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10 Jersey Beers You've Got To Try

With so much fabulous foam being brewed in New Jersey, we asked the experts who pull the taps to name some of their favorite local beers. (The Flying Fish and River Horse selections are available in bottles; the others are available only from the keg.)

Posted February 11, 2013

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Cape May Centennial IPA
Chosen by: Brian Cesare, bartender, Good Night Irene’s, Wildwood Tasting Note: “Intensely hoppy, very strong pale ale without the big maltiness; strongly hopped and clean.”

Carton Boat Beer
Chosen by: Nick Trogdon, general manager and bartender, Geraghty’s Pub, Burlington Tasting Note: “Light, refreshing, hoppy, balanced and not too bitter, low ABV.”

Carton Decoy
Chosen by: Ron Clayton, assistant manager, Surf Taco, Jackson Tasting Note: “Winter warmer, Belgian style, strong, malty beer, 12 percent ABV.”

Flying Fish Belgian Abbey Dubbel
Chosen by: Jim Burns, food and beverage director, the Tap Room at the Nassau Inn, Princeton Tasting Note: “Good body, malty fruit flavors, almost more like a wine than beer, can hold up to pairing with a steak, 7.2% ABV.”

Flying Fish Hopfish IPA
Chosen by: Danielle DiPascle, Assistant Manager, The Pour House, Westmont Tasting Note: “Medium bodied, hoppy ale, on the smooth side.”

Kane Overhead
Chosen by: Kevin Torpey, Restaurant and beverage manager, The Tap Room at Somerset Hills Hotel Tasting Note: “Double imperial IPA, great forward malt and hop balance, citrus notes and malt backbone.”

Kane Morning Bell
Chosen by: Jessica Glasser, bartender, Tipperary Pub, Lakehurst Tasting Note: “Really dark, tastes just like coffee, great after dinner beer.”

Ramstein Oktoberfest
Chosen by: Matt Cinotti, beer manager, TapHouse Grille, Wayne Tasting Note: “Malty, sweet, with light hop bitterness. An easy-drinking lager.”

River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout
Chosen by: Adam Bird, manager, the Shepherd & the Knucklehead, Haledon Tasting Note: “A gigantic, sweet stout, with big malty flavor and a roasty finish.”

River Horse Hop-a-lot-amus
Chosen by: Mike Drzik, bartender, High Street Grill, Mount Holly Tasting Note: “Really hoppy, double IPA, good for a hophead.”


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New Jersey Beers!

You forgot Kane Head High! A most Awesome IPA!
And Carton Red Rye Returning! Made me want one...

Cheers!
Connie@jerseybrews.com

Posted by: Connie , NYC | Feb 22, 2013 13:42:39 PM |

You forgot

What is it with you guys? Snubbing Cricket Hill?! Climax Brewery?! They didnt pay to play huh so you just leave them out of the conversation?

Posted by: ssteez, Union | Mar 01, 2013 17:39:30 PM |

Beer

Flying Fish all takes like sewer water

Posted by: Hmmm, Jackson | Mar 15, 2013 15:07:42 PM |

River Horse Belgian Tripel is a wonderful beer as well. Great in a bottle, bur outstanding on tap.

You Forgot: Don’t shoot the messenger. They asked 10 bartenders to give their picks. None of which advertise in the magazine. As a subscriber, I know.

Posted by: HomeBrewer, Clifton | Mar 15, 2013 15:23:06 PM |



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