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The South Jersey Beer Scene Podcast: Rob Callaghan of Tuckahoe Brewing Company

Rob Callaghan of Tuckahoe Brewing Company joins us on the podcast and we talk all things Tuckahoe including the introduction of cans, being the brewer of the official beer of the 2018 Beerfest, the life of a beer salesman, and Rob’s history in the business. You don’t want to miss this one, Rob pulls no punches and gives great insight on the day in the life of being in the brewing business!

 

Listen here or on iTunes, YouTube, Soundcloud, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts!

 


Breweries Events

Cape May Brewing Company Wins Eagles/Pats Wager, Night Shift Here to Settle Bet on 2/17!

E-A-G-L-E-S!  Expect to hear a bunch of Eagles chants and good-natured trash talking as Night Shift Brewing Company comes to Cape May Brewing Company on 2/17 to settle a wager made between the breweries on the Super Bowl.  This event will benefit Eagles Charities and will be a lot of fun!  More details in the press release below!

From The Press Release:

Cape May Brewing Company Celebrates Eagles Win!

Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is celebrating the Eagles’ recent big win with a celebration in their Tasting Room at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport. In the weeks before the big game, the brewery entered into a friendly wager with Massachusetts-based Night Shift Brewing. On February 17th, representatives from Night Shift will be on-hand in the Cape May Brewing Company Tasting Room from 4-5pm to settle the wager.

“It’s really been a great time working with these guys,” says Cape May Brewing Company CEO and co-founder Ryan Krill. “We were both hoping to see our teams win, but they’ve been gracious, even in the face of their home team’s loss. The Eagles prevailed and so did CMBC!”

Kicking off a 4pm, Night Shift owner Mike O’Mara will be behind the bar at Cape May Brewing Company serving Cape May Brewing Company beers while wearing a Patriots jersey with “We Lost” emblazoned on the back. All tips collected during this hour will be donated to the Eagles Charitable Foundation.

“We love the opportunity to stir up a little bit of friendly competition with other great craft breweries,” says Kim Currier, Marketing Director at Night Shift Brewing. “Although we are bummed that the Patriots lost, it was a well-played game and we have to give credit where credit is due. The Eagles out-played us so now we have a good reason to visit CMBC, making the loss even a little less painful. We hope Mike, one of our co-founders, has a great day serving beers to all of the fans down in the NJ/Philly area and we are honored to be able to donate his tips to support the Eagles Charitable Foundation.”

In addition, Cape May Brewing Company will be tapping a special firkin of their recent Northeast Pale Ale commemorating the US Coast Guard, Always Ready. With five varieties of hops and wheat and oats in the grain bill, this pale ale is bursting with aromas of tropical fruits such as pineapple, mango, and citrus zest. For the event, the brewers will be creating a Boston Cream Pale Ale: Always Ready conditioned with lactose, chocolate and vanilla.

For more information on Cape May Brewing Company — including for tours and tastings — see capemaybrewery.com or call (609) 849-9933.

Breweries

Lunacy Brewing Company Celebrating 3rd Anniversary Saturday, 2/10!

Lunacy Brewing Company will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary on Saturday, February 10th at the taproom in Haddon Heights.  The event will run from 1-8 PM and the guys are going to be giving away swag and prizes all day.  There will be 16 different types of beer on tap including a special new brew or two – including their Chocolate Coconut Stout.  In addition, there will be live acoustic music from Rob McMahon and Ashley Heffren along with a food truck from  Il Fuoco Dentro, who will be making brick oven pizza all day!  “It’s going to be momentous!” co-owner Ed Gledhill told us, and with the rabid fanbase of “lunatics” that Lunacy has, I would expect nothing less!

Lunacy opened in Magnolia in January of 2015 and recently moved to their new location in Haddon Heights in September of 2017.  In those 3 years, Lunacy has built a dedicated fanbase which may be the most loyal in all of South Jersey.  Ed agreed, “We have the best patrons that you can ask for and they spread the Lunacy name to any and all like it’s their job!”  When I asked Ed what it is about Lunacy that people love, he said it “is that all of the guys are really down to earth and approachable” but the “brewery following comes because of the quality of the beer”.  I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment, you can be the nicest guys in the world, but if your beer is not up to spec, you would not have such a loyal contingent.

Reaching the three-year mark is a fantastic milestone, but it did not come without hard work.  I asked Ed what the one piece of advice that he would give to someone that was looking to open a brewery would be, and he told us, “you better love what you are doing.  There’s truth to the old saying ‘if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life’ but, trust me, you do indeed work. Aside from that, whatever amount of time/money you think it will take to get to certain plateaus-at least double it. But stick with it and see it through, trust your vision”.

To that point, the guys are in the process of upgrading the brewery to a 15 BBL system.  This will enable them to make more beer and bring mobile canning in to get their beer on to the shelf of your local liquor stores.  “At this point, we are hoping to have it running by spring and canning at some point for sure” Ed explained.  As the brewery has evolved, the biggest change that has occurred is the variety and quality of brews that they have made.  “You learn from your first-year mistakes and we have been lucky not to repeat them,” Ed told us and we could not agree more!

Congratulations to Ed, Mike, Rick, and Jay on this anniversary and we encourage everyone to get to the brewery and join in the revelry!

 

 

Breweries Podcast

The South Jersey Beer Scene Podcast Episode 2: AC Beer & Music Fest Official Beer Selection Show

Podcast Episode #2 is up!  In this edition, we were invited to the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival Official beer selection at Tuckahoe Brewing Company.  Jon Henderson of Good Time Tricycle Productions puts on this great festival every year and one of the newest additions is creating a special beer for the event.  Last year Forgotten Boardwalk had the honor and it went over great, so Jon teamed up with Tuckahoe to concoct this year’s beer.  The results are in!  Listen to the podcast below where we are also joined by Tuckahoe’s Rob Callaghan and Tim Caron, Gary Monterosso of “What’s On Tap”, and Scott Akins from Brew Bus NJ and a new venture that will be coming soon!  Cheers!

 

 


Breweries Events

Three 3’s Celebrating Their 2nd Anniversary on 2/3!

In this season of brewery anniversaries, our friends at Three 3’s Brewing Company of Hammonton joins the party celebrating their 2nd Anniversary on Saturday, February 2nd at 1 PM. There are lots of fun things going on including free raffles every hour, Pop Shop Food Truck, Cake, and new beers tapping at 1 and 5 pm. They have been making daily announcements of the beers on tap and today the 12th one will be announced on 2/1 at 3:33 pm on their Facebook page, so make sure you check them out!  I also have a little inside information that another announcement may be made at that time, so make sure you go to Three 3’s on Facebook!

Things have really boomed for Three 3’s since their last anniversary.  They have increased their distribution over a wider area of the state and beer aficionados everywhere are always quick to come try their new releases.  Three 3’s was widely known for producing great IPA’s, but they also have really expanded their tap list with some great Stouts, Pale Ales, Saisons, and Porters.  Just last week they released a unique collaboration that they did with Brotherton Brewing Company called Unfathomable Transgression, a unique “Jersey Style” Hazy Lager.  Bugg Juice was also the winner of the 2017 IPA Smackdown at Cork City in Hoboken in a blind taste test. In addition, Totally Drenched was named Best DIPA at the Maloney’s IPA Competition, and they won a Kick the Keg event at the Mellow Mushroom in Toms River.  That is what I would call a pretty good run! I was able to ask Mike Geller of Three 3’s a few questions regarding the brewery and the answers are quite interesting!

Since your last anniversary things have really boomed for the brewery,  What are some of the things that you attribute this too?  

We don’t think there’s any one specific factor this can be attributed to, but we’ll certainly share some thoughts. First and foremost is the support of the local community. Without local support, a tasting room cannot succeed, and we’re extremely grateful for the support we have and continue to receive. To grow outside the local area, we’ve been more active in participating in beer festivals throughout the state, and beer events in general. The exposure to people who may not know where Hammonton is located is invaluable. Being in a small, close-knit town has advantages and disadvantages and while our local community’s support is extremely important, the small town setting necessitates gaining acceptance in the marketplace across the state. Seeing this acceptance and the demand for cans led us into canning one of our most popular beers, Drenched at the end of the summer. I think cans play an enormous role as they’re easily shared, traded and moved not just around town, but across the country. This acceptance and an investment into a pilot system has allowed us to create small-batch beers through our Evolution line which have been extremely well received. It’s a cool way for us to get really creative and make something exclusively available in our tasting room.

Where do you see the brewery when you celebrate your next anniversary?

By next year, we hope to grow fairly significantly. We’re in the final stages of negotiations to begin distributing into Philadelphia to get our beer out into a large market that is just across the river. By next year we hope to expand our cellar capacity. We’re in the process now of adding our first Brite tank, which will provide much needed additional capacity and will help us in an effort to make cans available more regularly. We also anticipate releasing more beers through our Evolution Series and launching a new experimental series focusing on darker beer styles. We’ll hopefully be able to share more soon on that.

Three 3’s started canning this year.  Will we see more this year?  Any thoughts on distribution to other parts of the state?

Definitely, we have plans to continue canning and are currently planning the next run. As for distributing cans, we did distribute a small number of cans from both runs we’ve done. Unfortunately, with limited capacity, this meant that stores received one or two cases which didn’t keep the beer on the shelves regularly. On that note, we will be launching a brand new beer this spring, exclusively in cans which will leverage some of the lessons learned through our Evolution series. We can’t say much more now, but stay tuned at AC Beer Fest for more details!

Congratulations to the entire staff of Three 3’s Brewing Company for reaching another milestone.  We look forward to big things in the upcoming year.