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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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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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