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Backward Flag Announces Forward Assault Can Series!

Backward Flag Brewing announces Forward Assault can series


On Monday, June 18th Backward Flag Brewing will can their beer for the first time for a special can release scheduled for July 6th

The Forward Assault series is a project with the purpose of raising awareness of the many amazing organizations that exist with the mission to help Veterans move forward.  Backward Flag works with these groups and individuals in designing a unique recipe that is symbolic of their organization or cause.  A portion of all proceeds from the several Forward Assault releases will be donated to the respective charities chosen by the collaborative partners. 

The first can in the series is Something’s Missing, a unique IPA featuring 0 IBUs.  Something’s Missing was inspired by and brewed in collaboration with Rory Hamill.  Rory, who lost his leg while serving as a Marine in Afghanistan, is an activist for veteran causes.  Rory has chosen the We Defy Foundation as the benefiting charity of this release.  Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fitness training the We Defy Foundation provides combat veterans suffering from life-disabling injuries and/or PTSD a long-term means to overcome their challenges.

“There’s many challenges to overcome once you leave the theatre of combat” stated Hamill. “From our formative years in the Marine Corps, we are taught “violence of action”; Kill or be killed. In combat, this is a necessity. Here back home, it’s not applicable to most professions or lifestyles. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the perfect outlet for the displaced warrior. It teaches discipline, endurance, and humility. The same as combat. Because of the We Defy Foundation, I am provided that opportunity once again, to be a warrior, to deal with my physical and mental trauma in a healthy and beneficial way.”

Something’s Missing will be available in 4 packs of 16oz cans through retailers and at Backward Flag Brewing on July 6th. 

More about Backward Flag Brewing-

Backward Flag Brewing has the proud distinction of being one the first female veteran owned brewery in the nation. Owner and Army Veteran Torie Fisher was a Blackhawk Helicopter crew chief and served several overseas tours of duty. Torie is active with numerous veterans’ organizations and in 2017 launched Arms 2 Artisans which provides veterans with paid training in the craft brewing industry. 

With a recent expansion in production capabilities Backward Flag is now operating at a greater production capacity and their veteran brewed beers will be available at more bars, restaurants, and VFWs across New Jersey. 

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Dogfish Head Celebrates Completion of Three-Year Journey Bringing Together all the Goodness in Rehoboth

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Dogfish Head Celebrates Completion of Three-Year Journey Bringing Together all the Goodness in Rehoboth

Opening of new courtyard, merchandise store and brewing and distilling systems

Rehoboth Beach, Del., May 29, 2018 – After 23 years of serving original beers and spirits, wood-fired food and world-class music, Dogfish Head is embarking on a new era of creating more goodness as they celebrate the completion of a three-year journey at the location where it originally began on Rehoboth Ave.  The beautifully landscaped courtyard, new brewhouse and distillery operations, and Off-Centered EmPOURium store is the final stage in bringing together the downtown restaurants,  Brewings & Eats – an off-centered brewpub, and Chesapeake & Maine – a geographically inspired seafood restaurant, and establishing it as the heart for all things Dogfish.

The project commenced in 2015 when they first began construction on Chesapeake & Maine, then went on to build a new, world-class Brewings & Eats in the former parking area. Dogfish then tore down the original pub to make way for the new courtyard and operational enhancements. “From the world-class stage to the killer brewing and distilling program, guests can truly experience 360° of Dogfish in the same place we first began our story in 1995 as the smallest craft brewery in America,” says Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “I’m most proud that over the years we’ve been successful in building our Rehoboth restaurant brands as top beer destinations in the Mid-Atlantic region, and by coming together, and connecting our beer, food, spirits, music and merchandise – we can provide a world-class, panoramic, multi-sensory experience for folks to enjoy at our downtown properties.”

The charmingly landscaped, dog-friendly outdoor patio area seats 36 guests and serves as a passageway connecting Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine. The menu offers a full selection of food and drink offerings from the pub.  With a rustic wooden exterior and large glass windows framing the courtyard, the gathering space offers behind-the-scenes views into the brewing and distilling production areas along with allowing guests to see bartenders and mixologists serving drinks and chatting up customers through the windows of both restaurants.  Nestled in the corner of the patio is a beautiful, 14-barrel mash tun dating from the late 90s.  Handcrafted in the UK, this wooden relic was Calagione’s dream mash tun back in the day when he first opened the doors for business in Rehoboth.  When the opportunity to purchase the brewing equipment became available, Calagione jumped at the chance to bring it home to Dogfish and plans to incorporate it into the off-centered outdoor garden as a beer-inspired rain barrel of sorts.

The new, fully-manual five-barrel brewhouse system includes five fermentation tanks and five serving tanks.  These enhancements allow for increased brewing production capacity enabling Bryan Selders, Dogfish Head Brewing Ambassador, the ability to create a significantly higher volume of ingredient-driven, inventive brewpub exclusives. The new 50-gallon still allows Graham Hamblett, Lead Distiller at Dogfish Head Distilling Co., to experiment with creating culinary-inspired spirits which will be served at the Rehoboth restaurants.

To celebrate the opening, Dogfish Head Distilling Co. is debuting Lemon & Peppercorn Vodka, a spirit that captures the essence of both restaurants as it contains the quintessential seafood seasoning found at Chesapeake & Maine, with a wood fire smoked twist done at Brewings & Eats. Using Analog Vodka as the base, they distill dried lemon peel and a medley of peppercorns. This citrus-peppery spirit is used to macerate hand-sliced, wood-fire grilled lemons from Brewings & Eats. Lemon & Peppercorn Vodka will be exclusively available in the restaurants.

For those looking to take a little bit of the Dogfish Head universe home, guests can swing into the Off-Centered EmPOURium to purchase Dogfish merchandise, including exclusive Rehoboth t-shirts, hoodies and hats. Folks can also find keychains, stickers, coasters and glassware.  Keeping the spirit alive from the original Brewings & Eats, the countertop in the Off-Centered EmPOURium is the old bar top from the 1995 pub.  Bike racks and stroller parking are also available.

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, Chesapeake & Maine and the Off-Centered EmPOURium, visit



West Chester Craft Beer Festival is on 6/16! Get Info and Ticket Discounts Here!

The 2nd Annual West Chester Craft Beer Festival is happening 6/16 at the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center from 1-5 PM.  This festival boasts an amazing lineup of breweries including a bunch that are not available here in South Jersey, along with some of the biggest names in the Craft Beer Scene including Urban Village, Dogfish Head, Cape May Brewing Company, River Horse, and Jack’s Abbey just to name a few.

Tickets are available and are $40, but if you use the code SJBeerScene18 you can score a $5 discount off of your ticket!  There are still a few VIP Tickets left that will cost you $50 which allows you to get in an hour early and you will also get a complimentary lanyard for your tasting glass!

For tickets and information please visit

For updates on the festival check out West Chester CBF Facebook HERE



Manafirkin and Ludlam Island Celebrating Anniversaries Today!

Manafirkin Brewing Company and Ludlam Island Brewery will both be celebrating anniversaries today at their Tasting Rooms!

Manafirkin will be celebrating their First Firkin Anniversary today starting at 11 AM.  From their Facebook Post:

Come celebrate our one year anniversary Saturday, May 19th from 11 am until 11 pm.

We’ll have Sunny Rae’s food truck serving up delicious food all day. We will also have I Scream Concessions ice cream truck serving up delicious desserts.

We are releasing another Laird’s Applejack Brandy Barrel aged beer in cans. What is it? You’ll have to come find out that day. Limited release so get them while they’re hot (they’re cold though we promise).

We will have specials on all of our merchandise and we’ll be releasing new T-shirts, new glasses, AND new growlers. Limited supply.

We know how much you guys firkin love Firkins, so we’ll be tapping not one, but TWO throughout the day.

It’s going to be a great day you’re not going to want to miss. Thank you to everyone for making this first year so firkin special.

Ludlam Island will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary starting at noon, here are some of the details from their Facebook Page:

Here is what we know so far…
We will have some new lager mugs.
A special Lager Beer bar to go along with said new awesome mugs.
A bunch of hoppy hazy juicy IPAs that everyone loves (and yeah, we saved a keg of THE BIG DIRTY).
Complimentary munchies! We couldn’t have made it another year without all you fine people, so as a small token of thanks, we’re gonna have some food for ya.
We’re setting up an outside bar too so we can all enjoy the nice weather together!

Of course plenty of beer, plenty of good friends, and music.
Hope to see you there!
Much love friends

Congrats to both on these significant milestones!

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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

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