Carton Brewing Company

Carton Brewing CompanyCarton Brewing Company
Carton Brewing CompanyCarton Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

6 East Washington Ave
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, 07716
United States

(732) 654-2337 | map

Notes: Having decided they had something to contribute to the very exciting conversation going on in craft brewing, cousins Chris and Augie Carton teamed up and started Carton Brewing. In the seashore community where they were born and raised, the Carton boys found a turn-of-the-century red brick warehouse and adapted it to accommodate a state-of-the-art Newlands Systems 15 barrel brew house. 6 E. Washington Avenue was turned into an independent craft brewery and their hats were in the ring. Applying a passion for stimulating flavor to inspiration found all around them, they set about their goal: to make tasty beer in the place their tastes were formed.

Brewery Tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays 5-8PM, Fridays 4-8PM, Saturdays 12-8PM, and Sundays 12-5pm. The entrance to the brewery is 6. E. Washington Ave, street parking is available.
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A quirky little place that isn’t easy to find. Check out the website before heading there. We didn’t have to do the tour they “require” but we did have to follow the sampler format they utilize. The process itself is a minor annoyance, but the staff was very helpful and nice, and patient in describing it to the customers. It didn’t bother us this trip but does require more time at the service counter.

There were a couple more mundane beers, but mostly solid to truly interesting offerings. The choices included low and high ABV, pale ales and stouts, and a few odds and ends like a lager, a gose, and a wit - 18 overall. We had a relaxed afternoon enjoying the beers and would return again if we are nearby.

Aug 19, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

It's been a few years since we stopped here. A little unrecognizable with no signage to speak of. Was told since it was across the street from a school they could not put up prominent signs.
Did the tour which was run of the mill. The serving room upstairs was a bit crowded. You get a 4 ounce type juice glass and four pours for $5.00.
Could tell there were some regulars at the bar and the bartender gave them all his conversation and attention.

Dec 29, 2018
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Dcucchiara from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Carton is one of the staple breweries of the Jersey Shore, and has certainly done earned to that title. Do they have unbelievable NEIPAs, hoppy Pale Ales or dense Milk Stouts that blow you away consistently? No, but they're by far one of the most consistent all-around breweries I've ever step foot in.

Oct 11, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

I visited Carton Brewing Company on the first truly warm day of Spring in 2018. The brewery is located only a very short walk away from the Atlantic Ocean (or more correctly, Sandy Hook Bay) in Atlantic Heights, NJ. If you visit, the modest sized, serving area is upstairs and had eight offering on tap with perhaps another half dozen prepackaged available for purchase.

On the Saturday afternoon I visited, six, 4 oz (118 ml) tastes were offered for $5, but note a 4 pack of Sundae went for $20. The vibe is hip and youthful (several dogs and babies), but the room was not big enough and it was quite crowded. The whole servicing space and bar are fairly small for the crowd and one will wait for service a bit, although the mood is convivial, cooperative, and really just looking to have fun.

Definitely worth a look if you are in the area or from nearby, but I might the buy prepackaged beer at a retail store next time.

Apr 15, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Located in a residential area across from a school. Why are so many breweries located near schools....What does that say about children? The building is small and old but has a cool vibe. The staff were both super helpful and super friendly. My wife and I had a great time. Add to that the excellent beer and you have a winner if you are looking for a beer destination in New Jersey.

Dec 14, 2017
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jgido759 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A little gem hidden away (literally) in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Really had to look to find it but once I did. . .

Took the 10 minute, 1 room tour (mandatory) before heading upstairs to the taproom. Small, but quaint, and very crowded for a Sunday evening. My flight was enjoyable, as were the staff. Everyone was very friendly.

Would definitely go back.

Aug 21, 2017
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

have been a few times only to grab cans

first off, i live roughly an hour from Carton and getting there was easy besides finding the final destination. the first time i went i drove by it twice before i realized which building it was. it's right off the main street and has no signs or anything to point out that it's Carton Brewing. good job of hiding in plain sight

cool little place, great beer and super nice people

May 07, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Finally managed to get out to Carton to check it out. The tour was short and sweet which was nice. The taproom was pretty rad, They had an old Dead Kennedy's vinyl playing on the turntable. The selection was good, the service was good too. It's a cool spot! Glad I finally made it there.

Nov 13, 2016
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jp11801 from Florida

4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very cool somewhat out of the way location but 100% worth the drive from central PA. Great selection of well crafted beers on draft when I went with 077Nelson being a standout. Boat really surprised me with its flavor. Service is outstanding and super fast. I highly recommend stopping by if you can.

Aug 21, 2016
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Upstairs bar/ taproom is well lit, plenty of seating. Randall goes often as well. Newer brew house in back is top of the line. Older brew house up front still houses the experimental small batch cart. Tucked away off the main road is tight parking but overall great place.

Apr 08, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Carton is a fun brewery at which to spend an afternoon. The taproom is lively and the servers attentive. My only wish is that there were more of Carton's excellent beers to sample.

Mar 12, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited several times starting in October, 2015. So happy to have quality craft brewers in New Jersey.

V: Very friendly, pro-beer drinkers' type of place. Not very large, but lines move quickly and there is room to sample, talk, etc.

Q: High-quality product across a wide array of styles.

S: Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Short wait times, always happy to answer questions. Interactive on Facebook, which is where you check to see what is available.

S: Always 4-8 styles on tap for sample flights and growler fills, and 2-6 styles in cans. They are popular, so there usually is a limit on cans, but never less than 2 4-packs, so always worth the trip. $5 for 6 4 oz. samples is an insanely great value and you can keep the poker chips (1 per sample) to use on a later visit if you wisely do not feel like drinking 24 oz and driving somewhere.

For those not from the area, take a short trip to the Mount Mitchill overlook nearby to see the stunning 9/11 Memorial as well as great views (weather-permitting) of Sandy Hook and New York City.

Feb 06, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

You have to take the tour of the small brewery to get your tasting poker chips.
6 chips for tasting glasses. You can also buy glasses of anything. And they have a cooler full of 4 pack cans to purchase. I also got a Carton 32 oz. growler with the "Shipwreck Porter" which is an excellent beer.
You go to an attic barroom for the samplings and it has some sofas. I think they could hire a better artist for their clothing as I really didn't see a shirt I would want to own. I also picked up some glassware re: a long stemmed beer glass perfect for sipping the Shipwreck.
Carton bought the building next door and are starting to expand.

Jan 24, 2016
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KingPurple from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

When I came to the brewery, they were canning 077XX, so my girlfriend and I ended up learning much more about the brewery. Very interesting opportunity for us! Afterwards, we went upstairs to their tasting room and both had a tasting. Between my girlfriend and I, we were able to try every brew they had, and each one was incredible. Before the tasting, I was only familiar with Boat Beer, 077XX and Carton of Milk. However, the other styles present at the brewery were phenomenal, such as the Wit Whale, The Trupfel and others. I was able to get my Carton glass that I've been looking for and took some great brew home with us as well. I highly recommend the brewery to anyone who loves a wide variety of beer!

Jan 09, 2016
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited Carton a couple weeks ago as part of a three brewery trip along the Jersey Shore. First hit Carton, Kane and last Little Dog.

As with Kane, you'd never know a brewery existed at this location. I had to park a couple blocks up, which was really not an issue. Even if the lots full there's plenty of free street parking.

Walk in on the main floor and take a quick five minute tour on the first floor. This is where they sell the cans and waxed growlers being offered that day. It's a small facility in a very old building with a somewhat warehouse feel, but also a definite small business feel. Nice and knowledgable lady who gave us a tour. After the tour you head up stairs to the second floor to a small tasting room that I would describe as a loft/lounge, with comfortable leather couches and some chairs. Definitely not enough seating for the roughly 30 people that were there, but still a very cool hangout spot. Perhaps a tad cramped. Paintings for sale on the exposed brick walls. Billboards describing the beers of the day. $5 for six 4 oz pours. Great deal. They start you off with boat and then you go up to the bar with your tokens and get each next beer when you want, rather than all beers at the same time as a flight. I took a couple tokens home with me. You don't need to use them all that day.

Overall, cool atmosphere, nice people, great beer.

Dec 31, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I went there on Hurricane Joaquin weekend. I took the tour and had six samples for $5. I tried the 077XX, Boat Beer, BDG, Epitome, Carton of Milk and Canyon. Worth a trip if you are in NYC!

Oct 04, 2015
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Neorebel from New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Visiting Carton this past Thursday was the highlight of a long overdue day trip. I found that there was quite a lot more to this nondescript looking building than it may seem. I was given a quick tour, where I learned a bit more about the history behind the building itself, and a little about Carton and their brewing process. I spotted bags of Bremen malt (for Boat?) strewn about an area where barrels and kegs were stacked high. A nifty little rig known as the 'Tippy' is used for tweaking recipes before main production begins. After the tour, I was directed to the tasting room upstairs, which had a wonderful communal vibe to it. Although it was a weekday, many faces were gathered here and the layout of the room was conducive to chats among companions and strangers alike. The decor was modest, yet artistic in some ways at the same time. Large posters displayed information about the beer selection. A comfy couch lie across from the bar underneath merchandise for sale that hung from the ceiling. For just $5 we got a glass of 'Boat,' and a flight of beers afterwards. Boat happened to be on sale in cans as well. The brews I sampled: BDG, Wiscovation, Wit Whale, IDIPA, Digger, Milk on Nitro, and HopPun on Cask. What a great array of styles to delight my palate! I ended up speaking with a guy Brian that worked there about craft beer and music - they had a tube amp there for the audio setup too, what a nice touch! Really good people - a young lady behind the bar was cordial as well. I brought home a growler full of IDIPA, and it's a double-walled stainless steel vessel I purchased there that kept my precious libation safe and chilled for hours! Carton is quality, and very much a part of the local scene. I later walked around Atlantic Highlands to the marina and some nearby restaurants to try even more Carton Brews. I'm sure I will be visiting again whenever I can, and it's a great place to bring friends and hang out.

Sep 08, 2015
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ChefMacAttack from New York

4.87/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Cool little place in an unmarked brick building.

As soon as you walk in the door, you are greeted by someone who politely insists that you take a tour of the brewery if you've never been there before. They give you some history on the building and walk you through their brewing process. The place is small, so it only takes a few minutes. Once completed, you head upstairs where they have a full selection of brews on tap.

$5 will get you 5 (5oz) pours. The staples, 0077xx and Boat, are there plus some of their experimental brews. Most of the beers are available for growler fills. When I was there they had Carton of Milk on Nitro (for an additional fee, no fills)... delicious. The staff is really efficient getting your pours, even with a crowd. Everyone is super friendly.

If you're lucky, they also have a limited number of cans on sale. Supply can run low if you come later in the week, so get there early. 0077xx and Boat were both available in cans when I was there. I was thrilled, as I had visited several stores in the NJ area that were all sold out.

Hopefully, they can expand their production process and distribution reach because the world needs more Boat (or maybe just I do).

Sep 05, 2015
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RCM505 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I really love this place. I have been there twice and each time I was greeted at the door by their friendly staff. If you are a first timer plan for a quick tour of the brewery….very cool. Tasting room upstairs is a little small but really nice nonetheless. They have a few couches set up for guests to chill and a decent amount of standing room. They have a poker chip format for sample tasters and the beers are excellent. Both times 077XX and Boat Beer have been on along with some other really creative offerings. By creative offerings I mean that they really step outside when it comes to what they brew and they are not afraid of experimentation. Try Regular Coffee when and if they brew it again and you will know what I am saying. Their staff is super friendly from the bartenders to those working in the brewery. I just feel these guys just get it. I look forward to going back at some point.

Aug 02, 2015
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The_Craft_Deviant_Rob from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A very cool little spot in the heart of Atlantic Highlands. A touch small and in desperate need of more room, the very laid back and contemporary vibe holds it all together with the beer obviously outshining it all.

Jul 23, 2015
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JuglashB from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Awesome little place right down in Atlantic Highlands. Tasting room is quite small, especially apparent when its shoulder to shoulder at peak hours.

Taps are what you'd expect, with some crazy weird ones thrown in every now and then. A fresh keg pour of Boat or 077xx never gets old. $5 for 5 tasting glass size pours, some serious bang for your buck.

Jun 12, 2015
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Zonk from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I have to say while in terms of personal preference only a couple of their beers have knocked me out, it is a great place to visit. Enthusiastic and detail oriented brewing, and definitely interested in originality and pushing the envelope. Fun and knowledgeable crowd, Worth a trip.

Mar 29, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Vibe: It is pretty laid back feeling and informal.

Quality: Beer is excellent quality!

Service: Someone is waiting to give you the quick brewery tour, and the bartenders are very responsive even when crowded

Selection: 8 taps, 1 cask available for tasting, as well as regular growlers, waxed growlers, and cans for take home (though the waxed growlers and cans aren't guaranteed to be in stock) and there is plenty of merchandise

Overall: A very pleasant place to visit. Plenty of people were there, but it didn't feel overly crowded. Highly recommend visiting if you are a fan of their beer

Feb 04, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Carton Brewing, a great, busy hang in Jan, best beer pub atmosphere and crowd in Monmouth County.

Great blends of local and visitors. Small enough to create a real tight standup atmosphere. Every one is in great spirits, friendly, eager to talk.

Expanding into a much larger space soon, so come visit the original tasting room.

Jan 25, 2015
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poppollutesminds from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Real relaxed place with couches and down to earth staff. Nice place to hang out.. I'm really happy they are expanding and offering more experimental brews

Jan 23, 2015
Carton Brewing Company in Atlantic Highlands, NJ
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