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“People who enjoy a tart beer, or one that’s almost a sour, are going to love this. It’s really nice and refreshing."

The New Tart, Red Crushin’ It Addition: Raspberry Lemon!

Much like their cocktail namesakes, our Crushin’ Its have been immensely popular this summer. So much so that we decided to bring everyone a brand new flavor this year!

Rounding out an already powerhouse family is Raspberry Lemon Crushin’ It, which debuts this week for a limited time in our Tasting Room, both on draft and in six-packs to go.

We caught up with some crew to find out more about this fascinating brew.

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It’s a testament to the creativity of brewing: how you can have one defining flavor, but use it in two vastly different ways. 

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Beer

If soda isn’t your thing, or you missed out on our latest On the Way to Cape May brew, Root Beer Float, we have two new options for you to try this weekend. If you’re one of our intrepid fans who have collected each release so far, take note: #4 and #5 are out today, Friday July 2nd. Read on to find out more about why you won’t want to miss these!

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“As we’ve gotten bigger, it’s been a great thing to see. We’ve become a destination point for the county."

Ten Perspectives on Anniversary Ale 10

Each year, we do something a bit different for our anniversary ales. For Anniversary Ale 7.0, we used seven different hop varieties, and it was dry-hopped with seven pounds-per-barrel, featured an SRM of 7, and an ABV of 7.7%. Anniversary Ale 9 last year was 9.0% ABV, and was crafted at nine pounds-per-barrel of hops. Do you see the pattern here?

While Anniversary Ale 10 bucks the tradition a bit (can you even imagine trying to wrangle a 10% ABV brew with TEN different hops in it??), we decided to pay homage to our number system by reaching out to ten crew members to talk about this brew. From each of our main departments, admin/marketing, sales/distribution, the Tasting Room, and production, we spoke with five OG crew members and five of the newest crew members to get their thoughts on our new double IPA, and what Cape May Brewery’s 10th anniversary means to each of them!

Read on to learn a bit more about some of your favorite crew members, and a sneak peek at some of our new crew members ahead of their blog features!

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“It’s indulgent. It’s a dessert beer through and through."

Make Room for Root Beer Float!

Next up in our On the Way to Cape May series is No. #003: Root Beer Float. As many folks already know, we make our own root beer and have it on draft in the Tasting Room. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to grab some to-go when we have enough in stock!

Our Culinary Ops, Soda Guru, and Cellarperson JP Thomas crafts our root beer and homemade ginger ale when he has time outside of cellaring all of our other brews, and it’s a great treat when we have it on draft.

For this series, we took that root beer flavor and scaled it up in a big way. This variant might be a bit different from the root beer you’ve had in the tasting room, as the bit of lactose gives it those root beer float vibes, but it’s just as delicious. We caught up with Cellarperson Andrew Casey and Production Planning & Specialty Brewing Manager Brian Hink this week to learn more!

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“Brett is one of those fun yeasts where you can do the same thing and it can come out differently each time.”

Crusty Barnacle Makes Its Return This Week!

Crusty Barnacle has been a staple for the last several years, and it’s a favorite of many of our Brew Crew members and regulars.

Guest Guru Mary Braccili is a fan, and Operations Manager at Cape Beverage Craig Tropp also enjoys the funk of this brew. 

The brew has grown substantially from its humble roots as a Tasting Room team brew, and we’ve covered it at length on the blog before.

This year, we caught up again with Mark Graves. When we spoke with him in 2018 about this brew, Mark was a brewer, and he’s since worked his way up to become our Packaging Manager! 

He spoke with us about why this brew is so special, and what it offers that’s distinctly different from many of our usual brews. 

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“It’s a more technical beer to brew and cellar and filter. It’s such a good, clean taste. It’s perfect.”

New Pilsner Alert! Meet Cin Cin

For the last couple of years, we’ve been loving our new canning line, a CFT Microbrew from Italy, which increased our efficiency and ability to pump out about 100 cans-per-minute. 

Thanks to this bad boy, we’ve been able to offer a lot more Tasting Room-exclusive releases, including our latest this week, Italian-style Pilsner Cin Cin (as in chin chin, or how you’d pronounce ‘Cheers!’ in Italian). 

Lager superfan and Brewer Brad Young jumped at the chance to spread the gospel on this brew, and why you should check it out even if you’re not normally a beer-flavored beer drinker.

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“It’s a hoppier, higher ABV version of Cococabana. A tropical, summery, good time.”

This Flavor is Anything But Fake: Introducing Fake Palm Tree!

Fake Palm Tree is new to the family this year, but fans of our fellow tropical IPAs will have something new to obsess over this week.

(Here’s looking at you, Follow the Gull, Make Fast, Captain May, and Swinging the Lamp!)

Fake Palm Tree also follows the route of darling draft favorite this year, Cococabana, by featuring prominent coconut notes.

There’s a lot of tough work that goes into this brew to get it just right, and this week, we sat down with Brewer Emily Siddall to get her perspective!

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“When we make beers that are inspired by food or some other beverage, we always want to be able to do justice to the original concept while also creating something that is uniquely its own thing."

Prep Your Palate for Peach Ring Sour!

Last week, we took a dive into the world of Cape May sours with Lab Tech Matt Allen. This week, we also spoke with our Backdoor Release committee, where Brian shared that this week’s Sour Fruit Ale, Peach Ring Sour, while not officially part of our lineup for 10 brews celebrating shore town flavors, would fit right in. Check out how this new brew stacks up! Resident Peach Ring Sour fan and Packaging Lead Sean McGuirl chimed in for this blog to give us some details about what went down when this brew was created! 

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“A lot of people aren’t from Cape May originally, or they visit every year, and we wanted to capture what sweet treats and nostalgia would hit the company as a whole and what we’ve all come to learn and love.” 

On the Way to Cape May: Our New Brew Series!

So, this summer is pretty special for us. It’s the first summer after particularly brutal pandemic restrictions, and also the summer of 2021, which is our 10th year anniversary!

We’ve got some awesome things planned for our unofficial summer kick-off Memorial Day weekend, including a very special beer series release, new merch, and of course, a party complete with decorations and live music. We’ll have more to share with you soon, but until then, here’s a sneak peek into what went into our upcoming new series: On the Way to Cape May, celebrating 10 years with 10 new brew releases!

This week, we caught up with Backdoor Release crew Production Planning & Specialty Brewing Manager Brian Hink, Tasting Room General Manager Chris Costello, and Social Media & Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg in the Brewtanical Garden to learn more.

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"...hanging out with some friends enjoying some good times. That’s the essence of the shandy."

The Purp is Back – This Time in Cans!

The Purp is one of those beers that doesn’t seem real at first. Either you were one of the lucky few who had it during its first venture into our Tasting Room and out on draft in 2019, or you’ve heard people talk about it in its last two years of release.

Well, now you can snag some of your very own to enjoy – even from home! That’s right folks, ~for the first time in forever~ (ok, the first time in two years), The Purp is getting its own can release and scaled up distribution release! The fun starts this week, with a release in the Tasting Room and Brewtique today, May 14th, and cans will be popping up at some of your favorite stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania starting May 17th. Our friends in Delaware can expect to see these bright purple cans the following week, starting May 24th!

Want to know more about this fabulous brew?

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