Waving the Flag for Flying Fish

The ad campaigns would have you believe that summer is the season for beer—but I don’t buy the hype. For my taste, late autumn and early winter is the prime time for sipping suds, especially those seasonal varieties offered by craft brewers such as Flying Fish Brewery in Cherry Hill.

Founded in 1995, Flying Fish is an independently owned operation that began as nothing more than a dream between friends who wanted to deliver better quality beer to the region. It has since blossomed into one of the area’s most respected beer brands. In addition to making some fantastic brews (I’m partial to their Grand Cru Winter Reserve and Hopfish), they have let their Jersey pride flags fly high.

Last year, Flying Fish rolled out the first in its Exit Series, an annual project that aims to capture the uniqueness of each area of the state with a particular style of beer. For example, Exit 4 American Trippel is a Belgian-style Trippel, which they chose because Flying Fish (located just off Exit 4) was one of the first craft breweries to embrace Belgian-style beers. To learn more about what Exits have already been released—or to make a suggestion for your Exit—visit www.exitseries.com.

If you are into beer, you should make it a point to visit Flying Fish in Cherry Hill. Every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., the brewery hosts free tours of its facilities and tastings of its premium beers. It’s a wonderfully intimate experience, and we’re lucky to live in the same state as these guys.

You also can check out Flying Fish at the Independent Seaport Museum of Philadelphia’s first Stout & Chowder Festival between 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13.

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