I’d like to say thanks to Elena and Bill and Tomi and Charles from Manor House Brewing for inviting me to their latest beer tasting event this weekend. The weather was perfect and the beers were wonderful as always.
For those unfamiliar, Manor House is dream of two couples from Northern New Jersey who started off brewing beer with the express goal of opening a world class micro brewery in their hometown of Ringwood, New Jersey. Right now, their plan seems to be coming together except for the New Jersey part.
You see New Jersey law makes it nearly impossible for aspiring brewers to follow the Dogfish Head and Victory route to success, which is to open a small brewery with a restaurant attached where brewers can sell their wares on tap and in bottles. In the case of Victory Brewing, the food and beer sales from their restaurant sustained them as they got the brewery operation off the ground. It’s an important safety net to have, and Victory might not be here today without the restaurant income to see them through a rocky start.
Part of the dream at Manor House was to open a gathering point in the community where local culture could thrive. That part will still probably happen, but not in Ringwood. Instead, they’ll probably open shop a few miles away, just over the border in New York State. I’d like to thank the New Jersey legislature for once again screwing up something so simple and good for the community.
At any rate, it was exciting to hear that they are making progress in moving the operation out of the garage and into an honest to goodness micro brewery. I can’t wait to see their stuff on the shelf.
Scott over at The Brew Club did a nice write up of the beers they served this weekend. Yes, he was there, and yes, we finally had that tickle fight we’ve bantering about on Facebook. I won’t say who won, but I will say he’s a ruthless tickler with surprisingly strong fingers.
All in all, it was a great time. Too bad I’m going to have to drive to New York to repeat it in the future. Way to go, New Jersey. Way to go.
If you live in the area, I recommend you follow Manor House Brewing on Facebook so you can stay up to date about what they’re up to.