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.
Both relative newcomer Kane Brewing and long timer Flying Fish won gold medals this past weekend. Flying Fish also tacked on a silver. Kane won for A Night to End All Dawns, an Imperial Dark Ale aged 15 months in bourbon barrels. Flying Fish won Gold for it's HopFish and Silver for RedFish.
New Jersey led all states with the highest ratio of medals to entries--19% (16 entries, 3 medals)!
Despite the unusual September heat the first-ever two-state two-Guild festival went off fairly smoothly. More than 1,000 folks attended on the Cape May side and most of them continued on to Delaware. We learned a lot from this fest to improve it for next yea and we're now looking to conduct fests in different areas of the state throughout 2015.
One of the six taps at Village Idiot Brewing Company continues to flow with their Punk O' Lantern pumpkin ale that was such a big hit at the release event on Labor Day. Plans are to keep the gourd-jus brew around 'til Thanksgiving. Four batches have been brewed so far and customers continue to provide very positive feedback on this popular autumn seasonal. New beers are also finding their way into the ever-expanding line up at Village Idiot Brewing Company, including a cream ale, a porter, their Experiment-Ale, infused with green tea and lavender, to name just a few. Speaking of things that are new, if you have been waiting for a sign from above to visit the modest brewery & tasting room, well here it is:
Precision Glass Tint of Tabernacle did an awesome job refurbishing the existing sign of the former Bridgetown Pub, transforming it into a Village Idiot Brewing Company showpiece right on High Street in Mt. Holly. Village Idiot has also procured some new equipment that has got them pretty beer-geeked-up. Watch their Facebook page for hints as they work with local contractors to get things installed and operational.
The Witches Ball, a frighteningly fun Mt. Holly event is schedule for Oct. 11 from 6-11 PM at Mill Race Village. Come dressed up for a night of creepy family fun! On Oct. 18, Village Idiot will be pouring samples at the Burlington County Farmer's Market Oktoberfest located at the county's Community Agricultural Center (500 Centerton Rd, Moorestown). Remember, their beer is available exclusively at the brewery & tasting room located at 42 High Street in Mt. Holly, NJ.
The next small batch beer from Carton Brewing, Harvest 2014 Calypso, will be released in their tasting room on Sunday, October 5th. Their hours are 12 to 5.
HARVEST 2014 CALYPSO
RYE PALE ALE
ABV: 6.2% | IBU: 50 | SRM: 4
Each autumn's hop harvest presents an opportunity to assess yearly variation in flavors. Some are broad across all the plants in a region, others are specific to unique clones and certain farms. Each fall Carton Brewing chooses two different varieties to add to their Harvest Ale. The first they receive straight off the bines and add it wet in the whirlpool. The second they add whole cone as a dry hop. The base is a simple pale with a touch of rye spiciness to be seasonally appropriate with enough heft to support the selected hops while otherwise existing to flaunt the year's crop's nuances. Harvest 2014 was wet hopped with Calypso from Golden Gate Hop Ranches and dry hopped with Mosaic from B.T. Loftus Ranches. Drink Harvest because it is a fresh taste of things to come.
They are saying goodbye to bathing suits and hello to boots at Cape May Brewing. Their calendar is filled with events, lots of brewing and some new beers throughout October. They will be welcoming two new seasonal brews to the roster this month. First up is the Pumpkin Pumpkin Shandy, a light shandy brewed with cinnamon, clove & a whole lot of brown sugar. The shandy will be followed by Ashley's "Hops Will Go On" which is a West Coast Red IPA brewed with Sorachi Ace Hops.
A few things going on over at Exit Zero...
Find more events at capemaybrewery.com and visit the Taproom for tours and tastings, open daily from 12-8pm.
A new growler filler for the Flying Fish Brewing Company tasting room ensures longer shelf life thanks to CO2 purging. On the beer side, Flying Fish received their hop gun from Germany which will increase the flavor and aroma of the dry-hopped beers thanks to better hop utilization. Intern Stuart was vital in getting this new gadget up and running.
Flounder Brewing Company will be at the Morristown Big Beer Brewfest on October 11 pouring their Hill Street Honey Blonde as well as their Pumpkin Ale and a special pour of their Pumpkin Saison. The rest of the month will be spent brewing and installing their new fermenters they just took delivery on in preparation for the one year anniversary of opening the brewery in November.
Rinn Duin Brewing looks forward to Blend Bar & Bistro's 2nd Annual Central Jersey Beer Festival, taking place on Saturday October 25th. With over 60 beers, a pig roast & live music, it looks like it will be a fun afternoon. Get your ticket online.
Rinn Duin will brew and bottle the last of their three flagship brews, Sandpiper, towards the end of this month. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook for the Bottle Release Event date at the brewery.
Yoga & beer, who's in? Rinn Duin hosts its first Yoga in the Brewery on Thursday, October 16th. A talented & local instructor, Tess McDaniel, will be lead an all-levels class from 6:30-7:30 pm.
The October cask night at Harvest Moon Brewery will be held Thursday October 9th and will feature a Maple Pumpkin Ale.
They are currently pouring our Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest but both are going fast!
After a one year hiatus, their Dark Side of the Moon Black IPA will be returning to the taps the first week of the month along with a new pale ale hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe hops. Later in the month Harvest Moon will release a Brown Ale and a second batch of their Pumpkin Ale.
Krogh's Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza in Sparta is celebrating 'Oaktober' with an 'Oaktoberfest' of good ales! One is a cask aged IPA and the other is a cask Rye IPA. Both were aged on oak chips and double dry-hopped. These will be served with their beer engine in the traditional British pub style. The Krogh's seasonal on tap is their Oktoberfest. Please call ahead for specific availability at 973-729-8428 or check our website at kroghs.com.
Well the results are in and the Cricket Hill Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale is a huge hit! It has been a favorite at all the tastings and is selling off the shelves according to their distributors. It was chosen as one of the featured beers at the Golden Nugget Casino Cricket Hill Beer Dinner and Kal Penn tweeted how much he loves their Pumpkin Ale! Beer drinkers and movie stars alike are letting us know that we are on the mark! Don't let this season pass you by without trying Cricket Hill Pumpkin Ale.
Cricket Hill Tap Room: Thursday & Fridays 4 - 7PM and Saturdays Noon - 4PM. Six different Cricket Hill beers on tap! Stop by anytime for a 6 pack, growler fill or a case of this wonderful stuff!
Tuckahoe Brewing Company has released their Chestnut Neck Pumpkin Porter. They have 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.
Upcoming events for Tuckahoe:
Gretchen Schmidhausler, owner/brewer of Little Dog Brewing Co. in Neptune City, reports that the brewery hopes to open its doors to the public later this month. Initial brews will include a wheat, brown, pumpkin, and Oktoberfest-style ale. For more information on tours and tastings, Like Little Dog on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.