It is only June, but 2014 has already been a huge year of growth for the NJ beer industry. In my last update on the state of beer in NJ, I highlighted 4 new breweries: Bolero Snort Brewery, the new Iron Hill in Voorhees, Flounder Brewing and Village Idiot Brewing. Since then, beer is now being brewed at Hearthstone Grill, Angry Erik, Glasstown, Rinn Duin and Pinelands Brewing. Let's look at these in a little more depth!
306 Gatzmer Avenue
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
Specializing in wood fired grill pizzas, Hearthstone Grill has everything from burgers to steaks to hot dogs. They also rotate traditional style, house brewed beer! If you have a New Jersey Craft Beer membership card, you get 10% off your bill.
Angry Erik Brewing
10 Millpond Drive, Unit #8
Lafayette, NJ 07848
Angry Erik in Lafayette offers tours, tastings, pints and growler fills (32 oz. and 64 oz.). They have hours from Thursday through Sunday, check their website for exact hours. Some beers you might find while you are there are The Dainty Viking (an elderflower blonde ale), Stone-Hinged (an apricot ale), Hop-N-Awe (a double IPA, Three Ball Porter (a robust porter) and more! New Jersey Craft Beer membership cardholders get $1 off growler fills.
10 Peterson Street
Millville, NJ 08332
Glasstown Brewing of Millville, NJ opened their doors in late 2013. They have hours from Thursday through Sunday, check their Facebook page for up to date info. Glasstown Brewing has an impressive list of beers on their website, including Maurice River Bourbon Brown, several IPAs and pale ales, and their signature ale, Glasstown Founder's Ale, which is brewed in the style of a west coast red ale. If you're a New Jersey Craft Beer membership cardholder, Glasstown will give you $1 off a growler fill, and if it is a Sunday, they will give you $1 off pints!
Rinn Duin Brewing
1540 Route 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
Rinn Duin Brewing of Toms River is currently open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and offer tours of their brewery every 30 minutes during open hours. 3 year-round flagships are offered: St. John's Irish Red, Sandpiper English Brown and Trinity Scottish 70. They also usually have several special beers available (currently they are serving 2 one-offs of their St. John's Irish Red: 1 fermented with a Burton Union yeast and 1 fermented with a Scottish ale yeast). Rinn Duin also gives a discount to New Jersey Craft Beer membership card holders: $1 off growler fills and 10% off merchandise!
140 South 7th Avenue, Suite 15
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
Pinelands Brewing of Little Egg Harbor recently opened up, and is open on Saturdays from 2pm-6pm. Tours/Tastings/Growlers are available during that time, where you can try their rotating selection of beer. Some of what you may run into while there are Masons Wheat (an American Witbier), Evan John Porter, Evergreen IPA, Pitch Pine Ale (an American pale ale) as well as fresh old fashioned vanilla cream soda and birch beer. 10% off your bill to all New Jersey Craft Beer cardholders!
While these guys/gals are all up and running, there are more NJ breweries on the horizon, hoping for a late 2014 opening! Keep an eye out for:
902 Brewing in Hoboken, NJ
Belford Brewing in Belford (Middletown), NJ
Garden State Beer in Egg Harbor City, NJ
Jugtown Mountain Brewing in Washington, NJ (Warren County)
Lunacy Brewing in Magnolia, NJ
Spellbound Brewing in Mt. Holly, NJ
There may be more, so just keep an eye out!
So, planning on visiting a brewery this weekend?