Events to Check Out this Weekend, April 17 – 19, 2015

Third Friday Glasstown Arts District – April 17

Third Friday – Art exhibition openings and receptions, live music on sidewalks and in galleries/shops. Dining at upscale and casual restaurants. Levoy Theatre performances. Shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques. 6 – 9 pm with dining and theatre open late.

Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015; 6pm – 9pm
Address: 22 N. High St., 16 N High Street – 508 N High Street, Millville
Cost: Free
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Spring Food Truck Fiesta – April 18

Time to party again with your Favorite Food Trucks!!
– 20+ Food Trucks (list of trucks to come!)
– DJ and Bands
– Kid and Adult fun including the Hamster Balls, Pony
Rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses Hula hoop fun with
the Twirling Arcade ladies!
– Interactive Art installation!
– Fire Pits
– Beer and Wine!
– Dogs Welcome!
– Bring your lawn chairs and hang out!

Date: April 18th, 2015; 11am to 7pm
Address: Mercer County Park; Festival Grounds, Old Trenton Rd, West Windsor
Cost: $5
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Key West Weekend @ Natali Vineyards – April 18

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Stop by for a taste of “The Keys”! Goodies, such as Key Lime Pie and Conch Chowder, will be available for pairing with our wines. Taste 5 wines paired with our goodies for only $10.

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 12pm to 6pm
Address:221 N Delsea Dr, Cape May Court House
Cost: Free Admission, $10 Wine Tasting
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America on Tap – April 18

America On Tap is coming to Robbinsville, New Jersey on Saturday, April 18th at the Robbinsville Fieldhouse & Expo Center! This three-hour premium event will showcase over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Attendees will sample beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors. What better way to spend a Saturday than with great friends, amazing beer, delicious food and live music!

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015; 2:30pm to 6pm
Address: Robbinsville Field House; 153 W Manor Way, Robbinsville
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Buy tickets HERE
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Feis at the Beach – April 18

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Cummins School of Irish Dance presents Feis at the Beach. Doors open at 9 am; Irish dance competitions are 10 am – 5:30 pm. The competitions will include over 1,000 dancers of all ages and expertise. Feis will be choreographed to music and prizes will be awarded. A number of vendors will be displaying and selling many Irish products.

Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015; Starts at 9am
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center; 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwoods
Cost: Free
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Dandelion Release Weekend – April 18 & 19

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This time of year brings more than just bud break in our vineyard, it also brings a new vintage of our Dandelion Wine! On April 18th and 19th we will be releasing our 2014 vintage of Dandelion wine to the public for tasting and sale. Alongside our newest vintage we will also be tasting our most recent vintages as well as some that have been aging in our cellar for quite some time! The 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2006 vintages of our Dandelion wine will be available for tasting as a flight of six so you can taste the dramatic changes in flavor that occur over time with this wine. Throughout the day we will also be holding several trailer tours of our vineyard in the full swing of spring! With bud break happening and the vines just waking up from their deep winter sleep it is a great time of year to be in the vineyard. Tours will be held on a first come first serve basis at no charge.

Dates: April 18th & 19th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Bellview Winery; 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville
Cost: Free to Attend, $5 for Wine Tasting
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Cherry Blossom Bloomfest – April 18 & 19

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Enjoy a family day in the pink park. A packed schedule of events includes cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, food, and more! Free admission.

Dates: April 18th(11am to 3pm) – 19th(11am to 5pm), 2015
Address: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Clifton Ave., Newark
Cost: Free
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13th Annual BullyFest – April 19

HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue‘s 13th Annual BullyFest has been set for Sunday, April 19th! Fun for the whole family and fundraising for bulldogs in need. Food and drinks will not be included, so please feel free to bring your own pop-up tent & picnic lunch! Don’t forget to bring a chair! Costume Contest & Prizes. Rescue Parade. All proceeds benefit Heavensent Bulldog Rescue! This year’s theme: “Focus on Fostering!” Whether you own a bulldog, or just love the breed, all are welcome! Dogs must be leashed at all times! Rain or Shine, Indoor and Outdoor Space.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015; 12:30pm-3:00pm
Address: Allen’s Kennels; 116 Bortons Landing Rd Unit A, Moorestown
Cost: $5.00, Kids under 10 free

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Day At The Fair: Family Festival – April 19

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Bring the whole family to celebrate our down home roots as the site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds! Tour the park and its historic buildings where activities are sprinkled throughout. Visit the balloon man, relax to musical Dixie Land and Carnival favorites, take part in nostalgic workshops, have your face painted, see a domestic arts demonstration, and enjoy loads of popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, and more!

Date: Sunday, April 19th, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address: Grounds For Sculpture; 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton
Cost: Free w/ park admission

Twitter Contest! Win 2 Free Tickets to The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on May 9!

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Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 200 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and more!!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must Follow @NJIsntBoring and @BigBrewBeerFest on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Twitter you must ReTweet it.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 20th at 8pm. There will be  a Twitter post declaring the winner!

Additional Details:BBNJS

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming back to Sussex County, NJ!

The Big Brew Sussex Fest on May 9th will feature:
* Outdoors & Under Tents at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
* 200+ Craft Beers
* 6 Food Trucks
* Mechanical Bull
* Music by Sick Star Nation

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $53 GA, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on April 25th. Get Tickets HERE

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 Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is returning to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.  The Fest will be outdoors and under tents.

Over 200 styles of craft beer will be available for tasting, and many New Jersey breweries will be featured including Sussex County’s popular Angry Erik Brewing.

There will also be six great food trucks on-site including award-winning food trucks The Cow & The Curd, Oink & Moo BBQ, Empanada Guy, Waffle de Lys, The Outslider and Pizza Vita.

Big Brew Sussex will also feature a Mechanical Bull, which is certain to add to the festive atmosphere.

Music will be provided by high-energy local cover band Sick Star Nation.

Big Brew Sussex Festival is a benefit to support the effort to restore the historic Newton Fire Museum, which due to needed repairs is in danger of closing its doors forever.  The intrinsic value of what the museum contains and represents to the community is priceless. Please visit their website to make a direct donation  www.newtonfiremuseum.org                                                                   

Sponsors for the event include Salt Gastropub and The Trout and the Troll (both of Byram, NJ) and No Idea Sports. Partners include New Jersey Craft Beer and New Jersey Isn’t Boring.

SESSION TIMES:     1:30 PM -5:30 PM

SESSION PRICING:   General Admission – $53     Designated Driver -$10

(Note: ticket prices will increase on April 25th and again on May 2nd).

Tickets are available online at:   http://www.bigbrewnj.com
All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Please note that knapsacks and large bags are not permitted on the Festival grounds.

Brewery Review: Village Idiot Brewing Co in Mount Holly

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I recently got to check out Village Idiot Brewing Co in downtown Mount Holly, right on High St. It’s a really neat bar that you should definitely check out if you’re in town!

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If you’re there to try their beer (why else would you be there?) the way the tastings work, is you buy “tokens” and the tokens can be applied to towards a tasting glass sized beer or a pint.

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Beers I tried while I was there:
– Bridgeton Blonde; Golden Blonde Ale 4% ABV
– Oatmeal Chocolate Stout; 5.5% ABV
– Thong Removal Tripel; Belgian-style Tripel 9.5% ABV

The more and more breweries I go to, I feel like I’m drawn to those three kinds of beers. I prefer a Belgium-style beer, and the Thong Removal Tripel was my favorite of the three(of course it cost more tokens). All the beers were great, they definitely take pride and hard work into what they do. I wish I could have tried all the beers, but this was my second out of three brewery tours that day and I definitely had to take it easy. Luckily I saw a diner right around the corner so I’ll be back in the area soon! I’ll just need to remember to bring back my growler!

Leaving @villageidiotbrewing with growler no.2 🍻#njcraftbeer #mounthollynj #njbeer #southjersey #nj #drinklocal #newjersey #njisntboring

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This is a great brewery in a great area. You can very easily spend the day walking around Mount Holly, grab lunch or dinner, and then grab drinks the brewery! Personally, I would rather grab a beer from the brewery directly. It’ a fun experience, and you can chat with the people who created the beer your drinking. It’s educational!

I am very quickly checking off  visiting a lot of breweries all around New Jersey! Good thing I became a NJ Craft Beer Member!

Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

About Village Idiot Brewing Co (From their Website):

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Our brewery is a 1.5 BBL (46.5 gallons) artisanal, small-batch, neighborhood business brewing quality beer for good people who appreciate good beer. We offer samples, pints, and growler fills. Our unique tasting room is situated at the location of the former Bridgetown Pub, just a short drive from NJ Turnpike Exit 5 or the Mt. Holly exit off 295. We combine fresh ingredients with beer education and a brewery tour to refresh, enlighten and inform.

Our limited brewery license prevents us from serving food, but we encourage our customers to carry-in or order delivery from one of the many restaurants in downtown Mt. Holly within walking distance.

Village Idiot Brewing Company is a very unique concept that we have seen blend in and work successfully in other Main Street settings across the country. Our small size will allow us to be nimble and offer tap selections that change frequently.

Address: 42 High St, Mt Holly, NJ; (609) 975-9270
Hours: Thurs: 5pm – 9pm, Fri: 3pm – 10pm, Sat: Noon – 9pm

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @VillageIdiotNJ & Instragram

Win 2 Free Tickets to The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on May 9!

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Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 200 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and more!!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

Here’s How to Enter the Facebook Contest:
1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and The Big Brew Beer Festival on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must LIKE and COMMENT  it as well. If you do not like/comment it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 6th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Additional Details:BBNJS

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming back to Sussex County, NJ!

The Big Brew Sussex Fest on May 9th will feature:
* Outdoors & Under Tents at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
* 200+ Craft Beers
* 6 Food Trucks
* Mechanical Bull
* Music by Sick Star Nation

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $53 GA, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on April 25th. Get Tickets HERE

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Picture Taken from December’s Big Brew Sussex Festival

 

Events to Check Out This Weekend – March 27th – 29th, 2015

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Art Exhibit – Open Until April 16

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This Sunday, I will be curating the first New Jersey Isn’t Boring art exhibit! The exhibit will be held from March 22nd – April 16th, 2015! It is FREE to attend! The event features over 30 NJ artists whose art work all represent New Jersey. If you can make it, that would be amazing! There will be food and beverages provided.

Dates: Now – Thurs, April 16, 2015 (Closed Easter Sunday)
Times: Monday – Thurs 10am to 4pm; Fri 10am to 2pm, Sat & Sun 1pm to 4pm
Address: Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St, Rahway
Cost: FREE
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New Jersey Jewish Film Festival – Now – March 29

Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. Enthusiastic MetroWest audiences anticipate the annual festival that offers the best of Israeli, American and international films of Jewish interest. As the festival has grown, so too has the number of high caliber Jewish-related films.  We promise a roster of first-run offerings that are nothing short of remarkable and, best of all, you can see enjoy them close to home! These are films that have not been shown in commercial theatres or on television. We also offer post screening discussions with the insightful speakers and commentators, including scholars, actors and directors. In addition to its two-week spring run, the festival offers several film programs at other times of the year, including the Reel Series and extra!. The festival offers many exciting opportunities to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through cultural events that enrich the lives of thousands.
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Rutgers Geek Week – March 23 – 28

Geek Week is an annual week of events celebrating all things “geeky” at Rutgers University. From tabletop and video gaming, to music, cosplay, academic panels based on gender and ethnic diversity, and more, Rutgers Geek Week has been nationally recognized by organizations such as ACPA and San Diego Comic-Con, and featured guests such as Chris Hardwick, Nick Offerman, and Tory and Kari of Mythbusters. By focusing on the students and their passions, Geek Week seeks to make meaningful differences in students lives by providing opportunities for them to find community, be accepted, and gain exposure to non-familiar topics and experiences in geek culture.

Dates: March 23rd – 28th, 2015
* See websites for addresses and costs
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Hudson County CASA 9th Annual Wine Tasting – March 27

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More than 90 wines selected by Cork Wine & Spirits will be featured at the tasting and accompanied by delicious foods and desserts by Battello. The night will also include a VIP tasting of premium spirits, an exciting silent auction, cork pull, and free valet parking! Proceeds from this event support CASA’s advocacy work on behalf of Hudson County foster children.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Address: Battello; 502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ
Cost: $85-$95. Get tickets HERE
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Country and Wine @ Natali Vineyards – Mar 28

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On March 28th Natali Vineyards will be hosting a Country & Wine Event from 1-6pm. Put on your dancing shoes and join us under the tents and in the vines. We will be serving sangria by the glass, tastings and wines by the glass or bottle. We are lucky to have Nashville Don and Sark as our live entertainment for the day. As always we will have local vendors on hand.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015; 1pm to 6pm
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 N. Delsea Drive (Rt. 47 N), Cape May Court House
Cost: Free Admission
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Cork and Pork – March 28

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12 New Jersey wineries will come together at the Renault Winery Resort & Golf. All the wineries will have new wines and the latest vintages for you to sip, savor and enjoy. Renault’s talented chef will have an array of pork inspired treats for you to purchase. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.RenaultWinery.com

Dates: Saturday, March 28th, 2015; Noon to 4pm
Address: Renault Winery; 72 N. Bremen Ave. Egg Harbor City, NJ
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at Door.
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Beers on the Boards – March 28

Date: Saturday, March 28th; 12:30pm to 9:30pm (2 sessions)
Address: Martells Tiki Bar; 308-310 Point Pleasant Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
Cost: $55 GA, $25 DD. Get Tickets Here
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Surati Holi Hai 2015 – Festival of Colors – Mar 28

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HOLI, the festival of color, is one of India’s most popular festivals. It is celebrated at the beginning spring where people lovingly smear color on each other and celebrate with music, dance, good food and drinks. This year, again, Jersey City’s SURATI for Performing Arts, is excited to bring to the people of the tri-state area and beyond, its 7th annual Holi event.The event will be hosted outdoors Exchange Place and Grundy Pier, Jersey City and will be FREE to the public. The event will start at 12 Noon and go to 6 pm. There wlil be booths selling art and craft and jewelery, food and beverages as well. (Rain date: Sunday, March 29).

Date: Saturday, March 28th, 2015; Noon to 6pm
Address: Exchange Place – Grundy Pier; Montgomery & Hudson Sts., Jersey City
Cost: Free
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Adult Easter Egg Hunt @ Four Sisters Winery – Mar 28 & 29

Two Seatings at 1pm and 3:30pm. There is a kid in all of us! Come and hunt for the eggs placed all around the farm and have some fun just like you use too. Each egg has a surprise, some with candy, some with a special prize and a few with tickets to one of our upcoming events. A formal wine tasting gets you in the mood for the hunt and a informative wine cellar tour concludes your day. Light refreshments will be served. Limited seating so reserve your tickets now.

Dates: March 28th, 29th and April 4th, 2015
Address: 783 County Route 519, Belvidere, NJ
Cost: $10 in advance by calling 908-475-3671, $20 at door
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Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market – March 29

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The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is a punk rock-inspired flea market that takes place three times per year. We include vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, original artwork, antiques, silkscreened posters and handmade jewelry to handmade tshirts, vintage toys, vinyl (of course) and numerous other interesting curiosities and unique collectibles.

Dates: Sunday, March 29; 10am to 5pm
Address: Historic Roebling Building; 675 South Clinton Ave, Trenton, NJ
Cost: $4

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Castle Point Anime Convention – March 29

Castle Point Anime Convention is created and organized by the members of the Stevens Anime Club and will be held on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Castle Point Anime Convention is just minutes away from New York City and is easily accessible by PATH, NJ Transit, ferry, and bus. Castle Point Anime Convention aims to promote anime, manga, and Japanese culture as well as providing a fun experience for attendees.

Date: March 29, 2015, 9AM to 10PM
Address: Stevens Institute of Technology; 599 River St, Hoboken, NJ
Cost: $15. Get Tickets HERE
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Comic Art Con – March 29

NO COMIC BOOKS! No fan boys! No hustle and bustle of the big cons! This is a gathering of Comic Art collectors in a friendly venue to buy, sell, trade, network and talk about comic art . . . and only comic art! Vendors and collectors gather from all over the country for what is truly a comic art collectors dream – a jammed packed room with wall to wall comic art. If you collect comic book art then this is the convention for you!

Date: Saturday, March 29th, 2015; 10am to 4:30pm
Address: Empire Meadowlands Hotel; 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus
Cost: $10, children free
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Brewery Review: Lunacy Brewing Co in Magnolia, NJ

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I am very quickly checking off  visiting a lot of breweries all around New Jersey! Good thing I recently became a NJ Craft Beer Member!

This past weekend I got to go to three breweries in one day! My first stop was the Lunacy Brewing Co, which is located in Magnolia, NJ. If you’re driving around looking for it, it’s across the street from the Lowe’s in town.

The tap room is located in a warehouse, and the area itself is very cozy. They have couches, tables, and a bar where customers can hang out and drink.

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They had 6 beers on tap, which you can try a “shorty” size for $2 a piece, two of the more limited beers were $3. I tried 5 out of the 6 beers.

Beers I tried while I was there:

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– Lunacy IPA
– Moon Howler Pale Ale
– Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout
– Sanitarium Double IPA
– Beautiful Baby’s Belgian Blonde Ale

The beer I did not try was a coffee stout, which is not really my thing. My friends loved it though!

My favorite beer was the Belgian Blonde Ale, so I ended up taking home a 32oz growler (which has already been finished by the time this post has been published).

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All and all, it’s a great brewery with a great staff! I definitely plan on going back. They also had a lot of great merch, including t-shirts which can be seen here:

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Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

About Lunacy Brewing Co:

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Address: 214 Davis Rd, Magnolia, NJ; (609) 379-5862
Hours: Friday: 5 PM – 10 PM; Saturday: 12 PM – 8 PM

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @LunacyBrewery & Instragram

Events to Check Out this Weekend – March 20 – 22, 2015

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Opening Reception – March 22

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This Sunday, I will be curating the first New Jersey Isn’t Boring art exhibit! The exhibit will be held from March 22nd – April 16th, 2015! It is FREE to attend! The event features over 30 NJ artists whose art work all represent New Jersey. If you can make it, that would be amazing! There will be food and beverages provided.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015; 1pm to 4pm
Dates: Sun, March 22 – Thurs, April 16, 2015
Times: Monday – Thurs 10am to 4pm; Fri 10am to 2pm, Sat & Sun 1pm to 4pm
Address: Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St, Rahway
Cost: FREE

RSVP to the Opening Reception HERE (not required, but it’s nice to have a head count)

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AC Beer and Music Festival – March 20 & 21

The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Dates: March 20th & 21st, 2015
Address: AC Convention Center; 1 Miss America Way; Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: $55 in advance. Ger tickets HERE

Keep up to date by liking on Facebook
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New Jersey Jewish Film Festival – Now – March 29

Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. Enthusiastic MetroWest audiences anticipate the annual festival that offers the best of Israeli, American and international films of Jewish interest. As the festival has grown, so too has the number of high caliber Jewish-related films.  We promise a roster of first-run offerings that are nothing short of remarkable and, best of all, you can see enjoy them close to home! These are films that have not been shown in commercial theatres or on television. We also offer post screening discussions with the insightful speakers and commentators, including scholars, actors and directors. In addition to its two-week spring run, the festival offers several film programs at other times of the year, including the Reel Series and extra!. The festival offers many exciting opportunities to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through cultural events that enrich the lives of thousands.
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New Jersey Wine & Food Festival– Mar 20 – 22

This festival is designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with the chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados. The spotlight event is the Grand Tasting on Saturday night where more than 30 top chefs from NJ & NYC join leading wineries and distilleries from around the world. Taste culinary delights from chefs from the best restaurants in NY & NJ and listen to live entertainment by the 32-piece David Aaron Orchestra.

Dates: March 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Crystal Springs Resort; 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Cost: Prices Vary, Get Tickets HERE
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Rahway’s March Madness – March 21

In association with Metro Rahway, the City of Rahway is hosting a family festival and BBQ competition centered around March Madness. There is something for everyone! From 12-2PM at the Rahway Recreation Center, the Court Jesters performing basketball team will put on a show for all to see! Admission is free. Then at 2PM the party heads to Metro Rahway! Campbell St. and surrounding areas will be full of family fun! Face painting, food trucks, carnival-style games, basketball competitions, BBQ competition, March Madness viewing tent and many more surprises!

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015; 12pm to 6pm
Address: 12:00PM: Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E. Milton Avenue, Rahway
2:00 PM: Metro Rahway, 1420 Campbell Street, Rahway
Cost: Free
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Ride the Vines – March 21

Enjoy a 26 or 43 mile bike ride through flat farm land and vineyards. Relax afterwards with wine tasting from 3 local wineries including Bellview Winery, Coda Rossa Winery, and Monroeville Winery. There will be live music, lite fair, food vendors and plenty of fun to go around.

Registration begins at 7:00 am and closes at 9:00 am. Riders will leave in groups of 8-10 from Bellview Winery and must be wearing a helmet and obey all traffic and safety laws. Live Music and Tasting will begin at 11:00 am at Bellview Winery.

Pre-registration is $30 which includes wine tasting, t-shirt, souvenir glass, music and lite fare. Day of ride registration is $40 and includes t-shirt (while supplies last), souvenir glass, music and lite fare. If you would rather just cheer on your friends and taste some wine there is also a $10 spectator option that includes wine tasting, souvenir glass and live music.

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015; Begins at 7am
Address: Belleview Winery; 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville, NJ
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 day of. Register HERE
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Vintage North Jersey: Wine & Art Trail– March 21 & 22

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Join the wineries of Vintage North Jersey for a weekend of art and wine. Local artists will be painting in the orchards and will have art displayed for show and sale. See what art our local community has to offer. Enjoy a weekend of celebrating spring. Continue on the trail http://www.vintagenorthjersey.com.

Dates: March 21st & 22nd, 2015
Address: Vintage North Jersey Participating Wineries
Cost: Depends on Location
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New Jersey Collectors Con – March 22

An all new convention based in New Jersey is here. Focusing on Collectors, we will have a dealer room, events and guests that cater to the needs and wants of collectors for all things – Toys, Action Figures, Comic Books, Video Games, and more…

Date: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Address: Holiday Inn; 2175 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill
Cost: Early Admission 8am to 10am $20; GA 10am to 4pm $10.00
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St. Patrick’s Day Week(March 17 – 22) at Zeppelin Hall

St. Patrick’s Day Week Mar 17 – 22, 2015

Celebrate the luck o’ the Irish at Zeppelin Hall from March 17th till March 22nd. In the spirit of the holiday, Zeppelin Hall will have a special menu featuring traditional meat and potato dishes and other St. Patty’s Day favorites. Enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage, or an Irish Reuben Sandwich, which puts a twist on the classic with corned beef pilled high atop savory, Irish bacon, melted Swiss, sauerkraut and Thousand Island on warm toasted rye bread. Other fun menu items range from creamy, Potato Bacon Soup for $4.95 and traditional Fish and Chips for $13.9 to and a Beef Guinness Stew for $10.95. And of course, what’s St. Patties day without a pint of beer for each hand?

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About Zeppelin Hall:

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Zeppelin Hall (88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07302) is the Metropolitan Area’s largest biergarten featuring more than 50 European and American beers on 144 taps including Specialty Brews, Lagers, Pilsner, Ale, IPA, Stout, Hard Cider, and even Non-Alcoholic & Gluten Free selections. Zeppelin Hall is located in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor, with free parking and just steps away from the Light Rail and a short walk from the PATH train. For more information on Zeppelin Hall please visit, http://www.zeppelinhall.com

Brewery Review: River Horse Brewing Co in Ewing Twp

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I am very quickly checking off  visiting a lot of breweries all around New Jersey! Good thing I recently became a NJ Craft Beer Member!

I have drank River Horse beer before, so I was looking forward to visiting their brewery in New Ewing Twp (Right by Trenton). They have a pretty big facility in New Ewing compared to their former space in Lambertville.

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If you decide to go and you want to go on the tour, be sure to sign up for the tour before hand! When we went it was busy! The tour was great because it was only $5 and we got to try 4 different beers.

The tour itself it quite informative. It was roughly 30 minutes, and you get to try the samples at different stations along the route of the tour. I highly recommend doing it.

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Beers I tried while I was there:
– River Horse IPA: American Style IPA, ABV – 5.7%
– Triple Horse: Belgian Style Tripel Ale, ABV – 10.0% (!!)
– Oatmeal Milk Stout: Stout brewed with oats and milk sugar, ABV – 6.7%
– Belgian Freeze: Winter Ale available Oct-Dec, ABV – 8%
– Chocolate Porter – ABV – 6.5%

The last 3 beers are all seasonal, but definitely try to get your hands on them!

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I also really enjoyed the decor of the place. There were hippos everywhere! They have a lot of great, original art work all around the brewery which gives it a really hip (pun not intended) vibe.

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Inside the brewery you can buy pints of beer, growlers, and they have lots of merch.

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My husband and I went home with a growler of Tripel Horse and a 4-pack of Hippo-Lantern. AKA we went home very happy.

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Be sure to check them out! Details are below!

For more pictures be sure to check out my Facebook album!

About River Horse Brewing Co:

Address: 2 Graphics Drive, Ewing Township, NJ
Hours: Friday – Sunday 12pm to 5pm
*Tours are available by appointment. For more info click HERE

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @RiverHorseBrew & Instragram

Brewery Review: Kane Brewing Co in Ocean Twp

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I’m very fortunate that I live fairly close to a few breweries. I had been wanting to check out Kane Brewing for a while, and decided to finally go!

The brewery is a lot bigger than it looks. When you walk in there’s a room to fill growlers and buy merchandise, and you think that’s it…but then there’s a whole warehouse/tasting room where there were lots of people were drinking and having a great time.

When we arrived, it was 10 min before the tour started we didn’t have time to really start drinking…but I decided to try to Parhelion ($3 for the 4 oz)while we waited and it was delicious. The Parhelion is a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial IPA, 9.4% ABV. Definitely had a kick!

Although the place was packed, no one else seemed to wanted to do the 1pm tour so my friends and I got a private tour which was pretty sweet! The tour is free if you’re in the brewery, so you might as well go!

After we finished the tour we got down to drinking and we tried a flight of the four beers they had on tap:
– Head High; American India Pale Ale (IPA)
– Overhead; American India Pale Ale (IPA)
– Single Fin; Belgian-style Blonde Ale
– Silent Nights; Imperial Stout

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A flight is $6, and to try a 4 oz beer it’s $3 for the Silent Nights and $2 for the year round beers. I recommend being adventurous, a flight is definitely the most cost effective and you can try all the beers!

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*FYI The Parhelion I mentioned before was not available for flights or growlers.

Speaking of growlers, we purchased a 64 oz growler so we’ll definitely be back visiting soon! It’s definitely a popular spot!

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You can see more pictures from my Facebook album.

About Kane Brewing Co:

(From their Website) Launched in August of 2011, Kane Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located on the coast of New Jersey. Our focus is brewing American-style and Belgian influenced ales. All of our handcrafted beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and brewed locally in our custom built brew house located in Ocean Township in Monmouth County. Most of our beers are draft-only and available at bars and restaurants in coastal, central and northern New Jersey where we hand deliver each beer to ensure the highest level of both beer freshness and service. We hope you enjoy drinking our beers as much as we enjoy creating them.

Address: 1750 Bloomsbury Avenue, Ocean Township
Hours: Friday 5pm to 8pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

*Self-guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays and guided tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Check out more info on their Website!

Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter @KaneBrewing, & Instagram