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Lady In Room #10, Cape May Brewing Company’s Latest Barrel Aged Series Offering Releases Saturday, October 21st

Cape May Brewing Company is at it again!  Another offering from their Barrel-Aged Series will be releasing this Saturday, October 21st at the brewery.  We have really enjoyed the series and this looks like another winner that is 18 months in the making.

From The Press Release:

Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is pleased to announce the latest release in their widely-acclaimed Barrel Aged Series: Lady in Room #10, a sour brown ale aged in red wine barrels for eighteen months on black currants and plums releases from their Brewtique at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport on Saturday, October 21st.

“Our Barrel Aged Series is one of the most forward-thinking and innovative things we’ve done as a brewery,” said Ryan Krill, CEO and co-owner of Cape May Brewing Company, “and Lady in Room #10 is the culmination of nearly three years of experimentation, ingenuity, and creativity.

“Our Barrel Aged Series has lead to some of our most well-received beers to date, and we’re certain that Lady in Room #10 will exceed all expectations.”

Lady in Room #10 is barrel-aged autumn splendor. This limited release was lovingly crafted over the past year-and-a-half, hand-bottled with care in a gorgeous 750ml bottle, hand-dipped in wax, and bottle-conditioned to perfection. Lady in Room #10 has an assertive malt character balanced by its rich, jam-like fruit flavors, the brew’s sourness remaining front-and-center while being well-rounded by the oaken and vinous character provided by the eighteen months spent in red wine barrels with a delectable helping of black currants and plums.

“You get the black currants and plums up front with this rich jam-like quality,” says CMBC Head Brewer Brian Hink. “There’s an underlying maltiness due to the base beer, the barrel’s character is present, the sourness is front and center, but it quickly lets the other aspects shine through, this really is a fully-painted picture.”

Black currants, not particularly well-known in the United States, are a tart and juicy berry popular in Northern Europe.

“I was first introduced to black currants when I lived in the UK,” says Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm. “Black currant flavor is similar to blackberries, but more acidic. This is why we chose it for Lady In Room #10: we wanted to bring out the acidic notes of the base beer more, but by using a fruity tone to achieve that as opposed to more sour notes.”

Like an explosion of fall colors in the turning leaves, the result is a symphony of flavors in complete harmony with one another, well-rounded, balanced, and with a depth of character you won’t find elsewhere.

Named for one of Cape May’s many famed ghost stories, Miss Wright returned to her beloved room #10 at the Hotel Macomber each summer, bathed in perfume and talking up a storm, with her trusty steamer trunk in tow. Death hasn’t stopped her return, and she joins the numerous specters at the Macomber in haunting room #10.

This limited offering releases October 21st from CMBC’s Brewtique at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport, just in time for Halloween. A special sixtel of Lady in Room #10 will be tapped in the Tasting Room, with brewers available from 12-3pm to discuss CMBC’s barrel-aging program.

“Grab a few bottles and see for yourself,” Hink says. “I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

Breweries Events

Here’s What’s On Tap This Week

Tuesday, October 17th

Eight & Sand Beer Co will be having a Beer & Brush Painting night at the tasting room from 6:30-9:30 pm.  McArt will be at the brewery for a fun night of making art and drinking crafts! The fee is $35, which includes all supplies and one rail of beer. Every guest will leave with a 16″x20″ finished canvas.

Pinelands Brewing Co will be having their weekly Pour It Forward event tonight at 6 pm. In October, 10% of all sales on Tuesdays between the hours of 6-9p will be earmarked for Hearts and Harleys.

Wednesday, October 18th

Glasstown Brewing Company is now open on Wednesday’s from 12-8 pm. Come by and have a beer, plus there are fresh cans, bottles, crowlers, and growlers so you can bring the magic home!

Death Of The Fox Brewing Company has an Open Mic night tonight at the tasting room starting at 7 pm.

Thursday, October 19th

Slack Tide Brewing Co will be having a tap takeover tonight at the Country Club Tavern (The CCT) in Cape May Court House from 6-11 pm. On tap will be Angry Osprey IPA, Bell Buoy Blonde Ale, Bucktail Brown Ale and Thermocline DIPA.

South Jersey Girls Pint Out will be throwing axes and sharing beers at Bury The Hatchet in Cherry Hill from 7-9 pm. After some instruction, you’ll be throwing axes competition style and sharing some beers. Feel free to bring a bottle or two to share.  The cost is $35 and you must register via PayPal, details can be found HERE

Garden State Beer Co will be having live music tonight by Paul Tozz at the tasting room from 7-9 pm

Vinyl Brewing will be having a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 6 pm followed by their first Thursday opening in coordination with Downtown Hammonton’s Third Thursday Event.

Tomfoolery Brewing’s Tap-It Thursday featuring Apple Pie Pale Ale, a perfect fall beer!

Friday, October 20th

Berlin Brewing Company will be hosting the sounds of Moon Shot tonight at the taproom.  The music plays from 7-11 pm and while you are there you can try their new seasonal offerings.

Slack Tide Brewing Co will be featuring Live & Local music with Dave Hangley from 5-8PM at the tasting room.

Saturday, October 21st

Devil’s Creek Brewery’s Oktoberfest is today from 12-5 pm.  They will be pouring $4 pints of their German DC Dunkel Bock Sweet Potato Pie (with or without a brown sugar rim!). PLUS, they’ll have a craft table for the kids to keep them entertained w/seasonal crafts! ($1 each per craft)

Ludlam Island Brewery has a Secret Tap for those of you that are in the know…Stop by and ask one of their awesome bartenders for a pour.

Ship Bottom Brewery’s 2nd Annual Haunted Brew House Event is today starting at 12 pm. They will have trick or treat available for the kids and the adults will have their pick from special casks of ale filled with Halloween candies:

* Belgium Dubbel w/ Skittles
* Barnacle Bottom Stout w/ Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups
* Imperial Pumpkin Ale w/ Hershey Chocolate Bars
* Barnacle Bottom Stout w/ Junior Mints

The brewery will be decorated with scary stuff and there will also be a costume contest with great prizes!  Check them out on Facebook for more info




Eight & Sand Beer Co. of Woodbury Celebrates Anniversary, Wins GABF Silver!

We are very lucky here in South Jersey to have had a boom of breweries that have opened in the last few years.  We believe that quantity is great, but the quality of the beer that is being produced here in South Jersey has been off the charts.  Eight & Sand Beer Co of Woodbury, who just celebrated their first anniversary on September 8th, is one of these new breweries making quality beer in South Jersey.  To top off what has been an amazing year, Eight and Sand just took home the Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for Best Chili Beer for “Bad Hombre”, a truly fantastic honor.

Eight & Sand Beer Co. is owned by longtime friends Chris Mazzone and Chris Burke. “We were friends and have had the same group of friends forever.  We grew up in the same town and went to the same high school.  I was actually best man at his wedding a few years back” Mazzone told us.  Head Brewer Burke was an avid homebrewer since his college days and Mazzone runs the business end.  They had been working on the idea since 2014 and opened in September 2016.

The name Eight & Sand is a nod to Woodbury’s rich railroad history.  The term “Eight & Sand” comes from a railroader’s traditional wish for a safe and fast journey on the rails.  Eight refers to Notch-8, which was a high-speed setting on some trains, and sand is a nod to the sand that was sometimes spread on railroad tracks to prevent slippage. The brewery is built not far from the railroad tracks that provided South Jersey with tons of goods for years, as far back as 1887.  This train theme is echoed throughout the tasting room as well in the names of some of their beers.  They also have strong ties to the local community and most of the staff is also from this area.

(Photo Courtesy Eight & Sand Beer Co.)

The impressive brewing facility is visible through the large glass windows behind the bar.  Giant 30 BBL fermenters dominate the view and add to the industrial look of the tasting room. “We designed this place to definitely accommodate more tanks, I actually didn’t forecast for  30 BBL tanks, I thought 20’s (20 BBL) but he (points at Chris Burke) really convinced me that canning was going to be huge and this was the best way to go”.  The thought in the design of the brewhouse allows for more expansion including a mobile canning system that has come in to package their IPA #2 in 16 0z. cans.

One thing that separates this facility from most is the use of steam to power the brewing system.  When Chris & Chris were designing the facility they could have used electric, direct fire or gas, or steam.  “Guess which one is the most expensive?” Mazzone joked.  The use of steam accomplishes 2 things for the brewery.  First, it is the most environmentally friendly way, something that is important to both guys.  The second is that steam saves much more energy when doing back-to-back brews, which they need to do to fill those 30 BBL fermenters.  Another unique element of the brewery is that the Nitrogen that “powers” their Nitrogen Tap is created right in the brewery.  Mazzone told me that, “Instead of having Nitrogen delivered to us we have a machine that literally pulls the nitrogen out of the air and into a tank”.  In February of 2016, a 21.08kW solar array was installed on their roof to add to their commitment to renewable energy.

Eight & Sand has a very impressive tap list. As many as 17 beers can be on tap at any single time with many varying styles.  “When we chose a tap system we wanted to go big, we wanted to offer variety,” Mazzone said.  One of the things that we forget is that sometimes you have to be able to brew with what hops are available, not with what you want when you first start out.  “We didn’t have any hop contracts so I went and bought whatever I could get at the time and kept ordering”, said Burke.  As the “spot”, or the secondary market has become more accessible a pretty steady tap list has evolved with everything from an IPA to a Grätzer, and everything in-between.

After I spoke with the guys they were headed off to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver to pour and compete in the competition.  “Bad Hombre”,  a Milk stout brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, serrano peppers, and Square One coffee took home the Silver Medal in the Chili Beer competition.  This is a testament to Chris and Chris’s dedication to beer and the art of brewing.  Taking home a medal from the biggest beer festival in the world is a truly outstanding accomplishment, and it happened within their first 13 months since the grand opening.

Congrats to everyone at Eight & Sand on their first anniversary and to the Silver at GABF. I suspect we will be seeing more great things from these guys in the years to come! Also special thanks to Chris Mazzone and Chris Burke for taking the time to sit with me in the middle of a busy brew day! Cheers!

Follow Eight & Sand on Social Media

On the web at www.eightandsandbeer.com

Facebook @eightandsandbeer

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Twitter @EightSandBeer

All Photos Courtesy of Eight & Sand Beer Co.

Breweries Events

Here’s What’s On Tap This Week!

Thursday, October 12th

Devil’s Creek Brewery will be hosting Halloween Pilsner Paint Night from 6:30-9 pm at the brewery in Collingswood.  The cost is $25 and each guest will receive TWO pilsner glasses to paint as well as 1 pint of beer. (8.0% or higher beers served in chalice)  You will be guided step by step in creating your painted glasses, so no experience is necessary! You will leave that evening with two usable glasses that YOU created! No ticket sales at the door so you must purchase them online HERE!

Garden State Beer Company will be hosting the music of Sensacoustic from 8-10 pm at the Tasting Room in Galloway!  Also, TJ’s BBQ Catering will be outside their licensed premises if you get a hankering for food!

Brotherton Brewing Company has dropped its first delivery of 4 pack cans of Brotherton IPA in South Jersey!  Check out your local package goods shops like Clayton Liquors, Ott’s Bottleshop, Canal’s in Berlin, Murphy’s Fresh Markets and more.  Be sure to look for a drop list on Facebook for more info!

Friday, October 13th

Tuckahoe Brewing Co will be having a Tap Takeover at Harry’s Oyster Bar in Atlantic City from 4-7 pm.  4 beers will be on tap including I Want To See Mountains IPA, Parum Sole Table Sour, Holly Beach Pumpkin, and New Brighton Coffee Stout.

Lower Forge Brewery along with our friends South Jersey Made will be having a Friday the 13th Pop-Up Market & Party from 6-10 pm at the brewery.  A night of macabre vendors, complete with voodoo dolls & on-theme face painting! There will also be a costume contest with prizes!

Three 3’s Brewing in Hammonton will be celebrating Friday the 13th with the Outlaw Burger Barn Food Truck from 4 – 9. They’ll also be releasing a new small-batch beer, Playing with the Devil, as part of the celebration. Plus another surprise release to be announced later this week on their Facebook page!

Vinyl Brewing in Hammonton will be releasing the 2nd beer in their Garage Series, Get Rad Sour Ale.  The tasting room is open from 4- 9 pm and be sure to get there early, the first release lasted only 4 hours!

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing will tapping a special pin of a “Beet N’ Bloody Butler” – their What the Butler Saw with beets, hibiscus & tart cherry juice.  Also, there are a limited amount of memberships still available to for the 2017-2018 Refugee Club with updated perks for more savings!  Check out Forgotten Boardwalk on the web HERE for info

Icarus Brewing along with New Jersey Craft Beer will be having the NJCB Build Me Up a Buttercup Release Party from 3-10 pm at the tasting room in Lakewood.

Saturday, October 14th

Spellbound Brewing will be celebrating their 3rd Anniversary on from 12-8 pm at the Tasting Room in Mount Holly.  An incredible lineup of 30+ beers along with a bottle release of “It’s Not Yours, It’s Mayan” Imperial Stout. Food by Rob’s Craft Sandwiches and Smoke Shack BBQ right outside their licensed premises.  This is a 21+ event and no growlers or flights will be available on Saturday.  The Mayan Bottles will be $16 each with a 3 per person limit (1900 were bottled) and there is a cardboard carrier for 3 bottle sets.  Congratulations to Spellbound on this milestone!  What a great week for the brewery, winning a gold at GABF and their 3rd anniversary all in the same week, Cheers from all of us at SJBeerscene.com!

Spellbound Brewing 3rd Anniversary!

The Tropicana Beer & Whiskey Festival is today from 2-8 pm in Atlantic City.  Guests will enjoy sampling a wide selection of 60 beers and 30 whiskeys, plus live entertainment featuring John Eddie and His Dirty Ol’ Band.  Tickets are $30 online or $35 at the door.  For more info go click the link below!

Tropicana Beer & Whiskey Festival Tickets and Info

Ship Bottom Brewery will be hosting their 2nd annual Harvest Festival at the Tasting Room in Beach Haven starting at noon. They are releasing their Belgium Dubbel, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, limited casks of Fall Ales and their Marzen will be on tap. Come dressed in your favorite country attire.  They are also having Pumpkin Carving Contest with the following prizes:

1st Place – $100 Ship Bottom Gift Card
2nd Place – $50 Ship Bottom GIft Card
3rd Place – $25 Ship Bottom Gift Card






Events News

VOTE BEER! Support New Jersey Breweries Event 10/24/17 at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing

The New Jersey Brewers Association is holding a special event at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing in Cherry Hill on Tuesday, October 24th from 6-8 pm to raise money for the New Jersey Craft Brewers PAC. Tickets for the event are $25 and will include 2 full pours of special beers and light fare.  These two entities are working throughout the state raising brewery awareness and fighting for better laws for all of New Jersey’s breweries.  A PAC, or political action committee, is a type of an organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation.  PAC’s are a way to pool resources to be able to affect change and, in today’s political climate, donating to a PAC that shares your beliefs is one of the best ways to make your money work with like-minded people and have your voice heard.

A great percentage of New Jersey’s Breweries run on shoestring budgets who entered this business for the love of beer and the art of beermaking, not to be millionaires. That is why it is so important that the brewing community has these organizations to stand behind them and help them navigate the laws, give direction, and work with State Representatives and their constituents for better legislation for New Jersey Breweries.

We also sometimes forget about all of the people that breweries employ.  In addition to the brewer, you have taproom servers, delivery drivers, assistant brewers, cellarmen, merchandisers, sales reps, and many more people that make a living from the brewery that needs our help as well.

If you love New Jersey Breweries and want to support them this is a great way to spend a few bucks.  If you cannot attend the event and still want to contribute you can also follow the ticket link and donate whatever you can to help support a cause you believe in, from places that you enjoy to patronize, is money well spent.


For Information and Tickets Please Click the Link Below!

Vote Beer! Support NJ Breweries Tickets