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Thursday, 26 September 2013 20:37

Cape May charges up its IPAs

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Sometimes you have to use a little force.

Believing they could enrich their IPAs with more hop character, the folks at Cape May ditched conventional dry-hopping with whole-leaf hops, sacked up and hung in a conditioning tank.

To get the job done, Cape May's brew crew forces the beer over a heap of hops as the beer heads to its next stop. It's an exercise that borrows from Sierra Nevada's repertoire of brewing tricks, namely the storied California brewery's Hop Torpedo and subsequent beer, Torpedo Extra IPA.

The result: a bigger hop flavor, an epic aroma.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 22:04

Rinn Duin gets green light from N.J.

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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.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 18:00

From Bitting to the Bronx

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chris sheehan 1Pop quiz: What's the most popular first name among the folks who make up New Jersey's craft breweries?

Give up? Of course you do; it's rather frivolous question.

But just in case, the answer is … Chris, as in: Chrises Carton (Carton Brewing); Henke (Cape May); Walsh, Rakow and McGrath (River Horse); LaPierre (Iron Hill); Percello (Uno); and Konicki (Tuckahoe). That's eight! Almost enough for a collaboration beer. A Chris'mas ale, maybe?

The number used to be nine.

But Chris Sheehan these days finds himself at Gun Hill Brewing in the Bronx (about a mile northeast of the Bronx Zoo). A month ago, Chris turned the brewhouse at J.J. Bitting in Woodbridge over to Mehmet Kadiev, who brewed for a while at Cricket Hill.

Monday, 23 September 2013 05:15

A glimpse at Kane 2nd anniversary

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Images from the well-attended second anniversary observance at Kane Brewing, the marquee event from the Saturday, Sept. 21, tour/tasting day at the production brewery in Ocean Township (Monmouth County). Click the image at left to launch the gallery.

 

Thursday, 19 September 2013 12:34

Belmar in line to become home of Beach Haus brewery

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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.

Thursday, 19 September 2013 04:13

2nd anniversary & sours at Kane

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Kane Brewing salutes its second anniversary as a brewery on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a dozen and half beers on the tasting room tap lineup, welcoming the next business year with brews hoppy and bold.

Besides marking a milestone, the event also offers a snapshot of the Monmouth County brewery's exploration of sour beers. The day's tap list includes three sours, Apiary Brett, Sour Blonde and Sea Change, reflecting the folks at Kane's tastes for not only well-hopped American IPAs, rich dark ales, but some of the more intriguing Belgian styles as well.

Monday, 16 September 2013 05:44

Images from Ramstein Oktoberfest

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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.

Thursday, 12 September 2013 07:10

Ramstein märzen debuts Saturday

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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.

Sunday, 08 September 2013 15:24

Tuckahoe bottler at a glance

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One more out of Tuckahoe Brewing …

The folks at the northern Cape May County brewery have been putting their new six-head filler to work turning out cases of 12-ounce bottles. Last week, they put up 22 cases of Holly Beach Pumpkin ale with the Meheen filler.

The plan is to bottle all of the flagship beers, such as Dennis Creek Pale Ale, to help manage fermenter capacity and widen the brewery's reach some without undercutting supply to core accounts.

About the filler
Tuckahoe's filler (check the photo gallery at left) is a popular machine among craft brewers of varying sizes, including a 15,000-barrel craft brewery. Company owner Dave Meheen says Anheuser-Busch even uses the fillers when it's bottling for test markets or bottling samples for lab testing.

Friday, 06 September 2013 06:31

Iron Hill in the pumpkin patch

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Chris Lapierre IHMapleShadeIt didn't take pumpkin ales showing up on the shelves in July this year to signal that a bumper crop of the wildly popular fall seasonal is at hand.

Probably more than last year, but who's counting?

And speaking of last year, 2012 figures big into the pumpkin ale release set for this Saturday (Sept. 7, 1 p.m.) at Iron Hill brewpub's Maple Shade location: The bourbon barrel-aged version of the imperial pumpkin ale that tops the day's marquee was actually brewed last year, then stowed away in a Heaven Hill whiskey barrel for tapping at this year's event. (All 10 Iron Hill locations will release pumpkin ales on Saturday for the annual "Welcome, Great Pumpkin" party.)

Thursday, 29 August 2013 03:41

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

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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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