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I am desperately looking for a location to have my husband's 30th birthday party- he's a huge craft beer fan I'd really like to have a party with passed hors d'oeuvres and open bar of different style craft beers.
My ideal Place would be something like brickwall Tavern in Asbury but apparently they do not do private parties any longer. Id love to Rent out the tasting room at Kane brewery in Ocean and then bring in my own caterer like Local Smoke to do the food but they also do not rent out their space So I'm really at a loss
Looking at 30-40 people. Open to any & all suggestions!!

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  1. Molly Maguire in Rumson was hosting a private event a month or so ago. They have a decent selection of craft beer, but not sure about their food. At least it is an option.

    1. Do you have to have the place all to yourself? I have three places that come to mind:

      Jack's Long Branch/Maloneys Matawan: Best craft beer selection in our area. Jack's might be able to block off the back area for you guys.

      Harvest Moon New Brunswick: IMO best brewpub in NJ.

      I'll be eagerly awaiting my invitation ;)

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      1. re: joonjoon

        I second this recommendation for Harvest Moon in New Brunswick. They have an upper floor for private parties.

      2. Your expectation to hopefully rent out one place and have another bring the opposite, i.e., food or beverage is totally unrealistic....but I wish you well.

        You should list some parameters for travel distance. i would recommend Harvest Moon in New Brunswick

        http://www.beer100.com/brewpubs_l_to_...

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        1. re: fourunder

          Im sorry, if my statement seemed confusing - thats not what im ideally looking for - . My first choice is to of course have it in a brewpub type place where both food and drink would be provided. . I would only want that scenario if it was in a brewery type setting such as Kane where they do not serve food. in the case of Kane it's not unrealistic because they are strictly a brewery and serve no food- I'd ideally like to have it in Monmouth/Ocean County area ...thanks

          1. re: stack_c

            Taste in the Galleria in Red Bank has that brewpub feel and decent food. They have a fair beer menu.

            http://www.redbanktaste.com/beer_menu...

        2. Are you familiar with the guys over @ Carton Brewing in Atlantic Highlands? One of the CH's who frequents this board recommended the place recently and it turned out to be a great night out. You could head to a restaurant afterwards in town or down the highway in Highlands but begin the celebrating at Carton.
          http://cartonbrewing.com/

          Right now, there's a decent # of rec's on Yelp:

          http://www.yelp.com/biz/carton-brewin...

          and this:

          http://www.idrinkgoodbeer.com/craft-b...

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          1. re: HillJ

            I would also like to know how much he is into craft beer. You mentioned Kane so it seems he may be more of a beer geek (as am I ;)). If so, I would try Jack's, Maloney's, or Carton as others have suggested. The good thing about the first two and Molly Maguire's is that you get more variety of craft especially at Maloney's and Jack's. I visited Harvest Moon back in the summer and was disappointed. And if you don't like their selection, then you have no alternative choice in terms of other beers. I would say at the very least try some of their beers out before planning the event at harvest moon.

            1. re: HillJ

              That is actually a pretty good idea!

              Lifegeek, I hit Mollys for the first time last night. That is definitely a nice bar...love the TVs. I had some kane oatmeal stout....good stuff. The burger was ok. I had the Guinness cheddar burger. For 13.95 I think barnacles blows it out of the water but overall I will be back to try some other things.

              1. re: HillJ

                Yes! Hill J he loves it there - was going to call them too. We just did our list and its 55 people so I'd like to keep it all under one roof if possible!

              2. A couple of years ago I went to a 30th birthday party at Cricket Hill Brewery in Fairlfield. The food was brought in. The party was in the room where they do the brewing, beer was awesome.

                1. I believe high point brewery in butler, nj does private parties. Great local beer!

                  1. BLEND Bar and Bistro in Hamilton does private parties:

                    http://blendbarandbistro.com/Home_Pag...

                    It isn't a brew pub, more a beer geek place-plus an extensive menu of single malt scotches and martini's, if those interest you. Lots of good finger food-good pizza, which actually comes from Brother's Pizza (on 33), right next door.
                    Lots of beers, accomodating and beer-knowledgeable staff. They'll let you taste any of their drafts before you actually order. They alaso do beer and single malt flights.

                    Don't know if Mercer County is out of your geographical limit, but, if not, this place might be worth checking out.

                    MC

                    1. There's also the Triumph Brewing Co. in Princeton, great beers and brewpub atmosphere.

                      http://www.triumphbrewing.com/princeton/

                      @cuevamanos

                      1. Maloneys Tavern in Matawan fits your needs perfectly. They have a party room that seats 50 or so people. As far as craft beer goes there is no place in the tri-state area that has more. 115 craft beers on tap ranging from NJ and American micros to Begium and beers from around the world. Food is also very good. I'm there a few times a week. Tell them that Scrappy sent you.

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                        1. re: scrappyone

                          Scrappy!
                          Thanks for the suggestion. - he's been there once and loves the place I put a call in this Morning and I was told it may be impossible because I want it on a Friday or Saturday night and the didn't seem to want to close down the room for that. Sorta bummed ....not sure why you'd have a private party room that's unavailable for weekend nights. Anyways they said they'd call me back. Fingers crossed as it would be a perfect venue

                          1. re: stack_c

                            You can also try Tavern On The Lake in Hightstown. Good beers and an upstairs that's totally private. Ask for Joan and tell them Mike sent you.