Excellent kolsch collab between southern Bergen County brewers (Hackensack; Alementary; Bolero Snort; Brix City). Zesty lemon spritz shines bright as mildly creamed vanilla sweetness, lightly salted herbal hops, candied lemondrop tartness and floral spicing gather atop delicate white bread base.
On tap at Plank Pizza, dry clear golden Czech-styled Bavarian pilsner stays easygoing as musky herbal hops and sour lemondrop smidge reach cracker-like pilsner malting.
On tap at Plank Pizza, zestful lemony grapefruit tang and candied orange tartness pick up moderate piney hop bittering and mild herbal tinge for well-designed IPA.
On tap at Taphouse 15, soft-toned rauchbier lacks richer meatiness of true German smoked lagers. Mellow beechwood-seared peat mossing secures mild cured meat subtlety (instead of massively smoked carnivorous brininess) while fizzy lemon spicing lingers delicately. Serve as easygoing alternative to smoked beer fence sitters.
On tap at Taphouse 15, bourbon barrel aged coffee beaning anchors rich pastry stout. Milk-sugared cocoa nibs, toasted marshmallow and vanilla creaming settle below the plentiful java surface.
On tap at Taphouse 15, dainty milk-sugared coffee splendor loses momentum halfway as polite citric hop astringency and mild peppery whims pop up in fizzy fuzz tones.
On tap at Mahwah Bar & Grill, juicy golden-hazed Imperial IPA utilizes Citra/Idaho 7 hops for lactose-soured yellow grapefruit and orange peel tanginess as well as sunny lemon zesting entangling clean botanical gin bittering to its piney earthen meadow. White grape-wined guava, peach and mango illusions deepen lactic citrus intensity.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, soft-toned yellow grapefruit tang with pine-dried floral perfuming and grassy Noble hop astringency advances above dry oats-flaked maize base.
On tap at Plank Pizza, charmingly rounded tropical fruited NEIPA lets vanilla creamed sugaring coat rummy coconut-pineapple Pina Colada-like splendor, orange-peeled yellow grapefruit bittering and sour yogurt milking for zesty cocktail alternative.
On tap at Plank Pizza, “fluffy” soft-toned IPA guides apricot pureed tartness into powdered candy Hawaiian Punch stead. Sweet ‘n sour lemon-dropped raspberry, pineapple, passionfruit, papaya and guava illusions fade quickly to wispy white breaded bottom.
Juicy yellow-hazed NEIPA splatters sharp grapefruit-peeled orange rind bittering all over mildly resinous pine hop pungency and delicate herbal spicing. Lactic yogurt-soured pineapple, papaya and passionfruit tropicalia stays mellow.
Four Jersey-bred beer enthusiasts joined forces for HACKENSACK BREWING COMPANY, opening its doors January 2019. Though Bergen County remains too asininely exorbitant and monetarily manipulative to flourish in the current brewpub Renaissance, Hackensack now has two operational breweries within a quarter-mile of each other on Johnson Street.
Inside a white stucco warehouse with high ceilings, cement floors and barreled tables, HBC’s two-room interior features an overhead-doored brew room and right side pub.
At the pub’s V-shaped 12-stooled serving station, there’s several silver draught handles, a beer-ridden bulletin board, one central TV, Edison light fixtures and a crowler-filled refrigerator. Along the side wall are book-shelved seats and framed photos of several cool local musicians.
In early June ’19, stopped by to suck down nine straightforwardly original brews before grabbing dinner.
A fine opener, spunky Motion City Lager let casual lemondrop-hopped tangerine zest bring tongue-tingling spritz to buttery pale malt breading and latent herbal snips.
Pale malt spicing, lemony orange licks, dry wood tones and astringent herbal hops gather for bread-crusted moderation, Fairmount Pale Ale.
Summery fruit ale, Lawn Stripes, brought lacquered lemon-rotted raspberry candy and apricot pureeing to subtle resinous hop astringency over sweet wheat base.
Lemony banana-clove insistence permeated fine dry saison, Carried By Six, leaving funky barnyard earthiness, light white-peppered herbage and pale malt spicing upon candi-sugared citrus sweetness.
Just as effective and a tad lighter, more traditional Belgian-styled saison, Tried by Twelve, caressed its sweet orange-peeled coriander spicing, buttery banana breading and mild apricot sway with dry farmhouse herbage over a delicate sugary oats bed.
Easygoing New England-styled Imperial IPA, Walk-Off Double, brought tangy grapefruit zesting to lemon-sugared orange sweetness and barley-floured sourdough malting with irresistible splendor.
Crushed uziza pepper adds light herbal pungency to effectively offbeat hybridized Imperial Pale Ale, Pepper Coast, a cologne-perfumed dry body with limey chamomile resonance contrasting powdered lemonade tartness.
Subtle Madagascar vanilla creaminess faded over zesty citric hops for Nu-Bajan Blonde. Its coffee-beaned version, Nu-Bajan Breakfast Blend, coalesced light-roast coffee tones, creamy vanilla sweetness and mild coconut toasting above pale-malted citrus spicing.
Sweet toffee blanketed bittersweet chocolate and milk-sugared coffee tones for Toad Style Extra Stout, picking up dried anise, bruised black cherry and black grape illusions at the busy back end.