Kane Brewing Company


Type: Brewery, Bar

1750 Bloomsbury Ave
Ocean, New Jersey, 07712
United States

(732) 922-8600 | map

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Added by michaelckane on 08-22-2011

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +2.4%
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 MacMalt
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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 +6.6%
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 -3.1%
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 +4.2%
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 +3.3%
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 antott0523
3.97/5  rDev -12.4%
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%
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 Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +10.4%
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 -2.2%
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 -6.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -7.3%
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 -5.1%
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%
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 -8.6%
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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Photo of PGD120
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

My favorite brewery in NJ. they make great beers, and the guys working there are great. tasting room is small but inviting. Only thing is they dont have the greatest variety, but what they do have is all top notch quality. They dont bottle for the most part but i never mind driving over to get a growler fill and taste stuff

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Photo of leantom
3.66/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Good enough, but just average selection and appearance.

V: People in jackets, cold.

Q: OK, general serving area very cold (almost feels like it's outside) and warehousey. Nice bar and tap heads, though. Barrels litter the sides of the warehouse.

Ser: Alright, lady at the first counter was nice enough. Liked the servers at Carton a little bit more, though (cozier atmosphere as well).

Sel: Only four beers. Not good.

O: OK, probably won't go again, though.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Kane is hands-down the best brewery in New Jersey. Great space with plenty of room to hang out and there is always at least a dozen different beers available for tastings.

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Photo of amano_h
4.44/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I dare you to find another brewery that has a more "we don't do this for the money" business approach than Kane Brewing Company.

They very rarely bottle any of their beers, they're only open two days out of the week, they're tucked inconspicuously inside an industrial park behind a Costco that people have to squint their eyes to find, and their year-round offerings only consist of 2-3 beers, which you mostly likely won't try to consume an excess of on their premises because they don't take kindly to people eating at the brewery.

Despite everything they have going against them, Kane is, and strives to be, the quintessential neighborhood brewery. Even with the limited number of beers they offer, all of their beers are above and beyond what you'd expect from the same state where Flying Fish and River Horse are considered "local favorites" -- Please let me know if you find a better IPA produced from this state than Head High/Over High and their variants. Or a better coffee stout than Kane's Morning Bell (and other variants.)

Kane also has a tendency to keep their loyal customers on their toes by churning out unconventional yet surprisingly delicious variants of their own beer, (they most recently put out a session beer using Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand) and it probably wouldn't be very shrewd of me if I neglected to mention that New Jersey probably hasn't seen a more hyped-up beer than Kane's A Night To End All Dawns,

For a brewery with a very limited distribution chain, Kane has some very snazzy merchandise and growlers that you can purchase both at the front and back bars; unlike other pickier breweries, Kane will also be more than happy to fill growlers from other breweries, and doesn't seem to impose a limit on how many you can fill in one trip (when I asked one of the staff members standing behind the growler fill station what the limit of beer I can take out of Kane was, he pulled out his calculator and typed in "2112 oz" for me)

Not the greatest place to sit and stay a while, but a definite must visit for anyone in need of a reminder that one need not necessarily travel all the way to Vermont to grab some quality beer.

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Photo of Flashy
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Get off the highway and drive past Wegmans(!!) a little ways down that side road and you are at Kane. Located in an industrial complex in a nondescript industrial building. Entrance is in the front, but I found a secret back door (woops!). Open two days a week (boo!) at this writing they have a nice little taproom (which gets crowded, but people move on) and the main area is at the bar (just made bigger) amongst the brewing beer. They rip no one off at $5 for a full pour and growler fills are priced by what you get (and no lectures on dirty growlers or missing caps- the clean the growlers and give you a new cap). Their beers that I have had, Head High, Omna, Overhead and Morning Bell are all world class. The brewers and the owners are always there and everyone is just so damn nice, I just love this place and the beach is ten minutes away!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited Kane during the '14 Night To End All Dawns debacle. What was to be a quick visit and emptying of the wallet, turned into a 2-hour wait in line, 2 hours at the bar, and going home with more money but less beer than I expected. In short, Kane not only underestimated the insanity of the beer scene when it comes to bottles releases, but they also did nothing to remedy the cluster**** by lowering bottle limits. So the crowd then became a mix of gluttonous hoarders and depressed shut-outs. I was more impartial, as I was really only in town because I was going to see King's X at the Starland later that night. Kane was only stop one for my day, though thanks to the situation, it ended up being much more than that. I mean, yes, it sucked I didn't get all the bottles I wanted to, but I can always wait until next time. With the money they brought in, there's no way they won't produce those beers again.

Anyway, in a more objective review, Kane pretty much bears no resemblance to a brewery from the outside as you're driving down the road. Looks just like an office building, and even when you first walk in, it's a typical office foyer with some other business in the other half of the building. But take a few more steps and you'll find a small bar and growler filling station, with lots of merch to look at. Walking through the next door, you'll find the brewery, and a much larger bar; this is where the bottles were sold, and where all the special beers were tapped. I don't know exactly how many beers were on, but it was a lot, and thankfully, with so many goodies to choose from, they offered sampler sizes, and flights. I've had a lot of beer from NJ at this point, and really the state doesn't have too much to offer in terms of quality comparable to the better breweries in the US. But that said, Kane is up there, making really good brews, and not only experimenting, but doing experiments that actually yield good results (I cite the cinnamon maple Morning Bell as an example). There's no other way to say it: they are the best brewery in NJ, and by far.

I don't think I really got a good feeling for the service on this day, since no one, including the brewery, expected the whirlwind of insanity that occurred. But despite the totally unfair bottle limits--which they should have changed drastically as soon as they saw that line out front in the morning--the staff was on the ball. Once inside, all the lines moved pretty fast, and everyone was keeping up with the bustling activity. My rating for service will increase quite a bit if they set reasonable bottle limits for their next release.

Kane is a definite must-visit if you're anywhere remotely in the area. I'm not sure what their tap line-up is like on non-event days, but considering even their regular beers are pretty good, the brewery is worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of Hessian257
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I have visited Kane over 15 times, so I felt inclined to give it a proper review.

Atmosphere: Very small, but never overcrowded where you feel cramped. When you walk in you are greeted with a small tap room with shirts, glasses, hats, growlers, ect.. with about 6 taps. As you walk into the brewery you are given the bare bones, all the brewing equipment, about 30 barrels, bunch of picnic benches and barrels for seating. There is also another draft station where you can get all their one offs and smaller batch beers.

Quality: Awesome! Every beer I have had from Kane has been a winner. Their IPAs are a force to be recon with, and their barrel aged beers are also really impressive.

Service: Always friendly and prompt, that's all I really ask for. As I overhear others ask about styles and such, they are more than willing to give advice.

Selection: Really amazing for being such a small brewery. Usually 12 or 13 (can't remember) taps available with all their year round beers, small batch, barrel beers, and a nitro handle. They usually have a bottle available as well, sometimes more.

Food: Non existent, eat before hand. They have a large lot in the back of the brewery where I think a food truck would kill it in the summers.

Value: Usually all full pours are $5, just varying portion sizes. Flights are $6 for 4 4oz samples or anything on tap.

Overall: I love this place and their is a reason I keep going back and back. If anyone is in the area or in need of a destination, I highly recommend Kane Brewing Company.

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