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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

logo 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!

logo 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!

logo 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.

logo 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.

logo 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.

Krogh's Restaurant and Brew Pub 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.

logo 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.

logo 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.

Ramstein Winter Wheat

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.

logo 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.

logo 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.


logo 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:
Thurs 5-9pm
Fri 5-9
Sat 12-8

They have 4-5 beers on tap now with a goal to have 10 as they ramp up production.

logo 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.

Cape May

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

Cape May

Krogh's Restaurant and Brew Pub 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.

logo 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.

logo 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.

logo 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.

logo 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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