J.J. Bitting Brewing Company

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J.J. Bitting Brewing CompanyJ.J. Bitting Brewing Company
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J.J. Bitting Brewing CompanyJ.J. Bitting Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

33 Main St.
Woodbridge, New Jersey, 07095
United States

(732) 634-2929 | map

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Reviews by magnj:
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

a - Towards the end of Main Street, you'll find this old brick building past the train station. Entering through the side you'll see copper conical fermenters in a glass case in the center of the room surrounded by tables. To the left is the bar and stairs to the upstairs dining area and outside patio. Family and towny crowd.

q - The beer and the food were both good. Location is good. Good "quality", whatever that means.

s - Friendly wait staff who checked in frequently. Fairly knowledgable about the beer. Food and drinks came out quickly considering we were up a flight of stairs from the kitchen and bar.

s - There was a lot of food on the menu, nothing fancy but something for everyone. Beer selection was ok with 6 on tap but a lot of them seemed kind of boring for my taste. There was a lager, hefe and amber to please the masses. A dunkel, IPA and a cask bitter for the more daring. Mixed drinks were kind of crappy but were on the cheap side. Beer was $5 a pint, $14/10 for growlers.

f - We stuck to burgers and fries. Fries come in waffle and sweet potato and are both excellent. Burgers were standard 1/2 lb paties available with a variety of toppings.

Cheaper and less trendy than some other local pubs, JJ's offers decent burgers and good beer at a reasonable price.

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Photo of chiefz1
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5

Photo of AmitC
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Links41
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Urk1127
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of sully22
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Nice place, good selections of in house brewed beers. Food is simple bar fare.

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Photo of Jason
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 1

Staff was great but the food was horrible. Even the kids didn't like their meals. Burgers were a joke. Turkey burger was a rubbery puck that did not fit the bun. Buffalo burger was not buffalo meat, not grilled but lightly steamed... Nasty. Every thing else was not fresh or tasted like it came frozen off a truck. They've had 18+ years to figure it out... Not recommended unless you want to try their beer which was ok to good.

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Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of BBugsyy
4.19/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Nice bar, friendly bartenders, delicious beer. Loved the hop train ipa. Free 1/2 potatoes skins. Tasty. Bufallo Wings were bland.

Would go back for the ipa!

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Photo of jgido759
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went to the Chili Cook-off and the place was packed. I didn't try any food however, my wife did order and appetizer and was satisfied with it.

I did, however, order a sampler which consisted of all 8 beers available on tap. Overall, they were average to good with my favorites being the Chocolate Cherry Stout, Nut Brown Ale, and Raspberry Wheat.

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Photo of bcgeiman
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

Been here twice. Haven't been impressed either time.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jamesg60
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

We went for my birthday and heard positive and negative reviews so we went there with an open mind. You enter by climbing 12 or so steps could be a problem after a night at the bar. We were seated in dinning room nears cooper beer vats nice brick and wood floors it was quiet we were early there but could imagine must get very noisy when real busy.
We went early and were seated quickly and had waitress right away she never smiled but was friendly just the same.

I decided on the beer sampler and got eight small glasses of beer that they brew I must say my favorites are Victorian ale and the raspberry wheat ale but both could have been served a little colder. We both got cheeseburgers and I got waffles fries and she got sweet potato fries which were mixed with jalapeƱo peppers and onions which looked little bizarre and was extremely hot she she couldn't eat. The burger were very good and cooked to order. Overall the service and the food was jut fine for us and will return on some later date to try other food offerings.

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Photo of threeviews
4/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

J.J. Bitting's is one of my very first forays into the craft beer world. Everything is solid: beer, atmosphere and food. Head Brewer, Chris Sheehan brews the staples, but is always working to deliver at least one surprise. Located next to the Woodbridge, NJ train station, it is a NYC commuter's dream. If you are in the area, stop by for a pint (or two) and an enjoyable afternoon/evening...cheers!

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Photo of fulcrum
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This visit illustrated the wonderful power of the Internet and beeradvocate. I had a pleasant business dinner at El Costello in Woodbridge NJ (Little Italy kind of place--didn't even ask about beer here) and felt like a beer afterward. There was a shady-looking place across the street w neon signs for Bud and Bud Light so I called upon ba.com. Within a couple minutes I was on my way to JJ Bitting Brewing Co and arrived by foot in 3 minutes. These guys had a comfortable atmosphere and nice service. But the beer was the star. Their house IPA (W.H.A.L.E.S. IPA) was a solid 8 (nice mix of pine and citrus) and their barleywine was beautifully bourbony--AND they had it also on cask which was even better. Nice Pale as well. Overall, my colleague and I really enjoyed ourselves and it would be a no-brainer to return on a subsequent trip.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.64/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Stopped by here while on a local business trip. First impression is ok...neat looking building, old and iconic railroad. Thats where it all goes down hill...
It was quiet, and had a local only vibe. I sat at the bar and it was filty! Dust and dirt were everywhere. All the random crap on the wall had dust all over it...as if the random crap wasnt bad enough, now I have to look at it covered in dirt...reluctantly, I got a WHALE on cask...it was descent, not amazing...
The food menu was again, gross...it was dirty, sticky, cracked plastic, and cheap and cheesy. Menu selections was typical "food" choices from anytown USA...nothing looked good and based on the condition of the place, I opted to pass on dinner. (side note, as I read yelp reviews of this place, someone noted the best Tai food in NJ across the street...so thats where I had dinner, and it was great).
Anyway...I had a taste of their cherry stout and it was horrible..then I had a 10oz of the barley wine...drinkable but not worth the $2.50 price paid for happy hour...ok, well maybe for $2.50, but id be pissed if it was full price. Waitresses/bartenders were caddy/gossipy and called everyone sweetie or doll...not a fan of that crap.
Overall, not worth a visit at all...and im not sure how thsi place is still in business. I have been to almost all 50 states and visiting brew pubs is something I do all across the country...this was one of the worst I ever been to. Sorry JJ...

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J.J. Bitting Brewing Company in Woodbridge, NJ
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