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Beer Event: NJ Brewers Night

In Beer Event, New Jersey on August 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I haven’t been to a Beer Event in a little while, so this event was a welcomed change.  I had been looking forward to this event at the TapHouse Grille in Wayne, NJ since I first heard about it.  I’ve never been to the TapHouse Grille or had some of the beers on the list, so this was going to be good.  I was also looking forward to talk to some new NJ beer folks as well.

My friend and I arrived at around 6:30ish and the place was pretty packed.  The valet told us about all the other places if we couldn’t find a spot, so that was a hint at how many people were already inside.  We checked in with the hostess for a table but she looked pretty surprised we wanted to sit and eat.  The hostess told us the wait would be about an hour and a half.  Obviously, the wait wasn’t a huge deal because we wanted to drink some NJ beers.

I ran in to Bob from Bolero Snort at the event.  Unfortunately, Blackhorn wasn’t on tap as planned, but it was good to see Bob.  Hopefully, everyone gets a chance to try Blackhorn soon.  I’m certainly looking forward to beer from Bolero Snort.  I also had a chance to hang out with Brian Boak from BOAKS Beer, who is always really cool.  He talked to us about beer and just life, which always cool.  It’s awesome for me as a beer blogger to get to talk brewers and get to hang out with them and Brian Boak is a good guy.  Buy his beer if you can.

Truth be told the beer I really wanted to try was from Turtle Stone Brewing.  Why?  As silly as it sounds, I’ve always had an affinity for turtles, so a brewery with a turtle as a logo was my kind of brewery.  I can’t give you a full review for the beers that night because I was in a full bar, so I’ll give the highlights.

The beer from Turtle Stone on tap was their Red Rye and I really liked it.  It was a really solid beer and a good start to the night.  I liked the light bitter finish on the beer and it went down smooth.  The spiciness from the rye was good too and made for a really enjoyable beer.

Next on the list was Hoffman Oktoberfest from Climax Brewing.  I’ve been fighting the urge to have a pumpkin beer in August.  I figured an Oktoberfest was a good compromise to satisfy the craving without making me feel uncomfortable.  This was a pretty good beer with that fall toasty and sweet flavor.  It felt pretty sessionable, but I’d like another chance to sit down with this beer.

My friend and I finally got a table to eat and not a moment too soon.  I had a steakhouse burger, which was really good.  To my surprise, Os from NJ Craft Beer was seated right next to us.  He was a really cool guy who talked to us about beer.  I also got to meet his dad who was cool too.  We chatted about beer in general and some of the beers we were drinking, so it was cool to have met him.

Brian from Three Wise Monks in Garfield, NJ also stopped by to talk to us.  Brian is always cool and it was good to talk to him for a while.  He was talking to us about beer and how things are going at Three Wise Monks and just hanging out.  He told me about an event he is having this week with some cool beers, so I’m definitely going to try to make it to Three Wise Monks on Thursday 08/30.

The last beer of the night was another beer from Cricket Hill Brewing.  It was the Small Batch Dubbel.  This was my favorite beer of the night.  It was a good example of a dubbel.  It had a good full body, nice amount of dark fruit sweetness, and a good 7.5% ABV kick.  I would like to get my hands on this beer again.

This was a really cool event.  I really love supporting local brewers and local businesses.  Kudos to TapHouse Grille for their food and their bar staff because they were keeping up with a pretty large crowd.  Thanks to all the cool folks that hung out with me for a little bit.  Hopefully, at the next NJ beer event I’ll get to meet more cool people and get to try more NJ beers.

Cheers!

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  1. Hey there. So where NJ was ths. I need to experience more NJ Beers myself.

  2. Cricket Hill brews Small Batch Dubbel.

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