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If you don’t have a beer in one hand and a big grilling implement in the other, can you really call it Memorial Day?

Memorial Day at Home

Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season at the Jersey Shore. It’s a weekend for barbecues and parades and trips to the beach.

This year… not so much.

Memorial Day is the second holiday we’ve celebrated during quarantine, and, while Easter was difficult to handle if you’re one of those folks who love spending time with family, Memorial Day is a little more difficult if you’re one of those folks who love spending time with friends. 

So,  even if you’re only spending time with your “quaranteam” — the family and close associates that you’ve been around for the past two months –, we’ve got a few ways to make this Memorial Day special. 

And your chances at making Memorial Day memorable are increased dramatically with the addition of some CMBC brews.

Beer Cocktails

A great way to put a twist on your favorite CMBC beer — or a twist in your favorite CMBC beer –, at CMBC, we love a good beer cocktail. We sent a quick Slack message out to the Brew Crew to see if they had any favorites, and, unsurprisingly, they didn’t disappoint.

Brewer Brad Young suggests a CMBC margarita.

The Grove, Tan Limes, Crushin’ It, and Key Lime Corrosion all go very well in a margarita,” he says. “Make a regular margarita, put it in a tall glass, and top it off with beer. My favorite has been The Grove, though.”

A Tan Limes Mule would be great, too.

“Tan Limes Mules are delicious!” says Guest Guru Mary Braccili.

Your typical Moscow Mule has muddled lime, ginger beer, and vodka in a copper mug. Simply substitute the ginger beer with some Tan Limes, and you’ve got a delicious and insanely refreshing Memorial Day cocktail.

And don’t be afraid to experiment! Don’t be afraid to take one of our beers and Make It Better with some spirits.

“I can confirm that Key Lime Corrosion with tequila is very good,” says AR and Credit Specialist Noelle Smuz.

Brewer Kevin Kately suggests Key Lime Corrosion or That Cherry Lime Good Good (if you were lucky enough to get your hands on some last weekend) with some vodka over ice.

Whatever you choose to do, let us know how it turns out!

Mini Cookout

Gather together your quaranteam and grill up those burgers and dogs! Simply because we’re in quarantine doesn’t mean you still can’t get outside and do some grillin’ and chillin’. 

These are the times you can make some really awesome memories with the kids. You don’t need a huge crowd of people in your backyard — only the family will suffice. And, if you don’t have a beer in one hand and a big grilling implement in the other, can you really call it Memorial Day? 

A few weeks ago, we suggested some recipes that will work, using our brews. A Tan Limes Beer Chicken would be great this weekend!

Virtually Honor the Fallen

While it’s traditionally the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is meant to honor our fallen Americans. 

Usually, there are many ways to do this: plant some poppies, visit a war memorial, attend a parade. This year, it’s a little more difficult to do those things.

Luckily, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund — the folks who built and maintain the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DC — is organizing a virtual memorial on Monday at 1pm. You can write a message, send a video message, or attend a video tour, as well.

Normally, you wouldn’t be able to visit The Wall with a CMBC brew, but this year you can!

Personal Drive-In

A bedsheet and a projector are all you really need to create your own drive-in movie theater in your backyard. No projector? You can build your own with a shoebox and a magnifying glass!

No bedsheet? Well… that’s a whole host of other problems that we can’t really help you with.

Regardless, cozy up with your quaranteam and break into a six-pack of The Grove. It’ll be just like you’re at a drive-in in the 50s!

Virtual Ride

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get outside and get some exercise in — particularly in the form of a good hike or getting on the bike and getting some miles in. 

In fact, the Bikes & Beers Social Distancing Ride is still going strong! It’s not too late to sign up — the ride goes until July, so you’ve got plenty of time to get some time on the bike.

Or do your own thing! There are plenty of good hiking trails throughout the area. Find one, lace up, and get moving. It’s a great chance to get some sun, breathe some fresh air, and create some quality memories with your quaranteam.

Create Your Personal Neighborhood Parade

Now, this one will take some coordination with the neighbors, but there’s no reason you can’t have a flag-waving, patriotic gathering while remaining socially distant and ungathered. 

Each family in your neighborhood could have their own moment in the sun. Festive-up your cars and create your own personal float with a few flags, some streamers, and maybe a noisemaker or two. (Is that what you’re calling your kids these days? Noisemakers?)

Then get the whole neighborhood out in their lawn chairs or beach chairs to watch the parade go by. Even better, make sure they’ve all got a delicious Cape May Brewing Co. beer to make it memorable.

Red, White, and Brew Beer & Merch Set

If you’re looking for some Cape May brews and a few pieces of merchandise, you’ll want to check out our Red, White, and Brew Beer & Merch Set!

With a near $70 value, a six-pack of Always Ready served up with our Funsie Fanny Pack, our Crafted on the Cape Hat, our Always Ready coaster, and a red Can Cuddler is a great way to celebrate the weekend. You’ll even find a few products you can’t get online: our Red, White, and Blue Pint Glass, perfect for celebrating any patriotic holiday, and our Always Ready candle, with scents of melons and kumquats. Put it all in one of our can trays, and you’ve got a perfect set for the holiday, for only $40! Available for curbside pickup or home delivery, we only have a few Beer & Merch Sets in stock, so don’t miss out!

However you choose to celebrate Memorial Day, you’ll need your favorite Cape May brews. Order online for curbside pickup or delivery to Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties, or check our Beer Finder for a retailer near you!