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.
Is there such a thing as Jersey Fresh beer?
There is now that Cape May Brewing Co. is officially the first brewery to carry the "Made with Jersey Fresh" label for its Honey Porter beer. The beer is described as roasted with dark crystal malts that shine through in a smooth and light-bodied porter that is balanced by a hint of sweetness thanks to the local Jersey Fresh honey. The brewery gets its honey from a local South Jersey supplier and will use different varieties depending on the season including blueberry, butterbean, clover, and wildflower honey. "Each variety has its own subtle nuances, so it's nice that the flavor profile can change with the seasons," remarked Chris Henke, co-owner.
To make a batch of Honey Porter, the brewery goes through a lot of honey. Usually a pound of honey for every five gallons and they typically make 500 gallons at a time. Using local honey is not the most affordable option, but using fresh, local ingredients is important to the brewery. "We are a part of the fabric of our community and using local ingredients represents our commitment to New Jersey. Using South Jersey honey is exciting because it tells a story about the beer and about who we are as brewers," said Ryan Krill, co-owner. In addition to using local ingredients, they also give their spent grain to local farmers.
The brewery had to go through an application process and an onsite inspection to get approval to use the Jersey Fresh logo. " We are very happy working with them and look forward to having more Jersey Fresh beers in the future," said Robert Krill, co-owner who was present for the inspection process.
Tuckahoe Brewing Company will soon be available to more craft beer fans in New Jersey. Today, the company announces plans to increase its production capacity and distribution area in response to the overwhelming demand for its locally crafted 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. This expansion of Tuckahoe Brewing Company will be its first since its founding in 2011.
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 Tuckahoe Brewing Company 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 their bottling capacity.
Flounder Brewing Company is looking forward to a big 2015 with their new tanks finally on-line and recent upgrade to a full 3 barrel brewhouse. January and February will be spent brewing and filling vessels but they are hoping for a third win in a row at the Morristown Big Beer Brewfest on February 21st for People's Choice! Stay tuned to their Facebook page for styles to be poured at MBBBF as well as when tours will resume at the brewery!
Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly stuffed 200 happy stockings during the holidays with its first-ever limited bottle release of its Festivus Miracle beer. The unique dark sour brew was developed over the course of 7 months with additions of cocoa nibs, oak chips, honey from raspberry bushed and dark, sweet cherries. The 1.5-barrel brewery produced just 200 -- filled in 750 ml brown champagne bottles, capped, labeled, dipped in sealing wax and individually numbered -- all by hand. Craft beer fans lined up beginning at 8 a.m. for the noon release braving the cold and intermittently pummeled by rain. Nonetheless, the line stretched from the front door up High Street, down Commerce Street and into the adjacent parking lot. When the doors opened, the line moved quickly and orderly and 194 bottles were sold by day's end. The balance quickly sold the day after Christmas. The beer is the small brewery's highest-rated beer to date. Photo snapped by customer Chris Rush.
Looking ahead to 2015, the very popular Notafinah! Winter Warmer will make it's new-year debut any day now. Available in the tasting room in half and full pints, customers can request a sugar-cinnamon-rimmed glass -- or get it to go in one of Village Idiot Brewing Company's Crowlers(r). Upcoming beers also include Oatmeal Chocolate Stout featuring cocoa nibs from craft chocolatier Mast Bros.of Brooklyn, NY -- and new styles from the "main-street" brewery and tasting room including a Belgian Golden Strong, Belgian Dubbel and German Dunkels. Best way to get the low down on their weekly offerings is their Facebook page.
Rinn Duin Brewing will be all over the map in January, for events in Toms River, the Meadowlands, and a few in between. The most notable is their first anniversary celebration on January 24, at the brewery from 2:00-8:00 pm. In honor of the occasion, 1st Anniversary Ale: Blackthorn, will be featured on three of eight taps. Two of the three varieties are barrel aged. For addition information and updates, visit Rinn Duin's blog.
More events you'll find Rinn Duin:
Join Flying Fish Brewing Company in the tasting room every 2-3 weeks as they unveil a new, experimental beer brewed by different members of the brewing and packaging team. Previous offerings included Imperial Pumpkin Porter, Robust Brown Ale, Chocolate Imperial Stout, Cinnamon Maple Brow and Belgian Pale Ale. Next up is Pilsner.
Angry Erik Brewing is gearing up for their one year anniversary on February 15, 2015! They are really excited and from Thursday, February 12 thru Sunday, February 15 plan to celebrate and thank their loyal customers (or as they have been called from time to time due to their zealous advocacy for them: the Angry Erik Army!) Angry Erik will have special edition Commemorative pint glasses listing each of the 24 new beers they brewed in their first year available! And each of their loyal Growler Club members will receive an Anniversary glass for free! In addition, they plan to release two new brews: a special beer for Friday the 13th, as well as Dubbel Blade, their much awaited Anniversary beer an Abbey Dubbel, now aged 6-months. Thank You to everyone who helped them start, grow and build their Dream!
The next barrel aged beer from River Horse Brewing Company, Oatmeal Milk Stout aged in Jack Daniels Whiskey barrels, will be released at the end of January. An exact date has yet to be determined. They are planning to have a special event in coordination with the launch as well. This beer should be available both in 750mL bottles as well as on draft in limited quantities.
Additional information about all of River Horse events, as well as new beers and tours, can be found on their website. Regular tours run every Saturday and Sunday, and the gift shop is open for merchandise and take out beer Friday through Sunday, 12-5pm. Stop by the retail store to do some holiday shopping, including special variety packs, glassware, apparel, other merchandise, and gift cards.
The latest from Cricket Hill:
Cold weather; what a change from only a couple of weeks ago! Keeping up with this change is what Cricket Hill Seasonal beers and our small batch beers are all about.
How are we battling this cold, you ask? Well let's start with our Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Porter! Here is the perfect Winter warmer at 7.5% ABV, aged for over 100 days in Kentucky Bourbon barrels! The result is a magnificent blend of flavors emanating from a dark Ale with a foamy beige head! A delightfully smooth and aromatic masterpiece! Available in 22oz. bottles.
The Cricket Hill current small batch is our Russian Imperial Stout! 8.9%ABV. This is only our second release of a Stout and it is wonderful. It begins with a roasty, dark chocolate and coffee nose then bring on the earthy hops and dark fruit tastes. The flavor finishes with bittersweet dark chocolate. Who cares about the cold!
The 2015 release calendar and description sheets are available at the brewery! Come by and enjoy a tour of our brewery while sipping on some of the best beers ever made on the planet Earth!
Our tour hours are Thursdays 4-7pm, Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-4pm. If you happen to stop by this weekend you can see our bottle filler being rebuilt. Last week, the heart and soul of our bottling line decided to blow a main bearing so we are spending a week and a half changing all of her bearings!
Remember that our tasting room with 12 taps serves beers that can only be tasted at the brewery! Visiting us for a tasting is an adventure that changes every several days!
Be certain to stop at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell on January 20th for New Jersey Beer night, and of course we will see you at the International beer festival on the 31st at the Meadowlands!
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta welcomes the new year with two Seasonals in January: first is a Vanilla Porter and the second is an ESB. They also have two cask-conditioned beers in January as well: an Abbey Ale Cask and a Coffee Stout Cask. Please call ahead for specific availability at 973-729-8428 or check their website.
Krogh's is looking forward to February when they celebrate our 16th year brewing with a Scottish Wee Heavy Beer!
January at Harvest Moon Brewery will see the return of Dark Side of the Moon Black IPA (on tap now), OQ Coffee Porter (January 16th) and Harvest Gose (end of the month).
Harvest Moon will be hosting their second bottle release on Saturday, February 28th at 11:30AM. They will be selling bottles of OCEANUS PROCELLARUM, a barrel aged Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and a blend of 5 different chili peppers. People are encouraged to check their website, Facebook event page and follow them on Twitter for more information as it becomes available.
There are new January events for New Jersey Beer Co.. On Thursday, January 15th NJ Beer Co. will have a tap takeover at Barcade Jersey City. And join them on Saturday, January 31st at the International Great Beer Expo in Secaucus.
Ramstein Ice Storm Eisbock from High Point Brewing Company will debut on Saturday January 17. This is the frozen version of their Ramstein Winter Wheat Doppelbock. Ramstein Ice Storm is intensely complex and velvety smooth dark beer with 13.25% ABV. It is only available at their brewery and for growler fills only. There is a very limited supply so come early, doors open at 1pm. Rated 95 on BeerAdvocate and 98 on RateBeer.