Homeschooling and Brews
You probably never thought you’d be stuck at home, responsible for doing your job and educating your children. Yet, here we are, COVIDing our lives in ways we never dreamed.
But, in all honesty, we don’t know how you parents are doing it. You guys are amazing. All of you parents out there that have suddenly found yourselves having to juggle work with homeschooling your children deserve a beer. Several beers, in fact.
That’s why, this week, we’re pairing a beer for each of the subjects in which you’re homeschooling your children.
Really, any beer will go well with science, as there’s so much science that goes into making a beer, so we went with our flagship brew: Cape May IPA.
There’s plant science, as most of beer starts off as plants. You can teach them about germination — the beginnings of life for a plant — as it moves from a dormant seed into an actual plant. Our malters start our grain on that process before ending it before it finishes so that we get “malted” grain with a bunch of fermentable sugars.
There’s chemistry, as we have to add water to the grain, bringing the mash to a boil. How hot does it have to get, kids? 212° Fahrenheit, of course! You can teach them about the differences between the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales, and how Fahrenheit makes no sense at all and that the rest of the civilized world uses Celsius because of logic.
You can teach them all about fermentation, how those little yeasties get into the beer and start chowing down on all the sugars they can find. Through glycolysis, they convert the sugars into alcohol that we can drink.
We can drink. Sorry, kids! You’ll have to wait until college.
Math — Double Dry-Hopped White Caps
How many times is “double”, kids? Two times! Right!
We’ve dry-hopped our delectable White Caps twice — with Sabro and Cashmere — to make it even better for you. You’ll find strong notes of coconut, cedar, and orange creamsicle, complementing the stone fruits and citrus waves provided by the Citra and Mosaic in White Caps.
Double Dry-Hopped White Caps will help you get through lessons on multiplication and division, addition and subtraction. It may even help you remember your Pythagorean theorem — a2+b2=c2.
It will definitely help you with percentages — that 7.5% ABV will certainly come in handy as you traverse the pitfalls of math that you haven’t used since it was taught to you, many, many years ago.
Social Studies — Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sawyer’s Swap
There’s no better beer to tackle the ins-and-outs of the Civil War than with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sawyer’s Swap.
First, our bourbon barrel-aged barleywine is bodacious. Big, bold, and beautiful, it’s the beer that begs to be imBibed. (You could use this beer to work on the alphabet, too, if your kids are young enough. But only for the letter B. Or alliteration!)
But, beyond that, this beer’s namesake is certainly one for the history books.
We won’t recount Captain Henry “Badass” Sawyer’s entire story here, but you can read it at this blog. It is too much. We’ll sum up:
- His horse was shot out from under him, crushing his right leg. He was pinned under a dying horse.
- He was shot in the stomach and the bullet lodged near his spine.
- He was shot through the thigh at the Battle of Brandy Station.
- Later in that same battle, he was shot through the face.
- He was captured by the Confederacy and swapped for the son of Robert E. Lee.
- He returned to Cape May to rest up before heading back to war.
- He was wounded two more times.
- He came back to Cape May after the war and built a hotel. As one does.
Not only does Captain Sawyer deserve a delicious barleywine, but if you and your kids can retell this story with accuracy and a little drama, then so do you.
This is another subject that, really, any of our canned beers can help you with, as our can art is off the hook.
However, there’s something about Tan Limes’ can art, with that body-positive lime, working on her tan on the Cape May beaches, shaded by her umbrella because she doesn’t want to burn and risk becoming overripe, that conveys everything you need to know about art.
Okay, maybe your kids should learn about Michelangelo. Or van Gogh. Or Seurat. Those guys were pretty good, too. Either way, that touch of locally-sourced sea salt and hint of Persian lime juice will keep you focused enough to talk about all of the art you’d forgotten.
You can even give your children an assignment: design a new can for Cape May Brewing Company!
Grammar and Reading — Straight to the Pint
We’re really pairing all of our beers with this one since you’ll find them all here on the blog.
Yet, you’ll find everything you’re looking for on our blog, particularly for young minds interested in reading: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles….
Okay, that may be the Grandfather’s description of The Princess Bride, yet there’s drama to behold here.
And, let’s face it, if you’re looking for a grammar lesson, the grammar here, if we do say so ourselves, is impeccable.
Recess — Coastal Evacuation
Once you’re done with the lessons for the day, it’s time to send the kids out into the sunshine for some fresh air and exercise.
And it’s time to reward yourself with a frosty cold Coastal Evacuation. By then, you will have earned every bit of the 8% you’ll find there.
Head over to the Beer Finder to find a retailer near you to stock up on some brews, or order online for curbside pickup at the Brewtique or delivery to Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic counties!