We started with a series of Jersey Shore brewery reviews… And while Cypress is not really at the shore, it’s in Edison, about a half hour drive from the northern part of the shore. And definitely on the way back for most day-travelers who go to the shore on weekends. Anyway, a very nice Central Jersey brewery!
Cypress Brewing is, as I said, located in Edison near the Parkway / Route 287 junction. It’s kinda well hidden in an industrial park so you have to know it’s there and look for it. But trust me, it’s worth a visit! When I went there were 8 beers on tap for tasting or growler refills, and a nice variety of cans available for sale.
Here’s a recap of the Cypress beers I tried. It was a pleasure drinking in their small cozy tasting room, with a friendly bartender.
- Lighthouse – A nice, light nut brown with a slight coconut flavor. At 4.6% is a good session beer.
- Peach Pit – One of their best, a hoppy ale with both vanilla and peach flavors. So smooth you don’t even feel it has 10.5%. Too bad they didn’t have it in cans.
- Cecilia – One of my favorites, a triple dry hopped Imperial IPA. 8.2% of IPA flavors!
- 17 Mile – Another very good IPA. Despite being a strong 7.4%, it feels very nice and you have to be careful not to drink it like a Session.
- The Risktaker and The Gambler – These are sour ales which I’m not a big fan of. First one is papaya-flavored, the other one guava. They’re not very sour, but still not my style.
Whether you live in Central Jersey or are just driving by, we definitely recommend a visit to Cypress, because you’ll love the beers and the friendly atmosphere!
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