A typical Saturday for us is to head out early and see where the day takes us! On this specific Saturday, we only had one place on our list, Well Sweep Herb Farm. As we were heading out to Port Murray, NJ to purchase our perennial herbs for the year (most of which the deer have already nibbled and enjoyed, unfortunately), we ended up getting out there earlier than expected, so we stopped at another nearby farm, Donaldson Farm. There is nothing like stumbling upon another awesome farm when heading to one of the best herb farms in New Jersey!
As you can see, we love farms and breweries! So, after shopping at two farms, Matt soon realized we were just minutes from Hackettstown, New Jersey, which houses THREE breweries. It was still early in the day, so we thought it would be a perfect town to explore and research to help create a new brewery tour for #mkuntapped.
First up was Czig Meister Brewery on Valentine Street. This was a first time for us visiting this tap room and we were sooo impressed! It was HUGE and the beer selection was very extensive. We each got a 4 – 4oz tasting and we had a few favorites! While we sipped our beer, we ordered pizza from a near by restaurant and enjoyed a few slices with some beer. If you make the trip to Czig Meister, try these beers:
- The Gunsmith Smoked Lager
- Crush Depth Imperial Black IPA
- The Lawnman Hefeweizen
- The Gardener Saison
We walked around the block to our next stop, Manskirt Brewing, located on Main Street. The tasting room at Manskirt Brewing Co. is so fun. The paintings on the wall are awesome and I especially love their wall of brewery stickers. It encourages us to take trips (day or weekend trips) to visit new breweries! This was our second trip to Manskirt and some of our go-to beers are:
- The Great Porter
- Imperial Progess
- Hackettstout (Nitro)
You are more than welcome to bring food in so don’t forget to snack in between beers and before heading to our last stop of the day, Jersey Girl Brewing Co.
Jersey Girl Brewing Co. is just 3.7 miles from Manskirt Brewing, so this beer tour is literally all within 4 miles from one another! A perfect day trip! Jersey Girl Brewing Co. was established in 2014 and they have a beautiful tasting room. Their beers are on the lighter side which is perfect for someone who is just getting into craft beers or anyone who enjoys a crisp, light beer on a hot, summer day! Oh and their tasting boards, anyone from Jersey will absolutely love it (and I LOVE their tasting glasses!)
Some of our favorites are:
- Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
- Sun Kissed Citra
- Gold Rush
Well that sums up our day in Hackettstown, New Jersey! If you are in Northern or Western NJ, we highly recommend checking out this #mkuntapped brewery tour. There are a ton of cute restaurants on Main Street and you might even notice the cute little M & M characters scattered throughout the town, as Mars Chocolate is also located in town!
If you happen to take this little brewery tour, please share it with us and let us know what you think! Be sure to use the hashtag #mkuntapped. If you have a brewery you think we NEED to check out, shoot us an email or message us on social media, we are always up for an adventure!