Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Port 44 for sale

Port 44 Brew Pub in Newark is being offered for sale.

Owner John Feeley said in a brief phone interview Tuesday that he listed his Commerce Street brewpub a month ago. According to a listing at loopnet.com, the asking price is $2.1 million.

Feeley, who is also a lawyer, says he was unable to devote the time it takes to operate the business and now wants to find a buyer who can run it and offer quality beer.

The brewpub opened in April 2010, featuring guest tap beers. It was one of two new craft breweries to open in the state last year. (New Jersey Beer Company in nearby North Bergen is the other one.)

Following a grand opening that August attended by Newark's mayor, Corey Booker, Port 44 began pouring a lineup of house beers made by brewer Chris Sheehan.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Test brews go smoothly at Carton

An inside look at the test-run brew days at Carton Brewing.

Augie Carton, who founded the Atlantic Highlands brewery with his cousin Chris, says the two beers – a generously hopped session pale ale à la kölsch yeast and a double IPA brewed July 17th and 18th, respectively – are on track: "30 barrels of each beer bubbling away."

There are still some minor details to get squared away at the brewery, but an early August launch is the hope of the crew at Carton, which brewed those two initial beers under a temporary license from the state.

NOTE: Special thanks to Mike Kivowitz from New Jersey Craft Beer for an assist on the video.