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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.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 06:26

Brewpub HearthStone readying its house beers

HearthStone Growler
New Jersey's newest brewpub is about ready to put its house-made beers on tap.

The folks at HearthStone Grill in Jamesburg in Middlesex County say keep an eye on their Facebook page for the details of when it will happen.

But that could be very, very soon.

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Friday, 15 November 2013 18:07

A talk with mobile canner Iron Heart

Carton Brewing has put its Boat beer into the liquor store pipeline. See the distribution list here.

Once a draft-only beer, Boat (4.2% ABV) was the Atlantic Highlands brewery's answer to the question of which New Jersey craft brewery would be the first to can its beer. (A Jersey-brewed craft beer in cans was always a when, not an if.)

Last summer, Carton struck a deal with mobile canner Iron Heart and took with it a little bit of glory and the kind of mentions that typically come when craft beer trends from other parts of the country surface in the Garden State.

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Saturday, 05 October 2013 18:39

Carton Brewing Shipwreck porter pours Oct. 14

RUM-BEER-BARREL-
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.

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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.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:12

Pumpkin ale, new bottler at Tuckahoe

Tuckahoe Pumpkin Ale
A
freshly
uncrated bottler sits beside some fermenters at Tuckahoe Brewing; the bottler figures into a reworked approach to managing demand for Tuckahoe beers and better serving the northern Cape May County brewery's markets, which now include the west side of South Jersey.

Amanda Cardinali-2Earlier this year, Tuckahoe had planned to step up to a 15-barrel brewhouse, and the owners of the 20-month-old ale-maker explored taking on investors and examined some bank financing. But they never found terms via either route that were a suitable fit.

Thus a revised plan for the need-to-grow Tuckahoe: a mix of bank loan and self-financing that has meant the addition of the two new 3.5-barrel fermenters, a new grain mill to replace a troublesome one, plus the six-head 12-ounce bottle filler bought from Meheen Manufacturing in Pasco, Washington (about four hours southeast of Seattle). Co-owners Chris Konicki and Matt McDevitt will fly to Washington State next week for a crash course on how to operate the new bottler.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013 20:35

Pilot brewing a pumpkin porter

Amanda Cardinali-2
Eight months on the job and Amanda Cardinali is already getting a chance in the spotlight.

The assistant brewer at Tuckahoe Brewing is piloting a beer for an account the brewery has in Smithville, just outside Atlantic City. Tuckahoe is also working on an IPA for Fred & Ethel's Lantern Light Tavern.

But it's a pumpkin porter that Amanda and her boyfriend, Sean Towers, took a turn at brewing a 5-gallon batch of on Wednesday, after she helped brew a 3-barrel batch of Dennis Creek Pale, Tuckahoe's top-selling beer.

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:35

Iron Hill Voorhees – Friday, Aug. 9th

Iron Hill Foursome

Four years after it opened a long-awaited restaurant-brewery in New Jersey, the nation's No. 7 brewpub chain is poised to open its second location in the Garden State – the home state of its founders – and its 10th location overall.

When the doors to Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in the Voorhees Town Center open Friday (Aug. 9th), the Wilmington, Delaware-based chain will become the second brewpub enterprise in New Jersey to ever have more than one location in the Garden State, and the only brewpub to have two sites currently in operation this side of the Delaware River.

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Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:28

Pour-A-Palooza 2013

Some images from the 5th annual Pour-A-Palooza fest held Saturday, July 27, at the Pour House in Westmont. (Click the image to bring up the carousel.) 

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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.

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