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New Brewpub Coming to Downtown Somerville

Downtown Somerville is opening up Somerset County’s very first brewpub! This microbrewery will be serving seasonal craft beers and Progressive American-Style cuisine. Village Brewing Company will soon be located on West Main Street in the original Woolworth’s and former Somerville Center Antiques right in the heart of the downtown district!

Seasonal menus will include locally-sourced ingredients for a farm-to-table atmosphere and a selection of eight to ten in-house brewed craft beers will change monthly – but don’t worry, wines and other spirits will also be served!

The restaurant will provide à la carte, private and semi-private dining. Future plans call for the renovation of the lower floor into the “Village Square,” into a local performing arts center, as well as a banquet and event facility.

“Downtown Somerville is really a hot spot and the place to be,” said Iris Frank, co-owner and director of business development and banquet services. “We considered several towns in New Jersey for our brewpub, but in the end it was an easy decision. There is such a strong sense of community and a cool vibe to the downtown. We’ve watched the amazing transformation of Somerville and the ongoing commitment to enhancing the entire downtown experience.”

Final plans are still in the review process, but the Village Brewing management team expects to open in the summer of 2018. The new brewpub will employ roughly 70 people.

“Village Brewing Company’s decision to open in Downtown Somerville represents a significant private investment on our Main Street and will certainly add to the vibrant community life here,” said Tom Genova, chairman of the Downtown Somerville Alliance. “Somerville is a recognized success story across New Jersey, and we are proud that our downtown district will be home to the first brewpub in the county.” 


International Beer Day

By: Katy Kronberg

Grab your bottles and cans New Jersey, because today is International Beer Day! It is time for all you beer lovers to rejoice and celebrate your favorite beverage and #HipNJ is here to help!

Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages. The exact origin of beer is still debated, but some researches claim that beer goes back as early as 3000 BC in ancient Egypt. The beverage has evolved over thousands of years from fermented wheat to now its four main ingredients being barley, water, hops, and yeast. It is a seven-step process from start to finish; mashing, sparging, boiling and cooling the wart, fermentation, carbonation, and then packaging. All that is left to do is enjoy!

Hip New Jersey is celebrating the holiday by revealing 8 restaurants, bars, and pubs that offer the best craft and specialty beers in the state. So, cheers!

The Shepard and the Knucklehead

529 Belmont Ave, Haledon NJ

80+ beer on tap

the shep

Cloverleaf Tavern

395 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell NJ

26 beers on tap and 50 bottles


The Stirling Hotel

 227 Main Ave, Stirling NJ

18 beers on tap, 23 bottles, and 3 cans


Andy’s Corner Bar

 257 Queen Anne Road, Bogota NJ

10 beers rotating on tap, 100+ bottles


Amendment 21

521 Arnold Ave, Point Pleasant NJ

26 beers on tap and 55+ bottles


Morris Tap and Grill

500 Route 10, Randolph NJ

30+ beers on tap, 51 bottles and 6 cans

moriss tap

Maloney’s Pub and Grill

119 Main Stree, Matawan NJ

100+ beers on tap and 250 bottles


The Iron Monkey

99 Green Street, Jersey City NJ

39 beers on tap and 500+ bottles


Essex Junction

#HipNJ’s Cara Di Falco visited Bloomfield‘s latest neighborhood haunt, Essex Junction!

Essex Junction, located steps away from the popular New Jersey Transit train stop, features an array of gourmet options for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Mixologists specialize in “Local Legends” cocktails, and also pour a variety of craft beers, including many Garden State-brewed favorites!

Cara chatted with Jeremy Goldberg, one of EJ’s owners, about his restaurant’s signature dishes.

Cara and Jeremy dived into a delicious Shrimp and Grits sampling, which is made with five u7 shrimp, herbed gouda grits, arugula and chile oil. The duo also tried the Braised Short Rib, made with a side of house gnocchi, sautéed mushroom, truffle oil and red wine reduction. (Excuse us as we take our jaws off the floor!)

Jeremy places a great importance on his New Jersey heritage. From the ingredients in the food to the (very cool) decor of the space, the heart of Essex Junction is the state it resides!

Essex Junction wants to put its success towards a good cause. If a customer orders a “Local Legend” cocktail and posts it on social media tagging EJ and the respective celebrity (here’s looking at you Joe Pesci and Chelsea Handler), EJ donates half the proceeds of the drink to the Bloomfield school system!

For more information on Essex Junction, visit TheJunctionUSA.com.