Saturday, January 15, 2011

Iron Hill and Flying Fish

MAPLE SHADE, NJ – On Saturday, January 15, at 12 noon, two of New Jersey’s top brewers, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant andFlying Fish Brewing Company, will host a special Jersey’s Finest Beer Tasting at Iron Hill Maple Shade (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300).  Featuring exciting new beers from each brewery, the event will be one of the only opportunities for guests to experience these two powerhouses side by side.  Head brewers Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill and Casey Hughes of Flying Fish will also be on hand to discuss the beers and interact with their guests, making it a must-go-to-event for New Jersey beer lovers.

“We’re proud to be from New Jersey, and our colleagues at Flying Fish feel the same way,” says LaPierre.  “This event is both a fun way to debut our latest beers and also a great opportunity to work alongside like-minded brewers to create a more vibrant brewing culture here in our home state.”

Featured beers will include:  Flying Fish Exit 13 Chocolate Stout, the latest in their big-bottle “Exit Series” of beers inspired by the exits of the New Jersey turnpike, a rich chocolate stout ideal for sharing with friends in cool weather;  Flying Fish Grand Cru, a Belgian-style strong golden ale fermented at a higher temperature which adds an undercurrent of fruitiness and clove hop presence;  Iron Hill Luca Brasi, a recipe formulated by the winners of their “Iron Brewer” competition that blends rich stout with 43 pounds of whole and ground Sumatran coffee beans;  Iron Hill Cask-Conditioned Half-Caff, Luca Brasi’s base beer aged on whole coffee beans;  and Jersey’s Finest, a collaborative brew that combines Exit 13 and Luca Brasi, then is aged on whole vanilla beans and cocoa nibs for what Hughes and LaPierre playfully call a “South Jersey Mocha.” All beers will be offered on a pay-as-you-go basis, so guests can sample them all and then enjoy more of their favorite.

Flying Fish Brewing Company (1940 Olney Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ) was the world’s first ‘virtual’ microbrewery, establishing an Internet presence as early as 1995.  That presence helped to generate press interest and woo investors to the fledgling brewery, which would not open for business until late 1996.  Today, founder Gene Muller, head brewer Hughes and their team oversee four full-time styles, as well as a variety of seasonal beers. 

Founded by home brewers Mark Edelson and Kevin Finn and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the region’s fastest-growing restaurant group, blossoming from one restaurant and brewery to eight locations across the mid-Atlantic.  Each is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.  Their acclaimed beers have accumulated a wealth of awards from the nation’s top beer festivals, and their restaurants have earned more than 100 “Best of” nods from local and national publications. 

For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant please visit them on or follow them on twitter @ironhillbrewery or the Maple Shade location @IronhillNJ. 

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