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Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe

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Harvest Moon Brewery & CafeHarvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
BA SCORE
88
very good

74 Ratings
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Active Beers: 52
Beer Ratings: 266
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by Sammy:
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2.79/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

Sammy, Apr 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

jwruhe, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of KDawg
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

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

KDawg, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of LethalChickens
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

LethalChickens, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of maniacal82
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

maniacal82, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

Atmosphere: Nice setting. Some tv's and music. Nothing too loud on most nights. Medium lighting. Clean and kept neat.

Quality: Very good beer, very good food, very good service.

Service: Waitstaff and bartenders are very nice and talkutive, however not overly so. The waitstaff are attentive with regards to the food service and are even knowledgable about the beers they serve. I have even been asked by my waitress if I wanted my growler filled at the end of my meal (Very nice considering she could have just assumed I would go on my own downstairs to do so). Bartenders never leave you waiting too long for service and alway make you feel like a priority.

Selection: I love what they do with the beers they brew. They have a few that are always on the menu along with a few experimentals and seasonals. Some of the beers they have are mediocre but others are great and very creative. I am a firm believer that they brew the best beer in NJ (in terms of retailers). I really wish they would put some of their beers on cask, that would put this place over the top.

Food: Food is great and pairs well with their beers. Everything is full of flavor and always cooked correctly. From the appetizers to the main courses to the deserts I have yet to run into a dish I did not like.

OddNotion, May 19, 2011
Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4/5  rDev +2.3%

The beers here are quite good if a little on the safe side. I had the Cluster IPA, English Barleywine, Kolsch and some samples of the other stuff and I can vouch for all of them, just wish they would try doing some sours or big stouts for variety. They also have a very decent selection of aged single malts (i.e. Lagavulin 15, Talisker 10, Laphroig 12 double cask, etc) for reasonable prices per glass ($10-15).The atmosphere is really gorgeous, especially the upstairs dinning room with the hippie/arts-and-crafts woodwork and the beautiful pressed tin ceiling and old-fashioned skylight. The food was a bit of a disappointment, i.e. my wifes caprese pizza combined fresh mozarella and very decent crust with canned black olives, and the chips in my fish and chips were frozen french fries dusted with corn starch. Points for having malt vinegar tho.

LucienDeRubempre, May 07, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%

Nice little place in the university district of New Brunswick. A decent sized bar, and plenty of table space. College-kid atmosphere, hence kind of annoying and semi-hipster, but if you can phase out the clientele, it's not so bad a place. The beer wasn't tremendous--except for the pumpkin ale, which I loved; probably the best pumpkin ale I've ever had. The food menu has a lot of great stuff on there. I had the tenderloin and wasabi potatoes...good stuff. And the fried pudding balls for dessert...forget about it. Probably gained a good 5 pounds at that visit. Prices and service are decent.

Basically, I will go here to pre-game for shows at the Starland Ballroom, as it's [as far as I know] the best bar in the area.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Came in here on New Years Eve Eve (Jan. 30th) and boy did it fill up.
Upon walking in the tanks are on your right and the bar with a small dining area on the left. Staircase takes you upstairs to more tables and booths. My party were here for a few drinks and food and we stayed to enjoy the entertainment.( Golden Boyz, a live Karaokye band) We drank the Kolsch and Mild's all night which we all enjoyed. The fish & chips were some of the best I ever had but the rest of my party thought their chicken, and hamburgers were on par at best. The waitress was very busy so service was painfully slow and pints were $5 with food being around $15 a plate. Not terribly expensive but on the tip of the high side.
Overall- Had an enjoyable evening with good beer and food in a fun atmosphere. A definite must visit if you're near Rutgers Campus.

NJpadreFan, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Jiggamyte
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%

Stopped in on a small pub crawl this past weekend with a few buddies. Not a bad little place, we got there around 5 pm so the place had yet to fill up. As a matter of fact there were six other people in the place.

The bar snakes around the wall and sits maybe fifteen to twenty people. This is not your typical New Brunswick bar because all the college kids are out looking for BMC cheap deals all around and tend to miss out on a nice little treasure of home brews. Because of the lack of BMC, the crowd tends to be a little bit older or maybe a little more refined in tasting beer.

Of their seven beers, I tried their Kolschbier and their Schwarzbier. Two very good beers. The Kolsch style is a style that I have never tried before. It was light and refreshing. The Schwarzbier I thought was going to be a bit heavier than it was, by its looks, but was also very good.

I have been to the Harvest Moon once previously and several years ago. The last time I remember having a bigger crowd and it was also a Friday night. The service was good then as it was this past trip and the beers having always been satisfying. The prices were reasonable considering New Brunswick bars are trying to outdo each other for a bigger share of the college kids wallets. A

Jiggamyte, Aug 24, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

I have been on hiatus from brewpubs for a while. I got to get the belly down. Anyway the wife and I came up on a Saturday afternoon on a beatiful day.

As you walk in you are greeted by the host(ess) and the mash tun. The bar is in front of you which kind of snakes around like a funky L shape. Smaller tables on your left surrounded by flat screens mounted on the wall and some high top tables on your right side as you walk in.There is a starcase off to the far right but we did not venture upstairs(don't even know if your allowed to.

As for the beers they were big and plentiful. I bought a sampler and all of them tasted amazing. So many high ABV's on the list usually there are a few that have a lower ABV but these were all above 5%. Anyway very good stuff.

Our waitress was very nice but the service was a little slower than expected for an empty bar.

All and all a great place to visit was a bit of a hike for the wife (pregnant) but she is a trooper and we had a great time.

TheFightfan1, May 23, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Like others mentioned, this place is right in the heart of New Brunswick and just off the Rutgers College Ave campus. The place looks great, there's a nice big bar directly to the right when you walk in. There are a bunch of tables on the first floor and if you go upstairs there are a bunch more. The vaulted ceilings are awesome and if you're lucky you can sit upstairs and have a direct view of the bar through a cutout in the floor. The beer is great, they always have at least 8 beers on tap and sometimes have more. All beer is always fresh and you can occasionally get served by the brewer, who you can start up a conversation with pretty easily. The food is great, definitely try the more eclectic entrees and you won't be let down. The prices are reasonable, the growlers are pretty cheap and good. If you are in the area and it's not after 9 pm while school is in session definitely stop in.

BigIrishman, May 01, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +2.3%

My daughter Caitlin and I stopped in here on 16APR10, while on our way for a Wild Bill Guarnere dinner in Philly. Wasn't too hard to find in central New Brunswick, just down from a convenient parking garage. It is found on the ground floor of a large, faded-tan colored building. There are 4 large, ground to ceiling windows, and to their right is the entrance. Once through the foyer, you'll be in a cavernous place, with the tinny ceiling perhaps 20' up there. On the immediate front-right are top-to-bottom windows, behind which can be seen brewing/fermenting vessels, with more espied down in the basement below. Beyond that, to the right, are 4-5 tables along a worn brick wall, with a stairway (to where?) and the WCs in the rear. From the foyer, going left, are about 6 tables, three at the window front, the rest in the middle, between the window seats and a bar. The dark wooded bar runs from the left wall behind said tables and then angles 90° left back to the rear, near the WCs. The barback is also dark wood, with mucho glassware and assorted liquors, blackboards with available drafts, and further above that a few large TVs. Again, this place has a high ceiling, and way up there are lots of exposed pipes and ductwork. The place had a decent level of comfort, which was augmented by classic rock filling the air. Our waittress, Annette, did a decent job, but she was running solo on about 8 or 9 tables throughout the whole pub (hence the benefit on their service rating). I found 9 biers here on tap, with a hefeweizen, oatmeal stout, DIPA and barleywine among them. A nice range, and they were well-made, too. They should lose they orange-wedge in the hefe, though. Caitlin immediately yanked it (I've trained her well!). Our food was fairly-sized and tasty, with a nacho appetizer followed by a pulled-pork sammich (me) and a turkey club (Caitlin). A solid place, and about 10-15 minutes from the NJ Tpke, if you're travelling. I'd stop by again, if in the area. Prosit!!

4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 $$

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Bierman9, Apr 19, 2010
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Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe in New Brunswick, NJ
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