Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 131
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 43 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by PopeDX:
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
...pulled in on the road between Defiant/Gaslight and Somerville SuperSaver/Porterhouse. Again, a very convenient stopoff. Valet parking. Mandatory. Packed inside. Took forever to get a bartender's attention. There were only two of them with a packed bar and restaurant to tend to. I made the cardinal sin of wearing a hat inside. If you want to have a no-hat policy it's ok, it's your place. I mean it's 2006 and it rings really pretentious, but it's cool. You're the one stuck staring at my hat hair, I can't see it. But it'd be nice if someone said something when I came in or even the person helping me rather than having the other bartender rather rudely "ask" me to take it off.
It's in what appears to be an old farmhouse that was gutted and had an addition put onto the side. The addition has the brewhouse and the stairs to the bathrooms. Really a gorgeous place inside. They had at least 4-5 times as many kinds of wine as beer, though. To echo some of the other reviewers, it's a fancy restaurant that just happens to make their own beer.
We'd planned on staying for a couple of brews and some grub, but it was way too packed on a Saturday night. I had the Helles Lager, Karen had the Stout and Ev had the (reformulated since he'd last been there he said) IPA. All were solid...the Stout had a fantastic aftertaste and my Helles Lager was a really solid brew...nice and bready and clean. $4.50 for what we all agreed was about a 12 oz. glass? Wow-wow-wee-waa. We drank our beers, decided against getting growlers filled (would have taken forever and nothing impressed us THAT much), Ev went out to have the car pulled around, and...
11-06-2006 00:41:00 | More by PopeDX
More User Reviews:
4.61/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
recently went here for a buddies birthday and out of all the local brew pubs in the cnetral jersey area I think this is the nicest one. We tried their sampler and a couple of beers after and all were amazing. Excellent beer! Excellent service! Enough said!
06-12-2013 21:12:40 | More by Gnarles
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I love this place. By far the best Brewpub in New Jersey that Ive been to. Yes the atmosphere is not your typical "brewpub" style and the food is upscale and pricy, but the beer is great. There are always about 8 beers on tap, ranging from Imperial India Pale Ales to Oatmeal Stouts to Raspberry Wheats. There are 4 flagship beers with 4 rotating sesonals and specialties. The food there is excellent but on the gourmet side. You wont find nachos and chicken wings. I highly recommend this place if you have the chance to get there. And remember, no hats allowed!
06-08-2013 14:07:41 | More by djrn2
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
From the exterior, the place looks unassuming, but you are greated with a moderately upscale dining and drinking environment upon entry. Exposed wood and some masonry star in the decor, dimly light at night. Very euro feeling. Smallish bar, but a lot of table seating throughout. Warm and cozy.
A nice selection of 8 beers available, from average to solid. As with most places, the standard line leans towards light and crowd pleasing, instead go towards the roating seasonals and special brews. Menu covers standard fried affair and burgers as well as more inspired cullinary creations. All was solid to fantastic. Service was spotty despite the comofrtable crowd.
All in all, the beers are average, save for a few seasonals, but the food was quite good. Well worth a revisit.
07-09-2012 15:16:47 | More by rfgetz
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in yesterday and had 2 beers, the pils was nice, crisp and clean, more Bavarian than Czech. The Oatmeal Stout was also pretty good but certainly not as good as Krogh's up in Lake Mohawk. Since we were doing some bar hopping we didn't want to eat too much in one place so I ordered the spring roll app. This was pretty tasty and pretty expensive, $12.95 for two small rolls cut in half. Everytime I go back to this place I remember why I don't go there more often. There is nothing particularly wrong with it but the bang for the buck is just not there.
04-23-2012 13:24:48 | More by crenegar
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Really nice atmosphere; old oak bar and benches and stairs, etc. Small but spacious, multiple rooms and an upstairs if you wanted a private party. Plenty of light as well. The brewery area was nicely integrated as well, you can see the mash tuns, serving tanks, etc.
Food was awesome, got the Taco Trio (Mahi Mahi, Pulled pork and Chicken) with 2 different slaws to use as toppings. Mother/sister really enjoyed their butternut squash app, prime rib wrap and vege quesadillas.
Service was spot on. Waiters changed mid-meal but it was seamless and both were great.
Beers were the most disappointing part of the experience. Mother and sister split the sampler but I passed because it was 75% lagers/pilsners. Sampled their IPA which tasted like Celebration, the brown ale which was meek and watery and the bock which was surprisingly hoppy and yet malty and enjoyable; def the best beer I sampled. Still I wish these small brew pubs would push the envelope considering they can make whatever they want and if it's not good, it's just one batch and they can try again.
Overall it was a nice way to celebrate my belated birthday and I would definitely go again in the future if I knew there was something more "worth-while" on tap; but a nice experience overall.
02-27-2012 17:40:36 | More by claspada
Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery in Berkeley Heights, NJ
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.