Shipyard Melonhead

Kate and I ended up at Chickie’s and Pete’s in Bordentown a couple of weeks back. As we pulled in, the sign outside advertised that they had “new” craft beer. Don’t get me wrong, Chickie’s and Pete’s could only serve macros and I’d still go because I love the place so much. But, I’ve always been disappointed in their previous “craft” selections and wondered if they’d ever improve it. Indeed they did. They added a few taps and got some solid bottles in there, so it is a craft beer desert no more. I ordered this one on tap while there.


ABV: 4.4%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to, “Melon Heads is the name given to legendary beings and urban legends in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and Connecticut generally described as small humanoids with bulbous heads who occasionally emerge from hiding places to attack people. Different variations of the legend attribute different origins.”

Random: Shipyard really seems to be getting into the fruit beers lately. I guess they’re pretty successful so far.

This brew poured with a finger of thick, white head that dissipated relatively slowly and left a lot of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear straw yellow color with high carbonation visible throughout. On the nose, I got cantaloupe, watermelon and a touch of honeydew. The nose was clean and had a lot of different melons. The taste was better than the nose. I got fresh cantaloupe with honeydew. Some notes of watermelon come through mid-sip and at the end, some pineapple came through as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long finish with some watermelon. This was a great brew to have to beat the heat. If you see it, definitely grab one to cool down.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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