I always love visiting a New Jersey brewery, and it’s always fun to visit a brewery that’s in a fun, small town like Flemington. Lone Eagle Brewing, located close to downtown Flemington, is a nice, big brewery that’s very unique.
Since it opened in July of 2016, Lone Eagle Brewing has become a big part of the Flemington community. Co-owners Todd Becker and Bob King were homebrewers who wanted to start a brewery in the town that they’ve lived in for decades. Together with Head Brewer Alex Franko, a former brewer at Dog Fish Head, they have been creating their own spin on traditional ales to serve to their fellow residents and visitors.
The majority of their beers are ales, which take 12-14 days to produce. Their lagers take 28-32 days to produce. Because they have such a quick turn around time, they are able to produce 8 new beers a month.
Lone Eagle Brewing usually has 12 beers on tap (when we were there they had 13). They always have four beers on tap all the time – their West Coast IPA (their flagship beer), Dave’s Cream Ale (a lighter beer), the 007 Golden Eye Pale Ale, and a stout.
My husband and I shared 8 of the beers they had on tap.
On our flight:
– Dave’s Cream Ale 6.2% ABV
– The Station Lager – a Vienna Lager 5% ABV
– Cranberry Saison – a saison brewed with wheat, rye and cranberry. 5% ABV
– 007 GoldenRye Pale Ale – A golden rye pale ale dry hopped with centennial, cascade & simcoe 6.97% ABV
We also tried 2 of their saisons, the Hoppe Stad (Dry Hopped Farmhouse Saison), a farmhouse style saison is brewed with two different kinds of wheat and dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon & Loral.
…and the Grapefruit Saison, Belgian saison yeast brewed with cranberry.
We also tried their flagship beer, the West Coast IPA, and the Hansel a New England session IPA is brewed with a heavy amount of raw wheat and oat malt. (No pictures available…we drank them too fast)
Here are some cool facts about Lone Eagle Brewing:
– All of the furniture was made by the local high school
– They have a private party room with it’s own bar. They also host yoga there!
– They feature a local artist’s art work for sale in the brewery which rotates out every few week.
– Every 1st Friday of the month is “Firkin Friday”
– They can 2 styles of beer the first week of every month
– The brewery was named via voting! There were 500+ submissions, so the town actually pick it’s name in an online contest.
So why the name Lone Eagle Brewing? Lone Eagle refers to the nick name given to the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh who lived in nearby East Amwell. In 1932 “The Crime of the Centurty” aka the kidnapping, murder and extortion of Lindbergh’s son took place. The police used “Lone Eagle” as code when trying to rescue the baby. When the kidnapper was eventually found, he was tried at very high profiled trial right in Flemington, New Jersey. (He was convicted on electrocuted at Trenton State Prison)
Why should you visit? Owners Todd and Bob are always at the brewery (which is open for most of the week), and they want to make their customers feel at home as well as get a feel for their favorite beers. The brewery is also spacious, clean, and has a very friendly staff. Plus it’s in a great town! I highly recommend checking it out for yourself. Cheers!
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