Beer Category: Specials

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Dune Fruit

While standing on Mount Mitchill, scanning our favorite local beaches, you can find paddles of the indigenous prickly pear cactus underfoot. Once you learn how to peel them (being carful of the less obvious finer thorns), there is a pleasing spring legume sweetness to be found. With Dune Fruit we add the meat of prickly […]

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Monkey Chased the Weasel

The backyard of our brewery has a mulberry tree that drops its fruit in the first days of summer. We moved into our building during early summer 2011, tracking a bright purple path through our new home with every laden step. It was then we decided: if mulberry was going to get that deep into […]

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Shinshu

Spend enough time in the company of creative brewers and inspiration will strike. Often late at night, deep in the cups, drinking someone else’s experiment. Realization of potential is much easier if you are in the company of the inspiring brewers allowing discussion of a notion in concert. Sitting at Burial while drinking “Izakaya Afternoon,” […]

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Hángjú

Breathe deeply and the agrarian fragrance of a simple saison will bring to mind meadows both visited and imagined. In spring we like to augment this in different ways with flowers and pepper, calling aromas to take us on fanciful trips of the budding spring. In Hángjú we add chrysanthemum blossoms and Sichuan peppercorns to […]

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Sundae

The first stride along this path was enough Super Galena in the middle of the boil leading a strawberry hop tone in vanilla and chocolate malt notes creating a Russian Imperial Stout with a different gait. The move to “let’s throw some Neapolitan ice cream in there and see what happens” isn’t a giant leap. […]

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APIOGERETLA

Not much to analyze about APIOGERETLA. Sometimes you just fancy a dank Black American Ale to sip on, so that’s what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts, and multiple yeasts combined in a way to feed the dank side of our enjoyment. Drink APIOGERETLA because it’s the dankness you want.

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G.O.R.P.

Chris and Augie grew up as neighbors next to the hiking trails of Hartshorne Woods Park. Back then, trail mix was called GORP, standing for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts, which described it perfectly. Familiar and dependable, GORP trail mix was a combination of clean and complimentary flavors appropriate for being out on the trails. […]

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Cosmonaut

Super Galena hops early in the boil bring a strawberry touch. Russian imperial stouts have a dark chocolate presence with vanilla nuance; quite pleasing when accented by a bold hop addition. Our walk around this space had us skirting the territory of those three tone blocks of supermarket ice cream. All we needed was an […]

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Peach Swisher

Smoked malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer’s bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In […]

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Cupid

Simple truth is we wanted to make something taste like roses, and a stout reminiscent of the simple flavors of boxed chocolates seemed to make sense. The path became clear once we embraced honesty, no need for chocolate additions, just a malt bill built around chocolaty roasts. After that it was just some roses on […]

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SUPEREGOIPA

Not much to analyze about SUPEREGOIPA. Sometimes you just covet a dank triple IPA to sip on, so that’s what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts and multiple yeasts combined in a way to sate the dank side of our passion. Drink SUPEREGOIPA because it’s the dankness you love.

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Caffé Corretto

Caffé Corretto is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with fennel, licorice, and anise. Much like how Regular Coffee looks to evoke Jersey’s version of an acidic, bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar, Caffé Corretto takes a lesson from our Italian friends by running […]

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Café Y’ Churro

Café Y’ Churro is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with vanilla and cinnamon. Much like Regular Coffee looks to evoke an amusing version of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar that starts a day in a paper cup at home; Café […]

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Regular Coffee

A Classic Jersey-ism is “regular coffee.” Here when you order a “regular coffee” at any place you trust to make a pork roll and cheese you get a paper cup of coffee with “milk and 2 sugars” rather than a “black coffee that hasn’t had the caffeine removed.” Acidic bitter coffee flattened by milk and […]

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Gilded Lily

Are there any aromatics more corruptly appealing than that suspect waft of dirt and sex that is the heart of fresh white truffles? Not the fake pretty perfumes ubiquitous these days, but the approach/avoidance primitive reaction to that heady scent of something that was secretly thriving just below fecund soil on early morning moments in […]

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Epitome

We don’t have many rules at Carton Brewing and those we have we made up for ourselves.  In general though, we strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors.  But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. With Epitome we decided to embrace the teenage metalhead in each of us and get discordant […]

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School of Hops

The inspiration here is childish adults and mature children becoming wiser through the fundamental genius of a power chord. The motley crew of Carton Brewing, The Happy Hour Guys, the cast of School of Rock, and Sing For Hope all joined together to make a powerful, yet simple hedonistic beer that would resonate with the […]

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Ship Wreck Porter

When our friends and neighbors at Brinley shipped us ten of the barrels used to make their Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum from their distillery on St. Kitts, we were given the opportunity to create a beer that would take advantage of wood rather than the other way around. We looked to coax complexity out of […]

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Harvest 2016 Ekuanot

Each autumn’s hop harvest presents an opportunity to assess yearly variation in flavors. Some are broad across all the plants in a region, others are specific to unique clones and certain farms. Each fall we choose two different varieties to add to our Harvest Ale. The first we receive straight off the bines and add […]

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Pumpkin Cream Ale

There are pumpkin based flavors that are not pumpkin pie. With this in mind we set out to make an autumnal beer in the pumpkin tradition that wasn’t simply a spiced beer using the usual pie-spice blend. Looking to enhance the pumpkin’s flavors, we roasted its meat touched with orange oil, pink peppercorns and candied […]

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EGOIPA

Not much to analyze about EGOIPA. Sometimes you just fancy a dank double IPA to sip on, so that’s what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts, multiple yeasts combined in a way to feed the dank side of our enjoyment. Drink EGOIPA because it the dankness you want.

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Rub

2 cups Ethiopian Sidamo medium roast ground “Turkish” 1 cup organic cocoa powder unsweetened no alkaline 1/2 cup diamond kosher salt 1/2 cup organic light brown sugar 1/4 cup ground black pepper 3 Tbs organic ground cinnamon 2 Tbs cayenne 1 Tbs ground cumin 1 Tbs garlic powder 1 cup at flame out and 1/2 […]

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Sakura

Can beer transfer time? Cherry Blossoms are wistful Trap nostalgia With Sakura we drag the joy of Spring’s regeneration into the languid summer doldrums. The evocation of that ethereal moment when winter is gone and the warm weather is drifting in; rebirth through age captured in the delicate aromatic waft of the cherry’s blossom. A […]

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Rickey

This trip starts as many do on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the tippy, discussing grill cleaning, spring, cherry blossoms and the flavors that coincide with the transition from spring rain to summer sun. Talk makes its way around the circle to Jeremy who offers, “Cherry and lime kind of kick ass together.” The evolution […]

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Ron’s Steam Bock Hair Cut

Spring is the time for a fresh look. Before there was a Carton brewing there were a couple Cartons drinking beer. A lot of what we were drinking was hoppy beers from Green Flash and Alpine. Ron’s Steam Bock Haircut is us playing our game with west coast friends that helped guide our taste for […]

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S.S. C.R.E.A.M.

Brewing with Barrier is almost as cool as drinking with Barrier. Every time we get together Boat and Money are passed back and forth. We drink merrily while lamenting not having a tank to play in together. For this ensemble effort we took the things that make us happy together and put them together. Barrier […]

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Eden

If ever there was a paradise on earth it must have been around the spice markets of the Fertile Crescent. Imagine if you will wandering balmy streets bathed in gold light while myriad pungent aromatics spin around you on warm breezes floating from groves of fruit and nut trees. Eden is a simple table friendly […]

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Grape Swisher

Smoked Malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer’s bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In […]

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Stormy

When you task your sales team impractical exercises like relating truffle tripels, wasabi sours and salted clam ales to a world thirsty for more IPA’s, it’s only right to take their notions seriously every now and again. Stormy is the brainchild of our lead sales guy Doug. We took some of our Ship Wreck Porter, […]

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished on Irish wood and peppermint. Much like Regular Coffee looks to evoke an amusing version of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar that starts a day in a paper cup, Irish Coffee addresses […]

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Decoy

At his restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, Chef Daniel Humm makes an extraordinary five spice roast duck. The genesis of Decoy is our notion that those spices would affectionate the fig notes of a Belgian Strong malt bill in the direction of a winter warmer. Cumin, coriander, lavender flowers, Sichuan red peppercorns and honey are added […]

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SS Yigacheffe (Need A Bigger Boat Series)

While playing coffee games last winter, even though they didn’t work for that project, we found ourselves attracted to the bitter lemony notes of cold brewed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from our partners at Fair Mountain Coffee Roasters. While playing our usual hoppy games recently we were similarly inspired by the lemony bitterness of the new “Lemon […]

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Squashenator

The thing about brewing with gourds and squashes is although they are a sugar source they act more on the body and bitterness than the sweetness. Much like on the table, you can run over them with spices and ignore what they bring or you can build flavors around their unique profile when brewing. Squashenator […]

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Harvest 2015 El Dorado

Each autumn’s hop harvest presents an opportunity to assess yearly variation in flavors. Some are broad across all the plants in a region, others are specific to unique clones and certain farms. Each fall we choose two different varieties to add to our Harvest Ale. The first we receive straight off the bines and add […]

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Disaster

Disaster is part of the Sandy Project. It all started when we experimented with a souring lactic rest of 24 hours on our session stout -to see what would happen- only to have Hurricane Sandy extend souring 8 more days. The next step involved jiggering the brewing process to recreate those conditions for the charity […]

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Dalton’s Kriek

Ah the games you’ll play when your friends ring up and say, “It’ll be fun if we…”. Our character in the Swayze Dayze hijinks is 18 pounds of Italian Amarena cherries and their syrup added to a pinot barrel from Aubert Wines in Calistoga filled with stout sitting in our cellar getting funky. After a […]

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Digger

“Sure, there are oyster stouts, but we are a clam town. Are there any clam beers?” “Not that I’ve ever heard of.” “Stout wouldn’t make sense. Let’s make it super pale. We can lean on the stoniness of our water to show the clams.” “We could salt it like a Gose, the salt would help […]

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Intermezzo

May is a time for palate cleansing. Stepping past the heavier flavors appealing in the dead of winter, we arrive at the sprightlier flavors of spring and summer. In our attempt to rejuvenate, we interpreted Chef Paul Liebrandt’s mid-course of green apple wasabi sorbet as a sour ale. Pureed green apples from France are added […]

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Tharsis

French Saison yeast and pepper is a game we like to play. Here we decided to extend the turf to peppers. The pitfall of chile beers is that over time capsaicin continues to strengthen while most the other aspects of a beer deteriorate. Even perfectly balanced pepper beers step a bit out of line straight […]

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SS Kentucky (Need a Bigger Boat Series)

There are few moments as inspirational as those spent wandering the tables of Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest. Some of our friends, some of our heroes, and a lot of our inspirations reveling, sharing ideas, and flavors. Last year while sipping with the team of Against The Grain inspiration hit. The “Need a Bigger Boat” […]

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Wayne’s Way

As a homage to Cigar City’s inspirational creativity, we took our deconstructed cigar beer and finished it in the manner of their Humidor Series. Orange Swisher, our blunt ale (smells of weed, tastes of orange touched tobacco, and finishes on smoke), was rested on Spanish cedar to pick up the nuances of a cigar box. […]

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Orange Swisher

Smoked malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer’s bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In […]

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Scobeyville Wood

There are pumpkin based flavors that are not pumpkin pie. With this in mind we set out to make an autumnal beer in the pumpkin tradition that wasn’t simply a typical pie-spiced beer. Looking to enhance the pumpkin’s naturally dry starchy flavors, we roasted its meat touched with orange oil, pink peppercorns and candied ginger. […]

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Harvest 2014 Calypso

Each autumn’s hop harvest presents an opportunity to assess yearly variation in flavors. Some are broad across all the plants in a region, others are specific to unique clones and certain farms. Each fall we choose two different varieties to add to our Harvest Ale. The first we receive straight off the bines and add […]

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Rav

Continuing our path of fall gourd ales that aren’t just “pumpkin pie spice mix” darker beers, we turn again to cuisine for spur. Here we deconstruct a “Zucca Ravioli” served in brown butter and sage topped with grated biscotti. Roasted butternut squash meat with butter added to the mash of a rich ale, fermented on […]

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Panzanella

You only have to see so many pumpkin beers showing up on shelves in mid-summer before you do a seasonal reality check. Being from the Garden State we are fully aware the flavors of midsummer are. With Panzanella we play that game. A salted ale built around malts chosen to play croutons, Summit hops chosen […]

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Don’t Panic

It’s born of us being presented an experimental hop (#06300) by hopsteiner that among other things smelled like a cup of earl grey so we went home and built an ESB around it and touched it with bergamot to add to that tea notion. We only do it in casks because that just seemed right. […]

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Comma

Black Pepper Saison Black, Pepper Saison Black Pepper, Saison Black, Pepper, Saison  

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Swisher

Smoked malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer’s bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In […]

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Harvest 2013 Mosaic

Each autumn’s hop harvest presents an opportunity to assess yearly variation in flavors. Some are broad across all the plants in a region, others are specific to unique clones and certain farms. Each fall we choose two different varieties to add to our Harvest Ale. The first we receive straight off the bines and add […]

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Something Like Sandy

Sandy tore through in October 2012 and changed many facets of life in our neighborhood. At our brewery, she knocked out all power and controls for eight days. Upon returning to power, we came back to an experimental stout in the Tippy we had intended to sour for two days but which Sandy left wild […]

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Harvest 2012 Citra

Each autumn’s hop harvest presents an opportunity to assess yearly variation in flavors. Some are broad across all the plants in a region, others are specific to unique clones and certain farms. Each fall we choose two different varieties to add to our Harvest Ale. The first we receive straight off the bines and add […]

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SS 2012 (Need a Bigger Boat Series)

Our first year was big, so a “Bigger Boat” seemed appropriate for celebrating this anniversary. Pretty simply, we doubled everything: malt, hops, gravity, number of yeasts, and time in fermenter. Creating an immense transcontinental trade-worthy craft while keeping the stony, linear, crisp, dry spirit that defines our sessionable day runner. Pacific Jade and Zythos were […]