Long Valley Pub & Brewery, in Long Valley NJ, is housed in a beautifully-restored 200-year old barn originally built by German immigrants. The seven-barrel brewing system is by Pub Brewing Company of California. Don’t expect to see brewing taking place if you visit the Long Valley Pub & Brewery in the evenings as most of the brewing is done in the early weekday mornings by head brewer Joe Saia. For patrons who’d like to take a tour of the brewery, special arrangements can be made with Joe during the week.
Both the downstairs and upstairs bars offer a seasonal beer tasting to allow patrons to sample each well-crafted brew prior to committing to an entire pint. On a recent visit, the following selections were available (as described by the pub):
Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
Our ESB is dry hopped with East Kent Goldings which dominate its aroma and contribute much if the beer’s flavor. There is an assertive bitterness but it is masked somewhat by a caramel sweetness. Although assertive, the malt, bitterness and hop characteristics of this ale are well balanced for a smooth easy drink
Stone Barn Stout
LVPBs Stone Barn Stout is a nitrogen dispensed dry Irish stout in the Guinness tradition. Roasted barley is what gives this beer its definitive taste and color with no hop flavor or aroma. Our Stone Barn Stout is relatively light in alcohol (ABV ~3.8%) but has a robust roasted flavor
The lightest of our beers, having a delicate flavor & body, with a refreshing fruit aroma
German Valley Amber
Fire brick red in color with a citrus hop finish
Lazy Jake Porter
A robust black beer with a hearty roasted flavor, full of body & bold character
American Pale Ale
We are proud to present this new addition to our family of finely crafted ales! American hops give this Pale Ale a bold crisp finish
While our party enjoyed all the samples, the favorites were the Hookermans Light and the Stone Barn Stout. Although the Hookermans Light is a milder, light beer, it’s full of flavor and pleasantly refreshing. The Stone Barn Stout is rich and chocolaty and features a gorgeous dark brown color and creamy thick head.
If planning a beer tasting, know that the kitchen staff prepares great starters to go along with the brews that can be enjoyed from the bar. We paired the beer sampler with the Ploughman’s Platter which features olives, hummus and toasted bread, country pâté, aged cheddar and roasted peppers – perfect match to the various beers.
Although a brewery, the space is very family-oriented and offers a sizeable children’s menu. Patrons should not hesitate to bring the whole gang for some family fun. Small groups are also welcomed on the second level, which used to be a hay loft.
Long Valley Pub and Brewery
One Fairmount Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853