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Beer. It’s What’s with Dinner Featuring Pinelands Brewing Co.

In this edition we travel North on the Garden State Parkway to Pinelands Brewing Company in Little Egg Harbor. We met with head brewmaster and founder, Jason Chapman, who was a gracious host and chock full of knowledge about beer. Pinelands Brewing Company is a 3 BBL brewery which opened on March 1, 2014 and, in that short period of time, has quickly become a local and regional favorite. Locally sourced ingredients and water from the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer, which has an estimated 17.7 trillion gallons of some of the best all natural drinking water in the world, is a big reason for that. The only problem we had was picking the right beer from their great stable of brews to pair with the food I prepared, but that’s the fun part. Let’s begin.

Cheese Course

Once again, quality deserves quality, so we went with DiBruno Bros Prima Donna. This sweet, nutty, firm cheese is slightly oily with a bit of salt. Originated in Holland, its inspiration was to create a hybrid of Parmigiano Reggiano and Gouda which will pair nicely with most beers. As Jason and I mulled over the tap list, we both agreed to go with Swamp Donkey IPA. Don’t let the name fool you, this is a great brew with an aroma and taste consisting of Amarillo and two other American hops. The color is great with a great balance of floral and fruit and a nice dry finish. Swamp Donkey was a great choice for the cheese, and with a robust 6.8% ABV this donkey has a kick.

Appetizer

For the appetizer I went with an oldie, but a goodie. I stuffed baby Portabello Mushrooms with my hot crab dip recipe, and topped them off with a nice French Emmental. This is a medium hard Swiss which has a savory yet mild taste.  I can never seem to make enough of these scrumptious little flavor bombs!  We chose to go with Sharp Shooter IPA, a beer that made for their friends at Shooters Gun and Archery Range down the street from the brewery. This bronzed colored ale has a citric character which lends itself well to this seafood dish. With a moderate body and malty backbone, it was definitely the right choice for this appetizer.

Entrée

For the main course I went with something I’ve made about 100 times. My pulled pork tacos with blue cheese coleslaw is a dish I feel I’ve finally perfected. It takes 12 hours to get the pork butts to fall apart, tender. The blue cheese coleslaw was inspired by my wife’s love of the fragrant cheese. Looking over the tap list their was one beer that stood out. It was the first Pinelands Brewery Beer I tried the day the brewery opened, Pitch Pine Ale. This crisp American Pale Ale made from Chinook and Cascade hops is a very easy drinking beer. With a 5.9% ABV it can go with a lot of dishes and was a favorite at a Memorial Day Party I had a few years ago. Definitely a go to any time I see it on tap.

Dessert

For dessert I tapped into a family resource. My daughter, Lauren, is in the culinary program at ACIT and is enrolled in ACCC for Baking and Pastry this fall. One of her decadent desserts is her Espresso Chip Meringues. Although these little flavor pillows are light as air, they burst with espresso and chocolate flavor. There were two choices for this dessert: Zero Shucks Given Oyster Stout and Evan John Porter. Don’t let the Oyster Stout name fool you, this is a smooth and silky stout with big flavor! After taking with Jason, we decided to go with the Evan John Porter. This delicious Porter made with whole vanilla beans is smooth and complex, making it a perfect match for the Meringues, and it also is great all on it’s own. With an abundant tap list, Pinelands Brewing Company is definitely worth the drive for great beers and great atmosphere. Til’ next time…

Enjoy your pour!

Tom@sjbeerscene.com

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What’s On Tap This Week!

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Tuesday, June 6th

7 Mile Brewery will be having their weekly Quizzo night  with Joe Gaughan hosting at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate.  In addtion, the gang canned 262 cases of Beach Bubbles this week, A Belgian Wit base finished with pear essence and a champagne yeast, a highly drinkable Summer Beer!

Pinelands Brewing Company have their weekly “Beer it Forward” night tonight.  10% of all sales on Tuesdays from 6-9pm are donated to a deserving organization.  This month the money will be donated to Small Steps In Speech and Team Red, White, and Blue in honor of National Military Month

The Whitebrier in Avalon is celebrating 7 Mile Island Restaurant week with a 3 course beer-infused  menu featuring 7 Mile Brewery‘s 7 Mile IPA.  The 3 course menu will run you $30.17 and features an app, a main course, and a dessert.  For more info click HERE

Wednesday, June 7th

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm.  Tonight is the first night that you can join the Slack Tide Slacker Mug Club.  As a member you will receive benefits such as a Special 20 oz. Slacker Mug Club mug that can be filled at the tasting room for the same price as a 16 oz. pour, Club T-Shirt, Special release parties and other “members only” events, and discounts on Slack Tide Brewing apparel.  For more information stop by the tap room or check out them on the web HERE

Tomfoolery Brewing will be hosting Fool’s Trivia at 6:30 pm.

Cape May Brewery‘s One-Off Wednesday pour will be Grape Misty, Misty Dawn Saison with grape

 

Thursday, June 8th

Tonight is the night to watch our Editor and Co-Founder John Couchoud‘s television debut on “What’s On Tap” With Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin.  Catch the show on WMGM TV,  seen in South Jersey on channel 4 or 798 on X1 at 6:30.  Check out the show and let us know if television really does add 10 pounds!  Thanks to Slack Tide Brewing Company and Garden State Beer Company for giving us beers to sample on the show!  Also big thanks to Gary and Tara for having us and talking beer!  And remember the What’s On Tap Beer Festival is happening on Saturday, June 17th at WheatonArts in Millville!  Get your tickets HERE

Tuckahoe Brewing Co will be having a “Lu and Brew” LuLaRoe Sip and Shop event from 4-9pm.  Their will be 3 consultants with over 1000 pieces, a food truck, and great beer.

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features Hefeweizen Dry-Hopped with Lemondrop Hops.  I had a chance to have a taste of the Hefeweizen and adding the lemondrop hops will certainly add even more depth to this fantastic beer!

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village, a group that helps Historic Cold Spring Village in numerous ways.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the organization and enjoy a beer in their amazing, must-see Taproom!

Garden State Beer Company will kick off their Thursday Live Music Series with Sensacoustic from 8-10pm.  This is the perfect room to have a beer and catch some great live music!

Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company are celebrating their new kegerator by having a Tap Takeover featuring 13 of Carton Brewing‘s beers.  Come out and join us as we help get the taps flowing!  Beer specials and the Carton Beer Rep will be on hand.  For more info, check out our piece on the website HERE

 

Friday, June 9th

Ludlam Island Brewery is open today and every day from 12-8pm.  Stop by the tasting room and grab a flight or two of their great selections!

Garden State Beer Company  will be having Quizzo at the Tap Room starting at 6:30

Did someone say Happy Hour?  Goodnight Irene‘s Friday Happy Hour happens from 4-7pm.  The outside bar is open so stop by and grab a beer from one of the best beer bars in South Jersey!

Glasstown Brewing Company is open from 12-9pm today.  Stop by and try one of their many great beers and grab some cans to take home!

Chickie’s & Pete’s in EHT has one of the best beer selections around.  Alvin Cintron does a great job curating the offerings and is one of the biggest supporters of Craft Beer in South Jersey!  It is almost criminal that they have such a great beer list and Crab Fries!  Check out their website or Facebook to see their current beer list and food specials

Saturday, June 10th

Cape May County Brew Tours will be hostin a tour Saturday 6/10/17 starting at 12pm. The Tour will be visiting, in no specific order, Ludlum Island Brewery, Slack Tide Brewery, 7 Mile Brewery, and Cape May Brewery. Lunch will be at the Barefoot Bar & Restaurant.  Visit their website HERE to reserve your spot!

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be featuring the music of Adam Holcombe from 8-11pm.  Their ever-changing well-curated taplist is one of the best in the state, and they also serve Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved eats!

Rocco’s Town House in Hammonton will be have 4 Kane beers on tap today including Morning Bell, Corduroy Lines, Head High, and Overhead.  Stop in for a pint and grab a bite to eat of their fantastic food!

Clayton Liquors is the place for take-out for local craft beer.  Raj curates 20 taps and fills Growlers and Crowlers with your favorite South Jersey Craft Beer.  The menu is constantly changing and is updated often on Beer Menus by clicking HERE.  Give them a follow on Facebook, Raj updates frequently for us beer nerds!

Why Not Spend Saturday with one of South Jersey’s Fine Breweries!

7 Mile Brewery will be open 12pm-10pm

Cape May Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Cold Spring Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Garden State Beer Company will be open 3pm-10pm

Glasstown Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Ludlam Island Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Pinelands Brewing Companuy will be open 12pm-8pm

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open 12pm-8pm

Three 3’s Brewing Company will be open 1pm-9pm

Tomfoolery Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm

Tuckahoe Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm 

Sunday, June 11th

Garden State Beer Company will be having Paints and Pints with Jen from 1-4 pm.  Jen brings everything you need to paint a pretty picture, this week’s painting is “Cattail Sunset”. Registration is required on the webiste by following this link HERE

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar boasts 40 taps of craft beer, plus their world famous secret Sunday Brunch!

Attention Beer People!

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Tuckahoe Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Flat Stone Tavern & Grill on May 3rd

The Flat Stone Tavern & Grill in Egg Harbor Township will be hosting a Beer and Dinner pairing on Wednesday, May 3rd with Tuckahoe Brewing Company.  Flat Stone has really been bringing it with their beer selection and has many locals on tap.  The event is on Wednesday, May 3rd and starts at 6:30 with a 4 course meal all paired with one of Tuckahoe’s great selections.  The price is 50$ per person and includes the tax and gratuity, plus one additonal pint of Tuckahoe Draft.  We love these events as they give you a new way to experience beer as the Chef and the Brewers collaborate on the selections to ensure a perfect pairing. For tickets, call, email or stop in to the restaurant.  You can find the contact information HERE!

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Beer. It’s What’s With Dinner Featuring Tuckahoe Brewing Company

For this pairing, we traveled to Tuckahoe Brewing Company in Egg Harbor Township.  We met with Tuckahoe’s Sales Manager, and all around great guy, Rob Callaghan in search of the perfect beers to pair with the food that we had prepared. Tuckahoe Brewing Company is one of the first South Jersey breweries, established in 2011 in Ocean View, Cape May County.  Tuckahoe made a move to Egg Harbor Township in 2015 to give them the extra room they needed to expand production and increase the size of the taproom.  The taproom is spacious and features many tables and a large wood topped bar.  The bar faces a large window which gives you a great view of the brewing area so you can see where all the magic happens.  In addition to the taproom, their beers can be found in many bottle shops, bars, and restaurants throughout South Jersey.

Cheese Course

For the cheese course, I once again decided to go with a high-quality Di Bruno Brothers Cheese, their Beemster Classic.  This robust, sweet and salty cheese is firm with a smooth feel.  Originated in Holland, Beemster is made from the milk of cows that fed on grasses located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Although Di Bruno Brothers suggest a dark stout, I chose to go outside the box and pair it with Tuckahoe’s Quatrain IPA.  Quatrain IPA gets its name from the 4 hops used in the brewing process namely Mosaic, El Dorado, Columbus, and Azacca.  With its citrus flavor and it’s hazy golden appearance, this juicy beer really complimented the Beemster Classic. It will be interesting to see what Di Bruno Brothers Cheese that Passion Vines Beer Expert Sean will choose to pair with the Beemster Classic at their tasting event with Tuckahoe Brewing on Thursday, April 6th.  For tickets and information, you can follow the link HERE.

Appetizer

For the appetizer course, I prepared a family favorite.  Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno poppers stuffed with a garlic and herb cream cheese.  This Spicy app had me considering a few different choices.  We first tried the pepper with Dennis Creek Pale Ale.  The use of Centennial and Cascade hops gives this beer a nice floral aroma with good bitterness on the back end.  Rob then suggested we try the Reed’s Bay American IPA as well,  and instantly I knew that this was the correct choice.  This  6.2% ABV IPA was brewed with Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial Hops, this beer had the perfect amount of citrus and a good bitter bite that perfectly complimented the poppers.

Entree

For the entree, I made my Applewood rubbed baby back pork ribs with a little brown sugar. Ribs are clearly a fan favorite with beer drinkers and I knew that there was only one beer to pair it with, Tuckahoe’s Anglesea Irish Red Ale.  The ale’s roasted barley, toffee, and caramel undertones really brought out the sweetness of the ribs.  At 5.3% ABV, this highly drinkable red ale really complimented the ribs perfectly.  As a side note, this is my personal favorite of all of the flagship beers that Tuckahoe produces.

Dessert

I don’t think I’ve ever had a better pairing in taste and name than this one.  I knew there could only be one dessert that I would pair with Tuckahoe’s Kid’s Table Milk Stout, and it would be a nice, big chocolate chunk cookie.  This decadent stout, brewed with roasted barley, chocolate, caramel, and milk sugar really made for a great pairing.  What really put it over the edge is when Rob dunked his cookie in the stout, the rest of us quickly followed suit and it worked really well.  Coming in at 6.2% ABV, this stout made for a perfect finish.

 

Bonus Dessert

Bonus?  Yes!  Rob surprised all of us with a Blondie that he made from scratch using spent grain from Tuckahoe’s Steelmantown Porter.  Spent grain is starting to gain traction in baking, and Rob was really excited about the prospects of using spent grains in the future. We each had one (well maybe more than one) accompanied by the Steelmantown Porter and they were fantastic!  The spent grain gives the Blondie a unique flavor and texture profile that separates it from a traditional flour product. People are starting to use the spent grains to make pasta, bread, pretzels, dog treats, and most anything that calls for flour.  This brought a really nice finish to a fun, and flavorful, pairing session.

I would like to thank everyone at Tuckahoe Brewing Company for the tasting and the hospitality. Keep doing what you are doing and, as always, Enjoy Your Pour!

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Beer. It’s What’s With Dinner featuring Slack Tide Brewing Company

In this debut article for South Jersey Beer Scene, I would like to talk about two things that I love: Food and beer. Pairing beer with food is a great way to experience the exploding local craft beer varieties out there. It can also be a great way for couples to get together and enjoy these flavors and have fun. My goal is to help you find the right beer for the right food. Today I will be highlighting flagship beers from  Slack Tide Brewing Company located in Clermont, NJ.

 

Cheese Course
When thinking about pairing beer and food, quality does count. Here in South Jersey we are lucky enough to be able to find Philadelphia’s own Di Bruno Brothers’ meats and cheeses here in South Jersey at many bottle shops and specialty stores, and their products are some of the best in the area. Nothing would go better with their Manchego cheese then Slack Tide’s Bell Buoy (Belgian blonde). This Spanish sheep’s milk cheese paired with Bell Buoy’s sweet dry finish really compliments the buttery, flavorful cheese.

 

Appetizer
For an appetizer I would recommend Slack Tide’s Angry Osprey (American IPA) with some Grilled Pineapple Habanero Shrimp. With an IBU at 76, Angry Osprey has just the right amount of bitterness to go with spicy foods. The delicateness of the shrimp, along with the sweetness of the pineapple really bring out nuances in the Angry Osprey you don’t get when drinking it all by itself. (although it is fabulous alone too!)

Entree
Now for the main course. My pick would be Slack Tide’s 5 Fathom Pale Ale to be paired with a nice beef filet or rib-eye steak. I would also encourage you to melt a little bleu cheese on top which will send this over the top. 5 Fathom is a great beer on its own, but combining it with a nice juicy piece of beef really adds to the enjoyment of the beer (and the steak!) Steak and Beer is clearly a home run in any beer drinker’s repertoire, taking the time to enjoy it with a great beer makes it that much better.

Dessert
And now for everyone’s favorite, dessert! With its roasted coffee flavor, Slack Tide’s Monkey Face (dry stout) would be a great companion with some Chocolate Covered Strawberries. The sweetness of the fruit and chocolate are fantastic with the beer!  Who needs coffee with dessert when you can have a beer!

Slack Tide Brewing Company offers many great seasonal brews that would go great with different foods which I will certainly explore in a future post. With the craft beer scene exploding in South Jersey, I will be suggesting more beer and food pairings from different breweries. Also, with so many eating establishments putting local brews on tap, I will be recommending items on their menu, too.

Enjoy Your Pour!