South Jersey has also benefited from the nationwide boom in craft brewery, with standbys like Yuengling, the oldest brewery in America, expanding their profiles at tap houses to compete with regional products. More than ever, the area beer experience is as much a local as a cosmopolitan one, with signature products on display sometimes mere miles from their bottling source.
Craft-batch brewery startups are also growing rapidly in South Jersey, with a handful of local beer-makers joining in the revolution at their own facilities throughout the area. Visiting these spaces has become a must for beer lovers who want to experience the process first-hand. Self-guided tours culminate in tasting rooms where guests can chat up brewmasters and sample the varieties of brews.
The best-established of these is Flying Fish of Somerdale, which has been growing its presence in the region for a full decade. With a dozen different brews, many of them ales and other hop-forward flavors, Flying Fish has made a name for itself with its Exit Series, Red Fish, and seasonal beers. Its new facility incorporates sustainable environmental technology, including solar panels, a rain garden, and an aggressive recycling program.
For the past year, the space formerly occupied by Flying Fish in Cherry Hill has been home to Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing, and the new tenant is rapidly making a name for itself. Taking its inspiration from vintage Jersey shore boardwalk and sideshow culture, the Forgotten Boardwalk tasting room features a carnival atmosphere, with skee ball machines, funhouse mirrors, and a barside wheel of beers for those who can’t decide what to try.
In Mount Holly, nano-brewers Village Idiot have beaten the drum for the downtown revitalization that craft beer can bring to small municipal dining and shopping districts. Taking root in the old Bridgetown Pub on High Street, the brewers have turned the sleepy former taphouse into a bustling enterprise, with nine different beers in rotation.
The small-batch Lunacy Brewing Company of Magnolia is just getting
off the ground with its venture, opening to the public for tastings and tours on Friday and Saturday only. Stop by to check out the flagship IPA, Belgian Blonde Ale, or Rocket Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout.
South Jersey is also home to two Iron Hill brew pub locations (Maple Shade and Voorhees), where guests can see the beverages for their next visit being made while they dine on first-rate pub fare.
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