Born in a Dry Town!
King’s Road Brewing Company was originally founded in 2016 by five friends who took their deep knowledge of and intense passion for craft beer to the next level by opening a brewery and tasting room in Haddonfield, New Jersey, a town that had been dry since 1873. They envisioned a place where everyone could meet and share in their love of community and craft beer.
The brewery’s first address was 127 Kings Highway East. The historic building in which the brewery was first located was built in 1777 and originally served as the town’s tavern. It was known as Gibbs Tavern, and was one of the many public houses that dotted the local landscape during the 18th and 19th centuries. These pubs and taverns, including the historic Indian King Tavern, existed before the town was incorporated in 1875. Incorporation was followed by the Temperance Movement and Prohibition, and as a result the town remained dry for more than 140 years until King’s Road Brewing Company challenged the status quo.
The brewery’s name, King’s Road, refers to the its address on Historic Kings Highway. The King’s Road, or King’s Highway, is America’s oldest road. It was a roughly 1,300-mile road laid out from 1650 to 1735 in the American colonies. The King’s road was built on the order of Charles II of England, who directed his colonial governors to link Charleston, South Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts. In New Jersey, the highway was built in 1681 by the Colonial Assembly, and ran from Salem, through Haddonfield, and continued north to Burlington City.
King’s Road Brewing Company opened its doors on December 22, 2017 to huge crowds. Since then, they have proudly served some of the region’s freshest and finest hand-crafted ales and lagers to thousands of happy locals and visitors alike. Growing demand for their product required a move to a much larger location.
In November 2019, King’s Road opened its new larger location in Downtown Haddonfield. The brewery is now located at 131 Kings Highway East, just 25 feet away from their original location. The new site provides a much larger tasting room, greater brewing capacity, a private events room, and a beer garden out back. It has become a destination for beer drinkers and craft beer connoisseurs from all across the region.
King’s Road Brewing Company continues to grow. With a goal of packaging and increased distribution, they plan on opening a second location with a larger production facility in the spring of 2021. The building that will house the second King’s Road Brewery is in the historic Kirby Brothers Farmers Market located at 67 N. Main Street in Medford, NJ.