Absolutely THE place for craft beer in North Jersey, I’ve been here bunch of times, and they have a great selection of beers from all around the country. Many taps and knowledgable staff. The only downside is the price of some of the "regular" beers they serve and some of the food, but if you are looking for something in particular, this is the place to try and they update their website regularly.
One of my favorite craft beer bars in North Jersey. I’ve been coming here on my birthday every year since I turned 21. I loved it when it was a small narrow bar, but it’s certainly nice to have some room to hang out now. The beer selection is awesome and I’m never disappointed. SOME of the food is a little pricey for what you are getting, but it’s what I expected since it is pretty high end. I do miss the old jukebox, but a pool table is a nice addition. Overall, amazing place to go hang out any day of the week!
PRBeer (680) Parsippany, New Jersey | March 5, 2013| Updated March 11, 2013
Been coming here since it was a long narrow bar on the right side of the building with a wall hanging juke box with amazing selections. I always enjoyed this place. Then my life got busy and I stayed away for awhile (it’s also really not on the way to anyplace else...which is part of the fun of course). Then one day I went back and...low and behold...they bought the place next door (former pet shop...fish store among other things)...added another "60" taps or so (90 taps now? Go figure)...and actually added some semi gourmet/gastropub cooking! Amazing! Add a dart board and a pool table...and what more could you want?
I really like this place. To some it might be small and claustrophobic especially as the night goes on and people file in but I found it to be manageable. Definitely draws a hipster crowd that may or may not rub you the wrong way but definitely NO fist pumpers (a bonus when in Jersey). The bar can be difficult to get to but well worth it. So many options to choose from you’ll be happy you had that little extra time to make up your decision.
Stopped in here on a trip with my GF and her sister. Had a very nice time. They have a pretty local and very good beer list on tap. We didn’t have any food. Met some nice people and the service was good. We were actually given shots of good whiskey on the house. Highly recommended.
I live less than 5 minutes from the Shep, it’s a great little bar with an amazing selection. The one downside is that it tends to draw a slightly pretentious crowd, not that it matters if you’re with your own friends.
koopa (13) , New Jersey | May 28, 2010| Updated June 12, 2010
The Shepherd and the Knucklehead is a 10 minute drive from my home and right by the University I attended, yet I don’t visit it often. Since it is tiny and so close to the University, come late night it is always packed with kids. Some are beer geeks, but most are typical College Students.
They have an electronic dartboard, board games, a few nice booth style tables, and a bar w/ 24 taps. The management knows more about good beer than any other bar in the immediate area, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call them experts.
Service is fine. Darius (sp?) is a nice guy and the other bar tenders get the job done sufficiently.
Selection: Again, better than most joints in the area but fairly "commercial craft" offerings for the most part.
Overall its worth the trip if you live within 20-30 minutes of Wayne, NJ and don’t have other favorite haunts in that close of a distance.
Reviewed on: 03-07-2009
vtafro (92) Wayne, New Jersey | March 8, 2010| Updated August 18, 2012
Interesting place a little of the beaten path. Little expensive, but definitely a decent selection of beers to drink but you may have already had them. Nice service when dead or busy.
Update August 2012, bar has expanded, 60 taps when no empties. Still a bit of a space issue, but nice atmosphere. Expansion hasnt lead to a lack of quality.
Nice solid beer bar in the middle of the north jersey beer desert. super friendly staff, solid selection, and a nice vibe. a little hippyish on the odd night but otherwise a good range of people. RECENTLY RENOVATED for much needed more space. big improvement