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It took the easy-drinking, refreshing nature of the Watermelon Wheat and added these two extra elements that brought it to a whole new level.

Old Salt

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.

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“It really ties Left Hand and Cape May together,” Ryan said.

Ties the Room Together

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.

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It's really big on the orange, obviously, but there's still a great hop profile there as well.

Crushin’ It

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.

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I think it is quite possibly our most complex sour yet...

Temporarily Permanent

Temporarily Permanent.

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.

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Probably my favorite brew from Cape May Brew Co.

Bogged Down with Excitement!

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!

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Because it tastes like an IPA that you can drink all day without getting hammered.

Mop Man on Cape May IPA

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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It’s Brett as you’ve never known Brett before.

That’s a Crusty Barnacle!

Ah, yesteryear.

For our parents, that was sometime in the 60s. For the rest of us, it was sometime in 2013.

In the yesteryear of CMBC, when we had about five employees, Ryan said, “Hey! Let’s let our brilliant and knowledgeable employees design a beer!”

And it was so.

That series inspired some of your favorite beers today: Snag and Drop, Biscuits and Honey, and Foreshore Shandy, to name a few.

Then, in 2015, Ryan said, “Hey! We’ve got waaaaaay too many employees to do an Employee Series, so let’s break into teams and design a new beer!”

And it was so.

The Tasting Room, with its multitude of homebrewers, was the first team tapped, and they knocked it out of the park with an American Pale Ale entirely fermented with Brett yeast. It was so good, we’ve come back to it time and again, and it will make you re-think everything you’ve ever known about Brett: Crusty Barnacle.

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Watermelon Wheat

If you’ve ever been to a production brewery, you know that it’s one of the most wonderful-smelling places on the planet. Seriously. Walk into our production facility one day — escorted, of course — and simply stand there and inhale.

It’s heaven.

There’s once each year that it smells better. One time each year where the aromas from the production floor are even more intoxicating than the beer.

That’s the day we juice up our Watermelon Wheat.

Everyone gets involved, chopping up some 2,700 watermelons and adding them to the gigantic watermelon frappe we’ve got going on.

Watermelon Wheat releases August 3rd — National Watermelon Day! It’s suggested that, in order to celebrate National Watermelon Day, you have watermelon with every meal.

We suggest having Watermelon Wheat with every meal. Even brunch. Why not?

Check out the pictures below! They’re not scratch-and-sniff, so you won’t be able to smell anything, but… take our word for it.

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CO2 + sealed aluminum tube = BOOM

Tiny Drink Umbrella

Summer is all about fruit beers. They’re light. They’re refreshing. They make a mean beer cocktail.

Tiny Drink Umbrella is no different. You get a berry explosion in your face with flavors of blueberry and raspberry, and you’re totally going to want a tiny drink umbrella for this one.

However, like The Bog, we’ve got a few caveats on this one, too.

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So these two are going to really add to the complexity of this beer and take it up to a whole new crazy level.

Double Dry-Hopped White Caps

We make a lot of beer around here — like a lot — and everyone around the brewery has their favorites. The BogMop WaterCoastal Evac… the list goes on and on.

But there’s one that we wait with bated breath. One that we beg the brewers to bring back. One that we look forward to time and again.

Two words: White Caps.

Seriously, we all go a little crazy(ier) over this beer.

When the guys told us that, for our next limited can release, they’d be throwing even more hops at this already-hoppy brew, we knew we were in for something special.

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