|Human Village Brewing Company
148 S Broadway | Pitman NJ 08071
Just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia in the land of jughandles, diners, and Bruce Springsteen, lie some pretty tasty New Jersey craft breweries that are worth the trip. Recently Wayne and I spent a cloudy Saturday exploring some of what the Garden State has to offer.
Located two doors down from Kelly Green Brewing in Pitman, New Jersey, Human Village Brewing is 16 miles from South Philadelphia. The brewery is located in the former home of the Bus Stop Music Café, a South Jersey icon known for hosting independent artists and a gathering place for the community.
Human Village Brewing is where you enter as nomads, and stay as villagers.
Human Village Brewing’s website explains it best: Humankind’s origins lie within the Village. The Village allowed for the creation of civilization, the specialization of roles and trades, and a gathering place to share ideas. Beer is a beverage of gathering with origins as old as the Village itself. Beer was crafted from the simple raw elements that sustained us: water, grain, and the fire’s heat. Our brewery reflects the values of this archetypal Village. Our humanity is that we create and share. We connect. Raising a glass to these connections is part of the human experience, the world over and across time.
Human Village Brewing was founded with the help of a village. The brewery raised nearly $9,000 from 52 backers on Kickstarter.
The brewery is owned by homebrewers Megan Myers and Emily Barnes and their spouses. The duo emulate traditional brewing methods and continue the cultural heritage of handcrafting beer one small batch at a time on a 1 barrel brew system.
Beers are available in flights of four 4-ounce pours or a 12-ounce pour. Beer can be purchased to go in 32- or 64-ounce growlers. When you get to the service bar, grab your own flight paddle, and jot down your 4 choices with a piece of chalk.
We enjoyed Mr. Brightside, a 5.2% ABV Bavarian wheat, and London Calling, the 5.6% ABV Dry London Porter finished with Earl Gray tea. Other beers on tap included a red IPA called Roxanne, a black raspberry sour called Pucker Gently, and a golden ale called Beers & the Bees.
Human Village is open Thursday and Friday from 5 PM to 10 PM and Saturday from 3 PM to 10 PM. There is street parking and a community parking lot.