SOMERDALE, NJ—To honor the 350th Anniversary of the state of New Jersey, Flying Fish Brewing Company (900 Kennedy Boulevard, 856-504-3442), the largest brewery built in the state since Prohibition, will brew a commemorative beer named NJ350 Anniversary Ale. Beginning in April, NJ350 will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft at bars, restaurants and retail stores throughout the state of New Jersey, and regionally in Delaware and Pennsylvania throughout the year. Flying Fish is inviting interested media members (cameras welcome) out to the brewery this Monday, March 3 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. to watch the brewing process and see the first batch go to production.
The historic style beer is an English stock ale, brewed with blackstrap molasses and an array of traditional English malts and barley, then finished with American hops, including Simcoe, Centennial and Cluster, which was the first variety of hop grown in the United States. NJ350 will have a light brown color and fragrant pine aroma, as a tribute to the New Jersey Pine Barrens, while registering at 7.5% ABV. The recipe is the result of many months spent experimenting with ingredients and listening to suggestions from New Jersey residents on styles and flavors.
“We’ve been asking Jersey beer lovers for ideas since September, and now it’s finally time to hit the brew deck,” says founder and president Gene Muller, who has been crafting beer in the state since 1995. “This beer was created for and in tribute to The Garden State. It is a beer we can all enjoy, in moderation of course, and be proud of.”
Flying Fish produces a wide range of beers year-round, along with a variety of seasonal specialties, all produced from their new brewery in Somerdale. The facility, a reconstructed warehouse that once served as a Motown Records pressing plant, is a shining example of green design and green business practices. Flying Fish is committed to brewing their award-winning beer in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Tasting room tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday every week.