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The Official Blog of Cape May Brewing Company
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“It’s an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to bring the beer our fans have come to love on their trips down to the Jersey Shore to their homes in Pennsylvania.”

Expansion into Reading

If Billy Joel is to be believed — and there’s no reason not to believe the Piano Man himself — in Allentown, they’re closing all the factories down, and out in Bethlehem, they’re killing time by filling out forms and standing in line.

But our (grand)fathers fought the Second World War and spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore. When they did, they were probably introduced to some good beer. That is, if they did so after 2011.

So they’re waiting there in Allentown. Waiting for some CMBC. They’re waiting in Bethlehem. They’re waiting in Reading. And in Easton. And Lancaster and Kutztown and Strasberg and Nazareth.

And we’ll be there to help them out.

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“We’ve always looked up to Yards and have a lot of respect for them, and that’s why they’ll be an awesome partner for this next phase in our growth.”

Cape May Brewing Company and Yards

When it comes to brewing in the Philly area, there are a couple of big names, but there’s one that’s always stood head and shoulders above the rest.

They essentially started the Philadelphia craft beer scene back in ‘95.

Their Philadelphia Pale Ale released in 2000 is both ubiquitous and delicious.

Social Media and Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg literally cannot get enough of their cherry and raspberry ale.

Their new facility on Spring Garden St. made headlines when it opened in 2017.

By now, you probably realize that we’re talking about Yards Brewing Company, and we’ll be partnering with them to bring you Cape May Lager.

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"With us and DC Brau there, it should be a fun night."

CMBC Takes DC

You know how sometimes you over-schedule yourself? You’ll have brunch with friends, then a barbecue at your aunt’s, then dinner with your step-mom, and then drinks with an old friend from high school?

That’s kinda how our week in DC is shaping up.

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Maybe this blog should be a reminder for everyone to clean their air conditioners.

Sustainability at CMBC

A year and a half ago, Ryan, Hank, and Mop Man sat down and determined our Core Values. These are a set of principles — a code of conduct — things that we’d been doing, but it was smart of them to sit down and type them up in a Powerpoint presentation.

While everything from Be a Pro to Have Fun is important, we truly love to Be a Good Neighbor.

And that doesn’t simply mean that we should grab a burrito at the Taco Shop or carry candles from A Place on Earth in our Brewtique. We do, but we’re also charged with engaging our community near and far.

On Earth Day — and every day –, that includes being a steward to our planet. We’ve only got one, and we should leave it as we found it.

After all, it’s the only one with beer.

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“This is a great example of how beer can be fun and positively impact the community.”

Brew for a Cause

TwinFin_CleanUp

As a brewery essentially located in the middle of the Atlantic, the ocean is of vital importance to us. Not only does it produce over half of the world’s oxygen, but it provides many of the opportunities for tourism in our area and adds $282B to the US economy.

And the scallops. Don’t forget about the scallops.

So, when Iron Hill’s Voorhees location approached us to do a collaboration brew benefiting Surfrider Foundation South Jersey — a non-profit, activist organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches — it was a no-brainer.

“We’re inextricably tied to the ocean in Cape May,” says Ryan, “and it’s up to the businesses and residents who are here year ‘round to protect it. It’s — by far — the most precious and threatened natural resource we have in our area, so, when Iron Hill came up with the idea of a collaboration to support Surfrider South Jersey, we were happy to come aboard.”

That’s why we’re getting together to brew Twin Fin, a kettle-soured, session, New England-Style IPA, overflowing with juicy hop aroma and an enticing tartness and oozing with flavors of pineapple, tart lemon, and tropical fruits.

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We as women not only have to support each other, we have to empower each other.

Pink Boots Brew Day

Last Friday, the women of the brewery banded together to brew their Pink Boots collaboration brew, Maybe She’s Brewed with It, then attended a luncheon with honorary speakers Hillary Barile of Rabbit Hill Farms, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce President Vicki Clark, and Assemblywoman Carol Murphy at Lucky Bones Backwater Grille.

Since Straight to the Pint is usually written by a dude, we handed over the reins to one of the talented women at the brewery, Marketing Assistant Kristen Taylor.

Check out her account of the day!

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State of the Brewery, 2019

Last Friday, some 65 Brew Crew members gathered together in the Tasting Room bright and early for breakfast burritos and our annual State of the Brewery address.

This is practically the only chance we have each year to get everyone in the same room at the same time — and those who couldn’t make it were able to stream the event.

It’s the perfect time for everyone to become reacquainted with each other. You know, we’re at about eighty employees here, and weeks can pass without seeing someone.

“It’s great being able to get everyone in the same room at the same time,” Ryan says. “I throw around t-shirts, we talk Core Values, and I get to bring everyone up-to-date on what’s going on at the brewery.”

The State of the Brewery is the first chance many of us get to learn how the previous year went. Were we up? Were we down? Were we flat? (Spoiler: We were up.)

And we like to know these things. The numbers — the nitty gritty — really doesn’t matter. As long as the arrows in the graphs are moving toward the upper right-hand corner, everyone’s pretty happy.

Then, we get a glimpse of what’s to come. What will 2019 bring? Well… you’ll just have to watch this space to find out.

Check out the pictures below!

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“This is the best thing to come out of Jersey since Bon Jovi!”

Extreme Beer Fest

The Brew Crew was at BeerAdvocate’s Extreme Beer Fest in Boston last weekend, pouring Tiny Drink Umbrella: Imperial EBF Edition, New Year’s Resolution, Last Hurrah, and Beer Name Ale.

Everything was extraordinarily well-received, with Tiny Drink Umbrella kicking relatively quickly.

“This is the best thing to come out of Jersey since Bon Jovi!” one attendee enthused.

Well… that might be overstating things a bit — Jon Bon Jovi is practically our patron saint — but it’s still a damn good brew.

We had a great time and loved to see all the people who showed up in CMBC swag! It was great to see the many fans we’ve got in Beantown.

Check out the pictures below!

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“So, I made an executive decision to buy more cans, stress the shit out of [Director of Brewing Operations] Jimmy [Valm], and make it all year long.”

#FlagshipFebruary

While we love our millennials, we know that they get saddled with the slow demise of everything every previous generation ever held dear.

Chain restaurants. Home ownership. Cereal. Golf. Motorcycles. Yogurt. Soap. Diamonds. Fabric Softener. Banks. Tuxedos. Department stores. Designer handbags. Gyms. Lowes. Football. Oil. And freakin’ napkins.

While some of those things deserve to die — screw you, yogurt! –, it appears that millennials are now being slapped with killing the flagship beer. And we don’t think that’s fair.

“A lot of beer drinkers have developed a sort of ADD with respect to the beers they drink, so going for a glass of beer at the bar or pub becomes less a pleasant distraction and more a relentless search for what’s new and exciting. In this mad rush towards the unusual and unknown, we tend to forget the great, familiar and still-wonderful beers that guided us all along the path to the craft beer renaissance,” says beer journalist Stephen Beaumont in an article at Forbes.

So, Beaumont decided to bring back the flagship. He’s launching a campaign called #FlagshipFebruary to remind everyone — millennials included — just how awesome our tried-and-true stalwarts are, and we’re definitely jumping on board.

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"The key to any small craft brewery is innovation and new beers." -- Ryan

Ryan on Cavuto: Coast to Coast

Did you catch it?

Our fearless CEO sat down with Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Saturday morning to discuss how the shutdown is affecting your favorite craft brewers.

Breweries have to submit labels and keg collars to the TTB — the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury — for approval before they’re allowed to send them out into the world.

The Department of the Treasury was part of the government shutdown, and, as such, we could still submit labels, but they just sat there in Washington until they could get approved. There had previously been about a two-week turnaround, and, now that the government is reopened, there’s a 48-day backup at the TTB, so things that we submit now won’t even be glanced at until March.

When it comes down to it, we realize that this is a minor annoyance when compared to 800,000 people not receiving their paychecks. Luckily, we have enough approved beers in our portfolio that we could continue to produce, but we did have to make a few alterations to our plans.

Nonetheless, take a listen to what Ryan had to say.

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