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This week is a “launchpad to reinvigorate Philadelphia’s food and drink community, drawing people back to breweries, bars, and events safely to celebrate as a community.” 

Philly Beer Week 2021 – An Essential Return

Philly Beer Week is a ten-day festival and celebration of beer and recognition of Philadelphia as America’s Best Beer-Drinking City. We’re pretty lucky to live nearby, and we’re fortunate to be included among the incredible brews you can find inside and outside of the city limits year-round. 

After the hiatus last year, we’re thrilled to be back, as next week marks the start of Philly Beer Week 2021, from Friday, June 4th through Sunday, June 13th. 

Read on to find out how to plan your post-Memorial Day beer ventures in Philly! 

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“I think what we’ve built here is really special. I’m proud of what this place has become.”

Spotlight on the Deauville Inn!

This week, we visited our friends at the Deauville Inn to check out their updated space and get some insight into what folks have to look forward to this summer.

The Deauville offers multiple in-house venues to enjoy food and drinks, and their space is the place to be this summer. 

We spoke with Adam Modder, Vice President of Operations, Chuck Thompson, Assistant General Manager, and Paul Shust, the media director, who gave us more information on how the Deauville has adapted and what’s to come! 

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“Ice Cream Twist is the one that’s going to draw people in, but Watermelon Salt Water Taffy is the one that’s going to surprise everyone.”

Ice Cream Twist & Watermelon Salt Water Taffy: A Killer Combo

Last week, we introduced our latest brew series, On the Way to Cape May, a loving tribute to the shore, with ten brews for each of the years we’ve been operating! 

This week, we’re proud to announce the first two in the series:

On the Way to Cape May No #001: Ice Cream Twist is a 7.7% ABV IPA with orange and vanilla, or an orange milkshake IPA if you will! This one has lactose to mimic the sweet treat it’s inspired by, and it’s brewed with Citra, Lotus, and Cashmere hops. The special ingredients that help round out this brew include tangerine juice and vanilla. 

On the Way to Cape May No #002: Watermelon Salt Water Taffy is a 6.7% sweet and sour ale with watermelon. It’s the perfect combination of juicy, sweet, and tart, not unlike its namesake candy. This one is light on the hops with a neutral bittering hop and special ingredients and also includes watermelon juice and vanilla. 

This week, we waved at the production facility as we made our way to the Tasting Room to get some feedback from our brew crew who will be offering you this brew all weekend long! 

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“Starting in production during the build up to summer is a wild ride, but Ryan has a can-do attitude and is a total pro at driving our truck between our now multiple warehouses."

Welcome Ryan!

Ryan is one of those people who is easy to talk to. He’s laidback and easy going, and while he’s not one to talk much about himself, we’re really glad that he took some time to sit down with us this week.

“Ryan has hit the ground running,” Warehouse Manager Polly Pollock-Bell shares. “Starting in production during the build up to summer is a wild ride, but Ryan has a can-do attitude and is a total pro at driving our truck between our now multiple warehouses. I look forward to seeing him grow in his role and become a valuable member of the Brew Crew,” she says. 

Without further ado, meet Warehouse Associate Ryan Loder!

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“When we make beers that are inspired by food or some other beverage, we always want to be able to do justice to the original concept while also creating something that is uniquely its own thing."

Prep Your Palate for Peach Ring Sour!

Last week, we took a dive into the world of Cape May sours with Lab Tech Matt Allen. This week, we also spoke with our Backdoor Release committee, where Brian shared that this week’s Sour Fruit Ale, Peach Ring Sour, while not officially part of our lineup for 10 brews celebrating shore town flavors, would fit right in. Check out how this new brew stacks up! Resident Peach Ring Sour fan and Packaging Lead Sean McGuirl chimed in for this blog to give us some details about what went down when this brew was created! 

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BBQ + our mango seltzer is an ideal combo!

Brew Crew Memorial Day

The true start of summer, Memorial Day weekend, is officially NEXT WEEK (we’re shocked, too!) so we touched base with the rest of our brew crew to see what plans everyone had to celebrate.

And, also, you know, to see whose party we should crash.

Check out how we’re bringing in the summer season! 

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“A lot of people aren’t from Cape May originally, or they visit every year, and we wanted to capture what sweet treats and nostalgia would hit the company as a whole and what we’ve all come to learn and love.” 

On the Way to Cape May: Our New Brew Series!

So, this summer is pretty special for us. It’s the first summer after particularly brutal pandemic restrictions, and also the summer of 2021, which is our 10th year anniversary!

We’ve got some awesome things planned for our unofficial summer kick-off Memorial Day weekend, including a very special beer series release, new merch, and of course, a party complete with decorations and live music. We’ll have more to share with you soon, but until then, here’s a sneak peek into what went into our upcoming new series: On the Way to Cape May, celebrating 10 years with 10 new brew releases!

This week, we caught up with Backdoor Release crew Production Planning & Specialty Brewing Manager Brian Hink, Tasting Room General Manager Chris Costello, and Social Media & Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg in the Brewtanical Garden to learn more.

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"...hanging out with some friends enjoying some good times. That’s the essence of the shandy."

The Purp is Back – This Time in Cans!

The Purp is one of those beers that doesn’t seem real at first. Either you were one of the lucky few who had it during its first venture into our Tasting Room and out on draft in 2019, or you’ve heard people talk about it in its last two years of release.

Well, now you can snag some of your very own to enjoy – even from home! That’s right folks, ~for the first time in forever~ (ok, the first time in two years), The Purp is getting its own can release and scaled up distribution release! The fun starts this week, with a release in the Tasting Room and Brewtique today, May 14th, and cans will be popping up at some of your favorite stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania starting May 17th. Our friends in Delaware can expect to see these bright purple cans the following week, starting May 24th!

Want to know more about this fabulous brew?

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“This beer is a really nice balance of fruit and tartness with a nice, thin body and low ABV, making it super easy to throw a few back on a warm evening."

Black Cherry Sour and the Science Behind Our Sours

As many of our fans now know, we love variety when it comes to our beers. In addition to shandies, other favorites include our sours. For many of us, these beers hold a special place in our hearts, and they remain a popular option for those who also love wine or enjoy the sour/tart options that sours provide.  

This week, we touched base with sour extraordinaire and Lab Technician Matt Allen to get the deets on what goes into some of these brews, and what the difference is between our canned and bottled sours. Our sour release this week is a Berliner-Style Weisse Ale with Cherries Black Cherry Sour!

Matt explains that the Berliner Weisse originated in Germany, and is characterized as a tart and fruity, low-alcohol sour. Traditionally, the base beer is poured into a pint, and a specialty type of syrup known as woodruff syrup is used for flavoring, not unlike those pumps of syrup you might add in your morning coffee! 

We switched things up by adding the fruit essence directly into the brewing process: “In this beer, we added black cherry into the beer while it was fermenting so that the sugars from the fruit would be fermented out. This gives the beer its nice fruity character, but takes out the sweetness of the extra sugar, giving it a lighter body,” Matt says.

(Ed. note: *chef’s kiss*)

Let’s check out more about how we make our sours!

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“American craft brewing has bucked tradition and forced brewers around the world to be more open-minded about ingredients and flavors and overall reconsider how they’ve always made beer."

American Craft Beer Week: Craft with Brandon Greenwood

It’s American Craft Beer Week all this week, and to celebrate, we caught up with Vice President of Brewing Operations and craft beer OG Brandon Greenwood for a look at his experience in the industry. We’ve got a lot of ‘90s babies on the team, and uh, Brandon’s been killing the game since before many of us were born. 

You’re not going to want to miss this!

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