President of Beers: #21

ESB Amber Ale: Flying Fish Brewing Co., Cherry Hill, New Jersey

We're drinking the flagship craft beer from every state in the Union, counting down from 50-1, to find which is home to the President of Beers.

#21 ESB Amber Ale: Flying Fish Brewing Co., Cherry Hill, New Jersey

State: This stretch of land has given the country Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, yours truly, Danny DeVito, Bill Parcells, and John Travolta, among many, many others. Yet most people don't know anything about the Garden State outside of the Sopranos, Jersey Shore, Real Housewives of New Jersey, political corruption and countless jokes from New Yorkers. It may look like shit from across the Hudson, but there's no denying that Jersey has played an integral throughout the entire history of this country. Also, most of those Jersey Shore guidos are from Staten Island.

Brewery: In 1995, Gene Muller created the world's first "virtual microbrewery." A website that allowed users to name their beer and create merchandise. Eventually investors jumped on board to turn it into a real brewery. Flying Fish Brewing Company has gone on to win several regional awards and just opened a new, larger brewery this year. The website, however, looks like it's still stuck in 1995.

Beer: Named "ESB Amber Ale," this English-style bitter is the lightest amber I've ever seen. This beer was actually discontinued since our taste-off.

Difficulty of obtaining in Oregon: Moderate. Flying Fish doesn't directly distribute far outside of the Jersey area, but you can find it at all Total Wine & More locations, including California. They cannot ship directly to Oregon but they have locations in Sac-town and LA.

Rating: 65.3

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