Exit 1 | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exit 1 is beer brewed with oysters. The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from oyster shells. Irish ale yeast adds a bit of fruitiness and a dry crispness. The rich stout is perfect for cool weather-and especially delicious when paired with a few Jersey oysters on the half shell.

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Photo of RobbieJD12
4.99/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely LOVE this beer! My favorite of all time. Been trying to get a close second and can't seem to find one. Great taste! Wish this was year round. I'd buy it year round with no hesitation!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was handed to me with a finger of deep-brown head interlaced with black and shifting around like Rorschach's mask. It eventually settled into a slick of brown foam on top of an inky black beer. Its color was midnight black with ZERO light penetration. The nose had notes of coffee, chocolate, mocha, and even a bit of charcoal. Mouthfeel wavered between medium and full with the coffee and charcoal up front followed by a more mellow mocha sweetness and a dark chocolate finish. Owner Gene Muller stated that they had never before made a stout and I hope that they do not stop now, by golly! It was a phenomenal entry in the series, even if I have missed a couple of Exits in my journey.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolute black body, topped by a huge fluffy rocky dark tan/brown head. Terrific lacing. Just wish the head would stay longer.

Big rich roast coffee nose. Expected more from the oysters though.

Terrific taste of dark coffee and chocolate. Not getting the oysters, but don't care either.
Earthy hops are just right seasoning on top.

Creamy mouthfeel seems like it has Hershey syrup running through it.

Definitely drinkable, a joy at that.

A gem from Flying Fish.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (use by 11-3-17) drank on 12/29/16, poured into a tulip.

Solid black in color with no discernable hue other than black. The head is cocoa brown, 1F, and does a fast fade to a film and leaves heavy drape lacing.

Roast chocolate malt, some coffee, salt marsh, sweet and dry like Irish stout or seaweed on a Jersey beach. This beer smells like the Jersey Shore, high praise indeed !!!

Liquid dark chocolate with sea salt, 70% cocoa minimum. Some salt water taffy sweetness.

Silky smooth medium body with a touch of carbonation tingle for the tongue. The 7.5% abv is well disguised and the flavor hangs on like coffee sans the nutty character.

I'm a Jersey boy, born and bred. And I dig a Jersey brew that comes through. Well done, boyz.

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Photo of threeviews
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (Best Before Date: 1-09-15) into a snifter glass...a day shy of 6 months old.

A- Pours pitch black with about 1/2 finger of a soapy, khaki head dissipating rather quickly. (4.0)

S- Aroma is comprised of coffee, milk chocolate and a hint of berry. The oyster mineral/brine component is definitely present and quite dominant, yet melds well with all the others. (4.75)

T- Milk chocolate is perceived first followed by a mild berry-like sweetness. Coffee astringency is soft which quickly succumbs to a briny and dry finish. No alcohol is detected. (4.75)

M- Despite 7.5% ABV, the body is rather thin. Although it poured with a conservative head, a good amount of creamy carbonation was left behind, further accentuating Exit 1's dryness on the palate. (3.75)

O- This is one of the best examples of the style, largely due to the fact that the contribution from the oysters are absolutely present in all aspects of the beer: nose, flavor and mouthfeel. I would, however, enjoy Exit 1 a bit more if it possessed more substantial (i.e. chewy) body...mashing at a higher temperature would achieve this result, but more malt would need to be used to achieve the same ABV. (4.5)

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler from Buy Rite North Plainfield. Poured into a snifter; since I'm oh so classy.
Drank this last night so it's relatively fresh in my head

A: Black with a thin head and some lacing.

S: Deep roasted dark chocolate and coffee

T: Starts out surprisingly crisp with a slight hop bitterness contrasted by chocolate with a touch of sweetness. The taste then turns (And this part I will remember forever) to a charred wood taste - as if burnt pieces of wood from the fireplace were in this beer - and I absolutely love it. Not overpowering or offensive but unmistakeable. One of a kind.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

O: My first Oyster Stout and it was a memorable one. Try this for a fresh take on stouts.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was a huge fan of FF beers when I could get them easily. Their Farmhouse Ale was the best US produced style of an import I had ever had for years. I find they have slipped a bit over the years so I am excited to try a special beer from them.

Absolutely jet black in color. Nice tight cocoa head that fades way too fast for me. Moderate roasted and cocoa aroma. Big roasted flavor without being too astringent. Deep roasted grain taste here. Dark chocolate and a slight mocha tinge. No sense of oysters or their essence though I could see the connection here. Somewhat briny, if thats not too far a reach. Great body-really a solid mouthfeel. Great drinkability-very well rounded and balanced. Could do this one all night-early and often-just like how I vote!

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Photo of jmalex
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

These Exit beers are really getting me excited. On the heels of the success of both Exit 4 (GABF medal) and Exit 11 (the best American Wheat I've ever had), I ran out and picked up a couple Exit 1's on the day they hit stores.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker black in color with a one-finger high dark beige head. It's bubbles are large and loose and they shrink quickly to a minimal collar.

SMELL: A dry roastiness is at the forefront and barely gives way to anything else. Subtle fruitiness backs it up along with a dark chocolate character that comes out as it warms. Perhaps a bit dry for style but really nice nonetheless.

TASTE: Again the dryness is its defining characteristic. The sweet, fruity chocolates are there and they are fantastic, but they disappear quickly at the finish that you need to go back for another sip. Otherwise, it's a dry, minerally,chalky roastiness that defines that flavor, with maybe a slight hit of diacetyl tacked on for good measure.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium full bodied with a sharp but not high carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth, but that's fine for style.

DRINKABILITY: Off the charts. I can't get enough of this, and I'm now realizing that I might need another beer before the night is up. The alcohol is at a decent level (7%), but you don't get even a hint of it in this beer. Exceptional.

This is definitely NOT a sipping beer. This is a beer for drinking over and over during a long evening with friends. Or by yourself. It doesn't matter. Try this beer and buy a few. You won't regret it.

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Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this one high marks. Oyster stout ... sure, why not. I'm not sure how much oyster is in this, or how or in what way they add the oysters, but this is a really nice, thick, almost sludge like inky black stout. The stout has a small creamy dark brown head, not much retention or lacing. The beer is low carbonation and super creamy. There isn't that oily slickness on the tongue, which is an added bonus as well. The nose is dark roasted notes, coffee remnant aromas, maybe some chocolate, maybe some sweeter malts. There is a pungent nose on this beer.

The taste is quite good. The beer has some drying qualities that mix quite nicely with some sweeter dark malts. There are some charring qualities, some burnt molasses qualities, some roasted English toffee, some dry Irish stout too. The creaminess, the subtlety of the beer, and its full palate and drinkability make this beer a real find. L'Chaim.

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to review this one.

A-Deeply opaque dark brown with a generous dark mocha head and plenty of fine carbonation.

S-Roasty and sweet. Some nice dark malt, balanced by a lacto sweetness.

T-And so is the flavor. Sweet milk stout character in the front with a nice roasted character in the middle and a moderately bitter finish. What a great balance of flavors. Excellent depth and richness.

M-Medium bodied and a bit rich. Fine carbonation cuts the richness nicely.

D-I could drink these all night. Time has been very kind here, as the flavors have deepened quite nicely.


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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We really need more oyster stouts. Used to love Yard's Love Stout and this is a great homage to the Delaware Bay and was inspired by Love Stout.

Lots of licorice and coffee in the taste. Very smooth. Others have reported a metallic taste. I think I spotted it, but I wouldn't have if someone hadn't mention something. Honestly, it blends very easily with the licorice flavor.

Drank most of the bottle myself, so I guess that would make it quite drinkable.

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Photo of StonyB
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, props to the Copper Mine Pub for having this limited release on tap. Vito, you need to stop serving all these interesting beers, I'm going broke...

Exit 1 is a rare find these days, an oyster stout. The third entry in Flying Fish's NJ Turnpike series, let's see if this one's a pearl...

Appearance - Opaque black. 20,000 leagues under the sea black. Topped by a crest of rich cappucino foam. Beguiling.

Smell - Picture smelling a fresh cup o' joe. Now picture smelling that same cup while standing on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Roasty, but with a slightly salty seawater, almost brackish aroma. Cue the seagulls.

Taste - Interesting. Rich cream like a milk stout, semi-sweet and slightly bitter chocolate like a dry stout. Definitely some salty and mineral-y notes that I hope I would detect even if I didn't know this was an oyster stout.

Mouthfeel - Velvety, thick body and texture. Somewhat chewy, slightly acidic.

Drinkability - I'd like to have several of these at a sea-side restaurant, while shucking some tasty oysters. I'd also like to have several of these without the restaurant, or the oysters.

The area of South Jersey surrounding Exit 1 was once known as a haven for oysters, and that reputation has recently been revived. A truly under-appreciated style, thanks to Flying Fish for another winner. Can't wait to see what waits for us at the next Exit...

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a midnight brown color with a foamy tan head that leaves dots and dashes of lace around the glass

Smell: Burnt toast, with a peaty/smokey character; hints of chocolate and brine

Taste: The roasty, burnt toast flavor comes through, up front, but the flavor quickly adds a fruity/hoppy/briny dimension that carries through, mid-palate, with peaty tones underneath; after the swallow, some chocolate elements peak through, but the finish is dry and briny

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy

Drinkability: Relatively light compared to other big stouts, and that adds to the drinkability; very nice, with subtle differences; like other Flying Fish brews, they may not be the biggest, but they are very drinkable

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oyster stout, continuation of the Exit series of beer. Beer is served in a tulip. Beer is black and forms a nearly non-existent head of small lightly brown bubbles that does not leave lacing on the glass. Looks OK.

Aroma is light and kind of sweet. Some roast as well.

Beer is really good, medium bodied, clean and sweet. Lots of malt up front, a very good stout. I'm liking these foreign export stouts more and more. Good mouthfeel and really high drinkability.

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Photo of shamrock1343
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my second 750 ml bottle.If I can find another I would buy it.

It pours nice and dark... a very nice head

The normal stout smell with a little chocolate smell

The taste is excellent the chocolate is very good.

Sweet is begin and then Tart with a little hop finish

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large ale glass: color is black, solid, head is tan and presents about 1 inch thick then disspates to ring.

Smell is earthy, bitter, slight chocolate note; the scent eludes to an ale that straddles the sweeter stouts and the dryer irish stouts.

Taste is very similar to the aroma: fairly earthy start, somewhat dryer than the aroma hints at then some pleasant roast and chocolate, light note of espresso.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant for stronger/sweeter style stout: perfect carbonation, nice lingering balance of sweetness and earthy bitterness, slight fullness in the tongue.

Overall, a very good stout, great balance and the added unique quality from the oyster, mainly in the mouthfeel and maybe the earthier aroma.

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Photo of farrago
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a solid finger plus head of a quite dark brown color, even surface, retention is not that great though and the lacing, while broad, tends more to slide down than stick. The liquid is a fully opaque brownish black, suggests clarity rather than sediment, just about impossible to gauge the visible carbonation level. The nose is sweet, delivering chocolate, licorice, milk and hard butterscotch candy notes, nutty and not overly toasted, doused campfire smoke, nothing acrid or burnt about it, satisfying if simple. Full-bodied, lacks carbonation which gives it a sort of sluggishness yet there’s no denying the sheer depth of flavor. Loaded with chocolate, caramel, heavy cream and licorice, here you get some cherry to blackberry styled fruit as well. That seashore brine quality is not overpowering and more or less stands in for a hops based spine. In spite of the sweetness of the flavors the texture is dry, particularly the finish, which in turn teases out coffee grind nuances. Overall it has deceptive breadth and you find a lot of easy comfort in the flavors, high level of drinkability.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack of this last week in Totowa, not having any of the Exit beers from Flying Fish in quite a while. I was excited for this and as it turned out, this exceeded my expectations. It's hard for a Stout of any type to stand out from the pack but this did the trick as it was smooth, solid, and oh-so-easily drinkable. For once, I don't mind that I have six of these to go through since I don't think it will last in my house for that long!

The pour to this was solid, as it had a dark hue and tan, bubbly head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass before quickly settling down. Not a strong aroma to this but there was certainly some brine and chocolate to be found, along with a hint of raisin. All of those were present in the mouthfeel, along with a saline saltiness and a slightly ashen tone underneath everything. This was so creamy and smooth without being dry, which I rarely find in a Stout. I was almost expecting an Irish Dry Stout here but this didn't have a chewy aspect to this nor did I need water to wash it down. As s found in so many desserts now, this had the best of both the sweet and salty worlds without having one overpower the other. A hint of dark bread gave this a good body and the aftertaste came and went as gently as a wave on the Delaware.

Ditto for the booze. This certainly wasn't a session beer but you'd never know it until you looked at the bottle. No roasted, heavy motor oil to be found here. While this was a Foreign/Export Stout, a beer like made me think that Oyster Stouts should be in a class by themselves. This was thin enough to go down smoothly but solid enough in body to savor and once again, Flying Fish has outdone themselves with this latest entry in the Exit series. Find this, open it, and savor it - it's a lot better (and possibly cheaper) than taking the Turnpike all the way down to its southern terminus. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate color with creamy tan head of 1 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. Some sticky tightly packed lattice on the glass. The head fades to a thin partial surface layer.
Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate notes and some dry coffee notes. No hints of booze or hops that I can really pick up on this brew.
First sip reveals a smooth textured beer with average to slightly thicker body.
Very fine tingly carbonation rolls across my palate on each sip.
Flavor is roasted malt and dark chocolate. I think it is a little dry on the finish but no real hints of booze. Im not sure if the dryness is imparted by the oysters or if they do something else that I am missing. A nice solid drinkable stout with a fairly high ABV at 7.5%. I would buy this again even though im not sure what the oysters add to the beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Black with some light penetration along the edges. Has 1 finger of brown head that dissipates quickly.

Semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, and roasted barley. Lighter notes of espresso and brine.

Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted barley. Lighter notes of milk chocolate, raisin, and dark roasted coffee. Hints of caramel and brine.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, and silky while remaining crisp with carbonation.

Very tasty Oyster Stout. Solid all around. You go, NJ!

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Photo of MuddyMcGinny
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle into English nonic...

Jet black with a hearty one finger head that hung around a bit. Good nose of... well... stout! HUGE fan of oysters so I was curious the effect that the oysters had on the dark bitter chocolate, roasted grains and malt and they definitely make this a very dry stout I can lash back all nite long, love the smokiness. Expected a bit more brine from the oysters. Down the hatch slick and slippery just like a sweet Jersey oyster. BIG fan o' this brew... wish it was a everyday release from the Cherry Hill fellas. Would love to try this on draught.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Use By: 01-09-15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that retains well before fading to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Heavy dark roast aroma with accompanying notes of molasses, chocolate and a bit of booze.

T- The dark roast hits hard and deep but the chocolaty sweetness that's also there provides a good balance. Additional notes of caramel, vanilla and even some light pecan. The briny-ness from the oysters is only noticed in the aftertaste and sort of rounds out the bitter/sweet duality of the rest of the profile. Pretty drinkable for the ABV

M- Dry, very dry actually and there's a slight chalkiness from the roasted malt. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- This has been a want of mine for a while only because, when the Exit series was first rolled out years ago, I wanted the Exit 1 entry just to add to my bottle collection because I'm from Delaware. Never found it the first time around and they stopped making it for years. When I heard they were bringing it back on the market, and in 6-packs no less, I had to get my hands on it. Found a sixer when I was visiting home and, come to find out, the beer itself is really good too!

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Photo of emagana
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured in a tulip glass.
Dark black in color with a brown long lasting foamy head.
aromas of raisons roast chocolate. sweet syrup.
starts off with a sweet grainy but also smooth texture. i begin to get brown sugar roasted almonds and dark chocolate. i like how this one start off and i dont know if i can even taste oysters.
finishes with a dark raost chocolate and a semi sweet cloying after taste. the pellet is left wanting more and it calls for a great bucket of steam oysters.
i would love to get another one of these. I personally think it falls under a stout from the roasty ness. hardly any alcohol detected in this one.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, you don't get many oyster stouts. In this case, the seafood character is pretty mild and just adds a pleasant, but curious, meaty character. Otherwise there's a big roasty chocolate taste with toasted bread and crust plus dry cocoa and hard candy caramel. It finishes with a dry, bitter and burnt finish. Despite the strength, this isn't a big heavy beer. It's quite drinkable if you don't feel like sharing a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into tulip. Sell by 11-15, so pretty old. Came in a six-pack.

L - Really dark brown, almost black color with milk-brown head. Hard-pouring down the center gave a thick two-finger head. Lacing attaches to the glass but mostly falls back into the beer.

S - dark chocolate malt, roasted malt, brown sugar, "driving into a shore town" smell. Semi-salty air backs up the stout roastiness.

T - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, briney slipperiness, black coffee. Dry stout with a little bit of sea salt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Oysters mellow out the malt and brings more dryness to the beer.

F - Medium body, watery feel. Black coffee lingers on the tongue. Really sticks on the palate. Nice beer with drink and eat with.

O - Do not be discouraged by the "brewed with oysters" tag. They use shells instead of the meat to get the salty-briney flavor of the shells. Try it if you like dry stouts. I have yet to have one with seafood but I could imagine the pairing would be spectacular. Big fan of oyster stouts ever since I had one at Vault Brewing Company. Must-try if you are a real stout fan. Cheers!

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Exit 1 from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 291 ratings.
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