Business: Pinelands Brewing Co.
Location: 140 Seventh Ave., Unit 15, Little Egg Harbor Township
Owners: Jason "Jay" Chapman, of Hammonton; Nick Brown, of Northfield; Luke McCooley, of Galloway Township; Sean Collins, of Somers Point; and John Kugler, of Mullica Hill, Gloucester County
Employees: Owner operated
Nick Brown: Pinelands Brewing Co. is a nanobrewery located in Little Egg Harbor Township. That means we're a smaller-scale microbrewery.
We have a three-barrel brew system that was custom designed and fabricated by our team.
Our approach is blue-collar craft beer, by which we mean we're all gainfully employed from 9 to 5, and the brewery was really a result of Jay Chapman's labor of love. He's been brewing in his basement for 12 years with a dream of turning it into a business.
By a little bit of destiny we wound up in Little Egg, and once we got there we knew it was the right fit. The town and Ocean County were very helpful.
Right now we brew seven types of beers. They're described on our website, pinelandsbrewing.com.
Almost all microbreweries have an India pale ale, and we also have one. We also have an India red ale, which is a little less hoppy, a little more approachable.
We also have an American pale ale, our Pitch Pine Ale.
Jason "Jay" Chapman: It has a clean, balanced flavor between American hops and malts, very drinkable.
We also make an American wheat beer, called Masons Wheat, which is our nod to Belgian wheat beers with traditional spices coriander and lemon peel.
Our Evan John Porter is a dark, robust porter that we infuse with whole bean vanilla to give it a little highlight.
Brown: The Masons Wheat and Evan John Porter are both named after children of the founders.
Chapman: For now, customers have to come to us for a tasting, on any Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Brown: On our first Saturday, we sold a month's worth of beer.
We encourage people to stay connected with us on social media where we post special events. We'll get 50 people show up with three hours' notice on Facebook.
Chapman: We're gearing up for the beer fest (the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival on April 4 and 5). We've been attending it and hoping to be one of the guys there, and now we'll be serving our products.
We want to be the household brewery for our region and beyond.
Business editor Kevin Post