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Summer Catch

We know you’ve got a summer beer that you turn to every year. It’s light, it’s refreshing, it’s able to be consumed in mass quantities while sitting by the pool. Whichever brew has been your favorite thus far, we hate to break it to you, but… it’s the wrong one. You’re going to have to stop being a creature of habit and check out Summer Catch.

The skies opened up and bestowed unto us all... Summer Catch
The skies opened up and bestowed unto us all… Summer Catch

Dropping May 12, this crushable Belgian-style wheat ale is sure to be your go-to drink this summer, with citrus on the nose and an easy-drinking yet firm body. Aimed at the adventurous beer drinker, Summer Catch is approachable enough for the as-yet-uninitiated craft beer lover.

Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm is more proud of this beer than anything he’s brewed thus far. “Summer Catch is insanely good!”

“It should definitely appease all parties,” Lead Brewer Brian Hink agrees. “It’s refreshing and light-bodied, with hardly a trace of hop bitterness, but a boatload of aroma – think ripened oranges and freshly-squeezed grapefruit. We used our favorite Belgian yeast to give it a touch of extra fruity notes. There’s a hefty portion of wheat in the grain bill to lend a soft, pillowy head to the glass, and to keep a touch of body in the beer.”

What makes it so appealing isn’t so much the ingredients we used, but how we used them, according to Jimmy.  “This beer is all about balance. Between the ripe orange and grapefruit hop aromas, the smooth bready notes of the wheat, and the fruity ester and spicy phenolic character of our favorite Belgian yeast, we’ve used them in an almost Golden Ratio fashion to keep the overall effect in equilibrium.”

Each of these ingredients can easily become overpowering when not handled properly; however, our beautiful bearded beer nerds know exactly what they’re doing.

“We worked very hard to ensure that the bitterness is apparent but not tongue-stripping,” Jimmy explains. “We selected varieties of hops that are complementary, aiming for a relatively smooth bitterness. By adding them at just the right time in the boil, we’ve limited astringency and tartness. And through careful control of the fermentation process, we’ve kept it at a moderate temperature that doesn’t let the little yeasties run wild.”

The result is a yeast character that is distinct but not dominant, hop aromas that are enticing but not off-putting, and a brew that will seduce beer nerds but won’t offend the everyman.

“This beer is pure synergy, the whole being so much greater than the sum of its parts.”

Your new summer beer is here.

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Summer Sale!

Although the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating, summer is actually right around the corner.

Seriously. It is. It’s difficult to tell, but it is.

And summer at CMBC means one thing: the arrival of Summer Catch.

This year, to kick off the season of Summer Catch, we’ve got a full weekend of fun and deals planned at our Tasting Room the weekend of April 27th.

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“That's why Summer Catch is the ideal surfing beer, the fruity esters and slightly spicy phenolics are in perfect harmony with the citrusy hops, with a crisp refreshing feel that is great after a few hours of bobbing around in the salty seawater.” - Jimmy

Catch This!

Summer beers are a tricky thing. You want something that has some flavor, but something that isn’t going to be so filling that it’s going to weigh you down. Everyone needs to be able to execute the perfect swan dive at the pool over the summer. Concrete Ship — while a great beer — isn’t exactly going to do that for you.

You also want something that you can day-drink on a lazy summer day, so you don’t want something with a huge ABV. Again, Concrete Ship — probably not your best choice. It’s 9.5% ABV. If you try to day-drink with that beast, you’ll end up passed out by noon. (NB: THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE.)

When it comes to summer beers, you want something light and refreshing. You want something thirst-quenching and crushable. You want something that’s not going to weigh you down and you want something that’s not going to kill you on alcohol.

And, preferably, you want it in a bottle.

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Summer (Catch) Lovin’

Last summer, one of the first things Ryan, Hank, and Mop Man asked from newly-hired Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm was a recipe for a light, summer, “lawnmower beer.”

Jimmy knocked it out of the park. He frequently points to it as being his favorite beer he’s ever brewed, and it’s not just bravado: this beer is one of our favorites, as well.

And it seems like you guys agree. Judging from some of the reviews we found on Untappd, Summer Catch is everyone’s favorite summer beer.

“What a delicious beer! I think I just found my new summer beer.” — George M.

“Solid.” — Chris D.

“Very good, more like a Belgian pale, but it is a delightful drink.” — Greg R.

“Light and juicy, nice grapefruit notes. Great summer beer.” — Brian D.

“As the sun sets on another amazing summer, it’s good to look back on the things that made it so amazing…mainly the beer!” — Jimmy V. (We might know that guy, with the handle of “Surfnbrew”….)

“Excellent.” — James I.

“Not a typical wit. Very good for hot summer day.” — BJ T.

“Pretty good for a light summer beer. Would go well at beach or lake.” — Kelli G.

“I was like all woohooo and shit.” — Dave N. (…uh… awesome…)

“A little light, a little fruity, a little good.” — Jason

“I’ve really stopped having a taste for wits, but this one is incredible. Well done, Cape May!!” — Mike B.

“Time to load up.” — drew d. (We’re pretty sure Drew meant “load up his car” with Summer Catch. Yeah, that’s it.)

“Great beer. Flavor was awesome and refreshing.” — Robert S.

“Citrus orange. Great for a summer day.” — Doug W.

“Very good, ixould drink a few of these.” — Teresa R. (Judging from your check-in, Teresa, it looks like you already might have….)

Summer Catch — the citrusy, refreshing, crushable Belgian-style Wheat Ale — is on tap at the Tasting Room, starting Thursday, April 28th. Catch it before it’s gone!

It’s Gonna Be May

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If April’s release of Bringing Sexy Bock didn’t give you enough late-90s flashbacks to last you a lifetime, pretty much existing at the beginning of May should do it for you. Justin Timberlake is EVERYWHERE! Unfortunately, he hasn’t been down to the brewery. Yet. We’re pretty sure that at some point, we’ll get him down here. Particularly if we keep naming beers after his songs. Bock Your Body? Dunkel in a Box? Well… probably not. But what we do have are these killer brews for May.

May 5 — Salty Lips
ABV: 4.7%  IBU: 10  Style: Gose
The name says it all! Salty Lips is a Gose — which is closely related to its tart cousin the Berliner Weisse — where using local ingredients from the Cape May Sea Salt Co brings out a slight touch of salinity. This refreshingly tart ale spent 2 days souring in the boil kettle to lower the pH to a pleasant acidity, then had coriander added with the local sea salt and hops before being fermented with a classic American Ale yeast strain. The saltiness strikes your palate before subsiding to a gentle tart bite, finishing with a yeast ester profile of peaches and honeydew, leaving you with a hint of the ocean on your lips.

May 12 — Summer Catch
ABV: 5.5%  IBU: 35  Style: Belgian Wheat
Welcome to summers at the Jersey shore. Soaking up some sun, hot days and cool nights, enjoying the beach, and just loving the heck out of life, make sure you take it all in with some Summer Catch. Citrusy and refreshing, this crushable Belgian-style wheat ale is sure to be your go-to drink all summer long. Citrus on the nose with an easy-drinking yet firm body, Summer Catch is our new summer seasonal aimed at the adventurous craft beer drinkers, yet approachable enough to encourage the yet-to-be converted consumer. At home on the patio during your next cookout, but also ready to be sipped all night long out with your squad, Summer Catch is your new summer ale.

May 19 — The Bog
ABV: 3.9%  SRM: 12  IBU: 9  Style: Cranberry Shandy
Sometimes we’ll create a beer because we’ve always wanted to make a certain style, other times it’s to fill a hole in our lineup, but what happens when we’re making our Cranberry Wheat and accidentally add too much cranberry making it too tart? We embrace it and turn it into a Shandy. What was supposed to be a one off batch has turned into one of our top selling and sought after beers, one that come end of spring we can barely keep in stock. The Bog has become the definitive South Jersey summer beer, a tart cranberry wheat beer blended with lemonade to create an uber-drinkable summer shandy. Designed to enjoy on those sweltering days, this beer is light and refreshing while still packing tons of flavor.

May 26 — Beets by May
ABV: 5.0%  IBU: 40  Style: American Pale Ale with Beets
The Bavarian Purity Law may reign in Germany, but here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., we put whatever we damn well please into our beer!  Couple this with our love of local Jersey ingredients — in this case, red and yellow beets — and you have our latest experiment with certified “Jersey Fresh” ingredients: Beets by May.  This classic American Pale Ale is specifically designed around the semi-sweet, earthy flavor of fresh beets, complemented by notes of pine, fresh grass, and a touch of orange citrus from the Bravo, Target, and Chinook hops.  Topped off with a distinctive color you can see from across the bar, this one simply can’t be missed!

Also back on tap and in bottles… APPLE BOMB! We know, we know… we let you down by not having it on tap the past few times you’ve been here. We’re ashamed and horrified. We’re pretty sure it’s why JT hasn’t visited, either.

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