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Well then, guess storing it in my closet while it ferments is out! LOL

I think because I adjusted the recipe by cutting the sugar and replacing with molasses, that is what caused it to burst. I would still put it in a place that if it does happen it wont ruin anything. Just a word to the wise.

DF26, your right I forgot about that but considering it is from the same place that puts Coors out, its really not that bad. Its one of those beers that is the best of the worst so to speak. Like I said, if there isnt anything else better on tap I dont mind drinking Blue Moon.

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http://www.njbeer.org/news/we_need_you_to_help_nj_craft_brewers_and_craft_beer_consumers.php

We Need You to Help NJ Craft Brewers and Craft Beer Consumers

For the first time since craft brewing was legalized in New Jersey, there's an opportunity for you to make a difference and help NJ brewers and consumers.

On Monday, March 5th, the New Jersey's Senate Law and Public Safety Committee will meet to vote on S-641. The bill, developed by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, will give all craft brewers in the state more flexibility in how, when and where they sell and promote their beer. Current regulations highly restrict what NJ brewers can do--especially when compared to the surrounding states of NY, PA and DE.

Among the changes this legislation proposes include: allowing one company to open more than 2 brewpubs; allowing production breweries to sell beer for on and off premise consumption; allowing breweries and pubs to conduct informational tastings on and off premise; and allowing brewpubs to distribute beer through wholesale network.

By Friday, March 2nd, please contact the 5 members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee (listed below) to let them know that you support the legislation as a craft beer consumer and ask them to VOTE YES on the bill.

For your information, Committee Chairman Donald Norcross is already a co-prime sponsor of the legislation. You should thank Chairman Norcross for his sponsorship and for allowing the bill to be voted on in committee on the 5th.

When calling the other members of the committee, you should comment on how this bill will help small brewers continue to create jobs, improve tourism opportunities and cut needless red tape. From the consumer perspective, you should comment on how the bill will allow you to have better access to the locally made craft beers you love and want more of.

Remember, please call or e-mail these members by Friday, March 2nd to make sure your voice is heard and your support for S-641 is registered.

Thank you for your continued support of New Jersey's craft brewers.

Garden State Craft Brewers Guild

Members of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

Norcross, Donald - Chair

Audubon Commons Shopping Center

130 Blackhorse Pike

1st Floor

Suite D-3

Audubon, NJ 08106

(856) 547-4800

sennorcross@njleg.org

Greenstein, Linda R. - Vice-Chair

7 Centre Dr.

Suite 2

Monroe, NJ 08831-1565

(609) 395-9911

sengreenstein@njleg.org

Bateman, Christopher

36 East Main St.

Somerville, NJ 08876

(908) 526-3600

senbateman@njleg.org

Holzapfel, James W

852 Highway 70

Brick, NJ 08724

(732) 840-9028

senholzapfel@njleg.org

Sacco, Nicholas J.

9060 Palisade Ave.

North Bergen, NJ 07047

(201) 295-0200

sensacco@njleg.org

Thanks for your support of New Jersey's small brewers.

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Here is a nice write-up about a nano-brewery that is set to open up around Memorial Day in Hillsborough: Flounder Brewing.

Hillsborough Patch

Just to update this post, it looks like Flounder ran into a problem with his engineer. They basically have to halt construction and instead go with electric instead of gas for their burners. According to Flounder on his Facebook, it looks like this pushed back his "opening" about 2 months so figure about July.

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In terms of beer distrubition part of this proposal, I know the guys behind JJ Bittings are the ones really pushing this through and have been for at least a year now.

As for more allowing more than 2 brewpubs in the state, I do remember about a year ago very faint whispers and rumors that Triumph Brewing Company was looking to open up another location in NJ to add to the 3 already open (Princeton, New Hope, and Philly). The rumored location was the Red Bank area but again it was only very faint rumors and haven't heard much about it in a while.

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Bought Sam Adam's Blackberry Whitbier last night just for the hell of it. I usually like Sam Adam's but this one is very....watered down tasting. Burping after tastes more of blackberry then the beer itself. Has anyone else tried this beer before?

They also have a Cherry one that I was debating getting but I went with blackberry.

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I tend to avoid any beers with fruit listed as a main ingredient.

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Bought Sam Adam's Blackberry Whitbier last night just for the hell of it. I usually like Sam Adam's but this one is very....watered down tasting. Burping after tastes more of blackberry then the beer itself. Has anyone else tried this beer before?

They also have a Cherry one that I was debating getting but I went with blackberry.

Yeah I have a 6-pack of the Blackberry Witbier in my fridge now. I think it is pretty solid, but I still like the Cherry better.

I had a similar experience with what you wrote with Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. It has to be the sweetest and by far the most carbonated beer I have ever had. Just to down it because my mouth fills with bubbles when I drink it is pretty hard to do. I am not sure if I have a bad batch or something but for Blueberry I am sticking with Blue Point.

DM- IDK lately I have been really into beers with fruit in them, even during this "winter." I haven't been into the winter beers this winter I guess because the weather is more like early spring than the frigid cold of winter and warming yourself up with a nice Winter Ale or Stout beer. Winter.

Sam Adams also recently released their spring seasonal "Alpine Spring" that is quite good. I like it about the same as last year's Noble Pils but I think the name Alpine Spring makes it sound like a soap.

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I had the same reaction to the alpine spring name, haha.

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Yeah I have a 6-pack of the Blackberry Witbier in my fridge now. I think it is pretty solid, but I still like the Cherry better.

I had a similar experience with what you wrote with Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale. It has to be the sweetest and by far the most carbonated beer I have ever had. Just to down it because my mouth fills with bubbles when I drink it is pretty hard to do. I am not sure if I have a bad batch or something but for Blueberry I am sticking with Blue Point.

DM- IDK lately I have been really into beers with fruit in them, even during this "winter." I haven't been into the winter beers this winter I guess because the weather is more like early spring than the frigid cold of winter and warming yourself up with a nice Winter Ale or Stout beer. Winter.

Sam Adams also recently released their spring seasonal "Alpine Spring" that is quite good. I like it about the same as last year's Noble Pils but I think the name Alpine Spring makes it sound like a soap.

I have had Wild Blue before but it was just WAY to blueberry and sweet. If I were to get a Blueberry ale, id go with Sea Dog Bluepaw. I saw Sam Adam's Alpine spring and was thinking the same thing how it sounds like a soap company or something. Ill most likely get that next.

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Two beers I tried for the first time relatively recently and really enjoyed ...

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Kostritzer is great. It's dark, but not the least bit heavy.

I was in NYC twice this week for concerts at MSG and hit this place up before the show both nights. Awesome beer selection, and the food was very good. I'll definitely be back.

Rattle N Hum

http://www.rattlenhumbarnyc.com/

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Not sure if anyone has seen the Beerjobber site. I signed up and placed my first order this week, supposed to be delivered next week. I ordered an IPA from South Dakota and some tall fellers from Wyoming.

It's a bit pricey, with the shipping and all, but still cheaper than good beer you will buy in a pub, and they have lots of beers you won't see in NJ.

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Had the Rouge Hazelnut Brown Nectar the other day.....freaking awesome.

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I actually drank it while eating fish and chips which worked out pretty well. Then again, anything deep fried with any beer is usually a safe bet.

I finally got around to trying it. That stuff is awesome!

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Do you guys like flavored coffee?

I'm not being sarcastic or judging I just wondered. I hate flavored coffee. I hate sugar in coffee - to me all that makes it taste revolting. but I do like lactose sweetness so I have milk or cream in coffee - steamed milk is the sweetest! YUM!

Can anyone here NOT taste that food coloring taste in cake frosting? My brother-in-law (both married in to the family) and I can't handle it - we're piggies but we never have the cakes the family gets. No one in my husbands family can taste that awful food coloring taste! :yucky:

I'm just interested from the beer tasting angle. I wonder who of us can, with some certainty, assume we're taste the same thing.

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I can't stand flavored coffee and boycott the machine when people load it up with pumped in food flavoring. I usually annoy people by claiming I can taste the mocha/mint or whatever it was for many brews after.

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I almost never drink coffee save maybe 1 or 2 times a year.

I also do not care for beers that remind me of coffee (stouts, porters, etc).

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I drink regular coffee every day, black, no sugar, no milk or cream.

I used to drink it light and sweet, but after a while, because it was loaded up with so much extra stuff, it got so I couldn't even taste the coffee anymore. That's why I stopped putting anything in it. I don't drink hazelnut- or French vanilla-flavored coffees anymore either.

As for me liking that hazelnut brown nectar beer, I wouldn't drink a bunch of them in one sitting. Usually when I drink craft beers, I like to mix it up. I'll have a stout, then maybe an ale, then maybe an IPA, then maybe a pilsner to freshen the palate and then back to whatever.

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Do you guys like flavored coffee?

I'm not being sarcastic or judging I just wondered. I hate flavored coffee. I hate sugar in coffee - to me all that makes it taste revolting. but I do like lactose sweetness so I have milk or cream in coffee - steamed milk is the sweetest! YUM!

Can anyone here NOT taste that food coloring taste in cake frosting? My brother-in-law (both married in to the family) and I can't handle it - we're piggies but we never have the cakes the family gets. No one in my husbands family can taste that awful food coloring taste! :yucky:

I'm just interested from the beer tasting angle. I wonder who of us can, with some certainty, assume we're taste the same thing.

I don't really like any kind of coffee, though when Quick Chek comes out with their pumpkin spice cappuccino, I'll get that a couple times before it's gone. I do like coffee stouts though. I hate cake frosting, I always scrape it off.

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I hate cake frosting, I always scrape it off.

:blink::saddevil::evilcry:

WHYYYYYYY!!!!? Ugh That's the best part.

As for my drink preferences lately, I'm all about Crispin Apple/Pear Cider.

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:blink::saddevil::evilcry:

WHYYYYYYY!!!!? Ugh That's the best part.

As for my drink preferences lately, I'm all about Crispin Apple/Pear Cider.

Go buy Lindeman's...any lambic go get it...now.

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I had a JK Scrumpy Farm house hard cider - that was good. Appley not just cidery. It was cool! Ciders here I liek best organic -- I just find they taste better for some weird reason.

I hate lambics - they seem good at first but then they're just disgusting!

95crash made me realise I dont think I drink the same beer twice in a row. I have a variety if I have more than one.

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I've been on a craft beer spree lately. Not gonna lie, I'm a big fan of Sam Adams - just couldn't drink it during the Super Bowl - bad juju. But I've been after the 'big-bottle' varieties lately. I've had all the "Small Batch Collection" varieties except for the one called Vixen (Chocolate Chili Bock) These are the other ones in the collection:

Griffin's Bow - barleywine

Tasman Red - Red IPA

Third Voyage - Double IPA

Dark Depths - Blatic IPA

Cinder Bock - Rauch Bock

and there are 2 more coming out - Norse Legend Sahti and Verloren Gose (verloren being German referring to a 'lost' art of brewing)

Then there's the Barrel Room Collection

American Kreik - good stuff if you like cherry

Thirteenth Hour - stout

New World - Tripel

(There was a 4th I've never had, cause it's been discontinued - Stony Brook Red)

These are all pretty good imo, all generally come from the same start, then the brewers were allowed to play around and experiment in the barrel room while the beer aged. They come in big corked bottles and they're going to run you about $7-8 depending on the store - all these are not generally recommended for "everyday" consumption.

And of course I've had Infinium. in 2010 when they made it, the price was ~$20 and was pretty rare - only "2 pallets" were distributed to NJ. Managed to get a hold of 4 bottles then.

They made it again in 2011 and just last week found a place that still stocked it, figured it'd be gone again esp by March. Worked with the oldest brewery in the world - Weihenstephan in Bavaria (been around since 1040), another one of my fav brands. 10% alc. It's like they made champagne out of beer.

Never had Utopias but would love to one day. Also had almost all their varieties I could find in stores over the years.

Other than that, getting into Brooklyn beer. Just got their Local 1 and Local 2 and even one they claim "doesn't exist" - Brooklyn Black Ops, can't wait to try them soon.

I like a lot of different beers, Sam of course being my favorite. I just like to enjoy my beer instead of chugging it down to get drunk. Bud, Coors, Miller all the conglomerate stuff is swill to me, I'll drink it if I have to, like at a party or $1 draft night, but wouldn't buy it for myself.

I think my big challenge lately has been finding places that actually have the big craft collection they advertise. most are just 3 shelves, about 6' wide and stuff I'd be a little apprehensive to try.

I work in Somerset and my bro lives in Edison so I checked out Oak Tree in south plainfield when I was out that way, real nice - whole back wall is craft. For western NJ - Bourbon Street surprised me, a whole side of an aisle was craft.

anyway, for those that like sam and brooklyn, there's some suggestions...

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Crap, I just found out that I missed out on a recent shipment of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to try that stuff.

:argh:

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Crap, I just found out that I missed out on a recent shipment of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to try that stuff.

:argh:

It's hard to get a bottle of that since stores tend to keep a list of preferred customers and only hand out the bottles to people on the list. It wasn't always like this, a couple years ago you were able to buy a 4-pack no problem as long as you knew when to go to the store.

Your best bet is to attend a Founders tap takeover event. Looks like there is one in Manhattan tonight and no more listed in this area right now, but sometimes events are added just weeks beforehand so it's good to keep checking that page regularly. Also Philly Beer Week is in June and Founders had a few great events for that last year so I'm expecting they will be around again this time too hopefully.

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