When we started on the web in 1995 most folks weren’t online. There was no spam and no illegal file sharing. There was also no Amazon.com and no Netflix. So step way back in time to the end of the last century and see how far we’ve come from virtual brewery to real brewery to real big (for us) brewery.

1995

April

Flying Fish Brewing Company created

August

Flying Fish became the 1st “virtual” microbrewery on the web


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1996

April

Moved into building

June

Brewing equipment arrive

October

Released Porter as a seasonal (draft only) Purchased bottling line

November

Bottled XPA and ESB for the first time


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1997

January

Belgian Abbey Dubbel released as a seasonal (draft only)

March

IPA released as a seasonal (draft only) Michael Jackson visits Flying Fish for the first time

June

Farmhouse Summer Ale released (seasonal)

September

Bottled Porter and Dubbel for the first time Abbey Dubbel wins bronze medal at the World Beer Championships


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1998

February

Started using 1/6 kegs (sixtels)

March

Released Grand Cru Winter Reserve (seasonal)

April

Added new fermenters; increases capacity by 40%

May

Prince Albert of Monaco spotted drinking a Flying Fish ESB

August

Added 2 new fermenters Flying Fish distributes to Outer Banks, NC

September

Belgian Abbey Dubbel released in 6-packs

October

Big Mouth Billy Bass added to Tasting Room wall.

November

Big Mouth Billy Bass removed from Tasting Room wall after it drives everyone crazy Dubbel wins gold medal at the Real Ale Festival in Chicago


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1999

January

All Flying Fish beer certified Y2K compliant

February

Lovefish — the “Barry White of beers” — is released

June

Distribute to Maryland and Washington, DC

August

Flying Fish beer (Porter and Farmhouse Ale) poured at the Great British Beer Festival Phish has Fish at After-party

November

Blackfish released

2000

April

Blackfish wins a gold medal at the Real Ale Festival in Chicago

July

Governor Whitman signs proclamation designating July as American Beer Month in New Jersey

November

First Flying Fish truck unveiled


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2001

February

Limited hand-bottling of Grand Cru

April

Moonfish lager makes its first and only appearance

June

Flying Fish makes their first appearance at Mondial de la Bière, Montreal, Canada

July

Flying Fish makes their first appearance at the Oregon Brewer’s Festival

September

Flying Fish begins distributing to South Central Pennsylvania

October

Flying Fish Porter voted “Best of Philly” by Philadelphia Magazine

Grand Cru Winter Reserve released in 6-packs

November

Flying Fish Gift Packs released

December

Due to an e-mail glitch, everyone on the mailing list receives 10 copies of the monthly newsletter. Due to an e-mail glitch, everyone on the mailing list receives 10 copies of the monthly newsletter.


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2002

February

New website rolled out

May

Flying Fish brews its one millionth gallon

June

Flying Fish is named one of South Jersey’s fastest growing companies by the Philadelphia Business Journal

July

E-mail only party cancelled because of 100+ degree temperatures

September

Oktoberfish released (draft only-seasonal) — sells out in two weeks

November

Flying Fish starts shipping to Delaware


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2003

February

Big Fish Barleywine brewed

April

First Slow Food New Jersey Brewer’s Guild Tasting


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2004

January

Mt. Holly Fire & Ice Festival unveils Flying Fish ice sculpture

February

Big Fish Barleywine released

April

Flying Fish XPA served at the Phillies’ new Citizens Bank ballpark

September

Oktoberfish released in bottles (seasonal)

October

Flying Fish beers poured at Slow Food Fest in Turin, Italy


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2005

January

HopFish (formerly known as HopPhish**) released (draft only). (**Flying Fish forced to change name of beer after receiving a “nasty gram” from the band Phish.)(see August 1999 — Phish had Fish at after-party))

February

Add new fermenters – increase capacity by 22%

April

Flying Fish Porter included in 7 Threads Symposium Ale, brewed for the 2005 Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia

May

Vanilla Ice introduced as a draft only specialty event beer

June

Flying Fish Pub opens at Campbell’s Field – home of the Camden Riversharks baseball team

September

Flying Fish on schedule to brew the most beer ever brewed in a one month period since the brewery opened


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2006

Brewery expands cold storage and swaps out smaller fermenting tank for larger ones.

2007

Oktoberfest named best Festbier by Baltimore Sun.


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2008

New bottling line increases production to 160 bottles per minute.

Abbey Dubbel wins silver medal at Great American Beer Festival, the largest such competition in the world.

Flying Fish becomes founding member of Philly Beer Week, the first and largest of the hundreds of beer weeks now in existence.


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2009

Imperial Espresso Porter released in bottles.

Exit 4 is released as the first in a series of beers honoring New Jersey though its turnpike exits. Turnpike Authority issues cease and desist. Flying Fish first back and Turnpike Authority backs down 30 days later. Exit 4 sells out immediately.

Exit 11 is released in June and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) then attacked Flying Fish for promoting drinking and driving. After more than 100 newspapers cover the story, MADD backs down. Exit 11 sells out immediately.

Men’s Journal named Exit 4 Best Beer in America. Exit 4 wins gold and HopFish wins bronze at Great American Beer Festival.

 


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2010

Exit 4 released in 6 packs.

Exit 1 and 16 released in large bottles.

Exits 6 and 13 released.


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2011

Flying Fish purchases 45,000 sq. ft. building in Somerdale and begins multi-million expansion project.

Exit 9 released

Washington Post names Exit 4 beer of the year.


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2012

RedFish released as draft only product.

Exit 8 released and wins bronze medal at Great American Beer Festival.

Brewery legislation passes and is signed by Governor allowing tasting rooms.

Exit 16 and 4 are released in 12oz bottle. RedFish replaces ESB as a year round beer.


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2013

Brewery in production and construction.

Forever Unloved (FU) Sandy released. The entire gross proceeds ($45,000) donated to local storm building organizations. By request, FU Sandy released in 750ml bottles  raising another $30,000 for local organizations.

Tasting Room opens in July.

More fermenting tanks are added.

OktoberFish wins siver medal at Great American Beer Festival.


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2014

More fermenters and storage vessels added.

Exit 1 released in 12oz bottle.

NJ 350 released in 750ml to commemorate state’s anniversary.

HopFish wins gold and RedFish wins silver at Great American Beer Festival.

Tasting Room conducts bike race, 5K and hosts more than 200 home brewers in first NJ Homebrew Rally. Outdoor beer garden is licensed and opens.


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