Beer Meister’s June Thoughts – Tommy Brennan
Hey everyone, and welcome back to another installment of my blog. Hopefully you made it out to IPA Alley last month. I don’t mean to pat myself on the back, but it was one helluva line-up. From Single IPAs to Triple IPAs there was something for every hop head out there. So, what’s on tap for this month?
In last months blog I mentioned a little plan to do a brew tour once a month. I’m super stoked to say it’s happening. The Old Bay’s Kegs and Eggs Brew Tour kicks off this month with a trip to Cherry Hill, NJ to visit our friends at Forgotten Boardwalk; but before I get into all about them and what they do, let’s finalize what the The Kegs and Eggs Brew Tour is all about.
One Sunday a month we’ll all meet here at The Old Bay for a breakfast buffet and then take a party bus to that month’s location. While en route, we’ll be sipping on one of the breweries beers to keep the pre-game going. Then once we’re at the brewery, we’ll all get a behind the scenes tour. Not just your normal bing bang boom tour now here’s the tasting room. We’ll talk about styles, the why, and how its all made. THEN, onto the tasting room floor. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, we’re gonna feed ya, we’re gonna drive ya, and we’ll have some excellent beers along the way. If you want to jump on the bus feel free to call us here to reserve a spot or stop in. Seats are very limited and only available on a first come first serve basis.
Now! Onto the Brewery…Why Forgotten Boardwalk? Well, about two years ago I got to meet owner Jamie as I was preparing for our awesome NJ Tap Takeover. They weren’t in full distribution yet with Shorepoint and they were still able to deliver beer on their own. So with a little charm and can do attitude, we were one of the very first bars to showcase their beer at an awesome event.
Here’s a little bit about Jamie and how Forgotten Boardwalk came to be:
“Jamie Queli started out as a beer enthusiast and then moved on to becoming a homebrew hobbyist. Now, she is able to add brewery owner to her resume.
The 30-year-old New Brunswick resident is the founder of Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing, which took over the former Flying Fish Brewery building left completely vacant in Cherry Hill. Originally from Wall Township, Jamie said taking the leap to opening up a full-fledged brewery, complete with a boardwalk-themed tasting room seemed like the next logical step for her. “I started out as a beer enthusiast, then finding information about beer and reading about beer which turned into creating my own beer,” she said, adding that she recently left a career as a product manager in investment banking. “The professional arena seemed like a natural progression.”
Having grown up at the Jersey Shore, Queli installed two skeeball machines, a spin wheel and funhouse mirrors, all while instilling both the memories of her time there, as well as part of the brand.
“My favorite thing about Forgotten Boardwalk is the facility itself. My aim when I was building it was to make it into an experience. I wanted people to not only come and visit for the beer but come and visit and enjoy its whimsical setting. I put in skeeball machines, fun house mirrors, spinning wheels, and antiques. It’s an adult playground. I grew up at the shore and I am a huge history buff. My grandmother used to call me an “old soul” as a little girl. As I visited different shorelines and coasts through my adult years, I found myself seeking out the odd history, most the stories people told me were lost stories but not completely forgotten. That is the vision for the company and each brand of beer. Each beer will tell an old forgotten story that took place around the boardwalk. I think it is especially fun to, not only have a great beverage, but to have a consumer learn of an old tale. People should stop by to tour a brewery, learn about the brewing process and its environmental impact, drink a great beer, play some skeeball and to meet new friends.”
So, after seeing picture of the brewery on Instagram and Facebook, I thought this would absolutely be a great place to go for our first tour. We’ll be joined by Shorepoint’s own Craft Beer Loud Mouth Gary Rosen who I’m sure will have great things to talk about beer-wise, and crack some inappropriate jokes once he gets to know you.
We also have a few other breweries set up for the upcoming months. Pennsylvania’s Neshaminy Creek and Brooklyn Brewery; we’ll probably do this up until November and continue again once spring comes around. Have you seen buses in the snow? No way!
So come on in and sign-up. Or give us a call. Tickets are only $40 for food, the trip, and the keg on the way there and back. As always, we want to make sure everyone has a good time drinking some awesome beer.
So until the trip on June 26th…
Cheers to great beer!