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Manahopkin Beer and Music Festival is Southern Ocean County Hospitality at Its Finest!

One of the fastest growing brew festivals on the South Jersey Beer Scene (Yes Ocean County is South Jersey!), Manahopkin Beer and Music Fest, is coming up on Saturday, 8/11/18 at Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin.

Proceeds benefit PBA Local 297 and help many of the charities they support, including Southern Regional High School Scholarships, toy drive, clothing drive and local families in need among others.  Detectives Levi McVey and Drew Smith, as well as Officers Chris Fritz and Phil Mauro, are the driving forces behind the festival which has generated over $50,000 for the PBA since its inception in 2015. 

“Local 297 raised over $100,000 for charity last year and Manahopkin was a big part of that,” said Jen McBrien, Stafford Recreation Supervisor and one of the many Stafford employees who lay the groundwork to make the event a success.  “The idea of Manahopkin started several years ago when Betti Anne McVey, Stafford Director of Recreation, her son, Detective McVey and Detective Smith were enjoying some beers at Pinelands Brewing Company.”

They brainstormed some fundraising ideas with the always creative and community-focused Pinelands Brewery team and working together with the PBA,  Manahopkin was born. 

The festival started modestly with 11 breweries participating in the inaugural event but that number has multiplied like yeast in a fermenter. “We currently have 25 breweries with more inquiring and signing on every day”, said Jen.  A new twist this year, is craft beer enthusiasts will be able to vote for their favorite brewery and a Manahopking will be crowned!

And as we see time and again, our local breweries are sharing in the charitable spirit of the event, with 17 of them so far, donating at least 1 keg. 

“We are also on Untapped”, said Raeann Lapenta, Recreation Department Social Media Guru (position bestowed by me, not the township!) so for those of you looking to post some unique beers, this is the fest for you!

The Manahopkin team has also come up with some interesting marketing ideas to help promote the festival and sell tickets, including pop up ticket sales at some of the local breweries. Backward Flag hosts one on 7/13, Oyster Creek on 7/14 and Manafirkin on 8/3, where rumor has it the mechanical bull, a new fair attraction will be unveiled. More pop up sales are planned for Garden State Brewing and Three 3’s.

Cat Country, 107.3, one of the more beer-friendly radio stations (They sponsored the South Jersey Beer Fest in Mays Landing last month), is the big sponsor and are also hosting brewers and guests from several breweries, with Oyster Creek on 7/12, Manafirkin July 19 and Tuckahoe July 26 to help promote the festival.   Other sponsors are the Wright Law Firm, Swing Graphics, Bathfitter, Old Causeway and Walt McCollum Plumbing and Heating and Rico Sabor, Sharkbait and Bacon me Crazy are among the many food vendors participating.

“This is a family friendly event, so there will be entertainment and activities for the kids, young and old,” added Jen.  “It is great that we have a town that supports events such as this and our Harvest Festival so thanks to the mayor, Mrs. McVey and the administration, for making these events possible!”

 Manahopkin Craft Beer and Music Fest is Saturday,  8/11 12 – 7 PM at Manahawkin Lake Park, right off of Rte 72. 

Tickets $30 on and are $35 at the door.  Please check their website and social media pages for more details. 

Order your tickets online at Manahopkin.com

Great beers, a great time for a great cause!

NEWS FLASH!

Manafirkin Brewery will be Hosting Bulls And Beers 8/3/18 and Ticket Presale!

Stafford PBA will be selling Manahopkin craft beer fest tickets outside of the brewery in the Stafford PBA tent. Presale event, with discounted tickets ONLY available outside of Manafirkin, featuring the mechanical bull that will be at Manahopkin.

Stafford PBA will be selling tickets discounted for $25, only available outside in the PBA tent at Manafirkin between 4-9. Stafford PBA will be giving away prizes every half hour to anyone who purchases a ticket outside in the Stafford PBA tent at Manafirkin.

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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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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.

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Westville Brewery Celebrating Official Grand Opening And Ribbon Cutting on 6/23

Our friends at Westville Brewery are making it official on Saturday at 3 PM with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration in downtown Westville.  They have been working hard getting the tasting room together and have had some soft openings, but this is the big one!

 

And if that is not enough, wrap up your night at the Borough of Westville Fireworks Show that will start at dusk.  Bring a lawn chair, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, and wash it down with a cold one!

Congratulations to Pam, Mike, John, and Chuck on this momentous occasion!