Third State Joins the Brewing Revolution
New Jersey, known as the "Crossroads of the Revolution" was the third former colony to ratify the Constitution of the United States of America. Third State Brewing is now at the "Crossroads of a Brewing Revolution" as the newest addition to the growing craft beer industry in Burlington and Camden Counties. Located at 352 High Street in the Historic District of Burlington City, they have received all required approvals and have started production. The 7-barrel brew house and tasting room is targeting a mid-May opening.
Cape May Brewing Makes Everything Alright with Gordon Ramsay
Cape May Brewing Company was pretty excited last month when, at the grand opening of his eponymous pub and grill in Atlantic City, culinary hero/villain Gordon Ramsay tapped a CMBC firkin before calling the SOJO beer inside "very beautiful," and saying that "after a long day in the kitchen, that stuff makes everything alright."
But this month brings the excitement level even higher.
"On a scale of 1-10, we're at purple," says President Ryan Krill.
That's because May 8th will mark the official opening of CMBC's second location, a 15,000 square foot warehouse at Cape May Airport that's been under renovation for over a year. State senators, assemblymen, dignitaries and young entrepreneurs will participate in the much-anticipated ribbon cutting.
"We used to fantasize about this event back when the brewery was just a concept," says President Ryan Krill. "We wondered what it would be like to have people caring about us and our expansion moves. Now that it's come to fruition, we fantasize about taking it to the next level."
In the meantime, the boys behind the beer are busy brewing in both a 15-barrel and 30-barrel system, shipping to 300 accounts throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and maintaining their tasting room's calling card: greatest selection in the state.
Seasonal additions to the menu include The Bog, a cranberry wheat shandy that Lead Brewer Brian Hink calls "uber-drinkable;" The Blonde, a Kolsch-like brew with clean bitterness and strong yeast character; and Sophisticated Lady, a citrusy, snappy and thirst-quenching summer favorite.
Fore more information, check out CMBC's blog -- Straight to the Pint -- or visit capemaybrewery.com.
Become a Brewer for a Day at Krogh's
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub at 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta is sponsoring a "Become a Brewer for a Day" contest for American Craft Beer Week (5/11-5/17/15). Just pop into Krogh's from now until May 14 and ask for an entry ticket. No purchase is necessary to enter, but you must be 21 or older. A winner will be selected at random on Friday, May 15. One does not need to be present to win. Winner will be notified and then arrangements to brew at Krogh's will be planned out! Next piece of news is that their cask conditioned ales will conclude at the end of May for the season, but not before releasing an IPA Cask and a Jewish Rye IPA Cask! The Jewish Rye IPA Cask is dry-hopped with toasted caraway seeds. The seasonal beers Krogh's is offering in May are a Maibock, a malty spring lager, light amber in color with a lingering white head, as well as a Rye IPA. Cheer! And please call ahead for specific availability (973) 729-8428 or check their website.
Departed Soles is Licensed to Brew
Departed Soles Brewing Company is officially licensed and scheduled to brew their first commercial batches of beer in the first week of May! While the first few batches will only be served in the brewery's tasting room, distribution around Hudson County and Central New Jersey will follow shortly thereafter. The brewery has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to help purchase a few pieces of equipment needed to ensure the beer that we do eventually distribute is done so in the best, most consistent manner possible.
Flounder Growler Filling on Friday, May 22nd
Get those growlers filled with Flounder Brewing beer on May 22nd just in time for Memorial Day! The guys will be filling Hill Street Honey, Saison du Flounder, and the last of their coveted Espresso Brown for the year (it will be back next January!). Also there will be some pilot batch surprise tastings!
Village Idiot Brewing Summer Seasonals
Village Idiot Brewing Company will be brewing some summer seasonals including their popular Walter White Wit and Summer Wind, a refreshing ale brewed with lemongrass and grains of paradise. The addition of a new keg cooler will give more opportunities to produce creative one-offs like recently released Mango-Ginger Tripel and Ruby Red Grapefruit-infused Saison. They will also be on the Battleship NJ in June with other members of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild with three offerings. Crolwers have been a big hit among customers and the 32 oz. aluminum cans that are filled & sealed fresh to order is the perfect vessel to transport and enjoy Village Idiot Brewing Company beer on the beach!
Flying Fish Big Bottle Releases
Coming your way this month are 750 ml bottles of Flying Fish Pescado Rojo, a hoppy red ale aged in Cuervo 100% Agave Tradicional tequila barrels. These barrels were shipping from Mexico. The brewery then aged and dry hopped the beer in the barrels. They were then shipped back to Cuervo where Tradicional tequila is being aged in them and will be released in the June/July time frame. Pescado Rojo just started shipping to NJ retailers. There are less than 300 cases so it will be gone pretty quickly. A limited number of bottles is also available at the brewery.
NJ 351 is a bourbon barrel aged version of NJ350, brewed last year to commemorate NJ's 350 anniversary. The fresh Breckenridge bourbon barrels impart a distinctive character to the beer as well as draws out the molasses character of the original version. This extremely limited run of approximately 100 cases is only available for sale at the brewery during Wednesday-Sunday tasting room hours.
Demented in Operation, Tasting Room Soon
Demented Brewing Company has obtained a temporary authorization permit from the ABC to operate. They have begun production and are distributing their flagship DIPA, Double Dementia, throughout Middlesex County. They are adding new accounts daily so check their web site frequently for their latest distribution map. They have also received approval from the Middlesex Boro Planning Board to operate their tasting room. Construction will begin soon and they anticipate a late June opening.
Sim-Notic Imperial IPA Rolling Out from Cricket Hill
Third time's a charm! Cricket Hill Brewery is proud to announce the release of their 3rd small batch of 2015, Sim-Notic Imperial IPA! Massive amounts of Simcoe hops and specialty grains combine for a unique blend of malt sweetness and big hop bitterness. Rich in color and full of flavor, SIM-NOTIC is a hophead's dream! 8.2 ABV, 71.4 IBU.
Visit Cricket Hill on May 7th - 9th during tasting hours (Thursday/Friday 4 -7 PM and Saturday 12 -4 PM) to enjoy this hoppy brew! Bring your growler or buy one on site and be the first to take home this limited release beer and impress your friends! While you're here, make sure to check out the beer available on our 11 other taps in the Tasting Room, including several only available at the brewery!
Other regional events for May:
- May 5th - Tap Takeover at 381 Main Bar & Grill in Little Falls, NJ
- May 7th - Beer Tasting at Red, White and Brew in Mt. Holly, NJ
- May 8th
Tap Takeover at Uno's Pizzeria & Grill in Deptford, NJ
Tap Takeover at Roger Wilco in Pennsauken, NJ.
- May 9th - Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on the Sussex County Fairgrounds
- May 13th - 10 Tap Takeover at Taphouse Grille in Wayne, NJ 6 - 9 PM
- May 14th - Beer Tasting Class at Total Wines & More in River Edge, NJ
- May 15th - Tasting at Gary's Wine and Marketplace in Wayne, NJ
- May 16th - Sea Isle Beer and Rock Fest held in Sea Isle City, NJ
- May 21st - Food & Beer Tasting at Shannon Rose in Clifton, NJ
- May 23rd - Craft Beer Boogaloo
- May 28th - Food & Beer Tasting at Shannon Rose in Ramsey, NJ
- May 30th
Brewfest on the Farm, Pennings Farm, Warwick, NY
International Great Beer Expo in Philadelphia, PA
Boots, Brews and BBQs Festival at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ
NYC Craft Beer Festival at Pier 15 in NYC
Ramstein Brewhaus Tour and Release of Summer Bock
Ramstein Summer Bock is brilliantly gold with 6.7% ABV, rich in
flavor from German pale barley, and it has a moderate noble hop character
with a subtle spicy quality from hops and alcohol. It will be available
by draft only at the Ramstein Brewhaus or other select locations. Greg
Zaccardi, the owner of High Point Brewing Company, will also be presenting the attending guests a tour of the Ramstein Brewhaus.
TIME AND DATE: Saturday, June 13th from 2:00 PM 5:00 PM. The tour of
the brewhaus will be given approximately at 3:00 PM.
LOCATION: Ramstein Summer Bock will be available by draft only at the
Ramstein Brewhaus located at, 22 Park Place, Butler, NJ 07405 or on tap at
This seasonal beer is brewed only once a year to celebrate the
beginning of the Summer season. Stay up-to-date on the most current news involving the
Release and Guided Tour of Summer Bock on our Facebook, Twitter, and
Instagram accounts. Also be sure to check out our recently updated
Website! The Ramstein tasting room and gift shop
will closed on July 4.
River Horse Farmhouse Saison Now Seasonal
River Horse Farmhouse Saison has been upgraded to a seasonal and has just been released! The latest Brewer's Reserve, a Belgian-style White ale, also came out at the end of April. These great beers are available in bottles and on draft. They are for sale at the brewery and will also be sent out through distribution. You can also come by the brewery and try them on our weekend tours. The gift shop is open for merchandise and take out beer Friday through Sunday, 12-5pm and tours run every Saturday and Sunday.
River Horse Beer fests for this month include the Big Jersey BBQ at Mercer County Park on the 9th, an MS Charity event at World of Beer in New Brunswick on the 13th, and America on Tap in Sea Isle City, NJ on the 16th. On May 30th River Horse is competing with Yards at the Food Truck MashUp at New Meadowlands Racetrack, and will also be attending the Boots, Brews, and BBQ's fest at Six Flags Great Adventure. Philly Beer Week kicks off on May 29th and River Horse has some exciting events planned for that as well. It's going to be a busy month with lots of exciting events going on!
New Barrels for Spellbound
Spellbound Brewing has ordered two 40 barrel fermenters and a 40 barrel brite tank. The tanks manufactured by premier stainless and are due in late June.
Spellbound just released their new website in april. The tasting room tap list will stay updated as new beers are added.
On August 1st, Spellbound will host the first annual "Spellbound Century" bike ride for charity. The inaugural ride benefits the Mount Holly parks & rec Bike/Walking path trail project. There are four routes to choose from: 25, 45, 63, and 100 miles. The ride begins and ends at the brewery. Registration is through the website events page.
Spellbound's Peach Ipa has graduated from pilot only tasting room up to larger scale production. Distribution is limited. Look for it in bars & restaurants in Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean County.
Harvest Moon Releases Maibock Lager
Harvest Moon's newest seasonal is their Maibock lager and it's currently on tap. Next up will be a new amber ale available later in the month. The brewery will host its monthly cask night on Thursday May 14th. The special American Craft Beer Week cask will be an Imperial Stout with cacao nibs and vanilla beans. Friday May 15th they will kick off their Funky Flavor Fridays. Every Friday throughout the summer while the Berliner Weisse is on tap, Harvest Moon will offer a special keg of Berliner Weisse with exotic or unusual fruits, herbs, spices or other ingredients. People are encouraged to follow them on social media for the upcoming selections.
Angry Erik Celebrates the Great Outdoors
Way up in Sussex County, Angry Erik Brewing finds this time of year synonymous with hiking, biking & being outdoors! So to celebrate these outdoor activities, Angry Erik Brewing is releasing their Seasonal hiking refresher: the Paulinskill Pale Ale, brewed with lemongrass -- crisp, refreshing and intriguing with a pineapple/lemon aroma and flavor and a hint of peppercorn bitterness in the finish. AND to make it easier to enjoy this ale on the trails or beaches, a new line of branded merchandise will also be available: sleek, streamlined insulated & non-insulated stainless steel grunts for your travels, as well as grunt/growler carriers -- versatile enough that you can even pack a lunch with your beer! Also try the Elderflower Blonde: The Dainty Viking a delightful Summer ale with so much personality that it has it's very own t-shirt logo!!
Little Dog to Host SPCA Benefit
Little Dog Brewing Company will host DuckBoy Day(s), to benefit the Monmouth County SPCA, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, May 16 & 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 17. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of flights, and pints, growlers and bottles of DuckBoy Pale Ale will help support the SPCA. Reservations are suggested for tours only. For more information, visit their website.
Gaslight Tapping Abbey Normal on Saturday, May 16
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant with the tapping of Abbey Normal on Saturday, May 16. There will be a special price on Growler fills and give aways. There will be viewings of Young Frankenstein all day.
The Antegator Burger from Gaslight has won another award! Voted 3rd Best Burger in Essex County by Suburban Essex Magazine! Antelope, Alligator, Ribeye & Pork are ground together and formed into a patty. It's grilled to perfection and topped with shredded Napa Cabbage, Jalapeno Bottle Caps, Chipotle Aioli, Smoked Mozzarella, French Fried Onions & House Made Brown Sugar Bacon. Served with toasted garlic fries & a house made pickle.
Busy May for Tuckahoe
Join Tuckahoe Brewing Company at:
- Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival
Saturday, May 9th
- Hand Crafted at The Perkins Center
Saturday, May 16th
- Hop Sauce
Craft Beer & Spice
Long Beach Island NJ
Saturday, May 30th
- Boots,Brews & BBQ
Saturday, May 30th
Tasting Room Expansion Continues at Cricket Hill
The upgrades to the Cricket Hill tasting room continue. First, they expanded the beer taps from 6 to 12 beers on-tap, so visitors can enjoy a broad selection of their fine brews during tours. Now they are adding barn board to the bottom of the walls and will be painting the top in a green color to provide a wonderful visit experience.
After many years of service, the Cricket Hill boiler badly needed to be replaced. A boiler is a key piece of equipment at any brewery and is used to brew beer, clean tanks and kegs, and many other daily tasks. With a new state-of-the art steam system, their production will be more efficient and allow Cricket Hill to make more beer and enter new sales markets.
P.S. If you take their t-shirts, glass wear or bottled beer on vacation with you this spring break, make sure to tag them on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @CricketHillNJ) or send a photo! #ShowUsYourCH!
This April Cricket Hill releases their long waited for and much beloved Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale! Brewed with the best quality malts and fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast that imparts a tangy fruit and clove taste. This ale is as at home with bacon and eggs as it is with your backyard barbecue. The Abbey Monks would love this beer! 5.0% ABV 19.5 IBU
Look for limited edition Jersey Summer t-shirts for sale at the brewery this spring! Follow them on Faceook to see when they'll be available!
- Tuesday, April 7th – Rangers vs. Devils Craft Beer Face-off at the Prudential Center in Newark! A classic rivalry... New York vs. New Jersey beers (oh yeah and there's some hockey teams playing that night too)
- Saturday, April 11th - Cricket Hill proudly supports the Philly Roller Girls! Their first home game will be held at the Class of 1923 Arena at 6pm in Philadelphia.
- Saturday, April 18th - Tap Takeover at the NJ Bar & Grill in Mine Hill NJ 2 - 5 PM
- Saturday, April 25th – Join the County of Bergen and Hackensack Riverkeeper in celebrating the beauty of our Earth, the importance of clean water and a healthy environment at the 2nd Annual Earth Fest Overpeck. Recycled regatta, fishing derby, live music, children's activities, green vendors and A BEER GARDEN!
- Monday, April 27th - We will be at the Taste of Morris being held at The Skylands in Randolph, NJ
Say Hello to Ramstein Barley Wine
On Saturday, April 11th Ramstein Brewing will be debuting their first ever Ramstein Barley Wine. This Beer is 9.5% Abv. and is dry hopped with Mandarina Barvaria and Cascade hops. It will be sold exclusively at the Ramstein Brewhaus and will only be available for growler fills and in sixtels.
On Saturday April 11, Ramstein Beer will be served at the Kinnelon PBA 4th Annual Beefsteak, which will be held at the Roman Catholic Church on Miller Road in Kinnelon. The event starts at 7:00 PM and will be catered by The Brownstone. There will be a tricky tray, music, and a 50/50 raffle.
On April 25th and 26th (Saturday and Sunday) Ramstein will be served at the Tap New York Craft Beer Festival located at Hunter Mountain in the Great Northern Catskills. On Saturday, we will be there from 1 PM- 5 PM, and on Sunday we will be there from 12 Noon 4 PM. This is a great opportunity for beer makers and enthusiasts to come together and drink beer.
On Monday, May 4th, Ramstein Beer will be served at the Pig and Prince Restaurant located in Montclair, NJ for a fundraiser event.
Ramstein's Double Platinum Blonde was mentioned on Men's Journal as one of the Best 101 Beers in America.
River Horse to Debut Summer Blonde in a Can
It's Summer Blonde season! Your favorite warm weather hippo is back, and will be available in cans for this first time this year. River Horse Brewing Company is pairing up with Cape May Lewes Ferry on April 10th for a great beer dinner, and will then be at America On Tap in Robbinsville, NJ and the Reading Craft Beer Festival in Reading, PA on the 18th. They will have a specialty cask at the Yards Real Ale Fest on the 19th. April 25th is full of great events with McCooles Red Lion Beer Fest and the Cottman Craft Beer Fest in PA that day. We will cap off the month with a Brewer's Dinner at The Fiddler's Elbow on the 29th.
Keep an eye out for weekly specials in the River Horse gift shop, plus a variety of casks, new merchandise, and their usual weekend brewery tours. The gift shop is open for merchandise and take out beer Friday through Sunday, 12-5pm.
Peoples Choice Award for Cape May Brewing
After its cross-country journey, the new 30-barrel brewhouse for Cape May Brewing Company has been installed, and it's the piece de resistance to the operation's much-anticipated expansion into a second location, a 15,000 square-foot warehouse that's been under renovation for over a year. This brings CMBC's production brewery count up to two, both located in the industrial complex of the Cape May Airport. There will be a ribbon cutting for the new space in early May, when legislators and members of the press will take a gander at the gleaming, three-vessel system that, in its first year, will produce up to 15,000 barrels of tasty beer.
Speaking of tasty beer, March was the month of awards for CMB recipes. Out of 150 breweries on site, and thanks to 25,000 patrons, CMB took home the People's Choice Award at the 10th Annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. Said one event-goer, explaining his non-surprise: "These brews are sensual and erotic." Said festival organizer Jon Henderson: "Jersey's coming out with some good freaking beer... and Cape May is producing consistently good styles." CMB also took home the Jersey Brewery of the Year Award from the New York International Beer Competition, where our refreshing Berliner Weisse, Tower 23, won for German-style sour ale of the year. And from the World Beer Championships, CMB brews swept five medals: a bronze for the South Jersey Secession Session; a silver each for the Mop Water Ale, Biscuits and Honey ESB, and Coastal Evacuation Double IPA; and a Gold for the easy-drinking Blonde.
Coming up, you'll have a chance to try some of these award-winning styles at beer pairing dinners throughout south Jersey. We've still got four left to go this month, beginning with the four-course, masterpiece of a meal being dished up by the casually elegant Coastal Blue restaurant at Diamond Beach (5pm on April 11). For details on the oh-so savory menu (think fresh sea scallops, crispy pork belly and boneless beef shortrib with smoked bacon glaze), or for info on any of the other events CMB has on tap this month, click here.
Finally, fearless CMB leader Ryan Krill, President of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will be rolling out the association's kickass new website shortly. Stay tuned.
Saison du Flounder in Craft Beer Face-Off
Flounder Brewing Company will be opening up at the end of April for some growler fill days -- check out their Facebook page for more details. Flounder Brewing's Saison du Flounder will also be at the Prudential Center on April 7th for the NJ/NY Craft Beer Face-Off at the Devils vs. Ranger's Game. You can order tickets online. In the meantime Flounder Brewing is brewing up inventory for May and June and working on some new pilot batches.
Tuckahoe Fostering the Funk
Keep an eye out for the first release in a new series of beers from Tuckahoe Brewing Company called Foster the Funk. Their brewers have a strong passion for unique fermentation characteristics. The world of wild yeast and bacteria can produce some of the most flavorful, intense, intricate, and complex flavors and smells, but it can also produce some of the most nuanced, subtle, and gentle profiles. With their Foster the Funk series, Tuckahoe will take everyone on a journey of the endless possibilities that sour, funky, and wild beers can provide. They have been working on pilot batches, testing a variety of mixed cultures, and profiling different fermentation and aging characteristics for quite some time. Soon, Tuckahoe will be able to begin to release and serve some of these beers that they enjoy so much.
Australasia Double IPA for Harvest Moon Cask Night
Harvest Moon Brewery will be hosting their monthly cask night on Thursday April 9th @ 5:30pm. April's cask will be Australasia Double IPA with Mosaic hops.
Later in the month, a new Amber Ale will be hitting the Harvest Moon taps along with Sturgis Pop's Double IPA. Sturgis Pop's is brewed every April to commemorate the passing of Chef Tank's father. This year's first batch of Berliner Weisse will be hitting the taps near the end of the month as well. They will again be offering a rotating selection of house-made syrups for the Berliner Weisse.
Pi to Sponsor 2015 Tour of Somerville Bike Race
Pi Brewing Company just finalized a deal to be a craft brew sponsor of the 2015 Tour of Somerville bike race! On Monday, May 25th, the Pi Brewing Company John Chiselko Category 2 Race will be held in Somerville, NJ.
New Jersey Beer Co. Busy in April
New Jersey Beer Company has many events lined up for April:
- April 3 - Buffalo Wild Wings (Brick)
- April 7 - Prudential Center - NY vs NJ beer faceoff
- April 9 - Buffalo Wild Wings (New Brunswick)
- April 23 - End of Elm (Morristown)
- April 24 - MJ's (Tinton Falls)
- April 30 - Corner Bar (Pilesgrove)
Join Gaslight for Game of Thrones Premiere
Gaslight Brewing Company has lots of goodies on tap this month:
- Eliminator Honey Double Mai Bock
- Pinhead Pilsner
- Hopfest American I.P.A.
- Bison Brown Ale
- Enkel Biter Belgian Single
- Quad-Rotor Belgian Quadrupel
- Oatmeal Stout
Upcoming Gaslight Beers:
- Big Dog Porter
- Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad-Rotor
- Abbey Normal Belgian Double
To celebrate the new season of Game of Thrones premiering on Sunday, April 12 Gaslight will have 4 of the Game of Thrones beer on tap:
A very special night for a much anticipated return.
Krogh's Rolling Out Wee Heavy Cask
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub at 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta welcomes April with two Casks and one Seasonal. The casks are a Kilt Lifter Wee Heavy and a Stickebier. The Wee Heavy Cask (wee meaning small as in amount served and heavy meaning a high alcohol content) is a copper-colored Scottish ale that is sweet with a complex malt character. This cask has caramel notes and rum barrel spiciness from aging in oak Caribbean rum barrels. It also has a warm alcohol presence at 9.2% AbV. The Stickebier Cask is malty and full-bodied with a relatively high alcohol content. Stickebier is German slang for "secret brew." Krogh's April Seasonal on tap will be an Altbier. "Alt" refers to the old-style of brewing; this is a clean and relatively bitter beer balanced by malt character. Please call ahead for specific availability (973) 729-8428 or check their website.
Screamin' Hill Brewery Springs Towards Opening
Last week Screamin' Hill Brewery received their certificate of occupancy and their state liquor license. They are currently setting up their system and hope to be brewing in the next few weeks. They are looking forward to a spring opening!
Angry Erik Expands Distribution
Angry Erik Brewing is now on tap in Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren, Passaic and Bergen Counties! After celebrating a successful one year Anniversary in February, Angry Erik Brewing has made the leap to distribute outside of Sussex & Morris counties. New places to get your Angry Erik beer include Gnarly Brews in Phillipsburg, New York Wing Factory in Fort Lee NJ, The Stirling Hotel in Stirling, NJ & Nik's Wunderbar in Whitehouse Station!
Tickets Available Now for Garden State Craft Brewers Guild 19th Annual Beer Festival
Order tickets online for the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild 19th Annual Beer Festival, Saturday, June 27at 12:30pm - 4:30pm on the Battleship New Jersey. Our biggest turnout yet--20+ NJ Breweries. Music by Cabin Dogs. Food for purchase. Ticket includes free self-guided tour of battleship and collectible glass. VIP tickets get in one hour early and allow you to try a range of special beers that may run out before main session starts.
Spellbound, New Jersey Craft Beer and More Collaborate on Brew
Spellbound Brewing together with New Jersey Craft Beer and 13 breweries/homebrew shops has brewed a belgian tripel with New Jersey wildflower honey. The following were involved in the process:
- Bolero Snort who helped with the honey delivery.
- Conclave Brewing came during the brew day gave input on the recipe.
- Departed Soles moral support during the brew day input on the recipe and creative writing.
- Flounder helped with the recipe process and the socialization through the NJ Brewers Guild.
- Flying Fish who helping with the delivery of honey.
- Harvest Moon hosted last year and helped with the recipe process. Kyle will also be at the NJCB booth to answer any brewing questions.
- Iron Hill helped with yeast procurement and delivery of the Trappist Ale yeast
- love2brew will be compiling the recipe for sale after the release and at ACBF to talk beer.
- Melovino Meadery helped with the local NJ honey sourcing
- Pinelands Brewing helped with the recipe.
- Tuckahoe Brewing helped with the recipe.
- Two Ton Brewing helped with the recipe.
- Village Idiot Brewing came during brew day and helped with the recipe
Here is the plan with the beer, there will be a party at Wingcraft in AC to kickoff the ACBF weekend. The party is at 7PM on Thursday, March 19. They will have the collaboration on tap as well as all New Jersey beer filling up the lines. The party is open to the general public and they are encouraging NJCB Member to come on to AC and hang out and kickoff the great weekend.
The following day starts the ACBF and they will have 1 sixtel per session at the Spellbound booth located next to our table. This beer will be limited to NJCB Members for sampling. Come by the booth anytime and get a sample but you will need to show your 2015 Membership. NJCB be next door selling Memberships and more.
Then, well, the beer will be flowing around through Spellbound...
Cape May Brewing Nears Completion on Major New Expansion
Cape May Brewing Company is approaching the entire month of March more lion than lamb. CMB's new building at the Cape May Airport looked like something out of The Walking Dead when renovations began a little over a year ago. The 15,000-square-foot space, which used to house a wallpaper-swatch company, had been sitting vacant for over a decade. But now, a one-million-dollar renovation is nearly complete and the final piece -- a spanking new 30-barrel, three-vessel brew house -- is on the way. It's a thing of beauty, and quite the far cry from CMB's original, 12-gallon pilot apparatus. Keep your ears open about a ribbon cutting happening sometime in April. No zombies, we promise.
In the meantime, CMB is moving full-steam (full-brew?) ahead with their current set-up -- they're in the midst of a six-new-beers-in-six-weeks series, a schedule which includes several anticipated spring releases. On March 4th, the Vienna-style lager Bringing Sexy Bock made it's sexy return to the tasting room. On March 12th, Justin's NIU Toasted Coconut IPA -- brewed with 40 pounds of organic hand-toasted coconut -- will also be available. Beginning March 19th, look for the Take Five Session IPA, which Brew Master Brian Hink has been dreaming up for over a year. Then there's the Cape May Saison, blended with coriander and sweet orange peel, coming at you on March 26th. Also out this month is the Corrosion Sour IPA (CMB is still the only one in the state making sours and this one, with its HUGE nose of citrus, is a HUGE reason to give the genre a try.) Last but not least, there's Tower 23, a Berliner Weisse named for a local World War II lookout tower. It's tart and refreshing with almost no hop bitterness, so "lookout" for great taste (sorry).
Cape May Brewery will be pouring at both the Philly Craft Beer Festival on March 7th at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, and the AC Beer and Music Fest on March 20th and 21st at Atlantic City's Convention Center. Be there or be thirsty. They'll also be taking over taps at The Ugly Mug in Cape May on March 12th. Live entertainment, great burgers, six craft beers. Boom.
Flounder the People's Choice at Morristown
Flounder Brewing Company was proud to win for the third time in a row the People's Choice Award at the Morristown Big Brew Beerfest for their Espresso Brown! Flounder Brewing is gearing up for Beer on the Boards in Point Pleasant on March 28th while filling their new fermenters that are finally on-line. They hope mid-Spring to get the tasting room back open!
First Double Wit from Cricket Hill
Cricket Hill has brewed their very first Double Wit! They have produced a real gem in their limited edition Small Batch series! At 7.0 ABV, this bigger Belgian Wit explodes with citrus flavors. With a medium body and lots of flavor this brew releases a beautiful aroma of coriander, banana, orange and wheat and 20 IBUs. Once again Cricket Hill lives up to its reputation of very flavorful and classically designed beers. Follow them on Facebook for the official announcement when this will be served, but expect it around mid March!
As another true sign of the end of winter --- Cricket Hill is already brewing Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale! Their schedule calls for 8 batches of this wonderful beer to be brewed during March. Look for it at Atlantic City brewfest.
- Saturday March 7th - The Beer Fest season officially begins with one of the original shows at the Philly Craft Beer Festival held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Be there or be square!
- Saturday March 7th - Albany Winter Brewfest featuring 100% craft beers!
- Saturday March 20th and Sunday March 21st - Atlantic City Beer and Music Fest, the largest New Jersey beer fest! With a session on Friday Night and 2 on Saturday, this show claims 25,000 patrons will attend between all 3 sessions at the Convention Center in Atlantic City! Mind boggling but a real blast!
- Saturday March 28th - Come down the shore for the Beer on the Boards Beerfest at Martell's Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant!
- Monday March 30th - Taste of Essex held at the Manor in West Orange
River Horse at Philadelphia Craft Beer Festival and More
March is a busy month at River Horse Brewing Company, starting out with the Philly Craft Beer Fest on the Saturday the 7th and The Brewer's Plate at the Kimmel Center on the 8th. There is another Friday the Firkinteenth at The Grey Lodge Pub this month. River Horse will be pouring at the NYC Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Ave Armory on the 13th and 14th. Last, but not least, River Horse will be attending the 10th Annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival on March 20th and 21st.
The next River Horse in-house event is another Barrel Aged beer release on Friday, March 27th from 7-10 pm. They will be releasing their Baltic Porter Aged in Peruvian Rum Barrels that entire weekend. Additional information about all of their 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.
Man Skirt Brewing Kickstarts New Tasting Room
There is some excitement at Man Skirt Brewing. Their 7bbl electric system from Stout Tanks has been delivered and they are running a Kickstarter to help fund their tasting room. View their Kickstarter page to find out more!
Village Idiot Experimenting with New Yeasts
With 2015 nearly a quarter of the way through already, it's truly been a Happy New Year of Happy New Yeasts at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly! The inclusion of several new yeast strains into the brewery's repertoire has yielded great results and the proof is in the beer. VIBC's Chief Brewing Officer, Vince Masciandaro, explains: "We've tried new yeasts on some fan favs with great results," he says. "Our popular Belgian-style tripel is more to style, for instance. It's also allowed us to introduce several new continental beers into our lineup -- a Bavarian Dunkelweisen and a Belgian Dubbel, for instance. We just finished brewing a wit-style beer which, hopefully, will signal the coming of warmer weather."
Village Idiot Brewing Company's beers are only available at their "Main-street" brewery and tasting room located on High Street in Mt. Holly. They also are one of the few places in the country to offer customers a Crowler® -- a hybrid aluminum-can/beer growler for beer to go! Watch them pour their fresh beer into the 32 oz. can and seal it -- right before your eyes. Crowlers® keep beer fresher longer than traditional glass growlers allowing you to enjoy seasonal styles, well, in different seasons! Stop by and grab some to go today!
Backward Flag Brewing Secures Location
Backward Flag Brewing has secured a location in Forked River, NJ. Drainage and electrical work should be finished by the end of March. They are shooting for an end of summer '15 opening.
Oceanus Procellarum Available from Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon Brewery still has a limited number of bottles of OCEANUS PROCELLARUM, their Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and a blend of 5 different chili peppers. They will also have the beer on draft for a limited time!
Scheduled to hit the Harvest Moon taps this month is the Paddy's Irish Stout, Saison and a Blood Orange Wit.
March's cask night will be held on Thursday, March 12th at 5:30 and will feature Irish Coffee Stout, their Paddy's Irish Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and Jameson soaked oak chips.
Tuckahoe Brewing Releasing Marshallville Wit
Look for six packs of Marshallville Wit from Tuckahoe Brewing Company. Marshallville Wit is a Belgian witbier brewed with white wheat, Pilsen and Aromatic malts, Hallertau hops, coriander, Seeds of Paradise, and a unique Belgian yeast strain combining to create a flavor profile characterized by clove, pepper, and citrus. Coming in April!
Upcoming events for Tuckahoe include the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival on March 20-21 and Beer on the Boards at Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant NJ on Saturday, March 28th.
Departed Soles Gaining Traction
Departed Soles Brewing Company has received their brewing equipment and it is all set up in place with the glycol and steam being run this week. Their landlord is hopeful that their build out will be done by the end of next week (which we all know means a month from now at least), so they will hopefully be brewing pretty soon!
Ramsteins Maibock Release on Saturday March 14
High Point Brewing will release Ramsteins Maibock on Saturday, March 14 from 1-5 PM. A tour of the brewhaus will be given at 3 PM. Ramsteins Maibock is a rich amber bock that is brewed with Vienna and Munich malts. Lager yeast ferments this beer to create a malty
character with a hint of caramel toffee aroma. This beer was selected as
one of the best 100 beers in the world by Mens Journal Magazine in 2014. It was also awarded a Silver medal by TAP NY in 2004, and it contains 7.5% ABV. Maibock will be available for growler fill and by glass in their taproom. Greg Zaccardi, the owner of High Point Brewing Company, will also be presenting the attending guests a tour of the Ramstein brewhaus.
Brewers Guild Continues Growth
The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild would like to welcome their newest brewery member Lunacy Brewing out of Magnolia as well as brewery-in-planning members Garden State Beer Co. and Conclave Brewing. New media member All About Beer Magazine also came on board and in allied/trade we welcome Grandstand Glass + Apparel and Genova & Burns. As of February the Guild represents 31 breweries, 13 breweries-in-planning, 2 media outlets, and 7 allied/trade members.
Join the One Year Anniversary for Angry Erik
Angry Erik Brewing is preparing for their one year anniversary on February 15, 2015! In honor of this incredibly exciting event they will be celebrating Thursday, February 12 through Sunday, February 15. Beers on tap will include the much anticipated, 6 month aged Dubbel Blade, an 8% ABV Dubbel, and a special release for Friday the 13th, Freaky Freydis, a chocolate stout. Anticipate a smoother, richer version of the Dubbel Blade you already love. Freaky Freydis is a special release for Valentine's Day weekend for 2 reasons: one being that it is chocolate, and, two for Friday the 13th as Freydis, daughter of Erik the Red, was a particularly brutal Viking warrior. Commemorative glasses will be available listing each of the 24 different beers Angry Erik released in their first year. They are pleased to announce that these glasses will be free, limit one per customer, with the purchase of a pint! As a special thank you to their Growler Club Members, your Growler Fill discounts will be doubled all weekend long!
As Angry Erik is anticipating a higher volume, free tickets are available by web. Tickets are encouraged, but not required, to allow for a more comfortable, and not too overcrowded brewery experience. They wish to thank all who helped them start, grow, and build their dream. They cannot wait to celebrate with you!
Flying Fish Releases Exit 3 Blueberry Braggot
After almost a 3 year gap between new releases Flying Fish is introducing a new big bottle Exit Series beer. And this one is indeed big--15% abv! This blueberry braggot is an ancient style of beer that's a cross between mead, which is a honey wine, and beer. Not many hops but lots of NJ honey and Hammonton blueberries and Belgian yeast make this a one of a kind experience. Each sip reveals new flavors and complexity. This limited edition beer is only available in 750ml bottles and only while supplies last.
Warmth on Tap at Cricket Hill
Keeping beer drinkers warm is what Cricket Hill small batch beers are all about. They have 12 beers on tap and some of these are available at the brewery only! Visiting them for a tasting is an adventure that changes every several days!
Now on tap:
- Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
- Jersey Devil Imperial Red Ale
- Russian Imperial Stout
- Abbey Tripel
- Belgian Dubbel
- Bourbon Barrel Aged Festivus
- Pumpkin Ale
- 4 Year Rounds!
This years release calendar and description sheets are also available at the brewery! Come by and enjoy a tour while sipping on some of the best beers ever made on the planet Earth! Their tour hours are Thursdays 4-7pm, Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-4pm.
Cricket Hill will be out and about this month with 5 scheduled events so far! February 7th at the Hops and Props brewfest held in the Aviation Museum in Garden City NY; February 9th will be a Tap Take over (9 beers) ay Valhalla in Manhatten; NJ Beer night at Hops in Morristown, NJ on the 10th; The Asbury Park Beerfest on the 21st and 22nd; and a Tap Take over at Smokey's in Vernon, Njon the 26th.
Oceanus Procellarum Bottle Release Party from Harvest Moon on 2/28
Harvest Moon Brewery will be hosting a bottle release party for OCEANUS PROCELLARUM on Saturday, February 28th starting at 11:30 AM. OCEANUS PROCELLARUM is a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and a blend of 5 different chili peppers. Along with the bottle release, they will have a very special draft list for the event. People are encouraged to check their website, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for more information as it becomes available.
The Harvest Moon monthly cask night will be held on Thursday, February 12th at 5:30pm. February's offering is Frangelico Coffee, their OQ Coffee Porter with hazelnut.
Flounder Completes Fermenter Install
Flounder Brewing Company has completed the install of their new fermenters and glycol system as well as their new 3 barrel brewhouse. Starting things off will be their appearance at the Morristown Big Beer Brewfest on 2/21 in Morristown. Tours will resume again at their tasting room in March and they look forward to being open more frequently with the huge increase in capacity for them.
Carton to Release Orange Swisher on 2/15
Carton Brewing Company will be releasing their next small batch release, Orange Swisher, in the tasting room on Sunday the 15th. They have extended hours on Presidents' Day (Monday the 16th) from 12 to 5.
Carton has a tap takeover at the Liquor Factory in Sparta on Friday the 13th. On Thursday the 19th they are having Dinner for Breakfast at Jackson's Restaurant in Commack, NY.
Spellbound Releases First Seasonal
The first seasonal from Spellbound Brewing Company -- Oatmeal Raisin Cookie -- is currently kegged and in bars/restaurants in Burlington, Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, and recently added Camden county. They brewed 40bbls of it and will not have it again until late this year. They have 4 -20 year dark rum barrels filled with it for a release over the coming months.
Spellbound added a pale ale to their year round lineup and are working on adding the porter aged on palo santo wood.
Spellbound is thrilled to say we brewed our 500th barrel in January since opening in October!
Tuckahoe Brewing is Expanding in New Jersey
Tuckahoe Brewing Company is increasing their production capacity and distribution area in response to the overwhelming demand for their beer. The expansion includes a new 10,000 square foot facility, located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. to include a tasting room and retail space. The new building will house a custom built, 5 year old, 15-barrel three-vessel brew house from Diversified Metal Engineering of Charlottetown, Canada; two 30-barrel fermentation vessels and two 15-barrel fermentation vessels. The new brew house and cellar will give them the capacity to increase their production by over 300%, with plenty of room for additional growth. They will continue to brew their signature beers and will significantly increase our bottling capacity.
Tuckahoe is open every Friday 5pm-8pm & Saturday 12pm-6pm for Tours & Tastings
Upcoming events for Tuckahoe:
- February Beer Lovers Dinner
Sunset Lounge, Cape May Ferry Terminal
Friday February 13th 5:30-8:30
To make Reservations call 800-643-3779
- Big Brew Beer Festival
The Morristown Armory, Morristown NJ
Saturday, February 21
- Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival
The Atlantic City Convention Center
March 20th & 21st
- Beer on the Boards
Martells Tiki Bar
Point Pleasant Beach NJ
Saturday March 28th
River Horse Promotes Chocolate Porter
The Innkeeper's Kitchen at the Dilworthtown Inn in West Chester, PA will be holding a beer dinner on February 10th, featuring several River Horse Brewing Company styles. NJ Girls' Pint Out is hosting a Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing at Blend Bar & Bistro in Hamilton, NJ featuring a firkin of Oatmeal Milk Stout aged with Frangelico-soaked Oak chips on Thursday, February 12th. River Horse will also be participating in Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia. Chickie and Pete's in Bordentown, NJ is doing a tap takeover full of your favorite River Horse Brews on Thursday the 26th. Keep an eye out for exciting new promotions in our gift shop this year, as well as monthly events.
One of the favorite Brewer's Reserve styles from River Horse is being promoted to the seasonal lineup and will be available starting in February. Their Chocolate Porter will be hitting shelves by the case, 6 pack, and bottle. Draft kegs will also be sent out through distributors.
Construction Underway for Demented
Demented Brewing Company has received all of their equipment and their construction is underway. They hope to have the brewery built out by the end of February and have their license shortly thereafter. If everything goes according to plan, they will be distributing by late March/early April and have their tasting room doors open sometime in May or June. You can follow their progress through the entire process on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Gaslight Celebrating Mardi Gras February 12-17
Gaslight Brewing has several upcoming Seasonal beers:
- Oatmeal Stout (Coffee & Chocolate Versions also will be coming)
- Hopfest American Pale Ale
- Big Dog Porter
Gaslight will be celebrating Mardi Gras February 12-17. They will have a special Menu including Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, Fried Catfish, Po' Boys & Pecan Pie to name a few. We will also have on our Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Quadrupel.
Cape May Brewing Co. is now Jersey Fresh
Is there such a thing as Jersey Fresh beer?
There is now that Cape May Brewing Co. is officially the first brewery to carry the
"Made with Jersey Fresh" label for its Honey Porter beer. The beer is described as
roasted with dark crystal malts that shine through in a smooth and light-bodied
porter that is balanced by a hint of sweetness thanks to the local Jersey Fresh
honey. The brewery gets its honey from a local South Jersey supplier and will use
different varieties depending on the season including blueberry, butterbean, clover,
and wildflower honey. "Each variety has its own subtle nuances, so it's nice that the
flavor profile can change with the seasons," remarked Chris Henke, co-owner.
To make a batch of Honey Porter, the brewery goes through a lot of honey. Usually
a pound of honey for every five gallons and they typically make 500 gallons at a
time. Using local honey is not the most affordable option, but using fresh, local
ingredients is important to the brewery. "We are a part of the fabric of our
community and using local ingredients represents our commitment to New Jersey.
Using South Jersey honey is exciting because it tells a story about the beer and
about who we are as brewers," said Ryan Krill, co-owner. In addition to using local
ingredients, they also give their spent grain to local farmers.
The brewery had to go through an application process and an onsite inspection to
get approval to use the Jersey Fresh logo. " We are very happy working with them
and look forward to having more Jersey Fresh beers in the future," said Robert Krill,
co-owner who was present for the inspection process.
Tuckahoe Brewing is Expanding With a New Brewery
Tuckahoe Brewing Company will soon be available to more craft beer fans in New Jersey. Today, the company announces plans to increase its production capacity and distribution area in response to the overwhelming demand for its locally crafted beer.
The expansion includes a new 10,000 square foot facility, located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. to include a tasting room and retail space. This expansion of Tuckahoe Brewing Company will be its first since its founding in 2011.
The new building will house a custom built, 5 year old, 15-barrel three-vessel brew house from Diversified Metal Engineering of Charlottetown, Canada; two 30-barrel fermentation vessels and two 15-barrel fermentation vessels. The new brew house and cellar will give Tuckahoe Brewing Company the capacity to increase their production by over 300%, with plenty of room for additional growth. They will continue to brew their signature beers and will significantly increase their bottling capacity.
New Tanks for 2015 at Flounder
Flounder Brewing Company is looking forward to a big 2015 with their new tanks finally on-line and recent upgrade to a full 3 barrel brewhouse. January and February will be spent brewing and filling vessels but they are hoping for a third win in a row at the Morristown Big Beer Brewfest on February 21st for People's Choice! Stay tuned to their Facebook page for styles to be poured at MBBBF as well as when tours will resume at the brewery!
Festivus Miracle Delivered by Village Idiot
Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly stuffed 200 happy stockings during the holidays with its first-ever limited bottle release of its Festivus Miracle beer. The unique dark sour brew was developed over the course of 7 months with additions of cocoa nibs, oak chips, honey from raspberry bushed and dark, sweet cherries. The 1.5-barrel brewery produced just 200 -- filled in 750 ml brown champagne bottles, capped, labeled, dipped in sealing wax and individually numbered -- all by hand. Craft beer fans lined up beginning at 8 a.m. for the noon release braving the cold and intermittently pummeled by rain. Nonetheless, the line stretched from the front door up High Street, down Commerce Street and into the adjacent parking lot. When the doors opened, the line moved quickly and orderly and 194 bottles were sold by day's end. The balance quickly sold the day after Christmas. The beer is the small brewery's highest-rated beer to date. Photo snapped by customer Chris Rush.
Looking ahead to 2015, the very popular Notafinah! Winter Warmer will make it's new-year debut any day now. Available in the tasting room in half and full pints, customers can request a sugar-cinnamon-rimmed glass -- or get it to go in one of Village Idiot Brewing Company's Crowlers(r). Upcoming beers also include Oatmeal Chocolate Stout featuring cocoa nibs from craft chocolatier Mast Bros.of Brooklyn, NY -- and new styles from the "main-street" brewery and tasting room including a Belgian Golden Strong, Belgian Dubbel and German Dunkels. Best way to get the low down on their weekly offerings is their Facebook page.
Rinn Duin Celebrates their First Anniversary on January 24
Rinn Duin Brewing will be all over the map in January, for events in Toms River, the Meadowlands, and a few in between. The most notable is their first anniversary celebration on January 24, at the brewery from 2:00-8:00 pm. In honor of the occasion, 1st Anniversary Ale: Blackthorn, will be featured on three of eight taps. Two of the three varieties are barrel aged. For addition information and updates, visit Rinn Duin's blog.
More events you'll find Rinn Duin:
- January 14, Are you Man Enough to be a Girl Scout? -- The Lakewood BlueClaws have partnered with Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore to sponsor the new Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout program. Rinn Duin will host their first event Cookies and Beer Celebration to encourage men to learn about the new program.
- January 20, NJCB party at Cloverleaf Tavern -- The Rinn Duin crew will be at Cloverleaf to celebrate the annual New Jersey Craft Beer party, Sandpiper will be on tap.
- January 28, Stout City at Old Bay Restaurant -- Old Bay's annual tap takeover of rare and delicious stouts will include a sneak of Pota Caifé, Rinn Duin's coffee stout.
- January 30, Gerard's 5th Annual Charity Tasting -- Held at Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, nearly 1,000 beers, wines, and spirits will be available to sample, tons of food, and cigars are included with the ticket.
- January 31, International Great Beer Expo -- This is Rinn Duin's first year pouring at the Great Beer Expo. Look for co-founder Jacqui at the seminar "Meet the Women in Local Beer."
Flying Fish Breaks Out Gone Fishin' Series
Join Flying Fish Brewing Company in the tasting room every 2-3 weeks as they unveil a new, experimental beer brewed by different members of the brewing and packaging team. Previous offerings included Imperial Pumpkin Porter, Robust Brown Ale, Chocolate Imperial Stout, Cinnamon Maple Brow and Belgian Pale Ale. Next up is Pilsner.
Keep an eye open on Facebook or What's New to find when the next tapping is.
Angry Erik Preps for One Year Anniversary
Angry Erik Brewing is gearing up for their one year anniversary on February 15, 2015! They are really excited and from Thursday, February 12 thru Sunday, February 15 plan to celebrate and thank their loyal customers (or as they have been called from time to time due to their zealous advocacy for them: the Angry Erik Army!) Angry Erik will have special edition Commemorative pint glasses listing each of the 24 new beers they brewed in their first year available! And each of their loyal Growler Club members will receive an Anniversary glass for free! In addition, they plan to release two new brews: a special beer for Friday the 13th, as well as Dubbel Blade, their much awaited Anniversary beer an Abbey Dubbel, now aged 6-months. Thank You to everyone who helped them start, grow and build their Dream!
River Horse Rolling Out the Oatmeal Milk Stout in January
The next barrel aged beer from River Horse Brewing Company, Oatmeal Milk Stout aged in Jack Daniels Whiskey barrels, will be released at the end of January. An exact date has yet to be determined. They are planning to have a special event in coordination with the launch as well. This beer should be available both in 750mL bottles as well as on draft in limited quantities.
Additional information about all of River Horse events, as well as new beers and tours, can be found on their website. Regular tours run every Saturday and Sunday, and the gift shop is open for merchandise and take out beer Friday through Sunday, 12-5pm. Stop by the retail store to do some holiday shopping, including special variety packs, glassware, apparel, other merchandise, and gift cards.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter Available at Cricket Hill
The latest from Cricket Hill:
Cold weather; what a change from only a couple of weeks ago! Keeping up with this change is what Cricket Hill Seasonal beers and our small batch beers are all about.
How are we battling this cold, you ask? Well let's start with our Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Porter! Here is the perfect Winter warmer at 7.5% ABV, aged for over 100 days in Kentucky Bourbon barrels! The result is a magnificent blend of flavors emanating from a dark Ale with a foamy beige head! A delightfully smooth and aromatic masterpiece! Available in 22oz. bottles.
The Cricket Hill current small batch is our Russian Imperial Stout! 8.9%ABV. This is only our second release of a Stout and it is wonderful. It begins with a roasty, dark chocolate and coffee nose then bring on the earthy hops and dark fruit tastes. The flavor finishes with bittersweet dark chocolate. Who cares about the cold!
The 2015 release calendar and description sheets are available at the brewery! Come by and enjoy a tour of our brewery while sipping on some of the best beers ever made on the planet Earth!
Our tour hours are Thursdays 4-7pm, Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-4pm. If you happen to stop by this weekend you can see our bottle filler being rebuilt. Last week, the heart and soul of our bottling line decided to blow a main bearing so we are spending a week and a half changing all of her bearings!
Remember that our tasting room with 12 taps serves beers that can only be tasted at the brewery! Visiting us for a tasting is an adventure that changes every several days!
Be certain to stop at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell on January 20th for New Jersey Beer night, and of course we will see you at the International beer festival on the 31st at the Meadowlands!
Little Dog Now Open
Little Dog Brewing Company in Neptune City, NJ is now open! Please join them for a tour & tasting. More info available on their Facebook page or at littledogbrewing.com
Two Seasonals for Kroghs
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta welcomes the new year with two Seasonals in January: first is a Vanilla Porter and the second is an ESB. They also have two cask-conditioned beers in January as well: an Abbey Ale Cask and a Coffee Stout Cask. Please call ahead for specific availability at 973-729-8428 or check their website.
Krogh's is looking forward to February when they celebrate our 16th year brewing with a Scottish Wee Heavy Beer!
IPA, Porter and More from Harvest Moon
January at Harvest Moon Brewery will see the return of Dark Side of the Moon Black IPA (on tap now), OQ Coffee Porter (January 16th) and Harvest Gose (end of the month).
Harvest Moon will be hosting their second bottle release on Saturday, February 28th at 11:30AM. They will be selling bottles of OCEANUS PROCELLARUM, a barrel aged Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and a blend of 5 different chili peppers. People are encouraged to check their website, Facebook event page and follow them on Twitter for more information as it becomes available.
New Events for New Jersey Beer Co.
There are new January events for New Jersey Beer Co.. On Thursday, January 15th NJ Beer Co. will have a tap takeover at Barcade Jersey City. And join them on Saturday, January 31st at the International Great Beer Expo in Secaucus.
Ramstein Ice Storm Eisbock to Debut January 17
Ramstein Ice Storm Eisbock from High Point Brewing Company will debut on Saturday January 17. This is the frozen version of their Ramstein Winter Wheat Doppelbock. Ramstein Ice Storm is intensely complex and velvety smooth dark beer with 13.25% ABV. It is only available at their brewery and for growler fills only. There is a very limited supply so come early, doors open at 1pm. Rated 95 on BeerAdvocate and 98 on RateBeer.
Brewers Guild Elects New Board Members for 2015 Term
Congratulations to all the new and returning Board Members
- Mark Edelson, Iron Hill Brewery
- Michael Kane, Kane Brewing
- Ryan Krill, Cape May Brewing
- Jeremy Lees, Flounder Brewing
- Gene Muller, Flying Fish Brewing
Join the Village Idiot One Year Anniversary Party this Saturday, December 13
Village Idiot Brewing Company, located on High Street in Mt. Holly, will mark its one-year anniversary in December. The event is guaranteed to be celebrated with a bang as it coincides with the Battle of Ironworks Hill that took place right outside the brewery's front door during the Revolutionary War. Redcoats and "regulars" from the revolutionary army will recreate the epic battle on December 13 beginning at 3 PM. For more info, go to ironworkshill.org.
On the beer front, the Village Idiot 1.5-barrel brewery and tasting room launched its newest cold-weather offering, Notafingah -- a 7.5% ABV chestnut-colored winter warmer. It is available from the tasting room in half pints, pints and growlers to go. Speaking of growlers, Village Idiot Brewing Company is also one of just a handful of places around the country to offer craft beer enthusiasts a Crowler® for beer to go. The crowler® is an innovative twist on a traditional glass growler. Beer is poured into the 32 oz., single-use can and sealed fresh on a throw-back canning machine that you have to see to believe. The method purges oxygen from the brew and blocks light, allowing the beer to stay fresh far longer than its glass counterpart.
Finally, the brewery will have its first limited bottle release with its Festivus Miracle Beer. This dark, sour, wonderfully complex hybrid old bruin-style ale began its journey 7 months ago. Its evolution was closely monitored and nurtured with the addition of cocoa nibs, oak chips, cocoa, honey from raspberry bushes and sweet, dark cherries. Pairs perfectly with airing of grievances, feats of strength, aluminum poles and bagels from H&H. All proceeds benefit the Human Fund -- Money for People. Best wishes from the guys for happy holidays and a wonderful new year!
First Tripel from Cricket Hill
December will bring in the first Belgian Tripel from Cricket Hill Brewing Company. The Small Batch - Belgian Tripel is a golden ale with an aroma of banana and clove with citrus and fruity spice undertones. It has a light medium body that finishes dry. The ABV 8.7% gives hints of alcohol while 31 IBUs would keep the Abbey Monks happy!
In very limited quantities at the brewery only, Cricket Hill will be pouring their Holiday Red Rye! This special brew with flavors of tropical fruit, a grapefruit finish and a hint of rye boasts an ABV of 7.4% with 66IBUs!
Flying Fish Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout Now Shipping
Now out is the second winter seasonal from Flying Fish Brewing Company: Exit 1, an export style stout brewed with local oysters. The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from Delaware Bay Eastpoint oysters added to the brew kettle (and then gobbled up by the brewers 15 minutes later). 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.
Cask Festival at Uno on 12/27
Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Metuchen we will be holding one of their ever-beloved cask festivals right after Christmas on Saturday, December 27. They will be featuring cask-conditioned ales from all over New Jersey as well as many of their own. They will have live entertainment from 3-5 and will be doing giveaways all day!
New releases from Unos include Scotch Ale. Their 90-Schilling style Scotch Ale will ring in at 7.9% abv this year and is brewed with a big base malt and a plethora of specialty and smoked malts. It was a huge hit last year and will be sure to please this year. They also will be releasing a Winter Warmer that will be great for the cold winter months after the Holidays. This beer is a slightly-spiced (cinnamon, ginger, orange peel) amber-brown ale and should be a crowd-pleaser as well.
Enjoy a Holiday Growler Fill with Flounder
Flounder Brewing Company will be open on Friday, December 19 from 3-8 PM for holiday growler fills! Check their Facebook page the week of to see their offerings.
Two Ale Lineup in December for Kroghs
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta features two Seasonals on tap for December. First, there will be an Abbey Ale and then a Christmas Ale will be on tap for the holidays! Their December Cask-Conditioned Ales will be an Irish Boilermaker and an Oaked IPA. When January rolls around, a Vanilla Porter will be on tap followed by an ESB. January's Casks will be an Abbey Ale and a Coffee Stout. Please call ahead at 973-729-8428 or check their website at kroghs.com for specific availability.
Spellbound Releasing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale
Spellbound Brewing Company will launch their O.R.C. (oatmeal raisin cookie ale) the weekend of December 12. 300 lbs of raisins and 250 vanilla beans go into our 40bbl batch.
Spellbound just brewed a 20 bbl batch of pale ale. This beer should clock in at 5.2% with classic american pale ale hops used in the boil and dry hop. They also have their porter aged on palo santo wood in large enough quantities for growler fills at the tasting room. Spellbound will have cans of the porter (6.9%abv) available in January.
The tasting room is open Thursday 5-9, Friday 5-9 and Saturday 12-8.
Ramstein Winter Wheat Doppelbock on Tap
Ramstein Winter Wheat Doppelbock from High Point Brewing Company is on tap and in bottles until end of December.
High Point has a full line of brewery collectibles and gift certificates available as
holiday presents for craft beer aficionados. Check their Facebook page or call for hours during Christmas and New Years.
Carton Releases Gilded Lily
Gilded Lily will be part of the tasting flight in the Carton Brewing tasting room and to take home as 32oz growler fills. White truffles are a very volatile aromatic and as it ages, the beauty will fade to a simple earthiness. As cool as that beer may be, we suspect you will enjoy it most celebrating New Years Day, Valentine's Day, or any randomly chosen date in-between. This beer is sexiest at 50°C in a snifter glass. It will be $20 for the 32 oz growler fill. There will be a limit of 2 fills per person.
Brewers Guild Welcomes New Members
The Guild would like to welcome all fo the new members that have joined over the past few months. Some of the latest additions to the growing New Jersey brewery scene and the Guild include the official openings of Spellbound, Forgotten Boardwalk, Little Dog, and Hearthstone Grill. Also the Guild welcomes new Brewery-In-Planning members Backward Flag, Berlin, Cypress, Demented, Man Skirt, Screamin' Hill, Third State, and Slacktide.
Check out njbeer.org for info on each brewery and brewery-in-planning as well as links to websites and Facebook pages.
Celebrate One Year Anniversary with Flounder
Flounder Brewing Company is celebrating the one year anniversary of opening their tasting room on Saturday, November 22. You can visit their Facebook page for tour sign-up info. Sign-ups are not necessary for growler fills. They will be pouring their Hill Street Honey Blonde Ale, Pumpkin, Murky Brown, Espresso Brown, Pumpkin Saison w/ Brett, and their Pumpkin Saison which just one People's Choice at the Morristown Big Beer Brewfest (their 2nd consecutive win for people's choice at this festival). They will also be bringing their new fermenters on-line for the marking of their one year anniversary.
Spellbound Now Canning
Spellbound Brewing Company did their first canning run (in house canning) on halloween. Their iPA is at the distributor and should be on shelves in Burlington and Mercer county as of now. The canning went as smoothly as they could have hoped, their first run was 350 cases.
The Spellbound porter cans are expected in December. The first batch will be kegged this week and sent to the distributor. It is 6.9% with lots of coffee/chocolate notes. It will be one of their year round brews.
Spellbound is brewing their first seasonal this week. It is an oatmeal raisin cookie porter (O.R.C.) that tastes like liquid cookies. They use 120 pounds of raisins in the 40bbl batch. About 7% ABV. It be kegged later this month for distribution. They also purchased 4 - 55 gallon rum barrels to fill with the oatmeal raisin cookie porter.
The Spellbound tasting room is officially open to the public. Hours are:
They have 4-5 beers on tap now with a goal to have 10 as they ramp up production.
Cape May Brewing Now Available in Southeastern Pennsylvania
Cape May Brewing Company is no longer found only in New Jersey! They recently signed a distribution agreement with Origlio Beverage, which allows their great beers to be enjoyed in select locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Folks will be able to enjoy some of their staple beers and the ever-changing list of exciting new beers.
Speaking of new beers, Cape May Brewing Co is known for offering a huge variety. This winter they are offering numerous new additions to the lineup, many of which will be distributed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania while others will only be available in the taproom.
To give a sense of what is to come they will be rolling out King Porter Stomp for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May. This is a medium bodied Baltic style chocolate porter coming in at 7% ABV and will also be served on nitro for an insanely creamy taste. Dubbel Marker is the brewery's first abbey style dubbel brewed in traditional Trappist style. Balanced with fruity esters provided by this phenolic Belgian abbey yeast strain.
Also look for some of their regular beers on nitro!
The expansion at their new 15,000 square foot facility at 409 Breakwater Road in Cape May continues to move on target. The 3-vessel 30-barrel brew house and packaging line is set to be complete in Q1 2015.
The holidays are just around the corner. Cape May has plenty of fresh and hip holiday gifts & swag at the taproom. Open daily 12-8pm and year-round! For more information please visit, capemaybrewery.com
Seasonal Log Cabin Nut Brown on Tap at Kroghs
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta has a Seasonal Log Cabin Nut Brown on tap for November. This beer has five malts that combine to provide a smooth, nutty, malt flavor balanced by Willamette hops. It also has an aroma suggesting hazelnuts and biscuits. The Cask Conditioned Ale on tap is a Harvest Ale, which is Krogh's Oktoberfest with an Ale yeast added to the mix! Krogh's rolls into December introducing an Abbey Ale as a Seasonal and an Irish Boilermaker Cask! Please call ahead for specific availability at 973-729-8428 or check the website at kroghs.com.
Demented Brewing Finds Home in Middlesex
Demented Brewing Company has leased a space in Middlesex for their 10 bbl brewery and 16 tap tasting room. They plan to produce a large variety of seasonally inspired "insanely flavorful ales". They have applied for their federal permit and state license and are anticipating a June 2015 grand opening.
Ramstein Maibock One of Top 100 Beers
Ramstein Maibock from High Point Brewing Company was recently judged to be one of the best 100 Beers in the World by
Men's Journal Magazine.
Ramstein Winter Wheat Doppelbock is now available at the brewery for growler
fills while supplies last. Check their website and Facebook page for
giftshop and taproom hours during the holidays.
Shop Small at Rinn Duin
Rinn Duin has a lot going on this month, starting with a tap takeover at Champps Americana in Marlton this Wednesday the 19th. Half-Wit, Trinity, and 'Piper Caifé (a Sandpiper one-off with a hint of coffee) will be on tap.
Rinn Duin now hosts a monthly yoga session in the brew house, with certified yoga instructors & a beer following an hour class. Check their Events Calendar for upcoming classes, typically on a Thursday mid-month.
Not only will the brewery be open Wednesday, November 26th from 4-8 pm to celebrate Thanksgiving Eve, but Rinn Duin is thrilled to announce their participation in Small Business Saturday on November 29th, encouraging people who are out-and-about to shop local. Stop by Rinn Duin & say that you're Shopping Small to receive $1 off your first two pints.
Rinn Duin is joining up with Hometown Heroes the Thursday, December 4th for Beers for Heroes. Hopefully the first of many fundraisers, Beer for Heroes will be from 6-9 pm, and include two beers, food catered by Joe Leone's of Point Pleasant, & live music from Whiskey on Thursday. Purchase your tickets for $25 here.
The weather is getting colder, the wind is picking up, it's time to get ready for winter. Join Rinn Duin on Thursday, December 11th for the release of Screamin' Banshee, an Imperial Irish Red, 7.8%. The event will be from 4-8 pm & include half-priced pints until the Pot O' Gold keg kicks. Keep an eye out for that golden sixtel, which will pop up randomly on social media over the next month.
Big Events for Uno
Uno Pizzeria and Grill in Metuchen has new events lined up:
- 11/21 Craft Beer Fest: this is a company-wide beer festival on Friday night that is simply to highlight Uno craft brewed beers and build appreciation for them. They will have beer & food specials, giveaways, and live entertainment for the evening and hope everyone can make it down to have a good time. They will also be tapping a 1/2 Barrel of Scotchy Scotch Ale; their Scotch Ale aged on Scotch soaked oak chips.
- 12/27 Cask Festival: Uno will be holding one of their ever-beloved cask festivals right after Christmas. They will be featuring cask-conditioned ales from all over New Jersey as well as many of their own.
Here are new beer releases for Uno:
- Scotch Ale -- Mid-December
Uno's 90-Schilling style Scotch Ale will ring in at 7.9% abv this year and is brewed with a big base malt and a plethora of specialty and smoked malts. It was a huge hit last year and will be sure to please this year.
- Winter Warmer -- Early-January
Uno will be releasing a Winter Warmer that will be great for the cold winter months after the Holidays. This beer is a slightly-spiced (cinnamon, ginger, orange peel) amber-brown ale and should be a crowd-pleaser as well.
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