The beer train continues to roar through the Garden State like a runaway locomotive. New breweries are opening throughout the state and in our area.
Vinyl Brewing in Hammonton recently opened, becoming the third brewery in the blueberry capital. Co-owner Jim Sacco was former head brewer at Three 3’s and decided it was time to open his own place. With family members, Susan and Tom Puentes on board, his dream has come true. Homebrewing since 2004, Jim expects to keep the taps flowing with flavorful IPAs, saisons and sours. With a great location looking out on the city, this venue will serve as another feather in the cap of this small farming community. The hours of the tasting room will be 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays to Wednesdays; 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays; noon to 10p.m. Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.
Manafirkin Brewing in Manahawkin opened this summer and has received great reviews. They brew a wide assortment of styles and the taproom is a beautifully appointed place to sit and enjoy beers and conversation.
Ship Bottom Brewing in LBI will hold its 2nd Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, where they will release their Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Belgian Double. On Oct. 21 and 22, they will host a “Haunted Brewhouse” event, a trick or treat for adults. They will infuse some of their beers with candy: Belgian Double with Skittles, Imperial Pumpkin with Hershey’s Chocolate bars, Barnacle Bottom Stout with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and another with Junior Mints. There will be a costume contest with prizes and a trick or treat for the kids also. Late in the month they will release cans of Barnacle Bottom Stout, Stupid Paddle Boat IPA, The Shack IPA and Barnegat Lager. They are also donating money to hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, so visit soon and help out.
Tropicana Atlantic City will hold its Beer and Whiskey Fest Saturday, October 14, from 2 to 8 p.m. Live entertainment by John Eddie and His Dirty ‘Ol Band will keep the fest festive. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, Garden State Beer Co. will host a Halloween Party at the brewery from 7 to 11 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, and entertainment will be provided by Indelible Groove. TJ’s BBQ will be on the property to provide some nourishment.