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Dogfish Head Releasing 75 Minute IPA in Bottles!

It’s Been a Minute, But It’s Back! Dogfish Head is Releasing 75 Minute IPA in Bottles!

Brewery announces next Off-Centered Art Series lineup + artist

Milton, Del., October 12, 2018 – Dogfish Head is introducing a new artist and beer lineup for the Off-Centered Art Series and is ready to kick it off with the October release of the beloved 75 Minute IPA in 12oz/6pk bottles. A classic IPA brewed with maple syrup from Sam Calagione’s (founder and CEO ofDogfish Head) family farm, the beer was continually hopped during the entire boil, and then dry hopped with a slew of cascade hops. Golden amber in color, 75 Minute IPA is malty and earthy with citrusy-piney notes, balanced with subtle maple notes. The beer began as a cask-conditioned ale at the Rehoboth brewpub in ’11; the ’18 version of 75 Minute IPA is a new evolution of this cult-favorite IPA.

Dogfish Head’s Off-Centered Art Series is a lineup of four beers representing the creative expression that occurs at the intersection of ales and art, featuring a new illustrator each year. “Creative beer labels have become a fun focal point of the craft beer scene, defining brands and bringing beers to life through visuals,” said Calagione. “Since 2008, we’ve been collaborating with wildly inventive illustrators from around the world, and I couldn’t be more excited to continue the tradition with our friend, Michael Hacker, as we visually share new stories about our inventive beers.”

The Off-Centered Art Series artist, Michael Hacker, created the artwork for the beers. A talented freelance illustrator, Hacker finds inspiration for his Art Series illustrations by learning the unique and compelling stories behind each beer, then bringing them to life visually in his own style. Since 75 Minute IPA is a combination of two Dogfish innovations in continual hopping – 60 Minute IPA and 90 Minute IPA – Hacker wanted to artfully portray the brewing process with Calagione as the original mad scientist of the early craft beer movement. His imaginative style incorporates a few hidden gems, including a “funny glasses” disguise that was part of the original Johnny Cask packaging artwork. “The fake glasses and rubber nose disguise are a nod to the original 75 Minute label design, and to make things a little weirder, I added a brain whispering into the scientist’s ear, along with a Delaware Blue Hen (state bird of Delaware) watching the whole scene thirstily,” said Hacker.

The Off-Centered Art Series beers will roll out over the next 18 months and includes: 75 Minute IPA, The Perfect Disguise (8%) – an American double dry-hopped IPA disguised as a Kölsch, Dragons & YumYums (6.5%) – a lip smackingly tropical pale ale, and Punkin Ale (7%) – a full bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin.

For more information about Dogfish Head, 75 Minute IPA and the Off-Centered Art Series, visit dogfish.com

 

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Four Local Breweries Collaborate to Feed Local Families!

Four Local NJ Breweries Collaborate to Feed Local Families

Pennsauken, NJ — Four local breweries have come together to brew a collaboration beer with proceeds going to charitable organizations. Double Nickel Brewing Company of Pennsauken, NJ is launching a new annual initiative, teaming up with Cape May Brewing Company (Cape May, NJ), Tonewood Brewing Company (Oaklyn, NJ), and Urban Village Brewing Company (Philadelphia, PA) for an inaugural charity brew, a “Pot-Luck Style IPA” called “Friends Giving”, releasing November 8th.

The Friends Giving Initiative has the goal of supporting local charities that work toward feeding food-insecure families throughout the South Jersey and Philadelphia region. Borne from a brainstorming meeting at Double Nickel, the idea quickly grew from a casual beer name suggestion into what is now planned to be an annual charity initiative.

“We came up with the idea while working on names for our November limited beer release,” says John Dalsey, Marketing Director at Double Nickel. “Some pretty unexciting names were thrown around, but, when someone said ‘Friends Giving’, the thought came up that it could be a cool name for a collaboration between multiple breweries rather than what has more traditionally been between just two breweries. As we talked about it some more the ‘Giving’ piece naturally fell into place as the suggestion of doing it as a charity fundraiser was brought to the table. From there it has just ballooned into a much bigger concept that we’re all incredibly excited about.”

When approached with the proposed plan, Cape May, Tonewood, and Urban Village were quick to join the cause. From there, other suppliers and vendors with whom the breweries regularly deal were contacted about helping to maximize the efforts. Most were willing to assist with varying donations of ingredients, packaging supplies, discounted services, and the like.

“The most gratifying aspect of this initiative is that our suppliers jumped on board,” says Chris Henke of Cape May Brewing Company. “A collaboration between four breweries easily became an alliance of thirteen companies with local ties attempting to raise as much money as possible. It’s a testament to what we can achieve in our industry when we work together, think positively, and work toward a common goal.”

Brewed on October 4th, the brew is being called a “Pot Luck IPA” — a term coined during a planning session. Each brewery involved brought an undisclosed variety of hops to the brew day, which included Nelson Sauvin, Apollo, Mosaic, Idaho 7, and Amarillo.

There are a number of events planned to celebrate the launch of this highly-anticipated beer. The initial 16-ounce can and draft release will be held on November 8th at the tasting room of Double Nickel Brewing Co. A special Friends Giving launch party will be held at The Taproom & Grill in Haddon Township on Saturday, November 10, 2018. An additional Philadelphia event will be held at Urban Village Brewing Company on Thursday, November 15th. Each event will feature representatives from all four breweries and will include giveaways, raffles, and the opportunity to purchase limited-release merchandise.

Following the November 8th release of the special collaboration brew, Friends Giving will be available on draft and in 16-ounce cans at retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout the New Jersey and the Philadelphia area.

The proceeds from Friends Giving will be donated to three local charities: Cathedral Kitchen and Sacred Heart Church, both of Camden, NJ, as well as Philabundance of Philadelphia. Each organization was chosen for their mission to feed struggling families throughout the area each of the breweries calls home. The initiative is expected to raise a total of $30,000 for these charities, with hopes to exceed that number at the end of the program.

The mission statement for the newly formed initiative is as follows:
“Friends Giving is our way of turning a little creativity, camaraderie, community, and collaboration into support for feeding families struggling to put food on the table.”

The Breweries:
Double Nickel Brewing Company – Pennsauken, NJ
Cape May Brewing Company – Cape May, NJ
Tonewood Brewing Company – Oaklyn, NJ
Urban Village Brewing Company – Philadelphia, PA

The Beer:
“Pot Luck Style IPA” – Double Dry Hopped Hazy IPA: 7% ABV; 15 IBU

Malt Bill:
-Pilsner
-Wheat (Locally sourced: Rabbit Hill Farm)
-Rye (Locally sourced: Rabbit Hill Farm)
-Oat

Hop Bill:
-Nelson Sauvin
-Apollo
-Mosaic
-Idaho 7
-Amarillo

Charitable Organizations:
Cathedral Kitchen – Camden, NJ
Sacred Heart Church – Camden, NJ
Philabundance – Philadelphia, PA

Contributing Partners:
Mid-Atlantic Packaging Inc – Boxes
Rabbit Hill Farms – Wheat and Rye
Country Malt Group – Malt
Zuckerman Honickman – Cans
Can Source – Can Shrink Sleeves
Paktech – 4-pack Can Carriers
Modtek – Labels
Ritchie and Page Distributing Company- Distributor
Kramer Beverage Company- Distributor

Related Events:
Friends Giving Brewery Launch/Release – November 8, 2018
Double Nickel Brewing Company
1585 Rt. 73
Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Friends Giving Party 1 – November 10, 2018
Taproom & Grill
427 W. Crystal Lake Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Friends Giving Party 2 – November 15, 2018
Urban Village Brewing Company
1001 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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NJ’s Craft Beer Battle: Not as Easy as ABC-an Anonymous Hop-Ed Piece

Editor’s Note:  This piece done by an anonymous author was brought to my attention by a few of our readers.  After sharing it with a few people we have decided to reprint it in it’s entirety.  If the anonymous author would like to come forward we would be happy to give him/her the appropriate credit and give them our forum to further discuss.

John Couchoud, Editor-In-Chief

NJ’s Craft Beer Battle: Not as Easy as ABC

(A Hop/Ed Piece)

On September 21, 2018, the ABC served a Special Ruling with revised regulations intended to “level” the playing field of the NJ Craft Beer industry. This was the first major development since sweeping changes were made in 2012; changes that contributed to the craft beer boom in the Garden State.

Here is the most recent timeline:

1. The Special Ruling issued.

2. Most breweries and consumers went nuts.

3. An online petition reached 28,000 signatures in about a week.

4. Pro-brewer legislators spoke out in opposition to the Special Ruling.

5. Burlington County passed a resolution in response to the Ruling.

6. Governor Murphy raised concerns about the unintended effects of the Special Ruling.

7. Enforcement of the Special Ruling and its regulations were halted on 10/2/18.

I applaud Governor Murphy and all elected officials for stepping up and quickly acknowledging the bigger impact that this Special Ruling would have had on breweries and various local business that share a direct and indirect relationship with one another. Those relationships are significant and extremely important to the economic growth of NJ.

So, how did we get here? Per the ABC, they claim to have been working behind the scenes for perhaps a year with every voice of the NJ craft beer industry. More on that later.

“They’re Taking Away Our Business!

They Are? Oh Yeah, I Guess They Are. Get Them!!”

Let’s think about that for a second. Craft breweries are taking away business from establishments that are authorized to sell liquor, wine and food? It’s an easy scapegoat when the numbers don’t add up at the end of the month. I’ve seen zero objective data that a particular bar or restaurant lost business as a result of a NJ craft brewery. To all the bars who want to take on this fight, kindly open your books. Tell the ABC and breweries exactly what your financials were before a neighborhood craft brewery showed up and seemingly “ruined” your business.

There are a number of questions I would ask that bar owner:

1. When was the last time you did anything innovative?

2. When was the last time you upgraded your menu?

3. What clientele are you seeking to bring in your doors these days?

4. What’s on your tap these days?

5. How many NJ craft beers do you carry?

6. When was the last time you renovated your bar?

7. When was your liquor license paid off?

8. What do you pull in on a weekend?

9. Is your place more seasonal than it used to be?

10. What were your yearly sales before local craft breweries opened?

11. Did you ever reach out to local breweries to see how you could work with them on food delivery recommendations or tap takeover nights?

12. Have consumers changed the way they eat and drink in your opinion?

13. Do you market anymore?

14. Should I stop asking questions now?

When the dust clears, there is likely no objective

data that will show specific bars are losing business due to NJ craft breweries. However, they may be losing customers based on outdated business models. The game has changed, and so have consumers. We buy everything online, we complain online when we don’t get what we want and we have a million options for what we eat, drink, see, believe, listen to and read. Also, a bar chooses not to carry good beer, but that’s on the bar. A consumer chooses not to enter a bar with beer they don’t like. Unfortunately, we live in a world where personal accountability has become the exception and not the rule, so it’s so easy to play the blame game.

It’s very easy to see who is behind this: Big Beer wholesalers, Big Beer and everyone who gets hooked up by them. If you go back to the fantastic documentary Beer Wars, the market share of craft beer was not even close to half a percent at the time that movie came out. Now, the market share of craft beer is upwards of 12%, if not higher, and we know that the Big Boys aren’t happy. Why do you think larger companies are buying up mid-sized craft breweries to add to their portfolio? It’ a smart move to show the public that you love craft in front of everyone, but beat the hell out them with lobbyists, regulations and threats behind the curtain.

Welcome to NJ I guess.

At the end of the day, the strongest argument the Lobby advances has the weakest proof, with tons of variables in between.

“They’re Operating Like Bars!

They Are? I Guess They Are. Get Them!!”

No liquor. No food. Now, no menus of local establishments. Wait, breweries can sell snacks. What a huge victory.

In an effort to be fair, I would submit that certain breweries have more events than others, and some advertise more. However, the last time I checked, consumers drive this business – not the other way around. That has been lost by the Lobby. It’s laughable that NJ ranks at the top of having the most restrictive brewery regulations in the nation, yet at the same time, NJ breweries are producing medal winners at the Great American Beer Festival. As we argue about this, NY and PA are cleaning up with their breweries.

Have bars and restaurants been prevented from having trivia nights, a paint and sip or a solo musician? Of course not. While I think there can be some limitations on certain activities, the arbitrary number of 25, or one every other week, is not it.

This is where I expect some internal strife amongst NJ breweries. Some breweries have no events. Some have 3-5 a week. Some have been in business for 6 years; others 6 months. Clearly there is no one voice for NJ breweries. After all, there are 2 trade associations, and within them there are likely disagreements over what a unified front is.

The various press releases from the ABC and the Lobby seemed to indicate that collective discussions were had with all sides of the beer table that led to the Special Ruling. That statement opens up a host of questions about what was said, when it was said, what was agreed to, what was to happen and whether any of those representatives for NJ breweries communicated back. From what I can tell online, it seems that some breweries had no idea what was going on.

52 Private Events a Year: A Fun New Way to Violate the Privacy Rights of Others

As part of the Special Ruling, NJ breweries were allowed 52 private events a year. That number is big, so that’s a huge win for breweries, right? I’m not so sure. Are people getting married and having private parties at breweries at the clip of 1 per week?

The ABC threw a nice large number as a “give back” to the uber restrictive 25 per year live event mandate. Can you say arbitrary and capricious? To make things worse, they mandated that guest lists had to be shared with the ABC.

You read that right. A person who wishes to have a private event must make its guest list public to a government agency! A brewery (would have been required) to disclose personal information about guests. This would have a chilling effect on breweries, because no matter how you swing on the political swing set, handing out your guests’ identities is not at the top of anyone’s list. It sounds a tad, well, illegal.

I wonder if a private citizen has an invasion of privacy claim against the ABC. Also, what if a brewery fails to disclose that a list must be provided to the ABC. Are they on the hook for something? Talk about “unintended consequences.” I would love to know the rationale for this portion on the Special Ruling. It’s as if someone copied and pasted the wrong paragraph in the final version.

Was the Intent of the ABC Act Even Met by the Special Ruling?

I could have started out with this one, but it’s a little dry. The Director of the ABC (or he who shall not be named) has authority to draft a Special Ruling. Got it. The ABC Act exists to regulate alcohol. Got it. We have lots of regulations and fancy statutes using colons and dashes. Got it. Lawyers make money. Got it.

When you peel this back, the ABC can make rulings and create regulations that are reasonably related to the health, safety, morals and welfare of the State. Show me where caving into the bar and restaurant lobby to choke a flourishing industry is remotely part of the Act? In my opinion, that’s where the Special Ruling wreaks of special interest more than the greater interest of growing the state’s economy and promoting small business growth. They use the term “level” to mean knock down and destroy, not even things out.

So What’s Next?

For now, there is a brief calming period where order has been restored.

In my opinion, I think that the ABC and the Lobby are sharpening their axes and planning their attack with the help of every industry trade group and legal team to put pressure on NJ craft brewers. I think that local bar owners who have contacts with local police departments may start to “bother” some folks. More than likely, the ABC and the Lobby are probably annoyed with the craft industry folks who met with them and who may have assured them that all will be well. It isn’t.

I would be more cautious if I owned a brewery, but I don’t. Focus on the beer. No distractions.

If the significant public outcry of the Special Ruling doesn’t provide enough evidence to the ABC and the Lobby that regulating craft beer under cover of night won’t work, nothing will.

The ABC, the Legislature, the Lobby and the NJ Craft Breweries all have the ability to do things the right way. They have the ability to take their time and ensure that business continues to boom in NJ, because we all benefit from it. It’s also their collective ball to drop if everyone wants to take their gloves off and engage in back handed tactics and aggressive maneuvers.

I am merely an interested observer, but I’ll be watching from the sidelines. In fact, I’ll be cooking a nice steak that was purchased at a local butcher while drinking a cold NJ craft beer that I bought at my local liquor store.

Maybe I’m the problem Mr. and Mrs. Lobby. I just don’t want to go out tonight — and there’s plenty more of me out there.

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ABC Suspends Enforcement of Special Ruling Pending Additional Study!

Breaking!  Looks like the voice of the people has been heard!

 

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) announced today that it will suspend enforcement of the “Special Ruling” issued on September 21, 2018 regarding limited brewery licenses. The suspension will provide ABC with the opportunity to engage in further conversations with stakeholders, including craft breweries and other alcoholic beverage license holders, about the impact of the Special Ruling. In addition, ABC will work with state legislators to determine whether new legislation is needed to update the 2012 law that gave rise to the Special Ruling.

“We want to make sure that we get this right,” said ABC Director David Rible. “We are committed to supporting the state’s growing craft beer industry, while also balancing the concerns of other stakeholders and ensuring compliance with state law.”

In 2012, the Legislature amended state liquor laws to promote the craft beer industry. The amendments created limited brewery licenses designed to help the growing industry, but they also restricted when and how breweries can serve alcohol on site. The Legislature never intended the limited licenses to give craft breweries the same privileges of a consumption venue, such as a sports bar or restaurant. In recent years, however, a growing number of craft breweries began serving alcohol well beyond what the limited licenses allowed or ever envisioned. This resulted in complaints of unfair competition from bars and restaurant owners who hold licenses allowing full retail privileges.

In response, ABC engaged a variety of stakeholders on these issues. Among others, it consulted with the New Jersey Brewers Association, the Brewers Guild of New Jersey, the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association, and the New Jersey Restaurant Association. Thereafter, on September 21, 2018, ABC issued a Special Ruling that clarified the privileges of limited brewery licenses, and attempted to strike a balance between the interests of full retail license holders, such as restaurants and bars, and the craft brewing industry. It allowed limited breweries to hold up to 25 on-site events per year and up to 12 off-site events per year, subject to authorization by the ABC. It also allowed a maximum of 52 private parties to occur on the premises of a limited brewery. Consistent with the law, the Special Ruling prohibited a limited brewery from selling food, but allowed consumers to bring their own food into the tasting room of a limited brewery for their own consumption.

Following today’s announcement, ABC will confer with the same stakeholders it previously consulted and invite other parties, including those craft breweries most affected by the Special Ruling, to further understand their concerns and ways to address them within the confines of the existing legal framework and limitations set by the limited brewery licenses. At the same time, ABC will share these concerns with legislators and work with them to determine whether further amendments to the state’s limited brewery licensure program are needed.

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The South Jersey Beer Scene Podcast: Episode 23-Of GABF Medals, Can Releases, and Special Rulings with an All-Star Cast

Big Episode This Week! We talk with Jason Campbell of Slack Tide Brewing Company about their GABF Medal and releasing cans on the market, Dan Hoover of Atco Brewing Co is in studio updating us on their new beers and future plans, and then we get into the big news of the week, the NJ ABC Special Ruling with Sean Galie of Lower Forge Brewery, and Jay Rose from the Fear of A Craft Beer Podcast!