Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s episode of People & Pints & Podcasts! I took an early trip down to Tinton Falls, New Jersey to visit the newly opened Jughandle Brewing Co. I had a wonderful chat with Chris Hannigan, one of the co-owners and brewers, on-air but I also talked with Pete and Mike off-air! The Jughandle team is phenomenal and were very willing to spend their morning chatting with me. Normally I have a beer on the show but as it was about 9:30 am, we decided to hold off. On my next trip, I’m sure we’ll be sharing a few beers!
I ended up coming on a relatively busy morning for the Jughandle team. They had a reporter from a local paper, some homebrewers and an excited 21-year-old with a microphone. Nonetheless, Mike, Peter, and Chris were more than willing to give me their attention and chat for a little bit! When I first arrived Pete took me through the space and we talked about their brewing process and equipment. Pete was very excited to hear that I had started homebrewing and he shared some great tips with me! Pete definitely brought an energy and enthusiasm that I greatly appreciated, peppering our conversation with exclamations like “that’s so cool” and “oh awesome!” He actively shared advice and was genuinely interested in my perspective and my attempts at homebrewing!
A little bit later, Chris joined us, and I quickly noticed their dynamic which Chris later described as the “yin and the yang.” Chris was also very friendly and warm but spoke more softly and quietly. Regardless, there was certainly an atmosphere of fun and goofiness that connected the yin and yang of Jughandle Brewing.
On-air Chris specified the “dichotomy” in beer terms, describing his preference for focusing on the hops and Pete’s appreciation for yeast character. Creating that balance is very important for a new brewery and is certainly an important part of the early success of Jughandle. One aspect that I think Chris explained well was the education of his consumer base. They’ve been brewing a diverse style of beers, which makes their selection much more approachable.
I ended up leaving with a crowler of their Kolsch, which I’m very excited to try! I’ve added it to the collection of my beers but hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I’ll be sure to tweet and/or instagram my reaction to it, so be on the lookout for that!
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