Sometimes, it ‘aint so bad living in New Jersey!
I can’t remember the last time that sentiment crossed my synapses, but this weekend was different! I attended a beer-tasting event for an up-and-coming brewery located (for now) in northern New Jersey.
The ‘up and coming brewery’ I referred to is called Manor House Brewing, – and they’re very close to getting all their ducks in a row regarding equipment, legal issues, and real estate.
The beer-tasting event over the weekend is a way for the folks of Manor House to get real-time feedback about their beer, which enables them to refine their recipes if need be. That’s a really smart thing to do I think!
The beer itself was just unbelievable. There were three-ish beers available for tasting.
The first beer I tried was a wheat Summer ale. I drink a lot of wheat beers, and it happens to be a favorite style of mine, especially the Belgian Wit. Well, I have to say that the ‘Summer House’ as they call it, blew me away! If this beer were available commercially, there is no doubt it would have a spot in my fridge all Summer long! What makes it different? Well, you’ll have to wait and see for yourself!
The next super-fresh beer I got to sample was a nut brown ale. This is a beer style that I’m not all that familiar with so its a bit hard to make comparisons – needless to say, this beer was also a delight! I think that perhaps I had more samples of this brew than any of the others!
And finally, I got to try the Manor House Brewing version of the English IPA. Now, if you’ve read The Brew Club for any period of time, you’ll know that I’m not a huge IPA fan. Why? Well, I cut my IPA teeth on a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA when I was even less knowledgeable about beer. As excellent of a beer as that may be, it was too much for me, (big baby Scott) and hence, my IPA phobia!
Well, the English IPA is a little different than the American over-hopped version. Its still hoppy, but more balanced with malt flavors. Long story short, the Manor House English IPA was surprisingly, my favorite beer of the evening! Wild stuff, right?
In addition to getting to try the excellent beers, I got to meet and talk with the great people behind the operation – Charles, Tomi, Bill and Elena could not have been better hosts. To me, they seemed like a great group of people who were friendly, knowledgeable and willing to spend time answering questions about the beer, and explaining the great story behind Manor House Brewing. (Also, thanks for the glass!)
Silly me though – I forgot to bring anything that takes pictures just like a little event I attended last summer! That’s unfortunate because I finally got to meet my nemesis Jim, I mean, Jim from Beer and Whiskey Brothers! Jim has posting about Manor House Brewing for some time now- you can read more about their progress over at B&WB.
One thing Jim loves is good, short copy! But, I’m going to throw this line in anyway to say that is was great to finally meet Jim in person. Thankfully, someone else was there to capture the moment. (I’m on the right)
In the meantime, check out Manor House Brewing on Facebook, especially if you’re in the NJ/NY area. You’ll definitely want to know when their beer hits the shelves!
Sometimes, it ‘aint so bad living in New Jersey.