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“It's very well rounded, rich, sharp, super bright, tangy, and just a little bit of alcohol heat coming through,” Brian says, “bringing a subtle warming quality that helps you realize it's an almost 12% beer.”

Fleetingly Anchored

There’s something to be said for history. While some may think it’s bunk, the rest of us know that we need to learn it or be doomed to repeat it.

When it comes to barrel-aging beer, it’s not so much being doomed to repeat it, it’s more like hoping we get something close to repeating it.

You see, when you barrel age a beer, it changes the beer, certainly, but it also changes the barrels. There’s an exchange: the barrel’s character seeps into the beer, and the beer gives a little bit of itself back.

It’s a dance. It’s symbiotic. 

So, while the newest in our Barrel Aged Series, Fleetingly Anchored, was racked in the same barrels that held the first critically-acclaimed release in that series, The Keel, as well as Beer Connoisseur’s Best Beer of 2017, The Topsail, things are different now. Things have changed. Those beers have irrevocably changed those barrels.

Yet, those beaten up, used, oaken red wine barrels hold the history of what came before. They carry a bit of The Keel and The Topsail with them. 

We know that we can’t repeat the past. 

However, we’re going to have to take the advice of Jay Gatsby on this one. “Can’t repeat the past?” he’d cry incredulously. “Why of course you can!”

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“I really enjoy the atmosphere and the people that I work with."

Welcome Taylor!

Some people know what they want out of life right out of the gate, but some people need a chance to figure that out. Taylor Coleman, the newest member of our Brewtique Team, is one of the latter.

“Taylor has a background in fashion so a spot in our fashion headquarters was the perfect fit,” says Tasting Room General Manager Chris Costello. “She brings a great willingness to learn about the beer industry and looks for any opportunity to help around the Tasting Room.”

Welcome Taylor!

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New Merch!

We are completely revamping all of our merch.

Like… all of it. Every. Single. Piece.

The good news is that, if you’ve been waiting to grab an old piece of merch at a great price, now’s the time to do it, as we’ve got everything on sale to make room.

The better news is that we’ve got over forty pieces of new merchandise coming throughout the summer, just waiting to be discovered.

Check out a few of them below!

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“It really was a perfect pairing.”

The Shower

There are some beers that spend months in development: weeks spent fine-tuning the recipe, multiple iterations of R.A.D.s, listening intently to feedback, then going back and revamping the recipe to begin the process all over again.

Then, there are some beers that our fans say, “Hey, mix these two together because I think that would be tasty.”

Luckily… our fans have good taste.

The Shower is one of the latter: the marriage of our OG sour beer, Tower 23, and our fan-favorite cranberry shandy, The Bog

So, to celebrate our eighth anniversary, we’re canning it up and bringing it to you!

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“It's the lure of more hops that did it, because who doesn't love more hops?"

Anniversary Ale 8

Bob Ross taught us that we don’t make mistakes, we make happy accidents. Those are certainly words to live by, particularly in the brewing world.

For example, if we hadn’t mucked up a batch of Cranberry Wheat back in the day, we wouldn’t have The Bog. That, certainly, is a happy accident.

However, that happy accident happened over six years ago. Six years later, with eight years of brewing under our collective belt, mistakes are fewer and farther between. When they happen — and they do — they’re much smaller mistakes than over-cranberrying a Cranberry Wheat.

It’s ironic that something as simple as an added word in a description could affect the entire recipe of a beer. 

Even more ironic that it’s what happened to the brew meant to celebrate eight years of killer beers, Anniversary Ale 8.

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“There’s no roof for where it’s gonna go. The trajectory is unquestionable. You guys know what you’re doing. WE know what we’re doing, I guess I can say that now.”

Welcome Connor!

Having been here a few years, we’ve noticed a trend: each summer, we’ll get a recent college graduate or two who are looking to have one final fun summer before embarking on their career track.

Connor was looking for a fun summer before stepping into corporate America,” Chris explains. “Luckily, I needed someone to sling some kegs. Connor was the perfect fit. He brings great excitement to the team and a go-getter attitude.”

Welcome Connor!

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“It’s awesome,” he says. “It’s laid back and friendly. Everyone’s upbeat and positive. It’s been great so far.”

Welcome Brendan

One of the great things about this business is that we’re always running into other people in the same business. Out in the field, at bars and at conventions, the brewing community is a tight-knit one.

That’s why, when we needed a new Draft Technician, finding someone with experience wasn’t difficult.

“Brendan brings a wealth of experience to the position with over five years of draft cleaning in New Jersey and Utah,” says Distribution Manager Justin Vitti. “He also has a sharp and dry wit about him that adds to the chemistry of the Distribution team at Cape Beverage. Ask him one day about his ever-changing mustache and facial hair, too!”

Welcome our new Line Technician, Brendan Carolan!

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"I look forward to many years of working with Ryan to better beer in the U.S.”

Ryan on the Board

There have been a lot of great things happening around the brewery over these past few weeks. Babies, anniversaries, expansions, partnerships, and, of course, literally tons of great new brews.

Now there’s even more great news: Ryan Krill was named as an Ex Officio member of the board of the Beer Institute!

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It’s shaping up to be a great day!

Cheers to Eight Years!

Can you believe it’s been eight years?!?

We know we can’t. Ryan, Hank, and Mop Man had no idea that when they brewed up their first batch of Cape May IPA, kegged it up, and sold it to Cabanas that, eight years later, they’d be employing over 90 people in 33,000 square feet at the Cape May Airport.

So… that deserves a party, right?

To celebrate the milestone, on June 28th, we’ve got two parties planned!

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The Bog Cocktails

There’s nothing better than an awesome beer cocktail. Cool and refreshing, they’re perfect for the summer months — and they mix two of your favorite things: beer and cocktails!

And there’s no better beer cocktail than one made with The Bog. Its sweetness and its cranberry deliciousness are perfect for a beer cocktail. In addition, its low 3.9% ABV makes it excellent for a mixer.

We’ve had a number of events over the past few weeks that featured some Bog joyfulness in a cocktail form. Check ‘em out!

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