The Hammonton Gazette 11/25/15 Edition - Page 14

Craft brewery opens at location of former brewery Page 10 • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 • The Hammonton Gazette said. Although not technically considered a bar, the tasting room allows visitors to purchase and sample the different beers that Tomfoolery has on tap. They plan to offer pints by the glass, tasting flights and the ability to fill growlers that people can take home. Although they don’t serve food at the brewery, they encourage people to bring their own meals or order something from any of the restaurants throughout town. After the grand opening weekend, regular hours will be Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grigus and D’Abate are very anxious to market their beers to local bars and restaurants and are already in discussion with a number of locations that are eager to support their local brewery. “I think this is really the next thing to help Hammonton continue to grow. We’re looking at it as a destination thing. With the brewery coming in across the street, it makes people think, ‘wow, let’s hit both breweries and a restaurant downtown.’ I’m very excited about that,” Grigus said. “I’m excited to bring my homebrew out to people. I want everyone to experience and enjoy the great beers that we brew,” Grigus said. With Gratitude… THG/Kevin Troilo. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940. Tomfoolery Brewing Co. held a soft opening on November 19. Owners Gayle D’Abate and Shawn Grigus (center) with Mayor Stephen DiDonato cut the ribbon on the new business. how there was no homebrew shop anyBREWERY, from Page 1 building was once a brewery. They closed where around here. That’s when I opened a in 1989 or 1990 and employed over 120 store in Egg Harbor City called Tap It people. I just knew we had to go here. It Home Brew,” Grigus said. Grigus owned and operated his brewing was a brewery before and we have to ressupply store from 2010 to 2014. After closurrect it,” Grigus said. Grigus started brewing his own beer ing the doors of his first beer related busiseven or eight years ago when he was given ness, he decided it was time to really get a homebrew kit. After crafting every recipe moving on the next project, Tomfoolery. “We’re hoping to have five or six beers the kit offered in a year and a half, he knew it was time to get serious about his new here at any given time. There are going to be four base beers that we’re going to try to hobby. “There’s kit brewing, extract brewing and keep on. An amber, a pale ale, an IPA and a all-grain brewing. All-grain is where you brown ale. We’re going to rotate at least two brew from just grains, which is what almost of those four constantly. Others will be all the commercial breweries do … I started smaller batches that will rotate more fredoing that for a while and thought to myself quently. The rotating beers really give people a reason to keep coming back,” Grigus HEF sponsors bus trip to Philadelphia Orchestra’s Christmas concert HAMMONTON—The Hammonton Education Foundation will sponsor a bus trip to see The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance of “Glorious Sound of Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 20. “Glorious Sound of Christmas” — conducted by Grammy-winning conductor, composer and pianist Bramwell Tovey — will feature traditional carols and original artistic offerings. The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia choir also will perform. “It’s a phenomenal show. It’s just beautiful, and it really puts you in the mood for Christmas,” foundation trustee Marie Fucetola said. Tickets are $110. They include Gingerbread house decorating at the library HAMMONTON—The Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton will host a Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop on Saturday, December 5 starting at 1:30 p.m. The event is suggested for ages six and older, and registration is requested. Participants must bring an unassembled gingerbread house and a 2’ x 2’ square foil covered cardboard base. House mortar and decorations are provided. For details, call the library branch at 561-2264. The Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton is located at 451 South Egg Harbor Road. round-trip transportation via charter bus and orchestra seating for the performance, which will be held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The bus will leave Hammonton Middle School at 12:30 p.m. The show begins at 2 p.m. The bus will return between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 13. Checks may be made payable to Hammonton Education Foundation. For more information, call Marie at (609) 561-0343. As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we give thanks for our many blessings, and we count friends and customers like you among them. Thank you for your generous support at the holidays and all year. We hope your Thanksgiving is filled with plenty of laughter, joy, goodwill, and of course, a delicious meal shared with friends, family and neighbors! We wish you all the best. Happy Thanksgiving! The Pullia Family 401 Twelfth Street • Hammonton, NJ 08037