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Friday, 24 January 2014 22:55

Rinn Duin opens taproom, brewery for tours

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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.

A respectable-size crowd braved temperatures cold enough to make the sun shiver, touring Rinn Duin's 25-barrel brewhouse area and lining up in the 500-square-foot taproom for sampler flights, pints and growlers.

Rinn Duin Beer Card“It’s an incredible feeling. It was many more people than we anticipated for a Thursday night,” owner Jacqui Town tells Beer-Stained Letter.

State regulators licensed Rinn Duin last fall, and after a few weeks of testing and making adjustments to the brewing equipment, the company began making beer a couple of days after Thanksgiving.

Over the four hours of its first public tour day, Rinn Duin sold about 240 tokens redeemable for pints and sampler flights, and kicked a half dozen sixtels (that’s a barrel of beer if you’re doing the math). The taproom also filled 30 growlers. (See tour and tasting room hours here. )

Two of the six taps were left fallow, but Sandpiper English Brown (5.1% ABV, 23 IBU) and Trinity Smoked Scottish Ale (4.0%, 18 IBU) poured along side two versions of Lawnmower English Blonde (4.5% ABV, 25 IBU), including one dry-hopped with Galaxy hops.

Trinity, with its subtle smokiness, proved to be the crowd favorite. Jacqui, who founded the brewery with her dad, Chip Town, says the beer’s popularity came as a pleasant surprise.

“Trinity was a beer that people said time and time again that they hadn’t tasted anything like it. We thought it was going to be the least popular of the four,” she says.

Though unavailable Thursday night, an Irish red (St. John’s, 4.9%, 20 IBU) is also part of Rinn Duin’s core lineup. Tour patrons should look for it in the coming weeks; down the road they can expect a coffee stout and chocolate rye porter.

Rinn Duin Brewery Tour


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