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South Jersey Home Brewing Clubs Face Off In A Breakfast Cereal Inspired Competition!

TRI COUNTY BREWING CEREAL COMPETITION CHAMPION 

Cereal…it’s not just for breakfast anymore! 

Members of the Brew Jersey, Ocean County Home Brewers Association and Monmouth County Home Brewers Association members set out to prove just that with their first joint competition. 

Final judging was recently held at Icarus Brewing and congratulations to Dorien Saunders of Brew Jersey who took home the top prize!   Dorien brewed a Cream Ale with the special ingredient being Pumpkin Spice Life cereal.  Dorien will not only have his beer brewed at Icarus, but the brewery will also donate $300 to the charity of his choice.  

Vince Feminella, MCHBA and I have collaborated on a couple of competitions in the past, so when we got together with Eric Schmel from Brew Jersey we discussed several options for a friendly competition between the 3 clubs.  Urged on by our EPIC 2 part South Jersey Beer Scene (episode 13 and 14) podcast we put out a message to our club members for suggestions. SMaSH (single mash, single hop), or everyone using the same grain bill, were a few of them, but then the breakfast cereal suggestion came from one of our members, (I won’t say who, but I KNOW who it is and I have the proof, hahah!) and it clicked! 

We committed to our clubs that we would use BJCP guidelines for the judging and the only stipulation would be that the brewer would have to declare a style and 10% of the grain bill would have to be commercial cereal.  Matching the style to the cereal was key, as the effect and taste of the cereal in the beer was 20% of the total judges score.

“The flavor of the cereal in the beer, really came through on the winning brew.” said Icarus owner and co-founder Jason Goldstein. “

The competition didn’t lack for creativity or style, as we had stouts, porters, brown ales, IPAs, Wheat beers, Hefeweizen all in the mix.  Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Shredded Wheat, were some of the cereals, as much variety as there are on the supermarket shelves. 

“I hadn’t been in the cereal game since middle school, so I didn’t even know that these different types of cereals were even made. “said our champ, Dorien.  “I walked down the cereal aisle and nothing jumped out at me. I was originally thinking some sort of chocolate cereal, but as I continued shopping I saw the Pumpkin Spice Life and knew I had to make the switch.” 

Dorien’s beer had a 38.75 average score amongst our judges who included, Jason, Matt and Mike from Bradley Brew Project and Mike from NJCB.  

Tony Scardaville, MCHBA, came in second with a score of 35.25 for his Brown Ale made with Honey Bunches of Oats and Chris Niedzwiecki, OCHBA, was just a shade behind at 35.00 with an American Porter brewed with Cocoa Krispies. 

Vince, Eric and I had a great time planning and organizing the event, so we look forward to doing more competitions, collaborations and work in the future.  Thanks to the judges and all the rest of the brewers who participated we hope you had a good time! 

Be on the lookout for Dorien’s beer in the tap room at Icarus.  We will make sure to keep you posted on the progress and release date. 

Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for our next story, Weird Beers.  Cheers, all! 

 

Breweries Events

Spend Thanksgiving Eve With the Gang At Eight & Sand Beer Company in Woodbury!

Eight & Sand Beer Co. to Host Thanksgiving Eve Party
with New Limited Edition Beer on Tap 

Eight & Sand will host a Thanksgiving Eve party on Wednesday, November 21st
from 5pm – 10pm featuring new beers from the beertender brewing competition
and the return of our GABF award-winning Bad Hombre.

– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

WOODBURY, NJ (November 16, 2018) – On Wednesday, November 21st, Eight & Sand Beer Co. gives thanks to fans, friends and family by hosting a Thanksgiving Eve celebration at the Woodbury, NJ tasting room from 5pm until 10pm.

The party will feature 3 brand new brews on tap that were created by brewers Chris, Jim and Dave in conjunction with Eight & Sand’s beertenders.  Each of the three recipes can be sampled by event attendees who will select the winning brew in conjunction with a panel of judges.  The three beer recipes include a Grilled Pineapple Hefeweizen, Peaches & Cream Milkshake IPA and a Peat-Smoked Scotch Ale.

“All of our beertenders love beer just as much as our brewers love making it, so we thought this competition would give them a chance to get even more involved in the brewing process and share their ideas for some really unique beer styles.”, says owner Chris Mazzone.  “We’re letting our whole team get in on the creative side of things and letting our fans decide which beer they like best.” 

In addition to the 3 new beers on tap, a very limited quantity of the GABF Silver Medal winning Bad Hombre ale makes its return to the tasting room for the night.  The Potato Pototo food truck will also be nearby on Deptford Ave. throughout the evening.

“We’ve had fans of our beer thank us for making it and we’re happy to bring back an old favorite and three new styles as our way of thanking them for supporting us for over two years.”, says Mazzone.  “We look forward to seeing some familiar faces and hopefully many new ones at our Thanksgiving Eve party on Wednesday.”

More information on this event can be found at www.eightandsandbeer.com.

About Eight & Sand Beer Co.

Eight & Sand Beer Co. is a 10bbl brewery and tasting room located in Woodbury, NJ fully devoted to quality craft beer that is traditionally European with an American flair.  Growlers, cans, and 22oz bottles are available for take-out; draft and cans are available at accounts across South Jersey.

AC Beer & Music Festival Events News

The Best Deal of The Year on Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival Tickets is Today!

The 2019 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival is Happening on March 29th and 30th and today is the best day to buy your tickets with the Friday 11/2 “I’m Only Here For The Beer” Promotion.

From 10 AM to 10 PM the tickets will be just $45 plus taxes and fees! These tickets are limited so make sure that you get in early!

Do not miss one of the best Beer Festivals in the United States as they kick off the first ever Atlantic City Beer Week leading up to the festival.  Sure you are coming for the beer, but this is also a world class concert and lifestyle festival with everything from a Silent Disco to Axe Throwing.

South Jersey Beer Scene is proud to be a partner in the festival and will be live streaming, podcasting, and participating in a ton of the events leading up to the festival!

Don’t make a bad life choice, make your plans and get your tickets today!

Purchase Here!

Breweries Events

Tuckahoe Brewing Co hosting The Art of Beer on 11/2!

For Immediate Release:

Tuckahoe Brewing Company Hosting “The Art Of Beer” Curated by Local Artist Mike Bell on November 2nd

Join us at Tuckahoe Brewing Company on Friday, November 2nd from 6-9 PM for a unique experience, “The Art of Beer”, an art exhibition curated by local artist Mike Bell featuring several works of art with a common theme… BEER.

The show features local artists including Rob Reed, Diane Roberts, Rodney Ibarra, Tania Pomales, CJ Smith, Jan Bendyna, Josh Williams, Elise Bond, Dave Roesch, Smith Jordan, and more!

The idea for the show was developed by Tuckahoe partner Matt McDevitt, Sales Manager Rob Callaghan,and artist Mike Bell while sampling some tasty Tuckahoe beers.  Art and craft beers go hand in hand, brewing beer is comparable to an artist painting a canvas.  Both are creative processes from beginning to end, involving the blending of different elements to create a vision. Artists and brewers are imaginative and adventurous with their craft, and both aspire to create something that is unique and interesting.  Craft beer label art has become a key piece of the craft beer experience, so we decided to expand on that idea and bring art to the brewery. There were no restrictions given to the artists, they were free to create  anything, with any medium. Whether it be painting, drawing, sculpture or photography, the common thread is the beer theme. Artists only had to include a beer reference or creates something using a beer vessel such as a can, growler, or keg.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the South Jersey Field Of Dreams and Breast Cancer Awareness.

Tuckahoe Brewing Company is located at 3092 English Creek Ave, Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234

For more info on Tuckahoe Brewing Company visit www.tuckahoebrewing.com

Events Podcast

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!