Breweries Events

Hidden Sands Brewing Company Hosts EHT Mayor, Announces Soft Opening with a Limited Beer Selection

Exciting news!  Hidden Sands Brewing Company will open this weekend with a limited beer selection and also announced details of the full opening today via a press release.  Congrats to everyone at Hidden Sands and Best of Luck from all of us here at South Jersey Beer Scene!

From the Press Release

(from L-R, Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough, Brewmaster Luke Lindsey,
Hidden Sands Founders –Matt Helm, Tony Ceppuralo, and John Cipriani, and Egg Harbor Township
Deputy Mayor Paul Hodson-Photo Courtesy of Lisa Johnson Communications)

Egg Harbor Twp., NJ (December 14, 2017) – Mayor James Sonny McCullough along with Deputy Mayor Paul Hodson visited Hidden Sands Brewing Company on Wednesday, December 13 to sample the first batch of beer from the township’s newest brewery.  Pictured here with founders John Cipriani, Matt Helm, and Tony Ceppuralo, and Certified Brew Master, Luke Lindsey, McCullough and Dodson toured the Washington Avenue facility and toasted to their success.  Hidden Sands Brewing Company will hold a soft opening on Saturday, December 16 starting at 6pm and will be open on weekends with a limited beer selection.  It will then be open to the public with a full beer selection on January 12 after a private grand opening on January 11.  Hidden Sands Brewing Company is located at 6754 Washington Avenue, Unit B in Egg Harbor Township, NJ

 

10 Questions With... Breweries

10 Questions With…Jim Sacco of Vinyl Brewing

In this edition of 10 Questions With…  I headed to Hammonton to do a little follow up to our previous article on the 3rd brewery to open up in town, Vinyl Brewing. I was excited to do this article with Jim Sacco, Co-owner and head brewer of Vinyl because it combines 2 of my favorite things, beer and music. Jim was brewing at Three 3’s Brewing Company when he decided it was time to go out on his own. So in January 2017 Jim, along with his Aunt and Uncle Susan and Tom Puentes,  started on the journey to make beautiful beer and music together. As I walked in the door I found a spacious and comfortable tap room with booths, tables, and a large U shaped bar. The walls are adorned with all kinds of music memorabilia, and there is plenty of space for the many patrons that have visited since opening in late September. Located in Downtown Hammonton on Main Street and surrounded by an abundance of dining choices,  everyone can find something to pair with their ever-rotating tap list. Do your taste buds a favor and add Vinyl Brewing to your list when coming to Hammonton.

Jim is dropping two new beers this week.  First is Speed Freak, a spelt IPA brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops and Out of Your Element, a Rye Porter.  Vinyl is a great place to stop by and have a beer or two in Downtown Hammonton which is now being referred to as the “Brewmuda Triangle” as a homage to it being the first town in South Jersey with three operating breweries  (Hackettstown also has 3 breweries in North Jersey).  Vinyl, along with Tomfoolery and Three 3’s, are in close proximity to each other and they have a great spirit of camaraderie and a love of their town which really comes through when you talk to anyone at any of these fine breweries.

What was the first beer you brewed and how was it?

It was an extract stout kit I brewed with a couple of buddies in my parent’s kitchen about 12 years ago. We did it on an electric stovetop and it took over 3 hours to bring to a boil. We thought it was really good, but looking back now, it was just terrible. But it was cool at the time.

What is your favorite style to brew and why?

It would have to be IPAs. There is so much you can do with the different malt and hop profiles, and adding fruit. You can really differentiate the IPAs by the different hops you use. I’m more of an east coast style drinker and brewer.

Do you look at ratings on Untapped, Beer Advocate, or Tate Beer and, if you do, does it influence your recipes?

I do look at them. I think it’s cool to see what people are thinking, but I don’t want to put too much stock into it. Ultimately everyone likes something different, and who am I to get mad at someone who doesn’t like something I brew? I like to make beer that I like to enjoy and hope people will enjoy it, too. It definitely does not influence my recipes.

How do you stay connected to the local area in relation to sourcing ingredients?

I like to use local ingredients as much as I can. The beer I actually brewed today I used whole leaf hops from Timberline Farms in Folsom. The honey porter I made is from honey I got from a family friend’s farm just a mile down the road. I was also in Cape May and purchased some Cape May sea salt for a Gose I’m going to make. My family owns a sweet potato and a blueberry farm which I just made a sweet potato beer out of. And of course, we are the blueberry capital of the world.

What is the one tip you would give home brewers to make better beer?

Concentrate on your fermentation temperature, and also make sure you’re pitching enough yeast. I think if you lock those 2 things in, you’re going to make your beer 10 times better. Get a refrigerator and convert it and put a temperature control on it, and your beer will be so much better.

What is one piece of advice you would give someone who wants to open a brewery?

Definitely be patient. You will have to pay rent on a building that you can’t use for months, but everyone has to do it. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it pays off. It’s hard work and it’s stressful, but just bear with it, because in the end you’ll be thankful you stuck around. If it’s your passion, it will all be worth it.

If there was a beer that you could brew with no regards to cost, production, or sales, what would it be and what?

Barrel aged sours, which we are going to start doing soon. Sour ales are my first love along with IPAs. The cost factor involved would be in the time it takes because you are waiting months and months for it to be ready.

Looking back to opening day forward, what was the one thing that happened that surprised you the most?

The sheer amount of people that have come out, and the amount of beer we have gone through. The amount of support from the public and the brewery community has surpassed our expectations. We are extremely thankful for all the support.

Other than your beer, what is your go-to after a long day at the brewery?

Anything local. I like to go home and unwind with stuff from Bolero Snort. I really like the stuff in cans they have been putting out. I also like to have a good stock of Tired Hands Brewery at home, also. And sometimes I’ll just walk down the street to Tomfoolery and have a few beers.

Where do you see the brewery in a year? In 5 years?

In a year I hope we are reaching the point of expanding with a few more fermenter and start doing some bottle releases. In 5 years I hope to have taken over this whole building. I would love to go up to a 15 BBL system with some 30 BBL fermenters, and really start to push our distribution into Philly and New York.

Bonus Question: What is your favorite beer that you have ever had?

I’ll have to give you two. The first one is Mago Tago from Tired Hands. The next one, and probably my favorite of all time is Pliny the Elder. I just think that’s the best representation of that style of beer, and I don’t think anyone has come close to it.

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Breweries Events

Cape May Brewing Company Holding a Food Drive Fund Drive 12/14-12/18 to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey

Cape May Brewing Company Holds a
Food Drive Fund Drive

Cape May, NJ — As part of their commitment to being a good neighbor, Cape May Brewing Company is holding a special event on Thursday, December 14th. To raise funds for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Cape May Brewing Company is holding their first Food Drive Fund Drive.

“Childhood hunger is an epidemic in our state,” says Cape May Brewing Company CEO and co-founder Ryan Krill, “and we wanted to do more than simply collect food or cut a check. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for our annual Food Drive, and we’re doing what we can to raise as much money as possible for them.”

Cape May Brewing Co. will be assembling a mini-grocery store in their Tasting Room from noon to 8pm. There, visitors will have the ability to purchase the items for whatever price they deem appropriate and donate the item to Cape May Brewing Co.’s Food Drive, running until December 18th. For each donation, visitors will receive one 4our-ounce tasting of their choice. At the end of the evening, the monies raised will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

“Cape May County has the highest percent of childhood food insecurity with 19.8% of Cape May children not knowing where their nutritious meal is coming from,” says Richard Uniacke, VP of Southern Branch, The Community FoodBank of NJ. “While these families struggle all year long, during the holidays, we make a tremendous push to ensure that each and every child has a wonderful holiday meal on their table.”

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey works with volunteers, donors, and multiple partners throughout the state “to fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help, and Hope.” They are committed to fighting hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions.

The Community FoodBank partners with over 300 agencies in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties distributing over 10 million pounds of food in South Jersey alone. The nearest food pantry in Egg Harbor Township has increased their distribution by more than 230% since July of this year, with the Southern Branch of the Community FoodBank serving 400 more families than they did at this time last year. Distributing over 400 turkeys this Thanksgiving season, the FoodBank is on track to distribute 14 million pounds of food this year.

However, Cape May Brewing Co. realizes that the Community FoodBank needs more than food — like any business, they need income to pay their bills and increase awareness. With every $1 donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, they are able to create $8 worth of food, distributed to hungry families throughout our area.

For more information on the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, see www.cfbnj.org. For more information on Cape May Brewing Company, including tours and tastings, see www.capemaybrewery.com, or call (609) 849-9933.

Breweries News

Talking Beer With Three 3’s Mike and Jon Geller

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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Beer Biz Profiles News

We Did The Jersey Beer Guys (and a Girl) Podcast! Episode Out Today!

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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