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The South Jersey Beer Scene Podcast: Episode 22-Kyle Veale of Landmark Americana and The Glassboro Beer Festival!

Glassboro Beer Festival, one of South Jersey’s oldest and best beer festivals is back for it’s 6th year on 9/29/18 and Kyle Veale, Director of Operations for Landmark Americana, stopped by to talk about the festival and how it has grown along with the Glassboro Downtown over the last 6 years.  We also recap Eight & Sand Beer Company’s 2nd Anniversary and drink a few of the beers that were released for the anniversary.

Use code SJBeerScene18 for a $5 discount on Glassboro Beer Fest Tickets!

Visit www.glassborobeerfest.com

This podcast is a member of The Hopped Up Network, a growing collection of beer podcasts from the US and Canada.  Check them all out at Hoppedupnetwork.com.  The spot for informative and entertaining craft beer podcasts!

Breweries News

Dogfish Head Launches A Cork-Finished Wild Beer Program!

Wouldn’t It Be Wild If Dogfish Head Launched A Cork-Finished Wild Beer Program?  Oh Wait, They Just Did With “Wooden…It Be Nice!”

Brewery producing America’s fastest selling sour beer, SeaQuench Ale, begins a wild beer program and hosts limited bottle release

 Milton, Del., September 12, 2018 – On an endless exploration of goodness, Dogfish Head is proud to be a craft brewery producing and celebrating sour and wild ales for over two decades and is excited to announce the launch of its brand new, funky wild beer program, “Wooden…It Be Nice!”  With three wild ales primed for a 2018 Milton-only release, and more releases to come in future years, the brewers at Dogfish have already hand-bottled over two-thousand cork and caged 375ml bottles, each one hand painted with a special stripe signifying its uniquely crafted touch.

“About fifteen years ago, we first started experimenting with sours, beginning with Festina Lente – a peach wild ale that won us a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup in 2006 – then went on to produce SeaQuench Ale which is currently the top selling sour in America,” said Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  “Now, we’re amplifying our wild beer program with Wooden…It Be Nice!, as it’s another step forward in our journey and evolution of goodness incorporating everything from herbs and spices, to local fruits, and of course, bringing it all together in wood.” Dogfish Head is the number one producer of the fastest growing beer in the fastest growing craft beer style in America – SeaQuench Ale, a session sour.*

So what makes a beer wild? It’s different from traditional brewing in that it’s fermented with wild yeast variations, like Brettanomyces and often times with bacteria like Lactobacillus or Pediococcus.  The yeast and bacteria are carefully introduced to the wood-aged beer, which can develop a wide array of flavors, including degrees of sourness, funkiness  and fruitiness.  Due to the untamable nature of the yeast, the beer can sit in barrels for months or even years till brewers deem it ready for consumption.  This  process can sometimes delay the release of the beer, but when it’s finally ready, it’s truly remarkable.  Isn’t that wild?

The “Wooden…It Be Nice!” program opens with the release of KnottyBits, a wild ale (8.2% ABV) aged on sweet and sour cherries and rhubarb, available beginning September 29 at 11 a.m.  KnottyBits was wood-aged for a year with Brettanomyces and then racked onto several hundred pounds of sweet and sour cherries and locally sourced rhubarb from Fifer Orchards at a rate of more than 2 lbs. of fresh fruit per gallon.  KnottyBits is bottle conditioned for an elevated carbonation resembling a ruby red colored sparkling wine of sorts.  Priced at $10/375ml bottle, approximately 2000 bottles will be available for purchase at the Milton Brewery.

Look for Wet Hop American Summer in early November – a Farmhouse Ale (7.75% ABV),  this beer was aged in freshly emptied Chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces for over a year, before being racked onto freshly harvested and hand-selected whole leaf Citra hops, still wet from the fields.  The resulting beer has a great citrus aroma from the hops which is a perfect complement to the funky and rustic nature of the Farmhouse Ale base.  Wet Hop American Summer is priced at $10/375ml bottle, approximately 1500 bottles will be available for purchase at the Milton Brewery.

In mid-December, the brewery will release Eastern Seaboard, a wild ale (8% ABV) brewed with blackberries and beach plums.  After spending almost a year and a half aging in wine barrels, the liquid was met with several hundred pounds of blackberry and Eastern Shore beach plums, handpicked and selected by the brewers.  The jamminess of the blackberry and tartness of the plums perfectly pair with one another in this deceptively dry beer.  Eastern Seaboard is bottle conditioned to achieve champagne-like carbonation and is violet in color. Priced at $10/375ml bottle, approximately 2000 bottles will be available for purchase at the Milton Brewery.

For more information about upcoming “Wooden It Be Nice!” bottle release dates, visitdogfish.com and Dogfish Head social accounts: Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.

Dogfish Head:

Dogfish Head has proudly been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American craft brewery 23 years ago. Dogfish Head has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. It is a 350+ coworker company based in Delaware with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine, a geographically enamored seafood restaurant, Dogfish Inn, a beer-themed inn on the harbor and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring a tasting room and food truck.  Dogfish Head supports the Independent Craft Brewing Seal, the definitive icon for American craft breweries to identify themselves to be independently-owned and carries the torch of transparency, brewing innovation and the freedom of choice originally forged by brewing community pioneers. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 43 states and Washington D.C. and will expand into additional states in 2018. For more information, visit www.dogfish.com, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.

 

Breweries Events

Zed’s Beer Celebrating First Anniversary on 9/9/18 with a Party, New Beer and More!

ZED’S BEER MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY 

Celebration to include New Beer, Glassware and Giveaways 

MARLTON, NJ – August 27, 2018 – Zed’s Beer/Bado Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday, September 9 with a party, a new beer and much more. The brewery located at 19 North Maple Avenue in Marlton will mark “One Down” and celebrate many more to come with a party from noon until 6:30 PM. 

To commemorate the occasion, founder and head brewer Geoff Bado will introduce a new beer inspired by the brewery’s namesake, great-grandfather Zed. A coal miner in Chop, Hungary, Zed was known as an amateur brewer who would throw a block party and share his beer with the entire village. 

“Zed’s in Chop-Original Marzen is the kind of beer Zed himself might have made,” said Bado. “While Zed’s original beer recipe is lost to time, I researched what he might have had access to. The grains are all European—Munich, Vienna, Pilsner, Melanoiden. The hops are all noble hops. I think he would have been able to produce something we would currently identify as an Austrian- Marzen.” The result is a malt-forward beer with a bit of a nutty flavor and a light sprinkling of bitterness. “It’ll be easy to drink, like a modern Oktoberfest, in keeping with our philosophy of bringing approachable craft beer to South Jersey,” Bado added. 

Since opening, Zed’s Beer has put 42 different beers on tap, not including 24 varieties of shandies. Zed’s in Chop—Original Marzen will be one of at least 12 beers available for the anniversary party. Others include top-selling Zed’s in the Universe—Pale42 and a reprise of Zed’s at the Party—Birthday Cake, which literally sparkles. Zed’s popular shandies, a blend of current beer varieties with homemade syrups or sodas, will also be on hand. 

In addition to the beer releases, the September 9 festivities will feature special “One Down” glassware, a limited-time offer with purchase of a pint for $10. The brewery will also offer swag giveaways throughout the day, every hour on the hour. 

“We’ve been amazed and delighted by the terrific reception from the community all through our first year,” said Zed’s Beer co-founder Lori White. “It’s clear people are as excited to have a local brewery as we are to educate them about the brewing process and serve new beers.” 

Zed’s Beer supports the local community by collaborating with as many local food producers as possible. The brewery sources all fruit and honey for its beers from Cheyenne’s Roadside Market—Evesham Township’s only remaining farm. Customers will be able to enjoy four beers featuring locally-sourced ingredients: Zed’s in NJ—Blueberry Blonde, Zed’s in the Orchard— Golden Peach and Zed’s in the US—American Brown with Honey. And Zed’s in Chillum— SMaSH gold is made with grain grown and malted in Shilo, NJ, by Rabbit Hill Malthouse. 

Zed’s clientele can expect more of those locally-inspired varieties in the coming year as well as a few surprises. “We have a lot of great things in store for year two that will keep people coming back for more,” said Bado. “Much of it is too soon to share, but safe to say there will be new beers, new swag and who knows? You’ll have to come back to find out.” 

About Zed’s Beer: 

Zed’s Beer is located in Marlton, NJ. Its mission is to create hand-crafted beers using locally- sourced and fresh ingredients wherever possible. Zed’s Beer offers a variety of approachable craft beers, centered on four core varieties and as many as eight additional rotating selections, each named after a particular region or location when possible. Patrons can enjoy beers in the tasting room by the pint or as flights; 32-ounce crowlers are available to-go. During the Summer, Zed’s tasting room is open Thursdays 4-9:30 PM; Fridays noon-10 PM, Saturdays noon-10 PM and Sundays noon-6:30 PM. The brewery hosts special events by request. To learn more about Zed’s Beer and Bado Brewing, LLC, visit www.drinkzeds.com. ZE

Breweries News

Attic Brewing’s Unique Approach to Building A Brewery and How You Can Invest!

When Laura and Todd Lacy decided to open a brewery they wanted to do something different.  They wanted the local community to be able to get involved and, at the same time, raise some capital to rhelp fund the dream of opening a brewery.

Laura and Todd’s Attic Brewing is taking a unique approach to opening their brewery in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.  They are looking for microinvesters on the crowdfunding site WeFunder, a site that is a little different than other crowdfunding sources.  Unlike Kickstarter or GoFundMe, WeFunder is a Public Benefit Corporation Platform that does more than give you the usual perks of T-Shirts, Mugs, and special openings, it also gives you a stake in the business and a chance to make some money off of your initial investment.  Investors are paid back through a revenue share in which 10% of the revenues that the brewery earns will be distributed quarterly until everyone receives their initial investment plus an addtional 50% of their investment on top.  Their are some variables in how long this may take and Laura told us, “If we raise $175K, based on the current revenue projections, investors will be paid back in 3 years”.  They have already met their original goal of $100K and the funding will close on 9/7/18 at 11 PM, so if you are interested you need to get on this TODAY!

We here at South Jersey Beer Scene love this model.  (Editors Note:  We did not receive any compensation from Attic Brewing for this article)  We love the community that a brewery brings to a neighborhood and the ability to be an active investor in it really is something that we have not seen.  The return on the investment is really generous, and they are also giving you perks in addtion to the cold, hard cash.

I asked Laura why people from South Jersey should invest and she told us, “People who live farther away should invest in Attic Brewing Co. because it’s an opportunity to become part of our brewery family and help build something amazing in historic Germantown. Our investors not only get a 1.5x return on their investment, but also really cool investor perks like brewery swag, private tours and tickets to our pre-opening party. We will be a destination brewery with a 3,000 sqft taproom hosting weekly live music and events. Making it the perfect spot to come visit for some great beer and a great time with friends!”

Oh, about the beer.  Attic doesn’t have plans on being a production brewery but will have many different styles of beer to appeal to everyone.  They plan on brewing classic styles including Brown Ale, Cream Ale, a Hoppy American Wheat, German Pilsner, and IPA’s that they will sell directly to the consumer.  They also will be filling in the menu with some Unique one-offs and seasonals.

Congrats to the Team at Attic Brewing Co. for reaching their initial investing target and we cannot wait to visit once the doors open!

LINKS

WeFunder Page

Visit Attic Brewing Company on the web at www.atticbrewing.com