6 different ways to enjoy beer in NJ, Philadelphia

Merna Delaurentis

Table of Contents Do ‘The Time Warp’ again at Alternate EndingSka celebration at Four City BrewingSidle up to a brewery inside a speakeasy Practice your Swedish words between sipsEnjoy a brew & ponder incarceration ratesSalute the region’s best craft breweries aboard a battleship Sure, you can head out to any of New Jersey’s […]

Sure, you can head out to any of New Jersey’s more than 100 craft breweries this summer and enjoy a flight or a pint of a seasonal shandy or sour, a summer Pils or a hazy IPA.

If you love craft beer, it’s a joy to be able to frequent breweries again, whether you take advantage of expanded outdoor seating areas or venture inside to chat up the tasting room crew.

Want to take things up a notch?

You also can pair your favorite summer brew with a side of weird with these outside-the-box ways to enjoy beer during the dog days of summer, whether you’re into ska, war stories, speakeasies, Swedish history, Al Capone or … well, tossing rice and toast.

Do ‘The Time Warp’ again at Alternate Ending

The creatures of the night are returning to Aberdeen.

“Rocky Horror Picture Show” performance troupe the Friday Nite Specials called the Bow Tie Strathmore Cinemas on Route 34 in Aberdeen home for more than 700 performances across 14½ years before the cinema closed in the summer of 2019.

Alternate Ending Beer Co. in Aberdeen hosts

The building is now a film-themed brewery and restaurant, Alternate Ending Beer Co., and it’s time for the Friday Nite Specials and “Rocky Horror” fans to “The Time Warp” again. 

Alternate Ending hosts the troupe for a “Rocky Horror” performance 11 p.m. Friday, July 23. Tickets are $20, or $25 for admission plus a box of candy and a prop bag. A limited menu of appetizers will be available, and the drinks will be flowing.

Go: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” featuring Friday Nite Specials at Alternate Ending Beer Co., 11 p.m. Friday, July 23, 1057 Route 34, Aberdeen, $20 to $25; alternateendingbeerco.com, tickets available via Resy.

Ska celebration at Four City Brewing

Author and musician Marc Wasserman will celebrate the release of his new book, “Skaboom! An American Ska and Reggae Oral History” from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Four City Brewing in Orange.

Copies of the book and limited edition four-packs of Ska Boom! Stout will be available, and there will be music from Barbicide and DJ Jah Measel, with the Food Runnings Jamaican food truck on site.

Go: “Skaboom! An American Ska and Reggae Oral History” release party, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Four City Brewing, 55 Sou Essex Ave., Orange; no cover, 973-630-1411, fourcitybrewing.com. For more information on the book, visit diwulf.com.

Sidle up to a brewery inside a speakeasy 

Brainy Borough Brewing is rolling with the punches. About 6 months ago, the microbrewery was housed inside Hailey’s Harp-Cade, a retro-themed arcade attached to Hailey’s Harp and Pub. Following a redesign of the space, you no longer can grab a pint before a game of PAC-MAN, but instead, you can enjoy Prohibition-era vibes. 

The Hangout at Hailey's.

The taproom is now inside The Hangout and Parlor at Hailey’s, a speakeasy-style space with a full bar, tin ceiling, saloon-style doors, chandeliers, old-fashioned leather banquettes and vintage travel photos. 

Here, choose from up to six Brainy Borough beers on tap, which currently includes a pineapple Kolsch, American lager, pepper-conditioned IPA and an New England-style IPA.

Back to the ’20s: There’s now a speakeasy in Metuchen

“The parlor gives a rich maturity to the overall vibe of our Brainy Borough taproom,” said Joe Cascio, Brainy Borough Brewing CEO. “Its ambiance and decor give a modern spin to that old-school speakeasy feel.” 

Go: 15 Station Place, Metuchen; 732-921-9895, brainyboroughbrewing.com

Practice your Swedish words between sips

Host a Swedish beer tasting and play pub games in your own backyard.

OK, this isn’t about Jersey craft beer, but it’s beer you can drink in Jersey.

The American Swedish Historical Museum, based in Philadelphia, hosts opportunities for people to enjoy beer and Scandinavian foods.

This summer, because of COVID-19, they are putting a new spin on their summer tasting experience.

SmörgåsBeer in Your Backyard is a chance to enjoy beer, food, games, music and a Zoom-tutored tasting experience with friends from the comfort of home.

More:Past meets present at Swedesboro Brewing Company

“Brew masters and representatives from select companies will discuss their brands, flavors and inspiration in real time as you sample,” according to a museum news release. 

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