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The Official Blog of Cape May Brewing Company
“I liked this a lot. Very smooth, but lots of flavor for a pale Lager.”

Cape May Lager Returns!

We released Cape May Lager back in February of 2019, a classic light lager: a true everyman beer.

Unfortunately, we stopped brewing it at the end of last year, making room in our schedule for brews like Cape May White and Tan Limes.

But there were more than a few people who weren’t happy with the news. Cape May Lager resonated with a lot of beer drinkers. They weren’t pleased to hear that we’d decided to discontinue brewing the beer.

And a few of them were amongst the Brew Crew.

“I love this beer,” says Innovation Director Brian Hink, “and was so sad to see it go when we made the tough call to discontinue Lager in favor of Tan Limes. After it went away, I really wanted to see it released again this summer as a Tasting Room-only offering. When some brewing space opened up and we had some lager yeast on hand, I slid it into the schedule to get it released as a Tasting Room-only brew. It took no convincing at all to get Chris on board because Lager was a huge hit with our dedicated Tasting Room following.”

So, it’s with those folks in mind  — and through Brian’s insistence — that we’re bringing it back this week, only in the Brewtique.

Read what Cape May Lager’s fans have to say!

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“Can confirm, this beer is fantastic!”

Honey Maibock

There’s good beer, and there’s ridiculously good beer.

Our Honey Maibock is one of those ridiculously good beers.

Rich and malty, Honey Maibock is a pale and classic lagerbier. With 13% of the fermentables provided by Jersey Fresh-certified honey from busy South Jersey bees, this otherwise big Bock is slightly dry with a clean finish, thanks to its many months spent lagering in stainless. Hopped with old-world Czech Saaz and new-world New Zealand Rakau, Honey Maibock has a delicate hop note that’s perfectly met by its distinctive malt profile.

Not only is it ridiculously good, but it’s also ridiculously, intensely German. German malts, German hops, German yeast… New Jersey honey.

And it’s now on tap now in our Beer Garden!

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"Luckily, we figured out an alternative way to reach out, engage, and have some fun.

Rosé du Gosé, Round Two

COVID has done many, many strange things to what we once considered “normal”. Aside from having to wear a mask everywhere you go, the day-to-day life in New Jersey has become like something from a Cormac McCarthy novel.

Take, for example, the simple act of collaborating on a beer. Normally done through a number of phone calls, face-to-face meetings, and the like, the best part of any collaboration is getting a chance to travel to another brewery to geek out over their equipment and hang in their tasting room and drink their beers.

<Insert record-scratch sound>

“Not this time!” says COVID.

So, when we decided to re-collaborate with our hella good friends at DC Brau for a re-brew of Rosé du Gosé, once COVID hit, we knew we were in for something… a little different.

But we wouldn’t let a little thing like a global pandemic daunt us. We would continue undaunted. 

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"There’s no wrong beer for a campfire...."

Campfire Beers

There’s something about enjoying a cold, frosty beer around a fire. Whether it’s keeping you warm around a campsite or it’s with friends around a bonfire, a summer fire makes beer taste all that much better.

This year, it might be a little more difficult to get together with friends and family around a traditional campfire, but, luckily, Environment New Jersey is hosting an event that reminds us that we can still connect with our natural world and each other.

Camping Together will take place at 8pm tonight through Zoom and Facebook Live. The evening will be kicked off around a virtual campfire with campfire songs, and participants will get access to exclusive Camping Together activity guides.

We asked the Brew Crew for their favorite beers to quaff whilst congregating around a campfire. Check ‘em out!

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"It’s the perfect beer for sitting outside and watching the sunset.” 

Sea Chest, Round Two

Back in January, we released a Tasting Room-only, New England IPA called Sea Chest.

“It became a quick fan-favorite as well as a staff favorite,” says Tasting Room General Manager Chris Costello. “We really wanted to take the opportunity to bring this back in the summer, especially considering the great reception it got from our Floral Fridays over the winter.”

And it was the perfect beer for those Floral Friday events — they were all about reminiscing about warmer days and summer fun –, and this beer fit right in. With a robust hop blend of Cashmere, Motueka, and Sultana — THFKAD (The Hop Formerly-Known as Denali) –, Sea Chest is definitely a summer IPA.

Fruity, juicy, and highly aromatic, the tropical notes in Sea Chest are perfect for the summer months.

“When I drink this I envision myself hanging out on the beach with friends,” said Lab Manager Lauren Appleman at the time. “This would have been the perfect beer to have outside in the Beer Garden last weekend when temperatures reached the mid-60s.”

It’ll be slightly warmer this weekend — temps in the low-80s with clear skies — a perfect weekend for joining us in our Beer Garden. Sea Chest re-releases on Friday, only in the Tasting Room!

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"It definitely seems like a party going on with all of these hops.”

Anniversary Ale 9

Nine years.

Nine years since we opened our doors back in 2011. 

It’s at once both easy to believe and impossible to believe. From our humble beginnings in that one, 1,500 square-foot unit to the 52,000 square feet we occupy now, in four buildings in Cape May and Egg Harbor Township, it sure has been one helluva ride.

And that ride definitely deserves a beer. 

So, we’ve brewed up the latest in our Anniversary Ale line: number 9, a 9.0% ABV double IPA crafted at nine pounds-per-barrel with an overabundance of wheat and an obscene amount of hops, Anniversary Ale 9 is juicy, tropical, and saturated with hops

Cheers to nine years!

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"I can't wait to drink an ice-cold pint of Crushin' It looking out at the Delaware Bay during an epic sunset."

Brew Crew Picks

For many of us throughout the Garden State, the day we’ve been waiting for came on Monday: bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen!

It was some extraordinarily welcome news throughout the state, as it’s one of the first, tentative signs that we’re returning to normal… whatever that may be. We reopened our Beer Garden in Cape May, and hundreds of our accounts throughout the state did the same.

Like you, the Brew Crew has been patiently waiting for our accounts to make a reappearance. We’ve all been waiting with bated breath for a chance to sit in the sun at our favorite tiki bar, whiling away the hours with a cold Crushin’ It in hand.

Here’s what our Brew Crew hopes to see on draft at their favorite spots this summer.

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“Rustic, yet bright, with a subtle tartness that adds a little zing to it and a strong fruity finish."

Erosion 2020

The folks in production have been working hard to keep up with the demand for our core brands like Cape May IPA and Coastal Evacuation — throughout the quarantine period, we’ve seen folks sitting at home, drinking our beers, and we love it. 

However, that means that our tank space is at a premium. Or, to clarify, our tank space at HQ is at a premium — we still have plenty of tank space available in our Experimental Brewery over in the Barrel Room.

What to do… what to do…?

Might as well brew up some crazy, mixed-fermentation beers for the Tasting Room!

First up, released upon our reopening earlier this week, is Erosion — a mixed-fermentation saison with a co-pitch of our favorite Belgian Saison yeast and our favorite, down-and-dirty funk musician… 

Ladies and gentlemen… 

Put your hands together for BRRRRRRRETT LAAAAAAMBICUUUUUS!

(…we miss live music….)

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Welcome back!

Reopening Phases

We’re thoroughly excited about opening our doors to our fans! As far as we’re concerned, Monday can’t come soon enough, and we can’t wait to welcome you back.

Last week, we gave you what we hope was a pretty detailed picture as to what to expect when we open on Monday. However, we don’t intend to keep things that way forever.  

We intend to reopen in three phases, each of which returns some aspect of your visitor experience to some semblance of normal.

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Merch for Dad

The past few months have been a little on the crazy side. We get it. It’s been a trying few weeks. The kids have been home, you’re trying to get some work done, and shopping is a waking nightmare.

But, you know that Father’s Day is coming up on June 21st, and you’ve got to get dad something.

We’ll make it easy for you. Here are six pieces of swag from his favorite brewery! (And one pretty sweet gift box!)

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