American Craft Beer Week 2018
Some are good ones: we just observed Teacher Appreciation Week. Did you thank a teacher? They deserve it.
Some are practical: Healthy and Safe Swimming Week is the week before Memorial Day. These are good things to think about as we head into season.
Some are a little ridiculous: we’re currently in the midst of National Raisin Week. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
But there’s one that we can all get behind, and it’s coming up the week of May 14th: American Craft Beer Week!
For the thirteenth year in a row, the Brewers Association is celebrating the beer, the breweries, and the people nationwide that make small and independent craft beer possible. We get the chance to share our diversity, creativity, and passion, and you get to reap the rewards.
Breweries, bottle shops, bars, and restaurants nationwide will be holding events to mark the celebration, and CMBC is right thick in the middle of it, with celebrations planned throughout the week to mark the occasion.
Tasting beer is much more than filling a glass and kicking it back. For Tuesday of American Craft Beer Week, we’ll have guided tastings of a reserve supply of our Barrel Aged Series Lady in Room #10.
Wildly complex with lush and rich berry undertones, Lady in Room #10 spent a year-and-a-half in barrels with a multitude of microbes, then three months of conditioning on black currants and plums, amplifying the beer’s assertive acidity.
You’ll be guided through a tasting of this delicious beer. Come hear this Lady’s story and experience the deliciousness!
Wednesday, May 16th
It’s that time of the year again — time for Battle of the Sextels! Each year, our One-Off Wednesday in the midst of American Craft Beer Week is two times the fun, as we battle it out between the ladies and the gentlemen of the Brew Crew.
This year, the ladies brewed up I Glitterally Can’t. Using a base wheat beer, they’ve conditioned it with Wawa lemonade, strawberry, and glitter. (Yes! Glitter! You can drink glitter!)
“First we gonna rock, then we gonna roll, then we let it pop,” then the guys brewed up X Gon Give It to Ya — a base wheat beer double dry-hopped with Motueka and Galaxy hops, and conditioned atop a heaping of Raspberries with a touch of lactose to soften the edges and help round things out.
The Brew Crew will battle it out. Whoever’s keg kicks first is the winner. Will it be the guys or the girls? It’s up to you!
Thursday, May 17th
Originally brewed to celebrate Cape May County’s 325th anniversary, Follow the Gull has a ridiculous amount of Citra, El Dorado, Azacca, and Amarillo hops, yielding a juicy and ultra-drinkable hop-bomb bursting with tropical and citrus aromas.
Now, you’ll be able to get it in full-pint cans — just in time for American Craft Beer Week! Stop down to the Brewtique at noon to get yours!
Friday, May 18th
Hosted by two of our resident artists — Kaitlyn Smith and Caitlin Gard — from 4-6pm, you’ll be able to Paint Your Glass!
We’ll have glasses available along with painting supplies — all you need to bring is your sense of adventure! Kaitlyn and Caitlin will guide you through painting a beautiful seascape, or some seashells, or the ocean, or whatever you want! There are so many possibilities!
They’ll guide you through the artistic process, creating a beautiful memento of ACBW ‘18.
No artistic talent? Doesn’t matter! The point is to have fun! And all you pay for is the pint glass. Can’t beat that!
Saturday, May 19th
Catch the Drift!
We’ve all been waiting for this limited release, but maybe no one as much as Dan Petela. We took our Assistant Tasting Room Manager’s exotic, winning homebrew recipe and scaled it up to a limited-size batch.
An intensely hazy and juicy New England IPA, Catch the Drift has an extremely low bitterness that belies the huge amounts of Citra and Vic Secret hops we threw at this brew. Aromas of pineapple and passionfruit abound, complementing a soft mouthfeel thanks to the Golden Promise and wheat in the malt bill.
But this brew won’t be around for long. It’s showing up just in time for American Craft Beer Week and won’t hang around much after. Get to the Brewtique at noon!
All week long, we’ll join the craft beer movement in #BeerItForward.
This isn’t a new concept, simply “Pay It Forward” applied to craft beer.
As beer is a social beverage, #BeerItForward is dedicated to spreading beer’s goodwill, and you really don’t have to do much more than enjoy a craft beverage. However, this time around, instead of enjoying it in isolation, deeply engrossed in your smartphone, be sure to include the people around you.
We’re all there to enjoy craft beer. Let’s do it together.
And there’s no better time to do so than during American Craft Beer Week.
And no better place to do it than at Cape May Brewing Company.
See you then!