The is Exit 8 on the Flying Fish turnpike of beers. Chestnut Brown Ale celebrates what puts the “Garden” in Garden State.
The long-delayed eighth stop on our mult-year trip to explore New Jersey though its beer and culture brings up to, coincidentally, Exit 8 and celebrates what puts the “Garden” in Garden State. Did you know that New Jersey has more than 9,800 farms covering 790,000 acres? We’re in the top four nationally in blueberries, cranberries, spinach, peaches, bell peppers and head lettuce produced. Not bad for the most densely populated state. To celebrate Exit 8, one of our big farming areas, we’ve brewed a beer that uses a lost local ingredient chestnuts-and a popular current one – local honey.
This full-boided hybrid Belgian-style brown ale brings forward a nutty character from the chestnuts, accented by the flavors of honey, roasted barley and oat flakes. Theres’a nice spienes from the Mt. Rainer hops while the Chinooks add a touch of pine. Fuggles and Columbus round out the hop profile. Exit 8 pairs perfectly well with hearty foods like roast pork, sausages, or a nice aged gouda.
Style: Belgian Brown Ale
Availability: 25.4 oz bottles
Other Exit beers include:
Exit 1: Oyster Stout
Exit 11: Hoppy American Wheat
Exit 13: Chocolate Stout
Exit 16: Wild Rice Double IPA
Exit 4: American Tripel
Exit 6: Wallonian Rye (There was a 2nd edition w/ brett)
Exit 9: Hoppy Scarlet Ale
Iron Hill Brewing & Flying Fish Brewing are teaming up to make a new (Jersey) collaboration. The beer is called Iron Fish, obviously a mashup of the 2 breweries names. Iron Fish will be a Belgian style Black IPA, released to the public on Saturday August 27th.
[Editors note: Iron Hill got started in my hometown of Newark, Delaware in 1996. It was one of the first places I ever had a taste of “good” beer. They have since expanded to multiple brewpubs in the northeast.]
(Maple Shade, NJ) — On Wednesday, July 27 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., two of the top brewers in New Jersey, Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill and Casey Hughes of Flying Fish, will join forces at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300) to create Iron Fish, a Belgian black IPA sure to be known as one of the Garden State’s finest ales. This special collaborative beer will be released to the public on Saturday, August 27, and is a major brewing event that brings two renowned brewers together for a common goal: creating a flagship beer for the state they’re proud to call home.
“At Iron Hill, we’re proud to call Maple Shade our home, and I can’t wait to partner with Casey to create this tribute to all that’s good about New Jersey brewing,” says LaPierre. Adds Hughes, “Chris and I have wanted to create a special beer together for a long time, so Iron Fish is going to be very special — and only brewed in limited quantities, so be sure to experience it right away!”
Since opening, South Jersey magazine has awarded Iron Hill Maple Shade two “Best of the Best Awards” for Best Bar 2009 and Best Midnight Snack 2010. Visitors of OpenTable.com gave Iron Hill their coveted Diner’s Choice Awards for top ten Kid-Friendly Restaurant and Vibrant Bar Scene. Founded by home brewers Mark Edelson and Kevin Finn and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the region’s fastest-growing restaurant group, blossoming from one restaurant and brewery to eight locations across the mid-Atlantic. A ninth location, in Chestnut Hill, PA, will open later this year.
Flying Fish was the world’s first ‘virtual’ microbrewery, establishing an Internet presence as early as 1995. That presence helped to generate press interest and woo investors to the fledgling brewery, which would not open for business until late 1996. Today, owner Gene Muller, head brewer Casey Hughes and their team oversee four full-time styles, as well as a variety of seasonal beers. Their brews have been featured at the Great British Beer Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival and Canada’s Biere de Mondial Festival. They have won medals at the Great American Beer Festival, Real Ale Festival and the World Beer Championships, and are the only New Jersey brewery featured in Best American Beers. Flying Fish was also named “Local Hero: Beverage Artisan of 2009” by Edible Jersey magazine.
For more information about Iron Fish or any of Flying Fish’s beers, please visit them online at www.flyingfish.com and www.exitseries.com, or call (856) 489-0061.
For more information about Iron Fish or Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit www.ironhillbrewery.com. You can also follow them on Twitter (@IronhillNJ) and follow Brewer LaPierre on his blog http://ironhillbrewery.com/blog/mapleshade/.
A blogger for Yahoo! Sports Rob Iracane lists the top 10 beers at American sports parks. The list includes Stone Brewing’s IPA, SweetWater Brewing’s 420 (although not as easily found at Turner Field as they say,) Anchor Steam, Dogfish 60 Minute, Flying Fish, & more. A couple are local brews that may not be Rate Beer Top 100 material. Think of it anthropologically.
1 baseball game can bring 40,00o+ people. If half of those are thirsty adults that’s a lot of beer…
Article Link —> Big League Stew
Stop seven on our multi-year trip to explore the state of New Jersey through its beer and culture, is Exit 9, best known as the Rutgers University exit. The state’s university. Rutgers began in 1771 with classes held at a local tavern, through 1810 students were banned from frequenting local “beer & oyster” houses.” Alumni include Nobel Laureates, astronauts, brewery founders, authors, actors, and perhaps most notably, the cartoon character Mr. Magoo.
To celebrate Exit 9, we brewed a richly favored red beer crafted with a variety of domestic and imported malts and a classic American yeast strain. Assertively hopped Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, and Citra, the bouquet has complex notes of citrus and tropical fruits, with an appropriate bitterness in the finish. Serve it with spicy foods (try gumbo or curry), a rich blue or sharp cheddar cheese or enjoy it by itself.
Style: Red Ale
Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Citra
Arrival: Early March 2011
Well the rumors are true. Flying Fish Brewing has expanded distribution further than 100 miles of their Cherry Hill, NJ home. The first of the bottle offerings are arriving in Georgia as we speak. There will be 6 launch beers – all launched at Total Wine for now. The ESB Ale is already on shelves in 12/6pks. The remaining offerings arrive on Saturday. (Full launch titles to posted upon arrival.)
When Gene Muller founded Flying Fish Brewing Co. in 1995, he did so first on the World Wide Web – making it the world’s first virtual microbrewery. That early Web site helped generate positive press coverage and helped attract the investors needed to make the virtual brewery a real one. Muller said the idea was to make the Web site “This Old House meets the World Wide Web”–letting people go behind the taps and see the thousands of details needed to put a microbrewery together.
He also wanted to give beer lovers a chance, via their computers, to roll up their cyber-sleeves and help build the brewery. The site let beer lovers help select and name beers, design t-shirts and labels, volunteer to be a taste-tester and even apply for a job as a brewer. Visitors to the Web site can sign up for FlyingFishMail a monthly e-mail newsletter which now boasts more than 12,000 subscribers.
Muller, who got into the brewing field to become a brewer, trained at Chicago’s Siebel Institute of Technology, America’s oldest brewing school. He quickly realized someone was going to have to run the day-to-day business of the brewery and now serves as President and Head Janitor (though not necessarily in that order).
Flying Fish Brewing Company is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, approximately seven miles east of Philadelphia. In a state that once boasted 50 breweries, it is the first microbrewery in Southern New Jersey and the first new brewery built in that part of the state in more than half a century. From its opening in late 1996, Flying Fish has tripled its capacity and become the largest of the approximately 20 craft breweries in the state.
Head brewer Casey Hughes now produces four full-time styles, as well as a variety of seasonal beers.
The key word to describe all Flying Fish beers is “balance.” The beers are full-flavored, yet highly drinkable. Flavors harmonize, not fight for individual attention. Hopping is generous, but to style. Seeing beer as equal to, if not superior to, wine, Flying Fish beers are designed to complement food. Because of this effort, one can walk into any fine restaurant in the Philadelphia region and be pretty sure of finding a Flying Fish beer available.
Flying Fish beers were the first in the region to be featured at the Great British Beer Festival, Oregon Brewers Festival and Canada’s Biere de Mondial Festival. They have also won several medals at the Real Ale Festival in Chicago, the World Beer Championships and is the only New Jersey brewery featured in the 2000 book Best American Beers.
Availability: Total Wine (Perimeter, Kennesaw) Others soon?
More to follow on this…
A twitter friend @SquirrelStash tipped me off to this. It looks like Flying Fish Brewing (Cherry Hill, NJ) is headed to Georgia. Details on Flying Fish’s webpage divulge that Georgia is on the New Jersey based breweries radar. Great news to be sure, however seems like they may have to change their approach when it comes to Georgia.
On their website, Flying Fish mentions that they are working with Total Wine & More to bring their beer to other states. In Georgia, all beer must come through a distributor. Also, stores can not have exclusivity rights to one brand/brewery. So… Flying Fish would have to be available for purchase by Hop City/Tower/Greens etc to fall within state law.
Now, I would love to have more breweries to choose from of course. I just reached out to Flying Fish for get some information- but they have not returned the phone call yet… More to follow –
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