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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

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Breweries Events

Backward Flag Brewing Celebrating Their 3rd Anniversary 9/15/18!

BACKWARD FLAG CELEBRATING THEIR 3RD ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEKEND! 

Backward Flag Brewing Company in Forked River celebrates their 3rd anniversary this week with good beer, food, music and special guests. 

The Celtic Knot, a favorite at local breweries, will be on hand with their delicious fish and chips and will be joined by ElemeN7ts by NitroGirl who will be creating frozen confections and ice cream with different flavors of BFBC beer. The soundtrack for the day will be provided by Ty Mares Music.     

 However, as we have seen, the foundation and mission of Backward Flag has always gone deeper than just the brew, so there will be no new releases for the festivities. 

“We want this anniversary to be less about the beer and more about the people”, said owner Torie Fisher.   The people are the organizations, non-profits and charities who collaborated with Backward Flag over the past year. Each month BFBC employees choose a charity and a portion of the proceeds go to the organization. The anniversary party is an opportunity to honor, recognize and present the proceeds to the organizations. 

Some of the beneficiaries are the Forked River Volunteer Fire Department and the NJ State Elks Army of Hope, which was created to assist families who have a member called to active duty with the National Guard or military reserves. The Captain Buscio Foundation, named for Captain Dominick Buscio of the Jersey City Fire Department,  and  created by his widow after he died of a heart attack at the too young age of 39.  It provides complimentary pulmonary and cardio examinations through Deborah to fire fighters and first responders is another beneficiary.    

The DV Farm, operated by vets and created to help combat veteran homelessness will also be recognized at the event.  DV Farm is a service of Dysfunctional Veterans one of the largest online vet communities. 

Arms 2 Artisans, a non-profit created by Backward Flag earlier this year will be represented by one of the first graduates, Lizz Devenny, who will  be speaking about her experiences. 

As part of the festivities this week BF also did a collaboration brew with Backpacks for Life, who provide backpacks filled with toiletries and other every day essentials to vets and families who cannot provide these for themselves.  The brown ale will be called Rugged Road, so be on the lookout for it at the brewery and in cans. 

We invite you to check out the links listed below to find out more about these great organizations. The party is this Saturday, 9/15, 12-9 PM and it promises to be a great day, so don’t miss it! 

For more information on the charities that Backward Flag supports, click the links below!

Backpacks For Life

The DV Farm

Dysfunctional Veterans

Arms 2 Artisans

The Captain Buscio Foundation

 

 

 

 

Breweries Events

Zed’s Beer Celebrating First Anniversary on 9/9/18 with a Party, New Beer and More!

ZED’S BEER MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY 

Celebration to include New Beer, Glassware and Giveaways 

MARLTON, NJ – August 27, 2018 – Zed’s Beer/Bado Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday, September 9 with a party, a new beer and much more. The brewery located at 19 North Maple Avenue in Marlton will mark “One Down” and celebrate many more to come with a party from noon until 6:30 PM. 

To commemorate the occasion, founder and head brewer Geoff Bado will introduce a new beer inspired by the brewery’s namesake, great-grandfather Zed. A coal miner in Chop, Hungary, Zed was known as an amateur brewer who would throw a block party and share his beer with the entire village. 

“Zed’s in Chop-Original Marzen is the kind of beer Zed himself might have made,” said Bado. “While Zed’s original beer recipe is lost to time, I researched what he might have had access to. The grains are all European—Munich, Vienna, Pilsner, Melanoiden. The hops are all noble hops. I think he would have been able to produce something we would currently identify as an Austrian- Marzen.” The result is a malt-forward beer with a bit of a nutty flavor and a light sprinkling of bitterness. “It’ll be easy to drink, like a modern Oktoberfest, in keeping with our philosophy of bringing approachable craft beer to South Jersey,” Bado added. 

Since opening, Zed’s Beer has put 42 different beers on tap, not including 24 varieties of shandies. Zed’s in Chop—Original Marzen will be one of at least 12 beers available for the anniversary party. Others include top-selling Zed’s in the Universe—Pale42 and a reprise of Zed’s at the Party—Birthday Cake, which literally sparkles. Zed’s popular shandies, a blend of current beer varieties with homemade syrups or sodas, will also be on hand. 

In addition to the beer releases, the September 9 festivities will feature special “One Down” glassware, a limited-time offer with purchase of a pint for $10. The brewery will also offer swag giveaways throughout the day, every hour on the hour. 

“We’ve been amazed and delighted by the terrific reception from the community all through our first year,” said Zed’s Beer co-founder Lori White. “It’s clear people are as excited to have a local brewery as we are to educate them about the brewing process and serve new beers.” 

Zed’s Beer supports the local community by collaborating with as many local food producers as possible. The brewery sources all fruit and honey for its beers from Cheyenne’s Roadside Market—Evesham Township’s only remaining farm. Customers will be able to enjoy four beers featuring locally-sourced ingredients: Zed’s in NJ—Blueberry Blonde, Zed’s in the Orchard— Golden Peach and Zed’s in the US—American Brown with Honey. And Zed’s in Chillum— SMaSH gold is made with grain grown and malted in Shilo, NJ, by Rabbit Hill Malthouse. 

Zed’s clientele can expect more of those locally-inspired varieties in the coming year as well as a few surprises. “We have a lot of great things in store for year two that will keep people coming back for more,” said Bado. “Much of it is too soon to share, but safe to say there will be new beers, new swag and who knows? You’ll have to come back to find out.” 

About Zed’s Beer: 

Zed’s Beer is located in Marlton, NJ. Its mission is to create hand-crafted beers using locally- sourced and fresh ingredients wherever possible. Zed’s Beer offers a variety of approachable craft beers, centered on four core varieties and as many as eight additional rotating selections, each named after a particular region or location when possible. Patrons can enjoy beers in the tasting room by the pint or as flights; 32-ounce crowlers are available to-go. During the Summer, Zed’s tasting room is open Thursdays 4-9:30 PM; Fridays noon-10 PM, Saturdays noon-10 PM and Sundays noon-6:30 PM. The brewery hosts special events by request. To learn more about Zed’s Beer and Bado Brewing, LLC, visit www.drinkzeds.com. ZE

Breweries Events News

Big Happenings at Dogfish Head Brewery with 3 Beer Releases!

I know that we focus on South Jersey, but would there be a Craft Beer Scene in South Jersey if not for pioneers like Sam Calagione?  They had me at Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute  IPA!  Thanks to Dogfish Head for being a sponsor of the What’s On Tap Radio Show that I get to co-host with Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin!

 

‘Labor of Love’ Hand-Bottled Beer Release Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend at Dogfish Head Brewery

Brewery unveils Grisette About It!, Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA & the Fall release of 120 Minute IPA

Milton, Del., August 20, 2018 – Dogfish Head will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a lineup of three beer releases at the Milton Tasting Room (6 Cannery Village, Milton, Del., 19968) on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1. The trio of beers – Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA, 120 Minute IPA and Grisette About It! – are truly ‘labors of love,’ involving loads of time, attention and care to brew and bottle.  In fact, both Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA and Grisette About It! were hand-bottled and numbered by Dogfish Head coworkers.

Friday, August 31

To close out the last day of August and cheers to the start of a new season, Dogfish Head will begin shipping its Fall release of 120 Minute IPA in late August. Guests that visit the Milton Tasting Room between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. can stop by for a beer and enter for a chance to win a limited-edition 120 Minute IPA poster – only 250 prints available.  120 Minute IPA will be available in 4pk/12oz bottles.

Dogfish Head will also release 250 (750ml) bottles of Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA in the Tasting Room at 11 a.m. Full-bodied and complex, this beer takes the fan-favorite 120 Minute IPA to the next level, aging it in bourbon barrels for seven months and then dry-hopping it with a boatload of high-alpha American hops. Clocking in at 17% ABV, it’s jam-packed with barrel notes, and boasts an abundantly fresh hop flavor and aroma. Priced at $30 each, bottles will be sold on a first come, first served basis, and guests are limited to two bottles per person.

Saturday, September 1

Dogfish Head will release 200 (750ml) bottles of Grisette About It! at 11 a.m. Brewed with heirloom oats and raw organic einkorn – one of the earliest known varieties of cultivated wheat – Grisette About It! gets its subtle nuttiness and soft spiciness from a blend of noble Czech Saaz and fruity German Hallertau Blanc hops. Fermented with two strains of Belgian yeast and aged in French Oak Chardonnay barrels for two months, this 3.5% ABV brew is pale and hazy with notes of toasted oak and soft vanilla.

The Wall Street Journal, who recently described Dogfish as a brewery who’s ‘won a reputation for some of the wildest beers around,’ recently caught up with Dogfish Head founder and CEO, Sam Calagione to chat about low ABV beer trends among millennial beer consumers. Calagione shared, “We wanted something really malt-forward but super refreshing…” Ranked in The Wall Street Journal’s list of ‘5 Beers Lower in Alcohol and Calories, Full of Flavor and Character,’ they write, Grisette About It! “is an old French style redone in heirloom malts, wine barrels and warm-fruit hops.  Like a chewy oatmeal cookie with rum-soaked raisins.”  Priced at $18 each, bottles of Grisette About It! will be sold on a first come, first served basis, and guests are limited to two bottles per person. It will also be on tap in the Tasting Room while supplies last.

For more information about Dogfish Head’s Labor Day weekend events and off-centered ales, please visit dogfish.com.

About Dogfish Head: Dogfish Head has proudly been focused on brewing beers with culinary ingredients outside the Reinheitsgebot since the day it opened as the smallest American craft brewery 23 years ago. Dogfish Head has grown into a top-20 craft brewery and has won numerous awards throughout the years including Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 Brewery of the Year and the James Beard Foundation Award for 2017 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. It is a 350+ coworker company based in Delaware with Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, an off-centered brewpub and distillery, Chesapeake & Maine, a geographically enamored seafood restaurant, Dogfish Inn, a beer-themed inn on the harbor and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, a production brewery and distillery featuring a tasting room and kitchen. Dogfish Head supports the Independent Craft Brewing Seal, the definitive icon for American craft breweries to identify themselves to be independently-owned and carries the torch of transparency, brewing innovation and the freedom of choice originally forged by brewing community pioneers. Dogfish Head currently sells beer in 43 states and Washington D.C. and will expand into additional states in 2018. For more information, visit dogfish.com, Facebook: @dogfishheadbeer, Twitter: @dogfishbeer, and Instagram: dogfishhead.

 

Breweries Events

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.