2019 Beer Seminars

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2:30pm & 8:15pm – Sweet Treats: A Tutored Tasting
Presented by Erik Hassing Owner, Angry Erik Brewing, Lafayette, NJ

Beer, with its potential for complexity and its shape-shifting ability to range from dark and intense to subtle and fresh, can make the enjoyment of sweet treats feel a little more grown up—and a lot more fun. 

You've probably learned how to pair beer with cheese, you may have even tried chocolate with beer... but now it's time to learn about cookies and candy.

Come enjoy a tutored tasting with Erik Hassing, owner of Angry Erik Brewing.  Try three delicious beer samples as they are paired with three sweet treats.  We know you love beer, now see how wonderfully it pairs with cookies and candy.  Seating is limited.  Arrive early to secure a spot.


Erik Hassing is co-owner of Angry Erik Brewing with his wife Heide. He and his wife brewed together for more than a dozen years before opening the 10 barrel (310 gallon) microbrewery in 2014.

Erik, a graduate of Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey, is a full time attorney at a law firm he started in 2010. Heide is full time at the brewery and is the C.O.O., head brewer, head of recipe development, and generally in charge of everything. In addition to her years of brewing experience, she has a Masters in biochemistry from Cornell as well as a Culinary degree. Erik is the brewery’s C.F.O., attorney, head of maintenance and construction, head of procurement, and of course volunteer taste tester.

Angry Erik Brewing currently operates in the heart of Sussex County, Northwest New Jersey, in Lafayette Township. With the help of seven employees, Angry Erik Brewing produces just under 500 Barrels per year. They are in the process of building a facility 3-times as large in nearby Hampton Township to allow them to expand the brewery's production up to 10-fold.

Angry Erik Brewing uses unique culinary ideas and fresh ingredients masterfully combined to create delicious ales that surprise and delight your palate. Don't Get Mad, Get ANGRY!!

1:30pm & 7:30pm – Roses Are Red, Beers Are Brewed…Valentine’s Day Beers You’ll Fall In Love With…
Presented by:  Gary Rosen and Mariah Fannan

Single?  Married?  Happy?  Lonely?  Love is ALE you need…And nothing says I LOVE YOU quite like a beer, right?  Come have some fun as you are guided on a tutored tasting of beers that are just perfect to enjoy with that “special someone” on Valentine’s Day.  

If you've ever had beer and chocolate together, you know what a beautiful marriage it can be.  Many breweries embrace this loving relationship and the result is a number of delicious chocolate beers.  This seminar with introduce you to some outstanding beers brewed with chocolate or gain a chocolatey essence from the malts used in the brewing process.  Find out how the beers are made, the best food pairings, and how to serve them for maximum enjoyment.

Come enjoy this beer talk hosted by New Jersey’s cuddly cupid, Gary Rosen (Sales Manager at Cape May Brewing).   Seating is limited.  Arrive early to secure a spot.


After spending 10 years as a college professor Gary has spent the last 12 years in various areas of the craft beer industry. Working in a brewhouse, selling for a brewery, being the craft specialist for a distributor, and currently the Central NJ sales manager for Cape May Brewery. He loves to combine both passions and educate about beer.   He is also planning a Fall 2019 wedding to his lovely co-presenter for today's seminar.


Mariah has been in the Craft Beer industry for over a decade and has worked in all three tiers of the business. She has been beer buyer for a craft beer bar, a sales rep for 2 beer distributors, and was a statewide sales manager for a well-known craft brewery. Winter is Mariah's favorite beer season as many of her favorite breweries roll out their seasonal stouts. Mariah is also engaged to her handsome co-presenter, Gary Rosen, a fall wedding is planned.