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6 Mid-Atlantic Brewing News August/September 2015 Beachfront Brewery Hopping By Kathy Ganser-Abate he Jersey shore is surprisingly awash with great, sometimes hidden, artisanal breweries. Grab a growler-to-go for enjoying at the rental, or hang out with locals while drinking in these breweries’ beachy vibes. Down south, five miles from Sea Isle’s beach and just minutes off Exit 17 of the Garden State Parkway, is Tuckahoe Brewing Co. (9 Stoney Ct., Unit 2 in Dennis). It’s a well-kept secret for Philly residents who take the back way to the shore past this 3.5-bbl operation and can’t resist stopping in for a pint. Co-owner and head brewer Matt McDevitt says other frequent visitors are the campers that ride through the woods on golf carts to taste Tuckahoe’s proprietary blends. (Many incorporate wild blueberries foraged from South Jersey’s wildlife refuges.) “We’re still so small that we’re not on tap until the next batch is ready,” explains McDevitt. By the time you read this, the brewery might have completed its move to Egg Harbor Township with a new 15-bbl brewery. Thirty minutes further south is Cape May Brewing Co. (1288 Hornet Rd. in Cape May). It’s definitely not walking distance to Cape May’s quaint town center and pristine beach, but it’s still close enough to fetch a take-home growler from this expansive brewery that just added a 30-bbl brewhouse in addition to its original 12-gallon operation (now reserved for brewing specialty beers). The brewery features a cool Key West-style tasting room with string lights, wood flooring, barrel tables and lots of thirsty customers lining up for the award-winning Sawyer’s Swap barleywine. Says co-founder Ryan Krill, “We get a fair amount of people coming in, especially when there’s rain. What else are you going to do at the Jersey shore when it’s raining?” Travel farther north to Ocean Township and you’ll reach Kane Brewing Co. (1750 Bloomsbury Ave. in Ocean Township). It’s the brainchild of veteran homebrewer Michael Kane, who grew up in the shore town of Lavalette just a stone’s throw away. Located in a business park less than a ten-minute drive from the legendary Summer Excursions: T Co-owner and head brewer Matt McDevitt mans the taps at Tuckahoe Brewing Co., a 3.5-bbl microbrewery along the New Jersey shore. PHOTO BY KATHY GANSER-ABATE FRESH FROM SCRATCH CUISINE Asbury Park (home of the Stone Pony and Bruce Springsteen’s pop-up concerts), this brewery boasts the biggest barrel-aging program in the state. Kane uses everything from tequila to cognac to rum barrels to produce limited runs of well-aged beers sold only on-premise. Also on tap at this 20-bbl brewery are crisp summer beers like Head High , a popular IPA that will be Kane’s first product in cans starting this fall. Drive fifteen minutes further north and you’ll find Beach Haus Brewery (801 Main St. in Belmar), claiming two floors of a converted historic bakery. Co-founder John Merklin says this 30-bbl brewhouse is “very lifestyle-focused. You can come here, have a couple of beers and not go to the beach feeling like you swallowed a watermelon.” Additionally, he remarks, you can sit down and have a conversation on the second-floor deck that overlooks Main Street’s downtown district and still feel the breeze from the ocean only two blocks away. Merklin says he’s especially proud of his very first beer, Beach Haus Classic American Pilsner , which he says will always be “the one.” The Rising of the Yeast By Noreen Burns Matters of Import: LOCAL BREWERS AWARD WINNING BEERS @ironhillbrewery DELAWARE • PENNSYLVANIA • NEW JERSEY WWW.IRONHILLBREWERY.COM here has been a surge of interest in craft beer across the Pond, and Starr Hill Brewing Co. is helping slake those thirsts with O’Hara’s Foreign Affair Red , a highlight of the brewery’s Collaboration Tour 2015. The beer—a joint effort with Carlow Brewing Co., the largest of Ireland’s 22 craft breweries—combines Irish malt with American-grown Falconer’s Flight hops: a blend noted for its assertive pine and citrus flavor. The result is essentially a red session IPA, measuring only 4.8% abv but packing 40 IBUs. Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill brewmaster who traveled to Carlow, Ireland to brew the beer, commented, “Initially it was full flavored beers from outside of the U.S. that inspired the craft brewers in America to do something about the beer landscape. Styles from Ireland such as the Irish stout, Irish red, export stout all inspired brewers in the U.S. to create more full-flavored and interesting styles.” Now, Irish drinkers are discovering a world beyond Guinness. O’Cain continued, “I think Ireland’s craft scene is ready to break out and Carlow is a leader in the Irish craft revolution. We are glad to be a small part of that revolution.” Foreign Affair Red went on sale in Ireland on July 4. Although it’s not available in the U.S., Carlow plans to send brewer Conner Donoughe to Virginia in early 2016 to produce a U.S.-based collaboration to be released during spring next year. Other Starr Hill collaborations coming up include Hopfenweisse , a joint effort with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond for Virginia Craft Beer Month; an English-style bitter brewed in tandem with DC Brau ; and a habanero mango IPA made with Brothers Craft Brewing Co. in Harrisonburg, Va. Look for them at the Starr Hill taproom. T

Summer Excursions: Beachfront Brewery Hopping

Kathy Ganser-Abate

The Jersey shore is surprisingly awash with great, sometimes hidden, artisanal breweries. Grab a growler-to-go for enjoying at the rental, or hang out with locals while drinking in these breweries’ beachy vibes.

Down south, five miles from Sea Isle’s beach and just minutes off Exit 17 of the Garden State Parkway, is Tuckahoe Brewing Co. (9 Stoney Ct., Unit 2 in Dennis). It’s a well-kept secret for Philly residents who take the back way to the shore past this 3.5-bbl operation and can’t resist stopping in for a pint. Co-owner and head brewer Matt McDevitt says other frequent visitors are the campers that ride through the woods on golf carts to taste Tuckahoe’s proprietary blends. (Many incorporate wild blueberries foraged from South Jersey’s wildlife refuges.) “We’re still so small that we’re not on tap until the next batch is ready,” explains McDevitt. By the time you read this, the brewery might have completed its move to Egg Harbor Township with a new 15-bbl brewery.

Thirty minutes further south is Cape May Brewing Co. (1288 Hornet Rd. in Cape May). It’s definitely not walking distance to Cape May’s quaint town center and pristine beach, but it’s still close enough to fetch a take-home growler from this expansive brewery that just added a 30-bbl brewhouse in addition to its original 12-gallon operation (now reserved for brewing specialty beers). The brewery features a cool Key West-style tasting room with string lights, wood flooring, barrel tables and lots of thirsty customers lining up for the award-winning Sawyer’s Swap barleywine. Says co-founder Ryan Krill, “We get a fair amount of people coming in, especially when there’s rain. What else are you going to do at the Jersey shore when it’s raining?”

Travel farther north to Ocean Township and you’ll reach Kane Brewing Co. (1750 Bloomsbury Ave. In Ocean Township). It’s the brainchild of veteran homebrewer Michael Kane, who grew up in the shore town of Lavalette just a stone’s throw away. Located in a business park less than a ten-minute drive from the legendary Asbury Park (home of the Stone Pony and Bruce Springsteen’s pop-up concerts), this brewery boasts the biggest barrel-aging program in the state. Kane uses everything from tequila to cognac to rum barrels to produce limited runs of well-aged beers sold only on-premise. Also on tap at this 20-bbl brewery are crisp summer beers like Head High, a popular IPA that will be Kane’s first product in cans starting this fall.

Drive fifteen minutes further north and you’ll find Beach Haus Brewery (801 Main St. in Belmar), claiming two floors of a converted historic bakery. Co-founder John Merklin says this 30-bbl brewhouse is “very lifestyle-focused. You can come here, have a couple of beers and not go to the beach feeling like you swallowed a watermelon.” Additionally, he remarks, you can sit down and have a conversation on the second-floor deck that overlooks Main Street’s downtown district and still feel the breeze from the ocean only two blocks away. Merklin says he’s especially proud of his very first beer, Beach Haus Classic American Pilsner, which he says will always be “the one.”

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Summer+Excursions%3A+Beachfront+Brewery+Hopping/2240252/268527/article.html.

Matters Of Import: The Rising Of The Yeast

Noreen Burns

There has been a surge of interest in craft beer across the Pond, and Starr Hill Brewing Co. Is helping slake those thirsts with O’Hara’s Foreign Affair Red, a highlight of the brewery’s Collaboration Tour 2015.

The beer—a joint effort with Carlow Brewing Co., the largest of Ireland’s 22 craft breweries—combines Irish malt with American-grown Falconer’s Flight hops: a blend noted for its assertive pine and citrus flavor. The result is essentially a red session IPA, measuring only 4.8% abv but packing 40 IBUs.

Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill brewmaster who traveled to Carlow, Ireland to brew the beer, commented, “Initially it was full flavored beers from outside of the U.S. that inspired the craft brewers in America to do something about the beer landscape. Styles from Ireland such as the Irish stout, Irish red, export stout all inspired brewers in the U.S. to create more full-flavored and interesting styles.”

Now, Irish drinkers are discovering a world beyond Guinness. O’Cain continued, “I think Ireland’s craft scene is ready to break out and Carlow is a leader in the Irish craft revolution. We are glad to be a small part of that revolution.”

Foreign Affair Red went on sale in Ireland on July 4. Although it’s not available in the

U. S., Carlow plans to send brewer Conner Donoughe to Virginia in early 2016 to produce a U. S.-based collaboration to be released during spring next year.

Other Starr Hill collaborations coming up include Hopfenweisse, a joint effort with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond for Virginia Craft Beer Month; an English-style bitter brewed in tandem with DC Brau; and a habanero mango IPA made with Brothers Craft Brewing Co. In Harrisonburg, Va. Look for them at the Starr Hill taproom.

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Matters+Of+Import%3A+The+Rising+Of+The+Yeast/2240257/268527/article.html.

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