Monday, May 26, 2014

Flying Fish Celebrates 350 Years of New Jersey

This year, a 127 mile stretch of Atlantic Ocean shoreline, flanked to the west by pinelands and to the north by skylands, is celebrating 350 years of being known as New Jersey.  To celebrate, Flying Fish has brewed up a special beer, appropriated named NJ350.  A little research led me to the website for NJ350, which actually turned out to be an organization that is spreading the word and setting up events for Jersey's 350th. There is lots of great info there on NJ's history, so check it out!

Flying Fish Brewing Company, NJ350, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Flying Fish Brewing Company NJ350

Some facts on Flying Fish's NJ350 beer, from their website:

  • Ingredients:  English pale malt, flaked barley, blackstrap molasses
  • Hops:  Cluster, Simcoe, Centennial
  • Packaging:  750 mL bottles, 1/2 kegs and 1/6 kegs
  • 7.5% abv
Flying Fish Brewing Company, NJ350, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Flying Fish NJ350, proudly celebrating 350 years of New Jersey.  You got a problem with that?
Flying Fish Brewing Company, NJ350, New Jersey, Craft Beer
Flying Fish NJ350:  Doesn't have quite that dark a color in reality

On the side of the bottle, Flying Fish declares NJ350 to be an English stock ale.  From what I know, a stock ale is similar to an old ale or an English barleywine.  According to the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) guidelines, a stock ale refers to beers that were aged or stored for a significant period of time.  The first batch of this beer was brewed on or close to March 3, according to this link from All About Beer magazine, and went for sale at the brewery on April 17 at the Flying Fish taproom according to their Facebook page.  I hate pushing semantics, but this beer doesn't seem aged much to me.

However, whether it is aged or not, NJ350 is still a delightfully pleasant beer.  It reminds me of an IPA with a solid, malt body.  I found it worth it for the $8 or $9 that was paid, and the 7.5% ABV won't put you on the floor, which is always a plus.

Have you had Flying Fish NJ350?  What did you think?  Feel free to let me know in the comments!


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads up on this! I'll be keeping my eye out for this one.

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