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New Microbrewery to open in Atlantic Highlands

I heard a rumor that a microbrewery is opening in the old Bobo space in Atlantic Highlands. I peaked in the window and the bar has a ton of taps installed, so it looks like this is true. Anyone have any info?

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  1. Yes it is a go. It will be run by folks from another local restaurant. It should be the real deal but my guess is that it will be rather expensive. The beer selection may not be as big as Maloneys but they should have some quality stuff that is harder to find around here.

    I am definitely looking forward to it!

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    1. re: corvette johnny

      what other restaurant? only a few in the area have food that is decent - so this will make or break the place.

      1. re: corvette johnny

        I heard it was going to be more of a gastropub, not a brewpub, but I'm pretty sure it will be good, knowing who the folks involved are.

      2. Wow... I've always admired that spot everytime I went to Copper Canyon or the Wine Room.

        I'm glad to see someone doing something with it

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        1. re: Lcdsoundsystem

          Same here. That building has so much potential, especially for a brewery/restaurant/live music venue. So pumped that someone finally figured that out.

        2. Any idea who is opening it or when? What other restaurant do they own? Very excited for this.

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          1. re: J M S

            A couple folks on this thread seem to know, but they're not talking... ;-)

            1. re: J M S

              I' m just guessing here but maybe it's the people who own CC.

            2. There were rumors about a gastro pub on this site in the past when Highlands got flooded during Sandy but it never got off the ground. Not sure if this is a rehashing of that rumor or if it is a new one.

              But in other news there is definitely a microbrewery opening in Belford across from the Dunkin Donuts at Campbell's Junction. Its called Belford Bistro and they have a Facebook page. Looking forward to visiting that place when it opens.

              1. I believe the talk after the hurricane was of the Twin Lights Tap House moving into that space, which would have been great. The only problem is that liquor licenses don't transfer between towns.

                The new brewery is called Belford Brewing, not bistro (honest mistype!) here's a link to the facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belfordbrewi...

                1. This will be a Gastro Pub, not a brewery. scheduled to open memorial dayish.
                  30 taps at the bar.

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                  1. re: NJDolfan

                    Yes called Belford Brewing, there is already a Belford Bistro restaurant nearby. Photos look great although it is a tiny storefront setup. Very small brewing equipment. Doubt that there is room for food being prepared. Hope they make great beer. I live nearby and will give it a try.

                    This is not the Twin Lights Taphouse crew. I heard that Mark was trying to open something in Red Bank not related to a bar operation. I won't mention the name but its a business that is known to anyone who frequents Red Bank.

                    1. re: scrappyone

                      Scrappyone, I was just clarifying the name of the new brewery in Belford. In your post you called it the Belford Bistro. The new Belford Brewery has nothing to do with the Belford Bistro.

                      The new gastropub in Atlantic Highlands is by a group that already have a restaurant in that town. I was only commenting that I had heard Twin lights was interested in the location, but as I posted, liquor licenses cannot be transferred from town to town.

                      In any case, the area has a new brewery & gastropub to enjoy - that's the good stuff.

                      1. re: Herm


                        Actually I enjoy a gastropub more than a microbrewery. The gastropub will have a wide range of beers along with potentially good food, making it a dining spot. A new brewery may be hit or miss with the beer quality and its offerings may be limited. Belford Brewing looks so small that its probably going to be a place to stop to buy a few samples and to fill a growler.

                        But these are both welcomed additions to the area.

                        1. re: scrappyone

                          The new brewery does not plan on serving food at all, in fact I believe they call themselves a 'nano' brewery.

                  2. Would be wonderful if the gang from the now defunct Twin Light Tap House in Highlands were to reinvent themselves here!!!! They are sorely missed since Sandy tore thru their beautiful bar. Often crave their old salads , mains and great brews!

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                    1. Is Belford brewing marks new place?

                      1. For what it's worth and my information is dated, I was of the understanding it was the Copper Canyon crew doing something there. I believe it was one of the Hovnanian's that owned that building and was asking a ridiculous price.(this I'm fairly sure of because I inquired on the building a few years ago)

                        But the last I heard it is CC and they are going to offer over priced gastropub food.

                        I could be wrong as I said, my info is rather dated.

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                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          Just our luck. Have never been a big fan of CC.
                          Like I said-- we really long for a nice laid back restaurant w good healthy food at a fair price with a wonderful tap and wine list..... miss the Twin Lights!!

                          1. re: nycbabs

                            I can't stand CC either, with the exception of their steak, they do serve an excellent steak. The rest of their menu you can keep thank you.

                            I'm not really sure what the new place is going to be doing......they are directly across the street from the very popular (Name escapes me) directly to left of Christine's. You also have "Off the deck or dock or whatever" on the water right up the street, I don't see how they are going to draw a crowd offering similar food, at higher prices.

                            But hey, nobody ever accused me of being smart.

                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              What you're writing is correct. Mike from Copper Canyon has taken over the restaurant and is making a beer garden gastropub out of it. Like he has tons of tequila's at Copper Canyon, he's going to have tons of beers at the new location.

                              1. re: sockster

                                just for the record, it was Sockster who told everyone it's CC!

                                1. re: Herm

                                  Hey...that's what I was told...from a reliable source I might add...don't shoot the messenger.

                                  1. re: sockster

                                    In the beer sense, it is going to be similar to twin lights tap house....a place dedicated to hardcore craft beer fans. It will do well in that location and there will be nothing like it around. They will have a lot of hard to get bottles (and bombers) and some killer tap selections.

                                  2. re: Herm

                                    I wasn't trying to steal socksters thunder, just adding what I had heard a while back. It has been tied up awhile and I didn't know if that plan had died and someone/thing new was now involved.

                                    Just out of curiosity anyone been to Walter Mihm's since the new owners took over. Sadly Walter died shortly after the sale.

                                  3. re: sockster


                                    beer garden? Doesn't that usually mean outside seating?

                                    1. re: corvette johnny

                                      Beer Garden, beer hall.....I D K about outdoor seating.... Harborside has some...so maybe this new place will too.

                                      1. re: sockster

                                        If CC makes this a craft beer bar ( like a smaller version of Maloneys in Matawan) I think it will go over real well. Especially since I live in Atlantic Highlands and I will certainly check it out.

                                        But its got to be real craft beer, not Sam Adams and Yuengling. Twin Light taphouse only had 9 taps but they poured some nice craft beers. That formula will work real well here.

                                      2. re: corvette johnny

                                        There is a vacant lot directly behind the building with a curb cut as if it was meant for parking, although it's not paved and overgrown. It could easily be set up as an out door eating/drinking area.

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          I believe it is zoned so that a deck can be built on the roof as well. Imagine that view.

                              2. Any updates on this - I see work going on inside - but no signs of an opening. Are the going to let summer pass by? Not really a wise choice if they do.

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                                1. re: jmcnyc

                                  The people opening the place are pretty well established in the area. I think, while busier, one Summer season will have very little to do with their success of the place.

                                  1. re: Herm

                                    So you are saying they are not opening this summer...would be great to see them open by Fall.

                                    1. re: J M S

                                      Nope, not saying that at all. I have no insider knowledge at all. I will point out however, that the calendar doesn't lie. It is already August, and it doesn't look to me like they will be open in the next 30 days.

                                2. Belford brewery is now open. I went yesterday and they are the real deal. Their lobster pot ale is a killer brown session ale. I can easily tank quite a few of these. I met the owner and his wife and they are real nice people. I wish them well. It is great to see some quality beer coming out of Monmouth county.

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                                  1. re: corvette johnny

                                    Great! Have to head on down there. What else do they have aside from beer?

                                    1. re: Mr. Bingley

                                      Just beer. They have 3 kinds but one kicked as I was about to order.

                                      1. re: corvette johnny

                                        thanks, i'll go get a growler this week!