Cape May Brewing Company

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  1. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,338) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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  2. Harrisdoodle

    Harrisdoodle Initiate (61) Jan 13, 2015 New Jersey

    Glad to hear it. Would love to have their stuff in Central/Northern NJ.
     
  3. Dando274

    Dando274 Initiate (64) Jan 12, 2016 Pennsylvania

    Cool, that's good news. I go there in the summer and enjoy some of their beers in growlers. They already bottle some beers, right? Hopefully as they expand they start selling bottles/cans in Pennsylvania.
     
  4. jawas

    jawas Initiate (184) Dec 4, 2013 New Jersey

    They have a lot of promise but need a lot of help. Some of their choices makes no sense.
     
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,043) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Here he comes to save the day!?!:slight_smile:

    “Jimmy Valm –jimmy formerly of Brooklyn Brewery — will take over as CMBC’s Director of Brewing Operations,”

    Cheers!
     
  6. Beerisheaven

    Beerisheaven Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Has anyone gone to Tom Foolery brewing yet?
     
  7. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,338) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Yup, started bottling their IPA last summer.
     
  8. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,872) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    This will be good for the brewery. I've learned a bit here and there about Heriot-Watt's program in brewing and distilling as well as their reputation. This guy's well trained and educated plus he sounds enthusiatic about being there. That's a great combination that should work well.
     
  9. slipkrash

    slipkrash Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2006 New Jersey

    They bottle their IPA, Coastal Evacuation, Honey Porter, and Apple Bomb.

    I used to live 5 minutes away from them. Want to get back down there to try Concrete Ship.
     
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  10. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,338) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    For years my father in law had a place not even 5 minutes from there in the Villas. I'll tell you I spent a decent amount of time there last year and enjoyed most of their beers. Some are fantastic, some are just ok, but none were bad. Still, I think they are headed in the right direction.
     
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  11. CaptFrothy

    CaptFrothy Devotee (498) Dec 9, 2006 Maryland
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    On my last visit there this past summer, noticed a bunch of wine barrel aged stuff stacked up in the brewery.

    Shouldn't be long before that stuff is offered onsite, indeed they're headed in the right direction with barrel aging stuff.
     
  12. Harrisdoodle

    Harrisdoodle Initiate (61) Jan 13, 2015 New Jersey

    I went and I wasn't a fan. Every beer I tasted had zero carbonation. I wonder if there was something wrong with their taps
     
  13. slipkrash

    slipkrash Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2006 New Jersey

    Lived right near the Villas. My Dad still lives near there. They're definitely headed in the right direction. Heard they're bottling their barley wine Sawyer's Swap. Not really a barley wine fan, but I'll give it a shot. Big fan of Coastal and King Porter Stomp.
     
  14. jawas

    jawas Initiate (184) Dec 4, 2013 New Jersey

    They have bottled sawyer swap at least two times now. They need to BA that and concrete ship.
     
  15. Norexyet

    Norexyet Initiate (161) Nov 23, 2015 New Jersey
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    I had their Citra pale ale and ipa last night and they were both solid. Nothing mind blowing but enjoyable. Was a nice suprise to see it up in point pleasant.
     
  16. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,316) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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  17. gardenstatepkwy

    gardenstatepkwy Initiate (123) Jun 1, 2014 New Jersey
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    Very cool! Congrats CMBC! Have lint tried Topsail but will grab one now. Big fan of some of their other beers - City to Shore, White Caps, Mop Water... keep up the good work Cape May! Oh and they have a new double IPA dropping soon. 16 oz cans looks like it will hit distro.
     
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  18. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,338) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I had Topsail in the fall, very good. I also have 2 other of their barrel series sitting in my fridge.....but forget the names.

    CMBC kegs have even landed in PA, Exton has a few. I'm looking forward to the new DIPA. I've been grabbing cans of CM IPA and Coastal Evac in the area, great to see too.
     
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  19. kthoag

    kthoag Aspirant (292) May 21, 2012 New York
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    Man, is that cool or what? Guess I should append my last comment on CM, calling them the best sour program in NJ. Best in USA
     
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  20. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Defender (666) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    I do like CMBC and look forward to trying Topsail but if Heavy Seas is their best Brewery in America then I have to take their rankings with a grain of salt.
     
  21. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,619) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    White Caps is really swell!

    Does anyone know if their sours make it to any stores?
     
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  22. gardenstatepkwy

    gardenstatepkwy Initiate (123) Jun 1, 2014 New Jersey
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    I've seen them at Wegmans Princeton and Mt Laurel.
     
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  23. jkearns33168

    jkearns33168 Initiate (50) Feb 10, 2015 New Jersey

    Buyrite in Hazlet has had them recently.
     
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  24. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,316) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I bought their Sours at a store in Toms River.
    I've seen cans of the IPA at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge
    Never anything north of there.
     
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  25. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,619) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Thanks a lot!

    I'm down in SJ several times a year, so I'll make an effort next time I'm down there.
     
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  26. brianhink

    brianhink Initiate (18) Jan 11, 2018 New Jersey

    Hi everybody! A few of us on the production crew at CMBC (I'm the head brewer down at Cape May) check in from time to time on these forums, and while we always enjoy seeing one of our beers mentioned on one of the other threads none of us ever felt it was right to join just to chime in on other threads where we've been mentioned. But this morning one of our cellarmen who keeps tabs around here said this thread got brought back from the dead so I figured it was a good time to sign up to say hey!

    To those of you in central Jersey you should be able to find us pretty readily these days, and those of you in the northern parts stay tuned because we'll be coming up your way before you know it. For the Philly crowd, we've been sending limited kegs your way for three years now, but starting this past August we started sending cans up there - and we're definitely going to keep expanding that in the coming months. As for the sours, they do see limited distro in all of our areas of distribution, but not every account of ours is interested in carrying our large format sours so they definitely aren't on shelves across the state, but they're out there and available here and there.
     
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  27. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,338) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Thanks for posting @brianhink, it’s always great to hear from owners, brewers etc. because it shows you care.

    Keep up the good work. I’ve spent many a day at the brewery in the summer and had a great time each visit. I’ve also drank more Coastal Evacuation than I can remember and really enjoy CM IPA and the sours. You are doing a great job on your beer.

    I’m really happy to see continued distribution in the Philly area, it makes me think of the shore each time I buy some. In fact, last weekend I was sitting at Fins in CM enjoying.....wait for it. Yup a few Coastal Evacs!

    Anyway, thanks for posting. Don’t be a stranger.
     
  28. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,316) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    Thanks for stopping in. Don't be a stranger. Don't be afraid to drop in and let us know about an event or a release.
    I've had a few of your sours and really enjoyed them. Hope to see them in North Jersey.
     
  29. ThinBlueLine

    ThinBlueLine Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2014 New Jersey

    Definitely do not be a stranger here. Many people, including myself, appreciate those who make great beer to come down to the average consumers level and not stay invisible. Being accessible and answering questions / concerns makes for happy customers. I know when I was there in September, your facility was a great stop during my mini vacation for the NJ State Firemen's Convention. Keep doing what you're doing, and I know I will be following your "Northern NJ Distrubution" updates.
     
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  30. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,067) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    That was my first thought too. I haven't had anything from Heavy Seas in a while, but historically most of their beer has not been memorable.

    Recently a friend brought over a six pack of Cape Mays Coastal Evacuation, it was pretty good
     
  31. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Defender (666) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    There are over 13k ratings on BA for Heavy Seas and their overall rating is a 3.74 (Good) which is about right IMO. My guess is someone there knows someone at Beer Connoisseur.

    I do like Coastal Evacuation and their Honey Porter is very good. I was never overly impressed with their IPA but they seem to be improving so will be on the lookout for Topsail and some of their other stuff.
     
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  32. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,338) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Their IPA uber fresh is really good, the fruit really comes out a whole bunch more.
     
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  33. specialiste

    specialiste Initiate (98) Jun 27, 2011 Colorado
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    Came here to post about The Beer Connoisseur's ranking, but I see it's been discussed! The Topsail really is great, 4th release in excellent BA-sour bottle series—I loved all the first 4, Keel & Skeg particularly amazing. After that, Higbee was tasty, and Phantom Crew nails the style too. Impressive first 2 years of bottle sours, definitely watching for what's next!
    In Northern NJ and Philly, maybe ask your LBS to request from the brewery?

    Here in Denver we're ridiculously spoiled with great sours local and national
    (no joke, still sitting on shelves are Beachwood, Arizona Wilderness, Scratch, Russian River, some Jester King, a little Rare Barrel, even Casey, and more)
    Likewise hops, with nearly every 2-3 y/o brewery selling (overpriced) IPA cans or crowlers to-go. Plus stores getting great cans like Melvin, Pipeworks, Modern Times, now WeldWerks etc etc.
    No exaggeration, CMBC City to Shore and White Caps were some of the best canned IPAs I had last year!
    Not saying they're equal to all these breweries, in all styles/offering—but given the upper-echelon stuff I drink (and pass on) all the time, from locals/stores/trades, I definitely don't think of CMBC as just a "South Jersey Brewery" fwiw.
    (And maybe that's kinda what Beer Connoisseur is saying?)

    TLDR: CMBC bottled sours and tallboy hops are fantastic.
    Cheers on the award, can't wait to try more!
     
  34. dagimp

    dagimp Disciple (391) Nov 18, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I'm a big fan of Coastal Evac. White caps is OK, but not great and I still have to try the IPA. When does City to Shore come out? is it seasonal or was just a one off? I can regularly find CM in cans in the Philly area... on tap too.
     
  35. specialiste

    specialiste Initiate (98) Jun 27, 2011 Colorado
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    Pretty sure City to Shore is seasonal fall DIPA, September—for the Bike MS ride
    https://www.capemaybrewery.com/blog/city-shore/
     
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  36. specialiste

    specialiste Initiate (98) Jun 27, 2011 Colorado
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    Just cracked last in BA-sour series I hadn't tried, Lady in Room #10:
    wow, delicious!! So jammy, awesome fruit, with great sour/tart complementing. For comparison reference, RR Consecration/Supplication touchstone—miles ahead in complexity and chewy fruit linger. Amazed this is from CMBC, tbh.
    Seriously savoring and need another bottle!
     
  37. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Initiate (194) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    It is a seasonal and it is arguably their best beer. Grabbed a growler as soon as it released!
     
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  38. brianhink

    brianhink Initiate (18) Jan 11, 2018 New Jersey

    Thanks for the kind words, all. Really enjoy hearing/reading the love for our beers, especially Coastal - that's my go to of our core brands. We're starting to roll out more and more seasonal/limited offerings in cans, and you should've already seen them rolling out with City, King Porter Stomp, and White Caps, and on Thursday we'll be releasing for the first time in cans Snag and Drop, our big 10% triple IPA that is stupidly easy to drink. That'll start going out to stores on Monday, with it seeing a pretty wide distro so you should see it around most places that carry us.
     
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  39. brianhink

    brianhink Initiate (18) Jan 11, 2018 New Jersey

    Yeah City is definitely one of our best offerings, everyone on production was super jazzed about that being our first 4 pack/tall boy offering. It had been on draft the past four years, so having it packaged this year was a real treat! It's made in honor of the Bike MS: City to Shore 100 mile ride from Cherry Hill down to Ocean City every September, and this year every member of the production crew participated in the ride, and at the end of a 100 mile bike ride this beer was the most perfect thing I could ask for.
     
  40. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Initiate (194) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    Just want to thank you, in the awful selection at south jersey bars your beers are the only shining light. And that bike ride ends pretty close to my house, I may in fact participate next year. The beer at the end certainly helps!