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“Might be the best triple I’ve ever had. Amazing.”

Reviews for Snag & Drop

After a trying 2020 and an intriguing first five days of 2021, what could possibly be more welcome than a 10% Triple IPA?

Well, we’ve got you covered! Snag & Drop, our much-loved Triple IPA, released last week!

Dank and resinous, Snag & Drop is a lupulin-laden beast. With hints of pine and orange citrus in the background, this alluring Triple IPA is packed to the gills with some of our stickiest and most pungent hops. Snag & Drop is waiting to lure you in and snag you like a trophy fish.

Read what folks are saying below!

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“It's silly drinkable despite being 10% ABV and hopped around 11 pounds-per-barrel.”

Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop

Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop is a beer many, many years in the making.

It’s one that we’ve had in the back of our heads for several years, and we were all set to release it during the summer of 2019. However, we found ourselves unable to squeeze it in. Then, it’s been on the schedule, then off the schedule, then moved around for one reason or another, usually to make room for our tried-and-true beer like Cape May IPA.

Nonetheless, Snag & Drop is one of those beers that is practically begging to be double dry-hopped. It’s a lupulin-laden beast. Dank and resinous with hints of pine and orange citrus in the background, Snag & Drop is packed to the gills with some of our stickiest and most pungent hops.

When you’ve got a beer that hits all of those notes — dank and fruity in one impossible beer — you’ll want to hit it with something on the double dry-hop that’s going to bring out all of those contrasts. Something like Citra and Mosaic.

And so, the stars have aligned: we have the time in the schedule, we have the perfect hops, and we have an off-the-chain can design.

Finally, Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop releases this Friday, only in the Tasting Room and Brewtique!

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"I know 'hop bomb' gets thrown around a lot around these blogs, but I think this is the hoppiest of hop bombs, and I love the beer for it."

The Brew Crew on Snag & Drop

It’s one of our favorite beers at the brewery, chock full of nearly all of the hops you could conceivably fit in a beer.

That’s Snag & Drop, our 10% ABV Triple IPA.

Dank and resinous, with hints of pine and orange citrus in the background, this alluring Triple IPA is packed to the gills with some of our stickiest and most pungent hops. 

We hit up the Brew Crew to find out what they love about this perennial favorite.

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“It’s kinda like it should be Class-A drug level shit, but it’s beer.” -- Massive Beer Reviews

Snag & Drop Reviews

Snag & Drop is one of our favorite beers around here, and for good reason. What started life as an offering in our Employee Series has withstood the test of time to become one of our most popular offerings, both around the brewery and with our fans.

“It’s just an explosion of hops, basically,” says Brewer Andrew Ewing, who created the recipe. You’d expect as much from a Triple IPA, and Snag & Drop doesn’t disappoint.

Be careful, though: Snag & Drop is dangerous. It’s 10% and drinks as smooth as a 4-percenter. A lupulin-laden beast, Snag & Drop lulls you into a false sense of security, then pulls the carpet out from under you, knocking you into your mother’s curio cabinet and destroying all of her precious Hummel figurines.

Don’t do that. Be better than that.

Anyway, read up on what people are saying about Snag & Drop. It was even reviewed on YouTube by Massive Beer Reviews — you can check out their video at the end.

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“Each year, I've shifted hops from the hot side over to the dry hop,” Brian explains, “and each year it's been in an attempt to stay a step ahead of Coastal.”

The Evolution of Snag & Drop

Triple IPAs are a fickle thing. The industry kind of keeps moving the goalpost on them, setting it just slightly farther out. Consumer’s tastes are constantly evolving, and CMBC is resolved to stay at the forefront.

Thankfully, Snag & Drop falls into that category.

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Andrew Ewing on Snag and Drop

There are few holdovers from our old Staff Series: Courtney Rosenberg’s Foreshore Shandy is a summer favorite, Steve’s Biscuits & Honey will be back later this month, Jim’s Tripel Wreck we’ve made with cherries and is on tap now along with Courtney Gingrich’s Concrete Ship, and Brian’s Geek Out (2.0, 3.0, 4.0, etc.) will be back soon.

But everyone looks forward to Andrew’s Snag and Drop. Now in its third year, “it’s a big-time fan favorite,” Brewer Andrew Ewing tells us. “People have been chomping at the bit, waiting for it to come back out this year.”

Andrew started at CMBC three years ago as a delivery driver, and worked his way off the road and into the brewhouse.

“I was kinda just lucky,” he says of his rise through the company. “Kinda in the right spot at the right time. I had experience and wanted to become a brewer. The opportunity arose and I was the logical choice,” he jokes.

He’d always had an interest in beer, with some homebrewing experience under his belt. “Not as intense as [Head Brewer Brian Hink] — I don’t think anyone is.” But he got his feet wet with “easy stuff to brew”: Brown Ales, Lagers and the like.

Andrew loves his job at the brewery. “I like the people I work with. It’s a really fun environment, and it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like I’m doing some badass shit all day, then they pay me for it.”

Andrew’s Snag and Drop came out of a collaboration with Brian. “The very first time we brewed it, there were about seven recipes that materialized,” he tells us. “Then I came in on a Brew Day to brew with Brian, and it’s seven o’clock in the morning and he says, ‘Alright, well… none of those recipes are gonna happen, and we’re gonna have to do this now.’”

So, the two were going to do some “Frankenstein stuff” on the old 15-barrel system, but they soon wised up.

“We didn’t want to destroy the entire brewhouse.”

Good call, guys.

They had the brilliant idea of using the mash tun as a dry hopper: an idea that could work in theory, but 300 pounds of whole-leaf centennial hops could also collapse the false bottom of the mash tun. (“It was likely going to happen.”) So… maybe… testing out that theory on someone else’s equipment isn’t the hottest idea. After some judicious thought, Hank put the kibosh on that plan.

“So we just did it the regular way,” he tells us. “Back then we dry-hopped by just dumping the hops into the top of the fermenter. Very sophisticated system.”

Regardless of the potential destruction of company property, Snag and Drop was born.

“I really wanted to test the limits of our yeast,” he tells us. “I wanted to see what we could throw at it in terms of sugar-wise and wort and what we would get out of it before it just totally died on us.”

We use some bittering hops in the dry-hopping process, which we don’t do for any of our other brews. “I just like how Snag and Drop showcases a bunch of hops, and the balance is just insane on it,” he says. “You get super-hoppiness, a little bit of the maltiness, it’s not overpowering of an alcohol burn.

“It’s just an explosion of hops, basically.”

Andrew thinks it’s a great brew to start off the year. “On those long, cold winter nights? Get a couple of glasses of this in you, and you’ll be fine.”

We were sipping a sample of Snag and Drop during our conversation with Andrew, and he’s not exaggerating. It’s usually pretty chilly in our Interrogation Room (yes, that’s a thing here), and Snag and Drop chased the winter chill away.

“I made up the name ‘Snag and Drop,’” he says. “It’s a striper fishing term. So, there is a bunker fish — a bait fish — found in the Delaware Bay in large schools, and the whole concept behind the ‘snag and drop’ is you have a snag hook, which is a weighted treble hook. You toss that out and then yank it through the school of bunker, hoping to stab one in the side and attach it to your hook. Once it gets stabbed in the head and has a weight on it and a hook through it, it’ll slowly start to fall to the bottom of the school, where the striper are feeding. So you snag it in the head, let it drop to the bottom of the school. Then a striper comes up, eats the whole live bunker, with your weighted treble hook and everything, and then you’ve got yourself a giant striper.”

Trust us, the beer is tastier than that description. But both the process and the beer “are really f’in cool.”

“It’s definitely my favorite beer,” Andrew says. “It’s my namesake, I love the name — it’s just awesome. Not many people know what ‘snag and drop’ is, but it sounds like something they want to know about.”

True, Andrew. And they all want to know about the beer, too.

If you want to know about the beer, head down to the Tasting Room. Snag and Drop is on tap now.

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