Krogh's Restaurant And Brewpub

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3.5/5
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Ratings: 35
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rAvg: 3.83
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

23 White Deer Plaza
Sparta, New Jersey, 07871
United States
phone: (973) 729-8428

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Reviews by slander:
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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Cindy unexpectedly moved our Vermont trip to the Poconos, a little corner of Pennsylvania I'm not too familiar with. I found a listing for a brewpub en route in a town called Sparta, in way west of here Sussex County off I-80 a dozen miles or so. Located on picturesque Little Bavaria on the wasn't always a Lake Mohawk, it totally looks like the Vulgaria village square from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and this place a little stone gnome home, alpine style. "Here we are children, come and get your lollipops... ice cream, chocolate... all freee today!"

Very rustic in appearance, the interior is quite cozy. The bar on the far end sits, wood, unusually "P" shaped seating 20 with a center marble topped bar island inside holding tiered booze below, and the restaurant holds the rest of the room. Booze and glassware all the way around below the bar with strung glow rope tucked up there. At the back of the bar, another marble topped piece with cupboards below and a single tower of 10 taps atop holding mostly house handles and Bud & Coors Light. Next to the taps, a popcorn machine from wherest she fills (baskets) and feeds (me).

Décor is like dark brown tree walls in the bar & a loggish cabin scene on the restaurant side at the other end. I've got a center tree upright right next to where I'm sitting. Dark wood ceilings, paneled front windows, color slab tile floorings, drop mismatched stained glass lamps over the bar with more strung glow rope lining above the bar, and sunken spots throughout. Small flatscreen over the bar and in the corners. Small metal bands on posts, beams and the overhang everywhere tells tales of a beer club once ago. Old Lake Mohawk '29 black & white print on the wall there and a painting someone did of the exterior of the place. In the rear corner, a row of copper kettles behind glass.

3 raised bar tables and some bar counterage on the far wall behind me, below a carved Krogh's logo wood piece & individual signs around it each naming an individual beer making up the current tap list, and darts in the corner in a forward nook there. On the dining room side, panel front windows with lake views, twenty something tables and booths and a small fireplace in the corner. The room sparsely decorated with a handful more of old Lake Mohawk black & white prints.

Um, samplers please. The best of the lot was clearly the Pack a Punch Porter, full bodied and roasty, very flavorful; the Old Krogh's Stout had a nice oaty flavor but I like my stouts a little chewier; the Log Cabin Nut Brown Ale could've done with a bit more bite but wasn't too shabby; the Alpine Glow Red Ale was very nicely done; the Three Sisters Wheat Ale was pleasant as well.

And foodings, I had the chili and a sandwich, both very good, everyone seemed pleased with their meals. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. This was a nice diversion off the highway.

Updated 5 and a half years later...

Jed, you'll never guess where I am. Okay, I'll tell you, I'm at Krogh's, yes, Krogh's. Remember, you, me and Dave were here like 5 and a half years ago? Dude, everything is exactly the same, even that same nice lady behind the bar. Seriously.

Sampler revisited: The Krogh's Gold, slightly hoppy and a bit malty, actually quite pleasant; the Three Sisters Golden Wheat, filtered, okay; the Brogden Meadow Pale Ale, deep copper color with a good hoppiness; the Log Cabin Nut Brown, good nutty brownness; the Old Krogh Oatmeal Stout, oaty, chewy, roasty; the seasonal Windy Brow Cider Ale, seemingly funny at first, but nicely apple cidery as it warmed, and as the Alpine Glow Red Ale kicked, they subbed in a black & tan which was like a slightly thinner Oatmeal Stout, fine with me. After the sampler, I ordered the Oatmeal Stout and was asked if I wanted a cold glass or a room temperature glass. Thank you for asking. Tasty stout, I may have had more than one.

The soup tonight was lentil; that bean's not my scene so I opted for a cup of spicy beef & bean chili instead, and a grilled chicken sandwich with fries. The chili was good, not over the top spicy and came loaded with cheese & onions, and the sandwich was solid, came on a fresh roll with some toppings sided. Food has always been consistently good. Jed still goes on about the pierogies he had here nearly a half dozen years ago.

As I've been here 2 nights straight, I must say that there's good community here (someone there referred to it as a round bar). Pleasant, comfortable, friendly, Krogh's.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Situated along the shore of Lake Mohawk – actually, a dam, Krogh’s is a small batch brewpub packed with history and house beers. The building, which began as a tea shop in 1927, is a picturesque relic of the past and somewhat reminiscent of a rustic lodge somewhere Bavaria – or maybe even along a dam in New Jersey.

The interior is intimate and homey, with dark wood paneling, heavy rafters and walls made of chinked logs; strewn about is an arbitrary array of tables with sturdy booths clinging along the windows. Once inside, head towards the rear, where you find a P-shaped bar, a well worn one that has supported several generations of tourist elbows.

At the bar, there is a selection of four year-round house beers along with the usual seasonal suspects. The beers were decent, though nothing to crow about. (Sorry) The menu is loaded with hearty fare that includes huge slobbering burgers and features one massive plate of nachos, the “Nacho El Grande,” which is Spanish for the “Big Nacho.” Ay carumba!

All in all, Krogh's is an interesting venue that is worth checking out - if in the area.

Photo of muskiesman
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is a nice little local brewpub. Across the street form the lake shore and Mohawk Lake Country Club.
We flighted all the available beers. The Three sister wheat and the Alpine Glow Red were above average and an honorable mention to the oatmeal stout. However, the best things at this place are the food and the service.

The whole place is a little small so it easily gets crowded but the staff and service remained top notch. We had seafood stuffed mushroom appetizer and the Kroghs famous Nachos that come loaded they were plenty for four adults. Entrees were New york Strip sirloin steak, chicken marsala and baby back ribs.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited the Establishment on 11-23-10

My buddy and I ordered a sampler of beer which there were seven types. The names are: Old Krogh Oatmeal Stout, Log Cabin Nut Brown, Alpine Glow Red Ale, Brogden Meadow Pale Ale, Krogh's Gold, Krogh's Seasonal Abbey Ale and Three Sisters Golden Wheat. My favorite was the Oatmeal Stout and Alpine Glow Red Ale.

The service was incredible; I dropped my fork and magically another one was handed to me in seconds. The waitress and waiter were both incredibly nice. I did feel a little rushed but understandably so, it was extremely busy! Dinner time is nuts there! That means they must be doing something right.

It was impossible to get to the bar, it was so mobbed. A lady, I believe the manager, she told us that they have a Wing special on Tuesday and that's why the bar is mobbed.

The food was really good. I had grilled chicken with Meunster cheese and sauté mushrooms. It tasted fresh and the wait wasn't too long either to receive our food.

Since the Oatmeal Stout was so good I decided to get a pint of it. It tastes better than the first time. This is a must try stout if anyone comes here!

Overall, I'd recommend this place to anyone in New Jersey. I'm extremely impressed with the service, quality of food the beer is really good. They certainly know how to handle themselves during an extremely busy dinner hour. I would love to try this place when it's not as busy.

Photo of nathanlovesipas
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I love Krogh's. The beer and food are both phenomenal. It's tough to pick a favorite among their nut brown ale, red ale and oatmeal stout, and their seasonals are always worth a try. A while back I discovered their Cajun Burger, and I don't think I've eaten anything else there since. It is my favorite burger ever, and it is consistently excellent whenever I have it. The staff is friendly and patient. The restaurant itself is nice, clean, and homely. Nearly every surface inside Krogh's is wooden, which I do fancy. They have HD LCDs over the bar for whatever game is on. Prices are decent for the most part. They also fill growlers to go, which is great, although $17 is certainly not cheap.

There a just a few drawbacks. Parking is very limited, and you may have to park around the corner and down the hill (this sucks in winter, when it's below freezing). If a band is scheduled to play, arrive early, have your fill and leave before the headaches start. The bands which play are always loud and always lousy. Third, the bar can get very cramped and you may have to squeeze by the long part of the bar to get to the other side (which is annoying, but the far side of the bar is where it's at, if you know what I mean). Also the bathrooms are tiny. This may be an issue for some people.

Overall this is still a great place. The beer is great (better than Trap Rock and Long Valley Brewpubs, in my opinion) and the food and service are also top notch. If you somehow find yourself in Sparta, NJ (I should hope you know how you got here), definitely stop in.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

I stopped by Krogh's Restaurant & Pub for dinner and beers on a Monday night. It's a relatively small place with a decent sized bar, which is where I chose to sit and eat dinner. The Yankee game was easily viewed from one of a few flat screens around the bar. The dark wood interior was dimly lit by an assortment of hanging stained glass shade lights.

On tap they offered a filtered wheat (Three Sister's Golden Wheat), a pale ale (Brogden Meadow Pale Ale), a nut brown (Log Cabin Nut Brown), Kroghs Gold and Old Krogh Oatmeal Stout. Unfortunately for me, the seasonal (an IPA) wasn't scheduled to be tapped until the following day and there was no other seasonal offered. One other year round beer that wasn't available when I visited was the Alpine Glow Red.

I tried both the Pale Ale and the Nut Brown, and thought they were both very good and interestingly distinct. The Meadow Pale had a big hop finish that paired well with my Cajun steak, while the Brown had a very pleasant malt profile. On the beer menu, the Pale is compared to Sierra Nevada, while the Brown was likened to Sam Smith's. Meanwhile, the wheat was recommended "if you like Bud, Coors Light, Miller Light or Corona" and Krogh's Gold if you liked Molson or Labatt's. The Red was likened to Yuengling, Bass Ale or Killians Red, and the oatmeal stout was recommended if your tastes tended toward Guinness, Murphy's, or a porter. Hmmm...

Overall, I thought this was a good place with ok food and better than expected beer.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Set in a cute cobblestone cottage overlooking lovely Lake Mohawk, you kind of get the sense that you're in for a laid-back experience before you enter, and it doesn't disappoint. While you do get your share of dopey patrons who disrespectfully shun the above average home brew offerings in favor of Coors Light, at least they are all friendly and welcoming. It must be due to the fact that since this place isn't easy to get to, it relies heavily on the local dollar. The servers are fairly knowledgeable about beer, are eager to give you a free taste if you have a tough time making a decision, and are good conversationalists. The food, while unspectacular, is still very good and evokes the feeling that mom is cooking the meal behind those closed kitchen doors. Of the year-round beer offerings, the only standout is the Oatmeal Stout (A-), but their seasonals...e.g. Augie's Alt (A+), Maibock (A-), Gruny's Belgian Dubbel (B+), etc...are usually fantastic, which begs the question as to why some of them aren't added to the permanent roster.

Photo of madmanjf
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I stopped here this past Saturday with my BJCP Study group. We were having a post-exam lunch.

Nice place, tightly packed with a lunch crowd that emptied out rather quickly once we got our table.

The Beers .... nice typical brewpub selection. They were offering up a Maibock, one of my favorite styles, so I gravitated to it pretty damn quickly without even asking for a sample.

It was a good beer, but not really a Maibock. If it were given to me blind, I would've guessed a hoppy Pale Ale or perhaps an IPA. The color was right on, but the flavors were not to style. We even questioned if it was a Lager. Fortunatelly, it was a good tasting session beer and I'm a Hop-Head so I really didn't mind.

My second beer was the Gold. Again, good tasting session beer. I won't review it here.

For those of you that have read my brewpub reviews, you'll know what's next ... Yes, I ordered a Hamburger!

So here's an iteresting twist on a common fare... Welsch Rarebit sauce. It was a cheese sauce made with beer and was quite tastey on the burger, and also a little messy.

Another thing to note was that every burger listed was the same price ... I found this both to have great value and humourous as to the way they still bothered to itemize each burger out on the menu as if they'd have a different price.

Photo of harpus
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The outside of this place looks pretty neat. The downtown area of Sparta looks like a good place to visit and walk around. The Brew Pub is located across the street from the lake. The building was built in 1927 and has log cabin feel to the place. They have 6 year round beers and 1 seasonal, the seasonal was sold out when I went. The quality of the beer was good, not beers stood out as great or bad. I tried the Mexican Pizza, which was good and I think pairs goos with the Pale Ale. If in the area, this is a place worth a trip to go try.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I've been going to Krogh's since I was really little. My father and I used to go there as our 19th hole on the way back from certain golf courses. So, I remember the place pre-brewpub era...and I still love it there.

First off, Krogh's is located in Lake Mohawk, a section of Sparta, NJ. It's a quaint little area inundated with Bavarian style homes that reflect the heritage of the developers of the area. Lake Mohawk is a faux mid-sized lake for the area that was once a meadow (of which Krogh's named their Pale Ale after). One side of the lake is taken up by a gated community, where Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston once had a house, although were rarely there.

Anyway, Krogh's is in a rambling Bavarian building that appears long and low. You can enter through one of two doors, the dining room or barroom door. The interior maintains that Bavarian feel with dark beams and white plaster walls. There is sort of a college dorm feel going on with strands of Christmas lights hung above the bar. At first appearance you would classify this place as an old man bar. The dining room area isn't large and when it's busy it gets quite loud and hard to move to the bathroom locations, which are less than spectacular. The bar is shaped like a big inflated 'p' and to egress between the dining room and far end of the bar area requires acts of gut sucking to pass through. Around both areas are brass plaques with real and interesting names from back in the day when Krogh's had an expansive beer list and these were given to those who drank every beer listed.

The food is pretty good. Interesting and typical pub food with a few suprises here and there. I'm a big fan of the rarebit. The service is generally acceptable, staffed by local people, generally youngish. They have a large martini list, which is ht or miss depending on the bartender so I've been told. The beer is good, nothing incredibly outstanding, although I enjoy them, particularly the oatmeal stout. My only complaint ever about the beer is that the carbonation gives is a soda feel sometimes, with exception of the stout. The only other beers on tap besides Krogh's beers and Bud and Bud lite.

Krogh's does offer entertainment, but this is a small place, and sometimes the music can be overwhelming esp for those seated at the far wall by the band.

It my sound like I've been harsh on Krogh's for it being a place that I love. But, I'm just being honest. Krogh's has personality. I wouldn't trade the worn bar and low slung christmas lights for any slick, clean shiney bar in the area.

Edit 1.20.09: Growlers are outrageously overpriced, but the Tuesday night wing night is where it's at.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I used to take the trip up here from my Dad’s place in Butler every couple of months, just for the great feel it offered. I always remembered driving through here as a kid and it just looked like a fairytale kind of place. Once I got older I really got to appreciate what was inside. This was really a cool little place, with their own brand of unique ales. A great cozy, old English vibe inside with great food and a staff that is very eager to please. It has been a while since I have sampled the brew, but I used to love the pale ale, and their seasonals are always great. I never saw a band there, and really cannot picture one as the place is quite small. Overall though it is a must stop if you pass through, you will not find a friendlier place in the area and it is really something that should not be missed.

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The little town along Lake Mohawk that is home to Krogh's looks like a fairy-tale Barvian village... far from what most who get their impressions of New Jersey from the Turnpike or the Soprano's would ever expect to find here. Krogh's itself is housed in a slate-roofed Tutor / log cabin building dating from 1927 right across the street from the boardwalk leading along the lake. The interior is dark, woody, and cozy (how they fit a band in here is beyond me) with the brew-tanks tucked in the back corner behind a glass door beyond the bar. With the exception of the brewhouse, I doubt the interior has changed much since 1927, and that's a good thing.

Simply put, the food and service were hit or miss... the burger was decent, the wings looked great at a neighboring table (have to get them next time), and the turkey with Rarebit sauce was interesting. But the real reasons for a trip "off the beaten path" to the Skylands of NJ are the atmosphere and the beer.

7 beers come with the sampler, 5 regulars, one seasonal (a nice Oktoberfest), and one I never got a clear answer as to what it was (a very good raspberry ale of some kind). All were above average (good to very good), with the Nut Brown and Oatmeal Stout the best of the bunch in my opinion.

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Krogh's- Sparta, New Jersey.

Having a lake house here all my life I've only been in Krogh's to eat, never for their beer!

After a Long 2 hour drive from Titusville I made my way up rte.15 and into Lake Mohawk. Lotsa rural roads, woods, and lakes up in this beautiful section of NJ.

Krogh's looks like a family pizza restaurant when you first walk in. The bar is off to your right. A semi circle bar with a vertical log cabin look. Lotsa engraved placards all over the bar and wooden beams. The interier was dimmly lit which gave a nice ambiance.
The restaurant was packed for a Sat. afternoon (2pm) and the bar had about 8 of us around it. Service was quick and non intrusive. The Garden burger was average but the beers ranged from good to excellent. Not a bad beer in the bunch.

Overall- A very good pub, albeit small 1, to hang out at. Beers are very good and the dark woodsy ambiance is comfortable. If you're in the area or are looking for a nice weekend drive. Lake Mohawk is the spot!!

Photo of BillyB
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This a pretty long drive from where I live in Trenton but it's actually a very nice scenic jaunt. Up into the mountains North on 287 West on 80 and straight up Rt. 15. Lots of narrow winding roads with rocky mountains (not THE rocky mountains) on either side and in the fall the foliage is quite beautiful.
Kroghs is in a part of Sparta called Mohawk Lake. It's a very nice area. The Plaza that it's located in is really just a strip mall with a couple resturaunts and a package goods store. The brew pub is actually across the street and up a block from the plaza.
The exterior and interior of this place is just excellent. One of the coolest looking pubs I've been to. An old Bavarian style building with lots of wood interior. Very small and cozy.
The food was decent. I tried one of the mexican dishes which was average but I've heard their other food is better.
As far as the beers were concerned they were decent. The seasonal Octoberfest was actually excellent. The others where all at least average to above average. I tried the Krogh's Gold, Alpine Glow Red Ale, Brogden Meadow Pale Ale, Log Cabin Nut Brown and the Old Kroghs Oatmeal Stout. I'd say the oatmeal stout, the nut brown and the octoberfest where above average and the rest were average.
A very nice place and a great weekend beer trip.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Krogh's is across from beautiful Mohawk Lake in an original, small, Bavarian-style building. The area is really cute, and it's a huge summer-home vacation destination in the spring, summer, and fall (even during off-periods parking is basically non-existent). The history is interesting, and you should check out their web page.

The bar is small with about 20 seats, and it's made of beautiful old wood with a checkerboard top. The ceiling is low, and it really has a comfortable, lodge-like feel to it. The slate floor really rounds it out, and the stained-glass lamps are just the finishing touch on its charm. It's very intimate, but the windows along the street keep it from feeling confined or tight.

The dining room has wooden floors and log cabin walls. It has the same comfortable, very relaxed atmosphere, and a kind of "diner" feel to it.

The food is very good, and includes soups, fried appetizers, hot & cold sandwiches (BLT, club, roast beef), burgers, pizza, chicken, pasta and some Mexican items - really just about anything you could ask of a family restaurant. Prices are reasonable.

The seven beers are very good. They're clean and well brewed. I've never been able to try one of their seasonals though because they've always been out.

And Krogh's has music! How they fit the bands in there, I don't know. Wednesdays are 80's night, and Thursday is open mic night. And they have some larger, touring acts as well.

So, if you're in the area it's definitely worth stopping by, and if you're headed to the area (for the Pocono's or the Delaware Water Gap) don't forget that it's really not that far.

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Krogh's Restaurant And Brewpub in Sparta, NJ
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