|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...
Here we go off the tracks again. Get a designated driver and go for it!
High Street Grill
64 High Street
Mount Holly, New Jersey
Warm dark woods highlight the attractive decor featuring exposed brick on the wall with large
TVs at each end of the bar. There are nicely spaced high tops in the bar area and a quieter
dining area towards the back. The atmosphere says "upscale" but there remains a welcoming
vibe. The bartenders seemed knowledgeable about some but not all of the offerings which
included several brews from local brewery Carton, Lagunitas IPA, and Founders Red
Rye PA. The entire list was solid but nothing that isn't available in most craft beer bars. To
their credit High Street Grill does have a hand pump which is sadly uncommon in most parts of
the state. Beer was fresh, glassware was clean and appropriate to the beer style being
served. I didn't eat there but in checking the menu noticed that it seemed a bit pricey perhaps
indicating they are a restaurant first and craft ale locations second. Still they do not short
change the beer drinking experience. Not a true destination stop but no real shortcomings.
I rate them 3 out of 5 engines.
183 Riverside Avenue
Red Bank, New Jersey
This is not the Verona Inn that boasts of being in business for 65 years. This is a new building
about a mile from the original location. The decor however is light years removed from that
spot. Modern and very attractive the inviting bar stretches across one wall with high top
tables facing it. In the back there is a small but inviting outdoor patio, and a separate dining
area with booths and tables on the far side. There are nearly 30 taps with 5 being wasted
with the likes of Bud Light and its equals. Still, a solid list remains highlighted on my visit by
Leffe Brune, Anderson Valley IPA, and Bellhaven Scottish Ale on nitro. The bartender was
polite, polished, and friendly with a decent understanding of the beers. Large TVs face the bar
giving every seat a perfect view of the variety of games they were showing. Food menu
prices are moderate to high with standard burger in the $9 range (no fries included). Overall
another bar with standard craft offerings but in a fun, modern setting. I rate them three
engines with a bonus 1/2 for the bartender not only explaining but offering samples of beers
we had questions about. Good initiative is not seen often enough in today's pubs.
I give them a total of 3 and 1/2 engines
Pig & Prince
1 Lackawanna Plaza
Montclair, New Jersey
Located in a beautifully redone train station featuring exposed brick walls, arches, and even a few
actual station artifacts this place has an upscale vibe and prices to match. Service at the bar was a
bit brusque with the bartender bordering on being condescending since I was only having beer and not
one of their expensive wines/cocktails. Still, the place brings an elegant note to drinking
quality beers from their six taps along with a solid bottle list. I had an Allagash Black, Fort Collins
Red, and a Brooklyn There Will Be Black each priced at $7 for what looked like a less than pint
glass. To their credit there is no Bud/Coors/Miller on tap. Didn't eat there but the menu had items
(and prices) you'd expect at an semi-upscale restaurant catering to a Manhattan style crowd.
I rate them three engines.
Hope you get a chance to stop in at my new restaurant in the Bradley Gardens section
of Bridgewater NJ. Bring your own great beer and enjoy my great food!
Neil's All American Grill,
85 Old York Road Bridgewater NJ. 908-300-8658.
Chicken Specialties, Sloppy Joes, Subs, Falafels, Burgers
Cheesesteaks, Salads, Vegetarian Menu, Italian Specialties and
All kinds of crazy stuff. BYOB !
Stop in if you are in the area and mention you read my column!
Here's some good info on planning your own Rails 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. And of course if you
go off the rails like I often do but sure to have a designated driver!
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 !!!!
Five engines= the very best
Four engines= excellent
Two engines= fair
One engine= bad news
Zero engines=stay away
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Hat Tavern & St. James Gate
The Auld Shebeen, Whippany NJ
Red Bank, New Brunswick, Long Valley, NJ
The Ginger Man, NYC
Rattle 'N' Hum / Copper Mine
Somerset Hills, NJ
Pearl River, NY
South Orange, NJ
Morristown - Land of Many Taverns
Off The Rails--A Few Days In Pennsylvania
Off The Rails - The Ship Inn & Cloverleaf Tavern
Pony Bar, New York City
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Jack's Goal Line Stand
Manville, NJ - Northside
Off The Rails - Delicious Heights, Bedminister, NJ
Blind Tiger, New York City
The Office, Bridgewater, NJ
Places to Buy Beer in NJ
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Rails to Ales