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Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 30
Beer Ratings: 118
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Eatery ]
279 Springfield Ave.
phone: (908) 665-1755
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by TheDeuce:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Place was crowded as hell, my girl and I had a reservation for 8:30, got seated at 8:45, couldn't even get to the bar to get a beer because it was so crowded, but that's ok.
Seated in a small table for two we are served bread and water and take our drink orders, I order the Merlin IPA, a West Coast variety and she orders one of the seemingly endless choices of wine. The IPA was well made and balanced, not as hoppy as my normal choice but I liked it. Food was excellent, I had a Filet Mignon while Suzanne had the Mahi Mahi, expensive but excellent, service was responsive and polite. I had a Porter to top the night off that was well made as well, the beers were all high quality, nothing jumped out at me as too crazy, though the Rye beer looked different than most I've seen.
This is an expensive place, and no it doesn't serve usual pub fare like wings/burgers, but that is no reason to not give it a chance, on a slow night you can always just stop at the bar and sample the beers or its a great place to have dinner if you can deal with the prices and want a great beer. There are enough gimmicks in the craft beer world, why not an mid to upper class restaurant too?
One thing I could've done without was the valet parking, other than that this is a fine place.
01-27-2007 18:38:49 |
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More by Varkias41
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
recently went here for a buddies birthday and out of all the local brew pubs in the cnetral jersey area I think this is the nicest one. We tried their sampler and a couple of beers after and all were amazing. Excellent beer! Excellent service! Enough said!
06-12-2013 21:12:40 |
More by Gnarles
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I love this place. By far the best Brewpub in New Jersey that Ive been to. Yes the atmosphere is not your typical "brewpub" style and the food is upscale and pricy, but the beer is great. There are always about 8 beers on tap, ranging from Imperial India Pale Ales to Oatmeal Stouts to Raspberry Wheats. There are 4 flagship beers with 4 rotating sesonals and specialties. The food there is excellent but on the gourmet side. You wont find nachos and chicken wings. I highly recommend this place if you have the chance to get there. And remember, no hats allowed!
06-08-2013 14:07:41 |
More by djrn2
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
From the exterior, the place looks unassuming, but you are greated with a moderately upscale dining and drinking environment upon entry. Exposed wood and some masonry star in the decor, dimly light at night. Very euro feeling. Smallish bar, but a lot of table seating throughout. Warm and cozy.
A nice selection of 8 beers available, from average to solid. As with most places, the standard line leans towards light and crowd pleasing, instead go towards the roating seasonals and special brews. Menu covers standard fried affair and burgers as well as more inspired cullinary creations. All was solid to fantastic. Service was spotty despite the comofrtable crowd.
All in all, the beers are average, save for a few seasonals, but the food was quite good. Well worth a revisit.
07-09-2012 15:16:47 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped in yesterday and had 2 beers, the pils was nice, crisp and clean, more Bavarian than Czech. The Oatmeal Stout was also pretty good but certainly not as good as Krogh's up in Lake Mohawk. Since we were doing some bar hopping we didn't want to eat too much in one place so I ordered the spring roll app. This was pretty tasty and pretty expensive, $12.95 for two small rolls cut in half. Everytime I go back to this place I remember why I don't go there more often. There is nothing particularly wrong with it but the bang for the buck is just not there.
04-23-2012 13:24:48 |
More by crenegar
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Really nice atmosphere; old oak bar and benches and stairs, etc. Small but spacious, multiple rooms and an upstairs if you wanted a private party. Plenty of light as well. The brewery area was nicely integrated as well, you can see the mash tuns, serving tanks, etc.
Food was awesome, got the Taco Trio (Mahi Mahi, Pulled pork and Chicken) with 2 different slaws to use as toppings. Mother/sister really enjoyed their butternut squash app, prime rib wrap and vege quesadillas.
Service was spot on. Waiters changed mid-meal but it was seamless and both were great.
Beers were the most disappointing part of the experience. Mother and sister split the sampler but I passed because it was 75% lagers/pilsners. Sampled their IPA which tasted like Celebration, the brown ale which was meek and watery and the bock which was surprisingly hoppy and yet malty and enjoyable; def the best beer I sampled. Still I wish these small brew pubs would push the envelope considering they can make whatever they want and if it's not good, it's just one batch and they can try again.
Overall it was a nice way to celebrate my belated birthday and I would definitely go again in the future if I knew there was something more "worth-while" on tap; but a nice experience overall.
02-27-2012 17:40:36 |
More by claspada
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been there twice now. Once we ate outside and once inside at night. I really enjoyed the food and brews both times I was there. I'd love to go back soon. Their beers are not out of this world, but are all very enjoyable. I got the sampler both times, which I tend to do at every brewpub I visit. Their food is probably better than the beer. They also have valet parking, which for me is a bit much when going to a place to eat in suburban New Jersey. Overall, one of my two favorite brewpubs in New Jersey.
02-04-2012 13:41:49 |
More by DrStiffington
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