Our name is rooted in the rich history of Medford. In 1800, a merchant named Mark Reeve arrived in Upper Evesham (Medford). He built the first horse powered machine in the country to manufacture cut nails. He opened his store specializing in tobaccotwists and making cut nails on the corner of Friends Avenue and South Main Street. That building, named “The Nail House” was later moved and today sits on the Jennings Farm. Legend has it that Reeve, after a visit to Medford, Massachusetts, called a town meeting to propose the area change its name to Medford. The word “Nale” is an obsolete Middle English term that translates to “ale house”. The term was used in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tale, Friars Tale, to refer to an ale house. “And make hym grete feestes atte nale”
Nale House operates with a small batch artisan concept. They utilize a 2.5 barrel brew house and have 15 barrels of fermenting capacity. The Head Brewer, Eric Leiner, prides himself in never leaving a fermenter empty. Once a beer is transferred for carbonation and kegging, another beer is brewed and placed in that fermenter. That being said, Eric will never rush a beer out of a fermenter to meet a perceived demand. Quality over quantity is part of their mission statement. As he often says “the beer will tell me when it is ready”. That attention to detail is pervasive at Nale House. The selection of their name, the design of the tasting room, the welcoming atmosphere that has been created, and most importantly the beer, all contribute to making Nale House Brewing Co. unique and special.
Eric Leiner – New Jersey born and raised, Eric lives in Medford with his wife Beth, and son Eric Jr. After moving to Medford, Eric was walking his dog one day and a neighbor asked if their dogs could play in his backyard. That established a relationship with one of his closest friends, who introduced Eric to home brewing beer.
With every brew day with his friend Mike, Eric’s passion for brewing beer became an obsession. So much so that within several years, Eric opened a home brew supply shop on Main Street in Medford, “The Hoptopus’s Garden” (he grew up a Beetles fan). He achieved great satisfaction from talking shop with veteran home brewers, and loved introducing new brewers to the art of craft beer.
Eric continued to brew at home, with his friends, in front of his store, and with new brewers from his store to get them started on the wonderful experience of creating one’s own personal craft beer. Although that satisfaction and drive never left him, there was something missing, his desire to bring his own artistic concepts and recipes to the public.
About a year ago, Eric, and the rest of our team, came up with a concept and a name that embodies the history of Medford and craft brewing. His creativity, sometimes on the fly, is what makes our beer special. Eric has committed himself to remain a student of the art and always honor the craft.
Our passion is our beer. It’s what we make. While we don’t make food, we strongly encourage our guests to bring in their own food or to support the amazing community that surrounds us on Main Street in Medford, NJ.
Do I need a reservation?
Reservations are not required.
When are you open?
Fridays from 5-10 & Saturdays 1-10. Please note, there may be times when we are closed for private events.
What does the law permit?
New Jersey law allows consumers to purchase beer to go just by walking in. Consumers are allowed to purchase up to 1/2 barrel of beer a day, which is a 1/2 keg or about 6.25 cases. The law also allows you to purchase beer to consume on premise if it is in conjunction with a tour. The state requires a tour each and every time you would like to taste beer on premise.
Looking for a great spot to host a special event? Nale House is the perfect location.
Whether it’s a general get together, or even a corporate gathering, we’re here to help. We can accommodate a private, semi-private, or public event. Some of the events hosted in our location are: Reunions, Birthday Parties, Engagement Parties, Showers, Fundraisers just to name a few…