Kane Brewing Company Issues Statement on Mexican Brunch Foaming, Announces Refunds

Kane Brewing Company has announced via email that they will be refunding all sales of Mexican Brunch that were purchased for this past weekend’s bottle release.  On Saturday night we started hearing of foaming issues with the beer on social media and we experienced it first-hand with a bottle we opened on Sunday after we picked up our bottles and just chalked it up to the heat, or possibly not being chilled enough.  The beer was delicious and we had no worries that there was an issue with the beer.

Kane obviously felt that it needed to be explored and have decided to refund everyone for the bottles within the next 24-48 hours.  They are doing this because “Since we opened in 2011 our focus has been on setting and maintaining a consistently high level of quality.  With this bottle release we didn’t meet those high internal standards we set for ourselves” As I have said THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BEER!  Kane has made the decision based on their own internal standards and is not asking for the bottles back, and gave some suggestions on how to serve the beer to keep the foaming to a minimum.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss of money for Kane and an incredible show of how much Kane not only talks the talk but walks the walk.  Kudos to Michael Kane and his staff for not only setting high standards but also following those standards that were set in spite of taking a huge monetary loss.

Here is the email that was sent today to those who purchased Mexican Brunch:

A Message from Kane Brewing Company:

Over the weekend we became aware of some incidents of Mexican Brunch bottles foaming when opened.  We take any potential issues regarding quality seriously and so starting Monday morning we began investigating the issue to determine whether there was a problem.  As with all our bottled and canned beers, Mexican Brunch went through a series of laboratory tests to detect any beer spoiling contaminants in the tank and once again in the package – all of which came back negative prior to its release. 

Our first step was to re-run all those tests yesterday to confirm that the beer was negative—which it is.  We also re-tested the carbonation levels in the bottles.  The result was between 2.2-2.4 volumes of carbonation which is in the correct tolerance for this beer (Head High is carbonated at 2.5 volumes as a point of reference).  We then proceeded to open a few cases of archived bottles that we save from each release that were from different points in the bottling run.  Our results mirrored what we are hearing in the market place.  A large portion of our bottles were fine, but we did encounter some that foamed when opened.  Since we ruled out contamination and over-carbonation, we then considered other causes of foaming in beer–specifically nucleation points. 

After some research, we believe that the foaming in some bottles was caused by nucleation points which is attributed to the abundant amount of the specific spices we used in Mexican Brunch.  As we got closer to the end of the bottling run more of the spice particulates that had settled to the bottom of the tank ended up in some of the bottles.  These spice particulates when in abundance cause CO2 to rapidly break out of solution creating excess foaming.

Since we have no way of knowing which bottles or how many are impacted, we are issuing a full refund to anyone who purchased Mexican Brunch.  We are not asking for the bottles back or that you discard them because there is no issue with the beer and the flavor should not be impacted.  There is also no need to store them cold, but we do recommend that you chill the bottles down completely prior to opening and pour quickly into a glass once opened.  Since we opened in 2011 our focus has been on setting and maintaining a consistently high level of quality.  With this bottle release we didn’t met those high internal standards we set for ourselves.  We will continue to research this issue to prevent this problem in the future.  The refund will post to your accounts within 24-48 hours.  If you have any questions at all please email us at                          

Breweries Events

Here’s What’s On Tap This Week

Tuesday, September 19th

7 Mile Brewery will be having their weekly Quizzo night with Joe Gaughan hosting at 7 pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including 7-minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate. They will be open today from 12pm-10pm.

Pinelands Brewing Company hosts Brew Days tonight at the taproom. In September, 10% of all sales on Tuesdays between the hours of 6-9 pm will be earmarked for Mama’s-gona Rescue.

Wednesday, September 2oth

Village Idiot Brewing Company will be open tonight from 5-9 pm.  Make sure you get there to give their seasonal Punk O’Lantern a pull!

Thursday, September 21st

Human Village Brewing Company will be having an Open Mic Night hosted by Jacob Graff tonight at the tasting room from 7-10 pm

Devil’s Creek Brewery will have the return of Trivia Night At The Creek from 7- 9:30 pm tonight at the tasting room in Collingswood. Three winning teams will win Gift Cards!

Lower Forge Brewery wants you to come out tonight and Sing Your Heart Out – Karaoke at the Brewery!  From 7:30-9:30 pm.

Friday, September 22nd

Lunacy Brewing Company will be having their Opening Weekend at their new location today at 12 pm. These guys know how to throw a party, so saddle up and get to the new tasting room located at 1500 Kings Highway in Haddon Heights.  Congrats to everyone and best of luck at your new location!

Garden State Beer Company will have Quizzo tonight starting at 7 pm at the taproom.

The Mad Batter in Cape May is having a Beer Dinner featuring Ludlam Island Brewery tonight.  The  5-course dinner will be paired with Ludlam’s brews, make sure you get in on this early!  For information, visit The Mad Batter on the web at

Saturday, September 23rd

Stone Harbor is having it’s 6th Annual Savor September Wine, Beer, and Food Festival today from 12-8 pm.Enjoy the wine/beer tasting tent, with 12 local wineries & breweries offering up sips of their amazing libations ($15 entry fee/$20 includes your first beer/wine/cider at the bar), delicious food by many of our area’s best restaurants, creations by talented, local artisans, a grape stomping competition, fun for kids and much more!

The 5th Annual Glassboro Craft Beer Festival is happening today from 1-5 pm in the heart of Glassboro on College Ave.  Many South Jersey favorites will be pouring at the event, you can find a brewery listing HERE.  There a few different ticket options, and make sure to visit their page on Facebook to check for discounts.  Visit for more information!

The Bulldog Brewfest hosted by the Stafford Twp Volunteer Fire Company #1 is happening in Manahawkin today from 1-7 pm.  Local breweries pouring include Manafirkin, Icarus, Tuckahoe, Ship Bottom, Garden State, Rinn Duin, and Backward Flag Brewing Company.  Food trucks will be on site and a 30$ Ticket gets you unlimited pours and a full day of live music.  For information visit the festival’s page on Facebook!




Breweries Events

Big Beer Events This Weekend In South Jersey!

This is the official last weekend of Summer and there a quite a few big events happening to end the season with a bang.  As we prepare to head into the fall, here are a few of those events to cap off what has been a great Summer for beer here in South Jersey.

Harvest Brew Fest at the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May

Enjoy craft beers and celebrate South Jersey during this all-day festival that celebrates all things local! Enjoy local food vendors, local artisans, local craft beers and local musical talent including The Capers, Loud N Klear, Heavee Levee, and the Love Me Dudes. Taps flow beginning at 10 am. Admission to the grounds is free and free parking is available.  Cape May Brewing Co, Slack Tide Brewing Co, Ludlam Island Brewery, Tuckahoe Brewing Co, and 7 Mile Brewery (who will have 6 different beers on tap!).  This is a fun event at a really cool venue that is kid-friendly!  For more info follow the link HERE


Jersey Draft & Craft – BEER FEST at iPlay America, Freehold

30+ Breweries & Distilleries and Jersey made Cheese, Chocolate, Beef Jerky and Jersey Made Crafts are all in the spotlight for this event that is put on by The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild.  The event runs from 12-4 pm and is $40 per person. Ticket price includes Admission, souvenir cup, (15) drink tickets for 4oz pours of beer, (4) drink tickets for .5 oz pours of spirits.  Food and snacks are not included in the ticket price but multiple vendors will be serving samples, Chocolate, Cheese, Pretzels etc.  For more information follow the links below:

Jersey Draft & Craft Tickets

List of Breweries and Beer Selections from Untappd

Eight & Sand Beer Co. First Anniversary Celebration, Woodbury

Eight & Sand will be tapping limited small batches of beer throughout the day, along with the return of a fan favorite or two.  Il Fuoco Dentro will be serving up some delicious eats after 5. Also, you don’t want to miss gift card and merch giveaways every hour, leading up to a raffle for a NEW stainless steel growler and very special top-secret contest at 6 PM. The first 20 people get a free rastal glass, so get here early and stay late.  Congratulations to everyone at Eight & Sand Beer Co on their first, of what will be many, anniversaries!  For more info,


Backward Flag Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Party, Forked River

Backward Flag Brewing Company will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary from 2-10 pm at the brewery.  There will be special casks on tap as well as music, and a food vendor outside the licensed premises.  Also, Backward Flag will be presenting certificates and checks to the charity organizations they raised money for.  Congrats to everyone at Backward Flag on this milestone! For more information follow the link HERE


10 Questions With... Breweries

10 Questions With…Torie Fisher, Owner, Backward Flag Brewing Company of Forked River

Staff Sergeant Torie Fisher was nearing the end of her military career and was looking to do something different. After 2 tours of duty in Iraq, deployed in 2004 and 2008, she proudly served her country but knew it was time for a change.  So Torie, being a home brewer, decided to combine her love of the craft with the love of her veteran community and the idea of Backward Flag was born. “I knew from the beginning that our brand would be geared towards veterans and law enforcement,” Torie said as we spoke at the brew house over a glass of Mission Continues, a limited edition Black Ale made with saffron.

Brewery Manger Jeff , Torie, and Head Brewer Melinda of Backward Flag Brewing Company

The ale is really a microcosm of the mission statement and vision for Backward Flag. The brew is named for Mission Continues, an organization that assists returning veterans in adjusting to life at home. The saffron is from Afghanistan and is supplied by a company called Rumi Spice, which was founded and is run by veterans of Afghanistan who fell in love with the country and wanted to give back. Other ingredients are Counterstrike Coffee and Micacao chocolate tea made from the shells of the cacao bean, again both veteran owned companies. And 50% of the profits from Mission Continues goes to non-profit veteran organizations.

Torie’s original plan was to open a brew pub, however, with no restaurant experience, she thought that wasn’t realistic, so she decided a brewery was a better option. She still worked at the Lakehurst Joint Base and wanted to remain nearby so she looked at various locations throughout Ocean County.
While bringing her daughter to a day care location in Lacey, she happened upon the perfect property right across the street and that Challenger Way location became Backward Flag Brewing Company.
Torie has held true to her initial commitment and Backward Flag is the site of many benefits and fundraisers to support our military and law enforcement community. Her nonprofit agency, Arms2artisans, will be up and running in January 2018.

Here are our 10 questions for Torie:

What was the first beer you brewed and how was it?

Stone Brewery Smoked Porter. It was awful… All smoke, no porter!

What is your favorite style to brew and why?

Stouts…my favorite beer to drink and as a brewer there is a lot of flexibility.

Do you look at ratings on Untapped, Beer Advocate or Rate Beer and, if you do, does it influence your recipes?

No….and Yes…We brew what we like to drink and if it sells that means the customer likes it. We do look at Untapped, etc for trends and quality control, is our beer under carbonated, too sweet, etc.

How do you stay connected to the local area in relation to sourcing ingredients?

We try to work with a lot of businesses owned and operated by our veteran and law enforcement partners, which goes along with our mission statement. The Mission Continues black ale is an example of that. We also do work with The Fir Farm in Colts Neck for some of our hops and Rabbit Hill Farms in Shiloh is a maltster we could possibly be working with in the future.

What is one tip you would give home brewers to make better beer?

Source your information from books and other resource sites. You’ll learn so much more than trying to do it on your own.

What is one piece of advice you would give someone who wants to open a brewery?

Decide whether you want to work in a brewery or own a brewery. If you are an owner your brewing days are numbered. An owner has 20 different people that need your attention and help. I still write most of the recipes, but without my head brewer, Melinda Gulsever (National Guard and Black Hawk engine mechanic), we wouldn’t be able to produce what we do.

If there was a beer you could brew without regards to cost, production or sales, what would it be and why?

You’re drinking it now. Mission Continues is what I look for in a brew. It’s complex, delicious, most of the ingredients are from veteran owned companies and 50% of the profits go to veteran owned organizations.

Looking back from opening day forward, what was the one thing that surprised you most?

How quickly things can change! I started with 2 partners who were involved in the operation, now I have 2 new partners who mostly provide financial resources for the company. I am also surprised at how quickly we’ve grown.

Other than your beer, what is your “go to” after a long day at the brewery?

Left Hand Milk Stout on nitro. Creamy and delicious!

Where do you see the brewery in a year? In 5 years?

We are excited that our new brew system will be here in October which will more than double our production to 10 barrels. In one year we hope to be able to meet the demand that comes with that expansion. We don’t really want to grow much more than that, so our future focus will be on social issues affecting our veterans and helping them as they transition to civilian life.

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Editor’s Note-Backward Flag Brewing Company will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary on Saturday, September 16th at the brewery.  There will be special casks on tap as well as music, and a food vendor outside the licensed premises.  Also, Backward Flag will be presenting certificates and checks to the charity organizations they raised money for.  Congrats to everyone at Backward Flag on this milestone!

10 Questions With... Breweries

10 Questions With Shawn Grigus and Gayle D’abate Of Tomfoolery Brewing

In this edition of “10 Questions With…”  I traveled to Hammonton to talk with Shawn Grigus and Gayle D’Abate of Tomfoolery Brewing Company. The 7BBL brewery is located in the old bottling plant of Eastern Brewing Company of Old Bohemian fame, which is conveniently located near downtown Hammonton. As you walk in the door, you immediately know that this historic building was meant for one thing, beer! They have a canning machine and a small bottling machine which really adds to their versatility.

With backgrounds in biochemistry and electrical engineering, Shawn and Gayle make a formidable team that brews some great beer. As founders of the local homebrew club, Brew Jersey. and owners of Tap It Homebrew supply store, they definitely have what it takes to be a force in this emerging market. While talking with them I quickly realized why they are so well liked and respected in the brewing community. As with all the breweries in our area, I wish them the best of luck going forward. I sampled most of what they had on tap and found them all to be great and true to their styles. Today they will be moving into their new bigger and temperature controlled tasting room.  The Grand Opening will include a special limited draft release of Blood Orange Irish stout.


What was the first beer you brewed and how was it?

Shawn brewed an Oak Butt Brown ale which was a recipe out of John Palmer’s “How to Brew” book. It was drinkable, but it wasn’t very good. It was muddled with a lot of different flavors, but nothing popped. It just wasn’t a balanced beer. Gayle’s first beer was Shawn’s pale ale recipe, and it was obviously very good because of better equipment, and it was a proven recipe. Shawn added that his guidance didn’t hurt either

What is your favorite style to brew and why?

We actually have 2 answers for this question. First would be our pilsner. It’s a simple beer and a simple recipe, but not a simple beer to brew. The 2nd would be an I.P.A. We hate to even use that answer, but the reason is because of the aromas during the brewing process. The customers enjoy the smell as well, but the cleanup part is not easy due to the amount of hops.3.

Do you look at ratings on Untapped, Beer Advocate, or Rate Beer and, if you do, does it influence your recipes?

We do monitor the ratings to get a general idea of what people want, and are thinking. You do need to dig a little deeper on some of the reviews to see how they rate other beers of a similar style. As far as influencing our recipes, that would be no.

How do you stay connected to the local area in relation to sourcing ingredients?

Our blueberry beer doesn’t come out until the middle of July because we wait until the middle of June to get fresh blueberries. When it’s gone it’s gone until next year, because we will not use syrup or extract. We are also using a lot of grains from Rabbit Hill Farms. It seems more and more brewers are using grains from this farm in Shiloh, NJ which is awesome to see.

What is the one tip you would give home brewers to make better beer?

Don’t rush it to the glass. Take the time to let it ferment out, and age appropriately. Your beer will definitely suffer if it’s rushed out. You really want the flavor to pop in whatever style you are brewing. Make sure to treat the water to really push your home brew over the top.

What is one piece of advice you would give someone who wants to open a brewery?

The one thing we would tell someone to do is to go work in a commercial brewery, and get familiar and talk to the owner to find out what he had to do to get there. You must be committed to your passion. Be prepared to work hard and long for your dream.

If there was a beer that you could brew with no regards to cost, production, or sales, what would it be?

This is a hard question since we pretty much brew what we want to brew. We will always try to brew something once to see how it turns out. We do 5-gallon experimental batches every Thursday where we can see what the consumer’s response is. If we had to pick one it would be a Brown Ale.

Looking back to opening day forward, what was the one thing that happened that surprised you the most?

In unison, they both said, “The amount of work” which goes back to question 6. There is so much more to it than just brewing beer. Also, the great response from the public, and the comradery between the fellow breweries.

Other than your beer, what is your go to after a long day at the brewery?

A tall glass of ice water (laugh). A refreshing quality beer from another independent craft brewer. Victory Hop Devil or Yards Brawler are 2 beers that come to mind.

Where do you see the brewery in a year? In 5 years?

Next year you will see a huge increase in production. We have the infrastructure to expand and really start to push out beer. In 5 years we want everybody in this region to know our name and our beers.

Thanks to Shawn and Gayle and congrats on the new tasting room!

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