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Feel the Love at Flying Fish Brewery

Bottling line at Flying Fish (photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

Philly Homegrown intern Liz Shovlin (along with a few other PH team members) recently went on a tour of the Flying Fish Brewery. Here’s just a bit of what she learned.

This Valentine’s Day Flying Fish Brewery founder, Gene Muller wants to spread the love. And what better way than with a little Exit 13 Chocolate Stout and Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout? The aphrodisiac special is available at the brewery February 5th and 6th, and includes 2 cases of Chocolate Stout and one case of Bayshore Oyster Stout. Beware: it’s rumored Aphrodite herself indulges in the Flying Fish Valentine’s special every year—it is not for the faint of heart.

The Exit 13 and Exit 1 ales are part of Flying Fish’s Exit Series. The series showcases a variety of “big-bottle beers” named after the New Jersey Turnpike exits. Muller and Flying Fish brewers have been busy creating 6 Exit Series brews, all sourced and inspired by the local food scene surrounding that Turnpike exit. Old Exits are retired, but not forgotten.

Not only are Muller’s creations sourced locally, his entire brewery is dedicated to recycling. Brewed barley is returned to farmers for feed, and hops, too, are used by farmers in the surrounding areas. Flying Fish’s bottling system uses hot water to sanitize beer bottles during the packaging process, but Muller found the process wasteful. So, he attached a pump and purification system to the bottling machine, and Flying Fish now saves over 60,000 gallons of water every year.

So, this Valentine’s Day, while you’re succumbing to the mystical powers of the delicious Flying Fish Chocolate and Oyster Stout combination, rest easy—as long as you recycle your empties, you’ll be holding true to the Flying Fish way of life.