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Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe

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Harvest Moon Brewery & CafeHarvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
BEER AVG
3.73/5
Based on:
48 Beers
244 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 79
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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 donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

This place is right off of Rutgers' campus, so expect the college student crowd. The decor is stereotypical brewpub bricks with brewery equipment in full display, but it's very clean. The food is standard pub grub (think TGIF's), but it's cheap. I wasn't impressed by the hired help's knowledge of beer either, but at least they were courteous. The only beers worthy of mention were the Full Moon Pale Ale (B+), McCord's Scotch Lager (B+), and O'Leary's Irish Stout (A-). I have a tough time believing that this place would still be in business if it wasn't in such a slam dunk location.

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Photo of jwruhe
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
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 -10.2%
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 -28.6%
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 -12.3%
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 -1.5%
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 -7.2%
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.

Photo of OddNotion
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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.

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Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe in New Brunswick, NJ
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.