Breweries & Distilleries

Hudson County is fast becoming a prized destination for visitors wanting to get in on the recent microbrewery craze. The area is proving to be the perfect spot to achieve local brews unlike any other.

Hudson County has a rich history of alcohol production, more than any other part of the state. The first brewery in New Jersey was founded here before the United States even existed! Started in 1641 in what is now Hoboken, production only increased from there. By the early 1900’s there were 53 breweries in Hudson County, and they were thriving! Unfortunately, the combination of Prohibition and the Great Depression did irreparable damage to the beer industry, and by the late 1930’s all 53 breweries were closed.

However, recent years have shown that Hudson County is finding its way back to its distilling roots, and now breweries and distilleries are popping up all over the county!

There is a brewery/distillery here for everyone. You can sample the award-winning gluten free beer at Departed Soles, the only celiac certified gluten free beer in New Jersey. If you feel up to a challenge, you can even learn to make your own beer at one of the Thirsty Quaker’s beer making classes. There is no shortage of amazing things to see and do in Hudson County, and our breweries and distilleries are no exception, come see where the magic happens today!

Get the latest scoop on Hudson County’s Breweries & Distilleries over on the HC Sights & Bites blog


  • New Jersey Beer Company
    New Jersey Beer Co. was founded in 2010 by a small, passionate team brewing three delicious year-round beers. One year later, Hudson County real estate developer and beer enthusiast, Paul Silverman, was named Chairman, investing in the brewery…Read More
  • 902 Brewing Company
    Starting with a 3-gallon pot and a home brewing kit, the idea of 902 Brewing Company fermented into a business in August of 2012.   Brew-stablished by Colby Janisch, Tucker Littleton, and Andrew Brown in Hoboken, NJ, 902 pays tribute to…Read More
  • Hoboken Brewing
    Hoboken Brewing Company began as an idea, a concept, a mission, and a dream. That dream? To embody the unique prominence of Hoboken, New Jersey with the renaissance of artisanal craft beer, incorporating innovation, creativity and individuality…Read More
  • Departed Soles
    Departed Soles Brewing Company was initially a brewpub concept – a hair brain scheme of two friends – Chris and Brian. At the same time, they were drinking beer in one of their parents’ houses. Brian has a passion for craft beer and bar experience…Read More
  • The Thirsty Quaker
    The Thirsty Quaker is Hudson County’s only homebrew supply shop! We also have 800+ craft beers, and a great selection of unique whiskey, gin, vodka, and more…Read More

Near By

  • All Points West Distillery
    Historic techniques from the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, and Britain—which enabled immigrants from those countries to found dozens of successful distilleries and breweries throughout the region…Read More
  • Newark Local Beer
    Newark Local Beer is an independently owned local craft brewery and taproom providing beers, daily tours, and beers to go.  We now have Growlers & Cans to go, so you can leave with your favorite NLB beer.  We welcome our customers to have food delivered…Read More
  • Anheuser-Busch
    Special mention, while not a small local brewery/distillery, it is worth mentioning that international beer company Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser and other beers, has a major brewery in the area, employing thousands of people, producing hundreds of thousands of gallons of beer, and helping to stimulate the local economy...Read More

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