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These NJ Breweries Are Serving Free Beer After Your 1st COVID-19 Vaccine

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If you are over 21 and live in New Jersey, the state is giving you an incentive to get vaccinated — if you haven’t gone already. On May 3rd, Governor Murphy announced a new initiative to promote vaccinations amongst adults in New Jersey. Keep reading for more about New Jersey’s new ‘Shot and a Beer Program.’ 

Governor Murphy launched the program stating that “any New Jerseyans who gets their first vaccine dose in the month of May and takes their vaccination card to a participating brewery will receive a free beer.” {As if we needed another reason to visit a local craft brewery in the state, but we’ll take it}. The governor joked during his briefing that this program is literally the only reason he regretted not waiting to get the vaccine. 

Read More: New Jersey to Eliminate Many COVID-19 Restrictions May 19th: Here’s What This Means

“We’re at the point where those who were already motivated got their vaccinations. We’ve now got to focus on those others,” the Governor said.

Residents who received their first shot before May are not eligible.

The following are breweries participating in the program in Northern NJ {and Central NJ if you believe in calling it that}.

Bolero Snort Brewing Company {316 20th St, Carlstadt}

Bolero Snort Brewing Company

Brix City Brewing Company {4 Alsan Way, Little Ferry}

Brix City Brewing Company

Carton Brewing Company {6 E Washington Avenue, Atlantic Highlands}

Carton Brewing Company

Flounder Brewing Company {1 Ilene Court, Hillsborough Township}

Flounder Brewing Company

Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant {15 S Orange Avenue, South Orange}

Hackensack Brewing Company {78 Johnson Avenue, Hackensack}

Hackensack Brewing Company

Magnify Brewing Company {1275 Bloomfield Avenue, Building 7 Unit 40C, Fairfield}

Magnify Brewing Company

Now that New Jersey is making it easier than ever to get vaccinated, especially with updated walk-in vaccination times at select sites, May is a great time to get vaccinated. The governor is hoping the program will help the state reach its initial goal of 4.7 million New Jersey residents vaccinated by the end of June. 

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

nj beer co

Pilsener Haus Biergarten {1422 Grand Street, Hoboken}

Pilsener Haus Biergarten

See More: Your Guide to Breweries + Outdoor Beer Gardens in Hudson County

In case you are headed down south to the Jersey Shore or South Jersey area, below are a few more breweries you can visit and get a free beer if you are vaccinated {in May}. 

Battle River Brewing {69 Main Street, Toms River}

Bradley Beer Project {714 Main Street, Bradley Beach}

Flying Fish Brewing Company {900 Kennedy Boulevard, Somerdale}

Kane Brewing Company {1750 Bloomsbury Avenue, Ocean Township}

Little Dog Brewing Company {141 Steiner Avenue, Neptune City}

River Horse Brewing Company {2 Graphics Drive, Ewing Township}

On Monday, May 3rd, Governor Murphy also announced that he will be lifting many COVID-19 capacity limits at retail stores, restaurants, gyms, and other businesses and will remove a hard cap on outdoor gatherings beginning May 19.

More than 7.5 million New Jersey residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine about 37% of the state’s total population, according to New Jersey’s Health Department.

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Jean is a born and raised Jersey girl, currently calling Jersey City home. After leaving for school in Washington D.C. and a quick stint in Manhattan as a news producer, she just wanted to get back to her NJ roots across the river. As a new dog mom, Jean loves exploring Liberty State Park or walking the streets of Jersey City with her pup Kona, and is always on the hunt for the latest restaurant opening or the hottest new business. When she’s not meandering the streets, you can find her grilling on her roof, sipping rose, and looking out over that beautiful skyline.


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