Berkeley Heights Beer Guide: Your Berkeley Heights guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Berkeley Heights

62 /100
Berkeley Wine Co. (Beer Store)
500 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Although a nice store, single bottles are limited and you aren’t going to find anything except maybe some older stuff not sold out elsewhere. I wouldn’t bother.“
Ferris 2773 days ago
76 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“A very nice, fancy even, restaraunt that brews its own beer. You can sit up at the bar and have a preset flight, whining will allow changes, and it is reasonably prices. Service is OK, but not beer focused. Food is good, min was salty, and prices appropriate for what you get. A good stop with solid beers and especially if you are with non beer geeks.“
Ferris 2773 days ago
52 /100
Berkeley Wine Co. (Beer Store)
500 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Great for wine. Has some artisanal cheeses and the like. Not so great for beer. A few six packs and bombers. Nothing crazy.“
jtclockwork 2773 days ago
80 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Wow, this is a really nice place. The waiters wear ties! Beers are from zeroes to heroes, but great homemade food, nice atmosphere. Definitely recommended. (Brewery #678)“
Braudog 3419 days ago
70 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Interesting place, sort of a British pub feel with New England flair. They’ve been around for quite a while. They had some pretty bad tap pour issues, odd. Slowed service down. Beers were ok, they’ve gone a little overboard on hops with the IPA and saison (and this coming from a hophead). But in an area with very little craft brewing, you gotta give them props.“
jlulensk 3485 days ago
84 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“I’ve stopped here twice now and both visits were great. The food and the beer were fantastic; definitely worth the visit, and the price. There is a bar and a nice restaurant with a fireplace and huge windows downstairs, and a neat little drinking room with couches and a fireplace upstairs. Every beer I tried here was very good to outstanding. They serve some of their beers cask conditioned on the hand pump.“
BeerdedDave 3572 days ago
86 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Stopped in for a sampler and food after Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown. Really nice place. Bartenders were extremely kind and service was excellent! Got a six beer flight and the beer was average. The burger I got however was delicious! If your close to the brewpub I would suggest giving it a try. If I lived closer I would definitely be a repeat customer!“
Ed5388 3657 days ago
68 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“We were greeted at what would present itself as a yuppy restaurant with forced valet parking. Once inside, our waiter slowly brought food and beer, though both were good. Prices were a bit high, but not surprising given the clientele they seem to draw.“
BeerandBlues2 3757 days ago
80 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“The restaurant’s the thing here. We chose Gaslight for our dinner stop, but from the menu and the looks of the food passing by, probably this would have been a much better choice. The beers were decent enough, and they do a sampler tray with six, and gave us sample sizes of the others. Valet parking only, which worked fine.“
Travlr 3770 days ago
80 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Decent brewpub. Food is a little better than average. So is the beer for a brewpub. A nice place. Worth a visit if you are in the area.“
jtclockwork 3772 days ago
84 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Great little restaurant and brewpub in the Harvest Group restaurant chain. Some people don’t like the valet parking and no baseball hat policy...but you really need to think of this place as a really good restaurant that happens to make some pretty good beer too (and unfortunately has a very small parking lot). The shame in the past has been that NJ’s antiquated beer laws prevented them from selling their own beers at their other 9-10 restaurants...but the new law passed last year should be changing that soon (or so the mangement of their other locations has told me). This is great as we will now see their better beers at their other locations instead of the couple of weaker offerings that had to go thru distribution before their other locations could buy them back. Come when it’s not busy (no valet parking then)...leave your cap in the car...and sit at the bar and enjoy their beers...“
PRBeer 3978 days ago
78 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Easy to find location with L shaped parking lot. Clean location with a good selection of beer and friendly staff.“
Tmoney99 4108 days ago
84 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“I was quite impressed by this place, especially the staff. Everyone (employees and regulars) drinking here was very friendly. The beers ranged from unexciting to rather good and interesting. There really wasn’t much not to like here. I will definitely be back. I didn’t try the food, but I will next time. “
ben4321 4156 days ago
68 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Upscale restaurant. Dark woods, white linen. Small parking lot. The beers were generally solid with no real standouts. The sampler was $10 with six samples they pick for you, though the bartender did give me small pours of the other two they had on tap. The food is very pricy, but its good. Customer service was unresponsive at times, but good.“
Drake 4181 days ago
72 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Brew pub & restaurant located in an affluent NJ suburban town west of New York City. Atmosphere tries to be upscale, almost too upscale for a hard-core beer fan, but still accepting if you get there early. Tavern has a great feel to it. Pub Food was good, pricey, but very fresh and well-delivered. Lots of their own brews on tap. Staff was very friendly, as were the regulars at the bar - I’d return, but in the winter to take advantage of the big windows so I could watch snow fall and drink home-brewed beers!“
RGDave 4640 days ago
62 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“This place has no soul!!! The food was very good but $24.95 for shrimp & grits? $19.95 for fried chicken! C’mon. Had the Helles and the Porter - Helles was ehh, Porter pretty basic but good. Very nice space, fresh cut flowers, huge barrell of apples for the road which was really cool. Horrid muzak...how about a flat screen in the bar or two, seems like they are shooting for low country fine dining...which is okay but the prices and beer don’t warrant a return. Host guy was very nice.“
donttreadonme 4774 days ago
68 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Headed over for lunch. Food was OK and a little more on the pricier side. Beer was OK too.“
hopdog 4870 days ago
76 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“We visited Trap Rock late on a Sunday night. The place was nearly empty and from the website I figured we might be out of luck, but sure enough we were able to grab seats and the bar and order food and drink. From the one previous poor review (from someone who joined that day, posted a bad review, and was never seen again...disgruntled ex-employee maybe?), I was slightly hesitant, but that guy could not have been more wrong. The food was priced in line with a whole lot of other brewpubs, including many that I have visited who provided much less impressive food. This place comes off as a mid level steakhouse and their menu reflects that. We ordered a few sides (the lightly smokey grilled asparagus was excellent, as was the mac-n-cheese). My wife ordered the soup of the day - an andouille gumbo which while she said was a bit too spicy, was otherwise up to snuff. I had the beer sampler to start, and man was that a deal. Decent sized pours of 6 beers came right away, and either because it was a slow night, or he was just a good bartender, he poured me samples of the other three things on tap as well. Ended up with nine sample beers large enough that I probably could have gotten by without ordering another full beer, but the IPA was solid enough that I had to. Overall a really nice place, nice laid back old feel, friendly staff, good food, and some decent beers.“
j12601 4974 days ago
64 /100
Berkeley Wine Co. (Beer Store)
500 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Affluent place in an affluent community, BW has plenty of service, all the "big hit" microbrews and some interesting finds, and high prices to match“
ectuohy27 5112 days ago
18 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“My wife and I had lunch at Trap Rock today. Started with the cauliflower soup. It was so awful I had to send it back. Then I had the crabcake sandwich for $13.95 and my wife had the scallop special for $14.95. Know how many scallops you get for $14.95? Just 3. The crabcake was so small it only filled half the McDonalds sesame bun it was on. The coleslaw was swimming mayonaise and everything, crabcakes, scallops and especially the french fries was too salty. The beers we tried were an IPA, rye pale ale, and the Belgian blonde and were acceptable but boring. They have a light hand on the hops and take no chances. No flaws in the beers, but nothing to make them stand out. And did I mention the short pours in the small glasses? All in all it was one of the absolute worst dining experiences I’ve ever had. DANGER, THIS PLACE IS A RIP OFF.“
DrIce 5212 days ago
78 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Nice cozy place. Reminded me of a lodge, lots of wood, which is a plus in my book. They had 8 on tap the day I went but the cask was unavailable. The food was pricier than I expected but I was mostly there for the beer and the company..both of which were awesome. The servers are professional, maybe a bit over the top at times but they know their shit. Can’t wait to go again.“
Bonster 5296 days ago
76 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Nice small brewpub. Upscale atmosphere. Food was a bit pricey. Beer was very good. I tried a sampler and enjoyed them all except the session beer. They had a real nice barley wine on tap as well. Staff was great. We were served a complimentary appetizer platter because we were there on a slower night. Can’t wait to visit it again.“
gkost 5379 days ago
90 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Great place to bring a date. Warm cozy atmosphere and lost of great unique beers to try...all of which are made on premise. The bartenders are great, servers are wonderful, even the guys in the parking lot are awesome.“
SpearChugger 5507 days ago
70 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Went out to finally visit this place. The interior is nice, a light mix of rustic with simple/plain yet elegant. Low ceilings, nice long bar, and a dining area with large windows but covered with trees on the other side. Its an ’upscale brewpub. Lots and lots of wine here, which is actually better than the beer. I have been told some of the beer is contract brewed by High Point, which could explain the awesome pils. Unfortunately, the other beers ranged from ok to undrinkable. A good amount of taps, 8 and a cask. I was upset that the bartender gave me an IPA to go rather than the wonderful Pils I asked for. Food was amazing, had the pizza and loved it. A bit pricey, stop by if you are in the area.“
beastiefan2k 5684 days ago
80 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“This past week I had to go to the Doctor and have my truck in the shop in the same day. I was feeling better since the Doc ruled out a few things with universal certanity, but the truck ended up costing me a pretty penny. So to cheer myself up, I took the short two mile drive to Trap rock since I was in the neighborhood and figured that it would be nice and quiet for a Wednesday afternoon. The interior is wood, and lots and lots of it. It added to the coziness. The place was jammed with follks.....drinking wine. The wine selection was quite impressive 35+ behind the long bar. Eight beers on tap (including the one on cask) is a feat that is impressive since the entire resturant is on the smaller side. I sat at the bar and had a burger and a beer for $15. The barmaid was also serving tables. I will stop again since the garage beckons.“
coldbrewky 5688 days ago
84 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“I love this place. A bit on the small side but it makes it a little cozy. The beers are great, probably the best brew pub in New Jersey. They usually have 4 main stay brews and 4 rotating seasonals. I have never been disappointed with their beer and try to make it there every time they change. The food is outstanding with a pub menu that I could eat every day. Although it’s a bit trendy and pricey it’s well worth it.“
djrn 5826 days ago
74 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“A rather fancy place in an upscale building in the middle of a country road where you would not expect a brewpub. Clean, well-dressed patrons and employees. Feeling rather upscale, I would not feel comfortable to just sit inside to have a drink. The food menu is great and inspired though. They had 8 beers on tap and they were amongst the best I’ve had in a New Jersey brewpub and you can fall on interesting seasonals if you’re lucky. Some are dull of course, but all are well-brewed. The service is careful, professional and rather formal, but they ended up giving me 2 samples of the beers I had not tried for free. A bit on the expensive side, but the quality came with it. I’d eat here again and be happy to come back when I’m next in the area. This would be one of my first beery stop in NJ and expecting a good meal. Do not expect a pub where you’ll spend hours though, but you could sit at your dining table with friends for 2-3 hours, but you’ll likely have to drive out.“
Rastacouere 5979 days ago
62 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Overall, i like my bars to be more "divey" so trap rock already had negative points. Nothing against the place, just not my style. I found the food to be a bit on the expensive side. Again, not my type of place. Beer was good, but i’d rather have some actual begian beer, not just belgian styles. The original brewer here knew beer much better than the current one, also.“
Rvrndmaynard 6253 days ago
70 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“True dat ... yup it can be expensive. Fine looking place, a nice decor and atmosphere to match. Definitely not your local corner tavern or pub so buyer beware. Food is quite eclectic and interesting. The beers are pretty solid too. Adds a new twist to the brew pub concept. Bring your best gal for a nice night on the town.“
iratherbe 6603 days ago
76 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“A very cozy place,almost like a lodge.The food is excellent,the portions are small and expensive.The beer is very well done and Charlie the brewer is very nice and will come over and chat beer with you any time.He really does a great job with the beers,constantly changing and updating,really dedicated.Pretty nice brewbub all in all!“
kevin62 6667 days ago
90 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“One of the best brewpubs I have ever visited. Gorgeous, high-class place, with servers in tuxedos. The food is right out of Iron Chef. I found the servers to be non-snobby, but then again I had khakis and a golf shirt on. The beers number from 8-12, and all are well above average. This place kicks major ass! I didn’t find any snobbish pricks at the bar. In fact, I sat next to a guy with shorts and a T-shirt taking out 3 growlers.“
DocLock 6825 days ago
68 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“Decidedly upscale, this restaurant caters to yuppie scum. Regardless, they have one of the best Maibocks on the east coast. The food is excellent, but expensive. Don’t even try to sit at the bar if you are not wearing a pullover sweater and penny loafers. Snobbish, YES! Good beer, also YES! The upstairs lounge kicks ass with comfy sofas and ample room. While the morons at the bar exchange thinly veiled insults about the other’s wives, cars, and occupations, head upstairs and mellow out with a group of friends, away from the bustle of the restaurant.“
freekyp 7075 days ago
62 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“We did not eat there. The place looked very cozy. The samples come in cool little woodenround rack - it was fun rating it. The beers themselfes were ok. Service was not very beer knowing.“
YogiBeera 7134 days ago
70 /100 279 SPRINGFIELD AVE
“The brewer, Charlie Schroeder, is an ex-Victory brewer. The beers are generally very well made and interesting. The food is rather expensive and differently upscale. There is a neat party room upstairs, that is usually vacant unless there is a party going on. THe only TV (HD) is up in that room, so there is no watching TV at the bar or while eating. Well worth visiting for the beer, for sure.“
MaiBockAddict 7149 days ago
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