Friday, September 23, 2011

New Jersey Central: Far From The Shore

On a recent weekend trip to a family gathering in Northern New Jersey, my brother and I stopped overnight at a friend's house. Joey is a fellow beer enthusiast and was looking forward to taking us to his favorite bottle shops. We all were looking forward to sampling beers together (see the list at the bottom).

Our first stop was at Canal's Hamilton, NJ location. The first beers we saw was a massive display of pumpkin beer from just about every craft brewery it seemed like - a lot of orange on the labeling!

There was one large aisle of bottles and 6-packs from all over the world. There was a big bomber selection from Green Flash and Stone, a good number of Belgium offerings and everything in between. Local New Jersey breweries were represented, including River Horse. Also a large assortment of the big brands are available. Canal's is a large beer, wine and spirits store.
Their website is not too good, and there is no Facebook page that I found to follow them. The store has a great selection, but had the feel of a busy supermarket.

The second store we went to was Super Buyrite Wines and Liquor. Also known as Hopewell Buyrite. The outside looks like it may be some generic liquor store catering to BMC douche bags and winos. But, this is not the case for this place. It isn't fancy inside, but the beer selection was spectacular! There was a huge selection of single 12oz. bottles in refrigerators, a large bomber selection, and tons of other serving types. They have a great selection of Cape Anne's Fisherman's line, Breckenridge, Harpoon, Dogfish Head, stuff from Maine, Germany, I don't know where to stop with this list! Of the three of us, I had the least buying agenda going in....I came out with the most bottles though :)

Seriously, if you are in the area, check Buyrite out.

We did not talk with anyone at either store, so I don't know how helpful the staff is at these stores.

Canal's has another location near Princeton where they have a selection of taps to fill growlers.

As promised, here is the list of beers we sampled!

Weyebacher pumpkin
Fegley's devious imperial pumpkin
River horse pumpkin hippo lantern
Cigar city big sound scotch
Schlafly Pumpkin
Breckenridge summerbright ale
Fishermans pumpkin stout
Founders red's rye pa
Birra del borgo my Antonia
Anchor old foghorn
Victory st. Victorious
Guinness black lager
Yards cape of good hope doubler ipa
Dogfish head festina peche
Avery Mephistopheles
St. Bernarddus wit
Sierra/dfh life and limb

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