Ruby Stigz and Bob Barrar of 2SP Brewing | Photo via 2SP Brewing
2SP Brewing may have been the upstart winning two medals at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival but brewer Bob Barrar is hardly a stranger to medal winning success. Barrar won 20 GABF medals over 15 years for Iron Hill Brewery. This year, Barrar’s “The Russian” took home a gold medal in the Imperial Stout category and his Antonym, won a bronze for Belgian- and French-Style Ale.
Not a bad start for 2SP, which opened just over a year ago in Aston, Delaware County. Find 2SP beers at better beer bars across the region or at the tasting room at the brewery. The tasting room is now open seven days a week.
Iron Hill Brewery may have lost Barrar to his own brewery but the federation of brewpubs continued its winning ways. The Phoenixville location locked up a bronze medal for its Bridge Street Bok. It was the 20th year in a row that Iron Hill won at least one medal.
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New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewing Co. is celebrating its 20th anniversary with three new Exit Series beers. A ceremonial tapping occurred the afternoon and Exit 5, a Sour Forage beer; Exit 17 and Imperial Pilsner and Exit 7, Pork Roll Porter were all tapped at the Somerdale, NJ brewery. All three beers are extremely limited and will be available in 750 ml bottles and a small number of kegs. Beers will be available at the brewery as well as at retailers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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For the first time in New Jersey (and maybe anywhere), a craft beer-themed craft bazaar (called the Hoppy Holiday Bazaar) will let you shop for locally hand-made products that all pertain to beer! During regular public hours (noon-4 p.m.) on Sunday, December 6 at Flying Fish Brewery, vendor tables will fill the tasting room so that you can simultaneously taste beer and make haste with gifts for the beer lovers in your life.
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Brotherly Suds: Pharmhouse beer brewing with soft pretzels.
Flying Fish is setting a personal record in the next month as they are releasing four new beers, the first of which go on tap at the brewery today. Pescado Rojo is a hoppy red ale aged in Cuervo Tradicional 100% agave barrels. Less than 500 cases of the beer were produced and it is being released in the brewery’s Somerdale taproom till 8 pm today. The Pescado Rojo will be joined by two other tequila barrel-aged beers on tap.
Available exclusively at the Tasting Room is NJ 351 Barrel Aged Stock Ale. The beer is made from a portion of last year’s NJ 350 that was aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels.
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Seventeen medals, including seven gold were brought home by local brewers this weekend from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Earth Bread + Brewery, Fegley’s Brew Works, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Tröegs and Victory each were among the gold medal winners. Also a winner in its first year of existence, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery.
Iron Hill also had a strong showing with three medals including two from its Media, PA location.
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If you’re super bummed you didn’t make it into The Philly 10K, you can lick your wounds (or, as the case may be, drink your alcohol) with a sweet new race happening the same day: the Flying Fish 5K, hosted by Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, New Jersey, and organized by the folks behind the ODDyssey Half Marathon.
All finishers get a free beer and mug, and, to sweeten the pot for Be Well Philly readers, they’re offering $5 discount to those of you who register this week. Read more »
Speaking of beer gardens, Flying Fish Brewing is hard at work constructing a beer garden out their Somerdale, New Jersey brewery. The cinder block was dropped off a couple of days ago and significant progress has already been made.
When the beer garden is complete, you’ll be able to enjoy beers from New Jersey’s largest craft brewery on its patio and get food from visiting food trucks. That will be clutch, because New Jersey law prohibits Flying Fish from selling food at its brewery (how’s that for a wacky alcohol law?).
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The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is rallying on Sunday, June 22nd at the Flying Fish Brewing Company to celebrate home brewing with other home brewers. The AHA Rally is a chance to meet up with local beer enthusiasts, take a VIP tour of the brewery, try beer samples, win prizes and more. Plus, each attendee will walk away with an exclusive gift from the AHA.
The event is from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and is free for current members of the AHA. Not a member? No worries, non-members can either join online or sign up for a discounted member rate at the rally.
Flying Fish Brewing Company is located at 900 Kennedy Boulevard, Somerdale, NJ 08083.
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