By Jerry Del Priore
I’ve been to a number of breweries in my time, all in the New York City area, however. Twin Elephant Brewing Company, located in Chatham, New Jersey, was the first one I visited in the Garden State.
Fortunately for our group, girlfriend Maggie included, Twin Elephant didn’t disappoint, with its great variety of microbrews, especially its awesome selection of IPAs.
There were a total of 11 suds on tap that particular day, with beers on constant rotation.
Are you not sure what you want to order? Don’t fret, as flights are just $10.50 for five four-ounce pours.
I tried a large glass of the Demon Barber (English Pale Ale; 4.7% ABV), with the name alone enough to entice me into ordering it.
However, the smooth, clean caramel taste, with earthy hop notes, made it a pleasant experience, sans getting my throat sliced from ear to ear, but I digress.
I sampled the Worker Drone — a medium light-bodied, delicious cream ale with honey (5.4 % ABV) to give it a measure of sweetness.
Needing a brew with a little more of a kick, I ventured over to the Old Raritan, a Milk Porter with a 7.8 % ABV.
What an interesting tasting beer, I must say. The freshly-brewed coffee gives the Old Raritan its mahogany amber and splendid flavor, with the Pumpkin Habanero adding a nice touch of heat to the mix.
I wanted to order another one, but I felt I needed to leave with my insides intact, bar none.
Charming and sleek wood decor throughout, Twin Elephant sports a friendly atmosphere good for chilling and chugging with your dearest chums, and is family-friendly as well, so bring the kids.
It can get crowded, though, so make sure to get there early if you like to grab a side table and play cards, or a few board games on its huge, wooden center table while chowing down on your own fare, as Twin Elephant doesn’t sell food on the premises, per Jersey law.
Special note: it gets hot inside as the outside temperature rises. Therefore, dress accordingly. But there’s a nice, little outdoor spot for you to enjoy your suds without overheating much.
Hours: Closed Monday-Wednesday; Thursday-Friday: 4 p.m to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.
Hack: Twin Elephant (13 Watchung Ave) is located behind H&R Block, which is tough to find when it gets dark.