Carton Brewing Company
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 2,130
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.57/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | $
It was recently brought to my attention that Carton had started canning 077XX and Monkey Chased the Weasel, and had started selling them at their brewery/cannery at a four 4-pack/person limit. Whereas NJ is in no short supply of microbreweries throughout the state, it's really hard to get behind a NJ brewery unless its name starts with C or K. And ends in "arton" or "ane."
Saving the hypothetical existence of a "Karton Brewing" and "Cane Brewing Company" aside, I drove myself and a friend of mine through Shore traffic so that I may bask in the glory that is being able to hoard some quality, local brews in the comforts of my own confines. When we first arrived at the non-descript, inconspicuous orange warehouse looking building on Washington Ave., we were told by the nice lady downstairs that most of the party was happening upstairs. Once we got upstairs, we were told that per NJ state law, we had to take a brewery tour prior to being able to sample or even buy any of their products.
Stupid and incomprehensible state policies aside, the nice lady who had previously told us to go upstairs was now waiting for us downstairs, let out a brief sigh and gave us a tour of the old salt mines, after which we were finally allowed to do what any sane person does when visiting a brewery.
Whereas I love how cozy the sales floor feels--the sampling area of the brewery feels like the living room of some rich retired corporate honcho, complete with a fully-stocked tap bar and comfy sofas for all the enjoy and bask in his err... financial superiority--it did feel a little cramped and dive-bar-esque once the place started filling up.
The tasting wheel for $5 I thought was beyond generous, and I did see the bartenders strike up conversations with homebrewers, beer nerds, and casual onlookers alike, while sipping and enjoying their own product; with the good beer and the good vibes flowing in and out of this place, it's hard to have a bad time here... providing that you're not claustrophobic.
I hope for Carton's sake that they either remain Jersey's little secret, or move into a bigger retail space.
07-14-2014 13:41:17 | More by amano_h
Carton Brewing Company in Atlantic Highlands, NJ
95 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.