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UPDATE, Dec. 19th: State regulators granted a license to the brewery today.

New Jersey is likely to close out 2013 with one more brewery getting the go-ahead from state regulators.

 Licensing is imminent for Angry Erik Brewing, a husband-and-wife team whose efforts promise to bring production brewing back to Sussex County, the place where the modern era of small-batch beer-making actually began in the Garden State in the middle of the 1980s.

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Village Idiot Rich Vince Fermenters
he mash-in
was done, and the waiting had begun.

Plenty of time before the next step – sparging the grain for the chocolate oatmeal stout – plenty of time to devote some attention to a few other tasks.

Rich Palmay stepped away from the brewhouse space situated in a former tavern kitchen and pulled up his email account on a laptop computer left on the nearby bar. He clicked on an email, a much-anticipated missive from the state of New Jersey.

"It's here," Rich announced to his brewing partner, Vince Masciandaro, who stood a few feet away.

"Attached," Rich read aloud from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control email, "is a pdf of your license certificate that will be mailed to you shortly."

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:14

Pinelands Brewing sprinting toward finish line

Pinelands Brewing is winding down the buildout in its space in a southern Ocean County business park.

Over the past few weeks, founders Jason Chapman and Luke McCooley, joined by three new partners, have been putting the finishing touches on the 3-barrel brewery in Little Egg Harbor, about a 20-minute drive north of Atlantic City.

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Sunday, 01 December 2013 03:41

Rinn Duin brews its first batch

Rinn Duin First Brew
Ocean County start-up brewery Rinn Duin christened its 25-barrel system on Saturday, brewing a brown ale, one of four flagship session beers in the company's planned lineup.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 03:00

N.J. OKs license for Glasstown Brewing

Glasstown Brewing in Millville, N.J.
Glasstown Brewing in Cumberland County has joined the ranks of New Jersey's two dozen craft breweries.

Officials with the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Monday inspected the nano-sized brewery in Millville, giving Paul Simmons and his wife, Jenifer, the green light to produce their planned lineup of ales, pending the city granting its final blessing.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 06:26

Brewpub HearthStone readying its house beers

HearthStone Growler
New Jersey's newest brewpub is about ready to put its house-made beers on tap.

The folks at HearthStone Grill in Jamesburg in Middlesex County say keep an eye on their Facebook page for the details of when it will happen.

But that could be very, very soon.

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Monday, 04 November 2013 15:33

A peek inside Spellbound Brewing's site

Spellbound Interior
quick update about Spellbound Brewing ...

Now that the trio of John Companick, Scott Reading and Mike Oliver (that's them in the photo) have the keys to a business park suite at 10 Lippincott Lane in Mount Holly, attention turns toward acquiring the brewing equipment that will ultimately make Spellbound's lineup of ales. 

The 20-barrel brewhouse and related tanks will come from Premier Stainless, and the trio are about ready to push the button on placing the order.

Meanwhile, there's the matter of getting into shape the interior and grounds of the site they officially leased in late September. (The place was once a textile mill.)

Figure on a winter's worth of cleanup and renovation in Spellbound's immediate future.

Target date for opening? They're projecting mid-spring-ish.

If you're tracking Spellbound be flexible, though. There's generally an obstacle or two that needs to be cleared, and that can slow things. 

The Spellbound folks hope all the research they've sunk into their planning will help keep the project moving along steadily, minimize the hiccups. 

(See past Spellbound coverage.) 

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Friday, 23 August 2013 04:21

Spellbound gathering momentum

Spellbound LogoNearly everything was, as John Companick explains it, going in the wrong direction.

A warehouse fire in Washington State and bad weather in Europe were making big waves in the hops market, driving prices up. Steel prices also spiked.

The prospects weren't good for the brewery John hoped to open and make the jump from homebrewer to pro brewer.

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