I stopped at Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, New Jersey. I have been wanting to stop here for quite a while now. Stopping was pretty easy – not too far from the New Jersey Turnpike on my way home from a business trip. I had learned recently that Flying Fish Brewing Company is owned by a Drexel grad and being a Drexel grad myself this even intensified my interest.
I enjoyed the feel of the tap room. There were quite a number of people there plus some outside. The small beer/merchandise store is conveniently located behind the bar. This made it that much easier to purchase beer to bring home.
I definitely had to try the Farm House Summer Ale and the Daylight Savings IPA. Both delicious. Also the Red Fish is a tasty Red Ale. I brought some of each of these home with me.
A dear friend advocates for ALS and I simply had to try the Tour De Fish benefitting research to cure this terrible disease. What a great ale for the Ales for ALS program. I liked it so much that I filled my travel growler with it and enjoyed it with my family as soon as I got home.
I stopped in at Kane Brewing Company in Ocean, New Jersey. I really enjoyed a tasting flight of their beers. Single Fin Belgian Blonde was tasty. Hop Lab Citra was perhaps my favorite. It is a fresh pale ale, crisp and slightly hoppy. Head High is a solid IPA and Overhead is a solid Double IPA. Neither too hoppy. I love what these guys are doing with hops and since I stop for hops I was really happy/hoppy at Kane Brewing!
I stopped in at Beach Haus Brewery in Belmar, New Jersey. For being a beach brewery they have a real breadth of beer styles including “darker, heavier” styles I would most commonly associate with winter and cold weather. And, these styles are available year round. Parade Day Irish Coffee Stout is a delicious coffee stout. I was very impressed with the easy-drinking Grapefruit Radler. The Strawberry Radler was tasty but felt more like a wine cooler. The beer I enjoyed the most, and perhaps their best beer, was the High Side Blonde Ale. It was fresh, complex, easy drinking and delicious. I liked it so much that I bought a six-pack to bring home to enjoy later.
I stopped in at Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston, PA while on vacation in the Poconos. I tried all of the IPAs on tap and loved them all – LOVED. I would drink any/all of these any time. But I have to focus on Sunny Spot Grapefruit Shandy – absolutely delicious – AND – Shady Spot Lemon Shandy – PERFECT. I’m not even a huge shandy fan yet I loved both of these. In fact, I’m not even a lemon fan. YOU MUST TRY THESE BEERS. We brought a case and a half of these beers home with us. Please stop in and try these shandies.
We also had a great opportunity to chat with the brewer in the tap room. He’s doing a fabulous job. I can’t wait to try more beers from here.
I stopped in at Irving Cliff Brewery in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, while on vacation in the Poconos. The Crazy Train Double IPA was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. For a new, small brewery this is quite an accomplishment. The Horatio Allen Stout was rich and flavorful without being heavy. Also quite an accomplishment. I’d recommend this brewery to anyone visiting the Poconos.
I stopped in at Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville, Pennsylvania while on vacation in the Poconos. Several of the appetizers were really delicious: Hummus dip, Spicy Fried Pickles and Big Pocono Nachos. All were delicious with a beer. We tried two flights in order to sample all of the beers on tap. Our favorite beer was the Too Bitter ESB. We found this beer to be malty and bitter, a great balance.