Port 44 Brew Pub

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

44 Commerce Street
Newark, New Jersey, 07102
United States

(973) 642-4330

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Added by jamesmbirchnyc on 08-22-2010

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by henkster:
Photo of henkster
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Echoing previous reviews, this is a great place to have a few beers and a bite to eat before a Devils game. The place features both downstairs and upstairs seating and bars (although the upstairs was empty on the night we went). We tried the Devils Red and the IPA - both were fresh and true to the style (we particularly enjoyed the IPA). We also really enjoyed the sliders, and the buffalo wings were pretty good (having lived in Western NY for years, I'm pretty particular about wings). The service was friendly and prompt. I would definitely go back again.

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Photo of rsvp
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I had been curious about this place, but had read some unflattering reviews regarding it's service on Yelp. I had the chance to check it out prior to an event at the Prudential Center, and was so glad that I did.

This place brews just about the best brewpub beer I've had in many years tasting in NJ. It easily outdistances the other brewpubs in this area, give or take one or two brews here and there from some of the others. Every offering I tried was quite good. With an unexpected high a.b.v. for most selections, Port 44 is brewing hearty, tasty brews. I will stop by here anytime I am in the area. Unlike the other brewpubs around (and there aren't many in NJ) there are no disappointing offerings here.

Regarding the service, it seems they are understaffed when the place is busy. The two guys who helped my party at the bar could not possibly be nicer, so it's not attitude. It's that they get a rush of people before an event, and it's difficult to manage the flow when most other hours the place is sparely populated. My advice to them would be to "flex" some staff to get back there and pour when the place fills. If they're not mixing drinks it ought to be easy to fill mugs and pitchers.

This is forum about the beer. Port 44 definitely has "the beer". Come here at the right time, and you will not be disappointed

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Photo of BTPete
2.38/5  rDev -39.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

A group of 5 people visited on the opening day of the New York Red Bulls. There was also apparently an MMA fight next door. Upon entering the place was not overly busy and we were easily able to get a table. It took a very long time for us to get our drink order in and then even longer to get our beer. Basically nothing happened in a speedy fashion on this day. The beer lists were wrong and multiple times the server had to "check on a beer". The beers that were had were good overall but one person did order a pilsner and was obviously served a wheat beer. The beer was not returned for fear it would take 45 minutes to get the replacement. Our order showed up staggered with one person not getting served for 40 minutes after we were served. The one person who ordered mixed sliders recieved one hockey puck style beef slider and the one that was supposed to be pulled pork was missing, we were told, sorry we're out, after the order came out. The rest of the food was OK quality, I had the Eggplant sandwich and that was good, eggplant was not bitter. The group was in the restaurant for 1.5 to 2 hours and we recieved 2 beers. The service was confused and I think the owner was at the bar serving bar patrons and then having a drink with a group rather than taking control. The bus boy attempted to take a drink order and had no clue about beer. Really, the place gave me a boat load of anxiety, and I was pissed off by the time we left. I NEVER complain about service but I will be writing a letter to this place. I want them to do well because I'd like a good place to go before RBNY games but they certainly have room for improvement. If I recieve a return letter from them, at least acknowledging me, I will give them a 2nd try.

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Photo of samyoung
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I literally stumbled upon this place while working in Newark in February. It had been a long day, the brew pubs in NYC are non-existent, unless you count Heartland and the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, and so I ventured in.

It turned out to be an excellent decision. Its a great, simple bar in a nicely restored older building. No pretension, just great beer. You definitely cannot find this kind of place in NYC. It was so fresh and so good; in two visits I have enjoyed the Goldfinch ale, Devil's red, and the Scotch ale. The Irish stout was also good; skip the pilsner.

A couple points off for not having the IPA available either of times I've been there - am really looking forward to trying it, and will re-assess the score once I do.

Overall, I wish Port 44 was closer; its an excellent place to sit, relax and have a tasty ale.

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Photo of ogrerugby
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place was great. I was in Newark for business and went here several times. They have a very nice selection of brews and each one is done very well. I had their IPA, Red, Stout, and Scotch Ale and they were all excellent. Nice to see something in Newark with some quality brews. Many of these beers were 6% ABV and up (I think the Scotch Ale was 8.7). I've always sat at the bar and service has been great. Had some pretty good food there too. I'll definitely be back any time I return to Newark.

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Photo of IPA17
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Stopped by on the way to a Devil's game yesterday. My friend and I had a sampler each and sat down at the bar to enjoy our beers (the bar is very near to Newark Penn Station). The place had a very nice atmosphere with TV's and a jukebox. The sample was 5 beers (I think that was all they had) and I think the were 4 or 5 oz. each. They were all excellent. I was happily surprised. They were all true to their styles and they all were palate pleasers. Service was very good and it was reasonably priced. Happy to see a new brewpub in NJ. Keep up the good work Port 44!Definitely worth a stop or a Sunday afternoon venture. Cheers!

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Photo of atmpnj
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited recently before a Devil's Game. Port 44 is just 3 blocks or so from the Prudential Center making it a great place for a pre or post game drink and meal/snack. There were 5 beers on tap at the time, and my favorite was the stout. The goldfinch ale was also a nice lighter beer choice. The food was good too and the service was excellent. We had 11 people and they handled all of us quickly with no problem.

If in the area I would highly recommend this place. It's great to see such a place coming to downtown Newark and I hope it succeeds and does well. Definitely worth the short walk before or after an event at the Prudential Center!

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Photo of jamesmbirchnyc
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

I'm excited that a brew pub has finally opened in the Jersey City/Newark area.

We arrived on Friday last week and were disappointed that only one beer was ready; however, the Goldfinch Ale was AWESOME.

I can't wait to go back and try the other three beers that should be on tap within a couple weeks. Given that the brew pub has just opened I was impressed by the quality of the service. The kitchen had run out of lots of food, but our server was apologetic so no problem.

We will definitely go back soon. Good luck to these guys.

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Port 44 Brew Pub in Newark, NJ
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