Podcast Episode 27: Jason Goldstein of Icarus Brewing!

Icarus Brewing of Lakewood, NJ is getting ready to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary on January 12th and Rob, Vic, and Richard got to speak with Owner/Brewer Jason Goldstein taped live in Vic’s Palatial Bar!

Festivities at the brewery include special tap releases, Barrel-Aged Bottle Releases, and 3 Different Can Releases! Don’t miss this great party at one of the Region’s most buzzed-about breweries!

Breweries News

Gusto Brewing Company Keeping it Small and Weird in North Cape May!

Gusto Brewing Company in North Cape May is now open for business!  I visited with owner Zack Pashley and Head Brewer Dan Petela last week to talk about all things Gusto and was really impressed!  These guys have a passion for beer, and the brewery is a reflection of that.  Both of the guys were full of enthusiasm and are really excited to have finally opened the doors so that everyone can try the great beer that they are making.

Zack, who co-owns the brewery along with his wife Adriana, has chased this dream for about many years and was able to open the doors to the brewery right before Christmas.  Located in North Cape May, the brewery is spacious, filled with natural light that brightens the room from both the East and South windows.  A large bar fills one side of the room and faces the actual brewing area, and the room has ample seating with plenty of tables and chairs.

After Zack spent 6 years active duty in the United States Coast Guard, he settled back in Cape May County and started working on his dream of opening a brewery while working at Cape May Brewing Company and attending College on the GI Bill.  Zack had met Head Brewer Dan Petela at school (Dan mentioned that they played ping pong at ACCC), but really cemented their relationship at Cape May Brewing Company where Dan was working as the Assistant Tap Room Manager at the same time Zack was there.  They were both avid home brewers and both of them had aspirations of owning their own brewery. “That’s the dream, right?” Dan told us.

Zack always wanted to open the brewery in his hometown.  “What we wanted to do was create a brewery that serves a community and not a region, per se, and I just thought that this corner spot with all of the natural light, close to the ferry, in our hometown, was the only spot to do it and we had to make it happen.”

After settling on the location, Zack began to build the brewery.  One of the pieces of equipment he already had was a 1 BBL Brewhouse that he bought a while back.  “I actually bought it about 6 years ago on Kickstarter while I was in the Coast Guard when I knew I wanted to start a brewery” said Zack.  To finish the system, 7 2BBL fermenters and 2-2.5 BBL Brite Tanks that came from Strong Rope Brewery in Brooklyn were added.  “We double batch everything” Dan told us.  Zack and Dan also told us that they would love to upgrade the brewhouse to a larger system to allow them to brew the same amount of beer in half of the time, which would definitely give them more time to spend at home with their families.

Gusto’s tagline is “Keep It Small + Keep it Weird”.  I asked the guys to elaborate and Zack said “It is something that we want to live by.  Some of my favorite breweries I have ever been to are little holes in the wall, some only slightly larger than us”.  Dan added “and we are going to have some pretty weird beers coming up too!”

Gusto plans on having a constantly changing tap-list, rotating their selection and occasionally bringing some of the popular ones back.  I was suitably impressed with their beer list on the day I visited, 6 unique beers with some very interesting ingredients were available including a Zero IBU IPA, an ESB, a Saison, an Oatmeal Stout, a tasty Pale Ale, and an IPA.  It was great to see the varied styles and the originality that encompassed this well thought out list.

A few things that you need to know about Gusto:

  • Gusto will fill any 32 0z Growler for you to take off premise.  They offer growlers for sale, but if you bring your own make sure you have a lid just in case the ones they have do not fit.
  • They plan on being open from Thursday-Sunday in small 4-6 hour shifts. Be sure to check out their website at www.gustobrewco.com or their Facebook Page HERE while planning your visit
  • Gusto has a great selection of merchandise for sale in the taproom!
  • Gusto is kid friendly, but at this time you cannot bring your dog to the brewery

Congrats to Zack, Adriana, Dan, and everyone on the Gusto team on their opening!  It is great to see another brewery opening up here in South Jersey and yet another great group of people that are behind it.


3860 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, NJ 08204

Facebook:  @gustobrewco

Instagram:  gustobrewco







Breweries News

Dogfish Head Invites Craft Beer Drinkers to Join Their New Year’s Initiative JanuQuenchy

Dogfish Head invites fans to join along on JanuQuenchy – a month long quest to kick off the New Year drinking craft beer, being active and eating healthy

Milton, Del., December 27, 2018 – Is there anything more magnificent than a New Year’s resolution centered around drinking a deliciously crafted beer for a month? No. There isn’t. So join Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, for the ultimate, beer-centric New Year’s quest known as JanuQuenchy. With a goal of kicking off 2019 right, Calagione and a boatload of Dogfish coworkers pledge to only drink the low-calorie SeaQuench Ale for 31 days while eating sensibly and doing something active.

So how do you join along? From January 1 through January 31, share images of your JanuQuenchy journey on Instagram using #JanuQuenchy #DogfishEntry. Dogfish Head will follow along to see how you’re doing and might just reach out to repost your progress to their Instagram page. You will also be entered for the chance to win a Dogfish Head SeaQuench themed trucker hat during the JanuQuenchy challenge.  There will be one winner, per week.  For official JanuQuenchy rules, click here.

“I am committed to only drinking SeaQuench Ale in January, as well as avoiding french fries and cheesesteaks – probably two of my favorite foods – and doing something healthy with my body every day,” said Calagione. “That’s it – eat sensibly, do something active and drink only SeaQuench Ale for 31 days…who’s with me!?”

SeaQuench Ale (4.9% ABV) is the most thirst-quenching beer ever made at Dogfish Head and it’s only 140 calories, 9g carbs, 2g protein and zero fat. Brewed with lime juice, sea salt and black limes, it’s the best selling beer in the fastest growing craft beer style (sours) in America thanks to its super flavorful and approachable profile.

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, SeaQuench Ale and JanuQuenchy, visit dogfish.com.



Friends Giving Collaboration Beer Raises $75,000!

For Immediate Release:

Last month, four local breweries came together to brew a collaboration beer and help ease food insecurity in our area. Double Nickel Brewing Company of Pennsauken, NJ launched a new annual initiative and teamed up with Cape May Brewing Company (Cape May, NJ), Tonewood Brewing Company (Oaklyn, NJ), and Urban Village Brewing Company (Philadelphia, PA) for their inaugural charity brew, a “potluck-style IPA” called “Friends Giving”.

The Friends Giving Initiative is pleased to announce that they’ve raised a total of $75,326 to assist area families in need.

“Friends Giving is our way of turning a little creativity, camaraderie, community, and collaboration into support for families struggling to put food on the table,” says Drew Perry, Head Brewer at Double Nickel.

The initiative supports local charities focused on helping food-insecure families throughout the South Jersey and Philadelphia region. In the weeks before Thanksgiving, the collaboration beer hit shelves throughout New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area, raising an initial total of $40,856.

“It’s exciting to find ways to give back,” says Dave Goldman, Head Brewer at Urban Village Brewery. “Beer doesn’t typically help people who are struggling, so when you can use your craft to help people who are, it feels really great to have that opportunity.”

“We were extraordinarily gratified to see so many of our suppliers donate ingredients, aluminum cans, and labels to the initiative,” says Chris Henke, co-owner of Cape May Brewing Company. “In the end, nearly all of the supplies needed to create this beer were donated in some form or another.”

Once the initiative was underway, Dietz and Watson of Philadelphia, PA, made a substantial donation to the cause, bringing the total to $75,326. Through the donation of much-needed high-protein foods such as chickens and turkeys, the Friends Giving Initiative is able to help this year’s beneficiaries — Cathedral Kitchen and Sacred Heart of Camden and Philabundance of Philadelphia — achieve their missions.

“In discussions with Cathedral Kitchen and Philabundance, we learned that they both were in need of high-protein foods, such as chicken and turkey,” says John Dalsey, Marketing Director at Double Nickel. “A large part of their mission is fulfilled through food education programs, teaching people how to prepare nutritious meals at home.”

These programs are typically made more difficult as the bulk of donated items are shelf-stable, packaged foods such as canned tuna and peanut butter.

“By partnering with Dietz and Watson, this donation will have a much bigger and more meaningful impact while feeding more families in our local communities,” Dalsey said.

“The Dietz and Watson donation allows us to send our guests home with food for themselves and their families,” says Noreen Flewelling, Director of Development at Cathedral Kitchen, “which is important because people can’t always make every meal service. We look forward to working with Double Nickel and their fundraising initiatives in the future as we continue on our mission of using food to change lives.”

Through the initiative, Friends Giving was able to purchase Cathedral Kitchen a much-needed commercial dishwasher, greatly impacting their daily operations and assisting them as they work toward their annual goal of providing 125,000 meals to the food insecure.

“The donation from Friends Giving is special because it is helping us with broadening our impact,” says Flewelling. “The dishwasher is something that we’ve really needed for awhile. It is a crucial piece of equipment that we will be using everyday to maintain a food-safe environment as we continue to feed the Camden community, serving 125,000 meals annually.”

Inspired by the success and delighted by the support for their Friends Giving Initiative, Double Nickel has decided to create a charity called “Collabor-AID” to carry on the mission they began of turning creativity, camaraderie, community and collaboration into support for feeding local food-insecure families.

“Thanks to the tremendous support of our fans, an initiative that began its life as a fun name for a beer has developed into something much bigger than we could have ever hoped,” says Dalsey. “We received overwhelming interest in our mission of fighting food insecurity from other breweries, businesses, and charities. Creating Collabor-AID is our way of bringing that support and interest together, channeling that energy into support for our mission.”

Double Nickel is currently working on the next event for Collabor-AID which will take place mid-April. More information on future events can be found on Double Nickel’s Facebook page and website.