This article was written by Maureen Fitzpatrick, contributor to Visit South Jersey and author of ‘A Guide To New Jersey Craft Breweries, South Jersey.’
With the explosive growth of craft breweries in the country, and the seemingly endless array of people eager to try the latest brew, it was only natural that a guide to the South Jersey craft breweries would soon emerge. South Jersey is on par, if not better than, the rest of the country when it comes to the art and science of brewing beer, and all the great breweries can now be found in one book, A Guide To New Jersey Craft Breweries, South Jersey by Maureen Fitzpatrick. We will be exploring some of these breweries in the coming months to help guide you to them!
Brewers are passionate people, and expert crafters of hops and barley. These artisans are also kind; for they have created a beverage that they are eager to share with you! A great place to begin your craft brewery journey is in the South Jersey town of Westville, and today we head to Westville Brewery, a recently opened gem. The brainchild of Mike and Pam Gordy, John Metz, and Chuck Eckert, this nanobrewery brings pints of fun to the area in the styles of IPAs, porters, siasons, and more!
With six to eight beers on tap, Mike explains there is something to please every palate. His Pipe Wrench Porter is a must try. He worked on perfecting his recipe for years and it is really, really good. Other customer favorites include the We Need More Mango Wheat and Time Peace IPA. Whatever your taste in beer, Westville has it. For those who think they don’t like beer, please give it a try. This is not the beer your dad drank years ago – there are fruity choices, light choices, and bold choices. This is a place where you can grab a pizza across the street, then sit and chat with your friends while drinking something local and unique. Craft breweries are not bars, they are experiences, and each one is its own unicorn.
The tasting room of Westville Brewery pays homage to the firehouse it used to be. Firehouse red dons the walls and the neighborhood atmosphere and kindness of the owners gives one the sense of family. Venture to the back and enjoy the sunny outdoor space, perhaps daring your partner to beat you in giant Jenga.
Every brewery has a story, and Westville is no exception. Just ask Pam who learned the ropes from her more veteran brewing partners. While brewing her very first batch, the full five-gallon pot was too heavy for the ceramic cooktop. After hearing a large cracking sound, she noticed a large break in the burner. She knew the other burner had fractured as well, but with the perseverance of a seasoned brewer, she continued boiling and made a fine beer. Her partners joke that it was a five-hundred-dollar price tag for a five-gallon batch of beer. You can guess that she did have to buy a new stove. There is no sign of the rookie in Pam now. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and excited to serve you their excellent beers.
Located at 201 Broadway, Westville Brewery is right behind the clock in the downtown. Stop by Thursday and Friday 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 1pm to 9pm, or Sunday 1pm to 6pm! You will be glad you did!