Microbreweries produce small batches of beer for sale to wholesalers and retailers both inside and outside New Jersey. That means you can purchase New Jersey craft brewed beer from the shelves of liquor stores and in pubs around the country. Thanks to a 2012 law change, microbreweries are now allowed to sell up to 1/2 keg (or approximately 6 cases) of beer for consumption off premise. Also, as part of a brewery tour, consumers are allowed to purchase beer for consumption on premise. Breweries are not allowed to operate a restaurant or sell food. This is an opportunity for people to enhance their educational tour experience with an on-site tasting. Because we value our relationships with our restaurant and tavern partners, the law was purposely designed to not allow breweries to operate like a bar or restaurant.
Brewpubs are restaurants that produce small batches of craft brewed on site and may sell their own beer by the glass for consumption on premise. They may also sell their beer for carry out in bottles, jugs known as "growlers" and in kegs. The new law allows brewpubs for the first time to sell their beer off the premises to licensed retailers throughout the state through a New Jersey beer wholesaler.
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, will be celebrating their brewery's 15 year anniversary on Friday, February 7. Kick off is at 5 pm with the tapping of their Russian Imperial Stout (OG 28 Plato / FG 9.5 Plato / AbV 10.7% / IBU 82)! This stout was aged in bourbon barrels and mine-aged in the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg for one year where it lagered in the cool, constant cave temperatures. A special dinner menu will run all weekend long featuring entrees made with other Krogh's beers as a special ingredient. Join them for this celebratory occasion and reservation are recommended!
In addition to the anniversary stout, Krogh's also has a British-style IPA coming up shortly and two special Cask Ales. On February 7, they tap a Winter Warmer Cask and on February 24, they tap a Coconut Porter!
Cheers from Krogh's and for "brewing 15 years strong!"
Cape May Brewing Company has teamed up with Itswell Yoga and Grace & Glory Yoga Studios to offer monthly "Poses and Pints" in the taproom. Get fit with an hour-long yoga workout, and after enjoy a private tasting and tour of the brewery.
When: Saturday Feb 15th, March 22nd, April 26th and May 31st from 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Sign up online or call 609.849.9933 for more info.
Cape May Brewing recently brought back their Pale Ale, touted by Joe Sixpack as "Best Beer Down the Shore", changing it ever-so-slightly by substituting Citra hops for the previously used Zythos. Next up in their Staff Series is Maggie's Dirty Blonde, which will be available later this month, alongside the release of a new Belgian IPA.
Coming this spring will be the debut of Cape May Brewing Co's second lager, Hell Yeah Helles Lager, slated for early March, and the return of the much-anticipated Sawyers Swap Barley Wine, available in draft and bottle.
Cape May is happy to announce they will be reviving their TGIF Appreciation nights this spring, starting with a "Love our Locals" Appreciation Friday Feb 14th. A special Valentine's beer infusion will be tapped and from all locals will receive $1 off tastings, pints, and 64oz growler fills. The appreciation nights will run from Feb 14th -- May 30th, highlighting a different group within the community every week. Visit their website for a full list.
Cape May Brewing continues to expand throughout South Jersey, and they are excited to be back at High Street Grill in Mt Holly Feb 20th for a tap takeover, dinner pairing, and beer trivia night. On tap: Cape May IPA, Saison, and Stout.
The Taproom is open year-round from 12-8 pm (closed Tuesdays) for tours, tastings and growlers fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, release dates, and events.
It looks like all distributors have the new late winter seasonal from Flying Fish Brewing Company: Exit 1, an export style stout brewed with oysters. The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from the oyster shells. Irish ale yeast adds a bit of fruitiness and a dry crispness. This rich stout is perfect for cool weather--and especially delicious when paired with a few Jersey oysters on the half shell.
Kegs are already running low so they will be brewing another batch Wednesday--if you happen to be in the tasting room, you might even get a chance to try some of these awesome East Bay oysters once we pull them out of the brew kettle.
This Saturday, February 8th, High Point Brewing Company will be serving their new Polar Platinum, the "Eisbock" version of the Double Platinum Blonde wheat beer. 10% ABV Growler fills only, 2 liters per person.
On February 15 High Point will be serving their beer at Morristown's The Big Brew Beer Festival.
Ramstein Imperial Pilsner is now available in bottles. Six packs are available for sale at the brewery and other retail locations.
Flounder is taking delivery on components for expanding their brew system this month. They will be starting tours again in March.
The Cricket Hill small batch Winter Ales are almost gone! Grab this years Smoked Rye while you still can. This unusual beer features six different grains, including cherry and birch-wood smoked grains. It is lightly bittered with Nugget hops allowing the smoked malt, subtle fruitiness and spice of the rye malt to shine through. 7.9%ABV, 35 IBU.
Although there has been another foot of snow, the brewers are busy at work getting the small batch spring release ready. The Jersey Devil Imperial Red Ale with its generous amounts of specialty grains combined with Centennial and Zythos hops provide a perfect balance of tropical fruit and malt. Incredibly flavorful, this red-hued beer leaves the taste buds tantalized, such that they can only be satisfied with another sip of this robust brew! 7.4%ABV, 66.6 IBU.
Cricket Hill's small batch beers are available draft only. Come to the Brewery and grab a growler full!!
Congratulations to Cricket Hill for being chosen as New Jersey's best tap room experience by Rate Beer!!
Tours: Thursdays and fridays, 4 till 7. Saturdays, 12 - 4.
For the month of February the taps at JJ Bitting Brewing Company are Nut Brown Ale, Chocolate Cherry Stout, and Baltic Porter. On deck they have our 10.5% Barley Legal Barleywine and Bitting's Best Bitter.
On Friday, February 21st JJ Bitting will be having their 17th annual Mardi Gras/Anniversary Bash with a live band, drink specials, free beads and giveaways.
Rinn Duin Brewing Company is now open weekly for tours, sampling, pints, and growler fills Thursday & Friday, 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturday noon-6:00 pm. You can find where Rinn Duin is on draft/growler station on their blog.
Sure, they've only been in business a little more than a month, but the guys at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly produced -- and went through -- seven different styles of beer in January! This month, they will experiment with Thursday hours (3-7p) beginning with the first week in Feb. The move is in response to feedback from fans -- both existing and prospective -- who've indicated it's hard to get to New Jersey's only "main street" brewery during the present Friday (3-7p) and Saturday (noon-7p) time frames. In addition, Vince and Rich are exploring the idea of expanded hours on Fridays, also in response to customer feedback. The pair of nano-brewers are also busy getting ready for several upcoming events in Mt. Holly, including the Burlington County St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 1. Stay tuned to the Village Idiot Brewing Company Facebook page for the most current news and hours.