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Establishment: Trap Rock Restaurant and Brewery, Berkeley Heights, NJ

A fancy restaurant that bills itself as a brewery.

Let me first say, the food here is amazing. Worth going to just for dinner... though a little on the pricy side (2 beers, 2 apps, 2 dinners, 1 desert = 125$). To get a feel of the croud, most people, at this brewery, were drinking wine with dinner... strange.

Beer wise, it was ok.

I had the IPA. It was good, but not great. The best IPA I've tried in NJ so far, but nothing to write home about. The wife had their wheat, and it was COMPLEX in flavor. Banana, bubble gum, other flavors. complex flavor, but still missing something (maybe just not our taste). They normally have 6 beers on tap (2 are pilsners, and avoided like the plague by us), and 2 were all out... they had run out of the red, and they are no longer making their stout. I'm a big stout fan, so I was a little disapointed.

So, great food, great service, the dessert, a chocolate brownie with a scoop of homemade peanut butter rocky road ice cream, was fantastic, great piece of tuna, try the crab and potato hash... beer, its ok, nothing to write home about.

(06/26/2006)

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Establishment: Long Valley Pub and Brewery, Long Valley, NJ

Our first brewery attempt since moving to NJ. They have a good selection of beers, the only problem, there is just nothing special about them. Every beer had a watered down taste. No beer really had any flavors that came out that really made you excited. I call this place, beer wise, a brewery for bud drinkers.

As for food, it was ok. However, my wife's salad came with a stick in it, and the waiter spilled my food all over me.

If you like bud, and want to try a step up, this is the place for you. If you like good, unwatered down, flavorful beers, this place is a waste and I suggest avoiding it.

(06/26/2006)

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Establishment: Egan and Sons, Montclair, NJ

We went there tonight after reading all these reviews of the beer there. I've lived in two beer meccas in the past 3 years, Vermont and Colorado, and I was hoping for a good micro-brew in NJ too. I still have not found it. In fact, this brewery was really just not good in terms of their own beer.

They have four of their own beers on tap, and numerous others. We ordered a sampler and this is what I found.

They first have a Czec style pilsner, which you may have well ordered a bud light. They taste exactly the same. No complexity to the flavor, just that nasty everyday beer taste.

They next had a light ale, which was just lacking any flavor. It was a little heavier, but there was nothing to the taste. It was bland, no hops... just not worth it.

Next lightest is their IPA. Now, go to any brewery in VT or CO and order an IPA, and you will get an idea of the flavor. Even a Harpoon (Boston MA) or a Sierra Nevada (CA) will tell you what they should taste like. We drink this beer most frequently. There was no hop flavor. It was, as the other 2, bland, incomplex. Not worth drinking.

The darkest beer they had was a hefenwiezen. This beer actually had a complex flavor, the only problem, the over all flavor was just not good. You could taste the fruits and such in it, but it just came out in a bad flavor.

I am truly disappointed with this brewery. I highly suggest that anyone who believes that these beers are "awesome" try a beer readily available in a supermarket from such as Long Trail Unfiltered IPA (VT) or Boulder Beer Co.'s Hazed and Infuzed (CO).

(06/25/2006)














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