New Jersey brewed craft beer took the Great American Beer Festival by storm this year, bringing three medals to the Garden State. The festival, hosted in Denver, Colorado by the Brewers Association, is the largest of its kind in the US. Here’s a look at the NJ brews that impressed the judges:
Hopfish IPA, Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Combining American, English and German malts with three hop varieties, this IPA maintains a deep golden color and plenty of hop-bitterness.
Awarded a Gold Medal in the Classic English-Style Pale Ale category at GABF 2014.
A Night to End All Dawns Imperial Stout, Kane Brewing Co.
Aged for over a year in Four Roses bourbon barrels, this bold flavored imperial stout features a subtle caramel sweetness with hints of vanilla and oak.
Awarded a Gold Medal in the Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category at GABF 2014.
Red Fish Red Ale, Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Described as a “west coast hoppy red ale”, Red Fish features aromas of grapefruit and pine, with a pleasant hop-bitterness.
Awarded a Silver Medal in the Extra Special Bitter category at GABF 2014.
Congratulations to winners Flying Fish Brewing Company and Kane Brewing Company! You make us proud to drink New Jersey Beer!
If you’re not keeping tabs on your favorite breweries on Facebook and Twitter, you’re missing out on updates about the latest brews, events and insider info. Many great beers are brewed in small batches that sell out quickly, so a social media “heads-up” from a brewery can help you get your hands on some great beer.
Here is a list of New Jersey craft breweries and their social media pages. Find your favorites, follow them and let them know you’re thirsty for more!
We all love craft beer and everyone has their local favorites. But how much do you really know about the brews and breweries of New Jersey? Take the NJ Craft Beer Trivia Quiz and find out!
The quiz is just 10 questions long and most of them come directly from information listed on brewery websites. Good luck!
1. Starting as the web’s first “virtual brewery” in 1995, this is now the largest craft brewery in the State of New Jersey.
In 1995, founder Gene Muller introduced Flying Fish Brewery with a website, calling it the world’s first virtual brewery. The website generated press coverage, attracting the investors Gene needed to turn the brewery into a real-world business. Today, Flying Fish produces 14,000 barrels per year in Somerdale, NJ, making it the largest craft brewery in the state.
Source: Wikipedia, flyingfish.com
2. Which of the following is the oldest craft brewery in New Jersey?
Climax Brewing Co. started in 1994 as a four barrel, five tank brewhouse run by founders by Dave and Kurt Hoffmann. Today, Climax is a 15 barrel, 15 tank brewhouse and claims the title of oldest micro-brewery in New Jersey.
Source: Wikipedia, climaxbrewing.com
3. Featuring wheat, barley, hops and yeast obtained from Bavaria, this New Jersey microbrewery is the first exclusive wheat beer brewer in the USA.
After working as a brewer in southern Germany, High Point founder Greg Zaccardi began purchasing ingredients from a small brewery in Bavaria. Today, High Point’s Ramstein beers reflect a marriage of German tradition and American innovation.
4. This NJ brewpub features Italian fare and was awarded medals at the Great American Beer Festival in 2002, 2003, and 2006 for its coffee flavored “Maxwell’s Dry Stout”.
Basil T’s, currently celebrating it’s 25th year in Monmouth County, features authentic Italian and original recipes as well as award winning beers brewed in-house.
Source: njmonthly.com, basilt.com
5. Bringing over 30 unique varieties of craft beer to South Jersey, this brewery boasts the largest taproom in the state and offers monthly Yoga sessions.
Though a relative newcomer to the NJ craft beer scene, Cape May Brewing Company has experienced rapid growth since opening in 2011. The brewery is notable for it’s large tasting room, wide selection of brews, and of course the monthly “Poses and Pints” brewery tour, which includes a one hour Yoga session followed by beer tasting.
Source: njmonthly.com, capemaybrewery.com
6. Which New Jersey shore brewery, founded by two cousins and home brewer Jesse Ferguson, regularly tests their experimental brews in a handcrafted 20 gallon pilot system called “The Tippy”?
Carton brewery, founded by Cousins Chris and Augie Carton, houses a small 20-gallon system called a “Tippy,” which they use to perfect their recipes and experiment with new flavors.
7. One of Kane Brewing Company’s flagship beers, this American IPA has a noticeable grapefruit flavor with aromas of citrus, tropical fruits and pine and is 6.5% ABV.
Head High is our interpretation of an American-style India Pale Ale (IPA). This beer is all about the hops; we use a blend of five different varieties all grown in the Pacific Northwest. A small charge of Chinook and Columbus early in the boil adds a smooth bitterness. A majority of the hops are then added late in the kettle or post-fermentation to produce a beer that is heavy on hop flavor and aroma. The combination of Cascade, Centennial, Citra and Columbus give Head High a noticeable grapefruit flavor with aromas of citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Our house American ale yeast ferments to a dry finish that accentuates the use of imported Pilsner and lightly kilned crystal malt resulting in Head High’s straw color and crisp flavor.
8. Launched in 2000, this New Jersey brewery practices Reinheitsgebot, the “German Beer Purity Law”, a regulation concerning the production of beer in the Holy Roman Empire and its successor state, Germany.
Based in Fairfield, NJ, Rick Reed’s Cricket Hill Brewery actively practices Reinheitsgebot, the Germany purity law, in the production of their beers.
Source: crickethillbrewery.com, wikipedia.org
9. Which New Jersey brewery features a swimming hippopotamus in their logo?
10. Patrons of this NJ brewpub can enjoy the house favorite “Bulldog Blonde” before venturing upstairs to visit the homebrew supply shop, where they can buy everything they need to brew their own beer.
At Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant in Tom’s River NJ, you can expect up to eight microbrews on tap and the U-Brew supply store upstairs sells grains, hops, yeast and brewing equipment.
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