Timely Pitman Brewery is a Huge Hit With the Locals

 

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Current tap list at Kelly Green Brewing Company, Pitman, N.J., Sunday, March 5th, 2017. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

 

The borough of Pitman, New Jersey, is small and could be very much so considered off the grid. Ever since moving up to the Glassboro area, I discovered the town due to a need for guitar strings in which I found an overpriced music shop. Since then, I’ve been exploring the little town. I’ve seen that it has a lot to offer, from food, craft stores, even now, to beer. Historically a dry town, Pitman still has no bars or liquor stores. To my surprise, from talking to some locals, the history doesn’t just stop there. In 1871, land was chosen to be set aside for a Methodist summer camp and the New Jersey Conference Camp Meeting Association was officially chartered and given authority over the land grant in 1872. The land became know as Pitman Grove which had an auditorium located on a central meeting ground with twelve roads originated from the central area designed as spokes on a wheeleach road representing one of the disciples of Jesus. The camp was somewhat set up like a boardwalk on the Alcyon lake and people came from all over to retreat in the popular destination. Eventually attracting visitors to stay past the summer, people began to build cottages along the roads and Pitman eventually became its own town.

 

So, que the historically dry town. You’re probably wondering how there is a brewery? New Jersey passed a law that gives more freedoms to small breweries such as, permitting microbreweries to sell beer brewed at the licensed location for consumption on premises as part of a brewery tour, allowing microbreweries to sell a limited amount of beer for off-site consumption, and allowing microbreweries to offer samples of their product both on and off the premises, as currently permitted by the state’s wineries. Since a brewery is not a bar or liquor store, it gained approval from Pitman and Progress began.

I decided to stop by Kelly Green Brewing Company in Pitman where I was pleasantly surprised by the rustic, bustling nano-brewery. First, I started off my time in the brewery by ordering a flight of some of their beers to whet my palate. Naturally, being an IPA fan, the beers in my flight were the Off Broadway IPA, Udder One IPA, The Informant IPA, and To The Pain IPA. Offering more than just IPA’s, you’re sure to be pleased from their The Teets Milk Stout to their Engrain Coffee Porter which is a local collaboration Endgrain Coffee Bar. You can either choose to sample your beers at the bar or move to a wooden barrel for use a table, which I found rad and a great aesthetic booster. In the back of the brewery, by the restrooms, you can see into a window which showcases the equipment and room that the beer is brewed in, another cool feature of Kelly Green.

Bruce Coller, a local of Pitman for fifteen years says, “I love it. I’m able to walk 90 yards from my house after a long day and enjoy fresh local beer”. Coller says his favorite beer is #99, A full-bodied brown ale that is smooth and malty with subtle hints of chocolate. As he sat and enjoyed his beer he was ecstatic and pointing to the bartender said, “no one at the bar waits for a beer when Mike is here”.

Coincidently, the man Coller pointed to was one of the three owners Mike Tacconelli. He spoke of his love for beer and how his partnership with his best friends allowed Kelly Green to become a reality. Tacconelli said, “One of the biggest things about being a bartender is about being able to eavesdrop on about 10 different conversations and being able to constantly engage with customers”. Tacconelli went on to discuss his early days bartending in Philadelphia and the greatest bartender he had ever known, a man named Leo. “The best part about Leo is if you asked him to make you a frilly cocktail, he’d say ok and then walk into the back. He’d wait a little bit and then walk right back out and smack a beer onto the bar in front of the customer and say that’s what you’re getting! People were shocked and just walked away drinking their beer”, said Tacconelli.

There is no time to be shy when you step into Kelly Green. Pitman, already being a small town, is filled with a tight-knit group of people, and they get thirsty too. The brewery was a really great environment to see a town come together at the end of the day to enjoy a beer. If you’re looking for a small, homey feeling spot to enjoy a beer, then Kelly Green hits the marks. Locals of Pitman are not the only ones who frequent this brewery, but students from local Rowan University do as well. In the words of Rowan University student, Nicholas Zampelle, 23, “ I can’t believe I didn’t find this spot sooner”.

Next week Kelly Green is set to release a new beer called John “Quad” Van Damme that will bolster an ABV over 10%. You may need an Uber ride for this beer! So, stop in and say hi to Tacconelli or anyone else for that matter and strike up a friendly conversation. Who knows what you might learn!

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Flight of Off Broadway IPA, Udder One IPA, The Informant IPA, and To The Pain IPA at Kelly Green Brewing Company, Pitman, N.J., Sunday, March 5th, 2017. (Photo/Dakota Burr)

 

 

 

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Some IPA’s Right Off The Shelf

 

Do you know what is nice to enjoy on a warm and beautiful day in the middle of New Jersey’s bipolar weather? Yup, you guessed it, beer! Today we start our journey enjoying a specific and my favorite type of beer, India Pale Ales (IPAs). This beer definitely has an interesting and varying past.

Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA – 6.6% ABV

This IPA is created with Warrior, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. Typically, with this type of beer, the malt is what counters the bitterness. This is definitely the case with the County Line IPA.  Honestly, this beer is not as hoppy as a typical IPA and for some, this might actually be a good thing. Most casual beer drinkers don’t like IPAs for their overpowering, “bitter” taste. Overall, there is a good balance that still allows you to taste each hop and the complexity of the beer while bringing notes of pine, citrus, and grapefruit to the table.

Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA- 8.4% ABV

Sly Fox has brewed over 40 varietal pale ales and IPAs. Odyssey, in particular, pays homage to the company’s experience. According to their website, “Each year, [their] brewers select their favorite and newly discovered hops to create a big, bold Imperial IPA”. This beer really gives you something to sip on. Initially, I wasn’t really feeling the after taste but like some beers, it grows on you. One benefit of this brew is the malt is on the head taking some of the bitterness out, and surprisingly so with it’s higher ABV. If you like underlying notes of honey, molasses and caramel be sure to grab this beer before winter is over because it is only available during January and February.

Southern Tier Brewing Company’s 2X IPA – 8.2% ABV

If you decide to try this one out and you happen to like it, the good news is it’s available year round. So far on the list, these IPA’s have had a solid malt backbone. Again, much like Sly Fox’s Odyssey Imperial IPA, the malt helps even out the bitterness. After your first sip you will notice a mild sweet citrus undertone and then after the refreshing liquid settles you taste a slight hoppiness. The malt definitely helps disguises the high ABV leaving an IPA fan with a smile. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the 2xIPA.

Rusty Rail Brewing Company’s Rail Spike IPA – 7.1% ABV

Sitting at 7.1 % ABV this is a very refreshing beer. Brewed with Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe, Chinook and Cascade Hops. You definitely get a warm welcome and a great taste from the individual hops. For anyone wanting to try this beer out, I’d suggest being gentle when you pour because the carbonation was very evident. Despite the gentle poor for a perfect head, Rail Spike definitely has a more crisp taste due to its carbonation. Overall this beer has the notes of citrus and flowers and is very crisp and enjoyable.
Just from the four beers I have sampled in this article, comes a vast array from the IPA family. As my handle goes, ‘a beer for every hand’, so get out there and try something new. Don’t just give an IPA one chance, try all sorts of them because they vary in drastic degrees.

 

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This week’s featured beers! Southern Tier’s Double IPA, Sly Fox’s Odyssey IPA, Neshaminy’s County Line IPA, and Rusty Rail’s Rail Spike IPA.

 

 

 

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Neshaminy’s County Line IPA looking great on this warm afternoon!

 

 

Have No Fear Because Beer Is Here

Are you looking for something to do that might be, you know, beer related?

Have no fear, beer is here! For those of us who live so close to the great city of Philadelphia, it opens our world up to a bustling day followed by a just as exciting night life. From beer gardens to dive bars, there’s always a place to enjoy a cold beverage around town. Below are some events that are coming up in the tri-state area!

If you’re a 90’s baby or simply just a fan of the 90’s, look no further than the 90’s beer crawl. This event boasts 90’s music at every venue, a best costume contest, and even some 90’s celebrities like the cast of popular Nickelodeon show All That. 

Perhaps you’re looking to drink beer while supporting a charitable cause? Check out the Ales for Wales event happening at Tuckahoe Brewing Co. where proceeds from the event and vendors will go to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a company dedicated to responding and rehabilitating marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along New Jersey’s waterways.

Or if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing and food-centric, Dogfish Head is having a beer dinner at Ott’s in Medford, New Jersey. Tickets are $50 dollars if you purchase before the event and $60 at the door. This is a great opportunity to enjoy great food and one of my favorite breweries fresh on tap. 

 

 

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Limited Release by Magic Hat called “Wee Heavy Champ”

 

Beer: A Mild History Lesson

So what is beer? Many people have different values and expectations of the beverage. For instance, an experienced beer snob who ruins a good time at a bar talking about the science of the brew to your local frat boy who has only ever consumed Budweiser and Keystone in copious amounts. Let’s find the middle ground. From Pale ales to Saisons, there is a beer to please any palate. 

Personally, I like to compare beer to wine as a way to simply explain it to friends and readers. A lot of people see actors drinking wine in movies or being drank by the more wealthy individuals, who have $4,000 to spend on a bottle of 2005 Château Pétrus.

Let’s be honest, most people can not afford expensive wines but the fact is you don’t have to buy expensive wine to enjoy it. With wine, there are many different types based on the grapes, grape-growing locations, and the actual fermentation process.  This same process applies to beer! Now don’t let my comparison make you fearful, a cold brew still remains supreme

Beer in its simplest definition is any alcoholic beverage made by the fermentation of grain. The beauty, much like wine, is what ingredients are used and the processes which are used to create a vast array of beers. For example, in the colonial times of America, in lieu of hops, pine needles and molasses were used in the brewing process. 

Brewing and fermentation date back thousands of years and was most likely an accident on par with how penicillin was created. But man oh man, what a beautiful accident. So beautiful in fact that there are very diverse ways of drinking it! Beer, and more specifically craft beer, has become a huge subculture and is applicable all over the world. People take what they can, invent new flavors, or happily fumble to accidently create something delicious!

So, in the near future, look forward to seeing some of these beers and breweries!

 

 

 

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Dogfish Head’s “Midas Touch Ancient Ale” featuring Momo the cat

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Hi, I’m Dakota Burr and currently, I am a student at Rowan University Majoring in Radio/ Television/ Film and minoring in journalism and new media. My aim with this blog is to learn more about beer, the brewing process, and the people making it. I hope to create a forum where I can share my experiences with readers and they can add their input. I plan on interviewing brewers and their employees to give an inside point of view to a place some readers can’t physically get to. One of my goals is to review a beer of the week giving information and buying locations. Some breweries to look out for in my endeavors are: Forgotten Boardwalk, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Yards, River Horse, Manayunk Brewing Company, and much more.

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