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Friday, 26 July 2013 12:57

An afternoon with Iron Hill brewers

IH PromoThe Iron Hill brewpub chain broke into the top 10 of a national ranking of U.S. brewpubs this year.

The Brewers Association's list is based on beer production, and Iron Hill's Maple Shade location, in short order, emerged as a leader among the company's nine locations.

For four years, Maple Shade was Iron Hill's only New Jersey brewery, with the other eight locations spread among Delaware and Pennsylvania.

But their new Voorhees site will soon change that (opening is set for Aug. 5), and it will invariably help Iron Hill move closer to the top 5 of that BA ranking.

Ahead of the Voorhees location's kickoff, Iron Hill is holding a meet the brewers afternoon in Maple Shade, with host brewer Chris LaPierre and Kevin Walters, who came over from Iron Hill's Lancaster, Pa., site to brew in Voorhees.

Getting a chance to talk to both brewers is a great opportunity, because Iron Hill is really responsive to customer suggestions when it comes to beers.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:13

Again on the cusp of a Longshot win


orth Jersey homebrewer
Dave Pobutkiewicz (pronounced POH-buh-kev-ich) has again advanced to the finals of Boston Beer Company's pro-am homebrew competition, finding further success with a hearty helles bock that has become one of his signature brews.

It's the second time for the 45-year-old homebrewer from Pompton Lakes (Passaic County). In 2007, the helles bock took Dave to Denver and Longshot contest judging at the Great American Beer Festival.

A year after Flying Fish Brewing left its founding Cherry Hill location, another brewery tenant has signed up for the place.

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing finalized its lease in early July for the 13,500-square-foot business park unit on Olney Avenue in Cherry Hill. The company will take over the premises on Sept. 1.

Founder Jamie Queli says Forgotten Boardwalk will produce about five ales for distribution, brewing on a 30-barrel Criveller system. The company plans to use a 1- to 2-barrel pilot system to produce another 50 to 60 beers – think experimental brews – for cycling through the taps of a planned 2,500-square-foot tasting room to be tricked out in a turn-of-the-20th-century-boardwalk theme. The beers themselves (for instance, their names) will share in the throwback boardwalk theme.

Saturday, 20 July 2013 05:31

Carton Brewing: And so it Gose

Carton BarrelsWith American brewers and craft beer, anything goes.

At Carton Brewing on Sunday (July 21), it's gose (pronounced GOH-suh) ...

And clams. 

The Atlantic Highlands brewery, soon to notch a second anniversary as a member of the Garden State's craft brewing industry, will release its take on the tart, mildly salty German wheat beer, probably best known from the Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof brand in the tall flask-like bottles found on the shelves of liquor stores with ambitious import sections.

Digger – the name of Carton's 4% ABV rendition – is a mid-summer, über small-batch brew, perfect for long hot days and sultry late-July evenings.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:31

Rye beer in Bolero Snort pipeline

Bolero Bob AndrewJuly looks to be a pivotal month for Bolero Snort Brewery.

The Bergen County beer company expects to have a second fermenter installed at its contracted brewer, High Point Brewing, within days, a move that will put a third Bolero Snort beer on the market.

The beer, There's No Rye-ing in Basebull (yes, it's a take on Tom Hanks' line in 'A League of Their Own') will be a 4.2% ABV quaffable pilsner-like rye beer, available in bottle and draft and available in late summer.

Monday, 15 July 2013 11:41

A Ramstein one-off, plus Oktoberfest

High Point BarrelAnother foray into one-off beers by weizen beer specialist High Point Brewing, which also for the first time bottled a non-wheat beer under its Ramstein brand.

Additionally of note for High Point: The brewery has gotten the earliest jump ever on producing its signature Oktoberfest seasonal.

Sunday, 14 July 2013 13:17

Rinn Duin has OK from feds

Rinn Duin BrewhouseRinn Duin Brewing cleared a key hurdle last week, with federal regulators signing off on the company's brewer's notice.

That happened on Monday; Rinn Duin's application to the state for a brewing license is still pending.

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Uno holding first summer cask event

Chris PercelloOver the years, Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery has staked out territory as a champion of real ale, annually staging spring and fall cask events. 

The most recent one at the Middlesex County brewpub last March saw a healthy crowd polish off 60 gallons of Jersey-brewed cask beer in about four hours. 

Now Uno's brewer Chris Percello is presenting a first-ever summer cask event on Saturday, with another Garden State lineup that this time stirs newcomer Bolero Snort Brewing into the mix. (Bolero launched as a contract beer company back in January, with its beers made at High Point Brewing in Morris County.)

Friday, 28 June 2013 04:41

Cricket Hill brew: big IBU, low ABV

Rick ReedYou say you like hops but want your fix in a session beer, not a brew that does IPA with a lot of ABV?

Then Cricket Hill Brewing has the answer for you: Big Little IPA, a small-batch beer that's waiting in the wings of a July 1 release.

Thursday, 27 June 2013 03:06

NHC: A talk with AHA's Gary Glass

Homebrew Survey GraphicWhich came first, homebrewing or craft brewing? 

The best answer may be that they're twins – not quite identical, certainly more than fraternal – arriving ever so close together, with craft beer growing a little faster than homebrewing, yet homebrewing never existing much more than a whisper away. 

And like any close family tie, especially among twins, one preternaturally knows what the other's thinking and doing. 

More practically, it's safe to say homebrewing helped launch the craft brewing industry, and virtually on a daily basis it creates new commercial brewers, while the taste for craft beer helps attract people to the hobby of brewing at home.

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