This is the second installation of our New Jersey Beer Blogs series! Originally, I was going to make this one big entry, but I think that each of these excellent beer blogs deserve their own post. Let me introduce you to Chris of 52Brews and let him explain in his own words what his blog is about.
The veritable beginnings of 52brews.com were rooted one afternoon in my favorite local beer bar, a little over a year ago. My wife and I sat at the bar sipping Chimay when my eyes were drawn to the tiny booklet strung around the neck of the 750mL bottle. The booklet told the tale of the monks of Scourmont Abbey – my first glimpse into the history of Trappist beer making. Fascinated, I studied more on Chimay, in awe of the mysterious allure surrounding the sublime brews.
Answering all of my questions required a good amount of legwork, but beneath it all was an incredible story waiting to be told. My natural response was my first article: a review of Chimay Cinq Cents. Soon I learned that in the battle of mass-marketing tactics from the more popular labels, the biggest enemy of the craft beer industry is ultimately public perception; most people are unfamiliar with the world of beer outside of the popular pale lager.
There is an urgent need to empower the voice of the small brewer, and an even greater one to educate the consumer. Armed (at varying times) with brewer’s tales, historical notes, and writings of noted reviewers – and not without credit to the greater beer community for inspiration and suggestion – 52brews was born to help tell the stories of great beer and its brewers, week after week. The writing is a hobby, and I occasionally fail to update each week; but frankly, I don’t get paid to blog… or maybe that’s the Jersey talking.
A life-long resident of the garden state, I frequent bottle shops in Totowa, Wayne, Madison, and occasionally South Plainfield. While I prefer sours, stouts, and barleywines, I’ll enjoy just about anything made with care. I have visited most of the breweries and brewpubs in the state, but tend to endorse the same few locations: The Shepherd and the Knucklehead (taps), the Cloverleaf Tavern (taps/bottles), and the Gaslight Brewery (bottles/food).