Conclave Brewing in Hunterdon county, NJ

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by NJ1, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. NJ1

    NJ1 Initiate (0) May 30, 2015 New Jersey

    This place opened a few weeks ago. I was there on Saturday. Amazingly made beers. I think this place is focusing on making good beer rather than making a bar like most of these new place that are popping up are. They only had 4 beers on tap but they were all very good. I spoke with one of the owners and it seems like they are focused on making their few beers excellent rather than just trying to put out more and more to get people in the door. We will see how this works for them.
     
  2. yankeepride

    yankeepride Disciple (374) Jan 16, 2011 New Jersey
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    My impressions exactly. All four I had on their 2nd weekend were above-average, and the pepper stout would be tradeable all over the country if they bottled it. These guys are a clear cut above most of the other smaller startups in the area, IMO.
     
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  3. gregkoko

    gregkoko Initiate (69) Mar 12, 2010 New York
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    The mosaic saison they had on tap was insanely insanely insanely good. Like just hook it up to my veins good. The other three beers I had were delicious as well. The guys working there couldn't be nicer. I have a feeling great things are coming. Score another one for NJ
     
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  4. Bferber

    Bferber Disciple (330) Apr 17, 2013 New York
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    Sounds interesting! I'm a big fan of that brewers' philosophy. Do they do growler fills there or just beers on premise?
     
  5. gregkoko

    gregkoko Initiate (69) Mar 12, 2010 New York
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    Yeah they had 1 and 2L fills when I was there (though not everything was available for growler fills)
     
  6. jmerizio

    jmerizio Initiate (144) Apr 17, 2008 New Jersey
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    Stopped in there a few weeks back and thoroughly enjoyed their beers...especially the mexican morning...

    The tasting room was nice but very warm and the overflow area (essentially the brewery itself) was ridiculously hot
     
  7. JRGNYR

    JRGNYR Initiate (138) Sep 16, 2010 New Jersey

    This is great to hear. Of course they open after I've moved out that part of the state :slight_smile:. Timing has always been one of my shortfalls. Definitely will try to get there soon.
     
  8. schteve

    schteve Aspirant (211) Sep 10, 2003 New Jersey

    I was there on Saturday as well. I thought all 4 were good. The stouts were better than the saisons. Looking forward to having them close by. Nice guys, too.
     
  9. NJ1

    NJ1 Initiate (0) May 30, 2015 New Jersey

    They released a pale ale this weekend. Another winner for sure. Hoppy pale ale, smooth, ultra drinkable
     
  10. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (291) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey
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    MOSES, mosaic saison is on this weekend
     
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  11. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (267) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Thinking of heading up here on Saturday or the next.

    Anyone know of any good dining places nearby (even if its Frenchtown), where there might be outside seating or such?
     
  12. kthoag

    kthoag Aspirant (281) May 21, 2012 New Jersey
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    Not yet been to the brewery but if they have Mexican Morning on draft make sure you give it a try. I had it at the NJCB cask event and it was the best beer I had there.
     
  13. Axic10

    Axic10 Zealot (593) Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    Not terribly far, but Vault in Yardley has outside seating. Triumph in New Hope as well.
     
  14. schteve

    schteve Aspirant (211) Sep 10, 2003 New Jersey

    @Axic10 has good calls, or...

    If you head up to Rt. 22 Nik's Wonderbar has an outside patio and a very good beer list. Probably has Conclave on tap, too.

    Follow 513 up to 22 and head west. not far from there.
     
  15. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Crusader (719) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    They have a new beer on tap this week: Diplomatic Immunity Belgian Pale Ale, which replaced Hop Ritual by the looks of it

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    And would also concur with @Axic10 suggestion; Vault is not too far, if you're seeking for more exploration in/around the area
     
  16. Axic10

    Axic10 Zealot (593) Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    I really need to get back up there, as it's only about a 15 minute drive. I haven't tried the Legend IPA and the Diplomatic Immunity sounds good. My wife keeps mentioning the Mexican Morning (I don't blame her). If only that was available for growlers.
     
  17. schteve

    schteve Aspirant (211) Sep 10, 2003 New Jersey

    Legend was pretty good. It looks like they're working on another IPA that sounds good.

    AFA Mexican Morning, I'd be happy with at least a full pour!
     
  18. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Crusader (719) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Hey now, Mexican Morning might not be NJ best kept secret, if growler fills are warranted; Conclave will be flooded. On another note, and as to @schteve comment, looking forward to Gravitational Waves hitting the tap lines (hopefully) soon


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  19. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (267) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    What's the consensus on the brown ale and the blonde? Those are the two styles my girlfriend would probably try in addition to the IPA.
     
  20. Bdalik

    Bdalik Aspirant (266) Feb 1, 2015 New Jersey
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    Gravitational Waves is an East Coast tyle IPA where as the Legend IPA is a traditional west coast style with classic hops and bitterness. Gravitational is hopped to hell. I would know, I helped brew it.
     
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  21. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (267) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Release it tomorrow..........? :grinning::grinning::grinning:
     
  22. Axic10

    Axic10 Zealot (593) Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    Looking forward to this based on your description. Any idea of the release date for it?
     
  23. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (291) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey
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    Next Friday for sure.
     
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  24. Burntfoot

    Burntfoot Aspirant (218) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    finally going to make it this weekend.. what size grolwers do they fill?
     
  25. Bdalik

    Bdalik Aspirant (266) Feb 1, 2015 New Jersey
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    Gravitational Waves out Friday! I was drinking it this past weekend and it is quite awesome. @Burntfoot we fill 32 oz and 64 oz growlers of any brand or kind. Come on through!
     
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  26. renegade700

    renegade700 Initiate (120) Jun 3, 2015 New Jersey

    They are stepping up their game.Diplomatic Immunity is excellent and had a,taste of Gravitational Waves look out that's a killer IPA.
     
  27. Burntfoot

    Burntfoot Aspirant (218) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    can not wait.. I have been meaning to visit!
     
  28. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Crusader (719) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    Oh Bejesus...

    "Next Friday Gravitational Waves will be released for the first time. An ultra-juicy rediculously hopped cloudy I.P.A. Galaxy, Mosaic,Citra"
     
  29. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (267) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Lineup for tonight:
    Heart of Glass
    Diplomatic Immunity
    Gravitational Waves (!!!)
    Equinox Brown
    Espresso Milk Stout
    Mexican Morning

    I'm super excited to be there tomorrow.
     
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  30. schteve

    schteve Aspirant (211) Sep 10, 2003 New Jersey

    I'm going to try to get there tomorrow.

    Need to go to Lowes, anyway...:wink:
     
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  31. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Disciple (304) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey
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    Was Gravitational Waves worth the drive to fill a growler tomorrow?
     
  32. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Haha amazing. Was literally about to check the ratings on this beer this second. Was planning on stopping by tomorrow. No kid's games this weekend due to Passover so a rare free Saturday all day!

    But alas, no reviews yet.
     
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  33. Bdalik

    Bdalik Aspirant (266) Feb 1, 2015 New Jersey
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    It was one of the busiest Friday's we've had at the brewery yet. I filled a bunch of growlers of Gravitational and I saw lots of people with full pours of it. It really is a well made beer.
     
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  34. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Disciple (304) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey
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    Screw it, I'll be there.
     
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  35. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (267) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    My body is ready for today.
     
  36. Bdalik

    Bdalik Aspirant (266) Feb 1, 2015 New Jersey
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    Come say hey if you'd like! I'll be the lanky kid filling growlers all day.
     
  37. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (267) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    @Bdalik Will do! I'll see you in a little bit.
     
  38. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (267) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    G-Waves is straight up legit.
     
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  39. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    You still there? I'm here right now.
     
  40. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (267) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Still here. Wearing blue standing with my girlfriend and having G Waves. Sorry I saw this now.
     
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