We wanted a name that evoked our Jersey roots, something recognizable, something we could have fun with. The word jughandle came to mind pretty quickly and we did a lot of research to make sure we could use it. When we finally started telling our friends the name, the response was pretty unanimous ─ “I love it!” It’s practically a code word for our Jersey tribe.
What kind of beers do you brew?
As homebrewers, we have made a wide variety of beer styles ranging from hop-forward IPAs to yeast-driven wheat beers. Our goal is to make good beer with consistent quality. We will be experimenting with new styles and flavors as well as small batches of less common beer styles.
We also want to hear what people want. Is there a beer you loved but can’t find something similar locally? Let us know via email@example.com.
How big is your system?
We have a 7-barrel brewhouse with three 15-barrel fermenters. (1 barrel = 31 gallons) We also brew small batches on our 10-gallon pilot system.
Why don’t your beers have names?
In many traditional cultures, the naming of a baby is usually very symbolic. We’ll give them names when the time is right.
Why do I have to take a tour?
According to NJ state law, craft breweries can only sell their product for consumption on premises in conjunction with a tour. Yes, it sounds strange, but you’d have to learn the history of how these laws came to be to understand (sort of).
We strive to uphold the spirit of the law by provide a variety of ways to tour our brewery. Depending on your interest level, you can take a self-guided tour through our tasting room and brewing area using the informational displays and brochures provided, or you can join us on a guided tour. One of the owners is usually around so don’t hesitate to ask questions. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us stay in good standing with New Jersey’s Alcoholic Beverage Control agency.
Why don’t you sell food?
Our license expressly prohibits the sale of food. Jughandle Brewing Co. operates under a limited brewery license, which allows us to manufacture up to 300,000 barrels of beer per year (in contrast to larger breweries that have a plenary brewery license for larger quantities). To sell food, you need to have a restricted brewery license, which requires a full liquor license as well. This is the type of license that brew pubs have.
Can I bring my own food?
Yes, we allow outside food. Our plaza also has several dining options that pair well with beer, including Attilio’s Pizzeria Restaurant, Tung Hing Kitchen, and Reyna’s Mexican Restaurant. We also serve pretzel rods gratis as a palate cleanser.
Do you offer a discount to New Jersey Craft Beer (NJCB) members?
We are not currently offering discounts, but huge kudos to Founder and President Mike Kivowitz and his team for building this amazing resource for Jersey craft beer lovers.
How much beer can I buy in your taproom?
By law, you are able to purchase up to 15.5 gallons (a half of barrel) of beer per day. Please note that beer purchased in growlers, Crowlers, or sixtels cannot be consumed on premises.
Our bartenders reserve the right to refuse alcoholic beverage service to anyone who appears intoxicated.
If you’d like to reserve a sixtel for pickup, you’ll need to fill out a keg rental form.
Where can I buy your beer?
You can buy beer to go in Crowlers (32 oz cans) and growlers (64 oz resuable glass jugs) in our taproom in Tinton Falls, NJ.
We also self-distribute in sixtels and half-barrel kegs to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores the fill growlers. We will update our distribution map as new accounts are added.
Have a place in mind you’d like to see us on tap? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know–we’ll get in touch with them.
Do you can or bottle your beer?
We are currently working on our first bottle release for June of 2017; just in time to celebrate our first anniversary!
Are children allowed in the brewery?
Minors are welcome but must accompanied by an adult at all times. Children especially must be supervised due to the presence of sensitive equipment and dangerous cleaning chemicals. Unruly children will become our next secret ingredient.
Do you have WiFi?