This Gal’s review of my March Beer Crawl.
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Small tasting room in the front and a much larger tasting room on the brewing floor. Kane is a bustling place on the weekend but the line for pours movies quickly. Love the use of barrels & old wood throughout the brewery. There are 17 beers on tap and they are available in as a 40z taste or full pour and responsibly priced.
Enjoyed taster pours of:
Single Fin Belgian Blonde 4.8%
Citrus, tropical fruits and earthy goodness – very fresh
Port Omna – all wonderful
1 with Cacao Nibs
1 with Mocha
1 with Milk Chocolate
Hop Lab 5.4%
Easy drinking citrus, pine and malts
Silent Night Imperial Stout 12%
Excellent – rich, silky and smooth
Dark City Brewing Co.
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Something about this place really appealed to me. I loved all the wood and it just had an easy laid back feel to it. When you enter there is a long L shaped bar and plenty of seating along the glass wall overlooking the street. They offer 12 beers on tap available as full pours or a sample flight of 4. Only opened since January and doing things right.
Bond Street Brownie 4.8%
Great malts (had 2 Browns on tap – Go Dark City!)
Urban Decay (Tart Cherry) 10.1%
Imperial Stout – oh delis, nice rings on glass
Urban Decay Nitro (Chocolate Strawberry)
Born to Ruin Double IPA 10.1%
Good mix of hops
Little Dog Brewing
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What a wonderful little brewery is. Don’t let the size fool you great beer is being brewed at at Little Dog. Even though it was a busy afternoon at the brewery Gretchen (owner/brewer) took the time out of her day to chat with me and show me around the brewery. The beers are wonderful as is the atmosphere – a place where friends come to hang out. Speaking of friends Gretchen’s childhood friend works behind the tasting bar pouring beers for the patrons part of what gives Little Dog a quaint homey feel.
Brown Porter brewed with chocolate & toasted coconut
Duck Boy Pale Ale 5.25%
fresh and nice balance of local hops
Gesundheit! Altbier 5%
Classic German-style amber ale
Seafarer’s Stout 5%
Irish stout – goes does easy
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
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Paulaner Salvator 7.9%
Always a favorite even though it was served in a frosted glass.
Was curious how it would stand up to the various German Beer Halls I visited in Germany. Definitely an americanized version but still a lot of fun. Like the German Halls there’s community tables, it’s loud and crowded but the atmosphere isn’t German nor is the music. I was pretty disappointment that my beer was served in a frosted glass. However, the food was very good. We enjoyed the potato pancakes, Blumenkohl & Hungarian Beef Goulash.
Beach Haus Brewery
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If I had to pick just one word to describe Beach Haus it would be – FUN. This place just has a cool fun vibe to that makes you gather with a group of friends and spend the day enjoying each others company and good beer. Oh and they provide a true tour (love the various creative ways NJ Breweries find to get around the tour law).
artwork by local artist Corey Hudson
The tap room upstairs is very large with lots of windows and light. There’s a glass wall that over looks an Italian restaurant, with wood burning pizza oven, next door. You can bring food into the tap room from the restaurant. Unfortunately, I was so full from the day that I only had room to do two tastings of beer.
Herb’s Rye American Wheat Beer 6.5%
very refreshing, easy drinking beer
Toast Black IPA 7.5%
Love black IPA’s and this one is wonderful