As you may surmise, we’ve got quite a few homebrewers working at CMBC — and not only in production. We’ve got both avid and beginner homebrewers in nearly every department, from the Tasting Room to Events.

That’s why, every so often, we like to have friendly, little homebrew competitions. Some of the entrants are in it to win it, and some are really just looking for feedback on their brew. Regardless of who wins and who doesn’t, these homebrew competitions are simply one more way for us to come together as a company to do something positive for our fellow employees.

“I really love the homebrew competitions,” says Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm, “mostly because it’s been a great way to get people in the company involved in designing the beers. It’s not only the Brewers who get into this industry because they’re passionate about beer, everyone from the accountants to the drivers to the beertenders are all here for a common goal: bring people awesome beer.”

In the most recent homebrewing competition, the entrants were tasked with using one of Cape May’s popular summer drinks, the Orange Crush, as a starting point. It presented a challenge that had numerous solutions: Should the orange flavor come from hops or from orange juice or from actual oranges? If they decide to use oranges, should they be fermented as well, or should they be added post-fermentation?

Ultimately, Head Brewer Brian Hink’s recipe came out on top.