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10 Questions with Joe Laluk and Brad Young of Ludlam Island Brewery

We had the opportunity to talk beer with Head Brewer Joe Laluk and assistant brewer Brad Young right before the Ludlam Island Brewery 1st Anniversary Celebration on June 29th.  These two young brewers give you the feeling that they have worked together for years.  Joe comes to Ludlam from River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ, after home brewing and a short stint at Nodding Head Brewery (A now closed brewpub) in Philly.  Owner Bill Topley hired Joe in October 2015, and on his first paid week as a Ludlam Island Brewery employee, Bill took him to Europe.  Joe is a big fan of kölsch beer and one of the stops was Cologne, Germany the birthplace of that style of beer.  Stops were also made in Brussels and Amsterdam where they explored the beer styles of those areas and discussed what they would be brewing back home.  Bill and Joe have hit if off and you can see it in the beer that they brew.  Bill trusts Joe, and Joe treats the brewery as if it was his own, and the pride in his work is clear as soon as you spend a few minutes with him.

Brad is the first person that I met when visiting Ludlam a few months ago.  Brad became the assistant brewer shortly after they opened, and the chemistry he and Joe have is really evident.  Brad home brewed prior to coming to Ludlam, but this is his first commercial brewing experience.  Brad has an energy about him that is infectious, he clearly loves what he is doing and it shows in his words and in his work.

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

Joe-A Cream Ale with my little brother.  It was a Northern Brewer kit.  We were looking for the easiest kit to start.  I was around 18, my parents were cool with it.  In the end, it was drinkable.

Brad-It was a Brown Ale, we didn’t really know what we were doing at the time. We put a bunch of brown sugar in it, which I now know just spikes your ABV, it really doesn’t add any flavor.  We put some cinnamon sticks in it because we thought that would be cool.  I think I was just freshly 21. 

What is your favorite style to brew and why?

Joe-I think here our favorite style is Foundation (Pale Ale).  It is a nice, middle of the road beer that we brew often so we can track consistency and trends in the brewhouse.  

Brad-I love making IPA’s.  I love our Lamplight and, Joe will tell you, every time we brew it I say “we can put some more hops in there” (we all chuckle at that)

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

Joe-I do. I really wasn’t a big Untappd user, I really didn’t use it at the other places I brewed, but here I do.  It has taken over Rate Beer and I do look at it, but I try not to let it influence me.

Brad-Yeah, I used Untappd a ton before I started working here in the industry for my check-ins.  But, honestly, since I started working here I don’t really check in that much, I really don’t think about it, but I do check our beers in there and look at our ratings

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

Joe-We actually went to Timberline Farms and helped them put up their hop trellises, and we also use some locally grown malted barley.  We also used some locally grown blackberries last Summer for a Shandy.  It was a great tasting beer, but we feel we didn’t use nearly enough blackberries to get it fruity enough

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

Joe-Learn proper yeast pitching rates

Brad-Sanitizing properly.  I had a bad beer one time, it was pretty gnarly, from a not properly sanitized fermenter.

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

Joe-Homebrewing experience definitely helps, but it is a big switch.  When you get an entry level job in the commercial brewing industry you are not using your homebrew knowledge in the way that you would design a homebrew.  You don’t have a say in recipes or anything, you are following a set of instructions from your boss.  You need to work hard, clean well, and learn to follow instructions.  You need to have a really good work ethic.

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

Joe-I think Brad and I are on the same page with this, probably something with Galaxy Hops.  I don’t have that much experience in using them, but they are a beautiful hop to use.   It would be a big dirty IPA.

Brad– I would jump on that, but I would love to just get a ton of barrels and do barrel-aged grieses and stouts.

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

Joe-I am really surprised on how much the (Harry’s) Coffee Pale Ale has taken off.  It was Bill’s (Owner Bill Topley) idea actually. The Foundation Rye Pale Ale is an old homebrew recipe I had.  I brewed it for him once and he thought it would go good with coffee.  So I had some ratios to work with from a previous job and it took me three tries until I got exactly what we are using now for this beer.  I am really surprised, it is like our number 2 seller now. 

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

Joe-We love Trillium!  We have been pretty lucky we have had a bunch of Trillium Hook-ups.  

Brad-The new Bolero Snort releases usually make their way to our fridge downstairs too.

Where do you see the brewery in the future?

Joe-I would like to have a 15 BBL brewhouse and crank out some beer, a new building with city water and sewer would let us work faster.  But we do love where we are now.

Brad-I am just going to keep hanging out with Joe.

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Here’s What’s On Tap This Week!

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We have an exciting week of events for you this week highlighted by the first ever What’s On Tap Beer Festival at WheatonArts on Saturday, June 17th.  Don’t miss this one as there will be 25 breweries pouring over 5o beers.  Local breweries include the following:  Glasstown Brewing Company, Tomfoolery Brewing Co., Slack Tide Brewing Company,  7 Mile Brewery, Garden State Beer Company, Tuckahoe Brewing Company, Pinelands Brewing Company, and Cape May Brewing Company. Individual tickets just $34.99 and include general admission access, a souvenir festival mug and unlimited beer tastings for 4 hours.  Designated driver tickets are available as well for $10.00.  You need to get your tickets now as this event is expected to sell out.  Also you will be able to see a live taping of the “What’s on Tap” television show hosted by Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin that airs locally on SNJ40.  For Tickets Click the graphic below or go to whatsontap.beer!

 

Tuesday, June 13th

7 Mile Brewery will be having their weekly Quizzo night  with Joe Gaughan hosting at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate. And while you are there, have a pint or two of their locally crafted beer!

Pinelands Brewing Company have their weekly “Beer it Forward” night tonight.  10% of all sales on Tuesdays from 6-9pm are donated to a deserving organization.  This month the money will be donated to Small Steps In Speech and Team Red, White, and Blue in honor of National Military Month

Looking to plan a brew tour?  Check out our friend Rick at Day Sipper Wine and Brew Tours. We really love a lot of the local tour companies, but Rick gives you a unique, personal, fun, and informative ride in his VW Bus and has a wealth of knowledge about beer, wine, and the local scene.  We hear nothing but glowing reviews from patrons and brewery people.  Groovy!

Flat Stone Tavern & Grill is having Clamarama all day today, with specials on a variety of Clam dishes.  To help you wash down the clams, why not pick one of the 24 drafts that are on tap featuring many locals including Three 3’s, Cape May Brewing Company, and the Weyerbacher/Cape May collaboration Paradise 160.

Wednesday, June 14th

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm which would be the perfect time to join the Slack Tide Slacker Mug Club.  As a member you will receive benefits such as a Special 20 oz. Slacker Mug Club mug that can be filled at the tasting room for the same price as a 16 oz. pour, Club T-Shirt, Special release parties and other “members only” events, and discounts on Slack Tide Brewing apparel.  For more information stop by the tap room or check out them on the web HERE

Tomfoolery Brewing will be hosting Fool’s Trivia at 6:30 pm.

Cape May Brewing Co will be having a Tap Takeover at Blue Heron Pines with Live music, food and beer pairings and 5 lines of CMBC. They’ll be pouring The Bog, Summer Catch, Cape May IPA, Honey Porter and Tide Table Pale Ale from 6-8 pm.

Thursday, June 15th

Tuckahoe Brewing Company has extended their hours and is now open from 4-9pm on Thursdays which is great news for beer-lovers in South Jersey.  They are really making great beer and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable!

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features Rabbit Hill SMATH with Experimental Hops

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Volunteers in Medicine of South Jersey.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the organization and enjoy a beer in their amazing, must-see Taproom!

Garden State Beer Company’s Thursday Live Music Series will feature Beecher’s Fault from 8-10pm.  This band out of NYC just kicked off it’s Summer Tour and GSB Co. is one of the stops.  Stop by, grab a cold one and listen to some great music!

Friday, June 16th

Ludlam Island Brewery is open today and every day from 12-8pm.  Stop by the tasting room and grab a flight or two of their great selections!  Joe and Brad have been brewing up some interesting beers, and their fantastic Reuben is back on tap. This beer is their take on the classic German gosè style ale. Salty, sour, brewed with a bunch of rye and “dry hopped” with carraway seeds.  It is definitely one of  SJbeerscene.com’s favorite beers we have sampled this year.

Garden State Beer Company  will be having Quizzo at the Tap Room starting at 6:30

Did someone say Happy Hour?  Goodnight Irene‘s Friday Happy Hour happens from 4-7pm.  The outside bar is open so stop by and grab a beer from one of the best beer bars in South Jersey!

Glasstown Brewing Company is open from 12-9pm today.  Stop by and try one of their many great beers and grab some cans to take home!

A lot of people have been telling us great things about The Leatherhead Pub in Egg Harbor City.  This pub is housed in what was a firehouse that was built in 1918 and has great food to go along with their eclectic beer menu that features many local breweries along with unique selections from other breweries such as Bronx, Green Flash, and Founders.  You can check out the taplist on Beer Menus by following the link HERE

Saturday, June 17th

What’s On Tap Beer Festival at WheatonArts, Millville from 1-5pm.

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be featuring the music of Either Way from 8-11pm.  Their ever-changing well-curated taplist is one of the best in the state, and they also serve Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved eats!

Clayton Liquors is the place for take-out for local craft beer.  Raj curates 20 taps and fills Growlers and Crowlers with your favorite South Jersey Craft Beer.  The menu is constantly changing and is updated often on Beer Menus by clicking HERE.  Give them a follow on Facebook, Raj updates frequently for us beer nerds!

Why Not Spend Saturday with one of South Jersey’s Fine Breweries!

7 Mile Brewery will be open 12pm-10pm

Cape May Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Cold Spring Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Garden State Beer Company will be open 3pm-10pm

Glasstown Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Ludlam Island Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Pinelands Brewing Companuy will be open 12pm-8pm

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open 12pm-8pm

Three 3’s Brewing Company will be open 1pm-9pm

Tomfoolery Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm

Tuckahoe Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm 

Sunday, June 18th

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar boasts 40 taps of craft beer, plus their world famous secret Sunday Brunch!

Three 3’s Brewery is open today from 12-6pm with 12 taps flowing with great beer! Come by and have a beer, and they are pet friendly so you can bring your critter with you!

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What’s On Tap This Week!

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Tuesday, June 6th

7 Mile Brewery will be having their weekly Quizzo night  with Joe Gaughan hosting at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate.  In addtion, the gang canned 262 cases of Beach Bubbles this week, A Belgian Wit base finished with pear essence and a champagne yeast, a highly drinkable Summer Beer!

Pinelands Brewing Company have their weekly “Beer it Forward” night tonight.  10% of all sales on Tuesdays from 6-9pm are donated to a deserving organization.  This month the money will be donated to Small Steps In Speech and Team Red, White, and Blue in honor of National Military Month

The Whitebrier in Avalon is celebrating 7 Mile Island Restaurant week with a 3 course beer-infused  menu featuring 7 Mile Brewery‘s 7 Mile IPA.  The 3 course menu will run you $30.17 and features an app, a main course, and a dessert.  For more info click HERE

Wednesday, June 7th

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm.  Tonight is the first night that you can join the Slack Tide Slacker Mug Club.  As a member you will receive benefits such as a Special 20 oz. Slacker Mug Club mug that can be filled at the tasting room for the same price as a 16 oz. pour, Club T-Shirt, Special release parties and other “members only” events, and discounts on Slack Tide Brewing apparel.  For more information stop by the tap room or check out them on the web HERE

Tomfoolery Brewing will be hosting Fool’s Trivia at 6:30 pm.

Cape May Brewery‘s One-Off Wednesday pour will be Grape Misty, Misty Dawn Saison with grape

 

Thursday, June 8th

Tonight is the night to watch our Editor and Co-Founder John Couchoud‘s television debut on “What’s On Tap” With Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin.  Catch the show on WMGM TV,  seen in South Jersey on channel 4 or 798 on X1 at 6:30.  Check out the show and let us know if television really does add 10 pounds!  Thanks to Slack Tide Brewing Company and Garden State Beer Company for giving us beers to sample on the show!  Also big thanks to Gary and Tara for having us and talking beer!  And remember the What’s On Tap Beer Festival is happening on Saturday, June 17th at WheatonArts in Millville!  Get your tickets HERE

Tuckahoe Brewing Co will be having a “Lu and Brew” LuLaRoe Sip and Shop event from 4-9pm.  Their will be 3 consultants with over 1000 pieces, a food truck, and great beer.

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features Hefeweizen Dry-Hopped with Lemondrop Hops.  I had a chance to have a taste of the Hefeweizen and adding the lemondrop hops will certainly add even more depth to this fantastic beer!

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village, a group that helps Historic Cold Spring Village in numerous ways.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the organization and enjoy a beer in their amazing, must-see Taproom!

Garden State Beer Company will kick off their Thursday Live Music Series with Sensacoustic from 8-10pm.  This is the perfect room to have a beer and catch some great live music!

Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company are celebrating their new kegerator by having a Tap Takeover featuring 13 of Carton Brewing‘s beers.  Come out and join us as we help get the taps flowing!  Beer specials and the Carton Beer Rep will be on hand.  For more info, check out our piece on the website HERE

 

Friday, June 9th

Ludlam Island Brewery is open today and every day from 12-8pm.  Stop by the tasting room and grab a flight or two of their great selections!

Garden State Beer Company  will be having Quizzo at the Tap Room starting at 6:30

Did someone say Happy Hour?  Goodnight Irene‘s Friday Happy Hour happens from 4-7pm.  The outside bar is open so stop by and grab a beer from one of the best beer bars in South Jersey!

Glasstown Brewing Company is open from 12-9pm today.  Stop by and try one of their many great beers and grab some cans to take home!

Chickie’s & Pete’s in EHT has one of the best beer selections around.  Alvin Cintron does a great job curating the offerings and is one of the biggest supporters of Craft Beer in South Jersey!  It is almost criminal that they have such a great beer list and Crab Fries!  Check out their website or Facebook to see their current beer list and food specials

Saturday, June 10th

Cape May County Brew Tours will be hostin a tour Saturday 6/10/17 starting at 12pm. The Tour will be visiting, in no specific order, Ludlum Island Brewery, Slack Tide Brewery, 7 Mile Brewery, and Cape May Brewery. Lunch will be at the Barefoot Bar & Restaurant.  Visit their website HERE to reserve your spot!

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be featuring the music of Adam Holcombe from 8-11pm.  Their ever-changing well-curated taplist is one of the best in the state, and they also serve Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved eats!

Rocco’s Town House in Hammonton will be have 4 Kane beers on tap today including Morning Bell, Corduroy Lines, Head High, and Overhead.  Stop in for a pint and grab a bite to eat of their fantastic food!

Clayton Liquors is the place for take-out for local craft beer.  Raj curates 20 taps and fills Growlers and Crowlers with your favorite South Jersey Craft Beer.  The menu is constantly changing and is updated often on Beer Menus by clicking HERE.  Give them a follow on Facebook, Raj updates frequently for us beer nerds!

Why Not Spend Saturday with one of South Jersey’s Fine Breweries!

7 Mile Brewery will be open 12pm-10pm

Cape May Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Cold Spring Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Garden State Beer Company will be open 3pm-10pm

Glasstown Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Ludlam Island Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Pinelands Brewing Companuy will be open 12pm-8pm

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open 12pm-8pm

Three 3’s Brewing Company will be open 1pm-9pm

Tomfoolery Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm

Tuckahoe Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm 

Sunday, June 11th

Garden State Beer Company will be having Paints and Pints with Jen from 1-4 pm.  Jen brings everything you need to paint a pretty picture, this week’s painting is “Cattail Sunset”. Registration is required on the webiste by following this link HERE

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar boasts 40 taps of craft beer, plus their world famous secret Sunday Brunch!

Attention Beer People!

If your brewery, bar, or bottle shop has an event they would like to include in our weekly listing email us at tara@sjbeerscene.com

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Sea Isle City Beer Festival Was Fun!

 

We had a great time at The Sea Isle Beer Fest on Saturday!  The weather was beautiful, the beer was flowing, and there was a great crowd!  Kudos to Denis Brown and the Stallion Marketing team, Kix McNutleys, the Sea Isle PD, and everyone who attended.  This is a great event that only gets bigger every year!  Cheers!

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Here’s What’s On Tap This Week!

 Let Them Know You Found It On SJBeerscene.com!

Tuesday, May 30th

Joe Gaughan will be hosting Quizzo at 7 Mile Brewery!! Event starts at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate.  Plus they have fresh cans of Seven Suns on sale!

Pinelands Brewing Company have their weekly “Beer it Forward” night tonight.  10% of all sales on Tuesdays from 6-9pm are donated to a deserving organization.  This month the money will be donated to Small Steps In Speech and Team Red, White, and Blue in honor of National Military Month

The Seaville Tavern continues to impress with a great beer list and terrrific food.  Mrs. Beer Scene and myself have been know to cozy up to the bar with bartenders Daria and Melissa and have a beer or two.  Their eclectic beer list is ever-changing and features some beers that you will only find here, and also a bunch of selections from local breweries!

Wednesday, May 31st

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm.  Their Ultra-Juicy Thermocline is back on tap and it is delicious!

Tomfoolery Brewing will be hosting Fool’s Trivia at 6:30 pm.

Cape May Brewery‘s One-Off Wednesday pour will be Mango Coastal Heat, Coastal Evacuation DIPA with habanero peppers and mango

Thursday, June 1st

Tune in tonight locally on WMGM TV, channel 4 or 798 on X1, and catch the latest edition of “What’s On Tap” With Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin.  We were lucky enough to have been asked to tape an upcoming episode that will air soon!  The show is informative and fun, check it out!

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features the unveiling of Orbit the Sun Hefeweizen Ale!A refreshing German-style wheat beer with a soft texture and moderate signature notes of banana and clove

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the Lighthouse while having a beer!  This beautiful tapromm is not to be missed!

The Rio Station will be having a Tap Takeover featuring the Cape May/Weyerbacher Collaboration Paradise 160 India Pale Lager.  There will also be 6 more taps dedicated to the event with 3 beers from each brewery.  Event starts at 5pm and there will also be live entertainment and .50 cent wings at the bar!

Three 3’s Brewery will be having a trivia night tonight!  Doors open at 5, Trivia starts at 6

Chickie’s & Pete’s in EHT has one of the best beer selections around.  Alvin Cintron does a great job curating the offerings and is one of the biggest supporters of Craft Beer in South Jersey!  It is almost criminal that they have such a great beer list and Crab Fries!  Check out their website or Facebook to see their current beer list and food specials!

Friday, June 2nd

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be having Live & Local Music from 5-7pm featuring Lisa Sasdelli

Ludlam Island Brewery is open today and every day from 12-8pm.  Stop by the tasting room and grab a flight or two of their great selections!

Garden State Beer Company  will be having Quizzo at the Tap Room starting at 6:30

Tuckahoe Brewing Company will be open today from 3pm-9pm.  They have really bringing their “A” game and putting out great beer.  Stop by and see what Brewmaster Tim Caron has cooked up this week!

Did someone say Happy Hour?  Goodnight Irene‘s Friday Happy Hour happens from 4-7pm.  The outside bar is open so stop by and grab a beer from one of the best beer bars in South Jersey!

Glasstown Brewing Company is open from 12-9pm today.  Stop by and try one of their many great beers and grab some cans to take home!

Saturday, June 3rd

The Sea Isle City Beer Fest is happening today from 2-5:30 pm.  This great event has a great lineup of breweries and great local representation!  Make sure you grab a couple of tix and come taste over 60 different Beer and Cider selections!

The SJ Craft Beer, Food & Music Festival is happening today with 2 sessions, 12-4pm and 6-10pm.  Tickets are 30$ each per session and gives you access to event that features 10 breweries serving a total of 20 beers. Great food, culinary demonstrations, home brew beer competition sponsored Eastern Homebrew. Homebrew competition participants should drop off two 12-ounce bottles with $5 entry fee by June 2 to Eastern Homebrew at 331 Tilton Road in Northfield. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be showing UFC 212 starting at 9pm.  No cover and a great taplist!

Clayton Liquors is the place for take-out for local craft beer.  Raj curates 20 taps and fills Growlers and Crowlers with your favorite South Jersey Craft Beer.  The menu is constantly changing and is updated often on Beer Menus by clicking HERE.  Give them a follow on Facebook, Raj updates frequently for us beer nerds!

Why Not Spend Saturday with one of South Jersey’s Fine Breweries!

7 Mile Brewery will be open 12pm-10pm

Cape May Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Cold Spring Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Garden State Beer Company will be open 3pm-10pm

Glasstown Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Ludlam Island Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

ManaFirkin Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Pinelands Brewing Companuy will be open 12pm-8pm

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open 12pm-8pm

Three 3’s Brewing Company will be open 1pm-9pm

Tomfoolery Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm

Tuckahoe Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm 

Sunday, June 4th

Flat Stone Tavern & Grill will be having a Paint Night tonight from 5-8pm.  Cost is $35 per person and there will be food and drink specials.  Flat Stone is a big supporter of local beer so stop by and grab a cold one while painting a pretty picture.  For Tix and information click HERE

Attention Beer People!

If your brewery, bar, or bottle shop has an event they would like to include in our weekly listing email us at tara@sjbeerscene.com