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Love Fall Beers? Check Out These Local Breweries

14Oct

It’s that time of year again… pumpkin is everywhere, and that includes in our beers! If you want to get your own taste of fall beers, whether they are infused with pumpkin and apple or just have that distinctive Oktoberfest taste, you can check out these breweries located near your Beacon apartment.

Luckily, here in Jersey City, beer lovers don’t have to venture too far to get a taste of craft beer that’s made onsite and is ready to drink fresh from the taproom. This is a great way to get of taste of autumn without heading to the pumpkin patch!

Departed Soles Brewing Company, located at 150 Bay St #2a, Jersey City which is about 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, opened in 2015 as the result of two friends’ love of beer.

While the brewery produces all sorts of craft beer, it is proud to be New Jersey’s first craft brewery offering craft beer with 100% gluten-free ingredients that can compete on the palate with traditional ales. Whether you are gluten-free or just want to try something new, you’ll love the beers at Departed Soles!

New Jersey Beer Company, located at 4201 Tonnele Ave, North Bergen which is about 15 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a microbrewery with a petite tasting room offering samples and take-home bottles, plus brewery tours.

New Jersey Beer Co. was founded in 2010 by a small, passionate team brewing three delicious year-round beers. Their top notch brewing team now produces many excellent beers available all year and a growing number of seasonal beers.

 

Departed Soles Brewing Company

150 Bay St #2a, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 479-8578

 

New Jersey Beer Company

4201 Tonnele Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047

(201) 758-8342

Celebrating Fall in Jersey City

20Sep

The first fall weekend in Jersey City is looking beautiful and there’s some great events happening right outside of The Beacon!  Whether you want to enjoy a nice BYOB French dinner outside, throw back some beers at Oktoberfest or sip on a Guinness while you enjoy bangers and mash, you can find it all outside The Beacon.

Vogue Café will be hosting their “A Little Taste of France” fall dinner on September 27th at 6PM on their lovely backyard patio.  The event is BYOB and you can expect delicious traditional French cuisine and live music.  Kids are also welcome.  You can RSVP here.

Now that it’s officially fall you can have your first fall beer of the weekend on Friday, September 27th at Zeppelin Hall’s Oktoberfest. They’ll also be serving German cuisine such as Bratwurst, German pretzels, chicken schnitzel and have live German party bands.  Oktoberfest runs at Zeppelin Hall until October 20th.  For more information visit their website.

On Saturday, September 28th join the community in the annual Jersey City Irish Festival at Exchange place on the waterfront from 1-8PM.  They’ll have Irish food and beer (and of course Jameson), live music, bag-pipes and traditional Celtic gifts to purchase and you can enjoy it all while taking in the Manhattan skyline.

 

Vogue Café

177 York St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 763-6972

 

Zeppelin Hall

88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 721-8888

 

Jersey City Irish Festival

Exchange Place

Unwind At One of These Jersey City Coffee Shops

26Sep

One of the many joys of the fall is unwinding in a nice, warm café with a steaming cup of coffee and a comforting pastry. Here in Jersey City, we have tons of options for that – there are lots of cafes near your Beacon apartment to enjoy!

Don’t get stuck on one – we have new cafes popping up every day and it’s worth it to try them all and pick out who serves your favorite muffin, scone or coffee. These shops are great stops as you head off on your way to work!

The Grind Shop, located at 360 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City which is a five minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a counter-serve cafe that’s a local stop for La Colombe coffee drinks and pastries in a simple space.

This highly-rated coffee shop is known for its smart, friendly employees who are coffee experts as well as its relaxing atmosphere and quality drinks. They also offer great pastries, muffins, cookies (baked in-house), amazing donuts on the weekend and a fridge with cold specialty drinks.

Dames Coffee Espresso Bar, located at 581 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is a 7-minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a cash-only coffee shop offering espresso drinks and housemade pastries in a relaxed setting.

This cute café with a quaint and welcoming interior serves up quality coffee and is a great place to come and hang out, get some work done, or even just grab a coffee or an espresso on your way out the door.

 

The Grind Shop

360 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 547-8377

 

Dames Coffee Espresso Bar

581 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(203) 450-6342

 

Apple Pick At These Orchards Near Your Beacon Apartment

20Sep

The fall may just be getting started, but apple picking season definitely doesn’t wait until the leaves start falling – actually, now is the best time to get started on your apple picking near Jersey City!

If you want to hand-pick some apples that you can cook up (or just munch on!) in your Beacon kitchen, then visit these local apple orchards for a true taste of early fall. Make sure you stock up – you’ll have a hard time eating grocery store apples after trying these!

Melick’s Town Farm, located at 472 County Rd 513, Califon which is about one hour from your Beacon apartment, is the largest apple grower in New Jersey with over 650 acres of land including 120 acres of fruit trees, 5,000 peach, nectarine and plum trees and 20,000 apple trees.

They also press their own fresh apple cider and also have hard cider and apple wine, in addition to you-pick apple activities. Bring the entire family —and don’t forget your camera—for a very special, fun filled day in the orchard!

Alstede Farms, located at 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester which is about one hour from your Beacon apartment, offers over 20 apple varieties including Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious which are available for picking every day.

If you’re interested in a specific variety, make sure you check their website and see when that variety’s ripening date is to plan your visit accordingly. While here, make sure you check out their petting zoo, extensive farm store and on-site Tomasello Winery!

 

Melick’s Town Farm

472 County Road 513, Califon NJ 07830

(908) 439-2318

 

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ 07930

(908) 879-7189