|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
Off the Tracks....
Delicious Heights Bedminster NJ
285 US 202 South
You can take the NJ Transit train to Far Hills on the Gladstone Branch. Upon leaving the
station you will walk approximately one mile south on US 202 to #285 Delicious Heights
First a brief history of Deilcious Height and how they got started. They began as an
exceptional deli/restaraunt in Berkeley Heights many years ago and were famous for their
quality and innovative dishes. When the oppotunity to purchase The Alley bar and restaraunt
it was surprising to see the deli had become the new owner. They turned the Alley into a very
nice bar with a decent tap selection and wonderful bottle selection. (See Rails to Ales
Berkeley Heights for more info on that location).
Achieving success at that location they decided to open at a second location, and purchased
the former Willies Tavern in Bedminster. Being consistent they decided to call it simply
Delicious Heights. The former bland Willies'has been turned into the coolest (and I mean
coolest) state of the art, high technology craft beer bar in NJ.
Opening day was Monday Sept 26, 2011 and I was glad to be there for the occasion. When
you walk in the door the first thing you see are the illuminated medallion tap handles bearing
the names of the 24 craft beers offered. You are instantly impressed and know that beer is at
the heart of this establishment. This is only the service bar. You will have to walk a little
further to get to the main bar.
The main bar has eight beer towers with three taps each. They are so cold they are covered
with ice. In addition a rail of ice runs along the bar from one end to the other allowing you to
rest your beer on a frosty patch and keep it cold. The ice doesn't stop there. If you like frosty
cold vodka or tequila there are five frosty offerings to choose from. But back to the beer.
The tap list/ bottle list/ wine list etc menu book actually lights up when you open it for easy
reading in the dark of the bar. A screen above the bar also shows the drink menu changing
from one page to the next. When you are seated at the bar you can see the bottles available
by just looking through the glass cooler doors as well.
My first beer was a Weltenburger Asam Bock and it was dark, cold and very delicious. Served
in a 20 oz. sized Weltenburger handled mug. Nice to get a beer in the glass it deserves. After
another Weltenburger I opted for the Spaten Octoberfest (the original) wich also came in a big
handled this time Spaten mug. Another delicious choice at Delicious Heights.
This place is really impressive and worth the trip just to see it. Also on tap were...Omegang
Hennepin, Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Six Point Bengali Tiger,Lagunitas IPA, Delirium Tremens,
Hacker Shorre Oktoberfest, Franziskaner, Brooklyn's Penant and Octoberfest, Sierra Pale
Ale, Yards Thomas Jefferson, Gritty Mcduff Halloween Ale, Jever Pilsner, Newcastle, Sam
Adams' Octoberfest and Cherry Wheat, Magic Hat #9, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, Yeungling
Oh, in addition, the food here is excellent as well. Dress is neat casual. Take a trip to the Far
Hills train station and the quick walk to Delicious Heghts....Remember to leave the car at
home and Take the Rails to th Ales
RATING: Four and a half engines
Here's some good info on planning your own Railes To Ales 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 drinking time.
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
For Off The Rails it's
Barely Sacks instead of Engines
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