Upcoming S. Jersey breweries
Check out another great At The Shore article by Mark Haynie about upcoming S. Jersey breweries.
Another Great American Beer Festival is in the books and the Garden State came away with only two medals this year. Flying Fish procured a bronze for RedFish and the fledgling brewery Spellbound Brewing in Mount Holly was awarded a silver for their Palo Santo Porter. This was their first time entering the competition and needless to say, it made their first anniversary celebration last week that much sweeter.
Many new breweries are opening up in New Jersey and we are being noticed by the surrounding states as an up-and-coming beer destination. Our own Pinelands Brewing has just augmented their homemade system with a three-barrel HERMS system and will be able to increase production to bring their fine beers to more areas. Tuckahoe Brewing is ready to open their new brewery in Egg Harbor Township with lots of new beers and an enlarged taproom. Of course, Cape May Brewing continues to become a big player on the New Jersey beer scene. Backwards Flag just opened in Forked River and South Jersey is just rife with new openings and planned breweries: Garden State Brewing in Galloway, Tomfoolery in Hammonton, Slack Tide in Clermont, 7 Mile Brewery in Wildwood and Wharton Brewing in Shamong.
Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House has a series of events coming up. The entire month of October, they will feature a rotating assortment of pumpkin beers on 10 taps. On Sunday, Oct. 18, there will be a mini tap takeover of SixPoint beers featuring The Crisp, a light pilsner style living up to its name, and Resin, a hop forward ale with a 9.1% abv and 103 IBUs. There will be prizes and football giveaways all day. There will also be two Halloween costume contests on Oct. 28 and 30 with prizes and specials also.
Fans of Southern Tier will want to head to Rocco’s Town House in Hammonton for a tap takeover 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15.
And be sure to stop into Glasstown Brewing in Millville to taste their Glasstown October Ale and the Clash of the Pumpkins Ale. The last keg of Lucifer’s Blood is hitting the taps, too. Get some before it’s gone.
Mark Haynie is a craft-beer expert who lives in Somers Point and travels extensively to find new beers. He is a contributor to the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News and is the co-author of the book New Jersey Breweries with Lew Bryson. His column runs every other week.