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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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Thank you!

2019 New York International Beer Competition

At Cape May Brewing Company, we work hard to make beers for our fans to enjoy, and you fine folks get to reap the rewards of our labor.

Every so often, it’s nice to be rewarded on our own. We’re proud of what we do, and it’s gratifying when our hard work pays off.

That’s why we’re glad to see these awards from the 9th Annual New York International Beer Competition!

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"Luckily, we figured out an alternative way to reach out, engage, and have some fun.

Rosé du Gosé, Round Two

COVID has done many, many strange things to what we once considered “normal”. Aside from having to wear a mask everywhere you go, the day-to-day life in New Jersey has become like something from a Cormac McCarthy novel.

Take, for example, the simple act of collaborating on a beer. Normally done through a number of phone calls, face-to-face meetings, and the like, the best part of any collaboration is getting a chance to travel to another brewery to geek out over their equipment and hang in their tasting room and drink their beers.

<Insert record-scratch sound>

“Not this time!” says COVID.

So, when we decided to re-collaborate with our hella good friends at DC Brau for a re-brew of Rosé du Gosé, once COVID hit, we knew we were in for something… a little different.

But we wouldn’t let a little thing like a global pandemic daunt us. We would continue undaunted. 

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"I can't wait to drink an ice-cold pint of Crushin' It looking out at the Delaware Bay during an epic sunset."

Brew Crew Picks

For many of us throughout the Garden State, the day we’ve been waiting for came on Monday: bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen!

It was some extraordinarily welcome news throughout the state, as it’s one of the first, tentative signs that we’re returning to normal… whatever that may be. We reopened our Beer Garden in Cape May, and hundreds of our accounts throughout the state did the same.

Like you, the Brew Crew has been patiently waiting for our accounts to make a reappearance. We’ve all been waiting with bated breath for a chance to sit in the sun at our favorite tiki bar, whiling away the hours with a cold Crushin’ It in hand.

Here’s what our Brew Crew hopes to see on draft at their favorite spots this summer.

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“It's tasty, and definitely something I'll be enjoying on these hot, humid days.”

Cutback

Way, way back, what feels like many centuries ago, not long before COVID began, we had plans for a second partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, an activist network dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. 

We partnered with them last year to bring about Twin Fin, a kettle-soured, session, New England IPA, right around Earth Day. We had plans to repeat the partnership this year, and… well… you probably can surmise what happened.

We called it Cutback — a crisp, refreshing, classic American Pale Ale, blending old-school malts with new-school hopping techniques. Since the partnership with Surfrider lends itself to referencing surfing terms, we wanted to honor their mission with an appropriate name. In surfing, a “cutback” is when a surfer changes direction, using his or her rails to go back toward the breaking point of the wave. It positions the surfer back to the “power source”: the steepest, most enjoyable part of the wave.

Everything was ready to go for an awesome Tasting Room-only release: the ingredients were in-house, the partnership was coming together, and, most importantly, the label was approved by the TTB.

Then… everything got put on hold. And, in the intervening months, the more common definition of the word “cutback” began being applied everywhere, including things to which it had never been applied before. 

At this point, you’re probably ready for a good cutback, and, since we had an approved name and label and a great beer to go with it, we’ve got a great Cutback for you.

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“We’ll come out of this a stronger company and more thoughtful.”

Makin’ News

CMBC is making news!

This past week, Ryan sat in with Scott Cronick of Off the Press at WOND, discussing how COVID has affected Cape May Brewing Company, while Tasting Room General Manager Chris Costello and Cape Beverage Operations Manager Justin Vitti sat in with the guys from South Jersey Beer Scene.

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“From May 11 to May 17, those who commit to giving independent craft beer will make a difference that reaches beyond the beverage....”

American Craft Beer Week 2020

American Craft Beer Week kicks off on Monday!

It’s one of our favorite weeks in the industry, and, while we usually plan events and initiatives and beer releases around it, this year, with COVID rearing its ugly head throughout the world, a lot of those events and initiatives need to take a year off.

Luckily, the Brewers Association — the national association of brewers who host American Craft Beer Week — have found some ways to still make 2020 a success!

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Be sure to post some pics and tag us with #CMBCEarthDay!

Celebrate Your Planet

While the nation sits at home, waiting out COVID, we’re glad to see that the earth is, to an extent, bouncing back. With far fewer cars on the road, with everyone cooped up in their homes, the earth has had a brief chance to make a rebound.

The effects are everywhere. The air is cleaner and, judging from the sounds outside our window, the birds are loving it; the weather is beautiful; and you can enjoy it all while enjoying a sustainable brew.

So, as the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaches on Wednesday the 22nd, it’s the perfect time to get outside and celebrate this blue marble we all call home. We’ve got three great reasons to kick up your heels, and we all know that there’s no better way to give thanks for the glory of the earth than with a cold beer in hand.

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We’ll be here, proudly making our beers in the face of adversity, for as long as they’ll let us, and until we make it through to the other side.

Brewers Rally during Coronavirus

Throughout the world, the effects of COVID-19 are being felt. In the few weeks that we’ve been dealing with this outbreak, we’ve watched our world rapidly change before our eyes.

While the world struggles to define a new normal, through all of this insecurity and fear, breweries consider themselves lucky to have been, for the most part, considered “essential”. In the wake of massive confusion, we feel that it’s an honor that we’ve been able to avoid having our doors completely shuttered by the powers-that-be, although economic factors are beginning to get the better of some of us.

We’ve been fortunate in this industry: before this epidemic began, we counted ourselves among an alliance of like-minded brethren, bound together through a higher call, not only to redefine what beer means to the average American, but to bring us all together in times of joy, in times of sadness, and in times of fear.

And we’re not giving up now.

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