Ship Bottom NYE Barleywine

I’m finally back on schedule with my posts and completely up to date. What better way to celebrate than with a barleywine?

ABV: 11.4%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our humble beginnings started in the summer of 1995 in Ship Bottom, NJ. Back then we made our first batch of beer using a home brew kit that consisted of a plastic bucket, large spoon, bottling bucket and some bottle caps. We hardly knew what would be ahead of us 20+ years later! We learned a lot over the last 20+ years and feel that we really refined our craft. We have been encouraged to start a brewery by family and friends that love our handcrafted ales and finally decided to make our dream become a reality! We have grown a lot since opening a Nano brewery in Wallingford PA back in 2012. In the Summer of 2016 we opened a 15 Barrel Production Brewery in Beach Haven NJ located inside Bay Village with an incredible Bay View. We are open Year Round at the Beach Haven Brewery and have a Tasting Room where you can sample or purchase our Handcrafted Ales and Lagers to Go. Our distribution is in cases of canned beer and kegs throughout New Jersey and in South Eastern Pennsylvania. We hope that you will enjoy our passion for handcrafted beer as much as we do and encourage you to let us know how we are doing. Stop by the Brewery and Catch a Wave with Us!”

Random: This is my second beer from Ship Bottom.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, tan head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with light carbonation. The nose had notes of bourbon barrel and caramel malt. There was some alcohol on the nose. The taste was hot. It had the same bourbon barrel note, but the alcohol overwhelmed it. There was some sweetness from the caramel malt. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with booze. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Ship Bottom Barnegat Lager

When Val went to DC for a weekend, I went to Surf Taco for lunch after dropping her off at the train station. My favorite thing at Surf Taco (other than the beer selection) is the baja mahi taco. It has just enough spice and the fish is always super fresh. The chips and salsa are really good as well. My second favorite is the garlic shrimp taco. It has the right amount of garlic and the cilantro pairs well with it.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tribute to Old Barney. The most iconic landmark on Long Beach Island. Our classic German Lager has a malty aroma with a subtle fruit flavor from the Munich malt and has a very crisp finish.”

Random: Having all of these Jersey beers to choose from now is different from the lack of Jersey beers five years ago.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head. It was thick and dissipated slowly, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and amber in color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of grain and wheat toast. The taste had an unexpected and significant honey sweetness with a lot of lightly toasted grain. It had some river stones and mineral water as well. The body was thicker than expected with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with wheat toast and honey. This was a solid drinker, but it was bordering on too sweet for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0