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Flying Fish Brewing Company Releases “Stormy Skies” New England IPA

Flying Fish Brewing Company Releases “Stormy Skies” New England IPA

SOMERDALE, NJ (May 14, 2019) – Flying Fish Brewing Company, 10-time medal winners at the Great American Beer Festival, will be releasing Stormy Skies NEIPA, a beer that almost didn’tsee the light of day.

Flying Fish production employee, Mike Jadach, created this hazy, 7.3%, double dry hopped beauty for a home-brew competition. However, his entry in the competition was disallowed because of his brewery employment status.

Recognizing the beer was too solid not to release to the world, the Flying Fish team rallied around Mike to scale up his creation and will be bringing it to life as a limited release this June.

“Every time I would brew this beer on my system in my garage, the skies would open up in a predictable way, so I started calling it Stormy Skies from the get-go,” says creator Mike Jadach.“The ample haze in the liquid certainly fits the name, but that Citra and Mosaic dry hopping really leads to a nice pineapple and mango payoff.”

For the label, President Lou Romano knew they would have to do something unique. “Mike hasa healthy tattoo collection, and I felt the label should be reflective of the brewer. We tapped local tattoo artist Jeff Miller of Seven Swords to draw up a classic clipper ship for the primary label space. The look really gives this offering its own personality within our brand family.”

As the saying goes, “A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.” This beer certainly followed aunique passage to make it to shelves.

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Flying Fish Stormy Skies NEIPA will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and limited draft in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland beginning at the end of May/Early June.

Flying Fish Stormy Skies New England IPA
ABV: 7.3%
Availability: On 5/31/2019, while supplies last, on draft and in 4-packs of 16oz. cans.

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Flying Fish Brewing Company, founded in 1995 by Gene Muller, is a 10-time medal winner atthe Great American Beer Festival and the Garden State’s largest craft brewery. With 463 solar panels, 19 solar tubes in the warehouse, recaptured steam in the brewing process, and raingardens on site, it’s also one of the most sustainable. Located in Somerdale, New Jersey, Flying Fish offers tours and tastings. The Tasting Room is open Wednesday to Sunday and features 15 taps. Visit www.FlyingFish.com or call (856) 504-3442.

10 Questions With... Breweries

10 Questions with Mike Frye of Frye Brewing Company!

Mike and Colleen Frye had always planned to start a business once their kids finished college. They knew they wanted to open the business in their home town of Point Pleasant Boro and there were several options they considered, including opening a bed and breakfast. However, when they realized the logistics of such an undertaking, their thoughts (like many of us in times of great decision) turned to beer!

So the overnight accommodation industry’s loss became the brewing world’s gain, as Frye Brewing Company was born in 2017 and will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary in June, just as the Jersey Shore starts to heat up

“Point Pleasant Boro has been our home for many years. Our kids grew up here, I know the people, the businesses, the area. I’ve also been home brewing here for over 10 years, so I know that the water profile was good for the styles I brew. Add all that together and we knew this is where we wanted to be!” The state of the art, 4 barrel electric system, enables Mike to do much of the brewing and kegging himself.

I also got a lesson in geography AND acronyms from Mike when we spoke. I knew there was 2 Point Pleasants, Boro and Beach. Frye is located in “Boro”… Beach is OTB…”Over the Bridge”.

“It is a different demographic in both towns”, said Mike. “Boro tends to be more of a local crowd.” Boro residents like their beer, but may not clamor for the latest IPA , which is reflected in Mike’s tap list, which has only a couple of NEIPA amongst, the blonde, stouts, reds and Belgians and he hopes to have a pilsner canned and ready for the 2 year anniversary.

Over a “Coffee in the Dark” I asked Mike the iconic, 10 QUESTIONS!!!

What was the first beer you brewed? How was it?

“A Black IPA….and it was a mess! I brewed it with my son and it was just awful, out of balance…aughh!!! When we opened the brewery, we actually adjusted the recipe and it was one of the first beers we made on this system and it came out good.”

What is your favorite beer to brew and why?

“I would say stouts. There is a lot of subtlety and more nuance than in some of the high abv or hoppy beers…at least that is my opinion!”

Do you look at ratings, like untappd, Beer Advocate, etc. and does it influence your recipes?

“Yes actually, our menu system is untappd, where customers can type in real time notes and comments about the beers they are drinking. Does it affect my recipes…not really. We have an older demographic at our brewery, so our top rated is probably the Summertime Blonde, our one of our specialty beers, Apple Pie Amber.”

How do you stay connected with local businesses in regards to sourcing ingredients?

“The coffee in “Coffee in the Dark” which you are drinking now is from Divi Tree Coffee, which is about a block from here. We have discussed working with some of the local maltsters and hop farms also, so we hope to do more of that in the future.” Mike also stays connected locally with his “First Fridays” where a dollar of each pint sold goes to the local First Aid squad or Fire Company.

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

“Take COPIUS notes! Write down everything, your successes and your mistakes!”

What advice would you give someone who wants to open a brewery?

“Do your research, talk to a lot of brewers and breweries. Luke from Pinelands was very helpful and spoke to me about location. Check with the town before you commit to a lease…what is their appetite for having a brewery, would they welcome the business. Being a long time resident of Point Boro, I was very familiar with the town and demographic, which was very helpful.”

If you were to brew a beer, regardless of production and sales cost, what would you brew?

“Hmm. I don’t have much more room here, but I would say start a barrel program. A barrel aged stout, definitely!”

From opening day forward, what has surprised you most?

“How hard it is to get a restaurant or bar to put your beer on tap….and to keep it on tap?”

Other than your own brew, what is your go-to drink after a long day (or night) at the brewery?

“Cape May Devil’s Reach! I love Belgians and this is a great example of the style, always consistent and delicious. Fat Tire is also a good everyday beer for me and I always try to support our local beers.”

Where do you see the brewery in 1 year…5 years?

“Let’s say 3 ½ years when my SBA loan is paid off! That will give me the freedom to transition to full time at the brewery and help increase our distribution. I had anticipated we be 65% of sales from the tap room and 35% distribution, but, because I am the brewer and distributor and have another full time job, we are at 90/10.”

BONUS QUESTION

What kind of music do you listen to when you brew?

“Oh, I’m all over the place. Bush was on when you came in, Jack Johnson playing now. I have a Dick Dale (the late king of surf guitar) album that we play in the summertime.”

So if you are visiting the Jersey Shore, before you go OTB to the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk, stop in the Boro and have a beer at Frye Brewing!

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Workhorse Brewing Company of King of Prussia Announces Flights To Go

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa – Workhorse Brewing Company is thrilled to announce the release of Flights To Go, craft beer’s first portable beer flight. Each “Flight” is comprised of six 8 oz. cans featuring three ales and three lagers, handcrafted by Workhorse’s award-winning brewmaster Nate Olewine. The variety packs will be available for purchase at Workhorse’s 70,000 square foot production facility and Taproom in King of Prussia, as well as select bars, restaurants, bottle shops and distributors throughout greater Philadelphia.

In a market with a myriad of options for the beer drinker, our goal from day one has been to create an accessible, approachable portfolio of no-nonsense beers,” said Workhorse CEO/co-founder Dan Hershberg. “Rather than seek to differentiate our brand through unique styles and over-the-top can labels, we’ve maintained a focus on consistency of product and highlighting our core beers as dependable, reliable options for the local consumer.”

Featuring six, year-round styles — New England IPA, West Coast IPA, Pale Ale, Helles, Vienna Lager and Pilsner — Flights To Go showcases a broad array of hop-forward ales and clean, crisp lagers designed to appeal to a wide variety of craft fans. The smaller, 8 oz. can provides tasting size portions for those either unfamiliar with the brand, allowing them to sample and choose their favorite, or those interested in consuming a few different flavors without having to drink substantial quantities in one sitting. The variety pack is perfect for parties, and the portable nature of the cans means that they’re ideal for the golf course, picnics or the beach.

To help celebrate this exciting release, Workhorse has created a two-week “Launch Plan” featuring nearly a dozen events both at the Taproom and with local partners. Highlights include “Flights and Flights,” an indoor skydiving and beer sampling at iFly King of Prussia, a small plates beer dinner with True Food Kitchen and an Easter candy pairing at the brewery. For more details on the full schedule of events or to learn more about Flights To Go, please visit our website at www.workhorsebrewing.com.

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Yards Releasing Summer Crush in June, First New Brand in Three Years

PHILADELPHIA — The wait is over. Yards Brewing Company, Philly’s Brewery since 1994, announces the release of their first new brand in three years — Summer Crush, a citrus wheat beer brewed with orange and lime zest. This easy drinking, 5.0% ABV brew is now available in bottles and on draft. Twelve-ounce cans are expected to hit shelves by June.

“Summer Crush is the beer you bring down the shore or to your friend’s backyard barbecue. It’s refreshing, smooth, and citrusy. It’s a crowd pleaser,” said Yards founder, brewmaster and president, Tom Kehoe. “We try not to take ourselves too seriously here at Yards, and this beer is easy-going and fun, both in the way it tastes and the way it looks. We just want everybody to bring Summer Crush wherever they’re having a good time this Summer.”

In the fall of 2017, Yards moved their entire business to a new facility at 500 Spring Garden St. in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Yards CEO, Trevor Prichett, explained: “Our chief focus over the past couple years has been executing the move and opening our first full-scale taproom and dedicated private event space.

”Both Kehoe and Prichett attribute Yards’ steady growth and ability to build their 100-barrel brew house, spacious taproom and private event spaces to the unwavering support of the good people of Philadelphia.

“Now that we’ve settled into our new home,” Prichett added, “we’re spending more time developing beers that Yards drinkers new and old can get excited about.”

“All we’ve done from the very start is try to make good beer consistently,” Kehoe said. “Friends liked what we first brewed back in ‘94, so we just kept going.”

Summer Crush will start hitting taps and shelves over the weekend and will be available throughout Yards’ distribution footprint—Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

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Famed Iowa Brewery Toppling Goliath Enters The New Jersey Craft Beer Market

New Jersey has seen a bunch of big name breweries enter the market over the last year.  Bells, Melvin, Prairie Artisan Ales, Mikkeller, and Jack’s Abby are just a few of the many big name players that are hitting New Jersey’s already crowded shelves.  But none of them may be bigger than the announcement that Toppling Goliath is making its New Jersey Debut.  Toppling Goliath hails from Decorah, Iowa and makes some of the most sought-after beer for Craft Beer aficionados across the country.  Their Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout is one of the top 10 rated beers on Untappd and people travel from all over the world to get one of the prized brewery-only releases when it is produced.  This year’s event was ticketed online and sold out within minutes and bottles of the liquid can often be seen on the secondary market for as much as $1000.

Owner Clark Lewey founded Toppling Goliath in 2009 and started brewing on a 1/2 BBL system and now boasts a 100 BBL Brew House in Decorah that distributes to 17 States.   “We started as a homebrew operation, grew and gained many fans in the 10 short years we have been around. In the last two years, the number of staff we employ has increased five times over, we strive to keep that small team feel we had in the past while constantly improving our processes to function like the large growing company that we have become” Sarah Hedlund, Marketing Director of Toppling Goliath told us.  The growth of the brewery has had a great economic impact to the area, bringing in an estimated $1 million dollars to the local economy during their beer releases during the year. (from the TG Website at www.tgbrews.com)

We also asked Sarah about the significance of the name Toppling Goliath.  “Clark Lewey ran a company before the brewery called Toppling Goliath which was a business and marketing consulting company that worked with small business owners. Assisting in grant writing, trademarking, patents, etc. The term Goliath was used to represent the obstacles one faces when starting a small business. Then Clark was given a homebrew kit by his wife Barbara and he fell in love with the process of creating beer. When the decision was made to start a brewery Clark and Barbara decided to focus on the brewery and to no longer run the business consulting company. The name Toppling Goliath was kept and moved over to the brewery the Lewey’s have worked hard to topple all the “Goliaths” of starting an independent brewery in rural northeast Iowa”.

One of the major decisions when deciding to distribute your beer is to partner with the one that you think has your same core values and goals as the wrong distributor can absolutely have you brand dead on arrival if not done properly.   As for that decision, Sarah explained, “We wanted to hit the East coast last year which we were happy to get our foot in the door of the area with Boston, MA in 2018. The expansion on the East Coast has been deeply influenced by the distributors themselves. We put a lot of work into learning as much as we can about a market and the distribution companies that work within those areas. When a brewery signs a contract with a distributor it’s a long-term relationship, so finding the right one takes time and a lot of work”.  The distribution here in New Jersey is being handled by Sarene Craft Beer Distributors out of the Bronx.

Toppling Goliath is known for more than just their great stouts, they also have a following for their other beers, 6 of which are now available here including:

All photos from www.tgbrews.com

As the rollout continues, expect to see cans and on draft in select locations.  For information on the brand, visit Toppling Goliath at www.TGBrews.com.

Thanks to Sarah Hedlund of Toppling Goliath for her help with the article and the great info on Toppling Goliath!