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Cape May Brewing Company Having A Double Bottle Release on Saturday, 8/19

Cape May Brewing Company is releasing two bottles from their Barrel Aged Series on 8/19 at the brewery, Phantom Crew, and Higbee.  The Barrel Aged Series has been great so far, and a double bottle release just means twice the fun!

From the Press Release:

Cape May Brewing Company is pleased to announce a double release in their Barrel Aged Series. On Saturday, August 19, Phantom Crew and Higbee will release from their Brewtique at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport.

“Our Barrel Aged Series is really coming into its own,” says CMBC president and co-owner Ryan Krill. “With this double release, our fans can expect two brews that will change minds as to what a barrel-aged beer can be.”

Taking inspiration for names from the ghost stories that abound throughout Cape May, these next two releases are no different.

Higbee is named for Thomas Higbee, whose ghost is said to haunt the beach that bears his name. After leaving the family inn and farmstead to his niece, Etta, in his will, Higbee stipulated that he be buried on the beach, overlooking the view he so loved in life. Nonetheless, Etta moved his body to be interred with her at Cold Spring Cemetery, leaving behind his ornate grave.

Visitors to the beach report an “old looking” man who looks right through them, as if unaware that they exist. His apparition marked by the sound of children’s laughter, he’s of an odd color, a pale, glowing gray, dressed in tattered pants too short for his frame, a sash for a belt, and a t-shirt that had seen better days.

To honor Thomas Higbee, CMBC has brewed a Golden Sour, sharply acidic with a dry finish, the rustic funk in this iteration of their Barrel Aged Series is matched by a smooth vinous character. Aged for seventeen months, Higbee is blended to be well-rounded and approachable. Beer drinkers can expect fruity and acidic notes with undertones of red wine.

“I love how vinous this one has turned out,” says CMBC Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm. “It’s very dry which really compliments the acidity, with some woodsy red wine notes from the long aging in first-use barrels, and at 10.1% drinks much like a wine as well.”

“Higbee shares a ton of similarities sparkling white wine,” says CMBC Head Brewer Brian Hink. “It’s definitely a sipper — you’ll pour two glasses and over the course of an hour or so you will slowly sip away, noticing the depth of flavors as it warms and the carbonation dissipates.”

Phantom Crew takes its name from the WWII soldiers that haunt Battery 223, the bunker that lay unused at Cape May Point. The battery was one of three fortifications built for Fort Miles. Headquartered in Cape Henlopen, this fort was part of the now-abandoned Coastal Defense program.

The battery’s 6-inch guns were never fired on the enemy; nonetheless, two soldiers haunt the fortification. They’ve been seen sitting on top of the structure, smoking cigarettes, engaged in a barely-audible discussion.

With a harmonious blend of malt and acidity, a touch of funk and a tannic quality tying things together, Phantom Crew is very fruity up front while remaining reminiscent of the barrel’s past life.

The base of Phantom Crew is a Flanders-style Red Ale. Very well-rounded with a rich malt backbone and subtle fruity undertones, notes of plum and dates predominate in the finish. A hefty dose of Belgian candi rock sugar adds a sweet, almost molasses note to the background.

“The beauty of this beer going into the barrel was the residual sugar left at the end of primary fermentation,” says Hink.

“All of that residual sugar gives the bacteria more to play with,” says Valm, “and the long aging time gives them more time to play with it as well.”

“Many in our Barrel Aged Series had such unique flavors,” Hink says, “that if you sipped on a glass over an hour or so, rolling the beer around your tongue you’d notice all kinds of subtleties and nuances that weren’t there at the beginning. Phantom Crew has all of that and then some. The base beer going into the barrels was far more complex — probably our most complex base brew — which really comes through in the finished product.”

“We used these unique Belgian malts that are nutty and perfume-like with hints of dark fruits and toffee, so Phantom Crew is malty, but it’s also fruity,” Valm says. “It’s an acidic sour, sure, but it’s got a wide variety of fruits, raisins, plums, cherries, apricots, and a touch of candied apples, then there’s also a touch of these rustic notes like tobacco and leather, all along with a hint of wood.

“It will make your taste buds dance,” Valm says.

Higbee and Phantom Crew release from Cape May Brewing Company’s Brewtique at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport on Saturday, August 19th, at 11am for $20 each.

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Cape May Brewing Company Names John Appel COO

Cape May Brewing Company announced on June 26 that they have named John Appel COO of the company.  CMBC has made a whirlwind of changes in the 2nd quarter this year.  Since April 27th CMBC has hired a Director of Sales and Marketing (Bill Zaninelli),  unveiled a new design for all of their packaging, including a new logo that emphasizes their Cape May roots, and had their first ever can release of Cape May IPA just this week.

Last week I  had the pleasure of appearing on the special live 100th episode of “What’s On Tap” show with Ryan Krill, president of CMBC,  and he clearly is energized by all the changes that have occurred at CMBC. Ryan brought along a 6 pack of Summer Catch, the latest beer to be bottled for take-out, which displayed the new packaging in all of it’s Cape May Beach glory.  The vibrant colors and beachy design of the packaging screams Cape May and, in my opinion, captures all that is the South Jersey Shore.  Ryan also spoke of the core values of CMBC, then reached into his wallet and pulled out a card which listed these values and how important they were to him and his employees, and that how every employee of CMBC contributes to this credo.  It is an exciting time for Cape May Brewing Company as they continue to ascend to becoming a regional beer powerhouse which benefits all of the breweries, bars, and bottle shops in South Jersey.

Cheers to Ryan, Bob, Chris and everyone at CMBC and much continued success!

From The Press Release:

Cape May Brewing Company is pleased to welcome the newest member of their team. John Appel, a fifteen-year food and beverage industry veteran has signed on as the company’s new COO.

“John is a seasoned professional who fits in well with our entrepreneurial culture,” says CMBC president and co-founder, Ryan Krill. “His wealth of experience and proven track record will serve invaluable in leading our strategic growth and managing our 56 team members, bringing a great deal of knowledge and perspective to the table.”

A California native, Appel graduated with a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His career in roles ranging from CFO to interim CEO claims a series of accomplishments in enhancing company performance through assisting their founders in creating scalable processes and building teams, ultimately increasing sales and production.

After a career on Wall Street as a Financial Analyst with Merrill Lynch and directing mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts with Dillon, Read & Co., Appel joined the largest privately-owned bank in the country, Emigrant Savings Bank, starting their food and beverage investing group.

In 2012, John created Global Restaurant Group with a business partner, developing and operating KFC restaurants in Kyiv. After the unrest in Ukraine and Crimea, Appel returned stateside to join Magnolia Brewing Company in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.

Fresh off a $7M expansion from their original pub and 7-barrel brewhouse to a 30-barrel brewhouse production brewery and adjacent BBQ restaurant, Magnolia hired Appel after the expansion to help them manage their finances, develop their operations, and enhance their growth. Under his leadership they grew distribution into Portland and Los Angeles, and launched their first packaged beer with 6-pack cans, which grew Magnolia’s output by nearly 50% between 2016 and 2017.

Appel sees a lot of opportunity in the craft beer industry in South Jersey. Coming from an area as saturated as San Francisco, he sees some commonalities and some stark differences.

“People love craft beer here as much as they do there,” he says, “but there are far fewer options. Cape May Brewing Company is a leader here. I love the fact that every bar or restaurant that sells craft beer in Cape May sells Cape May Brewing Company beer. We are the local beer of Cape May.”

Appel believes that being associated with Cape May is an extraordinarily positive aspect of CMBC’s positioning within the market — Cape May evokes so many great things to a great number of people.

“For anyone who has vacationed in Cape May before, just the mention of Cape May brings back great memories,” he says. “To be tied to the good feelings associated with Cape May and have that as part of our identity is a great advantage.”

Appel and his wife Sangeeta are among the people who’d vacationed in Cape May in the past and created great memories.

“We loved the old Victorian homes, the boardwalk, just the general vibe and feel of Cape May,” he says.

Being a California native and having spent much of his life on the West Coast, John loves being in a beach community with Cape May’s singular combination of nostalgia in a relaxed atmosphere.

“On the West Coast, you either have nostalgic or laid back; you don’t have a lot of both,” Appel says, laughing. “You can go to San Francisco and see a lot of Victorian architecture, but it’s not a beach vibe. Or you can go to the beach, but at most places it’s either upscale, luxury homes or small, old beach bungalows. But to take a charming, Victorian town and plop it on a beach that’s as beautiful as any beach anywhere, that’s pretty unique.”

Appel sees that his role with CMBC is the perfect next step in his career path. It leverages his experience with high-growth, young beverage companies, including tripling the sales of a local craft soda business, doubling the sales of a Southern California smoothie shop chain, and doubling sales at a Northern California juice business.
“I feel right at home here,” Appel says. “When I look at the scope of things that I’ll be doing over the next year and beyond, it’s all things that are right in my wheelhouse.”

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Here’s What’s On Tap This Week!

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We have an exciting week of events for you this week highlighted by the first ever What’s On Tap Beer Festival at WheatonArts on Saturday, June 17th.  Don’t miss this one as there will be 25 breweries pouring over 5o beers.  Local breweries include the following:  Glasstown Brewing Company, Tomfoolery Brewing Co., Slack Tide Brewing Company,  7 Mile Brewery, Garden State Beer Company, Tuckahoe Brewing Company, Pinelands Brewing Company, and Cape May Brewing Company. Individual tickets just $34.99 and include general admission access, a souvenir festival mug and unlimited beer tastings for 4 hours.  Designated driver tickets are available as well for $10.00.  You need to get your tickets now as this event is expected to sell out.  Also you will be able to see a live taping of the “What’s on Tap” television show hosted by Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin that airs locally on SNJ40.  For Tickets Click the graphic below or go to whatsontap.beer!

 

Tuesday, June 13th

7 Mile Brewery will be having their weekly Quizzo night  with Joe Gaughan hosting at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate. And while you are there, have a pint or two of their locally crafted beer!

Pinelands Brewing Company have their weekly “Beer it Forward” night tonight.  10% of all sales on Tuesdays from 6-9pm are donated to a deserving organization.  This month the money will be donated to Small Steps In Speech and Team Red, White, and Blue in honor of National Military Month

Looking to plan a brew tour?  Check out our friend Rick at Day Sipper Wine and Brew Tours. We really love a lot of the local tour companies, but Rick gives you a unique, personal, fun, and informative ride in his VW Bus and has a wealth of knowledge about beer, wine, and the local scene.  We hear nothing but glowing reviews from patrons and brewery people.  Groovy!

Flat Stone Tavern & Grill is having Clamarama all day today, with specials on a variety of Clam dishes.  To help you wash down the clams, why not pick one of the 24 drafts that are on tap featuring many locals including Three 3’s, Cape May Brewing Company, and the Weyerbacher/Cape May collaboration Paradise 160.

Wednesday, June 14th

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm which would be the perfect time to join the Slack Tide Slacker Mug Club.  As a member you will receive benefits such as a Special 20 oz. Slacker Mug Club mug that can be filled at the tasting room for the same price as a 16 oz. pour, Club T-Shirt, Special release parties and other “members only” events, and discounts on Slack Tide Brewing apparel.  For more information stop by the tap room or check out them on the web HERE

Tomfoolery Brewing will be hosting Fool’s Trivia at 6:30 pm.

Cape May Brewing Co will be having a Tap Takeover at Blue Heron Pines with Live music, food and beer pairings and 5 lines of CMBC. They’ll be pouring The Bog, Summer Catch, Cape May IPA, Honey Porter and Tide Table Pale Ale from 6-8 pm.

Thursday, June 15th

Tuckahoe Brewing Company has extended their hours and is now open from 4-9pm on Thursdays which is great news for beer-lovers in South Jersey.  They are really making great beer and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable!

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features Rabbit Hill SMATH with Experimental Hops

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Volunteers in Medicine of South Jersey.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the organization and enjoy a beer in their amazing, must-see Taproom!

Garden State Beer Company’s Thursday Live Music Series will feature Beecher’s Fault from 8-10pm.  This band out of NYC just kicked off it’s Summer Tour and GSB Co. is one of the stops.  Stop by, grab a cold one and listen to some great music!

Friday, June 16th

Ludlam Island Brewery is open today and every day from 12-8pm.  Stop by the tasting room and grab a flight or two of their great selections!  Joe and Brad have been brewing up some interesting beers, and their fantastic Reuben is back on tap. This beer is their take on the classic German gosè style ale. Salty, sour, brewed with a bunch of rye and “dry hopped” with carraway seeds.  It is definitely one of  SJbeerscene.com’s favorite beers we have sampled this year.

Garden State Beer Company  will be having Quizzo at the Tap Room starting at 6:30

Did someone say Happy Hour?  Goodnight Irene‘s Friday Happy Hour happens from 4-7pm.  The outside bar is open so stop by and grab a beer from one of the best beer bars in South Jersey!

Glasstown Brewing Company is open from 12-9pm today.  Stop by and try one of their many great beers and grab some cans to take home!

A lot of people have been telling us great things about The Leatherhead Pub in Egg Harbor City.  This pub is housed in what was a firehouse that was built in 1918 and has great food to go along with their eclectic beer menu that features many local breweries along with unique selections from other breweries such as Bronx, Green Flash, and Founders.  You can check out the taplist on Beer Menus by following the link HERE

Saturday, June 17th

What’s On Tap Beer Festival at WheatonArts, Millville from 1-5pm.

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be featuring the music of Either Way from 8-11pm.  Their ever-changing well-curated taplist is one of the best in the state, and they also serve Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved eats!

Clayton Liquors is the place for take-out for local craft beer.  Raj curates 20 taps and fills Growlers and Crowlers with your favorite South Jersey Craft Beer.  The menu is constantly changing and is updated often on Beer Menus by clicking HERE.  Give them a follow on Facebook, Raj updates frequently for us beer nerds!

Why Not Spend Saturday with one of South Jersey’s Fine Breweries!

7 Mile Brewery will be open 12pm-10pm

Cape May Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Cold Spring Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Garden State Beer Company will be open 3pm-10pm

Glasstown Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Ludlam Island Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Pinelands Brewing Companuy will be open 12pm-8pm

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open 12pm-8pm

Three 3’s Brewing Company will be open 1pm-9pm

Tomfoolery Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm

Tuckahoe Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm 

Sunday, June 18th

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar boasts 40 taps of craft beer, plus their world famous secret Sunday Brunch!

Three 3’s Brewery is open today from 12-6pm with 12 taps flowing with great beer! Come by and have a beer, and they are pet friendly so you can bring your critter with you!

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What’s On Tap This Week!

 Let Them Know You Found It On SJBeerscene.com!

Tuesday, June 6th

7 Mile Brewery will be having their weekly Quizzo night  with Joe Gaughan hosting at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate.  In addtion, the gang canned 262 cases of Beach Bubbles this week, A Belgian Wit base finished with pear essence and a champagne yeast, a highly drinkable Summer Beer!

Pinelands Brewing Company have their weekly “Beer it Forward” night tonight.  10% of all sales on Tuesdays from 6-9pm are donated to a deserving organization.  This month the money will be donated to Small Steps In Speech and Team Red, White, and Blue in honor of National Military Month

The Whitebrier in Avalon is celebrating 7 Mile Island Restaurant week with a 3 course beer-infused  menu featuring 7 Mile Brewery‘s 7 Mile IPA.  The 3 course menu will run you $30.17 and features an app, a main course, and a dessert.  For more info click HERE

Wednesday, June 7th

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm.  Tonight is the first night that you can join the Slack Tide Slacker Mug Club.  As a member you will receive benefits such as a Special 20 oz. Slacker Mug Club mug that can be filled at the tasting room for the same price as a 16 oz. pour, Club T-Shirt, Special release parties and other “members only” events, and discounts on Slack Tide Brewing apparel.  For more information stop by the tap room or check out them on the web HERE

Tomfoolery Brewing will be hosting Fool’s Trivia at 6:30 pm.

Cape May Brewery‘s One-Off Wednesday pour will be Grape Misty, Misty Dawn Saison with grape

 

Thursday, June 8th

Tonight is the night to watch our Editor and Co-Founder John Couchoud‘s television debut on “What’s On Tap” With Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin.  Catch the show on WMGM TV,  seen in South Jersey on channel 4 or 798 on X1 at 6:30.  Check out the show and let us know if television really does add 10 pounds!  Thanks to Slack Tide Brewing Company and Garden State Beer Company for giving us beers to sample on the show!  Also big thanks to Gary and Tara for having us and talking beer!  And remember the What’s On Tap Beer Festival is happening on Saturday, June 17th at WheatonArts in Millville!  Get your tickets HERE

Tuckahoe Brewing Co will be having a “Lu and Brew” LuLaRoe Sip and Shop event from 4-9pm.  Their will be 3 consultants with over 1000 pieces, a food truck, and great beer.

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features Hefeweizen Dry-Hopped with Lemondrop Hops.  I had a chance to have a taste of the Hefeweizen and adding the lemondrop hops will certainly add even more depth to this fantastic beer!

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village, a group that helps Historic Cold Spring Village in numerous ways.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the organization and enjoy a beer in their amazing, must-see Taproom!

Garden State Beer Company will kick off their Thursday Live Music Series with Sensacoustic from 8-10pm.  This is the perfect room to have a beer and catch some great live music!

Passion Vines Wine & Spirit Company are celebrating their new kegerator by having a Tap Takeover featuring 13 of Carton Brewing‘s beers.  Come out and join us as we help get the taps flowing!  Beer specials and the Carton Beer Rep will be on hand.  For more info, check out our piece on the website HERE

 

Friday, June 9th

Ludlam Island Brewery is open today and every day from 12-8pm.  Stop by the tasting room and grab a flight or two of their great selections!

Garden State Beer Company  will be having Quizzo at the Tap Room starting at 6:30

Did someone say Happy Hour?  Goodnight Irene‘s Friday Happy Hour happens from 4-7pm.  The outside bar is open so stop by and grab a beer from one of the best beer bars in South Jersey!

Glasstown Brewing Company is open from 12-9pm today.  Stop by and try one of their many great beers and grab some cans to take home!

Chickie’s & Pete’s in EHT has one of the best beer selections around.  Alvin Cintron does a great job curating the offerings and is one of the biggest supporters of Craft Beer in South Jersey!  It is almost criminal that they have such a great beer list and Crab Fries!  Check out their website or Facebook to see their current beer list and food specials

Saturday, June 10th

Cape May County Brew Tours will be hostin a tour Saturday 6/10/17 starting at 12pm. The Tour will be visiting, in no specific order, Ludlum Island Brewery, Slack Tide Brewery, 7 Mile Brewery, and Cape May Brewery. Lunch will be at the Barefoot Bar & Restaurant.  Visit their website HERE to reserve your spot!

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be featuring the music of Adam Holcombe from 8-11pm.  Their ever-changing well-curated taplist is one of the best in the state, and they also serve Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved eats!

Rocco’s Town House in Hammonton will be have 4 Kane beers on tap today including Morning Bell, Corduroy Lines, Head High, and Overhead.  Stop in for a pint and grab a bite to eat of their fantastic food!

Clayton Liquors is the place for take-out for local craft beer.  Raj curates 20 taps and fills Growlers and Crowlers with your favorite South Jersey Craft Beer.  The menu is constantly changing and is updated often on Beer Menus by clicking HERE.  Give them a follow on Facebook, Raj updates frequently for us beer nerds!

Why Not Spend Saturday with one of South Jersey’s Fine Breweries!

7 Mile Brewery will be open 12pm-10pm

Cape May Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Cold Spring Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Garden State Beer Company will be open 3pm-10pm

Glasstown Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

Ludlam Island Brewery will be open 12pm-8pm

Pinelands Brewing Companuy will be open 12pm-8pm

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open 12pm-8pm

Three 3’s Brewing Company will be open 1pm-9pm

Tomfoolery Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm

Tuckahoe Brewing Co. will be open 12pm-8pm 

Sunday, June 11th

Garden State Beer Company will be having Paints and Pints with Jen from 1-4 pm.  Jen brings everything you need to paint a pretty picture, this week’s painting is “Cattail Sunset”. Registration is required on the webiste by following this link HERE

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar boasts 40 taps of craft beer, plus their world famous secret Sunday Brunch!

Attention Beer People!

If your brewery, bar, or bottle shop has an event they would like to include in our weekly listing email us at tara@sjbeerscene.com

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Sea Isle City Beer Festival Was Fun!

 

We had a great time at The Sea Isle Beer Fest on Saturday!  The weather was beautiful, the beer was flowing, and there was a great crowd!  Kudos to Denis Brown and the Stallion Marketing team, Kix McNutleys, the Sea Isle PD, and everyone who attended.  This is a great event that only gets bigger every year!  Cheers!