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Cloverleaf Tavern

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%
Taps: 23
Bottles: 62
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

395 Bloomfield Ave
Caldwell, New Jersey, 07006-4908
United States
phone: (973) 226-9812

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @cloverleafinfo

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Reviews by donniecuffs:
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4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

donniecuffs, Jul 27, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Vivs85, Yesterday at 03:27 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Had to stop by here when I was told it was rated "best craft beer in north east" I was let down.

The bar area is very small and everything seems to be crammed together, not spacey enough for my liking. The selection was good, but no where near the best selection of craft beer I have seen in NJ, Maybe I came on a bad night?
The service was ok, I was not served my beer in the correct glassware. The food was the best part and the only part I was impressed with. Not to say this place was bad or anything, but best craft bar in north east? NJ has much better to offer let alone the north east.

Tobes181, Oct 13, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

rzanders, Oct 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

microbial, Apr 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

JoeHopster, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

lknox511, Feb 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

BrokenStones, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Hitmanoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Hitmanoo, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of carlamariegiac
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

carlamariegiac, Jan 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

bkwhoppa66, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of NJBeer265
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%

After living in Bloomfield for 2 and 1/2 years my wife and I found out about the Cloverleaf Tavern through the Craft Beer Newsletter when they were voted the best Craft Beer Bar in the Northeast and 3rd in the Country. The first time we went there we were amazed at the selection, attention to detail (correct glass for each type of beer which is a true test) and knowledgeable staff. We started our MBA (Masters of Beer Appreciation) which covers 45 beers in 9 categorizes. We are currently 30 deep and cannot wait to graduate and move on to the PHD program which is an additional 60 beers, broken out by Season. Not only do they have a great rotating draft and bottle selection, they have special events/beers often. Most are posted on their website (Pumpkin Tap Takeover, Founders Tap Takeover) but they often pull out specials on the spot. Two times ago they broke out a Carton Cask and it was first come, first serve until it was gone. It does get busy after 7 and on the weekends but just grab a seat at the bar early.

NJBeer265, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

RobDB, Oct 27, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -11.2%

I've been coming here for about 20 years now and it is very consistent. Plenty of choices on the menu and across the board the food is good. The beer selection is excellent and the bartenders seem to be knowledgeable with the products they serve. Bar is a bit cramped and it can get crowded especially on weekends when families pack the place. Overall , it's a good place and worth the visit if your in the area.

Bifpocaroba, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Paul68, Oct 12, 2013
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Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ
95 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.