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.)
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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.”
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.”
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.”
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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