Posted by: Nick Jiorle | May 3, 2008

Singled Out

  Something that Brian McCabe, of Hops & Grapes, said back when I did the “Glassboro Has Got It” post was really interesting.  For some reason I had never thought about it too much,  but it really is great that microbrews are sold by the bottle.

   Think about how expensive it would be to try a new craft beer if you could only get them in a six-pack.  Most six packs these days run between $7 and $10 dollars for a craft brew.  That isn’t too bad if you know you already like a beer but it may make you think twice before buying one you don’t know.  So the single bottle is a great thing because it is way more affordable at about$1.50 to $3 a bottle.  Most stores do a make your own six-pack thing, which is great because you can make your own six-pack out of whatever the store has to offer.  So thank you to microbreweries who know it’s quality and not quantity, you have the true beer drinkers in mind.  Bottoms Up!

Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 29, 2008

Flying Fish Brewery

 

As I stepped into the back room I was amazed by the large tanks that appeared in front of me.  This was not what I expected to see from what I considered a small local brewery.  The 14 fermenting tanks on the right, the large stacks of barley and grains on the other side.  Directly to my left was the big brewhouse that people think of when they think of a brewery.  Yes this is the Flying Fish Brewery. 

 

 

 

Flying Fish Brewing Company is one of the first established microbreweries in

New Jersey.  They were founded by Gene Muller and Robin Tama in 1995 in Cherry Hill, NJ.  It is one of only 20 microbreweries in the Garden State. 

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Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 27, 2008

Still Crazy After All These Beers- Episode 3

This is the third episode of Still Crazy After All These Beers.  Host Gary Monterosso talks with Co-Founder of Magic Hat, Alan Newman, at the Atlantic City Beer Festival.  They talk about Magic Hat and the state of craft breweries in general.  You can Find Gary’s show on youtube and on itunes.  Bottoms Up.

Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 24, 2008

Canned Craft Beer? Believe It.

      This is something interesting I stumbled upon.  It appears that canning craft beers is something that may become a reality soon.  In Fact, there are already some breweries that have started.  I discovered this fact from an article written by Lew Bryson called “First Draft.” 

      Canned beer definitely has a stigma in America that cannot be shaken.  Bryson takes a look at the history of craft beer and canned beer in America and makes many valid points.  His most interesting is that canned craft brews are normal in all the European brewing nations like Belgium and Germany. 

          Leaving my own personal opinion aside, more often than not you will here people say that beer always tastes better out of a bottle. However, no one can explain why.  I have bought into that myth, but Bryson does a good job of making you rethink that notion.  A good point he makes in this article is that cans of beer now are made with a liner.  So the beer does not touch the aluminum, which is what always gave it that metallic taste.  He also goes in to how it is more economical and easier to can beer as opposed to bottling it.  Bryson even says that Sly Fox Brewery from nearby Pennsylvania is doing it. 

    Whether you agree with Lew Bryson or not this article should be looked at because it makes a solid argument for cans.  Please feel free to comment on this story if you feel strongly about it.  I would love to hear people’s opinions.  Bottoms up! 

Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 21, 2008

Brewery Spotlight- Cricket Hill

This is a new segment I’m doing where we take a look at a local brewery more in depth. The first one I am doing is Cricket Hill.

Cricket Hill is a wonderful brewing company based out of Fairfield, NJ. Some may recall I reviewed their Hopnotic IPA and American Ale a while back. I really enjoyed both beers and intend on trying their other bottled beer, the East Coast Lager. The Brewmaster at Cricket Hill is Rick Reed. They have a great website
and a blog they update regularly.

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Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 17, 2008

RealBeer.com

    Found a cool website called http://www.realbeer.com/.  This website has a little bit of everything.  It has lots of forums to discuss different related beer topics, it has interesting articles, and advice for home-brewers.  At the very bottom of the page it has a link to something called beer.edu that has good articles about beer and health matters.  It also has general news on it too.  This website has lots of great links and worth searching if you are trying to keep up to date with the world of beers.  Thats about it for now.  Bottoms Up!

Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 14, 2008

Q & A with Gary Monterosso

Gary Monterosso

         Gary Monterosso is one of the most important figures in the Beer World today.  He holds seminars on beer tasting and food pairing in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area regularly.  He is also the editor for the New Jersey section of Mid-Atlantic Brewing News.   He has been featured on numerous T.V. and radio shows, and written a plethora of articles for many different publications on the subject of beer.  Mr. Monterosso has his own blog called Still Crazy after All These Beers.  Gary is still busy in the microbrew world and has lots of advice and knowledge of beer to offer.  I conducted an e-mail question and answer with Gary Monterosso and posted it hear for your pleasure.  Keep your eyes and ears open for when Gary Monterosso might be in your area because it is something that should not be missed.  He also has a new book coming out soon that will be worth taking a look at.

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Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 13, 2008

Gary Monterosso Podcast

    

 

      Gary Monterosso has announced that he is launching a podcast with Pro Edge Media.  It can be found at allthesebeers.com.  Mr. Monterosso sent me the press release:

Pro Edge Media is proud to announce the official launch of our newest podcast called, �Still Crazy After All These Beers!

 

If you know a lot about beer or are just starting to appreciate the many flavors of this beverage, “Still Crazy After All These Beers” is designed for you. We’ll visit breweries, brewpubs, festivals and speak with the stars from the industry. We’ll also move into an area that is becoming increasingly popular by showing how beer gaining respect among chefs and restaurant owners. Look for an occasional celebrity added to the mix. Hosted by beer reviewer Gary Monterosso.

 

Check out our premiere episode at http://allthesebeers.com

 

(New Episodes of Still Crazy After All These Beers will premiere weekly)

Check back tomorrow because I am posting an e-mail Q&A I did with Gary Monterosso which will help people understand how important Mr. Monterosso is to the beer culture in this area.  Bottoms Up!

Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 10, 2008

My Top 5

    I decided to take a step away from the news style of my blog and give everyone a little look into what I like in a beer.  So I have created a list of my top 5 favorite beers of all time.   Hopefully this will get some response from  readers out there.  I would love to here what other people’s top 5 is. It might give me something new to check out.  Plus it is fun to think about it.  so think if you were stranded on a desert island and you could only have 5 types of beer for the rest of your life, what would they be?  Here are mine:

5.)  Troegs Pale Ale This is a nice enjoyable beer.  It has very good hop character but not overpowering.  I enjoy pale ales but right now this is my favorite.  It has a generous amount of cascade hops which give it it’s flavor and finish. 

4.)  Allagash White- This was an experiment that turned out well for me.  I tried this brew on a whim while at a bar.  I was happy i did.  I had heard great things about the Allagash Brewing Company and was not disappointed when I tried this white beer.  It’s sweet taste and interesting character that plays with your mouth as it goes down was thoroughly enjoyable.  If you can find this on draft at a bar, definitely give it a shot.

3.)  Longtrail Blackbeary Wheat- I first tasted this beer at the Atlantic City Beer Festival and fell in love with it.  To be completely honest, what first attracted me to this beer was the label.  The bear trying to steal the blackberry pie was amazing, which is saying something because before this i usually stayed away from wheat beers.  I bought a six-pack of it shortly after it and enjoyed every sip it.  I love it’s simple wheat quality with the slight hint of blackberry in the finish.  I could see myself drinking a lot of this in the warm Jersey summer ahead. 

2.Bass Ale- This was the first beer I drank when I turned 21 (Not the first time I tried it however).  I love it’s bitter taste.  It has a great color and a nice off-white head.  I love the way it finishes in the back of the mouth.  Great beer to drink on tap.  Love the English beers.  Other notables from England that I enjoy are London Pride and Newcastle Brown Ale.

1.)  Labatt Blue Perhaps a shock to people, but this is my all-time favorite beer and this is unlikely to change anytime soon.  This was one of the first beers I ever drank and I have had many good times drinking it.  If you can buy this stuff in Canada, it is way better than the stuff they import to America.  I go up to Ontario every year for a fishing trip and getting to drink Labatt Blue is one of the highlights (along with catching some nice northern pike).  Not much to say about it, it’s a solid lager with good taste and a spicy finish and it is the face of Canadien beer.  It isn’t always about how a beer tastes to me, sometimes it’s more about how it makes you feel.  And this one makes me feel great.

    Hope everyone enjoyed this post and I really would love to get some feedback and here what other people have to say. Bottoms Up!  

Posted by: Nick Jiorle | April 8, 2008

Brew Your Own

   For those of you out there interested in making your own beer, it may not be as complicated or as expensive as you think. 

    There is a company called Sabco that makes and sells small brewery kits, beer chillers, and kegs for storage.  The Brewery kit costs about $5,000 dollars which isn’t bad for a solid brewing system.

    There is also a website called beersmith.com that is designed for homebrewers.  They have a blog that lists tips for crafting your own brew.  On their main page they sell software that gives you step by step instructions on how to make your own beer.  They have a free trial you can download or you can buy the software outright for $19.95.

     And one last site that will be helpful to people looking to brew their own beer is BrewWiki.   BrewWiki is an online encyclopedia for craft brewers.  It is user generated so not everything on the website, like Wikipedia, can be taken as cold hard facts, but it can be very helpful for answers to questions or ideas for what a person might want to do with their beer. 

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