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“This beer isn't really like anything else we brew.”

Sophisticated Lady, the Redux

Girl loses boy.
Girl is still dancing in the same restaurant.

Sounds like the plot of Copacabana that we told you about when we released Cococabana, right? Duke Ellington’s classic, Sophisticated Lady, is essentially the same story.

This weird collision in music notwithstanding, there’s nothing similar about the two beers. Cococabana is a delicious Pale Ale. Sophisticated Lady, on the other hand, is a delicious Table Saison brewed with exclusively locally-sourced Rabbit Hill malts.

And it’s just in time to celebrate our exclusive beer sponsorship of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival!

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Sophisticated Jazz

Spohisticated LadyHey, all you cool cats and bearcats!  The Exit Zero Jazz Festival kicks into high gear next weekend, so it’s time to get down with some crazy changes, swingin’ combos, and some Cape May rotgut. This year’s festival runs April 22-24, with 20-time Grammy winner and barn burning axe legend Pat Metheny headlining.

As part of their commitment to community involvement, back for a return engagement is CMBC’s official brew of Jazz Fest, Sophisticated Lady.  This “down by law” beer cut its chops at the 2014 festival, and the mad props it got pretty much guaranteed that it’d be back for a second encore.  Funky Belgian yeast is the frontman here, with lemon peel providing a walking bass — both combining in the pocket to lay down a number that’s citrusy, snappy, and bright. You’ll flip your lid over this brew — it’s out-of-this-world.

Named after an instrumental piece composed by Duke Ellington in 1932, Sophisticated Lady comes from three of the legend’s grade school teachers, all of whom the thought “got their glasses on” because they spent summers in Europe.  No jive!

You’ll find that 18-karat doll on tap at multiple venues throughout the weekend, including at a six-tap Tap Takeover at The Ugly Mug on Thursday night. Be sure to check out Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill — everyone’s favorite barrelhouse — where we’ll be taking over six taps all weekend and multiple acts will play on the official Cape May Brewing Company stage.

On Friday (9:30pm, 11:15pm) and Saturday (9:45pm, 11:30pm), Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution will play old school funk and soul, classic rock and feel-good gospel.  On Saturday (2pm) and Sunday (1pm), award-winning vocalist Sofia Rei will show you why the Village Voice dubs her a “leading light of Latin Jazz.” Then, on Sunday (3pm, 5pm), Son Little, Philadelphia-based rhythm and blues musician who has opened for the likes of Leon Bridges, will close out the weekend here.

CMBC fans get special discounts on this year’s Pops Pass — a $45 ticket for only $38, getting you first-come, first-served entry to all Festival venues and entry to non-sold out Convention Hall performances.  Check out Ticketfly for event tickets, and use the code BESTNJBEER at checkout.

Don’t miss this groovy scene, Jack.  We gotta split!

What You Need To Know About Sophisticated Lady: Official Beer Of Jazz Fest

We’ve been talking a lot about the Exit Zero International Jazz Festival, happening this weekend. Over 100 world-class musicians will play venues throughout Cape May (see exit0jazzfest.com for the lineup), and we are exclusive beer sponsor. What, exactly, will be on tap? Sophisticated Lady Summer Ale. Here’s some of the FAQs:

What’s in a name? 

Ask Lead Brewer Brian Hink why this brew is called Sophisticated Lady as opposed to, you know, Trampy Lady, and he’ll tell you: “There aren’t any trampy women here… this isn’t Atlantic City!” (No offense to our northern neighbor.) But there’s more to it than that. Sophisticated Lady is an instrumental piece that was composed by jazz legend Duke Ellington in 1932. The song was inspired by three of Duke’s grade school teachers, all of whom he considered classy because they spent their summers traveling Europe.

What’s it taste like?

Sophisticated Lady, made with lemon peel in the boil kettle, is citrusy, snappy and bright. “There’s going to be many outdoor venues at this year’s jazz festival and it’s going to be hot, so we wanted something that would be light and refreshing,” says Brian. “At the same time, we wanted complexity and tons and of flavor.”

Okay, but what if I want a Miller Lite instead?

What? A Miller Lite fan at jazz fest? It’s not called the Exit Zero International Top Forty Festival. Go find a moshpit, you heathen.


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