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“It’s an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to bring the beer our fans have come to love on their trips down to the Jersey Shore to their homes in Pennsylvania.”

Expansion into Reading

If Billy Joel is to be believed — and there’s no reason not to believe the Piano Man himself — in Allentown, they’re closing all the factories down, and out in Bethlehem, they’re killing time by filling out forms and standing in line.

But our (grand)fathers fought the Second World War and spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore. When they did, they were probably introduced to some good beer. That is, if they did so after 2011.

So they’re waiting there in Allentown. Waiting for some CMBC. They’re waiting in Bethlehem. They’re waiting in Reading. And in Easton. And Lancaster and Kutztown and Strasberg and Nazareth.

And we’ll be there to help them out.

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“This beer is light and crisp with a nice spiciness backed by citrus.”

Great Wit Shark

Get ready for a shark attack.

From time to time, they happen at the Jersey Shore. In fact, back in 1916, there were enough in one season to inspire the book and movie Jaws.

This season, though, you’re not going to want to avoid these sharks. You’re going to want to seek them out. At least, you’ll want to look for Great Wit Shark from Cape May Brewing Company.

No sharp teeth on this one. No fins, no muscular Jaws. (And, unfortunately, no Roy Schneider or Richard Dreyfuss, either.)

Only a clean and gentle Belgian-style wit with a touch of orange and lemon peels, coriander, and grains of paradise.

You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

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“We’ve always looked up to Yards and have a lot of respect for them, and that’s why they’ll be an awesome partner for this next phase in our growth.”

Cape May Brewing Company and Yards

When it comes to brewing in the Philly area, there are a couple of big names, but there’s one that’s always stood head and shoulders above the rest.

They essentially started the Philadelphia craft beer scene back in ‘95.

Their Philadelphia Pale Ale released in 2000 is both ubiquitous and delicious.

Social Media and Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg literally cannot get enough of their cherry and raspberry ale.

Their new facility on Spring Garden St. made headlines when it opened in 2017.

By now, you probably realize that we’re talking about Yards Brewing Company, and we’ll be partnering with them to bring you Cape May Lager.

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If your kid asks for your support to start a brewery: go with it.

Mop Man’s Advice

We’ve got a number of new fathers around the brewery:

Ryan and his wife Kaysi had Radley Theodore back in February.

Justin and his wife Mariel had Piper Anne three weeks ago, and, while Justin’s not exactly a new father, the last time he went through all of this was ten years ago.

And Craig and his wife Amanda should have had a baby last weekend, but, as we write this, we’re still on Baby Watch. (Let’s hope she goes on Father’s Day!)

So, this Father’s Day, we wanted to catch up with the brewery’s father — the Mop Man himself, Bob Krill — to see what advice he had for these new proud papas.

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Bring him down for the best reason of all: quality time with dad.

Treat Dad for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner, which means that it’s time to show dad what he means to you. After all, he’s the guy who taught you how to drive, how to throw a baseball, and even turned a blind eye when you raided your first beer from his fridge.

Now you’re old enough to not have to steal your brews — and you’ve got better taste in beer now, anyway.

Father’s Day is the perfect time to treat dad to a trip to the brewery, where you can bond over a beer that’s been Crafted on the Cape.

And we’ve got the top ten reasons why you should make haste to 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport.

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“Everyone from the Rabbit Hill group is just really awesome.”

Bounding through Rabbit Hill

This industry has the tendency to lead you places you never thought you’d be. Sour beer festivals in Indiana, for example. Smelling hops in Oregon. Tourism conferences in Boise.

They’ve all been amazing experiences for the attendees — we learn a lot at conferences, we make a ton of important connections at beer festivals, and selecting hops is all part of the business.

However, if you’d asked us ten years ago if we thought we’d ever be on the back of a tractor, sitting on a bale of hay, getting a tour through a gigantic grain farm in Shiloh, NJ, we’d have slapped the beer out of your hand.

Yet, it’s the unknown places in our backyard that can be the most rewarding. That’s why, when Hillary and the folks from Rabbit Hill Farms hit us up to attend a thank-you picnic on the farm, we didn’t hesitate to say yes.

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“I had the American Dream experience.”

Welcome Polly

It takes a special kind of person to pick up and move 8,000 miles from the only home she’s ever known.

Luckily, at Cape May Brewing Company, we like special people. So, when Candice “Polly” Pollock-Bell applied for a full-time position in the Tasting Room, even though we didn’t have any full-time positions, we knew better than to let her slip through our fingers.

“Polly’s previous experience, while not warehouse-related, required the critical thinking and organizational skills that we need in the warehouse,” says Distribution Manager Justin Vitti. “Also, I was slack-jawed at one point in the interview when she told me that she’d been driving a forklift since she was eight. She said that she was rusty, but after ten minutes practicing in the parking lot, it was clear that she was perfect for the job.”

Welcome our new Warehouse Manager, Polly!

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“Everything is better with Brett.”

Always Bretty

Haaaave… you met Brett?

Brett — full name Brettanomyces lambicus — is known to bring the funk. He’s a bit of a wild guy, and he’s Always Ready to get down.

So, we let them chill together for ten weeks — just to the point where things are funky enough without being too funky.

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“I’ve learned quite a bit already. I’m already comfortable with the processes. It didn’t really take too long.”

Welcome Carl

Our newest Packaging Operator, Carl Gansert, has some serious chops.

“I hired Carl because he’s a good guy with some solid experience,” says Packaging Manager Mark Graves. “He’s expressed a passion to be in this industry, which I saw from the limited time I met him, and he seems to be a high-character guy who fits in with the kind of person Cape May loves to hire. All those factors considered, it was an easy decision to make.”

Welcome Carl!

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“Very light and refreshing. Perfect on a hot day.”

Summer Catch is here!

If you’re anything like us, summer officially began this past weekend.

And the temperatures (and humidity) have been around to make sure no one forgets.

When summer rolls around and the temperatures start hitting that 90° mark, there’s only one beer that will do: Summer Catch. Full of flavor with notes of orange peel, tropical fruits, and a hint of classic Belgian essence, Summer Catch is citrusy, refreshing, and maybe a little too crushable. Lightly dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo, it’s unpretentious yet complex: kinda like life at the Jersey Shore.

“It’s clean and crisp and doesn’t have the typical Belgian esters of other witbiers,” says Head Distribution Specialist Chris Martin. “I love to kick back with one after mowing the lawn on a hot day.”

Check out what people are saying!

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