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!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bolero Snort Brewery: Cracked Pepperhorn

Two weeks ago, I posted about how I stumbled across Bolero Snort's Barrel Aged Javahorn.  During that same trip to the bottle shop, I picked up a bottle of Cracked Pepperhorn, Bolero Snort's 2nd anniversary beer.

There is just something exciting and nostalgic about the passing of another year.  Brewers celebrate a full revolution around the sun by getting creative in the brewhouse and constructing a special beer. To commemorate their 2nd anniversary, New Jersey's Bolero Snort Brewery brewed up a brown ale.  

A brown ale?  You read me right!  For Cracked Pepperhorn, Bolero brewed an imperial brown ale with a dose of black peppercorns added for good measure.  An Imperial Peppercorn Brown Ale was born.  The aptly named Cracked Pepperhorn comes in at 8.1% ABV, and is packaged in waxed 750 mL bottles.  I had bottle 203 out of 848 total bottles.

Squid's Fist was one of Bolero Snort's first beers to win an award when they were still only homebrewers. Cracked Pepperhorn pays homage to that beer.  According to the label, Cracked Pepperhorn is Squid's Fist brought to the next level.

Bolero Snort Brewery, Craft Beer, Cracked Pepperhorn, New Jersey
Bolero Snort Cracked Pepperhorn
Bolero Snort knocked it out of the park with Cracked Pepperhorn. It pours with a beautiful amber hue.  Sweet malt dominates up front and is cut with a dry, peppery finish.  It's not too heavy or too sweet.  To me, it was just right.  The 8.1% ABV provides a pleasant warming to round out the beer.  Cracked Pepperhorn is everything I could want out of a brown ale, and probably my favorite Bolero Snort beer to date. 

Now if only I could find some of Bolero Snort's Bergen County Bull Stout....

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 03/18/15

As of late, I've been posting about upcoming NJ beer releases once a month.  However, there was recently a slew of bottle labels that were approved, so I decided to do another post now!  Here are those upcoming NJ beers you can look forward to!

Forgotten Boardwalk:  Cherry Hill, NJ's Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing has another can release on the horizon with the label approval for their Funnel Cake Ale.  5.5% ABV in 12 oz. cans.

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing, Funnel Cake Ale, Beer, New Jersey
Forgotten Boardwalk Funnel Cake Ale

River Horse:  Ewing, NJ's River Horse Brewing saw the approval of 2 bottled beers.  First, a 6% ABV Farmhouse Saison.  Second, Brewer's Reserve Batch 018, White, a Belgian-style Wheat Ale.

River Horse Farmhouse Saison
Bottle Collar for River Horse White
Bottle label for River Horse Brewer's Reserve beers

There were also the following keg label approvals/updates:

Belford Brewing - Irish Style Red ale, Horseshoe Maibock
Cape May Brewing - Harvest Ale
Kane Brewing - Evening Bell imperial porter
Rinn Duin Brewing:  Lawnmower English Style Blonde Ale

Go out and enjoy some beers!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Weyerbacher Brewing: Sunday Morning Stout

Over the weekend, Easton, PA's Weyerbacher Brewing released their beer Sunday Morning Stout in 12 oz. bottles and kegs.  They had a release event at their Line Street brewery, hosting Milford, NJ's Fieldstone Coffee Roasters and the Mucho Bueno Food Truck.

Fieldstone roasted the coffee blend that Weyerbacher used in Sunday Morning Stout, and was selling the blend by the bag and by the cup.  Sadly, I neglected to try the coffee or pick up a bag of the coffee!

But the beer, yes, the beer.  I definitely picked up my fair share of Sunday Morning Stout.  Ringing in at 11.3% ABV, this imperial stout was aged in bourbon barrels and had the Fieldstone coffee blend added to it.

Weyerbacher, Sunday Morning Stout, Craft Beer, Pennsylvania
Sunday Morning Stout
When Sunday Morning Stout came out of the barrels and was bottled, it poured a jet black monster with a large brown head.  It was brimming with the vanilla and alcohol characteristics reminiscent of bourbon.  You are getting just what the label says, a stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee.

Now, aging a big imperial stout in bourbon barrels is definitely not a new thing.  When the bottling of Sunday Morning Stout was announced I was immediately interested, but also a little wary.  With so many barrel aged stouts out there, would this one stand out from the crowd?

Sunday Morning Stout does stand out.  I hate to use this adjective, but this beer is smooth!  The bourbon is very prominent, which provides a little bite.  But overall, this stout is fluid.  If you're into the style, give Sunday Morning Stout a try!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Bolero Snort Brewery: Barrel Aged Javahorn

A few weeks back, the Bolero Snort guys filled up their delivery van with two new bottled beers to dispatch to their fans across NJ.  They were releasing their 2nd anniversary beer, Cracked Pepperhorn, as well as a small batch beer called Bergen County Bull Stout.  However, this post isn't about either of those beers.

When I went to the bottle shop to see if the Bolero Snort beers were on the retail floor yet, I was only able to find the Cracked Pepperhorn.  A clerk approached me to see if I needed help (I must have looked lost, walking up and down the aisle to see if I had overlooked the Bergen County Bull Stout).  So I made my query for the BCBS, and he went off to search for me.

The helpful clerk returns carrying a bottle, so of course I start to get excited about what he may have found.

"There was no Bergen County Stout, but we did have this large bottle from Bolero Snort," the clerk tells me.

As he turns the bottle around, I read the label:  Barrel Aged Javahorn!

I make a quick inquiry as to the price, just to ensure that it wasn't not too high.  Sold!

Bolero Snort released Barrel Aged Javahorn (a bourbon barrel aged version of their lager Blackhorn, with espresso and vanilla added) in Fall 2014.  I had pretty much given up hope of finding it, since I wasn't able to pick a bottle up when it was first released.

Bolero Snort Brewery, Barrel Aged Javahorn, Beer, New Jersey
Barrel Aged Javahorn: Bottle 140/225
Here is a blurb about Barrel Aged Javahorn from Bolero Snort's website:

"Based on a fan favorite treatment conceived during our launch week back in March 2013 we really kicked this one up a notch!  Our American Black Lager aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels with espresso and a hint of vanilla this beer is sure to get you going!"

Bottle Info:

Bottle 140 / 225
6.7% ABV
70 IBU
1 Pint 9.4 Fl. Oz.

The Taste

There was a wax covering adorned to the top of the bottle.  I made good use of my new Snake Bite bottle opener.  The fangs on the bottle opener made quick work of the wax around the bottle cap, giving me quick access to pry open the beer.

At refrigerator temperature, Barrel Aged Javahorn was a little rough.  I'm not quite sure what it was, but it was just rough.  15 minutes sitting out mellowed the beer out as much as it was going to be mellow.  The aroma of vanilla dominated the nose.  Cocoa, vanilla and alcohol made up the flavor.  There was also a touch of sourness throughout.

Overall, I found it enjoyable.  It was great to sip on the bottle for a few hours.  To suit my preference, I would want to cut down on the sour flavor and somehow make it a bit less rough and grainy.  Being a bit more smooth could do wonders for this beer.

Great job on this one, Bolero.  I look forward to more of your barrel aged releases!

Bolero Snort Barrel Aged Javahorn

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 03/08/15

Here are all of the NJ label approvals since my 02/08/15 update

Angry Erik Brewing:  Mary-Shroom, a winter saison ale brewed with mushrooms (porcini, oyster, shitake, portabello, black trumpet) and rosemary (5.8% ABV), saw an updated keg approval.

Cape May Brewing:  The team at Cape May Brewing saw a number of keg approvals, including Watermelon Wheat, Apple Bomb, Corrosion Ale and Cold Spring Pale Ale.

Cricket Hill Brewing:  Cricket Hill had two keg labels approved.  One was for a Blu Ale House Ale, and the other was for Gray Stone Seasonal Ale.  Sadly, I don't have any other information on these two beers at this time.

Flounder Brewing:  Flounder saw keg label approval of their Espresso Brown ale.  Not long ago they had a keg of this on tap at Fox and Hound Tavern in Lebanon, NJ.  Hopefully they will keep brewing more of it!

Glasstown Brewing:  Glasstown received keg label approval for Alvin's Chipmunk Stout (9.2% ABV).

Little Dog Brewing:  Little Dog Brewing received keg label approval for DuckBoy Pale Ale (5.25% ABV) and Porter (5.25% ABV).

River Horse Brewing:  Bottle label approval was received for River Horse's Baltic Porter, aged in Peruvian Rum Barrels (11% ABV).  Bottles will go on sale at their brewery in Ewing, NJ at 7pm on Friday, March 27th.  Here's a link to their newsletter with some information on the release.

River Horse, New Jersey, Craft Beer, Baltic Porter
River Horse Baltic Porter Aged in Peruvian Rum Barrels
Get out there and enjoy some NJ beers!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Upcoming NJ Beers - as of 02/08/15

Here are all of the beer label approvals since my last update (mid-January).  I'm not sure when these beers are being released, so check with the brewery before you go out looking for them!

902 Brewing:  902 Brewing's American Pale Ale called Pale Ale True Hobo (PATH) received keg approval.  It is clearly stated on the keg that the beer is brewed at Climax Brewing for 902 Brewing.  It is 37 IBUs (from their website, ABV between 5-6%).  902 Brewing also had keg approval for Heaven Hell or Hobo, their American IPA.  According to the label, it is 68 IBUs (from their website, 6.5% ABV).

Angry Erik Brewing:  Angry Erik's Freaky Freydis, a stout brewed with cocoa nibs, saw its keg label approved.

Bolero Snort Brewery:  Bolero Snort's late winter/early spring seasonal Lucky Buck Irish Dry Stout saw an updated label approval.  This year it will be bottled instead of canned.  Lucky Buck will be 4.0% ABV.

Cape May Brewing:  Cape May Brewing had a new bottled label approved, which you can see the label for below.  It is for Apple Bomb, and comes in at 8.0% ABV.  Cape May also saw keg label approval for Hitching Post Stout.
Cape May Brewing, New Jersey, Craft Beer, Apple Bomb
Cape May Brewing Apple Bomb - click to enlarge

Carton Brewing:  Carton saw their keg label for Orange Swisher approved.  Check out the Orange Swisher video from I Drink Good Beer.

Flying Fish Brewing:  Here's an interesting large formation bottle to be released from Flying Fish.  Pescado Rojo Grande is Flying Fish's Red Fish aged in oak barrels that once held Cuervo Traditional 100% Agave tequila. It's going to come in at 9.0% ABV.

Flying Fish Brewing Company, Pescado Rojo Grande, Craft Beer, New Jersey
Flying Fish Pescado Rojo Grande - click to enlarge

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing:  Round Trip, a hoppy saison ale, received keg approval.  From Forgotten Boardwalk's website, Round Trip is 45 IBUs and rings in at 7.0% ABV.  Check out the infographic from their website.

Glasstown Brewing:  There were a number of keg approvals from Millville's Glasstown in the past month

  • Clash of the Pumpkins, a 7.1% ABV pumpkin ale
  • Stout with No Name, 9.5% ABV
  • It's A Wee Heavy (Ale), 8.5% ABV
  • Guns and Guts Imperial India Pale Ale, 10.5% ABV

Kane Brewing:  Kane had an updated keg label for Fall Saints.  The label states that Fall Saints is brewed with sweet potatoes, squash, maple syrup and spices (9.2% ABV, not on keg label).  Heirloom, a belgian ale, also saw an updated keg approval. 

Lunacy Brewing:  Magnolia's Lunacy Brewing's Rocket keg label was approved.  Rocket is a chocolate peanut butter beer stout, and comes in at 6.6% ABV.

River Horse Brewing:  River Horse saw an approval for their updated Summer Blonde ale bottle/can label.  4.5% ABV.

Spellbound Brewing:  Mt. Holly's Spellbound Brewing received keg approval for Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale (from their website, it is 7% ABV).  Their Double IPA brewed with peaches and their Stout also saw keg approval.

That's all for now....go out and enjoy some beers!