Ross Brewing to Close its Tasting Room in Port Monmouth

Ross Brewing to Close its Tasting Room in Port Monmouth

Ross Brewing Company Has Announced the Closing of their Tasting Room in Port Monmouth

Ross Brewing to Close its Tasting Room in Port Monmouth

With unfortunate news – Ross Brewing Company has made the difficult decision to close their tasting room in Port Monmouth. They made the announcement via social media (Facebook and Instagram). Their post does say that they will continue to make, sell, and distribute their beers – with even new beers in the pipeline. Just that they are closing the tasting room.

For us here at The Beer Thrillers we’ve enjoyed getting to try their great brews at the Atlantic City Beerfests each year (a few times their beers have been in our “Top 5” of the fest). They’ve also jumped on our group – The Beer Thrillers (Group) on Facebook, and have been welcome members of the group.

The tasting room is located at: 909 Main St, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758.

The Announcement

Here is their announcement, posted via Facebook:

🍻🚨𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗧 𝗖𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗔𝗡𝗡𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗖𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧!🚨🍻
Attention #rossarmy! We have some major news you’re not going to want to miss. We have made the incredibly difficult decision to shut down the Ross Brewing tasting room in Port Monmouth. We will continue to distribute our delicious beers to our distribution customers and even have some amazing new beers in the pipeline that will be released in the coming weeks and months (including the return of an oft-asked for old fave!). But as far as the tasting room goes, it has simply become impossible to continue on with the current economics. We want to thank each and every one of you who has made these last five years of selling beer, and last year and a half of serving customers in person in Port Monmouth, nothing but the purest joy. We wish we could do this forever, but alas, it’s not to be. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟮𝗻𝗱, 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗲’𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂.
But fret not! The weather looks great this weekend, and we’ll be having 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗵𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗮𝗵! 🎉 We’ve got great food trucks all weekend long 🍔🍕🌮, great live music all weekend long 🎸🎤🎶, and great deals on takeaway beer too! We’ll also be putting some surprise beers on tap all weekend long, with a constantly rotating tap list! 🍺🍺🍺
So don’t shed a tear for what we’re losing. Instead, let’s celebrate what we’ve had together. An amazing and unique brewery experience that quite simply hasn’t–and can’t–be duplicated anywhere else!
So join us for the 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗳𝗳 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺, and allow us to say goodbye in person to each and every one of you. And it goes without saying–feel free to bring your four-legged friends as well, as we’ll miss them too!
Thank you so much for all your support, we love and appreciate every one of you!❤️🙏 And please continue to support the brand as we continue to ship our beers out to the bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and supermarkets in this great Garden State!

Ross Brewing Company Has Announced the Closing of their Tasting Room in Port Monmouth

After celebrating its one-year anniversary in Port Monmouth and five years of brewing, Ross Brewing Co. will be closing its tasting room doors on Sunday, June 2.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, May 30, the brewery cited “current economics” as the reason for the closure.

“We have made the incredibly difficult decision to shut down the Ross Brewing tasting room in Port Monmouth,” the announcement read. “We will continue to distribute our delicious beers to our distribution customers and even have some amazing new beers in the pipeline that will be released in the coming weeks and months.”

Owner John Ross Cocozza mentioned that the primary reason for the closure was a particularly slow winter, along with the impacts of COVID and New Jersey’s craft beer laws.

“Things that are amazing about our site, like our waterfront location and beautiful outdoor beer gardens, they kind of work against us in the cold weather,” he said, despite the brewery’s successful events this year like St. Patrick’s Day, and their anniversary party. “It just wasn’t enough to get us out of the hole from the winter, and that hole magnified some existing issues in the state. In the past year or so, we’ve already lost about 16 craft breweries in New Jersey.”

-John Ross Cocozza

Breweries in New Jersey, according to Cocozza, face stricter regulations compared to states like Pennsylvania, where serving food is permitted. Additionally, other states allow online beer sales.

Cocozza blamed “the four horsemen of the pandemic: the quarantine, the supply chain crisis, inflation, and interest rate hikes” for their challenges.

“COVID shut down many customers, bars, and restaurants, some of which never reopened, and it slowed our construction,” he explained. “This led to the supply chain crisis, which then caused inflation. All our costs, such as grains and cans for packaging, have skyrocketed, and it’s impossible to pass these costs onto the consumer. You can’t charge $15 for a pint of beer.”

The brewery will host one final celebration this weekend, featuring food trucks, live music, deals on to-go beers, and some surprise beers on tap.

The pet-friendly party will take place from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Food trucks will arrive around 2 p.m., and live music will start at 4 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The beer list will be continuously updated, featuring old favorites and new releases.

After the party ends on Sunday, the tasting room will officially close. Ross Brewing Co. beers will still be available in bars, restaurants, and liquor and grocery stores. The brewery will also remain active at festivals and farmers’ markets.

Cocozza is collaborating with breweries like Alternate Ending Beer Co. in Aberdeen and Five Dimes Brewery in Red Bank to reschedule events that were planned at Ross.

The brewery is known for its location-themed beers, such as Ross Shrewsbury Lager, an amber lager, and Ross Navesink Double IPA. They have also released popular specials over the years, like Sully’s Irish Stout and Launch Party, a pomegranate-infused New England IPA.

Cocozza hinted at a possible return.

“I don’t know anything yet, but I have a feeling that people will probably see us again in some form sooner than they think,” he said.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever find a more suitable location,” Cocozza added. “Our logo is a sailboat, and we love being on the water. Having Jersey’s only waterfront brewery is probably the best location we’ll ever find, but we would look for something with significantly lower overheads, on a smaller scale.”

The May 30 post expressed gratitude and appreciation.

“We want to thank each and every one of you who has made these last five years of selling beer, and the last year and a half of serving customers in person in Port Monmouth, nothing but pure joy. We wish we could do this forever, but alas, it’s not to be.

“Don’t shed a tear for what we’re losing,” the post continued. “Instead, let’s celebrate what we’ve had together, an amazing and unique brewery experience that simply can’t be duplicated anywhere else.”

Visit Them

Make sure to get out and visit them for their big blow-out going out get together. It looks like it will be a great time for all!

The tasting room is located at: 909 Main St, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758.

For More Information on Ross Brewing Company

The following information comes via Untappd.

Ross Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in Port Monmouth, NJ. They have 78 unique beers and over 11,700 ratings with a global average rating of 3.76 (as of 5.30.24). Their Untappd description reads: “Monmouth County Born and Brewed. Crafting artisanal ales and lagers that defy expectations, using local ingredients. Eschew the Ordinary, Choose the Bold. ”

You can find them at the following social media pages:

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