Microbreweries produce small batches of beer for sale to wholesalers and retailers both inside and outside New Jersey. That means you can purchase New Jersey craft brewed beer from the shelves of liquor stores and in pubs around the country. Thanks to a 2012 law change, microbreweries are now allowed to sell up to 1/2 keg (or approximately 6 cases) of beer for consumption off premise. Also, as part of a brewery tour, consumers are allowed to purchase beer for consumption on premise. Breweries are not allowed to operate a restaurant or sell food. This is an opportunity for people to enhance their educational tour experience with an on-site tasting. Because we value our relationships with our restaurant and tavern partners, the law was purposely designed to not allow breweries to operate like a bar or restaurant.
Brewpubs are restaurants that produce small batches of craft brewed on site and may sell their own beer by the glass for consumption on premise. They may also sell their beer for carry out in bottles, jugs known as "growlers" and in kegs. The new law allows brewpubs for the first time to sell their beer off the premises to licensed retailers throughout the state through a New Jersey beer wholesaler.
In a craft beer industry first, the Guilds of New Jersey and Delaware are collaborating on a festival on either terminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. You can attend one festival or both. A special ticket gets you a round trip ferry ride from either side. A great selection of local beers from both states will be featured in their respective states. All proceeds benefit both Guilds. Here's all the details.
The Cape May Brewing Co team has been hard at work this summer testing and tweaking the recipe for Coastal Evacuation Double IPA, a hoppier and boozier re-launch of longtime staple in their tap lineup CIPA, or Centennial IPA as it is commonly called. Fans of the beer-soon-to-be-formerly-known-as-CIPA need not fear -- Coastal Evacuation stays true to it's roots and the few alterations made will be a welcome complement to the generously used citrusy Centennial hop. Look for Coastal Evacuation available on draft by Labor Day, with 6-packs hitting shelves shortly thereafter.
The Taproom is open daily from 12-8pm for tours, tastings and growler fills. Visit capemaybrewery.com for tour times, upcoming events, and to find Cape May on tap.
See y'all at Brews by the Bay Sept 6th!
This will be the 3rd Annual Somerdale Day town party taking place in front of the Flying Fish brewery. Bands, car show, kids activities, crafts, food trucks, and a beer tent run by Somerdale will be running continuously 10 am-6pm. This year, the day kicks off with the Flying Fish 5K. All participating adults get a custom mug and OktoberFish sample. Reduced rate registration ends this Friday! More info here.
Angry Erik Brewing made it's debut in the culinary world, courtesy of Chef Bradley Boyle of Salt Gastropub in Byram, NJ. On August 6, 2014, Chef Bradley was a featured chef at the Jersey Summer Bounty event at the James Beard House (one of the country's most storied culinary foundations) and took Angry Erik Brewing along for the ride. Traditionally, the featured chefs will carefully pair their cuisine with wine. In fact, since the origin of the James Beard Foundation in 1986, beer has never before been served! Chef Bradley boldly chose to take Angry Erik's Paulinskill Pale Ale to pair with his hand-crafted local New Jersey cuisine making Angry Erik the first beer ever served at the James Beard House!!
Pinelands Brewing Company is gearing up for the end of summer with a busy brew schedule. New brews this month include their Pinelands PSA, a boozed up cousin of their 08087 SMASH, and Chocolate Mint Stout that is going in the firkin soon. Both will be released before Labor Day. Their new Twin Pine Double IPA is getting brewed this month and will be a nice addition to tap lineup in early September.
Pinelands will be out and about South Jersey for two great events in August. Thursday August 14th they will be at the Scottish Rite Grand Ballroom in Collingswood from 6-8:30 PM for the first South Jersey Bacon & Beer Festival benefiting the Crossroads Programs. Tickets are $35 and include food from 17 local restaurants & 8 local breweries.
On Saturday August 16th get out to Truckerton Food & Brew Fest at the Tuckerton Seaport. They will have more than a dozen food trucks serving up all kinds of grub. The Pinelands popular Blueberry Blonde Ale will be on tap along with their Pitch Pine Ale. They are expecting a huge turnout for this one. The brewery will be open every Saturday in August from 2-6 PM for tours, tastings and growler fills.
Throughout the month of August, Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe will continue to pour their Harvest Berliner Weisse and offer a rotating selection of house-made syrups to go with it. Later this month they will be releasing a new IPA as well as their Lemon SOURachi Saison -- their popular Lemon Sorachi Saison with the addition of Lactobacillus. The OQ Coffee Porter will return to the taps this month as well.
August's Harvest Moon cask night will be held on Thursday August 14th and will feature their Citra DIPA with Mango.
Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly, NJ marked a milestone when they brewed their 50th batch of beer just before the July 4th holiday. The event nearly coincided with the 1.5 bbl brewery's 6th month in business, which passed less than a week prior. Owners/brewers Vince Masciandaro and Rich Palmay obviously have been busy brewing fan favorites and seasonals -- with no plans to let up on the pace anytime soon. "Since our beer is only available at the brewery, our six taps turn over in some fashion every week," Masciandaro explains. "That means our beer is always fresh -- something craft beer aficionados notice and appreciate."
As the sun slowly sets on summer, so too the taps will begin to run dry of seasonal beers like Hugh Hefewezien, Summer Wind, and the cucumber cream ale, Ask Kermit. Plans call for summer favs to be slowly phased out to usher in new seasonals for the later months of 2014. Look for a highly anticipated, award-winning pumpkin beer to be released after Labor Day. "With just 46.5 finished gallons of beer to offer, favorites -- like our Teddy Hopper Double IPA and Thong-Remover Tripel -- sell out fast once we put them on tap," Palmay says. "We amazed how quickly word gets around and how the demand spikes! It's nearly to the point that we have to re-brew a beer as soon as we release it."
Sour fans, rejoice! On tap right now is a Berliner Weiss -- served in the traditional German way with red raspberry syrup, or without. Look for a new double IPA -- Teddy the Younger -- expected to be released in mid to late August. Their main street brewery and tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday for half pints, pints and 32 oz. growler fills. They don't distribute, so the beer is only available at their location. Village Idiot Brewing Company is considering expanding its hours to include Sundays following the Labor Day holiday. Check the brewery's Facebook page for a look at weekly beer offerings and hours.
Flounder Brewing will be filling growlers and having a tour day on Saturday, August 16 before upgrading some of the equipment in their brewery. Tours are required for samples and pints. Reservations are required for the tours, find the link on their Facebook page. No tour or reservation is required for growler fills.
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta currently has a Belgian Wit on tap with an AbV of 4.6%. This is an unfiltered Belgian-style beer with hints of orange and coriander; very crisp and refreshing for summer. Following this beer, Krogh's will be offering a Rye IPA and a Cream Ale for August/September. Of course the end of September features Krogh's long-awaited for Oktoberfest beer! Please call ahead to check on availability (973) 729-8428 or go to kroghs.com.
River Horse Brewing Company will be at the South Jersey Bacon and Beer Festival in Collingswood on Friday, August 14th and then the Tuckerton Seaport for their "Truck"erton Beer and Food Festival on the 16th. Select bottles will be showcased at the New Jersey's Brewer's Night at Tap House on Wednesday, August 20th. Patriot's Crossing in Titusville, NJ is doing a River Horse Tap Takeover on Friday, the 22nd. Ladies' Night Yoga is also making its return on the 12th from 6-8pm.
The release date for the River Horse Barrel-Aged series is Friday, August 22nd. They will be sold out of the gift shop in 750mL bottles for $15, or three for $40. There is also a new IPA on the horizon, so keep an eye on their social media channels and website. Regular tours run every Saturday and Sunday, and the gift shop is open for merchandise and take out beer.
Be sure to look for the new door at High Point Brewing Company!
Ramstein Tap Room Summer Hours: changed hours to 3pm-6:30 PM M-F and Sat. 1-4pm, closed Sundays. Follow them on Facebook for special brewery only casks available on Saturdays.
Carton Brewing Company recently released their American Pale Ale, HopPun... it's the first straightforward pale ale they have made. HopPun is 5.8%, brewed with experimental hops 06300 and HBC342 with Super Galena and Mosaic, a pale malt bill and British yeast. It will be available in place of Red Rye for about half the year.
Carton is also celebrating their three year anniversary at Boyle's in Monmouth Beach on Thursday, 8/14 and at the brewery Sunday 8/17.
Gaslight Brewing Company has a full tap list: Bulldog Blonde, Pirate Pale Ale, Bison Brown Ale, Perfect Stout, The Eliminator (Honey Double Mai Bock), Abbey Normal (Belgian Dubbel), MyGarden Wit, Solstice Ale (Cream Ale) and Big Dog Porter
Watch for upcoming Gaslight Beer: Zum Alt Dorf, Enkel Biter, The Governator Vienna Lager, I.P.A., Kolsch, 1920's Lager and Oatmeal Stout.