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Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe

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Harvest Moon Brewery & CafeHarvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
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47 Beers
242 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

392 George St.
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901
United States
phone: (732) 249-6666

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Photo of HopsnMalts_NJ
3/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Overall: we were here a Mon. afternoon so we bellied up no problem. Place was clean, our bartender was attentive and knowledgeable about the beers (offered free small samples when we inquired about beers). As for the beers: witbier reminded me (fondly) of Avery White Rascal. Black IPA was good but stood in the shadow of my latest crush (dark penance by Founders). The nose on the sour reminded me of a resiling, decent flavor (passion fruit). My dude drank the Gose but it was too salty for my palate. We would stop in again if we were in the area but wouldn't drive there specifically for the pours or food.

Photo of bcgeiman
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of wise456
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jwruhe
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Very good food. Very good beer. The Simcoe Double IPA, outstanding. Not quit Maharaja, but well on the road there. Come here! The afternoon delight is a relatively mild IPA, but very nice. The American Joe Schwarzbier is really good. A lager yeast, but not at all thin.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

My second time here and the first time I review this place. About the only thing I remember from the Harvest is how delicious their DIPA is! Lucky me they had it on tap during my second visit...

It is a cool-looking place, with tanks right by entrance and brick and wood aplenty. A zig-zagging copper bar and a cozy, quiet ambience on a lazy Sunday night.

Unfortunately there was a tapping going on for a local theater group and most of the joint was taken. This also affected service.

I was tempted by the barrel-aged beers but was one week too early for the release. Eight house beers on tap, including the Cluster DIPA (had, damn good!) and The Dark Side of the Moon (Black IPA, a tad too hoppy perhaps but good)

Of the food menu, we had a correct miso soup and a rather nice and filling veggie chili.

Service was crappy from a kind-of clueless bartender, but it is true he was busy with the filming crew.

I would come back, but not on purpose and without great expectations.

Photo of Sammy
2.79/5  rDev -28.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75

A college bar. Satisfactory bar, basic service. Beer is passable. Loud, boisterous crowd, swearing, about sports. Loud TVs. Flight decks. Would be willing to try their barrel aged beers. Maybe quieter late afternoon. Prices are reasonable, and after all it is New jersey. Parking easy to find.

Photo of KDawg
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Harvest Moon has been a staple in New Brunswick for a good while. It had been a long time since I had left Rutgers until the other day.

Harvest Moon hasn't changed all too much and the set up is still exactly the same as when I had been here years ago. It's a real good atmosphere that belies it's being in a college town. It's a very laid back atmosphere with a nice bar area.

The quality of the brews is still pretty good. They aren't amazing, but on the whole pretty good. The service was usually on point and it was never too much of a problem to get a beer or some food.

The selection is mostly focused on their brews as would be expected. They aren't that deep in other brews but have a good amount of whiskey and some wine selections as well.

The food is also very solid. The fries were on the smaller side, but the wrap that I got was very good.

Harvest Moon was enjoyable to stop in and remember all the times I had come here when I was in college. It is certainly different from a lot of other rutgers bars, which is not a bad thing at all

Photo of LethalChickens
3.85/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

They always seem to have a decent selection of beer to cater to everyone's taste buds. They do brew imperial beers which is nice. I like it when the brewer gets creative. Recently they had a Bourbon Barrel aged Barley Wine. I was pretty impressed to see the Moon jumping on the barrel aging wagon. I would like to see more of that. Perhaps a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout for the winter time?
The food is pretty good and the menu has a decent selection. The staff are all really nice people.

Photo of maniacal82
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I've visited Harvest Moon many times as it is only about five to ten minutes from my house. When it comes to brewpubs, I'm not about to drive an hour to find one. If there's one nearby I'll stop in, but anything more than about a half hour away is probably too far for me to bother.

Overall, their beers are kind of just average. I wouldn't call any of their beers bad, but most likely nothing is going to wow you. Most are $4 to $5 a pint. They have a handful of year round beers and many seasonals. A pretty decent offering for a small brewpub.

They serve food which is actually very good. They don't have a huge menu, but there's usually something for everyone, regardless what type of food you like. I wouldn't call their food cheap by any means, but if you're just looking for a good burger and a couple pints, it's not a bad place to go.

Harvest Moon is in downtown New Brunswick, NJ which is right in the middle of Rutgers territory. When school is in session it can get pretty packed in this place. It's not terribly large to begin with, although there is additional table seating on the second floor.

If you're local or traveling in the area, I suppose it's not a bad place to stop, but not somewhere you'd travel great distances to visit.

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Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe in New Brunswick, NJ
88 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.