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First Homebrew Class at HCCC this Sunday

There are still a few spots available for our first Homebrew Class at Hudson County Community College this Sunday. If you would like to attend, the best way to reserve your spot is to register online. If you have trouble with the registration process, send us an email for help, or you can stop by  the HCCC's Culinary Conference Center to register.

Homebrewing classes make great dates, and great gifts! To sign up, visit HCCC’s class sign-up system and search for “Brew” to see the available classes. If there are still spots available on the day of the class, we will accept walk-ups, but it's best to reserve your spot ahead of time.

Reserve a Spot Today
Upcoming classes:

  • Sunday, January 25, 2015 6pm-9pm
  • Sunday, February 22, 2015 6pm-9pm
  • Sunday, March 22, 2015 6pm-9pm

In this class you will:

  • See a hands-on demonstration of extract and partial-mash beer-making from start to finish
  • Smell the hops and taste the malted grain
  • Learn about the history and science of beer
  • Taste commercial and homebrewed beer samples
  • Pair your beer with fresh, special-made pretzels
  • Mash your own grains to turn starches into sugar
  • Learn to fill and cap your own bottles


Join the Jersey City Brew Club for a trip to Troegs & Weyerbacher - Jan 17

The JCBC has been around for about 5 years now, and is a great resource for homebrewers and beer fanatics. Tickets for the club's first ever brewery bus trip are now available to the public! The ticket price for non-members includes the dues for membership in the JCBC for the next year, allowing you to get access to JCBC perks!

The trip is January 17 and includes:

  • Tour and tasting at Weyerbacher
  • Tour, open bar, and food at Troegs
  • Bus trip with beer on board
  • Water and soda

Here is some detailed info about the trip, along with ticket sales:


New Year's Eve is almost here - try out our Rumball recipe!

Want to bring a cool snack to that New Year's Eve party? Try our recipe for rumballs - it's a delicious, easy-to-make snack with just enough rum in it to give your night a little kick and warm you up. This recipe makes about 18 one-inch balls.

  • 1 ½ Cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 ½ Cup finely crushed nilla wafers
  • ½ Cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • ¼ Cup rum (we recommend Flor de Cana)
  • Confectioner's sugar for garnish (or sprinkles, shredded coconut, or cocoa powder - your choice!)

First you’ll have to crush the nilla wafers. The easiest way to do this is with a blender or food processor, but if you don’t have one, a mortar and pestle works too. You probably don’t have that either, so put them in a sealed bag and smash them with a rolling pin. They should be like a powder.

Next, mix the nilla wafer powder with the chopped walnuts, confectioner’s sugar, and cocoa powder. Then mix in the corn syrup and rum using a spatula. It is inevitable that when you’re making rumballs you’ll add in a little extra rum. It’s ok to do it, but make sure not to add too much or the mixture will be too liquid. Put the bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes to chill (this will make it less sticky).

Now comes the messy part. Put some sugar in a bowl. Make sure your hands are clean, grab a little of the rumball mixture, and roll it up into a ball. Then roll it in the sugar and place aside.

They do not need to be cooked or refrigerated. Just store them in a Tupperware container and serve them to your friends!


New, Downtown Jersey City Honey in stock!

We're now offering Liberty City Honey! The hives are right on Hamilton Square Park, so this is perhaps the most local honey you could possibly get - and it's yummy to boot! The jars are $12 per 8 oz jar, and are going fast! We hope to keep these in stock regularly, to compliment the impressive selection of South Jersey honey we already have.