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The Official Blog of Cape May Brewing Company
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"I am a builder at heart and I look forward to getting back into something that feeds my need to design, engineer, and build."

Farewell, Hank….

Everyone’s next chapter remains to be written.

At the State of the Brewery in December, Hank reminded us of that fact, kicking things off with a short and surprising statement: he had decided to leave Cape May Brewing Company.

The announcement was met with universal surprise and quite a few tears, but also with the knowledge that Hank has been absolutely instrumental in getting us to where we are today. Without his wisdom and guidance — and, most importantly, his encyclopedic knowledge of both beer and mechanics — we might never have seen the growth we’ve achieved to this point.

However, while there’s a certain amount of sadness, at Cape May Brewing Company, we know that whatever the next chapter holds for Hank — whether it’s doing HVAC on an island in the Caribbean or a fry cook on Venus — he’ll be a tremendous success, and we wish him nothing but happiness.

Below, you can read what he had to say in his own words.

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“I just want to kick ass.”

Meet Cape Bev’s New Operations Manager… Justin Vitti!

He’s more than magic. He’s more than a mustache and a smile.

He’s a guy with a singular past that prepared him to be the new Operations Manager of Cape Beverage, with an accrued business acumen that only a background in sales, homebrewing, bartending, and distribution could possibly create.

That’s Justin Vitti: Pearl Jam fan, walking encyclopedic compilation of Harry Potter spells, and able to shove a nail through his septum.

Straight to the Pint has never formally introduced him to our readers. He’s sort of always existed as this force at Cape May Brewing Co., doing card tricks and ensuring that our beer gets to its final destination: your stomach.

Now, on the precipice of his new job, we wanted to get it down. Get it all down. Sit back, because Justin is known to tell stories. 

And we’re starting at the very beginning.

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We’re thoroughly excited about 2020, and we hope you are, too!

2020 Release Calendar

As we barrel into 2020, we’re looking forward to a great year. 2019 was an awesome time, and we’re planning to have an even better year in 2020.

We’re proud to publicize our production schedule for 2020. Each year, we plan for the next; however, for the first time, we’ve got a lovely graphic to keep us on track. 

You might say that Cape May Brewing Company is a seasonal brewery. We’re strong throughout the year, but things really explode in the summer: production skyrockets, visitorship in the Tasting Room is through the roof, and we’re all working our hardest to ensure that our beer is at every bar, every wedding, every barbecue, and every event throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. 

Next year’s release schedule is designed to maximize upon that fact. As such, there will be some changes to what we’ve done in the past. We’re excited about some of the additions; we’ll miss some of the ones we’re retiring, but this is all being done to ensure that we’re at our best when it counts the most.

It should be noted that this is subject to change — we’re definitely going to do our best to keep to this schedule, but we are at the mercy of can suppliers and governmental agencies and little microorganisms that are really the ones who decide when we can release a certain beer.

Check out the changes below!

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More Awesome Merch!

We’ve got a lot of great new swag this holiday season — and they’re all perfect gifts for the Cape May beer lover on your list!

We’ll be rolling out more over the next few weeks, but here’s a bit of the swag that they’ll want to open at your next holiday gathering!

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“We’re looking for Lacto and Pedio.”

More Toys!

We’ve definitely got some fun toys at the brewery.

That new canning line is awesome — it makes canning beer so much faster. Our centrifuge is pretty cool, too — it gets the beer cleaned up, looking pretty, and tasting fantastic. Innovation Director Brian Hink gets to have a lot of fun with our pilot system, developing tasty new beers for you fine folks, and our beer engine opened up a whole world of new beers to try in our Tasting Room. Even Craig and Polly probably have a lot of fun on our forklifts.

(Okay, that last one’s a lie. Work safe, work smart.)

Yet, we’ve got a tiny, little room off to the side of the brewery floor that you might not notice if someone doesn’t point it out to you, and the most fun — and expensive — toys in the brewery are in there.

That’s our lab. And Lab Manager Lauren Appleman spends her days cooped up in there, playing with those awesome toys.

And she got a shiny, new toy over the past few months — okay, it’s not shiny — but her new Gene-Up from bioMérieux is making it easier for her to ensure that each can that leaves our warehouse is of the highest quality.

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New Merch, Round Two!

New summer, new us!

We’ve been in the process of revamping our merch this summer, and, since summer is almost over (sad face), we wanted to give you a rundown of some of the new stuff.

Check them out below!

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New Merch!

We are completely revamping all of our merch.

Like… all of it. Every. Single. Piece.

The good news is that, if you’ve been waiting to grab an old piece of merch at a great price, now’s the time to do it, as we’ve got everything on sale to make room.

The better news is that we’ve got over forty pieces of new merchandise coming throughout the summer, just waiting to be discovered.

Check out a few of them below!

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“It’s an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to bring the beer our fans have come to love on their trips down to the Jersey Shore to their homes in Pennsylvania.”

Expansion into Reading

If Billy Joel is to be believed — and there’s no reason not to believe the Piano Man himself — in Allentown, they’re closing all the factories down, and out in Bethlehem, they’re killing time by filling out forms and standing in line.

But our (grand)fathers fought the Second World War and spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore. When they did, they were probably introduced to some good beer. That is, if they did so after 2011.

So they’re waiting there in Allentown. Waiting for some CMBC. They’re waiting in Bethlehem. They’re waiting in Reading. And in Easton. And Lancaster and Kutztown and Strasberg and Nazareth.

And we’ll be there to help them out.

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“We’ve always looked up to Yards and have a lot of respect for them, and that’s why they’ll be an awesome partner for this next phase in our growth.”

Cape May Brewing Company and Yards

When it comes to brewing in the Philly area, there are a couple of big names, but there’s one that’s always stood head and shoulders above the rest.

They essentially started the Philadelphia craft beer scene back in ‘95.

Their Philadelphia Pale Ale released in 2000 is both ubiquitous and delicious.

Social Media and Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg literally cannot get enough of their cherry and raspberry ale.

Their new facility on Spring Garden St. made headlines when it opened in 2017.

By now, you probably realize that we’re talking about Yards Brewing Company, and we’ll be partnering with them to bring you Cape May Lager.

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“Growing up as we are as a company, we wanted to take a step up in our quality. I think this is a huge, huge step in that direction.”

The Italian Stallion

Packaging Manager Mark Graves is downright giddy.

He’s not a man to whom you’d often apply such an adjective — packaging beer is serious business (said no one ever) — but when he has the biggest, shiniest new toy in the place, his giddiness is infectious.

If you had a big, shiny, new canning line, you’d be giddy, too.

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