Back to School
Back to school.
It’s a phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of students (and teachers!) everywhere and joy in the hearts of parents who are tired of trying to find ways to entertain their bored children.
Regardless, students end up anxious about the work and parents end up anxious about helping their kids with the work. Most of us don’t remember the quadratic formula and, if someone were to ask, we probably couldn’t recall negative b plus-or-minus the square root of whatever over something else that we stopped caring about a long, long time ago.
So, if you’re of legal drinking age and heading back to college and have a bit of anxiety, or if you have a bit of anxiety because you’re expected to help your kids with their homework, we’ve got the perfect beer to get you through each subject this autumn.
If you haven’t brushed up on the history surrounding the namesake of our latest IPA, you’d be well-served to take the time before you head back to school.
Captain Cornelius Mey — May is the English version of his last name — was a 17th-century Dutch explorer and the first Director of New Netherland, the short-lived Dutch colony that once spanned New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. He sailed his ship, the Blijde Boodschap (“Joyful Message”), north up the Delaware River from the Delaware Bay to its northernmost reaches in what is now New York State.
Along with one of his business partners, they lend their names to two capes on the Atlantic: Jacobsz Hinlopen is the namesake of Cape Henlopen in Delaware, while the Cape, county, and city that we call home are named for the honorable Captain May.
So we decided to brew him a beer!
With a soft body, firm yet gentle bitterness, and a beautiful aroma of melons and over-ripened mangoes, Captain May IPA is orange-hued and opaque. It might look like a glass of juice, but it’s a brew that the good Captain himself would be proud to drink.
English — Honey Porter
We don’t really know what that means, but it certainly sounds English and definitely makes us want to reach for a frosty pint of our Honey Porter English Style Porter.
Sweet and malty, our Honey Porter is light-bodied and balanced with a hint of sweetness thanks to local Jersey Fresh honey. It’s the perfect beer for curling up under a warm blanket by a fire with your favorite book. Wuthering Heights, maybe? We definitely could have used a few beers to get through that one in high school.
Foreign Language — Oktoberfest
October is spelled weirdly, it’s one of those long, German, compound adjectives, and there’s even an umlaut over a vowel in the name of the style: Märzen. It doesn’t get more German than Oktoberfest.
Dieses bernsteinfarbene Lager ist reich und komplex und dank einer kühlen Gärung von 50 Grad glatt und sauber. Ausgeglichen mit einem Hauch von Hopfen, konzentriert sich das Oktoberfest auf die Getreideschnitte von Malz aus Wien, München, Caramunich, Pilsen und Melanoidin.
Didn’t quite catch that? Shoulda paid more attention in German class. Either way, our Oktoberfest is rich and complex, well-balanced and with a hint of hops. You’ll be sprechen sie Deutsch in no time!
Math — Devil’s Reach
With its high ABV of 8.6% — definitely the highest of all of our core brands — Devil’s Reach is perfect for math class. A lot of us out there have some serious anxiety when thinking back on our math class days, and Devil’s Reach is sure to calm your nerves, even to the point where you may understand how we calculate ABV.
Basically, ABV is calculated by subtracting two numbers and multiplying the result by another number.
After the wort cools and before pitching any yeast, we measure its gravity: the liquid’s density compared to water. Water has a gravity of 1.000, so if the Original Gravity — or OG — of your wort is 1.056, 5.6% of your wort is something other than water.
Then, we pitch our yeast, which eats up a lot of the “other stuff” and turns it into alcohol. We let it ferment, then, just before packaging, we measure the Final Gravity, at which point it should be much lower.
To find the ABV, you subtract the Final Gravity from the Original Gravity and multiply the result by 132.715.
ABV = (OG-FG) x 132.715
However, it’s much easier to take our brewers’ word for it and drink a Devil’s Reach.
Art — The Bog
Actually, yeah we do…
Try the beer!
A tart cranberry wheat beer blended with lemonade, The Bog is vibrant and refreshing while still packing tons of flavor. And with its low, 3.9% ABV, your artwork will be more da Vinci than Picasso!
Science — Barrel Aged Series
There’s a lot of very science-y science that goes into the beers in our Barrel Aged Series.
There’s fermentation, of course. There’s also microbiology. And chemistry. And… cooperology, which we’ve just decided is the study of barrels.
There’s a lot of science involved in our Barrel Aged Series, and you get to be the beneficiary.
So, as you contemplate your current scientific responsibilities, you can kick back with a number of the brews in our Barrel Aged Series: Fleetingly Anchored, The “Z” is Silent, Bière de Mineur, Irrationally Exuberant, and Possibly Maybe are available in the Brewtique!
There was no sliding by in shop class. You couldn’t sit back and absorb the information and hope you got most of it right on the test. You had to actually work for every bit of grade that you received in shop class, whether it was wood shop or metal shop or auto shop.
And Cape May IPA knows a little something about hard work. It’s the most hardworking beer in our lineup — thanks to our awesome sales team, you can find Cape May IPA at hundreds of better bars and restaurants throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Cape May IPA doesn’t just “slide by”, either.
Loaded with floral and citrus notes, slightly bitter with a zesty finish, Cape May IPA is a West Coast-style IPA brewed in the heart of the East Coast: it’s the beer that’s Crafted on the Cape.
You work hard, too. You deserve a Cape May IPA.
Gym — Crushin’ It
Whether you’re pumping iron in the weight room or dutifully do-si-do-ing during the inevitable square dancing unit (boy, did that come in handy!), you’re working up a sweat and learning all there is to know about physical education.
You’re Crushin’ It in gym class, and you deserve a beer.
With Citra, Mosaic, and Azacca hops blending together to accentuate the fresh flavors of orange juice, Crushin’ It is dry, approachable, perfectly balanced, and intensely refreshing.
It’s been one of the most popular releases of the summer and won’t be around long. Don’t miss it!
After-School Detention — Coastal Evacuation
Let’s face it, of all our core brands, at an 8.0% ABV, Coastal Evacuation is the bad boy, and he’s not afraid to take you down with him.
You might start your night thinking, “Oh, I’ll just have one Coastal.” But, man!, is that first one delicious! It’s thirst-quenching and tasty, and it goes down oh, so smooth.
But, you’re having a good time. So… you’ll have another…
At that point, you’ve reached our Tasting Room’s two-pint limit. It’s probably a good idea to give yourself a bit of detention. Sit and think about what you’ve done. Maybe write an essay about the dangers of overdoing it. Either way, you’re going to need to give yourself a time-out before you try doing anything important.
Like helping your kids with their homework.
All of these beers are on tap now at the Tasting Room. Be sure to swing down and get a few cans or a growler fill, or check out our Beer Finder to find a location near you.