If you missed Brews by the Bay this weekend, we don’t know what to tell you. You snoozed and lost.
For those of us who were there, we had a freakin’ blast. Pepperwine, Nate McCormick, and Barrelhouse Blues Band rocked (and even played some Phish!), the food was great, the poochies were out in full force, and, of course, the beer was unparalleled.
It was the biggest turnout yet for Brews by the Bay. Some 1,191 revelers joined the nearly forty breweries on either side of the bay, the weather was gorgeous, and everyone was having a great time.
The talk of the festival was the collaboration brew between the two guilds. Some 400 festival attendees were aboard the 2:30 ferry from Cape May to Lewes, with the line winding throughout the ship as we waited patiently for the ferry to cross into Delaware waters to tap the keg. A nod to our Dutch forbears, Dua Poin was a Dutch Golden Ale with hibiscus, green cardamom, lemongrass, and lemon.
Holy hell, was it good! It’s got a whopping 3.99 rating on Untappd — and that’s where it will stay, because this special collaboration brew was only available on that ship. But we got some good reviews:
This came out great! The hibiscus & cardamom dominate the nose, the lemon & lemongrass sweeten the flavor of this delish Golden Ale!
Tastes like a Belgian double, but light. Very nice!
The reviews for the festival were great, too — the Facebook page is rated a 4.7.
Great festival overall. The boat ride makes it stand out compared to others and makes it worth the trip down to Cape May.
A wonderful beer festival. Excellent drinks from New Jersey brewers, great music by Pepperwine, and cool winds off the bay to keep the summer heat under control.
Great time and a very nice venue with the sea breeze on a warm day. Great to see so many new Brewers in the Garden State.
I had a great time. Everyone was great, friendly people, and no one was out of control. Great time and hope to go back next year.
It really was a great day. Check out the pictures below, and clear your schedule for next year!