Glen Gardner Inn

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Type: Bar, Eatery

161 Main St
Glen Gardner, New Jersey, 08826-3606
United States

(908) 537-7272 | map

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Reviews by DS31:
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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very cozy atmosphere for dining and the small bar, which has a good selection of beers and a knowledgeable bartender. Can get noisy on a busy night. Some menu items can be ordered in small portions, which is perfect if a large meal is not what you want.

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Day 84.
Missed Springfest last year due to post Spesh wedding day activities, it just wasn't going to happen. Lots going on now but I'm still looking to make it out for this year's event. Schnickel Fritz Mike & Dicke Frau Davida have certainly been going on about this place long enough, it's just that when I come visit, they won't bring me here. Something about keeping me down or whatnot...
How can you really desribe the place? Um, it's your standard Civil War era tavern, 2 foot thick stone walls and old, old wood, lots of it. Straight bar seats a half dozen+, and a few adjacent tables forward near the door. Dark wood bar back, with hanging glassware and 6 taps at the other end, wines stored below central unit of shelved booze over mirrors and in wine racks at both ends of the bar. Some 2 dozen bottles displayed above amidst ivy and strung Xmas lights. The attached dining room holds about 15 tables, candle lighting, walls with wood panelled lowers, painted uppers and done with old prints. Comfortable and friendly and warm somehow.
As this event was a German theme, the taps were set accordingly (Hoffman Helles, Stoudts Maibock, Jever Pils, Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Einbecker Urbock Helles, Hacker Pschorr Munich Lager), although the usually have 4 micros and a pair of Germans on. Bottles are a handful of micros (Victory Hop Devil, Yards Jefferson Porter & Washington Pale Ale, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Sam Adams Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), imports (Aecht Schlenkerla Rauch & Helle, 3 beers from Schneider including Aventinus, Urige Sticke, Sinebrychoff Porter, Entire Butt Porter, Stella, Harp), and some macros. Started with the Schwartz and worked our way outside to the tented table seating. Another keg outside (Climax IPA) and a special pin of the Ramstein Maibock (7.2%), Davida drove the mallet with much enthusiasm. The mayor of Glen Gardner brought us pitchers of the Helles (now that's excellent public service) and we sang that Schnitzel Bank song (Ist Das Nicht Eine Schitzel Bank?). The food was excellent, but as it's not their usual fare, I won't give marks for food here, but I will get back here for dinner with the Bunofskys soon enough. Really nice people here doing a good thing.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

After hearing about this place for a couple of years, finally gave the place a go Sat Eve with Mkobes as a little birthday dinner. This place is a remotely located old inn that is properly set in a small town, sort of off the beaten path. Outside is an old building, inside is a well maintained restraunt with a very nice atmosphere and a bar with a decent beer selection, which is the key here.

The owner, Russ, behind the bar with another bartender. He was very friendly and helpful with questions. He explained how important quality is to him and how he makes certain that the lines for the six taps get cleaned regularly. You could tell this is a top notch type place. He knows how to take care of his customers. We even had the birthday song sung by the emplioyees.

The beer on tap that night included Anchor Steam, Stella, DFH 60, Climax Black Lager, Victory Kolsch, and Avery Ellies Brown. I also had a Yards Thomas Jefferson out of a bottle, which I was told would be on tap in the near future (he had a keg in the cooler). Russ mentioned that good beer was important to have on tap at all times, for there was no real point to having crap beer around, and people were consuming the high end brews rather well anyway. A good sign.

The food, by the way, was excellent. Had Scallops with lobster, and mkobes had a fillet mingon. Yum. Also had escargots, which were real tasty.

A great place to visit for an upscale dining experience and I highly recommend. Also a great place to go for a beer, for just going to check out what is on tap will surely be a fun thing.

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place was nice gem to find in the middle of no where. I set out on the bike to find a few places on the Beer Fly list and was very happy to stop in here. Because of the selection and service here, the amount of places I hit was dramatically shortened :)

The bartender - who was covering for the owner - was extremely friendly and helpful even though she was recovering from a hangover. I had a climax draft, one of 6 rotating drafts - very nice. The bottle list was amazing - Blue bird bitter, Entire Butt Porter, Abbaye du Val Dieu, Allagash triple/double, Rogues, Yards, Victory, Dog Fish Head, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, etc (whew!!). The food menu looked just as impressive but I was unable to stay and eat.

The atmosphere was fantastic featuring a beautifully cared for bar and a cosy dinning area. Relaxing although a little on the upper scale side - I was a little underdressed in my jeans and tshirt.

I would highly recommend this place and if you are going out, make it a destination.

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Photo of yen157
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Small bar located in the tap room section of a nice, but comfortable restaurant that I’m kicking myself for not finding sooner. Occupying 2/3 of the ground floor of a old inn that just oozes history, the neat casual bar sports six taps (we all dream of at least a couple more) and about 10 seats. The besides the Guinness and Anchor Steam taps the others rotate regularly. (Actually, Anchor Steam becomes the X-mas during the season.) The rotating taps are most often regional micros including Heavyweight, Smuttynose, Climax/Hoffman, Ramstein, Victory, and Flying Fish though the occasional German kolsch fights its way on. The proprietor/beer guy/barkeep Russ does a terrific job keeping the beer fresh and lines clean. Bottles include many of the same draft brands plus some including Belgian/Belgian-style brews, Schneider, DFH, Sinebrychoff Porter, Schlenkerla, and Urige Sticke when there was some left in NJ distribution.

Food is outstanding, albeit pricey, but there is a more moderately priced, and equally delicious, “Tap Room” menu available in the menu’s namesake which includes at the bar. The people there are unusually friendly so you will find yourself feeling comfortable and returning very quickly. Open Wed-Sun.

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Glen Gardner Inn in Glen Gardner, NJ
Place rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 5 ratings