Human Village (Pitman)

148 S. Broadway
Pitman, NJ 08071

So the Beer Posse found themselves heading back to Pitman for another grand opening, specifically the Human Village Brewing Company; the location that was previously the Bus Stop Café.  Being that it was the grand opening, you would expect everything to be somewhat chaotic.  But we found a busy, yet organized and well-run business.

First we were required (by law) to take the brewery tour.  The host manning the front door, opened a second door from the outside that looked down a long corridor containing some brewing equipment, and into a second room in the back that contained the rest of the brewing equipment.  There were handouts diagramming the brewing process, that keeping with the motif of the Bus Stop café was diagrammed with musical clefs and notes.  And that was the end of the tour.  No close up of the equipment, or handsome brewer expounding on their process.  I asked several insightful and intelligent questions to our host, who provided precise and accurate answers.  Meanwhile, the rest of the Beer Posse ditched me to hurry inside to get in line to order their flights.  My suggestion to Human Village is to skip the so-called “live” tour, and hand a flat screen TV above the bar, and broadcast a virtual tour of their facility.

Emily Barnes and Megan Myers, the owners and brew masters of Human Village, have kept the décor true to the Bus Stop Cafe’s must motif, along with some interesting and amusing beer posters, and their beautiful logo consisting of hops, barley, and DNA double helix.  It was quite crowded, but the acoustics were great (well it was a music venue).  So you could have great conversations without the sounds getting lost in a cavernous warehouse-type space where many breweries reside.

Princess scopes out a nice high-top table for the Beer Posse, while B3, The Stoutmeister, and I wait patiently in line to place our beer order.  B3 also orders a Candy Crème Soda for Princess who is our Designated Driver (DD) and doesn’t drink any way.  I quickly place my order and head over to the table.  I find Princess talking to some new people (Tim and Jen, from  “The Township”.  Ok, NJ is full of townships, so that doesn’t exactly narrow it down.)  Soon, the Stoutmeister comes over, and sits to Princess’s right.  She is sitting with her back to him, and promptly introduces him as “her husband”, while still facing Tim and Jen.  I have to make a correction, and say “No, he happens to be my husband!”  Then I tell Tim and Jen, “Don’t mind Princess, she’s always trying to trade up!”  Soon, the entire Posse is seated at the table, and we start tasting our beers.  The Rabbit and The Wrangler soon joined us, and scarfed down a pizza that B3 graciously picked up for them on the way to Human Village.  The Stoutmeister spent the evening discussing stouts with Eric who was wearing a Yards polo shirt.  The Stoutmeister mistakenly thought Eric worked for Yards, and as Yards is one of his favorite beers, was sucking up.  Alas, it turns out Eric was merely another Yards fan, but they had a nice conversation regardless.

Human Village has a very nice variety of beers (see below), and I love the English theme.  I must say, we were pleasantly surprised with the selection, and we could not agree on our favorite beers.  Each beer has some subtle and tasty ingredients that we have not come across before in our beer adventures.

All-in-all it was a very successful opening.  Well done Emily and Megan, and everyone from Human Village.  We will definitely be back in the future to check out your spring and summer offerings!  Welcome to the neighborhood.

Beers on Tap:

  • Flying Scotsman, Scottish Ale – ABV 5.0%
  • London Calling, dark Pub Ale – ABV 5.4%
  • Beers and the Bees, Golden Honey Ale – ABV 5.9%
  • Abbey Road, citrus IPA – ABV 6.4%
  • I’m Bringin’ Hefe Back, German Wheat Ale – ABV 5.6%
  • Pumpkin is the New Black, Pumpkin Ale – ABV 5.5%
  • God Save the Queen, London Calling infused with Earl Gray tea – ABV 5.4%


Favorite Beers of the Day:

  • B3 – Flying Scotsman, Beers & the Bees
  • The Rabbit – God Save the Queen
  • The Stoutmeister – London Calling, God Save the Queen
  • The Wrangler – God Save the Queen, I’m bringin’ Hefe Back
  • Pretzel – Abbey Road, Flying Scotsman
  • Princess – Candy Crème Soda (Princess doesn’t drink, and it was the only non-alcoholic beverage available)



Additional Posse Comments:

  • The Rabbit – I like the décor and the space.  Larger than expected.  Well done.
  • The Stoutmeister – I liked most of the beer; I am never a fan of IPA’s and so that was the only one I did not care for.
  • The Stoutmeister – The restrooms are clean, but I hope no one has a problem because these are single toilet restrooms,
  • The Wrangler – I am glad they kept the music history in the décor,
  • Princess – I appreciate the offering of a non-alcoholic Candy Crème Soda Craft soda.  It was pretty decent although it had a little after-taste – maybe from the seltzer water.
  • Pretzel – I love the logo with the hops and the DNA double helix.  Very creative.




Overall Pretzel Score (7.8 out of 10):   7-75glass


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2 thoughts on “Human Village (Pitman)

  1. Hey Pretzel!! This is Jen, we met at Human Village! Love your blog and it was so fun meeting all of you. Keep up the great work and keep on Drinking!!

  2. Hi Jen! I remember you! You are from the “Township”! LoL! I’m glad you enjoy the blog! Our next stop is the AC music and beer fest on 4/1! Awesome beerfest!

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