Beer Meister’s March Thoughts – Tommy Brennan
There’s been a lot going on here at Old Bay the last couple of months. If you stopped by for Mardi Gras, you probably saw the new brand spanking new paint job and logo. We’ve jumped in our time machine here and brought back our logo from when we first opened the doors 30 years ago. Nowadays we’re letting our fresh fish do the talking. For 30 years, we’ve been NJ’s premier New Orleans Style Restaurant and Craft Beer Bar; we’ve taken a step back from our roots and are moving ahead with some of the freshest seafood NJ has to offer. Now, we’re not crazy, you can still get a heaping share of Jambalaya and our other Louisiana Specialties.
As far as the bar goes, not much is changing except for the décor. We’ve transformed our lower bar area into a modern day tap room to showcase our ever changing beer selection. The change came while I and a few beer reps were sitting around talking about all of the breweries popping up in NJ. While we absolutely support the local breweries, you can’t help but think how that has changed the market for bars and restaurants. Instead of going down to your local watering hole, maybe you swing by a brewery for a tasting during happy hour, and bring a growler home to sip on later. It is with this new dynamic in mind that we will now be hosting “Brewery Nights”.
Any bar worth their weight in craft beer knows that Tap Takeovers can be a great way to drive a certain breweries numbers while also giving you a fun night out. We still will be doing our stylized takeovers such as Stout City and IPA Alley; but when it comes to “Brewery Night” we wanted to change the game a bit. So our first Brewery Night will be on Wednesday, March 29th from 7pm on. We’re bringing in Middlesex’s own Demented Brewing Company. We’ll be pouring the beer, and they’re gonna be shmoozin’ and boozin’ with you all night. Selling merchandise you can only get at the brewery, and we’ll have tastings, flights, and growler specials for the night. So, in theory, we’ll be bringing the brewery to Old Bay.
I met owner Tom Zuber a couple years back at AC Beer Fest, and we got to talking a little bit about beer, and him buying shirts off of my brother. Fast forward 2 years later, he’s got his own brewery in Middlesex, My brother creates all of their merch, and helps them run their tasting room. So I figured, this time around I’ll keep this one in the family. So come on out for what should be a really fun night in our newly decorated tap room and fill up on some beer, and bring home some cool stuff.
Until next month, which by the way the folks, Neshaminy Creek will be doing our second Brewery night.
Cheers to great beer!