BELMAR, NJ — Beach Haus Brewery has partnered with another landmark Belmar business — Eastern Lines Surf Shop — to create a beer that bursts with the flavors of summer.

Session 81, named for the year the surf shop opened, is a light tropical IPA that brings together soft notes of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit, with a hint of coconut. And it’s quickly becoming the beer of choice for those looking for a refreshing way to end a day in the sun or surf.

Eastern Lines owner Don Tarrant said he was flattered when he was asked this past winter by Beach Haus taproom and events manager Steve Tichenor whether he’d be interested in doing a beer collaboration.

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“It wasn’t something I was expecting, but I thought it sounded really great,” Tarrant said, who entered into the beer-making venture with his daughter, Darby, who runs the day-to-day operations of the Ocean Avenue store.

For Tichenor, collaborating on a special brew with Eastern Lines was an obvious choice. The brewery wanted to team with a local business on a beer for some time,” he said.  “I’ve known Don for a long time, and I love his shop. So the timing to get a brew ready for the summer was perfect.”

And what made it even more appealing is the longstanding relationship between both businesses. While Beach Haus Brewery is a longtime sponsor of the annual Belmar Pro surfing competition hosted by Eastern Lines — to be held this year on September 12 through 15 — its assistant brewer Logan Smith also is an avid surfer, who took an active role in the beer’s development with lead brewer Matthew Pipkin.

So when everyone came to the table to discuss the beer, the ideas flowed, resulting in a recipe rich in tropical flavor, but light-bodied and crushable.

“For the concept of the beer, we were thinking about a low-alcohol brew for people with active lifestyles — like Logan after a day of surfing,” Pipkin said. “Session 81 is a not overly complex IPA, slightly malty with juicy hop to balance it out. I was able to get an experimental hop called HBC 472 that tastes like coconut and vanilla, and is woody. That, combined with zythos hop, which tastes like pineapple and mango, gives it a nice tropical flavor to drink in the summer.”

When the time came for taste test before the beer’s fermentation process, Tarrant said he was impressed with the results. “I could taste the citrus fruits in particular. It’s definitely a refreshing summertime beer,” he added.

Session 81 is being served up at Beach Haus Brewery, 801 Main Street, Belmar, where it also is available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, while supplies last.

Beach Haus Brewery: Where There's a Beer for Everyone

Located at the corner of Main Street and Eighth Avenue, Beach Haus Brewery is a 30-barrel brew house with a 4,000-square-foot upstairs taproom that offers more than 20 beers on tap every day.

In addition, it is widely known for its Test Dept.™ release, where it unveils new brews available exclusively at the brewery for that release period.

With ceiling-to-floor windows, the spacious area opens onto an outside deck with the best views of downtown Belmar and the nearby Belmar marina. All guests age 21 and older are welcome and guests under age 21 are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Beach Haus is a BYOF (bring your own food) establishment, and most beers are available in kegs, cans or bottles to-go. Its taproom also can accommodate private events for up to 300 guests any day of the week.

And while you’re at Beach Haus Brewery, don’t forget to take a tour of the brewhouse, where every brew has a story.

For more information and a full list of brews, visit Beach Haus Brewery’s website. Also follow it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out the latest brewing news.

The brewery, located at 801 Main Street, can be reached at 732 202-7782 or by email at

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