This Saturday, February 16, Flying Fish Brewing Company, New Jersey’s largest craft brewery, will officially debut Forever Unloved (F. U.) Sandy, a hybrid wheat-pale ale. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to New Jersey victims of Superstorm Sandy. More than 75 restaurants, bars and retail stores throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia have purchased the fundraising brew and this weekend, many will be tapping and serving F.U. Sandy in support of the never-give-up spirit of the Jersey Shore, much of which was decimated by the historic storm last October.
“This Saturday, we are encouraging all beer lovers to head out and drink a few pints for the Jersey Shore,” said Flying Fish Founder Gene Muller. “Every single aspect of this beer, from the man-hours spent brewing it, to the hops used to season it and to the kegs that will contain it has been donated – so every cent brought in will go to Superstorm Sandy victims.”
The F.U. Sandy brew produced 86 kegs of beer, all of which have been sold to local outlets. Sales of F.U. Sandy will generate approximately $45,000, which will be awarded to select grassroots NJ-based charitable organizations dedicated to Superstorm Sandy relief.
F. U. Sandy was brewed with a 50/50 blend of Two Row Pale Malt and American White Wheat. It is hopped with experimental hop ADHA 483 donated by the American Dwarf Hop Association, which has never been used in a beer before this one. Muller and Head Brewer Casey Hughes expect a beautiful, tropical nose of mangoes and guavas that will accentuate the beer’s soft mouth-feel and contribute to a truly one-of-a-kind ale. Muller and many Flying Fish employees are proud NJ residents, and they hope that by brewing and selling this special beer, they can help to support the renaissance of the iconic but heavily storm-damaged shore.
In 2012, Flying Fish moved into a new facility in Somerdale, making it the largest brewery built in the state since prohibition. The move will ultimately allow Flying Fish to quadruple production. The facility boasts many sustainability features, enabling them to brew beer in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Flying Fish produces a range of beers year-round as well as some seasonal specialties. They also produce the Exit Series, a special selection of beers highlighting the state through the various exits of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Some of the local Shore bars that will be tapping F. U. Sandy on Saturday, February 16 are: CJ McCloone’s, Tinton Falls; McCloone’s Pier House, Long Branch and McCloone’s Asbury Grille, Asbury Park; Molly McGuire, Rumson; Court Jester, Aberdeen and Freehold; Kona Grill, Woodbridge; George Street Ale House, New Brunswick, and Black Whale Bar, Beach Haven. For other locations throughout New Jersey, visit Flying Fish, call (856) 504-3442 or on social media @jerseyfreshale #FUSandy and on Facebook.
Flying Fish Brewing Company (856-504-3442)is located at 900 Kennedy Boulevard, Somerdale, New Jersey.
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