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 micro brewed beer from the shelves of liquor stores and in pubs around the country. Call the brewery for a list of retailers who carry your favorite micro brewed beers.
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. Brewpub beer is not available outside the restaurant.
New Jersey is in a great phase for craft brewing and this year's 17th Annual Fest features more breweries than ever--22 at last count will be pouring on the Battleship NJ. For the first time this year, the Guild will be hosting a VIP session which will feature a minimum of 12 special cask-conditioned beers, though tickets are limited.
Lots of exciting news coming from Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe:
We are hosting 2 events to help celebrate American Craft Beer Week (May 13-19).
American Craft Beer Week Coast to Coast Toast
Come join us on THURSDAY MAY 16th at 8pm as we join in celebrating American Craft Beer with the first ever Coast to Coast Toast to American Craft Beer. Beer lovers across the country will come together to simultaneously toast the world's greatest beverage. In order to properly celebrate, our brewers have created a special cask of Mole Stout(think delicious stout with chocolate, cinnamon and chili peppers)! This very limited beer will be tapped between 7:30-7:45 and everyone present will receive a FREE 8oz pour just in time for the Nationwide Toast!
Special Keg Tapping on Saturday May 18th
On Saturday May 18th at 12 noon, we will be tapping 3 special beers to continue our celebration of American Craft Beer Week. We will be re-tapping our Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine and Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout as well as a double dry-hopped Sturgis Pop's Double IPA! Sturgis Pop's Double IPA is our standard DIPA dry-hopped with Chinook hops and this keg will receive a second dry-hopping of the Zythos hop blend. Come help us celebrate American Craft Beer!
We will also be hosting a beer dinner on Thursday May 30th. Come and join us on Thursday May 30th at 6:30pm for a special 5 course dinner. Chef Tank and Brewers Kyle and Zac are working together to create a menu with each course being expertly paired with a different beer. The cost is $55 per person. Please check our website for the menu and pairings once they become available. Seating is very limited and advance reservations are required. Call us today to reserve your spot!
We are currently pouring our OQ Coffee Chocolate Milk Stout and Lemon Sorachi Saison along with many of the usual suspects. Early next week we will finally be tapping our Sturgis Pop's Double IPA and towards the end of the month Afternoon Delight(a hoppy session ale) and our Berliner Weisse will be hit the taps. We will be offering a selection of various house-made fruit syrups to go with the Berliner Weisse.
May is a busy month for Tuckahoe! Their beers will be featured in a fundraising event at The Perkins Center for The Arts (5/18) in Haddonfield. They are pouring our beers at two great festivals in May, the Garden State Brew Fest (5/11) in Berkely Heights and the Jersey Shore Beer Fest (5/18) in Neptune. As part of American Craft Beer Week, on 5/17 their beers will be featured in events at Firewaters in Atlantic City and Fitzpatrick's Crest Tavern in Wildwood Crest.
Pints of Tuckahoe specialty beers are showing up regularly at Steve and Cookies in Margate and The Knife and Fork in Atlantic City. Their dry hopped Dennis Creek Pale Ale will be featured at Steve and Cookies on 5/14, and their oak aged Steelmantown Porter will be featured at The Knife and Fork on 5/17.
After many, many requests asking for a re-release the beer for the summer, Flying Fish is going to brew one batch of Sandy in kegs and then about 1,000 cases in the same 750 ml champagne bottles the Exit series beers come in. They will continue their fundraising efforts by earmarking a portion of these proceeds to add to the $45,000 they've already donated to the rebuilding efforts.
Kegs of this wheat pale ale will be heading out in time for Philly Beer Week in early June. The goal is to get the bottles out in mid- to late-June.
The latest from Cricket Hill:
It is May already and that means Baseball! Once again our East Coast Lager will be served at the Jersey Jackals stadium together with the Jack Ale a specialty summer beer for watching baseball and sitting in the sun! Can't make it to the Jackals? The Newark Bears will once again feature our beers in the Cricket Hill Beer garden!
The Extravaganza is coming! As the official beer of the Philly Roller Girls we will be the beer at the East Coast Extravaganza in Feasterville PA. This will be our 6th year of serving Cricket Hill to the Ladies from the city of sisterly shove!
Our next small batch is in the planning; our Little Big IPA coming out in July. It will be a hop bomb but a session beer at 5% abv. In August look for our first Pumpkin Ale!
See you at the Battleship!
The next small batch beer from Carton Brewing Company, Intermezzo, will be released in their tasting room this Sunday, May 12. Stop by between 12 PM - 5 PM for a taste and a growler fill. In Intermezzo, sweet and piquant whiffs of real wasabi cleanse the bright tartness of green apple while the nutty finish of the kernel of pale malt is left to eradicate winter's weight. Look for Intermezzo starting May 13.
JJ Bitting Brewing Company will be bringing out the Coal Train Porter and Rat Pack Pilsner to replace the Barleywine and Bock respectively in addition to the usual Golden, Amber and IPA.
Cape May Brewing Company is back up to eight beers on tap in the taproom. They have Sawyers Swap, their 9% barleywine available for sale only at the taproom.
Cape May Brewing has signed up several new accounts for the summer and up to a total of 35 accounts but ONLY in Cape May County.
Ramstein beers will now be available along the Jersey shore through their new distribution through Richie and Paige. Look for six packs and draft at the better beer locations.