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Cape May Brewing Company Releasing 2017 Boughs of Barley on 11/22

Cape May Brewing Company is releasing their traditional holiday beer, Boughs of Barley, at the tasting room and brewtique on Wednesday, November 22nd.  For more information please read the press release below.

From the Press Release:

Cape May Brewing Company Releases Boughs of Barley 2017

Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is continuing their Holiday tradition with another release of last year’s immensely successful Boughs of Barley. This year, Boughs of Barley 2017 is a barrel-aged Abbey-style Belgian Dark Ale, aged for several months in Cognac and Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The perfect addition to any Holiday celebration, Boughs of Barley 2017 releases on Thanksgiving Eve, November 22, at their Tasting Room at 1288 Hornet Rd. in the Cape May Airport.

“We started on this project in September of 2016,” says CMBC co-founder and CEO, Ryan Krill, “brewing a Belgian Dark that’s immensely drinkable in its own right. But we brewed it with the intention of letting it barrel age for a few months, with the result being the perfect winter brew for the Holiday season.”

The base beer has a touch of Belgian candi syrup and orange peel, specifically chosen to complement the flavors the barrels would impart. The result is a complex brew with a remarkable depth of character and delightful interplay of aroma, mouthfeel, and balance.

The dark Belgian candi syrup imparts flavors of plums, grapes, some toffee, and a hint of dark, almost burnt, caramel. This is balanced in the base brew by a helping of orange peel, bringing a holiday harmony to this brew.

Fermented at a relatively high temperature with Cape May Brewing Co’s French Saison yeast strain, the hearty flavors of the candi syrup are balanced with notes of apricots, cloves, and a slightly floweriness from the yeast, giving the base brew a super-dry mouthfeel.

While this beer would stand well on its own, it was always meant to be barrel-aged. However, when it came time to barrel the beer, Cape May’s brewers couldn’t decide which barrels to use, so they used both Cognac and Kentucky Bourbon barrels.

“One version of a beer is great,” says Head Brewer Brian Hink, “but you know what’s even better? Two versions!”

Holiday revelers will have two different versions to spice up their holiday cheer, giving them the chance to add some comparative tasting to their Holiday plans.

“Using two types of barrels really showcases the barrel-aging process in its own right,” says Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm. “This way, people can buy the same beer, aged in different ways, and see how that affected the flavor. It makes for a fun tasting session, especially if the beers are at almost 11% ABV!”

The difference between the two beers is quite noticeable. The brewery didn’t really know what to expect until both beers were well underway in their barrel-aging lifecycle.

“I figured — and hoped! — there would be a noticeable difference between the two,” Hink says, “and much to my enjoyment they’re really rather different!”

Both have sweeter characteristics, but the cognac has a velvety smoothness on the mouthfeel. The bourbon variant has more vanilla and toffee, while the cognac brings more prunes and a sherry-like quality.

“They both also get a nice woodsiness,” Valm says, “but since Bourbon barrels are charred, they tend to have a bit of a charcoal-like woodsiness; the Cognac barrels, on the other hand, have uncharred staves, so the woodsiness there is more crisp and like fresh cut wood.  The Cognac-aged variant is also smoother while the Bourbon-aged one has a bit of that alcohol heat to it.”

This year, Boughs of Barley is being sold on draft in a commemorative 32-ounce Holiday 2017 growler. Embossed in gold leaf with a Winter Holiday theme and CMBC’s stellar new logo, this will be a keepsake of the Holiday season, perfect for the discriminating beer lover on your gift list.

Boughs of Barley 2017 releases from CMBC’s Tasting Room and Brewtique at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport at noon on Wednesday, November 22. A filled 32-ounce growler sells for $25, two for $45.

For more information on Boughs of Barley — or for tastings and tours — call (609) 849-9933 or see

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Bucket Brigade Brewery Releases Grand Opening Schedule

Bucket Brigade Brewery has announced the schedule of events for their official opening that is capped by the Grand Opening Celebration at the tasting room on Saturday, November 25th.  I have had the chance to taste a few of their beers and I was impressed!  They are going to have 8 beers on tap for the opening and I have had a chance to taste half of them and they were all great!  Stop by and sample a few to cap off the beginning of the holiday season!

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Ludlam Island Brewery Releasing Thunder Jacket Imperial Milk Stout on Wednesday at The Tasting Room!

This Wednesday at the tasting room in Ocean View,  Ludlam Island Brewery will be releasing 22 oz bomber bottles of Thunder Jacket, an Imperial Milk Stout brewed with cocoa powder, vanilla beans, and lactose.  Inspired by the old school Malt Shop favorite the black and white milkshake, this decadent drink sounds like a solid choice for Thanksgiving!  There will also be limited edition glasses and shirts available in the tasting room.  Bottles will only set you back $15 and there is a 2 bottle per person limit, brewery opens at noon, be there or be square!

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Hidden Sands Brewing Company Announces Luke Lindsey as Brewmaster

Hidden Sands Brewing Company has named Luke Lindsey brewmaster of their Egg Harbor Township Brewing Facility and Tasting Room.  Excitement is building for EHT’s newest brewery which is expected to open in November.  Lindsey, a chemist,  will oversee production and also work in the Brewery’s lab, a key component in any large brewhouse to ensure quality and consistency of the beer.  Congrats to Luke and everyone at Hidden Sands, we certainly are looking forward to the opening of another brewery here in South Jersey!

From the Press Release:


Brewmaster Named for Egg Harbor Township’s Newest Brewery

Hidden Sands Brewing Company Welcomes Brewmaster with Impressive Resume

EGG HARBOR TWP. (October 25, 2017)
– Hidden Sands Brewing Company is excited to welcome Luke Lindsey; brewmaster, who will oversee production at what will soon be Atlantic County’s newest brewery.  Lindsey brings more than a dozen years of brewing experience to the Washington Avenue facility.  He has brewed and served as brewmaster at popular craft breweries such as Victory, Southern Tier, Lagunitas, and most recently North Country.  He also worked for Sam Adams as a brewing supervisor, overseeing a staff of 60 employees.  In addition to having extensive experience with making and producing beer, Lindsey is also a chemist and will also work in a brewery’s lab.  The brewer’s lab is essential in producing quality and consistent beer, and is something not typically found in smaller craft breweries.

Lindsey will focus on the core brands that veteran brewer, Mike LaRosa, established for Hidden Sands Brewing Company, as well as developing some of his own brews from his vast experience. The styles of beers will appeal to a wide-range of palates, the key ingredient in all the beers is the same – pristine water from the “800 Foot Sands” aquifer, which is estimated to be aged 20,000 years.  This is the origin of the name Hidden Sands.

Another key component that will set Hidden Sands apart is its sophisticated brewing system.  The Siemen’s Braumat fully automated, oversized 20 barrel 4 vessel system is very rare and will allow the brewery to consistently produce the same quality beer repeatedly. The initial styles they will produce with this system are as follows:

800 Foot Pils
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Keller Pils

A delightful pilsner brewed with German Pilsner Malt hopped generously with a blend of Hallertau and Tettnanger hops.  Bright, crisp and refreshing. Set to highlight the delicate water that is the 800 Foot Sands Aquifer that Hidden Sands draws its water from.

Sandy Blue Pale Ale

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Culinary Pale Ale

Brewed with pilsner malt, malted and flaked oats as well lactose sugar.  Light bitterness but hopped heavy handedly with Mosaic and conditioned atop New Jersey Blueberries and light cinnamon.  Modeled after a freshly baked Blueberry Donut.

Pump Handle

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Honey Wheat Ale
Brewed with Pilsner Malt, Red Wheat, and White Wheat.  Hopped lightly with hallertau. Heaps of New Jersey Honey are added to the whirlpool.  A crisp golden ale with subtle herbal and floral notes.

First Drop

ABV: 6.0%

Style: Breakfast Style Baltic Porter
Brewed with German Pilsner, Dark Munich Malt, Oats, Chocolate Malt, Dark Torrefied Wheat, and a blend of Caramel Malts.  Brewed with a special blend of Dark Grade Maple Syrups.  Conditioned atop New Jersey roasted coffee beans. Decadent, dark, and roasted.

Unfathomable Depths IPA Series:

In an ever diversifying craft market, Hidden Sands will be on the precipice of diversifying their IPA line up. These three IPAs will rotate in an effort to allow for a diverse draft list at both HSBC and the many emerging craft beer bars. These IPAs will be named after the depth samples taken during the original drilling of the well for Hidden Sands Brewing. Each sample taken showed a different mixture sand and gravel types. We aim to highlight the well and the samples that were taken.

107 Foot IPA

ABV: 7.5%

Style: West Coast IPA
Availability: Year Round Rotating
Brewed with Pilsner Wheat, Spelt, and light caramel malts. Hopped with Citra, Centennial, and Columbus. Seasonally brewed with New Jersey pine barren needles. This IPA will be very pine focused with mild fruitiness. A modern interpretation of a West Coast IPA.

447 Foot IPA

ABV: 6.8%
Style: North Eastern Style IPA
Availability: Year Round Rotating

Brewed with Pilsner, Carapils, and malted oats. Hopped excessively with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Amarillo. Modeled after the ever popular “New England” IPA. A hazy juice bomb, filled with a plethora of tropical citrus flavors.

608 Foot DIPA

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Double IPA

Availability: Year Round Rotating

Brewed with Pilsner, Caramel 50, Rye, and Flaked Oats. Hopped with Amarillo and Centennial. A sturdy double IPA with balanced bitterness, malt sweetness, and piney flavors.

Work is wrapping up at Hidden Sands Brewing Company as they prepare to open to the public in November.  Updates on construction progress and fun facts will regularly be featured on their website  You can also keep up with what’s happening by “liking” their Facebook page, Hidden Sands Brewing Company and get the most up to minute posts on Instagram by following Hiddensandsbeer.


About Hidden Sands

Set to open in November, Hidden Sands Brewing Company takes locally brewed craft beer to a whole new level.  Digging deep to tap the 800’ Sands fresh water aquifer in the area, all Hidden Sands brews are made with quality, locally sourced ingredients.  Focusing on consistent quality, state of the art equipment ensures that great tasting beer you experience at the Egg Harbor Township brewery is the same each time you visit and order a glass at your local pub.  Hidden Sands Brewing Company is located at 6754 Washington Avenue, Unit B, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234.

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Here’s What’s On Tap: Halloween Edition!

There is a bevy of Halloween happenings across the South Jersey Beer Universe this weekend, so get your costumes ready and check out some of these great events!

Friday, October 27th

Three 3’s kicks off the weekend with a Triple Release Party with their good friends from the Outlaw Burger Barn Street Team! They’ll be releasing Evolution Three, their latest small batch NEIPA, a Coffee Porter featuring La Colombe coffee, plus the much-anticipated return of TOTALLY DRENCHED! Taps start flowing at 3, with food to follow at 5! The Outlaw’s will be cooking with Three 3’s own Sippy Cup American Pale Ale and Juicy Shenanigans IPA.

Cape May Brewing will be having their Halloween Bash tonight at the brewery from 5-9 pm. They will be tapping a wicked spooky firkin, specialty one-off brews, and hosting a mad haunted tour of HQ, costume contest!  Plus, word on the street is that the CMBC staff will be dressing up as Power Rangers or their favorite Wayne’s World costume!

Manafirkin Brewing Company will have A Firking Freaky Halloween Party tonight at the tasting room from 6-10 pm.  This Adults-Only Halloween party will have a costume contest, giveaways, and prizes!

Lunacy Brewing Company’s 3rd annual Halloween Party is tonight at the tasting room in Haddon Heights starting at 5 pm.  Great beer on tap plus if you wear a costume you just might win a prize!

Saturday, October 28th

Slack Tide Brewing Co will be having Slack-R-Treat at the tasting room starting at 4 pm for a night of Halloween fun including a costume & pumpkin carving contest, door prizes, Slacker Halloween t-shirts and a mystery beer release. This year they will also be partnering with Ludlam Island Brewery and providing a Jitney between the two breweries from 4-8 PM for double the Halloween fun!

Ludlam Island Brewery will also be having their Halloween Celebration with free jitney service to Slack Tide Brewing Co. from 4-8 pm.  Tricks and treats along with special beers will be on tap for a Double Your Fun Party!

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing will be celebrating their anniversary at their 3 Year Extravaganza Costume Party along with the can release of the brand new  Come Quick Danger Imperial IPA.  Along with their awesome regular lineup, there is also a bunch of Halloween Candy inspired beer selections.  The list looks fun, check it out!

Key Lime Taffy
Peach Ring
Cotton Candy (Firkin)
Candy Apple (Firkin)
Hot Tamale (Firkin)
Boardwalk Caramel (Firkin)
Raisinette (Firkin)
Orange Cream Taffy (Firkin)
Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (Firkin)

The Halloween Boo’ze ‘N Brew Festival happens today at the Lower Twp Moose Lodge in Cape May County today from 10-6 pm.  Tickets are$7 for Adults 21+ Includes Commemorative 16oz Cup, kids are free!  All of Cape May County’s Breweries and Distilleries will be represented, along with an offering of local wines.  Hand Rolled Cigars, food, and a Cornhole Tournament will also take place!  This inaugural event looks like a great time for all!  Be sure to visit on the web for more info!

Garden State Beer Company will be having their Halloween Costume Party tonight from 7-11 pm at the tasting room in Galloway. The Indelible Grove will be rocking out and TJ’s BBQ will be out back serving up their amazing food! Best Costume Prizes will be awarded!

7 Mile Brewery is partnering with Fox Chase Medical on a “Walk to Second Base”, a 5K walk to raise to promote breast cancer awareness.  The event starts at 9 am at the brewery, for more info, please visit

Glasstown Brewing Company will host their annual Halloween party tonight at the tasting room in Millville from 5-9 pm.  Have a few of their great beers and come in costume for a chance to win a prize!

Human Village Brewing Company is having their MV Halloween Spooktacular X tonight from 8-11 pm at the tasting room in Pitman. $10 Cover gets you live music from 3 great bands and great craft beer will be on tap.

Beer Belly Brew Tours is offering a great deal today on their Halloween Brewery Crawl that will shuttle you to 4 great breweries from 12-8 pm. They’ll provide transportation between Devil’s Creek, Eclipse, Double Nickel, and Flying Fish breweries for the measly price of $15 per person Check-in at @Devil’s Creek starting at noon! Buses leave from Devil’s Creek Brewery and run all day until 8 PM. Approx. 30 min between breweries.  For tickets, visit Beer Belly Brew Tours at

Pinelands Brewing Company will have a full day of Spooky Brews and family fun. They will be releasing Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Stout in bottles, limited quantities. This full-bodied beer has been aged in Jack Daniels barrels for the last 6 months and is ready to make its debut. Mama’s-gona-Rescue will be at the brewery hosting Pineland’s  first ever Pet Costume Contest. Extra points for couples costumes with Human and Pet. Prizes will be awarded for best costume (must be present to win). And the one and only Brother Bear will be out front slinging the BBQ.

Backward Flag Brewing Company will be having Halloween Shenanigans at the tasting room in Forked River from 2-9 pm. Join them for a fun day of beer, great food courtesy of Romano’s Disco Fries, LLC, acoustic jams by Trashboat Dickinson, classic horror movies on the projector, costume contest(for humans and dogs!!) and much more.

The Haunted Hops and Ghoulish Grub Fest is today at the Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford from 11 am-6 pm. Enjoy a glass of brew in the beer garden from New Jersey craft breweries like Devil’s Creek, Death of the Fox, Lunacy, Eight & Sand, and many more. And with 20 food trucks serving up “cauldrons” of great grub, you’ll never go hungry. Plus there will be live entertainment, artisanal crafters and kids’ activities for even the littlest ghost. Don’t forget to come dressed for the occasion and enter our costume contest! Advance general admission is $5 or $7 cash at the gate for those 10 and up. For those 21 and older, purchase a spooky souvenir package which includes general admission to the event, a souvenir beer glass and a festival sticker, is just $10 in advance or $12 cash at the gate. For more info and to purchase your tickets, go to today!