What's Brewing in New Jersey?

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.

Brews by the Bay


Bays and Brews in Cape May and Lewes, DE on Saturday, September 6

In a craft beer industry first, the Guilds of New Jersey and Delaware are collaborating on a festival on either terminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. You can attend one festival or both. A special ticket gets you a round trip ferry ride from either side. A great selection of local beers from both states will be featured in their respective states. All proceeds benefit both Guilds. Tickets will be on sale at the event. Here's all the details.

Bays and Brews in Cape May and Lewes, DE September 6

logo Say Hi to Little Dog

Little Dog Brewing Company recently became the latest brewery to be licensed by NJ ABC. Brewer/ Owner Gretchen Schmidhausler, formerly of Basil T's, hopes to open her doors in early October. Little Dog will feature Gretchen's interpretations of two classic German ales: hefeweiss and altbier. Two rotating seasonals will round out the lineup. The brewery is located at 141 Steiner Avenue in Neptune City. For now, watch for updates and tour info on Facebook and at gretchenbrew.com

logo Small Culture and Big Taste at Tuckahoe

In the last few months, Tuckahoe Brewing Company has been tapping some special brewery-only beer releases. These limited releases allow them to play with different styles, ingredients, techniques, yeast strains, etc. (all things they did not have the luxury of doing with their capacity constraints). The several one-off beers that they have tested so far have been met with nothing but positive feedback from their many customers and supporters. Due to this growing interest, Tuckahoe will be starting up an entire series of brewery-only special releases so that they can continue to bring new and interesting beers to their consumers. They will be calling this series their "Small Culture Series". As a team of such dedicated and passionate brewers, this series will allow them to showcase the art and science that they have grown to love in the beer making process, as well as the wonderful final products that can be achieved when these two things marry. These beers will typically be brewed at a very small scale (1 or 2 sixtels worth; or 5-10 gallons). Due to this, they will not be filling growlers of any of their Small Culture Series beers, but the beers will be available to try in a tasting, by the pint, or in a twelve ounce pour. They tapped our first release in this series last Friday (8/29) with great success.

Small Culture Batch 001 was a Belgian Blonde ale aged on fresh New Jersey peaches from the Fenton Farm in Egg Harbor City, NJ. SCB001 is an easy drinking summer beer with a mild Belgian ester profile that is rounded and balanced with delicate ripe peaches up front. Tuckahoe's one-off releases typically do not last very long, so make sure you get down to the brewery Friday 5-8 pm or Saturday 12-6 pm and try this first Small Culture Series release while it lasts!

Small Culture and Big Taste at Tuckahoe

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logo Fall Festivus and Pumpkin Ale from Cricket Hill

Cricket Hill Brewing Company has released their Fall Festivus together with their first bottled Pumpkin Ale! This is the 6th year for their Fall Festivus seasonal Ale. It is the perfect beer to transition from Summer to Fall. This bold Ale delivers a hop medley of tropical fruit, citrus and pine, but is equally supported by a strong malt foundation for good balance. 6.5% ABV 50 IBU

The Cricket Hill Pumpkin Ale has turned out to be everything they hoped it would. The initial feedback has been excellent. They built a beer with select malts, pumpkin, specialty hops and a pumpkin-pie spice blend of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and a secret ingredient you may recognize!

The Fall Festivus made its maiden appearance at the Shannon Roses beer pairing dinners last week: Wednesday in Clifton, Thursday in Ramsey and Friday in Woodbridge! They were wonderful! The Festivus was paired with Pan Seared Tilapia with Pineapple Tomato Salsa! They had American Ale with Pale Ale Mussels, Hopnotic IPA with Grilled Romaine Salad and GlazedBBQ Ribs with Simcoenotic IPA! A good time was had by all!

Come join Cricket Hill at the Golden Nugget Beer Dinner on September 26th. Featuring 5 of their best brews!

logo Bogs, Beers & Native Plants (and organic cheese!) at Flying Fish

September 13 at Flying Fish Brewing Company features a focus on sustainability and native plants. Rare Find Nursery will be hosting a sale of bog and other plants, Cherry Grove Farms will be offering samples of their awesome organic cheese and representatives will be discussing the New Jersey Native Plant Society and Pinelands Preservation. Flying Fish will be offering tours and tastings. Fun goes from 11am-4pm (6pm for tours).

logo Village Idiot Releases Punk O'Lantern

At high noon on Labor Day 2014, the guys at Village Idiot Brewing Company released their Punk O'Lantern pumpkin beer. Despite the sun & heat of the final unofficial day of summer, fans of the small, main-street brewery and tasting room eagerly lined up at the front door, patiently anticipating their first taste of autumn. Actually, it was their first taste of 2015. Not to be outdone by others releasing pumpkin beer outrageously early, the brewery's inaugural batch is the 1st pumpkin beer to be released for next year! Come taste the Fall of the future!

The gourdy brew -- accented with just the right amount of pumpkin-pie spice -- was consumed at a rate of 6 gallons/hour! When the doors closed at 5 pm, 2/3 of the brewery's initial batch were claimed by craft beer aficionados. Good thing the guys had brewed a back-up batch so the taps could continue to flow with their balanced amber/orange-tinged beauty. Rich & Vince tip their hat in appreciation to everyone who came out and enjoyed their first fall seasonal offering. What a day!

The event nearly coincided with the publication of the September issue of SJ Magazine that included a story entitled: The Brew Business. The four-page piece featured Village Idiot Brewing Company of Mt. Holly and Glasstown Brewing Company of Milville and chronicled the emerging small-craft brewery trend in southern New Jersey.

Plans are to keep some version of Punk O'Lantern on one of their 6 taps during the season -- in addition to several other new beers: a session IPA, a new version of their popular tripel, as well as a crisp cream ale. Village Idiot Brewing Company beer is only available at its modest 1.5-barrel brewery and tasting room on High Street in Mt. Holly. Come enjoy half pints, pints and 32 oz. growlers to go Thurs. through Sat. Check their Facebook page for up-to-date news, info, offerings and hours of operation!

logo River Horse IPA Launch Party on Friday, September 19th

River Horse Brewing Company is releasing their new IPA this month! There will be a launch party at the brewery on Friday, September 19th from 7-10pm. Don't miss out on the new brew before it is released to the public.

River Horse beers will be served this weekend at the Asbury Park Oysterfest from Sept. 5-7, and the brewery will also be at Brews by the Bay on Saturday, the 6th. The next weekend is incredibly busy with Spors Beer Fest Saturday the 13th from 2-6pm and a beer dinner at the Innkeeper's Kitchen from 7-9pm. They will be pouring both Saturday and Sunday at the Atlantic City Seafood fest, and also have the Epicurean Palette at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ Sunday from 1-4pm. Newtown Beerfest is on Saturday, September 20th and is sure to be another great event this year.

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.

logo Half-Wit Fall Seasonal Released by Rinn Duin

Rinn Duin Brewing released their first fall seasonal on August 28th -- Half-Wit; English-style Wheat brewed with orange-spiced tea. It is available at the brewery on draft and for growler fills, and on draft at local bars & restaurants. Bottles are finally a reality, with St. John's & Trinity available in 6 packs & cases and the addition of Sandpiper bottles will complete the flagship packaging later this fall.

Half-Wit Fall Seasonal Released by Rinn Duin

Rinn Duin is looking forward to a few events this month, including Brews by the Bay on Saturday & the Endless Summer Party at Chef Mike's ABG, benefiting Hometown Heroes. They are also pleased to host their second annual fundraiser with Children's Specialized Hospital on Thursday, September 25th at the brewery, which kicks off the hospital's fundraising season.

logo Cape May Brewing Loads Up Fall Events

Who says there's nothing to do at the Shore after Labor Day? Cape May Brewing Co has got loads of fall events lined up, visit them to try their seasonal brews Watermelon Wheat, Mop Water Spiced Ale, Hank's Harvest Ale and more!

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Find more events at capemaybrewery.com and visit the Taproom for tours and tastings, open daily from 12-8pm.

Krogh's Restaurant and Brew Pub Rye IPA on Tap at Krogh's

Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta has a Rye IPA on tap for September's seasonal. This is a spicy and citrusy ale with an AbV of 5.6%. Following this IPA will be the long-awaited for Oktoberfest seasonal! Please call ahead to check on availability (973) 729-8428 or go to kroghs.com.

logo Ramstein Oktoberfest Debut on Saturday, Sept 13th

High Point Brewing Company will debut its award winning Ramstein Oktoberfest on Saturaday Sept 13 from 2-5 PM at their brewery. There will be a free open house with samples, brewery tour, brewery collectibles and vendors. They will tap an Austrian Oak wooden barrel filled with Ramstein Oktoberfest to commence the Oktoberfest season. Ramstein Oktoberfest is rated 98 on RateBeer and Outstanding on Beer Advocate.

Ramstein Oktoberfest is only available on draft and for growler fills. Look for it at the better beer venues in NJ, NY and PA.

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