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 upgrades to the Cricket Hill tasting room continue. First, they expanded the beer taps from 6 to 12 beers on-tap, so visitors can enjoy a broad selection of their fine brews during tours. Now they are adding barn board to the bottom of the walls and will be painting the top in a green color to provide a wonderful visit experience.
After many years of service, the Cricket Hill boiler badly needed to be replaced. A boiler is a key piece of equipment at any brewery and is used to brew beer, clean tanks and kegs, and many other daily tasks. With a new state-of-the art steam system, their production will be more efficient and allow Cricket Hill to make more beer and enter new sales markets.
P.S. If you take their t-shirts, glass wear or bottled beer on vacation with you this spring break, make sure to tag them on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @CricketHillNJ) or send a photo! #ShowUsYourCH!
This April Cricket Hill releases their long waited for and much beloved Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale! Brewed with the best quality malts and fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast that imparts a tangy fruit and clove taste. This ale is as at home with bacon and eggs as it is with your backyard barbecue. The Abbey Monks would love this beer! 5.0% ABV 19.5 IBU
Look for limited edition Jersey Summer t-shirts for sale at the brewery this spring! Follow them on Faceook to see when they'll be available!
On Saturday, April 11th Ramstein Brewing will be debuting their first ever Ramstein Barley Wine. This Beer is 9.5% Abv. and is dry hopped with Mandarina Barvaria and Cascade hops. It will be sold exclusively at the Ramstein Brewhaus and will only be available for growler fills and in sixtels.
On Saturday April 11, Ramstein Beer will be served at the Kinnelon PBA 4th Annual Beefsteak, which will be held at the Roman Catholic Church on Miller Road in Kinnelon. The event starts at 7:00 PM and will be catered by The Brownstone. There will be a tricky tray, music, and a 50/50 raffle.
On April 25th and 26th (Saturday and Sunday) Ramstein will be served at the Tap New York Craft Beer Festival located at Hunter Mountain in the Great Northern Catskills. On Saturday, we will be there from 1 PM- 5 PM, and on Sunday we will be there from 12 Noon 4 PM. This is a great opportunity for beer makers and enthusiasts to come together and drink beer.
On Monday, May 4th, Ramstein Beer will be served at the Pig and Prince Restaurant located in Montclair, NJ for a fundraiser event.
Ramstein's Double Platinum Blonde was mentioned on Men's Journal as one of the Best 101 Beers in America.
It's Summer Blonde season! Your favorite warm weather hippo is back, and will be available in cans for this first time this year. River Horse Brewing Company is pairing up with Cape May Lewes Ferry on April 10th for a great beer dinner, and will then be at America On Tap in Robbinsville, NJ and the Reading Craft Beer Festival in Reading, PA on the 18th. They will have a specialty cask at the Yards Real Ale Fest on the 19th. April 25th is full of great events with McCooles Red Lion Beer Fest and the Cottman Craft Beer Fest in PA that day. We will cap off the month with a Brewer's Dinner at The Fiddler's Elbow on the 29th.
Keep an eye out for weekly specials in the River Horse gift shop, plus a variety of casks, new merchandise, and their usual weekend brewery tours. The gift shop is open for merchandise and take out beer Friday through Sunday, 12-5pm.
After its cross-country journey, the new 30-barrel brewhouse for Cape May Brewing Company has been installed, and it's the piece de resistance to the operation's much-anticipated expansion into a second location, a 15,000 square-foot warehouse that's been under renovation for over a year. This brings CMBC's production brewery count up to two, both located in the industrial complex of the Cape May Airport. There will be a ribbon cutting for the new space in early May, when legislators and members of the press will take a gander at the gleaming, three-vessel system that, in its first year, will produce up to 15,000 barrels of tasty beer.
Speaking of tasty beer, March was the month of awards for CMB recipes. Out of 150 breweries on site, and thanks to 25,000 patrons, CMB took home the People's Choice Award at the 10th Annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. Said one event-goer, explaining his non-surprise: "These brews are sensual and erotic." Said festival organizer Jon Henderson: "Jersey's coming out with some good freaking beer... and Cape May is producing consistently good styles." CMB also took home the Jersey Brewery of the Year Award from the New York International Beer Competition, where our refreshing Berliner Weisse, Tower 23, won for German-style sour ale of the year. And from the World Beer Championships, CMB brews swept five medals: a bronze for the South Jersey Secession Session; a silver each for the Mop Water Ale, Biscuits and Honey ESB, and Coastal Evacuation Double IPA; and a Gold for the easy-drinking Blonde.
Coming up, you'll have a chance to try some of these award-winning styles at beer pairing dinners throughout south Jersey. We've still got four left to go this month, beginning with the four-course, masterpiece of a meal being dished up by the casually elegant Coastal Blue restaurant at Diamond Beach (5pm on April 11). For details on the oh-so savory menu (think fresh sea scallops, crispy pork belly and boneless beef shortrib with smoked bacon glaze), or for info on any of the other events CMB has on tap this month, click here.
Finally, fearless CMB leader Ryan Krill, President of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will be rolling out the association's kickass new website shortly. Stay tuned.
Flounder Brewing Company will be opening up at the end of April for some growler fill days -- check out their Facebook page for more details. Flounder Brewing's Saison du Flounder will also be at the Prudential Center on April 7th for the NJ/NY Craft Beer Face-Off at the Devils vs. Ranger's Game. You can order tickets online. In the meantime Flounder Brewing is brewing up inventory for May and June and working on some new pilot batches.
Keep an eye out for the first release in a new series of beers from Tuckahoe Brewing Company called Foster the Funk. Their brewers have a strong passion for unique fermentation characteristics. The world of wild yeast and bacteria can produce some of the most flavorful, intense, intricate, and complex flavors and smells, but it can also produce some of the most nuanced, subtle, and gentle profiles. With their Foster the Funk series, Tuckahoe will take everyone on a journey of the endless possibilities that sour, funky, and wild beers can provide. They have been working on pilot batches, testing a variety of mixed cultures, and profiling different fermentation and aging characteristics for quite some time. Soon, Tuckahoe will be able to begin to release and serve some of these beers that they enjoy so much.
Harvest Moon Brewery will be hosting their monthly cask night on Thursday April 9th @ 5:30pm. April's cask will be Australasia Double IPA with Mosaic hops.
Later in the month, a new Amber Ale will be hitting the Harvest Moon taps along with Sturgis Pop's Double IPA. Sturgis Pop's is brewed every April to commemorate the passing of Chef Tank's father. This year's first batch of Berliner Weisse will be hitting the taps near the end of the month as well. They will again be offering a rotating selection of house-made syrups for the Berliner Weisse.
Pi Brewing Company just finalized a deal to be a craft brew sponsor of the 2015 Tour of Somerville bike race! On Monday, May 25th, the Pi Brewing Company John Chiselko Category 2 Race will be held in Somerville, NJ.
New Jersey Beer Company has many events lined up for April:
Gaslight Brewing Company has lots of goodies on tap this month:
Upcoming Gaslight Beers:
To celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones premiering on Sunday, April 12 Gaslight will have 4 of the Game of Thrones beer on tap:
A very special night for a much anticipated return.
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub at 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta welcomes April with two Casks and one Seasonal. The casks are a Kilt Lifter Wee Heavy and a Stickebier. The Wee Heavy Cask (wee meaning small as in amount served and heavy meaning a high alcohol content) is a copper-colored Scottish ale that is sweet with a complex malt character. This cask has caramel notes and rum barrel spiciness from aging in oak Caribbean rum barrels. It also has a warm alcohol presence at 9.2% AbV. The Stickebier Cask is malty and full-bodied with a relatively high alcohol content. Stickebier is German slang for "secret brew." Krogh's April Seasonal on tap will be an Altbier. "Alt" refers to the old-style of brewing; this is a clean and relatively bitter beer balanced by malt character. Please call ahead for specific availability (973) 729-8428 or check their website.
Last week Screamin' Hill Brewery received their certificate of occupancy and their state liquor license. They are currently setting up their system and hope to be brewing in the next few weeks. They are looking forward to a spring opening!
Angry Erik Brewing is now on tap in Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren, Passaic and Bergen Counties! After celebrating a successful one year Anniversary in February, Angry Erik Brewing has made the leap to distribute outside of Sussex & Morris counties. New places to get your Angry Erik beer include Gnarly Brews in Phillipsburg, New York Wing Factory in Fort Lee NJ, The Stirling Hotel in Stirling, NJ & Nik's Wunderbar in Whitehouse Station!