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This will, in all likelihood, be the very last time anyone will have the chance to drink The Topsail....

Rhinegeist Rare Beer Fest

It’s nice when our reputation precedes us.

Rhinegeist’s Rare Beer Fest is invite-only, so, when Events Coordinator Randi Friel got wind of the festival, she shot them an email to find out more.

“Once I shot them the email,” she says, “another person at Rhinegeist got back to me immediately, saying that they’d heard of us and would love for us to come.”

So, this weekend, Sales Manager Mike Laferrera and Distribution Manager Justin Vitti are packing up some Coastal Evacuation with Brett and BeerConnoisseur’s Best Beer of 2017, The Topsail, and heading to Cincinnati!

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Definitely a hop I'll bring in to play around with on a future batch.

Hops Selection 2018

Each year, the major hops producers in the Pacific Northwest extend an invitation to some of the more prominent breweries to select their source of hops for the next production year. It’s an honor to be asked, and those of us who venture out west get their choice of crops, while others gets the commercial blends that they end up producing.

Last week, Ryan and Head Brewer Brian Hink visited three of the largest producers of hops in the world.

“It was a really good year this year,” Ryan says. “Everything we saw this year was really nice. The Azacca was really nice this year, and the Centennial was great. All of it. It was a good week. It’s such a great experience being out there. We’re really fortunate to be invited.”

We got together with Brian for a little Q&A. While they were there, we sent along photographer Conner Allen who got some seriously killer pics. Check ‘em out!

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Their brews are completely unique and inventive, utterly delicious, and really just spoke to everything I love about craft beer.

Great Notion

As far as CMBC is concerned, 2018 will go down as the Year of the Collaboration.

So far this year, we’ve had Referend, DC Brau, Carton, Left Hand, and, believe it or not, we’ve got a few more up our sleeve before the year is out.

While they were traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest, faithfully choosing the crops of hops we’ll be using over the next year, they had the chance to stop by Great Notion in Portland, Oregon, to devise yet another collaboration beer to add to our quickly-growing portfolio.

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We crushed it!

Great American Beer Festival 2018

Last week, the Brew Crew descended upon Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. With some 800 breweries pouring over 4,000 beers, it definitely earns its name.

We poured Temporarily Permanent, Always Ready, Concrete Ship, Crushin’ It, and Oktoberfest.

“Crushin’ It crushed it,” said Social Media and Graphic Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg. “People came back for it multiple times. Concrete Ship got listed as one of the funniest names by DiningOut Denver & Boulder.”

Sounds like it was a great weekend! Check out the pictures below!

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It’s gotten us to change our outlook on everything.

Art on Beer

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but in the beer world, that’s exactly what we attempt to do on a regular basis.

When you’re walking down the beer aisle or perusing the coolers in your local shop, we know that an interesting label design is what’s going to pique your interest. If it catches your eye, you’re more likely to pick it up and give it a read.

That’s why graphic design is so important to breweries.

This week, as part of Philly Beer Week, our very own Social Media & Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg sat on a panel at U-Bahn, just a stone’s throw from City Hall, discussing Art on Beer.

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Did DC

This past weekend was a whirlwind in our nation’s capital!

We debuted Rosé du Gose and L’Attitude in DC this weekend, and we poured Coastal Evacuation and Phantom Crew at SAVOR.

The crowd at SAVOR was really diggin’ Phantom Crew. A fellow brewery owner mentioned that it was the best Flanders-style Red that he’s ever tasted and he kept sending people to our booth to check it out.

We had a blast at Bar Deco, and we ran into a number of our fans at Boundary Stone. It was great — and just a little surreal — to see so many people in DC wearing our swag.

You can tell we had a great time. Check out the pictures below!

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“It was a lot of fun,” Brian says, “They're a great group of guys up there - really laid back and down to earth. It was a very refreshing brew day, for sure.”

Collab with Carton!

One of the things we truly love about this business is the fact that beer brings people together. New friends and old can gather together over a pint and find some common ground.

This is true, not only of friends, but of the breweries themselves. We’re lucky in New Jersey that we have a ton of great beer coming out of this state — and, considering the fact that the law that really opened the floodgates for breweries only hit the books in 2012, we’re all relatively young and eager.

That’s why, when the subject of a collaboration with Carton Brewing up in Atlantic Highlands came up, we both jumped on board. Our Brew Crew was up there this week to brew up a very special brew.

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We knew we’d found the best place possible to kick off the collaboration release.

Do DC

Next weekend is a big weekend in DC!

Not only will we be releasing Rosé du Gose and L’Attitude, but it’s the weekend of SAVOR — one of the swankiest beer festivals in the country, and Ryan will be taking part in the Brewers Association’s annual Hill Climb.

So, while Ryan is busy working on behalf of New Jersey’s breweries, talking with our legislators and imploring them to support legislation to help us out — like… killing that tariff on steel so our keg prices don’t go through the roof — the rest of the Brew Crew will be livin’ it up federal government-style in DC!

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We’ve been truly lucky this year.

Three Great Awards!

Over the past week, we’ve been extraordinarily gratified to receive three very special awards.

The United States Coast Guard Community Foundation bestowed on us the Hometown Hero award, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities gave us a Community Partners Award, and the Garden State Culinary Arts Awards gave us the Beer Professional Award.

It was certainly a week to remember.

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“The folks at DC Brau are great. They’ve got similar values to us and make some great beer, so there are a lot of similarities between us.”

Cape May Brewing Co. and DC Brau Collaborate on Rosé du Gose

Remember what life was like when you were seven? (No? Was it that long ago? We’ll help….)

All of your friends were seven, too. Eight-year-olds seemed like they were old enough to run for governor and six-year-olds were entirely too juvenile to hang out with. You rolled your eyes at five-year-olds and nine-year-olds…? No. Zero commonalities.

But other seven-year-olds were right up your alley. They were mature enough to understand your seven-year-old hopes and dreams, such as they were, but not so mature as to make you feel like a baby.

That’s kind of how it is in the brewing world. Cape May Brewing Co. is about to hit our seventh year in July, and along the way, we’ve been lucky enough to forge some serious friendships with other breweries from the Class of 2011.

DC Brau — the District’s first modern packaging brewery — is one of those serious friendships.

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