Best NJ Beer Festivals and Events

New Jersey Beer Festivals

New Jersey beer festivals play host to a well over 50 major breweries and micro breweries with many brew masters and staff available to provide information on over 250 beers and ales.

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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May 2018 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Truckerton Food Truck Brew Fest
“Truck”erton Food Truck & Brew Fest – Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuckerton Seaport
120 W. Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ
Cost: $10
This weekend event features craft beers, live music, fun, and food from over a dozen food trucks from all over the East Coast. The craft beer garden will have favorites from local breweries.

Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown
The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown
May 19, 2018 (12pm-1pm VIP HOUR; 1pm -5pm General admission)
Lewis Morris Park
Doe Meadow Field
270 Mendham Road
Morristown, NJ
Website (tickets & event schedule)
Cost: $20, $60, $90
This event features 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 4 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!

Hand Crafted at Perkins Center
Handcrafted at Perkins Center
Saturday, May 19, 2018; 7PM - 10PM
30 Irvin Ave
Collingswood, NJ
(856) 235-6488
Website & Tickets
$60/PP & $80/PP VIP Tasting
This event features an evening of artistry celebrating the unique and handmade at Perkins Center for the Arts. During this award-winning tasting event, our guests will enjoy tastings from microbreweries and regional wineries. This evening features gourmet food by Not Your Ma'Ma's Tacos and Mary's Mobile Diner! Artist-made beer steins will be featured for sale, and a silent auction will feature a variety of prizes ranging from tickets to fine arts & crafts.Don't miss the VIP tasting with Candace Ryan, Wine Educator, and Sommelier. She will be hosting a Wine vs. Beer tasting featuring wine from local vineyards, beer from Tonewood Brewing and hors de'oeuvres from Roots catering!

Kearny Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Kearny Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest
Saturday, May 19th, 2018; 11am to 7pm
Frank A. Vincent Marina
277 Passaic Avenue
Kearny, NJ 07032
Tickets & Information
This family friendly event features over 20 food trucks from the tri-state area, over 12 NJ Craft Breweries including; Demented, Brotherton Brewing Company, River Horse Brewing, and more to be announced soon.
Live Music will be provided Rude Boy George, a NYC-based band that reimagines 80's New Wave classics in ska, reggae and rocksteady versions. They are motivated by a shared love and respect for ska (reflected in the reference to 1960s and 2 Tone rude boys) and the extraordinary amount of good music produced in the late 70s and early 80s New Wave/post-punk era (Boy George). And they want to have some fun doing it. For Kids activities there will be a climbing rock wall, bounce house, obstacle courses, along with Plastercraft of Kearny and the Montclair Art Museum providing hands on arts and crafts activities for the kids.

Meadowlands Beer Fest
Meadowlands Racetrack's Spring Beer Fest
May 19, 2018; 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM ( rain or shine)
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment
1 Racetrack Dr.
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Walk-up tickets available
Admission : $75 VIP Tickets, $35 GA Tickets ($45 at the door)
This beerfest features 30+ total producers breweries, great food, plus watch and wager on the world's greatest harness racing (post time 7:15 pm).
$75 VIP Ticket: includes admission, VIP Lounge, special VIP food buffet, tasting glass, Exclusive VIP tastings and 1 additional hour of sampling (limited to 200), $35 GA Ticket: includes admission, tasting glass and 4 hour sampling, $45 for day of ticket purchase: includes admission, tasting glass and 4 hour sampling. Must be 21 & older to attend/ no refunds given.

June 2018 New Jersey Beer Festivals

South Jersey Craft Beer and Food Festival
South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival
Saturday, June 2, 2018; 12pm to 5 pm
Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike,
Mays Landing, NJ
Website - Tickets
Cost: $35 for Beer Tasters, $10 Designated Driver. Entry fee includes access to the event and brewery samplings.
Cat Country 107.3 is proud to be an official partner with South Jersey Craft Beer & Music Festival. Music by local musician and Atlantic Cape graduate Derek Crider who will take the stage with the Derek Crider Band. Other highlights include 10 breweries, food and beer pairings, crafters, a homebrew competition by Eastern Homebrew of Northfield, and much more.

Hop Sauce Beer Festival
Annual Hop Sauce Festival
June 2, 2018 (rain or shine)
Taylor Ave,
Beach Haven, NJ
Website (tickets & event schedule)
This family friendly event features good food, sampling hot sauces, beer. live band entertainment, and plenty of fun activities for kids. The Hop Sauce Festival is a gathering of craft beer and spice enthusiasts. As Jetty's largest event, always on the Saturday after Memorial Day, the focus on brew and hot sauce is also paired with local fare, original music, and cultural vendors. A portion of the proceeds are always earmarked for Jetty's nonprofit arm, the Jetty Rock Foundation, which uses funds for youth initiatives, for those in need, and to enhance the community. This growing shoulder season event also aims to improve business and tourism during the traditionally slow period after the holiday weekend.

Art on Tap Beer Festival
Art on Tap: A Beer and Food Tasting Event 
June 3, 2018; 2pm to 5pm
Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center St
Clinton, NJ
Website Tickets
This event features a sampling of beers and food from some of the top reestaurants in the area.
Proceeds from the beer-and-food tasting fundraiser help support the Museum's free education programs including its class for adults with disabilities; the "HAM in the Schools" program; and ArtZone, a free space in the Museum where children can make art, said Marjorie Frankel Nathanson, executive director of the Museum. Hunterdon Brewing Company will supply 15 diverse beers for three tasting tables.

Wildwood Beer Fest
Wildwood Beer Fest
Saturday, June 9, 2018; 2 Sessions;12 pm – 4 pm, and 6 pm – 10 pm.
Fox Park
E. Burk & E. Montgomery Avenues
Wildwood, NJ
Website Tickets
Cost: $30
This beer tasting event celebrates the art of locally brewed craft beer will be equally exciting for the brew aficionado and novice alike. A ticket into this event grants you access 100+ brews, a commemorative tasting cup, live music, delicious food, craft vendors and special exhibits. Beer sampling is unlimited with your ticket.

New Jersey Beer Food Festival
New Jersey Beer and Food Festival
Saturday, June 16th, 2018; 3pm - 7pm
The Festival Field at Grand Cascades Lodge
Crystal Springs Resort
3 Wild Turkey Way
Hamburg, NJ
Information & Tickets
This event features a day full of tasty food, a variety of craft beer, cider and traditional drafts! Attendees will get to enjoy their favorite brews and sample a variety of new flavorful beers, great locally-sourced food, and live music by Lima Bean Riot! For the full experience, check out their Brews & Birdies Golf Tournament which includes access to the NJ Beer & Food Festival in the afternoon<

Battleship New Jersey Craft Beer Festival
Battleship New Jersey Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, June 23, 2018; 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
100 Clinton St
Camden, NJ 
This event features beer tasting, live entertainment, and a free self-guided tour of the nation's most decorated ship.
Sample over 30 NJ Breweries while being entertained by the Cabin Dogs. Food available for purchase. Ticket includes a collectible sample glass and 15 4 oz. samples with the option to purchase more.  VIP tickets get in one hour early and allow you to try a range of special beers that may run out before main session starts.

Somerville Craft beer Festival
Somerville Craft Beer Festival
Saturday June 23, Sunday June 24, 2018; Saturday, 12 pm - 9 pm & Sunday, 12 pm - 7 pm
Main street, in between Bridge and Grove
Downtown Somerville, NJ
Facebook - Tickets
Admission: $10 if purchased on-line in advance, $15 at the door and includes your sample mug
Come celebrate with live music on stage , good food from local downtown restaurants, great beer. There will be a cash bar to pay as you go, no credit cards.

Brew at the Zoo
Brew at the Zoo
Saturday,June 30, 2018; 6pm to 9pm
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ
Website Tickets
Cost: $60 - $110
 The festival will feature live entertainment, 50 nifty brewers with a selection of 100 craft beers and more fabulous food trucks. Many of the zoo's exhibits will be open to browse during the event.

July 2018 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Cheers in Chester wine festival
Cheers in Chester Wine & Beer Festival
July 21, 2018; 3 - 7pm
Municipal Field
134 Main St
Chester, NJ
Website & Tickets
This event features over 100 craft brews & wine, live music & entertainment by Mr. Lovejoy, food, vendors, and more.
Outdoors, under a tent.
Proceeds from this event will go to support the Chester First Aid Squad.

September 2018 New Jersey Beer Festivals

Battleship New Jersey
WMGK Brew Blast
Saturday, September 8, 2018; 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Battleship New Jersey
100 Clinton St
Camden, NJ 
This event features beer tasting, live entertainment, and a free self-guided tour of the nation's most decorated ship.
Sample over 30 NJ Breweries while being entertained by the Cabin Dogs. Food available for purchase. Ticket includes a collectible sample glass and 15 4 oz. samples with the option to purchase more.  VIP tickets get in one hour early and allow you to try a range of special beers that may run out before main session starts.

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