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Pinelands-Opening Taplist
Grand opening is right.

Tiny Pinelands Brewing opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, March 1; a flood of beer enthusiasts lined up to check out the brewery tucked into a small business park in Little Egg Harbor and sample a lineup of five ales.

The turnout was impressive – with a strong showing of local residents – and it’s another sign of craft beer’s still-rising profile and widening reach in shore areas like southern Ocean County, where the big macro brands still sell a lot beer.

Pinelands-Opening PourPinelands-Opening PintGlassA back patio was put into use with a propane heater to warm the crowd occupying picnic tables beneath a tent. Out front, there was a steady line of folks showing up for the tour. Inside, taps at the cold box filled glasses and growlers; a bar toward the front poured pints and samples.

“You can say I’m shocked. I did not expect this many people,” says Jason Chapman, who founded the brewery with his friend, Luke McCooley. “I expected a crowd, but (not) this intensity, nonstop.”

The grand opening followed a family-and-friends gathering the weekend before.

Even with the previous event, Jason was still able to stockpile 8 barrels of beer – pale ale, IPA, stout, a witbier and porter – for the public opening. (Pinelands brews in 1- and 2-barrel batches and began production at the end of January.)

Halfway through Saturday’s opening, the stout kicked, though a cask-conditioned version of it still poured on firkin, a surprise offering, only hinted at in the brewery’s promotional efforts for the opening.

“We wanted to do something cool for this. I’m going to keep that thing going. I think I might do a dry hop, like dry hop an IPA,” Jason tells Beer-Stained Letter.

State regulators licensed Pinelands Brewing in late January. John Kugler, Sean Collins and Nick Brown are the additional partners in the brewery.

Tasting room hours are for now Saturdays only, noon to 5 p.m.

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Ramstein Tour
Here’s a reason to not bitch about the cold winter we’re having:

January’s deep-freeze has allowed High Point Brewing to do a second run of eisbock. Round 2 uses the brewery’s 7% ABV Double Platinum Blonde hefeweizen as the beer handed over to the frigid elements for icing up.


Pinelands Brewing Hops Weigh
Beer in the tanks for Pinelands Brewing.

The tiny, newly licensed production brewery at the southern tip of Ocean County began brewing Friday evening, a day after New Jersey regulators granted a license to make beer.

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Rinn Duin opens taproom, brewery for tours

Rinn Duin Tap Pour

ints and growlers
from the tasting room at Rinn Duin Brewing …

The newly licensed brewery did steady business with its brown and Scottish ales Thursday evening, the long-awaited start of public tours and opening of its six-tap tasting room. The evening also marked the release of the English/Irish-style session ales that are the core of Toms River production brewery’s beer lineup.

Devils Reach 12OZ

Cape May Brewing’s big Belgian strong ale leads the brewery’s venture into 12-ounce bottles.

Folks at the brewery did a 90-case run of Devil’s Reach to get their feet wet with the Meheen bottler the brewery picked up last summer on the used equipment market. The 8.4% ABV brew, named for a narrow strait in Cape May Harbor, for now is limited to takeout sales of six-packs at the brewery.

There’s some technical stuff, i.e. check dissolved oxygen levels in the bottled beer, before it’s full speed ahead with the Meheen. (Oxygen, as we know, will turn beer stale and, thus, is a concern when bottling and canning.)

Cape May IPA CMB2Devil’s Reach was bottled early this month, and the brewery’s game plan is to bottle Cape May IPA and Sawyer’s Swap Barleywine later this winter.

The strong ale and barleywine previously have been available in bomber bottles. Cape May IPA, the flagship beer Cape May Brewing launched with during the summer of 2011, previously has been available draft only.  


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A glimpse inside start-up Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing’s takeover of the Cherry Hill building that was Flying Fish’s founding location.

Last week, concrete pads for Forgotten Boardwalk’s brewhouse and fermenters were poured, while work on the brewery tasting room buzzed away on the other side of a wall.

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. 


Carton Crew Jan 2014

 Carton Brewing is bumping up the size of its brewhouse crew, adding Pete Dickson from Sixpoint Brewery to the Atlantic Highlands ale-maker team.

Anniversaries are as much about looking forward as they are backward.

For Tuckahoe Brewing, it’s no different.

The northern Cape May County brewery marked a second anniversary in December 2013; the video above is footage from Tuckahoe’s first brew day, Dec. 23, 2011. Talk to the folks there about it, and they’ll give you the backstory and their vision for the future.

Heide Angry Erik Tanks

UPDATE, Dec. 19th: State regulators granted a license to the brewery today.

New Jersey is likely to close out 2013 with one more brewery getting the go-ahead from state regulators.

 Licensing is imminent for Angry Erik Brewing, a husband-and-wife team whose efforts promise to bring production brewing back to Sussex County, the place where the modern era of small-batch beer-making actually began in the Garden State in the middle of the 1980s.

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