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Best NJ Beer Festivals and Events

New Jersey Beer Festivals

New Jersey beer festivals play host to well over 100 major breweries and micro breweries

NJ has made a mark in the beer brewing history of the United States. During the late 19th century, New Jersey was considered to be the nations hub of breweries and was home to some of the largest breweries in the United States.

With a large German immigrant population, there were many brew masters and owners who preserved the style of beer from their homelands. During the 1880s, there were no less than six breweries in Newark, NJ alone.

In 1935, the G. Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, New Jersey became the first brewer to market beer in steel cans. In that year, only about 25 percent of beer was packaged in bottles and cans -- the rest was kegged. Today, however, about 90 percent of America's beer production is consumed from bottles and cans.

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COVID-19 executive orders in effect may restrict or require cancellation of events.

With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we  recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

May 2021 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown
Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown
May 15, 2021; 12pm-1pm – VIP. 1pm-5pm
Mennen Arena Field
161 Hanover Ave
Morris Plains, NJ
New Jersey's first festival, featuring only New Jersey Beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks & Chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & Bacon creations, all available for purchase. There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People's Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. 30 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 3 styles of Beer. One of these styles will be either a rare Beer or a Brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with some fantastic Music!

Skylands Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Skylands Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, May 15, 2021; 12:00 - 7:00 PM (Rain or shine)
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
(973) 383-7644
Cost: $5, Children 38 Tall and Shorter, Free
This family event features entertainment for all ages. Spend a special day enjoying the outdoors, delicious food, craft beer, music, and more! • Free parking

Raceway Park Spring Beerfest
Raceway Park Spring Beerfest
May 22, 2021
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
230 Pension Road,
Englishtown NJ 07726
Cost: $65-$75 for General Admission and $15-$20 for Designated Driver- 21+ no pets
Be part of the biggest and best outdoor beer festival in NJ at historic Raceway Park. The beer will be flowing, the music will be blasting…over 30 local breweries and wine distributors sampling all you can drink for a 4-hour session. 12n-4p and 5p-9p.
Scheduled to sample (subject to change): Ghost Hawk, Seven Tribesmen, Vignetti Wines, Jug Handle Brewing, Angry Dad, Twin Lights, Ashton Brewing company, Toms River, Cypress, Climax, Montclair Brewing Company, Jersey Cyclone, Blue Point, Untied Brewing Co., Spellbound, NJ Beer Company, Belford Brewing, Raritan Bay, Butter Nut Wines, Four City, Old Hightstown Brewing and more!!!!! Food Trucks: Mr C's, Jersey Curbside, Harry's Lil Kitchen,
Let's Have a Ball Music: Naughty Humphry, The Big Fuss

June 2021 NJ Beer Festivals

Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
June 4, 5, 2021
Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ
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This event features a celebration of a decade of AC music, brews, breweries. Attendees will experience over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries, the biggest music acts to date, interactive touch points such as life size beer pong and a pop-up jam band space, a state-of-the-art March Madness viewing area and culinary offerings from our favorite AC food and beverage joints.
Music by New Found Glory, Goldfinger, & Against Me.
Three sessions:
Session 1 Friday, 8am - 12:00 am, Session 2 Saturday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, & Session 3 Saturday, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

August 2021 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Cape May Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival
Cape May Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival
August 14, 15, 2021
The Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ
Come to the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate for this family friendly, two-day festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer foods … steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs, as well as food from regional vendors. This event is FREE to attend. Varying costs for food, beer, and crafts vendors.