Yes, it’s true, there is such a thing as a “Flying Fish” and it makes good brew!
Flying Fish Brewery is proud to call New Jersey “home”, even boasting a new “Exit Series” of beers – naming each beer in the series after an exit number off of the New Jersey Turnpike. Each beer in this series by Flying Fish is a different style – and you don’t know what style it’s going to be until it’s released – Brilliant!
The “Exit 9” is a bottle conditioned “Hoppy Scarlet Ale”. Bottle conditioned means that the yeast fermented inside the bottle. This bottle fermentation leaves a settling of yeast and stuff at the bottom of the bottle, so you should leave the last bit of beer in the bottle – unless, of course, you like a glass full of yeast.
I have a friend who has made it his mission in life to have each one of these beers, and to keep the bottles as proof. He was kind enough to share his “Exit 9” beer with us, his friends, a couple of weekends ago. This ale was malty with a slight bitterness and a hoppy finish. All in all, I’d totally drink another one! If the rest of the series is as good as the “Exit 9”, I’m sure New Jersey is proud to be the home of Flying Fish Brewery!