A Beer 350 Years in the Making from Flying Fish
Flying Fish Brewing Company just put the first batches of NJ 350 Anniversary Ale in the tanks as part of the state's year-long celebration of New Jersey's founding. The beer, an English Stock Ale, features a generous helping of blackstrap molasses. Hops include Cluster, the first variety cultivated in the US, as well as the more modern Simcoe and Centennial. The Cluster will add a nice piney character, a nod to the Pine Barrens, a New Jersey Treasure.
The beer will be available in 750ml bottles as well as draft starting in April.
Collaborative Spirit at Harvest Moon
On March 4th Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe brewed a collaborative beer that was organized by Mike at New Jersey Craft Beer involving Flounder Brewing, Departed Soles, East Coast Yeast, Uno's, Spellbound, Bolero Snort, Tuckahoe Brewing Co, and love2brew. The beer will be debuted during the Atlantic City Beer Fest at the NJCB booth April 4th and 5th with a release party at the Harvest Moon on Thursday April 10th. People are encouraged to stop by the NJCB booth to give it a try! Stay tuned for more details on the beer and the release party.
The Harvest Moon monthly cask night will be next Thursday, March 13th at 5:30pm. People are encouraged to come try some cask-conditioned Nut Brown Ale.
The week of March 10-14 will see the release of another batch of their Simcoe Double IPA, as well as Paddy's Irish Stout, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Their very popular Mosaic Rye Pale Ale will return to the taps the last week of the month.
Ramstein Maibock Lager to Debut Saturday, March 8
On Saturday, March 8 the debut of Ramstein Maibock Lager will take place during the free open house and tour at High Point Brewing Company from 2-5 PM. Ramstein Maibock is a rich amber bock with notes of vanilla and noble hops. 7% ABV will warm you up on the chilly March days. Currently rated 100 points on Ratebeer. Ramstein Maibock is draft only and available in NJ, NY and PA at the better craft beer establishments.
On Wednesday March 12 a Ramstein Beer Dinner takes place at the award winning Restaurant Pig & Prince in Montclair, NJ. Chef Michael Carrino will prepare four delicious courses paired with Ramstein beers. Limited seats still available.
Saison du Flounder the Peoples Choice at Morristown
Flounder Brewing Company is open for monthly tours -- look for the schedule posted on the first of every month. They are coming off a win for people's choice award at the Morristown big beer brewfest for their Saison du Flounder. The Saison will be pouring at the next tour date on 3/15 (reservations via their website required). Also the gang is currently receiving their new equipment to double their capacity to a huge 2 bbls!
JJ Bitting Out with O'Halloran's
For March JJ Bitting Brewing Company have out O'Halloran's Irish Red Ale, a smooth, easy drinking malty beer. Also out is their Barley Legal Barleywine. Brewed with tons of Maris Otter and Pacific Northwest hops and then aged for three months, this brew clocks in at 10.1% ABV with 97 IBU's. On deck is Bitting's Best Bitter.
Cricket Hill Unleashing Jersey Devil
The latest from Cricket Hill:
The weather is Perfect! Perfect for the Jersey Devil Imperial Red Ale with its generous amounts of specialty grains combined with Centennial and Zythos hops provide a perfect balance of tropical fruit and malt. Incredibly flavorful, this red-hued beer leaves the taste buds feeling warm and cozy. 7.4% ABV, 66.6 IBU.
The Cricket Hill Summer seasonal, Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale is coming along! Available April through July, this brew uses only the best quality malts and is fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast that imparts a tangy fruit and clove taste. This ale is as at home with bacon and eggs as it is with your backyard barbecue. The Abbey Monks would love this beer! 5.0% ABV, 19.5 IBU
Cricket Hill's current small batch beer, Jersey Devil Imperial Red, is available draft only. Come to the Brewery and grab a growler full!!
During March we will be attending ; Beer on the Boards at Martells on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach(3/22), The Taste of Morristown (3/24), and the Atlantic City Brewfest on April 4th & 5th!
Congratulations to us for being chosen as New Jersey's best tap room experience by Rate Beer!!
Tours: Thursdays and Fridays, 4 till 7. Saturdays, 12 - 4. Join us!
Russian Imperial Stout Marching into Krogh's
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, will be featuring several seasonals in March. Of course St. Patrick's Day lends itself to their Irish Stout. This will be followed by Augie's Alt and then a German Alt. For Krogh's cask conditioned ales, a Russian Imperial Stout Cask taps on Monday, March 10. This stout was the brewery's 15 year anniversary beer from their February 7 celebration. Krogh's reserved some of that stout and turned it into a cask offering. On Monday, March 24 they will be tapping a Rye IPA Cask. As with all of their cask ales, quantities are very limited. Please call ahead for availability (973-729-8428) or check the website at kroghs.com. Cheers!
Village Idiot Runs with Bike Rail Pale Ale
Village Idiot Brewing Company in historic Mt. Holly, NJ chased away the winter blues by brewing several new beers that seem to have won over the craft-beer crowd in the southern reaches of the state. Their Teddy Hopper Double IPA stole the hearts of many around Valentine's Day. In addition, their Bike Rail Pale Ale - named for the unique bicycle railway that ran 1.8 miles between Mt. Holly and Smithville! They also added Thursdays from 3-8p, and tacked on an additional hour to Fridays (3-8p), and Saturdays (noon-8p) to their operating schedule.
Brews slated for a March debut include another pair of newbies - Saision du Idiót a dry, thirst-quenching, Belgian-style farmhouse ale and a yet-to-be named, ruby-colored IPA that's fermenting as we go to press. Remember, Village Idiot Brewing Company ales are not available in any stores, bars, or restaurants as they are served fresh right from their 1.5-bbl brewery & tasting room on High Street in Mt. Holly. Keep up with the latest news and information on Facebook.
Joe Roggenbock and More at Cape May Brewing
Cape May Brewing Company has new and re-released beers:
- Joe Roggenbock (ABV: 7.0%) - a German rye beer that is very thick, sweet, and lasting
- Hell Yeah! Helles Lager (ABV: 5.1%) - a light lager, our newest release is straw-colored and has an extremely light body
- Sawyers Swap Barley Wine (ABV: 9.6%) - a favorite from last year, we are re-releasing the Sawyer's Swap in bottles on March 20th!
Events for Cape May Brewing:
- St Patty's O'Brewery Bash
March 14th 12-8pm @ Cape May Brewery
Benefiting the St Baldrick's Foundation Lower Cape May Regional Teachers Team
- Sawyer's Swap Barley Wine Bottle Release Party
March 20th @ Cape May Brewery
Join us as we re-release our Sawyer's Swap Barley Wine, a fan-favorite from last year!
- Poses & Pints
March 22nd @ Cape May Brewery
The second yoga class - sign up here
Krogh's 15th Anniversary Celebration is Here
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, will be celebrating their brewery's 15 year anniversary on Friday, February 7. Kick off is at 5 pm with the tapping of their Russian Imperial Stout (OG 28 Plato / FG 9.5 Plato / AbV 10.7% / IBU 82)! This stout was aged in bourbon barrels and mine-aged in the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg for one year where it lagered in the cool, constant cave temperatures. A special dinner menu will run all weekend long featuring entrees made with other Krogh's beers as a special ingredient. Join them for this celebratory occasion and reservation are recommended!
In addition to the anniversary stout, Krogh's also has a British-style IPA coming up shortly and two special Cask Ales. On February 7, they tap a Winter Warmer Cask and on February 24, they tap a Coconut Porter!
Cheers from Krogh's and for "brewing 15 years strong!"
Yoga and Beer, Together At Last Thanks to Cape May Brewing
Cape May Brewing Company has teamed up with Itswell Yoga and Grace & Glory Yoga Studios to offer monthly "Poses and Pints" in the taproom. Get fit with an hour-long yoga workout, and after enjoy a private tasting and tour of the brewery.
When: Saturday Feb 15th, March 22nd, April 26th and May 31st from 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Sign up online or call 609.849.9933 for more info.
Cape May Brewing recently brought back their Pale Ale, touted by Joe Sixpack as "Best Beer Down the Shore", changing it ever-so-slightly by substituting Citra hops for the previously used Zythos. Next up in their Staff Series is Maggie's Dirty Blonde, which will be available later this month, alongside the release of a new Belgian IPA.
Coming this spring will be the debut of Cape May Brewing Co's second lager, Hell Yeah Helles Lager, slated for early March, and the return of the much-anticipated Sawyers Swap Barley Wine, available in draft and bottle.
Cape May is happy to announce they will be reviving their TGIF Appreciation nights this spring, starting with a "Love our Locals" Appreciation Friday Feb 14th. A special Valentine's beer infusion will be tapped and from all locals will receive $1 off tastings, pints, and 64oz growler fills. The appreciation nights will run from Feb 14th -- May 30th, highlighting a different group within the community every week. Visit their website for a full list.
Cape May Brewing continues to expand throughout South Jersey, and they are excited to be back at High Street Grill in Mt Holly Feb 20th for a tap takeover, dinner pairing, and beer trivia night. On tap: Cape May IPA, Saison, and Stout.
The Taproom is open year-round from 12-8 pm (closed Tuesdays) for tours, tastings and growlers fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, release dates, and events.
Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout Now Out and About
It looks like all distributors have the new late winter seasonal from Flying Fish Brewing Company: Exit 1, an export style stout brewed with oysters. The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from the oyster shells. Irish ale yeast adds a bit of fruitiness and a dry crispness. This rich stout is perfect for cool weather--and especially delicious when paired with a few Jersey oysters on the half shell.
Kegs are already running low so they will be brewing another batch Wednesday--if you happen to be in the tasting room, you might even get a chance to try some of these awesome East Bay oysters once we pull them out of the brew kettle.
Ramstein Imperial Pilsner Now Available in Bottles
This Saturday, February 8th, High Point Brewing Company will be serving their new Polar Platinum, the
"Eisbock" version of the Double Platinum Blonde wheat beer. 10% ABV
Growler fills only, 2 liters per person.
On February 15 High Point will be serving their beer at Morristown's The Big Brew
Ramstein Imperial Pilsner is now available in bottles. Six packs are available for sale at the brewery and other retail locations.
Flounder Pouring at Big Brew
Flounder Brewing Company will be pouring out Hill Street Honey Ale and Saison at The Big Brew
Beer Festival in Morristown on Saturday, 2/15
Flounder is taking delivery on components for expanding their brew system this month. They will be starting tours again in March.
Grab Smoked Rye from Cricket Hill While You Can
The Cricket Hill small batch Winter Ales are almost gone! Grab this years Smoked Rye while you still can. This unusual beer features six different grains, including cherry and birch-wood smoked grains. It is lightly bittered with Nugget hops allowing the smoked malt, subtle fruitiness and spice of the rye malt to shine through. 7.9%ABV, 35 IBU.
Although there has been another foot of snow, the brewers are busy at work getting the small batch spring release ready. The Jersey Devil Imperial Red Ale with its generous amounts of specialty grains combined with Centennial and Zythos hops provide a perfect balance of tropical fruit and malt. Incredibly flavorful, this red-hued beer leaves the taste buds tantalized, such that they can only be satisfied with another sip of this robust brew! 7.4%ABV, 66.6 IBU.
Cricket Hill's small batch beers are available draft only. Come to the Brewery and grab a growler full!!
Congratulations to Cricket Hill for being chosen as New Jersey's best tap room experience by Rate Beer!!
Tours: Thursdays and fridays, 4 till 7. Saturdays, 12 - 4.
17th annual Mardi Gras/Anniversary Bash for JJ Bitting
For the month of February the taps at JJ Bitting Brewing Company are Nut Brown Ale, Chocolate Cherry Stout, and Baltic Porter. On deck they have our 10.5% Barley Legal Barleywine and Bitting's Best Bitter.
On Friday, February 21st JJ Bitting will be having their 17th annual Mardi Gras/Anniversary Bash with a live band, drink specials, free beads and giveaways.
Rinn Duin Now Open for Tours
Rinn Duin Brewing Company is now open weekly for tours, sampling, pints, and growler fills Thursday & Friday, 4:00-8:00 pm and Saturday noon-6:00 pm. You can find where Rinn Duin is on draft/growler station on their blog.
Village Idiot Experimenting with Hours and Beers
Sure, they've only been in business a little more than a month, but the guys at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly produced -- and went through -- seven different styles of beer in January! This month, they will experiment with Thursday hours (3-7p) beginning with the first week in Feb. The move is in response to feedback from fans -- both existing and prospective -- who've indicated it's hard to get to New Jersey's only "main street" brewery during the present Friday (3-7p) and Saturday (noon-7p) time frames. In addition, Vince and Rich are exploring the idea of expanded hours on Fridays, also in response to customer feedback. The pair of nano-brewers are also busy getting ready for several upcoming events in Mt. Holly, including the Burlington County St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 1. Stay tuned to the Village Idiot Brewing Company Facebook page for the most current news and hours.
Save the Date for Krogh's 15th Anniversary Celebration
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, has two featured Seasonals in January, Babe's ESB and Fallon's Vanilla Porter, as well as two featured Casks, a Barley Wine (Jan 6) and a Coffee & Cream Stout (Jan 20). Note that the Coffee & Cream Stout Cask was done in collaboration with Greene's Beans Cafe at 31 Center Street in Sparta; they supplied the Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling coffee, which is on the dark roasted side, that was implemented into the brewing process at Krogh's and the "cream" in the stout comes from lactose, a milk sugar, not actual "cream".
Save the date for February 7th as that is the one year mark when Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub taps their 15th Year Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout that has been aging, or 'lagering', in The Sterling Hill Mining Museum. One year ago, filled oak barrels, or casks, were brought to the once active zinc mine in Ogdensburg because the mine's constant temperature and humidity mimic pre-mechanical refrigeration days when beer was aged in caves. The sealed, undisturbed barrels have slowly been inheriting characteristics over the past year as one barrel was previously used to age bourbon, the other used to condition barley wine. On Friday, February 7th, the long-awaited tapping and the 15th Year Anniversary celebration of Krogh's Brew Pub begins! In 15 years, Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub is still Sussex County's first and only brew pub! Check ongoing celebratory details on their Facebook page!
Flying Fish Re-releasing Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout
One of the most popular releases in the Flying Fish Exit Series is coming back in 12 ounce bottles. Exit 1 is a classic oyster stout, a once-ubiquitous style brewed with local East Point Bayshore oysters, for richness and intensity of flavor. In the 1800s, a meal of oysters and oyster stout was commonplace in many taverns, but as pale ales gained popularity over stouts and oyster beds began to decline, it became less common. Exit 1 is brewed with 100 oysters per batch, lending their mellow flavor and one-of-a-kind creaminess to the brew and resulting in a beer that is rich, soft and of course, a perfect complement to a plate of oysters.
The beer will be released in mid-January in both bottles and draft and will be available as long as the weather stays cold.
JJ Bitting Rings in New Year with Nut Brown Ale and Barley Legal Barleywine
JJ Bitting Brewing Company is ringing in the new year with a Nut Brown Ale, flavorful but sessionable ale, and their Barley Legal Barleywine. This year the Barleywine is tipping the scales at 10.1% abv and 97 IBU's. Also on the horizon is Chocolate Cherry Stout, a hearty dark ale aged with Cocoa Nibs and natural Cherry extract.
Countdown to Rinn Duin
December was a busy month for Rinn Duin Brewing Company, preparing for their release in January. With their inaugural flagship brews ready to be kegged and two one-offs in the pilot fermenters, its going to be an exciting month for the Ocean County brewery.
"Its been a long journey to reach this point," reflects Chip Town, co-founder and President, "Jacqui and I first talked about opening a brewery in 2010. It's a bit surreal to think we will open our doors in a week or two."
When visiting Rinn Duin, you'll tour the 6,000 sq ft facility equipped with a 25 bbl brewhouse, four 50 bbl fermenters, kegging station, and soon-to-be-installed bottling line. Their Irish Pub-style tasting room makes you feel right at home, with its rustic wooden bar and floor, and traditional tin ceiling. Expected hours are posted on their website, RinnDuinBrewing.com
Fall Festivus Still Available at Cricket Hill
The latest from Cricket Hill:
Cricket Hill hopes that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and will have a prosperous new year! 2013 ended on a very high note with our Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Porter and Jersey Devil Imperial Red selling out in record time!
Our new Tap Room hours from Noon till 4 on Saturdays is growing in popularity with our Friday evening tour still a big hit!
We still have a small quantity of Bourbon barrel aged Fall Festivus available in 12oz. bottles. This beer lets the Bourbon flavor jump out at you while letting the Festivus hold up the finish. It is my favorite beer of the year! 2 bottles for $12 and worth every penny! Available only at the Brewery.
Our Winter seasonal Nocturne Chocolate (this year an Ale) is still available and can be found in most Craft Beer Stores or here at Cricket Hill.
Look for our Smoked Rye in February, this years strong ale features moderate smokiness supported by a hardy malt backbone with a subtle rye spice finish. Lightly hopped. ABV 8.5 IBU 35.
There has been a surge in demand for our flag ship ESB Colonel Blides Bitter English Ale. Not to worry, we will always keep it in stock!
Six Packs Coming from Cape May Brewing
Cape May Brewing Company continues to amp up production with new beers debuting every month alongside the return of old favorites. New brew Brian's Geek Out Belgian Rye IPA hit the Taproom in December and is quickly becoming a top seller. The smooth and malty South Jersey Secession Session Scottish Ale was also released late-December, and in January the team will be adding Vanessa's Blackberry Wit-itude to their growing repertoire. Two prominent 2013 favorites, Saison and Hitching Post Bourbon Stout, will once again be available mid-January. If you can't make the trip to the brewery be sure to ask for these styles at any of the 60 (and counting) bars and restaurants carrying Cape May Brewing Co throughout Cape May, Atlantic, and Camden counties.
Wednesday One-Offs continue at the brewery with a coffee-infused Mop Man's Mop Water planned for January 8th and a Chocolate Orange Stout to follow.
What Cape May Brewery fans might find most exciting, however, is that the first 6-packs of Devil's Reach Belgian Strong Ale will be on sale in the Taproom by the end of the month! This will mark the first time any Cape May Brewing Co beer is available in 6-pack form. Keep an eye out for bottles of Devil's Reach and Cape May IPA at your favorite bars and on liquor store shelves this spring.
The Taproom is open year-round from 12-8 pm (closed Tuesdays) for tours, tastings and growlers fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, release dates, and events.
Tuckahoe Events for January
Tuckahoe Brewing Company has filled the calendar with some tasty events:
- Cape-Atlantic Beer Tasting at Tuckahoe Brewing Company
Friday, January 17, 2014
Includes a taste of all beers on tap, a tour of the brewery & light refreshments.
For more information call 609-823-1850
- Come sample Tuckahoe beers at Joe Canal's Discount Liquor Outlet
Friday, January 24, 2014
6036 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp., N.J. 08234
(At English Creek, adjacent to Lowe's and Chic-Fil-A)
Phone: (609) 641-3285 | Fax: (609) 484-8660
- The Deauville Inn will be throwing Tuckahoe Brewing Company a
Two-Year Anniversary Party sometime in late January or early February. Stay tuned for more information
- Slow Food Dinner at Steve and Cookies by the Bay
Sunday, January 26, 2014
9700 Amherst Avenue
Margate City, NJ
- Chill Town Craft Beer Festival
Jersey City, NJ
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Culinary Conference Center at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City
Purchase tickets: Eventbrite.com.
All proceeds from the Chill Town event will benefit Visiting Homemaker Service of Hudson County Child Abuse Prevention Program.
Doors Open for Village Idiot
Village Idiot Brewing Company officially opened its door at 42-44 High Street in Mt. Holly on Dec. 20. The inaugural tap list featured four tasty offerings: Bridgetown Blonde Ale; Belgian "Thong Remover" Tripel; Oatmeal Chocolate Stout; and Mt. Holly By-Pass Brown. The stout was offered on traditional CO2 carbonation -- as well as on nitro -- and provided two totally distinct offerings of the very same beer! In the fermenters currently: the brewery's first IPA, brewed in response to many requests by customers; a dry Irish stout; a rye pale ale and a repeat performance by Bridgetown Blonde. The unique "main-street USA" brewery will be open on Fridays & Saturdays in January. Friday hours are 3-7 PM and Saturday noon-7 PM. Remember, Village Idiot Brewing Company beer is not available in any stores, just at the brewery! Make plans to stop by the 1.5 bbl brewery for a free tour and taste their beer in half-pints, pints, and 32-oz. growler fills. Swag? You betcha!
Carton Brewing Releasing Regular Coffee
A new small batch beer from Carton Brewing Company, Regular Coffee, will be released in their tasting room at noon on January 19th. Look for it in bars, restaurants, and growler filling stations starting January 20th.
Imperial Cream Ale
ABV: 12% | IBU: 20| SRM: 5
A Classic Jersey-ism is "regular coffee." Here when you order "regular coffee" at any place you trust to make a pork roll and cheese you get a paper cup of coffee with "milk and 2 sugars" rather than a "black coffee that hasn't had the caffeine removed." Acidic bitter coffee flattened by milk and sweetened; the perfect foil for the salty unctuous savor of breakfast on a roll. For their homage to Jersey's breakfast beverage, Carton teamed up with their neighbors at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters looking for an elevated version of classic plain coffee. They chose Mexican Chiapas for its bitterness akin to artichoke, roasting it a little darker than usual, along with Ethiopian Sidamo for its pleasant lemon-like acidity, which was pushed up through fermentation. They added this coffee blend to a high gravity golden cream ale, contributing their "milk and 2 sugars." Drink Regular Coffee because running over a black beer with coffee is no way to get to work.
Check out the Regular Coffee video!
- Maloney's Pub & Grill (119 Main Street, Matawan, NJ) January 9, 7pm. Join us at Maloney's Pub in Matawan for a Carton Night. We'll be bringing a whole lineup of beers, including Ship Wreck Porter. Be sure to stop by and say hello.
- The Shepherd and the Knucklehead (529 Belmont Ave, Haledon, NJ) January 16, 7pm. Grab a pint with us at The Shep for a brewer's night.
- Regular Coffee Release (Carton Brewing Tasting Room) January 19, 12pm. Tour our brewery and taste our newest small batch beer, Regular Coffee, Sunday 1/19/14 at noon.
- The Arlington (1302 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ) January 24, 7pm. Stop by The Arlington for a Carton Night in LBI. Four beers will be on tap along with a cask of Decoy on the hand pump. See you there.
Cluster DIPA Hitting Harvest Moon Tap
This week at Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe will see the Cluster DIPA on tap. Later in the month their New Zealand Triple (belgian style triple hopped exclusively with nelson Sauvin) and their nut brown ale will be released.
January's cask night will be Thursday, January 9th starting at 5:30 and will feature a double dry-hopped version of the Cluster DIPA.
Ramstein Ice Storm Eis Bock 2014 to Debut
On January 18thHigh Point Brewing Company will debut their Ramstein Ice Storm Eis Bock 2014. It is historically one of the highest rated Eis Bocks. The beer will be available at their Taproom from 1-4 PM for samples and growler fills.
On January 21 High Point beers will be served at The Cloverleaf Tavern (Caldwell, NJ) for the Birthday of NJ Craft Beer.
On January 25 High Point beers will be served at The 4th Annual International Great Beer Festival, Morristown, NJ
On January 29 is a promotion at NJ Bar and Grill in Mine Hill, NJ -- 4 beers on tap and one specialty from the wooden Barrel.
Celebrate Robbie Burns Day at Gaslight Brewery
Events at Gaslight Brewery:
- Thursday 1/16
Stone Night Featuring a Cask Conditioned Ruination IPA Oak Aged & Dry Hopped with Crystal Hops
- Saturday 1/25
Robbie Burns Day
Come celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, The Bard, with a special reading of Ode to a Haggis accompanied by Bag Pipes. Gaslight will have on tap their 80 Shilling Wee Heavy and will be serving a special Scottish menu.
Brewers Guild Welcomes Flounder Brewing
Craft brewing continues to grow in New Jersey, the Guild welcomes Flounder Brewing Company of Somerset County. Flounder Brewing Co. is New Jersey's smallest licensed brewery brewing one barrel batches at a time. Originally started by three obsessed home brewing brothers and their cousin, Flounder opened its doors to the public in late 2013 after years in planning. It is brewing on the weekends for now while the brewery works to grow organically, pint-by-pint.
Fill Your Flounder Growlers on Saturday, 12/21
Flounder Brewing Company will be open for growler fills on Saturday, 12/21 of their Hill Street Homey Ale and Murky Brown Ale. Tours are by reservation only via Facebook
Flounder just committed to their first festival which will be the big brewfest in Morristown on 2/15.
Village Idiot Now Licensed to Brew
Village Idiot Brewing Company received its Limited Brewery License from the state on December 5th! The date coincides with the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition and marks the return of a brewery to historic Mt. Holly! Plans for the opening are in the works. In the meantime, Vince and Rich are negotiating with industrious yeast in 4 fermentation vessels to see if they can expedite production...and Santa thinks he has labor problems with elves!
Two great pieces appeared the first week of December on New Jersey's newest brewery:
Watch their Facebook page for up-to-date news and info on opening!
Jack Daniel's Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale with Tart Cherries at Harvest Moon
This Thursday, December 12th is monthly cask night at Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe. This month's offering will be their Sinterklaas Belgian Winter Ale with Dates and Figs.
On Saturday December 14th they are tapping their Jack Daniel's Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale with Tart Cherries. In addition to this barrel aged beer Harvest Moon will be offering a cask conditioned version of their Sinterklaas Belgian Winter Ale with Cranberries, cask conditioned Full Moon Pale Ale Dry Hopped with Chinook Hops, Chocolate Vanilla Downtown Brown Ale and a Coffee IPA. The festivities start at noon.
Seasonal Releases from Cricket Hill
The Christmas season is upon us and along with it comes three of the very best seasonal beers from Cricket Hill! December every year sees their Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Porter and this year is one of their best ever. Aged in Heaven Hill barrels the 8% Imperial porter absorbs the flavor and balances perfectly! They have sold out already of course so look for it in the better stores (22oz. bottles) and draft. If you can't find any, come to the brewery--they kept a couple of cases in reserve! $12.00/bottle (and worth every penny).
While you are at the brewery try their very popular Black IPA, first batch sold out so their second batch is in the fermenters. This is available draft only so bring your growler or get one of theirs as a great Christmas gift!
Cricket Hill is also releasing their Jersey Devil Red Ale to hold all their friends through the cold winter months! This is available draft only but not yet in the taverns. Keep an eye out, it is being released next week in time for Santa!
Last but not least, Happy Birthday to Rick at Cricket Hill. 63 on the 17th! He will have a BBA Imperial Porter to celebrate!
Holiday News from Cape May Brewing
Winter might be settling in here at the South Jersey shore, but Cape May Brewing Company is as busy as ever! November brought two new beers, Mop Man's Mop Water, a 5-spiced ale and Paul's Bare Knuckle Imperial Stout, a blast-your-face-off big & hoppy 'Merican Imperial Stout, which got an extra boost from the addition of maple syrup. On the lighter side their Cranberry Wheat, undoubtedly one of their most popular seasonal beers, made its return to taps last month as well.
Next up in December is Brian's Geek Out Belgian Rye IPA, a recipe created and inspired by their own resident beer geek, utilizing trendy, experimental wine-like hops and finishing with a touch of white wine. Shortly after that South Jersey Secession Session Ale will debut, a quaffable and malt-heavy Scottish Ale. Look for the both in the Taproom and at bars carrying Cape May brews just before Christmas.
Down in the Taproom One-Off Wednesdays, their infusion series, will be going on all winter with a new release every week. Coming up is Apple Pie, followed by Peppermint Chocolate Stout and a New Year's Day Bloody Mary Beer.
Cape May Brewing recently acquired two new 30-barrel fermenters for the brew house, bringing their total capacity to 210 barrels. The extra production capability is especially helpful as they have doubled the amount of draft lines in the Taproom, allowing them to potentially feature 24 different beers on tap. You can also find them on tap at 6 new bars and restaurants in Atlantic County, plus 4 locations in the Cherry Hill area.
The Taproom is open year-round from 12-8 pm (closed Tuesdays) for tours, tastings and growlers fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, release dates, and events.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Cape May Brewing Co!
Flying Fish Extends Tour & Tasting Hours
Visitors can now check out the awesome beer keg Christmas tree as well as the new Flying Fish Brewing Company brewery on Wednesdays to Fridays from 3-8pm, Saturdays 12-6 and Sundays 12-4.
Ramstein Amber Lager Now in Six Packs
Another first at High Point Brewing Company... they have now packaged their Ramstein Amber Lager in six packs. This is the first time a non-wheat beer has been released by High Point Brewing in six packs. Their Amber Lager is 100 % German Barley, German Hops, Spring Water and Lager yeast. It is the year round sessionable version of our Oktoberfest. It is now available in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
On Saturday December 14th Mega Dry hopped Golden Lager from Firkin will be at High Point's tap room. They have added "fresh from the farm" German Tettnanger 2013 harvest hops to a keg of their Ramstein Golden Lager.
JJ Bitting has Rye Humor and More
JJ Bitting Brewing Company JJ Bitting is in full swing for the Holiday season. They have Rye Humor, an American Pale Ale brewed with 30% rye malt on tap, as well as Blackjack Oatmeal Stout and Woodbridge Winter Warmer, a malty brown ale brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and allspice.
Coming up for the new year they will have a Nut Brown Ale, Barley Legal Barleywine, and Chocolate Cherry Stout.
White Eagle Coffee Stout Cask at Krogh's
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, celebrates the holiday under their festive evergreen garland and white lights with an appropriate seasonal, their Christmas Ale! This will be followed by a Vanilla Porter. Their current cask is a White Eagle Coffee Stout brewed in collaboration with Greene's Beans Cafe at 31 Center Street in Sparta. They supplied Krogh's with their dark-roasted Indonesian Sulawesi Toraja White Eagle coffee, and Krogh's, in turn, added it to the brewing process. They look forward to another collaboration with Greene's Beans in January. Their next Cask will be a Double IPA. Please call ahead for availability at 973-729-8428. Cheers and Happy Holidays from Krogh's!
Brewers Guild Welcomes New Members
Craft brewing continues to grow in New Jersey, the Guild welcomes Village Idiot Brewing Company, Rinn Duin Brewing Company and Iron Hill Brewery in Voorhees! To find out more, visit them at the members section of our web site.
Village Idiot Passing Tests
This month, Village Idiot Brewing Company got the green light from the Burlington County Health Department followed the next day by our Continued Certificate of Occupancy from the town of Mt. Holly. Those two achievements clear the way for a site inspection by the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control officials and gaining the ability to brew and open -- if successful!
Stay tuned to their Facebook page for up-to-date info and see whether they get a Limited Brewery License in their stocking from the state this holiday season!
Tuckahoe Introduces Two New Brews
Two new beers have recently been introduced by Tuckahoe Brewing Company:
Reed's Bay IPA
Peaches, grapefruit, and apricots emanate from this American style IPA. Tuckahoe dry-hops this beer with both Chinook and Falconer's Flight to create a balanced stone fruit fragrance. At 6.1%, this IPA is both drinkable and satisfyingly hoppy, and will be available year round at Fred and Ethel's Tavern and The Smithville Inn.
Chestnut Neck Pumpkin Porter
Tuckahoe has taken their robust porter and put it together with pumpkin and autumn spices such as ginger and cinnamon to create a rich blend of flavors in this unique beer. This seasonal brew bridges the months between autumn and winter to warm your spirits with deep aroma and a malty finish, and will be a house beer at Fred and Ethel's Tavern and The Smithville Inn.
Other notes from Tuckahoe:
- They are open for Tours and Tastings all year long from 12-5 every Saturday.
- Dennis Creek Pale Ale 12oz. bottles and 6 packs are in stores now.
- Tuckahoe is brewing their Award Winning New Brighton Coffee Stout for the first time this season this week and it will be in bars around November 22nd.
Flying Fish OktoberFish Nabs Silver medal at Great American Beer Festival, Contributions to Sandy Storm Relief Now at $75,000
A new brew house, changes to the malt recipe and tweaks to the hops helped this year's OktoberFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company score a silver at America's most prestigious beer competition. OktoberFish is still on sale for takeout at the brewery tasting room, as is last year's bronze medal winner, Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale.
To mark the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Flying Fish made another contribution to it's FU Sandy project for storm restoration, bringing the total so far to $75,000.
Krogh's Beaulah's Pumpkin Ale Now on Tap
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, has Beaulah's Pumpkin Ale on tap right now for November. Made from 120 pounds of locally grown pumpkins, this ale tastes like pumpkin pie with overtones of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger! Ashley's Abbey Ale will be next on tap before the long-awaited for Krogh's Christmas Ale in December comes out.
Cask Ales are going strong at Krogh's as well with a new one tapped approximately every two weeks. November will have a Milk Stout Cask followed by a White Eagle Coffee Stout due out December 2. This stout was brewed in collaboration with Greene's Beans Cafe at 31 Center Street in Sparta. They generously supplied Krogh's with the Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling coffee, which is slightly on the dark roasted side, that was implemented into the brewing process.
Please see kroghs.com for exact release dates, or call them at 973-729-8428. Cheers!
JJ Bitting Dealing Blackjack
JJ Bitting Brewing Company is getting into the holiday season with a couple different beers. Their Blackjack Oatmeal Stout, Rye Humor (an American style pale ale with lots of spicy rye) and Woodbridge Winter Warmer (brownish ale brewed with a handful of different spices) are all on tap. Also coming soon is their Nut Brown ale and Baltic Porter.
New Tap Room Open at Cricket Hill
The latest from Cricket Hill:
Happenings at Cricket Hill!
The new tap room is open!! Friday evenings (5 to 7) and now Saturdays noon till 4PM!
As the Fall draws to an end we busy ourselves preparing the 2014 release calendar. Next year we plan to add a Belgium Dubbel to our Small Batch collection as a winter warmer!
We added three unscheduled beers this Winter. In addition to our Nocturne Chocolate Ale (scheduled to be released early November) we have brewed a Black IPA that is available at the brewery. This is a very special session IPA with prominent roasted flavors and chocolate undertones. We also have a limited release Bourbon Barrel Aged Festivus Ale coming in mid-November and a Imperial Festivus at the end of November!
You can't forget our Reserve Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Porter that will be in the markets in time for the Holidays. If you see some buy them. They are very popular and go quickly!! Also available at the Brewery on Tap or in 22oz. bottles.
So that is it for now! See you next time!
Galactic Amber Lands at Harvest Moon
The Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe Galactic Amber Ale will be hitting the taps on Wednesday November 13th. It is a hoppy American amber dry hopped with Australian galaxy hops. The week of November 18th they will be tapping their Harvest Hefeweizen, Brown ale and a new IPA hopped with citra, Simcoe and zythos hops.
This Thursday, November 14th is the Harvest Moon monthly cask night. This month's offering will be the Elmes Mild Manor with cacao nibs.
On Friday, November 15th Harvest Moon will be tapping a single keg of Black O'Lantern Pumpkin Stout aged on Captain Morgan soaked oak spirals.
350th Anniversary of New Jersey Celebrated with Flying Fish NJ350
To honor the upcoming 350th Anniversary of the state of New Jersey, Flying Fish Brewing Company, the largest brewery built in the state since prohibition, will brew a commemorative beer named NJ350 Anniversary Ale. NJ350 will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft at bars, restaurants and retail stores throughout the state beginning in early 2014.
"We're Jersey proud and very excited to be part of the official NJ350 celebration. For this momentous brew, we'd like input from Jersey beer lovers to suggest ideas for the recipe," says founder Gene Muller, who has been crafting beer in the state since 1995.
Over the next few months, leading up to the NJ350 brew in February 2014, Flying Fish would like to invite New Jersey beer lovers to help them determine NJ350's style and ingredients by posting suggestions to Flying Fish's Facebook page.
NJ350 will join Flying Fish's other Garden State tribute beers, including Forever Unloved (F.U.) Sandy and the popular Exit Series. F.U. Sandy, a hybrid wheat-pale ale, raised more than $70,000 for the victims of the storm-ravaged Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy, and the on-going Exit Series highlights a distinctive aspect of each exit on the New Jersey Turnpike through the ingredients in the brew.
Krogh's Taps Oktoberfest
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta, has their Oktoberfest on tap right now! Brewed in the style of German Marzenbier, this is a full-bodied, rich, toasty, dark copper in color beer with a malty flavor. It has a well-balanced hop bitterness and a clean, dry finish. Following their Oktoberfest is a Pumpkin Ale. Their current Cask Conditioned Ale is a Milk Stout, but don't let the name fool you as there is no "milk" in it; the addition of lactose makes this a sweet stout. Following this cask will be a Simcoe Pale Ale. Please call ahead to check on specific availability at 973-729-8428!
Pumpkin Ale with Maple Syrup Cask Night at Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe is getting back on track after a number of equipment issues and street closures that occurred in the beginning of September. They will be adding 3 new beers this week: their Pumpkin Ale, Oktoberfest and Full Moon Pale Ale. A fresh batch of Citra DIPA will be out the second week of the month, followed the next week by an Imperial Coffee Porter, brewed with locally roasted coffee from OQ Coffee. The end of the month should see the release of their Galactic Amber Ale; an American amber ale dry hopped with Galaxy hops from Australia.
October's cask night will be held on Thursday, October 10 and will feature their Pumpkin Ale with maple syrup. First pour is at 5:30.
Cricket Hill Fall Festivus is Among Us
The Cricket Hill Fall seasonal "Fall Festivus" has hit the shelves! They drew upon the round sweetness of their American Pale Ale and the robustness of their IPA for a Fall beer that offers a full range of flavors in each glass. Crisp and savory, like a deep breath of Autumn air...filled with the aroma of the fresh Fall hop harvest! (6.5 ABV)
The Winter release "Nocturne Chocolate Ale" is coming in November and the Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels are filled with their Imperial Porter....just waiting for the holidays!
Carton Restocked with Boat Beer
Carton Brewing was visited by Iron Heart Mobile Canning at the beginning of the month and their fridge in the tasting room is now restocked with Boat Beer. Boat Beer is available for take-away purchase in 16 oz. cans in the tasting room during regular tour hours only: Thurs/Friday 5-7:30 and Sat/Sunday noon until 5pm. The cans are $12 a 4 pack and $60 a case with a maximum of two cases per person per day.
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