The Shepherd & The Knucklehead Pub
Taps: 90 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by donniecuffs:
4.74/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The vibe, if anything, is eclectic at this little gem. The jukebox has everything from Pink Floyd to the Pixies to the Stooges, while a picture of 'patron saint' Jack Kerouac surveys the floor, which has a dartboard wedged in the back and a bookshelf filled with boardgames. The scene varies from local college kids trying to look smart, to older, more laid-back beer geeks. The bartenders are both knowledgeable and friendly.The biggest knock on the place is that it is the size of a closet, which is fine in the afternoon, but really annoying on crowded nights. The last visit saw Stone Cali-Belgie and Oaked Arrogant Bastard on tap, in addition to a beer selection that featured some Ballast Point, Allagash, some Lambics, and a cider. Pretty impressive, but I was in fact annoyed by the fact that I payed $5 for only an 8oz glass of the Stone offerings, so I'm more than compelled to say that it was a little pricey. I believe there were approximately 20taps, and each one was impressive. They don't have a kitchen, but there was a friendly young owner of a nearby Italian deli/restaurant that was running back/forth delivering take-out, so the access to good food is certainly there.
09-04-2009 19:25:19 | More by donniecuffs
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Great place in the burbs right on Belmont ave, where one may not be expecting to come across such a quality establishment to get a quality beer. Love the selection on tap and the shep has everything else you could need without any additional frills. The food is spot on for bar food. Recommended for sure.
01-22-2014 06:48:54 | More by Cfeezy
4.61/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place can certainly be considered Mecca, Eden, Utopia, Narnia, etc., for this area. They have 70 plus craft beers on tap and a menu to accompany the selection. I had been wanting to visit for some time and finally got there last weekend. I will be going back very soon. The selection is ridiculous, the service was on point, and although I only got a simple snack of chicken fingers, it was tasty and from what I could tell the other people in my party enjoyed their food.
As the night went on the crowd changed a bit from a "family like" atmosphere to hipsters, but with William Paterson University up the road I guess that's to be expected. Either way, it didn't take away from the selection of beer. Also, they are constantly changing their taps so I will be back soon to see what is new.
01-19-2014 03:11:04 | More by NYR2
5/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Awesome experience the other night. This is a great place to have a steak and sip on some great craft beers. I saw a decent mix of individuals there that night. Mostly couples and families eating dinner, but as the night grew later the crowd got significantly younger (reminded me of myself in the good old days). I will definitely be back and have already recommended it to several of my co-workers and their wives. Pool table is a plus! If I had to list a negative it would have to be the parking but the good thing is there is plenty of room on the streets parallel to the bar.
12-05-2013 18:53:08 | More by PeterLPeter086
4.85/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Amazing place and great bartenders. Sasha and Joe. Ironically Joe's dad Chris the owner of this amazing bar created the Create your own 6 Pack which makes him a Nobel Laureate plus if you Google him he's got a book the Shepherd and the Knucklehead... Bar was a pre-event stop for a couple of brews and this place does not disappoint. Its 100% Craft Beers of Substance not one of the taps held any poisons like Bud, Coors, etc. Choices included diverse mix of Southern Tier including the Warlock, the last keg of Victory Hop Wallop and their beer of the day was the Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin.
Were I not headed to an event I would have stayed and enjoyed what appeared to be exceptional craft foods in a Gastro pub setting without the pretense.
This is the type of place I might actually make a trip around. They could use a hotel in Haledon within walking distance to make this one of the great craft bars and pubs in the East. I wish them the best as its top tier.
Good luck from a Knucklehead...
10-24-2013 02:13:33 | More by JHS123
4.21/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This used to be a hole in the wall, but they have expanded. The beer selection has always been fantastic! I used to meet a lot of friends from town here when I lived back in NJ. This place opened up my world to beer! They are always having beer events with breweries! They support local breweries, and have the best selection of craft beer in the area!
09-28-2013 20:18:47 | More by Skibum211
4.95/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is hands-down my favorite craft bar in North Jersey. I've been here several times and always had great experiences. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and down to earth. This isn't a bar for pretentious posturing, but rather a place for the dedicated beer fan to sample many great beers. I mean, c'mon, 90 taps with nary a macro in sight? Perfect. I've spoken with both the owner and the owner's son, not because I had a complaint, but because they take care of their customers and actually listen to feedback to continue improving their offerings.
Beers are constantly changing so there's always something new to discover here. If you're in need of a growler fill, they got you covered. Sampler flights are also available, which is good for me, since I often want to try 4-8 brews when I visit. The food menu could stand to be a bit bigger, but what they do offer they make well, and certainly helps soak up some of the booze from all the beers you'll want to try there.
The atmosphere is low-key and focused on the beers and the company you're with (if you're not solo). Overall, this is a fantastic establishment.
08-14-2013 19:30:25 | More by Brewlvr27
The Shepherd & The Knucklehead Pub in Haledon, NJ
98 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.