Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Last week I spent six days driving all over New Jersey for my day job. Naturally, this made me thirsty for some quality beer.
I had read about Oak Tree Discount Wine & Spirits on Beer Advocate and was impressed by their A+ rating after 160 reviews. As fate would have it, I actually had a meeting in the office park right across the street!
I was greeted with a friendly welcome on my way in and pointed to the beer sections. After strolling the craft brew aisles and foreign aisles, I had narrowed a personal six-pack down. I got a fall Breckenridge Brown Ale, a sampling of Climax offerings (a New Jersey label), and got my friend a Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. Before checkout, the proprietor of Oak Tree told me I should get the Troegs Mad Elf. So I picked up a bomber. I really enjoyed that beer later. If you are within a half hour drive, or more, make sure to go out of your way to visit this beer haven.
For dinner that night, I went to J.J. Bitting Brewing Company brew pub. I ordered the sampler and tasted all 8 of their beers on tap that night. I liked their Oktoberfest and Hop Harvest Ale. The others didn't stand out to me. However, it was a really cool restaurant and bar with good food. If you are in this area, I would not miss this place.
Side note: I asked the waitress how many IBUs the Hop Harvest had, she said she didn't know what an IBU was and said that was one of the weirder questions she has been asked. So I guess we were both a little flabergasted. We did enjoy good service there.