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River Horse Ribbon Cutting
The wait is over …

River Horse Brewing will open the tasting room in its new Ewing brewery on Oct. 19th.

Forgotten BoardwalkForgotten Boardwalk Brewing introduces its company logo and offers a slice of long-lost lore from the boards.

Saturday, 05 October 2013 18:39

Carton Brewing Shipwreck porter pours Oct. 14

The porter's been in the hold for a year, ye hearties, time to bring it up.

Carton Brewing will be doing just that Oct. 14th (Columbus Day): tapping Shipwreck, a 10% ABV rum barrel-aged honey porter.

A collaborative effort with Brinley & Company, St. Kitts rum importers with Atlantic Highlands ties, the limited-run, draft-only beer was aged in wooden barrels used to condition Brinley's Shipwreck Gold Spiced Rum.

Monday, 30 September 2013 18:43

Morristown beer fest, a pictoral

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 A smoother trip this time for the folks who put on this year's beer festivals at the armory in Morristown. Their fest early in the year was troubled by long lines to get into the venue and for the restrooms. It made for some unhappy people, and it didn't reflect well on the promoters. However, the return engagement, The Big Brew Beer Festival, staged this past Saturday (Sept. 28) ran smoothly. If you saw some long lines, it was probably for food, and those lines moved rather fast. New Jersey breweries there included Beach Haus, Bolero Snort, Cricket Hill, Flying Fish, High Point, River Horse and Tuckahoe. These images (taken by Beer-Stained Letter) are from the events early session. Click above to launch the gallery.    

Monday, 30 September 2013 05:24

Bolero Snort's next brew: Gingerbull Cookie

Bolero Snort Gingerbull Cookie
A seasonal beer coming from Bolero Snort Brewery.

Fresh on the hooves (OK, bad pun) of the late-summer release of a 4.2% ABV rye beer, the Bergen County beer company is tapping one of its award-winning homebrew recipes to give Bolero Snort a fall seasonal market presence. Gingerbull Cookie, a 5.5% ABV spiced brown, is due out when the weather gets cooler and the air turns crisp.

Thursday, 26 September 2013 20:37

Cape May charges up its IPAs

Cape May Hops 7

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.

Rinn Duin Brewhouse2

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

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


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.


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.

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