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 10 Questions with Jeff Greco, Head Brewer, Heavy Reel Brewing Co Winter in a resort town can be lonely and quiet as businesses close up for the season, the boardwalk goes dark and the parking meters go into hibernation. Not in Seaside Heights as Heavy Reel Brewing, after a fantastic summer season, continues to thrive. Heavy Reel is building a stellar reputation for creative and outstanding brews with some of the most thought provoking titles in South Jersey like Drowning Clown, Toonkish, and Paint it Black. Jeff just expanded to a 2.5  barrel system and hopes to be hiring an assistant brewer in the spring.  Jeff and his wife Jessie were gracious enough to host our Ocean County Home Brewers Association meeting this month, so I got the opportunity to visit with them both. Over a delicious pint of The Wake of Isolation (Imperial IPA, 4.38 on Untapped, if you are wondering)  I got to ask Jeff the 10 questions. What was the first beer you brewed?  “Lagunitas IPA clone. Back then I thought it was good, but now…I don’t know how it would rate. It was all grain which I did from the start. I’ve never brewed with extract”  […]
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Cape May County Breweries have once again stepped up to help their neighbors in need, this time helping Coast Guard families affected by the government shutdown.  With no money coming in, these families who have dedicated themselves to defending our coast and helping boaters in need are struggling to make ends meet.  With seemingly no end in sight for this shutdown, families are in need of anything you can contribute such as: Diapers Baby Wipes Toothpaste Toilet Paper Hand Sanitizer Paper Towels Non-Perishable Food Baby Food Money Unlike other Military Branches, the US Coast Guard does not fall under the Department of Defense, but under the Department of Homeland Security and are not being paid during the shutdown. Gusto Brewing Co and Cape May Brewing Company had fund-raisers and collections this past week, and 7 Mile Brewery, Slack Tide Brewing Company, and Bucket Brigade Brewing are helping as well. Slack Tide Brewing Company is a local drop off site for anything that you want to donate  7 Mile Brewery is donating $1 from every pint, flight, and takeout purchases as well as being a collection center for donations Bucket Brigade is offering 50% off to all Coast Guard Personnel and […]
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One of the fastest growing South Jersey Breweries in size and reputation is turning 2!  Icarus Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party is this Saturday, January 12, noon – 11 PM.  Owner/Head Brewer Jason Goldstein, will be rolling out the barrel with a new bottle barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, Bourbon Legend. This big boy, aged in bourbon barrels for 8 months, weighs in at hefty  13.5%. Bottles will be available when the tasting room opens, but like most of Icarus’ bottle releases, the supply will go fast!   Consider it a winter warmer before the snow hits this weekend!  Jason and the Icarus crew have been brewing 6 days a week preparing for the party, so there will also be 3 new can releases, as well as 8 or 9 “Best of” barrel aged beers on tap.  The festivities will finish up with 2 live bands Saturday night, so it promises to be an exciting day.  If you haven’t been to Icarus yet, a great time to take the trip to Lakewood and see what the buzz is about! 
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Gusto Brewing Company in North Cape May is now open for business!  I visited with owner Zack Pashley and Head Brewer Dan Petela last week to talk about all things Gusto and was really impressed!  These guys have a passion for beer, and the brewery is a reflection of that.  Both of the guys were full of enthusiasm and are really excited to have finally opened the doors so that everyone can try the great beer that they are making. Zack, who co-owns the brewery along with his wife Adriana, has chased this dream for about many years and was able to open the doors to the brewery right before Christmas.  Located in North Cape May, the brewery is spacious, filled with natural light that brightens the room from both the East and South windows.  A large bar fills one side of the room and faces the actual brewing area, and the room has ample seating with plenty of tables and chairs. After Zack spent 6 years active duty in the United States Coast Guard, he settled back in Cape May County and started working on his dream of opening a brewery while working at Cape May Brewing Company and […]
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Last week, Tom, Vic, and I had the chance to meet with Brad Judge, the new Head Brewer at the Tun Tavern Restaurant & Brewery in Atlantic City, at the Whitecap Barrel-Aged Stout Release Event.  This collaboration between Tun and Atlantic City’s Little Water Distillery really impressed! We also had a chance to try some of the new beers that Brad had made and were just as impressed. we tried at one of New Jersey’s oldest Brew Pubs.  If you have not beenTun in a minute, you should come back now. The Tun Tavern was established in Atlantic City in 1998 as one of the first operating Brew Pubs in the state and gave many people their first taste of handcrafted craft beer.  Located across from the Atlantic City Convention Center, the Tun quickly became one of the hottest spots in AC, especially among conventioneers and locals who had started to hear about this “craft beer” thing.  Tun has always had a really good food menu and the beer they made was unlike most people had ever had before.  I can remember my first trip there right after opening, trying my first actual craft beer that was actually made right […]
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