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.
New Jersey, known as the "Crossroads of the Revolution" was the third former colony to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America. Third State Brewing is now at the "Crossroads of a Brewing Revolution" as the newest addition to the growing craft beer industry in Burlington and Camden Counties. Located at 352 High Street in the Historic District of Burlington City, they have received all required approvals and have started production. The 7-barrel brew house and tasting room is targeting a mid-May opening.
Cape May Brewing Company was pretty excited last month when, at the grand opening of his eponymous pub and grill in Atlantic City, culinary hero/villain Gordon Ramsay tapped a CMBC firkin before calling the SOJO beer inside "very beautiful," and saying that "after a long day in the kitchen, that stuff makes everything alright."
But this month brings the excitement level even higher.
"On a scale of 1-10, we're at purple," says President Ryan Krill.
That's because May 8th will mark the official opening of CMBC's second location, a 15,000 square foot warehouse at Cape May Airport that's been under renovation for over a year. State senators, assemblymen, dignitaries and young entrepreneurs will participate in the much-anticipated ribbon cutting.
"We used to fantasize about this event back when the brewery was just a concept," says President Ryan Krill. "We wondered what it would be like to have people caring about us and our expansion moves. Now that it's come to fruition, we fantasize about taking it to the next level."
In the meantime, the boys behind the beer are busy brewing in both a 15-barrel and 30-barrel system, shipping to 300 accounts throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and maintaining their tasting room's calling card: greatest selection in the state. Seasonal additions to the menu include The Bog, a cranberry wheat shandy that Lead Brewer Brian Hink calls "uber-drinkable;" The Blonde, a Kolsch-like brew with clean bitterness and strong yeast character; and Sophisticated Lady, a citrusy, snappy and thirst-quenching summer favorite.
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub at 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta is sponsoring a "Become a Brewer for a Day" contest for American Craft Beer Week (5/11-5/17/15). Just pop into Krogh's from now until May 14 and ask for an entry ticket. No purchase is necessary to enter, but you must be 21 or older. A winner will be selected at random on Friday, May 15. One does not need to be present to win. Winner will be notified and then arrangements to brew at Krogh's will be planned out! Next piece of news is that their cask conditioned ales will conclude at the end of May for the season, but not before releasing an IPA Cask and a Jewish Rye IPA Cask! The Jewish Rye IPA Cask is dry-hopped with toasted caraway seeds. The seasonal beers Krogh's is offering in May are a Maibock, a malty spring lager, light amber in color with a lingering white head, as well as a Rye IPA. Cheer! And please call ahead for specific availability (973) 729-8428 or check their website.
Departed Soles Brewing Company is officially licensed and scheduled to brew their first commercial batches of beer in the first week of May! While the first few batches will only be served in the brewery's tasting room, distribution around Hudson County and Central New Jersey will follow shortly thereafter. The brewery has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to help purchase a few pieces of equipment needed to ensure the beer that we do eventually distribute is done so in the best, most consistent manner possible.
Get those growlers filled with Flounder Brewing beer on May 22nd just in time for Memorial Day! The guys will be filling Hill Street Honey, Saison du Flounder, and the last of their coveted Espresso Brown for the year (it will be back next January!). Also there will be some pilot batch surprise tastings!
Village Idiot Brewing Company will be brewing some summer seasonals including their popular Walter White Wit and Summer Wind, a refreshing ale brewed with lemongrass and grains of paradise. The addition of a new keg cooler will give more opportunities to produce creative one-offs like recently released Mango-Ginger Tripel and Ruby Red Grapefruit-infused Saison. They will also be on the Battleship NJ in June with other members of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild with three offerings. Crolwers have been a big hit among customers and the 32 oz. aluminum cans that are filled & sealed fresh to order is the perfect vessel to transport and enjoy Village Idiot Brewing Company beer on the beach!
Coming your way this month are 750 ml bottles of Flying Fish Pescado Rojo, a hoppy red ale aged in Cuervo 100% Agave Tradicional tequila barrels. These barrels were shipping from Mexico. The brewery then aged and dry hopped the beer in the barrels. They were then shipped back to Cuervo where Tradicional tequila is being aged in them and will be released in the June/July time frame. Pescado Rojo just started shipping to NJ retailers. There are less than 300 cases so it will be gone pretty quickly. A limited number of bottles is also available at the brewery.
NJ 351 is a bourbon barrel aged version of NJ350, brewed last year to commemorate NJ's 350 anniversary. The fresh Breckenridge bourbon barrels impart a distinctive character to the beer as well as draws out the molasses character of the original version. This extremely limited run of approximately 100 cases is only available for sale at the brewery during Wednesday-Sunday tasting room hours.
Demented Brewing Company has obtained a temporary authorization permit from the ABC to operate. They have begun production and are distributing their flagship DIPA, Double Dementia, throughout Middlesex County. They are adding new accounts daily so check their web site frequently for their latest distribution map. They have also received approval from the Middlesex Boro Planning Board to operate their tasting room. Construction will begin soon and they anticipate a late June opening.
Third time's a charm! Cricket Hill Brewery is proud to announce the release of their 3rd small batch of 2015, Sim-Notic Imperial IPA! Massive amounts of Simcoe hops and specialty grains combine for a unique blend of malt sweetness and big hop bitterness. Rich in color and full of flavor, SIM-NOTIC is a hophead's dream! 8.2 ABV, 71.4 IBU.
Visit Cricket Hill on May 7th - 9th during tasting hours (Thursday/Friday 4 -7 PM and Saturday 12 -4 PM) to enjoy this hoppy brew! Bring your growler or buy one on site and be the first to take home this limited release beer and impress your friends! While you're here, make sure to check out the beer available on our 11 other taps in the Tasting Room, including several only available at the brewery!
Other regional events for May:
Ramstein Summer Bock is brilliantly gold with 6.7% ABV, rich in flavor from German pale barley, and it has a moderate noble hop character with a subtle spicy quality from hops and alcohol. It will be available by draft only at the Ramstein Brewhaus or other select locations. Greg Zaccardi, the owner of High Point Brewing Company, will also be presenting the attending guests a tour of the Ramstein Brewhaus.
TIME AND DATE: Saturday, June 13th from 2:00 PM 5:00 PM. The tour of the brewhaus will be given approximately at 3:00 PM.
LOCATION: Ramstein Summer Bock will be available by draft only at the Ramstein Brewhaus located at, 22 Park Place, Butler, NJ 07405 or on tap at select locations.
This seasonal beer is brewed only once a year to celebrate the beginning of the Summer season. Stay up-to-date on the most current news involving the Release and Guided Tour of Summer Bock on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Also be sure to check out our recently updated Website! The Ramstein tasting room and gift shop will closed on July 4.
River Horse Farmhouse Saison has been upgraded to a seasonal and has just been released! The latest Brewer's Reserve, a Belgian-style White ale, also came out at the end of April. These great beers are available in bottles and on draft. They are for sale at the brewery and will also be sent out through distribution. You can also come by the brewery and try them on our weekend tours. The gift shop is open for merchandise and take out beer Friday through Sunday, 12-5pm and tours run every Saturday and Sunday.
River Horse Beer fests for this month include the Big Jersey BBQ at Mercer County Park on the 9th, an MS Charity event at World of Beer in New Brunswick on the 13th, and America on Tap in Sea Isle City, NJ on the 16th. On May 30th River Horse is competing with Yards at the Food Truck MashUp at New Meadowlands Racetrack, and will also be attending the Boots, Brews, and BBQ's fest at Six Flags Great Adventure. Philly Beer Week kicks off on May 29th and River Horse has some exciting events planned for that as well. It's going to be a busy month with lots of exciting events going on!
Spellbound Brewing has ordered two 40 barrel fermenters and a 40 barrel brite tank. The tanks manufactured by premier stainless and are due in late June.
Spellbound just released their new website in april. The tasting room tap list will stay updated as new beers are added.
On August 1st, Spellbound will host the first annual "Spellbound Century" bike ride for charity. The inaugural ride benefits the Mount Holly parks & rec Bike/Walking path trail project. There are four routes to choose from: 25, 45, 63, and 100 miles. The ride begins and ends at the brewery. Registration is through the website events page.
Spellbound's Peach Ipa has graduated from pilot only tasting room up to larger scale production. Distribution is limited. Look for it in bars & restaurants in Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean County.
Harvest Moon's newest seasonal is their Maibock lager and it's currently on tap. Next up will be a new amber ale available later in the month. The brewery will host its monthly cask night on Thursday May 14th. The special American Craft Beer Week cask will be an Imperial Stout with cacao nibs and vanilla beans. Friday May 15th they will kick off their Funky Flavor Fridays. Every Friday throughout the summer while the Berliner Weisse is on tap, Harvest Moon will offer a special keg of Berliner Weisse with exotic or unusual fruits, herbs, spices or other ingredients. People are encouraged to follow them on social media for the upcoming selections.
Way up in Sussex County, Angry Erik Brewing finds this time of year synonymous with hiking, biking & being outdoors! So to celebrate these outdoor activities, Angry Erik Brewing is releasing their Seasonal hiking refresher: the Paulinskill Pale Ale, brewed with lemongrass -- crisp, refreshing and intriguing with a pineapple/lemon aroma and flavor and a hint of peppercorn bitterness in the finish. AND to make it easier to enjoy this ale on the trails or beaches, a new line of branded merchandise will also be available: sleek, streamlined insulated & non-insulated stainless steel grunts for your travels, as well as grunt/growler carriers -- versatile enough that you can even pack a lunch with your beer! Also try the Elderflower Blonde: The Dainty Viking a delightful Summer ale with so much personality that it has it's very own t-shirt logo!!
Little Dog Brewing Company will host DuckBoy Day(s), to benefit the Monmouth County SPCA, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, May 16 & 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 17. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of flights, and pints, growlers and bottles of DuckBoy Pale Ale will help support the SPCA. Reservations are suggested for tours only. For more information, visit their website.
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant with the tapping of Abbey Normal on Saturday, May 16. There will be a special price on Growler fills and give aways. There will be viewings of Young Frankenstein all day.
The Antegator Burger from Gaslight has won another award! Voted 3rd Best Burger in Essex County by Suburban Essex Magazine! Antelope, Alligator, Ribeye & Pork are ground together and formed into a patty. It's grilled to perfection and topped with shredded Napa Cabbage, Jalapeno Bottle Caps, Chipotle Aioli, Smoked Mozzarella, French Fried Onions & House Made Brown Sugar Bacon. Served with toasted garlic fries & a house made pickle.
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