Jun 7, 2013

Circa Restaurant...Beer & Cheese. Yes, Please.

More than eight years ago I moved to rural Hunterdon County and an even more rural town there.  Craft beer wasn't exactly easy to find or close to home.  Just a few years later I spotted a very welcome sight during a drive home one day.  A new restaurant was opening on Main Street of the small boro of my neighboring town, High Bridge, NJ.  Circa, with it's open-air porch, promised to bring some craft beer taps to the beer wasteland that was my new home.

I admit, it took some time for me to check it out, but since visiting that first time we've gone back again and again.  Their food is fresh, homemade and delicious...and while they won't break any records with their number of beer taps, they do deserve mounds of credit for focusing on quality over quantity.

As of today, they have eight craft beer taps (no macros here!) with two taps dedicated to New Jersey's own Carton Brewing as well as one for nearby Weyerbacher's renamed witte offering, White Sun Wit.  The list changes pretty regularly, but you can easily check online to see what will be waiting for you at Circa's own website.  I guarantee you'll find more than a couple you'd enjoy drinking.

When, not if, you visit be sure to sit on the porch with a tasty craft beer and at least a plate (or 2) of their cheese offering.  You'll be served three amazing cheeses (types change depending on availability/quality), some fresh cut fruit, fresh honey/walnuts and their signature sautéed onions.

The rest of their menu is as uniquely varied, interesting and incredibly fresh.  The food is flavorful and prepared with care.  Thankfully, Circa is here...now...making it the area's destination for great food and craft beer.  If you don't believe me, check out the New York Times' write up here.

So head on over and be sure to check out Circa's craft beers (and cheese!).  And if you see this guy on the porch be sure to let him know you've joined the craft beer "brewsade" too!

Circa Restaurant

37 Main Street.
High Bridge, NJ 08829
Reservations 908-638-5560
Circa is a fun, intimate restaurant located in the small town of High Bridge, just outside of Clinton, NJ.

We offer the best in seasonally fresh & inventive cuisine, and rely strongly on local farms and producers to make our menus possible. Our internationally inspired wine list and extensive bar are hand crafted to compliment our global cuisine.

The dress at Circa is casual. Reservations are always appreciated, and are recommended on weekends.


  1. I absolutely agree. Circa always impresses me with their food and beer selections. Off the top of my head, I remember being quite excited to find Brooklyn's Fiat Lux on tap in Hunterdon County a few months back.

  2. You're right Ryan. It's definitely a hidden gem out this way. The tap list may not be extensive, but it's all good...and the food is equally tasty. Glad you like it too!