Our Story

The Shepherd & the Knucklehead, aka “The Shep,” is our family-owned business with two pubs in New Jersey with one of the widest craft beer selections in the tristate area. Our original Haledon pub was established in 1998 and is run by our owner Chris Schiavo. Located in Hoboken, our family’s second pub was established in 2016 and is headed up by Chris’s son, Joe Schiavo. Our unique name describes the duality which makes humans complex and is also the title of a book, written by Chris, in 2001. Our goal is for a wide variety of patrons to enjoy excellent beer and food! We also enjoy giving back to our community and support charities both locally and globally. We hope to welcome you soon to one of our locations!

About Us

At The Shepherd & the Knucklehead, our commitment to providing excellent beer is legendary. Not only do we serve 90 taps in Haledon and 60 in Hoboken, we also have state-of-the-art equipment which keeps every microbrew fresh and cold until the moment it hits your glass. Like our name suggests, we offer the perfect experience for a variety of people! Our family-friendly day scene includes a vast selection of delicious apps and entrées, and is stroller-friendly with plenty of seating options. Our evening scene features the same amazing food with a happy hour including perfectly-crafted cocktails and world-famous beer selections, as well as trivia nights, live music, outdoor seating, and a DJ that will make a dancer out of anyone. We also host events and have a variety of catering options to suit many different occasions!


Public parking garage located directly across the street. (Harlow/Traders Joe’s Building.)

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