This article was written by Maureen Fitzpatrick, contributor to Visit South Jersey and author of ‘A Guide To New Jersey Craft Breweries, South Jersey.’
Do you remember the iconic sitcom Cheers? If not, be sure to check out the reruns and you will understand just why brewers Larry Price and Alexi Skriapas decided to start brewing and open a craft brewery. It is the camaraderie and feeling of kinship in Cheers that the two bring to their venture, Core3 Brewery, a name which refers to three longtime friends who have always been there for one another. Welcome to this brand-new craft brewery!
After searching for a location in Gloucester County, the pair struck out when trying to lay down their brewery’s roots in their hometown of Franklinville. Disappointed, they eventually found the perfect spot on RT 47 in the town of Clayton where Core3 was welcomed with open arms. Large garage doors that open to outdoor seating and plenty of space for mingling, along with the rustic feel of the tasting room, gives you the feel of a tromp through serene woods with a twist of edge. The additions of a few cool touches like a fireplace, walls built from salvaged construction palates, hand crafted wood knot taps, and unique light fixtures -one made from an old hay baling machine- leave you with the perfect mini escape. With Alexi and Larry being outdoorsmen, nature and wood define the theme, with comfort and the industrial feel of the garage doors, a pleasant side note.
Be sure to notice the bar, a piece of history. You will be resting your glass on Civil War era floor joists which came from a Philadelphia train station that was located at Broad and Washington. Even when those joists were used at the station, the wood was about 300 years old, so sit, admire and revel in the 500-year-old wood below your elbows. Though scrubbed and shined up, the original saw marking and some old nails are still visible.
With more than fifteen years of brewing experience between Larry and Alexi, visitors can try high quality beers in styles ranging from IPAs to Kolsch to sours. On the menu now is the yummy Braspberry, a French saiason sure to please both the novice and pro beer connoisseur. Try the Road to Fislers’ Mill, a cream ale aptly named after the old Road to Fislers’ Mill, now locally called Academy Street. This light bodied beer will surprise you with its drinkability and refreshing feel. With ten beers currently on tap, there is something for everyone. As the brewery develops, expect some smoked beers and coffee stouts, Alexi’s favorites. You might even discover an element of surprise in some of the beers: juniper berries, anise, and more. No matter your favorite style, Core3 brews to the taste of the individual, not to the masses, keeping a very high standard.
Everything you experience in this nanobrewery has been touched with care by Larry and Alexi. All the work on the building, the design and the décor, have been executed by them. In fact, they were so involved, that even after suffering a shattered ankle while off-road dirt biking, Alexi still hobbled around the worksite on crutches, preparing for his dream of serving you. After two years of such work, this amazing place is a true gem and well worth a ride to Clayton.
Stop on over Core3 Brewery from Thursday to Saturday 12pm to 9pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Core3 is located at 609 Delsea Drive, Clayton, NJ.