Fall isn’t just about pumpkin picking. Bring on out the seasonal drinks, and I think we could all use one right about now… below are our top local breweries, distilleries and restaurants from Mercer County that are offering up the most unique fall beers and cocktails around. They’re pretty delicious too.

Note: As always, drink responsibly. No driving while under the influence and you must be at least 21 years of age to drink alcohol.


Sourland Mountain Spirits

130 Hopewell Rocky Hill Road, Hopewell, NJ 08525


top by “New Jersey’s Farm Distillery” for fabulous fall cocktails and sunny picnic tables. All are welcome to come, along with dogs and kids! During the pandemic, this team also started producing hand sanitizer for our local area, which can be purchased at nearby stores as well.

sourland mountain spirits owner, ray disch, with his line of spirits

Photo via www.sourlandspirits.com


Agricola Eatery

11 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542


If you're looking for top-notch food to pair with your fall drink, stop by Agricola. Not only do they do farm-fresh seasonal dishes, but their drink selection is off-the-charts. Ingredients for their cocktails are sourced locally, like the fall apple flavors, and the drinks all pair perfectly with the menu, of course.

A fall cocktail from Agricola

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/agricolaeatery/


Yankee Doodle Tap Room

10 Palmer Square E, Princeton, NJ 08542


Voted one of the top bars in Princeton due to their substantial selection of local beers and cocktails. They have over 19 world beers on tap along with seasonal drinks. Einstein stopped here for a drink back in the day so you know it’s pretty good. Come by on Tuesday for their Craft Tap Tuesdays where 12oz craft beer is only $5.

a tower of beers stacked at yankee doodle tap room

Photo via https://www.palmersquare.com/directory/yankee-doodle-tap-room/


River Horse Brewing Company

2 Graphics Drive, Ewing, NJ 08628

Stop by for their outdoor beer garden and ask to try the Hipp-O-Lantern, which is brewed with pumpkin and a variety of hand-crushed, whole spices or Da’Nile, which is a deep amber ale brewed with vanilla and caramel malts.

A man at river horse brewing with two beers and two growlers

Photo via: https://www.facebook.com/RiverHorseBrewing/


Rat’s Restaurant

16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619


The views are breathtaking, and happy hour won’t disappoint either. They make every experience feel special, along with serving both food and drinks that mirror the season. Stop by their outdoor bar while the weather is warm!

A person taking a photo in Rats restaurant

Photo via https://www.instagram.com/rats.restaurant/



While you’re out and about, don't forget to snap a photo to enter our Explore Mercer contest! See full details here.