The big news around the brewery is our collaboration with Left Hand, our cream stout, Ties the Room Together.
Well… the wait is over! Ties the Room Together hits the Tasting Room on Friday.
A lot of the time around here, we’ll brew a beer and absolutely love it but think in the back of our heads, “This could still be better if we….”
And that’s the fun thing about this business. We always get a second chance. While we strive for perfection in everything we do, with almost everything, hindsight is 20/20 and almost always involves more hops.
Take Always Ready, for example. By all accounts, Always Ready is an unbelievably good beer. It’s well-balanced, juicy, floral, and has an ABV that isn’t going to have you dancing on the table after two pints. (Unless you really want to dance on the table. In which case, live your best life. We won’t judge.)
Either way, our philosophy around here is that anything can be made better. In fact, it’s one of our Core Values: Make It Better.
So, when the occasion arose to pump up the aforementioned awesomeness that is Always Ready, we took it by the horns and dialed it up to 11. What was once Always Ready has become that much readier.
Extra Ready, if you will.
Oh, those summer nights…. You’d spend them at the beach, clad in your leather jacket… falling in love with the Australian exchange student who’s way out of your league.
Summer would eventually come to an end, and you’d return to school and sing a huge production number about your summer conquests. After school, you’d all get together at the Frosty Palace to eat burgers and sip on strawberry milkshakes with your friends Jeff Conaway and the other T-Birds, Stockard Channing, Didi Conn, and Dinah Manoff, and all those Pink Ladies.
Then Stockard would get pissed at Jeff and toss a strawberry milkshake in his face, saying, “To you from me, Pinky Lee!”
Okay. That only happens in Grease. Unless you really were friends with all those people, in which case, we should hang out more.
Regardless, the end of summer deserves to be commemorated in some way, and we couldn’t think of a better send-off to summer than with a strawberry milkshake IPA called Pinky Lee.
This weekend, we’ve got two very limited-edition brews coming at you: our milkshake IPA, You’re Welcome and the second edition of our smoothie ale, Tiny Drink Umbrella.
These are two brews you’re going to want to get together — one with toasted coconut and the other with passionfruit, orange, and guava — they’re two great tastes that taste great together.
If you’ve spent any time at all at the Jersey Shore — or, really, any ocean-adjacent seaside town anywhere — you probably know this guy: he’s northward of seventy, he’s spent his life out on the ocean, either fishing or sailing or what-have-you, his beard is the envy of everyone in Z Z Top, and he has a face like an old catcher’s mitt, wizened by the salt air.
And he knows how to tell a story.
And he will tell a story. At length.
And, somehow, each successive story becomes less and less believable, yet they all make him out to be Superman, MacGyver, and Steve Jobs all rolled into one.
That guy is an old salt. And you’re lucky to know him.
Now, we’ve got a beer to honor that guy in your life, and, as a watermelon gose, it’s just as salty as he is.
Way out west, there’s this brewery. A brewery we wanna tell you about. Brewery by the name of Left Hand Brewing. At least, that was the handle its loving co-founders, Eric Wallace and Dick Doore, gave it, but no one has much use for it themselves. This Left Hand Brewing, they call themselves “Left Hand”.
Now, “Left Hand” — that’s a name no one would self-apply where we come from. But then there was a lot about Left Hand that didn’t make a whole lot of sense to us. And a lot about where they live, likewise. But then again, maybe that’s why we find the place so darned interestin’.
They call Longmont “The Long Apple”. We didn’t find it to be that, exactly. But, we’ll allow there are some nice folks there. ‘Course, we can’t say we’ve seen London, and we never been to France. And we ain’t never seen no queen in her damned undies, as the feller says.
But, we’ll tell you what — after seeing Left Hand and this here story we’re about to unfold, well, we seen somethin’ every bit as stupefyin’ as you’d see in any of those other places. And in English, too. So, we can die with a smile on our face, without feelin’ like the good Lord gypped us.
Now this here story we’re about to unfold took place over the past year or so. We only mention it, because sometimes there’s a beer… We won’t say the best beer, ‘cause what’s “the best”? But, sometimes, there’s a beer. And we’re talking about a beer from Left Hand and CMBC, here. Sometimes, there’s a beer, well… it’s the beer for its time and place. It fits right in there.
And that’s Ties the Room Together, in Longmont and in Cape May.
But, sometimes, there’s a beer… sometimes, there’s a beer….
Aw… We lost our train of thought here. But…
Aw, hell. We done introduced it enough.
As you may surmise, we’ve got quite a few homebrewers working at CMBC — and not only in production. We’ve got both avid and beginner homebrewers in nearly every department, from the Tasting Room to Events.
That’s why, every so often, we like to have friendly, little homebrew competitions. Some of the entrants are in it to win it, and some are really just looking for feedback on their brew. Regardless of who wins and who doesn’t, these homebrew competitions are simply one more way for us to come together as a company to do something positive for our fellow employees.
“I really love the homebrew competitions,” says Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm, “mostly because it’s been a great way to get people in the company involved in designing the beers. It’s not only the Brewers who get into this industry because they’re passionate about beer, everyone from the accountants to the drivers to the beertenders are all here for a common goal: bring people awesome beer.”
In the most recent homebrewing competition, the entrants were tasked with using one of Cape May’s popular summer drinks, the Orange Crush, as a starting point. It presented a challenge that had numerous solutions: Should the orange flavor come from hops or from orange juice or from actual oranges? If they decide to use oranges, should they be fermented as well, or should they be added post-fermentation?
Ultimately, Head Brewer Brian Hink’s recipe came out on top.
A funky name for a funky beer. It’s an oxymoron — how can anything really be temporarily permanent?
Well, it seems that our Barrel Aged Series is exactly that. We have beers in process, so it’s definitely a permanent series, but it was temporary — the last beer was released around this time last year.
But, we’re bringing it back, stronger and better than before.
The Bog is back in cans, y’all!
We know you’re excited. We can feel it. The comments on Facebook and Insta and on Untappd prove it — you guys have been clamoring for another can release of this delectable cranberry shandy.
We totally don’t blame you. It’s tasty.
So, we’ve got our final summer release for you on Friday, August 24th.
Take a look at all the wonderful things people have had to say about The Bog in cans!
Our flagship IPA is our flagship IPA for good reason: it’s a helluva beer.
It was originally Hank’s recipe — “Jump the Jetty” it was called. As he and Ryan were getting into homebrewing, it was essentially all he ever brewed.
“I pretty much just brewed IPA, then I’d change it and brew it again,” Hank said. “I just kept playing with the recipe.”
Once they were ready to open the brewery, with their new space at the Cape May Airport secured, they brought the “finished” product to Mop Man, and he gave his opinion.
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