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"The key to any small craft brewery is innovation and new beers." -- Ryan

Ryan on Cavuto: Coast to Coast

Did you catch it?

Our fearless CEO sat down with Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Saturday morning to discuss how the shutdown is affecting your favorite craft brewers.

Breweries have to submit labels and keg collars to the TTB — the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury — for approval before they’re allowed to send them out into the world.

The Department of the Treasury was part of the government shutdown, and, as such, we could still submit labels, but they just sat there in Washington until they could get approved. There had previously been about a two-week turnaround, and, now that the government is reopened, there’s a 48-day backup at the TTB, so things that we submit now won’t even be glanced at until March.

When it comes down to it, we realize that this is a minor annoyance when compared to 800,000 people not receiving their paychecks. Luckily, we have enough approved beers in our portfolio that we could continue to produce, but we did have to make a few alterations to our plans.

Nonetheless, take a listen to what Ryan had to say.

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I’m glad for the opportunity to participate. -- Our Winner

Homebrewing Belgians

Last week, we had our fourth company-wide homebrewing competition. These competitions are a great chance for the homebrewers in our Crew — and as you might imagine, there are many — to let their recipes shine and get valuable feedback from everyone else at the brewery.

In addition, it gives us a wealth of recipes to choose from for future brews. Each previous winner has had their beer scaled up and released, and this time will be no different.

“It was hands-down the best homebrew competition yet,” said Innovation Director Brian Hink. “No one had any packaging issues, no one had any oxidation issues. Everyone brewed really good beer. I’d be happy to brew any of them here at CMBC.”

This time around, the guidelines were to brew something Belgian-inspired, and, as you’ll read below, some of our contestants took those guidelines very loosely.

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From the ceiling to the….

The most expensive piece of “equipment” at the brewery isn’t the centrifuge. It’s not the brewhouse and it’s not some fancy piece of lab equipment.

Believe it or not, the most expensive thing at the brewery is our flooring.

It’s made of polyurethane concrete and is taking the crew an entire week to get them down. In the meantime, things are a little chaotic out “on the brewery floor.” Mainly because there isn’t one.

However, once the smoke has cleared, we’ll have so much more room for activities! What will we put on those floors? Well… you’ll have to check back to find out.

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Le meme profil qu'une Focal mais avec plus de fruité en final et un poil plus grasse. Tres surpris.

Coastal Evacuation in Review

Our flagship double IPA, Coastal Evacuation, has been pleasing palates since its inception back in 2014, bringing home awards and leading the pack in double IPAs.

Packed with Centennial, Citra, and Simcoe, our flagship double IPA is big and bold, tremendously fragrant, with notes of orange citrus and honeydew. It’s as dangerous as hurricane season itself.

Here’s a look at what people are saying about it.

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At its core, extreme brewing is the pursuit of exceptionally creative ales and lagers via unexpected or innovative ingredients, techniques, and methods.

Extreme Beer Fest

Exxxxtreeeeeeme!

We’re not sure when everyone started using the word “extreme” to describe everything, but it had to be sometime after 1990 when Vanilla Ice told us that he’ll “glow to the extreme, rock the mic like a vandal.”

Either way, they were all wrong, including poor Mr. Ice. There’s only one thing that can be properly classified as “extreme”, and that’s BeerAdvocate’s Extreme Beer Fest, February 1st and 2nd in Boston.

We’ve done some pretty major festivals — the Great American Beer Festival, SAVOR, Sour Wild Funk Fest — and we’re thrilled to add this one to our list.

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“When my children are happy, I’m happy,” she says. “My kids are awesome.”

Welcome Lisa!

Our newest barback, Lisa Shriver, is no stranger to the service industry, having been a chef her entire life.

“Lisa brings a great deal of hospitality experience to the Tasting Room as well as a great deal of Cape May experience,” says Tasting Room Manager Chris Costello. “As a chef, Lisa was looking to educate herself more on the craft beer industry as a whole, and what better way to do then working with the best craft beer around?”

Welcome Lisa!

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“It's a very enjoyable class,” he says, “with lots of great lessons to help me develop myself professionally, as well as chances to get to know a lot of people from all over Cape May County.”

Leadership Cape May County

One of the unsung heroes in Cape May County is our Chamber of Commerce. With some 800 members, the Chamber works diligently to engage the community through a variety of means. They implement member and visitor services, manage special events, and work on specific issues. They’re tirelessly promoting Cape May County’s tourism and offer a variety of marketing opportunities.

Over the past four years, through their Educational Foundation, they’ve instituted Leadership Cape May County, designed to develop informed, committed, and qualified business, community, and civic leaders for Cape May County.

Thirty-nine individuals have graduated from the program over the past three years, including our Distribution Manager Justin Vitti and our Marketing Director Alicia Grasso.

This week, the current class stopped by the Tasting Room to hear what Ryan had to say on Leadership.

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“We need to gather as a community to make sure those that put their lives on the line for us still have food on the table and a place to lay their head.”

Shutdown Donation Day

There’s something wrong when the government can’t get it together enough to pay the men and women charged with keeping our shores safe.

Yet, that’s the reality for some 508 servicepeople in the US Coast Guard, stationed right here in Cape May, with another 299 up the Parkway in Atlantic City. They’re out on the high seas, saving lives and intercepting drugs, with no pay.

Not only do our beloved Coasties save lives each and every day, but they’re some of our best customers. As home to the nation’s only Coast Guard Training Center, each and every Coast Guard recruit spends eight weeks in our fair city, usually visiting our Tasting Room at least once.

If our government can’t get it together to help them out, we’ll do it ourselves.

So, this past weekend, to Be a Good Neighbor, we held a Shutdown Donation Day to raise some much-needed funds and collect some food and supplies for the Coasties who have given us so much.

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It’s never a, ‘Hey, man,’ or a, ‘Yo!’ It’s, ‘Hey, Dom. Hi, Dom.’ Everything’s by name here.

Welcome Dominick!

We’ve been adding quite a few packaged varieties to our lineup, and, as such, we’ve needed a few more hands in the Packaging Department. With Dominick Morgenstern, we found an outdoorsman with a background in fermentation.

“The need for our packaging department, even in the wintertime, was increasing,” says Packaging Manager Mark Graves, “and we saw a need to add a talented individual to our roster of packaging all-stars. Dom has been a great addition to the team so far. He shows passion to learn and do the right thing, and has been able to pick up new things quickly.”

Welcome Dom!

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I would like to thank you for what you are doing and what you have done for the Police Unity Tour.

Police Unity Tour Pint Night, Round Two!

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Each January, we celebrate Police Appreciation Month in Lower Township.

Every day, people around the world celebrate with a beer.

So, we’ll celebrate the policemen and -women who keep us safe each and every day with a beer! And we’ll raise money for a good cause along the way.

On Saturday, January 19th, we’ll be throwing our second Pint Night for the Police Unity Tour: Chapter II!

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