It’s easy to drive by Dr. James Parker Blvd without noticing the quaint, fragrant shop on it’s corner. But once you discover the hidden gem just off the busy road, it quickly becomes a staple in your morning routine.
Packed wall to wall with fair trade, imported coffee beans, the shop hosts a small custom branded roaster and a full array of espresso, pour overs, teas and pastries.
Owned and operated by the Crossons, Coffee Corral has developed a loyal following and continues to draw in soon-to-be coffee aficionados.
Owner Russell Crosson traveled out west to educate himself on the coffee trade and continues to expand his knowledge through trade shows and seminars. His daughter, Courtlyn has taken over the shop’s management and gave us a quick tour of their craft.
177 Drs James Parker Boulevard, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Every branded Kane Brewing growler bears a phrase on the back that reads “Enjoy within 24 hours.”
For owner Michael Kane, this is a philosophy that is a driving force behind every beer brewed. Located a short distance from the New Jersey shore, Kane Brewing is open on every weekend for tastings and growler fills. As soon as the doors open, enthusiasts fill the large space with empty growlers and eager taste buds.
Most of Kane’s line up is Belgian inspired and unfiltered and varies from lighter ales such as Single Fin and heartier stouts like Morning Bell. Probably their most known brews consist of hoppy IPA’s Head High and Overhead.
Kane opened at an opportune time in New Jersey, just as the craft beer scene was growing along with demand and it quickly became a front runner.
We spoke with Michael about his business and the beer scene in New Jersey.
1750 Bloomsbury Ave, Ocean Township, NJ 07712
By implementing high standards from the ground up, Gusto Grill strives to provide customers with an incredible experience every time they enter the establishment. They start with an expertly crafted and diverse menu and combine that with award winning libations.
Gusto Grill sets itself up for success by employing staff members that are enthusiastic about the beer selection and passionate about experimenting with new concoctions that traditional bars consider more complicated than astro physics.
Located in area of Central Jersey that features few locally owned bars and restaurants, one can savor delicious pizza and kobe burgers or indulge in the real star of the show, the crab crusted top sirloin steak.
1050 NJ-18, East Brunswick, NJ 08816