INTRODUCING EXIT 6 WALLONIAN RYE
The fifth stop on our trip to explore New Jersey takes us to an area that puts the green in the Garden State. This part of Burlington County was settled in 1624 by Dutch Walloons (now Belgians) whose ﬁrst order of business was to build a fort and then a tavern. The area has always had a rich agricultural heritage and we're using locally grown rye as an appreciation of our farmers past and present. Exit 6 is a deceptively simple recipe pale malt augmented by 20 percent rye, fermented with a classic Belgian yeast. But then it gets interesting with the hops: English East Kent Goldings, Slovenian Styrian Goldings and Japanese Sorachi Ace. The result is a rich saffron color with a spicy character from the rye and lemony citrus notes from the unique Sorachi Ace hops. Since this beer is being released during Philly Beer Week, we've made it a collaboration beer with Ric Hoffman from Stewart's in Bear, DE and Gordon Grubb from Nodding Head in Philadelphia. The beer just started shipping so look for it hitting your local store in the next week or two.
GARDEN STATE BREWERS GUILD TIX NOW ON SALE
The June 26 festival will be on the deck of the Battleship New Jersey under a tent where it's nice & dry--and with a great view! Taste the fine and fun offerings from 14 great NJ breweries in a family friendly environment. Easy to get to from public transit or driving. Tickets are $40 (includes tasting glass and self-guided tour of the ship) and can be purchased online. Attendance is limited to 750 lucky people -- half the tickets are already sold. Live music. Food available for purchase. For more information head to njbeer.org, or battleshipnewjersey.org
READY OR NOT, HERE COMES PHILLY BEER WEEK
So big, this week requires 10 days to fit in all the events. Lots of new stuff this year. Stay up to date at phillybeerweek.org
There's a really cool iPhone app too.