Co-founded out of a garage in Brick Twp NJ by two high school buddies Brian Ciriaco and John ‘Merk’ Merklin in 2007. They used their interest in home brewing, a passion for craft beer and a love of the Jersey Shore as their main inspirations in their effort to help put the Jersey Shore on the Craft Beer landscape.
From the very beginning their journey has been anything but a lonely one. Avid home brewer Tom Przyborowski joined up with Brian and Merk to serve as head brewer.
Along the way they came in contact with another Jersey Shore local, Chris McCallion, who enjoyed all things beer and the Jersey Shore as much as they did. Impressed with their ideas, their beer and seeing the void in the New Jersey brewing landscape at the time Chris joined on as a partner and part of the management team in 2009.
Initially the beers were produced for the guys by a contract brewery based out of Rochester, NY. 2010 saw the first distribution and sales of Beach Haus Classic American Pilsner through local NJ distributors Ritchie & Page Distributing, Harrison Beverage and Kohler Distributing. The next two years saw the release of Beach Haus Winter Rental, Kick Back Amber Ale and Cruiser IPA into the market as well as an increase in distribution in areas of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York and Delaware.
In 2013 the g agreed it was time to build a brewery of their own. After visiting and discussing several locations throughout the shore they discovered an opportunity involving a very iconic property, located in downtown Belmar NJ, that was home to one of the most successful bakeries in NJ, Freedman’s.
In early 2014 Freedman’s closed its doors for the last time and construction of the Beach Haus® Brewery commenced. Opening its doors in the Spring of 2015 the Beach Haus® Brewery is happy to be brewing in Belmar NJ and welcoming visitors from near and far each day.
Co-founder – Brian Ciriaco
Cellar Manager – Dylan Kohan
Partner – Chris McCallion
President, Co-founder – John Merklin
Brewmaster – Tom Przyborowski
Taproom & Event Manager – Steve Tichenor