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Monday, 29 July 2013 19:39

Craft brewers see strong 6 months

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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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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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A year after Flying Fish Brewing left its founding Cherry Hill location, another brewery tenant has signed up for the place.

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing finalized its lease in early July for the 13,500-square-foot business park unit on Olney Avenue in Cherry Hill. The company will take over the premises on Sept. 1.

Founder Jamie Queli says Forgotten Boardwalk will produce about five ales for distribution, brewing on a 30-barrel Criveller system. The company plans to use a 1- to 2-barrel pilot system to produce another 50 to 60 beers – think experimental brews – for cycling through the taps of a planned 2,500-square-foot tasting room to be tricked out in a turn-of-the-20th-century-boardwalk theme. The beers themselves (for instance, their names) will share in the throwback boardwalk theme.

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Monday, 15 July 2013 11:41

A Ramstein one-off, plus Oktoberfest

High Point BarrelAnother foray into one-off beers by weizen beer specialist High Point Brewing, which also for the first time bottled a non-wheat beer under its Ramstein brand.

Additionally of note for High Point: The brewery has gotten the earliest jump ever on producing its signature Oktoberfest seasonal.

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Sunday, 14 July 2013 13:17

Rinn Duin has OK from feds

Rinn Duin BrewhouseRinn Duin Brewing cleared a key hurdle last week, with federal regulators signing off on the company's brewer's notice.

That happened on Monday; Rinn Duin's application to the state for a brewing license is still pending.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Uno holding first summer cask event

Chris PercelloOver the years, Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery has staked out territory as a champion of real ale, annually staging spring and fall cask events. 

The most recent one at the Middlesex County brewpub last March saw a healthy crowd polish off 60 gallons of Jersey-brewed cask beer in about four hours. 

Now Uno's brewer Chris Percello is presenting a first-ever summer cask event on Saturday, with another Garden State lineup that this time stirs newcomer Bolero Snort Brewing into the mix. (Bolero launched as a contract beer company back in January, with its beers made at High Point Brewing in Morris County.)

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Friday, 28 June 2013 04:41

Cricket Hill brew: big IBU, low ABV

Rick ReedYou say you like hops but want your fix in a session beer, not a brew that does IPA with a lot of ABV?

Then Cricket Hill Brewing has the answer for you: Big Little IPA, a small-batch beer that's waiting in the wings of a July 1 release.

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GSCBGFestFestival Forecast

The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild returns to the battleship USS New Jersey for the 17th incarnation of the organization's festival.


As followers of the home-state brews know, this event at the Camden waterfront is the only beer festival in the state to exclusively feature Jersey-brewed beers. 


This year, the guild has added a VIP session ($55, tickets are limited) stocked with a dozen cask-conditioned ales, in adition to the regular admission ticket ($45). 


Admission includes a tour of the battleship (find tickets here). Music again is the Cabin Dogs. 


Last year saw the lineup of breweries at the festival increase by five, reflecting the growth in the state's craft beer industry. You won't find any new brewery additions this go-round; none of those in development were licensed in time. Nonetheless, if you're going to the festival, keep your ears open because you're likely to hear about new breweries in development.

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Saturday, 04 May 2013 14:55

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