To that end, Flying Fish is inviting Garden State beer lovers to suggest ideas for the beer, NJ350. The beer's on the calendar for next February, and NJ350 will be available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft.
“In keeping up with our Jersey-centric focus, we wanted to be part of the celebration of the 350th anniversary. We’re Jersey proud and very excited to be part of the official NJ350 celebration. For this momentous brew, we’d like input from Jersey beer lovers to suggest ideas for the recipe,” says founder Gene Muller. "Of course, this is just a warmup brew to get us ready for the big 400th anniversary. Stay tuned for that one."
NJ350 Anniversary Ale will become the second tribute-themed beer from Flying Fish since the brewery relocated from Cherry Hill to Somerdale. FU Sandy, the hyrbid wheat-pale ale brewed to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, was released last February.
FU Sandy raised more than $70,000 for storm relief.
Flying Fish's most notable specialty beer theme, the Exit Series, was launched in 2009 during the final years of the Cherry Hill brewhouse, three years before the move to Somerdale. Exits 4 (American tripel) and 16 (imperial IPA) are brewed year-round now.
New Jersey's first European settlers were Dutch and Swedish, but the region that is now the Garden State became a territory of the British crown in 1664.