Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Breweries for the Garden State in 2013

2013 was an excellent and exciting year for beer in New Jersey.  We saw the opening of 4 new breweries as well as approvals in 4 other breweries who didn't quite have enough time to open in 2013.  Let's take a look at the new breweries and see what they will be offering to us thirsty beer fans!

Bolero Snort Brewery, New Jersey, Craft Beer
The array of Bolero Snort beers (photo courtesy of Bolero Snort)

Bolero Snort BreweryLaunched their beers in late February 2013.  They started out with two beers, Ragin' Bull (an amber lager) and Blackhorn (an American black lager).  Later in 2013, they added a 3rd flagship, There's No Rye-ing in Basebull (a rye ale) and also released a winter seasonal, Gingerbull Cookie (a brown ale brewed with spices).  In order to provide a wider spectrum of beers to their fans, they like to prepare what they call #BSTreatments.  If you follow their Facebook or Twitter, you might be lucky enough to find the treatments in the wild, and get to taste such beers as Blackhorn's Kickin' Creamsicle (black lager aged on vanilla and cointreau soaked on oak) and Crouching Tiger Ragin' Bull (amber lager aged on szechuan peppercorns).  I look forward to seeing what Bolero Snort has to offer in 2014!  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Web

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant:  2013 saw the Iron Hill chain of brewpubs open a restaurant in Voorhees.  This is their 2nd location in NJ.  Along with Iron Hill staples such as Pig Iron Porter and Vienna Red Lager, Bottled Reserve beers may be purchased, either for consumption at Iron Hill or at home.  Selection varies throughout the year and season, so check before you go.  Some beers in the Bottle Reserve are a Russian Imperial Stout, an Abbey Dubbel, an English Barleywine and many more.
Voorhees Town Center, 13107 Town Center Boulevard, Voorhees, NJ 08043   

Flounder Brewing Company, Hillsborough, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Growler of Flounder Brewing Hill Street Honey
Flounder Brewing:  I must say, it's been fun watching the Flounder brewery grow the last few years on Facebook.  It took them longer than expected to open, but they made sure to keep everyone in the loop, which made it just that more exciting when they finally opened for business in Hillsborough.  This year, Flounder had 4 beers for sale:  Hill Street Honey Ale (pictured above), Saison du Flounder, Floundering Pumpkin Ale and Murky Brown Ale.  Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for dates when they're open for tours, tastings and growler fills!  If you want a tour, you need to sign up in advance!
1 Ilene Court, Bldg 8, Suite 16, Hillsborough, NJ 08844 

Village Idiot Brewing Company, Mt Holly, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Village Idiot Brewing Company (photo courtesy of Village Idiot)
Village Idiot Brewing Company:  These guys managed to open up their Mt Holly neighborhood brewery just before Christmas!  I haven't yet made it down for a visit, but just watching their progress on their Facebook page makes me thirsty!  Their Oatmeal Chocolate Stout on nitro is one of the first beers from the Village Idiot crew I want to try (as long as they have it on tap, of course!).  Some other beers they have had on tap since opening is a Belgian Tripel, Bridgetown Blonde, and By-Pass Brown! The most up-to-date hours of operation are kept on their Facebook page!  
42-44 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060

There were also breweries that received approval by the end of the year, but haven't yet started selling beer to the public.  Here's a list with links to their media so you can follow along!

Angry Erik Brewing (Lafayette): FacebookWeb
Glasstown Brewing Company (Millville): Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Web
Rinn Duin Brewing (Toms River): Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Web
Pinelands Brewing Company (Tuckerton): Facebook / Twitter 
HearthStone Grill** (Jamesburg): Facebook / Twitter / Web
**Open for food

Last, but certainly not least, a big THANK YOU to all of this blog's followers.  2013 was a great year, and I am looking forward to 2014.  Cheers!

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