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Trap Rock Restaurant and Brewery
Bar/Tasting RoomBeer GardenRestaurantBeer To Go (Off-License)
279 Springfield Avenue
Berkeley Heights NJ 07922-1214
Telephone: +1 908-665-1755
Hours: Sunday noon-9:00pm, Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-11:00pm.
Brewer: Charlie Schroeder
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Visited: October 28, 2002

Opened: 1997

Annual Production: 1,500 bbl

Contributors: Guy Drouin, Ralph Wells, Richard R Tinurelli

Trap Rock is a real nice place, and they keep it real dark inside…almost too dark for these old eyes to even read the menu. (Why is it that the highbrow establishments and the dankest dives both keep their lights so low?) I looked askance at the "Neat Proper Attire Required" sign at the front door, wondering just what kind of lowlife could possibly be lurking in Berkeley Heights. But as it happened, my T-shirt and jeans were perfectly acceptable, as was the dreadlock beard sported by another patron at the bar. Theirs is a 7-barrel DME system, with pallets of Durst and Briess malts visible through the windows of the bar. The bar itself pours all kinds of liquor, wines ranging from $23 to $233 per bottle, and selections from their "martini menu". The beers are $4-$5 for pints, and a full set of their generous six-ounce samples will set you back six bucks. Growlers go for $12 new and $10 refills, and kegs for $40 (5 gallons), $55 (¼-bbl), and $90 (½-bbl). All of the beers are poured via CO2 pressure, but they all sport big dense "nitro-style" heads. The pub menu features a $13 hamburger, oysters, mussels, crabs, and tuna. Lunch ranges from an $8 salad to an $18 pasta and truffle dish. Sandwiches range from $9 to $15, and there's lots of seafood on the menu. The grilled cod was excellent, as was the traditional New England clam chowder.

Updated: February 19, 2013

Beer List

  • 7.30% abv.

  • 9.30% abv.

  • 5.50% abv.

  • 5.00% abv.

  • 4.60% abv.
    • Date: October 28, 2002 (#4497)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep golden color, very slight haze, thick head. Grainy malt aroma, with mild floral hops. Medium body. Huge sweetish grainy fresh maltiness, with just a hint of diacetyl. Very very very mild bitterness at the end, but it mainly finishes malty-sweet.

  • Vienna-Style Lager
    5.30% abv.
    • Date: October 28, 2002 (#4498)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 12 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Bright red, big thick head. Toasty, buttery aroma. Medium body. Lots of diacetyl on top of the toasty Munich malt flavor. Lagered for six weeks.

  • European-Style Pilsener
    5.20% abv.

  • American-Style India Pale Ale
    7.00% abv.
    • Date: October 28, 2002 (#4502)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright amber color, slight haze, thick head. Big citrusy hop aroma, with just a hint of sweet malt. Medium-big creamy body. Moderate citrusy hop flavor and bitterness with hints of Centennial spiciness. Clean hoppy bitter finish. Too big for an American Pale Ale, but maybe just too small for an India Pale Ale.

  • Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer

  • German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Pacific Coast Ale
    California Common Beer
    5.60% abv.

  • Saison
    French & Belgian-Style Saison
    6.00% abv.

  • Saison du Brown
    French & Belgian-Style Saison
    5.20% abv.

  • Theobroma Stout
    Chocolate/Cocoa Flavored Beer
    7.30% abv.

  • Yorkshire Stout
    Oatmeal Stout
    4.50% abv.