Hungry? Thirsty? Here are two new spots that deserve a try real soon.
New Jerseyan Eric Ruta became a fan of craft beer when he attended Maine’s Bates College and visited nearby breweries—it made him want to start a brewery in his home state. His Magnify Brewing, which at press time was set to open soon in Fairfield, will offer four beers: Vine Shine IPA, Search Saison, Pale Ale and Black Wheat. Ruta also will feature “one-offs”—limited-edition beers of which only 20 barrels will be produced. “It will keep people engaged and excited,” he says. Fun fact: Ruta met his head brewer, Erich Carrle, when Carrle gave him a saison; that’s why that style of beer is among Magnify’s first offerings. The brewery will start by distributing beer to local bars and restaurants and will eventually begin canning its product and selling to liquor stores. Stop by and check out Magnify’s tasting room with its handmade bar and tables.
Magnify Brewing, 1275 Bloomfield Ave., Building 7, Unit 40C, Fairfield; magnifybrewing.com
Chris Siversen and Marc Haskell, the pair behind the restaurant Maritime Parc in Liberty Park, are bringing another eatery to a park. Burg: Burgers & Taps, expected to open in June, is a casual spot in Newark’s Military Park that features everything burgers. “My favorite food, hands down, has always been the hamburger,” says Siversen. Customers will find traditional burgers with standard toppings as well as chicken, lamb, veggie and even seafood burgers. If you’re seeking something healthy, try one of Burg’s salads—and see if you can resist adding some burger meat to it! Then wash it all down with one of the eight beers or eight wines on tap. Siversen says he hoped to create a place where people could relax and hang out after work. Success? Drop by after some 9-to-5 and judge for yourself.
BURG: Burgers & Taps, 55 Park Pl., Military Park, Newark, 973.482.BURG; burgnj.com