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Talking Beer With Guy Corrado of Eastern Homebrew, Sponsor of the SJ Beer, Food, And Music Festival Homebrew Competiton!

I recently sat down Guy Corrado, owner of Eastern Homebrew located on Tilton Road in Northfield, to talk about the Homebrew Supply business, and his upcoming 2nd annual Homebrew Competition at the South Jersey Craft Beer, Food, and Music Festival being held at ACCC on Saturday, June 2nd. Guy opened his doors in July of 2015 and has been supplying a great many of the homebrewers in the South Jersey area ever since. Guy worked in corporate sales for 33 years and would homebrew as a hobby.  He found homebrewing to be very therapeutic and learned his craft over many years. He also worked part-time for Shawn Grigus at Tap It Homebrew Supply in Egg Harbor City. When Shawn closed to open up Tomfoolery Brewing with Gayle D’Abate in Hammonton, Guy saw a need in the area and put his plan into place to open Eastern Homebrew.

Guy initially started making wine after a visit to his sister out west and she introduced him to the hobby. He found that the homemade wine didn’t give him an allergic reaction like commercial wine did. When he decided to expand into brewing beer he dove right into brewing a Triple Belgium from an extract kit, and another brewer was born. From the beginning, Guy didn’t have a favorite style, he likes to brew them all. He really enjoys the seasonal brews, as do most of us. I think seasonal brews give us all something to look forward to all year long. When I visited, Guy had just finished brewing a Kölsch which should be ready right when the weather gets warm. He also enjoys brewing German Alt’s, Anchor Steams, and California Commons which are a 100%  American Lager. These are not your normal choices for home brewers, but Guy loves a challenge. He does most of his brewing in The Grainfather which is a nice self-contained system that he sells at the store. I tried a few samples that he brewed in it, and I must say it does a really nice job. Guy is kind of The Godfather of The Grainfather.

As I was sitting in the shop, I noticed he had a beaker of yeast swirling away being conditioned for an Apricot Sour Berliner Weiss. With a background in chemistry, I quickly realized Guy has a wealth of knowledge and really cares about helping people make better beer. “You don’t get into the homebrew supply business to make a lot of money,” Guy told me, “You do it for the joy of it all.”  Like most breweries, it has taken him about 2 years to break even and to start making a living. Most of his business is repeat customers, but he does see some new faces come through the door which is nice to see the craft is still expanding.

Guy has tons of stories of helping brewers reach their dream. One day, not long after Guy opened, There were a couple of guys who stopped in and said they wanted to learn how to brew with the goal being to fulfill their dream of opening up a brewery. Guy started to show them some extract kits, and they said, “No no! We want to do all grain, and we want the best equipment you have”. Guy questioned, “are you sure?” They replied “You don’t understand. We run into burning buildings when people are running out!” Those two gentlemen were Kurt & Karl Hughes who are now the owners of Bucket Brigade Brewery in Cape May Court House, N.J. Another pair of Guy’s steady customers are Jason Filoon and Tim Smith who are in the process of opening up Devil’s Alibi Brewing.  Jason and Tim have been creating quite a buzz in the Homebrew competition circuit the past few years. We wish them the best of luck making their dream come true so more people can enjoy their beer. I’m sure they may have an entry or two in Guy’s Homebrew competition which is taking place on June 2nd! I’m sure there many stories like this, and we thank Guy for being a great steward of this craft.  I truly enjoyed my visit with Guy at Eastern Homebrew, and can’t wait to see him at The South Jersey Craft Beer, Food, And Music Festival being sponsored by The Joe & Rachel Show on Cat Country 107.3.  Make sure you stop by and see us at our booth at the event!  We will be selling some of our  T-Shirts and will have a few special surprises for you!  Hope to see you there!

And, As Always, Enjoy Your Pour!

For more information on Eastern Homebrew, visit them on the web at www.easternhomebrew.com

Visit Eastern Homebrew on Facebook @easternhomebrew

 

 

For Tickets and Information on the Joe & Rachel Cat Country 107.3 SJ Beer, Food, and Music Festival follow the link HERE

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Tuckahoe Brewing Company Canning The Long Hug and The New Old School on 5/7!

Tuckahoe Brewing Company will be having a double can release on Monday of The New Old School and The Long Hug. Tuckahoe continues to grow and change with the times and has entered the can game with several releases in the last year including Quatrain, Snack, and New Brighton Coffee Stout.  It is great to see that one of the founders of the craft beer movement in South Jersey continues to add new flavors and styles to their great lineup of flagship beers.

The Long Hug was the official beer of the Atlantic City Beer Festival and, by popular demand, it now will be available in cans. This multigrain Saison is brewed with grapefruit and lemon, and dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace to enhance the citrus aroma. The beer fermented with French Saison yeast to highlight peppery citrus and spice.  Coming in at 4.2% ABV, this Saison is highly drinkable and was the runaway winner during the Atlantic City Beer Festival Official Beer Selection event that we were lucky enough to be a part of.  And I would be remiss if I did not mention the fantastic can art with “Uncomfortably Drinkable Ale” hovering over a picture of what may or may not be a homage to a certain yellow-haired commander in chief.  The Long Hug will be available in 12 oz. cans which are the perfect size for summer fun.

The New Old School is a traditional West Coast IPA bittered with Columbus and dry hopped with Centennial, Cascade, and Falconers Flight for a balanced blend of pine and lemon/lime that comes in at 6.5% ABV.  The can art for this is really cool as well and was created by local artist Mike Bell.  The New Old School will also be available in 12 oz. cans.  

 

 

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BrewDog Now Available in New Jersey, Blue Monkey Tavern Sets Launch Party for 4/25!

BrewDog, the independent brewery based in Ellon, Scotland,  opened a massive, state-of-the-art brewing facility and pub in Columbus, Ohio last year and has started to expand their distribution to several states including here in New Jersey.

BrewDog was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie and quickly became a force in the European beer market.  Expansion to the United States was always on the radar and culminated with the building of a brewery that encompasses 42 acres and is the epicenter of their brewing operations here in the United States.  Some of you may be familiar with BrewDog from their Brew Dogs television show that airs here in the US where James and Martin travel the country in search of great beer and also brew a beer specific to an event or region on each show.

BrewDog will be distributed by Hunterdon Brewing Company here in New Jersey and they will be having some kick-off events to celebrate.  The South Jersey event will be held at The Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville on Thursday, 4/25 at 6 PM.

BrewDog’s initial offerings will include their flagship Punk IPA, Elvis Juice Grapefruit-Infused IPA, Jet Black Heart Oatmeal Milk Stout, and Hazy Jane New England Style IPA.

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Ludlam Island Brewery’s “The Big Dirty” Launch Party is Today at 4:20 at 8 Exclusive Locations and the Tap Room!

The 2nd annual release of The Big Dirty from Ludlam Island Brewery is happening today 4/20 at 4:20 pm at the brewery and these exclusive locations:

  • Goodnight Irene’s in Wildwood
  • Clayton Liquors
  • Brickwall Tavern and Dining Room in Burlington
  • Keg & Kitchen in Westmont
  • The Mad Batter in Cape May
  • Ott’s
  • Breakers Kitchen & Tap in Waretown
  • Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company in Somers Point

The Philly Fry Truck will be at the brewery today in Ocean View to help you with the munchies! This big hoppy Double IPA is a fan favorite and only happens once a year so don’t miss it!

 

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Cape May Brewing Company Releases Harmonic Rhythm At Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Cape May Brewing Company is, once again, the exclusive beer sponsor of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May that kicks off tonight, 4/20.  This year’s commemorative beer is called “Harmonic Rhythm” and looks very interesting.  Details in the Press Release Below!

Cape May Brewing Company Releases Harmonic Rhythm At Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is pleased to announce the continuation of a seven-year partnership as the exclusive beer sponsor of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, running April 20-22.

“Cape May Brewing Co. is proud to be the exclusive beer sponsor of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival,” says Cape May Brewing Company CEO, Ryan Krill. “For two weekends each year, the festival gets Cape May’s toes tapping to some of the best music around, and it allows us a chance to brew up a commemorative beer.”

This year, the brewery has devised a beer inspired by the popular cocktail known as a Moscow Mule. Characterized by the commingling of a strong ginger ale with muddled lime and mint in a copper mug, Cape May Brewing Company has replicated this in a Belgian-style ale called Harmonic Rhythm.

“We’ve been talking about doing a cocktail-inspired beer for a while now,” says CMBC Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm, “and doing one for a classy time like the Exit Zero Jazz Festival seemed like the perfect fit! We wanted to do a cocktail that was well-known, and after brainstorming a few ideas and trying out some various cocktails, we decided that in beer-form the Moscow Mule would be the best bet.”

Cape May Brewing Company has been brewing the official beer of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival since 2014 with Sophisticated Lady.

“As much as we loved Sophisticated Lady, sometimes it’s time for a change,” says Head Brewer Brian Hink, “and this year, it just felt right to change things up! So, when trying to decide what kind of beer would replace Sophisticated Lady, it just made sense to go down the cocktail route.”

A hefty dose of freshly-minced ginger added to the boil is in the forefront, garnished with a hint of fresh mint and the juices of lemon and lime rounding out the flavor profile — a gentle burn from the ginger pairs beautifully with its bright acidity, bringing together a harmonious marriage of flavors. With its relatively low ABV at 5.0%, Harmonic Rhythm is the perfect weekend sipper for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.

The brewery will once again be sponsoring the Cape May Brewing Stage at Cabanas, hosting such acts as the High & Mighty Brass Band and Heather Gillis. In addition, Cape May Brewing Company has lent their name to the $58 Hops Pass. With his pass, revelers will get first-come, first-served entry to all of the club venues of the festival: Cabanas, Carney’s, Carney’s Other Room, Iron Pier Craft House, and the Rusty Nail, all of whom will be pouring CMBC brews, including the star of the festival: Harmonic Rhythm.

“We pride ourselves on accentuating what Cape May and South Jersey do best,” says festival organizer Michael Kline, “so this is an ideal collaboration. And the music happening on the Cape May Brewing Company Stage at Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill is going to blow the roof off. It’s a really great fit for the brewery.”

For more information about the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, see exit0jazzfest.com. For more information on Cape May Brewing Company, including for tours and tastings, see capemaybrewery.com.