Third State Brewing 352 High Street Burlington, NJ 08016
Review date: 7/1/2018
Reported by: Pretzel
What could be better than an ice cold beer on a blisteringly hot day in June? (that’s a rhetorical question, so please don’t email me with your responses to that question). Oh, and by the way, the answer is NOTHING! So the Beer Posse did their homework, and selected Third State Brewing for our next review. I had the pleasure of visiting Third State during my AC Beerfest passport run, so I knew this was a good choice. We managed to find nearby on-street parking, and it appeared that Burlington was dead! I’m guessing it was the heat that kept everyone indoors.
So B3, The Stoutmeister, and I ordered enough flights to cover all their brew varieties. Then we shared them (which is tough, since the Beer Posse is not known to share their beers. In fact, we usually steal each other’s when some member inadvertently wanders off to the lavatory while leaving their beer unattended). No disappointing brews were found, although The Stoutmeister was disappointed not to find any porters or stouts on-tap. But we did find some growler-worthy beers, and took a few home for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
The bar area had plenty of seating – high tops, tables, bar seating. The acoustics were nice, you could actually hold a conversation without having to yell over other people or obscenely loud music. In fact, I had a nice conversation with Sabrina and Dillon who happened to be hanging out at Third State. We had originally met them at the AC Beer Fest in March, and it was nice to see them again. There was a nice assortment of merchandise – t-shirts in many colors and sizes, glassware, and hats. There were 2 unisex bathrooms, very clean and well stocked according to Princess. B3 did mention the lack of urinals, but since I don’t use urinals, I really didn’t have any empathy for his plight. (What do you do at home? You don’t have urinals there, so get used to it!)
Next stop was a live brewery tour. John, part owner of Third State and assistant brewer gave us an awesome and informative tour. The Stoutmeister was particularly impressed when John gave him a sample of their Bourbon Stout that was currently being processed. The Stoutmeister was a happy camper, although he would have liked to take some home, but hey, it’s just another excuse to revisit Third State in the future. After the tour, we continued our conversation with John at the bar, where we met his wife Annie. Annie told us she doesn’t drink, so I pulled Princess into the conversation, and introduced Annie to our DD (designated driver). Annie said “DD??? Dunkin’ Donuts?” So I guess DD means something different to everybody. My sister Linda thought it meant Drunk Driver. Oh, that’s not good. I don’t want a drunk driver or a donut driving us around! I do realize the great benefit in having a spouse who doesn’t drink when you own a brewery. They can always hang out at the brewery and not drink away all your profits, and you will always have a Designated Driver! Nice! John then showed us his newest toy… A Randall 3.0. I’ve included a picture of it on the photo gallery. I’ve never heard of it. It’s a strange-looking contraption that looks a little like a kid’s submarine toy. But it’s very cool. It was originally invented in 2002, by Dogfish Head’s founder and President Sam Calagione, and re-engineered in 2010 by Head Engineer Greg. So what does it do? The Randall allows a user to run their favorite beer through it, and infuse it with flavorful ingredients such as more hops, fresh fruit, spices, tea, etc. The alcohol in the beer absorbs the flavoring to enhance your brew. Varieties are boundless! I’ve added a link under websites category to some more informative websites describing the Randall 3.0 and it’s uses in more detail. Hmmm…. Might have to add this to my Christmas list!
The Beer Posse had a great time at Third State Brewing. Even our Dunkin’ Donut Princess enjoyed it (although we did bribe her by allowing her to pick the restaurant for dinner that night. But it’s worth it! She’s an awesome Donut!)
Beers on Tap:
- Helles Bound – German Lager (ABV – 5.2%)
- Pour Visibility – Award-Winning New England IPA (ABV – 7.0%)
- Boris the Younger – Black Rye IPA (ABV – 8.1%)
- Third State Amber – American Amber Ale (ABV – 5.0%)
- B.R.C – Pilsner (ABV – 5.0%)
- So. Jersey No. Jersey – Mosaic Pale Ale (ABV – 5.4%)
- Wood Street – Dry Hopped Blonde (ABV – 5.2%)
- Pale Azz Gal – American Pale Ale (ABV – 5.2%)
- Krackt Wheat – Wheat Ale (ABV – 3.2%)
Favorite Beers of the Day:
- Pretzel – Helles Bound German Lager
- The Stoutmeister – Krackt Wheat, wheat beer
- B3 – Krackt Wheat, wheat beer
- Princess – N/A
Additional Posse Comments:
- B3 – Awesome tour! John (part owner, asst. brewer) was awesome, very informative.
- Princess – Very nice, clean place. I was surprised it wasn’t more crowded. Perhaps there’s something else going on this weekend that is providing a distraction.
- The Stoutmeister – Very narrow range of ABV in their beer variety. Good live tour!
- Pretzel – Very welcoming place, with a decent amount of seating.
- Third State Brewing – http://www.thirdstatebrewing.com/
- Third State Brewing on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Thirdstatebrewing/
- Dogfish Head Randall – https://www.dogfish.com/shop/barware/randall-30
- More on the Randall 3.0 – http://beerknews.com/what-the-hell-is-randall-the-enamel-animal/
Overall Pretzel Score (8.02 out of 10):
Final Scorecard (click to open): ThirdState