Hello, native New (North) Jerseyan here, who will be heading home for another visit later this year. I'm interested in finding New Jersey's best brewpub.
I understand many have opened over the years since I left NJ and moved to Portland, Oregon, and I've tried a few back in Jersey already. Most of them seem to be about average, though. I understand the focus in these places will always be the beer first and foremost, but for beer lovers like me such a place which also puts attention and care into their food is a special place, indeed.
The ones I've already been to are Gas Light in South Orange, Long Valley out in Morris County, Harvest Moon in New Brunswick, Basil T's in Red Bank, JJ Bitting's in Woodbridge and Triumph in Princeton.
Out of those, Long Valley had the best food and service (with Basil T's a close second), but I think I'd give Gas Light the nod for best beer. JJ Bitting's Coal Train Porter certainly deserves an honorable mention, though.
Trap Rock in Berkeley Heights is first on my list to try next time I'm out there, and I think I heard last year that there's a new brewpub set to open in Newark (or has it already?)?
Others I'm interested in are the Ship Inn in Milford, Krogh's in Sparta and Tun Tavern in AC if I can manage to get all the way down there.
Anybody have any experiences with those places? Or other suggestions I'm not aware of?