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ScottMikeJohn-SpellboundSpellbound Brewing in Mount Holly got its state brewer's license last week and didn't waste any time before brewing a pilot batch of imperial stout and a 20-barrel batch of a flagship IPA.

The IPA, brewed Sunday (Sept. 21), christened Spellbound's Premier Stainless brewhouse. A soft opening to coincide with Mount Holly's annual Witches Ball on Oct. 11 is planned (keep an eye on the brewery’s website and Facebook page for details); there's also a small-batch barleywine, aged in a Dad’s Hat Rye whiskey barrel, in the works for the brewery's 150-strong founders club membership.

“We had 150 people who saw the passion we had – a lot of them we don’t even know … people as far as Arizona,” John Companick, who co-founded Spellbound with business partners Mike Oliver and Scott Reading, tells Beer-Stained Letter. “We’re going to have barrels; we’re going to do all kinds of crazy stuff, our passion is going to be into that.”

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The pace of new brewery launches remains steady in the Garden State, and Spellbound actually gets eclipsed for the title of being the newest by Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing, which moved into Flying Fish Brewing's original home in Cherry Hill a year after Flying Fish relocated to Somerdale. (Forgotten Boardwalk folks didn’t respond to an email for comment.)

Forgotten Boardwalk announced on Friday it got the green light from the state and released a video that trumpets an Oct. 11 grand opening.

Spellbound's license came through the day before, making its host town, Mount Holly, a two-craft brewery town and an interesting case study into the economic power of craft brewing.

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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.

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