Mark Haynie

Mark Haynie, beer columnist for At The Shore.

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There are a couple of new breweries coming to the area. Mudhen Brewing will open soon in Wildwood, while approval was received for a brewery to open in Somers Point at the old SP Ice Co. Another is in the works, to open next to Little Water Distillery. We’re quickly becoming a beer destination!

Hidden Sands Brewing Co. in Egg Harbor Township is also getting ready to open. They have announced their new head brewer, Luke Lindsey, who has previously manned the kettles at Victory, Southern Tier, Lagunitas and North Country, as well as worked as brewing supervisor at Sam Adams. Lindsey has a background in chemistry, which will allow him to run the lab, keeping the quality consistent from batch to batch. He will carry on the styles originally set up by Mike LaRosa and add his own original touches to the lineup. Watch out for the opening date on Facebook or at HiddenSands.com.

Manafirkin Brewing in Manahawkin has recently forged an alliance with Laird Distilling to use its barrels to age some of its products. These special barrels will lend a unique flavor to the beers aged in them. For those unfamiliar with Laird and Company, it was the first commercial distillery in the US, opening in New Jersey in 1780. It produces AppleJack and now also distributes other spirits and wines.

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Ship Bottom Brewing has announced its winter hours: Thursdays to Fridays 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays noon to 10 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 8 p.m. It will release its Mexican Stout on Nov. 11, and its Double Overhead IPA will hit the taps later in the month. Ship Bottom is also planning on a Black Friday special release.

7 Mile Brewery has posted its winter hours, as well: Thursdays 2 to 8 p.m.; Fridays to Saturdays noon to 10 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. This month it will release its Bosco’s Revenge, a chocolate bacon porter made with maple syrup, and I Saw Red, a cranberry saison, which will be its substitute for pumpkin beer. I’m also looking forward to the release of its Trippel 7, an 11.2 percent monster. A bourbon barrel-aged version will follow it in early December.

A fall beer dinner will be held at the Sunset Lounge at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy five courses all paired with beers from Cape May Brewing. From hors d’oeuvres to dessert, this will be a culinary masterpiece. Menu and information can be found at CMLF.com. Call 800-643-3779 for tickets, priced at $59 per person.

Eastern Homebrew in Northfield will host the National Learn To Brew Open House on Nov. 4, with free home brew classes and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reminder: Hosted by Garden State Brewing on Nov. 4, the Bikes and Brews event will benefit the Atlantic County FoodBank and the Galloway Police Department, and will start at the brewery at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and include participation, a T-shirt, light refreshments at JD’s and your first pint at the brewery. Must be 21 to participate.

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