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.
Craft brewing continues to grow in New Jersey, the Guild welcomes Village Idiot Brewing Company, Rinn Duin Brewing Company and Iron Hill Brewery in Voorhees! To find out more, visit them at the members section of our web site.
This month, Village Idiot Brewing Company got the green light from the Burlington County Health Department followed the next day by our Continued Certificate of Occupancy from the town of Mt. Holly. Those two achievements clear the way for a site inspection by the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control officials and gaining the ability to brew and open -- if successful!
Stay tuned to their Facebook page for up-to-date info and see whether they get a Limited Brewery License in their stocking from the state this holiday season!
Two new beers have recently been introduced by Tuckahoe Brewing Company:
Reed's Bay IPA
Peaches, grapefruit, and apricots emanate from this American style IPA. Tuckahoe dry-hops this beer with both Chinook and Falconer's Flight to create a balanced stone fruit fragrance. At 6.1%, this IPA is both drinkable and satisfyingly hoppy, and will be available year round at Fred and Ethel's Tavern and The Smithville Inn.
Chestnut Neck Pumpkin Porter
Tuckahoe has taken their robust porter and put it together with pumpkin and autumn spices such as ginger and cinnamon to create a rich blend of flavors in this unique beer. This seasonal brew bridges the months between autumn and winter to warm your spirits with deep aroma and a malty finish, and will be a house beer at Fred and Ethel's Tavern and The Smithville Inn.
Other notes from Tuckahoe:
A new brew house, changes to the malt recipe and tweaks to the hops helped this year's OktoberFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company score a silver at America's most prestigious beer competition. OktoberFish is still on sale for takeout at the brewery tasting room, as is last year's bronze medal winner, Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale.
To mark the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Flying Fish made another contribution to it's FU Sandy project for storm restoration, bringing the total so far to $75,000.
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, has Beaulah's Pumpkin Ale on tap right now for November. Made from 120 pounds of locally grown pumpkins, this ale tastes like pumpkin pie with overtones of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger! Ashley's Abbey Ale will be next on tap before the long-awaited for Krogh's Christmas Ale in December comes out.
Cask Ales are going strong at Krogh's as well with a new one tapped approximately every two weeks. November will have a Milk Stout Cask followed by a White Eagle Coffee Stout due out December 2. This stout was brewed in collaboration with Greene's Beans Cafe at 31 Center Street in Sparta. They generously supplied Krogh's with the Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling coffee, which is slightly on the dark roasted side, that was implemented into the brewing process.
Please see kroghs.com for exact release dates, or call them at 973-729-8428. Cheers!
JJ Bitting Brewing Company is getting into the holiday season with a couple different beers. Their Blackjack Oatmeal Stout, Rye Humor (an American style pale ale with lots of spicy rye) and Woodbridge Winter Warmer (brownish ale brewed with a handful of different spices) are all on tap. Also coming soon is their Nut Brown ale and Baltic Porter.
The latest from Cricket Hill:
Happenings at Cricket Hill!
The new tap room is open!! Friday evenings (5 to 7) and now Saturdays noon till 4PM!
As the Fall draws to an end we busy ourselves preparing the 2014 release calendar. Next year we plan to add a Belgium Dubbel to our Small Batch collection as a winter warmer!
We added three unscheduled beers this Winter. In addition to our Nocturne Chocolate Ale (scheduled to be released early November) we have brewed a Black IPA that is available at the brewery. This is a very special session IPA with prominent roasted flavors and chocolate undertones. We also have a limited release Bourbon Barrel Aged Festivus Ale coming in mid-November and a Imperial Festivus at the end of November!
You can't forget our Reserve Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Porter that will be in the markets in time for the Holidays. If you see some buy them. They are very popular and go quickly!! Also available at the Brewery on Tap or in 22oz. bottles.
So that is it for now! See you next time!
The Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe Galactic Amber Ale will be hitting the taps on Wednesday November 13th. It is a hoppy American amber dry hopped with Australian galaxy hops. The week of November 18th they will be tapping their Harvest Hefeweizen, Brown ale and a new IPA hopped with citra, Simcoe and zythos hops.
This Thursday, November 14th is the Harvest Moon monthly cask night. This month's offering will be the Elmes Mild Manor with cacao nibs.
On Friday, November 15th Harvest Moon will be tapping a single keg of Black O'Lantern Pumpkin Stout aged on Captain Morgan soaked oak spirals.