BY JOHN HOLL
The Flying Fish Brewing Company of Cherry Hill announced on Saturday that they would release their award winning Exit 4 American Style Tripel in 12 oz. bottles starting next month.
First offered in the spring of 2009, Exit 4 was the first beer in the Flying Fish exit series, that focuses on the New Jersey Turnpike. It is important to note, however, that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has no affiliation with the beer and that neither Flying Fish nor the Turnpike Authority condones drinking and driving.
The name, Exit 4, happens to be the closest exit to the Camden County brewery's headquarters and the brewery said the series is a way of honoring the Garden State by focusing on one of its most recognizable symbols.
Within the Exit Series the brewery has also released Exit 11, a hoppy American wheat beer, and Exit 1, a Bayshore Oyster Stout.Exit 4, an American Tripel style – a take off the Belgium tradition of strong beers – has hints of oak and banana that reveal themselves after a few swirls in the glass. It is bottled conditioned (meaning yeast is added to the bottle allowing additional fermentation to take place after the bottle is capped), will keep for years and evolve in taste over time.
Flying Fish originally produced just 10,800 bottles of Exit 4, and it became one of the more celebrated releases of 2009, winning a gold medal in the American-Belgo Style Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival.
Casey Hughes, the brewer at Flying Fish said the 12 oz. Exit 4 bottles would be a year-round offering from the brewery.
As for the big bottle Exit Series, Hughes said the next beer would be released in March, though he wouldn't comment on a style, or exit number.