Monday, October 24, 2011

What's brewing...

We have completed our application with the federal government (The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau), which culminated with a 60 minute phone interview on October 4th.  We should be receiving our Brewer's Notice within the next few days.  This means that we have met all of the requirements set forth by the federal government as far as our manufacturing methods and our financial and taxation means are concerned.  We have also filed all of the needed paperwork with Federal Food and Drug Administration as a food production facility.  We also are almost through with our inspections with Dennis Township and the Cape May County Health Department.
We still anticipate that the New Jersey's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control will finish reviewing our application in November.  The second round of paperwork that we submitted in September weighed over seven pounds; once this is fully reviewed, we will have our site inspection.  Once we are approved, we will begin manufacturing under the terms of our Limited Brewery License, and expect to have our beers on tap in Yesterday's in Marmora, The Tuckahoe Inn in Beesley's Point, The Buck Tavern in Corbin City, and Levari's Grill in Petersburg.  Bottles will be available in Yesterday's Package Goods Store, Gleeson's Liquors on Sea Isle Boulevard, and Passion Vines in Somers Point.
Once we are up and running, we will also apply for our Brewery Tour Permit with the ABC and Dennis Township.  This will allow us to offer tours and up to four 4 ounce samples at the brewery.  Customers will also be able to purchase up to a 12-pack to take home and enjoy.  We hope to have our Brewery Tour Permit by the spring.

Marshalville Wit
Dennis Creek Pale Ale
Steelemantown Porter
Coming Soon....

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Catching Up with Tuckahoe Brewing

Brewery launches Nos. 5 and 6 for 2011?

Catching up with New Jersey nanobreweries-in-development Tuckahoe Brewing and Flounder Brewing, both of which project they'll enter the Garden State craft beer market before the end of the year.

Tuckahoe (in northern Cape May County) and Flounder (in Somerset County) have submitted their paperwork to federal and state regulators. How swiftly the processing of their licensing applications and brewer's notices by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control goes will be a significant factor regarding when their doors open.

But both breweries are optimistic their matters before the regulators are on track, and right now they're busying themselves with the build-out of their facilities.

Tuckahoe Brewing
Last week, Matt McDevitt, Tim Hanna and Jim McAfee, three of the four guys behind the brewery – the fourth is Chris Konicki – extended an invitation to check out their brewery-in-progress, located in a small industrial park in Ocean View (that's in Dennis Township, just west of the shore town of Sea Isle city). A 3-barrel brewing system from PyschoBrew is expected to arrive sometime this month, as are two 8-barrel fermenters. A keg washer arrived last week.

Step inside their space and you'll notice one of Tim's old surfboards, the front seat of a 1980s-vintage Dodge van (perfect for sitting down and enjoying a beer while camping) and a freshly built flight of stairs that leads to a loft office area, retro-furnished with a turntable and hip collection of vinyl, the kind that disappeared from most people's minds and stereo consoles decades ago. Next-door neighbors are an organic coffee roaster (Harry & Beans) and a seafood market (Casey & Ben's); both could figure into Tuckahoe's brew lineup (think oyster and coffee stouts).

Tuckahoe's business plan calls for hitting the market – the foursome anticipates a November launch – with a year-round American-style pale ale, called DC Pale Ale; the fall-winter seasonal Steelman Porter; and Marshallville Wit for the warmer weather months. (The names are all drawn from northern Cape May County lore; DC is short for Dennis Creek, a Delaware Bay tributary.) The brewery also wants to source local ingredients for its brews whenever possible and is talking with a nearby farmer about growing barley for brewing. (They will have to find a maltser, however.)

Matt, who handles the brewing, and Tim served up prototypes of the porter and amber pale ale turned out on a homebrew rig that's now a pilot brew setup. Dosed with Centennial, Amarillo and Willamette hops, the pale clocks in around 6 percent ABV and offers a quite worthwhile drinking experience.

Matt and Tim backed up the pale with the Centennial-hopped porter, a 6 to 7 percent ABV brew that was roasty and well balanced, quite quaffable beneath a dense, tan head of foam. With this brew around, Cape May County winters are going to be much anticipated.

Matt says he's still fine-tuning the Belgian wit recipe. So far, he's turned out versions of the 4.5 percent ABV brew using Fuggle hops, coriander, bitter and sweet orange peel, chamomile, clover honey and grains of paradise.

Flounder Brewing
Hurricane Irene was quite cruel to inland New Jersey north of Route 195, the east-west interstate that New Jersey wears like a belt. Hillsborough in Somerset County caught its share of the late August tempest's thrashing, and the subsequent flooding set Flounder Brewing's timetable back some, says Jeremy "Flounder" Lees, one of the nanobrewery's founders.

The brewery is on high ground, so it fared the storm well enough, with a shade tree on the property coming down. However, the town itself saw a fair amount of standing water and has been left trying to catch up on official business in the aftermath.

That matters when your brewery needs a construction permit from town hall and has to submit some new drawings of the site for review. On top of that, the plumber the brewery uses has likewise been swamped by storm-related emergency work.

The upshot is the delay Jeremy noted, but he still envisions a soft opening around the holidays with a gingerbread brown ale and honey-infused amber ale, called Hill Street Honey.

Despite the storm clouds, there is a rather bright silver lining for Flounder Brewing.

The brewery picked up $6,000 in financing through the Brewing the American Dream program, the Boston Beer-ACCION USA partnership that makes micro-loans available for fledgling breweries.

The brewery was able to get the financing after the program was broadened to serve start-ups, which otherwise would have had to show a half-year's worth of revenue to qualify for cash. That's obviously something difficult to do when you're not already in business, but rather trying to launch a business.

In any event, the cash has enabled Flounder Brewing to start larger than it had initially planned by purchasing a pair of 55-gallon kettles – one for wort boil, the other as a hot liquor tank – and a 35-gallon kettle for mashing.

If things go smoothly from here on out for Flounder and Tuckahoe, and they are able to launch this year, 2011 will go down as a very vibrant year for start-ups, a year that also saw the licensing of nanos Great Blue Brewing and Cape May Brewing, as well as production brewers Kane Brewing and Carton Brewing.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The hops experiment...

I ordered 4 varieties of organically grown hop rhizomes back in March from The Thyme Garnden Herb Company in Alsea, Oregon .  (Cascade, Nugget, Mt Hood & Hallertau)        I didn't know which hops would grow best in New Jersey soil and climate or when exactly to plant. I started all four varieties in large pots in my basement and after signs of growth, I planted in late April.

In late spring the Cascade started to bud and a little Nugget.

I guessed on when to harvest-they seemed fully grown, they were a little drier and starting to brown a bit. I harvested the Cascade over about a two week period in late August.

The My. Hood and Hallertau didn't bud at all and just a little Nugget. (maybe next year)

I dried them out on a window screen set on two 5 gal. buckets with a box fan underneath in my basement.  After about 24 hrs of drying they get very flaky and light. (keep the fan on low or they'll blow everywhere). I put them in zip lock bags (about 3 full) and then the freezer. They should keep in the freezer for a year or so based on what I've read. These lasted about 4 weeks and then they were used in the brew.

Future plans for hop harvesting.... 

Monday, September 5, 2011

New Jersey Craft Beer

South Jersey Brewery to Open Doors by End of the Year

The singular thing that I absolutely love about talking to brewers is their overarching sense of enthusiasm. Having gotten a chance to bend the ears of many brewers, it doesn’t surprise me how incredibly proud they are of their craft. My conversation with Matt McDevitt from Tuckahoe Brewing Company did not deviate from this concept.
Matt, who has been home brewing for well over ten years, expanded his hobby by partnering up with Tim Hanna in 2006. The two frequently thought about starting a brewery when they retired, but quickly determined that old age would easily impede their plans. Afterall, post retirement it’s much easier to drink beer than to brew it.
Driven by the thought of sharing their craft with the New Jersey masses, Matt and Tim teamed up with two other partners and began exploring the idea of starting a brewery. In January of 2011, Tuckahoe Brewing Company was born in the town of Ocean View located in southern New Jersey. (Read more about the rich history of the town on Tuckahoe’s website)
Although still in the licensee phase, Matt and his partners are destined for success and expect to be up and brewing by the end of 2011. Confirmed by Matt, the brewery is expecting the delivery of their recently ordered equipment in September.
We recently ordered a three barrel brewing system from Psycho Brew LLC out of Michigan. They were able to find a manufacturer of eight barrel capacity fermenters for us. We ordered two which will enable us to make double batches, turning our three barrel system into six barrel system.
To support this quantity of beer and size of fermenter, Tuckahoe also ordered a two HP chiller from Pro Refrigeration out of Washington.
Matt noted that Tuckahoe’s flagship is slated to be an American Pale Ale with a summer Belgian Witte and fall / winter Porter in 2012. (Read more about their beers here.)
Besides initial production, Tuckahoe’s immediate plans are to expand their brand by building a new website (an update is scheduled for September, click here to see their current website) and, after licensing, increasing knowledge by providing samples to local bars and restaurants. They even anticipate on attending local beer festivals to spread the word.
When asked about the differentiator between Tuckahoe and other local breweries, Matt’s response was driven by the appreciation of Tuckahoe’s local New Jersey community. Already in discussion with several local area farmers, the group’s plans are to utilize NJ grown grain and hops to create a product brewed from completely local ingredients. The concept of giving back to the local community is something that resonated throughout my entire conversation with Matt.
Having full time careers as teachers and architects, I asked Matt if the group found it difficult to devote their time to starting the business. “Anything that is worth it in the end is going to be challenging time wise”, Matt responded then added “Financially it certainly is easier, and the summers help too.” Their commitment is evident as Matt noted any free time is instantly devoted to brewery business matters.
Tuckahoe Brewing Company is a testament that even small businesses in New Jersey can quickly get off the ground given dedication, a sense of community, a strong product and successful partnerships. Be on the lookout for Tuckahoe in the early part of 2012!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Final Logo Design

After alot of discussion and work from our friends we've finalized our logo design....

Back to Colonial days..

"During America's colinial years brewing was a craft practiced by average folks on a small scale for home and community consumption, or as a small cottage business to supplement farm income. It continued to be associated with with spirituality, health and nutrition....Beer played a vital role in building strong communities." Christopher Mark Obrien, Fermenting Revolution

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Some more press...

Partners crafting a plan for Dennis Township brewery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Barlow   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 04:30
Tim Hanna says there’s a beer renaissance going on, not just nationally but also on the local level.
Hanna, of Seaville, and three other friends are working on launching Tuckahoe Brewing Company. They have a lease on a property in Dennis Township, at 9 Stoney Court, near a marine company, a coffee roaster and a lobster business.
“It’s nice to have neighbors,” Hanna said.
Their lease starts in August, he said, but it will be months before the new business gets the state and federal approvals needed to start brewing at the site. Hanna said he hopes they can start offering tastings by late October or early November.
The company recently published a public notice required by the state division of Alcohol Beverage Control announcing their application for a limited brewery license. That means they will be able to sell their beer on site, but won’t serve food like a brew pub. They plan to offer tours and tastings.
Hanna’s partners are Matthew McDevitt of Egg Harbor Township, Christopher S. Konicki of Margate, and James McAfee of Seaville. Three of the four are teachers at Mainland Regional High School, and McAfee is an architect at Blaine Steinman Architects.
McDevitt has been home brewing beer – from scratch, mind you, not a kit – for about 15 years.
Hanna started working with him about six years ago, and they would brew every couple of weeks. A few years later, the other two joined in, and “we thought we could take this beyond something we were doing for fun, and make it something we could do professionally.”
They came up with a business plan, and started looking into the licensing process, which he described as a six-to-eight-month waiting game.
“I wouldn’t say it’s difficult. It’s comprehensive may be a better way of putting it,” Hanna said.
He suggested that the ABC and the federal authorities want to have a thorough idea of who is getting into the business, and that they have the background to make it work.
“The making the beer is the easy part it’s the business aspect that’s tough,” he said.
For instance, two very well respected New Jersey microbreweries, Blue Collar Brewery in Vineland and Heavyweight Brewing in Ocean Township, have closed their doors, even though beer connoisseurs loved their product,
“Obviously it wasn’t the beer that was the problem,” he said.
All four men plan to keep their day jobs, and don’t expect the brewery to turn a profit for years, he said.
This is the second microbrewery to launch in Cape May County recently. Former college buddies Ryan Krill and Chris Henke launched Cape May Brewery at the Cape May Airport in Erma, with plans to use local materials in their beers.
Right before being interviewed, Hanna was on the phone with a representative of the state Department of Agriculture, to talk about the possibility of creating a beer that includes only New Jersey agricultural products.
“Right now is a great time to get into it,” said Hanna. “There’s certainly plenty of room. The way I look at it, wouldn’t it be nice for people to be able to choose between several locally brewed beers?”

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Written by Bill Barlow

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


We recently ordered a 3 bbl brewing system from Psycho Brew LLC out of Michigan. They were able to find a manufacturer of 8 bbl capacity fermenters for us. We ordered 2 which will enable us to make double batches, turning our 3 bbl system into 6 bbl system. To support this quantity of beer and size of fermenter, we ordered a 2 hp chiller from Pro Refrigeration out of Washington that will regulate the temperature of our fermenting beer. We also ordered a keg washer/filler from Premier Stainless Systems out of California. We are still in the market for a walk in cooler and our inventory of kegs, but we have made some huge strides in getting the brewhouse operational. We expect all of the equipment to be ready by September.
Tuckahoe Brewing Company

Friday, June 3, 2011

Update from Tuckahoe Brewing Company

After a very positive and productive meeting with our accountant, our business plan is in order and complete.  We are pushing through with paper work with both the State and the Feds, and we are exploring several options with financing.  After a little snafu with the first site we are in the process of signing a new lease at a new location in Dennis Township.  Very similar to the first site, about 1,100 sq ft.  We will be ready to take occupancy in August.  We will be brewing this Saturday, working on a new batch of our Pale Ale.  Feedback from the last batch was very positive but we are still tweaking the recipe.  Logo design, website, and equipment orders are right around the corner so stay tuned and stay thirsty.  Good luck and stay in touch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Check out our write up on Beer-Stained Letter

Cape May licensed; another nano emerges

Just as Cape May Brewing scores its state license to begin making beer, another Cape May County nanobrewery is emerging, hoping to fire up a kettle in the fall and launch with an American pale ale in New Jersey's southern shore draft beer market.

Tuckahoe Brewing Company is a foursome of homebrewers from Atlantic and Cape May counties who have been brewing together since 2006. They established their company back in January and earlier this month leased a 1,000-square-foot building at 369 Woodbine-Oceanview Road in Dennis Township, about a 20-mile ride up Route 9 from Cape May Brewing, which just became New Jersey's newest brewery and the state's second nanobrewery (behind Great Blue Brewing in Somerset County).

State regulators gave Cape May the green light to strike a mash following an inspection of their facility on Thursday. (Federal regulators signed off on the brewery in early April.) Ryan Krill, one of the three owners, says they expect to begin brewing sometime next week.

Matt McDevitt, one of the guys behind Tuckahoe Brewing, says he and his partners – Tim Hanna, Chris Konicki and Jim McAfee – have filed paperwork for a brewers notice with the federal government and for a limited brewery license with the state.

"Our goal is to get started around October/November, depending on how that gets processed," says McDevitt, whose day job is teaching at Mainlaind Regional High School in Linwood. Hanna and Konicki are also teachers at Mainland Regional; McAfee is an architect in Cape May County.

Ahead of them now is the task of getting a floor plan together and turning that into brewing space.

"We all get out of school in mid-June, and at that point we'll do some work on it, make it brewery-ready," McDevitt says. "We looked around for about two months for different places down in Cape May County and found a place that has pretty much everything we need, as far as a new-enough building that we don't have to do that much work to it."

The four plan to brew two to three times a week on a 3-barrel set-up to feed an inventory of sixtels and possibly half kegs. If all their recent outreach to Cape May County bars and restaurants to generate interest leads fortune to smile upon them, they'll look to boost their brewing capacity.

"Once things start to move in the right direction, the next step will be a 10-barrel system," McDevitt says.

The partners have been looking at brewing systems from a couple of fabricators who have become central to the burgeoning nano sector of craft brewing.

"Psycho (Brew) is one of the systems we're looking at. Obviously money is a factor, and that's one of the more affordable systems," McDevitt says. "The other is, we've looked at a system from Premier Stainless, which makes another 3-barrel model and will custom-fabricate a system."

Long-time followers of New Jersey's craft beer scene may remember the planned Tuckahoe Malt Brewing Company, which failed to get off the ground back in the mid-1990s. McDevitt says he and his partners approached the owners of that name about opening a brewpub under that banner, but opted for a nanobrewery instead and formed their business as Tuckahoe Brewing Company.

On their blog site, the four say they intend to launch with four styles: pale ale, wit, porter and another ale or pilsner made exclusively with agricultural products grown in New Jersey.

The pale ale, hopped with Cascade, possibly Centennial, and finished with Mount Hood, will likely be the company's flagship brew, McDevitt says.

"That will be what we start with. It's going to be high production with that," he says. "The plan is, right now, to make two seasonals, like a Belgian wit in the spring-summer and a smoked porter for the fall-winter.

Locally made, locally served is a guiding light for Tuckahoe Brewing's business model. McDevitt believes that's something the buying public is keen on these days.

"This area for the longest time hasn't had any local beers besides Flying Fish (from Cherry Hill), but even that is, a little bit, a ways away," he says. "So hopefully, we can do some good for the Cape May and Atlantic County areas, hopefully get some people excited about drinking some locally made beer."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Who we are

Tuckahoe Brewing Company was established in January of 2011 by four friends who had been brewing beer for fun for several years.  We were brewing five and ten gallon batches while we barbequed and enjoyed drinking beer with family and friends.  Going to the next level and brewing commercially was a thought that was always in the back of each our minds, but after we heard enough of our friends say the same thing, we decided to take the idea seriously.  We've rented a building in Dennis Township in the northern part of Cape May County, our applications with the state and federal governments are pending, and we hope to be licensed and fully operational by November of 2011.
We expect to begin with four recipes, a Belgian Wit, an English Style Porter, a Pale Ale, and a traditional ale or pilsner that will be brewed using only agricultural products grown in New Jersey.  Cape May County is a beautiful place, and brewing a beer that captures that beauty in both its ingredients and the finished product is one of our goals.  We want to provide the people of Cape May County beers that will always remind them of home.
There is an untapped market in our area, beer lovers who are waiting to see more and more quality beers that are brewed in this part of New Jersey and are available commercially.  Please look for our beers on tap in bars and restaurants around Cape May County, and bottled for take home as well.  Also, please stop by and see us this fall at 369 Woodbine-Oceanview Road in Dennis Township.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

We are signing a lease...

After months of searching and seeking for the ideal location that will be best suited for our nano-brewing needs, we seem to have found the right space.  Pictures will be forth coming!