Garden State Brewers Guild Update

This comes from the latest guild email blast.

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Welcome to the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Email Newsletter for March 2014 — keeping you posted on what’s brewing in New Jersey. Please do not reply to this email. For subscription information see details at the end of the newsletter.

In this issue:

  • A Beer 350 Years in the Making from Flying Fish
  • Collaborative Spirit at Harvest Moon
  • Ramstein Maibock Lager to Debut Saturday, March 8
  • Saison du Flounder the Peoples Choice at Morristown
  • JJ Bitting Out with O’Halloran’s
  • Cricket Hill Unleashing Jersey Devil
  • Russian Imperial Stout Marching into Krogh’s
  • Village Idiot Runs with Bike Rail Pale Ale
  • Joe Roggenbock and More at Cape May Brewing
  • March Events




A Beer 350 Years in the Making from Flying Fish

Flying Fish Brewing Company just put the first batches of NJ 350 Anniversary Ale in the tanks as part of the state’s year-long celebration of New Jersey’s founding. The beer, an English Stock Ale, features a generous helping of blackstrap molasses. Hops include Cluster, the first variety cultivated in the US, as well as the more modern Simcoe and Centennial. The Cluster will add a nice piney character, a nod to the Pine Barrens, a New Jersey Treasure.

The beer will be available in 750ml bottles as well as draft starting in April.




Collaborative Spirit at Harvest Moon

On March 4th Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe brewed a collaborative beer that was organized by Mike at New Jersey Craft Beer involving Flounder Brewing, Departed Soles, East Coast Yeast, Uno’s, Spellbound, Bolero Snort, Tuckahoe Brewing Co, and love2brew. The beer will be debuted during the Atlantic City Beer Fest at the NJCB booth April 4th and 5th with a release party at the Harvest Moon on Thursday April 10th. People are encouraged to stop by the NJCB booth to give it a try! Stay tuned for more details on the beer and the release party.

The Harvest Moon monthly cask night will be next Thursday, March 13th at 5:30pm. People are encouraged to come try some cask-conditioned Nut Brown Ale.

The week of March 10-14 will see the release of another batch of their Simcoe Double IPA, as well as Paddy’s Irish Stout, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Their very popular Mosaic Rye Pale Ale will return to the taps the last week of the month.



Ramstein Maibock Lager to Debut Saturday, March 8

On Saturday, March 8 the debut of Ramstein Maibock Lager will take place during the free open house and tour at High Point Brewing Company from 2-5 PM. Ramstein Maibock is a rich amber bock with notes of vanilla and noble hops. 7% ABV will warm you up on the chilly March days. Currently rated 100 points on Ratebeer. Ramstein Maibock is draft only and available in NJ, NY and PA at the better craft beer establishments.


On Wednesday March 12 a Ramstein Beer Dinner takes place at the award winning Restaurant Pig & Prince in Montclair, NJ. Chef Michael Carrino will prepare four delicious courses paired with Ramstein beers. Limited seats still available.



Saison du Flounder the Peoples Choice at Morristown

Flounder Brewing Company is open for monthly tours — look for the schedule posted on the first of every month. They are coming off a win for people’s choice award at the Morristown big beer brewfest for their Saison du Flounder. The Saison will be pouring at the next tour date on 3/15 (reservations via their website required). Also the gang is currently receiving their new equipment to double their capacity to a huge 2 bbls!



JJ Bitting Out with O’Halloran’s

For March JJ Bitting Brewing Company have out O’Halloran’s Irish Red Ale, a smooth, easy drinking malty beer. Also out is their Barley Legal Barleywine. Brewed with tons of Maris Otter and Pacific Northwest hops and then aged for three months, this brew clocks in at 10.1% ABV with 97 IBU’s. On deck is Bitting’s Best Bitter.



Cricket Hill Unleashing Jersey Devil

The latest from Cricket Hill:

The weather is Perfect! Perfect for the Jersey Devil Imperial Red Ale with its generous amounts of specialty grains combined with Centennial and Zythos hops provide a perfect balance of tropical fruit and malt. Incredibly flavorful, this red-hued beer leaves the taste buds feeling warm and cozy. 7.4% ABV, 66.6 IBU.

The Cricket Hill Summer seasonal, Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale is coming along! Available April through July, this brew uses only the best quality malts and is fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast that imparts a tangy fruit and clove taste. This ale is as at home with bacon and eggs as it is with your backyard barbecue. The Abbey Monks would love this beer! 5.0% ABV, 19.5 IBU

Cricket Hill’s current small batch beer, Jersey Devil Imperial Red, is available draft only. Come to the Brewery and grab a growler full!!

During March we will be attending ; Beer on the Boards at Martells on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach(3/22), The Taste of Morristown (3/24), and the Atlantic City Brewfest on April 4th & 5th!

Congratulations to us for being chosen as New Jersey’s best tap room experience by Rate Beer!!

Tours: Thursdays and Fridays, 4 till 7. Saturdays, 12 – 4. Join us!

Rick Reed



Russian Imperial Stout Marching into Krogh’s

Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, will be featuring several seasonals in March. Of course St. Patrick’s Day lends itself to their Irish Stout. This will be followed by Augie’s Alt and then a German Alt. For Krogh’s cask conditioned ales, a Russian Imperial Stout Cask taps on Monday, March 10. This stout was the brewery’s 15 year anniversary beer from their February 7 celebration. Krogh’s reserved some of that stout and turned it into a cask offering. On Monday, March 24 they will be tapping a Rye IPA Cask. As with all of their cask ales, quantities are very limited. Please call ahead for availability (973-729-8428) or check the website at Cheers!



Village Idiot Runs with Bike Rail Pale Ale

Village Idiot Brewing Company in historic Mt. Holly, NJ chased away the winter blues by brewing several new beers that seem to have won over the craft-beer crowd in the southern reaches of the state. Their Teddy Hopper Double IPA stole the hearts of many around Valentine’s Day. In addition, their Bike Rail Pale Ale – named for the unique bicycle railway that ran 1.8 miles between Mt. Holly and Smithville! They also added Thursdays from 3-8p, and tacked on an additional hour to Fridays (3-8p), and Saturdays (noon-8p) to their operating schedule.

Brews slated for a March debut include another pair of newbies – Saision du Idiót a dry, thirst-quenching, Belgian-style farmhouse ale and a yet-to-be named, ruby-colored IPA that’s fermenting as we go to press. Remember, Village Idiot Brewing Company ales are not available in any stores, bars, or restaurants as they are served fresh right from their 1.5-bbl brewery & tasting room on High Street in Mt. Holly. Keep up with the latest news and information on Facebook.



Joe Roggenbock and More at Cape May Brewing

Cape May Brewing Company has new and re-released beers:

  • Joe Roggenbock (ABV: 7.0%) – a German rye beer that is very thick, sweet, and lasting
  • Hell Yeah! Helles Lager (ABV: 5.1%) – a light lager, our newest release is straw-colored and has an extremely light body
  • Sawyers Swap Barley Wine (ABV: 9.6%) – a favorite from last year, we are re-releasing the Sawyer’s Swap in bottles on March 20th!

Events for Cape May Brewing:

  • St Patty’s O’Brewery Bash
    March 14th 12-8pm @ Cape May Brewery
    Benefiting the St Baldrick’s Foundation Lower Cape May Regional Teachers Team
  • Sawyer’s Swap Barley Wine Bottle Release Party
    March 20th @ Cape May Brewery
    Join us as we re-release our Sawyer’s Swap Barley Wine, a fan-favorite from last year!
  • Poses & Pints
    March 22nd @ Cape May Brewery
    The second yoga class – sign up here


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