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Friday, 15 November 2013 18:07

A talk with mobile canner Iron Heart

Carton Brewing has put its Boat beer into the liquor store pipeline. See the distribution list here.

Once a draft-only beer, Boat (4.2% ABV) was the Atlantic Highlands brewery's answer to the question of which New Jersey craft brewery would be the first to can its beer. (A Jersey-brewed craft beer in cans was always a when, not an if.)

Last summer, Carton struck a deal with mobile canner Iron Heart and took with it a little bit of glory and the kind of mentions that typically come when craft beer trends from other parts of the country surface in the Garden State.

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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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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 22:04

Rinn Duin gets green light from N.J.

Rinn Duin Brewhouse2

Toms River can claim the title as home to the Garden State's newest craft brewery.

State regulators on Tuesday paid a call on Rinn Duin Brewing, inspecting the brewery along Route 37 West and giving the state's blessing. The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control is expected to issue a temporary license in a couple of days.

There are still a few more formalities to square away, the brewery's bottling line to install, and some other work, says Chip Town, of Jackson Township, who founded the brewery with his daughter, Jacqui. But the forthcoming permit from state regulators will let Rinn Duin at long last strike a mash and make beer. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, the federal agency that regulates alcoholic beverage producers, signed off on Rinn Duin over the summer.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:12

Pumpkin ale, new bottler at Tuckahoe

Tuckahoe Pumpkin Ale
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uncrated bottler sits beside some fermenters at Tuckahoe Brewing; the bottler figures into a reworked approach to managing demand for Tuckahoe beers and better serving the northern Cape May County brewery's markets, which now include the west side of South Jersey.

Amanda Cardinali-2Earlier this year, Tuckahoe had planned to step up to a 15-barrel brewhouse, and the owners of the 20-month-old ale-maker explored taking on investors and examined some bank financing. But they never found terms via either route that were a suitable fit.

Thus a revised plan for the need-to-grow Tuckahoe: a mix of bank loan and self-financing that has meant the addition of the two new 3.5-barrel fermenters, a new grain mill to replace a troublesome one, plus the six-head 12-ounce bottle filler bought from Meheen Manufacturing in Pasco, Washington (about four hours southeast of Seattle). Co-owners Chris Konicki and Matt McDevitt will fly to Washington State next week for a crash course on how to operate the new bottler.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013 20:35

Pilot brewing a pumpkin porter

Amanda Cardinali-2
Eight months on the job and Amanda Cardinali is already getting a chance in the spotlight.

The assistant brewer at Tuckahoe Brewing is piloting a beer for an account the brewery has in Smithville, just outside Atlantic City. Tuckahoe is also working on an IPA for Fred & Ethel's Lantern Light Tavern.

But it's a pumpkin porter that Amanda and her boyfriend, Sean Towers, took a turn at brewing a 5-gallon batch of on Wednesday, after she helped brew a 3-barrel batch of Dennis Creek Pale, Tuckahoe's top-selling beer.

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Monday, 12 August 2013 13:46

Cricket Hill recalls foamy Hopnotic IPA

Cricket Hill Brewing has recalled 200 cases of its flagship India pale ale because the beer is overcarbonated.

The brewery announced the recall of Hopnotic IPA Monday morning in an email blast to its followers and apologized for the inconvenience that the production and packaging error caused.

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:35

Iron Hill Voorhees – Friday, Aug. 9th

Iron Hill Foursome

Four years after it opened a long-awaited restaurant-brewery in New Jersey, the nation's No. 7 brewpub chain is poised to open its second location in the Garden State – the home state of its founders – and its 10th location overall.

When the doors to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in the Voorhees Town Center open Friday (Aug. 9th), the Wilmington, Delaware-based chain will become the second brewpub enterprise in New Jersey to ever have more than one location in the Garden State, and the only brewpub to have two sites currently in operation this side of the Delaware River.

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Monday, 29 July 2013 19:39

Craft brewers see strong 6 months

Brewery Growth
U.S. craft brewers had a strong first half of 2013, with dollar sales up 15 percent and beer production volume up 13 percent, the Brewers Association announced Monday (July 29).

And, says the Colorado-based trade association representing most U.S. craft breweries, the figures show a continued upslope of multiyear growth for craft beer.

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Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:28

Pour-A-Palooza 2013

Some images from the 5th annual Pour-A-Palooza fest held Saturday, July 27, at the Pour House in Westmont. (Click the image to bring up the carousel.) 

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Friday, 26 July 2013 12:57

An afternoon with Iron Hill brewers

IH PromoThe Iron Hill brewpub chain broke into the top 10 of a national ranking of U.S. brewpubs this year.

The Brewers Association's list is based on beer production, and Iron Hill's Maple Shade location, in short order, emerged as a leader among the company's nine locations.

For four years, Maple Shade was Iron Hill's only New Jersey brewery, with the other eight locations spread among Delaware and Pennsylvania.

But their new Voorhees site will soon change that (opening is set for Aug. 5), and it will invariably help Iron Hill move closer to the top 5 of that BA ranking.

Ahead of the Voorhees location's kickoff, Iron Hill is holding a meet the brewers afternoon in Maple Shade, with host brewer Chris LaPierre and Kevin Walters, who came over from Iron Hill's Lancaster, Pa., site to brew in Voorhees.

Getting a chance to talk to both brewers is a great opportunity, because Iron Hill is really responsive to customer suggestions when it comes to beers.

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