Mark Haynie

Vernon Ogrodnek////////////////

Mark Haynie, beer columnist for At The Shore.

You say you’ve already visited all the breweries in the area? Well, don’t put your cups away quite yet; there a few new ones on the horizon.

Hidden Sands Brewing in Egg Harbor Township (6754 Washington Ave.) is scheduled to open at either the end of August or the beginning of September. Veteran brewer Mike LaRosa, who honed his skills at Rock Bottom in King of Prussia and Tired Hands in Ardmore, mans the fully automated Siemens Braumat 20 BBL system. Water is obtained from the 800-foot-sand aquifer buried beneath the location, hence the name Hidden Sands. This sprawling warehouse space will house not only the brewing equipment, but also three bars for serving its products to us thirsty folks. The mezzanine and upper level bars overlook the brewery so you can watch all the action. They will be producing a wide variety of styles: 800 Foot Pils, Sandy Blue Pale Ale, Pump Handle Honey Wheat, First Drop Baltic Porter and Unfathomable Depths IPA series: 107 and 447 Foot IPA and 608 Foot DIPA. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for further info.

The Bucket Brigade Brewery in Cape May Court House (205 N. Main St.) will debut in September. Manning the station are two firefighters who are looking to set the local beer scene aflame. Carl and Kurt Hughes have been both volunteer and professional firefighters and have decided to carry that theme into their brewery. Special recognition will be given to all those public servants who risk their lives every day to protect us: those who serve fire, police, EMS and in the military.

In the Bucket Brigade’s site buildout will be items gleaned from the MV Twin Capes ferry and other local buildings. Teakwood and brass will grace the bar, and mahogany shelves will line the walls. Tributes to these donors will be seen surrounding the bar. Their three barrel system will be augmented by 13 3-BBL fermenters and 2 3-BBL Brite tanks. Opening this brewery has been a dream for these guys for several years and it is finally coming to fruition. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Just down the road, 7 Mile Brewery will celebrate its first anniversary on Sept. 2 with a specially brewed IPA for the occasion. There will also be food, music and games. A recent collaboration with Lunacy Brewing from Magnolia should also be on tap — a mango habanero Gose with a little bit of heat, a little bit of sweet and some tart thrown in. Don’t miss this event!


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