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Old 01-26-2009, 02:25 PM   #1


Had an opportunity to meet up with some HBTers and sample some fine British-syle ales at the Ship Inn in Milford, NJ. The Best Bitter on the hand pump is just exceptional!

The brewery was of particular interest to me because they use a 7bbl English system- lots of wood, copper and brick! Some pics:

The Hot Liquor Tank (Barrel)


The Brew Kettle


Mash Lauter Tun


The Grain Mill


The mill is separate from the brewhouse and the grain is auger fed into the MLT.


 
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:29 PM   #2

Being a English-style brewery, The Ship Inn employs open fermentation vessels. As such, there is a mirror mounted over the FV to allow both visitors and ostensibly the brewmaster a way to see fermentation:





And a pile o' malt:

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:37 PM   #3
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The Ship Inn is the place I call my 'local', even though it's not within walking distance. Fine English-style ales, a good selection of top-shelf whiskies, and traditional English pub grub. Can't beat it!

They've got a curry on the menu. My wife, being an aficionado of Indian food, was unimpressed when she first ordered it. I said, "Remember, darling, it's English pub food." She replied, "Oh, yeah; I forgot."

Moral: Never expect fresh-from-Mumbai curries in an English pub. Unless the kitchen is run by a bloke named Mohinder Singh.

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Old 01-26-2009, 02:40 PM   #4

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They've got a curry on the menu. My wife, being an aficionado of Indian food, was unimpressed when she first ordered it. I said, "Remember, darling, it's English pub food." She replied, "Oh, yeah; I forgot."

Moral: Never expect fresh-from-Mumbai curries in an English pub.
Quite true! Funny, we were actually discussing just that point during our time there yesterday!

 
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Old 01-26-2009, 03:02 PM   #5
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I used to live across the river for a bit...haven't been to the Sh*t in a while but it sounds like the food hasn't changed much

The Milford Oyster House used to be exceptional and we would eat there and then wander down the street for drinks.

 
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The Milford Oyster House used to be exceptional and we would eat there and then wander down the street for drinks.
The Oyster House moved into a bar up the road a bit. The food there has always been good and Jean and I would do the same thing before they moved. Often the opposite. Meet friends at the Ship Inn, have a couple of beers and then wander down to the Oyster House for food. It was nice when they didn't have a liquor license because the BYO policy saved a few bucks.

We’ll have to plan another Milford meeting in the future.

 
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[COLOR=black]The Oyster House moved into a bar up the road a bit.
What's the name of the one right round the corner up 29...millers? Gawd, that place was interesting.

 
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What's the name of the one right round the corner up 29...millers? Gawd, that place was interesting.
That's where the Oyster House moved. Used to be quite the hole in the wall, now a bit more up-scale.

 
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Being a English-style brewery, The Ship Inn employs open fermentation vessels. As such, there is a mirror mounted over the FV to allow both visitors and ostensibly the brewmaster a way to see fermentation:
It's also probably good for when they rouse/skim the yeast. They use primarily, if not exclusively, Ringwood yeast.

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It's also probably good for when they rouse/skim the yeast. They use primarily, if not exclusively, Ringwood yeast.
Indeed! As a true top-cropping yeast, Ringwood would be quite easy to harvest.

 
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