Posted by: merk@beachhausbeer | October 12, 2010

Oktoberfest Season

The first Oktoberfest took place exactly 200 years ago as a commemoration of the marriage of Crown Prince of Bavaria Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The Official Celebration takes place in Munich but the largest Oktoberfest Celebration outside of Germany takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio.

You don’t have to travel to Munich or Cincinnati to experience Oktoberfest as there are many Oktoberfest celebrations at the Jersey Shore!

Beach Haus beer was featured at an Oktoberfest Celebration at Monmouth Park on Saturday, October 9th.

There was authentic Oktoberfest Music and lots of tasty German Food

Lastly there was plenty of tasty beer being poured including our own Beach Haus® Classic American Pilsner that has it’s German-American roots as well!

Beer, Brats and Bets at Momouth Park! Not a Bad Way to Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Jersey Shore!!

Posted by: merk@beachhausbeer | September 17, 2010

Live Original Music at The Saint, Asbury Park

East Coast Beer Co. recently co-hosted a beer tasting at The Saint in Asbury Park.
If Asbury Park, NJ is not known to you as destination for original music…it should be.

For the past 30 years (post Bruce Springsteen) Asbury Park has been one of a handful of spots in NJ that has been reliable in delivering the very best Original Local and National acts! I have enjoyed my time at The Saint (now enjoying its 15th year of operation) both as a musician (Slave of Id, Artists That Kill) and a music lover.

Last night was no exception. While the weather kept many of the regulars at home no amount of rain, wind or tornado warnings could keep The Quick & Easy Boys from Portland, Oregon away. This being their 3rd performance at The Saint in the past 2 years.

Before their set I was taken back with just how outwardly friendly the group, a trio accompanied by two artists that share the stage with the band and collaborate on an original canvas painting throughout the set were towards those in attendance. Sure, musicians tend to be natural extroverts but with only about two dozen in attendance even the most seasoned act might just go through the motions.
Michael Goetz (Drums & Vocals) paid the first visit to our Beach Haus® Classic American Pilsner sampling section. One as to be very careful when talking about beer, especially craft beer, with folks from Oregon which is considered to be the Craft Beer capital of America. I quickly broke the ice as I poured his sample stating that our beer, at least in part, should feel like a bit of home as we use Mt. Hood hops. He chuckled and drank his sample, giving the obligatory “it’s good” response. Soon his band-mate’s, Sean Badders (Bass & Vocals) and Jimmy Russell (Guitar & Vocals) and artists buddies were also taking their samples. Each one had something nice to say about the beer and they totally dug and respected the local offering.

The Quick & Easy Boys began their set around 10:20PM and really BLEW ME AWAY!! Despite being in front of a somewhat smaller audience you would have thought they were playing live at the Garden. While technically extremely talented musicians, their precision on their instruments was not only matched but surpassed by their soulfulness and passion. You could really tell that they enjoyed playing each and every one of their songs and there was bond between the band that was deeper than just respect as fellow musicians. The fact that the drummer chose Beach Haus as his beverage of choice for the set was all the more special for me.

Back in the day I would have hung out with these guys all night and pounded some beers. But their busy tour schedule and my need to get some sleep prevented this. I did not get to say goodbye to the guys personally (as I had left just before their set ended) but you can be sure I will be on the lookout for these guys and you should to. Their latest album Red Light Rabbit,

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is available on iTunes.

Lastly, one has to appreciate and support places like The Saint. It is easy for any artists to get locked into one geography, but places around the country like The Saint are making sure folks like us can always catch an fresh new, or perhaps just unfamiliar act in a very casual setting.

Posted by: brian@beachhausbeer | August 31, 2010

Fun and Sun Schedule of Events for Labor Day Weekend 2010

Here’s what’s happening at the Jersey Shore on Labor Day Weekend:


September 4th and 5th, 2010. BBQ and Craft Beer Festival at Monmouth Park.  Enjoy your first taste of Beach Haus Classic American Pilsner, as well as other craft and specialty brews.  Come out for a fun day of Beer, BBQ and races at the park.  Entry into the beer garden is $10.  Tickets will be sold at the entrance. Get directions and details at the Monmouth Park events website.

Ocean Grove

September 4th, 2010. Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show. Ocean Pathway, 9am-4pm.

Long Branch

September 4th, 2010 – 12:30 to 10PM. 2010 Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival. Jazz and Blues music fest on the Great Lawn on the Long Branch Promenade. Plus: Food, Crafts and Kids Activities.

Rooney’s Oceanfront. Enjoy the summer sun and panoramic views of the beach from their indoor and outdoor dining areas. Drink specials and live entertainment for Labor Day weekend.

Cape May

September 3rd – 6th, 2010. 14th Annual Airfest – Featuring WWII aircraft: B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, P-51Mustang and other “Flyin” aircraft. Vendors, exhibitors, music, food, and much more.

Rusty Nail presents Reggae Night: Soul Messengers on Saturday, September 4th @9pm.  Enjoy a cold beer and appetizer in their outside area complete with fire pit and cocktail service. 

Atlantic City

Friday, September 3rd and Saturday, September 4th, 2010Atlantic City Comedy Festival at Boardwalk hall.  2 Days of great comedy in Atlantic City.  See Earthquake, Mike Epps, DL Hughley and more…

Saturday, September 4th, 201030 Seconds to Mars at the House of Blues inside the Showboat Casino.

The Deck at Trump Marina. Relax outside on the beautiful bay all weekend long, with live music, an unforgettable view, where every night’s a summer party!  Live music and drink specials all weekend.

Long Beach Island

Garvey and Speed Skiff Races. Bayfront in Beach Haven @10AM on Sunday, September 5th.  These speedsters trace their origins to the NJ Coastal rum running days of prohibition. Come see them race across the bay in the Geico World Championships.

The Shell Beach Club and Tiki Bar. Two bars in one…The Shell is a casual, friendly kind of place that features the hottest bands on the island.  The Tiki Bar is a tranquil place where you can sit back and relax in a tropical vibe.  Live entertainment and drink specials all weekend.

Point Pleasant Beach

Concerts on the Beach. Jenkinson’s Inlet Beach @ 7:30pm on Monday, September 6th, 2010.

Fireworks on the Beach. Monday, September 6th, 2010 @ dusk.

Wharfside Patio Bar. Casual grill, raw bar and drink locale in the day – Tropical entertainment spot at night.  Labor Day weekend see: 3 West, Asbury Fever, Undisputed, Jaimie Trio Band, Billy Lawler Band, The Amused, Paul Cilinski,  & VanEngel Band. See show times on the Patio Bar site.

Asbury Park

First Saturday Celebration. Saturday, September 4th from 6pm to 10pm. Every first Saturday of the month the downtown hosts a celebration.  Great dining, live entertainment, and the shops stay open late.  Free parking in the Bangs Avenue Garage.

Fireworks on the beach. Sunday, September 5th @ dusk.

Langosta Lounge. Live music, tapas, sushi by the sea, and farm-to-table specials are just the beginning of what Langosta Lounge has to offer. Live music all weekend long: Saturday, September 4th @11PM – DJ Petey Green…Sunday, September 5th @1pm – Justin Dub Project…Sunday, September 5th @7pm – Sunny Daze…Monday, September 6th @7pm – Stringbean


Captain Hook’s @ 1320 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751. The ultimate adult playground.. It boasts every bar game imaginable — such classics as darts, billiards, shuffleboard, table tennis, bowling, golf, foosball, basketball, air hockey, video games and more. Whether you want to chill on a couch and watch a game on TV or actually get up and play one, you can do it all at this lively and fun watering hole. Drink specials and pure fun.  Open til 4am!

Fireworks on the beach. Sunday, September 5th @ dusk.

Hope you enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

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Posted by: merk@beachhausbeer | July 18, 2010

Windward Beach – Princeton Ave, Brick NJ

Windward Beach is located on Princeton Ave in Brick, NJ.
It is home to the Summerfest Celebrations, and is enjoyed by sun bathers and swimmers alike. While it is comparatively very small to many of the other beaches it is also one of the more quiet beaches. There is no boardwalk, there are no arcades or restaurants. Just a beach and a playground. Sun Worshipers can do just that. And young children can enjoy the relatively calm water.

Today, we headed out to the docks for some snapper fishing. We were tipped off by a neighbor that they were catching bucket loads of the juvenile blue fish. Unfortunately we missed the run and did not get many bites ourselves but we heard all the stories from those who had been fishing there all day. Folks were also crabbing off the docs and there were quite a few BIG BLUE CLAWS being caught.

What we failed to catch on our lines was more than made up for by the beautiful sunset we witnessed. By this time there were only a handful of folks fishing. Many of us commented that this was the true catch of the day!

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Posted by: brian@beachhausbeer | July 6, 2010

Oceanfest Independence Day celebration on the promenade in Long Branch

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After spending a few hours at Monmouth Park the previous day, we decided to take a ride to Long Branch for the Oceanfest Independence Day Celebration on the promenade.  They claim that it’s the largest Independence Day celebration in New Jersey.  After seeing it for ourselves, I don’t think they are exaggerating.

Despite the 100 degree scorching temperature, the promenade was bustling.  There were crowds of people visiting a variety of vendors, from booths with handmade items, fresh lemonade stands, ice cream, BBQ, seafood and many others.  We enjoyed some tasty grilled beef kabobs and large amounts of lemonade.

We walked the promenade and checked out all the vendors. In addition to the vendors, there were bands playing, sand sculptors and entertainment for the kids.  The ocean was as calm as a lake, with kayakers paddling along the shoreline and beach umbrellas dotting every few feet.  Most people were taking the occasional dip in the water to cool off and returning to the cover of their umbrellas to escape the hot sun. It looked like a good way to relax and enjoy Independence Day.

Further down the beach, the pryotechnists were setting up the launchers for what looked to be a huge fireworks display.  We weren’t able to stay around for the fireworks, since we were joining family and friends for an afternoon BBQ back home.

We walked back to our car at Seven Presidents Beach parking lot, but stopped at the new, impressive Lighthouse Italian Ice for a quick squeeze cup before returning home.

Posted by: brian@beachhausbeer | July 1, 2010

Fun and Sun Schedule of Events for 4th of July Weekend

Check out these 4th of July weekend events at the Jersey Shore:

Point Pleasant Beach

Farmers Market July 4th from 9am-1pm on the corner of Arnold and Cooks Lane

Fireworks on July 4th and 5th at dusk on the beach

Movies on the beach July 4th in front of Jenkinson’s after dusk

Jenk’s on the boardwalk: Thursday, July 1st – The Nerds,  Friday, July 2nd – Lifespeed, Saturday, July 3rd – The Nerds, Sunday, July 4th – The Benjamins


Friday, July 2nd 2010 – Gala 4th of July Celebration:

Bicycle decorating contest 5:00 pm – Little League field

Parade beginning @6:30 pm – Manasquan Coast Guard Station

Concert @7pm on the main beach

Fantastic Fireworks display at dusk(July 2, 2010)

Legget’s Sand Bar features live entertainment all weekend.  See the band enjoy! @10pm on Sunday, July 4th.


4th of July Bike Parade starting at the Fifth Ave Pier @9:30am

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza @9:30pm

Monday, July 5th – Farmer’s Market at J Street and Central Ave.  11am-5pm

Monday, July 5th – Free Beach Concert featuring Chaz-E @7pm. Hiering Ave Ocean Front Stage.

Hemingway’s Cafe huge 20,000 sq ft location features live entertainment and DJ’s all weekend, drink specials, billiards, darts, arcade games, dance floor and dozens of TVs to enjoy your favorite games.

Asbury Park

Liberty Bash on July 3, 2010 Free Trolley Rides, Live Music and Events. Shops open from 6pm-10pm and later.

4th of July Parade and Festival Parade Starts @1pm at Cookman and Grand. The festival will feature food, crafts, specialty vendors and rides for the kids. They will be a DJ and live music on the boardwalk.

Fireworks on the beach July 4th @9:30pm

Wonderbar starts Independence Day weekend on Friday, July 3rd with Joe Sernio’s Holiday Bash featuring Status Green.  On Sunday, July 4th see Johnny Drama @7pm.

Long Beach Island

July 3, 2010 Celebrate America Community Event at the Stafford Township Arts Center.  Food, music, vendors and laser light show.  Starts @6:30PM.

July 4, 2010 Fireworks and Concert at the Municipal Dock in Barnegat.  Concert begins @7:30pm, fireworks show at dusk.

Independence Day Parade and Concert at Barnegat Light. Parade begins at 7pm on East 16th Street. Concert will be held at the bay dock between 9th and 10th Street.

Joe Pop’s features drink specials all weekend long and live music every night:  Thursday, July 1st – Speakeasy, Friday, July 2nd – The Nerds, Saturday, July 3rd – Speakeasy & The Benjamins, Sunday, July 4th – Bobby Lynch Band

Long Branch

20th Annual Oceanfest from 10am to 10pm along the promenade between Seven Presidents Park and Pier Village.  It’s the biggest Independence Day celebration anywhere in New Jersey!  Family friendly festival of music, vendors, crafts, food.  Ends with a spectacular fireworks display over the promenade. Go to the Oceanfest Entertainment site for the complete schedule.

Pier Village While your there, you might as well enjoy the 15 shops and 10 restaurants at this shore attraction.

McLoone’s Pier House Live entertainment and indoor/outdoor dining right on the beach.

We hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!

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Oceanfest at the promenade in Long Branch

Posted by: brian@beachhausbeer | June 28, 2010

Summer Brew Beerfest in Island Heights

Summer Brew Beerfest in Island Heights

We could hear the band playing as we walked up to the entertainment area entrance, behind the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company.  A week earlier I got word that the Summer Brew Beerfest was going to be held on Saturday.  I checked out the website and spoke to the organizers.  They told me that there would be over two dozen beers, free food and a live band.  I had to check it out.

With a few friends we arrived at Island Heights around 7pm.  By that time, there were hundreds of people packing the sizable entertainment area behind the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company.  The entrance fee was $30 for all you can eat BBQ and beer sampling.  The grounds were set-up with large party tents covering a seating area, a huge mobile stage, and a BBQ/food area. Alongside the actual firehouse building there was a row of over two dozen self-serve beer taps.  There were the traditional domestic beers, imports, craft classics and craft specialty beers.

We hung out with our friends that we met there and ran into a few others while enjoying the sounds of The Big Ragu.  After a few hours of sampling just enough beer and eating a cheeseburger, hot dog, side salads, a dozen clams, nachos and a snow cone, we headed home for the night.  We had to wake up early the next morning to ride the Marty’s Reliable Lewis Morris Challenge in Morristown.  It’s a good thing too, since we needed to work off all the eating and drinking from this cool event.  I’m glad we got a chance to check it out and we’ll definitely make the Summer Brew Beerfest a part of our summers for the years to come!

Posted by: merk@beachhausbeer | June 27, 2010

Sunset and Moonrise on the Metedeconk

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June 25th marked the last day of school for most students attending Brick Public Schools . Traditional treats for the children at the Jersey Shore might be some pizza at a favorite shop followed by some ice cream or Italian Ice.

This year our family received an invite from neighbor and Friend Captain Dave to join him and his family on a cruise of the Metedeconk River. The seas were calm so all aboard were able to fully enjoy the journey.

Highlights included passing by Heron Island (and seeing some actual Heron) and watching the Sunset and Moonrise. (check out the pics). We even got a chance to swing by the River Belle and River Queen boats. From the looks of things those folks were having a good time dancing and drinking libations as well!
The beauty of this simple night is that views and sounds were the entertainment and the show is available just about any day/night. An accessible yet commonly overlooked pleasure.

Posted by: merk@beachhausbeer | June 14, 2010

The Stone Pony – Always Delivers

The Stone Pony in Asbury Park is legendary at the Jersey Shore . It is often said that it is the place that Bruce Springsteen built and there is something to that. In my youth I was in several bands (Slave of ID and Artists That Kill) that played a number of shows there. More recently I had an acquaintance from Spain come visit and one of the “MUST SEE” destinations for him while he was in America was the Stone Pony. The place has that kind of history and reputation.

I hit up The Pony on June 19th to go see one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants . Neither the venue nor the band disappointed. I’m not going to recount the set list, it’s just not my thing, but they did play an assortment of songs from their entire catalog. They even played a handful of songs off their kid albums. But every ‘Big Kid’ knew the lyrics to those songs as well.

After the show we headed to the Langosta Lounge also in Asbury Park.
There we had a few drinks and some really tasty appetizers. The atmosphere was really pleasant there was a pretty good vibe going.

Asbury Park was the place to be back in the 40’s and 50’s. It had seen some rough times more recently but any place that can offer you a Top Act like They Might Be Giants as well as some fine dining at the Langosta Lounge has to be appreciated!

Posted by: brian@beachhausbeer | June 2, 2010

Summer is officially here!

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Every year during Memorial Day weekend, the media refers to this as the unofficial start to summer.  Well, this past weekend was the official start of summer for us and for all the communities along the Jersey Shore.  With weather conditions like we had this weekend, I don’t think anyone can argue that summer is here.

After staying close to home on Saturday and Sunday, Melanie and I decided to head down to Long Beach Island on Memorial Day.  As we drove south on the Parkway, we could see that the weekend beach goers were headed back home as the traffic was moving at a crawl on the north side.  Since we were headed in the opposite direction of the crowds, our ride to LBI was an easy one.

We continued to Barnegat Lighthouse to walk down the very long jetty and spend some time on the beach.  It was a perfect day!…  The temperature was in the 80’s, clear blue skies overhead with the occasional wispy cloud and a nice breeze.  It was high tide when we arrived and the long jetty was packed with fisherman.  We even ran into a few spear fisherman and watched them dive over and over, right along side the jetty.  They were fishing for striper, but weren’t having any luck.

The ocean conditions were calm so there were lots of boats moving in and out of Barnegat Inlet.  We saw groups of jet skiers racing down the inlet checking the ocean conditions and turning back.  They must have been looking for a specific break that occurs at the point of the jetty.  I’ve seen dozens of jet skiers doing tricks and flips at that break in the past.  I hope to post a video of it here someday.  Unfortunately, the conditions weren’t right for it on Memorial Day.

We continued onto the beach and set-up our spot for some lunch.  We ate lunch and got some sun while catching all the sites and sounds of the beach scene: banner planes flying overhead, jet skis, boats, fisherman, wake boarders and crashing waves.  We relaxed and enjoyed it all for a while, then we walked back over the long jetty to our car for the drive home.

On our way out of LBI we made a quick stop at the Custard Hut for a few scoops of their delicious custards.  I had vanilla and black raspberry, Melanie had moose tracks.  It was a great way to finish the day at LBI…and to officially start the summer.

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