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Hidden Sands Brewing Company Hosts EHT Mayor, Announces Soft Opening with a Limited Beer Selection

Exciting news!  Hidden Sands Brewing Company will open this weekend with a limited beer selection and also announced details of the full opening today via a press release.  Congrats to everyone at Hidden Sands and Best of Luck from all of us here at South Jersey Beer Scene!

From the Press Release

(from L-R, Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough, Brewmaster Luke Lindsey,
Hidden Sands Founders –Matt Helm, Tony Ceppuralo, and John Cipriani, and Egg Harbor Township
Deputy Mayor Paul Hodson-Photo Courtesy of Lisa Johnson Communications)

Egg Harbor Twp., NJ (December 14, 2017) – Mayor James Sonny McCullough along with Deputy Mayor Paul Hodson visited Hidden Sands Brewing Company on Wednesday, December 13 to sample the first batch of beer from the township’s newest brewery.  Pictured here with founders John Cipriani, Matt Helm, and Tony Ceppuralo, and Certified Brew Master, Luke Lindsey, McCullough and Dodson toured the Washington Avenue facility and toasted to their success.  Hidden Sands Brewing Company will hold a soft opening on Saturday, December 16 starting at 6pm and will be open on weekends with a limited beer selection.  It will then be open to the public with a full beer selection on January 12 after a private grand opening on January 11.  Hidden Sands Brewing Company is located at 6754 Washington Avenue, Unit B in Egg Harbor Township, NJ


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Cape May Brewing Company Holding a Food Drive Fund Drive 12/14-12/18 to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey

Cape May Brewing Company Holds a
Food Drive Fund Drive

Cape May, NJ — As part of their commitment to being a good neighbor, Cape May Brewing Company is holding a special event on Thursday, December 14th. To raise funds for the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Cape May Brewing Company is holding their first Food Drive Fund Drive.

“Childhood hunger is an epidemic in our state,” says Cape May Brewing Company CEO and co-founder Ryan Krill, “and we wanted to do more than simply collect food or cut a check. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for our annual Food Drive, and we’re doing what we can to raise as much money as possible for them.”

Cape May Brewing Co. will be assembling a mini-grocery store in their Tasting Room from noon to 8pm. There, visitors will have the ability to purchase the items for whatever price they deem appropriate and donate the item to Cape May Brewing Co.’s Food Drive, running until December 18th. For each donation, visitors will receive one 4our-ounce tasting of their choice. At the end of the evening, the monies raised will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

“Cape May County has the highest percent of childhood food insecurity with 19.8% of Cape May children not knowing where their nutritious meal is coming from,” says Richard Uniacke, VP of Southern Branch, The Community FoodBank of NJ. “While these families struggle all year long, during the holidays, we make a tremendous push to ensure that each and every child has a wonderful holiday meal on their table.”

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey works with volunteers, donors, and multiple partners throughout the state “to fill the emptiness caused by hunger with Food, Help, and Hope.” They are committed to fighting hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions.

The Community FoodBank partners with over 300 agencies in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties distributing over 10 million pounds of food in South Jersey alone. The nearest food pantry in Egg Harbor Township has increased their distribution by more than 230% since July of this year, with the Southern Branch of the Community FoodBank serving 400 more families than they did at this time last year. Distributing over 400 turkeys this Thanksgiving season, the FoodBank is on track to distribute 14 million pounds of food this year.

However, Cape May Brewing Co. realizes that the Community FoodBank needs more than food — like any business, they need income to pay their bills and increase awareness. With every $1 donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, they are able to create $8 worth of food, distributed to hungry families throughout our area.

For more information on the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, see For more information on Cape May Brewing Company, including tours and tastings, see, or call (609) 849-9933.

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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!