Beers # 828 – 831
Magnify Brewing Company
On Saturday, we planned to swap our Friday finds and on the way I stopped at a new brewery in Fairfield, NJ called Magnify Brewing. I think they hold some promise but considering the current state of my beer fridge, nothing in their everyday lineup was worthy of a growler or squealer fill.
I did have a sample flight of their offerings. It didn’t take long to figure out that Vine Shine, Low Visibility, Black Wheat and their Search Saison were all mediocre at best. They might cut it with the craft beer newbies but to me there are way better options on our local shelves. I’d say the Black Wheat probably topped out the group at 85 points with some nice roasted characteristics but not much depth. The Vine Shine IPA was oddly strong with yeast and not much hop, the Low Visibility was watery and nondescript. The Search Saison had some decent white wine grape flavor but here again no complexity.
Considering the state of the tri-state’s beer world – there’s no place for mediocre. Once they establish a base set of beer, let’s see where they go. I will certainly check back as it is not fair to judge after a being open for just a couple of months.