This weekend I decided to go further down South and explore more Jersey Shore breweries. On a trip to Atlantic City, I found the Hidden Sands Brewing Co which is indeed kind of hidden in Egg Harbor. However it’s conveniently located right off exit 37 on the Parkway, or a very small detour if you’re heading back on the AC Expressway.
They’re open Wednesday-Sunday, and pride themselves on using mostly locally sourced ingredients, including water from the Sands fresh water aquifer in the area. Hidden Sands has a nice tasting room, cozy and not too big, a friendly bar area with a TV to watch your favorite game. The decorations are very cool and there are some board games to keep the kids busy while you’re sampling their beers. So here’s what I tried, in October 2018:
- Red Headed Session Ale: Very light ale at 4.3%.
- Rose Petal Saison: One of the better saison I’ve tried (even if I’m not a big saison fan in general). It’s a 7% farmouse ale, which has stronger hoppy flavors with hints of coffee and caramel.
- 107′ IPA: A good West-coast style IPA at 6%, but it feels a bit weird at first. They say it’s brewed with “New Jersey Pine Barrens needles” and indeed it has a piney taste.
- 608′ DIPA: This double IPA of 7% has balanced mix of hops for a full body flavor, and it’s also a bit piney like the one above.
There were no cans to take out, only crowlers and growlers fills. But compared to other breweries they make it easy to get 2 flights for a total of 8 beers. I might try that next time since they have quite a wide range of beers, including a wheat ale, pilsner, spiced pale ale, sours, amber lager and more.
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