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CMBC for Villanova

St. Thomas of Villanova Church

Villanova University’s 174th year was a good one. For the first time, they’re ranked nationally on US News and World Report’s list of Best Colleges and Universities, coming in at #50. They’ve exceeded their capital campaign goals with a year-and-a-half left in the initiative, and they’re expanding their presence on Lancaster Avenue, adding a performing arts center and parking garage, among other things. One of their well-known alums, Matt Szczur, helped the Cubs win their first World Series since the Edwardian era, and, of course, there was that little thing about the second NCAA basketball championship in the school’s history.

However, it looks like their 175th year is shaping up to be even better. They’re starting the year ranked first in college hoops, their academics are still going strong….

…and they’ve asked two of their alumni — namely Ryan and Hank — to brew the official beer of their demisemiseptcentennial. (Yes, that’s really a word.)

How cool is that?!? For most of us, the only thing our beloved alma mater has ever asked us to do is send a check. Our favorite boys get to be a part of their alma mater’s 175th anniversary.

“It’s pretty cool,” Ryan says. “Hank and I loved our time at ‘Nova — it’s where we met, after all. Being asked to be part of this moment in the school’s history is both exciting and humbling. It’s great to have a chance to give something back to the school that gave us both so much.”

The Awakening, better known as “The Oreo”

“It’s a big deal,” Hank says. “It’s a great connection to have. A lot of the Villanova guys are big fans of CMBC, so it’s been really great that they’ve asked us to be a part of the 175th anniversary.”

Villanova reached out to us earlier in 2016 to gauge our interest. (We think that Pope Francis put in a good word for us after #YOPO. That had to be it.) We were definitely interested, but there were some questions yet to be answered. Jimmy and Brian began putting their heads together for some recipe ideas, and Ryan and Hank crunched some numbers. Thankfully, all of the moving parts came together and we jumped on board.

Now, we bring to you Demisemiseptcentennial Ale, because of course that’s its name. It’s been fun trying to fit that on a bottle.

Yes, it’s going to be bottled! It’s our first new bottling run of 2017, and we couldn’t be more proud. You’ll be able to find it at your favorite bottle shop later this month, along with seven of our other fine creations. It’s a great addition to an already-robust bottle lineup.

Corr Hall

With a name like “Demisemiseptcentennial Ale,” you can probably guess what variety of hops we used. A name like that is just begging for a hefty dose of centennial hops. Combine them with some German Pilsner malts and our House Ale yeast, and you’ve got a clean and easy-drinking pale ale for the ages. At 4.5% ABV, this brew is eminently crushable, perfect for quaffing as you cheer the Wildcats to a repeat of last year’s huge basketball season.

We’re currently in the process of signing on all of the major Villanova bars up on the Main Line, since this is something that’s going to make their clientele go slightly insane. We plan on distributing this one much like we do all of our other brews, so, no matter where you are in the area, you’ll be able to have a little piece of Villanova at your corner bar.

The response from the bars in the area has been outstanding. The vast majority of them have signed on sight-unseen, not even tasting the brew, only our reputation and the concept for the brew to go on. Mop Man has been pounding the pavement up on the Main Line and in the surrounding areas.

“If I get two cases of beer, I’ll have fifty accounts,” Mop Man says. “The interest is high and demand will be great.”

The official release of this brew in New Jersey will be Friday, January 27th in the Tasting Room and at the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation’s Second Annual Szcz the Day Dinner. Held at the Cape May Convention Center, the evening honors Villanova alum, Cape May’s own Matt Szczur, and CMBC has signed on to be the official beer sponsor. Matt donated bone marrow several years ago, saving the life of an adorable girl in the Ukraine named Anastasia. Since then Matt and his wife Natalie give much of their time in the offseason to this worthy cause.

However, we’ll have a sneak peek for our dedicated fans on Wednesday, January 25th. To kick off the dinner, we’ll have a pint night, with $1 off each pint being donated to the Andy Talley Foundation. There’ll be a special one-off, and Matt will be there to help us raise some cash. It’s our first charitable cause of the new year, and you’re not going to want to miss it.

And we know you’ll want to have your fridge fully-stocked come March 14. The Madness starts then, and only six games will separate Villanova from their third National Championship. (Are we jinxing it? We’d better stop.)

There’s a lot more information to come on Demisemiseptcentennial Ale. This is an exciting time for us — and the Philly region in general: reigning National Champions, Matt Szczur winning the World Series, people get to learn the word “demisemiseptcentennial”. We’re in for a fun ride, and we’re thankful to bring you along.

Szcz What’s on Tap

Gary Monterosso and the crew from What’s on Tap were on hand at our Pint Night in January for the release of Demisemiseptcentennial Pale Ale — our brew in honor of Villanova’s 175th anniversary. They got together with Ryan and Cubs outfielder, ‘Nova grad, and Cape May native Matt Szczur.

“Really, really good people,” Gary said, in reference to our commitment to being a good neighbor.

Gary is loving Demisemi, calling it a “good, sessionable beer.”

“I really like that,” said co-host Kimmy Kocktail, after her first taste. “I just like all of their beers.”

Check out the video below to see what else they had to say, including his interview with Ryan and Matt. You can hear Matt talk a little more about his involvement with the Andy Talley Foundation, as well as how he saved the life of a young girl in the Ukraine.

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Demisemi Recipes for the Big Game

So… what are you up to on Sunday? Maybe headed to watch some sort of sporting event? It’s the most-watched television event of the year — and Villanova’s not even playing! So, whether you’re cheering Atlanta or New England, thanks to Head Chef J.P. Thomas, we’ve got your game day foodies covered — and the Demisemi in stock now to handle it all.

Beer Buffalo Dip

No party is complete without a great dip, and J.P. came up with a great one! Cheesy, spicy, and Demisemi-y, this dip is the perfect complement to any chip.

8 oz cream cheese
1 cup cooked chicken breast, diced
1 bottle of Demisemiseptcentennial Ale
1/2 cup hot sauce
4oz butter
1/2 cup blue cheese
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  
  2. Add beer to pan, reduce down by 2/3rds.
  3. Reduce flame/heat to low. Add butter and hot sauce. Simmer for ten minutes.
  4. In an oven-safe dish layer cream cheese, then a layer of chicken, hot sauce, then blue cheese, Repeat. Finish top layer with Colby Jack cheese.
  5. Bake uncovered for 25 mins or golden brown and bubbly

Beer and Cheese Soup/Sauce

This hearty beer soup/sauce hybrid is just garlicky enough to keep your guests interested, just creamy enough to keep them satisfied, and just beery enough to let them know who you’ll be rooting for come March.

2 cloves garlic
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 bottle of Demisemiseptcentennial Ale
1 1/2 cups half and half
12 oz cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2-4 dashes of Tabasco Sauce
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 Tbsp dijon mustard
4 cups chicken stock
3/4 cups flour
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Sautée vegetables in butter or oil over medium high heat. Once tender (5 mins) reduce heat to low, add mustard and flour. Mix well.
  2. Add beer, stock, and half and half. Bring to a simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add cheese in handfuls, whisking until melted and smooth.
  4. Add worcestershire and seasonings.  

Super Game Day Chili

What game day is complete without chili? It’s perfect for football gatherings — spicy, filling, and a little goes a long way. This bad boy’s easy to scale up if you’ve got a huge party planned, but big enough on its own that you could be eating this for days to come.

2 lbs ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 8 oz can diced Tomatoes
3 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
2 bottles of Demisemiseptcentennial Ale
2 cans kidney beans
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Brown ground beef then drain fat
  2. Add garlic and onion. Sautée until soft.
  3. Add beer and reduce by half.
  4. Add tomatoes, beans, and seasonings.
  5. Simmer on low heat for 1 hour, stirring periodically.

 

SNJ Today at the Pint Night

SNJ Today has been giving us some love lately, with Ryan as a guest on What’s on Tap just a few weeks ago and now being on hand for our Pint Night supporting the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation last week.  

They’re definitely loving on our “uniquely-named” brew, and we don’t blame them!

“The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation speaks to our Core Values, so we want to ‘Be a Good Neighbor’ and do what we can to support a great cause,” Ryan said.

They enjoyed seeing Matt Szczur being a part of it, too. So did we! It was great having him down to the brewery multiple times over the past few weeks — Matt’s a great guy with a huge heart. Having him part of this has been an unbelievable treat.

In addition, Gary Montorosso recorded a new episode of What’s on Tap that night, with Ryan and Matt as guests. Once we know when it’s going to be aired, we’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, check out the video below.

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Szcz the One-Off Wednesday (and raise some money!)

“The night’s been pretty unbelievable. The support from this town has been nothing short of remarkable.”

Matt Szczur — Cubs outfielder, Villanova alumnus, and Cape May native — sums up his feelings on our recent Pint Night, raising money, awareness, and donors for his favorite charity, the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation.

Between our Pint Night and his Second Annual Szcz the Day Dinner on Friday, he’s hoping to exceed last year’s total of $80,000 raised for the organization and 75 potential donors.

Assemblyman Andrzejczak and Vicky Clark of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce

We raised $1,068 toward that goal and signed up 25 potential bone marrow donors, including Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak.

“It’s great to see CMBC reaching out to the community and beyond,” he said. “They’ve teamed with an organization that’s benefitting people and saving lives, all through the power of beer.”

And the beer in everyone’s glass that night was Demisemiseptcentennial Ale.

Matt helped us create a one-off for the evening — Szcz the One-Off-Wednesday, Demisemi conditioned with orange, pineapple, and coconut — and the keg was kicked well before the conclusion of the evening.

“Demisemi is selling out like crazy,” reported Brewtique Manager Emily Bowman.

As we investigated the Brewtique close to the end of the evening, Beertender Jake Hauser couldn’t keep the beer-to-go fridge stocked quickly enough: he came out of the back room with four cases on a hand truck, and they were gone before he could even get to the fridge.

Events Coordinator Randi Friel swabs her cheek for the cause

The general reaction to Demisemi was overwhelmingly positive. Just about everyone used some variant of the word “awesome.”

“It’s unbelievable,” Matt said, regarding Demisemi.

Kym and Brian of Conshohocken played hookey from work on Wednesday to come down for the Pint Night. They’d been meaning to make a trip down to the brewery for a while, and when she saw the Pint Night on Facebook, Kym’s friends asked her if she was planning to go.

“Of course, I’m going!” she said, enthusiastically.

Lovers of “all things Villanova,” Kym graduated from the University in 2010. They’ve been to nine Wildcats basketball games this season and were heartbroken at the ‘Cats loss to Marquette the night before.

Nonetheless, they were loving on Demisemi.

“I think it’s awesome,” Kym said. “It’s balanced and crisp. Definitely user-friendly for a pale ale.”

Brian and Kym

Kym had been a fan of the brewery for a while, “but I love you a thousand times more, now,” she said.

2009 graduate and Ocean City native Andrew Clare was equally as enthusiastic about the brew. “It’s a nice tribute to Villanova,” he said. “The floral aroma makes it incredibly drinkable, with just enough hops to be inviting and not off-putting.

“I’m excited to get a growler and enjoy it at home!” he said.

Regardless of the success of Demisemi, the night was all about the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation.

“Andy Talley’s been a coach for thirty years,” Matt says, “but no one remembers him for winning a National Championship. Everybody remembers him for saving lives.”

It will prove to be a big weekend for Matt and for the Foundation. We raised over a thousand dollars for bone marrow awareness and research, but the dinner on Friday night should see a much greater return.

Ryan and Hank were both thrilled to see our night such a success.

“We’re honoring our alma mater, fulfilling our Core Values, raising a ton of cash for the Andy Talley Foundation, and hopefully matching a donor to a life that can be saved,” Ryan said. “Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday night.”

Matt Szczur, Betty Kelly, and Coach Andy Talley

Hopefully, one of the 25 potential donors there that night will be a match for someone, but the odds are admittedly against us. According to the Be the Match website, the odds are about 1 in 430 that a donor will be matched with someone in need.

But, like Betty Kelly — the Be the Match representative working the table Wednesday night — said, “It only takes one.”

We hope it was someone at the Tasting Room Wednesday night.

For more information on the Andy Talley Foundation, see their website. If you’re interested in donating bone marrow to someone in need, see the Be the Match website.

We begin distributing Demisemiseptcentennial Ale to our New Jersey accounts on Monday. Be sure to stop in your favorite restaurant, bar, or bottle shop and pick up some Demisemi.

Brian on Demisemiseptcentennial Ale

You’ve heard about everything that’s gone into the creation of Villanova’s 175th anniversary beer, Demisemiseptcentennial Ale… but what does it taste like?

We sat down with Head Brewer Brian Hink for the answer. “A really easy-drinking, clean, nice, crisp Pale Ale.”

What do you guys think of Demisemi? Let us know in the comments!

 

Veritas, Unitas, Caritas

It’s been all-Villanova, all-the-time here at the brewery for the past few weeks, and we’re loving it. Not only is it where our intrepid founders first met, but, thanks to the University’s 175th anniversary, CMBC’s been getting love in media outlets from Cape May to Cape Disappointment. (Yep. A real place — and they’ve got a Coast Guard station!)

Villanova’s not only a place to get a degree: the University prides itself on turning students out into the world with a set of values rooted in its strong Augustinian tradition.

Of course, those values are in Latin, and are enshrined on the University’s seal.

Ryan and Hank have used those values as a guiding force throughout the development of Cape May Brewing Company — relying on these precepts, burnt into their minds and hearts.

VERITAS

Truth.

At CMBC, not only are we truthful in our dealings — one of our Core Values is “Be Direct, Honest, and Respectful” — but this dedication to truth goes a little deeper than that.

We threw the Reinheitsgebot out the window long ago, but we’re true to one thing: great beer.

We live this truth by using only the best ingredients possible. And in New Jersey, those ingredients are some of the best in the country.

Like the 90 pounds Jersey Fresh honey we use in every batch of Honey Porter. Or the 250 pounds of Jersey Fresh beets we used in Beets by May. Or the malt from Rabbit Hill Farms, the hops from Laughing Hops, and the yeast from East Coast Yeast — all in Three Plows IPA.

Using these fresh, local ingredients ensures that we create the purest product possible.

This dedication to truth in brewing isn’t only evident in our ingredients: it’s in our processes, as well.

For instance: our sour brewery. Sour brewing is a bit of a powder keg (har, har) — those crafty little bacteria responsible for souring the brew are resilient little buggers. And if we get just one tiny, little microorganism in a batch of “clean” beer, that little guy can reproduce indefinitely, contaminating the entire batch.

So, we built a sour brewery. This way, those little guys can be contained and separated — by numerous walls, a road, and some 500 feet — from our main brewing complex. And this way, they’ve got the freedom to reproduce their little brains out, happily contaminating each batch we brew in the sour brewery.

It’s this dedication to great brewing that keeps you guys coming back time and again — to our Tasting Room, to our off-site events, to the extraordinary bars, restaurants, and bottle shops that carry our product.

Which brings us to….

UNITAS

Unity.

What brings people together more than beer?

If you have an answer to that question, please let us know, because we’re going to branch out into it and have something ready for ‘Nova’s bicentennial.

“Let’s get together for a few….” Pieces of cake? Sandwiches? Minutes of discussion on Kierkegaard and Nietzsche? No one ever says those things. If you know people who do, please suggest that they come down to the brewery for a beer and learn how things are actually done — because beer makes the discussion of any long-dead philosophers that much more interesting. That could be why Ryan majored in Philosophy.

Unity is why CMBC exists in the first place. It’s the bond of friendship between Hank and Ryan that brought us into being.

Six years ago, when Hank was unsatisfied with his career in designing satellites, he discussed his apathy with his good friend. “What is it you really want to do?” Ryan asked.

When his response was, “brew beer,” Ryan didn’t let his friend give up on his dream. He encouraged him, he supported him, and he eventually left a promising career of his own to help navigate the uncharted waters of brewing. Together. United.

Now, we consider all of you part of that friendship: our fans and visitors have become part of us. You guys are what makes CMBC great — you’re why we continually push the envelope on variety and innovation. Without you guys, Ryan would still be in real estate and Hank would be on to career #3.

Just like ‘Nova Nation unites Villanova’s alumni, friends, and fans, CMBC is doing the same.

CARITAS

Matt Szczur and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak at Szcz the One-Off Wednesday

Well… this one is a little more difficult to translate. It’s commonly referred to as “love,” but the Latin verb for love is amat, the noun amare. More than love, caritas is “charitable love,” sort of the reason one is charitable. It’s that driving force in each of us that makes us altruistic toward our fellow man: it’s compassion, it’s benevolence, it’s a recognition of the humanity in each of us.

It’s like namaste, but Latin.

If you missed our most recent Pint Night — our first of the year! — don’t worry. We’ll have more planned. But the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation is only the most recent in a long line of charitable organizations, causes we love, and sponsorships dear to our heart that we’ve championed over the years.

Like all of these in 2016:

At CMBC, we’ve been taking our Core Value of “Be a Good Neighbor” to another level. The spirit of caritas lives in each of us, instilled by the innate goodness and generosity of our founders.

There’s no law that says we have to be charitable — we do it to give back to the community that’s given us so much. Sure, it gets our name out there in return, but it gets our name associated with a positive movement of some sort. Whether that’s feeding the hungry right here in Cape May or celebrating the inherent wholesome Americanness of baseball, we understand that karma is a boomerang. The better neighbors we are, the more it comes back to us.

But, when it comes right down to it, we’re charitable because it feels good. The University’s current motto is “Ignite Change. Go ‘Nova.” Hank, Ryan, and the rest of the Brew Crew have been igniting change left and right for the past few years, just because it feels good.

Knowing that we collected over 400 pounds of food and supplies for needy families in the area feels good. Knowing that we raised several thousand dollars to fight MS feels good. Knowing that we can build a brewery we’re proud of while making a small dent in the enormous amount of necessary change in the world…? Well… caritas is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

And it’s because of you. Your support. All we do is hold these events and sponsorships: it’s your money and support that ends up making them successful. Because of unitas.

And we realize we wouldn’t have nearly the support we have without first putting out a good product. Veritas.

So, as you enjoy a Demisemi this weekend and cheer the ‘Cats to victory, you can thank Villanova for a little more than entertainment on the basketball court and a great new brew. You can thank them for being an institution that instilled the values of Veritas, Unitas, Caritas to Hank and Ryan.

Ignite Change. Go ‘Nova.

Demisemi Comes off the Line

An-ti-ci-PAAAAAAAAA-tion….

We’re bottling Demisemi as fast as we can, trying to get it out to you even faster. But if you just can’t wait, swing down to the brewery — it’s available beginning Wednesday. We have bottles and growler fills just waiting for you.

In the meantime — until you can get your hands on a bottle — have this moment of zen.

 

Demisemi Press

Holy press, Batman! We’ve been getting a lot of love from some major press outlets about our Demisemiseptcentennial Ale.

For those of you outside the Philly area, you may not be aware of how much love there is for ‘Nova around here. It’s a Philly institution — it’s been an academic powerhouse for, well…, 175 years, and one of the strongest basketball programs in the area. Philly fans are notoriously fickle — we pelted Santa with snowballs, for goodness sake! — and ‘Nova’s NCAA championship is only the second sports championship this city’s seen since their last one in ‘85.

And with a “nearly unpronounceable,” 22-letter name, the press has gone slightly bonkers over this brew.

Just wait ‘till they taste it.

In the meantime, whet your whistle with these stories.

NBC10: Cheers! New Jersey Brewery Honors Villanova University’s 175th Anniversary With Tongue-Twisting Brew

ABC27: Brewery to name brew for Villanova University

CBS3: Cape May Brewery Commemorates Villanova’s 175th Anniversary With Exclusive Beer

Philadelphia Inquirer: Nearly unpronounceable beer celebrates Villanova U.’s 175th anniversary

NJ.com: This N.J. brewery’s latest ale might be tough to order by name

Patch.com: Villanova Alumi Brew Up A Tribute To Their Alma Mater’s Anniversary

Brewbound: Cape May Brewing Company Releases Commemorative Beer for Villanova University

TheTownDish.comCape May Brewing Company Shows Some Love for Villanova University in Latest Brew Release

The Trentonian: Cape May brewery honors Villanova University’s 175th anniversary

The Press of Atlantic City: Cape May brewery honors Villanova University’s 175th anniversary

Then the Associated Press picked up the story, and we were off to the races! Outlets in places as varied as Colorado, Spokane, Beloit, San Luis Obispo, and Montana ran with it. At press time, there were over 1,600 Google hits for “Demisemiseptcentennial Ale.”

SNJ Today was on-hand at the Szcz the Day Pint Night on January 25th, filming a special segment for the news that evening. Gary Monterosso, host of What’s On Tap stopped by to film an as-yet-unaired segment of his show on location at the brewery. Check out the video!

We’re loving all the attention Demisemi has been getting — as much for us as for Ryan and Hank’s beloved alma mater. ‘Nova is all the rage these days — particularly with the basketball team rolling over nearly every opponent. We’re thrilled to be a part of it, and even more elated to have you along for the ride.

For more information on where to find Demisemiseptcentennial Ale, check here!

The Lowdown on Demisemi

“Where can I get Demisemi?”

That’s the question on everyone’s lips these days. So, we’ve compiled everything CMBC fans and ‘Nova Nation needs to know about how to get some Demisemi on your lips.

TIMETABLE

(Not to be confused with Tide Table)

NOWOn Villanova’s campus

Villanova received their first shipment of this celebrated brew at the beginning of the year, and have already been serving it at events. You can get some in the Donor Lounge at The Pavilion during home games. They’ll also be serving Demisemi at the Student Gala celebrating the school’s 175th anniversary. VU students only, sorry! In addition, you can find Demisemi at next month’s Theology on Tap on the 21st, hosted by President Fr. Peter Donohue, in the President’s Lounge in Connelly Center.

‘Nova bars on the Main Line

As of Monday, Kelly’s Taproom in Bryn Mawr was pouring Demisemi. Kelly’s is up the street from Villanova, has been around since the 60s, and, in some way or another, each student who goes through Villanova ends up there at least once during their college careers. They tapped their first keg of Demisemi on Monday, while the ‘Cats forced the Seton Hall Pirates to walk the plank. It’s possible that it’s still on tap there, but you may want to give them a call: (610) 520-9344.

Bars, pubs, and restaurants throughout the Philadelphia area

The best way to keep informed of what’s going on in Philadelphia is the Philly Tap Finder. At press time, Demisemi hasn’t been updated there, but you can check back. Or, when in doubt, give a call to your favorite watering hole!

January 25thCape May Brewing Company

We’re releasing Demisemi on tap at the Tasting Room and in bottles in the Brewtique at noon on the 25th: 6-packs will be $12, and cases $42. At the moment, there is a ONE CASE PER PERSON, PER DAY limit on bottles, so bring a friend! We anticipate lifting this limit in the very near future, but with demand being as high as it is, we want to make sure everyone gets a taste.

Coincidentally, that’s our Pint Night to support the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation. Villanova grad, Cubs outfielder, and general, all-around great guy Matt Szczur will be in attendance from 5-8pm, helping us to raise money and awareness for a cause that’s close to his heart.

January 27th Cape May Convention Hall, 2nd Annual Szcz the Day Dinner

It’s our first sponsorship of the year, and we couldn’t have picked a better event. Matt Szczur is hosting this event at Cape May Convention Hall, benefitting the Andy Talley Foundation. This exclusive dinner has been sold out for weeks, so we hope you already got your tickets! For more information, see here.

January 30thYour favorite NJ Bottle Shops and bars

We’re distributing to our wholesale accounts later in the week. If your favorite bottle shop stocks CMBC brews, Demisemi should be rolling in there by the end of January or the beginning of February.

March 21Cloverleaf Tavern Tap Takeover, Caldwell, NJ

The Cloverleaf has 28 taps, and we’re taking over ALL OF THEM. This is the farthest north we go (and it’s once a year!), so all northern ‘Nova fans should probably put this one on their calendars. Typically, the Cloverleaf will do growler fills for events such as this either late in the evening or the next day, so you may be able to get your growler filled.

At the moment, CMBC is only able to distribute to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There are laws governing the distribution of alcohol, and we follow them. Unfortunately, that means that we’re unable to ship direct-to-consumer, as well. (If you’d like to see those laws changed — and we don’t blame you! — contact your legislators.)

The good news is that this brew will be available all year long. We know you’re dying to get a taste right now, but you’ve got another eleven-and-a-half months to get your hands on a bottle. We promise, it’s not going away anytime soon.

Bear in mind that, for tap accounts, we only know venues to which Demisemi has been sold. We simply don’t have a mechanism for keeping track of when the brew is tapped. Check with the bar or restaurant to see if it’s pouring yet. Give them a call or check their social media and websites.

Regardless, we’ll be keeping you updated all year — at Straight to the Pint, on our Facebook page, and through Twitter and Instagram. In addition, we’ve got a dedicated page on our website at capemaybrewery.com/villanova. Check back!

Szcz the Day

On January 25th, CMBC will be hosting our first Pint Night of the year. We’ve got a great night planned, all to support the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation — an organization founded by Villanova’s former football coach to raise funds, awareness, and donors for bone marrow donation.

Every three minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. Affecting over 1.2 million Americans, leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma account for approximately 10% of cancer diagnoses each year.

For many of those diagnosed with the disease, their one hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow is the body’s blood-producing engine, and, if it’s producing faulty cells, a transplant will, in many cases, fix the problem.

Cubs outfielder and Cape May native Matt Szczur got involved with the Andy Talley Foundation while at Villanova University. The Foundation enlists college football teams to host donor drives on their campuses, and Matt participated in Villanova’s drive.

“To be able to make a difference in not only your life, but somebody else’s life,” Matt says, “I honestly think that if anybody else was put in my shoes, they would have done the same thing.”

Matt proved to be a match for a young girl in the Ukraine named Anastasia. He ended up missing 10 games of the Villanova football season to participate in the donation, just weeks before the Major League Baseball draft.

“They said, ‘You’re a match for bone marrow.’ I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ She said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Awesome!’

“They asked if I would do it, and I was like, ’Of course, I’ll do it. Just tell me what I need to do.’”

Since then, Matt and his wife Natalie have dedicated part of the offseason to the Foundation, raising awareness and funds for marrow donation.

“I saw the impact I had on Anastasia and her family,” Matt tells us, “and I want people to be able to make an impact like that as well.”

For the second year, Matt is hosting the Szcz the Day Dinner on January 27th at the Cape May Convention Hall to raise funds for the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation, and Cape May Brewing Company has signed on as the official beer sponsor, with Villanova’s Demisemiseptcentennial Ale served in bottles and on tap.

“It’s going to be a great night,” Ryan says. “We were looking for a way to highlight this brew that could include both Cape May and Villanova — and there’s only one name at the top of that list. When we heard about Matt’s work with the Andy Talley Foundation and saw another way for the brewery to be a good neighbor, we jumped at the occasion.”

Matt’s thrilled to have us be a part of it, as well. He and wife Natalie helped us come up with the evening’s one-off: Szcz the One-Off Wednes-Day, Demisemi infused with coconut, pineapple, and orange.

We’ll be helping Matt kick off his Szcz the Day Dinner at the Pint Night. Starting at 5pm, $1 from each pint sold will be donated to the Andy Talley Foundation.

“I hope that the benefit and Pint Night raise money for the Foundation, as well as two local residents currently battling cancer,” Matt tells us. “I’m also looking forward to raising awareness about how easy it is to become a donor and help save a life.”

We’ll be releasing Demisemiseptcentennial Ale in bottles and on tap at the Pint Night, as well. Brewed to mark Villanova’s 175th anniversary, Demisemi has a generous helping of Centennial hops to round out the flavor profile with German Pilsner malts on the grain bill. The result is a classic Pale Ale, easy-drinking and approachable, light both in color and in ABV.

“I’m very excited my hometown brewery is dedicating a beer to my alma mater,” Matt tells us. “Along with my parents, Villanova helped make me the person I am today.”

Matt will be on hand at the Pint Night with representatives of the Foundation to help raise money and awareness. There’ll be donation boxes scattered throughout the brewery, and the Foundation’s staff will be available to answer questions about the Foundation and blood cancers.

“This is an exciting time for us at the brewery,” Ryan says, “with the both the debut of Demisemi and Matt’s involvement with the process. He’s been a great partner throughout this venture.”

Stop down to the brewery on January 25th from 5 to 8pm — meet Matt Szczur, taste Demisemiseptcentennial Ale, and help raise money for a great cause.

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