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 Guild would like to welcome all fo the new members that have joined over the past few months. Some of the latest additions to the growing New Jersey brewery scene and the Guild include the official openings of Spellbound, Forgotten Boardwalk, Little Dog, and Hearthstone Grill. Also the Guild welcomes new Brewery-In-Planning members Backward Flag, Berlin, Cypress, Demented, Man Skirt, Screamin' Hill, Third State, and Slacktide.
Check out njbeer.org for info on each brewery and brewery-in-planning as well as links to websites and Facebook pages.
Flounder Brewing Company is celebrating the one year anniversary of opening their tasting room on Saturday, November 22. You can visit their Facebook page for tour sign-up info. Sign-ups are not necessary for growler fills. They will be pouring their Hill Street Honey Blonde Ale, Pumpkin, Murky Brown, Espresso Brown, Pumpkin Saison w/ Brett, and their Pumpkin Saison which just one People's Choice at the Morristown Big Beer Brewfest (their 2nd consecutive win for people's choice at this festival). They will also be bringing their new fermenters on-line for the marking of their one year anniversary.
Spellbound Brewing Company did their first canning run (in house canning) on halloween. Their iPA is at the distributor and should be on shelves in Burlington and Mercer county as of now. The canning went as smoothly as they could have hoped, their first run was 350 cases.
The Spellbound porter cans are expected in December. The first batch will be kegged this week and sent to the distributor. It is 6.9% with lots of coffee/chocolate notes. It will be one of their year round brews.
Spellbound is brewing their first seasonal this week. It is an oatmeal raisin cookie porter (O.R.C.) that tastes like liquid cookies. They use 120 pounds of raisins in the 40bbl batch. About 7% ABV. It be kegged later this month for distribution. They also purchased 4 - 55 gallon rum barrels to fill with the oatmeal raisin cookie porter.
The Spellbound tasting room is officially open to the public. Hours are:
They have 4-5 beers on tap now with a goal to have 10 as they ramp up production.
Cape May Brewing Company is no longer found only in New Jersey! They recently signed a distribution agreement with Origlio Beverage, which allows their great beers to be enjoyed in select locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Folks will be able to enjoy some of their staple beers and the ever-changing list of exciting new beers.
Speaking of new beers, Cape May Brewing Co is known for offering a huge variety. This winter they are offering numerous new additions to the lineup, many of which will be distributed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania while others will only be available in the taproom.
To give a sense of what is to come they will be rolling out King Porter Stomp for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May. This is a medium bodied Baltic style chocolate porter coming in at 7% ABV and will also be served on nitro for an insanely creamy taste. Dubbel Marker is the brewery's first abbey style dubbel brewed in traditional Trappist style. Balanced with fruity esters provided by this phenolic Belgian abbey yeast strain.
Also look for some of their regular beers on nitro!
The expansion at their new 15,000 square foot facility at 409 Breakwater Road in Cape May continues to move on target. The 3-vessel 30-barrel brew house and packaging line is set to be complete in Q1 2015.
The holidays are just around the corner. Cape May has plenty of fresh and hip holiday gifts & swag at the taproom. Open daily 12-8pm and year-round! For more information please visit, capemaybrewery.com
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta has a Seasonal Log Cabin Nut Brown on tap for November. This beer has five malts that combine to provide a smooth, nutty, malt flavor balanced by Willamette hops. It also has an aroma suggesting hazelnuts and biscuits. The Cask Conditioned Ale on tap is a Harvest Ale, which is Krogh's Oktoberfest with an Ale yeast added to the mix! Krogh's rolls into December introducing an Abbey Ale as a Seasonal and an Irish Boilermaker Cask! Please call ahead for specific availability at 973-729-8428 or check the website at kroghs.com.
Demented Brewing Company has leased a space in Middlesex for their 10 bbl brewery and 16 tap tasting room. They plan to produce a large variety of seasonally inspired "insanely flavorful ales". They have applied for their federal permit and state license and are anticipating a June 2015 grand opening.
Rinn Duin has a lot going on this month, starting with a tap takeover at Champps Americana in Marlton this Wednesday the 19th. Half-Wit, Trinity, and 'Piper Caifé (a Sandpiper one-off with a hint of coffee) will be on tap.
Rinn Duin now hosts a monthly yoga session in the brew house, with certified yoga instructors & a beer following an hour class. Check their Events Calendar for upcoming classes, typically on a Thursday mid-month.
Not only will the brewery be open Wednesday, November 26th from 4-8 pm to celebrate Thanksgiving Eve, but Rinn Duin is thrilled to announce their participation in Small Business Saturday on November 29th, encouraging people who are out-and-about to shop local. Stop by Rinn Duin & say that you're Shopping Small to receive $1 off your first two pints.
Rinn Duin is joining up with Hometown Heroes the Thursday, December 4th for Beers for Heroes. Hopefully the first of many fundraisers, Beer for Heroes will be from 6-9 pm, and include two beers, food catered by Joe Leone's of Point Pleasant, & live music from Whiskey on Thursday. Purchase your tickets for $25 here.
The weather is getting colder, the wind is picking up, it's time to get ready for winter. Join Rinn Duin on Thursday, December 11th for the release of Screamin' Banshee, an Imperial Irish Red, 7.8%. The event will be from 4-8 pm & include half-priced pints until the Pot O' Gold keg kicks. Keep an eye out for that golden sixtel, which will pop up randomly on social media over the next month.
Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Metuchen has new events lined up:
Here are new beer releases for Uno: