|Baker Street Brewery's founder and head brewer Art Hannemann takes you
on a journey to find the ales. Catch the train for Arty's ride to the New Jersey
suburbs in search of, what else, great beer!
It's going to be a fun trip as Arty reviews and rates a new stop each month
as he takes the rails to the ales.....and beyond!
Take The Rails to The Ales to
Jack's Goal Line Stand
149 Brighton Ave
Long Branch NJ
First of all, I was told that Jacks was right next to the train station. Not so, although there are
train tracks just uphill of Jack's. The station was, we eventually discovered, nearly a two
After getting off the train, my traveling (and drinking) friend Arny and I were now totally
confused as to just were Jack's was located. We walked aimlessly around. Everyone we
asked for directions had no idea. Fortunately we noticed taxis all over this town so taking
down the number on the side of one of them, we called Shorecab (732-222-6688) and for five
bucks and three dollar tip we were quickly transported to our beer destination.
I had been told that Jack's had an iced draft tower. Unlike the directions, this time the
information was correct., I was curious to see what that entailed. It was an ice encrusted tap
system serving exceptionally cold frosty beer. Coors Light, Miller Lite, Bud Light and
Heinekin were the four near frozen choices.
Other than bits of ice in the beer, there was nothing of interst in that group so we decided to go
for the Dogfishhead Black and Blue from the other forty five choices on tap. Our attractive
bartender Lil recommended the Allagash Curieux next. I love when bartenders know beer and
make good recommendations. Hey Lil, I'm available!
After the Allagash I had a Spaten Maibock and Arny had a Dogfishhead Red and White.
Both were excellent. We finished with Youngs Double Chocalate Stout which is a dessert all by
itself. At the last second we decided to have a quick glass of Heinekin from the ice tower
since that tower was the main reason we had gone to Jack's in the first place. Trust me, the
beer was cold. It was so cold that even a Russian Imperial Stout would have not taste.
Now it was time to get a taxi back to the station. Luckily for us Jack's fills growlers so we we
did just that with Rouge Dead Guy. All I can say is the Dead Guy is a great beverage for a
train ride back to Woodbridge, or anywhere else for that matter
Jacks is a reallly fun place with a fun crowd of all ages (but mostly young) who appreciate
all kinds of beer. Also, if you like sports as the Goal Line Stand name implies this is your
place, with plenty of tv's to view.
They have a huge menu and the food was pretty good. I had a nicely done personal pizze and
Arny enjoyed a veggie cheese burger which had to be good since he left nothing on the plate.
When I think of Jack's the first two things that come to mind are good service and a fun
drinking atmosphere. That makes for a great combination and also makes a visit to Jack's
well worth the trip. Give it a try and you'll have a fun day. And of course, tell then Arty sent
I rate Jack's Goal Line Stant at four out of five engines.
What's happening on the tracks?
Stirling Hotel Main Ave Stirling NJ Total Tap Takeover!
On Thursday 5/26 all sixteen taps will be taken over by Victory Brewery of PA
Both the indoor and outdoor will feature Victories beers and the inside bar will
offer three different beer flight samplers. Check their website for details.
I'll be there so if you see me come by to say hello.
Here's some good info on planning your trip. First step go to www.njtransit.com web site. Then
click on train schedules. Next click on "use our map to plan your trip." Now select your train
station on the map. And next select your destination on the map. A new page appears and you
want to select weekday, holiday or weekend accordingly. A new page appears with your
schedule of departing times and length of travel time. Print this up and then go to the bottom of
the schedule and it will say click here for return schedule--click away. Now print this page up
as well and you have all the info you need to plan your trip. Remember to allow walking and
Gotta catch my train back-- see you at my next stop!
Remember to leave the car at home and......Take The Rails To The Ales !!!!
Rails to Ales........and beyond ////////////////////////////////
by Arty Hannemann
Five engines= the very best
Four engines= excellent
Two engines= fair
One engine= bad news
Zero engines=stay away
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