Mark Haynie

Vernon Ogrodnek//////////////// Mark Haynie, beer columnist for At The Shore.

The Garden State made a great showing at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver recently, bringing home some bling from the largest and most prestigious beerfest in the USA. Local brewery Slack Tide Brewing in Clermont snagged a bronze medal for their Avalon Amber. Village Idiot in Mt. Holly and Kane in Ocean Township also were adorned with medals. New Jersey is entering the beer world in a big way.

Oktoberfest fever is here and celebrations are popping up all over to celebrate this annual event. Local restaurants offer their best German cuisine and pour the appropriate beers to accompany it. Everyone releases their marzens and pumpkin beers this time of year to welcome fall and prepare us for the upcoming holiday season. Stop by your local breweries to taste their recipes. For those who would like a more traditional version from Germany, my favorites are Paulaner Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest and Spaten Oktoberfest.

Tomfoolery will hold its Oktoberfest Saturday, Oct. 6, and will tap its Oktoberfest, Bob’s Bottlehouse Bock and Night of the Gourd Imperial Pumpkin. They will also be instituting a mug club with limited edition Tomfoolery steins on sale. The following Saturday they will release the collaboraton beer with the band, Only on Weekends. This beer is in honor of their first vinyl release, Another Wasted Night. The Irish Red named F. Nighting Ale will be on draft and in cans at the brewery starting at 3 p.m. The band will be in the house at 7 p.m. to sign copies of their record. Food trucks should be in the area also. Celebrating Halloween on Oct. 26, the “haunted house” will be unveiled for all the ghouls and goblins. In November, a release of a special Thanksgiving brew in collaboration with Vinyl Brewing will hit the handles and cans at both locations.

Up in Beach Haven, Shipbotton Brewing has released its Imperial Pumpkin Ale and its Chowderfest in honor of the recent event. On Saturday, Oct. 6, The third annual Harvest Fest will be held and on Oct. 20, the Haunted Brewhouse comes to life(or death?). Nov. 1 is the date for the Mexican Stout can release.

Hidden Sands Brewing Company will launch its first ever fall beer this season. Amber Sands is a hazy, medium body Oktoberfest Ale brewed with German malt. This brew is lightly toasted and sweet, with a slight noble hop presence. Also featured for the fall season is the incredibly popular Cranberry Plum Wheat and the award winning First Drop, a coffee maple porter.

Oyster Creek Brewing in Waretown hass produced some beers for fall as well. A pumpkin ale should be on the taps now and having received some fresh Columbus and Chinook hops from Slippery Pole Farm in Brick Township, we should see them in some upcoming brews. Friday nights in October come and enjoy live music at the brewery. Tuckahoe Brewing in Egg Harbor Township will can lots of their beers now and feature some fantastic artwork on the cans. Look for the new look and great beers at your local stores.

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