Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Upcoming NJ Beers (and Meads) - as of 07/22/15

Hey folks!  Welcome to the latest batch of new beers you'll be seeing soon from NJ breweries!  Makes your mouth water a bit, doesn't it?

902 Brewing

902 Brewing started selling their beers in NJ earlier this year.  Contracting out of Roselle Park's Climax Brewing, 902 Brewing has been pumping out kegs of their IPA, Pale Ale and Black IPA.  Here we have the label for their first bottle release.  It is for their Heaven, Hell or Hoboken IPA and will be packaged in 22 oz. bottles!

902 Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer, India Pale Ale
902 Brewing's IPA: Heaven, Hell or Hoboken

Belford Brewing

keg label for Honey Hudson (Ale Brewed with NJ Honey)

Boaks Beer

keg label for Wooden Beanie brewed at Free Will Brewing in Perkasie, PA (Barrel Aged Belgian Style Brown Ale)

Brix City Brewing

Little Ferry NJ's Brix City Brewing is another one of NJ's newest breweries to open, and the below label is for their KTK Double IPA.  Like 902 Brewing's IPA, KTK will also be packaged in 22 oz. bottles.

Brix City Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer, Double IPA
Brix City Brewing's KTK Double IPA

Carton Brewing

keg approval for Dune Fruit

Cypress Brewing

keg approval for Double IPA

Demented Brewing 

keg approval for C-4 India Pale Ale (7% ABV)
keg approval for Sol Reaper American Pale Ale (6% ABV)
keg approval for Astarte Strawberry Cream Ale (5.5% ABV)

Melovino Meadery

Mead from Vauxhall, NJ!

Melovino Meadery, Mead, New Jersey
Melovino Meadery Hot For Teacher

NJ Beer Co.

Here's an updated label for NJ Beer Co.'s LBIPA.  Lookin' great!

New Jersey Beer Co, New Jersey, India Pale Ale
Updated label for New Jersey Beer Co.'s LBIPA

Get out there and enjoy some beers!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 07/01/15

With all of the new breweries opening in NJ, there are more and more label approvals coming through the system.  To keep these "Upcoming NJ Beers" posts shorter, I am going to try and post them every two weeks instead of once a month.

Let's see what new labels have come through the system since the last update!

902 Brewing had kegs of"Black Dynomite" Black IPA approved

Angry Erik saw 3 keg labels approved for the following beers: To Taste American IPA (6.0% ABV), Two Shoe Brew Copper Ale (6.0% ABV) and Fjord Crosser Belgian IPA

Beach Haus Brewery

Belford Brewing

Bolero Snort

Climax Brewing  saw approvals for Hammer and Ale Imperial IPA, Maxwell's Summer Ale, Maxwell's Pale Ale

Cricket Hill received two keg approvals for the following:  Philly Roller Derby Lager and Tiff's Limited Release Ale

Cypress Brewing, gearing up for their launch event, received several more keg approvals: double chocolate imperial outmeal stout, Cypress Hefeweizen, Cypress IPA, Cypress Summer IPA, Cypress West Coast Style IPA, Cypress Irish Red, Cypress Blonde Ale, Cypress Northern English Style Nut Brown Ale, Cypress Rye Saison,

Demented Brewing had keg approvals for the following beers: Scarlet Night American Amber Ale (5.8% ABV), Litha American Wheat Ale (5.8% ABV), Belladonna German Wheat Ale (3.2% ABV)

Flying Fish received keg approval for an interesting new Coffee Pale Ale.

Forgotten Boardwalk saw keg approvals for Pocket Trip Imperial IPA, Title Deed Imperial Oatmeal Espresso Coffee Stout, as well as a can approval for Morro Castle Smoked Porter.  See the can label below!

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing, Morro Castle, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Forgotten Boardwalk Morro Castle

Melovino Meadery

New Jersey Beer Co. - The North Bergen team saw approvals for Fat Captain Ale, Captain's Beard Ale, T T T India Pale Ale.  If I had to guess, these are being made specifically for a restaurant.

Pinelands Brewing

Tuckahoe Brewing saw keg approval for Citra Cafe IPA.

Get out there and enjoy some beers!

Monday, June 29, 2015

In the Brewhouse with Conclave Brewing

I can't stress enough how much of an exciting time this is to be a beer fan in NJ.  The majority of NJ residents now live within a short drive of a local brewery, giving them the ability to get their beer as fresh as possible, from the source.

Conclave Brewing, Raritan Twp, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Welcome to Conclave Brewing

Conclave Brewing, opening July 11 in Raritan Twp., is making that drive a lot shorter for Hunterdon County residents  Ever since River Horse moved a little farther south down the Delaware River to Ewing, Hunterdon County has been devoid of a production brewery (there is The Ship Inn brewpub, in the northwest corner of the county).

Conclave Brewing, Raritan Twp, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Part of Conclave's Brewhouse

Conclave Brewing's thirsty customers will be able to imbibe in a farmhouse saison and an espresso milk stout.  Once hop orders are secured, a pale ale will be added to the list.  To spice things up, variants of these beers with different treatments will also be available.

Conclave Brewing, Raritan Twp, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Conclave Brewing's Tank Farm

The brewery is a 3 barrel kettle with a lineup of 7 barrel fermentation tanks.  If you want to try Conclave's saison and espresso milk stout before they open, head over Nik's Wunderbar (Whitehouse Station, NJ) on July 9th.  Starting at 11am, Conclave will be on tap!

Conclave Brewing, Raritan Twp, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Conclave's Tap Room 

Conclave will have their doors open on July 11 from 1-5 pm.  On tap will be their espresso milk stout, a spiced variant of the espresso milk stout, their farmhouse saison and a dry hopped version of the saison.  You will be able to have glasses of the beer in the tap room, and of course fill up growlers to go.

Conclave Brewing
15 Minneakoning Rd. / Suite 202
Raritan Twp, NJ 08822

Friday, June 26, 2015

In the Brewhouse with Cypress Brewing Co.

Get excited for another NJ brewery opening soon!  Cypress Brewing will be opening their doors in early July in a tucked away industrial park at 30 Nixon Lane in Edison, NJ.  They are currently prepping for their July 9th launch party at Hailey's Harp and Pub in Metuchen, NJ, and their fermentation and brite tanks are full to prove it.  

Cypress Brewing, Edison, NJ, Craft Beer
The Barstools at Cypress Waiting to be Filled
For their launch, Cypress Brewing will have 10(!) beers ready for NJ beer fans to try out.  Their idea is to have something for everyone to be able to enjoy.

Hop heads can relish in three different IPAs:  a "nearly sessionable" Cypress IPA, a Cypress Double IPA and a 106 IBU "hop bomb" that is Cypress West Coast IPA.  

Stout lovers will clamor over the Cypress Double Chocolate Imperial Oatmeal Stout, where at 8.8% ABV, Cypress will only sell it to you in half glasses (in their tap room, at least).  

You will find a full list of their launch beers, along with brewer's descriptions, at the end of this post!

Cypress Brewing, Edison, NJ, Craft Beer
Fermentation Tanks Filled with Beer for Cypress Brewing's Launch Party

According to Cypress owner/brewer Charles Backmann (he is 1 of 3 owners), they were originally going to start with a 1 barrel (31.5 gallon) brewhouse, but ultimately decided it would be best to spring for the 2 barrel (63 gallon) system.  As you can see in the picture above, they have 4-2 barrel fermentation tanks and 1-4 barrel fermentation tank. 


Cypress Brewing, Edison, NJ, Craft Beer
Cypress' Brewing Setup Ready to Go

You will be able to try Cypress Brewing's beers at several bars around Middlesex County, but they are also planning on doing a lot of business out of their tap room.  For sale will be full pints and flights.  And of course, growlers will be available for you to take the beer home with you.

Cypress Brewing, Edison, NJ, Craft Beer
Love the Cypress Brewing Logo and Shadow Cypress Trees

Once again, head out to Hailey's Harp and Pub in Metuchen, NJ for Cypress Brewing's launch party, where you will be able to have a taste of any of the beers listed below.....I guess you can call that a tap takeover!

Cypress Brewing Co.
30 Nixon Lane, Unit E
Edison, NJ 08837

Hailey's Harp and Pub
400 Main St.
Metuchen, NJ 08840

Cypress Brewing's Launch Beers

Cypress Blonde - 3.7% ABV, 20 IBU - Light American Ale with a blend of pale and pilsner malts.
Cypress Northern English Nut Brown - 4.6% ABV, 25 IBU - Dark and malty with roasted barley and chocolate malt.  Earthy hops and a sweet, nutty finish.
Cypress Hefeweizen - 4.9% ABV, 12 IBU - Traditional German Hefeweizen with pronounced banana and clove notes.
Cypress Irish Red - 5.2% ABV19 IBU - Deep red hue and a malty, slightly roasted flavor.  Mild use of earthy hops, and finishes with a slight toffee flavor.
Cypress Amber - 5.5% ABV, 35 IBU - American style Amber Ale with a slight biscuit flavor due to added Amber malt.  Moderate use of West Coast American hops.
Cypress Rye Saison - 5.6% ABV, 27 IBU - Hazy and light in color.  Dry, with a distinct Rye flavor with hints of black pepper and coriander.  Earthy hops and a clean finish.
Cypress IPA - 5.9% ABV, 64 IBU - A "nearly sessionable" American IPA.  Light in color, with pronounced pine and grapefruit flavors.  Dry-hopped with a generous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops.
Cypress West Coast IPA - 7.4% ABV, 106 IBU - A "hop bomb" American IPA.  Powerful aroma and 106 IBU from an onslaught of West Coast hops.
Cypress Double IPA - 8.4% ABV, 85 IBU - Mashed high (for an IPA) to allow some residual malt sugars to show through.  Added honey malt for a slightly sweet flavor.  Floral aroma with a hint of tropical fruit.
Cypress Double Chocolate Imperial Oatmeal Stout -8.8% ABV, 45 IBU - High final gravity and added oats for a heavy, silky mouth feel. Nearly 50% more cocoa then a typical chocolate stout.  Earthy hops, and fermented with English Ale yeast.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 06-16-15

Wow, it's been almost 2 months since my last update on upcoming NJ beers.  Get ready for lots of labels!

(also, I didn't add any pictures of the keg labels.  So if there's no picture with the beer's name, it's a keg beer!)

Angry Erik Brewing: American Limey (India Pale Ale brewed with lime zest and lime juice), Aloysia Citrodora (Pale Ale brewed with Lemon Verbena)

Beach Haus Brewery:
Beach Haus Brewery, New Jersey, Craft Beer, Krampus
Beach Haus Brewery Krampus Spiced Ale, take note of the large bottle format

Brix City Brewing:  Here we have the first bottle release from newly opened Brix City Brewing out of Little Falls, NJ!
Brix City, New Jersey, Craft Beer, Saison
Brix City Brewing St. Stephen's Saison

Cape May Brewing:

Cape May, Tower 23, Berliner Weisse, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Cape May Brewing Tower 23 Berliner Weisse 

Carton Brewing: Tharsis (ale brewed with Thai chiles and saffron, 6.2% ABV)

Cypress Brewing: Another new NJ brewery!  Northern English Style Nut Brown Ale and Rye Saison Ale

Flounder Brewing: Cascadian Dark Ale, American Ale

Flying Fish Brewing Company: Gone Fish'n, Ye Olde Beer Barrel Pub Ale
Flying Fish, New Jersey, Craft Beer, Bourbon Barrel Aged
Flying Fish NJ351

Kane Brewing:
Kane Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer, India Pale Ale
Kane Brewing Company Head High

Melovino Meadery:
Melovino Meadery, Mead, Southern Apple
Melovino Meadery Southern Apple

Melovino Meadery, Mead, All Night Long, Coffee
Melovino Meadery All Night Long

River Horse Brewing Company:
River Horse, New Jersey, Craft Beer, Sour Ales
River Horse Cranberry Sour

River Horse, New Jersey, Craft Beer
River Horse Cherry Berliner Weisse

Spellbound Brewing:  Berliner Weisse
Spellbound Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer, Peach, IPA
Spellbound Brewing Peach IPA

Tuckahoe Brewing Company: Meadowbank Beer (4.9% ABV)

Now get out there and enjoy some NJ beer!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Visit to Village Idiot and Spellbound Breweries

One of the most interesting things about today's beer world is the different ways that brewery owners choose to run their brewery.  You can open a brewpub or have a production brewery.  In your production brewery you can have a small tasting bar, a larger bar where you can serve flights and pints, or you can not let any patrons in the brewery at all!  The size of your brewery also makes a huge difference in your business plan. Two breweries in Mt. Holly, NJ, Spellbound Brewing and Village Idiot Brewing, really showcase many of these differences.

Both Village Idiot and Spellbound Brewing Companies have been open for a short time, and with quite different business plans.  First, the things they have in common.  1)  Both in Mt. Holly 2) Both production breweries (not a brewpub, so they don't serve food)

Village Idiot Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Welcome to Village Idiot Brewing
Village Idiot Brewing opened up on High Street in downtown Mt. Holly, NJ in December of 2013.  Owners and brewers Rich and Vince decided to open small, brewing their beers in 1.5 barrel batches (equivalent to a little more than 47 gallons of beer).  That's a relatively small number compared to lots of other breweries, but it is still almost ten times more than most homebrewers brew in a single batch (most homebrewers start and brew with 5 gallon batches).

Village Idiot Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer
The bar welcomes you at Village Idiot

Village Idiot's small size means they have to brew quite often to keep the taps flowing.  That also means they're able to offer a variety of different beers, which increases the chances of a new beer being on tap every time you stop in for a drink.

Village Idiot Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Price Board at Village Idiot

While we were there Rich and Vince had seven beers on tap, including Teddy Hopper Double IPA, Oatmeal Chocolate Stout, Infinite IPA, Walter White wit and Bridgetown Blonde Ale.  I love how they let you get 1/2 pints.  They're more than you get in a flight glass or taster, so its enough to really get a good feel for what the beer offers.  Want to eat some food while enjoying Village Idiot beer?  Bring your own from any of the Mt. Holly take-out restaurants, or fill some beer in a growler or Crowler to take home!

Village Idiot Brewing
42 High Street, Mt. Holly, NJ

Spellbound Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Welcome to Spellbund Brewing
Spellbound Brewing opened in an industrial park on Lippincott Lane in Mt. Holly, NJ in September/October 2014.  Right off the bat Spellbound owners Mike, John and Scott decided to brew on a 20-bbl brewhouse. That is roughly 630 gallons per batch.  

Spellbound Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Spellbound Tap Room
Even with such large batches, they are able to keep a nice variety of different beers ready to drink in their tap room.  While all the beers were good, my favorites were the Palo Santo Porter, NJCB Collabortion Triple and the Peach 2XIPA.  Since Spellbound doesn't serve food, they let you bring in food from local Mt. Holly businesses!

Spellbound Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Beers on tap at Spellbound
Spellbound also has their own canning line which they currently use to package their stellar IPA.  You can pick up six-packs of their IPA in the taproom, or at some liquor stores in Burlington, Mercer, Hunterdon, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Spellbound Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Spellbound IPA cans getting ready to be filled
Spellbound Brewing
10 Lippincott Lane, Suite 12, Mt. Holly, NJ

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 04/23/15

Howdy everyone!  Let's check out the NJ beer label approvals from the last month!

Beach Haus Brewery

Looks like Beach Haus Brewery is gearing up to expand their portolio with these six bottle labels

Beach Haus Brewery, New Jersey, Belmar, Beer
Beach Haus Brewery, New Jersey, Belmar, Beer
Beach Haus Brewery, New Jersey, Belmar, Beer
Beach Haus Brewery, New Jersey, Belmar, Beer
Beach Haus Brewery, New Jersey, Belmar, Beer
Beach Haus Brewery, New Jersey, Belmar, Beer

Bolero Snort Brewery

Enjoying spring so far?  Some bottles of Bolero Snort's recent bottle release, Tabull Saison, may help!

Bolero Snort Brewery, New Jersey, Beer, Saison, Tabull Saison

Cape May Brewing Company

Cape May Brewing received keg label approval for South Jersey Seccession Session Scottish Ale.  Gordon Ramsay recently tapped a cask of this beer at the opening of one of his pubs in Atlantic City.

Conclave Brewing

I'm very excited to see keg label approvals from yet to open Conclave Brewing.  Hopefully this means they will be opening in Raritan Twp, NJ sooner rather than later!  They received keg label approvals for their Pale Ale, Saison Farmhouse Ale and their Stout.

Cricket Hill Brewery

Fairfield's Cricket Hill received keg label approvals for a Jimmy Geez Seasonal Ale and 1887 ale

Demented Brewing

Another new brewery!  Demented Brewing received keg label approval for Double Dementia IPA.  Let's take a look of that label below!

Demented Brewing, New Jersey, Beer, Double Dementia

Flying Fish Brewing

Flying Fish saw keg label approval for an interesting beer called Philly Style Pharmhouse.

Kane Brewing

Kane received a keg label approval for their farmhouse ale, Cortijo

Lunacy Brewing

Magnolia's Lunacy Brewing saw keg label approvals for Admiral Vickers Baltic Porter and Midnight Mild Ale

Melovino Meadery

This last month saw 5 different mead bottle labels approved for Vauxhall, NJ's Melovino Meadery.  I really need to get over there to taste there meads, they all sound so good!

Melovino Meadery, New Jersey, Vauxhall
Melovino Meadery, New Jersey, Vauxhall
Melovino Meadery, New Jersey, Vauxhall
Melovino Meadery, New Jersey, Vauxhall
Melovino Meadery, New Jersey, Vauxhall

Rinn Duin Brewing

 Keg approval for Lawnmower English Style Blonde Ale (15.5 gal)

River Horse Brewing

An IPL (India Pale Lager) is River Horse's most recent Brewer's Reserve beer.

River Horse, Brewer's Reserve, IPL, New Jersey, Beer

Spellbound Brewing

Keep a lookout for newly approved beers Peach 2X IPA and Belgian Style Tripel Ale.  Previously found at the brewery, now you may be lucky to find it in a bar near you.

Tuckahoe Brewing

Even though Tuckahoe Brewing is gearing up for a move to Egg Harbor Twp, they still got some exciting new bottle label approvals!  See the labels for Bretta, Marigolden and Scourge of the Seven Seas below.

Tuckahoe Brewing, Beer, New Jersey
Tuckahoe Brewing, Beer, New Jersey
Tuckahoe Brewing, New Jersey, Beer, Scourge of the Seven Seas

Get out there and enjoy some NJ beers!