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.
The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild would like to welcome their newest brewery member Lunacy Brewing out of Magnolia as well as brewery-in-planning members Garden State Beer Co. and Conclave Brewing. New media member All About Beer Magazine also came on board and in allied/trade we welcome Grandstand Glass + Apparel and Genova & Burns. As of February the Guild represents 31 breweries, 13 breweries-in-planning, 2 media outlets, and 7 allied/trade members.
Angry Erik Brewing is preparing for their one year anniversary on February 15, 2015! In honor of this incredibly exciting event they will be celebrating Thursday, February 12 through Sunday, February 15. Beers on tap will include the much anticipated, 6 month aged Dubbel Blade, an 8% ABV Dubbel, and a special release for Friday the 13th, Freaky Freydis, a chocolate stout. Anticipate a smoother, richer version of the Dubbel Blade you already love. Freaky Freydis is a special release for Valentine's Day weekend for 2 reasons: one being that it is chocolate, and, two for Friday the 13th as Freydis, daughter of Erik the Red, was a particularly brutal Viking warrior. Commemorative glasses will be available listing each of the 24 different beers Angry Erik released in their first year. They are pleased to announce that these glasses will be free, limit one per customer, with the purchase of a pint! As a special thank you to their Growler Club Members, your Growler Fill discounts will be doubled all weekend long!
As Angry Erik is anticipating a higher volume, free tickets are available by web. Tickets are encouraged, but not required, to allow for a more comfortable, and not too overcrowded brewery experience. They wish to thank all who helped them start, grow, and build their dream. They cannot wait to celebrate with you!
After almost a 3 year gap between new releases Flying Fish is introducing a new big bottle Exit Series beer. And this one is indeed big--15% abv! This blueberry braggot is an ancient style of beer that's a cross between mead, which is a honey wine, and beer. Not many hops but lots of NJ honey and Hammonton blueberries and Belgian yeast make this a one of a kind experience. Each sip reveals new flavors and complexity. This limited edition beer is only available in 750ml bottles and only while supplies last.
Keeping beer drinkers warm is what Cricket Hill small batch beers are all about. They have 12 beers on tap and some of these are available at the brewery only! Visiting them for a tasting is an adventure that changes every several days!
Now on tap:
This years release calendar and description sheets are also available at the brewery! Come by and enjoy a tour while sipping on some of the best beers ever made on the planet Earth! Their tour hours are Thursdays 4-7pm, Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.
Cricket Hill will be out and about this month with 5 scheduled events so far! February 7th at the Hops and Props brewfest held in the Aviation Museum in Garden City NY; February 9th will be a Tap Take over (9 beers) ay Valhalla in Manhatten; NJ Beer night at Hops in Morristown, NJ on the 10th; The Asbury Park Beerfest on the 21st and 22nd; and a Tap Take over at Smokey's in Vernon, Njon the 26th.
Harvest Moon Brewery will be hosting a bottle release party for OCEANUS PROCELLARUM on Saturday, February 28th starting at 11:30 AM. OCEANUS PROCELLARUM is a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and a blend of 5 different chili peppers. Along with the bottle release, they will have a very special draft list for the event. People are encouraged to check their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for more information as it becomes available.
The Harvest Moon monthly cask night will be held on Thursday, February 12th at 5:30pm. February's offering is Frangelico Coffee, their OQ Coffee Porter with hazelnut.
Flounder Brewing Company has completed the install of their new fermenters and glycol system as well as their new 3 barrel brewhouse. Starting things off will be their appearance at the Morristown Big Beer Brewfest on 2/21 in Morristown. Tours will resume again at their tasting room in March and they look forward to being open more frequently with the huge increase in capacity for them.
Carton Brewing Company will be releasing their next small batch release, Orange Swisher, in the tasting room on Sunday the 15th. They have extended hours on Presidents' Day (Monday the 16th) from 12 to 5.
Carton has a tap takeover at the Liquor Factory in Sparta on Friday the 13th. On Thursday the 19th they are having Dinner for Breakfast at Jackson's Restaurant in Commack, NY.
The first seasonal from Spellbound Brewing Company -- Oatmeal Raisin Cookie -- is currently kegged and in bars/restaurants in Burlington, Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, and recently added Camden county. They brewed 40bbls of it and will not have it again until late this year. They have 4 -20 year dark rum barrels filled with it for a release over the coming months.
Spellbound added a pale ale to their year round lineup and are working on adding the porter aged on palo santo wood.
Spellbound is thrilled to say we brewed our 500th barrel in January since opening in October!
Tuckahoe Brewing Company is increasing their production capacity and distribution area in response to the overwhelming demand for their beer. The expansion includes a new 10,000 square foot facility, located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. to include a tasting room and retail space. The new building will house a custom built, 5 year old, 15-barrel three-vessel brew house from Diversified Metal Engineering of Charlottetown, Canada; two 30-barrel fermentation vessels and two 15-barrel fermentation vessels. The new brew house and cellar will give them the capacity to increase their production by over 300%, with plenty of room for additional growth. They will continue to brew their signature beers and will significantly increase our bottling capacity.
Tuckahoe is open every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 12pm-6pm for Tours & Tastings
Upcoming events for Tuckahoe:
The Innkeeper's Kitchen at the Dilworthtown Inn in West Chester, PA will be holding a beer dinner on February 10th, featuring several River Horse Brewing Company styles. NJ Girls' Pint Out is hosting a Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing at Blend Bar & Bistro in Hamilton, NJ featuring a firkin of Oatmeal Milk Stout aged with Frangelico-soaked Oak chips on Thursday, February 12th. River Horse will also be participating in Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia. Chickie and Pete's in Bordentown, NJ is doing a tap takeover full of your favorite River Horse Brews on Thursday the 26th. Keep an eye out for exciting new promotions in our gift shop this year, as well as monthly events.
One of the favorite Brewer's Reserve styles from River Horse is being promoted to the seasonal lineup and will be available starting in February. Their Chocolate Porter will be hitting shelves by the case, 6 pack, and bottle. Draft kegs will also be sent out through distributors.
Demented Brewing Company has received all of their equipment and their construction is underway. They hope to have the brewery built out by the end of February and have their license shortly thereafter. If everything goes according to plan, they will be distributing by late March/early April and have their tasting room doors open sometime in May or June. You can follow their progress through the entire process on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Gaslight Brewing has several upcoming Seasonal beers:
Gaslight will be celebrating Mardi Gras February 12-17. They will have a special Menu including Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, Fried Catfish, Po' Boys & Pecan Pie to name a few. We will also have on our Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Quadrupel.