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Cape May Brewing Company Releases Harmonic Rhythm At Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Cape May Brewing Company is, once again, the exclusive beer sponsor of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May that kicks off tonight, 4/20.  This year’s commemorative beer is called “Harmonic Rhythm” and looks very interesting.  Details in the Press Release Below!

Cape May Brewing Company Releases Harmonic Rhythm At Exit Zero Jazz Festival

Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is pleased to announce the continuation of a seven-year partnership as the exclusive beer sponsor of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, running April 20-22.

“Cape May Brewing Co. is proud to be the exclusive beer sponsor of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival,” says Cape May Brewing Company CEO, Ryan Krill. “For two weekends each year, the festival gets Cape May’s toes tapping to some of the best music around, and it allows us a chance to brew up a commemorative beer.”

This year, the brewery has devised a beer inspired by the popular cocktail known as a Moscow Mule. Characterized by the commingling of a strong ginger ale with muddled lime and mint in a copper mug, Cape May Brewing Company has replicated this in a Belgian-style ale called Harmonic Rhythm.

“We’ve been talking about doing a cocktail-inspired beer for a while now,” says CMBC Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm, “and doing one for a classy time like the Exit Zero Jazz Festival seemed like the perfect fit! We wanted to do a cocktail that was well-known, and after brainstorming a few ideas and trying out some various cocktails, we decided that in beer-form the Moscow Mule would be the best bet.”

Cape May Brewing Company has been brewing the official beer of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival since 2014 with Sophisticated Lady.

“As much as we loved Sophisticated Lady, sometimes it’s time for a change,” says Head Brewer Brian Hink, “and this year, it just felt right to change things up! So, when trying to decide what kind of beer would replace Sophisticated Lady, it just made sense to go down the cocktail route.”

A hefty dose of freshly-minced ginger added to the boil is in the forefront, garnished with a hint of fresh mint and the juices of lemon and lime rounding out the flavor profile — a gentle burn from the ginger pairs beautifully with its bright acidity, bringing together a harmonious marriage of flavors. With its relatively low ABV at 5.0%, Harmonic Rhythm is the perfect weekend sipper for the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.

The brewery will once again be sponsoring the Cape May Brewing Stage at Cabanas, hosting such acts as the High & Mighty Brass Band and Heather Gillis. In addition, Cape May Brewing Company has lent their name to the $58 Hops Pass. With his pass, revelers will get first-come, first-served entry to all of the club venues of the festival: Cabanas, Carney’s, Carney’s Other Room, Iron Pier Craft House, and the Rusty Nail, all of whom will be pouring CMBC brews, including the star of the festival: Harmonic Rhythm.

“We pride ourselves on accentuating what Cape May and South Jersey do best,” says festival organizer Michael Kline, “so this is an ideal collaboration. And the music happening on the Cape May Brewing Company Stage at Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill is going to blow the roof off. It’s a really great fit for the brewery.”

For more information about the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, see For more information on Cape May Brewing Company, including for tours and tastings, see

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Bell’s Beer Announces Distribution to New Jersey This Summer!

Bell’s Brewing has announced that they will be distributed to New Jersey this summer!  Hunterdon will be handling the distro throughout the state and, according to the press release, there will be an announcement regarding times and events shortly.

From The Press Release:


We are proud to announce new distributor partnerships in New England and New Jersey.

Eleven distributors will help bring Bell’s beer to Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey later this summer.

“As we add any new state, it is very important to us that we remind all of our fans about our dedication to quality. Part of the process of selecting new distributor partners is making sure that is a shared passion,” said Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery.

“We are all very excited to welcome each of these distributors to our extended Bell’s family and look forward to launching New England and New Jersey with partners who share our commitment to craft beer and quality,” she added.

We launched two new states, Texas and New Mexico, in 2017. Adding six New England states and New Jersey this year, will bring our distribution footprint  to 39 total states in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC.

Launch celebrations are being planned. Additional information will be announced as details are finalized here at and on our social media.

Sales positions for these new states have also been posted. Learn more here.


Hunterdon was founded in 1996 by college buddies and fellow beer enthusiasts Michael Short and Dave Masterson.

The company originally started out as a New Jersey contract brewer, distributing their prized Jersey Shore Gold to a handful of loyal customers across the state. Mike and Dave managed the company on their own, working tirelessly as both salesmen and delivery drivers for the first two years. Craft beer in the state of New Jersey was not at all where it is today and getting people on board was definitely a challenge. In 1998, they were able to hire a few salesmen and purchase a couple more vans to make life a little bit easier for the two passionate yet very tired young entrepreneurs. A year later they relocated from their small make-shift office in Califon, NJ that consisted of a sole phone, fax, computer and printer to a warehouse in Phillipsburg, NJ where they would take the business to the next level.

When 2000 rolled around, Mike and Dave realized the need for craft beer representation in the state of New Jersey and decided it was time to make the switch to a full-time beer wholesaler. Some of their first brands included Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Yards, Allagash and a collection of unique imports from B.United International. Slowly but surely they began acquiring more craft brands and getting additional sales reps out on the street. Over the next decade, the name ‘Hunterdon’ became synonymous with craft beer in New Jersey and more and more breweries looked to Mike and Dave for help distributing their product in the Garden State.

Today, Hunterdon is proud to have one of the best craft beer portfolios in the country, with over seventy domestic craft beer and spirit brands to speak of. The company also boasts a tremendous line of specialty imports, sakes, meads, wine and ciders from around the world. Hunterdon also has a rapidly growing local portfolio. The Garden State has a diverse collection of breweries, distilleries, cider makers, vineyards, and meaderies. We are thrilled to be able to grow the love of craft with the talented folks of New Jersey.

Now, located in Whitehouse Station, NJ, the company has over 150 full-time employees and more than 40 sales reps on the road each day making New Jersey a great place to drink craft beverages.

From their humble beginnings as Jersey Shore Gold salesmen operating with one delivery van, a couple of hand trucks and a ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ attitude, Mike and Dave are proud of where their journey has taken them. And we hope you are too!

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Heavy Reel Brewing Company Grand Opening 4/13!

Ocean County’s newest brewery is ready to go as the taps at Heavy Reel Brewing company in Seaside start flowing this Friday the 13th from 5-10 PM at the taproom in Seaside.

Spoke to owner/head brewer, Jeff Greco and here is a sneak preview of his tap lineup for the opening. Some very interesting names…what do they mean?
You’ll have to go to the brewery and find out!

* Unrelenting Relevance DDH American IPA
* Drowning Clown DDH American Pale Ale
* …just a thought – DDH Cheesecake IPA
* zoomschwartzprofigliano – DDH American IPA
* CT16015 – Golden Ale
* FU/JM/SV – Gose
* Toonkish – Chai Milk Stout
* Paint it Black – Chocolate Porter

Congrats and much success to Jeff and everyone at Heavy Reel Brewing Co!

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Sly Fox Releasing SRT Ale as a Year-Round Brand on 4/21/18!




A Trail and an Ale, both define the region that Sly Fox calls home

April 5, 2018 — Pottstown, PA—The Schuylkill River flows from Pottsville, Pennsylvania in the North, all the way through the city of Philadelphia, bisecting multiple communities and intersecting with an entire circuit of other regional trails. The twice-named River of the Year is an important part of eastern PA’s environmental, historic and, with a namesake trail that runs parallel to a majority of the river, recreational character of the region.

The Schuylkill River Trail, or SRT as it is lovingly called by the thousands of users, runs about 140 miles from Schuylkill County to the Schuylkill Banks—a beautiful park in Center City Philadelphia—with plans for extension.

Schuylkill River Trail

Every day, in all types of weather, cyclists, runners and walkers enjoy the SRT—the centerpiece of Philadelphia recreation. Kayakers and water sports enthusiasts enjoy the Schuylkill River Water Trail as it flows to the southeast confluence with the Delaware River. The SRT is well-known by most people living in Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia Counties, as well as the many connected communities that use the trail and the network of trails that connect to it. What might not be as well-known is Sly Fox’s tribute beer, brewed to support the Schuylkill River Trail. SRT Ale, or Schuylkill River Trail Ale, was first released in April of 2015 with an unprecedented multi-modal journey down the entire trail that included trail cleanups and nightly stops at distribution points for release parties. Traveling by kayaks, bicycles, horses and on foot, a team from the Sly Fox Brewing Company made it to the trail’s end in Philadelphia on Earth Day for a festive celebration of SRT Ale’s regional release.

Sy Fox Brewing Company SRT AleEvery year since, SRT Ale has released on or around Earth Day with an outdoor party that features a form of recreation for everyone. This year, SRT Ale is here to stay!

Often called the Outdoor Enthusiast’s Choice, Sly Fox Brewing Company will release SRT Ale as a year-round brand on April 21 during the SRT Spree at St. Michaels Park in Mont Clare, PA. Situated right on the river, the SRT Spree features live music, food trucks, kayaking excursions, trail cleanups, and a 50k relay on the SRT.

SRT Ale is a hop-forward golden ale weighing in at 4.8% alcohol by volume, making it the perfect after-activity beer. But there’s even a better reason for fans of the SRT (or outdoor recreation in general) to buy, drink and enjoy SRT Ale—this beer gives back!

Every year during Can Jam, a big outdoor music concert at Sly Fox’s Pottstown brewery, the brewery presents a check to the stewards of the SRT—the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. $1 from every case sold is donated to the organization to support their mission. So far Sly Fox has provided more than $12,000 to the trail. Money donated by Sly Fox is earmarked for creating safer road and trail crossings and other trail improvements.

“The Sly Fox partnership bolsters our efforts to encourage recreation, build and improve the SRT and engage new audiences in our events,” said Tim Fenchel, Deputy Director of SRG-NHA .” We are honored to recognize Sly Fox for their meaningful contribution.”

In turn, Sly Fox Brewing Company is proud of the seasonal contribution that their “ale for the trail” has made so far, but are even prouder of SRT Ale’s new year-round status for 2018 and beyond.

“SRT Ale is a consistent standout in our portfolio and a refreshing option for all of the trail users who love Sly Fox,” says company president John Giannopoulos. “We know there are a lot of people in all of our markets who love outdoor recreation and refreshing low ABV beers all year round and we wanted to make SRT Ale available to them.”
Schuylkill River Trail SRT Ale Sly Fox Brewing Company


    Saturday, April 21
    Outdoor party featuring live music and food trucks!St. Michael’s Park 400 Jacobs Street Mont Clare, PAMore information available at
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Glasstown Wins the 2018 AC Beer Fest People’s Choice Award

Congrats to Paul and Jenifer Simmons and everyone at Glasstown Brewing Company for winning the 2018 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival People’s Choice Award!  But there is more! Glasstown also won for Best New Jersey Brewery.  We couldn’t be more happy for them in winning these much-deserved awards.  In addition to making great beer, you will not find any better people than Paul and Jenifer in this industry.  Paul has been a great mentor to several breweries that have started after him and is always willing to give advice to up and coming breweries on their journey to open.  In an industry full of great people he is at the top of the list.  Cheers to everyone at Glasstown Brewing Company for this honor!