High Point Brewery in Butler and Twin Elephant in Chatham are highlighted in March 2019 issue of NJ Monthly

Breweries and Distillery in Morris County

NJ hosts 100 breweries, most of them located in the south of the state.  That said, Morris County has a vital craft brewing industry cluster. One brew pub.  Seven commercial breweries, of which one is not open to the public.   Two startups.  Two supply and teaching businesses.  (Also a craft whisky distillery.)

The March 2019 issue of NJ Monthly was the beer issue.  Two of the Counties’ businesses were recognized:  High Point Brewery (Ramstein) a German-style manufacturer and Twin Elephant in Chatham.  Twin Elephant offers ales and lagers in a notably large tasting room.

Other breweries get great press from Ale Street News the original paper for NJ beer manufacturing and aficionados tracking the latest.

In Denville, Fort Nonsense Brewing Company has a devoted following.  Hacketstown/Mt. Olive hosts:

In the eastern part of the County, Boonton’s Cask & Kettle Homebrew offers lessons and supplies. In the western end of the County, Homebrew University in Hackettstown is the place to go.  Homebrew U also teaches wine making.

Two entrepreneurial startups are “brewing” in the County as well.

  • Chilton Mill Brewing in Long Valley
  • Double Tap Brewing in Whippany

They have Facebook pages at the moment;  web sites are scheduled to launch later in 2019.  Unfortunately, Wild Bones, which had passed various permitting challenges in Morristown ultimately met opposition.

Morris County does not yet have a winery or cidery.  Although, there are a number of fresh cider producers in the western end of the County.

Like any manufacturing business, breweries have an outsized benefit to the economy.  Economic growth continues in Morris County.  The proliferation in beer and whisky manufacturing is part of the reason why.

Ramstein beer moved into an empty building that originally housed a rubber manufacturing operation.

Twin Elephant opened in 2016 in a less-than-spiffy area of Chatham.