Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Kensington, Philadelphia: Coming off an extraordinary year that's won them attention -- and visits -- from some of the top names in craft brewing, the team behind St. Ben's has opened its long-awaited taproom and kitchen. Open every day but Monday, the taproom serves the brewery's suds, plus both large and small plates -- everything from vegan chili to a full-sized Jamaican jerk chicken.
Devil's Creek Brewery
Collingswood, NJ: They said it would never happen but finally even the mayor relented. After more than a century as a dry town, Collingswood now houses a craft brewery in The Lumberyard complex on Haddon Avenue. Sitting astride the shops and BYOB's of downtown, Devil's Creek will grow to pour stouts, wheats, IPA's, holiday-themed beers, sours, barrel-aged ales and root beers from 12 taps.
Oaklyn, NJ: Coming off a stint as a brewer in Colorado, Tonewood co-owner/brewer Eli Facchinei focuses on traditional styles at his 15-barrel brewhouse. He'll soon devote much attention to a barrel-aging program, as well. Though the taproom is already beautifully outfitted, the brewery team envisions adding an outdoor beer garden to the offerings.
Hidden Sands Brewing
Egg Harbor Township, NJ: Coming this year: Hidden Sands Brewing. The EHT brewery gets its name from the source of its water -- the "800 Sands" aquifer believed to be 30,000 years old. Working on a highly sophisticated, 20-barrel brewhouse, brewers will produce a pilsner and a light pilsner, another lager, a seasonally-changing wheat beer, and IPA and a pale ale.