Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
“What exit?” is a Jersey thing, so it’s fitting that New Jersey’s largest craft brewery, Flying Fish, has a whole series of beers devoted to New Jersey Turnpike exits. Previously one-time beers only available in 750ml bottles, a few have now made their way to six-packs. Exit 16 is one that sounds odd but tastes so right. This is a wild rice Double IPA—and yes, it’s actually brewed with rice. If that brings to mind tasteless macro lagers, set your fears aside. This is a complex yet utterly drinkable beer that gives off aromas of citrus and tangerine, and drinks far easier than an 8 percent IPA should drink. It has all the flavor of a great Double IPA, but with a softness on the palate that really makes it stand out. Maybe the second best thing to come out of Jersey (after pork roll, egg and cheese). Flying Fish Exit 16 is sometimes available at Growlers, The Grey Lodge Pub and Perch Pub.