NJ LIVING UP TO
ITS BEER HERITAGE
;;;; ;;;;;;;;;;; are tougher than
others. Covering the booming New Jersey craft-beer business? Let’s just say
it wasn’t too hard to find volunteers to
contribute to this month’s cover story.
We published our first craft-beer issue in March ;;;;. At that time, New
Jersey boasted ;; breweries and brewpubs. When we reprised the subject in
March ;;;;, the count had more than
doubled to ;;. Three years later, New
Jersey has about ;;; production breweries and ;; brewpubs.
It’s fitting. In the years leading up to
Prohibition, New Jersey had hundreds
of breweries; Newark, Camden and
New Brunswick were major brewing centers. Post-Prohibition, history
was made in NewJersey in ;;;;, when
Newark’s Krueger became the first
brewer to sell canned beer. In the decades after World War II, brewing died
out in New Jersey—with the exception
of Budweiser’s Newark plant. Finally,
the ;;;; launch of Climax Brewing in
Roselle Park marked our state’s entry
into the craft-beer business.
To help guide readers through Jersey’s burgeoning roster of craft breweries, we assembled a panel of experts
to pick the state’s best. In this issue,
we introduce you to the ;; top breweries, as chosen by our panel, as well as
the state’s best new brewery, top tasting rooms, best brew pub, and more.
Which brings us back to those tough
assignments. Our team travelled the
state to report on the ;; breweries.
( Yes, sampling was allowed—in moderation.) Deputy editor/dining editor
Eric Levin researched the fine art of
brewing lagers, while associate editor Shelby Vittek delved into the arcana of wild fermentation. Eager for a
hands-on experience, our editor, Ken
Schlager, checked out what it’s like to
work on a brewery canning line. His
sudsy saga is this month’s Exit Ramp.
Their assignments are complete.
Now you can savor the results—per-
haps with a fine New Jersey craft beer.
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