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Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by TambaTime, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. TambaTime

    TambaTime Initiate (147) Jan 6, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    I'm thinking of checking out Glasstown, Slack Tide, and/or Tuckahoe on Saturday. It seems like information on these spots online and on social media is generally pretty limited, so if anyone has any tips on beers not to miss, potential food options nearby any or all of them, or any sort of events going on this weekend, let me know. Thanks. Would also appreciate any insight as far as shops in that general part of the state that might have Carton cans/Kane growlers.
  2. devilfluff

    devilfluff Defender (611) Apr 1, 2014 New Jersey
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    Glasstown's IPAs have a good rep.

    Tuckahoe's I Can See Mountains(or something close to that) has been raved about.
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  3. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (98) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey
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    Only one I've been to was Tuckahoe at their new location, because of the Mountains hype. It didn't change my life but it was pretty damn tasty!

    I've had the Glasstown Black Hops IPA and thought it was pretty tasty as well.
  4. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (282) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    I did a review on Glasstown just less than two weeks ago.

    I actually have been to all three in the past month or so.
    Slack Tide was okay. Nice little spot. The pale ale was pretty good as was the session. The stout, do it without the Nitro... although I didn't really enjoy both. Still, it's a nice little spot and worth the trip.

    Tuckahoe, make sure Mountains is on tap. That tap room is way too dark for me, but I'm nitpicking. The beer was okay.
  5. TambaTime

    TambaTime Initiate (147) Jan 6, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    Thanks for sharing that link. I'll have to take a deeper look at your blog when I have some free time.

    To be honest, I'm not expecting to be blown away by any of these places, but I'll have a few hours free in the early afternoon while my wife is busy at an event in AC, so I'm taking the chance to explore and hopefully be pleasantly surprised. It sounds like there's a solid chance of that happening at Glasstown, at least.
  6. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (282) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Glasstown has a really good list, and the beers were all average to above average.
    Out of the three, it's the best one.

    Can't help you with the food one, I didn't eat around the area, unfortunately.

    And it sounds like you won't actually be in AC, or else I'd suggest Wingcraft, right in Atlantic City.
  7. TambaTime

    TambaTime Initiate (147) Jan 6, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    Actually planning to visit Wingcraft on Friday night. List looks pretty solid.
  8. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (282) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Not sure if they will be done adding the extra 20 taps by then, but they are pretty good. So it looks like you'll be in AC then. Tun Tavern makes great burgers too, but their beer is meh.
  9. beer_me_phl

    beer_me_phl Initiate (72) Aug 26, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Wingcraft is solid. I was there after A.C. Beerfest and was not disappointed with the food or beer.
  10. specialiste

    specialiste Initiate (88) Jun 27, 2011 Colorado
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    Definitely skip Tun Tavern. Always cool stuff at Wingcraft!

    If looking for greater variety and some serious beer options, Cape May Brewing Co. is worth the drive—crazy taplist right now (26 beers in 28 weeks!? with the release of Sea Mistress session IPA today)

    besides the session, hearing great things about White Caps (DIPA), the gose, and the cranberry shandy (?!). they also have 2 different saisons, a pale with beets (?!), a Sour IPA (Corrosion), and a Brett DIPA (Coastal)...
    would love to get a couple growlers of those for the beach! hopefully still around when I get back
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  11. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (98) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey
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    I'm checking out Tonewood in Oaklyn for the first time tonight. I've heard good things!
  12. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Crusader (729) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey
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    The table sour I had at the last “Foster of Funk” release was miraculous. So, if you make it then grab the Peaches Table Sour along with Parum Sole (Citra dry-hopped table sour). Once done, let me know how they are, as I have not had the privilege to grasp at the opportunity. But, will most likely swing by next week during the Cape May release

    …Of course, this is assuming you like your brews refreshingly tart?
  13. captainkrad

    captainkrad Devotee (408) Dec 14, 2014 New Jersey
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    Tuckahoe is right outside AC. Wingcraft, Vagabond, and Chickie & Petes in EHT are killer eats (& drinks).
  14. italynstallyn44

    italynstallyn44 Initiate (153) Jan 29, 2011 New Jersey
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    What did you think? I was there last weekend and thought all the beers were just average with the exception of the porter which was slightly above average.

    I have thought the same about most of the breweries in the area that have recently opened. Hopefully they are just getting used to brewing on their new equipment and step up their game in the near future.
  15. gardenstatepkwy

    gardenstatepkwy Initiate (175) Jun 1, 2014 New Jersey
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    Isn't Pinelands Brewing somewhere down in that area as well?
  16. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    Little Egg Harbor. Their beers are nice, but I haven't been wowed by them yet. Nice guys. Don't know how close they are to the ones mentioned,
  17. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (282) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    It's about 40 minutes north. Mostly only worth it to combine with a trip with Backwards Flag Brewing. If he did that, he could probably do Tuckahoe/Pinelands/Backwards Flag... but Glasstown is better than all of those.
  18. PhillyTapFinder

    PhillyTapFinder Initiate (23) May 21, 2012 Pennsylvania

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  19. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (98) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey
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    I think as craft beer drinkers we're getting pretty spoiled - I think 10 years ago people would be flipping out over how balanced Tonewood's beers are, but today we think they're "average".

    But yeah: average styles for sure (amber, IPA, pale ale, porter, &C) but I thought they were all balanced and tasty, if a little thin bodied.

    Happy it exists, and confident they'll get more interesting as time goes on!
  20. TambaTime

    TambaTime Initiate (147) Jan 6, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    I will report back on my findings Saturday afternoon...
  21. jimscafs25

    jimscafs25 Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2016 New Jersey

    Was just at Tuckahoe on Saturday. It was my 2nd time visiting the brewery, and I was actually pretty disappointed with what I tried. My sister in law on the other hand was blown away by the sours they had on tap. Unfortunately, that's not really my thing.

    Haven't been to Glasstown in a while, but remember their beers being pretty good.

    Cape May might be a little further away, but it's definitely the best of the bunch. Been there several times, and haven't been disappointed yet.

    If your in AC, Wingcraft is awesome. Always a great beer selection and the food is very good.
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  22. JTdrinkgod

    JTdrinkgod Initiate (147) May 2, 2015 New Jersey
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    Unless you like sours or non-hoppy IPA's cape may is not where U wanna go. Stick with Glasstown. Big breakfast, you're coconuts, stout with no name, DDH 856 DIPA should be back on as well, some of the best beers you'll get in all of NJ. Def in the south.
  23. jawas

    jawas Initiate (170) Dec 4, 2013 New Jersey
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    Only like 45 minutes away from Glasstown. Wish they would put their weekly tap list on Facebook etc. Not an iPa fan but big breakfast, coconuts and any stout would be something I would drive up for. Just don't want to deal with summer traffic to see a bunch of IPAs and than drive home.
  24. TambaTime

    TambaTime Initiate (147) Jan 6, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    OK, so...

    I didn't end up making it to Tuckahoe so I reserve judgment on them for now. As for the other two:

    Glasstown: I have lots of ties to Central Jersey and visit Kane and Carton often. Glasstown isn't on that level, yet, but it has a chance to be a destination brewery in South Jersey. Atmosphere, employees were great, and You're Coconuts is among the best coconut porters I've had, and I am a big coconut fan. I wasn't blown away by 609 or 856, but both were solid, and I actually felt the El Dorado Pale Ale was the best hoppy beer I had. If these guys can dial in the hops further, they'll be set. And the fact that they plan to can within the next year or so pretty much assures I'll be back.

    Slack Tide: Great design of the tap room and Bell Buoy, the Inquirer's top new beer, is nice, but I think the ceiling here is lower than Glasstown's. The beers were mostly solid, except for the pale ale that was a monster malt bomb, but it's hard for me to see a place pushing blondes and wheat ales expanding far beyond its local clientele. It's almost a shame because I wish more NJ breweries did crowlers. I left with three, btw, I'm just not sure if/when I'll be back, whereas I'm virtually certain I'll return to Glasstown at some point.
  25. slipkrash

    slipkrash Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2006 New Jersey

    609 was nothing special to me, but I've had Danky Kong and Smith & Wood Foundry Ale. Both favorites of mine. Glasstown is worth a visit.
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  26. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (98) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey
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    Finally made it to Glasstown yesterday. The hype for Coconuts and Danky Kong is legit. The stout is killer too. Awesome place in the strangest location - reminds me of why I love the adventure aspect of being a craft beer drinker.
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  27. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (2,597) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    I stopped at Tuckahoe last week. Their beers are pretty inconsistent but I thought Where the Shadows Lie, a bourbon aged stout, was outstanding. I also want to try Cape May Brewing. I've had a couple of their offerings in bottles and was impressed.
  28. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (98) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey
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    Thinking of hitting up the newer Medford breweries this weekend.

    Has anyone checked out Nale House / Lower Forge yet? What did ya think?
  29. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (184) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    Take with grain of salt.. My buddy went to Lower Forge a few saturdays ago.. he said they had one beer on tap and it wasnt very good. Being new they probably just ran out.

    My fiance' and I hit up Tonewood this past sat. I was disappointed the IPA was kicked but we liked the other beers we tried. Streaky, completely agree with your Tonewood thoughts.
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  30. dberger624

    dberger624 Initiate (44) Feb 28, 2004 New Jersey
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    I live in the area, Voorhees, and let me tell you there are a ton now. Probably 15 breweries within 15 minutes from my apartment. Some of the super new ones I have not been to but most are very drinkable and friendly places. Some better than others. Seems like they come in pairs now. While checking one out go two minutes away to the next one.
    In no real order

    Flying Fish and Lunacy (Short drive)
    Berlin and Atco (Short Drive)
    Three 3's and TomFoolery in Hammonton (about 50 yards from each other)
    Actually these are all going right down Route 30 and if you start at Tonewood they are about 30-40 minutes total from them.

    Spellbound and Village Idiot in Mt Holly (Short Drive)
    There's more "pairings" but brain is not working to figure them out :slight_smile:

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  31. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (98) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey
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    You could pair Tonewood and Devil's Creek - only a few minutes from each other.

    How are the Hammonton Breweries? This thread needs more threads!
  32. dberger624

    dberger624 Initiate (44) Feb 28, 2004 New Jersey
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    Agreed with Devil's Creek (Haven't been there however). Tonewood was good.
    Actually keep and eye on Three 3's They are very good. Especially if you like IPA. Pretty big system as well. Hammonton is "the blueberry capital of the world" and they make an awesome blueberry saison.
    TomFoolery Is solid as well but much smaller system so base your tastes on that. They are coming out with a barrel aged something in bottles this weekend. Don't remember the specs of the top of my head.
    Both have about 10 beers on last time I was there about a month ago. With 3's having a little more.
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  33. zekeman17

    zekeman17 Defender (686) Feb 14, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    We hit Tomfoolery and Three 3s on the way to OC a few weeks ago.
    Tomfoolery was ok, glad we went there first because they would
    have been a let down after Three 3s--very impressed with everything we tried.
  34. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (184) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    Kelly Green brewing and Human Village in Pitman NJ. Havent been to Kelly Green yet and Human Village opens soon.
  35. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (282) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    I visited both Three 3's and Tomfoolery. One warranted a complete review on my website, Tomfoolery didn't.

    That's my barometer. :grinning:
  36. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (98) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey
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    Link yr review!
  37. beertoro

    beertoro Aspirant (282) Nov 16, 2015 New Jersey

    Not sure if BA will take it down, but here goes:


    Also, keep in mind that my perspective comes from that of a mid-level beer nerd. So for craft beer rooks, it's a great place. For someone expecting Heady Topper level IPA's, not so great.

    It's a good start for the brewery though and has room for improvement.
  38. Streaky

    Streaky Initiate (98) Mar 26, 2013 New Jersey
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    Cool, thanks for sharing.
  39. dberger624

    dberger624 Initiate (44) Feb 28, 2004 New Jersey
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    Good reviews :slight_smile:
  40. eagles7251

    eagles7251 Initiate (184) Sep 29, 2009 New Jersey
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    Sorry to revive an old thread but I got to try Kaos IPA from Three3s brewing this weekend. Really good stuff!!