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.
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
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!
Upcoming events for Tuckahoe:
- 9/6/14 - Brews by the Bay, Cape May Ferry Terminal, Cape May, NJ 12-4pm
- 9/18/14 - Uncorked and Uncapped, Livingston, NJ 6:30 pm
- 10/9/14 - Noyes Museum of Art 4th Annual Chili Cook-off, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ 5:00-8:00pm
- 10/10/14 - Golden Nuggets 5th Annual American Craft Beer Tasting, Atlantic City, NJ Golden Nuggets The Grand 7:00-10:00pm
- 10/11/14 - Pumpkinfest Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 225 Sloan Ave., Hamilton, NJ
- 10/19/14 - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk & After Party at The Spot, Point Pleasant, NJ 8:00am-4:00pm
- 10/25/14 - The Blend Bar & Grill Second Annual Craft Beer Festival, Hamilton, NJ
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!
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
- Craft Beer Dinner with Alethea's at the Inn of Cape May - Sept 16th
Join CMBC owner Ryan Krill and Gary Monterosso as they guide you through their tasty and creative pairings, which include an aged Sawyer's Swap Barley Wine.
Call (609) 884-5555 ext 226 for details
- Craft Beer Dinner Pairing at Cattle & Clover - Sept 26th
There is limited seating for this beer dinner so make your reservations now! Enjoy items such as Apple Bomb poached Scallops and Shrimp, Smoked Maple glazed Pork Belly served with Pumpkin Gnocchi in a Mop Water Spiced Ale sauce and Watermelon Wheat sorbet.
Call 609-522-3800 to make your reservation.
- Tap Takeover at Harry's Ocean Bar & Grill - Sept 27th
Enjoy flights of your choice of seven different Cape May Brewery beers while taking in Cape May's best-kept secret, September nights on the beachfront.
Find more events at capemaybrewery.com and visit the Taproom for tours and tastings, open daily from 12-8pm.
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.
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.
Bays and Brews in Cape May and Lewes, DE 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. Here's all the details.
Cape May Coastal Evacuation Double IPA -- Now Hoppier and Boozier
The Cape May Brewing Co team has been hard at work this summer testing and tweaking the recipe for Coastal Evacuation Double IPA, a hoppier and boozier re-launch of longtime staple in their tap lineup CIPA, or Centennial IPA as it is commonly called. Fans of the beer-soon-to-be-formerly-known-as-CIPA need not fear -- Coastal Evacuation stays true to it's roots and the few alterations made will be a welcome complement to the generously used citrusy Centennial hop. Look for Coastal Evacuation available on draft by Labor Day, with 6-packs hitting shelves shortly thereafter.
- Watermelon Wheat, a wheat beer steeped with 500 lbs of fresh watermelons. Only available in the Taproom for a short time!
- Hank's Harvest Ale, a light fall beer using only locally-grown hops and infused with pressed grapes from nearby wineries.
- Mop Man's Mop Water Spiced Ale, specifically NOT a pumpkin beer, this ale is brewed with five of our Mop Man's favorite festive spices.
The Taproom is open daily from 12-8pm for tours, tastings and growler fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, upcoming events, and to find Cape May on tap.
See y'all at Brews by the Bay Sept 6th!
Somerdale Day and 5K September 6 at Flying Fish
This will be the 3rd Annual Somerdale Day town party taking place in front of the Flying Fish brewery. Bands, car show, kids activities, crafts, food trucks, and a beer tent run by Somerdale will be running continuously 10 am-6pm. This year, the day kicks off with the Flying Fish 5K. All participating adults get a custom mug and OktoberFish sample. Reduced rate registration ends this Friday! More info here.
Angry Erik is First Beer Ever Served at James Beard House
Angry Erik Brewing made it's debut in the culinary world, courtesy of Chef Bradley Boyle of Salt Gastropub in Byram, NJ. On August 6, 2014, Chef Bradley was a featured chef at the Jersey Summer Bounty event at the James Beard House (one of the country's most storied culinary foundations) and took Angry Erik Brewing along for the ride. Traditionally, the featured chefs will carefully pair their cuisine with wine. In fact, since the origin of the James Beard Foundation in 1986, beer has never before been served! Chef Bradley boldly chose to take Angry Erik's Paulinskill Pale Ale to pair with his hand-crafted local New Jersey cuisine making Angry Erik the first beer ever served at the James Beard House!!
New Member Pinelands Brewing Company Brewing Pinelands PSA
Pinelands Brewing Company is gearing up for the end of summer with a busy brew schedule. New brews this month include their Pinelands PSA, a boozed up cousin of their 08087 SMASH, and Chocolate Mint Stout that is going in the firkin soon. Both will be released before Labor Day. Their new Twin Pine Double IPA is getting brewed this month and will be a nice addition to tap lineup in early September.
Pinelands will be out and about South Jersey for two great events in August. Thursday August 14th they will be at the Scottish Rite Grand Ballroom in Collingswood from 6-8:30 PM for the first South Jersey Bacon & Beer Festival benefiting the Crossroads Programs. Tickets are $35 and include food from 17 local restaurants & 8 local breweries.
On Saturday August 16th get out to Truckerton Food & Brew Fest at the Tuckerton Seaport. They will have more than a dozen food trucks serving up all kinds of grub. The Pinelands popular Blueberry Blonde Ale will be on tap along with their Pitch Pine Ale. They are expecting a huge turnout for this one.
The brewery will be open every Saturday in August from 2-6 PM for tours, tastings and growler fills.
Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter for special promos and tasting hours.
Berliner Weisse and House-Made Syrups at Harvest Moon
Throughout the month of August, Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe will continue to pour their Harvest Berliner Weisse and offer a rotating selection of house-made syrups to go with it. Later this month they will be releasing a new IPA as well as their Lemon SOURachi Saison -- their popular Lemon Sorachi Saison with the addition of Lactobacillus. The OQ Coffee Porter will return to the taps this month as well.
August's Harvest Moon cask night will be held on Thursday August 14th and will feature their Citra DIPA with Mango.
Village Idiot Crosses 50 Batch Mark
Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly, NJ marked a milestone when they brewed their 50th batch of beer just before the July 4th holiday. The event nearly coincided with the 1.5 bbl brewery's 6th month in business, which passed less than a week prior. Owners/brewers Vince Masciandaro and Rich Palmay obviously have been busy brewing fan favorites and seasonals -- with no plans to let up on the pace anytime soon. "Since our beer is only available at the brewery, our six taps turn over in some fashion every week," Masciandaro explains. "That means our beer is always fresh -- something craft beer aficionados notice and appreciate."
As the sun slowly sets on summer, so too the taps will begin to run dry of seasonal beers like Hugh Hefewezien, Summer Wind, and the cucumber cream ale, Ask Kermit. Plans call for summer favs to be slowly phased out to usher in new seasonals for the later months of 2014. Look for a highly anticipated, award-winning pumpkin beer to be released after Labor Day. "With just 46.5 finished gallons of beer to offer, favorites -- like our Teddy Hopper Double IPA and Thong-Remover Tripel -- sell out fast once we put them on tap," Palmay says. "We amazed how quickly word gets around and how the demand spikes! It's nearly to the point that we have to re-brew a beer as soon as we release it."
Sour fans, rejoice! On tap right now is a Berliner Weiss -- served in the traditional German way with red raspberry syrup, or without. Look for a new double IPA -- Teddy the Younger -- expected to be released in mid to late August. Their main street brewery and tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday for half pints, pints and 32 oz. growler fills. They don't distribute, so the beer is only available at their location. Village Idiot Brewing Company is considering expanding its hours to include Sundays following the Labor Day holiday. Check the brewery's Facebook page for a look at weekly beer offerings and hours.
Flounder Growler and Tour Day is Saturday, August 16
Flounder Brewing will be filling growlers and having a tour day on Saturday, August 16 before upgrading some of the equipment in their brewery. Tours are required for samples and pints. Reservations are required for the tours, find the link on their Facebook page. No tour or reservation is required for growler fills.
Belgian Wit on Tap at Krogh's
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta currently has a Belgian Wit on tap with an AbV of 4.6%. This is an unfiltered Belgian-style beer with hints of orange and coriander; very crisp and refreshing for summer. Following this beer, Krogh's will be offering a Rye IPA and a Cream Ale for August/September. Of course the end of September features Krogh's long-awaited for Oktoberfest beer! Please call ahead to check on availability (973) 729-8428 or go to kroghs.com.
Look for River Horse at South Jersey Bacon and Beer
River Horse Brewing Company will be at the South Jersey Bacon and Beer
Festival in Collingswood on Friday, August 14th and then the Tuckerton Seaport for their
"Truck"erton Beer and Food Festival on the 16th. Select bottles will be
showcased at the New Jersey's Brewer's Night at Tap House on Wednesday,
August 20th. Patriot's Crossing in Titusville, NJ is doing a River
Horse Tap Takeover on Friday, the 22nd. Ladies' Night Yoga is also making
its return on the 12th from 6-8pm.
The release date for the River Horse Barrel-Aged series is Friday, August 22nd. They
will be sold out of the gift shop in 750mL bottles for $15, or three for
$40. There is also a new IPA on the horizon, so keep an eye on their social
media channels and website. Regular tours run every Saturday and Sunday,
and the gift shop is open for merchandise and take out beer.
High Point Makes an Entrance
Be sure to look for the new door at High Point Brewing Company!
Ramstein Tap Room Summer Hours: changed hours to 3pm-6:30 PM M-F and Sat.
1-4pm, closed Sundays. Follow them on Facebook for special brewery only
casks available on Saturdays.
HopPun Released by Carton
Carton Brewing Company recently released their American Pale Ale, HopPun... it's the first straightforward pale ale they have made. HopPun is 5.8%, brewed with experimental hops 06300 and HBC342 with Super Galena and Mosaic, a pale malt bill and British yeast. It will be available in place of Red Rye for about half the year.
Carton is also celebrating their three year anniversary at Boyle's in Monmouth Beach on Thursday, 8/14 and at the brewery Sunday 8/17.
Gaslight Filling the Taps
Gaslight Brewing Company has a full tap list: Bulldog Blonde, Pirate Pale Ale, Bison Brown Ale, Perfect Stout, The Eliminator (Honey Double Mai Bock), Abbey Normal (Belgian Dubbel), MyGarden Wit, Solstice Ale (Cream Ale) and Big Dog Porter
Watch for upcoming Gaslight Beer: Zum Alt Dorf, Enkel Biter, The Governator Vienna Lager, I.P.A., Kolsch, 1920's Lager and Oatmeal Stout.
13th Fest at Battleship is a Blast
Since 2002, the Guild has held it's annual fest as a fundraiser for both the Guild and the Battleship. This year more than 700 people enjoyed beers from 16 New Jersey breweries in a day of perfect weather. The Cabin Dogs once again did an awesome job with their Americana roots rock. If you made it out, thanks for coming.
Next up is the first ever collaboration beer festival--Brews by the Bay on September 6. Both the Delaware and New Jersey Guilds will hold a festival the same day at their respective side at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal. For more info, head here.
Somerdale Tour de Fish July 20
Make plans to come visit Flying Fish during the inaugural Tour de Fish. Nine categories for all ages/abilities, including one for kids. The one-mile track conveniently starts and ends at the brewery. There will be tours and tastings, Somerdale will have a food truck area set up and there will be various other family friendly activities. Fun starts at 9. More info at flyingfish.com.
Four Seasons Sampling at High Point on Saturday, July 12
This Saturday, July 12 High Point Brewing Company will have a "Four Seasons" sampling. They will serve Winter Wheat, Maibock, Summer Bock, and Oktoberfest (2013) at the brewery, from 1 to 4 pm.
The Summer Bock is on tap now at High Point -- get it while supplies last! Pale Ale, Double Platinum Blonde, and Golden Lager are also on tap. Classic Dunkelweiss, blonde and Amber Lager are available in six-packs as well.
Feel the Simcoe at Cricket Hill
Cricket Hill Brewing Company has just released its Simcoenotic Imperial IPA!! This is their second year for this small batch brew. Massive amounts of Simcoe hops and specialty grains. Rich in color and full of flavor! 8.2% ABV, 71.4 IBU
Cricket Hill will be serving their beers at the Coney Island beer fest on the 12th, a Cricket Hill tap take over at the Mohawk House on the 17th and the bacon & beer brewfest at Citifield on the 26th.
Cricket Hill is saying a special farewell to Adam Young, who is leaving their brewers position for a job with the Brooklyn Brewery! They will miss him and wish to thank him for all his hard work and dedication to their cause!
Tuckahoe Celebrates Summer with New Zealand Hops
Throughout the summer Tuckahoe Brewing Company is making a series of cask ales aged on Nelson Sauvin, a unique New Zealand hop that infuses a white wine flavor to beer, and curaçao, a sweet peel of orange, that adds a citrusy blast to ales. Their first effort, using Marshallville Wit, was a grapefruit bomb. You can look forward to pins of their pale ale and IPA that use that same combination of ingredients. The next couple of months are going to be delicious. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when they will tap their one-offs at the brewery including a session IPA and a saison with wild NJ yeast, local honey, and cracked black pepper corns.
Tours & Tastings
Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 12pm-6pm
9 Stoney Court, Oceanview, NJ
Available for private parties. Call for an appointment
Tavern on The Lake
101 North Main Street Highstown, NJ
July 15th 6:00pm
The Pour House
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Saturday August 2nd, 2014
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Penn Treaty Park
1341 North Delaware Ave
Holly Beach Pumpkin Ale
This seasonal ale uses pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon in the boil, and is a perfect Halloween treat as well as an ideal addition to Thanksgiving dinner.
Chestnut Neck Pumpkin Porter
Tuckahoe hase 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.
Return of Citra Double IPA and Berliner Weisse at Harvest Moon
The week of July 21st will see the return of Citra Double IPA and Berliner Weisse at Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe. They will be featuring a rotating selection of house-made flavored syrups for the Berliner Weisse. Their OQ Coffee Porter will be returning to the taps towards the end of the month.
The August cask night for Harvest Moon will be on Thursday August 14th and the cask will be Citra DIPA with Mango.
River Horse Busy with July Events
River Horse Brewing Company has a busy schedule of July Events. On Saturday, July 12th River Horse will be at Coney Island on Tap in NY. On the 15th there is a bucket night at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ
with River Horse bottle koozies. In Easton, PA there will be a beer dinner
at Two Rivers on the 16th, and then July 19th River Horse will be at the Summer Ale
Fest at the Philadelphia Zoo from 6-10pm pouring Summer Blonde and Hop
Hazard. July 26th they will be attending both the Beer and Bacon Classic at
Citi Field in NY, as well as Jersey City Eats.
Stay tuned to their social media channels for news about upcoming beer
releases and brewery events later this year. Regular tours run every
Saturday and Sunday, and the gift shop is open for merchandise and take
Beer Street Wheat at JJ Bitting
JJ Bitting Brewing Company is serving up their refreshing Beer Street Wheat along with the usual suspects -- Avenel Amber, Victoria's Golden, Raspberry Wheat, and W.H.A.L.E.S. IPA. Coming up soon will be Rat Pack Pils and Woodbridge Lite. Also, looking ahead, is their annual Central Jersey Charity Beer Fest on Saturday September 27th. Come out and enjoy some local and not so local brews and help them raise money for a worthy cause.
Krogh's Featuring Blum's Belgian Wit
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta features a "Blum's Belgian Wit" on tap as their July Seasonal. This unfiltered German-style beer is a satisfying summer beer with hints of coriander and orange. What will follow this will be a Belgian Grand Cru and then a Cream Ale. As summer draws to a close and we get into September, look for their long-awaited for Oktoberfest! Please call ahead to check on availability (973) 729-8428 or go to kroghs.com.
Join Rinn Duin for Trolley Pub Crawl
Join Rinn Duin Brewing Company in Long Branch next Thursday, July 17 for the inaugural Trolley Pub Crawl. The event kicks off at 6 pm at the Celtic Cottage, 608 Second Ave., Long Branch, and continues on to the Nip-n-Tuck and Jack's Goal Line Stand, before returning to the Celtic Cottage. A trolley provides transportation to all three Long Branch venues, where a different Rinn Duin beer will be on tap. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at all three bars, Rinn Duin Brewing or online.
Rinn Duin Brewing is scheduled to release their first bottles (Trinity, Scottish 70) at the brewery the weekend of July 18-20. Approximately 75 cases will be available to purchase, as 6-packs and cases. A list of retail stores to purchase the bottles will be on their website.
Also taking place the weekend of July 18-20, Rinn Duin celebrates "St. Paddy's Day in July," with the release of a [hidden] stash of Pota Caife. Bring your growlers!
Second Seasonal Coming from Rinn Duin
Rinn Duin Brewing Company released it's second seasonal beer (River Toms, English IPA) at the brewery-only on May 31, and bars/restaurants started to receive kegs on June 2. Read more about their newest brew.
With the completion of the new bottling line in May, Rinn Duin hopes to have 6-packs available in July. Flagship beers St. John's, Sandpiper, and Trinity will be bottled as they are brewed.
On the Events Calendar:
- June 10, 5:00 - "Guest Brewer" at Hearthstone Grill in Jamesburg
- June 14, 10:00-5:00 - Rinn Duin is the sole beer provider for the Ocean County
- Irish Festival, Veteran's Park in Bayville
- June 14, 8:00 - Tap Takeover at The Claddagh Pub in Highlands
- June 15, 12:00-7:00 - Fathers Day @ Rinn Duin. Bring you Dad to the brewery, order a pint or flight, and you Dad's first beer is on us!
- June 26, 5:00 - Happy 350th Birthday NJ at Blend Bar & Bistro in Hamilton
- June 28, 1:00-5:00 - Rinn Duin pours at its first Garden State Brewers Festival, on the Battleship NJ in Camden
Tuckahoe Rolling Out Anglesea Irish Red Ale
Tuckahoe Brewing Company has six packs of Anglesea Irish Red Ale available in June! This clean drinking, malt-forward red ale has strong notes of toffee and caramel. Though hop presence is minimal; bitterness, flavor, color, and aroma are balanced by the addition of roasted barley. Whether served with meat and potatoes or fish and chips, this beer drinks well.
Tours & Tastings every Friday & Saturday
Brew at the Zoo
Turtle Back Zoo
Saturday June 28th 6pm-9pm
The Avenue Bar & Grill
Wednesday June 18th
151 Philadelphia Ave.
Egg Harbor City, NJ
Garden State Brewers Festival
Aboard the Battleship New Jersey
Saturday, June 28th 1-5pm
Flying Fish Releases FU Sandy in 12 packs
After donating more than $75,000 to local charities focusing on storm relief, Flying Fish Brewing Company is again releasing Forever Unloved Sandy in 12oz bottles in a 12 pack format. This wheat pale ale is a quite drinkable summer beer featuring the newly developed hop Azacca which imparts a beautiful guava and melon character in the flavor and aroma and blends perfectly with the pilsner and wheat malts. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will continue to go to the Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts.
Village Idiot Releases Armed Forces Amber IPA
The latest from Village Idiot Brewing Company:
May was a busy month for our modest brewery & tasting room located right on High Street in Mt. Holly! Thousands of people turned out on a beautiful Saturday for the annual Mt. Holly Car Show & Armed Forces Appreciation Day -- and many of them stopped into our "main street" brewery to sample our beers! A pair of brand-new offerings : Armed Forces Amber IPA -- brewed to recognize service men, women and families of our region and a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen -- Hugh Hefe -- were consumed in copious quantities!
June promises to be just as busy for us. On June 1st, we ventured outside the brewery for the first time and participated in the annual Medford Art, Wine & Music Fest where our Bridgetown Blonde and Revolutionary Rye beer samples received a warm reception from the crowd on an even warmer day. Next up: the Garden State Brewers Festival aboard the Battleship New Jersey on June 28 from 1-5p. We're looking forward to meeting craft beer fans from all over the Garden State -- as well as the surrounding Philadelphia & Delaware areas.
Remember, our beer is only available at our 1.5-barrel brewery & tasting room -- we don't distribute to any bars, restaurants or package stores. We have six beers on tap and offer 32 oz. growlers to go. Easy to get to -- less than 3 miles off NJ Turnpike Exit 5, just keep straight on the road to our front door. Make plans to swing by our unique location at 42 High Street in historic Mt. Holly while driving back from the beach or the family camping trip!
Batch 300 Celebration for Kyle on Saturday, June 21 at Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe will be celebrating the release of Kyle's 300th batch as head brewer at the Harvest Moon on Saturday June 21st starting at noon. #300 is a Sour Saison and along with #300 there will be a special draft list for the event. Here are just some of the beers for the event: Bourbon Barrel Aged American Stout with Hazelnut Coffee, Bourbon Barrel Aged American Stout with Vanilla Beans, Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong with Tart Cherries, Iowa Farmhouse Saison and Heather's Nectarous Jalapeno Saison. Harvest Moon anticipates having 12-15 beers on tap for the event, so look for new additions in the coming weeks.
People are encouraged to check their website, the Facebook event page and follow them on Twitter @NJMoonBrew for updates!
The Harvest Moon monthly cask night will continue throughout the summer on the second Thursday of every month. June's cask night will be Thursday the 12th and will feature Copper Hop with Sorachi Ace. First pour at 5:30. July's cask night will be Thursday July 10th, beer TBD.
Beer Street Wheat Coming Soon at JJ Bitting
The current seasonal brews at JJ Bitting Brewing Company include Black Magic American Black Ale, Nit Wit Belgian, and there is still a little bit of Barley Legal Barleywine left. Coming soon will be Beer Street Wheat, an American-style wheat ale and Rat Pack Pilsner. Always on tap is Victoria's Golden, JJ Raspberry Wheat, Avenel Amber, and the W.H.A.L.E.S. IPA.
Carton Brewing Releases Monkey Chased the Weasel
A good read from Carton Brewing:
The backyard of our brewery has a mulberry tree that drops its fruit in the first days of summer. We moved into our building during early summer 2011, tracking a bright purple path through our new home with every laden step. It was then we decided: if mulberry was going to get that deep into the brewery, it probably should get into a beer as well. Stealing a process from Berliners, we let the lactics in a wheated mash sour up to a green apple/lemon level, accentuating the bright side of the mulberry profile. Meant for quaffing when there is no reason to avoid direct sunlight on balmy summer days, drink Monkey Chased The Weasel because there is more sun than moon at the top of summer.
New Releases Out from Cape May Brewing
Cape May Brewing Company has a series of new releases:
- Sophisticated Lady Summer Ale
A super drinkable summer beer -- citrusy, snappy, and uber-refreshing. Premium wheat malts, lemon zest, coriander and Saison yeast leave a tasty and complex finish that lingers.
- Dan's Serenity Now! Black IPA
Thought up by Cape May's very own Dan the Man, this beer is sure to change the way you look at IPA's. Black in color, the experimental hops used carry a nice grapefruit undertone that pairs perfectly with the malty roasted flavor.
- On Deck: The Bog Cranberry Shandy
The Taproom is open everyday from 12-8pm for tours, tastings, and growler fills. Check out capemaybrewery.com for tour times, local events, and to find them on tap.
Look for Ramstein Summer Bock on Tap
Ramstein Summer Bock from High Point Brewing Company is available on tap throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Ramstein Summer Bock is Brewed with Vienna and Pilsner malts. Pure lager yeast ferments this beer to create a deep malty character with a clean malt and noble hop aroma and a smooth creamy mouth feel. 7% ABV.
The High Point Brewery taproom is open Monday through Saturday. Check their Facebook page for holiday hours and Christmas in July promotion.
Homebrew Best of Show at Krogh's on Friday, June 20
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta taps a Belgian Dubbel and a Belgian Strong Ale in June. There will also be a brewer's choice IPA made from Summit and Amarillo hops. On Friday, June 20 the "Best of Show" beer from the homebrew competition at the 2013 NJ State Fair goes on tap at Krogh's. The winner of the competition, Blake Crawford, brewed his winning Gosebier at the Krogh's brewery. Gose is an ancient, sour and saline tasting ale associated with Leipzig, the capital of the German State of Saxony. This is typically an obscure and hard to find specialty beer so make sure to try this one before it's gone! Please call ahead for specific availability at 973-729-8428.
Guild Fest at Battleship Tix on Sale
Our annual fest returns to last Saturday in June on the Battleship with a host of new breweries. Tickets can be purchased calling 1-866-877-6262 ext. 108. Or buy tickets at the Battleship Ticket Office, open every day. Something to look forward to this year is a new Guild festival in Cape May on September 7. This collaboration with the NJ and DE guilds and will take place on both sides of the Cape May/Lewes ferry docks.
Flying Fish HopFish Takes Bronze at World Beer Cup
The fastest growing style for Flying Fish Brewing Company -- HopFish -- took bronze at last month's World Beer Cup in Denver. This comes just a few months after a silver for OktoberFish at the Great American Beer Fest. The brew crew has been working diligently to tweak their beers as well as the new brewing system so expect many more good things.
Cricket Hill Releases Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale
The big news at Cricket Hill is that the Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale has been released and is in the markets! This season's beer is wonderful and should not be missed. It is brewed with the best quality malts and fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast that imparts a tangy fruit and clove taste.5% ABV
Cricket Hill also has a new distributor. Kramer beverage is now distributing our beers in southern New Jersey including Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties! Their Central New Jersey distributor, Shorepoint, has assumed responsibility for two additional counties: Burlington & Mercer!
Nit Wit Tapped at JJ Bitting
JJ Bitting Brewing Company has their brand new Nit Wit Belgian on tap, a traditional Belgian-style white ale. Also coming out soon is Black Magic, an American-style black ale loaded with Amarillo and Columbus hops. With the onset if spring they will be opening up their deck any day now, allowing patrons to enjoy a tasty brew or four outside.
Celebrate Abbey Normal at Gaslight Brewery
Upcoming at Gaslight Brewery:
- Pinhead Pilsner
A crisp refreshing lager with a nice shot of American Sterling & Czech Saaz hops.
- Enkel Biter
A Belgian single that makes an excellent session beer that's packed with flavor from Belgian yeast and a high fermentation temperature.
- Abbey Normal release Party!!
Their annual American Craft Beer event. Saturday May 17. This is a Belgian Dubbel made with the addition Dark Candi which gives a rich caramelized flavor to this brew. Coupled with a special Belgian yeast and a high fermentation temperature gives this beer a wonderful spicy character.
Gaslight will be playing Young Frankenstein on the big screen all day. Along with Brainy give aways & Special growler fill pricing.
Tower 23 Berliner Weisse at Cape May Brewing
Look for Tower 23 Berliner Weisse at Cape May Brewing Company. This is a 3.5% German style wheat beer, slightly cloudy with a sunshine yellow color, super light body and a refreshing tart finish. Available now in the Taproom and select bars and restaurants throughout South Jersey.
On Deck at Cape May Brewing: Sophisticated Lady Citrus Wheat, brewed for Cape May's Exit 0 Jazz Fest. Come hang with them at the festival May 30th - June 1st and be the first to taste it!
American Craft Beer Week May 12-18th Events:
- Join Cape May Brewing at Passion Vines Somers Point Tuesday, May 13th for a tasting featuring six Cape May seasonal brews, including Foreshore Cherry-Lime Shandy, Cape May Saison, and Escape the Cape Pale Ale.
- Stop by the Taproom Friday, May 16th for a LIVE 98.7 The Coast broadcast benefiting the Hand-to-Hand Mission, who are working to raise funds to hand-deliver 2,000 soccer balls to children in need in Haiti. Please come out and help this great cause!
The Taproom is open everyday from 12-8pm for tours, tastings, and growler fills. Check out capemaybrewery.com for tour times, local events, and where to find them on tap.
Second Release Coming for Rinn Duin
Rinn Duin Brewing Company will release its second seasonal brew towards the end of May; The River Toms, an English-style IPA. Its name is a play on the River Thames (pronounced temz), which begins at the English Channel and flows directly through London; much like the Toms River begins at the Barnegat Bay and flows through Toms River Twp.
Unlike most American IPAs, this English-style IPA is a complex, full bodied amber ale with a rich malt backbone. It is brewed only with English hops (East Kent Golding, Challenger, and Sovereign), then dry-hopped with both East Kent Golding and Fuggles for their distinctive floral, citrus, and spicy aromas.
Weighing in at 55 IBU and 6.8% ABV, the River Toms is by far Rinn Duin's hoppiest ale and first brewed north of session-style (5% ABV or less).
On the beer festival front, Rinn Duin will be at the 1st Annual Hop Sauce -- A Gathering of Craft Beer and Spice Enthusiasts on May 31. Held on the waterfront in Beach Haven (LBI), Hop Sauce kicks off at 11:00 pm; attendees can enjoy the most delicious food LBI has to offer and both local and regional craft beer until 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased on their website.
Batch 300 Celebration for Kyle at Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe is celebrating American Craft Beer Week the night of Thursday, May 15th with a special cask tapping. They will be tapping a cask of their Full Moon Pale Ale dry-hopped with Zythos.
Their Maibock just hit the taps and will be followed later this month with another lager, American Joe Schwarzbier.
Kyle is preparing to brew his 300th batch as head brewer at the Harvest Moon and to celebrate they are throwing a release party on Saturday, June 21st. The beer remains a secret for now but more details on the event are currently available on our website and Facebook page.
June's cask night will be held on Thursday June 12.
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Krogh's
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta features a Belgian Strong Ale that taps on Monday, 5/12. This Seasonal was aged in apple brandy barrels. Also on Monday, 5/12 Krogh's taps an Irish Stout Cask. Both of these beers are being featured during American Craft Beer Week (5/12-5/18) at Krogh's and if you are a member of American Homebrewers Association or of New Jersey Craft Beer, you can get a 10% discount off food when member cards are presented 5/12-5/18/14. While you are there, be sure to enter their free drawing to be Brewer For A Day at Krogh's. Ask for an entry ticket and winner will be randomly selected and notified (must be 21 or older). At the end of the month on Monday, 5/26 Krogh's offers the Belgian Strong Ale in a cask version and this will be their last cask until the weather gets cooler again. Any questions or for reservations, please call 973-729-8428.
Carton Releases Rickey
The next small batch beer from Carton Brewing, Rickey, will be released in the tasting room next Sunday, May 11. Look for it in bars, restaurants, and places that get it starting Monday, May 12.
Guild Expanding Membership Categories
Based on numerous requests and the rapid pace of growth in the state's brewing industry, the Guild has created new categories of membership for Startup Breweries, Contract Brewers, Allied Trade Members and Retailers. You can read all the details on our website.
For specific questions email us.
Guild Welcomes Angry Erik
The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild continues to grow. Our newest member is Angry Erik Brewing Company. Since Angry Erik opened six weeks ago demand has outpaced their two 10 Barrel fermentors. They have purchased another 10 Barrel Fermentor which should arrive in a week or two and they are looking forward to the increased production capacity.
Be sure to check out their website and to visit them on Facebook.
Flounder Looking Up
Flounder Brewing Company will be upgrading their system and expanding it out to a whopping two barrels during the month of April. They will be celebrating by participating in the Garden State Beerfest in Berkely Heights before opening back up for tours and tastings in late May.
On Thursday, April 10th Flounder will be joining others from the New Jersey Beer scene at Harvest Moon. They will tap a collaboration beer organized by New Jersey Craft Beer between Flounder Brewing, Harvest Moon, Pizzeria Uno, and Tuckahoe as well as contract brewer Bolero Snort and breweries in planning Spellbound and Departed Soles as well as Love2Brew homebrew shop and East Coast Yeast. It was a fun project with some great people and Flounder looks forward to everyone coming out and having a toast with them.
Taste the Collaboration at Harvest Moon on Thursday, April 10
The official release party for the New Jersey Craft Beer collaboration will be held at the Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe on Thursday, April 10th. It will coincide with their monthly cask night and there will be a number of special beers and surprises!
Harvest Moon just released their Mosaic Rye Pale Ale and the end of the month will see their much anticipated Maibock hit the taps.
Tuckahoe to Release Marshallville Wit in Late April
Tuckahoe Brewing Company brewed their own take on the New Jersey Craft Beer Dark Rye Saison collaboration which was a wild New Jersey version. They isolated a yeast strain that was growing wild in the forests of South Jersey and, while culturing up the initial population of cells, were pleased with the aromas and flavors the yeast was producing. They ran a small scale test batch to see how the yeast would handle a true wort, and the results were very positive. The pleasant esters and phenols the yeast produced resembled some of the traditionally coveted "Belgian flavors". This made it fun and easy to choose to fully ferment their version of the NJCB collaboration with this little piece of New Jersey.
Marshallville Wit is a Belgian Witbier that uses Pilsen malt and white wheat in the mash, Hallertau hops, coriander, and seeds of paradise in the boil, and a unique strain of Belgian yeast that enhances spiciness. The flavor profile is characterized by citrus aromatics and mild pepper notes. It will be featured at the brewery and several other shore bars in Cape May and Atlantic Counties.
Historically, different styles of beers were brewed in different regions and in different seasons for numerous reasons including climate, available ingredients, and water profile. The spices that go into the Tuckahoe warm weather beer, Marshallville Wit, add citrus, vanilla, and subtle black pepper notes. This, along with the low ABV, natural wheat tartness, and light color, creates a perfect thirst quencher. This is what people look for in a summer beer when they vacation at the beach; it is refreshing, light in body, full of fruit spiciness, and goes well with seafood or other light fare.
- Art Show Featuring Jesse Burke
April 11 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Located at Tuckahoe Brewing Company
- Indian King Tankard
at The Tavern
233 Kings Highway East,
On Saturday, May 17th, The Friends of the Indian King Museum will be hosting a spring beer tasting. There will be three sessions (12 noon, 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.) Thickets are $50.00 and are available for purchase online.
- CONTACT OF BURLINGTON COUNTY
A GOURMET GATHERING
WINE & BEER TASTING
Silent Auction, Delicious Food and Dessert Pairings
May 9, 2014 6-9 PM
Moorestown Community House
(First Floor reserved for our Guests)
16 East Main St - Moorestown, NJ
$55 per person ($500 for reserved table of 10)
- The Avenue
151 Philadelphia Ave.
Egg Harbor City, NJ
Wednesday, June 18th
Three Seasonals Featured at Krogh's
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in picturesque Lake Mohawk, Sparta, features three seasonals. The first is Sullivan's Irish Stout, which is currently on tap. Mia's IPA follows the stout and then Maddie's Maibock. As for Krogh's Cask-Conditioned Ales, a Jewish Rye IPA Cask is currently on tap; this is a dry-hopped IPA flavored with caraway seed. The next Cask is a "Sticke" Bier, which is a ramped-up Altbier with an AbV of 7.5%! With no exact tap dates scheduled, please call ahead to check for availability at 973-729-8428, find them online at kroghs.com or on Facebook.
Cape May Brewing is Bringing Sexy Bock
The brewers at Cape May Brewing Company are Bringing Sexy Bock! Their sexiest beer yet, this amber bock crafted using Vienna and Munich malts is a little sweet and a lot malty with a nice bready flavor. Bringing Sexy Bock, at 6.6% ABV, is the third lager to be released by Cape May Brewing Co. It joins their Oktoberfest, released fall 2013, and the Hell Yeah! Helles Lager, currently on tap.
In the hopes that spring will arrive soon, they have also brewed new release Foreshore, a cherry-lime shandy. The brainchild of staff member Courtney, their go-to girl for graphic design work and 90's boy band trivia, Foreshore will hit the taps just before Easter weekend.
Cape May Brewing Co continues to expand their bottle distribution, and you can now find Sawyer's Swap Barley Wine alongside the Devil's Reach Belgian Ale in many liquor stores throughout South Jersey. Check the Beer Finder on their website to find a place near you.
Their taproom is now open every day from 12-8 PM for tours, tastings and growler fills, and they hope to see you all there soon!
Village Idiot Reduces Gluten in Bridgetown Blonde
The latest from Village Idiot Brewing Company:
A blonde calls Village Idiot Brewing Company and asks, "How long will it take me to drive to Mt. Holly from north Jersey?" Vince pauses to ask Rich (who is originally from north Jersey) and says to the blonde, "One minute...," The blonde says, "Thank you very much," and hangs up <rimshot>. Blondes, it seems, have been the butt of jokes for eternity but, we have an exciting new twist on our flagship Bridgetown Blonde that's no joke: reduced gluten. After numerous inquiries from craft beer enthusiasts who want to enjoy our beer but suffer from a sensitivity to gluten, we discovered a product that will significantly reduce the presence of gluten in beer. In fact, according to our supplier, most beers tested fall below the current standard for "gluten-free," which is 20 parts-per-million (ppm). We're so excited that we've included the hard-working enzyme into all of our small batch, handcrafted beers and will phase in the gluten-reduced brews as our current offerings are depleted. Remember, our beers are only available at our unique brewery and tasting room located right on High Street in Mt. Holly so please make plans to stop by. Best place for information about what's on tap? Visit our Facebook page. Blondes, brunettes, redheads and follicly-challenged individuals welcome.
And, be sure to check out the debut edition of New Jersey Brew magazine. We were fortunate to be featured as the cover story in this brand-new publication created especially for the craft beer enthusiasts of the Garden State. There's a list of locations where it's available on their page and we have a limited supply available at the brewery.
Cricket Hill Releases Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale
Cricket Hill has released its 2014 Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale!! This is a yearly favorite that is billed as a gateway Belgian with the classic tangy fruit and clove taste. You fight your way down the Garden State Parkway on Friday after work, you finally get down the Shore and stop for much too long at the nearest Gin mill just to unwind. The next morning you wake up, open the refrigerator and staring at you is a Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale and some Taylor Ham, cheese and bagels. You grab all four and have yourself a breakfast! The party starts right then and right there, and you started it! Get those other lazy clowns out of bed and get to the beach! Welcome to the Summer!
5.0% ABV, 19.5 IBU perfect for breakfast.
April Updates from River Horse Brewing Company
Events this month:
- Winberies Beer Dinner and Food Pairing
April 7th at 7PM. Call Winberies of Princeton for more info (609) 921-0070
- Yoga with Tara Nurin and Beer for Babes
April 10th at River Horse -- a 1-hour yoga class followed by a brewery tour and beer tasting. Sign ups are open on the Events page of our website!
- Manayunk 16th Annual Beer Fest
April 25th 1-5PM. 4 Hour Craft Beer Tasting Extravaganza - $45.00 per ticket. Details »
River Horse Tours:
Tours run every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5PM and include 4 -- 4oz. beer samples. Tours require reservations through the links provided on our website. Only $5 per person, pay when you arrive. Merchandise is also available in our gift shop Friday -- Sunday 12-5PM. Be sure to stop by and check out the new facility!
River Horse Berliner Weisse is a 4.0% ABV German style wheat beer with a refreshing and slightly tart finish.
A Beer 350 Years in the Making from Flying Fish
Flying Fish Brewing Company just put the first batches of NJ 350 Anniversary Ale in the tanks as part of the state's year-long celebration of New Jersey's founding. The beer, an English Stock Ale, features a generous helping of blackstrap molasses. Hops include Cluster, the first variety cultivated in the US, as well as the more modern Simcoe and Centennial. The Cluster will add a nice piney character, a nod to the Pine Barrens, a New Jersey Treasure.
The beer will be available in 750ml bottles as well as draft starting in April.
Collaborative Spirit at Harvest Moon
On March 4th Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe brewed a collaborative beer that was organized by Mike at New Jersey Craft Beer involving Flounder Brewing, Departed Soles, East Coast Yeast, Uno's, Spellbound, Bolero Snort, Tuckahoe Brewing Co, and love2brew. The beer will be debuted during the Atlantic City Beer Fest at the NJCB booth April 4th and 5th with a release party at the Harvest Moon on Thursday April 10th. People are encouraged to stop by the NJCB booth to give it a try! Stay tuned for more details on the beer and the release party.
The Harvest Moon monthly cask night will be next Thursday, March 13th at 5:30pm. People are encouraged to come try some cask-conditioned Nut Brown Ale.
The week of March 10-14 will see the release of another batch of their Simcoe Double IPA, as well as Paddy's Irish Stout, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Their very popular Mosaic Rye Pale Ale will return to the taps the last week of the month.
Ramstein Maibock Lager to Debut Saturday, March 8
On Saturday, March 8 the debut of Ramstein Maibock Lager will take place during the free open house and tour at High Point Brewing Company from 2-5 PM. Ramstein Maibock is a rich amber bock with notes of vanilla and noble hops. 7% ABV will warm you up on the chilly March days. Currently rated 100 points on Ratebeer. Ramstein Maibock is draft only and available in NJ, NY and PA at the better craft beer establishments.
On Wednesday March 12 a Ramstein Beer Dinner takes place at the award winning Restaurant Pig & Prince in Montclair, NJ. Chef Michael Carrino will prepare four delicious courses paired with Ramstein beers. Limited seats still available.
Saison du Flounder the Peoples Choice at Morristown
Flounder Brewing Company is open for monthly tours -- look for the schedule posted on the first of every month. They are coming off a win for people's choice award at the Morristown big beer brewfest for their Saison du Flounder. The Saison will be pouring at the next tour date on 3/15 (reservations via their website required). Also the gang is currently receiving their new equipment to double their capacity to a huge 2 bbls!
JJ Bitting Out with O'Halloran's
For March JJ Bitting Brewing Company have out O'Halloran's Irish Red Ale, a smooth, easy drinking malty beer. Also out is their Barley Legal Barleywine. Brewed with tons of Maris Otter and Pacific Northwest hops and then aged for three months, this brew clocks in at 10.1% ABV with 97 IBU's. On deck is Bitting's Best Bitter.
Cricket Hill Unleashing Jersey Devil
The latest from Cricket Hill:
The weather is Perfect! Perfect for the Jersey Devil Imperial Red Ale with its generous amounts of specialty grains combined with Centennial and Zythos hops provide a perfect balance of tropical fruit and malt. Incredibly flavorful, this red-hued beer leaves the taste buds feeling warm and cozy. 7.4% ABV, 66.6 IBU.
The Cricket Hill Summer seasonal, Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale is coming along! Available April through July, this brew uses only the best quality malts and is 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
Cricket Hill's current small batch beer, Jersey Devil Imperial Red, is available draft only. Come to the Brewery and grab a growler full!!
During March we will be attending ; Beer on the Boards at Martells on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach(3/22), The Taste of Morristown (3/24), and the Atlantic City Brewfest on April 4th & 5th!
Congratulations to us for being chosen as New Jersey's best tap room experience by Rate Beer!!
Tours: Thursdays and Fridays, 4 till 7. Saturdays, 12 - 4. Join us!
Russian Imperial Stout Marching into Krogh's
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, will be featuring several seasonals in March. Of course St. Patrick's Day lends itself to their Irish Stout. This will be followed by Augie's Alt and then a German Alt. For Krogh's cask conditioned ales, a Russian Imperial Stout Cask taps on Monday, March 10. This stout was the brewery's 15 year anniversary beer from their February 7 celebration. Krogh's reserved some of that stout and turned it into a cask offering. On Monday, March 24 they will be tapping a Rye IPA Cask. As with all of their cask ales, quantities are very limited. Please call ahead for availability (973-729-8428) or check the website at kroghs.com. Cheers!
Village Idiot Runs with Bike Rail Pale Ale
Village Idiot Brewing Company in historic Mt. Holly, NJ chased away the winter blues by brewing several new beers that seem to have won over the craft-beer crowd in the southern reaches of the state. Their Teddy Hopper Double IPA stole the hearts of many around Valentine's Day. In addition, their Bike Rail Pale Ale - named for the unique bicycle railway that ran 1.8 miles between Mt. Holly and Smithville! They also added Thursdays from 3-8p, and tacked on an additional hour to Fridays (3-8p), and Saturdays (noon-8p) to their operating schedule.
Brews slated for a March debut include another pair of newbies - Saision du Idiót a dry, thirst-quenching, Belgian-style farmhouse ale and a yet-to-be named, ruby-colored IPA that's fermenting as we go to press. Remember, Village Idiot Brewing Company ales are not available in any stores, bars, or restaurants as they are served fresh right from their 1.5-bbl brewery & tasting room on High Street in Mt. Holly. Keep up with the latest news and information on Facebook.
Joe Roggenbock and More at Cape May Brewing
Cape May Brewing Company has new and re-released beers:
- Joe Roggenbock (ABV: 7.0%) - a German rye beer that is very thick, sweet, and lasting
- Hell Yeah! Helles Lager (ABV: 5.1%) - a light lager, our newest release is straw-colored and has an extremely light body
- Sawyers Swap Barley Wine (ABV: 9.6%) - a favorite from last year, we are re-releasing the Sawyer's Swap in bottles on March 20th!
Events for Cape May Brewing:
- St Patty's O'Brewery Bash
March 14th 12-8pm @ Cape May Brewery
Benefiting the St Baldrick's Foundation Lower Cape May Regional Teachers Team
- Sawyer's Swap Barley Wine Bottle Release Party
March 20th @ Cape May Brewery
Join us as we re-release our Sawyer's Swap Barley Wine, a fan-favorite from last year!
- Poses & Pints
March 22nd @ Cape May Brewery
The second yoga class - sign up here
Krogh's 15th Anniversary Celebration is Here
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, will be celebrating their brewery's 15 year anniversary on Friday, February 7. Kick off is at 5 pm with the tapping of their Russian Imperial Stout (OG 28 Plato / FG 9.5 Plato / AbV 10.7% / IBU 82)! This stout was aged in bourbon barrels and mine-aged in the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg for one year where it lagered in the cool, constant cave temperatures. A special dinner menu will run all weekend long featuring entrees made with other Krogh's beers as a special ingredient. Join them for this celebratory occasion and reservation are recommended!
In addition to the anniversary stout, Krogh's also has a British-style IPA coming up shortly and two special Cask Ales. On February 7, they tap a Winter Warmer Cask and on February 24, they tap a Coconut Porter!
Cheers from Krogh's and for "brewing 15 years strong!"
Yoga and Beer, Together At Last Thanks to Cape May Brewing
Cape May Brewing Company has teamed up with Itswell Yoga and Grace & Glory Yoga Studios to offer monthly "Poses and Pints" in the taproom. Get fit with an hour-long yoga workout, and after enjoy a private tasting and tour of the brewery.
When: Saturday Feb 15th, March 22nd, April 26th and May 31st from 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Sign up online or call 609.849.9933 for more info.
Cape May Brewing recently brought back their Pale Ale, touted by Joe Sixpack as "Best Beer Down the Shore", changing it ever-so-slightly by substituting Citra hops for the previously used Zythos. Next up in their Staff Series is Maggie's Dirty Blonde, which will be available later this month, alongside the release of a new Belgian IPA.
Coming this spring will be the debut of Cape May Brewing Co's second lager, Hell Yeah Helles Lager, slated for early March, and the return of the much-anticipated Sawyers Swap Barley Wine, available in draft and bottle.
Cape May is happy to announce they will be reviving their TGIF Appreciation nights this spring, starting with a "Love our Locals" Appreciation Friday Feb 14th. A special Valentine's beer infusion will be tapped and from all locals will receive $1 off tastings, pints, and 64oz growler fills. The appreciation nights will run from Feb 14th -- May 30th, highlighting a different group within the community every week. Visit their website for a full list.
Cape May Brewing continues to expand throughout South Jersey, and they are excited to be back at High Street Grill in Mt Holly Feb 20th for a tap takeover, dinner pairing, and beer trivia night. On tap: Cape May IPA, Saison, and Stout.
The Taproom is open year-round from 12-8 pm (closed Tuesdays) for tours, tastings and growlers fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, release dates, and events.
Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout Now Out and About
It looks like all distributors have the new late winter seasonal from Flying Fish Brewing Company: Exit 1, an export style stout brewed with oysters. The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from the oyster shells. Irish ale yeast adds a bit of fruitiness and a dry crispness. This rich stout is perfect for cool weather--and especially delicious when paired with a few Jersey oysters on the half shell.
Kegs are already running low so they will be brewing another batch Wednesday--if you happen to be in the tasting room, you might even get a chance to try some of these awesome East Bay oysters once we pull them out of the brew kettle.
Ramstein Imperial Pilsner Now Available in Bottles
This Saturday, February 8th, High Point Brewing Company will be serving their new Polar Platinum, the
"Eisbock" version of the Double Platinum Blonde wheat beer. 10% ABV
Growler fills only, 2 liters per person.
On February 15 High Point will be serving their beer at Morristown's The Big Brew
Ramstein Imperial Pilsner is now available in bottles. Six packs are available for sale at the brewery and other retail locations.
Flounder Pouring at Big Brew
Flounder Brewing Company will be pouring out Hill Street Honey Ale and Saison at The Big Brew
Beer Festival in Morristown on Saturday, 2/15
Flounder is taking delivery on components for expanding their brew system this month. They will be starting tours again in March.
Grab Smoked Rye from Cricket Hill While You Can
The Cricket Hill small batch Winter Ales are almost gone! Grab this years Smoked Rye while you still can. This unusual beer features six different grains, including cherry and birch-wood smoked grains. It is lightly bittered with Nugget hops allowing the smoked malt, subtle fruitiness and spice of the rye malt to shine through. 7.9%ABV, 35 IBU.
Although there has been another foot of snow, the brewers are busy at work getting the small batch spring release ready. The Jersey Devil Imperial Red Ale with its generous amounts of specialty grains combined with Centennial and Zythos hops provide a perfect balance of tropical fruit and malt. Incredibly flavorful, this red-hued beer leaves the taste buds tantalized, such that they can only be satisfied with another sip of this robust brew! 7.4%ABV, 66.6 IBU.
Cricket Hill's small batch beers are available draft only. Come to the Brewery and grab a growler full!!
Congratulations to Cricket Hill for being chosen as New Jersey's best tap room experience by Rate Beer!!
Tours: Thursdays and fridays, 4 till 7. Saturdays, 12 - 4.
17th annual Mardi Gras/Anniversary Bash for JJ Bitting
For the month of February the taps at JJ Bitting Brewing Company are Nut Brown Ale, Chocolate Cherry Stout, and Baltic Porter. On deck they have our 10.5% Barley Legal Barleywine and Bitting's Best Bitter.
On Friday, February 21st JJ Bitting will be having their 17th annual Mardi Gras/Anniversary Bash with a live band, drink specials, free beads and giveaways.
Rinn Duin Now Open for Tours
Rinn Duin Brewing Company is now open weekly for tours, sampling, pints, and growler fills Thursday & Friday, 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturday noon-6:00 pm. You can find where Rinn Duin is on draft/growler station on their blog.
Village Idiot Experimenting with Hours and Beers
Sure, they've only been in business a little more than a month, but the guys at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly produced -- and went through -- seven different styles of beer in January! This month, they will experiment with Thursday hours (3-7p) beginning with the first week in Feb. The move is in response to feedback from fans -- both existing and prospective -- who've indicated it's hard to get to New Jersey's only "main street" brewery during the present Friday (3-7p) and Saturday (noon-7p) time frames. In addition, Vince and Rich are exploring the idea of expanded hours on Fridays, also in response to customer feedback. The pair of nano-brewers are also busy getting ready for several upcoming events in Mt. Holly, including the Burlington County St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 1. Stay tuned to the Village Idiot Brewing Company Facebook page for the most current news and hours.
Save the Date for Krogh's 15th Anniversary Celebration
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, has two featured Seasonals in January, Babe's ESB and Fallon's Vanilla Porter, as well as two featured Casks, a Barley Wine (Jan 6) and a Coffee & Cream Stout (Jan 20). Note that the Coffee & Cream Stout Cask was done in collaboration with Greene's Beans Cafe at 31 Center Street in Sparta; they supplied the Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling coffee, which is on the dark roasted side, that was implemented into the brewing process at Krogh's and the "cream" in the stout comes from lactose, a milk sugar, not actual "cream".
Save the date for February 7th as that is the one year mark when Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub taps their 15th Year Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout that has been aging, or 'lagering', in The Sterling Hill Mining Museum. One year ago, filled oak barrels, or casks, were brought to the once active zinc mine in Ogdensburg because the mine's constant temperature and humidity mimic pre-mechanical refrigeration days when beer was aged in caves. The sealed, undisturbed barrels have slowly been inheriting characteristics over the past year as one barrel was previously used to age bourbon, the other used to condition barley wine. On Friday, February 7th, the long-awaited tapping and the 15th Year Anniversary celebration of Krogh's Brew Pub begins! In 15 years, Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub is still Sussex County's first and only brew pub! Check ongoing celebratory details on their Facebook page!
Flying Fish Re-releasing Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout
One of the most popular releases in the Flying Fish Exit Series is coming back in 12 ounce bottles. Exit 1 is a classic oyster stout, a once-ubiquitous style brewed with local East Point Bayshore oysters, for richness and intensity of flavor. In the 1800s, a meal of oysters and oyster stout was commonplace in many taverns, but as pale ales gained popularity over stouts and oyster beds began to decline, it became less common. Exit 1 is brewed with 100 oysters per batch, lending their mellow flavor and one-of-a-kind creaminess to the brew and resulting in a beer that is rich, soft and of course, a perfect complement to a plate of oysters.
The beer will be released in mid-January in both bottles and draft and will be available as long as the weather stays cold.
JJ Bitting Rings in New Year with Nut Brown Ale and Barley Legal Barleywine
JJ Bitting Brewing Company is ringing in the new year with a Nut Brown Ale, flavorful but sessionable ale, and their Barley Legal Barleywine. This year the Barleywine is tipping the scales at 10.1% abv and 97 IBU's. Also on the horizon is Chocolate Cherry Stout, a hearty dark ale aged with Cocoa Nibs and natural Cherry extract.
Countdown to Rinn Duin
December was a busy month for Rinn Duin Brewing Company, preparing for their release in January. With their inaugural flagship brews ready to be kegged and two one-offs in the pilot fermenters, its going to be an exciting month for the Ocean County brewery.
"Its been a long journey to reach this point," reflects Chip Town, co-founder and President, "Jacqui and I first talked about opening a brewery in 2010. It's a bit surreal to think we will open our doors in a week or two."
When visiting Rinn Duin, you'll tour the 6,000 sq ft facility equipped with a 25 bbl brewhouse, four 50 bbl fermenters, kegging station, and soon-to-be-installed bottling line. Their Irish Pub-style tasting room makes you feel right at home, with its rustic wooden bar and floor, and traditional tin ceiling. Expected hours are posted on their website, RinnDuinBrewing.com
Fall Festivus Still Available at Cricket Hill
The latest from Cricket Hill:
Cricket Hill hopes that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and will have a prosperous new year! 2013 ended on a very high note with our Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Porter and Jersey Devil Imperial Red selling out in record time!
Our new Tap Room hours from Noon till 4 on Saturdays is growing in popularity with our Friday evening tour still a big hit!
We still have a small quantity of Bourbon barrel aged Fall Festivus available in 12oz. bottles. This beer lets the Bourbon flavor jump out at you while letting the Festivus hold up the finish. It is my favorite beer of the year! 2 bottles for $12 and worth every penny! Available only at the Brewery.
Our Winter seasonal Nocturne Chocolate (this year an Ale) is still available and can be found in most Craft Beer Stores or here at Cricket Hill.
Look for our Smoked Rye in February, this years strong ale features moderate smokiness supported by a hardy malt backbone with a subtle rye spice finish. Lightly hopped. ABV 8.5 IBU 35.
There has been a surge in demand for our flag ship ESB Colonel Blides Bitter English Ale. Not to worry, we will always keep it in stock!
Six Packs Coming from Cape May Brewing
Cape May Brewing Company continues to amp up production with new beers debuting every month alongside the return of old favorites. New brew Brian's Geek Out Belgian Rye IPA hit the Taproom in December and is quickly becoming a top seller. The smooth and malty South Jersey Secession Session Scottish Ale was also released late-December, and in January the team will be adding Vanessa's Blackberry Wit-itude to their growing repertoire. Two prominent 2013 favorites, Saison and Hitching Post Bourbon Stout, will once again be available mid-January. If you can't make the trip to the brewery be sure to ask for these styles at any of the 60 (and counting) bars and restaurants carrying Cape May Brewing Co throughout Cape May, Atlantic, and Camden counties.
Wednesday One-Offs continue at the brewery with a coffee-infused Mop Man's Mop Water planned for January 8th and a Chocolate Orange Stout to follow.
What Cape May Brewery fans might find most exciting, however, is that the first 6-packs of Devil's Reach Belgian Strong Ale will be on sale in the Taproom by the end of the month! This will mark the first time any Cape May Brewing Co beer is available in 6-pack form. Keep an eye out for bottles of Devil's Reach and Cape May IPA at your favorite bars and on liquor store shelves this spring.
The Taproom is open year-round from 12-8 pm (closed Tuesdays) for tours, tastings and growlers fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, release dates, and events.
Tuckahoe Events for January
Tuckahoe Brewing Company has filled the calendar with some tasty events:
- Cape-Atlantic Beer Tasting at Tuckahoe Brewing Company
Friday, January 17, 2014
Includes a taste of all beers on tap, a tour of the brewery & light refreshments.
For more information call 609-823-1850
- Come sample Tuckahoe beers at Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet
Friday, January 24, 2014
6036 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp., N.J. 08234
(At English Creek, adjacent to Lowe's and Chic-Fil-A)
Phone: (609) 641-3285 | Fax: (609) 484-8660
- The Deauville Inn will be throwing Tuckahoe Brewing Company a
Two-Year Anniversary Party sometime in late January or early February. Stay tuned for more information
- Slow Food Dinner at Steve and Cookies by the Bay
Sunday, January 26, 2014
9700 Amherst Avenue
Margate City, NJ
- Chill Town Craft Beer Festival
Jersey City, NJ
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Culinary Conference Center at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City
Purchase tickets: Eventbrite.com.
All proceeds from the Chill Town event will benefit Visiting Homemaker Service of Hudson County Child Abuse Prevention Program.
Doors Open for Village Idiot
Village Idiot Brewing Company officially opened its door at 42-44 High Street in Mt. Holly on Dec. 20. The inaugural tap list featured four tasty offerings: Bridgetown Blonde Ale; Belgian "Thong Remover" Tripel; Oatmeal Chocolate Stout; and Mt. Holly By-Pass Brown. The stout was offered on traditional CO2 carbonation -- as well as on nitro -- and provided two totally distinct offerings of the very same beer! In the fermenters currently: the brewery's first IPA, brewed in response to many requests by customers; a dry Irish stout; a rye pale ale and a repeat performance by Bridgetown Blonde. The unique "main-street USA" brewery will be open on Fridays & Saturdays in January. Friday hours are 3-7 PM and Saturday noon-7 PM. Remember, Village Idiot Brewing Company beer is not available in any stores, just at the brewery! Make plans to stop by the 1.5 bbl brewery for a free tour and taste their beer in half-pints, pints, and 32-oz. growler fills. Swag? You betcha!
Carton Brewing Releasing Regular Coffee
A new small batch beer from Carton Brewing Company, Regular Coffee, will be released in their tasting room at noon on January 19th. Look for it in bars, restaurants, and growler filling stations starting January 20th.
Imperial Cream Ale
ABV: 12% | IBU: 20| SRM: 5
A Classic Jersey-ism is "regular coffee." Here when you order "regular coffee" at any place you trust to make a pork roll and cheese you get a paper cup of coffee with "milk and 2 sugars" rather than a "black coffee that hasn't had the caffeine removed." Acidic bitter coffee flattened by milk and sweetened; the perfect foil for the salty unctuous savor of breakfast on a roll. For their homage to Jersey's breakfast beverage, Carton teamed up with their neighbors at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters looking for an elevated version of classic plain coffee. They chose Mexican Chiapas for its bitterness akin to artichoke, roasting it a little darker than usual, along with Ethiopian Sidamo for its pleasant lemon-like acidity, which was pushed up through fermentation. They added this coffee blend to a high gravity golden cream ale, contributing their "milk and 2 sugars." Drink Regular Coffee because running over a black beer with coffee is no way to get to work.
Check out the Regular Coffee video!
- Maloney's Pub & Grill (119 Main Street, Matawan, NJ) January 9, 7pm. Join us at Maloney's Pub in Matawan for a Carton Night. We'll be bringing a whole lineup of beers, including Ship Wreck Porter. Be sure to stop by and say hello.
- The Shepherd and the Knucklehead (529 Belmont Ave, Haledon, NJ) January 16, 7pm. Grab a pint with us at The Shep for a brewer's night.
- Regular Coffee Release (Carton Brewing Tasting Room) January 19, 12pm. Tour our brewery and taste our newest small batch beer, Regular Coffee, Sunday 1/19/14 at noon.
- The Arlington (1302 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ) January 24, 7pm. Stop by The Arlington for a Carton Night in LBI. Four beers will be on tap along with a cask of Decoy on the hand pump. See you there.
Cluster DIPA Hitting Harvest Moon Tap
This week at Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe will see the Cluster DIPA on tap. Later in the month their New Zealand Triple (belgian style triple hopped exclusively with nelson Sauvin) and their nut brown ale will be released.
January's cask night will be Thursday, January 9th starting at 5:30 and will feature a double dry-hopped version of the Cluster DIPA.
Ramstein Ice Storm Eis Bock 2014 to Debut
On January 18thHigh Point Brewing Company will debut their Ramstein Ice Storm Eis Bock 2014. It is historically one of the highest rated Eis Bocks. The beer will be available at their Taproom from 1-4 PM for samples and growler fills.
On January 21 High Point beers will be served at The Cloverleaf Tavern (Caldwell, NJ) for the Birthday of NJ Craft Beer.
On January 25 High Point beers will be served at The 4th Annual International Great Beer Festival, Morristown, NJ
On January 29 is a promotion at NJ Bar and Grill in Mine Hill, NJ -- 4 beers on tap and one specialty from the wooden Barrel.
Celebrate Robbie Burns Day at Gaslight Brewery
Events at Gaslight Brewery:
- Thursday 1/16
Stone Night Featuring a Cask Conditioned Ruination IPA Oak Aged & Dry Hopped with Crystal Hops
- Saturday 1/25
Robbie Burns Day
Come celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, The Bard, with a special reading of Ode to a Haggis accompanied by Bag Pipes. Gaslight will have on tap their 80 Shilling Wee Heavy and will be serving a special Scottish menu.
Brewers Guild Welcomes Flounder Brewing
Craft brewing continues to grow in New Jersey, the Guild welcomes Flounder Brewing Company of Somerset County. Flounder Brewing Co. is New Jersey's smallest licensed brewery brewing one barrel batches at a time. Originally started by three obsessed home brewing brothers and their cousin, Flounder opened its doors to the public in late 2013 after years in planning. It is brewing on the weekends for now while the brewery works to grow organically, pint-by-pint.
Fill Your Flounder Growlers on Saturday, 12/21
Flounder Brewing Company will be open for growler fills on Saturday, 12/21 of their Hill Street Homey Ale and Murky Brown Ale. Tours are by reservation only via Facebook
Flounder just committed to their first festival which will be the big brewfest in Morristown on 2/15.
Village Idiot Now Licensed to Brew
Village Idiot Brewing Company received its Limited Brewery License from the state on December 5th! The date coincides with the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition and marks the return of a brewery to historic Mt. Holly! Plans for the opening are in the works. In the meantime, Vince and Rich are negotiating with industrious yeast in 4 fermentation vessels to see if they can expedite production...and Santa thinks he has labor problems with elves!
Two great pieces appeared the first week of December on New Jersey's newest brewery:
Watch their Facebook page for up-to-date news and info on opening!
Jack Daniel's Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale with Tart Cherries at Harvest Moon
This Thursday, December 12th is monthly cask night at Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe. This month's offering will be their Sinterklaas Belgian Winter Ale with Dates and Figs.
On Saturday December 14th they are tapping their Jack Daniel's Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale with Tart Cherries. In addition to this barrel aged beer Harvest Moon will be offering a cask conditioned version of their Sinterklaas Belgian Winter Ale with Cranberries, cask conditioned Full Moon Pale Ale Dry Hopped with Chinook Hops, Chocolate Vanilla Downtown Brown Ale and a Coffee IPA. The festivities start at noon.
Seasonal Releases from Cricket Hill
The Christmas season is upon us and along with it comes three of the very best seasonal beers from Cricket Hill! December every year sees their Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Porter and this year is one of their best ever. Aged in Heaven Hill barrels the 8% Imperial porter absorbs the flavor and balances perfectly! They have sold out already of course so look for it in the better stores (22oz. bottles) and draft. If you can't find any, come to the brewery--they kept a couple of cases in reserve! $12.00/bottle (and worth every penny).
While you are at the brewery try their very popular Black IPA, first batch sold out so their second batch is in the fermenters. This is available draft only so bring your growler or get one of theirs as a great Christmas gift!
Cricket Hill is also releasing their Jersey Devil Red Ale to hold all their friends through the cold winter months! This is available draft only but not yet in the taverns. Keep an eye out, it is being released next week in time for Santa!
Last but not least, Happy Birthday to Rick at Cricket Hill. 63 on the 17th! He will have a BBA Imperial Porter to celebrate!
Holiday News from Cape May Brewing
Winter might be settling in here at the South Jersey shore, but Cape May Brewing Company is as busy as ever! November brought two new beers, Mop Man's Mop Water, a 5-spiced ale and Paul's Bare Knuckle Imperial Stout, a blast-your-face-off big & hoppy 'Merican Imperial Stout, which got an extra boost from the addition of maple syrup. On the lighter side their Cranberry Wheat, undoubtedly one of their most popular seasonal beers, made its return to taps last month as well.
Next up in December is Brian's Geek Out Belgian Rye IPA, a recipe created and inspired by their own resident beer geek, utilizing trendy, experimental wine-like hops and finishing with a touch of white wine. Shortly after that South Jersey Secession Session Ale will debut, a quaffable and malt-heavy Scottish Ale. Look for the both in the Taproom and at bars carrying Cape May brews just before Christmas.
Down in the Taproom One-Off Wednesdays, their infusion series, will be going on all winter with a new release every week. Coming up is Apple Pie, followed by Peppermint Chocolate Stout and a New Year's Day Bloody Mary Beer.
Cape May Brewing recently acquired two new 30-barrel fermenters for the brew house, bringing their total capacity to 210 barrels. The extra production capability is especially helpful as they have doubled the amount of draft lines in the Taproom, allowing them to potentially feature 24 different beers on tap. You can also find them on tap at 6 new bars and restaurants in Atlantic County, plus 4 locations in the Cherry Hill area.
The Taproom is open year-round from 12-8 pm (closed Tuesdays) for tours, tastings and growlers fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, release dates, and events.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Cape May Brewing Co!
Flying Fish Extends Tour & Tasting Hours
Visitors can now check out the awesome beer keg Christmas tree as well as the new Flying Fish Brewing Company brewery on Wednesdays to Fridays from 3-8pm, Saturdays 12-6 and Sundays 12-4.
Ramstein Amber Lager Now in Six Packs
Another first at High Point Brewing Company... they have now packaged their Ramstein Amber Lager in six packs. This is the first time a non-wheat beer has been released by High Point Brewing in six packs. Their Amber Lager is 100 % German Barley, German Hops, Spring Water and Lager yeast. It is the year round sessionable version of our Oktoberfest. It is now available in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
On Saturday December 14th Mega Dry hopped Golden Lager from Firkin will be at High Point's tap room. They have added "fresh from the farm" German Tettnanger 2013 harvest hops to a keg of their Ramstein Golden Lager.
JJ Bitting has Rye Humor and More
JJ Bitting Brewing Company JJ Bitting is in full swing for the Holiday season. They have Rye Humor, an American Pale Ale brewed with 30% rye malt on tap, as well as Blackjack Oatmeal Stout and Woodbridge Winter Warmer, a malty brown ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and allspice.
Coming up for the new year they will have a Nut Brown Ale, Barley Legal Barleywine, and Chocolate Cherry Stout.
White Eagle Coffee Stout Cask at Krogh's
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, celebrates the holiday under their festive evergreen garland and white lights with an appropriate seasonal, their Christmas Ale! This will be followed by a Vanilla Porter. Their current cask is a White Eagle Coffee Stout brewed in collaboration with Greene's Beans Cafe at 31 Center Street in Sparta. They supplied Krogh's with their dark-roasted Indonesian Sulawesi Toraja White Eagle coffee, and Krogh's, in turn, added it to the brewing process. They look forward to another collaboration with Greene's Beans in January. Their next Cask will be a Double IPA. Please call ahead for availability at 973-729-8428. Cheers and Happy Holidays from Krogh's!
Brewers Guild Welcomes New Members
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.
Village Idiot Passing Tests
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!
Tuckahoe Introduces Two New Brews
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:
- They are open for Tours and Tastings all year long from 12-5 every Saturday.
- Dennis Creek Pale Ale 12oz. bottles and 6 packs are in stores now.
- Tuckahoe is brewing their Award Winning New Brighton Coffee Stout for the first time this season this week and it will be in bars around November 22nd.
Flying Fish OktoberFish Nabs Silver medal at Great American Beer Festival, Contributions to Sandy Storm Relief Now at $75,000
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 Beaulah's Pumpkin Ale Now on Tap
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 Dealing Blackjack
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.
New Tap Room Open at Cricket Hill
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!
Galactic Amber Lands at Harvest Moon
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.
350th Anniversary of New Jersey Celebrated with Flying Fish NJ350
To honor the upcoming 350th Anniversary of the state of New Jersey, Flying Fish Brewing Company, the largest brewery built in the state since prohibition, will brew a commemorative beer named NJ350 Anniversary Ale. NJ350 will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft at bars, restaurants and retail stores throughout the state beginning in early 2014.
"We're Jersey proud and very excited to be part of the official NJ350 celebration. For this momentous brew, we'd like input from Jersey beer lovers to suggest ideas for the recipe," says founder Gene Muller, who has been crafting beer in the state since 1995.
Over the next few months, leading up to the NJ350 brew in February 2014, Flying Fish would like to invite New Jersey beer lovers to help them determine NJ350's style and ingredients by posting suggestions to Flying Fish's Facebook page.
NJ350 will join Flying Fish's other Garden State tribute beers, including Forever Unloved (F.U.) Sandy and the popular Exit Series. F.U. Sandy, a hybrid wheat-pale ale, raised more than $70,000 for the victims of the storm-ravaged Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy, and the on-going Exit Series highlights a distinctive aspect of each exit on the New Jersey Turnpike through the ingredients in the brew.
Krogh's Taps Oktoberfest
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta, has their Oktoberfest on tap right now! Brewed in the style of German Marzenbier, this is a full-bodied, rich, toasty, dark copper in color beer with a malty flavor. It has a well-balanced hop bitterness and a clean, dry finish. Following their Oktoberfest is a Pumpkin Ale. Their current Cask Conditioned Ale is a Milk Stout, but don't let the name fool you as there is no "milk" in it; the addition of lactose makes this a sweet stout. Following this cask will be a Simcoe Pale Ale. Please call ahead to check on specific availability at 973-729-8428!
Pumpkin Ale with Maple Syrup Cask Night at Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe is getting back on track after a number of equipment issues and street closures that occurred in the beginning of September. They will be adding 3 new beers this week: their Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest and Full Moon Pale Ale. A fresh batch of Citra DIPA will be out the second week of the month, followed the next week by an Imperial Coffee Porter, brewed with locally roasted coffee from OQ Coffee. The end of the month should see the release of their Galactic Amber Ale; an American amber ale dry hopped with Galaxy hops from Australia.
October's cask night will be held on Thursday, October 10 and will feature their Pumpkin Ale with maple syrup. First pour is at 5:30.
Cricket Hill Fall Festivus is Among Us
The Cricket Hill Fall seasonal "Fall Festivus" has hit the shelves! They drew upon the round sweetness of their American Pale Ale and the robustness of their IPA for a Fall beer that offers a full range of flavors in each glass. Crisp and savory, like a deep breath of Autumn air...filled with the aroma of the fresh Fall hop harvest! (6.5 ABV)
The Winter release "Nocturne Chocolate Ale" is coming in November and the Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels are filled with their Imperial Porter....just waiting for the holidays!
Carton Restocked with Boat Beer
Carton Brewing was visited by Iron Heart Mobile Canning at the beginning of the month and their fridge in the tasting room is now restocked with Boat Beer. Boat Beer is available for take-away purchase in 16 oz. cans in the tasting room during regular tour hours only: Thurs/Friday 5-7:30 and Sat/Sunday noon until 5pm. The cans are $12 a 4 pack and $60 a case with a maximum of two cases per person per day.
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