Beach Haus Brewery is a one-of-a-kind find in downtown Belmar, New Jersey. Beach Haus is the first and only microbrewery in the borough, serving up locally inspired brews such as Parade Day Coffee Stout, Winter Rental Black Lager, and Belmartian Milkshake India Pale Ale.
Beach Haus Brewery opened in 2015 at the former location of Freedman’s Bakery on the corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue. The first floor of the brewery houses a spacious retail shop with beer and swag for sale. Bring in your growler for a refill, or take home some bottles, cans or kegs of your favorite microbrew. The swag for sale includes Beach Haus hoodies, hats, T-shirts, mugs, and glassware. Gift cards are also available for purchase in the store and on the Beach Haus website.
A short walk upstairs to the second floor brings you into the window-lined Beach Haus taproom. The 4,000-square-foot space is thoughtfully designed for sampling and socializing while maintaining appropriate distances as required by current COVID-19 guidelines.
Just outside, a palm-lined deck with umbrella tables is the perfect spot to take in the sweeping views of the Belmar Marina and downtown Belmar. In recent years, the deck at Beach Haus has been a popular place to watch the annual Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The taproom, retail store, and terrace are all currently open at Beach Haus Brewery. CDC guidelines are being carefully followed to ensure a safe guest experience for all. Current hours of service are Monday to Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Before the pandemic, the owners of Beach Haus had a vision to expand the microbrewery into a full-service brew pub with a restaurant and cocktails. Under the proposed plans, the restaurant would be located in the vacant space on the second floor adjacent to the taproom. (Local readers may recall when Benny’s Fattoria once occupied the space.)
After acquiring the Jack's Tavern liquor license in December 2019, the owners began the process of getting state approval to operate as a brew pub — and then COVID-19 came along. With indoor dining allowed to resume beginning September 4, we’ll have to wait and see how plans unfold.
In the meantime, guests are welcome to bring their own meals from one of the nearby Belmar restaurants to enjoy on the deck or at the outdoor seating area along Main Street and 8th Avenue. Some restaurants will also deliver takeout orders to the brewery if you ask.
We like how Beach Haus Brewery collaborates with other Belmar businesses to inspire new products. For example, Turnstile Coffee Roasters and Main Street Donuts partnered with Beach Haus on a project called the Parade Day Coffee Stout Donut. Turnstile roasted the coffee beans that were used to make the beer that was subsequently used in the doughnut batter and buttercream icing. Genius — and delicious! RELATED: One-Of-A-Kind Finds – Main Street Donuts
In spring 2019, Beach Haus Brewery earned first- and second-place honors at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Fest for two of its newest craft creations. Free World Pale Ale won first prize in the American Pale Ale category. A milkshake IPA named We Were Made For Peach Other snagged second place in the category of New England IPAs.
If you live outside the area, you can still get your craft beer fix with "Haus to House" statewide delivery. Deliveries are made between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday. The schedule is arranged by county and day of the week. Visit their website for more information.
Beach Haus Brewery
801 Main Street
Belmar, New Jersey 07719
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