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"It is a great thing to see two local organizations work together to reach a common goal."

July is Poppin’!

While CMBC is making Cape May known as a beverage destination, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC) has been working for over four decades to bring Cape May’s rich history alive.

We’ve partnered with our good friends at MAC to bring our fans and visitors a one-night-only Pop-Up Beer Garden at the historic WWII Tower 23 at Sunset Beach on July 13th. You’ll be able to relax under the stars at one of Cape May’s most cherished historic structures. And it’s all for a good cause, as the proceeds of the evening support MAC.

We start at 4pm — just in time to catch one of the most memorable sunsets in New Jersey.

There’ll be food and games and activities — no CMBC event would be complete without CMBC Corn Hole! Hevee Levee will be providing music, with more possibilities to come. You can be sure that Tower 23 with Kiwi and Lime will be on tap, and we’ll be pouring some of your other favorites, as well.

We love MAC — we had a great Pint Night for them back in March, raising money and awareness for this remarkable non-profit, and the proceeds from the Pop-Up Beer Garden will go to support MAC.

They love us, too!

“As soon as you guys pitched the idea for this event to us,” Eliza says, “we knew it would be a success, all we needed to do was iron out logistics! It is a great thing to see two local organizations work together to reach a common goal.”

We love it, too, Eliza! We love to Be a Good Neighbor whenever we can, and with an organization like MAC, you guys make it totally worthwhile.

“Part of our mission as an organization is to provide culturally relevant activities for our residents and visitors,” says Eliza Lotozo, Director of External Affairs for MAC, “and what better way to do so than to unite craft beer with local history!”

Since its founding in 1970, MAC has led the charge of historic restoration in Cape May. They offer a year-round calendar of tours and special events — you can hear all about Brothel Madam on one of their ghost tours. These guys are responsible for restoring multiple historical sites throughout the area, including the Emlen Physick Estate, the Cape May Lighthouse, and, of course, Tower 23, namesake of one of our most popular beers.  

It’s safe to say that without MAC’s involvement, Cape May would be just another shore town.

“By hosting this event, we will be able to draw attention to a wonderful historic landmark, the World War II Lookout Tower, as well as promote Cape May’s ever-growing beverage industry,” Eliza says.

Built in 1942, the Fire Control Tower 23 was one of fifteen towers stretching from North Wildwood to Bethany Beach, DE, as part of Fort Miles, the system of harbor defenses along the Delaware Bay. Built to aim batteries of coastal artillery toward a potential seaward attack at a time when the country’s shoreline defenses were deemed inadequate, Tower 23 is one of four that were erected in Cape May County — one remains inside of Cape May’s Grand Hotel while the ones in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest have since been destroyed.

As you probably know, the Germans never set foot in North America — probably because they were scared away by this behemoth and her fourteen sisters. This event is the perfect chance for our fans to check it out.

“Our favorite thing about this event is, of course, the site,” Eliza says. “The World War II Lookout Tower is an important part of Cape May’s history, but its odd location and appearance sometimes mean it’s overlooked.”

Tower 23 is tucked away on Sunset Beach, overlooking another CMBC namesake, the USS Atlantus, which inspired the name of Concrete Ship.

“We hope that by attending, our residents and visitors will get to experience history in a laid-back way,” Eliza tells us. “We also hope that this event will attract a new audience to our historic site. Climb the tower, grab a beer, listen to some live music, and relax in a beautifully unique part of our community.”

How could you pass that up?!?  We love Cape May’s history at CMBC, and there’s so much of it! We can’t imagine a better way to experience it than with a beer in hand.

History, beer, and Being a Good Neighbor — can’t beat it!

Swing down to Sunset Beach on July 13th from 4-10pm. And save the date for the next Pop-Up Beer Garden, August 17th at the Cape May Lighthouse!