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Jersey brewer Gretchen Schmidhausler has been going to the Great American Beer Festival for the past 16 years, serving as a beer judge at the event for half as long.

But this year, when the festival kicks off its annual three-day run in Denver Oct. 2, Gretchen will be home in the Garden State, in fact, a few blocks from the beach in southern Monmouth County.

"I sent my regrets ... I let them know I wouldn't be able to make it this year," she says. 

There's a good reason, and it has everything to do beer: Gretchen's just-licensed Little Dog Brewing Company will probably be opening around GABF time. 

"It's not just a weekend,” she says of the annual Colorado trip. “I would have been out there for five days. I don't now how I would manage that.”

Because duty calls, with an exciting new chapter. There’s lots to do between now and October. 


Little-Dog-LogoThe ink on Little Dog's state brewing license is still fresh: Just a week ago (Aug. 28), New Jersey regulators inspected Little Dog and gave Gretchen the green light to join the state's growing roll call of craft breweries. The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s visit capped a half-year buildout that transformed a defunct coin laundry along Steiner Avenue in Neptune City into an ale brewery with a tasting room.

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A peek at the goings on at Little Dog Brewing: a key milestone is passed and preliminary work goes on in the building.

The Neptune City brewery got the green light from federal regulators last week. The sign-off by the federal Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau comes as Little Dog is in the early phase of a buildout in the Steiner Avenue site that was last home to a coin laundry many years ago.

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