Sunday, August 17, 2014

Flounder Brewing's August Tour Day

The team over at Flounder Brewing in Hillsborough, NJ opens up their brewery to the public once-a-month for an open house. Sign-ups for the open house are announced via Flounder's Facebook page.  Visitors are given a brief tour of the the small brewery, including a story of how a group of homebrewers turned their hobby into a business.  The brewing process is explained, and afterwards, the visitors are walked over to the bar for complimentary samples of each beer.  You may also purchase one pint of beer (~$5) and/or a growler fill ($8-$16) of a beer you want to bring home.

Their were 3 beers on draft for Flounder Brewing's August event:

  1. Hill St. Honey Ale
  2. Saison du Flounder
  3. Saison du Berliner Weisse (soured saison/farmhouse sour...not quite sure what the final name is!)
Saison du Berliner Weisse was available straight, with raspberry syrup or with strawberry syrup.  All 3 were great.  Flounder had prepared homemade syrups for the occasion, and they were top notch.  I brought home a growler of the Saison du Berliner Weisse and tried to use some syrup I had at home, but it just wasn't the same.

Below are some pictures I took from the event!

Follow Flounder Brewing's Facebook page for when the next open house will be.

Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Flounder's banner.  Not soon-to-be anymore, they've been fully operational since around November '13!
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Jeremy 'Flounder' Lees giving a rundown of the brewing process they use at Flounder Brewing
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Flounder Brewing's brewhouse.  No longer the smallest in NJ!

Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Flounder shares their space with East Coast Yeast, a company who propagates unique yeast cultures for commercial and home brewers.  Here are the vessels that ECY uses.
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Flounder's taproom.  They employ an online sign-up service for tours to keep the taproom from becoming overcrowded.
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Flounder's taps!
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Flounder offers 32. oz and 64 oz. growlers to bring their beer home in.  Or you can bring your own to use, as long as it has the government warning label on it!  Pint glasses, hats, shirts and keychains are also available to show off your Flounder love!
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Flounder expects all the beer they have to be sold at their open house.  Time to start brewing more!
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Saison du Berliner Weisse
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Saison du Berliner Weisse w/ raspberry syrup
Flounder Brewing, Craft Beer, New Jersey Craft Beer, Brewery Tour
Saison du Berliner Weisse w/ strawberry syrup

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