Aside from the usual tap beers found at your average pub, Cranford Hotel not only offers Harpoon IPA on draught but they have added Lagunitas IPA on tap. While that in itself might be reason enough to believe that the managers at the Cranford Hotel might be onto something, it’s just the start.
With outdoor seating and a menu far beyond the everyday pub style restaurant, I had a chance to speak with one of the managers, Dave Carracino, and his enthusiasm for craftbeer was evident. With a culinary background and some homebrewing experience he knew the importance of bartenders with beer knowledge.
But now to the good stuff. What made Cranford Hotel stand out in my eyes was their dedication to our local Jersey Craftbeer. On tap was NJ Beer Co 1787 Abbey Single. Even more impressive was there offering of NJ bottled beer. Four different River Horse beers, two from Cricket Hill, two from Flying Fish, Beach Haus from East Coast Brewing, Boaks Monster Mash and Ramstein Classic Wheat.
The Cranford Hotel Restaurant and Pub is perhaps one establishments most dedicated to NJ craftbeer that I have ever visited. Certainly one of the very few here in Union County. You can find them at 1 South Union Avenue in Cranford, NJ or online.