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J.J. Bitting Brewing Company
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 180
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
33 Main St.
phone: (732) 634-2929
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Jimmys:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
The beer. Got the sampler and then tried the cask offering. On the sampler, 3 were the year-rounds and 3 were seasonals (i went mid-January so they were darker wintery brews). My 2 favorites were the Victoria's Golden Ale and the Avenel Amber. The seasonals were pretty good as well.
The food. Only mentioning it because I had to give it a rating, but I did not think it was very good. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing, but thats my story and Im sticking to it.
Everything else was great. Service, atmosphere, etc. all good. I thought the building was awesome and they did a great job keeping the integrity of an older structure. Gotta love the electric train going around the rafters as well!
03-27-2009 03:25:13 |
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10-18-2013 13:15:51 |
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10-16-2013 17:03:51 |
More by Varkias41
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
We went for my birthday and heard positive and negative reviews so we went there with an open mind. You enter by climbing 12 or so steps could be a problem after a night at the bar. We were seated in dinning room nears cooper beer vats nice brick and wood floors it was quiet we were early there but could imagine must get very noisy when real busy.
We went early and were seated quickly and had waitress right away she never smiled but was friendly just the same.
I decided on the beer sampler and got eight small glasses of beer that they brew I must say my favorites are Victorian ale and the raspberry wheat ale but both could have been served a little colder. We both got cheeseburgers and I got waffles fries and she got sweet potato fries which were mixed with jalapeño peppers and onions which looked little bizarre and was extremely hot she she couldn't eat. The burger were very good and cooked to order. Overall the service and the food was jut fine for us and will return on some later date to try other food offerings.
06-07-2013 18:00:17 |
More by jamesg60
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
J.J. Bitting's is one of my very first forays into the craft beer world. Everything is solid: beer, atmosphere and food. Head Brewer, Chris Sheehan brews the staples, but is always working to deliver at least one surprise. Located next to the Woodbridge, NJ train station, it is a NYC commuter's dream. If you are in the area, stop by for a pint (or two) and an enjoyable afternoon/evening...cheers!
05-08-2013 21:29:13 |
More by threeviews
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This visit illustrated the wonderful power of the Internet and beeradvocate. I had a pleasant business dinner at El Costello in Woodbridge NJ (Little Italy kind of place--didn't even ask about beer here) and felt like a beer afterward. There was a shady-looking place across the street w neon signs for Bud and Bud Light so I called upon ba.com. Within a couple minutes I was on my way to JJ Bitting Brewing Co and arrived by foot in 3 minutes. These guys had a comfortable atmosphere and nice service. But the beer was the star. Their house IPA (W.H.A.L.E.S. IPA) was a solid 8 (nice mix of pine and citrus) and their barleywine was beautifully bourbony--AND they had it also on cask which was even better. Nice Pale as well. Overall, my colleague and I really enjoyed ourselves and it would be a no-brainer to return on a subsequent trip.
05-08-2013 18:32:47 |
More by fulcrum
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by here while on a local business trip. First impression is ok...neat looking building, old and iconic railroad. Thats where it all goes down hill...
It was quiet, and had a local only vibe. I sat at the bar and it was filty! Dust and dirt were everywhere. All the random crap on the wall had dust all over it...as if the random crap wasnt bad enough, now I have to look at it covered in dirt...reluctantly, I got a WHALE on cask...it was descent, not amazing...
The food menu was again, gross...it was dirty, sticky, cracked plastic, and cheap and cheesy. Menu selections was typical "food" choices from anytown USA...nothing looked good and based on the condition of the place, I opted to pass on dinner. (side note, as I read yelp reviews of this place, someone noted the best Tai food in NJ across the street...so thats where I had dinner, and it was great).
Anyway...I had a taste of their cherry stout and it was horrible..then I had a 10oz of the barley wine...drinkable but not worth the $2.50 price paid for happy hour...ok, well maybe for $2.50, but id be pissed if it was full price. Waitresses/bartenders were caddy/gossipy and called everyone sweetie or doll...not a fan of that crap.
Overall, not worth a visit at all...and im not sure how thsi place is still in business. I have been to almost all 50 states and visiting brew pubs is something I do all across the country...this was one of the worst I ever been to. Sorry JJ...
04-17-2012 01:00:00 |
More by DrinkSlurm
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
I came here with a bunch of children so that might explain why the waitstaff wasn't all that attentive. But at least the kids weren't up banging on the piano. They were standing in the doorway between the dining room and the bar so they could watch the Jets game. They occasionally got in someone's way.
Anyway, this place is pretty neat-looking, with the fermenters in the center of the dining room, encased in glass with the tables around the outside walls where a little locomotive goes around on a track. The bar area is in the tower where the coal was and you can look up high into the rafters. If I hadn't had the kids I would have been in there.
The food was very good and they've got a decent menu for the kiddies with excellent pricing. I had a burger that was very nice and their waffle fries are cooked to crispy perfection. You can't beat their prices for the burgers, sandwiches or any of the meals for that matter, without going to a fast food joint.
The beer was okay. Some of them had a few off flavors. I wasn't fond of any of the hoppier ones, like the WHALES. In the Bad Boy, I felt that the Noble Hops were used excessively and threw off the beer's balance. But it won a bronze at the GABF, but that was back in 2000. Maybe that batch had better balance. I thought the Victoria's Golden was their cleanest beer and that the Avenel Amber had some good flavor. The Dunkel-Weizen smelled spot-on, but the flavor had some mineral-like off-flavors that made it disappointing.
Not a bad place with some pretty decent beer. At least the beer isn't watery which is a common complaint I have with brew pub offerings.
10-02-2011 17:32:31 |
More by Naugros
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I found out about this brewpub from "The Brewery Show" podcast. I recommend this show. It has good production value and the brewers reviewed cover many different areas and quality.
This restaurant and micro brew is located in a building over a hundred years old. The exposed beams and brick give a strong sense of history. I give a lot of credit to the owner for salvaging this historical location. In the center of the dining room is a set of kettles to show the priority of brewing for this company.
I started with a barrel aged english ale. It was served at room temperature (as it should be); earning early respect from me. It was a pretty good english bitter, and somewhat understated.
I had the wings as an appetizer. They were pretty good, and the sauce was tasty... but I would have liked a wetter wing.
With my dinner, I had the W.H.A.L.E. IPA with my dinner. I will review this beer very soon, as I picked up a growler since I enjoyed it so much.
I had the ribs with butterfly chips. The rib sauce was excellent and the butterfly chips were very tasty. BTW, the butterfly chips were invented by the restaurant.
The restaurant is very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the beer offering. I plan on returning.
Side note: Jersey laws prevent this brand from properly distributing their beer. Laws like this prevent best distribution of tasty beer. People outside central NJ are missing out on a very good creation. (much love to Sam at DFH)
06-17-2011 02:56:00 |
More by ummswimmin
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been here a few times, firt time being for Merck & Co. Christmas Party, beer geekdom and palate has advanced since Christmas 2009 but this is an overall review.
Solid Beer menu. Most stuff is on the lighter side in terms of ABV and body of the beers that they have. Only few types of darker beers which is more my thing, but the ones they have are solid. A bit watery, even the stouts and porters, but still solid. Everything they have is pretty tasty, but picky beer geeks may find this place a bit lacking.
You're not going to get wasted off of one beer here unless you cant control yourself at their Mon-Fri 3-7pm Happy Hour with 2.50$ pints, and free food as well - whoa! This is the type of place you can get pitchers and such and not break the bank.
Additional points for having really good food and full bar for spirits as well. Some brewpubs dont give you the option of getting spirits, which is cool for your buds who may not be as into beer as you are.
Definitely the type of place that can persuade a non beer person to appreciate beer and keep a true beer lover happy with the selections offerred.
Cool place to eat and drink.
05-10-2011 18:04:23 |
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