Just off Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen, among industrial warehouses and factories, sits New Jersey Beer Company, a craft brewery serving hyper-local brews on tap and the only brewery based out of North Hudson County. Beer enthusiasts based locally and beyond can come here and indulge in all things craft-brew-related. Guests step through an unassuming door to enter the expansive brewery and tasting room. Be sure to start your visit off with a tour of the brewery to see how the beer is made. Meet the team behind the beer, and learn more about their brewing process. Here’s everything you need to know about the NJ Beer Co. in North Bergen.
About the Brewery
NJ Beer Co. has been brewing local beers since 2010. With a small team of passionate beer makers, they focus on innovation and creativity. Distribution, however, is limited to the state. So you can guarantee you’ll find some NJ Beer Co. beers when out and about in Hoboken, Jersey City, or other cities in Hudson County.
After you’ve learned how it’s made and completed your tour, it’s time for the best part — tasting the beer. Wander over to the tasting room, where you can see the full list of brews written on a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard behind the bar. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and happy to provide recommendations if you find yourself struggling to decide on which beer to get. Or, order a flight of six beers, to sample a variety. Carry the paddle of multicolored brews over to a table before diving in to taste each of the unique flavors.
Gather around one of the barrel tables or grab a seat at the bar and get drinking. Sip your way through some of the classics, like the LB IPA or Parkway Pilsner. In the winter, nothing beats the blood orange IPA offered here, which is light and citrusy and will make you forget just how cold it is outside. Or, opt for something a little smoother like one of the seasonal stouts.
If there is a particular beer that stands out to you, great news — you can buy some cans to take home. With names like PATH Pale Ale and Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken and creatively designed cans, these beers also make the perfect gift for a fellow NJ friend.
Beyond the Beer
Make a day of your visit to the only brewery in North Hudson County. From the jukebox to the shelves stacked with board games, NJ Beer Co. is the perfect spot for a socially-distanced hang-out in the outdoor tasting room and private events. NJ Beer Co. has even hosted weddings. Follow the brewery on Instagram to stay on top of happenings.
If you’re looking for more breweries in the Hudson County area, check out the New Jersey Craft Beer website to see all local breweries, brewpubs, and startups. There are a total of 114 production breweries in the state.