Your Guide to Breweries + Outdoor Beer Gardens in Hudson County

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Summer is in full swing and there is no better way to enjoy those hot summer days than with an ice cold beer and views of the city. Restrictions are lightening up and outdoor dining is back in action. Beer gardens are the perfect place to hang with friends while social distancing. Many bars and restaurants have been taking careful precautions to ensure that guests and patrons feel safe while welcoming the new norm. So, whether you are grabbing a beer at the pier or enjoying a German-style pint at the Lutze, here is your ultimate guide to breweries and beer gardens in Hudson County.

Pilsener Haus {1422 Grand Street, Hoboken}

 

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While Hoboken doesn’t have many Beer Gardens, Pilsener Haus + Biergarten is certainly a favorite. The outdoor Biergarten is the perfect place to spend time with family and friends. Pilsner Haus offers over 20 premium drafts in addition to 50 European and American craft beers. Be sure not to skip out on their famous warm Bavarian pretzels served with whole grain mustard and Liptauer cheese or indulge in their classic sausages, schnitzels as well as vegetarian and gluten free options.

Pier 13 {1301 Sinatra Drive North, Hoboken}

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Oh how we love the famous Pier 13. Hoboken residents anxiously await for this outdoor spot to open all year. The Pier has arguably the best views of NYC and equally great vibes. It’s not only dog-friendly, but family-friendly too. Everyone flocks to the pier on a hot summer day. This Hoboken spot offers over 20 refreshing and locally sourced beers from Hoboken Brewery to Brooklyn Brewery. Some of the more unique beers that are offered are the Sloop Juicy Bomb and the Abita Strawberry Lager. In addition to the beers, the Pier also serves classic mixed drinks, sangria, spiked seltzers and more. Pier 13 always has an array of food trucks to cater to your munchies that they switch up daily. 

Read more: Your NEW Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Dining in Hoboken + Jersey City

The Lutze {3 2nd Street, Jersey City}

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The Lutze Biergarten is located on the waterfront of Jersey City, offering a variety of food, drinks and games. Choose from a plethora of craft beer, German brews, and a full cocktail bar where they serve sangria, frozen drinks, and ciders. The menu evolves as the seasons change, so be sure to ask your server which beers are on tap. The food menu is pretty broad as well, with options like wings, sliders, lobster rolls, and more. The Lutze also offers classic biergarten options such as giant soft pretzels and bratwurst. 

City Bistro {56 14th Street, Hoboken}

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While City Bistro is not your typical beer garden per se, it does have an adorable rooftop that has a garden-like vibe. There are tables to sit and eat or you can head to the bar where you will find a ton of beers on tap or cocktails of your choice. City Bistro offers fun events like “Industry Night” where local bartenders and restaurant servers are offered special priced drinks and food all night. The food menu is a mix of Italian and American food from pizzas to wings to pasta dishes for all to enjoy. This is a great spot to watch the sunset and grab a beer with friends.

Zeppelin Hall {88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City}

Zeppelin Hall, located in Jersey City, is an authentic European-style Biergarten. It is a huge restaurant with both indoor and outdoor spaces that offers a ton of craft beer options from Hofbrau Munich Lager to classic IPA’s. The locale has over 15 Beligan-style beers and you can also get wine and spiked seltzers. The beer menu goes on and on, so be sure to check out the site to see what this JC spot has to offer. On Fridays and Saturdays, the venue also showcases live bands and DJ’s. Menu-wise, Zeppelin Hall is pretty diverse, featuring classics like burgers and wings as well special Biergarten-style dishes like specialty sausages and smoked-haus BBQ. 

Porta {135 Newark Avenue, Jersey City}

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Another rooftop that offers craft beers and all the pizza, Porta is not your average beer hall. It is another place in Jersey city where you can drink outside with friends while enjoying a cold one. They offer delicious food from cacio e pepe pizza to pasta and meatballs. The rooftop is a fun spot to hang with friends on a sunny day.

See more: The Coolest Outdoor Dining Setups in Hoboken + Jersey City Right Now

Departed Soles Brewery {150 Bay Street, Jersey City}

Departed Soles opened its doors in Jersey City in 2015 and has been serving locals top-notch brews ever since. This brewery strives to have a tap list as diverse as Jersey City, and truly has something for everyone. From Haze Boiz, Lager Heads, Sour Sallies, and Gluten Free options you will find something you love here for sure. The brewery also has a cool nautical setup outside to enjoy some beers while also offering curbside pick up as well. 

NJ Beer Co. {4201 Tonnelle Avenue, North Bergen}

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New Jersey Beer Co. is located in North Bergen and has been around for 10 years. They started their business brewing just three delicious year-round beers and they now produce a variety of unique and seasonal beers all year round. They currently offer eight craft beers that are far from your typical Bud Light. From the Blood Orange India Pale Ale to the Hudson Pale Ale, there is a brew for everyone on this menu.

902 Brewing Company {101 Pacific Ave, Jersey City}

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902 Brewing Company started their journey right from an apartment in Hoboken, and has evolved into a large warehouse in Jersey City since. They offer a ton of beers. Their menu is very broad and you are bound to find something for everyone here. They have “usual suspects” that are available year round, as well as seasonal and specialty beers.

What is your favorite brewery or beer garden to grab a pint? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hannah is a Jersey girl at heart. She grew up in Marlboro New Jersey and moved to Hoboken just three months after graduating from SUNY Cortland. She has been living in Hoboken for four years now and never intends to leave. Hannah works in advertising in NYC, but her real passion is all things food and wine. When she’s not at work, you can find Hannah taking pictures of food and posting on her blog @talkdirty2yourfood. You can also find her at Powerflow Hot Yoga or having a glass of wine at a local bar or restaurant around Hoboken.


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