I grew up in New Jersey. My first beer was in New Jersey. It was a Killian’s Red – yeah, I was that cool to have a Irish Red as my first beer. And of course, I drank a considerable amount of Yuengling Lager.
New Jersey also had some rediculous liquor laws. No sales on Sunday, no sales in a grocery store. Basically, you had to make sure that if your Sunday was gonna be filled with partying that you had to find a liquor store on Saturday – imagine that on Superbowl Sunday. Based on these archaic laws of the past, I think there was an insigificant beer culture in New Jersey. Lame.
Now, though, New Jersey is where it’s at. I can find beers that have only been mentioned briefly in my beer world. Rows of the liquor stores being filled with single bottles, bombers, and rare beers.
Granted, I can’t really review all these beers because 1. I’ve drank far too many of them throughout my vacation and 2. my palate isn’t the same because of the 2000% increase I’ve had in Chipotle consumption (we don’t have Chipotle in my part of Michigan). Of course, though, it can make me spend significant amounts of money at the liquor store (I could have spent so much more).
I do have a very close friend in the New Jersey liquor business and he confirmed that the laws have been seriously revamped since I left. He said the main reason was the consumer had changed – isn’t capitalism grand!