A Local’s Guide to South Jersey’s Best Breweries!

A Local’s Guide to South Jersey’s Best Breweries!

In addition to our Monmouth and Ocean County edition to the Jersey Shore’s Best Breweries, we compiled a list of our favorite South Jersey Breweries! No matter what season it is at the shore, you can guarantee a wide array of breweries and microbreweries will be open to showcase their unique and wide variety of specialty beers. We can’t wait to see what new brewery pops up near us next!

MudHen Brewing Company – Cape May

Mudhen Brewing Company is located in the heart of Wildwood. Their brewery is dedicated to producing high-quality craft beers using the finest ingredients and brewing techniques. With a focus on creativity, culture and community, MudHen strives to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for customers to enjoy a pint and great food. If you’re in the Wildwood area, be sure to stop by Mudhen Brewing Company and taste their delicious beers for yourself. 127 W. Rio Grande Ave, Wildwood, (609) 846-7918 https://mudhenbrew.com/

Ship Bottom Brewery – Beach Haven

Flying under the radar since the summer of 1995, Ship Bottom Brewery is a small-batch brewing facility on Long Beach Island that’s been in high demand for years! Rob Zarko had been creating beers in the garage of his Pennsylvania home, 40 barrels a year and 13 different styles and counting. With its vibrant colored labeling all inspired by life on the island, we crave the Barnacle Bottom Stout this time of year, full-flavored and chocolaty. Now open Thursday-Sunday for tours and tastings in Bay Village, tickets are available on their site too! 830 North Bay Avenue, Beach Haven (609)225-9348 http://shipbottombrewery.com

Slack Tide Brewing Company – Cape May

Slack Tide Brewing Company was founded by two brothers who had grown up in the Cape May County area. Winning a Critic’s Choice Award by Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine in the past, Jason and Tadhg have a simple approach to their brews: invest in the freshest ingredients and promote local components whenever possible. Flagship staples include their 5 Tipsy Dipsy, Bell Buoy Blonde Ale, and the Angry Osprey IPA, which are all loved year round by locals. We’re excited to see how this brewery continues to grow and develop more unique offerings in the southern Jersey Shore region! 1879 Route 9, Cape May Court House (609)478-2343 http://www.slacktidebrewingco.com

Pinelands Brewing Company – Little Egg Harbor

A nano-brewery that creates beers “As Pure As The Pines,” the Pinelands Brewing Company prides themselves in using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. One of the most important ingredients in beer is water, which Jason Chapman sources from an aquifer that’s part of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. They are only closed only on Wednesdays, so you can make the trek to Little Egg Harbor any other day of the week for a delicious Pinelands brew. 140 South 7th Avenue, Little Egg Harbor (609)296-6169 https://www.pinelandsbrewing.com

Garden State Beer Company – Galloway

After building their own brewhouse in Galloway, Garden State Beer Company is a large, beautiful space with 16 rotating beers and plenty of board games, darts and cornhole boards. Between three owners, a scientist, computer engineer, and retired military officer, their passion for homebrewing is apparent in their featured brews on tap. They focus on well-balanced beers with hopes of convincing the reluctant beer drinker that there’s a style for everyone. Cream of the Crop cream ale drinks crisp and clean, and Nucky’s Empirial IPA is definitely for the strong beer lover with a nectar-rich malt backbone. Join the fun on Fridays for Quizzo at 7pm with a different food truck available each week. Garden State Beer Company also welcomes customers to plan their private or public events in their large Tasting Room. 247 E. White Horse Pike, Galloway (609)232-2337 http://www.gardenstatebeerco.com/

Ludlam Island Brewery – Woodbine

Named for the barrier island in southern New Jersey, off the beaten path is Ludlam Island Brewery: a combination of beer lovers, passion, and big dreams. Open daily for tastings, the friendly atmosphere makes it easy to stop here a few times a week and chat with the owners about their delicious brews. This brewery is a great spot to stop on the way to and from the beach, and picking up a growler or two is an awesome way to support this local brewery! 2051 Dennisville-Petersburg Rd, Woodbine (609)263-6969 http://ludlamisland.com/

Hidden Sands Brewing Company – Egg Harbor Township

Hidden Sands Brewing Company is the closest brewery to Atlantic City, located directly off Exit 37 of the Garden State Parkway or Exit 7 of the Atlantic City Expressway. Focusing on consistent quality, state-of-the-art equipment ensures that you will experience great-tasting beer at the Egg Harbor Township brewery each time you visit or order a pint at your local pub. Recipes and styles are designed to complement our pristine water source and appeal to a wide range of tastes. The Tasting Room is conveniently open to the public Wednesday-Sunday. Bring your friends, family, and growlers and enjoy our new outdoor beer garden! All are welcome, including well behaved pets. 6754 Washington Avenue Unit B, Egg Harbor Township (609) 910-2009 https://hiddensands.com/

Somers Point Brewing Company – Somers Point

Somer’s Point Brewing Co. is an independent craft brewery concentrating on small batch beers, with an emphasis on premium ingredients, quality, and flavor. The brewery consists of a 7-barrel brewing system capable of producing approximately 217 gallons of beer per batch. Indoor Seating and a brand-new Outdoor Seating area with retractable awnings to keep you shaded from the sun. Visit their tasting room to sample beers like the Sour Puss or Little Fish as well as purchase Crowlers (32 oz.) and Growlers (64 oz.) to take home. Feel free to bring your own, as well, to refill. 705 W New York Avenue, Somers Point (609) 788 0767 https://somerspointbrewing.com/

Bucket Brigade Brewery – Cape May

Bucket Brigade Brewery started with the simple idea of bringing the best from them to you. From their founder to our front-line workers, Bucket Brigade put lots of love and careful thought into all they do. Come on in, sample some flights and enjoy all they have to offer in their tasting room and outdoor patio. 205 North Main St, Cape May Court House, (609) 778-2641 https://www.bucketbrigadebrewery.com/

Whale Tale Brewing Company – Cape May

​The ocean meets exceptional craft beer in the heart of Cape May County at Whale Tale Brewing Company. This brewery is not just a place to enjoy finely crafted brews; it’s a celebration of the majestic sea and a commitment to ocean conservation, as well as a proud supporter of the community, including nonprofits and law enforcement/first responders. The ocean-themed Taproom features a unique and inviting atmosphere, perfect for beer enthusiasts and casual visitors alike, providing a relaxed yet social environment. 28 Indian Trail Road Unit 103, Cape May Court House, (609) 264-6480 https://www.whaletalebrewing.com/

Cold Spring Brewery – Cape May

In early 2014, the Historic Cold Spring Village Foundation Board of Trustees voted unanimously to pursue the development of a small brewery on the Village grounds with the name Cold Spring Brewery. In keeping with the mission of the HCSV, an 1804 three bay English-style Cape May County barn from Upper Township was purchased. This non-profit microbrewery now sits on the parcel of the 30 acres that are located between Seashore Road and Route 9 in Cold Spring, containing 27 restored historic structures. Come experience some NJ history and try one of their 18 beers on tap. 733 Seashore Road, Cape May (609) 854-3077 https://www.coldspringbrewery.org/

Behr Brewing – Cape May

Behr Brewing opened not too long ago in 2021 in their blue building that sits on Seashore Road across from Church’s Nursery. Their tasting room is open and airy with a few touches of that industrial look. For those who would much rather lounge than hang out at the bar, well they have that too with a few couches to leisure on. Stop on in for a flight to sample some of Behr’s beers. 513 Seashore Rd, Cape May, https://www.behrbrewing.com/

Gusto Brewing – North Cape May

Gusto Brewing is New Jersey’s Southernmost Brewery and Taproom located in Cape May. Their Taproom, Beer Garden and cans-to-go are rockin’ and rollin’ this summer and are waiting for you to come on in. The brewery is first come first served and their draft menu is available in 10oz and 16oz pours. Keep it weird at Gusto Brewing! 3860 Bayshore Rd, North Cape May 609-849-8260 https://www.gustobrewco.com/

Angelsea Aleworks – Wildwood

Located in the heart of Wildwood, NJ, Anglesea Aleworks is Cape May County’s newest brewery! Located on New Jersey Avenue just beneath the bowling alley between Oak and Schellenger Avenues. Give them a visit for your favorite style of beer, whether that is an IPA or a Hefeweizen, with an interesting twist that is sure to leave the mind and body pleased with the Anglesea Aleworks Experience! 3401 New Jersey Ave Unit 107, Wildwood 609-305-4388 https://angleseaaleworks.com/

Cape May Brewing Company – Cape May

In 2011, the three founders opened their microbrewery in a vacant warehouse at Cape May Airport and it became the first brewery of Cape May County. Decorated with a vibrant flow chart explaining the brewing process from the start of malted grains to the barrel, the tasting room is both spacious and inviting. They’ve won national award recognition for a handful of beers, including the Mop Water 5-Spiced Ale, brewed with baking spices and vanilla beans, and the Devil’s Reach, a complex Belgian golden ale that truly resonates with their motto, “Small Town, Big Brews.” Open daily for tours and tastings, Cape May Brewing Company is doing the Jersey Shore proud by representing our state’s craft brewery scene with knowledge and passion. 1288 Hornet Road, Cape May (609) 849-9933 http://capemaybrewery.com/home

*Thank you for making it to the end of the list, we also complied our favorite Monmouth and Ocean County Breweries to check out. Read it here!