The best part of living in the Garden State isn’t the Jersey fresh tomatoes or corn – it’s the Jersey wineries and breweries! With spring right around the corner, I’m sure these wineries and breweries will be hosting some great wine tasting events for you to enjoy!
Flying Fish Brewery – Cherry Hill & Somerdale, NJ
When Flying Fish was started in 1995 it was an online microbrewery that allowed its visitors to create their own flavors and flying fish products. Now that Flying Fish has expanded you can purchase their products in liquor stores all over.
“In a state that once boasted 50 breweries, [Flying Fish Brewery] is the first microbrewery in Southern New Jersey and the first new brewery built-in that part of the state in more than half a century,” Flying Fish boasts.
Flying Fish is best known for their Exit Series.The Exit Series celebrates New Jersey by creating unique flavors that reflect the different exits of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Maple Shade , NJ (Multiple Locations)
Originally from Delaware, Iron Hill Brewery not only makes award-winning beers but also provides a great atmosphere to enjoy their brews in.
Iron Hill has multiple locations thru out the Delaware Valley, with the newest one opening in the Voorhees Town Center this summer.
Iron Hill’s menu include burgers, salads and appetizers to enjoy with on-tap brews. These include light and red lager, ales and porters. You can also choose from a selection of reserves to bring home with you.
Renault Winery – Egg Harbor City, NJ
Renault Winery is not only a great local winery, but also a great setting for special events.
Renault Winery hosts weddings, anniversaries, and many other occasions on their vast estate that includes a winery, golf course, hotel and two restaurants. Renault restaurant features a traditional 6-course dinner and brunch on select days. Chef Joseph DeGennaro prepares a special menu at Joseph’s Restaurant that celebrates South Jersey flavors.
Bellview Winery – Landisville, NJ
With so many unique wine options, you’re sure to want to try them all. You can taste eight for free when you visit the estate but for $50 you can become a VIP member and get free wine tastings and entrance to their eight events held annually. This includes their most popular event, the Seafood Festival held in August. The event includes local entertainment, seafood vendors, messages, cigars, crafts and wine tastings from Bellview Winery.
Tomasello Winery – Hammonton, NJ
Located in the blueberry capital of the world, Tomasello features fruit wines and many other unique flavors.
Among sparking, white and red wines you will also find two “sweet cake” wines. The Sweet Syrah is a red wine with hints of oak, blackberry and chocolate. The Sweet White wine features honey and grapefruit character- perfect paring for key lime pie.
If for some reason you can’t make it to any of these fantastic wineries or breweries, you can find most of these wines and beers for sale at local liquor stores like Canals of Berlin, who has a large selection of wine and beer from the New Jersey area and is always willing to order what isn’t in their extensive inventory. Canals also hosts a wine tasting every Friday.