I love when a new brewery starts up and is able to get their beer in bottles. It also makes me nervous though, because in the past I've been burned from getting bad bottles from new breweries. My only assumptions are that there must be a higher chance for variation/contamination when filling bottles. When bottling, you need consistency of fill volume and carbonation, and you need to make sure those bottles are clean and sanitized or else off flavors may develop in the beer. These are all problems I've seen from bottles in the past.
Let's hope that we don't have any bottle problems today!
902 Brewing entered the New Jersey beer scene a little less than 1 year ago. Instead of starting out with their own brewery, they contract out the brewing and tank space at Climax Brewing in Roselle Park, NJ. This had me a little worried, because Climax is one of the brewers that I've had bad bottles from.
Most of the business 902 Brewing does is in and around the Hoboken area in NJ, but they are on tap at a few bars out near me in western NJ. Some of their 22 oz. bottles have also trickled into my area. I picked up a bottle of Black Dynomite Black IPA from Bottlecraft in Franklin. There was no date on the bottle of the label, so I could only hope that it was somewhat fresh! Since Bottlecraft is a newly opened liquor store, I had a good feeling that the beer wouldn't be too old.
I couldn't find the alcohol content on the bottle anywhere, so I had to look it up on 902 Brewing's website. It was listed there at 7.3% ABV. Hopefully they'll find a way to include this on the label in the future!
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|902 Brewing Black Dynomite - Pardon my shoddy beertography!|
I hope that Black Dynomite is a sign of good things to come for 902 Brewing. The Black IPA was quite good. Bitter, but not too bitter. Lots of roasted flavors from the dark malts. This is what I want from a Black IPA. Too often in a Black IPA, the bitterness overwhelms any chance of tasting the dark malts. And sometimes it just tastes like a stout, and you wonder why they added "IPA" to the name of the beer in the first place.
Great stuff here. I'll be sure to pick up 902 Brewing's other beers (Heaven, Hell or Hoboken American IPA, PATH pale ale) when I see them offered.
You can find 902 Brewing and their beers at these upcoming events:
11/7 Beer, BBQ and Bacon Showdown in Stanhope
11/10 New Jersey Craft Beer event at Hops in Morristown
12/19 902 Brewing One Year Anniversary event at Finnegans Pub in Hoboken