Tapping into Jersey City’s Spirit

A Conversation with Don Vogt from 902 Brewing Co.

by Mike Ham

Unlock the doors to Jersey City’s beer haven as we dive deep into the vibrant world of craft brewing! In a recent episode of “Greetings from the Garden State,” the podcast dedicated to exploring New Jersey’s diverse cultural landscape, I sat down with Don Vogt, the driving force behind 902 Brewing Co. Nestled in the heart of Jersey City, this brewery isn’t just a place to grab a cold one – it’s a testament to the city’s rich culture, community spirit, and unwavering passion for craft beer.

902 Brewing Co. boasts a unique origin story, having started as Gypsy Brewing before firmly rooting itself in Jersey City with its own physical location. Vogt shared how their journey began, fueled by a fervent love for brewing and propelled by the success of their Black IPA in various competitions. Despite facing hurdles like permits and funding challenges, their relentless dedication paid off when they finally opened their taproom to the public.

What truly sets 902 Brewing Co. apart is its profound commitment to community engagement. Vogt, a proud Jersey City native, emphasized the importance of supporting local businesses and contributing to the city’s vibrant scene. From naming beers after local landmarks to collaborating with organizations like the American Legion, the brewery actively seeks to foster connections and give back to the community.

During our conversation, Vogt also discussed their plans for expansion, hinting at the possibility of opening another facility in Western or Northern Jersey. He highlighted their adaptive approach to brewing, continuously innovating and tailoring new releases based on evolving trends and invaluable customer feedback. It’s evident that 902 Brewing Co. isn’t just a purveyor of fine brews – it’s a hub for creativity and connection.

Surprisingly, we discovered the brewery’s unexpected family-friendly atmosphere. Vogt shared heartwarming anecdotes of parents bringing their kids along, creating a welcoming environment for all ages. This inclusive spirit underscores the brewery’s role as a gathering place for the entire community.

As we concluded our conversation, Vogt expressed his desire to draw more visitors to their physical location. Despite having their beers available in various restaurants, many are still unaware of their taproom. It’s a reminder of the importance of supporting local businesses and experiencing the unique offerings they bring to our neighborhoods.

My conversation with Don Vogt from 902 Brewing Co. unveiled the vibrant beer culture thriving in Jersey City. Their dedication to craft beer, community engagement, and innovation makes them a cornerstone of the local scene. Whether you’re a beer aficionado or simply seeking a welcoming space to connect with others, 902 Brewing Co. promises an unparalleled experience in the heart of Jersey City.


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Mike Ham is the voice behind the popular podcast, "Greetings From the Garden State". Traveling up and down New Jersey, Mike brings his listeners the stories of the people and places shaping the Garden State. Not only is he a Jersey diehard, he is also a respected member of the podcast community and has spoken at several podcasting conferences. As he continues to amplify the voices of New Jersey, Mike Ham remains a passionate advocate for the diverse narratives woven into the fabric of the Garden State.

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