Interview with The Hollow: Jersey Breakouts

In a universe filled with underachieving slackers, one of New Jersey’s best straight-ahead rock bands continues to gain recognition and widen their audience while each individual maintains a separate professional career outside the music industry. Taking their moniker from an early ‘90s Morristown hangout where kids bought dime bags (and …

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Beer Trails: Iron Monkey’s Yards Night Under A June Moon

JERSEY CITY, NJ—On a beautiful early June evening I finally got the chance to peruse the wholly revitalized Jersey City financial district at a highly praised drinking establishment founded when the craft beer revolution exploded upon the Jersey scene in 1996. Thanks to a much needed and overdue redevelopment and …

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Fania Records: The Original Sound Of Latin New York 1964-1980

Inspired by Latin boogaloo, Cuban mambo, jump blues and Southern soul, Fania Records’ fantastical salsa revolution involved stylish progenitors and vibrant newcomers whose combined efforts broadened the scope of ‘70s music. Founded by Latin music enthusiast Jerry Masucci and composing bandleader Johnny Pacheco, Fania’s universal success was commensurate to the …

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Interview with Aaron Bruno from AWOLNATION: Serenades

AC/DC said, “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll.” That adage rings true for many aspiring musicians. And the glorified metal stallions from Australia that coined it ought to know since it took ‘em six years, several albums and the death of their original …

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New Jersey Brewpub Guide

ARTISAN’S – TOMS RIVER

 

Located in a freestanding gold Mediterranean stucco building at Toms River-based Seacourt Pavilion, Artisan’s Brewery & Italian Grill is owned by the Gregorakis family and began brewing operations 10 years ago. Its dimly lit piano bar, tranquil dining experience, and private cigar lounge provide casual …

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New Jersey Breweries

EAST COAST BEER COMPANY – POINT PLEASANT

 

Established in 2007, pint-size nanobrewery East Coast Beer Company offered its first beer, the robustly rewarding Beach Haus Prohibition-Style Pilsner, during 2010. Co-owners Brian Ciriaco and John Merklin, world-traveling technologists both of them, grew up during the late ‘80s craft beer movement …

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New Jersey Brewpubs – Beer Styles

There are generally two styles of beer: lagers and ales. Lagers have been crafted since the Medieval Era, when the process known as ‘cold storage lagering’ lowered temperatures for yeast fermentation and brought about light-to-medium-bodied beers using rice, maize, barley and wheat to craft pilsner, bock, dortmunder, marzen, dunkel and …

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Beer Trails: Five New Breweries Get Poconos And Susquehanna Valley Rocking

After being so bereft of solid brewpubs, five worthy ones have sprung up along the expansive Northeastern Corridor of Pennsylvania sidling Route 80. In fact, a sixth pub soon to be ventured, Turkey Hill Brewing Company, had a large advertisement spotted at the Bloomsburg onramp to the tree-lined interstate highway …

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Beer Trails: MARCH/APRIL 2011 BEER REVIEWS

BEER-STAINED SPRINGTIME TRAVELOGUE BEGINS AT CHELSEA PIERS

On a brisk weekday night, before heading over to nearby Highline Ballroom to catch DeVotchKa’s unique brand of Eastern European-influenced indie folk, I took the short walk over to Pier 59 for a few choice beers at Chelsea Brewing. During this March …

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Interview with James Mattock from Sharks: Attacking ‘The Joys Of Living’

Growing up smack dab in England’s Bronze-aged industrial county of West Midlands, Sharks frontman James Mattock devoured a steady diet of politically motivated and feverishly frolicking ‘70s punk as a tyke. And the righteously revelatory compositions he penned thereafter make it totally apparent. Though never one to go overboard with …

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