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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.