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Glasstown Wins the 2018 AC Beer Fest People’s Choice Award

Congrats to Paul and Jenifer Simmons and everyone at Glasstown Brewing Company for winning the 2018 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival People’s Choice Award!  But there is more! Glasstown also won for Best New Jersey Brewery.  We couldn’t be more happy for them in winning these much-deserved awards.  In addition to making great beer, you will not find any better people than Paul and Jenifer in this industry.  Paul has been a great mentor to several breweries that have started after him and is always willing to give advice to up and coming breweries on their journey to open.  In an industry full of great people he is at the top of the list.  Cheers to everyone at Glasstown Brewing Company for this honor!

Breweries News

Kelly Green’s Annual Pecher Barrel-Fermented Peach Saison Bottle Release Happening Saturday 4/7/18 at the Brewery in Pitman!

Kelly Green Brewing Company in Pitman, NJ will be having their annual release of their highly regarded Pecher Barrel-Fermented Peach Saison this Saturday 4/7 at the brewery starting at noon.  Holding a very solid 4.26 rating on Untappd, this is one of the releases that we have been looking forward to this year!

Ed Coffey, the barrel program director at Kelly Green, told us about the intricate process that is used to make the Saison.  “Brewed with wheat, rye, and aged hops then primary fermented and aged in wine barrels with our house mixed culture. After maturation in oak is complete, we referment the beer on 2lbs/gallon of fresh, fuzzy, juicy, overripe peaches exclusively from our pals at Duffield’s Farm. The resultant beer is highly effervescent, fruity & tart, with notes of overripe fleshy stone fruit and with an underlying sweetness tying it together”.   This is one of the best examples of a Farm/Brewery collaboration in the area. “Duffield’s has been taking our spent grain since we opened to use on the farm to feed livestock, compost, etc. We love that fact that our waste, in small part, helps keep our neighborhood farm vibrant and flourishing. It all comes full circle when that very farm feeds our barrel program some of the juiciest softball-sized peaches you’ll ever see!” Ed told us.

Kelly Green has been one of the leaders of the barrel fermentation program, not only in South Jersey but in the entire region.  They have also done a collaboration with Ludlam Island Brewery and with Amanda Cardinale and Sean Towers from The Seed: A Living Beer Project, a highly anticipated brewery in planning that we are looking forward to here in South Jersey.

Ed further elaborated on their barrel program, “Our barrel program consists of a myriad of Saison based beers that spend their entire lifecycle in oak, both fermented and aged with our house mixed culture of Brettanomyces and Bacteria. We have a small fleet of about 18 wine barrels, ranging from white wine Chardonnay to Merlot barrels from California, and Marsala barrels from Italy. We try to partner with NJ farms as often as we can to source fruit to referment the beers on for variation and seasonality once the barrels are mature. Everything is (almost) exclusive packaged in 750mL champagne bottles, naturally conditioned for many months before release.”

The bottles will cost you $20 bucks for a 750 ml with a 6 bottle per person limit.  For more information please visit Kelly Green on the web at www.kellygreenbrewing.com 

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Founders Brewing Co. Reveals the Next Releases in Their 2018 Barrel-Aged Series!

 

Just as KBS hits the shelves here in New Jersey, Founders has announced the next 2 releases in their very popular 2018 Barrel-Aged Series, Dankwood and Backwoods Bastard.  More info in the press release below!

FOUNDERS BREWING CO. TO RELEASE DANKWOOD AND BACKWOODS BASTARD AS 2018 BARREL-AGED SERIES TAKES OFF

Backwoods Bastard makes a popular return as the first and only year-round barrel-aged selection;

Dankwood debuts as the third barrel-aged release of the 2018 series

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 3, 2018 – Founders Brewing Co. announced today that they will release Backwoods Bastard and Dankwood as the second and third installments of the Barrel-Aged Series. The first release of the series, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), is available now through April.

 

“Backwoods Bastard and Dankwood show the spectrum of our barrel-aged program,” says Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “We started experimenting with barrel-aging over a decade ago and keep adding more to keep up with demand. Backwoods Bastard has earned its rightful spot as the only year-round in the line-up, while Dankwood is an example of the extreme creative demands we place on ourselves to keep this all going. Where many stick only with one or two styles of beer, we always pursue experimentation and give into our curiosity.”

 

Backwoods Bastard was created in 2005 following Founders’ first trials to age Dirty Bastard, a Scotch ale, in bourbon barrels. After more than a decade of perfecting barrel-aged beers like KBS, Backwoods Bastard has also earned a devoted fan base, and will be the first of the Barrel-Aged Series beers to be available on a year-round basis. There are no other plans to support additional year-round releases.

Dankwood is Founders’ imperial red IPA, reDANKulous, aged in oak bourbon barrels, with notes of rich caramel that highlight the strong malt character and all the complexity that comes from bourbon barrels. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.

Both releases reflect Founders’ ability to work with a full range of beers from imperial IPA to Scotch ale in barrels, treating each style uniquely. The Barrel-Aged Series currently boasts more than 20,000 filled barrels that are stored in former mines below the streets of Grand Rapids and in an offsite storage facility, the Barrel House, with more than two square-acres of refrigerated space.

Dankwood follows Founders first Barrel-Aged Series release KBS and will be available from April through June 2018 in all markets as well in the Founders Brewing Co. taprooms in Grand Rapids and Detroit on draft and in 750mL bottles and 4-packs of 12oz bottles. Backwoods Bastard will be available year-round in 4-packs of 12oz bottles and on draft as of April 2018. Both Backwoods Bastard and Dankwood will have suggested retail prices of $14.99/4-pack of 12-oz. bottles and Dankwood will have an SRP of $11.99/750mL bottle.

 About Founders Brewing Co.
Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 10 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit foundersbrewing.com or follow Founders on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

 

About the Barrel-Aged Series
Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.

Breweries News

New Belgium Brewing Releasing “The Hemperor HPA” blending Hops with Hemp

New Belgium is making some noise with this! The marriage of Hops and Hemp are now available in “The Hemperor HPA”, releasing on draft on 4/2/18 and available in 12 0z Bottles beginning on 5/21/18.

From the Press Release

New Belgium Brewing’s The Hemperor HPA Blends Hops and Hemp for a Sensory Revelation

Latest year-round beer release inspires brewer toward hemp modernization effort

(FORT COLLINS) The next big thing in hoppy beer is here. Say hello to The Hemperor HPA. New Belgium Brewing’s new year-round release offers a mystical marriage of hops and hemp that fills the senses with a ground-breaking blend of herbal olfactory like no other beer on the market.

“Let’s face it, brewers have been trying to get cannabis-like aromas from hops for years, but it’s always missing a certain something,” said Ross Koenigs, New Belgium’s Research and Development Brewer. “The Hemperor HPA is possibly the first beer to deliver meaningful hemp flavors and aromas.”

The Hemperor HPA showcases the game-changing union of hops and hemp, plants genetically related that produce similar organic aromatic compounds known as terpenes. This ale is brewed with hemp hearts (the meat of the seed, minus the shell) and dry-hopped with Simcoe and experimental HBC 522 hops to create a dank, pungent hop aroma balanced by a sweet, mildly bitter finish. Federal law prohibits brewers from using hemp leaf and flower, so New Belgium brewers found a creative solution using other natural plant materials that perfectly emulate those hemp terpenes. The Hemperor HPA contains no THC or CBD.

“This beer has been over two years in the making, most of the time spent learning and reacting to laws that really suppress this crop’s usage,” Koenigs said of the beer that is currently banned in Kansas. “Flavor-wise, this is the beer we wanted to make, but due to misinformed laws governing the use of industrial hemp, we had to take a creative and long-winding road to get to this point. We’re happy with where we landed, and we’ll be working to change federal regulation so that one day we can brew The Hemperor HPA with hemp flowers and leaves as we originally envisioned.”

The restrictive regulatory process around brewing The Hemperor HPA gives New Belgium the opportunity and platform to raise awareness around the social, environmental and economic benefits of industrial hemp. Beer drinkers will be encouraged to learn more and take action at www.thehemperor.com. New Belgium is also partnering with GCH Inc, the company founded by Willie Nelson and family to build brands inspired by his journey as an artist and advocate, in supporting the national campaign, Hemp 4 Victory, www.H4V75.com. One dollar from every barrel of The Hemperor HPA sold will be donated to Hemp 4 Victory in support of its mission to raise awareness and promote pro-hemp bills in the House & Senate.

“Hemp has such a diverse set of benefits to the environment, to industry and to
American farmers,” said singer-songwriter Micah Nelson. “This campaign will bring attention to the spectrum of products and businesses that will improve when industrial hemp is free to thrive in the US.” Micah Nelson, Willie Nelson’s youngest son, serves on the advisory board for the Hemp 4 Victory campaign, and has served on the board of directors for the National Hemp Association.

“We’re incredibly excited to be working with New Belgium and GCH, Inc. – Willie Nelson’s family of brands – to raise awareness around this wrongfully marginalized and highly sustainable crop,” said Hemp 4 Victory Advisor and former Bernie Sanders’ Deputy Campaign Manager, Rania Batrice. “We’ll be asking legislators to work toward hemp modernization throughout the year. Staying engaged and taking action is the best way people can help the cause.”

The Hemperor HPA is available on draft beginning April 2, with 12 oz. bottles arriving across the nation on May 21st.

The HemperorTM HPA®

Malts: Pale, White Wheat and Midnight Wheat Hops: Nugget, Cascade, HBC 522 and Simcoe Yeast: Ale
Color: Light golden

Aroma: Herbal cannabis in a big way
ABV: 7%
IBU: 55
Special ingredients: Hemp hearts and natural flavor

For more information about New Belgium or any of its beers, visit www.newbelgium.com.

Events News

AC Beer and Music Festival Events Start Tonight With the Kickoff Party and Pub Crawl!

It is finally time to start the fun!  The Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival kicks off tonight with The Atlantic City Beer Fest Kickoff Party & Pub Crawl hosted by New Jersey Craft Beer!  Here is the schedule from the event page on NJCB’s FB Page:

Join Team NJCB and brewery reps at the following restaurants during the times listed below. The pub crawl is pay as you go for beer, food, and transportation. We’ll be hitting up each place listed below and finalizing the party at Chickies and Petes in Tropicana. Hotel prices for Thursday are $55 so you may want to stay for that! This is the 5th year we have thrown a kickoff party so we might as well do it at the places we’ve done it at for the last 4 years!

2-4 Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House
4-5 The Iron Room
5-6 Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar
7-? Chickie’s & Pete’s Tropicana

There will be select NJ beers on tap at each venue throughout the day. There will also be cocktails made with Little Water Distillery products available! Chickies and Petes will have our ACBF Collabs available and a heavy concentration on other NJ beers! Plus we have invited everyone from the other venues and all of the breweries to join us at the party!

Mike and the gang over ant NJCB do an awesome job promoting New Jersey Craft Beer and are always great hosts!  This is an event you should not miss!

And remember that the big event starts on Friday!  Get your tickets!