(Somerdale, NJ) – Flying Fish Brewing provided an update on Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale in this morning’s newsletter. Also of note, the brewery hopes to have the new brewhouse up and running by summer (if not mid-spring).
The beer’s ready and in the tank, we’re just waiting for something to put it in. Our bottle supplier said we’d get them in December. Then January. Now those really cool, really limited 750 ml bottles are supposed to arrive in another two weeks. Keep your fingers crossed. This is the downside of all the growth in craft brewing–some suppliers can’t keep up.
This long-delayed eighth stop on our multi-year trip to explore New Jersey though its beer and culture brings us to, coincidentally, Exit 8 and celebrates what puts the “Garden” in Garden State.
Did you know that New Jersey has more than 9,800 farms covering 790,000 acres? We’re in the top four nationally in blueberries, cranberries, spinach, peaches, bell peppers and head lettuce produced. Not bad for the most densely
populated state. To celebrate Exit 8, one of our big farming areas, we’ve brewed a beer that uses a lost local ingredient chestnuts–and a popular current one–two varieties of local honey.
This full-bodied hybrid Belgian-style brown ale brings forward a nutty character from the chestnuts, accented by the flavors of honey, roasted barley and oat flakes. There’s a nice spiciness from the Mt. Rainier hops while the Chinooks add a touch of pine. Fuggles and Columbus round out the hop profile.
Exit 8 pairs perfectly with hearty foods like roast pork, sausages or a nice aged gouda.