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The Official Blog of Cape May Brewing Company
“I think it’s the variety and the small-batch appeal. You know, if someone likes Coastal Evacuation, they might want to try this beer that they’ve had every day in some new variant. And they’re flavors that you don’t necessarily see in beer.” -- Social Media and Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg

One-Off Wednesday

As a fan of CMBC, you’re undoubtedly aware of One-Off Wednesdays.

Each week, we come out with a different and unique brew — something based on one of our existing beers with some sort of additive involved. They run the gamut from simple and straightforward to off-the-wall and weird with stops along the way at inventive, innovative, and ingenious.

After three years of the program, it’s become the most anticipated and loved program on our calendar, with a diehard core of fans, all of whom congregate in the Tasting Room on Wednesdays, imbibing and discussing the merits of our latest creation.

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“It's got a great fluidity to it. It really grooves right along, so it's perfect for getting down on some smooth jazz and funk.” -- Head Brewer Brian Hink

Rhythm and Harmony

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been the exclusive beer sponsor for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival for seven years.

Jazz Fest is technically two separate festivals — one in the spring and one in the autumn. For each of those festivals, we’ve brewed a special beer — Sophisticated Lady in the spring, and King Porter Stomp in the autumn.

As far as this year’s Jazz Fest is concerned, it’s time for Sophisticated Lady to take her exit cue.

There’s a new tune making her debut in this festival: Harmonic Rhythm.

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“This is a delightful beer to welcome spring. Whenever that may be.” -- Brewer Mark Graves

It’s Peachy!

Our brewers love to say that “we brew beer we want to drink.”

While that’s certainly true of our latest release, Beaches n’ Cream, sometimes we’ll brew a beer simply because the concept is too good to pass up. Sometimes someone will toss a name out there — something like “Beaches n’ Cream,” for example — and the name will carry with it a whole slew of possibilities.

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“It's really just a deliciously smooth beer.”

Sweet As Honey

You see it on tap in the Tasting Room every time you’re here. It’s one of our most dependable offerings: Honey Porter. Yet, if you’re here frequently, you may overlook it in your zeal to try something new.

There’s a better way. Take a moment and take a look at the menu. Really look at it. Because there’s probably one or two brews that you haven’t tried in quite awhile.

In fact, it’s uniformly agreed around the brewery that Honey Porter is our most underrated brew.

It’s time to get reacquainted with an old friend.

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

Always Ready, Reporting for Duty

When we brew a beer, we never really know what people are going to think of it. We know we like it — we brew beer that we want to drink. But how will the rest of the world receive it? That’s always the question, and we’ll never really get an answer on that until we’ve committed to brewing a batch and sending it out into the world.

Thankfully, we’ve been pretty lucky in that regard. We’ll brew a batch of beer and people like it.

However, every so often, we’ll have a hit on our hands — but they’re rare. Like a blue diamond. Or a white peacock.

And when we have a hit on our hands, we know it’s time to ride the wave. Extend the run. Press more albums. Make sure as many people as possible have the chance to experience our beer.

And Always Ready has been an unqualified hit.

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“We were being fun,” she says. “The point of the staff series was to bring fun and variety into our lineup. Really, the world was our oyster in creating those beers.”

Foreshore? For Sure!

In the early days of Cape May Brewing Co. — when we had a handful of employees all wearing seventeen different hats — it was easy for us to have our Employee Series. At the end of 2013, we were able to come out with seven beers suggested by our employees, with another seven following a year later.

Now, we’re closing in on 70 employees. If each of us had our own beer, it would take us a year and a half to get through them all and we’d have no time to brew your favorites like Cape May IPA or Coastal Evacuation.

Nonetheless, that Employee Series was the starting point of many of the beers you’ve come to love today: (Jim’s) Tripel Wreck, (Andrew’s) Snag and Drop, (Steve’s) Biscuits and Honey, and (Courtney Gingrich’s) Concrete Ship.

And this week’s release: (Courtney Rosenberg’s) Foreshore Shandy.

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“It’s something a little different,” says Brewer Mark Graves.

Ebb and Flow

The moon does some strange things to our planet.

As we learned last August, it can sometimes get between us and our love affair with the sun, causing an eclipse. Believe it or not, the moon has a bit to do with our seasons — its gravitational pull keeps the planet at that perfect 23.5° axial tilt: without its gravity counteracting the sun, we’d be wobbling all over the place. It even keeps our day at around 24 hours — without the moon, we’d be spinning so quickly that our day would only last about 7 hours. And it provides a nice little night light, illuminating our nighttime hours so that we can find our way home after an evening at the bar.

But, most importantly, without the moon we wouldn’t have a name for our release this week. As you likely know, the moon is what’s responsible for our tides. The amount of gravity it provides makes the oceans’ water bulge ever so slightly, creating a low tide. Then, as the moon moves and we rotate, the bulge moves with it, creating a high tide.

Then the process starts over again. And, between them, we have what’s known as an “ebb tide” — the water is receding, the planet is spinning beneath the water, and the moon is moving to its next position.

And that’s kind of where we are right now in Cape May: our tides of visitors will be returning soon.

And, of course, we’ve got a beer for that.

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Not only does it make the entire cleaning process that much more enjoyable....

Spring Has Sprung (…no, really… it has….)

Happy Spring!

Yeah… it’s a little difficult to tell that the Vernal Equinox was at 12:15pm on Tuesday, marking the beginning of Spring. We’re on the warming side of the fourth nor’easter of March, and we’re only two-thirds of the way through the month.

This year, March has been in like a lion… then that lion sticks around awhile, eats this generation of lambs, trundles out for a day, then comes barreling back in because there’s one little lamb cowering in a corner, and he hasn’t quite satiated its hunger for lamb flesh. This lion doesn’t even bother with mint jelly.

Nonetheless, winter’s on the wing and some fine spring morns are in store. Trust us. They have to be. That’s the only thought that will get us through this lousy Smarch weather.

And when spring finally arrives, we’ve got five springtime uses for beer.

Other than drinking it, of course.

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“It's an extremely complicated equation, but an oversimplification of it would be Sour + IPA = dreamy.”

Oh, That Corrosion….




That’s Corrosion, “the beer geek’s dream beer.”

Like many things in life, Corrosion’s story begins with a happy accident.

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Stouts and St. Patrick's Day go together like movies and popcorn!

Oooh, that’s a good Stout

There’s something about St. Patrick’s Day that makes you want to reach for the nearest stout.

Mid-March weather is notoriously soul-crushing — both in South Jersey and in Ireland — so it makes sense to want to quaff something as dark as the sky.

That’s why we’re pleased to tap Cape May Stout this week, just in time for St. Pat to drive the snakes out of Ireland and drive the stout into your glass.

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