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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