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Tired of the run of the mill beers on tap at your local bar? Here are northern New Jersey’s best bars and pubs with rare and new craft beers constantly rotating on tap. By Emily Tamburri.
395 Bloomfield Ave
The Cloverleaf Tavern has been a landmark for craft beers since 1933. Each month, this pub offers an excellent selection of 24 craft beers on tap that you can’t find just anywhere. If you are a beer enthusiast this is the spot is one draft away from beers like Dogfish Head Aprihop and Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout. Flights are available to order at reasonable prices and the Cloverleaf’s website gives it’s customers a preview of next month’s on-tap selections.
344 French Hill Rd
The 24 rotating beers on tap here are conveniently broken down by beer style with informative descriptions, so beer lovers and novices alike can make the right selection for their tastes. The bartenders are friendly and can answer all of your hops questions and will serve your drink at a refreshingly cold temperature. The Taphouse also has Growlers available, so feel free to snag some IPA or Sixpoint to go.
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The Shepherd & The Knucklehead
529 Belmont Ave
This bar features 26 taps dedicated to craft and micro brewed beers, and you are sure to find new beers to try on each visit with their daily rotating selection. The beer selection is as unique as the eclectic sounds coming from their old-timey jukebox and the Jack Kerouac inspired mantras and décor. Each bartender is very knowledgeable about the beers and can suggest escapes from the everyday beer and cater new beer recommendations to your specific taste.
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The Copper Mine Pub
323 Ridge Road
This smaller brew spot is devoted entirely to craft beers, and the dedication certainly shows. Though The Copper Mine Pub is also full bar, their passion lies in the 20 rotating tap beers and 50 micro brewery and imported bottles. This bar is focused completely on providing its customers with their perfect craft beer match with informative bartenders and rare, unique and local beers that will suit the taste of any beer lover. Check out their website to see a full list of beer inspired events and recently tapped brews.
76 River St
Unlike many other Hoboken night life spots, Texas Arizona always has beer on tap and plenty of eclectic bottled beer chilling at the perfect temperature. The nearly wall-to-wall televisions give Texas Arizona a relaxed sports bar atmosphere – with a better selection of beer than your local establishment. There are two large bars within this venue, each with different taps that rotate on a regular basis. Texas Arizona also offers a beer club with numerous discounts and first priority seating for beer dinners and tastings.