December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Blackthorn hasn't had much to report in the last few weeks, sorry guys.  We're still waiting for our builder's permit, until then there's not much to be done.

To wrap up 2012, Blackthorn:

  • Completed our business plan
  • Signed a lease for a 6,500 sq ft facility in Toms River, NJ
  • Partnered with a contractor
  • Obtained zoning and demolition permits
  • Began demo and received construction materials
  • Ordered a 25 barrel (775 gallon) brewhouse
  • Hired a brewer

We wish everyone a happy, healthy and exciting 2013.  Cheers!

 - Chip, Jacqui & Jason

December 7, 2012

The Grain Room is Taking Shape

The grain room has walls!  Well at least studs...

Grain room in the corner of the warehouse

Progress is being made, little by little.  Met with the Fire Inspector today, hopefully the final building permits will be approved soon!

December 4, 2012

Brewing Equipment is Ordered

*PHEW* After months of various delays, we finally ordered the brewery equipment yesterday!

25 bbl brewhouse (1 barrel = 31 gallons)
(4) 50 bbl fermenters
(1) 50 bbl brite tank (where the beer carbonates)
Kegging station
Bottling line

If everything goes according to schedule, we should have delivery in March.

December 3, 2012

Blackthorn Hires a Head Brewer

We are extremely happy to announce our newest beer-family member, Jason!  Jason joins us as Head Brewer, with a great love and creativity for brewing English & Irish ales.

Jason graduated from Ohio State with a BS in Food Science, and received a diploma in British Brewing Technology from the University of Sunderland, UK.  Jason has brewed at a number of breweries in the UK and the US.

We're looking forward to begin brewing with Jason!