30 December 2011
Here’s your first peek at the 8th release in the Flying Fish limited Exit Series of beers based on exits of the NJ Turnpike. Up today we have Exit 8 Chestnut Brown Ale (Belgian-style beer brewed with chestnuts.) Exit 8 is actually the Monroe Township / Highstown Exit so the big 8.3% ABV & 750ml bottle is probably appropriate. The label indicates that Exit 8 is a prime agricultural area in NJ and this beer was brewed to celebrate that tradition as well as the chestnut itself. Exit 8 uses Mt Rainier, Chinook, Fuggles & Columbus hops to balance out the malty nutty flavors of this “hybrid Belgian-style brown ale.”
Update 1/4/2012: Looks like they added the word “Honey” to the label.
Update 3/9/2012: Press release from Flying Fish…
Bottles finally arrived and we’re shipping to our wholesalers so this beer should be hitting stores in the next week or 2.
This long-delayed eighth stop on our multi-year trip to explore New Jersey though its beer and culture brings us to, coincidentally, Exit 8 and celebrates what puts the “Garden” in Garden State.
Did you know that New Jersey has more than 9,800 farms covering 790,000 acres? We’re in the top four nationally in blueberries, cranberries, spinach, peaches, bell peppers and head lettuce produced. Not bad for the most densely populate state. To celebrate Exit 8, one of our big farming areas, we’ve brewed a beer that uses a lost local ingredient chestnuts – and a popular current one-two varieties of local honey.
This full-bodied hybrid Belgian-style brown ale brings forward a nutty character from the chestnuts, accented by the flavors of honey, roasted barley and oat flakes There’s a nice spiciness from the Mt. Rainier hops while the Chinooks add a touch of pine. Fuggles and Columbus round out the hop profile.
Exit 8 pairs perfectly with hearty foods like roast pork, sausages or a nice aged gouda.