Farewell Post

Hi all, It’s been a fun semester and I am graduating! For the people that followed the blog, I hope you were entertained and got something out of it. I know personally, I learned a lot about beer and this blog has given me an opportunity to make connections and explore the deep depths of the beer community. Just in case you’re just tuning in here are my top 5 blog posts:

POST 1: TIRED OF EXPERIENCING BORING BEER? TRY TIRED HANDS BREWING CO

POST 2: CULTURAL AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY WITH HUMAN VILLAGE BREWING COMPANY

POST 3: FROM TECH JOB TO BEER: ZACH CLEVENGER BALANCES IT ALL

POST 4: FORGOTTEN BOARDWALK: A PHOTO STORY

POST 5: TIMELY PITMAN BREWERY IS A HUGE HIT WITH THE LOCALS

Unfortunately, I plan on not continuing the heavy blog aspect but I do plan to keep up with my twitter. So, if you did find my blog entertaining please feel free to drop a like and follow on twitter for more beer! As always, Try something new, be bold, and go drink some beer.

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Tired of Experiencing Boring Beer? Try Tired Hands Brewing Co

Tired Hands Brewing Company, situated in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, is a spot that buzzing with hype. Built in an 85 year old building that once housed a trolley repair shop, Tired Hands Brewing Company offers up to 12 beers on tap and also serves as a production facility capable of producing as much as 10,000 barrels a year. I decided to go on one of their limited canning releases and typically the line is out the door and two blocks down. Unfortunately, when I arrived I had just missed the last can sale by ten minutes. Despite the setback, there was beer to be drank and good times to ferment.

One of the cool things about Pennsylvania is that the state allows food to be sold on premises where beer is brewed; unlike that of New Jersey. Even more interesting, is the concept behind Tired Hands Brewing Company. Officially called Fermentaria, they also own a smaller brew cafe and plan to open a smaller general store in Ardmore where locals can pick up locally produced products to support the community.

I spoke with Bruce Lewandowski, an employee, and he is stoked the brewery is supporting the community in many forms from art, food, and conversation. “Everyone comes in here for a purpose and I love that. I’m really proud to work for a place with an awesome staff and a business that supports local people”, said Lewandowski. Overall, the aesthetic is warm, cozy, and artsy. The walls of the brewery are fixed with local art and art produced by the owner, Jean Broillet XXIV and most of the apparel is designed by Broillet as well.

As with most breweries, there is a diverse crowd that participates in the sharing of delicious beer. John Jeznach, a local of Shillington, Pennsylvania, drove more than an hour for the limited edition can release. “This place is great. I drive frequently here to pick up beer by can or growler and ship it to people in other states and countries” said Jeznach. Jeznach is part of a small Instagram community of brewers who trade beer via post.

As for their brewing process, within the last five years, Tired Hands Brewing Company has produced over five hundred unique beers. This means that “every time you [go] you get to try something new every time!”, said  Lewandowski. Their flagship beers that are always on tap are SaisonHands and Hophands. From popular demand, one of their most critically acclaimed beers is Alien Church. Some of the beers Tired Hands Brewing Company produced are brewed in a French Foeder, allowing the beer to age in a barrel and produce more sour notes; depending on the type that is brewed.  At the very least, if you can’t get your hand on one of the cans, look forward to the rest of the beers on tap because a unique tasting experience is what awaits.

If you are in the area, definitely stop by! There are many storefronts and local slices of heaven to share with your friends. Try something new, be bold, and go drink some beer.

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The entrance to Tired Hands Brewing Company is subtly located on the backside of the main strip. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Bruce Lewandowski pours a beer for a customer. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Glassware and growlers for sale by the bar. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Patrons enjoy the kitchens taco special. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Tank set up. Steel tanks in the rear, while the one concrete tank and  Foeder are in front. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Patrons grabbing a bite to eat from the kitchen. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Close up of steel brewing tanks. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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One of the murals on the brewery wall. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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The waiting area for the busier nights. Wednesday, May 3rd, Tired Hands Brewing Company16 Ardmore Ave, Pennsylvania, 19003. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

Cultural Awareness and Community with Human Village Brewing Company

Human Village Brewing Co. is located on the main drag in the small town of Pitman, New Jersey. Once the Bus Stop Music Cafe, it has since been transformed into a local watering hole. Megan Myers and Emily Barnes have traveled across the globe and essentially stumbled into their current profession of brewing. Both from home brewing backgrounds, Myers spoke of her time over seas and her experiences and wanted to bring some of the cultural ideals that were common in many places back home. Thus, Human Village Brewing Co. was created. Watch below to find out more about some of the challenges and rewards faced with opening and operating a brewery.

Beers That May or May Not Be Perfect For Your Summer BBQ

 

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Beers purchased from Hops and Grapes. Monday, April 10th, Glassboro, New Jersey,  2017. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

 

Hops and Grapes is a local craft brew stop in Glassboro, New Jersey. Situated near Rowan University, it draws in young and old crowds alike. Compared to most other liquor stores in the area, Hops and Grapes take pride in their very large beer selection. Pete Dowghty, Beer Manager of Hops and Grapes, has worked at the store for eight years.

“I try to get anything and everything stocked on our shelves. I want Hops and Grapes to be known as a beer store,” said Dowghty.

This fact most people find to be true. One patron, Katherine Aucello, a Rowan University student frequents Hops and Grapes.

“It’s very college based and they have a vast assortment of beer that are already chilled. I love how I can walk in and grab a beer carton and pick six different beers to try rather than waste money on a whole six pack and not like it.” said Aucello.

I personally take comfort in being able to browse the beer aisle and find a new beer on the shelf.  There are over 90 breweries in New Jersey and Hops and Grapes stocks beer from over 20 of those breweries.  Dowghty went on to express his pride in New Jersey breweries and how the store purchases its beer selection.

“One of the store’s biggest sellers is beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company. Which is out of California. Sometimes it sucks that there are so many good local breweries that are not large enough to distribute beer across the state. One of My favorite beers is Heady Topper from The Alchemist Brewing Company and I absolutely love it. They are such a small brewery in Vermont, so I can’t get it in the store,” said Dowghty.

As always, when I walk in I like to grab some new beers and catalog them. This posts theme is “Beers For a Hot Summer BBQ”, or whatever outdoor activity you enjoy. Here are just a few beers in stock:

Owl’s Brew Radler The Blondie – 3.8% ABV

From the first sip, made me scream Arnold Palmers Iced tea. The Blondie is yellow-orange, almost looks exactly like honey, and rests with a nice head. I don’t personally find it too sweet and more so, am reminded every sip of tea. This is a beer I normally would not pick up off the shelf but I have to say I’m thoroughly surprised. The beer texture is a little iffy with some floating bits of tea, so if you’re a texture person, I’m sorry. Originating from tea junkies, The Blondie comes in at a modest 3.8 percent ABV which is enough for a BBQ and a safe drive home.

 

 

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Here, you can kind of see the little fragments of coagulated tea in The Blondie. April 10th, Glassboro, New Jersey, 2017. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

Wachusett Brewing Company’s Blueberry Ale – 4.5% ABV

This ale off starts with a light head, aroma of blueberries, and a light and clear color. I was really excited from the scent of blueberries and their very first sip. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to back up my initial impressions about the ale. On the head, it tastes like a wild berry pop tart and in the rear, the flavor drops off and leaves you with a bitter and flat ending. With anything, I say still to give it a try. After all, it may be your cup of tea.

Brew Free! Or Die’s Blood Orange IPA – 7% ABV

After pouring, this IPA presented a medium head that had the subtle orange aroma. For a non-IPA drinker, this may be a beer worth a test. It is more fruity in flavor and allows the taste of blood orange to really shine.  For a hot summers day, you can be on your way to cracking the can and quenching that thirst.

Heavy Seas Brewing Company Tropi Cannon– 7.25% ABV

So, this one may be a little bias, because I love Heavy Seas Brewing Company, but this beer is awesome. I have yet to try it, so at least there is that. On the first pour, there was a more than medium head and sweet aroma of blood orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. The beer plays off of one of their flagship beers, Loose Cannon, and takes a step back from the piney-ness and bring in the citrus with the use of  Palisade hops for Amarillo. Word of warning though, this beer is on the higher level ABV, so watch the how much you consume at the backyard BBQ.

From a Grandfather’s Legacy, Comes Great Beer: An Interview With Home Brewer, John Peirce

 

 

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John Peirce drinks one of his Pale Ale creations, Ringoes, New Jersey, April 2nd, 2017. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

 

John Peirce grew up in Winooski, Vermont and eventually relocated to New Jersey when his parents moved. The funny part about beer is where it brings you. I met Peirce one night while I was in the town of Ringoes, New Jersey, and we got to talking about beer. Peirce gives an insight to home brewing and how family can tie it all in. His story is pretty rad and definitely gives inspiration for those who want to home brew.

 

From Tech Job to Beer: Zach Clevenger Balances It All

 

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Zach Clevenger, 33, works full time in IT and part time fun with his beer blog Hops About Beer. Originally from Visalia, California, Clevenger currently resides in Sacramento, California. He is a graduate of the University of Denver and started the blog in April, 2015, when his wife continuously pushed him to commit to a blog, since he was already recording his beer experiences in a notebook. Now with four thousand plus followers and counting, Clevenger offers hope for future bloggers saying it initial took a year for a substantial following but to stick with it.

“I’ve always really enjoyed beer but it wasn’t until about 8 years ago or so when I was 25 when I started getting into really good craft beer.” said Clevenger reminiscing about his current passion.

Clevenger’s internet presence doesn’t stop with his blog. He is currently working with a local Sacramento brewery called Bike Dog Brewing where he helps with their photography, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook postings.

Clevenger says, “I offered my services for free, as I just wanted to gain some actual brewery experience but I basically just get a ton of free beer so it all works out!”

Clevenger loves the aspect of connecting with people over a beer and says it is one of the most exciting aspects of running the blog. He notes, “it’s an amazing industry that is constantly evolving and it’s fun trying to keep up with all of the new trends.”

Having just started a family, Clevenger is finding himself busier than ever. When asked about the challenges he faces with the blog he mentions family, as well as other outside forces which slow down his blog interactions.

Clevenger states, “Adding new content is hardest. With a full-time job, a social media gig on the side, and the blog for fun, I don’t have a lot of time for new content. You’ll notice my reviews and articles have basically disappeared and photographs and industry news is all that’s being posted lately. I get press releases emailed to me daily from breweries so those are easy to post. Oh, and a 5-month-old at home on top of all that!”

With all the business, Clevenger still has time for one of his other big passions, football. Coincidentally, most Americans believe football and a nice cold beer go hand to hand, and hey, who is going to argue that? We all have a favorite go-to beer and most times certain craft beers can get a little pricey. Despite Clevenger’s love for craft beer, he says, “If I’m going to be drinking a ton (sometimes during football season), I’ll crack open a few Coors Lights.”

Like many beer enthusiasts, to offset the price of craft beer and also learn in the process, many try to home brew. Clevenger is no exception stating he has tried his own hand at home brewing.

“I started homebrewing just last year and fell in love with it. It can be very challenging but very rewarding. I also considered pursuing a brewing education so I could get a full-time job doing that but brewers get paid so poorly it wasn’t something I could do and support a family.”

Since Clevenger is from the West Coast, I personally was genuinely interested in the difference of beer due to brewing styles. For a while, each coast latched onto their identities but with the growing number of breweries and readily available knowledge, the line sometimes becomes blurred.

Clevenger having tasted both East and West Coast styles says “I have had east coast beers and it depends on what style of beer it is regarding how it compares. East Coast is killing it with the hazy beers but the west coast is catching up.”

For anyone looking to get into blogging and the future blog writing has for journalism, Clevenger simply says, “ I love blogging because anyone can do it. You don’t have to have a degree in journalism to start your own blog. Of course, nobody will care about your blog if your content sucks, so you better be able to convey something interesting.”

This definitely holds true and one of the many great aspects of the internet. If you are truly passionate about a subject, get out there, find good content, and blog to your heart’s desire. You never know who you will inspire or who will inspire you to overcome challenges and share an immense passion! 

Forgotten Boardwalk: A Photo Story

Forgotten Boardwalk is brewery located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. They offer an awesome selection of beer and provide an awesome atmosphere to enjoy beer. From their 1960’s Jaws-themed boardwalk aesthetic to their Ski ball machines and board games, there is fun to surely be had for all ages. This is a brewery that should definitely be on your must-visit list.

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The entrance to Forgotten Boardwalk is subtly located in an industrial complex. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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If you’re having trouble selecting a beer, spin the wheel and it will make a choice for you. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ.(Photo/Dakota Burr)

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The current tap handles are in the shape of cat tails. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Kai Bollinger, a local of Mt. Laurel, pours a beer for a customer. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. Bollinger has been working at the brewery since it opened and loves it. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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A fan favorite, Funnel Cake Nitro mixed with orange juice to make a creamsicle beer. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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An old horse from a carousel is affixed above the fridge where you can stop in and grab canned beer for home. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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(L-R) Jessica Westlake, James Westlake, and Meghan Westlake enjoy pizza and beer, Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. It’s Jessica’s first time and James and Meghan love to come for the IPA’s and Ski ball. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Rockhill, a local eatery/pizza joint delivers delicious pies to Forgotten Boardwalk. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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A witty sign that promises to make your child rowdy. Shortly after a young girl lobbed a ball and missed the ramp of the Ski ball machine. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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A patron rolls a ball in an effort to make it on the Ski ball scoreboard. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Fixed along the walls are old black and white pictures on canvas printed with quotes. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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All the doors are labeled with numbers much like a fun house. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

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Hung all around the tasting room are fun house mirrors replicating the 1960’s boardwalk theme. Friday, March 10th, Forgotten Boardwalk, 1940 Only Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ. (Photo/Dakota Burr)