This is my first chowhound review as my friend Jim finally convinced me to actually write a review and stop mooching. It is great joining all those that have given me great advice over the years.
Now down to business. I am surprised that there hasn't been much discussion on New Jersey's craft beer scene. So I decided to encourage all of you to visit my favorite Carton Brewing in Atlantic Highlands. They are turning out some great beer and are also known to experiment with brewing techniques and/or ingredients For example, they are currently serving a porter that was aged in Brinley rum barrels that were shipped up from the Caribbean. Brinley's rum has ties to Atlantic Highlands as well. The name of the beer is Shipwreck. I love most if not all of their beers, but my favorite is their flagship session ale called Boat beer. It taste like a really good west coast style IPA, but comes in at only 4.2% alcohol. No more excuses for drinking bud or coors light!
I moved down from the city over a year ago and this local business makes me glad I did. The owners and staff are amazing and they give you a tour of the facility on your first visit to their brewery. I hope this helps for all those beer lovers that may not have known about Carton. They opened a little over two years ago.
Kane Brewing company in Ocean, NJ is also pumping out fantastic beer. If you see either on tap, be sure to check them out. Any other fans of NJ beer out there?