I donít drive long distances lightly. I made the hour trek from the Trenton Area to the Metuchen exit on Route 1 based on the superlatives on RateBeer, and was not disappointed. At OakTree, I spent about an hour talking with Jay and Matt (?) about great beer, the state of the craft in NJ, and a few other topics like the rise of Norse brew. I felt compelled to spend about $200 since I knew I wouldnít find this selection anywhere else. I found my Beer Geek breakfast Iíve been searching for, and about 20 other bombers I didnít know I was looking for. Jay even found a special reserve bottle of Captain Lawrence Smoke/Oak and found me some great glassware to enjoy it with. Iíll be back again after my bank account recovers. It is the best in NJ, and perhaps the world.
Beer stores donít get much better than this. If the beer distributes to NJ, youíll likely find it here. Iíve bought probably close to 800 different beers at this place in the past decade and I havenít even made a dent in their rotating selection. They also have some rare hard to find stuff from time to time. The staff is very knowledgeable and have given me most of my beer glass collection for free after chatting with them and purchasing beer over the years. If youíre in the area, definitely check it out.
Lou18 (23) West Paterson, New Jersey | February 15, 2007| Updated June 6, 2007
Well.. I finally made it out here, no where near as far as I thought. Quite easy to get to actually. Now, this is the place. Period. The selection was beyond the space to mention, but, here goes, almost anything you could want, and dated beers like "04 WWS, for example. If you talk to Dan The Man, and you are a nice beer geek yourself,he might take you to the secret stash of glass ware and aged brews! It was like a little peace of heaven right here in Jersey.
Dan is the man, real nice guy, like most beer guys tend to be, the rare breed we are, but he really takes it up a notch with his business customer service. #1 IN NJ with out question, and I hear it may be top 10 in the world! This is a must see!
I was greeted the second I got into the door and introduced to Dan who showed me the closet. Every associate helped me. When I asked what certain beers tasted like, the salespeople told me their impressions and how other salespeople differed! This is beer heaven for beer geeks like me run by beer geeks. I canít say Iíve walked into many stores where the people are so friendly and helpful. They helped me at every turn when I had questions. Dan even wrote me a map back that beat the Mapquest directions I used. I like how they display sales peoplesí beer recommendations and focus displays on BA and RB users.
I dropped $139 on beer and wine. My haul: Sly Fox Royal Weisse (6 pack o cans), Southampton Biere de Garde, Wildhurst Reserve Cabernet (a $20+ wine for $14.99), Dogfish Head Old School Barley Wine, St. Benardus 60th Anniversary, Stone Russian Imperial Stout (2 bottles), Victory Moonglow, Aecht Urbock, Weyerbacher Muse, Nogne Imperial Stout, Flying Dog Imperial Stout (the had barrel aged in stock too), St. Benardus Abbot 12 ($3.99 seems like a steal), Lagunitas Maximus IPA, Vuuve Belgian Ale, Panil Barrique Sour Red, Karmeliet Triple, Lagunitas IPA, and DF Burton Baton.
Thanks to Rate Beer, Iíve found thee place to go for beer. Iíve been to Oak Tree, four times now, and itís become a pay day weekend ritual. Iím fully addicted. I live a good hour and a half away, but itís well worth the trip.
Never have Iíve been in a store with such a great, helpful staff who would go out of their way to grab you brews, recommend me different styles and breweries, and make me feel comfortable. Iím fairly new in the craft brew arena, but they made me feel welcome and want to explore many types of brews.
Steve was particularly helpful, and even gave me a complimentary Trappist glass on my way out. I canít wait till I go back again, and I also highly recommend signing up for their mailing list.
Been here once, and what can I say? Wow... the Holy Land for beer lovers. I was utterly amazed by how many beers were available here. Spent almost $100 on singles and 750ml bottles. There was one younger gentleman working that day that helped me out and even gave me a free pint glass to take home. Easily the BEST place to go if you want to peruse a vast selection of micro brews. Outstanding!
I have found the beer mecca of New Jersey when if comes to beer stops. The selection is the best I have found in the State. The employees know their stuff. They offer a ton of singles to make your own 6-pack. Their import section blows others away. You may not find everything here. But for one stop, this is the best.
scraff (10) Baltimore, Maryland | December 13, 2006| Updated December 14, 2006
This place kicks serious ass! Huge selection of beer which could all be purchased in singles. My new favorite stop in Northern Jersey. Thanks to Dan and Jay for hooking me up with the beautiful Tripel Karmeliet glass. This place is a MUST stop....