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Christmas Eve is definitely our biggest celebration of the year.

Feast of the Seven Fishes and Cape May Brews

There are some great things about being Italian. For example, if you wanted to spend a month researching your familial roots, you’d be able to do it in Italy, and Italy is warm and beautiful and inviting.

And then there’s the food. Oh, the food! There’s a reason there are Italian restaurants everywhere and not, say, Scottish restaurants. That’s because Scottish cuisine is based on a dare, and Italian food is delicious.

Seriously, where would you be without pizza?

There’s one killer Italian culinary tradition that makes whatever you usually do on Christmas Eve look like a scene from Christmas Vacation. We’re talking about the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Now, if you’re not Italian, you may have heard of this tradition with a certain amount of jealousy. Italian-Americans gather together their entire families — and, when it comes to Italian-Americans, that’s sometimes a very large number of people — and they gorge themselves on all of the seafood within reach.

We caught up with some of the paisans on the Brew Crew to find out what their traditions are, and we tasked our Head Chef JP Thomas with pairing some of his best seafood creations with our favorite CMBC brews.

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“We really let the hops and Brett shine,” Lauren says, “and the bit of oats give the whole thing a pillowy mouthfeel. It finishes really dry, but to start off, it’s very fluffy, you might say.”

Aiding & A’bretting

Over the past several months, we’ve tasked the folks in production to devise recipes as departments. The cellarmen gave us Maize Haze, the guys in packaging gave us Baddest Cat in the Whole Damn Town, and now the lab has had the chance to devise Aiding & A’bretting.

It should come as a surprise to exactly no one that Lauren and Matt in the lab used their science background to their greatest advantage in devising their brew. It’s not exactly out-of-the-ordinary to do a 100% Brettanomyces-fermented brew — we have Crusty Barnacle in our lineup, but that’s one that if you don’t catch while it’s here, you’ll miss it.

“It came and left in, like, a week-and-a-half,” Lauren says.

So, with a record like that around here, another 100% Brett beer was certainly a welcome addition.

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Delish!

Apple Bomb Fritters

It’s one of our fans’ favorite beers, and, to make sure we end 2018 on the right note, it’s back again in the Tasting Room and out for distribution — Apple Bomb!

With its explosion of apple flavor, Apple Bomb’s bready and biscuity malts make it perfect for baking. We tasked our Head Chef JP Thomas to come up with a recipe using Apple Bomb, and he didn’t disappoint.

“The tartness of Apple Bomb makes it great for desserts,” JP says. “It freshens up the dish like a crisp, green apple. You get that clean, fresh flavor that makes baking with Apple Bomb really very nice.”

This delicious recipe for Apple Fritters with Caramel Bomb Sauce will be a stellar addition to your holiday meal. Stop down to the Tasting Room and get a growler fill — the recipe only calls for 9oz of Apple Bomb, so that’s more than three pints left for you to drink!

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“Cape May Brewing Company is just going to keep improving,” Mark says.

Packaging Manager Mark Graves

2018 has been a whirlwind for us. We produced and sold an insane amount of beer. We’re tremendously gratified by that fact, knowing that we have only our fans to thank.

But, as part of that growth, we’ve had to do some rearranging of personnel, making several of new hires and moving around some Brew Crew into positions we never knew we needed.

One of those new positions is Packaging Manager. And, when we needed someone to step up and lead our excellent packaging crew, we looked no further than Brewer Mark Graves.

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Sounds like a great time to me!

Ugly Sweater Party Part Four!

The signs of the season are upon us! The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, children’s faces are all aglow, and we’ve successfully roused Mariah Carey from her eleven-month slumber to accost us with “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

…when, really, we know that all you want for Christmas is CMBC’s annual Ugly Sweater Party, comin’ atcha on Friday, December 21!

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‘Tis the season for giving....

Good Neighbor Day

46183031_1990893194328946_4786747145950593024_oEach year, our food drive collects hundreds of pounds of food, non-perishable, and shelf-stable items for our neighbors in need throughout Cape May County.

We’re proud of that fact. We’re proud that our fans step up, year after year, to help the food-insecure families throughout South Jersey.

This year is no different. And, with the chance to win a $500 CMBC gift card, you’ve got five hundred reasons to help out.

So, at our Food Drive Event on Saturday, December 15th, we’re asking all of you to step up.

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The white grape attributes of these hops really lend to the champagne-ness of this brew.

Fizz the Season

Here are a few questions for you: Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne?

Yeah. We have no idea what these words mean, either. The great Scotsman Rabbie Burns penned them back in 1788, and, while we might ask Jack Wright — publisher of Exit Zero and a real, live Scotsman — for a translation at the next Burns Supper, it’s not going to help us around midnight on New Year’s Eve.

What will be helping us around that time is our latest release, Fizz the Season — a Brut IPA that mimics the experience of Champagne — perfect for ringing in the New Year.

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“This is the first project in my life that I’ve seen from concept to execution,” Michael tells us. “I’m proud of it.”

Spotlight On… Project P.U.B.

Breweries are heavy. We’ve got big, heavy tanks that hold thousands of pounds of beer, in addition to kegs, cans, bottles, and hundreds of pounds of ingredients lying around here at any given time.

Buildings constructed during the 1840s probably couldn’t handle that weight. People weren’t necessarily concerned that, 170 years later, someone might want to construct a brewery in them.

While that was bad news for Michael Proske, owner of Tapastre and Project P.U.B. in Somerville, it turned into good news for the future of brewpubs.

“I was originally going to make this a brewery,” he explains, “but once I got my structural engineers’ plans back, it was going to be a substantial investment for renovations and equipment. I didn’t really want to start that deep in the hole.”

Not wanting to give up entirely on his dream, the concept for Project P.U.B. was born. Each month, Michael turns the twelve taps in Project P.U.B. over to a different brewery, creating a brewpub experience with an entirely new menu around the brewery’s offerings, and CMBC has moved in for the month of December.

If it sounds insane… you’re absolutely right.

If it sounds like something you don’t want to miss… you’re absolutely right.

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Get together with old friends or friends you haven't met yet.

Open House

We’re feeling festive this holiday season and can’t wait to spread the Christmas cheer!

Our Holiday Open House on December 8th is a great opportunity to check out our space if you haven’t already, or simply return for the 47th time. Our brew crew will be spreading joyous laughter and entertaining you with a reading of the classic story: “Twas’ the Night Beerfore Christmas” right before we ceremoniously light our two trees in all their holiday glory!

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