This article was written by Maureen Fitzpatrick, contributor to Visit South Jersey and author of ‘A Guide To New Jersey Craft Breweries, South Jersey.’
Located on Kings Highway, King’s Road Brewing Company is the brainchild of Jeff Farrell, Pete Gagliardi, Bob Hochgertel, Chris Thomas, and Victoria Cummins. Together this group of individuals is a superpower, each deeply involved in their town of Haddonfield and committed to bettering the community. Built in 1681, Kings Highway, or better known as the King’s Road by the colonial assembly who built it, stretched from Burlington City through Haddonfield, all the way to Salem. A brewery built on such a historic road should naturally be named for it.
Adding a brewery to the historically dry town was a natural step for the group. After seeing other towns like Pitman flourish with activity with the addition of a craft brewery, the group wanted to fertilize their own community and help it thrive. Haddonfield, boasting so much charm already that it was about to burst, was a natural fit.
King’s Road Brewing Company is located, at least as of this writing, coincidentally enough, in the old Gibbs’ Tavern and Smithy, a building dating back to 1777. What better place to house a friendly, downtown craft brewery? Perhaps it was a sign or synchronicity, but it seems that Mr. Gibbs was missing his beer.
King’s Road serves up such favorites as ales, saisons, sessions, IPAs, wheat beers, porters, and more. The Spring Reign is delicious; this New England-style pale ale is slightly sweet, crisp and clean. If you love coffee, you will love their Saxby’s Coffee Milk Stout, made with local Saxby’s French Roast. The addition of milk sugar creates unbelievable body and deliciousness. If on tap, try one of try their flagship standards like Ample Vengeance, a hazy, juicy IPA or their Potter Street Porter, a dark, clean porter with caramel overtones.
King’s Road has some exciting news! They are expanding. While this young brewery is getting rave reviews for its beer, the complaint is that it is always crowded. What a great problem to have. Soon, King’s Road will be moving right next door to 131 Kings Highway East. The new space is four times as large and will allow for larger crowds as well as small groups and parties. New beers will be brewed in the larger twenty-barrel system, some paying homage to the Harrisons, the family who owned the card shop where the brewery is moving. The basement area will be used for sours and a barrel aging program.
Come hungry! Haddonfield doesn’t only have great craft beer, but many great restaurants. Two Fish is a great choice, especially for a Sunday dinner. Their chef’s choice Sunday dinner allows patrons to enjoy a sampling of fresh fish dishes chosen by the chef. Haddonfield also boasts an abundance of Italian, American, and ethnic restaurants. You can’t go wrong. You’ll love this town so much, you’ll want to return, and the ambiance and historical nature of King’s Road Brewing Company will have you dreaming of the next time you’ll drive up a portion of King’s Highway to the town’s amazing craft brewery.
Visit King’s Road at 127 Kings Highway East on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm to 10pm, Friday 3pm to 10pm, Saturday 12pm to 10pm, and Sunday 12pm to 6pm.