What to Expect When We Reopen
It appears that the end is in sight, friends.
We’ll be opening with limited capacity and following recommendations provided by the CDC on June 15th!
So, to get you excited about what’s to come, we’ve put together an image of what things will look like when we reopen.
Essentially, we’ve completely reimagined the Tasting Room and Beer Garden to accommodate the needs and recommendations of our new normal. Things will look pretty much the same, but the changes we’ve instituted are with the intent of keeping everyone — our staff and our visitors — safe.
Our staff will be wearing PPE masks and gloves, and we’ll be requiring that visitors wear masks, as well. Not only is this to keep you and other visitors safe, but this is also to keep our staff safe, as well. If you’ve forgotten your mask, we will have our new Face Cuddler — coming soon! — available for purchase.
Generally, we ask that groups of visitors do their best to respect the space of others. While we certainly don’t expect members of your “quaranteam” to maintain a six-foot distance from each other, we ask that you do your best to keep away from other groups.
We’ll be keeping capacity to 120 people, which will require a lot of coordination and cooperation from our visitors, but we’re sure we’ll be able to accomplish this. We’ll have spaces for up to ten people, but, for the most part, we’re asking that parties be kept to six members, including children.
You’ll be greeted at the entrance and directed through our self-guided tour to the Beer Garden. You’ll pass by our merch display — Brewtique Manager Kaitlyn Smith has created, essentially, a window display for your oohs and ahhs. We ask that you not interact with any of the merchandise — we wouldn’t want it to become unknowingly contaminated –, but you’ll be able to order your favorite merch at your table.
For the time being, there will be no indoor seating, so we’ll bring you to your table in the Beer Garden, where your Beertender will check IDs. You’ll find a menu at your table, and you’ll be able to fill out your order with them. For the time being, it’ll only be pints — served in single-use containers –, but we have plans for flights to return in the future.
At the conclusion of your visit, you’ll be asked to pay with a credit card. We’re not accepting cash at this time.
You’ll exit through the rear of the Beer Garden, with a smile on your face, having had a few lovely beers!
Hey, This Is Awesome and I’m More Than Happy to Wear a Mask, but How Do I Wear a Mask While Drinking?
When you’re interacting with our staff at the door or your table, or you’re inside the building, we’re going to require that your mouth and nose be covered with a mask. Then, while you’re at your table, feel free to drop it below your chin while you enjoy our brews.
How Will I Know If I’m Invading Someone’s Space?
We’ll have your space in the Beer Garden clearly taped out on the ground. Stay in your box as much as you can.
What About Children?
Children must stay at the table at all times — at this time, unfortunately, there won’t be games for them to play or things to keep them occupied. In all likelihood, your children will be bored: while we traditionally love seeing the kids of our fans come to learn about what we do, at least in the beginning stages of our reopening, it might be a better idea to plan a visit without them, if at all possible.
Can I Take a Tour?
Unfortunately, all guided tours are canceled until further notice; however, you’ll walk through our self-guided tour as you enter. Feel free to read about our process, but, as it was designed several years ago to be interactive, we ask that you not touch the surfaces of the self-guided tour.
How Do I Purchase Merchandise or Beer-to-Go?
Easy! As you enter, you’ll see the available merchandise and we’ll have a list of beer-to-go at your table. Simply place your to-go order with your Beertender, they’ll add it to your check, and we’ll have it bagged up and ready to go when you leave.
For the time being, we aren’t filling outside growlers. New growlers will be provided with each growler fill.
Um… Beer Makes Me Have to Pee. Can I Go Inside to Do That?
Please. Please come inside. Please. We’ll have six-foot separators marked going into the bathrooms. Simply let our staff know that you need to use the facilities, and we’ll be happy to let you in.
That’s our host! We’ve created a new role at the Tasting Room, someone who is there to lend a hand to you and to our Beertenders.
Waiting tables is a bit of a different monster than Beertending — we ask that you keep in mind that many of these experiences are new for us, too. However, the host will be on hand to ensure that, in a pinch, there’s always someone there to help.
Can I Still Set Up Camp and Stay for a Few Hours?
This is one of the most painful parts of our reopening process, but please don’t. In the pre-COVID days, we’d love it when our fans would come and spend hours on end with us. But, with our limited capacity, we’re asking that you keep your visit to about an hour. Since there won’t be seating at our barrel tables, in all likelihood, you may not want to stay longer than that.
I Have a Medical Condition that Prevents Me from Wearing a Mask.
Our Tasting Room is licensed to accomplish two things: introduce the public to our products and educate our visitors on the brewing process. If you have a medical condition that precludes you from wearing a mask, all of our products are available to-go and we will happily explain our brewing process to you while you wait outside.
For more information, feel free to give us a call at (609) 849-9933 prior to your visit.
I Don’t Like These New Rules.
Our plan has been developed to keep our staff and our visitors safe. We will do what is necessary to ensure that occurs, and that may mean employing rules with which some members of the population may not agree.
Should you or any member of your party fail to abide by these rules, you will politely be asked to leave.
At the beginning of the year, our plans were for the summer of 2020 to be the best summer yet at Cape May Brewing Company, and there’s no reason that it can’t be. The Brew Crew is ready — we’re beyond excited about having you back for another amazing summer. The lineup is ready — we’ve got the best lineup of summer beers you’re likely to find anywhere. There’s only one variable left: COVID-19.
Through all of this, remember one thing: we miss our visitors. Terribly. We miss seeing our fans, chatting about our brews, and having great times in the Tasting Room. We’ll be back to them soon enough.
In the meantime, remember that, before anything else, we’re considering everyone’s health and safety.
We hope to see you soon and hope that you and your loved ones have remained safe and healthy throughout this crisis.
Next week, we’ll have further information about our stages of reopening, and, we expect, a hard date in place. Be sure to check back!