Krogh's Restaurant And Brewpub

Krogh's Restaurant And BrewpubKrogh's Restaurant And Brewpub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

23 White Deer Plaza
Sparta, New Jersey, 07871
United States

(973) 729-8428 | map

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My second closest brewpub. Small place with a square bar and an adjoining seating area. The bar is cozy with name plaques all around for those who have consumed at least 70 beers (like me). Beers are decent, with the Oatmeal Stout being the standout. Seasonals are hit or miss. Food is on the higher end, with limited pub grub available. And the brewer and chef are one and the same. Food has always been good here and the portions are large. Friday and Saturday eves there are bands and cover charges. Fun place to hang out and have a few with friends.

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Photo of jrancan
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

I'll start off by saying I've only been here once so my rating might be low due to them having an off night.
Beautiful, cozy looking inside with the whole log cabin thing going on, and a fireplace warming up the room. Small place with dining in front of you as you walk in and the oval bar to your right. Come to think of it, where do they keep the brewing equipment? I didn't see any.
Anyway, the older couple behind the bar were slow and cranky (are ALL old people like that?) and the guy, in particular, couldn't answer any of my questions.
They had a whopping five beers on tap,not counting the Coors Light and Bud. No seasonals or wheat, so that left a pale ale, stout, red, brown, and golden ale. Talk about a prolific brewer...
English style pale was good, but the brown and stout were both watery. I think these beers were meant for those people who are willing to try something different but don't want to be scared off with intense flavors. Oh well, it is what it's just not for me.
By the way, $15 for a growler of this crap?! Get real, I can buy a six pack of some of the best beer in the world for a lot cheaper than that. I don't know if I'll ever make it back here.

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Photo of yen157
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Very, very cute little place. I really liked the log cabin look on the inside. Wonderful, beat up, old horseshoe shaped bar pushed to one side of the restaurant with the tables on the other. Don’t look for a “Men” sign on the bathroom, just a little metal plate with a boy pissing to mark the door (or just ask). For lunch we had the wings (tasty and pretty hot), Cajun pizza (very hot), and Hamburger rarebit platter, all of which were tasty.

The one big letdown was the beer. My first pint was served in a frosted glass, which produced slush on top for my first sip. At my request, the next two came in a regular glass, but were still way too damn cold. If the beers were robust enough to handle the cold then fine, but they were not. The house style seemed to be very thin and watered down. The three that I didn’t mind were the brown, pale, and stout. The brewer seemed to have orders to mot offend anyone with flavor or body. I asked the owner what temperature the beers were served at, and he started a spiel about how the stout should be served a little warmer than the rest. One I clued him in that my question wasn’t a complaint about the stout, he told me 41degrees. He then explained that all of the beers were in the same cooler. I guess that meant that since the Coors Light and Bud (also on tap) needed to be chilled to make them palatable, the rest had to suffer. Oh, and my girlfriend was made fun of by a patron for cupping her glass to raise the temp. He told her that warm beer is for the British and beer over here beer should be ice cold. She shut him up by telling him that one can taste more at unfreezing temperatures. He shut up. I wish I wasn’t moving the car at the time!

The selection was typical: brown, pale, filtered golden wheat, stout, red, seasonal, and one or two more. I guess they have all of the expexcted styles covered, they just weren't special at all.

Good food, very boring beer. Like Davo said, I wasn’t worth the trip for the beer alone unless you just want to try something you’ve never had before. In that case it’s worthwhile. Since I don’t live in the immediate area, I don’t think I’ll be back for just the beer.

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Photo of slander
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Cindy unexpectedly moved our Vermont trip to the Poconos, a little corner of Pennsylvania I'm not too familiar with. I found a listing for a brewpub en route in a town called Sparta, in way west of here Sussex County off I-80 a dozen miles or so. Located on picturesque Little Bavaria on the wasn't always a Lake Mohawk, it totally looks like the Vulgaria village square from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and this place a little stone gnome home, alpine style. "Here we are children, come and get your lollipops... ice cream, chocolate... all freee today!"

Very rustic in appearance, the interior is quite cozy. The bar on the far end sits, wood, unusually "P" shaped seating 20 with a center marble topped bar island inside holding tiered booze below, and the restaurant holds the rest of the room. Booze and glassware all the way around below the bar with strung glow rope tucked up there. At the back of the bar, another marble topped piece with cupboards below and a single tower of 10 taps atop holding mostly house handles and Bud & Coors Light. Next to the taps, a popcorn machine from wherest she fills (baskets) and feeds (me).

Décor is like dark brown tree walls in the bar & a loggish cabin scene on the restaurant side at the other end. I've got a center tree upright right next to where I'm sitting. Dark wood ceilings, paneled front windows, color slab tile floorings, drop mismatched stained glass lamps over the bar with more strung glow rope lining above the bar, and sunken spots throughout. Small flatscreen over the bar and in the corners. Small metal bands on posts, beams and the overhang everywhere tells tales of a beer club once ago. Old Lake Mohawk '29 black & white print on the wall there and a painting someone did of the exterior of the place. In the rear corner, a row of copper kettles behind glass.

3 raised bar tables and some bar counterage on the far wall behind me, below a carved Krogh's logo wood piece & individual signs around it each naming an individual beer making up the current tap list, and darts in the corner in a forward nook there. On the dining room side, panel front windows with lake views, twenty something tables and booths and a small fireplace in the corner. The room sparsely decorated with a handful more of old Lake Mohawk black & white prints.

Um, samplers please. The best of the lot was clearly the Pack a Punch Porter, full bodied and roasty, very flavorful; the Old Krogh's Stout had a nice oaty flavor but I like my stouts a little chewier; the Log Cabin Nut Brown Ale could've done with a bit more bite but wasn't too shabby; the Alpine Glow Red Ale was very nicely done; the Three Sisters Wheat Ale was pleasant as well.

And foodings, I had the chili and a sandwich, both very good, everyone seemed pleased with their meals. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. This was a nice diversion off the highway.

Updated 5 and a half years later...

Jed, you'll never guess where I am. Okay, I'll tell you, I'm at Krogh's, yes, Krogh's. Remember, you, me and Dave were here like 5 and a half years ago? Dude, everything is exactly the same, even that same nice lady behind the bar. Seriously.

Sampler revisited: The Krogh's Gold, slightly hoppy and a bit malty, actually quite pleasant; the Three Sisters Golden Wheat, filtered, okay; the Brogden Meadow Pale Ale, deep copper color with a good hoppiness; the Log Cabin Nut Brown, good nutty brownness; the Old Krogh Oatmeal Stout, oaty, chewy, roasty; the seasonal Windy Brow Cider Ale, seemingly funny at first, but nicely apple cidery as it warmed, and as the Alpine Glow Red Ale kicked, they subbed in a black & tan which was like a slightly thinner Oatmeal Stout, fine with me. After the sampler, I ordered the Oatmeal Stout and was asked if I wanted a cold glass or a room temperature glass. Thank you for asking. Tasty stout, I may have had more than one.

The soup tonight was lentil; that bean's not my scene so I opted for a cup of spicy beef & bean chili instead, and a grilled chicken sandwich with fries. The chili was good, not over the top spicy and came loaded with cheese & onions, and the sandwich was solid, came on a fresh roll with some toppings sided. Food has always been consistently good. Jed still goes on about the pierogies he had here nearly a half dozen years ago.

As I've been here 2 nights straight, I must say that there's good community here (someone there referred to it as a round bar). Pleasant, comfortable, friendly, Krogh's.

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Photo of pubscout
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Krogh's keeps seven of Dave Cooper's beers on hand at all times, but also Hacker Pschorr, Bud, Coors Light, Amstel Light, O'Douls and Kaliber. Our server Nicole said that Krogh's regular food clientele insisted on retaining those commercial beers (some habits die hard, I suppose), and savvy owner Bob Fuchs believes in satisfying the customer.

Three Sisters is actually quite good as a transitional beer--filtered wheats usually fill that role--and I found it very drinkable. Ditto, Daves Krogh's Gold, a maltier, slightly hoppier, well-balanced beer that will not fail to please those Budmillercoorsmen who are brave enough to sally forth.

Both the Log Cabin Nut Brown and the Brogden Meadow Pale Ale rated high marks. The Brown was smooth, nutty, malty and a solid session beer with a delightful nose. It would complement any game dish, and just as easily assist with spicier fare.

The Pale Ale was wonderful, a pretty beer with a good hop nose and loaded with flavor. This very interesting beer seems to be a hybrid that lies somewhere between a standard pale and an IPA. It was good enough to follow me home in a growler.

Next time at Krogh's, though, I'll bring home some Alpine Glow Red Ale. Krogh's most popular brew, it's deliciously smooth with exceptional hop and malt balance. Alpine Glow is outstanding in that it hints of great things in the nose and delivers them on the palate.

This night's seasonal was a true-to-style Maibock that tasted as good as it looked. A hint of malty sweetness was not overpowered by the hops, and it would have been a perfect beer to drink after my afternoon of rowing on Panther Lake.

The Old Krogh Oatmeal Stout was quite smooth and eminently drinkable, though not as chewy as I like my stouts.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

small, cozy little bar in my hometown. went there for the first time just last night, and it was an enjoyable experience. in the scenic Lake Mohawk Plaza, this bar has a great location with many restaurants right around the corner or across the street. good selection of their own beers which are decent. friendly service and nice people are a given. over the summer, this bar is the place for sparta college students, and it can be packed at times, other than that the place is usualy pretty quiet with the exception of a crowd for a good band

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Photo of beertravel
4.45/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The ambiance of this historic registered building is quite cozy. With the low ceilings, interior log walls, and old photos and memorabilia, the pub is a very nice place to enjoy a good meal with great beers and the quaintness of a small town. Across the street from Lake Mohawk, the views are exceptional. Out in the middle of nowhere, it is definirtely worth the trip.

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Photo of MTMugs
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This part of NJ - Lake Mohawk/Sparta is great! And so is Krogh's. Low ceilings, lots of dark wood, friendly bar patrons. Their Oatmeal Stout and Pale Ale were exceptional. Service was great at the bar. And they filled our personal growler! Definitely worth a visit.

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