there are a lot of stores that are still
clueless (certainly the shore area stores seem to be Bud/Coors Light
places, for obvious reasons). And, oddly, there are a lot of stores
with great import selections but hardly anything local.
Agreed. Even their distribution is uneven. Some stores just carry
their "variety 4 pack" and I recall a store down the shore that had
quite an amazing selection of Belgians several years ago and, when asked
about Heavyweight, (the closest brewery to them), they'd never heard of