Heavyweight Open House
A cold, blustery day kicked off
the Christmas Season in Ocean Twp, NJ with the final Open House of the
year at the small Heavyweight Brewery. It certainly didn't keep people
home! A record crowd filled the small space and brought some of the best
beers in the world with them. They also purchased record quantities of
beer despite the non-existence of his core brands and a limit on the purchase
of his newest OTOP's.
Tom & Peggy once again played
host to a group of beer lovers who are members of their e-mail list. The
most unusual thing about HW's Open Houses are that Tom actually welcomes
other breweries' beers into his place of business and people certainly
oblige! Bottles and growlers galore were opened for those who were quick
enough to get the vessel in their hand before it was emptied. I spent most
of the day manning the beer store, but I got a few breaks to get over to
the ping-pong table and taste some of these unusual brews. A wide selection
of foods also appeared from guests to help extend the drinking capability.
Of course, the main event was
Tom's newest creations: Bock, Bock, a German-style Doppelbock of about
8%abv,Uncle Bob's Bog Weizen, a weizenbock made with fresh NJ cranberries
and about 8% abv and his release of Ch-Chuck, his hybrid creation from
early in the year aged in oak barrels with cherries. All of these fine
libations were poured by Gus at the bar.
At this event, Tom & Peggy
ask that the attendees bring non-perishable food for the local Food Bank.
This year, everyone responded and over 400 pounds of comestibles were gathered.
That should help make a happy holiday for many needy people.
Needless to say, the event was
a success on all levels. If you're not on his e-mail list, go to
and sign yourself up. It costs nothing and you will be kept apprised of
all the upcoming happenings! The next one is coming up very soon. Check
out my events list on the home page. See you there!!!