Exit Zero Festive Station
Throughout the country, 2020 has seen the cancellation (or drastic reimagining) of some of our favorite events. From GABF to festivals to tap takeovers, our events calendar has dwindled to naught this year.
That’s why it’s great to see a new event make its debut in our town. The Exit Zero Festive Station will run Black Friday through Christmas Eve, and we’re glad to be involved!
“We love Exit Zero,” says Brewtique Manager Kaitlyn Smith, “and we’re super stoked that Jack asked us to be involved.”
The Jack in question is Cape May’s favorite entrepreneurial Scotsman, Jack Wright, owner and proprietor of Exit Zero and the Exit Zero Filling Station. The Exit Zero Festive Station is his brainchild, getting the idea from a friend of his who’d recently been bartending at the Filling Station.
“He sent me a picture of a vintage camper wrapped in Christmas lights and suggested it would be cool to do that here and use it as a bar,” Jack explains. “I used to have a box of Christmas cards with a similar image, and I’ve always been obsessed with old campers so I jumped on that idea. That became the centerpiece of an outdoor Christmas festival that would be fun while still being sensible during COVID.”
So, Jack went about getting three old campers. The first, a 1956 Airstream, was gifted to him by the good folks at Morey’s Piers.
“Although, they said they might want it back one day,” Jack tells us, “it will be our bar, dispensing Cape May brews and our crafty cocktails.”
The Exit Zero Festive Station will have a ton of our beers to choose from. In cans, outside, you’ll find Always Ready, Ties the Room Together, Cape May IPA, Cape May White, the very last of Tan Limes, and Cape May Coffee Stout. On tap inside you’ll find our award-winning Honey Porter and Cape May IPA.
Jack’s second trailer is a 1958 Trotwood, which he’s turning into a place to sell some fun snacks, and the third is a “battered, old 1965 Serro Scotty” which Jack plans to someday turn into a mobile restaurant.
“These trailers will be situated on our gas station forecourt, though we have shut the pumps down through the end of the year, along with our parking,” he explains. “We will have old movies playing on two giant outdoor screens, a snow machine, singing and dancing, and fun contests, from ugly sweaters to dress your dog like a reindeer. We will also have a big Exit Zero retail tent, plus six other tents from some of our favorite local companies.”
And we’re proud to be one of Exit Zero’s favorite local companies, alongside our good friends at Nauti Spirits, Trinkets jewelry, Beef Jerky Outlet, Arden Kids, and Cape May Peanut Butter.
“Every year, we like to do a Christmas pop-up,” Kaitlyn says, “especially in Cape May proper. It gives folks a chance to see our brand outside of the brewery, in a different space.”
Usually, we participate in Congress Hall’s annual Winter Wonderland; however, their huge event takes place both indoors and outdoors, and, times being what they are, they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event.
“But it’s a lot of fun for our team,” Kaitlyn continues. “We get really creative about how we set up our booth.”
Last year, we basically built a warm and cozy living room for Congress Hall. This year, we’re setting up our booth to look like a photo display.
“We’re turning the fixtures into a frame,” she says. “We love the chance to get creative, and it’s a great way for people who don’t want to come all the way to the brewery to check out our brand and do some shopping.”
You won’t be able to find the same selection you’d find in the Brewtique, but you’ll find some of our Christmas favorites at the Exit Zero Festive Station.
“You’ll find our Hoppy Stocking, our Captain Merry Long Sleeve, and the Seasons Greetings baby onesie will be down there,” Kaitlyn tells us. “They won’t be on display in the Brewtique, but you’ll still be able to find them online.”
In addition, we’ll be sending some of our staff favorites to the Exit Zero Festive Station, including the IPA Throwback Pullover, the Est. Crew Neck, the Crafted Plaid Long Sleeve, and, of course, our iconic Pint Glass.
Sounds like it’s going to be a great time! Kaitlyn agrees.
“For holiday cheer, Exit Zero Filling Station is the place to be,” she says. “If I were looking for an experience that includes shopping, having good cocktails, and great beers, I’d be shopping at the Exit Zero Festive Station. It’s nice that they’re giving everyone a safe way to get into the Christmas spirit.”
Be sure to stop down to the Exit Zero Festive Station at 110 Sunset Boulevard in Cape May. The festival runs Black Friday through Christmas Eve, and we’ll be set up and ready to go sometime next week. We’ll see you there!