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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 19:43

N.J. brewers get growler guidance

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Growlers
Garden State craft brewers have an official blessing for refilling growlers from other breweries.

Michael Halfacre, director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, gave that guidance to craft brewers last week, settling a question surrounding the lawfulness of one brewery refilling containers bearing the logo of another brewery, liquor store or bar.

Thursday, 15 August 2013 21:12

Pumpkin ale, new bottler at Tuckahoe

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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.

Thursday, 15 August 2013 20:35

Pilot brewing a pumpkin porter

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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.

Monday, 12 August 2013 13:46

Cricket Hill recalls foamy Hopnotic IPA

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Cricket Hill Brewing has recalled 200 cases of its flagship India pale ale because the beer is overcarbonated.

The brewery announced the recall of Hopnotic IPA Monday morning in an email blast to its followers and apologized for the inconvenience that the production and packaging error caused.

Monday, 05 August 2013 14:35

When your love affair with beer sours

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MagritteCraft beer tends to pivot off what the next big thing is – bright shiny objects, if you will. Double IPA, black IPA, Belgian IPA, ryePA, imperial this or that … They've all been on the hit parade as styles evolve, if not outright collide sometimes to form hybrids to grab craft fans' attention.

It's an ongoing thing, which is why you may have heard some people in your beer circles declare they're over the hop bombs, over IPAs. "I'm into sours," they say.

Sours may be the next stampede, never mind that they've been part of the beer mosaic on the store shelves for a long time (how could they not be with Belgian brews being so popular?). If they are indeed next in the spotlight, then it's a logical choice. They run the gamut of pleasantly tart to oh-my-god funky. And for acceptance, they demand a little effort on your part.

To run through the list of Garden State craft brewers who have made sours is to name-check probably half the breweries in the state.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:35

Iron Hill Voorhees – Friday, Aug. 9th

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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.

Monday, 29 July 2013 19:39

Craft brewers see strong 6 months

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U.S. craft brewers had a strong first half of 2013, with dollar sales up 15 percent and beer production volume up 13 percent, the Brewers Association announced Monday (July 29).

And, says the Colorado-based trade association representing most U.S. craft breweries, the figures show a continued upslope of multiyear growth for craft beer.

Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:28

Pour-A-Palooza 2013

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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.) 

Friday, 26 July 2013 12:57

An afternoon with Iron Hill brewers

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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

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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.

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