140 7th Ave, #15 Little Egg Harbo, NJ 08087
Review Date: 6/2/18
Reported by: Pretzel
So… As The Stoutmeister and I obsessively traveled to all the breweries in our AC Beer & Music Festival passport, one of our last stops was Pinelands Brewing Company. Since Pinelands is a South Jersey Brewery, and we have yet to review it, we decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone – Passport stamp and brewery review. We arrived at Pinelands just as they were opening (we still had several beer stops to make that day for the Passport, but when we do a review, we like to ensure our taste buds are fresh and our minds unclouded so we can give an honest and accurate review.
The place is very rustic and cute, with Pinelands decor including fishing and hunting decor. There are also many beautiful paintings of the pinelands landscape by a local artist. Corey, our bartender/brewer gave us a very informative tour, and was very attentive to all our needs and questions (after all, we were the only patrons there at the time). There are several high top tables in the bar area, and a nice picnic table area out back. It was a beautiful day, the back door was open, and a nice gentle breeze was sweeping through the joint.
The beers were very good, and we took several bottles home which with our discerning taste buds says a lot. The Gnarly Pine Barley Wine is the first barley-based beer that I really enjoyed. I found the Barleywine beer at the few breweries that carry it, taste like strong swamp water. But not so at Pinelands! Strong and tasty! I had to take two bottles home. Just for some edification… Barleywine is a strong ale generally between 6% – 11% ABV. It is called a wine, since it has a high ABV content similar to wines, but the fact that it is brewed from grain vs. fruit as a wine, it is beer. Pinelands offers several beers in bottles and cans, although they do not currently have canning/bottling facilities in house. They use outside vendors such as Tripod Canning and Iron Heart Canning that offer mobile canning services on site at the breweries. That was a new one on me! I didn’t even know that service existed.
Pinelands is open every day except Wednesday (which I’m guessing is a popular hunting, fishing, or of course golf day. The merchandise included a nice selection of shirts in many colors, glassware, and hats.
This brewery is the perfect neighborhood hang out. Relaxed, good beer, good conversation, and good music that doesn’t overpower the acoustics of the room. I don’t know what radio station or playlist was on, but it was a lot of the music from my youth – The 70’s and 80’s. Although The Rabbit insists my youth was the 1930’s! Not true!!! FAKE NEWS! Of course, maybe I should say I was born in the 1030’s, and then everyone will be astonished at how good I look for my age! Hmmmmm, might have to try that. Pinelands is definitely worth a visit!
Beers on Tap:
- Paradise in the Pines Cream Ale – Coconut Cream Ale (ABV: 4.5%)
- Evan John Porter – vanilla porter (ABV: 5.3%)
- Gnarly Pine Barley Wine – Barleywine (ABV: 9.7%)
- Pineland Pils Pilsner – Pilsner (ABV: 6%)
- Swamp Donkey IPA – India Pale Ale (ABV: 6.7%)
- Zero Shucks Given Stout – Stout (ABV: 6%)
- Great Bay IRA Red Ale – Red Ale (ABV: 6%)
- Evan John Porter Nitro – nitro porter (ABV: 5.3%)
- 08087 IPA – India Pale Ale (ABV: 5.3%)
Favorite Beers of the Day:
- The Stoutmeister – Evan John Porter Nitro
- Pretzel – Gnarly Pine Barleywine
Additional Pose Comments:
- The Stoutmeister – Watch your step once inside, there are a couple steps down to the bar area.
- Pretzel – Open 6 days a week. Awesome!
- Pinelands Brewing Company – https://www.pinelandsbrewing.com/
- Pinelands on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/PinelandsBrewingCo
- Iron Heart Canning – http://www.ironheartcanning.com/
- Tripod Canning – http://tripodcanning.com/
Overall Pretzel Score (8.63 out of 10):