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Central jersey’s beverage-makers beckon you. You could spend weeks sampling all the wine, hard ciders, beer, and distilled spirits being made in Central Jersey! But that might be getting carried away. To make it easier for you, we’ve hand selected some of the best.  

Ashton Brewing

600 Lincoln Blvd, Middlesex

Ashton Brewing founders Steven and Donna Ashton have been brewing and judging beer for over 30 years. Steve is one of the world’s few Master Beer Judges, and the only one in New Jersey. Beer knowledge shows in the quality of the beer and breadth of styles they offer. Whatever the style, the focus is on creating a harmonious, drinkable and refreshing beverage. You can visit their taproom in Middlesex Borough or find their beer at fine liquor stores, restaurants, and bars throughout central New Jersey.

Bellemara Distillery

2 Clerico Ln Building 5, Hillsborough

Opening in October 2021, Bellemara Distillery blends traditional distilling techniques from Scotland with distinctly American innovations and makes all products grain-to-glass from 100% malted barley. The initial range will include their flagship Single Malt Gin and Single Malt Spirit, and their American Single Malt Whisky is due late 2023. Enjoy tours, tastings, and cocktails on the outdoor patio or in the lounge overlooking the copper pot stills. Bellemara is located adjacent to Flounder Brewing at Carriage Farm, providing visitors with a range of craft beverage activities in a beautiful Central Jersey agritourism setting.

The Druery Brewery

160 Lawrenceville, Pennington Rd Ste 4, Lawrenceville

The Druery started as a joke when Drew made beer in his basement and people called it the Drewery. After almost 10 years they finally googled “Druery” and it actually had a meaning: An object of love or lust, appropriate for beer lovers. They are a pilot microbrewery under a limited license, but nonetheless offer about a dozen styles of beer from hazy IPA to American red ale, and from to imperial hefeweizen to tart ale with raspberry.

Federal Twist Vineyard

8 Federal Twist Rd. Stockton

Established in 2012, Federal Twist Vineyard is nestled between the steep rolling hills of Hunterdon County and the Delaware River. The vineyard takes advantage of the sandy river soil that is conducive to growing vines and is managed by three generations of a large family committed to stewardship of the land. The vineyard grows varietals curated to thrive in the local climate, including Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and Chardonnay.

Flounder Brewing

2 Clerico Lane, Hillsborough, NJ

In 2005, Jeremy “Flounder” Lees turned a small galley kitchen into a place he could make magic happen. Flounder soon pulled in his brother Daniel Lees and cousins Billy Jordan V, to help him with his homebrew adventure, eventually opening in a leased warehouse in Hillsborough, NJ. In May 2021 they are relocating to a gorgeous, newly restored 250-year-barn at Hillsborough’s Carriage Farm, destined to become a must-see agritourism destination in Central Jersey. Flounder is known for known for having a wide range of styles represented in our beer line-up sure to please any level of beer drinker. Open six days a week.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards

46 Yard Rd., Pennington

Hopewell Valley Vineyards creates handcrafted wines by blending Old World traditions with New World flair. Our award-winning wines coupled with our renowned hospitality has made Hopewell Valley not only a place to purchase excellent local wines, but a destination. Enjoy live music (no cover charge) and light fare food every Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon; brick oven pizza Friday and Saturday evenings. Indoor and outdoor seating areas.

Lone Eagle Brewing

44 Stangl Rd, Flemington

Lone Eagle Brewing, established July, 2016 and located in beautiful, historic Flemington, NJ. With a large, comfortable open tasting room and loft that overlooks the brewing area, Lone Eagle Brewing is crafting a variety of amazing brews to satisfy a broad range of beer enthusiasts. From classical styles like Kolsch, Pilsner, Lagers and Stouts to hoppy IPA,s, New England style hazy IPA’s to Kettle Sours. Lone Eagle Brewing welcomes you to enjoy a great craft beer tasting experience with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Old Hights Brewing

123 West Ward St., Hightstown

Old Hights Brewing Company celebrates Hightstown’s history with balanced, hand-crafted beers, derived from the finest, locally sourced ingredients. It was founded by four local families with a passion for craft beer and our community. Their comfortable and inviting beer garden and taproom have become a local hangout as well as a destination for craft beer lovers. They have been lauded for a wide variety of beer styles, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and for their fun and inviting atmosphere.

Old York Cellars

80 Old York Rd, Ringoes

Old York Cellars is set amidst some of the oldest vineyards in the Garden State, offering a full selection of award-winning wines and an extraordinary experience inside and outside the tasting room. Framing scenic views of the Sourland Mountain range, Old York Cellars boasts 25 beautiful acres of preserved farmland and 13 acres of rolling vineyards. The winery hosts a variety of special events and exciting programs including seasonal Wine Festivals, Music Under the Stars, Comedy Nights, Specialty Tasting Experiences, and the exclusive Vintner’s Club. Old York Cellars is open daily from noon to 5pm and until 7pm on Saturdays during the Spring and the Summer. 

River Horse Brewing

2 Graphics Dr, Ewing

River Horse has been a leading NJ craft brewer for decades—one of the originals. Come see the whole process—from the mill room to packaging—and taste a wide variety of balanced beers. Have a flight or a pint—or take some beer to go. Looking for something to do while you visit? Check out the events page to see what they’ve got going on.

Skunktown Distillery

39 Stangl Rd, Flemington

Paul Hyatt, founder and head distiller at Skunktown Distillery, is now in a historic building in Flemington Borough with a large tasting room and perfect acoustics for live music, private-party space, and outdoor seating. Paul has spent years hand-peeling every potato sourced from a Robbinsville farm and used in his liquors. He sources his rye from a Warren County farm and only uses copper stills, to help create a smoother taste. Products include a golden gin; an oaked rum, which tastes like a barrel-aged rum; a spicy vodka infused with Carolina Reapers; a gin infused with South African red bush (rooibos) tea; and an apple pie moonshine – its best seller.

Sourland Mountain Spirits

130 Hopewell Rocky Hill Rd, Hopewell

Sourland Mountain Spirits is New Jersey’s farm distillery, lifting spirits since 2015. The Sourland Mountains are rich with their history of farmers, bootleggers, rebels, patriots, fine craftsmen and artisans, is the perfect setting. Drawing from an aquifer at the base of the Sourland range, the distillery uses pure water sourced through the largest contiguous forest in Central New Jersey.

Sunken Silo Brewery

1320 US-22, Lebanon

The name of this Hunterdon County brewery honors the family farms that were forcibly abandoned in the 1950s to create New Jersey’s deepest lake, Round Valley Reservoir, not far from Sunken Silo Brewery off routes 78 and 22 in Lebanon. After visiting, your best memories will be of the wide variety of high-quality craft beer styles. The seafood restaurant next door makes a nice complement, too.

Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery

330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton

Owned and operated by Pam and Gary Mount, and daughters Tannwen Mount and Reuwai Hanewald, Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery offers an exciting selection of award-winning red, white and fruit wines crafted from our own vineyards and orchards. Terhune Orchards is one of the few operating family farms in the Garden State to also have a winery and tasting room. Wine is sold in the winery, the farm store  and online.

Triumph Brewing Company

20 Palmer Sq E, Princeton

New Jersey’s first licensed brew pub, located in the heart of Princeton, Triumph Brewing is a full-service restaurant and brewery serving an upscale American menu for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Triumph’s beer has a strong traditional German influence, and all is brewed in-house and rotated seasonally. Large party space for private events. Walking distance to stores and theaters.

Unionville Vineyards

9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes

Producing terroir-driven wines of balance and distinction, encouraging the expression of land and climate, crafted from grapes grown over 40-acres, across five specific vineyard sites in Mercer and Hunterdon Counties. The range of soils, topography, and microclimates allow winemaker Conor Quilty the ability to craft Burgundy and Rhone styled blends, and varietal wines that are showcased in a stunning tasting room in a historic barn. The Tasting Room is open 7 days per week, noon to 5pm.

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