Kane Brewing Company

Kane Brewing CompanyKane Brewing Company
Kane Brewing CompanyKane Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1750 Bloomsbury Ave
Ocean, New Jersey, 07712
United States

(732) 922-8600 | map
kanebrewing.com

Notes: Kane Brewing Company is a craft brewery located on the coast of New Jersey. The brewery was founded by homebrewer, Michael Kane, in August of 2011. Our focus is on American style and Belgian influenced ales. All our handcrafted beers are unfiltered and brewed locally in out custom built four-vessel brewhouse located in Ocean in Monmouth County. Our beers are self-distributed and available on draft at restaurants and bars throughout New Jersey.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.27
Beers:
170
Reviews:
1,426
Ratings:
8,390
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.5
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
207
pDev:
8.89%
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 207
Photo of Sabtos
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Considering how much of their beer I've aggressively traded for, and thoroughly enjoyed at home or at awesome beer festivals, this place was becoming a little too much of a Never Never Land myth to me, and to my other half as well, who may actually love them even more than myself. So it was about damn time we got our asses in gear and hit the road to bring this brewery down to Earth from the lofty heights our minds were lifting it to.

It helps coming in to know that this is a production brewery first and foremost, and basically a tasting room second. The room where their original small tasting room was is still carved out, but I can't imagine that being the only spot to drink, because it's about the size of a waiting room in an auto body shop. This room is like a fishbowl opening out into the more expansive production and tasting area just through the door to your right. It features a larger list of taps, as well as on-site bottles. Seating consists of only a few fat picnic table, while some barrels are strewn around the edges, available as resting surfaces to those that inevitably end up having to stand. Large fermentation tanks are conveniently off to the side, and the Kane re-branded wall-o-barrels is in and of itself very IG worthy.

Kane can get quite busy, at least around a release, but they have an orderly system for dealing with draft pours and to-go pickups. The beer list may be small, but showcases a really wide variety of styles. They had a few hoppy ales, an oak aged lager AND pilsner, as well as a couple of their more vaunted dark barrel aged blends. I went during their 2019 anniversary weekend, and they were awesome enough to have 5 different barrel aged beers available to go ON TOP OF the ticketed Anniversary blends I'd already paid for, as well as 3 other beers available in cans. It's a good thing they don't have any archaic Pennsylvania-style beer laws here because you could walk out of here with a distributor's worth of beer.

While it's not the fantasy my mind was beginning to make it out to be, it doesn't need to be. It's a taproom in a production brewery, one that just so happens to make some of the best barrel aged beer on the darker side of the spectrum on the planet. Keep it up Kane!

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Photo of RollTide7
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

This is my go to brewery and I am probably here once a month or so despite being a 45 minute drive away. They make the best beer in the state and in my opinion its not even close, I would put them up against most other breweries as they are very strong at both Stouts and IPAs/IIPAs.

They have 2 bars, one int he front in the small room that they also do merch sales from and typically have limited pours (through the room is heated/air conditioned). As others have noted the maintasting area/bar are in the middle of the production brewery which is not heated or air conditioned so on a very hot or cold day that you may be a little uncomfortable. I'm hoping they can continue to expand and get a better tasting area. Thankfully they usually have pours available of many of their harder to obtain beers like Mexican Brunch, Sunday Brunch etc. which is great to still be able to get pours of bottles that you may miss out on releases. The line for pours cna get little long, but again their quality is outstanding across many different styles and beers. Highly Recommend!

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Photo of Tony210
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great brewery, I am fortunate to live so close to a world class brewery. This brewery is solely a production brewery and nothing more. They have a very nice brewery, and the tap room is in the middle of the brewery, so you are sampling in the middle of the tanks, and on weekdays, the brewers are actively brewing the beers. Tours are awesome. Quality of beers offered are world class. I love that they tap rare kegs for samples frequently. My biggest gripe is they always seem understaffed, especially when they have a big bottle release - they could handle the volume much more efficiently, but choose not to, which is aggravating.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited Kane Brewing on the first truly warm day of Spring 2018. Before entering, you are greeted and welcomed by someone at the door. The brewery has a small outer serving area, with about a dozen taps, and where glasses and apparel can be purchased. Past that is a much larger space, with a large service area and seating for a several dozen, as well as standing room for many more.

The service area there is well organized, with two lines (and 12 distinct taps) for growler and prepackaged purchases and a third line (and taps) for tastings. Line seems an unfair characterization, as I was served almost immediately despite a large crowd. The vibe is exceptionally welcoming and the service really top notch. It really helps that the servers know their beers.

With a dozen offering available on tap and half a dozen prepackaged, the selection is excellent and the quality top of the class in NJ. Kane has a well deserved reputation for being the best brewery in the state and is certainly on a par with other top notch breweries I have visited.

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Photo of rjal
3.91/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Large space with good service. Beer is quality though slightly overrated. Core beers usually always available but selection wise I wish there was a bit more as some of the selection listed were not available. The only down side is the vibe. Not much going on, cold space in an uninviting warehouse with limited seating when it’s busy. The people who frequent there aren’t the type you strike up conversations with.

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Photo of mkh012
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Kane is laidback and accessible for a brewery of its caliber. There are no lines 90% of the time, and the beers are usually affordable. They rarely charge $20+ a 4-pack like some breweries do, yet Party Wave, as one example, is on par with almost any other IPA I've had. Definitely the best brewery in New Jersey. They knock their IPAs and Porters out of the park.

Highlights are (Imperial) Sneakbox, Morning Bell, Sunday Brunch, and Party Wave.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Quite simply NJ's best brewery and one of the best I've been to. Great vibe, large - well laid out tasting room, Friendly staff and most important - amazing beers. Their IPA's are super tasty and juicy, excellent brews. They also do Pale Ale's very well. It is their dark beer's that out them over the top though - ANTEAD, Sunday and Mexican Brunch, Morning Bell, Silent Nights, Fifth - are some of the best beers you will ever have the pleasure of pouring. NJ is really stepping up their craft beer game with many stellar Brewery's opening over the last few years, Magnify and Conclave are 2 that stand out but Kane is on another level.

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Photo of gmfb
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Hands down the best brewery in NJ, run by good people that consistently crank out awesome, drinkable beer as well as barrel aged monsters for the beer nerds to go nuts over.

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Photo of Act25
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Overall, this brewer offers great depth and variety, and I'm always happy to visit this wonderful place.
But no food! Wegmans across the street, but cannot bring in food.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Located in a nondescript building that looks like it could house a doctor's office, Kane is a lively and fun brewery to visit. While the selection of beers available to sample on any given day isn't extensive, it's definitely quality over quantity. The staff is friendly and it's fun to talk beer when the place isn't packed. Kane is a must visit for Beer Advocates.

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Photo of MikeTrap3
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I Have been going to this local Brewery for a few years now. When I first went their tasting room was in what looked like a small office that they converted into a tap room. They have gone through a few expansions now and have begun canning their awesome IPA Head High. It is an exciting development as Jersey Breweries have left A LOT to be desired over the years.

They have really stepped up their game recently and I personally think they are producing some of the best stuff around. They have been experimenting with their HopLab Series. They have gained recognition for their Sunday Brunch and Mexican Brunch Dark beers, But they are producing some Stellar World Class Hop Centric brews.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

In an induatrial park with limited signage for this brewery. Inside there is an upfront area for growlers and merch and then an inside area with the mash tubs and barrels they have tastings, full pour and flights as well. Beer setup and service is very good with lots of time to determine the right beers for you.
Love the picnic tables and barrel pub tables

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Have visited 3 separate times in past 6 months to work up rating.

Brewery located at non-descript office park in Ocean Township, NJ, near the old Seaview Square Mall. Walk in the front and you think you're at a doctors office...and then you smell the beer. There is a small growler-filling area in the front area and the much larger back room holds the brewery equipment, a mountain of yet-to-be-filled Head High cans (June 2016, I am told), and the tasting area. There are a few picnic tables and benches to sit at as well as some barrels. Space fills up quickly. Guided tours of the brewery are on the hour.

V: Very strong, positive. Lots of beer fans of all ages. Brewery usually very crowded.

Q: Just top-notch beer of all varieties. I have never had a substandard one and they do take considerable risks stretching the limits.

Service: Knowledgeable and polite staff; they move you through quickly without being rushed. Growler fill process is quick.

Selection: Highly dependent on what's being brewed, but there's always Head High and Overhead and at least 3 and up to 10 more available for sampling. They will not do growler fills of some popular beers and that's something we have to live with. Sometimes they have bottles, most of which sell out quickly on bottle release days.

What are you waiting for? Go! Go now!

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Photo of zekeman17
4.68/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I try not to go to Kane during beach season, as traffic can be tough. That leaves me with about 8 months out of the year when I can get to Kane in just about an hour. Well worth the drive.
There are always new/different beers on tap in the tasting room. Long bar and attentive staff makes getting fills easy, even when busy.

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Photo of TheGent
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visiting Kane two weeks ago was part of a three brewery trip along the Jersey Shore. We started at Carton, Kane, then Little Dog. All three have entirely different atmospheres and feels.

Kane is a relatively large facility. You first walk through a small bar area where they sell merchandise, which leads into a larger warehouse setting with barrels abound on some walls from floor to ceilong, brewing vessels and a larger bar where they pour beers, fill growlers and offer flights. There's a fridge as well behind the bar for large format bottles they're selling that day. Picnic table style seating in the larger room is conducive to sharing a beer with friends or making new friends on the spot. Lines moved quickly, and I think it was even a little more crowded than usual this day due to the ANTEAD lottery pick up that was going on. Atmosphere is more industrial / warehouse type feel. If you're looking for a smaller, cozy setting this is not the place for you.

Perhaps it's a function of the size of the facility and the number of visitors but I felt the staff was a little disconnected from the audience. They were very busy this day and of course I would not expect someone behind the bar trying to serve 100 people to sit there and chit chat with me about the beer, but my impression was a slight disconnect from the customer.

Overall, good service, cool hang out spot, good beer, and good price for flights.

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Photo of Hoptimistic_Pissamesstic
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Excellent setup, large picnic tables coupled with delicious beer equals socializing with random people and its a blast. Great atmosphere and even better selection of brews. Many different one offs and rarities each time you go. Defnately check this place out!

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Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I went there on Hurricane Joaquin weekend. I had two sample flights of 4 each four oz. (each for $4) and purchased a special edition Anniversary Ale. l tried the Head High, Overhead, Driftline, Hopline Citra, Single Fin, Deep Rooted, Ripple and Parhelion. Good stuff! Great atmosphere! Worth a trip if you are in NYC!

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Photo of LFC_YNWA
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Really great brewery. They put out some of the best IPAs I've had and their Hob Lab series has produced some real gems. The recent "mistake" beer Citra Pale Ale from the series was absolutely outstanding. Even their Morning Bell with Sumatran coffee from a local coffee shop really impressed me. Great place, great people, great vibe. Love Kane. So grateful to have it in NJ

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Photo of Hop_God
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great style to the brewery. Clean and modern in design.Really friendly staff that is passionate about what they do. Easy system, awesome beers and a great selection of quantity and quality with many styles offered. Hope these guys can have much more continued success.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great space tucked in a nondescript office park. I arrived a few minutes early and the entryway is like a doctor's office. Unlike the doctors, you couldn't wait to be called in. Basically, the space has two distinct areas. First, an A/C area that serves as a gift shop and growler fill ONLY. Enter thru another door and you go into their production facility/barreling room/tasting room. Reminded me somewhat of capt lawrence being able to sip suds mere feet from the tanks. There are 4 communal tables for seating and as me people trickle in barrels are used for tables. The bar is impressive especially with the rack of barrels holding ANTEAD reaching 30 ft to the ceiling. Prices are reasonable, $6 for a 4-4oz flight. This tasting room has more beers (~10) than the growler fill room. You can also get growler fills in here of stuff that they don't have avail in the other room. Growler fills not more than $20. Bring your own if you don't want to drop $12 for one of those fancier swing top growlers. Tours run hourly thru summer hours with the owner being visible. Family friendly place. Some bbq would be awesome.

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Photo of Zonk
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Great vibe but gets a bit hot in summer. Beers are awesome and good selection but could vary more from week to week. Everyone is helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. As mentioned selection is good but growler fills tend to be a bit more limited. Overall an awesome spot to visit.

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Photo of JuglashB
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Beautiful place inside, surrounded by barrel after barrel. Stellar selection of barrel aged beers every time I've visited, prices fairly priced. Shame they haven't started canning until recently.

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Photo of Mikus
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Super - friendly crew met us on the way in (with my gaggle of kids) and welcomed us. Totally laid back joint, with an outer bar (seemingly for growler fills and selling merchandise) and large inner area with picnic tables and barrell high tops. Relaxed and full of beer nerds. Inner area is in the actual brew house itself,so I got to geek out on some stainless. Bartenders, host, etc were very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. The beers were so good, and a decent variety of about 9 different brews. Tried Head High, Overhead, Solitude, Morning Bell, and BA Silent Nights 2013. Delicious all, and unfortunately not all available for growler fills. Took home 64oz of Overhead. If you are in NJ, don't miss out on Kane. Class act from my experience.

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Photo of 2baguy
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Huge serving area with picnic tables and standing tables. Great view of the brewery and the upcoming casks.

Love their beers

Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. More then happy to answer questions. Been there for a very crowded St. Patricks Celebration featuring many Port Omna variations and on regular weekends. Very smoothly run.

They have all the regular beets you can find on tap and always a few special releases.

Growlers are available in one and two liters.

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Photo of OleGee
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

You have to know where this place is - you will not stumble upon it. Nice, big 'drinking' area with barrels ANTEAD all around. And most important - very tasty beer.

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Kane Brewing Company in Ocean, NJ
Brewery rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 8390 ratings