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“Friday happy hour alternative”

Carton Brewing Company
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Owner description: Brewery Tours on Wed & Thur 5-8PM, Fri 4-8PM, Sat 12-8PM, & Sun 12-5pm. The entrance to the brewery is 6. E. Washington Ave. However, please park in the lot located at 120 First Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Friday happy hour alternative”
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Try this place for something fun and different to do to kick off the weekend. The tour is quick and the reward is worth it. Upstairs tasting room is very comfortable and relaxing. Exposed brick and wood beams and big canvas photos surround the small bar and 2 couches. You can't beat the $5 for 6 glasses value. My fave is 077xx, the Boat is good too. We got there on the later side so not crowded at all. Definitely recommend for something different to do.

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New Jersey
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Needs to be more professional”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

I know this is a brewery, but I wasn't impressed by any of the people that worked there (minus our tour guide). The bartenders & girl we met (maybe a manager) seemed more interested in hanging out & chatting with one another rather than educating myself & my friend about the beer. It was unwelcoming & felt more like we were invading their turf. Very similar to a college type atmosphere. Seemed like all the employees were there for drinks & to hang out. Not sure if we'll go back.

Visited January 2014
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Brooklawn, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Fun Brewery”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

We were in the area this past Saturday, and decided to pop by Carton Brewing for a tour and taste. It's a small, unassuming building on a side street, across the street from a school. The only sign is a neon sign is the upper window. There were fairly few cars around, and it looked empty.

We walked inside, and we were immediately greeting by a woman who took us on a quick but informative introductory tour. Basic tour, but well-done. We then proceeded to the tasting area upstairs for a tasting. Tastings are $5 apiece, and for your money you get a smallish tasting glass full of their basic beer, Boat, and then 5 casino chips. Each chip is worth a taste of a beer. There were 8 options, ranging from the lighter Boat to a stout and a porter. You will get your fill, certainly. Good beer, too.

The one thing to watch - when we went upstairs at about 2:30PM, there are about 30 assorted people. By the time we had finished our six choices, there was almost no room to move in the tasting area, and too many people were congregating by the bar, limiting access for others. From what we were told, the tastings fill up beginning at 3-3:30 every weekend, and early (12-3 ish) is the best time for a more mellow tasting experience.

Visited March 2014
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“Lots of Fun”
Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Quick tour was informative. Tasting room was great. Mix of 20 something's, beer geeks and other friendly types. Staff were conversational and I learned about each of 6 beers. Beers are very good. Hope the craft brewers can continue to be successful. Kane is also worth a visit

Visited February 2014
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NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Really good beer”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Had one of their beers at Edison Ale House. Next day we went on the tour. Simple no frills tour but every employee loves working there and it shows. Exceptional staff. We paid $5 and tasted 6 different beers. My favorite is the 077xx. Great laid back atmosphere and amazing beer. Great way to spend an hour or two with some friends.

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