Taste Test: Flying Fish’s FU Sandy beer

    Last week, I talked to Gene Muller of Flying Fish about their new beer, FU Sandy. And now I can say with authority: it’s tasty.

    FU Sandy (which is technically called Forever Unloved Sandy, but who’s going to say that?) is half wheat and half pale ale. My favorite Flying Fish beers are their Summer Ale and the Blue Pig Tavern Ale, which is a private label beer they make for Congress Hall in Cape May.

    FU Sandy falls somewhere between the two. I don’t think I’d want to drink it on a hot summer day or the dead of winter, but it’s a transition beer for this transition season.

    I picked up a 64-oz. growler of FU Sandy at Canal’s in Mt. Ephram on Sunday. Cost for the beer plus growler container was about $44 Flying Fish did kegs only – no bottles – so if you want to drink FU Sandy at home, this is the best way to do it though Canal’s says they expect to sell out by the end of the week.

    Starting Feb. 16, you can find it at more than 75 bars and restaurants in N.J. and Pa. Sales will generate about $45,000 for NJ-based organizations working on Sandy relief efforts.

    You can find a list of who’s serving up FU Sandy here. That list also notes which bars and restaurants will have special tapping events on Feb. 16.

    A note about the glass: I know that’s not the right glass for this beer, but I found at that the Camden County Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Pennsauken, N.J. this weekend, so I had to break it in. It cost me a whopping 50 cents. For more on the old Playboy Club, see this great article by David Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of Roll the Bones: Casino Edition.

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    Jen A. Miller writes the Down the Shore with Jen blog for NewsWorks.org. Jen is author of The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, which is now in its second edition.

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