This page is devoted to products made at the Jersey Shore and available to the general public either at a retail site or online. We are looking for distributed products as opposed to carry out food. Whatever it is it must be made at the Jersey Shore and taste good or work well. Of course in some way it needs to be food related.
We will try to keep this page updated weekly. If you have any products to suggest please let us know. This is not a paid advertisement, it is designed to promote local entrepreneurs
Beach Haus Brewery – A Jersey Shore Story of Passion and Growth
What you love to do on the weekend should be what you are doing on those other days. That is sort of paraphrasing an over used quote by Confucius but
exemplified by the success of Beach Haus Brewery. What began as a weekend obsession for two friends, grew quickly into a successful business because of it.
Beach Haus Brewery opened their Jersey Shore brewery, in the heart of Belmar, earlier this year and continued to produce their Beach Haus Brand of beer at the new location. The many different styles of craft brews are available for consumption and sale as part of the brewery tour and are also available in retail locations in bottles and in restaurants on tap. I first tried the Cruiser IPA at Mossuto’s Market in Wall where I matched it to the best wood fired pizza anywhere. It was a winning combination. The crisp and pleasantly bitter IPA had a malty quality that accompanied seamlessly. I am not a true beer aficionado so I will avoid mentioning flavors like roasted cherry pits, sandstone and thistle flowers. It was just damn good and I have been a fan ever since.
The brewing business was actually started in a garage in Brick NJ by two home brewers, Brian Ciriaco and John “Merk” Merklin in 2007. Soon they were joined by another home brew master, Tom Pryzborski. The trio worked hard every weekend for two years perfecting their first product, Beach Haus American Pilsner, styled after the taste of the local beer drinking population. Impressed by the three and their creation, while moved by a noticeable void in craft beer brewing, Chis McCallion came on board as a managing partner. The rest is a story of passion and growth which makes for great reading on the Beach Haus website.
Some of the recently created regular and seasonal brews produced at the Jersey Shore Brewery are Cruiser IPA, Winter Rental and Kick Back Amber Ale. Beach Haus products are distributed throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware but they are truly made at the Jersey Shore. We highly commend the team at Beach Haus for great products and for helping to power the local Jersey Shore economy year round.
Decadent Macaroons from All You Need is Cake of Ocean Grove
All You Need is Cake is a Boutique Custom Bakery located on Heck Ave. in Ocean Grove. They make custom baked creations to order from their website or by phone. Whether you need a cake that looks like an elephant or a firetruck they will create it. They are not open for walk in trade at this time. It is strictly online or by phone. Orders can be picked up at the location.
Lets talk about those macaroons. When I was at the Brick Farmers Market a week ago I spotted a stand selling some coconut
macaroons packed four to a clear plastic container. I like the fact that they were not exposed to the hands and coughs of people like many of the baked goods sold there. I had to try them because they looked so good and the people running the stand were so personable. I selected the Orange Cognac with the drizzling of hand dipped chocolate. It was a tough decision because of the many varieties. I could not wait to try them.
That evening I was overwhelmed by the combination of flavors and textures in my mouth. I knew at that point that this was no ordinary cookie. It was a remarkable culinary creation worth writing about. So here it is as the second entry on Made at the Jersey Shore. Look for the next in a week.
Blueberry Blues and Peachy Keen Barbecue Sauce
These products are the first to be placed in the Made at the Jersey Shore section. In fact they are what inspired the idea.
I stumbled upon these on Twitter when I was followed by Blueberry Blues. The name was an attention grabber and further delving revealed that they were made in Point Pleasant Beach and available at Arctic Meats in Point Pleasant Beach.
Naturally Spicy and Bold
As soon as we had a chance my wife and I went there to get some. The first thing I did was make a pork tenderloin with the Peachy Keen. It was excellent. Spicy, tangy and fruity all in one. No fake liquid smoke or corn syrup or preservatives. All natural ingredients. Just the good stuff goes in so all the flavor goes on.
The Blueberry Blues is also spicy and bold with a unique blueberry taste. I can’t wait to try it on baby backs or on chicken.
These sauces can be used as a brush on BBQ sauce toward the end of cooking or straight from the bottle as a condiment. The peach poured straight on to a spice rubbed, pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw would be awesome. They can also be blended with other ingredients to make a salsa or a dip. Use your imagination.
In addition to Arctic meats, the sauces are available on line for pick up or shipped at Square Up at this link.
You must give these a try. You will be glad you did. Be sure to order extra as your friends are going to want it once they try it.
Blueberry Blues and Peachy Keen are products of McDowell and Ayres LLC Food Products, Point Pleasant NJ.