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.
Here is the plan with the beer, there will be a party at Wingcraft in AC to kickoff the ACBF weekend. The party is at 7PM on Thursday, March 19. They will have the collaboration on tap as well as all New Jersey beer filling up the lines. The party is open to the general public and they are encouraging NJCB Member to come on to AC and hang out and kickoff the great weekend.
The following day starts the ACBF and they will have 1 sixtel per session at the Spellbound booth located next to our table. This beer will be limited to NJCB Members for sampling. Come by the booth anytime and get a sample but you will need to show your 2015 Membership. NJCB be next door selling Memberships and more.
Then, well, the beer will be flowing around through Spellbound...
Cape May Brewing Company is approaching the entire month of March more lion than lamb. CMB's new building at the Cape May Airport looked like something out of The Walking Dead when renovations began a little over a year ago. The 15,000-square-foot space, which used to house a wallpaper-swatch company, had been sitting vacant for over a decade. But now, a one-million-dollar renovation is nearly complete and the final piece -- a spanking new 30-barrel, three-vessel brew house -- is on the way. It's a thing of beauty, and quite the far cry from CMB's original, 12-gallon pilot apparatus. Keep your ears open about a ribbon cutting happening sometime in April. No zombies, we promise.
In the meantime, CMB is moving full-steam (full-brew?) ahead with their current set-up -- they're in the midst of a six-new-beers-in-six-weeks series, a schedule which includes several anticipated spring releases. On March 4th, the Vienna-style lager Bringing Sexy Bock made it's sexy return to the tasting room. On March 12th, Justin's NIU Toasted Coconut IPA -- brewed with 40 pounds of organic hand-toasted coconut -- will also be available. Beginning March 19th, look for the Take Five Session IPA, which Brew Master Brian Hink has been dreaming up for over a year. Then there's the Cape May Saison, blended with coriander and sweet orange peel, coming at you on March 26th. Also out this month is the Corrosion Sour IPA (CMB is still the only one in the state making sours and this one, with its HUGE nose of citrus, is a HUGE reason to give the genre a try.) Last but not least, there's Tower 23, a Berliner Weisse named for a local World War II lookout tower. It's tart and refreshing with almost no hop bitterness, so "lookout" for great taste (sorry).
Cape May Brewery will be pouring at both the Philly Craft Beer Festival on March 7th at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, and the AC Beer and Music Fest on March 20th and 21st at Atlantic City's Convention Center. Be there or be thirsty. They'll also be taking over taps at The Ugly Mug in Cape May on March 12th. Live entertainment, great burgers, six craft beers. Boom.
Flounder Brewing Company was proud to win for the third time in a row the People's Choice Award at the Morristown Big Brew Beerfest for their Espresso Brown! Flounder Brewing is gearing up for Beer on the Boards in Point Pleasant on March 28th while filling their new fermenters that are finally on-line. They hope mid-Spring to get the tasting room back open!
Cricket Hill has brewed their very first Double Wit! They have produced a real gem in their limited edition Small Batch series! At 7.0 ABV, this bigger Belgian Wit explodes with citrus flavors. With a medium body and lots of flavor this brew releases a beautiful aroma of coriander, banana, orange and wheat and 20 IBUs. Once again Cricket Hill lives up to its reputation of very flavorful and classically designed beers. Follow them on Facebook for the official announcement when this will be served, but expect it around mid March!
As another true sign of the end of winter --- Cricket Hill is already brewing Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale! Their schedule calls for 8 batches of this wonderful beer to be brewed during March. Look for it at Atlantic City brewfest.
March is a busy month at River Horse Brewing Company, starting out with the Philly Craft Beer Fest on the Saturday the 7th and The Brewer's Plate at the Kimmel Center on the 8th. There is another Friday the Firkinteenth at The Grey Lodge Pub this month. River Horse will be pouring at the NYC Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Ave Armory on the 13th and 14th. Last, but not least, River Horse will be attending the 10th Annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival on March 20th and 21st.
The next River Horse in-house event is another Barrel Aged beer release on Friday, March 27th from 7-10 pm. They will be releasing their Baltic Porter Aged in Peruvian Rum Barrels that entire weekend. Additional information about all of their 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.
There is some excitement at Man Skirt Brewing. Their 7bbl electric system from Stout Tanks has been delivered and they are running a Kickstarter to help fund their tasting room. View their Kickstarter page to find out more!
With 2015 nearly a quarter of the way through already, it's truly been a Happy New Year of Happy New Yeasts at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mt. Holly! The inclusion of several new yeast strains into the brewery's repertoire has yielded great results and the proof is in the beer. VIBC's Chief Brewing Officer, Vince Masciandaro, explains: "We've tried new yeasts on some fan favs with great results," he says. "Our popular Belgian-style tripel is more to style, for instance. It's also allowed us to introduce several new continental beers into our lineup -- a Bavarian Dunkelweisen and a Belgian Dubbel, for instance. We just finished brewing a wit-style beer which, hopefully, will signal the coming of warmer weather."
Village Idiot Brewing Company's beers are only available at their "Main-street" brewery and tasting room located on High Street in Mt. Holly. They also are one of the few places in the country to offer customers a Crowler® -- a hybrid aluminum-can/beer growler for beer to go! Watch them pour their fresh beer into the 32 oz. can and seal it -- right before your eyes. Crowlers® keep beer fresher longer than traditional glass growlers allowing you to enjoy seasonal styles, well, in different seasons! Stop by and grab some to go today!
Backward Flag Brewing has secured a location in Forked River, NJ. Drainage and electrical work should be finished by the end of March. They are shooting for an end of summer '15 opening.
Harvest Moon Brewery still has a limited number of bottles of OCEANUS PROCELLARUM, their Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon and a blend of 5 different chili peppers. They will also have the beer on draft for a limited time!
Scheduled to hit the Harvest Moon taps this month is the Paddy's Irish Stout, Saison and a Blood Orange Wit.
March's cask night will be held on Thursday, March 12th at 5:30 and will feature Irish Coffee Stout, their Paddy's Irish Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and Jameson soaked oak chips.
Look for six packs of Marshallville Wit from Tuckahoe Brewing Company. Marshallville Wit is a Belgian witbier brewed with white wheat, Pilsen and Aromatic malts, Hallertau hops, coriander, Seeds of Paradise, and a unique Belgian yeast strain combining to create a flavor profile characterized by clove, pepper, and citrus. Coming in April!
Upcoming events for Tuckahoe include the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival on March 20-21 and Beer on the Boards at Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant NJ on Saturday, March 28th.
Departed Soles Brewing Company has received their brewing equipment and it is all set up in place with the glycol and steam being run this week. Their landlord is hopeful that their build out will be done by the end of next week (which we all know means a month from now at least), so they will hopefully be brewing pretty soon!
High Point Brewing will release Ramsteins Maibock on Saturday, March 14 from 1-5 PM. A tour of the brewhaus will be given at 3 PM. Ramsteins Maibock is a rich amber bock that is brewed with Vienna and Munich malts. Lager yeast ferments this beer to create a malty character with a hint of caramel toffee aroma. This beer was selected as one of the best 100 beers in the world by Mens Journal Magazine in 2014. It was also awarded a Silver medal by TAP NY in 2004, and it contains 7.5% ABV. Maibock will be available for growler fill and by glass in their taproom. Greg Zaccardi, the owner of High Point Brewing Company, will also be presenting the attending guests a tour of the Ramstein brewhaus.