THE STORY OF MUDHEN
with its “i think i can” attitude, the train chugged through streets, marshlands and over bridges to where mudhen beer can be enjoyed today. like the hardworking class of people who traveled to 5 Mile Island seeking a greater living, mudhen brewing company conducts a history lesson with every sip.
our handcrafted recipes transport your palette from ordinary to extraordinary, arriving at complete enjoyment, to destination relaxation!
the year is1969. richard nixon is being sworn in as president of the united states. neil armstrong is walking on the moon. four days of peace, love, and music are in woodstock, new york.
mike sciarra, a young surfer fresh off the plane from oahu with a bachelors of economics under one arm and a surfboard under the other has returned to his hometown. mike had a mission to create a brand with a positive vibe that offering premium surf products at affordable prices and kona surf company was born.
mudhen brewering company was estabished by mike's son, brendan sciarra. the mission of mudhen brewing company is to create excellent quality craft beers with detailed attention to food and bar service that meets and exceeds his already well established reputation.
a new generation
through mike sciarra's ambition and success, the entrepreneurial spark inspired his son, brendan to launch several keystone businesses in wildwood, new jersey. in1998, brendan recreated dogtooth bar & grill with a detailed approach and hands-on philosophy and created the island’s most notable establishment and local favorite. with a relentless approach to expanding his brand, the dogtooth maintains firm roots, evident by the surfboards from his father’s original surf shop hanging in the restaurant.
keeping a finger on the pulse!
with recognition and a desire to enhance the city of wildwood, brendan’s vision proved spot-on when he purchased the building across from dogtooth. after months of reconstruction, a beautiful facelift, and extensive training on the exact science of napolitano style pizza making by world renowned giulio adriani, poppi's brick oven pizza was born and has become one of the fastest growing restaurants on the island. paying tribute to sciarra's roots, poppi’s interior pays tribute to his family, past and present.
the right time...the right place.
brendan's latest project had been a dream for wildwood for many years. when a run-down ex-harley davidson dealership on rio grande avenue became available, he hopped at the opportunity to create wildwood's only brewery, mudhen brewing company - a brewing facility, full service bar and restaurant. after months of research, inquiries, obstacles, and meetings, understanding the dynamics of the brewery process and how to provide high quality craft beers was achieved. leaning on the philosophy that proved successful at his other businesses, brendan hired one of the most globally recognized and award winning brewing consultants, scott morrison. scott oversaw and trained his master brewers on every detail of a specially crafted brewing process and to ensure that it meets the standards that has become expected of a sciarra restaurant.
award winning consultant
scott began brewing professionally in 1993. his career started at new england brewing and elm city brewing in connecticut. he started mckenzie brewhouse in 2001, and later malvern in 2006. he restarted the second incarnation of dock street brewery in west philadelphia and rebuilt the general lafayette into barren hill brewery. scott has received 7 great american beer festival medals, two world beer cup medals, and now works as a brewery consultant. he works with start-up breweries, and improves existing breweries. scott also judges for the great american beer festival and world beer cup.
world beer cup
2014 - bronze, biere de garde
2012 - bronze, belgian strong pale/gold
great american beer festival
2014 - bronze, biere de garde
2012 - silver, session saison
2012 - bronze, belgian trappist, quadrupel
2006 - silver, baltic porter (brewed with sean moir)
2004 - bronze, biere de garde
2003 - bronze, saison
2003 - bronze, trappist pale ale
great international beer festival
2015 - silver, triple
2015 - bronze, biere de garde