Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bolero Snort Takes Debut Year by Its Horns

I've said it before and I'll say it again, it's a great time to be a beer fan in the state of New Jersey.  At the beginning of 2014, I wrote this article highlighting some of the breweries that had opened up shop in NJ in 2013. Already this year, 4 out of the 5 breweries listed at the bottom of the article as still "in planning" are open for business!

Bolero Snort Brewery, There's No Rye-ing in Basebull, Rye Lager, New Jersey Craft Beer
Bolero Snort There's No Rye-ing in Basebull

Bolero Snort was one of the new breweries who opened in 2013, and they just celebrated their first anniversary!  They currently have a few fermentation tanks set up at High Point Brewing in Butler, NJ, but are on the lookout for a space to build their own brewery.  You can find Bolero Snort's beers, which I will detail below, in stores mainly around central and northern Jersey, but also a few southern Jersey liquor stores as well!  Their updated distribution list is here.

Bolero Snort Brewery, Blackhorn, Black Lager, New Jersey Craft Beer
Bolero Snort Blackhorn

The guys at Bolero Snort pride themselves in their full flavored beers (dare I say sessionable?!).  As of today, they have 3 year round beers.  Ragin' Bull is Bolero's take on an amber lager, and it comes in at 5% abv. You don't need to wait until baseball season to enjoy There's No Rye-ing in Basebull, a delightful rye lager that sits at a nice 4.2% abv.  Bolero also brews an American black lager called Blackhorn, which has the highest alcohol content for their year round beers at 6.5% abv.  An ample dosing of Warrior, Centennial and Zythos hops gives Blackhorn a nice hop kick.

Bolero Snort Brewery, Ragin' Bull, Amber Lager, New Jersey Craft Beer
Bolero Snort Ragin' Bull

Just recently, Bolero Snort was able to can one of their beers for the first time.  They brought in Iron Heart Canning, a mobile production canning company, to help package Lucky Buck, a 4% abv Irish dry stout they wanted to have released for St. Patrick's Day, in 16 oz. cans.  Brian from I Drink Good Beer was in attendance for the canning.  His awesome post recounting the day can be found here.  Lucky Buck has been delivered to retailers, so if you see some out in the wild you should pick up a 4-pack!

Bolero Snort Brewery, Lucky Buck, Dry Irish Stout, New Jersey Craft Beer
Bolero Snort Lucky Buck

For Bolero Snort's first anniversary they brewed up an imperial porter, aptly named Happy Buck'n Anniversary.  Before bottling, they built their very own counter-pressure 4 head bottle filler to do the job. See the picture below!  They hand bottled, labeled, waxed and numbered just under 1,000 750 mL bottles, so this release is very limited.  They start making deliveries of Happy Buck'n Anniversary on Friday, March 7!  

Bolero Snort Brewery, Counterpressure Bottle Filler
Bolero Snort's DIY bottle filler

Bolero Snort Brewery, Happy Buck'n Anniversary, Imperial Porter, New Jersey Craft Beer
Bolero Snort Happy Buck'n Anniversary

Slated to be shipped out on Friday, March 28 will be Bolero Snort's newest year round beer, Longhop. Bolero Snort founder Bob Olsen had this to say about Longhop: "At 4.2% abv its super session-able and brewed in the West Coast style.  With four hop varieties it has a nice firm bitterness with aromas of tropical fruits and melon with hints of pine."  Be on the lookout for Longhop in cans!

You will be able to find Bolero Snort Brewery at the Beer on the Boards craft beer fest in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on Saturday, March 22.  They will also be defending their 2013 People's Choice Award at the Atlantic City Beer Festival on April 4-5.

I can't wait to see what else Bolero Snort has in store for their 2nd year!


  1. Hopefully they have plans for a South Jersey expansion in store for year 2!

    1. They're getting there. I know for Happy Buck'n Anniversary they're making deliveries to two stores in Ocean County. Still a bit of a ride for you I think, but they're getting there!

  2. Yea, even places like Ocean are over an hour for me unfortunately. Hopefully next year!