Beach and Beer: Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, NJ
Summer time for me is all about sun time, beach time, and new adventures. So it really was amazing when I discovered that Beach Haus brewery had moved its operations to Belmar. It's just amazing to me how many quality breweries have opened in New Jersey in the last year. Beach Haus brewery moved from Point Pleasant to Belmar in the old bakery location on the main drag, about half a mile from the sand. The great thing about this space is that it is two stories: the bottom is a retail space with fun Beach Haus gear and cases of their delicious beer for sale while the upstairs is a large tasting room complete with a roof deck. That deck was just perfect on the gorgeous sunny day of our visit.
Beach Haus has great beers; everything from a well-balanced IPA to a nice dry stout. Of course you can get a draft of their most popular styles, like the pilsner, at bars across the state and they seem to be expanding which is great for NJ's craft beer scene. But you need to get to this new brewery location, ASAP, this summer. The tasting room is big and open, perfect for a group. The roof deck doesn't exactly have a view of the ocean but it's fun to watch cars with surf boards strapped to the top or packed with sandy kids going to and from the oceanfront.
Nick and I parked ourselves at a picnic table inside for awhile then hung out on the deck. It was sunny, the beer was delicious, and it was just really laid back. You know when you have the perfect afternoon? That's what it was like at Beach Haus and I can't wait to go back.