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AERONAUT BREWING CO.

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SOMERVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS

Inside a cavernous unfinished warehouse, Somerville’s AERONAUT BREWING CO. opened 2014 and soon after began operations at nearby Aeronaut Cannery. Just off Union Square down an alleyway to a glass-doored entrance, the huge cement-floored indoor facility features simple cafeteria tables and plastic seats plus a 20-plus seat L-shaped bar. Already crafting 100-plus seasonal, one-off and recurring brews in its first six years, Aeronaut has annually increased capacity.

My wife and I grab a folding chaired table near the Venezuelan cuisine booth in a dank room left of the bar area while others brave the cold March ’21 dinnertime breeze at the benched picnic tables outside.

We tried the flagship pilsner and a mocha dessert treat before heading to Boston’s Little Italy for an exquisite meal at Rabia’s Dolce Fumo.

Mild lager-malted Robot Crush coalesced lightly spiced apricot-dried peach tones with earthen raw-honeyed minerality and quaint Citra-hopped lemony orange zest.

Bittersweet creme bruleed dark chocolate engaged caramel-roasted Creme Brulee Pastry Stout, leaving dried cherry, vanilla cream and toffee illusions on the back end.

BEARMOOSE BREWING COMPANY

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EVERETT, MASSACHUSETTS

Inside a rustic Industrial warehouse posing as an old gray shack, BEARMOOSE BREWING COMPANY came to fruition June ’19 in Everett, a rural bay town just north of Boston. Headed by former homebrewer, Drew Gilman, Bearmoose’s well-balanced neo-traditionalist fare safeguards winsomely offbeat stylistic flare without shunning blue collar appeal.

Occupying a spacious 5,000 square foot building, the cavernous pub’s wood columned and floored white brick interior features a large L-shaped bar and large open space for left side brew tanks.

My wife and I grab seats at the makeshift outdoor patio on an unseasonably warm mid-March afternoon ’21 to down eight 5-ouncers.

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Stylistically bold pale ale, The Parkway, maintained a honey-malted pastry glaze as orange pith bittering, white peach tartness, yellow grapefruit tang and mild herbal respite ride above musky wet-grained minerality.

Pasty Dewdropper caressed its sour candied apricot tartness with dried fig-tangerine illusions and wispy honeysuckle nectar over a biscuity white wheat base.

Cinnamon sugar-rimmed autumnal holdover, Oh My Gourd, contrasted pumpkin-pied nutmeg, allspice and ginger sweetness against vegetal gourd earthiness and orange-oiled pale malts.

Zestful orange-peeled coriander spicing buttressed tangy peach-mango spicing and light lemony grapefruit bittering for witbier-inspired white IPA, Witty, a candi-sugared Belgian yeast-derived medium body with latent herbaceous pine needling.

Perfumed citrus zesting regaled dark herbal-floral tones for Hopta-Mystic, a West Coast IPA with a musky earthen grained English IPA dryness pacifying its orange, tangerine and clementine reluctance.

Grassy orange-oiled lemondrop tartness grazed bronze-hazed NEIPA, Galactic Haze, a dryer stylish diversion with dried apricot whims at the pasty pale malt bottom.

Another NEIPA, Double Trouble, contrasted honeyed orange-tangerine-peach sweetness and sugary pale malting against dry Citra-hopped pine tones.

Molasses oats sugaring coated bittersweet dark chocolate for Illegal Pour, a sweet oatmeal stout hiding its wood-seared hop char.

GARDEN STATE BEER COMPANY

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GALLOWAY, NEW JERSEY

Residing a few miles west of Atlantic City just off the NJ Parkway in a gorgeous earth-toned stone edifice, Galloway’s GARDEN STATE BEER COMPANY opened for biz, March 2016, hiring current head brewer, Adam Curnow, a year hence.

Crafting a well-balanced variety of familiar contemporary styles with a flare for mild improvisation, Curnow’s crisply clean watered fare floated out of the twelve-plus tap handles at the right side back bar during my initial March ’21 trip.

Upon entry, there’s an impressive white-stoned left side hearth with a few couches, chairs and TV that counters the Christmas-string lit bar area (with stooled tables and mirrored side wall). The wood top bar features beautiful embossed tile and two TV’s corner the area. Brew tanks are staged to the far left and cans-crowlers are available.

 

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Straight-ahead Galloway Golden Ale stayed dryer than most, as grassy-hopped lemon spicing caressed honeyed pilsner malts with simple goodness.

Excellent lawnmower fodder, Cream Of The Crop retained more body and depth than its stymied competitors, as vanilla-creamed lager malting and dry ale yeast pungency received floral-perfumed hop spicing at the slightly bitter back end.

Infused with local Smithfield coffee beans, Cook’s Corner Coffee Cream let its light roast coffee frontage engage black-peppered espresso tones and mild orange rind acidity.

Earthen watermelon rind seeped into citric-hopped zesting for Don’t Go Chasing Watermelons, q white-wheat-backed fruit ale with wispy cantaloupe-honeydew sweetness.

Spritzy lemon-dropped blueberry tartness gained a sweet-tart edge and light white peppered spicing for Blue Jersey, a white wheat-based blonde moderation with herbal Noble hop wisps.

Tart lemon saffron spicing zapped Blueberry Lemon Meringue Sour, adding minor acidity to its blueberry-embittered lemon candy finish.

Subtle caramel-roasted toffee sweetness led Caddie Corner, a moderate-bodied red ale with spiced apple-orange tang contrasting leafy dry hop musk.

Dry rye graining picked up fizzy lemon spritz for English pale ale, Pennsyltucky Rye, finishing with a black-peppered pumpernickel spicing.

Sharp dry-wooded yellow grapefruit zest penetrated Noreaster, a bold East Coast IPA with juniper-licked orange rind bittering and peachy pineapple snips.

Vibrant double dry-hopped NEIPA, A Better Time, brought zestful yellow grapefruit tanginess to musky wet-grained dankness, juniper-embittered pine lacquering and brisk orange wisps.

Intensely hopped Nucky’s Empirical IPA countered bitter grapefruit rind zesting with raw honeyed graining and pine-lacquered dry gin liming.

Charcoal-stained dark cocoa resin, chalky black chocolate bittering and dark-roast hop sear fortified Rebels Black IPA, leaving musky black grape esters on the murky mocha mass.  Cinnamon-sticked cocoa nibs provided heat for Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout, an enticing wintry dessert.

Dark molasses gingerbread spicing amplified Alban Arthan, a luscious fireplace nightcap with subtle black cherry tartness.

Homebrewer Eric Schmehl concocted Russian Imperial Stout, a full-bodied dark ale with dark-roasted coffee-chocolate tones battling back cedar-burnt hops as well as licorice, molasses and black cherry wavers.

BROOKS BREWERY @ NORTH SIDE LOUNGE

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MANVILLE, NEW JERSEY

Open since 2018, BROOKS BREWERY occupies yellow bricked neighborhood joint, North Side Lounge. In the heart of Raritan County on the outskirts of New York’s metropolitan area, this convenient Manville-based corner bar blends sportsbar conventionality with boutique nanobrewing bohemianism.

Veteran homebrewer Arthur Hannemann spent six months at nearby Flounder Brewing before setting up shop in Mansville. Crafting soft-toned suds reflecting a full spectrum of styles, Hannemann offered eleven rangy brews on my March ’21 afternoon stopover.

My wife and I grab a table across the niftily blue collar bar. There are TV’s at all corners of the cozy pub. Exposed pipes and Edison lights hang from the black ceiling tiles and a few locals play billiards at the left side. Top shelf liquor and local craft beer dot the menu alongside Brooks’ delicate fare.

A small courtyard provides outside seating in the springtime.

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Lightly golden hazed Cloudy Day Pilsner stayed dry as biscuity pilsner malts anchored subtle mossy earthiness, herbal whims and apricot snips.

Silken Hanlon Irish Ale let peaty moss earthiness settle alongside mild hop musk while Hannemann Helles Bock added gentle floral-spiced fruiting to its soily peat base.

Another dewy moderation, Rob The Exterminator Doppelbock, allowed mellow dried fruiting and wavered vanilla creaming to top cellar-mildewed caramel malting.

Subdued Mary Ellen Belgian White yielded orange-peeled coriander sweetness and ancillary pineapple-candied banana tartness.

Candi-sugared Aegirs Fersken Belgian Peach let its peachy nectar sweetness fade on the tongue as ambrosial pineapple, clementine and tangerine illusions waver.

Dry pale and red wheat fortified Jahrenowski Weiss, relegating its traditional lemony banana-clove combo for soap-stoned lemongrass-herbed liming.

Perfumed citrus spicing bedecked 6 Hop IPA, a dry cologne-wafted medium body with mulchy graining sidestepping lemony grapefruit-orange tanginess.

Lightly creamed mocha malting gained dry earthen tones for Tavern Brown Ale, picking up distant spiced orange nuances.

Soft-tongued tobacco-roasted black chocolate nuttiness consumed Gallagher Irish Stout, gaining sour creamed walnut pasting at its mild hop charred midst.

For dessert, Belgian candi-sugared Putski’s Hammer Strong Ale plied caramelized chocolate malting to honeyed peach and red cherry fruiting as astringent 11% ABV ethers add whiskey pitch.

FLOUNDER BREWING COMPANY

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HILLSBOROUGH, NEW JERSEY

In the process of moving to a nearby farmhouse (pictured above), FLOUNDER BREWING COMPANY opened its doors in 2013 at a rustic overhead doored warehouse my wife and I sojourned to late February ’21.

Readied for an April ’21 move to the aforementioned red barnyard, Flounder will operate a spacious 15 barrel system that easily dwarves its initial nano tanked setup. The new brewhouse will include plenty of outside seating and and ample indoor space.

Already familiar with several impressive Flounder offerings such as Hefeweizen, Fred The IPA, For Peats Sake, Breakfast Ale and Sticky Pancakes (fully reviewed in Beer Index), this afternoon’s selection included one Belgian blond and two brunets.

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Flounders initial flagship brew, easygoing Belgian-styled Hill Street Blonde Ale seeped orange blossom honeyed lemondrop tartness into mild candi-sugared citrus spicing and delicate crystal malting, curbing its herb-tinged grassy hop astringency in a fizzy mix.  

Lightly beechwood seared brown ale, Smoked Colonial, let peaty cornmeal-floured Colonial yeast, toasted rye breading and nutty tobacco-roasted cocoa coalesce.

Smooth java-bound Espresso Brown Ale brought light-roast coffee tones to milked espresso serenity for fine breakfast fodder.

TONEWOOD BREWING

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OAKLYN, NEW JERSEY

Inside a tan-bricked truck depot just off Oaklyn’s main drag, TONEWOOD BREWING came to fruition in the summer of ’17. Initially inspired by German beer culture, brewmaster Eli Facchinei, honed his craft in Colorado before setting up shop five miles east of Philly here in Jersey’s Camden county.

Tonewood’s comfy red brick-walled interior features milled wood community tables, bark-topped barrel seats and bark lacquered serving station (with 12-plus tap handles and colorful slate beer listing). The 15-barrel brew system near the overhead back doors contains a few large vats and many smaller silver tanks. An outdoor biergarten offers further seating.

A certain elegant warmth and easygoing atmosphere suited this cheery neighborhood pub upon my January ’21 sojourn.

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Juicy yellow grapefruit-embittered orange zesting and tangy pineapple salting rode above mildly resinous pine bittering and lingered grassy hop astringency for All In Time Double India Pale Ale, gaining a vodka-nipped citrus crisping at the icy finish.

Easygoing Chardonnay-barreled Honor Wagon Mixed Culture Barrel Aged Saison let sour green grape esters bring oaken white wine flourishes to lemony peach-pineapple whims, mild grapefruit rind bittering and far-off banana wisps in brettanomyces yeast setting.

Endlessly expressive Bourbon-aged Belgian Dark Strong retained a mellow groove as light molasses-sapped dried fruiting picked up rum-sugared bruised banana sweetness to counter oaken vanilla esters above brown chocolate malts. Plum-dried fig souring, currant-like raisin intensity and dark cherry tartness perk up the back end alongside sherry, burgundy and bourbon wining.

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Tarry hop-charred Blackstrap molasses bittering rampaged thru cocoa-powdered medium roast coffee frontage of Still Night Session Stout, leaving latent peanut-shelled walnut, cola and hazelnut snips.

DEVIL’S CREEK BREWERY

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COLLINGSWOOD, NEW JERSEY

Situated at a red brick corner spot in the bustling downtown of Camden County’s Collingswood, DEVIL’S CREEK BREWERY opened its glass doors in 2016.

Its rustic interior includes a lacquered wood bar with corrugated siding and twelve aluminum-walled tap handles serviced by the rear right side brew tanks.

A cool black dragon insignia decorates the raw wood back wall and the black ceiling and Edison lights add an art deco sensibility.

My wife and I grab a seat at one of the community tables to try a few samples after dinner during a frigid February ’21 night. 

Brisk moderation, Nobody Puts Pale Ale In The Corner, brought lemony grapefruit-peeled orange rind bittering, dark-roast hop char and herbal musk to its smoked barley spine.

Powder-sugared cinnamon apple sweetness glazed Helles Harvest, a spicier pale malted German lager with ancillary herbal hop musk and dry cocoa powdering.

Chocolate-malted dried fruiting led Dunkel Bock, letting honeyed plum, raisin and fig tones shakedown brown-leafed hop foliage.

Brown-sugared caramel apple sweetness doused Caramel Apple Brown Ale, a pastry-like afternoon treat with maple molasses, spiced toffee and buttered hazelnut wisps.

Orange-peeled coriander spicing, tart green grape esters and fried plantain grit sat atop the blunt pale malt dryness of Crushable, a slightly offbeat Belgian pale ale.

Coffee walnut-caked Velvet Porter picked up rich chocolate rye flouring and crisp tobacco snips in splendid fashion.

Caffeinated Papua New Guinea coffee beaning provided dark-roast furor for the ashen nuttiness, black grape tartness and dried prune swoon adorning No Sleep Till Brooklyn, a bitterer coffee stout with raw molasses latency contrasting pipe tobacco sweetness.

TWIN ELEPHANT BREWING COMPANY

Twin Elephant Brewing Company

CHATHAM, NEW JERSEY

Open June 2016, Chatham, New Jersey’s TWIN ELEPHANT BREWING COMPANY retains a ruggedly rustic train-tracked neighborhood ambiance further enhanced by its interestingly carved wood fixtures.

Inside an old cement-floored tan-stuccoed white brick warehouse with a black-doored entrance leading to a mid-space grain storage room then the main bar area, this unfinished space boasts a high aluminum ceiling with exposed pipes and dapper lighting.

There are twelve tap handles centering the reclaimed wood serving station and colorful old pallets rise above the bar. Railroad tie-planked benches and an angled community table fill out the dank interior. A tile-floored side deck utilizes barreled tables and strung Edison lights. Brew tanks are at the left overhead side door.

Crowding up Friday afternoon ’round four (August 2, 2019), the majority of Twin Elephant’s rounded fare stayed smoothly delicate and just a tad beyond stylistic tangibles.

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Herbal lemon-rotted souring contrasted spritzy orange-candied sweetness for The Waiting Saison, a wet-grained farmhouse ale with peppery earthen whims.

Summertime lemonade alternative, I’ll Be Dat, a sophisticated collaborative with Melovino Meadery, spread orange blossom-honeyed lemon puree across sweet lemon-limed candy sugaring, ‘honey-doughed pilsner malting and mild cologne musk.

Boxing legend, Chuck Wepner, got celebrated with Bayonne Bleeder, a sharp Imperial Red Ale with tangy pineapple zest, honeyed orange spicing, grassy hop pining and ascending lemondrop souring.

Sunny grapefruit-peeled orange spritz and woody hop astringency stayed mellow as spicy pineapple-mango-guava tropicalia and sweet vanilla wisps brought sweet ‘n sour embrace to soft-toned True Believer IPA.

Steadily sharp Citra hop bittering serenaded tangy grapefruit-orange zesting as raw-honeyed pasty malts, lemon meringue tartness, herbal lemongrass snips and minor wood tones delicately underlie Dude…Maintain, a busy West Coast Double IPA.

Lactic milk-sugared Diamonds & Pearls Coffee Stout let its lemon-twisted coffee bean roast settle above dankly nutty barley-toasted Maris Otter malting.

Upon late February ’21 one-hour stopover, tried five more Twin Elephant offerings.

Approachable ‘Smoothie,’ Fuzzy Duckling Mango Banana, maintained a slightly sour fruited tartness and musty compost waft that differed from usual sweet weizen profile, leaving mango-caked banana cotton candy residue upon putrid lemon-rotted plantain dryness.  

Stylishly bold, murkily golden-hazed, NEIPA-derived Lil Shimmy Ye Pale Ale couched its zestful Citra-Mosaic-hopped grapefruit, mandarin orange, peach and nectarine tang with dry English ale yeast, biscuity pilsner malts and herbal whims.

Zesty citrus tanginess picked up subtle lactic milk sugaring for The Synclavier Pale Ale, placing lemony orange-tangerine-grapefruit juicing, peachy mango-cantaloupe snips and herbal whims above oats-honeyed pale malting.

Briskly cryo-hopped Chicken Break IPA saturated its zestful grapefruit-peeled orange rind bittering with lacquered pine resin and dainty floral herbage.

Gooey milk-sugared Poison The Well Imperial Porter lifted voluptuous caramel-chocolate richness above toasted coconut and vanilla bean adjuncts as lusty marshmallow, pecan chew, hazelnut paste and creme brulee sweetness fortified decadent dessert treat.

CORE 3 BREWERY

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CLAYTON, NEW JERSEY

Occupying a gold-bricked green-roofed lodge with a front patio, grassy side biergarten and three overhead doors, CORE 3 BREWERY came to fruition in the small Gloucester County borough of Clayton during summertime 2019.

Core 3′s exquisitely antiquated furnishings sit atop a wood-designed porcelain floor – including a loungy mantled fireplace section (with two green cushioned couches), historic latchkey barnyard door, Edison lights, exposed pipes, ancient candelabras and decorative boot cleaner.

As of my February ’21 visit, Core 3 was a two-barrel nanobrewery doing small batches of 30 gallons at a time. The windowed tanks currently take up a small space behind the bar.

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Stylish maize-dried grassy-hopped herbage saddled muskily raw grained cream ale, The Road To Fislers Mill, weaving dehydrated orange tartness and recessive dark floral nuances thru the rustic finish.

Toasted amber graining and nutty cocoa tones picked up light nutmeg-cinnamon spicing for wintry pale ale, The Graceful Maiden, a ‘radiant holiday warmer.’

“Ethereal” East -West IPA marries Belgian witbier for The Ghost Machine White IPA, allowing mild coriander-spiced orange tang to scurry thru salty white-peppered Sauvignon grape esters and vodka-tinged alcohol ethers above flaked oats base.

Yellow grapefruit rind bittering and sour green grape esters contrasted creamy crystal malt sugaring for Nonesuch NEIPA, leaving mild floral herbage and tangy tangerine zest upon the back end.

Perky grapefruit zesting and tangy pineapple-orange drift gained dank pine-lacquered hop char and bark-dried remnant to stimulate Bristlecone Basil Imperial IPA.

Dark chocolate-chalked rye breading received black grape jam influx and mild cola nuttiness for Nevermore Black Saison, a dryer stylish choice.

Oat-sugared molasses draped cocoa-dried dark chocolate malting, mild tarry hop bittering and nutty undertones for The Barbaros Oat, a sturdy milk stout.

There were two nitro brews on hand this eve.

Caramelized rye malts draped dry black-peppered pumpernickel breading for nitrogenated rye ale, The Trestle, a ‘well polished’ easygoer.

Milk-sugared Kona coffee richness persuaded fudgy Madagascar vanilla sweetness to elevate ‘espresso’-like nitro porter, The Therapist & His Elixir, a fascinating nightcap.

AXE & ARROW

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GLASSBORO, NEW JERSEY

In the heart of Glassboro serving dedicated brew hounds and attracting local Rowan University students, AXE & ARROW came into existence April 7, 2019. Head brewer, Greg Fletcher, learned his craft in Colorado before partnering with likeminded entrepreneurs, Josh and Krystle Lockman. The gallant trio then designed their seven barrel brewing system at bustling Glassboro Town Square, a pedestrian-friendly midtown patio garden.

The wood-toned studio-like interior has plenty of open space and includes a raw pine-walled 12-seat bar with 20 tap handles and raw pine-walled backing contrasting the stark black tile ceiling and green walled side wall (with 2 TV’s). There are several bark top seats fronting the bar while silver brew tanks bedeck the rear.

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My wife and I were Axe & Arrow’s first patrons on our noontime February ’21 Saturday journey.

There were three resilient golden hued or hazed New England-styled pale ales (two of the India pale variety) on hand for survey.

Soft-toned pale ale, Shattered Ceilings, brought sunny citric IPA fruiting to the fore as zestful yellow grapefruit and orange rind bittering contrasted subtle floral-perfumed spicing.

Musky lemon-dropped grapefruit bittering lingered gently above lightly creamed crystal pale malting for Nor’Easter, a hazy NEIPA with mild bark-dried grassy residue.

Another hazy NEIPA, crisply clean Brew Dragon, surged forth with lemony grapefruit peel and pith bittering retaining a mild hop char over delicate flaked oats.

A richer grain-hopped roast inundated bronze cleared Imperial IPA, The Axe, a stylish East-West Coast hybrid with moderate piney bittering spackling tangy orange briskness and tertiary pineapple-grapefruit daubs.

Lemony orange zesting picked up lightly lingered yellow grapefruit bittering for Azacca White Ale, leaving white-peppered herbage and prickly pear tartness near the white wheat spine.

Easygoing ambrosial sour ale, Pineapple Fluff, let zesty pineapple tartness engage powdered sugar marshmallow sweetness while its candied Pez-like lemon-limed pucker escorted mandarin orange/ clementine snips.

Herbal lemon-rotted musk countered the banana-clove whimsy of Squeaky Wheel, a huskier-grained hefeweizen.

Dewy sweetness encountered dark toffee sugaring to contrast the coffee-stained tobacco roast of Stubborn Goat, a dark-fruited weizenbock with truffle-like fungi molding.

Delightful dessert, Hardwired, a hazelnut coffee-enriched porter, gained toasted coconut sweetness, mild pecan buttering and distant cola nuttiness.

Though its peanut-buttered cacao powdering’s nearly lost in the mix, Black Gold Oatmeal Stout maintained a weedy earthen char that saturated its vanilla-beaned maple oatmeal spine and citric Cascade hop wisp.

LUNACY BREWING COMPANY

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HADDON HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY

Originally hailing from nearby Magnolia circa 2015, Haddon Heights’ LUNACY BREWING COMPANY now occupies a yellow stucco Industrial mall (with pale green aluminum roof) in  the rear of the complex.

Interestingly, there is a long winding fence curving towards the entrance that’s reminiscent of a Texas slaughterhouse. An overhead side door leads to a large three-tabled deck next to a ground level wood-benched area.

A luminous Lunacy moon signpost centers the aluminum-sided wood top bar (not shown in above picture) with two tap stations gathering 18 draught handles and an electric beer board. The gray cement floor and blue-grayed walls magnify the black tiled ceiling where pendant lights and large fans hang. A projection screen opposes the left side bar.

I enjoyed eight of the twelve available selections during my January ’21 mid-afternoon jaunt. But there have been bountiful one-offs, seasonals and specialty brews crafted since its inception. Most beers this day were thickly clouded, stylistically richer and delightfully off-center, running the gamut from mango milkshake pale ale to Christmas spiced porter and cookie-inspired stout.

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For a simple light-bodied opener, Golden Slippers Pale Ale sufficed. Delicate lemon-dried tartness and grassy hop astringency topped dry pale malts in a mannered way.

Bittersweet orange pulping and ambrosial grapefruit-peach-grape juicing received vanilla beaned powdered sugaring for Creamsickle Milkshake Pale Ale, leaving jasmine-like orange blossom florality upon the citric vanilla confection.

Another milkshake-inspired pale ale, Mango Moonshake, maintained grapefruit-imbibed mango pulping, tart orange-juiced concentration and ripe nectarine sweetness above astringent hop pining.

Sharp citrus spicing contrasted the yogurt-soured grapefruit rind bittering and green grape esters blitzing spritzy NEIPA, Orion, a dry pale-malted medium body with solid resolve.

Bountiful holiday-spiced porter, Fig E Pudding, brought fig-sugared cinnamon, nutmeg and pine nut illusions to the surface alongside fern-like spruce tip resin and smoky dark chocolate malts.

But Crooked Steps, an English-styled strong ale, allowed corn-liquored grain alcohol ethers to get in the way of its perfumed gin-soaked vodka sway and piney Chinook hop lacquering.

Smoothly creamed nitro-injected Chocolate Coconut Coffee Stout resonated with rich brown-sugared molasses sap draping cocoa-powdered coffee resolve, dark chocolate-malted vanilla beaning and banana coconut caking contrastingly consuming mildly ashen nutty respite and pipe tobacco crisping over honeyed Graham Cracker wheat base for oatmeal raisin cookie deliverance.

Best bet: Resembling a chocolate chip cookie, Space Cookie Imperial Stout unleashed molasses-sugared vanilla bourbon, creme brulee and yellow cake sweetness upon its chewy utopian mocha dessert splendor.

13TH CHILD BREWERY

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WILLIAMSTOWN, NEW JERSEY

Inside a red brick Main Street cornerstone of Gloucester County’s unincorporated Williamstown, 13TH CHILD BREWERY occupies a former bank/ music studio. Opened March 2017, just a few months before Cross Keys Brewing Company began operations one mile down the road, 13th Child’s white-walled gleam, large sectional windows, olden wood floor and high overhead are reminiscent of a pristine 19th Century schoolhouse.

Five tables front the wood top serving station while pendant lights hang from the black tongue-and-groove ceiling. Corner counter seating opposes right side stainless steel brew tanks carrying approachable suds my wife and I imbibe this sunnily brisk January ’21 afternoon.

A few brave souls fought off the freezing temps by plowing a few at the beer garden.

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Lemon-soured cranberry tartness rode above wheat crackered pilsner malts and leathery oaken tannins for Cran You Ugly Pale Ale, picking up withered boysenberry, gooseberry and green grape whims.

Mildly puckered lemon-limed peach bittering soaked up the lactic brettanomyces yeast of Wanna Peach Of Me, a kettle-soured fruit ale.

Diffident saison, Break It Frenchie, sidled zesty lemon tartness with honeyed banana, bruised orange, and green grape notions, leaving herbal nuances upon the straw-dried backend.

Easygoing English-styled IPA, Session 19, permitted pasty raw-honeyed pale malts to obtain waxy apricot-fig desiccation and dewy peat mossing.

Another sorta English IPA, inconspicuously soft-toned Cascade Annie IPA brought dewy tea-leafed earthen mossing to mildly creamed candi-sugared citrus spicing and dried plantain snips.

Flagship Mosaic-Citra-hopped New England IPA, Mean 13, allowed its ample yellow grapefruit thrust to gain ambrosial yogurt-soured mandarin orange tanginess and tart green grape esters above pasty pale malts.

Placidly sweet doppelbock, Irons Bock, let toffee-spiced dried fruiting delicately pleat chocolate crystal malt sugaring.

Mildly fudged chocolate creaming sashayed above the chewy cookie dough bottom fortifying Schoko Bliss, a sweet chocolate stout with espresso, cappuccino and cafe au lait undertones.