SOMERDALE, NJ -- At Flying Fish Brewing Co in Somerdale, NJ, every hour is happy hour! Just ask founder Gene Muller and all the happy beer elves that make some of the best craft beer in the country. That's not just just hyperbole, this year Flying Fish won two awards for their Red Fish and Hop Fish beers at the Great American Beer Festival. Make no mistake, running a successful brewery is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work.
"It's a lifestyle. It's a great industry, but it's really a lot of work. You never shut the door at the end of the day and say 'everything's done'" says Muller.
In this clip from PHL17's Weekend Philler, (Saturday evenings, 11:30pm) we speak with Gene Muller about Flying Fish and beer culture. We also meet Chris Vaughn, Chris Hamm, Lea Ann Wood and TJ ?? Making beer is a second career for all of them and one that comes with less hassles than many of us that toil at 9-5 jobs.
"This is an incredibly easy job to be passionate about, because we make beer and that's one of the happiest things that you can do," says TJ Kaplan.
In addition to their award winners of Red Fish and Hop Fish, Flying Fish might be known in NJ for their "Exit Series." The name is not just an homage to our well traveled NJ Turnpike, but to all the locales along the way. With the Exit beers, Flying Fish includes interesting ingredients that are related to a particular exit. The beers are wildly popular and you can sample lots of them at the Tasting Room. I was sad I could not get my hands on an Exit 3: Blueberry Braggot, but I was able to sit down with Barry Holsten, Brewery Manager and taste the Exit 7: Pork Roll Porter for another Weekend Philler piece, so that more than made up for it!
Sadly, I was not able to get Robin Tama and "Louis" into the video. Strangely enough, after a flight of delicious Flying Fish samples there was a focus problem in the footage from that interview. So strange how that happens. But I promise we'll be back for more fun, flights and features at Flying Fish Brewing Co. in the future. It's one of the first craft brewers in the New Jersey and, for me, one of the best in our area.
PHOTOS from the Flying Fish Brewery Shoot
We also met Robin