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East Coast Beer Company plans to turn Belmar's landmark Freedman's Bakery building into a 30-barrel craft brewery and bring production of its entire lineup of now contract-brewed Beach Haus beers to New Jersey.

East Coast outlined its plans to Belmar officials at a public workshop session of the southern Monmouth County town's council Wednesday (Sept. 18) night.

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Monday, 16 September 2013 05:44

Images from Ramstein Oktoberfest

Ramstein Marzen

Some sights from High Point Brewing's annual Ramstein Oktoberfest release. Folks at the 17-year-old brewery say the turnout Saturday (Sept 14) was probably the largest in the many years that High Point has been showcasing its fall märzen with a brewery-tour event. High Point has been brewing the fest beer (it's still made via a decoction mash) for 14 years, building a substantial following for the beer in that time. High Point's märzen is the beer that nudged the brewery to add lagers to its founding lineup of wheat beers. Traditional German brews still form the foundation of High Point's beers. But next to the hefeweizen, dunkelweizen, wheat doppelbock, these days you'll find some brews that play to hop-heads' palates and Belgian beer enthusiasts showing up in the lineup from time to time.

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Thursday, 12 September 2013 07:10

Ramstein märzen debuts Saturday

High Point Brewing debuts the 2013 rendition of its popular Oktoberfest beer on Saturday, Sept. 14, with its traditional oak barrel tapping at the brewery.

But for the first time in the märzen's 14-year history, craft beer drinkers in South Jersey could see the fall brew on bar taps and growler stations: High Point's distribution now hits just north of Cherry Hill on the west side of the state, and just north of Atlantic City on the east.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013 03:41

Carton's Boat 1st N.J. craft brew in cans

Carton Brewing on Wednesday became the Garden State's first craft beer maker to package in cans, teaming with a Connecticut-based mobile canning company to put its signature session ale in 16-ounce cans.

Over the course of five to six hours, the Atlantic Highlands brewery and Iron Heart Canning put up 400 cases of Boat, the hoppy 4.2% ABV session beer that Carton launched its brewery with two years ago this month.

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iver Horse Brewing
has been doing some fine-tuning in its new home of Ewing.

Almost two months after officially leaving Lambertville, River Horse has bumped up its fermenter space by a total of 120 barrels, making some quick use of the relative abundance of building space Ewing has compared to the brewery's founding location.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013 20:00

Rinn Duin buildout near finish line

Rinn Duin Buildout Weld
onstruction at
Rinn Duinn Brewing is winding down, with just a few utility details left to take care of before becoming Ocean County's first production craft brewery and first brewery of any kind since the late 1990s.

Founder Chip Town says the hope is to get the electrical work done and gas hooked up so brewing can commence the first week of September at the Route 37 ale-maker. (See Rinn Duin's early days here.)

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Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:12

Pumpkin ale, new bottler at Tuckahoe

Tuckahoe Pumpkin Ale
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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