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Taps: 23 / Bottles: 62
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 40 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by donniecuffs:
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere: A second-generation family-owned pub-style restaurant that's been around since the Great Depression, the Cloverleaf (or the 'Leaf as some of the locals refer to it), is a great old-school place, but the problem is that it is too popular, as the bar is consistently jammed, elbow to elbow. Furthermore, the local college kids and middle-age fratboys who show up in droves all too frequently get really annoying when you overhear them bragging incessantly about how they consider themselves "beer connoisseurs", just because they've tried not only Dogfish Head 60min, but also 90min and 120min. Wow. Oh, and another thing...sometimes it gets so loud that you can't hear yourself think.
Quality: The management does a great job of rotating in new micro taps, so freshness is not a concern. My only criticism is that they devote too more tap space to the macros, both domestic and foreign.
Service: The amazing thing about this place...and I stress amazing...is that no matter how crowded it gets, I never feel as if a bartender/server is inaccessible. Furthermore, they are always friendly, and are fans of good beer, if not exceedingly knowledgeable.
Selection: The selection is very good, but I have two criticisms. First, as I had mentioned earlier, way too much tap space is devoted to the macros. Second, while their clever good beer appreciation campaign (e.g. the M.B.A., masters of beer appreciation, and P.h.D., professor of hops and drafts) does get more people to try microbrewed beer, they have an inordinate focus on a handful of the 'large micros', like Dogfish Head and Brooklyn. Both of the aforementioned breweries are fantastic, but this place needs more of the 'micro micros', as diversity is key. That being said, selection diversity appears to be improving, as a recent visit yielded pints of Anderson Valley and Ommegang.
Food: The food offerings resemble a cross between that of an old-school Irish pub, and a standout chain restaurant. In short, it is a decent complement to a night of drinking some good beer.
07-27-2009 18:15:53 | More by donniecuffs
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
Forever rotating selection of great beers.
Nice bar setup, with plenty of seating.
Various dining areas, including a beautiful patio in warmer weather.
Pretty standard pub food, with a few wrinkles thrown in.
Friendly service that is good, though not outstanding.
Simply one of the finest beer bars in the area.
01-26-2014 17:45:59 | More by Hitmanoo
3.7/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great selection of craft brews and food! A bit noisy and can get very crowded. Parking is also difficult on busy nights, especially the weekends. The food is decent. I mostly come here for my MBA card, which is an awesome membership that they have. The beers are always rotating, and their selection is usually on point with the seasonal brews as well.
01-21-2014 22:00:53 | More by carlamariegiac
Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ
95 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.