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But, that’s what makes this process so beautiful. This is old meets new. Tradition meets innovation. It is the very essence of collaboration.

On the Coolship CMBC

Humans have been brewing beer for millennia. (Thankfully.) Yet, if you’re lucky enough to take one of our HQ tours, you’ll notice a significant amount of stainless steel, electronics, and enough modern technology to make the average, warm-blooded American go Oooh.

That’s to say, there are a lot of shiny, clanging, intriguing pieces of equipment lying around to keep things interesting.

Yet, it’s apparent that the brewers of old could not possibly have employed a centrifuge or a canner or a stainless steel fermenter or really even yeast, as it wasn’t until sometime in the mid-nineteenth century that good ol’ Louis Pasteur said, “Hey, this is what makes our French bread so awesome.”

So, how did they do… anything at all? How did they make an alcoholic beer if they didn’t know that yeasties excrete alcohol?

Well, dear beer drinker, it’s something called spontaneous fermentation, and we’re gonna be getting into it lock, stock, and… er… barrel.

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“I’m going to Disney World!”

King of Homebrewers!

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we have a good time at CMBC. Not only at our events and in the Tasting Room, but more or less everything that happens behind the scenes is a bunch of fun as well.

Case in point: our recent homebrew competitions.

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“We’re constantly rotating,” he says, “and we always have Cape May on.”

Spotlight On… Kid Rip’s!

“Once you met him, he left an everlasting impression. He was definitely a character. Throughout high school, I’d come home and my friends would already be at the house because they’d come over to get advice from him. He was one of those people who would tell you the truth and give you the best advice he could give.”

That’s how Mike Ripa — co-owner of Kid Rip’s in Runnemede — describes the bar’s namesake, his father, Dino Ripa.

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Although we are bummed that the Patriots lost, it was a well-played game and we have to give credit where credit is due.

Collecting Our Winnings

E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!

If you just can’t get enough of Eagles fever — the kind of fever you want this time of year — we’ve got one more event up our sleeves to celebrate the Birds’ big win last weekend.

As you might know, we entered into a friendly wager with Massachusetts-based Night Shift Brewing. Well… on Saturday, February 17th, the time has come to collect.

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Fondue is like romance in an earthen pot.

Chocolate Beer Fondue

Valentine’s Day is for you and your significant other. Everyone else can fall by the wayside.

Well… everyone except CMBC, that is.

That’s why we tasked Culinary Ops & Soda Guru JP Thomas with devising the perfect “you-and-me-and-CMBC-makes-three” recipe for Valentine’s Day.

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"Is your daddy a baker? 'Cause you got some nice buns."

Meet Lauren!

Our Events Team rocks — we really wish we got to see them more often! They’re always out and about — CMBC is essentially a second job for most of them.

Lauren Frech is no exception.

Her full-time gig is corporate fundraising for her family’s business that keeps her running everywhere from Ohio to Maryland (and everywhere in-between). She has an eleven-year-old “purebred mutt” named Lucy that she forever-homed while in North Carolina.

“She kayaks, hikes, travels, and basically does everything I do and goes everywhere I go,” Lauren tells us.

Chief Celebrations Officer Randi Friel (Lauren’s boss) says, “She’s a really hard worker, always has a smile on her face and an upbeat attitude. And if you have a question about our beer, she’ll know the answer.”

So, without further ado… meet Lauren!

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I really couldn't ask for a more perfect beer.

Always Ready is Ready!

While the Coast Guard may be Always Ready, the story is a little different when it comes to brewing beer. We have tons of experience and know-how, we have years of schooling and practical experience, but we’re no longer homebrewers, brewing beer for us and a close group of friends.

We’re brewing it for you: a wide-ranging group of friends. And in order to stay ahead of the game, in order to remain innovative and original, we value your feedback.

That’s where our R.A.D. series comes in: it gives us a chance to take a step back and hear what our fans think.

So, it’s slightly ironic that the first beer to come out of this process is called “Always Ready.” Because it wasn’t.

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They definitely deserve a beer. And we’re proud to give it to them.

Cape May Brewing Co. Salutes the Coast Guard with Always Ready

There are lots of reasons people come to Cape May: the beaches, the restaurants, the arts and culture, the nightlife. But 4,000 of our visitors each year make Cape May their home for eight weeks — adopting our town as their own as they endure their basic training period at the Coast Guard Training Center.

Since 1982, Cape May has been home to the Coast Guard’s only Training Center. Each and every active-duty Coast Guardsman who toils to keep our shores safe has spent time in our shore town.  

We’re the Coast Guard’s Hometown, and we wear that title proudly. It’s only fitting that, on  February 8th, Cape May Brewing Co. honors that status the best way we know how: with a beer brewed in their honor.

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Hey @nightshiftbeer, we’re so confident the Eagles are going home with a W on Sunday that we want to place a little bet with you.

A Safe Bet

Don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Eagles are in the Super Bowl.

Right?!?

The entire area from Pottsville to Cape May has been bouncing around the room for the past few weeks, with the prospect of our beloved Birds heading to the Big Game. It’s the type of thing that only happens once in a blue moon, and, since we had one of those this past Tuesday night, it only makes sense that the Birds have a shot at the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

We thought we’d get in on the fun with a little wager.

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