6 different ways to taste beer in NJ, Philadelphia
Of course, you can pop into one of New Jersey’s over 100 craft breweries this summer and enjoy a flight or pint of seasonal cooler or sour, a Summer Pilsner, or a hazy IPA.
If you love craft beer, it’s a pleasure to be able to frequent the breweries again, whether you are taking advantage of the expanded outdoor seating areas or venturing inside to chat with the tasting room team.
Want to take things up a notch?
You can also pair your favorite summer beer with a weird side with these quirky ways to taste beer during summer heat waves, whether you love ska, war stories, speakeasies, Swedish history, Al Capone or . .. well, throwing in rice and toast.
Redo ‘The Time Warp’ at the alternate ending
The creatures of the night return to Aberdeen.
The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” performance group the Friday Nite Specials called the Bow Tie Strathmore Cinemas on Route 34 in Aberdeen for over 700 performances over 14 and a half years before the cinema closes in summer 2019.
The building is now a cinema-themed brewery and restaurant, Alternate Ending Beer Co., and it’s time for fans of Friday Nite Specials and “Rocky Horror” from “The Time Warp” again.
Alternate Ending welcomes the troupe for a “Rocky Horror” show at 11pm on Friday July 23. Tickets cost $ 20, or $ 25 for admission, plus a box of candy and a bag of props. A limited menu of appetizers will be available, and the drinks will flow.
Go: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with Friday night specials at Alternate Ending Beer Co., 11:00 pm Friday, July 23, 1057 Route 34, Aberdeen, $ 20 to $ 25; finalternebeerco.com, tickets available via Resy.
Ska Party at Four City Brewing
Author and musician Marc Wasserman will celebrate the release of his new book, “Skaboom! An American Ska and Reggae Oral History” from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday July 25 at Four City Brewing in Orange.
Copies of the book and four limited edition packs of Ska Boom! Stout will be available, and there will be music by Barbicide and DJ Jah Measel, with Jamaican food truck Food Runnings on site.
Go: “Skaboom! An American Ska and Reggae Oral History” night out, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Four City Brewing, 55 Sou Essex Ave., Orange; no cover, 973-630-1411, fourcitybrewing.com. For more information on the book, visit diwulf.com.
Settle into a brewery in a sweatshop
Brainy Borough Brewing rolls with the punches. About 6 months ago, the microbrewery was set up inside Hailey’s Harp-Cade, a retro-themed arcade attached to Hailey’s Harp and Pub. Following a space redesign, you can no longer grab a pint before a game of PAC-MAN, but instead you can enjoy the vibes of the Prohibition Age.
The reception hall is now inside the Hangout and Parlor at Hailey’s, a underground bar-style space with a full bar, pewter ceiling, saloon-style doors, chandeliers, leather banquettes at the old and vintage travel photos.
Here, choose from up to six Brainy Borough draft beers, which currently include a Pineapple Kolsch, American Lager, Pepper-Packed IPA, and New England-style IPA.
Back to the 1920s: There is now a sweatshop in Metuchen
“The show gives a rich maturity to the overall ambience of our Brainy Borough brewhouse,” said Joe Cascio, CEO of Brainy Borough Brewing. “Its ambiance and decor give a modern twist to this old-fashioned underground bar atmosphere.”
Go: 15 station square, Metuchen; 732-921-9895, brainyboroughbrewing.com.
Practice your Swedish words between sips
OK, this is not about Jersey craft beer, but about beer you can drink in Jersey.
The American Swedish Historical Museum, based in Philadelphia, offers people the chance to sample beer and Scandinavian food.
This summer, because of COVID-19, they are giving a new twist to their summer tasting experience.
SmörgåsBeer in Your Backyard is a chance to enjoy beer, food, games, music and a Zoom guided tasting experience with friends from the comfort of home.
“Master brewers and representatives of certain companies will discuss their brands, flavors and inspiration in real time as you taste,” according to a press release from the museum.
Tickets for the event come with an event bag which includes a pack of six assorted drinks, two souvenir SmörgåsBeer tasting glasses, an assortment of Swedish sweets and a Scandinavian pub trivia game, packed in a tote bag. all reusable for museum.
Hey, Swedish goldfish goes well with beer, right?
Tickets cost $ 45 for ASHM members, $ 50 for non-members. You must be 21 or over to purchase. Valid ID must be presented when picking up or delivering the event bag.
Call 215-389-1776 or visit americanswedish.org/events/smorgasbeer-your-backyard-0 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Enjoy a beer and meditate on incarceration rates
In May, the Eastern State Penitentiary opened its Fair Chance beer garden as it welcomed the return of its after-hours program “Night Tours: Summer Twilight”. A national historic monument and educational site, Eastern State functioned as a prison from 1829 to 1971, housing approximately 75,000 inmates behind its 30-foot walls.
Visitors to the “Night Tours” have the chance to explore the penitentiary – with the help of an audio tour narrated by Steve Buscemi. Among the many highlights is a reconstruction of Al Capone’s cell.
The tour ends at the Fair Chance Beer Garden, presented by Eastern State and its Philadelphia neighbors Triple Bottom Brewing, and located on the former prison baseball field. You can sip Purpose Pale Ale in the same spot where 19th-century inmates played ball during cell breaks.
The museum and brewery are fair employers, which means they seek out job applicants who have experienced homelessness or incarceration and pay each employee at least $ 15 an hour.
The beer garden is located at the base of The Big Graph, a 16-foot-tall steel structure that traces the growth in incarceration rates in the United States since 1900. The Fair Chance Beer Garden continues the practices of Triple Bottom and the Eastern State of combining activism and advocacy with entertainment and recreation.
“Night Tours: Summer Twilight” featuring the Fair Chance Beer Garden runs from Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Saturday September 4th. Tickets start at $ 19, free for Eastern State members. Scheduled tickets must be purchased online in advance. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia; 215-236-3300, Easternstate.org. Triple Bottom Brewing, 915 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, triplebottombrewing.com.
Say hello to the region’s best craft breweries aboard a battleship
If your favorite thing about the ever-expanding craft beer scene is the chance to experience a new brewery, the USS New Jersey is the place for you.
The Battleship New Jersey, a museum docked on Camden’s waterfront, will host a craft beer festival sponsored by the New Jersey Craft Brewers Association on Saturday, July 24.
The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and features dozens of breweries serving unlimited samples of New Jersey craft beer.
The event will also include self-guided (on arrival) tours of the ship, live music, food for sale and other vendors.
Tickets cost $ 50, or $ 75 for VIP treatment. Non-drinkers can enter for $ 20. Visit newjerseybeer.ticketleap.com/2021-battleship-beer-fest/
Tammy Paolino is the South Atlantic Feature Editor for the USA Today Network. She is an award-winning journalist and editor who enjoys covering trends, diversity, the arts, food and drink. Reach her at [email protected] or 856-486-2477 or on Twitter @CP_TammyPaolino. Help support local journalism with a digital subscription.