PW's Year of Beer: Flying Fish NJ350

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

New Jersey is celebrating its 350th birthday, so to honor the occasion the Garden State’s oldest and largest craft brewery has created NJ350, a big, bold English stock ale that tastes like history. This brew is rooted in big, bold English malts that offer rich tastes of nuts, caramel and toasted biscuits. Throw in a whole mess of molasses and you get some sticky sweetness, too. This is offset by generous, Americanized hopping. The idea was to bring to mind the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, and sure enough, huge amounts of Cluster hops give this beer a big pine aroma (while also balancing out the malt sweetness). Great mix of old and new, that. It’s not the first time Flying Fish has honored their home state—brews like Bayshore Oyster Stout and Wild Rice Double IPA are nods to home, too—but a 350th birthday only happens once, so rush out to Standard Tap and get this one before it’s gone.
 

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