J.J. Bitting Brewing Company
Active Beers: 24
Beer Ratings: 186
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by donniecuffs:
2.3/5 rDev -38.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1 | $$
Since I do not live nearby, this was a weekend excursion with my wife, and since I had read so much hype about this place, I guess that I couldn't help but get caught up in it...especially since this place markets the fact that some periodical survey rated them the #2 brewpub in the U.S. a few years ago to the point where you get brainwashed. My expectations were further heightened when I pulled up and beheld the beautifully restored former railroad station in which the brewpub resides. Then I sat down, ordered a sampler and some food, and woke up. To say that my heart came crashing down like Icarus came crashing down to earth is an understatement...this place defined overrated. The food was fried, fried, and more fried, and the beer was not impressive at all. The lone standout, which I gave a resounding A+ to, was a schwarzbier named Bitting's Black Magic...and it was a seasonal, so the odds of it being on tap if I came back the next time were very slim. I don't doubt that this place has won awards in the past, but resting on dead laurels is not the way to run a business. It'll take a lot for me to make this 'weekend excursion' again.
07-27-2009 04:44:56 | More by donniecuffs
More User Reviews:
3.29/5 rDev -12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
We went for my birthday and heard positive and negative reviews so we went there with an open mind. You enter by climbing 12 or so steps could be a problem after a night at the bar. We were seated in dinning room nears cooper beer vats nice brick and wood floors it was quiet we were early there but could imagine must get very noisy when real busy.
We went early and were seated quickly and had waitress right away she never smiled but was friendly just the same.
I decided on the beer sampler and got eight small glasses of beer that they brew I must say my favorites are Victorian ale and the raspberry wheat ale but both could have been served a little colder. We both got cheeseburgers and I got waffles fries and she got sweet potato fries which were mixed with jalapeño peppers and onions which looked little bizarre and was extremely hot she she couldn't eat. The burger were very good and cooked to order. Overall the service and the food was jut fine for us and will return on some later date to try other food offerings.
06-07-2013 18:00:17 | More by jamesg60
4/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
J.J. Bitting's is one of my very first forays into the craft beer world. Everything is solid: beer, atmosphere and food. Head Brewer, Chris Sheehan brews the staples, but is always working to deliver at least one surprise. Located next to the Woodbridge, NJ train station, it is a NYC commuter's dream. If you are in the area, stop by for a pint (or two) and an enjoyable afternoon/evening...cheers!
05-08-2013 21:29:13 | More by threeviews
4.17/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This visit illustrated the wonderful power of the Internet and beeradvocate. I had a pleasant business dinner at El Costello in Woodbridge NJ (Little Italy kind of place--didn't even ask about beer here) and felt like a beer afterward. There was a shady-looking place across the street w neon signs for Bud and Bud Light so I called upon ba.com. Within a couple minutes I was on my way to JJ Bitting Brewing Co and arrived by foot in 3 minutes. These guys had a comfortable atmosphere and nice service. But the beer was the star. Their house IPA (W.H.A.L.E.S. IPA) was a solid 8 (nice mix of pine and citrus) and their barleywine was beautifully bourbony--AND they had it also on cask which was even better. Nice Pale as well. Overall, my colleague and I really enjoyed ourselves and it would be a no-brainer to return on a subsequent trip.
05-08-2013 18:32:47 | More by fulcrum
2.64/5 rDev -29.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by here while on a local business trip. First impression is ok...neat looking building, old and iconic railroad. Thats where it all goes down hill...
It was quiet, and had a local only vibe. I sat at the bar and it was filty! Dust and dirt were everywhere. All the random crap on the wall had dust all over it...as if the random crap wasnt bad enough, now I have to look at it covered in dirt...reluctantly, I got a WHALE on cask...it was descent, not amazing...
The food menu was again, gross...it was dirty, sticky, cracked plastic, and cheap and cheesy. Menu selections was typical "food" choices from anytown USA...nothing looked good and based on the condition of the place, I opted to pass on dinner. (side note, as I read yelp reviews of this place, someone noted the best Tai food in NJ across the street...so thats where I had dinner, and it was great).
Anyway...I had a taste of their cherry stout and it was horrible..then I had a 10oz of the barley wine...drinkable but not worth the $2.50 price paid for happy hour...ok, well maybe for $2.50, but id be pissed if it was full price. Waitresses/bartenders were caddy/gossipy and called everyone sweetie or doll...not a fan of that crap.
Overall, not worth a visit at all...and im not sure how thsi place is still in business. I have been to almost all 50 states and visiting brew pubs is something I do all across the country...this was one of the worst I ever been to. Sorry JJ...
04-17-2012 01:00:00 | More by DrinkSlurm
J.J. Bitting Brewing Company in Woodbridge, NJ
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.