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Craft Beer & Politics: More N.J. lawmakers are putting breweries on their radar

Craft Beer & Politics: More N.J. lawmakers are putting breweries on their radar

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Carton Brewing's rep in Congress pays a call for 'Manufacturers Day'

By Jeff Linkous

Congressman Frank Pallone paid a call on Carton Brewing last week, taking a tour of the Atlantic Highlands brewery and…

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Kane, Flying Fish win 2014 GABF gold in barrel-aged stout, English pale categories

Kane, Flying Fish win 2014 GABF gold in barrel-aged stout, English pale categories

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Also: Iron Hill brewpub chain keeps 18-year medal winning streak alive

By Jeff Linkous

  A big win for Kane Brewing's barrel-aging program, and a return to the winners circle for the Garden State's…

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Mount Holly, a two-brewery town, and a place to watch the craft beer effect

Mount Holly, a two-brewery town, and a place to watch the craft beer effect

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Burlington County town a likely NJ case study on beer's economic clout

By Jeff Linkous

Spellbound Brewing in Mount Holly got its state brewer's license last week and didn't waste any time before brewing a…

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Video: A look at Oast House's third crop of Jersey-grown hops

Video: A look at Oast House's third crop of Jersey-grown hops

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Kane, Triumph use farm's Chinook, Columbus, Cascade and Nugget cones

By Jeff Linkous

Oast House Hop Farm has its biggest harvest yet of the Columbus, Chinook, Cascade and Nugget cones. Beau Byrtus, one…

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After 5 years, Lappy says so long to Iron Hill's first NJ location; heads to IH Chestnut Hill

After 5 years, Lappy says so long to Iron Hill's first NJ location; heads to IH Chestnut Hill

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Well-seasoned brewer with big influence on South Jersey beer culture

By Jeff Linkous

After five years of making the beers at Iron Hill's Maple Shade brewpub, head brewer Chris LaPierre is saying goodbye…

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With a fresh N.J. license, ex-Basil T brewer Gretchen Schmidhausler returns as a brewery owner

With a fresh N.J. license, ex-Basil T brewer Gretchen Schmidhausler returns as a brewery owner

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Early October opening likely; brewing to commence mid-September

By Jeff Linkous

Jersey brewer Gretchen Schmidhausler has been going to the Great American Beer Festival for the past 16 years, serving as…

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Kane Brewing using Oast House Jersey-grown hops in IPA

Kane Brewing using Oast House Jersey-grown hops in IPA

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Freshly harvested Cascade and Nugget in an all wet-hop brew

By Jeff Linkous

Teaming up with the Oast House for a third year, Kane Brewing will make a wet-hop brew using Nugget and…

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Smoked Scottish ale 1st in bottles, 6-packs for Rinn Duin

Smoked Scottish ale 1st in bottles, 6-packs for Rinn Duin

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Wheat ale with an English slant is next seasonal for Toms River brewery

By Jeff Linkous

  Trinity Smoked Scottish 70 is Toms River brewery Rinn Duin’s first beer to go into 12-ounce bottles and six-packs.…

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Beach Haus Brewery: 'Equipment due in Belmar in late August'

Beach Haus Brewery: 'Equipment due in Belmar in late August'

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October launch penciled in for now, but stay tuned

By Jeff Linkous

A big delivery coming up for Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar in southern Monmouth County. Founder John “Merk” Merklin says…

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Cricket Hill releasing Simcoe-hopped 2x IPA; pumpkin ale, Belgian dubbel in pipeline

Cricket Hill releasing Simcoe-hopped 2x IPA; pumpkin ale, Belgian dubbel in pipeline

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Bourbon barrel porter returning in late 2014

By Jeff Linkous

  Cricket Hill Brewery is ushering in the second half of 2014 with a Simcoe-hopped double IPA. Simcoenotic Imperial IPA…

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Departed Soles picks Jersey City site for gluten-free brewery

Departed Soles picks Jersey City site for gluten-free brewery

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Brewery lands location in A&P's historic warehouse

By Jeff Linkous

Departed Soles Brewing Company has taken a giant step, if you pardon the pun, in its plans to brew and…

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Carton adds 'Weasel' and double IPA to its canned beer lineup

Carton adds 'Weasel' and double IPA to its canned beer lineup

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Seasonal, 2 flagships now in cans for Atlantic Highlands brewer

By Jeff Linkous

Carton Brewing’s hoppy session ale, Boat, has a first mate – and a passenger. The Monmouth County craft brewer last…

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Flying Fish FU Sandy returns in 12-oz bottles

Flying Fish FU Sandy returns in 12-oz bottles

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Wheat-pale ale again doing fundraising duty

By Jeff Linkous

  Flying Fish’s hybrid wheat-pale ale, FU Sandy, is back, this time in 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles. The Somerdale brewery…

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Two brewery openings on Saturday to highlight.

You’ll find beers by Spellbound Brewing in the beer tent at Mount Holly’s annual Witches Ball  outdoor costume party in Mill Race Village.

It’s a soft opening for Spellbound, a public debut by Mount Holly’s second craft brewery to open in less than a year. (Spellbound’s just under a mile away from Village Idiot Brewing. Look for Village Idiot to also be at the Witches Ball; Flying Fish will also be pouring there.) The brewery is also among sponsors of 5k charity race the next day.

Co-owner John Companick explains further in the video.

Elsewhere, Forgotten Boardwalk opens to the general public. The Cherry Hill brewery has been teasing its beers to a members-only club over the past couple of weeks. FB opens at noon.

 

Here’s one from the Beer-Stained Letter video archive, a piece from 2008.

That year, Weyerbacher Brewing responded to a hop shortage by taking a shot at growing an acre of hops in northeast Pennsylvania.

The Easton, Pa., brewery got some key knowledge-base assistance from Snyder Farm in Hunterdon County, the Rutgers University research farm that did some hop-growing trials back in the late 1990s. Snyder was thus able to offer Weyerbacher some guidance on its hops project.

Weyerbacher reaped a small, but still impressive, haul in August 2008 that went straight into a fresh-hop harvest ale. 

 

A glimpse at Flying Fish's bottling line, the largest craft beer bottling line in the state. 

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