Several local brewers are starting to see dark clouds on the horizon regarding the Federal government’s shutdown. Breweries are required to get a federal brewery license before they begin brewing for resale and all beer labels go through an approval process. And of course, none of that is progressing right now.
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Flying Fish’s original brewery in Cherry Hill is finding new life as … a brewery. Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing has signed a lease for the 13,500 square foot space that Flying Fish vacated a year ago and will gain access on September 1st.
The brewery plans five ales for distribution plus additional beers that will be exclusive to the planned tasting room.
For more on Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing’s plans, check out Brew Stained Letter’s article.
Brewery tenant in Flying Fish’s old site [Beer Stained Letter]
Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing [Facebook]
The highly anticipated tasting room at Flying Fish Brewing Company’s new Somerdale, New Jersey brewery just opened last week and hasn’t established a regular hours yet. But the tasting room is open today, July 9th from 2 to 6 p.m. The folks over at Flying Fish will have XPA, ESB, Hopfish, Farmhouse, Redfish, Abbey Dubbel, Exit 4 and Exit 16 on tap.
- You can buy a growler for $5 and fill it for $11, $14 for Exit Series (Note, Flying Fish will only fill its own growlers).
- Beer by the glass is $4.50 each, (Exit Series beers are more). Can’t choose one, a Fish Flight is $6 (you choose 4 different styles to sample).
- The tasting room still has the 750 ml FU Sandy bottles for sale.
Also still in the works, brewery tours.
Flying Fish Brewery [Official Site]
When we say “Jersey’s Finest,” it’s often said with judgmental sarcasm. Most likely, it was about that douchebag you saw last night with his hair spiked and an angel winged skull stitched onto the back of his button-down. Not this time, though. This time, “Jersey’s Finest” will be associated with a fine beer, collaborated between two fine breweries, for a fine evening, tonight at 6 p.m at the Iron Hill Maple Shade location.
Jersey’s Finest is an “assertively hopped” American collaboration IPA between Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill Brewery and Casey Hughes of Flying Fish Brewing Company. The beer is hopped with three different varieties of experimental hops that provide the delightful bitterness we’ve all come to love in American IPAs.
Other rare and special beers will be offered during the debut, including…
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In early February, Flying Fish Brewing is debuting Forever Unloved (F.U.) Sandy, a hybrid wheat-pale ale with 100% of the proceeds going to New Jersey victims of hurricane Sandy.
Flying Fish founder Gene Muller says that “at Flying Fish, we proudly hail from the great state of New Jersey, so when tragedy struck, we knew immediately that we wanted to do something to help. Every single aspect of this beer, from the man-hours spent brewing it to the hops used to season it to the kegs that will contain it, has been donated so every cent brought in goes to Superstorm Sandy victims.”
Approximately 100 kegs of F.U. Sandy have been brewed, the sales of which will generate $50,000 towards Sandy relief efforts. Those charities will be nominated via Twitter and Facebook.
Look for the draft only beer throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia in early February.
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Stop by the Kennett to congratulate Ashley Bohan and Johnny Della Polla on the Queen Village bar’s second birthday. Tonight, Flying Fish’s Casey Hughes will be bringing by Grand Cru, Red Fish, Exit 4, Exit 16, and the rare Exit 8. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and all the beers will be just $4.
Tomorrow night, Hendricks Gin will be sponsoring a night of cocktails. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal will be behind the bar serving up new and classic gin cocktails.
Kennett [Official Site]
There are few things spookier than a baby pig, lifelessly ablaze, slowly rotating on a spit, charred flesh — and there are fewer things as delicious. This Saturday, Varga Bar is throwing an outdoor pig roast. Chef Evan Turney will be outside, roasting some suckling pig, while guests can enjoy the meat and two sides for $35. Sides include sweet yams, orange, cranberry, and apple chutney, pecan-leek and sausage stuffing with cranberry and sage, and sauteed black kale.
Casey Hughes, of Flying Fish Brewery, will be there celebrating his birthday and Varga will be tapping Flying Fish Oktoberfish, Hopfish, Exit 16 & 4, plus more.
RSVPs can be made now by calling (215) 627-5200, but walk-ins are just as welcome.
Varga Bar [Official Site]
Tröegs Brewing Co. was the local star brewer at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival awards this weekend. The brewery brought home three golds (Hopback Amber, Dreamweaver Wheat and Sunshine Pils) plus the award for Mid-Size Brewery of the Year.
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If you have been counting down the days until Philly Beer Week 2013 (May 31-June 9) you can start counting down until the Bathtub Beer Fest too. On Thursday, November 15 from 7-10 p.m., the National Constitution Center will be hosting the Prohibition-era beer drinking party and PBW 2013 fundraiser. Until October 12, advance tickets are available online for $40 a person, which includes samples from 20 craft breweries and admission to the Constitution Center’s new exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.”
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After nearly 16 years in its Cherry Hill location, Flying Fish Brewery is up and testing at its brand new, state-of-the-art brewery in nearby Somerdale, New Jersey. The new brewery will significantly increase the capacity of the South Jersey brewery. The German manufactured 50 barrel brewhouse will be twice as big as the original brewery’s and will also incude 150 barrel fermenters, triple the existing number. And just how modern is the brewery? As seen above, brewers can control the brewery via an iPad. The expansion will mean more beer and also more kinds, including a reintroduction of the popular Exit Series beers.
A change in state law might just make the new brewery a tourist destination. The New Jersey General Assembly and Senate recently passed pro-small brewery legislation that will allow brewers new flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer. Currently samples at breweries are against the law. The legislation is now in front of Governor Chris Christie and awaiting his signature.
The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild is urging New Jersey residents to ask the Governor to sign the bill. Details on how to do that can be found on the Guild’s web site.
Flying Fish Brewery moves into new digs, quadruples in size [Flying Kite]
Garden State Craft Brewers Guild [Official Site]