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“Sweet does work really well in stouts. It’s not always chocolate and roast all the time: getting those nice, sweet, dark fruit flavors a lot of time works really well in those beers.”

Brewing on the Night Shift

There are some really awesome things about working in this industry, but even better than the great beer are the friendships we make along the way.

It makes sense. Beer brings people together. It stands to reason that it brings together the people who make it, as well.

Throughout the years, we’ve been lucky enough to have a great relationship with the folks at Night Shift Brewing up in Everett, Massachusetts. Back in 2018, they were extraordinarily gracious when the Pats lost in the Big Game to our beloved Eagles, making good on our bet. Their co-founder Mike O’Mara was behind our bar slinging our brews, taking in stride the good-natured ribbing that Philadelphia fans are known for. In addition, they lent a hand during Extreme Beer Fest last year, getting us to Boston through their distribution arm.

It only makes sense that the two of us join forces for a collaboration. And, since Night Shift expanded into coffee roasting in the past year, it made even more sense that we brew a beer together that incorporated that burgeoning side of their business.

Brewberry, an Imperial Stout with blueberry and coffee, releases next week. Earlier this week, we welcomed Daniel Griffith and Issac Boucher to lend a hand brewing it up.

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"...with the extension of CBMTRA, we expect to save over $100,000 next year."

CBMTRA Extended!

Our fight for full adoption of CBMTRA is still going strong, and we have seen a recent step closer to victory!

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We’re looking forward to 2020 being our best year yet.

State of the Brewery, December 2019

Once again, the Brew Crew gathered in the Tasting Room for our State of the Brewery address. Tired and bleary-eyed they came, damp from the unceasing rain, taking the rare chance to gather together in one room and start the new year on the same page.

And grub on some bangin’ breakfast burritos.

But, in all honesty, we wanted to know how we’d done throughout 2019 and were looking forward to news about what’s in store for 2020.

We know that you’re chomping at the bit as well. Check it out below!

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“Our growth was a function of maturity.”

Brewbound Live and a Rising Star!

This week, Ryan has been in Santa Monica, CA, with Mop Man and our VP of Operations Brandon Greenwood to participate in this year’s Brewbound Live.

Produced by Brewbound — a leading industry trade publication providing comprehensive information about the beer space, analysis of industry trends, and in-depth interviews with industry leaders — Brewbound Live features beer industry trailblazers, trendsetters, and rising stars. In addition, the week highlights a range of brewery case studies, business discussions, a Pitch Slam business competition, sampling of new and innovative products, and Livestream Studio interviews with attendees.

In addition, they’ll be handing out a few awards, including to the six breweries they’ve identified as Rising Stars. 

And… hey! A little brewery known as Cape May Brewing Company is one of this year’s Rising Stars!

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"Our relationship with Left Hand is important to us...."

Nitro Fest with Randi

We’re gearing up for what’s become one of our favorite far-flung events: Left Hand’s Nitro Fest! Running this weekend, our good friends at Left Hand Brewing Co. bring together some of the biggest names in nitro beer throughout the world for this festival and throw a pretty killer costume party in the process.

This week, we got together with Events Coordinator Randi Friel for a little Q&A to find out what’s so awesome about this festival!

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“Of course we were going to sign on again this year.”

Friends Giving 2019

Be a Good Neighbor.

As one of our Core Values, it’s probably the one that we hear about most often. But there’s a good reason for that: when you want to help others, it becomes second nature.

And, luckily, we want to help others. And it’s not just us: on the whole, the brewing community is all about looking out for the least among us. 

But, we can chalk that up to beer itself — it brings people together. And, when we bring people together over a beer, we get the chance to discuss the things that unite us as well as the things that divide us.

Food insecurity is dividing us: there are the haves and the have-nots. You’re either food secure or food insecure. You either know where your next meal is coming from or you don’t.

Last year, Double Nickel in Pennsauken reached out to us, Tonewood in Oaklyn, and Urban Village in Philly to get together and brew a beer to do what we could to make a dent in food insecurity in our area.

We called it Friends Giving, and it raised an unbelievable $75,000.

So, considering the fact that we were able to help so many people by doing something that we do anyway, it only made sense to do it again this year.

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"From this moment forward, we will only be serving New Jersey-brewed beers." -- First Lady Tammy Murphy

Drumthwacket

When the Governor of New Jersey says, “Hey, stop by the house for a beer,” you show up.

That’s essentially what happened last week when the Governor hosted several of New Jersey’s craft brewers at his house in Princeton, better known as the Governor’s Mansion, Drumthwacket.

Ryan and Mop Man were in attendance and Brand Ambassador Mark Dumsha was pouring. The Governor gave us a proclamation in honor of our recent GABF win for Honey Porter, and declared that, henceforth, only New Jersey beer would be poured at Drumthwacket.

Pretty cool!

It was an honor to be invited and an honor to be proclaimed. Check out the pictures and video below!

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"It was interesting to see how government actually works."

BI Hill Climb 2019

Ryan and Tasting Room General Manager Chris Costello flew down to D.C. last week for the Beer Institute’s annual Hill Climb, eventually getting stuck down there during that awful storm that shut down everything along the Eastern Seaboard.

However, that simply gave them more time to discuss matters that affect the brewing industry with our local officials. (Or, more accurately, hunker down in the hotel, wait for the storm to pass, and work on their budgets for 2020.)

Regardless, aside from a few networking and social events — where Cape May beer flowed liberally –, they engaged our legislators on two bills up for review: CBMTRA and the APEX Act.

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Bringin' home the Bronze!

Great American Beer Festival 2019

This past weekend, CMBC high-tailed it to Denver to participate in the 2019 Great American Beer Festival and the Denver Rare Beer Tasting.

We entered a few beers into the competition this year, and, lo and behold!, Honey Porter came through with a bronze medal in the Brown Porter category! This year, 9,497 entries were submitted to the general competition, along with 113 Pro-Am and 70 Collaboration entries, by 2,295 breweries from across the nation, with entries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There were some sixty other entries in the Brown Porter category, and we really couldn’t be more pleased.

“Honey Porter has long been one of the mainstays of our lineup,” Ryan said. “It’s extraordinarily gratifying that this recipe that began in my bathtub as one of my homebrews almost a decade ago got us our very first medal at GABF.”

Nearly 60,000 people attended GABF this year, and the event was a huge success! Check out the pics below!

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"This is the kind of legislation I like to see.” -- Congressman Van Drew (D-2)

CBMTRA Back Again!

We haven’t given you an update on the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act — affectionately called “com-BOO-tra” — in a while, and for good reason. It was rolled into the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, so, for the past year-and-a-half, it’s been the law of the land, cutting our excise taxes in half and allowing us to reinvest that money into making better beer for you.

However, that law — also known as President Trump’s controversial “tax cuts” — is set to expire at the end of 2019. So, we’re gearing up for another fight on CBMTRA, and, thankfully, New Jersey’s entire delegation to Congress has our back.

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