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We’re thoroughly excited about 2020, and we hope you are, too!

2020 Release Calendar

As we barrel into 2020, we’re looking forward to a great year. 2019 was an awesome time, and we’re planning to have an even better year in 2020.

We’re proud to publicize our production schedule for 2020. Each year, we plan for the next; however, for the first time, we’ve got a lovely graphic to keep us on track. 

You might say that Cape May Brewing Company is a seasonal brewery. We’re strong throughout the year, but things really explode in the summer: production skyrockets, visitorship in the Tasting Room is through the roof, and we’re all working our hardest to ensure that our beer is at every bar, every wedding, every barbecue, and every event throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. 

Next year’s release schedule is designed to maximize upon that fact. As such, there will be some changes to what we’ve done in the past. We’re excited about some of the additions; we’ll miss some of the ones we’re retiring, but this is all being done to ensure that we’re at our best when it counts the most.

It should be noted that this is subject to change — we’re definitely going to do our best to keep to this schedule, but we are at the mercy of can suppliers and governmental agencies and little microorganisms that are really the ones who decide when we can release a certain beer.

Check out the changes below!

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“The beer I’ve always wanted you to make, haha.”

Your 2020 New Year’s Resolution

Last week, we released our Indulgent Imperial Stout, Last Hurrah, just in time to help you ring in the new year.

However, odds are that you’re going to wake up on January 1st and realize that you had a few too many Last Hurrahs. You might regret the last one or two. Sounds like it’s time for a New Year’s Resolution.

For CMBC, our New Year’s Resolution is to brew a high-flavor, low-impact Brut Pilsner, so we’re pleased to present a 4.2%, highly-sessionable canned offering to help you achieve that new-year-new-you mindset. Moderately hopped with the finest Czech Saaz hops, New Year’s Resolution is dry, crisp, and intensely drinkable.

Available in the Tasting Room on December 26th, this is the second year we’ve made this resolution, so you can read what people had to say about last year’s version below!

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“I said at the top that I don’t have much influence over this anymore, and yet, three Dr. Dog songs.”

Spotify Wrapped

The folks on the brewery floor are some serious music lovers, and, like many of you, they’ve been enamored with their Spotify end-of-year report.

It’s pretty telling. It’s interesting to see how the influences in production are reflected in our music selections.

Check it out!

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We’re looking forward to 2020 being our best year yet.

State of the Brewery, December 2019

Once again, the Brew Crew gathered in the Tasting Room for our State of the Brewery address. Tired and bleary-eyed they came, damp from the unceasing rain, taking the rare chance to gather together in one room and start the new year on the same page.

And grub on some bangin’ breakfast burritos.

But, in all honesty, we wanted to know how we’d done throughout 2019 and were looking forward to news about what’s in store for 2020.

We know that you’re chomping at the bit as well. Check it out below!

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"Warm and comforting, but also eaaaaasy drinking!"

Santa’s Beer

Santa’s got a rough job.

Not only does he have all of those elves to worry about — and elves can be mischievous –, but it’s his job to visit every single house on the planet. In twenty-four hours.

If anyone deserves a beer, it’s Santa.

Now, we don’t endorse sleigh-flying while imbibing, but, luckily, the reindeer are in charge. Rudolph is the one guiding the sleigh, and his eight buddies are the ones driving. Santa’s simply along for the ride, jumping out at each house to tumble down their chimney.

We’d imagine that he’d love to have a beer waiting for him, rather than the traditional milk and cookies. Santa doesn’t need more cookies. He needs a Cape May IPA.

So, this year, we hit up the Brew Crew with a question:

If you were Santa, which Cape May Brewing Company beer would you like to find waiting for you at the bottom of each chimney?

Check out their responses below!

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“Dangerous.”

Last Hurrah is back!

As the year draws to a close, you’re probably getting all geared up for one Last Hurrah.

We know what it’s like. You deserve the chance to celebrate all that you’ve done over the past year, and we want to be along for the ride.

That’s why we brewed up Last Hurrah. Last year, we brewed up a big and boozy 15% stout, originally planning to make it a pastry stout, but changed our minds.

“Well, last year the intention was to go full-on Pastry Boi with it,” says Innovation Director Brian Hink, “but tackling such a huge stout felt like a big win for us, and honestly we really wanted that to stand out on its own. The production team was incredibly jazzed about making a deliciously smooth monster of a stout that we — at the point we were planning to pastry-ize it — opted to let that big, beautiful stout shine on its own.” 

This year, we still brewed up a massive and overly-indulgent Imperial stout, but went with a version of our original plans from last year. 

“When planning for this year’s began,” Brian continues, “we discussed going full-on Pastry Boi, but I was worried we’d lose the people who loved last year’s for being an unadulterated stout, so we toed the line between the big base stout and a full-blown Pastry Boi, opting for a delicate approach to these over-the-top flavors.”

Last Hurrah is meant for going out with a bang. Brewed with an immensely complex grain bill — and a massive one at that — this is our beloved over-the-top and excessive end-of-the-year send-off. Last Hurrah is conditioned on house-toasted coconut flakes, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla beans, and has aromas of chocolate and freshly-roasted coffee, with a smooth finish and gentle warming quality.

We’ll be releasing Last Hurrah only in the Tasting Room this Saturday. Check out the track record of this beer, then come down and grab your own!

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“It's super tasty!”

Roped In

There once was a brewery from Nantucket
Whose beers we wish came in a bucket.
Cisco’s the name
And beer is their game
So we decided to collaborate with them and not mention the obvious rhyme to this limerick!

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Let’s face it, a pajama party is an easy transition from party to bedtime. You can simply go home and hit the sack!  

Top Ten Reasons to Attend our Christmas Pajama Party

Our Christmas Pajama Party is coming up next week.

Are you excited? We’re totally excited. The halls will be decked with Boughs of Barley and everything will be Merry & Brite. 

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should attend, we’re here with the top ten reasons why we should see your shining face on December 20th!

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“Come hungry. You’re gonna be full when you leave.”

Spotlight On… The Wooden Match!

If you follow the Star of Bethlehem just past the Hotel Bethlehem (don’t bother trying to get a room — you might end up in a stable), you’ll come upon some rarely-used train tracks. Not far from the campuses of Lehigh University and Moravian College — alma mater to three illustrious Brew Crew members: Sales Director Bill Zaninelli, Sales Manager Richie Rallo, and Social Media and Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg — if you follow those tracks nearly to their eastern terminus, you’ll see the old Bethlehem train station.

Of course, it hasn’t actually been used as a train station since sometime in the late 60s, when people everywhere simultaneously stopped using trains. Built in 1873, this place has seen some serious action. Truman stopped there in 1948 on the campaign trail, back when presidential candidates wore hats and did whistle-stop events (and comported themselves like gentlemen). 

Now, it’s home to The Wooden Match: half craft beer bar, half gastropub, half cigar bar, and entirely a sum greater than its parts. 

And, as you might imagine, in a town called Bethlehem, Christmastime is everything.

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