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Heavyweight Brewing?

LNG212 Jun 11, 2007 10:56 AM

Has anyone had or been to Heavyweight Brewing (Ocean Township, NJ)? We will be in the vicinity for a wedding and we're wondering if it's worth a side trip. Thanks.

  1. JessKidden Jun 11, 2007 12:47 PM

    Heavyweight closed last summer. (Here's one of the stories - http://www.beeryard.com/news/default.... ).

    It wasn't much to "see", by the way- just a garage-like area in an industrial building.

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      LStaff Jun 12, 2007 06:03 AM

      Perkunno's Hammer recipe will be made by Victory.

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        JessKidden Jun 12, 2007 08:13 AM

        Yup- in fact they brewed the first batch last month, so I imagine it should be hitting the shelves soon (unfortunately, it's to be bottled in 22 oz. bottles, IIRC- I'd much rather see it in 12 oz'ers.) Also, there's some question as to whether it'll be *called* Pekuno's Hammer due to some unspecified conflict over the ownership of the name....

        http://lewbryson.blogspot.com/2007/05...

        Did not mean to suggest that Heavyweight wasn't a great little brewery that made some real interesting beers- only that as a microbrewery to "visit" (other than during one of their "events"), it wasn't much to look at- no bar, no gift shop, etc.

        Tom Baker is supposedly looking for a site for a brewpub (in NY or PA- I guess the lack of a good beer scene in NJ plus restrictive laws re: brewpubs & microbreweries spoiled him on the "Garden" State)- one deal north of NYC fell through already.

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          LNG212 Jun 12, 2007 11:11 AM

          thanks for all the help. we were hoping (if open) that they would do tours/tastings. anything to spice up a trip to the "garden" state. alas, it's not to be.

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            LStaff Jun 12, 2007 01:38 PM

            Check out the Ramstein (High Point) brewery in Butler NJ, if you happen to be there on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Very small operation making quality beer.

            http://www.ramsteinbeer.com/pages/eve...

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              Psychobabble Jun 12, 2007 04:15 PM

              While on the subject of NJ breweries/brewpubs, has anyone been to J.J. Bittings in Woodbridge? Noticed it while coming back to NY on the train from the Jersey shore. Worth a trip?

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                LStaff Jun 13, 2007 07:00 AM

                Reviews of JJ Bitting can be found here:

                http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

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