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A beer like that sticks with you and takes you to a place and time that one yearns to go....

Press for The Topsail

It’s nice to get noticed.

You know, you’re walking down the street, and you see heads turn. Your YouTube video breaks a million views. Your boss gives you a hearty congratulations during the Monday meeting. Someone at Wednesday night karaoke says, “Hey. You have a lovely voice.”

Everyone enjoys getting noticed. And — hoo-ah! — the mainstream press has certainly taken notice of The Topsail, and we really couldn’t be more gratified.

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“New Jersey's Cape May Brewery has unquestionably demonstrated its place as one of the country's top brewers. The brewery consistently delivers exceptional beers, and with this year's Top Rated Beer of 2017 -- The Topsail -- it has proven it can brew with the world's best.”

The Topsail Named Beer Connoisseur’s Best Beer of 2017

Well… that’s good news.

They say that no news is good news, but nah. No news is mundanity. Good news is good news.

And we started this year with some pretty good news.

There are a multitude of review sites out there and there are a ton of reviews. Some sites are more respected than others, and The Beer Connoisseur is right up at the top.

This week, they announced their highest-rated beers and brewers of the year, and some familiar names were among those honored.

Best Beer of 2017: The Topsail

Second Runner-Up for Best Brewery of 2017: Cape May Brewing Company

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“Behind the curtain, it’s really about strategy,” he said. “Thinking about who we are, who we are not, and where we want to go.”

Ryan in LA

Ryan’s been out in la-la-land all week — that’s Los Angeles, if you didn’t know — to attend the Winter Brewbound Session.

Brewbound Sessions are essentially a chance for the nation’s brewers to get together and shoot the shit. It’s low-key when compared to other conferences with a couple of seminars, and less intense than your typical trade show, with only a handful of suppliers on site.

Basically, it’s a chance for people to let ideas flow as plentifully as the beer. Partnerships are made, collaborations are floated, and everyone gets the chance to pick everyone else’s brain.

Oh, to be a fly on that wall.

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“That’s how we fit into tourism, and now we’re a huge piece of it. Now I’m sitting on a panel.”

Ryan at Stockton

On Monday, Ryan sped up the Parkway to exit 41 — Stockton University was holding a Beverage Tourism Distinguished Guest Panel, and Ryan was excited to be a part of it.

Ryan was joined by Devon Perry of VisitSouthJersey.com, Larry Sharrott, Jr., of Sharrott Winery, Jon Henderson of Good Time Tricycle Productions (the folks responsible for the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, among other things), Mark Ganter of Little Water Distillery, Kenny Ward of Ship Bottom Brewery, and our good friend Vicky Clark of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce.

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“That’s a total win,” Ryan says.

CBMTRA News

0cb16b14-36fd-445d-8dbc-70d19303c7cdSometimes, there’s actually some good political news: no indictments, no early-morning tweets crescendoing into CAPS LOCK, no mention of Russia or Manafort or healthcare or DACA or any of the other issues that seem to be distracting the nation from the real news: CBMTRA.

We’ve told you about CBMTRA before: the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act would reduce the excise tax for brewers producing under 60,000 barrels a year — that’s 98% of the industry — from $7/barrel to $3.50/barrel, cutting our tax liability in half. The BA expects that doing so would create an additional $320M that we could put back into the economy in terms of new jobs, new equipment, and better beer.

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“I hope it will be magical,” Justin says. “It should be."

Justin Presents at ekos_con

Ryan’s not the only one at CMBC with a full speaking schedule. Jimmy’s spoken at Villanova, and Mop Man did a presentation at Stockton University a few months ago.

This week, our resident magician, possessor of enviable biceps, and Distribution Manager Justin Vitti presented at ekos_con at the Le Méridien in Charlotte, North Carolina.

And Charlotte may never be the same.

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GABF ’17

It’s not called the Great American Beer Festival for nothin’. It’s a festival. There’s beer there. It’s American beer.

And it certainly is great.

The Brew Crew had a blast in Denver last weekend, sharing our brews with the attendants at the festival.

Corrosion was the big hit — everyone wanted to try our “beer geek’s dream beer”. The combination of sour and IPA was a stand-out among our guests. Turtle Gut and Oktoberfest were both extremely well-received, too.

The result: several thousand satisfied beer drinkers and one tired-but-happy Brew Crew.

Check out the pictures below!

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“...a very unique beer with something for fans of all beer styles….”

Well-Pressed

All press is good press, right? Well… anyone who’s ever worked in any company anywhere will tell you that’s not true.

Luckily, we’ve been getting some strong press over at CMBC, and we couldn’t be happier. We’ve compiled five of the most recent for your reading pleasure. Grab a cold one, snuggle up in a blanket, get a fire going, and enjoy these lovely reads.

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“I’m jazzed our team was recognized by the Chamber,” Ryan says. “It’s the proof that we’re working hard to make an impact on our families and community. “

Yay Awards!

Recognition for being excellent is pretty awesome. Our beers have received many awards, and, as a business, we get a handful, as well. Last year, we were named NJBIZ’s Emerging Business of the Year and the NJMEP Startup Manufacturer of the Year.

Two awesome awards for an awesome company.

But this year… we’ve been awarded the Lower Township Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award!

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Hops Selection

Each year, our guys take a trip out to the Yakima Valley in Washington to select hops for the upcoming year. Invitations are extended to a select few breweries, so, last week, Ryan flew out with Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm and Head Brewer Brian Hink.

While they were there, they toured the hops fields of Hopsteiner, BSG, and Roy Farms, inspecting the crop and getting their hands dirty — and we mean dirty — finding the perfect hops for all of your favorite Cape May brews.

Check out the pictures below!

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