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The Official Blog of Cape May Brewing Company
“This beer is a really nice balance of fruit and tartness with a nice, thin body and low ABV, making it super easy to throw a few back on a warm evening."

Black Cherry Sour and the Science Behind Our Sours

As many of our fans now know, we love variety when it comes to our beers. In addition to shandies, other favorites include our sours. For many of us, these beers hold a special place in our hearts, and they remain a popular option for those who also love wine or enjoy the sour/tart options that sours provide.  

This week, we touched base with sour extraordinaire and Lab Technician Matt Allen to get the deets on what goes into some of these brews, and what the difference is between our canned and bottled sours. Our sour release this week is a Berliner-Style Weisse Ale with Cherries Black Cherry Sour!

Matt explains that the Berliner Weisse originated in Germany, and is characterized as a tart and fruity, low-alcohol sour. Traditionally, the base beer is poured into a pint, and a specialty type of syrup known as woodruff syrup is used for flavoring, not unlike those pumps of syrup you might add in your morning coffee! 

We switched things up by adding the fruit essence directly into the brewing process: “In this beer, we added black cherry into the beer while it was fermenting so that the sugars from the fruit would be fermented out. This gives the beer its nice fruity character, but takes out the sweetness of the extra sugar, giving it a lighter body,” Matt says.

(Ed. note: *chef’s kiss*)

Let’s check out more about how we make our sours!

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“I think what we do here really shines in the shandies. As far as the quality of our beer, I think it shows heavily in those. Even though they’re fruited, it’s still a straight-forward beer. There’s not a ton to hide behind."

Strawberry Sunset Is Back!

Shandies. You love them, we love them. I mean, obviously we love them. After all, we’ve released eight different shandies, including our imperial versions, many of which have graduated to yearly staples!

This month is a good month for shandy fans. We currently have The Bog and The Grove out and about, as well as 4-packs left of That Cherry Lime Good Good, and two new releases this month: Strawberry Sunset this week and The Purp later this month! 

To get some more information on how the shandy magic happens in the brewhouse, we reached out to Lab Manager Lauren Appleman and Brewer Brad Young.  

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“The smell of jalapeño hits your nose once you open the can, followed by a sweet pineapple flavor after the first sip."

Down to Fiesta is Here!

Sweet. Spicy. Sexy. Is that you… or is that our new pineapple jalapeño margarita-inspired hard seltzer?

If you ask us, it’s probably both. But this isn’t about you! It’s about our newest release, Down to Fiesta.

Overflowing with sweet and tart notes of pineapple, a zesty aroma of jalapeños, and freshly-squeezed lime, Down to Fiesta is the perfect, refreshing drink for both margarita and seltzer fans alike.

And it’s only available in the Brewtique starting this Friday, April 30!

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What better way to Enjoy the Moment than with a bright, lightly sweet beverage that goes down dangerously smooth?

Look Out World, The Grove is BACK!

We’ve all been waiting patiently (well, for the most part) for the return of this powerhouse citrus summer shandy, and it finally makes its return this week!

Available in the Tasting Room this Friday, April 30, and out for distribution to New Jersey, eastern PA, and Delaware in the next few weeks, The Grove is a shandy you won’t want to miss.

Here are the top ten reasons why you should seek out this brew!

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“Solid. Citrus heavy, hoppy, sweet. I’ll drink these all day.”

Grapefruit Crushin’ It Reviews

Originally released in November of 2019 to wide acclaim, we’re pleased to welcome back Grapefruit Crushin’ It!

Refreshing and perfectly at home at brunch, as post-dinner enjoyment, or even as your new favorite shower beer, Grapefruit Crushin’ It is something you’re going to want to crush again and again. With Simcoe, Amarillo, and Comet hops blending together to accentuate the fresh flavors of grapefruit juice, Grapefruit Crushin’ It is dry, approachable, and perfectly balanced, reminding you of summer in a can.

Releasing today in the Tasting Room, you’ll be able to find Grapefruit Crushin’ It throughout New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Check our Beer Finder for a location near you!

Our fans have been loving this brew. Check out what they had to say!

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“I hope they buy both! The orange and the grapefruit complement each other well, so there’s no reason not to.”

Scaling Up Crushin’ It

Last year, we released a number of extensions to our Crushin’ It line. Grapefruit, Mango, and Blueberry Lemon were all Tasting Room-only releases last year, and, to put it mildly, they were incredibly successful.

The releases were so successful that you crashed this website trying to order them. Remember that?!? Yeah… that was just a little stressful for us in the marketing department, but, in a weird way, it was also kind of amazing.

So… obviously… there was a demand for these beers. Our Tasting Room-only releases are kind of a test balloon: if they do well in the Tasting Room, there’s a good chance we’ll scale them up for a wide release.

That’s why we’re releasing Grapefruit Crushin’ It today!

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“More like That Cherry Lime Great Great!”

That Cherry Lime Good Good is Back!

It’s back by popular demand — That Cherry Lime Good Good!

A tart and zesty wheat ale sweetened to perfection, this is an Imperial version of Foreshore Shandy, a much loved, retired brew. The cherry lime shandy you know and love, just a whole lot bigger.

Releasing at noon on Friday, you’ll only be able to find this one in our Tasting Room and Brewtique.

Read what folks are saying!

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”I love these new IPA releases because they usually signal a change in season, and boy am I ready for spring! I can't wait to welcome some warmer weather with this beer.”

Make Fast

When we come out with a new beer, we could simply brew it up and rush it to production, cutting corners left and right, in pursuit of the Almighty Dollar, but that’s not how we do things at Cape May Brew Co.

Because, much like Meat Loaf, we would do anything for beer, but we won’t do that. 

We take our time, trialing recipes, putting brews through our R.A.D. program, ensuring that each and every aspect of our beers are perfect before they come anywhere near the chance to touch your lips.

So, when you see a beer with a name like Make Fast — the next release in our rotating IPA series, featuring a blend of Sabro and Cashmere hops, brilliant with aromas of sweet fruits, and tasting like you’re drinking freshly-pressed pineapple juice from a recently-harvested coconut –, your best assumption is that the name refers to something that fits our brand — nautical and intensely Cape May.

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“I wish I would have had this beer last Saturday when my husband and I moved a shitload of soil for our garden beds.”

Boat Ramp Champ

We are so excited to release Boat Ramp Champ this weekend!

The beer is all brewed and canned and tasting delicious, and Aaron and Lauren Stasiak from The Qualified Captain are on their way to the Tasting Room at this very moment!

(Okay, at the moment we were writing. By the time you’re reading this, they’re here. Regardless, be sure to stop by and see them at the release event today!)

So, now that all of the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed, there’s only one thing left to do: drink up! 

We caught up with Production Planning and Special Projects Manager Brian Hink and Lab Manager Lauren Appleman to find out what makes Boat Ramp Champ a helluva good Helles lager for spring.

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“It's a fun beer that really starts to put you in the mindset of spring- and summertime."

What a Weekend!

It’s going to be a great weekend at Cape May Brewing Company!

We’re all totally stoked that the governor has raised capacity to 50%, and not a moment too soon. Since it’s still pretty chilly in the Beer Garden, this is excellent news for all of our fans!

And, we’re thrilled that it’s just in time to welcome back one of our favorite brews, Cococabana!

Brewed with an abundant amount of Sultana and Cashmere hops, Cococabana is a pale ale perfect for pairing with the oncoming spring weather. House-toasted coconut lends a gentle and complementary silky-smooth mouthfeel, with an enticing aroma showcasing these brilliant hops. 

You won’t want to miss this!

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