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“A Boat Ramp Champ is a person who unsuccessfully tries to back their boat into the water or pull their boat from the water. An audience is always there to cheer the Boat Ramp Champ on, even when everything seems to be going wrong.”

Boat Ramp Champ

It’s the safest bet in the world to believe that we’ve got some boatsmen among our fans. We see the sailors come through the Tasting Room, and our branding rings true for those who love the sea.

And, with the high concentration of boaters amongst us, it’s probably an even safer bet that one or two of you have probably done something incredibly stupid on the water. Maybe you ran aground? Confused drive and reverse as you’re trying to get the boat in the water?

Well… then you’re a Boat Ramp Champ. And we’re collaborating with Instagram influencer and clothing brand The Qualified Captain to brew a Helles lager especially for you.

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"Beyoncé didn’t tell us that we run the world for nothing.”

International Women’s Day 2021 Recap

This week, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we have a guest blogger: Marketing Associate Casey McBride!

Last week, the amazing women of Cape May Brewing Company and Cape Beverage met virtually over Zoom to celebrate International Women’s Day and to raise a glass to one another with our honorary beer, Beer of the Woman

Usually, we would get together in person to brew the beer, enjoy a tasting, and celebrate the day with a luncheon in Cape May, but that just wasn’t in the cards this year.

Luckily, we still got to celebrate a day that is so important to women around the world, including the women of our brewery!

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"Women are underrepresented in the beer industry, so while the celebration and education may look a little different this year, our mission to empower women never stops.”

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Beer of the Woman!

This week, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we have a guest blogger: Marketing Associate Casey McBride!

Have you heard?! March 8th is International Women’s Day! In its honor, the women of Cape May Brewing Company have brewed yet another beer to celebrate women’s extraordinary accomplishments in brewing and beyond: Beer of the Woman!

Brewed with peaches, apricots, and the tropical, citrusy Pink Boots Society Hop Blend, there’s no better way to celebrate the Year of the Woman than with this easy-drinking Belgian-style Blonde Ale, available Friday, only in the Tasting Room.

And we’ll be kicking off Beer of the Woman this weekend with a fundraiser this Friday, where we’ll be donating $1 from each pint sold to the Pink Boots Society. You won’t want to miss it!

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A lime with bikini tan lines? Sitting under an umbrella, on the shores of what I can only assume is the formerly nudist-friendly Higbee Beach??? *chef's kiss*

Beer Can Appreciation Day!

Beer Can Appreciation Day is this Sunday, January 24th, commemorating the first time beer was available in cans. 

On a cold day in 1935, the Krueger Brewing Company canned up over 80 cases of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale and served them up to beer drinkers in Richmond, Virginia, and they were a hit! According to records, 91% of the very first canned beer drinkers approved of the new aluminum vessel, and Krueger ended up making it its preferred container.

And thank goodness! Cans are lighter than bottles, making them easier to produce and transport, they’re more easily recycled, taking less energy to do so. And, let’s face it: it’s kinda hard to drink beer without a can — you’d have to cup your hands together or hold your head under a tap or something.

But, most importantly, our cans are a blank canvas for some incredibly awesome designs. The Tan Limes lime? The mermaid on The Bog? How about that awesome octopus on our Devil’s Reach cans?

On this most august of days, we need to send a big shout-out to our design team, Canales & Co. of Austin, TX. These folks are the ones tasked with creating our awesome designs, and, at Cape May Brewing Company, we know that much of our success is due to their talents.

So, to celebrate, we hit up the Brew Crew to find out which of our can designs are their favorites.

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“It was cool to talk about a beer with people outside of our team and get some ideas.”

Two Versions of Me

There are few things better than a good collaboration, and our most recent collaboration is a good one.

This time, we’ve partnered with a brewery which, in all likelihood, you’re probably pretty familiar with. A well-respected South Jersey brewery, they’ve been killing it lately, with a meteoric rise that mirrors our own.

We’re talking about Tonewood Brewing Company in Oaklyn, of course. Only a short drive from Cape May, we’re all pretty excited about this collaboration.

A West Coast-style IPA called Two Versions of Me, it will be available in our Tasting Room on Friday, January 22nd, with distribution throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania beginning the following Monday, January 25th.

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Hops Selection, COVID Edition

Each year, our crack team of hops selectors travels to the Yakima Valley out in the Pacific Northwest to select our hops for the upcoming year. You see, that’s where hops come from, so going to the source allows them to get the freshest selection.

And, let’s face it, a week in the Yakima Valley in September is a very welcome break from Cape May.

However, this year, COVID put a damper on those plans. We had to select our hops from afar. Instead of visiting our hops suppliers, our crack team of hops selectors submitted their selections in advance and did their rubbings and their smellings and their selectings in the breakroom at HQ.

“It definitely had a different feel this year,” says Production Planning and Special Projects Manager Brian Hink. “I like the immersion of being out there — out there for a very specific reason — and to catch up with our reps and socialize a bit, too, but the main reason being the hops. It’s all business when we’re there. At the brewery, there are obviously a lot of other things going on: the first one was a very focused selection, but the subsequent three all felt like we were just trying to fit them into our otherwise very full schedules. So, it was really nice being able to get back to work right away after the selection, but I did miss having our time specifically dedicated to just simply selecting hops.”

Check out the pics below!

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"With the spices from the sausage and in the sauce, you’re going to want something hoppy, but not so hoppy that it strips your palate and you can’t taste anything. That’s Cape May IPA in a nutshell."

Beer and Pizza Day

Friends….

There is an entire day devoted to drinking beer and eating pizza. An entire day. And it’s TODAY! On this glorious October 9th, you have one job: drink beer and eat pizza.

Granted, with this pandemic, for some of us, that’s all we do every day, but today, at least you have an excuse.

And, to help you get in the beer and pizza mood, we asked the Brew Crew for their favorite CMBC beer and pizza combinations.

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Charity Through Collaboration

Friends Giving 2020

It’s that time of year again, when our thoughts at the brewery begin to turn toward Being a Good Neighbor with our annual Friends Giving collaboration.

For the past two years, we’ve teamed up with Double Nickel, Tonewood, and Urban Village to produce a potluck-style IPA called Friends Giving with the proceeds going to local charities whose missions include working toward ending food insecurity in the South Jersey and Philadelphia regions. This year, the four original breweries will be joined by Source Farmhouse Brewery in Colt’s Neck.

We’ll have more information on this beer as we get closer to the release date in the next month or two. In the meantime, folks from the four breweries — including our very own Packaging Manager Mark Graves and co-founder Chris “Hank” Henke — got together earlier this week to brew this year’s version of Friends Giving.

Check out the pics below!

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“This is an incredibly exciting development for this year’s Great American Beer Festival.”

The Great American Beer Festival, COVID Edition

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the biggest beer festival in the country, the Great American Beer Festival, has been canceled for 2020.

Well… not canceled, per se. Significantly modified is more like it.

There’s no way that the Brewers Association would be packing 60,000 people into the Colorado Convention Center throughout the weekend, yet… it’s an important event, not only for the attendees, but for all of the participating breweries throughout the country who spend months planning for the event, brewing delicious beers and building staggering, elaborate booths.

So, this year, the Brewers Association has found a way to bring the festival out of Denver and to the masses — and you can attend without having to fly across the country!

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