5 Beers You Must Try at America on Tap!
Mark your calenders and make an appointment to join me live in Sea Isle City for America on Tap, Saturday, May 16th!
It's an even that you can't miss and I can't wait to attend. Recently I came across a cool app called Untapped (Follow me at MG973) and have found new beers all over South Jersey and can't wait to discover more at America on Tap!
The app allows you to find new beers all over the area and find out what places serve a beer that you may have tried somewhere else and liked.
So follow me on Untapped and let's drink some beers together May 16th!
The three hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries and imports as well. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors.
The 5 Breweries I am looking forward to trying at America on Tap:
1. Allagash – Portland, ME: Beginning as New England’s original Belgian-Style brewery, Allagash has grown into one of the most distinguished and well-respected craft brands in the industry.
2. Lagunitas -- Petaluma, CA: A California craft brewery with roots in the Midwest, Lagunitas touts its beers as the best lubricant for social intercourse!
3. Smuttynose Brewing Company -- Hampton, NH: You could say that Smuttynose is a physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from Amarillo hops.
4. Speakeasy Brewing Company – San Francisco, CA: Speakeasy traditional IPA is the “Big Daddy IPA,” is a hop-heads delight. A generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style IPA is why people are buzzing about Speakeasy.
5. Elysian – Seattle, WA: The Elysian means relating to heaven or paradise, and that’s just the kind of beers this Seattle-based brewery crafts.
Here is the full list of breweries that will be at American on Tap:
21st-amendment - San Francisco, CA:
Northern California craft brewers dedicated to celebrating the repeal of Prohibition. The founders of 21st Amendment started their brewery under the notion that beer should unite and inspire society.
Personal Pick: Hell or High Watermelon
Allagash – Portland, ME:
Beginning as New England’s original Belgian-Style brewery, Allagash has grown into one of the most distinguished and well-respected craft brands in the industry.
Personal Pick: White Ale
Ballast Point – San Diego, CA:
Started in 1996 by friends Jack White and Yuseff Cherney, this Southern California brewery also makes spirits including rum and vodka.
Personal Pick: Big Eye IPA
Blue Moon – Golden, CO:
Head Brew master Keith Villa invented the Belgian style craft beer with a twist in 1995. Blue Moon now has over 12 different style’s including now a Gingerbread Spiced Ale.
Personal Pick: Winter Abbey Ale
Batch 19 – Golden, CO:
Batch19 beer was inspired by the revival of authentic pre-Prohibition recipes when life was simple and beer had a backbone. A very tasty pre-Prohibition style lager.
Beach Haus – Belmar, NJ:
One of New Jersey’s newer breweries, it was founded as a celebration of and tribute to the Jersey Shore.
Personal Pick: Winter Rental
Blue Point - Long Island, NY:
The Blue Point Brewing Company is Long Island’s first currently-running microbrewery. Every single beer they brew uses Canadian 2-row pale malt as its base.
Personal Pick: Blueberry Ale
Boulder Beer – Boulder, CO:
Boulder Beer is Colorado’s first micro-brewery. It was created in 1979 by two professors at the University of Colorado.
Personal Pick: Sweaty Betty Blonde
Boulevard Brewing – Kansas City, MO:
Boulevard is the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, with distribution to 25 states. Their distinct crafts are popular alternatives to so-called corporate beer in the nation’s heartland.
Personal Pick: Bully! Porter
Breckenridge – Denver, CO:
Originally, Richard Squire made this home brew for his friends until it caught on and became a popular brew nationwide.
Personal Pick: Vanilla Porter
Brewery Ommegang – Cooperstown, NY:
Created in 1997 in Cooperstown, New York, they’ve gotten most of their attention from their Game of Thrones inspired Saison; however their other beers have also garnered a lot of attention nationwide.
Personal Pick: Three-Eyed Raven.
Bronx Brewery – Bronx, NY:
Bronx Brewery offers year round, seasonal, and barrel-aged pale ales with different styles to meet everyone’s tastes.
Personal Pick: Rye Pale Ale
Brooklyn Brewery: New York, NY:
Founded in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery created the Brooklyn Lager. Every four months Brew master Garret Oliver and the team emerge from the brew house with a brand new beer.
Personal Pick: Black Chocolate Stout
Captain Lawrence – Elmsford, NY:
Voted the best craft beer brewery in the Hudson Valley, Captain Lawrence offers Belgian ale styles with an American twist.
Personal Pick: Liquid Gold
Clown Shoes – Ipswich, MA:
Clown Shoes is a unique brewer that makes Bombers (22oz. bottles), 12 oz. 4 packs and special releases of their oddly named beers, such as The Ballad of Minnie Quay and Date Night Saison.
Personal Pick: Tramp Stamp
Cricket Hill- Fairfield, NJ:
Founded in 2002, Cricket Hill provides year-round and seasonal beers that are designed as session beers that are gentle in style and can be enjoyed by all lovers of great beer.
Personal Pick: Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale
Dogfish Head - Milton, DE:
Delaware’s first brewpub, Dogfish offers nine year-round brews along with four seasonal brews. All told, they sell more than 20 styles of beer in more than 25 different states.
Personal Pick: 60 Minute IPA
Elk Creek – Millheim, PA:
The head brewer at Elk Creek left his mark on the New Jersey and New York beers scenes before heading to Pennsylvania it make beer “people want to drink.”
Personal Pick: Winkleblink Ale
Elysian – Seattle, WA:
The Elysian means relating to heaven or paradise, and that’s just the kind of beers this Seattle-based brewery crafts.
Personal Pick: Loser
Evil Genius – Philadelphia, PA
Evil Genius is a young, Philly brewery with different availability for each of their strange, unique, and adventurous beers.
Personal Pick: I Love Lamp
Evolution – Salisbury, MD:
This Maryland-based micro-brewery crafts ales in a style that is bound to have any British expat missing their homeland.
Personal Pick: Exile Red Ale
Firestone Walker – Paso Robles, CA:
Pondering what makes good beer good, a couple brothers-in-law decided to brew what they liked… and Firestone Walker was born.
Personal Pick: Union Jack IPA
Forgotten Boardwalk -- Cherry Hill, NJ:
Forgotten Boardwalk beer will engage your curiosity by empowering the drinker to learn more about the process, its ingredients, and all the tales to match.
Personal Pick: 1916 Shore Shiver
Flying Dog – Frederick, MD:
Born to seek adventure, Flying Dog specializes in adventurous beers. The brewery boasts the slogan “good people drink good beer” as the inspiration behind all of their creations.
Personal Pick: Raging Bitch
Founders Brewing Company – Great Rapids, MI
Founders has won six World Beer Cup medals, four European Beer Star medals and three Great American Beer Festival medals. That’s thirteen medals for just eight different beers.
Personal Pick: All Day IPA
Goose Island -- Chicago, IL:
Goose Island distributes to all 50 states and the United Kingdom. In 1992, Goose Island became the first brewing company to create bourbon-aged beer.
Personal Pick: 312 Urban Wheat Ale
Great Divide – Denver, CO:
Great minds drink alike. That’s the mantra Great Divide lives by. Started in 1994, they’ve grown into one of America’s most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.
Personal Pick: Hoss Rye Lager
Great Lakes -- Cleveland, OH:
Great Lakes brewery takes pride in being the top craft brewery in the Great Lakes region. Great Lakes crafts fresh, flavorful, and high-quality beer for all types of beer drinkers all year round.
Personal Pick: Christmas Ale
Heavy Seas -- Baltimore, MD:
An attitude of risk-taking, a touch of the playful rogue, and a desire to stretch all boundaries, that is what Heavy Seas is all about. The beer pirates would have been drinking.
Personal Pick: Loose Cannon IPA
Ithaca – Ithaca, NY:
Having just undergone a bit of a rebranding, the 17 year old brewery aims to exceed people’s expectations with their artisan style beers.
Personal Pick: Apricot Wheat
Kona -- Kona, HI
Kona offers over 10 selections of island brews made with a passion for Hawaii and a commitment to quality. Beers range in color from blonde to black; in flavor from tangy to hoppy to roasty and everything in between.
Personal Pick: Longboard Island Lager
Lagunitas -- Petaluma, CA:
A California craft brewery with roots in the Midwest, Lagunitas touts its beers as the best lubricant for social intercourse!
Personal Pick: Sucks
Magic Hat- South Burlington, VT:
Founded in 1994, Magic Hat holds a crisp taste and provides a refreshing fruit flavor.
Personal Pick: #9
Narragansett Brewing, Providence, RI:
Narragansett is New England’s oldest beer, founded in 1890. Flagship lager won gold at the Great International Beer Festival in 2010.
Personal Pick: Lovecraft Honey Ale
New Holland – Holland, MI:
New Holland believes that their beer is art in fermented form. Another craft brewery that also makes spirits, New Holland is often praised for their creative, year-round offerings.
Personal Pick: Monkey King
Oskar Blues – Longmont, CO:
Makers of the Dale’s Pale Ale, Oskar Blues began as a restaurant and created home brew in the basement. It’s since became one of the first craft brewers to sell beer in a can.
Personal Pick: Dale’s Pale Ale
Prism – North Wales, PA:
Named after the old Philly channel, Prism and inspired by the music of Pink Floyd, this PA brewery is quickly becoming one of the most creative craft breweries in the country.
Personal Pick: Bitto Honey
Sam Adams- Boston, MA:
In 1985, Sam Adams Boston Lager was born. Now with over 75 different types of beers, Sam Adams has become one of the most world renowned craft breweries.
Personal Pick: Cold Snap
River Horse – Ewing Township, NJ:
Believing that you shouldn’t stay in a dead-end job, this brewery will take you places you haven’t been and show you why taking a chance can be a great thing.
Personal Pick: Hop Hazard
Shiner – Shiner, TX:
Spoetzl Brewery is among the nation’s oldest local, craft beer makers. Better known for their most popular brand, Shiner, they named their beer after the town they brew in, and that just about epitomizes craft beer.
Personal Pick: Ruby Redbird
Shipyard -- Portland, ME:
Over 20 varieties of hand-crafted beer served annually. Shipyard is a family owned brewery that provides drinkers with innovative and diverse styles of beer that have made Shipyard the largest craft brewery in Maine.
Personal Pick: Old Thumper
Shmaltz Brewing -- Clifton Park, NY
Known for their “Hebrew Beer,” Shmaltz Brewing created 8 different styles of beer to represent the 8 nights of Chanukah, ranging from IPA to Ale’s.
Personal Pick: Jewbelation
Sixpoint Brewery -- Redhook, Brooklyn, NY:
Sixpoint Brewing has created A-BIG-ALE, the first canned Belgian brew from Sixpoint. Traditional Belgian yeast and candy sugars ensure a zealous fermentation, classic dark fruit flavors and a big ABV.
Personal Pick: The Crisp
Slyfox Brewery -- Phoenixville, PA:
With unique interpretations of Belgian and German styles of beer, Slyfox is considered to be one of the premier craft breweries in the Mid-Atlantic.
Personal Pick: Odyssey Imperial IPA
Smuttynose Brewing Company -- Hampton, NH:
You could say that Smuttynose is a physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from Amarillo hops.
Personal Pick: Big A IPA
Speakeasy Brewing Company – San Francisco, CA:
Speakeasy traditional IPA is the “Big Daddy IPA,” is a hop-heads delight. A generously dry-hopped yet surprisingly drinkable American-style IPA is why people are buzzing about Speakeasy.
Personal Pick: Scarlett Red Rye Ale
Stone Brewing Company -- Escondido, CA:
Stone is the 9TH largest brewing company in the United States. Most of their brews are noted for their high alcohol percentages. For instance, Stone Double Bastard Ale is 11.2% ABV.
Personal Pick: Go To IPA
Stoudt’s Brewing – Adamstown, PA:
Stoudt’s is the first brewery to be opened by a woman since the days of prohibition and has been around since 1987. Carol Stoudt is known as the “Queen of Hops.”
Personal Pick: Gold Lager
The Brewer’s Art – Baltimore, MD:
Named by Esquire magazine as the #1 Best Bar in America in 2008, this Baltimore restaurant/brew pub has 2 floors for dining and drinking. Their featured craft brew is called Beazly.
Personal Pick: Beazly
The Bruery – Placentia, CA:
Opened in 2008, The Bruery produces 2,500 barrels of beer annually at their 15 barrel brewhouse. They are considered experimental ales brewed in the Belgian tradition.
Personal Pick: Mischief
Tröegs Brewing Company – Hershey, PA:
Tröegs offers what they call “Scratch” beers, which are experimental brews that use non-traditional ingredients. 135 beers have been created using this method and a few are available on a regular basis.
Personal Pick: Hopback Amber Ale
Weyerbacher – Easton, PA:
Weyerbacher is known for its “huge taste” beers, some of which have an 11.8% alcohol by volume. This is definitely as acquired taste for anyone not used it.
Personal Pick: Merry Monks
Victory – Downington, PA:
Founded in an old Pepperidge Farm bakery, Victory offers flavorful brands which include HopDevil, Prima Pils, Golden Monkey, DirtWolf, and Storm King.
Personal Pick: Hop Devil
Yards – Philadelphia, PA:
Starting in a garage-sized brewery, Yards has expanded and created signature ales such as Philadelphia Pale Ale, Extra Special Ale (ESA), Brawler, and Love Stout.
Personal Pick: Philadelphia Pale Ale