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Just off Route 23 in Wayne at a green-shingled, maroon-sided Victorian farmhouse, SEVEN TRIBESMEN BREWERY opened for biz during springtime 2020. Owned by a dedicated Hungarian-American clan, Seven Tribesmen makes some of the most approachable brews in northern New Jersey.

The vintage wood-floored pub is bursting with antiquity, featuring a quaintly elegant side dining room (detailed by a wall-length nomadic cavalry mural) leading to a stately community-tabled barroom (with twelve draught handles at the pale green-tiled wall and a large blackboard beer list). In the back are several sterling stainless steel brew tanks.

My wife and I bring Roscoe the dog and grab a wooden bench at the mulch-grounded back patio to quaff eight easygoing suds on a sunny Saturday afternoon, March ’21.

Dry raw honeyed citrus sedation and mild pale malt spicing stayed polite for Morning Star Blonde Ale, an easygoing opener.

Crisp Czech-styled dry body, Packanack Pils, greeted citric-spiced mineral graining with musky Noble hop herbage.

Easygoing pale golden light body, Pompton Rye Lager, let subtle honeyed rye spicing drape pasty cardboard malting.

Sweet honeyed wheat breading anchored the sharp (Amarillo-Citra-hopped) yellow-orange fruiting and dainty herbal spicing of Alpenstock, a supercharged pale wheat ale.

Slightly sour yellow fruit-spicing engaged Rhineland Kolsch, a crisply clean moderation with biscuit-y pilsner malts.

Sweet red-peppered Hungarian paprika earthiness consumed transcending offbeat spice ale, Paprika Specialty Amber, a dry pale malted moderation with herbal parsley-sage-rosemary whims.

Orange-spiced lemon meringue tartness shielded candi-sugared rum spicing, sweet banana breading and white-peppered herbal licks for medium-bodied Belgian pale ale, Upshot Tripel.

Dry black malt-driven Dragan Irish Stout retained a flattish coffee bean roast, mild dark cocoa remnant and tarry hop-charred nuttiness.

Upon September ’21 mid-afternoon swing, discovered six more Seven Tribesmen brews.

Tartly sour blueberry spicing gained a lemon twist over the cushy white wheat bottom of Jersey Delight Blueberry Ale, leaving mild raspberry-cranberry snips upon its pureed blueberry adjunct.

Blood orange tartness greeted candied tangerine piquancy for Blood Oath Blonde Ale, an easygoing citric affair.

Salted pink guava, passionfruit and caruba tartness swayed Sea Chanted Fruited Sour, propping up slightly acidic lemon lime licks and distant rhubarb compote saucing.

Vibrant Cathedral Grove IPA brought lemony yellow grapefruit, mandarin orange, peach and mango zesting to clay-like hop stead, picking up subtle passionfruit-guava tartness and delicate pine tones at the brisk tropical fruited finish.

Sunny NEIPA, Hop Gambit, let lemony orange-peeled grapefruit zesting seduce its mildly creamed wheated oat base.

Sweet hazelnut coffee-glazed dark chocolate roast inundated Campfire Tales Chocolate Hazelnut Porter. Served with skewered marshmallow, its rich Nutella-like cocoa, hazelnut and vanilla scheme and slight coconut toasting reached the honeyed Graham Cracker base.

On warm Sunday afternoon in April ’24, soaked up a few more Seven Tribesmen elixirs.

Soft-toned black cherry tartness received floral lemon spritz over blanched white wheat base for Cherry Blush, a delicate blonde ale.

Fruited kettle sour, Hades Destiny, let milk-sugared vanilla sweetness pick up oaken cherry, tart raspberry and puckered Jolly Rancher watermelon snip.

For reluctant Belgian blonde, Rose Gold, slim milk-sugared oaken cherry tartness dimmed as lemon-candied spritz spread over dainty pale malting.

Lightly salted chocolate pretzel-like German dark lager, Brezel, weaved spiced toffee, glazed hazelnut, burnt coffee, sarsaparilla and cola illusions thru mocha walnut breading.



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In a haunted colonial-style edifice given landmark status as the French Hill Inn, Wayne, New Jersey’s tan-blocked TAPHOUSE GRILLE opened as a casual upscale gastropub-sportsbar during 2010. Nowhere near as beer-centric as Shepherd & Knucklehead’s, Andy’s Corner Bar, Cloverleaf or Copper Mine, its more trend-conscious, family-friendly, and classically decorated, concentrating on good pub fare but not at the expense of a well-selected tap selection. Visited during a vibrant Friday evening Happy Hour on  a snowy January (2013), the comforting warmth of the low ceiling bar area gave it the neighborhood feel of a British tavern as I soaked up five previously untried brews.

At the cozily intimate 10-stooled left side bar there are three tap reservoirs stationing 24 tap handles that serve mostly limited edition microbrews. Multiple TV’s keep sports fans entertained. To the right and rear, quaint dining areas seat large and small parties. Up the central staircase, a private party room and lounge area exist. 5-ounce 4-beer sampler trays are available for those trying to pick ‘n choose their poison.

Tonight’s rare choices included lemon-aided IPA Stone 16th Anniversary; slow sippin’ whiskey-barreled chocolate-charred Epic Smoked & Oaked; nutty dried-fruited peculiarity Anchor Zymaster #2 Mark’s Mild Dark  Ale; piney citric IPA-derived winter warmer Fish Tale Winterfish; fruit-musked Dieu Du Ciel Corne Du Diable and chocolate-draped holiday fruitcake Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper.     

The following Friday, I revisit the Taphouse Grille before heading to a Hasbrouck Heights Beefsteak Dinner. I converse with house zymurgist, Matt Cinotti, the bar’s beer buyer, who generously gives me two tickets for tomorrow’s New Jersey Beer Expo at the Meadowlands (where I’ll try over a dozen new beers). At this one-hour jettison, soothing India Pale Ale, Captain Lawrence Re-Intro NJ, captures my attention. Its grassy-hopped perfume musk and zippy citric sparkle wake up the senses (full review at Beer Index).

During a brisk March ’13 Happy Hour session on Burgers ‘N Beer Tuesday, enjoyed excellent Crispy Fried Eggplant appetizer with three rangy IPA’s, an epic stout and a nutty chocolate-fruited strong ale. Kane Empower boasted a bitterer orange-peeled grapefruit rind prominence than wood-lacquered citric-pined Thomas Creek Class 5 IPA and marzipan-sweetened melon-fruited Speakeasy Double Daddy. Soft-toned bourbon-whirred chocolate-browned Goose Island Big John Imperial Stout nicely contrasted creamy peanut, raisin and black chocolate-affixed Carton G.O.R.P.  (full reviews in Beer Index).

Serving great burgers and appetizers to go alongside finely hand selected beers and well-made cocktails, this multi-faceted pub challenges the area’s best beer bars. And there are plenty of specials to excite a wide variety of clientele.