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Gusto Brewing Company Keeping it Small and Weird in North Cape May!

Gusto Brewing Company in North Cape May is now open for business!  I visited with owner Zack Pashley and Head Brewer Dan Petela last week to talk about all things Gusto and was really impressed!  These guys have a passion for beer, and the brewery is a reflection of that.  Both of the guys were full of enthusiasm and are really excited to have finally opened the doors so that everyone can try the great beer that they are making.

Zack, who co-owns the brewery along with his wife Adriana, has chased this dream for about many years and was able to open the doors to the brewery right before Christmas.  Located in North Cape May, the brewery is spacious, filled with natural light that brightens the room from both the East and South windows.  A large bar fills one side of the room and faces the actual brewing area, and the room has ample seating with plenty of tables and chairs.

After Zack spent 6 years active duty in the United States Coast Guard, he settled back in Cape May County and started working on his dream of opening a brewery while working at Cape May Brewing Company and attending College on the GI Bill.  Zack had met Head Brewer Dan Petela at school (Dan mentioned that they played ping pong at ACCC), but really cemented their relationship at Cape May Brewing Company where Dan was working as the Assistant Tap Room Manager at the same time Zack was there.  They were both avid home brewers and both of them had aspirations of owning their own brewery. “That’s the dream, right?” Dan told us.

Zack always wanted to open the brewery in his hometown.  “What we wanted to do was create a brewery that serves a community and not a region, per se, and I just thought that this corner spot with all of the natural light, close to the ferry, in our hometown, was the only spot to do it and we had to make it happen.”

After settling on the location, Zack began to build the brewery.  One of the pieces of equipment he already had was a 1 BBL Brewhouse that he bought a while back.  “I actually bought it about 6 years ago on Kickstarter while I was in the Coast Guard when I knew I wanted to start a brewery” said Zack.  To finish the system, 7 2BBL fermenters and 2-2.5 BBL Brite Tanks that came from Strong Rope Brewery in Brooklyn were added.  “We double batch everything” Dan told us.  Zack and Dan also told us that they would love to upgrade the brewhouse to a larger system to allow them to brew the same amount of beer in half of the time, which would definitely give them more time to spend at home with their families.

Gusto’s tagline is “Keep It Small + Keep it Weird”.  I asked the guys to elaborate and Zack said “It is something that we want to live by.  Some of my favorite breweries I have ever been to are little holes in the wall, some only slightly larger than us”.  Dan added “and we are going to have some pretty weird beers coming up too!”

Gusto plans on having a constantly changing tap-list, rotating their selection and occasionally bringing some of the popular ones back.  I was suitably impressed with their beer list on the day I visited, 6 unique beers with some very interesting ingredients were available including a Zero IBU IPA, an ESB, a Saison, an Oatmeal Stout, a tasty Pale Ale, and an IPA.  It was great to see the varied styles and the originality that encompassed this well thought out list.

A few things that you need to know about Gusto:

  • Gusto will fill any 32 0z Growler for you to take off premise.  They offer growlers for sale, but if you bring your own make sure you have a lid just in case the ones they have do not fit.
  • They plan on being open from Thursday-Sunday in small 4-6 hour shifts. Be sure to check out their website at or their Facebook Page HERE while planning your visit
  • Gusto has a great selection of merchandise for sale in the taproom!
  • Gusto is kid friendly, but at this time you cannot bring your dog to the brewery

Congrats to Zack, Adriana, Dan, and everyone on the Gusto team on their opening!  It is great to see another brewery opening up here in South Jersey and yet another great group of people that are behind it.


3860 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, NJ 08204

Facebook:  @gustobrewco

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Dogfish Head Invites Craft Beer Drinkers to Join Their New Year’s Initiative JanuQuenchy

Dogfish Head invites fans to join along on JanuQuenchy – a month long quest to kick off the New Year drinking craft beer, being active and eating healthy

Milton, Del., December 27, 2018 – Is there anything more magnificent than a New Year’s resolution centered around drinking a deliciously crafted beer for a month? No. There isn’t. So join Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, for the ultimate, beer-centric New Year’s quest known as JanuQuenchy. With a goal of kicking off 2019 right, Calagione and a boatload of Dogfish coworkers pledge to only drink the low-calorie SeaQuench Ale for 31 days while eating sensibly and doing something active.

So how do you join along? From January 1 through January 31, share images of your JanuQuenchy journey on Instagram using #JanuQuenchy #DogfishEntry. Dogfish Head will follow along to see how you’re doing and might just reach out to repost your progress to their Instagram page. You will also be entered for the chance to win a Dogfish Head SeaQuench themed trucker hat during the JanuQuenchy challenge.  There will be one winner, per week.  For official JanuQuenchy rules, click here.

“I am committed to only drinking SeaQuench Ale in January, as well as avoiding french fries and cheesesteaks – probably two of my favorite foods – and doing something healthy with my body every day,” said Calagione. “That’s it – eat sensibly, do something active and drink only SeaQuench Ale for 31 days…who’s with me!?”

SeaQuench Ale (4.9% ABV) is the most thirst-quenching beer ever made at Dogfish Head and it’s only 140 calories, 9g carbs, 2g protein and zero fat. Brewed with lime juice, sea salt and black limes, it’s the best selling beer in the fastest growing craft beer style (sours) in America thanks to its super flavorful and approachable profile.

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, SeaQuench Ale and JanuQuenchy, visit


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Dogfish Head & The Grateful Dead Reunite for 2019 American Beauty

The Love’s Not Fadin’ Away! Dogfish Head & the Grateful Dead Reunite for 2019 American Beauty

Off-centered brewery announces beer collaboration and releases annual beer calendar

Milton, Del., December 4, 2018 – Dogfish Head is truckin’ into 2019 as it reunites with the iconic Grateful Dead band to bring back a much-anticipated collaboration beer, American Beauty. This synergetic union brings fans a pale ale that shares a name with the popular 1970 Grateful Dead album, American Beauty, featuring hits like “Friend of the Devil,” ”Sugar Magnolia,” and “Truckin.’” A band with an immensely loyal, multi-generational fan base, the Grateful Dead are widely known for blending music genres like psychedelia, blues, folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz to create their incredibly unique rock sound.

Available in 6pk/12oz bottles and clocking in at 6.5% ABV to commemorate the year the Grateful Dead was formed (1965), American Beauty is brewed with granola and succulent wildflower honey which adds toasty, sweet notes to this hoppy ale. When Dogfish Head first collaborated with the band in 2013, they jointly reached out to their fan base with a call out for ingredient suggestions to incorporate into the recipe of the beer. Loyal dead heads and off-centered ale enthusiasts submitted more than 1500 ingredient suggestions, and after careful thought (and chuckles at some of the entries,) it was granola for the win. The beer was an instant favorite and Dogfish Head is bringing it back for a limited time in December 2018, and will be available through 2019.

“After more than 50 years of performing in front of fans all over the world, folks remain fiercely loyal to the Grateful Dead due to the organically imaginative, creative and accessible culture they nurture across all artistic platforms,” said Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head. “We, at Dogfish, are inspired by their music, along with their unprecedented ability to bridge long-lasting, meaningful connections with fans for decades on end. We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Dead for a second iteration of American Beauty and hope fans of free-spirited music and independent beer will join in welcoming back this classic pale ale.” In addition to the beer release, Dogfish Head will be working with the official Grateful Dead archivist, David Lemieux, who curates and produces a series of rare and highly sought-after live Grateful Dead shows, known as “Dave’s Picks.” Dogfish Head will partner with Lemieux on a number of projects, including an immersive storytelling experience at their Rehoboth and Milton properties in early February. Good tunes and great beer are deeply rooted in the DNA of Dogfish Head as the brewery has composed several musically inspired beers with notable artists like The Flaming Lips, Miles Davis, Deltron 3030, Pearl Jam and Guided by Voices.

Dogfish Head is also excited to share their 2019 beer calendar. Off-centered ale fans can count on finding their favorite year round Dogfish beers on shelves and taps, including 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute Imperial IPA,SeaQuench Ale, Flesh & Blood IPA, Namaste White, Liquid Truth Serum IPA (now available in 12oz/6pk and 16oz/4pk cans,) Lupu-Luau IPA, Palo Santo Marron, Burton Baton, Midas Touch and Wood-Aged Bitches Brew.

SuperEIGHT, a vibrant red sessionable Super Gose, will debut this year in 6pk/12oz cans.  This unique beer is made with eight heroic superfoods including prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry and kiwi juices, with a touch of toasted quinoa and an ample addition of red Hawaiian sea salt. With delicious flavors of berries and watermelon, this ale has a slightly tart and pleasantly refreshing finish.

A longtime champion of all things collaborative and artful, Dogfish Head is celebrating its 2019 Off-Centered Art Series, for which they have partnered with highly acclaimed artist, Michael Hacker, to create custom pieces of art for beers that brings their unique stories to life through visuals. Art Series beers include The Perfect Disguise – an American double dry-hopped IPA disguised as a Kölsch, Dragons & YumYums – a lip smackingly tropical pale ale, Punkin Ale – a full bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, and 75 Minute IPA – a continually hopped IPA brewed with maple syrup from Calagione’s family farm in Western Massachusetts.

With a boatload of exciting new releases, Dogfish is also proud to bring back favorites like Raison D’Extra – a Belgian-style brown made with an obscene amount of malt, brown sugar and raisins, World Wide Stout – a dark, rich, roasty and complex ale, and 120 Minute IPAthe Holy Grail for hopheads. The Off-Center Your Summer pack, a sessionable variety pack loaded with cans, and IPAs for the Holidays, a delicious India Pale Ale gift pack, will both make their return in 2019. To find and enjoy Dogfish Head craft beer or to view a full 2019 calendar please visit


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Cape May Brewing Company Releases Boughs of Barley Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout!

For Immediate Release

Cape May Brewing Company Releases a Cognac and Scotch Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Boughs of Barley 2018

Cape May, NJ — To ring in the Christmas season, Cape May Brewing Company is pleased to announce 2018’s iteration of their holiday brew, Boughs of Barley. An Imperial stout barrel-aged in Scotch whisky and second-use Cognac barrels, this limited-edition brew is available now at their Brewtique at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport and at selected retailers throughout New Jersey and the Philadelphia area.

“Boughs of Barley has always been a fun and experimental route for us,” says Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm, “playing around with rarer styles of giant, spirit barrel-aged beers, and it’s always taken us in new directions.”

Their first iteration of Boughs of Barley was in 2016 with a bourbon barrel-aged, bottle-conditioned barleywine. Last year, CMBC released a Belgian dark ale aged in Cognac and Bourbon barrels. This year, the brewery has aged an Imperial stout for a year in second-use Cognac barrels and eighteen months in Scotch whisky barrels.

“I love variants,” says Head Brewer Brian Hink, “and with big, barrel-aged beers, that’s a really fun playground to be in, but when we first started talking about doing Boughs of Barley I didn’t want to just do the standard vanilla, coconut, coffee, etc. variants, but instead let the barrel act as an ingredient and be the variant itself.”

2017’s version of Boughs of Barley was the first run in the Cognac barrels, which CMBC refilled for this year’s release.

“When we first did Boughs of Barley in 2016,” Hink says, “we wanted to let the barrels be the built-in variant, with the loose idea that the new barrel this year becomes the second-use next year when a new spirit type is brought in.”

The Scotch whisky variant spent eighteen months in heavily-peated barrels from a distillery on the island of Islay, in the Scotch Inner Hebrides, picking up a great deal of smokiness as well as a good bit of oakiness from the barrels. When married with the rich chocolate overtones of the stout and the roasty flavors of the dark malts, the Scotch variant comes through with a great deal of complexity.

“It’s definitely peaty — or smokey — and that is the dominant characteristic out of the gate,” Hink says. “The underlying stout body and character are present and are big enough to withstand the barrage from the barrel’s character. The resulting beer is very intense.”

On the other hand, as this was the second time the barrels had been used for aging, the Cognac variant is a little more subtle and reserved, allowing more of the beer’s character to shine through with a bit of molasses and cocoa character from 2017’s Belgian Ale.

“You get a subtle sweetness,” Hink says, “which I think comes from the Cognac barrel, and that cuts through the roasty stout undertone just enough to paint a deeper portrait.”

The Cognac barrels impart more dark fruits and vanilla tones, with an underlying sweetness from the Cognac.

“Matching Cognac and a stout just makes so much sense to me,” Valm says. “Maybe because I’ve done it: sat by a roaring fire with a nice Cognac and some dark European chocolate to nibble on. They complement each other so well.”

The brewers at Cape May are pleased with both variants.

“I love how different they are from each other,” Hink says, “that the barrel character is so strong that you can tell instantly that these are basically two different beers.”

While Valm is partial to the Scotch variant, he’s loving the Cognac version, as well.

“Smoke in a beer can be a divisive issue,” he says, “and some just chock it up to being like a campfire or like bacon, but the smoke character in the Scotch variant is so much more. There’s this complex, earthy tone to it from the peat soil, and the way it comes together with the oakiness and the roasted malts is amazing. And the Cognac variant is so inviting, I think it will be loved by more of our fans (even if the ones preferring the Scotch variant are more passionate in their zeal).”

For more information on Cape May Brewing Company, including tours and tastings, see or call (609) 849-9933.


Cape May Brewing Company Opens Beverage Distributorship, Cape Beverage, Launching in Early 2019

Cape May Brewing Company Opens Distributorship:  Cape Beverage


Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is excited to announce a new venture helmed by co-founders Ryan Krill, Chris Henke, and Robert Krill. In the beginning of 2019, the three will be launching a new beverage distributorship called Cape Beverage.

“We’ve been active in this industry for over seven years,” says Ryan Krill, “self-distributing throughout most of New Jersey. So, we’ve decided to craft an alternative route, seeking to bring a wider variety of craft beer to New Jersey’s beer drinkers.”

Alongside all of the Cape May Brewing Company brands their fans have come to know and love throughout the years, Cape Beverage will carry the offerings of other breweries, with a long-term goal of having a full line of well-respected, carefully-curated breweries, cideries, meaderies, and wineries in their portfolio.

The genesis of this distributorship has come from the popularity of CMBC’s well-loved cranberry shandy, The Bog. For many years, this offering has only been available on draft; however, the demand for this brew has necessitated that the company begin canning The Bog.

“We wanted to get The Bog out to our fans,” says Henke, “but, with the amount of fresh fruit, unfermented sugars, and the small amount of live yeast in the beer, in order to assure that the yeast does not ferment the sugars left in the beer, The Bog needs to be pasteurized. We don’t have the means to do so at our facility, so we’ve decided to contract-brew The Bog through FX Matt.”

Founded in 1888, FX Matt of Utica, NY, along with its premier label, Saranac, has been at the forefront of the craft beer movement. In addition, FX Matt brews a large amount of Brooklyn Lager, as well as several other breweries.

In keeping with the three-tier system, brewing beer out-of-state requires a distributor to bring the beer back to New Jersey.

“One thing of which we’ve been particularly proud at CMBC is the strength of our self-distribution arm,” says Krill. “So, not only does opening a separate distributorship play into many of the things we already do well, doing so also opens a wide range of possibilities, including distributing a number of other breweries.”

The intent of Krill, Henke, and Krill is to approach distributing from a new perspective. Instead of collecting as many brands as possible, Cape Beverage’s portfolio will be carefully curated, selecting only brands which complement and extend the marketability of the group’s existing brands.

“We’re particularly excited to partner with Nicaragua Craft Beer Co. of San Juan del Sur, down in the land of lakes and volcanoes, Nicaragua,” says Krill. “We’ll be carrying their Panga Drops, a Keller Pilsner, making it available in their 8-ounce cans for the first time in New Jersey.”

Originally founded by longtime friends and craft beer lovers, Brendan DeBlois and Matt Greenberg, their mission to bring craft beer to the people and visitors to Nicaragua was fulfilled by opening a brewpub in the country’s most famous beach town and surf haven, San Juan del Sur, in 2013.

“Cape Beverage is well-poised to reach and speak to the people of New Jersey,” says Greenberg. “The team is communicative, organized, and we look forward to a long lasting partnership that will help deliver our surf-inspired brand to their dynamic coastal market.”

Cape Beverage will be distributing throughout Cape May Brewing Company’s current distribution footprint — primarily the 18 southernmost counties of New Jersey — with expectations to expand throughout the other four counties in the beginning of the year.

For more information about Cape Beverage, see their website at