Behind the Beer: Brotherton Brewing Company

On August 29, 1758, European colonists established the first Indian reservation in what would be the United States, in Shamong Township, New Jersey. The 3,000-acre reservation was created for the local Lenape (sometimes called Delaware) community and called the Brotherton reservation.


Brotherton Brewing Company was established in 2015, owning property and establishing their first production facility on this very same land. The production facility was quickly outfitted with a 15bbl brewhouse, (6) 15bbl fermenters, and a 15bbl brite tank. Brotherton partnered with Hunterdon Brewing Company and began production for distribution in June of 2016 with (3) core styles, being Brotherton IPA, Jersey Devil DIPA, and Green Earth Pale Ale. Since that time, we have expanded our portfolio to 25 plus styles and have been successful in touching over 500 individual locations throughout NJ and PA.

Brotherton Brewing Company is excited and proud to announce, we will be opening a tasting room in Waterford Township, NJ located at 2208 Atco Avenue, the site of the old Atco Firehouse! While our roots are still in Shamong, and we are thankful for their support, we have been graciously welcomed by the neighboring town of Atco. Renovations are underway and we anticipate an early 2020 opening. This expansion will allow Brotherton to increase our production capability dramatically, allowing to provide our loyal supporters with more fine liquids. In addition, this will allow those local, and from far way to visit our new home and meet the faces behind the brand.

Meet Brotherton Brewing Company:

Keith Oriente, Partner – Keith has been a craft beer fan since being introduced to his first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in the early 1990’s. Although an avid home brewer, Keith (really Brotherton) decided to leave the brewing up to a professional. He is actively involved in the brewery with duties ranging from everyday operations to sweeping the floors to accounting to deliveries to festivals to…I’m sure you get the idea. His favorite Brotherton Beer to date is Swarthy Invader. Coming in at 9.6% abv., this beautiful Barrel Aged Stout is the perfect ending to a long day.

Dan Oriente, Partner – Dan has a strong background in Sales and Sales Management primarily focused in the Material Handling business over the last 28 years. To date, Dan has had a primary focus on Brotherton Brewing inventory, coordination of sales with Distributors, and Retail operations. In addition, Dan has been heavily involved in Brotherton event coordination and attendance. Favorite Brotherton beer style to date is Jersey Devil DIPA. Coming in at 8.4%, this beer does not drink as such. It is delicious, easy, smooth and not overly boozy.


Anthony Valenzano, Partner – After working in the bar and restaurant industry Anthony Valenzano, along with his father and brother, started Valenzano Family Winery in 1996. For the past 2 decades Anthony’s job has been developing the winery business and increasing production. In 2015 he became a partner in Brotherton Brewing Company and acts as a business and development advisor in this company. Anthony has served as the President of the Garden State Wine Growers Association, and as a member of the New Jersey Wine Industry Advisory Council and NJ Brewers Guild.

Ryan Michaels, Head Brewer – Ryan has been brewing professionally in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey region since 2004. He has no homebrewing background but fell in love with brewing after sitting in on a brew day at the brewpub where he was a bartender. His favorite Brotherton beer is often changing, but currently he is loving kettle sours like Razmanian Devil Gose for its fruity, tart and salty complexity.

Anthony Joseph Valenzano, Assistant Brewer – AJ has been with Brotherton for a bit over two years. He has gone from cleaning kegs a few days a week to cellarmanship and brewing. AJ was raised on a vineyard and winery in Shamong, NJ and has been around wine production his entire life, so fermentation is in his blood. Jersey Devil DIPA is his go to Brotherton beer for its intense, citrusy hop punch yet low bitterness.

Mark Valenzano, Partner

Danny VanHorn, Partner