Last week Tom and I sat down with Mike and Jon Geller of Three 3’s Brewing in Hammonton to talk beer in anticipation of their big double-can release of Drenched and Bugg Juice at the tasting room on 12/8 at 3 pm. In addition, they will also be releasing Evolution Four as a taproom-only bonus! Three 3’s has been killing it all over the state the last few months by taking 1st Place in the DIPA category at the Maloney’s Pub & Grille NJ IPA competition for Totally Drenched, being the winner of the Kick The Keg competition at the Mellow Mushroom in Toms River, and being named the 2017 IPA Smackdown Champion at Cork City’s blind taste test for Bugg Juice. Although they are getting a reputation as one of the area’s best IPA brewers, they also have a full tap list of other really well-done beers.
Mike and Jon joined owner Dave Tomasello’s operation earlier this year and have not only helped in brewing Dave’s recipes, but have developed some of their own which they have been able to release. “Most of the recipes that you see are Dave’s, a few have been mine or stuff that we are collaborating on. You will start to see more collaborations, a little bit more of my stuff while working in some new IPA’s so we do something new every month”. On the day that we visited Mike and Jon had just finished a day of commissioning their new 1-Barrel Pilot system with friends from Brotherton Brewing Company using local grains from Rabbit Hill Farms. And after we interviewed the guys another collaboration was announced via Facebook with none other than Czig Meister Brewing, another great New Jersey Brewery located in Hackettstown.
Mike and Jon were homebrewing for a couple years and have transitioned from their 5 Gallon days to brewing on Three #’s 10 BBL system. I asked Mike how hard it was to translate his homebrewing to such a big system and he told me “It’s definitely intimidating but at the end of the day your still trying to do the same thing right? You are still steeping grain, you are still trying to add hops for your bitterness, and so the general principles translate. Now how you get there and how you do it is very different, but yeah, the general idea is the same I think”.
What does the future look like for Three 3’s? “Definitely cans regularly, different beers in cans, maybe something that we have never released before in cans exclusively. We definitely have some new fun IPA’s and Pale Ales planned, and we have some fun collaborations that will be coming up that I am pretty excited about. All of them aren’t with breweries either, we have some other stuff in the works to work with different groups that do something different in the alcohol space.”
We really had a great time with Mike and Jon. They are dedicated to making great beer and both are hard working guys that are a great hang. After sitting down and talking with these guys for about 5 minutes you feel like you have known him for your entire life! Their passion for beer and for Three 3’s is really contributing to the success of the brewery, and I really look forward to what Dave, Mike, Jon and the rest of the staff will be coming up going forward.
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A few weeks ago I got to sit down with Rob, Amy, Eric, and Ian to record an episode of the Jersey Beer Guys and A Girl Podcast to talk South Jersey Beer. First of all, if you are a fan of South Jersey beer you need to start listening to this podcast. Rob does a great job hosting the podcast, Eric and Ian are there to add their insights, and then there is Amy. Amy is the wild card, the 1o.5% Unfiltered IPA of the group who asks the questions that we all wish we could and adds a great amount of hilarity to the show. Amy is learning about Craft Beer on the show and is the perfect foil to Rob, who is a very knowledgeable beer guy. I really enjoyed my time with them and cannot wait to get back to sit with them again.
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Ludlam Island Brewery was tasked to find a new name for Lamplight, their Juicy American IPA, when another brewery nicely asked them to avoid confusion with their brand. The search for a new name was not easy and many suggestions were made by Ludlam’s dedicated fans as part of a contest to find a new name. In the end, after much debating among the staff, the new name has been found. The beer formerly known as Lamplight will now be called:
To celebrate the new name, a new batch was made that they double dry hopped with mosaic. Assistant Brewer Brad told us it is “literally double the amount of the normal dry hop”. Ludlam will be pre-filling about 300 Crowlers and they will go on sale this Saturday, December 2nd. After this release, there will be no takeout of this double dry hopped version of “Let It Shine”, and it will only be going to a select few bars.
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SNJ TV’s “What’s On Tap” Television show will go on hiatus following the November 9th episode. Citing high distribution costs, host Gary Monterosso also announced on Facebook that the show will be moving to radio on Cruisin’ 92.1 WVLT in Vineland in the near future:
“What’s On Tap” viewers: After this Thursday’s episode, we will be going on hiatus. In the meantime, we will be moving to Cruisin’ 92.1 WVLT in Vineland, NJ. Listen for us Sundays from 5-6p beginning very shortly. We will announce the date of our premiere episode soon.
Gary also announced that SNJ TV will be producing a documentary called “Still Crazy After All These Beers”, which will showcase the history of the show and relive some of it’s best moments.
On a personal note, I was lucky enough to be a guest on the show and watched it religiously. Gary along, with co-host Tara Nurin, do a great job showcasing the burgeoning beer scene here in South Jersey and the show will surely be missed. I learned a ton about beer from watching the show and the friendship that I have cultivated with Gary and Tara after appearing on the show is something that I value highly. Gary and Tara were responsible for giving our site it’s first major exposure and have continued to support us as we cover South Jersey’s Beer Scene. Anytime I have reached out to either Gary or Tara they have always been more than accommodating in helping me with the site. Whether it is Journalism Ethics or just to chat about beer they have never failed to help guide me when asked. For this, I will forever be grateful!
As for the new show, I can also announce that Gary has asked me to take a more active role in the new show. I am really excited to be a part of the new show and cannot wait to get started!
Keep an eye out here for updates on the launch date of the new radio show!
2SP Brewing Company of Aston, Pa has announced that it will be available in New Jersey starting on November 1st with Kramer Beverage handling the distribution. 2SP boasts acclaimed Head Brewer Bill Barrar (known in the industry as “The Medal Machine), who just recently won his 12th Great American Beer Festival Medal for his Imperial Stout, The Russian. This is the 2nd year in a row that The Russian has brought home gold to Delaware County, a truly remarkable feat.
2SP has met with wide acclaim since its opening in August of 2015, garnering many awards including the aforementioned GABF medals, one of the beer industries highest honors. 2SP boasts a diverse menu of beer styles from the basics to barrel aged and continues to come up with new offerings frequently.
To celebrate coming to New Jersey 2SP will be having rollout events with their beer with the official launch happening at The Pour House in Westmont on November 8th at 6 pm.
Director of Sales and Marketing, Mike Contreras, told us, “We’re really looking forward to entering the New Jersey market. We have a lot of fans over there and there has been some good excitement about us launching”.
2SP will roll out the following beers in South Jersey:
- Delco Lager, an American Amber Lager at 4.o% ABV
- Bellcracker, an American Style DIPA at 8.7% ABV
- ASAP, a Session IPA coming in at 4.2% ABV
- 2SPils, a Pilsner checking in at 5.o% ABC
In addition look for 3 additional specialty beers including:
- The Russian, an Imperial Stout that has one the last 2 GABF Gold Medals, 9.0% ABV
- Dual Hop Drop IPA, An American IPA coming in at 6.6% ABV made with Citra and Simcoe
- Vermehlo Fumaça, A Smoked Porter Aged in Cab Franc Barrels. Mike told us, “One of my favorite beers we did. The red wine really softens the smoke character and adds a ton of nuance”.
Congrats to Bob, Stigz, Ruby, Mike, and everyone at 2SP on crossing the bridges into South Jersey!
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