The Committee of 250 is a limited membership group, inspired by the anti-Prohibitionists of a similar name, that enjoys access to private events such as tastings, beer design sessions, music events, artistic showcases, and much more. Each member also receives a complimentary flight of beer each month, to enjoy the latest creations coming from our brewers – as well as limited edition release bottles of some of our popular, experimental, or highly sought-after beers. Every year, our brewers assemble interesting pieces of breweriana, beer merchandise, glassware, apparel, or other items as part of annual membership perk for those who join us as part of the Committee.
Membership starts at $150/annually from January 1st to December 31st, with discounts for multiple year and lifetime membership terms.
Common Questions and Answers about the Committee
- What does each member receive as part of the Committee of 250?
Members of the 2018 Committee of 250 will receive the following perks as part of their annual membership:
- Lower Forge Twill / Mesh Snapback Cap
- Lower Forge Kelly Green Think Independently Drink Independently Hoodie (While Supplies Last)
- Quarterly Bottle Releases of Limited Edition or Premium Beers
- Discounted Growler Fills & Packaged Beer
- Free Monthly Flight Perk
- Birthday Free Flight Perk (with Loyalty Program enrollment & redemption)
- Access to private events & tastings, private can/bottle releases, and special events in our sampling room
Your membership dues include some of these perks as a calculated pre-payment to comply with New Jersey regulations and law.
- How does the free monthly flight work?
Our brewers and sampling room hosts will log your flight perk when redeemed on a worksheet we maintain for Committee members. On the first of each month, a new perk is added to your membership account and able to be redeemed on your next visit to the sampling room.On your receipt, you may notice that the Committee perk flight will appear differently than normal Flights of Four to comply with NJSA 33:1-10.
- How does the quarterly bottle release for members work?
Our membership receives messages separate from the main Lower Forge Brewery Mailing List advising them of bottle releases and asking about redemption. For members that can pick up these bottles on the release day, they’ll be reserved in the Sampling Room at a special time indicated in the message. If a member is unable to pick up on release day, we can make arrangements to keep their beer in our walk-in until pickup is arranged.
- What type of events do Committee members get access to?
Committee members primarily gain access to private tastings and workshops. A private tasting is a special opening period in the brewery for Committee members to try new beers, redeem perks, and otherwise enjoy a special event (such as a screening of a movie, music session, or private meet-and-greet). Unless otherwise mentioned in the invitation, members are often invited to bring guests with them to private tastings. A workshop is different from a private tasting as seating is limited and for members only. Due to these limits, guests are unable to participate. Workshops may be brainstorming sessions with our brewers to develop new recipes or experimental beers, or held in partnership with a Lower Forge Brewery account to explore food pairing ideas or another part of craft beer culture with our beer.
- How often does the Committee hold events?
Our goal is a minimum of 12 events per year, but the schedule is not evenly distributed throughout the year. January, February, and August generally do not have any events scheduled due to winter weather issues or scheduling issues (few members are available at the height of summer). Starting in March, we average an event every 3 weeks with scheduling beginning during the first week of March. Weeks of major events in Medford such as June’s Art, Wine, and Music Festival, September’s Oktoberfest, October’s Halloween Parade, or December’s Dickens’ Festival will usually not contain any member events.
- Am I allowed to bring guests to Committee events?
Committee private tasting and workshop invitations will indicate if members are welcome to bring guests – usually, private tastings are open to members and their guests; however, most workshops are for members only due to limited seating.
- Am I still eligible for a birthday flight or brewery loyalty perks if I’m a Committee member?
Definitely! Even better, as part of our Committee enrollment, when you provide your birthday – we can enter that into our loyalty program for you if your email or phone number is already previously enrolled.
- What did the 2016 or 2017 members receive as their annual membership perk?
In 2016, our members received glassware or growlers from our initial orders to celebrate our opening after years of construction. Our friends at Original Abbie also designed a special shirt to commemorate our founding membership for each member to collect or wear. Our monthly flight perks began in 2016, with almost 80% of our members redeeming their perks throughout the year.
In 2017, we invited members to take our beer on an adventure with specially manufactured mini-keg growlers from ManCan for each member. Additionally, we began packaging our beer which culminated in each 2017 member receiving limited edition bottles of our bourbon-barrel-aged anniversary stout, Perseverance. Despite considerable pressure from non-members, these bottles were reserved and exclusively released to members – easily becoming the most popular perk we’ve ever announced.
- What is the Military Transfer Privilege for Committee Members?
We’re proud of the number of Committee members who join us while serving at the Joint Base or other nearby Armed Forces installations – however, we know the risk of new orders and redeployment for military members and will gladly allow a member to transfer the remainder of their membership year and unredeemed perks to someone else. We do not allow membership transfers for anyone other than our military members in these circumstances.
- What is the Committee Alumni?
The Committee of 250 Alumni are past members who did not renew after their membership year. We will sometimes offer open membership slots to alumni first before announcing them to the public, if there are no waitlisted potential members.
- What is the Committee Waitlist?
The Committee of 250 Waitlist are potential members who expressed interest in joining when there were no open slots available. Membership is strictly limited at 250 members, and in both 2016 and 2017 no further slots were available by mid-year.