Not really a tour as much a tasting and a gathering of like-minded beer drinkers. This was my first time at a local brewery, since I found out they existed. The people were, to use the cliché, warm and friendly. Everybody was there for the beer, plain and simple. It was good beer too. I first had beer from Cricket Hill Brewery at the Garden State Craft brewers Guilds 12th annual event, June 21, 2008 on the USS Battleship NJ in Camden. You can read more about that here.

On Friday, July 18 2008, a friend from work, (iZathrez on twitter) and I decided to take a ride to Cricket Hill to attend their Friday tour. Every Friday after 5 P.M., they sample some of their beer and spread the wisdom of supporting your local business. When their main man RICK REED (- NOW ON You-Tube.com!) he shared his disappointment, and jubilation in the fact that U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch agreed to be acquired by Belgium-based InBev (read more about that here ) it was a great speech.

The beers sampled that day were The East Coast Lager, American Ale, Colonel Blide’s, and Summer Breakfast Ale. All the beer was very good and there was something nice about having it at the brewer, poured by the brew master himself. Colonel Blides was my favorite of the day. All the beers were pleasant to drink.

The Visit to Cricket hill was a repeatable experience. Next time we go back iZathrez and I are both picking up Cricket hill Growlers (A “growler” is a half gallon (64 US fl. oz.) (1.89 Litres) glass jug used to transport draft beer in America. They are commonly sold at breweries and brewpubs as a means to sell take-out beer. )

Cricket hill was just another great example why people should support their local breweries. Places like Cricket Hill are improving the experience of beer across the country. Local beers have the habit of leaving me only wanting to pour, enjoy, rinse and repeat. Local microbrews are some of the best beers in the world!

Support Your Local Brewery!

Cricket Hill Brewing Company

24 Kulick Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(973) 276-9415
crickethillbrewery.com

Cricket Hill is the newest microbrewery in New Jersey. Since January 2002 they have brewed two flagship beers: East Coast Lager and American Ale. Most recently they have produced their Cask Ale, Colonel Blide’s Bitter.