Scoop’s Guide to Local Breweries & Summer Beer Events

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Beer, brew, brewski, you call it as you love it! You asked us what was out there so we set out to round up the best in local beer.

Delicious lagers, ales, stouts and more – these small, traditional and independent brewers are dedicated to crafting the perfect pour.  Take-out growlers, brewery tours, beer gardens and super fun Beer Fests all made our list, with some right around the corner and some a fun day trip drive from Princeton.

Beer enthusiasts could hit up each of these events this summer (just grab an Uber or treat your DD to dinner afterwards!) Raise a glass to local brews & a delicious summer!

-Jyll at PrincetonScoop

CRAFT BREWERIES
21+ & have a palate for exceptional NJ brewed craft beer? Visit River Horse in Ewing, NJ to learn about our journey, our beers & pick up great swag! Fri – Sun 12pm-5pm for growler fills, take-out beer, & merchandise. Tours & events Sat & Sun 12pm-5pm. www.riverhorse.com
Visit New Jersey’s most award winning brewery! Flying Fish has tours, a tasting room and a beer garden available Wed-Sun, and they’re easily accessed from Rt. 295 or NJ TPK. (PS: often featuring beers only available there!) www.flyingfish.com
Look for Cape May Brewing Company‘s award-winning beer all over south Jersey, tour their production facilities at Cape May Airport, or taste from the largest selection in the state. Summer’s better with good beer. www.Capemaybrewery.com
After three successful years getting started in their Oceanview location, Tuckahoe Brewing Company is excited about their move to a new, 10,000 sq foot facility at 3092 English Creek Avenue in Egg Harbor Township. They’ll be up & running this August – go say hi! www.tuckahoebrewing.com
Founded in 2011 by friend Luke Bowen and Trevor Hayward, Evil Genius Beer Company brews hand crafted beers with all-natural ingredients. Find them using the ‘Beer Finder’ on their website: www.evilgeniusbeer.com
Cricket Hill Brewery in Fairfield is one of the original micro-breweries in New Jersey. 12 Quality beers on tap, 4 year-round, Seasonals and small batch limited release beers. Check out their website at www.crickethillbrewery.com. Well worth the trip!

SUMMER BREW EVENTS
Head to Summerfest 2015 on July 25th – The Philadelphia Summer CraftBeer & Music Festival at XFINITY Live! Beer gardens, 150+ beers to taste, food, live music & more! A great day of beer-drinking fun. Use discount code SCOOP & save $5/ticket!
Don’t miss Philadelphia Zoo’s annual Summer Ale Fest! Enjoy unlimited craft beer samples, local food truck vendors & live music, while surrounded by amazing wildlife. On-site parking & shuttle to 30th St. Station. 21+ event.  July 25th 6:30pm-10pm www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org
The only bi-state beer fest in the nation, Brews by the Bay, is August 29. On the grounds of Cape May-Lewes ferry, sip from Jersey’s best craft breweries, then board the ship to see what Delaware’s got. Local food, live music. www.Njbeer.org
Fonthill Castle Beerfest is Saturday Aug. 29 from 2-5 pm at the Fonthill Castle Grounds in Doylestown, PA. It’s an annual event in a superb setting that includes national, regional and local breweries. For tickets visit the website or call 215-348-9461 for further information. https://www.mercermuseum.org/event/fonthill-castle-beer-fest

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