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Brews by the Bay Recap

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!

Brews By the Bay — LAST CHANCE

 

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Like Van Halen once said, “Don’t want to wait ’til tomorrow. Why put it off another day?”

They were talking about, what?, life? We, however, are talking about Brews by the Bay.

Not only will we have an excellent variety of beers, killer food, a jammin’ band, and fun times to be had, but the weather on Saturday will be nearly perfect.

High in the mid-80s, light breeze coming in off the bay, sunshine at all the right times and just enough cloud cover to give a respite between the rays. This is perfect beer-drinking weather.

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And no rain! It’s gonna be a be-a-ooooo-tiful day!

Did you check out the lineup?

Remember those top ten reasons?

And you got all your deets?

Only one thing left to do… get your tickets RIGHT NOW!

(And here’s some Van Halen just because it’s a great video.)

Collaboration Beer!

The craft beer industry is all about brotherhood and collaboration — those two things are a natural offshoot of beer, itself. Once you share a beer with an acquaintance, they are quickly moved from guy I met into lifelong friend — at least on Facebook.

That’s part of why the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild and the Delaware Brewers Guild are joining forces to bring you Brews by the Bay. We’re competitors, certainly, but we’re all working together toward the same goal: bringing local, innovative, and delicious new brews to our customers… while sticking it in the face of MegaBrew. (Seriously, a pox on their houses.)

In that spirit, Ryan, as President of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, hopped a ferry to Delaware with a few members of the Guild in tow. If the faces in those pictures look familiar, it’s because they’re also some of your favorites from the CMBC Brew Crew. A lot of us over here are also active in the Guild. (Could it be because our boss is the president? Naah….)

They headed over to meet up the guys (and talented women) over at the Delaware Guild at Dogfish Head Brewery. The two guilds are spearheading the collaboration brew that’s going to be featured at Brews by the Bay, and the two breweries had a few details to work out.

Oh, and about that brew. We focused on something that connected the two regions, other than the Delaware Bay. (No one wants a beer crafted with bay water. Yuck.) The original Dutch settlers fit that bill rather nicely, so we’re brewing a Dutch golden ale with lemons, hibiscus, lemongrass, and green cardamom. Sounds tasty as hell!

And the only place you’ll be able to get it will be on the 2:30 ferry from New Jersey connecting the two sides of the festival. So be sure to get your Full Experience ticket — otherwise, you’ll never get to taste it. Ever. And everyone who did get a Full Experience ticket will be able to lord that over you for the rest of your days.

In the meantime, check out the pictures below. We had a great day over at Dogfish Head, and this brew will end up excellent!

Top Ten Reasons to Go to Brews by the Bay

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10. Because you like beer.

9. Because it’s the country’s only two-state beer festival — and those two states are separated by the Delaware Bay! How much fun is that?!?

8. Because you have plans for September 10th, but they’re lame and you can cut out early. You can spend half the day in Delaware or half in New Jersey. You can do that, can’t you? CAN’T YOU?!?

HgWkxNckb4F5zLr_1_dADb386Ab_6ddH5-geKmVN8VY7. Because you’ve been dying to try the two-guild collaboration beer, only available on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry during Brews by the Bay!

6. Because your dog likes beer. Puppers welcome! (Please don’t give your dog beer.)

5. Because you like playing yard games like corn hole, and you love great food from some of the area’s best food trucks.

4. Because you want to try 32 of the best breweries in New Jersey and Delaware.

3. Because you love great music! We’ve got Pepperwine on the schedule — a New Jersey-based groove-jam band.

2. Because if you don’t go to Brews by the Bay, the Garden State Brewers Guild won’t make any money. If the Garden State Brewers Guild doesn’t make any money, they’ll have to close up shop. If they close up shop, Ryan won’t be president of the guild. If Ryan’s not president of the guild, he could become despondent. If Ryan becomes despondent, we could stop making beer. If we stop making beer… my goodness, we don’t even want to entertain that thought!

1. Because it’s the best beer festival in the universe!

Don’t miss out on all of the fun, the great time, and the great beer. Get your tickets here!

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Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 2.04.01 PMWait. There’s a beer festival in Cape May?!? That’s like… having a beer festival in OUR OWN BACKYARD.

The Garden State Brewers Guild and the Delaware Brewers Guild join forces once each year to bring you the greatest beer festival known to man — or, at the very least, the greatest two-state beer festival known to man.

(Yes, it’s the only two-state beer festival known to man. We’re cutting-edge, yo.)

September 10th will be a red-letter day. Beginning at 11:30 in the morning, you can get your sample on at the Cape May Ferry Terminal, then hop a ferry to the Delaware side and continue the festivities well into the evening.

ksnGjxrq9JJqyYF7fKylcAzfW-aZ89rBEfbmqeMqTsETrying to integrate the alcohol laws of the two states isn’t an easy job (thank goodness we’ve got Ryan diligently working with New Jersey’s legislators to modernize our sometimes-arcane laws). Your ticket on the Jersey side gets you fifteen 4-ounce pours — about the size of a large growler. No worries, though — you’ll be able to drink as much as you want — we’ll have additional tickets available for purchase. Once you head over to the Delaware side, it’s unlimited samples all evening! Boo-yah!

Many breweries will be supplying one-off beers, limited releases, small batch tastings, and award-winning brews from both states. Be sure to try them all!

CMBC and Dogfish Head will be taking over the taps on the ferries — which is at least as much fun as our floating brewery concept that fell through. In addition, the Guilds of the two states will be collaborating on a special brew, only to be found on the ferries. This tasty concoction will be available one day only, at Brews by the Bay.

vc_Y46fcpI-CZU7jnYXe3V10-osqxAwVh3i_ayURCVsYour Full Experience ticket gets you admission to both sides of the event — or you could purchase a ticket for only one side of the bay. No beer festival is complete without a souvenir glass, which is included in your ticket. There will be excellent food from local restaurants and food trucks available for purchase, as well as yard games, live music, and spectacular views of the Delaware Bay. While, obviously, you must be over 21 to drink, it’s a great day for the whole family — including your favorite four-legged friends! Don’t leave your poochie at home — bring him along!

Remember to B.Y.O.C. (bring your own chair), valid ID, lather on that sunblock on that late summer day, and prepare to have fun with hundreds of other craft beer lovers. This event will run Rain or Shine!

“Brews by the Bay is one of two beer festivals in New Jersey sponsored by the Guild,” says Ryan. “It’s a beautiful day down by the bay, and a great chance for craft beer lovers throughout the tri-state area to sample all the fantastic beer the area has to offer.”

Tickets will be on sale the day of the event at the gate. Full Experience ($70), Delaware Only and New Jersey Only ($40) will be $5 more at the door. See brewsbythebay.ticketleap.com for tickets and more information.

See you there!

Brews By The Bay… In Review!

What a picture-perfect day for a beer fest last Saturday was. And so many of you got the memo. The food vendors said they went through three times as much product as they did at last year’s event, and the volunteers said everyone left in an awesome mood. Toward the end, on the Delaware side of this bi-state fete, a fellow brewery owner mentioned to CMBC President Ryan Krill that some of the guys from Jersey seemed “pretty tuned up” due to their impromptu dancing. Hey, nothing wrong with letting loose after working hard to put on a great event. Thanks to Exit Zero magazine’s Aleksey Moryakov for capturing the day in photos.

Here’s the CMBC staff, along with a trusty team of BBB volunteers…

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And a happy group of craft beer fans…

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That’s a game of cornhole in the background, alright…

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No beer fest is complete without pretzel necklaces, of course…

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Brews by the Bay is BYOF (Bring your own football)…

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And BYOD (Bring your own dog) too…

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But Brews by the Bay is definitely NOT Bring Your Own Beer…

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Gotta love that blue sky…

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And all those candid photo ops…

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Of course, good music from Southern Cut doesn’t hurt, either…

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We’re already looking forward to next year.

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All The Universe Is Conspiring To Get You To Brews By The Bay…

Everywhere you go, people are talking about Brews by the Bay. It’s like the universe is trying to tell you something. I mean, there you are, just minding your own business, when wham! You stumble upon videos like this:

 

And then you log onto your social media pages, and you’re bombarded with messages like this:

 

So you try losing yourself in the latest issue of Exit Zero magazine, but as soon as you open the thing, this is what you see…

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Annoyed, you turn to something innocuous — the weather report. But doggone it! The weather for Saturday, you realize, is just about perfect for a beer festival: dry, sunny, not too hot, and super comfy humidity-wise:

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You realize you have no choice left but to buy your tickets here. It’s never smart to mess with the universe, after all…

 

 

Delaware? Better Get There!

We’ve been so excited about this year’s Brews by the Bay — happening this Saturday — and so thrilled to be telling you all about all of the cool things happening on the Cape May side of this year’s event (Lawn games! Live music from Southern Cut! Food from Lucky Bones and Rio Station! A tent double the size of last year’s in order to provide more cool shade!), we want to make sure you know that the shizz going down on the Delaware side is just as fly.  A festival insider filled us in on the top 10 reasons you should get thee to the First State this Saturday (after you’ve had your Jersey session, of course)…

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  1. You get to ride the boat. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry this time of year practically guarantees a cool breeze, a dolphin show, and some #epicselfie opportunities. (What? You know you’re into that.)
  2. You get to meet Sam Calagione. Think of him as the Steve Jobs of the craft beer world — a trailblazer. When he opened DogFish Head Brewery — now the 38th largest commercial brewery in the US — in 1995, it was the smallest of its kind in America. He led the way for nonconformist beer makers for years to come, and he’ll be pouring from 4-5pm.
  3. You get to sample the 2005 premier of DFH’s Punkin Ale. Which is something the general public won’t get to do until September 1. Boom.
  4. You get to hang with Ryan Krill. That’s right, our president and the leader of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild is boarding this bandwagon.
  5. You get to taste Lower Slower Delaware IPA. It’s a collaborative Session IPA brewed by some of Delaware’s best beer makers. Teamwork never tasted so good.
  6. You get to taste beer made with cow brains. No, we’re not joking. You can thank Frozen Toes Brewery for this opportunity to live a little.
  7. You get to hear live music. Think Stone Jack Ballers (the folk/rock/southern soul/blues/pop guys you love to love), and headliners Chapel Street Junction (a bluegrass-y, ragtime-y, traditional Country/Irish-y five-piece band).
  8. You get to eat good food. Including Indonesian eats from the Jakarta food truck, and gourmet sandwiches from the Wildwich food truck. Bon appetit!
  9.  You get to support the only all female-owned brewery in the state. They’re called 3rd Wave — look for them.
  10. You get to support the newest brewery in the state. They’re called Blue Earl, and they launched in May. Look for them, too.

Convinced yet? We’ll see you on the bay!

 

Pretty In Pink: Watermelon Wheat Beer Coming Soon

Nothing says summer like a watermelon beer.

Okay, that’s not true. Nothing says summer like a good watermelon beer. There are so many out there that don’t taste like the real, sun-waterripened, fresh-off-the-vine thing, but rather, like the processed, watermelon-flavored hard candies/water ices/jelly beans that can only imitate the real thing.

So, for the making of our own watermelon wheat beer, we brought in over 100 real melons and spent four hours slicing and dicing them into two, two-barrel stainless steel tanks. Then we liquefied it, and added the fruit to a 60% pilsner/40% wheat malt concotion with a neutral house yeast strain.

We know what you’re thinking: that base doesn’t sound very interesting. But that’s precisely the point. The more simple the beer, the more the watermelon flavor can shine. Since our star ingredient is such a delicate thing, we don’t want to overpower it. This is one of those cases where less is indeed more.

While the final product does have that great biscuity taste (and great head retention) lent by the wheat, the main flavor really is the watermelon, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

The beer will premiere at Brews by the Bay on August 29. Just one more reason to purchase those tickets… summer ain’t over yet.

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