Atlantic City Beerfest 2018 - Breweries to Seek Out?

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  1. tdizzlegrizzle

    tdizzlegrizzle Initiate (96) Nov 3, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'm headed to the AC Beerfest this Friday. I've never been before. I see there are several well-established national craft breweries that will be there (Founders, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, etc.) but also many breweries that are less well-known, smaller, and I think it's fair to say, newer. In particular, this seems to be a showcase for up and coming local breweries from NJ.

    Can any BAs recommend some of these lesser-known breweries that I should seek out? I hear one NJ brewery to look out for is Alementary. I'm looking forward to trying some breweries I don't normally see on shelves, and would love some recommendations. Thanks in advance!
  2. CraigMack61

    CraigMack61 Aspirant (295) Oct 4, 2013 New Jersey

    Czigmeister has been pumping out some good stuff.
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  3. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,032) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Czig Meister
    Bolero Snort
    Demented - Some of their BA beers are pretty good (both sour and clean)

    Not naming others cause I think they’re not worth seeking out or I just don’t know due to lack of experience. Although I were at the Fest I might as well try as many as possible while there.

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  4. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (11,044) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    I'll second Czig Meister, Bolero Snort and Brotherton.
    Broken Goblet has had some great beers.
    Cape May makes some very good stuff across the board.
    Double Nickel does an excellent Pilsner as well as some others.
    Jersey Girl makes some excellent juicy pales, as does...
    Lunacy and...
    Spellbound has some very solid beers.

    There's really too much to choose from! Have fun, and be careful.
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  5. ajfa531

    ajfa531 Aspirant (202) Jun 2, 2007 New Jersey

    Out of the lot, I'm looking at Tonewood, Czig, Vinyl. Bummer that Kane, Conclave, Referend, Troon, and others will not be there. I believe they don't go because the Brewers are expected to give a bunch of kegs for free where other fests will compensate the breweries for their beer.

    Mainly going for the Descendents and a friend's hot sauce company.

    - Joe
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  6. ImPourTed

    ImPourTed Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2014 New York

    Along with everyones locals definitely check out cigar city, id expect them to bring atleast 1 crazy keg with them. Transmitter has some fun stuff, Two Roads has some solid ipas. Check out Defiant, dont expect much out of them but they make pretty solid beer in all styles.
  7. NickCaff

    NickCaff Aspirant (209) Apr 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Saw the descendents in philly last time they came around. If My wife didn’t just have a baby I would be there.
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  8. joe16siny

    joe16siny Initiate (87) Nov 3, 2015 New York

    Make a list of 5 breweries to try and hit them first. Last year they had a NJ section so you can try Tuckahoe, Wet Ticket and Brotherton. Its a big event and you probably won't get to try everthing, so just take it slow and have fun.
  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,156) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I will place two 'votes':

    Double Nickel
    Cape May

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  10. dmac621

    dmac621 Initiate (130) Nov 26, 2008 New Jersey

    I'd add Ludlam Island, Icarus abd Ship Bottom to the list.
  11. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (80) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey

    Three 3s

    Sticking with all NJ breweries. Will be my 12th straight year attending ...uggh lol
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  12. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Aspirant (208) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey

    i think i am at 10 out of 12
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  13. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,146) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    That is one big list. Depending on what the breweries bring most of those could be a highlight. I would suggest as others have said hit the locals and just browse and have fun. Do not worry about the FOMO.
  14. jayrutgers

    jayrutgers Aspirant (201) Oct 29, 2011 New Jersey

    Cape May. Because of their location they don't get nearly the love they deserve and the stuff they bring to the Beerfest is always top notch. That Moscow Mule beer, wow.
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  15. st9647v3

    st9647v3 Crusader (785) Dec 28, 2011 New Jersey

    Anyone know who won the awards? Is there a list somewhere?
  16. ajfa531

    ajfa531 Aspirant (202) Jun 2, 2007 New Jersey

    I won Best Costume.

    - Joe
  17. dmac621

    dmac621 Initiate (130) Nov 26, 2008 New Jersey

    Spellbound Living The Dream with coffee, vanilla qnd maple was my beer of the fest.

    Not sure who made it but Brutus Juice was banging also.
  18. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (80) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey

    Top 3 beers tried at Beerfest this year. In no particular order :

    Tonewood Double Dry Hopped Fuego
    Ludlam Island Water Guns and Rainbows NEIPA
    Icarus Brewing Yacht Juice NEIPA
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  19. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Aspirant (208) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey

    enjoyed BA Gonzo from Fying Dog
  20. beer_me_phl

    beer_me_phl Initiate (75) Aug 26, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Tonewood was by far my favorite brewery at beerfest. I hung out at their little nook the longest. 8 beers on tap and a table to chill at was the perfect set-up. Improv and DDH Fuego were both awesome.

    I also enjoyed Lunacy's Brewtus Juice.
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  21. Dave10qb

    Dave10qb Initiate (60) May 10, 2014 New Jersey

    People probably would have enjoyed Icarus more if Kevin wasn't there pouring beers.
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  22. Jivetoast

    Jivetoast Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2017 New Jersey

    Sounds like someone is salty they couldn't pour at beerfest.... or didn't ask!
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  23. Dave10qb

    Dave10qb Initiate (60) May 10, 2014 New Jersey

    Sounds more like it.
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