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Flying Fish Releasing Few & Far Double IPA Cans on Friday, 7/13/18 at the Taproom in Somerdale!

Flying Fish Brewing Company will be releasing Few & Far Double IPA in cans this Friday, 7/13/18 at the tasting room in Somerdale, NJ.  This is a limited purchase event with just 80 cases available.  You can pick up your beer at 3 pm and there is a limit of 3 4-packs per person.  Flying Fish has been bringing some interesting stuff to cans this year and this one is no exception.  We are really excited to get our hands on these and see how that Irish Malt contributes to the flavor profile.

Flying Fish President Lou Romano told us, “Our brewing team is always challenging themselves to explore new flavors and work to differentiate aroma and flavor in our IPA offerings. The Irish malt and American hop combinations used in Few & Far really set this beer apart and make it unique, and it’s exciting to compare Few & Far with our other great Double, Exit 16.”

So stop out, grab your beers, and try a few in the tasting room!  Make sure you tell them that you saw it on South Jersey Beer Scene!

Here is the official release:

What happens when you combine an unusual IPA malt from the East Coast of Ireland with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra Hops? You get a rare Double IPA drenched with the flavor and aroma of nectarines, tangerines, and pine. New IPAs are common, but true adventures can lead to something Few & Far between.

This Friday, we’re releasing our latest brew, Few and Far Double IPA. Few & Far will be on draft and in 4 packs of 16-ounce cans for sale in the tasting room. This is a limited release! The limit is 3 4-packs per person and we only have 80 cases to sell. Get here when the doors open for your best chance before it sells out.

Flying Fish Brewing Company is located at 900 Kennedy Blvd, Somerdale, NJ

 

 

 

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Cape May Brewing Company Takes Silver in The US Open Beer Championships with Phantom Crew Flanders Red Ale!

Cape May Brewing Company won another accolade taking a Silver Medal in the Wood/Barrel-Aged Sour Beer Category for Phantom Crew!  Phantom Crew is a Flanders Style (sometimes called Flemish) Red Ale that was originally brewed in 2015 and then put into red wine barrels for 19 months to let the bacteria do their work!

The US Open Beer Championship is one of the largest of it’s kind, with more than 6300 beers representing 110 styles, from both professional and homebrewers giving it a true “Open” quality similar to The US Open Golf and Tennis Tourneys where a club pro can actually make it to the big stage.  Cape May was the only New Jersey Brewery to win a medal and adds to an already highly accoladed year for the South Jersey brewery that just celebrated its 7th Anniversary!

Congrats to everyone at Cape May Brewing Company on this accomplishment!

For a complete list of winners visit www.usopenbeer.com

See our archived article on The Release of Phantom Crew 

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Tuckahoe Brewing Co and Slack Tide Announce Collaboration Release!

Hot off the press!  Tuckahoe Brewing Company and Slack Tide Brewing Company have announced the release of “Banner Plane”, their slightly hoppy ale brewed with malt from Rabbit Hill Malthouse and local honey from Busy Bees from Cape May County!  Sales Manager Rob Callaghan of Tuckahoe describes it as “a slightly hoppy beer with hints of clove and a crisp, dry finish”.  Draft will be available on 7/25/18 in both tasting rooms and select bars and restaurants with cans following shortly thereafter!  We were lucky enough to be invited to vote on the beer selection at an event last month and we can tell you that this beer is unique and delicious!

Stay tuned for more info!

 

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Ship Bottom Brewery Is What’s Up on Long Beach Island!

Long Beach Island is one of the most beautiful spots on the Jersey Shore. From the iconic Old Barney lighthouse and modern beachfront mansions on the north end to old Victorian homes on the south end, not to mention the gorgeous beaches, great restaurants, and shopping, there is truly something for everyone.  And since 2016 you can add craft beer lovers to that list as Ship Bottom Brewery celebrates its second anniversary this August. 

I had the opportunity to talk with owner/founder, Rob Zarko at the Beach Haven brewery to discuss the genesis of Ship Bottom, beers, brewing and business.      

Our journey takes us back in time to 1995 when Rob was a young Pennsylvania beer lover spending time at a summer house in the Ship Bottom section of LBI (hence Ship Bottom Brewery) with a Cooper’s DIY kit of Australian Pale Ale.  

As with all home brewer’s, the moment of truth…was the beer good, was it bad, was it undrinkable?  The wrong answer can make you quit (sort of like golf), but thankfully in Rob’s case, it was good, he was hooked and the brewery seeds were planted. 

Rob decided to start building his own brewhouse back home in his garage. He started small and gradually increased his brewing knowledge and experience as well as his system.  Doing much of the work on his own he eventually built a 1 barrel system and a walk-in cooler in his garage. You can’t drink that much beer on your own (well maybe some of you can), so he partnered with some local bars and restaurants to supply them with some kegs of his brew. 

After several years of this, Rob took the plunge, applied for his license and presented his plan at a public hearing.  Many locals were supportive but he did encounter several objections, including a neighbor who was worried about a brewery opening in the quiet neighborhood.  “We don’t want him getting so big and becoming Budweiser”. They also worried that the nano-brewery would explode, but Rob was able to counter the complaints by assuring his neighbors that he had been brewing on his back porch for 10 years (One gentleman admitted he had enjoyed several of his beers locally). He was approved and in 2012, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Ship Bottom Brewery was born!  (In his garage…this isn’t New Jersey, folks!) 

Rob’s business plan included expansion, so in the fall of 2015, he began talking to investors about building a brew house on LBI and things moved quickly after that (unusual for a NJ brewery).  He found a location in the popular Bay Village shopping/dining area of Beach Haven (several miles south of his first brewing experience in Ship Bottom). In order to execute the plan he knew he needed some help with the brewing side.  Enter Jake Stablein, who crossed paths with Rob at Twin Lakes in Delaware, but was originally from Colorado, where beer is a way of life (#4 state in breweries per capita…NJ is 45th).  Rob enlisted Jake to help bring life to his recipes.

Doing much of the work themselves and dealing with the challenges of a second-floor brewery, Ship Bottom Brewery opened in August of 2016, with Jake on board as the Head Brewer. 

The unique Beach vibe is reflected in the beer lineup, as Stupid Paddle Boat IPA, Beach Patrol Hefeweizen and The Shack IPA are year-round offerings. Special offerings include Mexican Cerveza, brewed with salt harvested from the Barnegat Bay that is visible from the tasting room bar, and Chicken or the Egg IPA, named for a state if not world-renowned LBI restaurant and brewed with their hot wing sauce. 

I asked Rob if he had any advice for those who may want to open a brewery.  “Have a solid business plan. Know your strengths and weaknesses.  Find people that can do the things you aren’t good at. I hired a professional brewer so I could concentrate on the business. It’s a highly competitive market so make sure your beer, branding, marketing, sales strategy are thought out and designed well.  Hire good people, they are the face and voice of your company “

Rob’s plan included an aggressive distribution plan and Ship Bottom in cans can be found in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  He does some canning in the Ship Bottom facility but a lot of it is done at a partner brewery, Sly Fox, in Pennsylvania. 

I asked Rob what are his go-to beers, aside from his own. “I like 2SP Russian Stout (Aston, PA), as well as the Yeti Stouts (Great Divide, Denver CO)” 

Rob’s favorite Ship Bottom beer is the Mexican Stout which is brewed with Ancho Peppers, Mexican Coffee Mexican Chocolates, Cinnamon and vanilla beans, but he is passionate about all of them.  

“Our motto is “Brew every beer very well”, said Rob.  “I could have a lot more on our tap list, but I want every beer we offer is of the highest quality.”    

That is probably the most important aspect of any business plan, as in the end, it is all about the beer.  Unlike many of the businesses on LBI, Ship Bottom Brewery is open year round, so definitely an island brewery for all seasons! 

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Cape May Brewing Co Celebrates Seven Years With The Release of Two New Beers!

Cape May Brewing Company Celebrates Seven Years With the Release of Two New Brews

Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is celebrating seven years of stellar beers at the Jersey Shore with two anniversary parties on June 29th. One at their Tasting Room at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport, and the other at their very first account: Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill at 429 Beach Ave in downtown Cape May.

“It’s hard to believe that we’ve been at this for seven years,” says CEO and co-founder Ryan Krill. “I remember when we began, brewing up a 12-gallon batch of IPA, and hoping that someone gets lost enough in the airport to stumble into our unit”.

“The support we’ve seen since then is nothing short of humbling.”

On Friday, June 29th, beginning at 11am, the party begins at their Tasting Room. There will be three special one-offs to choose from, two can releases, and there will be fun and games of all kinds.

The three co-founders — Ryan Krill, Chris Henke, and Bob “Mop Man” Krill — have each devised a one-off for the event. Ryan Krill concocted an orange crush-inspired brew: Summer Catch, CMBC’s crushable summer wheat beer, with Oranges. Henke devised Pickle Corrosion, their sour IPA, and Bob Krill designed The Bog Cranberry Shandy infused with lime zest.

In addition, the party will feature a new twist on an old favorite — The Bog Cranberry Shandy Slushies. Revelers will be able to beat the heat in CMBC’s Beer Garden while sipping on one of their most popular brews in a refreshing and stimulating new way.

Guests at the party will be able to get a sneak peek of Cape May’s newest Double IPA before it goes out for distribution. Brewed with 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel, Bounding Main has a soft and pillowy mouthfeel, a gentle bitterness, and aromas of tropical fruits: mango, guava, citrus — all with a hint of dank in the background. Like many a stormy wind, Bounding Main will blow you away.

Also, Cape May will be debuting Anniversary Ale 7.0. A blend of seven hops come together at a rate of seven pounds-per-barrel to create a beautiful hop nirvana, blasting you in the face with a tidal wave of tropical and citrusy aromas. Layered throughout this celebratory feast of sexy hops, Anniversary Ale 7.0 is dripping with notes of passionfruit, guava, and mangoes.

In addition, representatives from Cape May’s BikeMS: City to Shore team will be on hand. For each of the past seven years, Cape May Brewing Co. has sponsored a team for this bike race throughout South Jersey, raising nearly $100,000 for Multiple Sclerosis research. The team will be on hand to raise money, and revelers will get the chance to sign up for the team at 15% off the usual rate. And, beginning at 6pm, visitors will have the chance to Beat the Brew Crew in a basketball tournament — only $5 to enter, and all of the proceeds go to support the City to Shore team.

At Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, partiers will be able to sip seven beers for each of Cape May’s seven years, including Cape May IPA. Cabanas was the first bar to take a chance on Cape May’s flagship IPA, and it’s been a mainstay of their tap list since.

Furthermore, there’ll be giveaways, chances to win CMBC merchandise, and a piñata filled with all kinds of CMBC swag.

Then, at 9pm, there’ll be music by 3AM Tokyo. The brainchild of GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter/producer Picasso, 3AM Tokyo is comprised of four standout musicians creating a powerful mix of pop, rock, hip-hop, EDM, and reggae, capable of creating in any genre, decade, or style. Known for their take on popular songs and remixes with a DJ feel, the sounds and dynamics of 3AM Tokyo are flawless, firmly establishing the group as leaders in the modern dance world.

For more information on Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, see cabanasonthebeach.com or call (609) 884-4800. For more information on Cape May Brewing Company — including for tours and tastings — see capemaybrewery.com or call (609) 884-9933.