Demented Brewing has closed

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  1. emandrisdad

    emandrisdad Initiate (116) Sep 30, 2002 New Jersey

    Per Facebook post. Interesting
     
  2. dazedandconfused

    dazedandconfused Aspirant (272) Dec 11, 2008 New Jersey
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    Maybe provide a link to it or screenshot......
     
  3. emandrisdad

    emandrisdad Initiate (116) Sep 30, 2002 New Jersey

  4. devilsfan26

    devilsfan26 Initiate (91) Aug 24, 2009 New Jersey

    I don't see any option to upload a screenshot, but they posted the following on facebook:

    "We're closing temporary due to production issues. Sorry for the inconvenience."

    A few hours prior to that, they posted, "Looking for a new brewer. Anyone interested?"
     
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  5. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,862) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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  6. devilsfan26

    devilsfan26 Initiate (91) Aug 24, 2009 New Jersey

    Now today we have:

    "We'll be opening at 5pm today."

    Only to be followed by this 10 minutes later:

    "We will be closed permanently in Middlesex, NJ."
     
  7. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,785) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Well, they're living to their name, I guess.
     
  8. Dreamer57

    Dreamer57 Initiate (144) Apr 13, 2015 New Jersey
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    What a mess.
     
  9. RobHB

    RobHB Initiate (79) Aug 20, 2017 New Jersey

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  10. devilsfan26

    devilsfan26 Initiate (91) Aug 24, 2009 New Jersey

    Thanks for sharing that update. What a bummer.
     
  11. Xerlic

    Xerlic Initiate (131) Aug 26, 2016 New York
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  12. Dreamer57

    Dreamer57 Initiate (144) Apr 13, 2015 New Jersey
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    Lol is he asking for a cool Million bucks?

    Guy may be crazier than previously thought
     
  13. SPRichard

    SPRichard Devotee (413) Apr 26, 2008 New Jersey
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    Moving to Lambertville? To the old River Horse location?
     
  14. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Initiate (195) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey
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    Never had a beer of theirs that i enjoyed, also never heard s good comment about the taproom and the mug club, both all negative comments.

    I am not a brewer or brewery owner; but common sense would imply to get your thoughts together and have a plan; the image that the owner has put for his business recently is Embarrassing, how much brand relevance & equity does Demented have

    Personal issues wise, i hope he is ok, might be time to walk away
     
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  15. Mrstiffington

    Mrstiffington Initiate (87) Jun 8, 2018 New Jersey
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    Never a huge fan of Demented but it was the closest brewery to me so I’ve been there a number of times to sample some stuff. Honestly I liked some things (other things, eh) but wow never expected the post we all just read. Feel bad for the owner and the staff because if taken at face value that bar owner is a douche bag. That’s way beyond looking out for your own livelihood. But at any rate sounds like Demented was heading down the tubes at some point regardless. Hope the guy gets help.
     
  16. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,041) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    That reddit thread got deleted, would you mind giving a quick summary of what the deal is?

    EDIT: well, not deleted completely but the OP deleted his post for some reason
     
  17. Mrstiffington

    Mrstiffington Initiate (87) Jun 8, 2018 New Jersey
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    I guess maybe the guy felt he overstepped by posting. Basically the post said the brewery had problems from the start, including a nearby bar owner constantly undermining them and who was part of that move to stop breweries from having events, etc. On top of that he said the owner of Demented has been having personal issues, including mental health problems. That would explain the erratic social media posts recently. Anyway, that’s a summary of what was posted. Don’t know how true it is.
     
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  18. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,785) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    I guess this is it?
    [​IMG]
     
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  19. Mrstiffington

    Mrstiffington Initiate (87) Jun 8, 2018 New Jersey
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    Yup that was it. What a train wreck.
     
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  20. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,785) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    There was apparently also a post (partial below) from the accused bar.
    [​IMG]
     
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  21. jayrutgers

    jayrutgers Initiate (193) Oct 29, 2011 New Jersey

    Yeah that Reddit is post is mostly BS.

    For one.......the guy from the restaurant can't be on the ABC board because there is no ABC board.
     
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  22. ChrisJ89

    ChrisJ89 Initiate (25) Mar 25, 2019 New Jersey

    All the Facebook posts have now been deleted. Weird saga. A lot of people were critical of their beer but I really enjoyed my time there and the product. It's a shame there's such a lack a of transparency. I wish the guy well because it really isn't professional to throw your staff under the bus and not give your customers any information. Especially those who bought into your memberships or had gift cards. Hope he gets the mental health care he needs but definitely leaves a bad taste and makes me reluctant to support demented in the future
     
  23. RobHB

    RobHB Initiate (79) Aug 20, 2017 New Jersey

    ...and now they're open again, a post went up at about 8PM on Monday, March 25. Text copied and pasted in the event this post comes down, too. This really is one of the stranger stories in NJ Craft Beer community:

     
  24. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,785) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    But your brewery is named "Demented" ?
    All of them? Weren't they contradictory? "Opened", "Closing", "Moving"....
     
  25. mumbles44

    mumbles44 Initiate (195) Jan 22, 2016 New Jersey
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    someone write a TV pilot about this..
     
  26. dbagspaceman

    dbagspaceman Initiate (62) Aug 21, 2013 New Jersey

    Went there a few times and had some decent beers, but there is a reason that Conclave is my fave local. Bad when two flights had only a beer or two that were worth a second pour.
     
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  27. Toonces

    Toonces Initiate (128) Oct 25, 2005 New Jersey

    As per their Facebook page Demented is now permanently closed.

    Hope the staff lands on their feet quickly. Every time I went there I spoke to Liz who I especially enjoyed meeting. It's unfortunate to lose a member of the NJ craft beer industry, but craft beer in New Jersey is still growing every day.
     
  28. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (895) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Friday was the last day. The workers were allowed to open and sell off all the beer they could and split the $$$.
     
  29. i_still_like_beer

    i_still_like_beer Initiate (43) Nov 21, 2018 New Jersey

    rekt
     
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  30. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,057) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey
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    Here was their official "announcement" on Instagram. No thank you to the customers, no thank you to the employees, just a picture of a random empty bar somewhere.

     
  31. rozzom

    rozzom Champion (818) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Thank you @Jacobier10 - the greatest customer who ever lived. We love you, we salute you. Godspeed
     
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  32. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,836) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    This whole thing was very weird, and that picture is the weirdest. WTF? Luckily, for me anyway, I was able to try several of their beers and I was never really impressed so I won't miss them. There are, however, at least a handful of breweries that I would have rather seen go in their place. Respect is deserved. RIP Demented.
     
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  33. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (1,862) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Please tell me that’s not a picture of the bar mentioned above. Hopefully just my twisted mind at work.
     
  34. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (895) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Don't no what bar that is but it's not the one at Demented.
     
  35. Xerlic

    Xerlic Initiate (131) Aug 26, 2016 New York
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    It's a picture of the bar at Menlo Park AMC according to a Reddit post.
     
  36. guinness77

    guinness77 Meyvn (1,140) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    Well, 2 of the taps are Sam Adams products (looks like Cold Snap and Angry Orchard) and the other one is a Blue Moon tap so it’s clearly not their taproom.