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“Each year, I've shifted hops from the hot side over to the dry hop,” Brian explains, “and each year it's been in an attempt to stay a step ahead of Coastal.”

The Evolution of Snag & Drop

Triple IPAs are a fickle thing. The industry kind of keeps moving the goalpost on them, setting it just slightly farther out. Consumer’s tastes are constantly evolving, and CMBC is resolved to stay at the forefront.

Thankfully, Snag & Drop falls into that category.

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I like to saturate my palate with the flavors....

How to Taste Beer

We all know how to drink beer. It’s pretty simple: you open the can and pour it into your waiting gullet. We all do it on a regular basis, and it brings us a certain amount of joy.

Okay. It brings us a lot of joy.

But there’s a little more to tasting beer than simply downing a can of Coastal Evacuation. How do the pros do it?

We sat down with two mega-pros — Brewers Mark Graves and Andrew Ewing — and a couple of freshly-canned tall boys of Snag & Drop — to find out what they do differently than the rest of us.

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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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“Pucker up!”

People are Talking About Tower 23

There’s so much history around Cape May it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But… that’s how we like it. It gives us a wealth of possible names for brews.

Case in point: Tower 23.

Part of Fort Miles, the system of harbor defenses of the Delaware Bay, it was one of 15 towers stretching from North Wildwood to Bethany Beach, DE, used to aim coastal batteries at German ships and submarines.

That sounds like a great name for a soured Berliner Weisse!

CMBC’s Tower 23 is a little more approachable than its namesake. Generally considered a “gateway sour,” it’s the perfect beer to quaff if you’re not yet sold on sours, even though you’ve been hearing so much about them lately. Like a cold and fizzy glass of lemonade, Tower 23 is tart and sour, marrying a lemony-citric sharpness with little hop bitterness.

Many of the reviews we culled from Untappd say that it’s perfect for summer. And it is. So, swing down to the brewery, give one a try, and dream about a life that doesn’t so closely resemble a frozen hellscape.

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People are Talking about Concrete Ship

Concrete Ship is one of our most well-received beers. We first brewed it in the summer of 2015, but soon realized that this is a brew best sipped while chasing away the winter blues.

Named for the sunken SS Atlantus, a retired WWI concrete ship visible from Cape May’s Sunset Beach, our Concrete Ship is perfect for chasing away this frigidly cold winter weather. At a respectable 10.5% ABV, this Russian Imperial Stout will keep you warm no matter how low the temperatures plunge outside.

A fantastic stout, but don’t take our word for it — read what people have been saying about this stellar stout.

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For hearty stews or desserts, stouts work great with them.

Stewin’ with Stout

Stouts are perfect for winter. When the temperature turns to the single-digits — as they have been as of late — all you want to do is curl up by a fire wrapped in a blanket with one of these high-ABV brews and forget about the world around you.

We know. We do it, too.

The next best thing to drinking a hearty stout is cooking with it, and some of the sharpest minds at the brewery all tend to agree that it’s excellent in a beef stew. And there’s no better stout to use than Concrete Ship.

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“This dish is deceptively simple but complex, just like Devil’s Reach,” JP says.

Christmas Dinner

The Holidays are a time for gift-giving, and, for those of us so inclined, cooking meals large enough to feed an army of elves.

For those of us whose greatest culinary achievements are Dagwood Bumstead-inspired sandwiches, eating those meals are as much of the Holiday season as anything else.

Either way, if you’re eating or cooking, the Holidays aren’t complete without the entire family gathered around the table and someone stuck at the kids’ table who assumed he’d finally graduate to the ranks of the real table.

This year, we’ve tasked our Head Chef JP Thomas with devising recipes and pairings for a perfect Christmas dinner. Enjoy!

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“Tasty. Like apple juice but not overtly apple.”

What People are Saying About Apple Bomb….

We’re excited that Apple Bomb is back on tap, and we know that our faithful fans are, as well. It’s one of our most-requested brews, and we know you’ve been waiting.

Filled with apple-y goodness, the bready and biscuity malts in this wheat beer are balanced by the tartness of the apples. It’s juicy, it’s tangy, and it’s oh, so delicious.

We’ve been brewing this delectable nectar since February of 2013, and the first batch definitely earned its name. We’ve learned a lot since then.

Read what people have been saying!

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“Gets better with every sip. Nice pleasant build of flavor.”

What People Are Saying About Boughs of Barley

This year’s Holiday release of Boughs of Barley has been flying off the shelves — er, out of Hans, our growler filler!

A Belgian-style Dark Ale with dark candi syrup and orange peel, we laid this down for several months in second-use Bourbon and Cognac barrels, each imparting the flavors of the spirit the barrels previously carried.

If you haven’t had the chance to make it to the Brewtique to pick up your commemorative Holiday growler, get here soon. A growler filled with Hans should last about three weeks, so that’ll put you to the week after Christmas.

(Yes. That means that it’s two weeks till Christmas.)

Nonetheless, this is the perfect time to get that growler filled!

Last year, you asked to fill your growlers with Boughs of Barley, and we get it — you get more delectable brew in a 32-ounce growler than you got in a 750ml bottle. So, this year, we’ve got a beautiful commemorative Holiday growler for your Holiday brew. You can’t get Boughs of Barley without the growler, but you can get the growler without Boughs of Barley — fill this good-looking beast with any of the 20-some beers we have on tap and be the envy of your office Holiday party.

In the meantime, read some of the wonderful things people have had to say about this year’s Holiday offering.

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“We can experiment with new ingredients or processes,” explains Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm.

These beers are R.A.D.!

rad (adj.): An abbreviation of ‘radical’ — a term made popular by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Still primarily used by people on the West Coast who find words like ‘cool’, ‘awesome’, and ‘tight’ to be tired and overused; ‘rad’ is generally considered to be a much higher praise than the aforementioned superlatives. Also used as a general expression of awe.

R.A.D. (n): Cape May Brewing Co.’s new Research And Development program, which is rad.

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