The taste of New Jersey, in beer form

May 5, 2009 7:00:25 AM PDT
Local brewers will tell you the Philadelphia region is the coolest, when it comes to beer. But one of the first microbreweries to emerge in our area, is using beer to honor... the New Jersey Turnpike.

Exit 4 of the New Jersey Turnpike. It's a gateway to I-95 and New York. But that's Exit 4, the EXIT. Just up the road in Cherry Hill, Flying Fish Brewing Company has developed Exit 4: The Beer.

"We were one of the early breweries to do a lot of Belgian style beers,"Gene Muller of Flying Fish Brewing Company told Action News. "It's about nine-and-a-half percent alcohol... We use American hops to give it a nice hoppy profile."

The N.J. Turnpike beers are all limited-edition brews. The brewery made about 900 cases of Exit 4 and when it's gone, that's it.

Exit 11 is next to come out in July.

"It's where the Parkway is so summertime, exit 11, you kind of think that's where you're getting off to go down to the shore," said Casey Hughes, Flying Fish Head Brewer. "We'll probably do something nice and crisp."

After that, the process turns democratic. The company has a website, exitseries.com, where you can nominate exits and ingredients. Maybe exit 2 and the peaches that are grown near-by.

Flying Fish will continue to produce its other beers while the turnpike series plays out. They expect the whole thing will probably take about three years.

Like all Flying Fish products, it's available in New Jersey, Delaware, and Southeastern Pennsylvania, but not New York.

"I get e-mails from people all the time, 'Where can I get your beers in New York?'" Muller said.

The answer: "Hoboken. Take the train over and buy our beer there."

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