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Carton Brewing Company

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Carton Brewing CompanyCarton Brewing Company
Based on:
32 Beers
4,863 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 19
Visits: 121
Avg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

6 East Washington Ave
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, 07716
United States
phone: (732) 654-2337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cartonbrewing

Place added by: dragonWhale on 09-17-2011

Having decided they had something to contribute to the very exciting conversation going on in craft brewing, cousins Chris and Augie Carton teamed up and started Carton Brewing. In the seashore community where they were born and raised, the Carton boys found a turn-of-the-century red brick warehouse and adapted it to accommodate a state-of-the-art Newlands Systems 15 barrel brew house. 6 E. Washington Avenue was turned into an independent craft brewery and their hats were in the ring. Applying a passion for stimulating flavor to inspiration found all around them, they set about their goal: to make tasty beer in the place their tastes were formed.

Brewery Tours on Thursdays and Fridays 5-7:30PM and Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm. The entrance to the brewery is 6. E. Washington Ave. However, please park in the lot located at 120 First Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ.
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Reviews: 19 | Visits: 121
Photo of Barracudas
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I went there on Hurricane Joaquin weekend. I took the tour and had six samples for $5. I tried the 077XX, Boat Beer, BDG, Epitome, Carton of Milk and Canyon. Worth a trip if you are in NYC!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Visiting Carton this past Thursday was the highlight of a long overdue day trip. I found that there was quite a lot more to this nondescript looking building than it may seem. I was given a quick tour, where I learned a bit more about the history behind the building itself, and a little about Carton and their brewing process. I spotted bags of Bremen malt (for Boat?) strewn about an area where barrels and kegs were stacked high. A nifty little rig known as the 'Tippy' is used for tweaking recipes before main production begins. After the tour, I was directed to the tasting room upstairs, which had a wonderful communal vibe to it. Although it was a weekday, many faces were gathered here and the layout of the room was conducive to chats among companions and strangers alike. The decor was modest, yet artistic in some ways at the same time. Large posters displayed information about the beer selection. A comfy couch lie across from the bar underneath merchandise for sale that hung from the ceiling. For just $5 we got a glass of 'Boat,' and a flight of beers afterwards. Boat happened to be on sale in cans as well. The brews I sampled: BDG, Wiscovation, Wit Whale, IDIPA, Digger, Milk on Nitro, and HopPun on Cask. What a great array of styles to delight my palate! I ended up speaking with a guy Brian that worked there about craft beer and music - they had a tube amp there for the audio setup too, what a nice touch! Really good people - a young lady behind the bar was cordial as well. I brought home a growler full of IDIPA, and it's a double-walled stainless steel vessel I purchased there that kept my precious libation safe and chilled for hours! Carton is quality, and very much a part of the local scene. I later walked around Atlantic Highlands to the marina and some nearby restaurants to try even more Carton Brews. I'm sure I will be visiting again whenever I can, and it's a great place to bring friends and hang out.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Cool little place in an unmarked brick building.

As soon as you walk in the door, you are greeted by someone who politely insists that you take a tour of the brewery if you've never been there before. They give you some history on the building and walk you through their brewing process. The place is small, so it only takes a few minutes. Once completed, you head upstairs where they have a full selection of brews on tap.

$5 will get you 5 (5oz) pours. The staples, 0077xx and Boat, are there plus some of their experimental brews. Most of the beers are available for growler fills. When I was there they had Carton of Milk on Nitro (for an additional fee, no fills)... delicious. The staff is really efficient getting your pours, even with a crowd. Everyone is super friendly.

If you're lucky, they also have a limited number of cans on sale. Supply can run low if you come later in the week, so get there early. 0077xx and Boat were both available in cans when I was there. I was thrilled, as I had visited several stores in the NJ area that were all sold out.

Hopefully, they can expand their production process and distribution reach because the world needs more Boat (or maybe just I do).

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Photo of RCM505
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I really love this place. I have been there twice and each time I was greeted at the door by their friendly staff. If you are a first timer plan for a quick tour of the brewery….very cool. Tasting room upstairs is a little small but really nice nonetheless. They have a few couches set up for guests to chill and a decent amount of standing room. They have a poker chip format for sample tasters and the beers are excellent. Both times 077XX and Boat Beer have been on along with some other really creative offerings. By creative offerings I mean that they really step outside when it comes to what they brew and they are not afraid of experimentation. Try Regular Coffee when and if they brew it again and you will know what I am saying. Their staff is super friendly from the bartenders to those working in the brewery. I just feel these guys just get it. I look forward to going back at some point.

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Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A very cool little spot in the heart of Atlantic Highlands. A touch small and in desperate need of more room, the very laid back and contemporary vibe holds it all together with the beer obviously outshining it all.

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Photo of JuglashB
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Awesome little place right down in Atlantic Highlands. Tasting room is quite small, especially apparent when its shoulder to shoulder at peak hours.

Taps are what you'd expect, with some crazy weird ones thrown in every now and then. A fresh keg pour of Boat or 077xx never gets old. $5 for 5 tasting glass size pours, some serious bang for your buck.

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Photo of Zonk
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I have to say while in terms of personal preference only a couple of their beers have knocked me out, it is a great place to visit. Enthusiastic and detail oriented brewing, and definitely interested in originality and pushing the envelope. Fun and knowledgeable crowd, Worth a trip.

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Photo of MadCat
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Vibe: It is pretty laid back feeling and informal.

Quality: Beer is excellent quality!

Service: Someone is waiting to give you the quick brewery tour, and the bartenders are very responsive even when crowded

Selection: 8 taps, 1 cask available for tasting, as well as regular growlers, waxed growlers, and cans for take home (though the waxed growlers and cans aren't guaranteed to be in stock) and there is plenty of merchandise

Overall: A very pleasant place to visit. Plenty of people were there, but it didn't feel overly crowded. Highly recommend visiting if you are a fan of their beer

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Photo of Act25
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Carton Brewing, a great, busy hang in Jan, best beer pub atmosphere and crowd in Monmouth County.

Great blends of local and visitors. Small enough to create a real tight standup atmosphere. Every one is great spirits, friendly, eager to talk.

Expanding into a much larger space soon, so come visit the original tasting room.

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Photo of Billquirk
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Where else but Jersey would you get a brewery across the street from an elementary school? It's a great place to come on a weekend, take a short tour, and sample (generously) of some great beers.

I was able to stay til closing one time and spoke with the workers, who were awesome, and enthusiastic. A great, fun place to be in New Jersey.

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Photo of leantom
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Never reviewed a brewery before, so don't fault me if my review doesn't pass muster. Here goes:

V: Lots of people from different age groups - mostly late-twenties to early-thirties, however. Talking, merry-making, etc.

Q: Good beer. Very fresh and inviting. Wish they had some food, though.

Ser: Friendly staff, quick to refill glasses. Made such my sampler glass was always full.

Sel: Perfect. For five dollars you get six samples of their beer (about 24 ounces, or two bottles). Couldn't ask for more.

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Photo of Flashy
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Stopped at the brewery which is located in a town that is worth checking out on it's own. A couple blocks from the marina and across the street from a school (whose idea was that?). They offer several beer and ales on tap and the tasting system is pretty good, buy your tokens and make your choices. They have several beers that you can buy and take home in both cans and growlers. Well worth the trip. Be careful not to go the wrong way on the one way when you leave- it's easy to be fooled.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.87/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This place is basically a big house with a brewery in the huge basement. Which is cool. I wouldn't have recognized it as a brewery from the street (plus there was no sign outside). As a first time visitor, I got the tour, which they said was required, or something, I don't know I didn't really understand, but whatever, it was a quick glance through the brewery, and then finish off at the bar. You buy some chips, and exchange them for pours. Again, I don't know, stupid Jersey laws or something. Nice spread of beers available, and while nothing really blows me away from Carton, mostly everything is solid, Boat probably being my favorite of the bunch. The owner was there and I got to chat with him for a while. Seemed nice enough.

NJ has always pretty much been a wasteland for craft beer, but Carton is definitely doing something to remedy that. Along with Kane, I'd say they are among the top breweries in Jersey, and definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of amano_h
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%

Nice place. Friendly people. NJ rules require you to take a tour, which I enjoyed. No food. You can get beer to go but there are limits on the popular brews. No food truck when I visited.

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Photo of thedirtystayout
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Since it's opening, I've made my way through Carton Brewing's doors only about a dozen times. Honestly, to have such a brewery in the Monmouth County back yard and not have visited more often is probably a crime. At least perhaps it should be. What I've lacked in visits, I've made up for in pints of Boat, 0Dub and the like at some of my favorite haunts, but this is about the brewery, so I digress.

I was going to describe the brewery and use many metaphors to boating, but lets get down to brass tax... this place is great. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. If you are new, put your trust in them and let them guide you through the tours and tastings. Ask questions and strike up conversations with the employees.

On my most recent visit, I happened to mistakenly answer to my name (there was another patron with the same name) which took me on a fun beer tasting detour with Augie Carton, some of his staff and another BA. It's clear that they are passionate about beer and creating their own wake (I had to get one in). What was originally a 10 minute stop to pick up cans and a growler turned into a 2 hour tasting and conversation with like minds. This experience just affirmed the fact that I should visit more frequently. If you live nearby or are traveling through, so should you.

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Photo of Jwurst
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I love going to this place, which is well worth the hour drive for me. You couldn't find a friendlier staff, I've heard them go through their speal with new comers and they go through it genuinely enthusiastic each time. You can tell that everyone who works there is passionate about what they do. After taking a brewery tour, you go up to the tasting room where you get to sample a handful of great beers for $5. The tasting room encourages you to have conversations with those around you which I like. The beer never disappoints as they are all fresh and delicious. Love what they are doing here. Definitely stop here if you're in the area and it's well worth the trip to go see.

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Photo of NJOssie
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Carton is one of the most fun breweries to visit. The entire staff is fun going. After a tour of the brewing facilities, you go upstairs to what feels like a friend's loft. Tokens are available for tastings and makes things easy. They tend to have their entire regular lineup, a seasonal and either a cask or one of their "tippy" experimental brews.

I always end up there longer than I planned and that's just because you don't want to leave.

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Photo of Fezzik1970
5/5  rDev +11.1%

What these guys manage to get done in such a small space while keeping it inviting is amazing. Everyone else around here could learn from their downplaying releases and keeping the room comfortable for those of us that come whether there is a new beer or not.

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Carton Brewing Company in Atlantic Highlands, NJ
96 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.