Flying Fish - 20th Anniversary Exit 7 Pork Roll Porter, Exit 14 Imperial Pilsner & Exit 5 Coming 9/1

This is Flying Fish 20th Anniversary Exit 7 Pork Roll Porter and yes it is a porter made with pork roll and spices.  You’re looking at the 750ml bottle and the beer will hit 7.5%-AbV.   We also have Exit 14 Imperial Pilsner (8.5%-AbV, 750ml bottle) & Exit 5 Pinelands Sour Forage Ale (7%-AbV).
This update from Flying Fish:

We put out the first shipment of Flying Fish on September 4, 1996—a whopping 8 1/2s each of Extra Pale Ale and ESB!  We’ve grown a bit since then and as the kick off to our anniversary year, we’re doing a first-ever release of Exit Series beers--Exits 5, 7 and 14 on September 1.

Exit 5 is a celebration of New Jersey’s pinelands and is kettle soured saison with pine needles, goldenrod and wintergreen.

Exit 7 marks our state capitol and the state’s iconic breakfast meat, even if we don’t agree on what to call it:  Pork Roll Porter.  Yes, there is actual pork roll that was added to the kettle. This one of a kind beer features hints of cocoa, caramel, smoke and spice.

Exit 14 Imperial Pilsner recognizes the giant neon eagle that shines above on top of that really big brewery there. It’s rich malt structure is backed up by intense malt bitterness and aroma.

From Flying Fish:

NJ’s Flying Fish Celebrates 20 Years with Three Specialty Brews

September 2016 SOMERDALE, NJ –New Jersey’s most award-winning craft brewer, Flying Fish Brewing Co., couldn’t decide on one specialty beer to mark its 20th anniversary, so its BrewCrew is releasing three new Exit Series™ limited-release craft beverages to mark the occasion.  Sour Forage Beer from Exit 5, featuring hints of the New Jersey Pinelands, Pork Roll Porter from Exit 7, a toast to New Jersey’s favorite breakfast meat, as well as Imperial Pilsner from Exit 14, will all be launched with a ceremonial tapping on Thursday, 9.1.16 at Flying Fish’s Somerdale brewery headquarters at 4 p.m.  Pork Roll Queen 2016 Jamie Miller will be on hand for the occasion, along with special guests from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Trenton Pork Roll Festival and other surprise guests.

Of celebrating twenty years of Flying Fish, founder Gene Mulle says, “So much has changed in the New Jersey brewing scene since 1996.  When we opened, most folks didn’t get the idea of a locally brewed beer.  A lot of the time, we were asked if it was brewed locally, why wasn’t it the lowest priced option.  There were so few craft brewers; the next closest breweries to Flying Fish were Triumph in Princeton and Tun Tavern in Atlantic City.  Now, the consumer understands and appreciates the locally brewed specialty craft beverage; it shows in the marketplace as there are at least 20 breweries within 20 miles of us.  We have a loyal following that understands the nuances of the craft beverage and the work that goes into creating something special in each.  It’s a great time to be a New Jersey beer consumer.”

Muller adds, “Twenty years calls for a celebration.  We created three dynamic craft beverages that each capture an essential piece of New Jersey.  How can we choose just one for such a big anniversary?  This is our thank you to Flying Fish fans for twenty great years.” says Gene Muller, President and Founder of Flying Fish.

Up first is Exit 5, a Sour Forage Beer brewed with pine needles, wintergreen, and goldenrod.  This Saison style is part of the Beers Made by Walking project that encourages brewers to create a beer inspired by the environment local to their brewery.  Flying Fish worked with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation to explore New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve.  The result is a medium bodied beer with a dry, tart herbal flavor.  The herbal notes of the foraged pine needles, goldenrod and wintergreen (all found on private land) blend perfectly with the peppery, earthy notes of the Saison.

Next is Exit 7’s Pork Roll Porter celebrating the State’s quintessential breakfast meat.  This deliciously dark brown caramel porter is enhanced by the addition of pork roll and spices in the brew kettle.  The aroma features notes of cocoa, with hints of maple and smoke from the peat-smoked barley.  The flavor showcases characters of chocolate, maple, toasted nuts and a bit of spice from the pork roll.

Exit 14 is represented by an Imperial Pilsner, clocking in at 8.5% alcohol by volume, and is a nod to that very large multinational lager brewery right off the Turnpike.  This pilsner lager style includes an international mix of hops from Germany, France and the US.  It’s a beer with many layers.  The first is a floral, fruity aroma.  Next, black currant reveals itself.  Another layer brings a complex spiciness.  All of these backed by a big, hoppy bitterness.

These are the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth brews released in the Flying Fish Exit Series.  All three beers are extremely limited and will be available in 750 ml bottles and a small number of kegs. Beers will be made available for purchase at the brewery as well as at retailers in NJ and PA.

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