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AboutMatt Saffer, Author at

Matt Saffer

Matt Saffer

Matt’s love of beer dates back to when he was in the single digits stealing tastes of Miller High Life from his grandfather. Now older, smarter and bigger around the waist, Matt has moved from sip-stealer to full-on guzzler and home brewer. When not traveling around the country with his full time journalism job, Matt can be found listening to heavy metal or doing anything outside in his Star Trek uniform. No it’s not a costume, IT’S A UNIFORM.

Posts By Matt Saffer

‘Twas the 12 Beers of Christmas: Santa Weighs In

December 24, 2016 |

Sitting around a campfire earlier this week, some friends and I came up with the ultimate New Jersey beer to drink on Christmas Eve. Truth be told, I was going to write about Carton’s Pumpkin Cream Ale. It’s a true pumpkin beer with pumpkin meat in the mash, orange oil, pink peppercorns and candied ginger that has enough spice in it smack the pie out of your grandma’s hands.

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Need for Better Beer Brings us Brooks Brewery in New Jersey

June 16, 2016 | 1

Beer is by far one of the oldest beverages ever produced by human hands. Experts agree the first beer recipes date back to at least the fifth millennium BC, and there’s written proof of recipes recorded from Egypt and Mesopotamia.

From monasteries to artisanal brews in the pre-industrial revolution onwards, to the mass-produced products of industrial manufacturing, beer has evolved and grown alongside us.There’s little doubt how vital it has become as an economic driver (US revenues were more than $100 billion in 2015) and as a driver for scientific improvements in the fields of measuring, brewery construction and fermentation.

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Brewery Showcase | Cypress Brewing

February 23, 2016 |


30 Nixon Lane 1E
Edison, NJ 08837

Tasting Room Hours

Monday – Friday
2pm – 10pm
12pm – 10pm
2pm – 9pm

Assuming a beer is “handcrafted” could be a mistake that your taste buds will never forgive you for. There are fully automated home brew systems out there that let you set and forget, and many big-box breweries use systems so dialed-in that human hands rarely come anywhere near the raw ingredients of the beer. Cypress Brewing in Edison, New Jersey is redefining just how hands-on handcrafted can be. Read More

Meet the Brewer | Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione Talks Expansion & New Beer

December 28, 2015 |

It’s nearly impossible to talk craft beer without putting Delaware’s Dogfish Head first and foremost in the conversation. The company’s story began in 1995 when it opened Dogfish Head … Read More

Brewery Showcase | Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe (New Brunswick, NJ )

December 15, 2015 |

To many, opening that acceptance letter to a college or university is like getting a key to a wondrous, magical place. There are aspirations of stretching one’s borders, meeting new people and trying exciting things. With a kiss to mom and dad, you’re set free into a place of questions, higher learning and generally speaking — really bad beer.

Maybe not bad per se, but at the very least inexpensive and in large quantities. And in some cases, of questionable sanitary standards.

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Brewery Showcase | Demented Brewing

September 17, 2015 |

Tasting Room Hours
Weekdays: 5pm – 10pm
Weekends: 12pm – 10pm

Having been born and raised in New Jersey, I can tell you with certainty most of what you’ve heard about the Garden State on TV is true. For instance, yes, parts of the state possess what some may call an unfavorable odor. I know at least five guys named Tony, and whether your thing is the Jersey Shore or The Sopranos you know one thing about New Jersey: there’s a pizza parlor on just about every corner. Read More