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River Horse Brewing Company

New Jersey


One of New Jersey’s most celebrated craft breweries, River Horse Brewing Company crafts bold and flavorful beers with natural ingredients.

River Horse Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by two brothers in Lambertville, New Jersey. The brewery showed great promise for many years, but after a while, it was in need of new leadership and a fresh branding strategy in order to hold ground in the ever competitive craft beer industry. In 2007, friends and colleagues Chris Walsh and Glen Bernabeo came along and turned everything around. With their guidance, and a team of top notch brewers, River Horse Brewing Company is now one of New Jersey’s top craft breweries. Chris Walsh and Glen Bernabeo were partners in an investment banking firm with the dream of buying an existing business that needed help. Not just any business though - they wanted a product they could be passionate about, and it wasn’t long before they decided on craft beer. In 2007, they purchased and took over River Horse Brewing Company, and haven’t looked back since. They were determined to take River Horse to the next level and maximize its potential, and they have certainly achieved that goal.

After taking over the reigns at River Horse, Chris and Glen brought in a group of world-class brewers (including Head Brewer Chris Rakow), they revamped the beer offerings, and designed fresh packaging to reestablish the brewery’s presence in New Jersey. The beer quality was now better than it had ever been, and the brand’s popularity quickly soared. To keep up with the increasing demand, they moved River Horse to a much larger facility in Ewing, New Jersey in 2013.

The name ‘River Horse’ comes from a nickname for the hippopotamus. The ancient Egyptians believed in the Beer God, who appeared to them in the image of a hippo. Also, beer is believed to have first been brewed in ancient Egypt, so River Horse celebrates this bit of brewing history.

River Horse is known for its wide variety of beers and its generally unfiltered, bigger-bodied, bolder styles. They continue to grow in popularity and we expect nothing but great things in the future of this New Jersey craft brewery. We hope you enjoy a pair of their best offerings. We carry several of River Horse's best craft beers in our beer of the month club. Cheers!

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Trivia Time

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1. What is the real difference between a Porter and a Stout?

The short answer is, it’s complicated. Trying to understand the difference between a Porter and a Stout in today’s craft beer world can be a pretty dizzying experience. In fact, over the last few years, the names have been used interchangeably when categorizing darker beers and it’s pretty hard to find someone now who really knows the difference.

These days, most would argue that the true difference is in the recipe (Porters use standard malted barley, while Stouts use mostly un-malted roasted barley, which gives them their characteristic dark coffee flavors). This still doesn’t always settle the debate, and some brewers believe there is really no difference between the two. What do you find to be the major differences between River Horse’s Chocolate Porter and Oatmeal Milk Stout?

Chris Rakow - Head Brewer

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