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Dogfish Head Releases IPAs For The Holidays Variety Pack

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Dogfish Head Releases IPAs for the Holidays Variety Pack

Limited edition 12-pack contains 4 varieties of IPA goodness + 2 exclusives – Viniferous IPA + Sixty One

Milton, Del., November 2, 2018 – Arriving just in time to make your “jingle bells rock,” Dogfish Head is bringing “joy to the world” with the release of the IPAs for the Holidays variety 12-pack.  Available in early November, the holiday pack contains 4 varieties of IPA goodness in one special box.  Featuring 2 exclusives – Sixty One and Viniferous IPA – along with a duo of fan-favorite IPAs – 60 Minute IPA and 90 Minute Imperial IPA – the holiday pack has all of your festive beer needs covered, including an homage to “reds and whites” for the vino lovers in the bunch.  The “white” beer-wine hybrid, Viniferous IPA, is fermented with Riesling & Viognier grape must and hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Huell Melon and El Dorado to match the dry, fruity complexity of a Riesling with the hoppiness of an IPA. Sixty One, the “red” beer-wine mashup, is a marriage of two Dogfish Head innovations – beer-wine hybrids featuring Syrah grape must and continually hopped IPAs. A great gift for holiday parties, the pack also features a special gift tag that can be personalized.

The IPAs for the Holidays 12pk includes:

Viniferous IPA12-pack EXCLUSIVE (Where applicable by law.)

Fermented with Riesling and Viognier grape must and hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Huell Melon and El Dorado to match the dry, fruity complexity of a Riesling with the hoppiness of an IPA.

Sixty One – 12-pack EXCLUSIVE (Where applicable by law.)

A marriage of two Dogfish Head innovations: beer-wine hybrids and continually hopped IPAs.  Dogfish took its best-selling 60 Minute and added Syrah grape must to create an IPA with equal parts fruity complexity and pungent hoppiness.

60 Minute IPA

A continually hopped super-fantastic East Coast IPA brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops for a powerful, but balanced, citrusy hop character.

90 Minute Imperial IPA

A continually hopped Imperial IPA whose powerful malt backbone stands up to the extreme hopping rate for a pungent, not crushing flavor.

“We’ve been experimenting with continual hopping and inventive beer-wine hybrid concoctions since we first opened our doors twenty-three years ago at our brewpub in Rehoboth,” said Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “From angling a vibrating football game over a 5-barrel kettle with a bucket of pelletized hops hanging over it – which brought us 90 Minute Imperial IPA and paved the way for 60 Minuteand 120 Minute IPA – to blending grape juice and must in the brewing process with beers like Midas Touch,Noble Rot and Red & White; we take great pride in pushing the boundaries of experimentation in brewing atDogfish and are excited to move ahead into 2019 and beyond as we continue to stoke the flames of creativity in craft beer.”

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and the IPAs for the Holidays visit



AC Beer & Music Festival Events News

The Best Deal of The Year on Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival Tickets is Today!

The 2019 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival is Happening on March 29th and 30th and today is the best day to buy your tickets with the Friday 11/2 “I’m Only Here For The Beer” Promotion.

From 10 AM to 10 PM the tickets will be just $45 plus taxes and fees! These tickets are limited so make sure that you get in early!

Do not miss one of the best Beer Festivals in the United States as they kick off the first ever Atlantic City Beer Week leading up to the festival.  Sure you are coming for the beer, but this is also a world class concert and lifestyle festival with everything from a Silent Disco to Axe Throwing.

South Jersey Beer Scene is proud to be a partner in the festival and will be live streaming, podcasting, and participating in a ton of the events leading up to the festival!

Don’t make a bad life choice, make your plans and get your tickets today!

Purchase Here!


State Senator Vin Gopal Introduces Bill S-3154 To Make Changes to Laws Governing Breweries


State Senator Vin Gopal (D) of legislative district 11 of Monmouth County has introduced Bill S-3154 to the State Senate which is listed on the state legislative sight as “making various changes to law governing limited breweries”.  This is the 2nd Bill of its kind that has been introduced as a reaction to the ABC ‘s recent “Ruling Regarding Limited License Breweries” that has since been put on hold pending further investigation.

Senator Gopal, the Senate Majority Leader, is one of the young leaders of the Democratic Party who defeated longtime Republican Incumbent Jennifer Beck was sworn in January and is one of the rising starts of the State’s Democratic Party.

On October 31st, Senator Gopal visited Carton Brewing in Atlantic Highlands with colleague Senator Declan O’Scanlan (R-Monmouth) and said on his Facebook Page, “It has been a pleasure working with our local breweries to ensure this growing industry is fully supported. Our local breweries are vital to our economy.”

We have reached out to Senator Gopal’s staff to get a comment on the legislation and have not received anything as of this moment.  Once the bill has been posted we will give analysis of the provisions as well as the full text.

It is a really crazy and confusing time here in New Jersey for the local brewing community and hopefully the legislation will be able to bring some clarity to the 2012 Rules regarding limited license breweries and  promote further growth of the industry here in New Jersey.

Stay tuned to for all the breaking news!


Breweries News

Mainstay Independent Brewing Opening in Philly This Week with Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly at the Helm!



Mainstay Independent First of Several Artisan Makers to Land at Craft Hall

OCTOBER 31, 2018 — Long time Pennsylvania beer maker Brian O’Reilly has teamed up with Philadelphia restauranteur, Avram Hornik on a new project scheduled to open in early November.

Mainstay Independent has taken over the former Yard’s brewhouse on Delaware Avenue and O’Reilly along with Andrew Foss formerly of St. Ben’s Brewing have been hard at work crafting a brand new beer portfolio. The tasting room will officially open for sales on November 1.Mainstay Independent Brewing

“Mainstay Independent’s focus will be brewing classic and new world beer styles with balance and passion,” says O’Reilly who spent the past twenty years producing award-winning beer for Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, PA.

Hornik’s hospitality company, FCM Hospitality runs Morgan’s Pier and Harper’s Garden, among other choice Philadelphia food spots, as well as Parks On Tap, the summer time pop-up experience and previsionary for several holiday season beer gardens.

The name Mainstay Independent comes from the brewing team’s philosophy to create and maintain a balanced portfolio of consistently excellent beers, independently brewed in the city that defined independence. The history and the brewing legacy of the waterfront region has contributed to much of the initial culture of the new Philadelphia brewery.

“Mainstay Independent is a destination brewery that will contribute and expand the vibrant tradition of brewing in Philadelphia” offers Hornik who, in the new year, will transform the space again as Craft Hall.

Scheduled to open in February, Craft Hall will include Mainstay Independent, Lost Bread Bakery, and City Creek BBQ all under one roof.

“I like the idea of bringing all of these expert makers together in Craft Hall where the destination will be as much about the experience as it is about food,” adds Hornik. “People will be able to enjoy the quality offerings individually or together but they’ll also be involved.”

Mainstay Independent Brewing

Craft Hall is expected to offer excellent made-to-order specialties as well as retail products and eventually even bread and beer making kits.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to know the creative value of the craft experience,” says Hornik.

A limited food menu from chef Adam Lazarick, culinary director for FCM, in collaboration with Parks on Tap chef Justin Koenig will be offered at the outset. Meanwhile, interior and exterior modifications are underway while the brewing team ramps up production.

“All the brewing has made me thirsty and I couldn’t wait to share our beer with the public,” adds O’Reilly. “While we finish working on all the renovations for Craft Hall, it made sense to get a temporary tasting room ready!”

Mainstay Independent will open on Thursday, November 1 with a limited food menu and the first flagship beers including King Laird Weisse.

king.jpgIn 1851, an Irish immigrant named Ralston Laird moved onto the large island, known as Petty Island, upstream from Mainstay Independent in the Delaware River. He was a farm manager who grew wheat on the Island. Ralston was admired for his gumption and integrity and was eventually nicknamed the King of Petty Island.

“Mainstay is the beer drinkers beer,” says O’Reilly. “Like the mainstay of a ship we aim to be a source of support and stability for the great beer that Philadelphia is known for.”

Mainstay Independent is located at 901 E Delaware Avenue in Philadelphia
and initial hours will be:

Wednesday- Friday 4:00PM-12:00AM
Saturday 12:00PM-12:00AM
Sunday 12:00PM-8:00PM


Mainstay Independent Brewing



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Mainstay Independent Brewing Company is a craft brewery focused on producing a balanced portfolio of authentic classic styles and new world beers for local distribution and enjoyment in our tasting room. Located at 901 E. Delaware Avenue, Mainstay Independent is a part of Craft Hall, an evolving collection of accessible expert makers in a variety of food disciplines.


901 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia,PA
© Mainstay Independent Brewing Company


Press Release Regarding Assembly Bill A-4594




FOR RELEASE:  Oct. 17, 2018




Assemblymen Howarth, DeAngelo Introduce Bill Protecting Rights of Microbreweries

(TRENTON) – In a bi-partisan effort to support the growth of microbreweries, Assemblymen Joe Howarth (R-8) and Wayne DeAngelo (D-14) introduced legislation Monday to eliminate the requirement for microbreweries to provide a tour to patrons and would allow breweries to hold or attend an unlimited number of events, among other things. 

The legislation (A-4594) was brought about following restrictions implemented by the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control on the state’s growing craft brewery industry last month that would’ve significantly limited its economic future.

“In true New Jersey fashion, the state attempted to squash one of its fastest growing industries by hitting it with over-burdening regulations. We can’t let the state ruin a good thing before we ever get to see the fully realized potential of it,” said Howarth. 

The regulations, which were quickly overturned by the Division, put restrictions on core economic drivers of the brewery industry, such as limiting the amount of events they are allowed to have within their place of business and the amount of off-premises events they could attend. 

“Operating a business requires a lot of planning and foresight. We need to make it as clear and easy as possible for business owners in New Jersey to understand what they need to do in order to be successful,” DeAngelo said. “Like with all businesses, local craft breweries need clear and steady guidelines that allow them to grow, innovate, and support their communities. This bill would provide microbreweries with a roadmap to do just that.”

The bill would allow owners of a limited brewery license to hold an unlimited amount of on-premises and off-premises events without being required to obtain a permit from the Division. It would also eliminate the requirement to provide a tour to patrons and allow the sale of water, soda and unprepared snacks, as well as coordinate with a food vendor to provide food on the premises and provide menus to consumers.

Howarth was prompted to act on the issue at a state level after hearing from local representatives in his district about the importance of providing the industry with clear guidelines. Burlington County Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs was among the most vocal proponents. Following the restrictive ruling by the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control, she directed the Freeholder Board to pass a resolution urging the Division to immediately withdraw the regulations. 

“I thank the very terrific local brewery community in the area and vocal officials like Freeholder Director Gibbs for coming forward and giving us a true sense of how damaging the open-ended possibility of tighter regulations could be on the future of these small businesses,” Howarth said.

“It’s hard for any small business to thrive in a climate where it doesn’t even know the daily forecast. I’m glad we’re working on giving them clear-cut legislation to base their operations off of,” he continued.