This article was written by Maureen Fitzpatrick, contributor to Visit South Jersey and author of ‘A Guide To New Jersey Craft Breweries, South Jersey.’
Pitman is fast becoming one of the most desirable towns to live in. The quaint shops, theater, restaurants, and breweries bring vibrancy and appeal.
Human Village Brewing Co. is one of those breweries which have attracted a following. Three things are immediately apparent there: love of art, music, and balanced beer. Visually, the brewery is unique; you might think you are in a music museum complete with old LP records on the wall, nostalgic photos of musicians, and a beautiful music themed mural created by the talented Michele Peraino. The impressive mural of John Coltrane playing the song ‘Blue Train’ on his alto saxophone confirms this craft brewery is one filled with melody in the form of tunes, beer, and friendship.
Homebrewers for over six years, owners Megan and Richard Myers, transformed Pitman’s beloved landmark, the Bus Stop Music Café, into the thriving nanobrewery, Human Village Brewing Co. Setting up shop in Pitman was an easy decision for Megan and Richard. The quaint town with lots of charm and character, mirrored their own principles and those of the brewery: values of community and hospitality. In fact, the Human Village name comes from the time when beer was brewed to serve the social function of bringing community together to converse and relax. That is exactly what you will discover here.
Human Village Brewing Co has introduced styles and flavors of beers that have been lacking in the market. The handcrafted, well-balanced beer is created in small quantities, one batch at a time, and still stirred as beer was stirred years ago, with a wooden mash paddle. You might not want to misbehave here, unless that paddle has been put away!
Though focused on Continental European style beers, Human Village offers an impressive selection for a small brewery. With an average of nine beers on tap, you are sure to find one to suit your palate. The flagship Beers and the Bees golden ale is popular and made with local honey. You might notice the name has changed to Open Mic Thursday golden ale, an ode to their popular open mic night. Other favorites include the black IPA , Fade to Black, and the IPA, Abby Road. Check out their sours, too. They are concurrently pleasant and earth shattering, sure to set off a quake on your palate. They currently have a yummy mango habanero sour ale called Burning Love that will be right up the alley of those who like a spicy surprise. Can’t make up your mind? Try a flight of four 4 oz pours.
Human Village is becoming a destination not only for the beer, but also for its open mic nights, currently held every Thursday, starting at 7. In keeping with the Bus Stop Music Café tradition, the open mic nights are a big hit, and all aspiring performers are welcome to show off their talents. Tables are usually filled, and many come to hear the young and amazing Qadir Branham (better known as Q), a theater lover who has auditioned for American Idol, The Voice, And America’s Got Talent. He sings like a Broadway star, belting out tunes in the voice of a male angel. Even if you don’t drink beer, grab a soda from Human Village and sit there just for the experience. In addition to Q, you will hear a multitude of other talents, and wonder why you pay hundreds of dollars for a concert, when there is an awesome one each week in Pitman.
Come visit soon. Stay for a beer then grab dinner at one of the restaurants in town. Stop by; ask questions about the beer; try them all. Head over to Human Village Brewing Co. at 148 South Broadway in Pitman. Hours are Wednesday 5pm to 8:30pm, Thursday and Friday 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 3pm 10pm, and Sunday 12:30pm to 6pm.