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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.

Breweries Events News

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!

Events News

Here’s What’s On Tap This Week!

 Let Them Know You Found It On SJBeerscene.com!

Tuesday, May 30th

Joe Gaughan will be hosting Quizzo at 7 Mile Brewery!! Event starts at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate.  Plus they have fresh cans of Seven Suns on sale!

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 Seaville Tavern continues to impress with a great beer list and terrrific food.  Mrs. Beer Scene and myself have been know to cozy up to the bar with bartenders Daria and Melissa and have a beer or two.  Their eclectic beer list is ever-changing and features some beers that you will only find here, and also a bunch of selections from local breweries!

Wednesday, May 31st

Slack Tide Brewing Company is open tonight from 4-8pm.  Their Ultra-Juicy Thermocline is back on tap and it is delicious!

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

Cape May Brewery‘s One-Off Wednesday pour will be Mango Coastal Heat, Coastal Evacuation DIPA with habanero peppers and mango

Thursday, June 1st

Tune in tonight locally on WMGM TV, channel 4 or 798 on X1, and catch the latest edition of “What’s On Tap” With Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin.  We were lucky enough to have been asked to tape an upcoming episode that will air soon!  The show is informative and fun, check it out!

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It-Thursday features the unveiling of Orbit the Sun Hefeweizen Ale!A refreshing German-style wheat beer with a soft texture and moderate signature notes of banana and clove

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.  Stop by and support the Lighthouse while having a beer!  This beautiful tapromm is not to be missed!

The Rio Station will be having a Tap Takeover featuring the Cape May/Weyerbacher Collaboration Paradise 160 India Pale Lager.  There will also be 6 more taps dedicated to the event with 3 beers from each brewery.  Event starts at 5pm and there will also be live entertainment and .50 cent wings at the bar!

Three 3’s Brewery will be having a trivia night tonight!  Doors open at 5, Trivia starts at 6

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!

Friday, June 2nd

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be having Live & Local Music from 5-7pm featuring Lisa Sasdelli

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

Tuckahoe Brewing Company will be open today from 3pm-9pm.  They have really bringing their “A” game and putting out great beer.  Stop by and see what Brewmaster Tim Caron has cooked up this week!

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!

Saturday, June 3rd

The Sea Isle City Beer Fest is happening today from 2-5:30 pm.  This great event has a great lineup of breweries and great local representation!  Make sure you grab a couple of tix and come taste over 60 different Beer and Cider selections!

The SJ Craft Beer, Food & Music Festival is happening today with 2 sessions, 12-4pm and 6-10pm.  Tickets are 30$ each per session and gives you access to event that features 10 breweries serving a total of 20 beers. Great food, culinary demonstrations, home brew beer competition sponsored Eastern Homebrew. Homebrew competition participants should drop off two 12-ounce bottles with $5 entry fee by June 2 to Eastern Homebrew at 331 Tilton Road in Northfield. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be showing UFC 212 starting at 9pm.  No cover and a great taplist!

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

ManaFirkin Brewing Company will be open 12pm-9pm

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 4th

Flat Stone Tavern & Grill will be having a Paint Night tonight from 5-8pm.  Cost is $35 per person and there will be food and drink specials.  Flat Stone is a big supporter of local beer so stop by and grab a cold one while painting a pretty picture.  For Tix and information click HERE

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

Beer 101

Beer 101: Take Out-What are Growlers and Crowlers?

Part 3:  Take Out-What are Growlers and Crowlers?

Well, as promised, here are my views on the growler and crowler thing.  Of course my husband never leaves without one or the other, so I have seen the filling process several times.  So you go to a brewery, you do your flight, order a pint of the beer you like to drink there and make sure its the one you like, and then you want to know how to take some home.  Well your in luck, because you can get your favorite craft beer to go in a growler, which is usually a 1/2 gallon jar, or in a crowler, which is a 32 oz can.  It’s like going into Starbucks and ordering a venti or a short.  It’s all about what size you want and how fast you are going to drink it.

First, I will tell you about a growler only because that is what we have most of in our house.  My husband has started quite the collection, he has one from all the different breweries he has visited.  The first time you buy the growler, get it filled, then bring it back when its empty for more beer. WHAT..….how convenient!  We have a pretty large collection in my house, and there is something in common with all of them, they are dark brown glass jugs.  At first I thought this was just a preference for the brewery because its a dark color, like beer, and manly looking. But, come to find out, the dark brown glass prevents light from getting through to the beer and causing the beer to produce a bad taste or smell, a term we all know as “skunked beer”.   Not all growlers are glass, some are ceramic, stainless steel, or plastic.  From my perspective most are glass, and I am starting to see the stainless in most breweries as well. 

Next they fill the growlers.  But its not as straight forward as you think.  Most growlers are filled in breweries by attaching about a foot long hose to the end of the tap, then sticking the other end  of the hose in the growler to the bottom.  I watched and thought “why are they doing that”.  I found out the answer is that the tube is a specific length to go to bottom of the growler, and it helps to get an effect of filling the growler from the bottom up.  This helps to reduce filling time and save beer.   Another method used is by purging the growler with CO2, which helps eliminate oxygen in the growler before pouring so it keeps the beer fresher longer. Using both of these methods helps give the beer you take home the best taste and longest shelf life.

Now let’s discuss the caps, they are different too.  Some growlers have a tilt top lid, its just like the kitchen canisters I have in my house, if that helps give you a visual.  There is a rubber ring on the inside of the lid which, when shut and latched, helps form an air tight seal on the jug.  Another method I have seen is a standard looking cap, with plastic or another type of lining that gets screwed on the top, then wrapped with electrical tape to form an air tight seal.  I know it sounds weird but thats what they all do to seal in the freshness.  It’s cheap and it works.  The last thing you will see is a homemade tag or label of your chosen beer attached with your new growler that has the name of the beer and the ABV%.  Now you are ready to go home, break the seal and drink your favorite craft beer any time you want.  Best thing is, you have a growler keepsake, whether it is a onetime souvenir, or from the brewery right down the street,  you now have your own refillable growler.

Now we will talk about the crowler.  This is a 32oz take-home can of your favorite beer.  It starts off as an empty, topless aluminum can which is labeled and personalized per brewery, and a lid.  Prior to filling the Crowler, they usually purge a little co2 to the can prior to filling it with beer to help keep it fresh and last longer once sealed.  After filling the can, breweries have this awesome machine that they put the can under which lifts the can up to seal the lid on the can.  It is loud, it spins, and looks like something that belongs in a machine shop.  Once done, voila, you have a fresh 32oz can of your favorite craft beer to take home and put in your frig.  Unlike the growler, this is not refillable, but still a cool keepsake.

      

     

These are the two types of take-home beer options that I have seen so far.  I am sure there are more types and also different styles each brewery uses to produce and sell there awesome craft beer that allows my husband to contribute to their business.  Some people may ask which one should I buy? It all depends on your taste or if you want a collector jug.  The major differences obviously is the size you leave with, and also the shelf life.  Typically, a growler should be consumed in the next 24-72 hours, especially after it has been opened.  The crowlers will last longer, I have seen them in my fridge for weeks and when opened still look and taste like they did at the brewery. 

So there have you my input on take-out beer  from your favorite brewery.  So the next time you go to brewery and get beer to go, pay attention to how they do it.  It really is amazing.  Sometimes I think it seems old fashioned and out of date, but then I think NO!,  this is what makes the craft beer scene so cool.  Making craft beer really is an art, there are so many touches and things done to keep it that way, and taking home freshly made beer is one of them.  It’s gives you a down-to-earth, homey, and folksy feel and it is awesome!  So the next time you go to a brewery, get some of your favorite craft beer to take home in a your very own growler or crowler.   

Tara 

tara@sjbeerscene.com

Events

Here’s What’s On Tap This Week

If you attend any of these events, please remember to tell them you found it on South Jersey Beer Scene!

 

NEWS FLASH-The What’s On Tap Festival has been rescheduled until June 17th due to weather.  For more information click HERE

 

Every Tuesday!

Joe Gaughan will be hosting Quizzo at 7 Mile Brewery!! Event starts at 7pm. 7 Rounds of 7 Questions including a 7 minute speed round! Winner gets a $25 gift certificate.  Plus they have fresh cans of 7 MIPA for sale!

Wednesday, May 10th

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

Slack Tide Brewing Company will be open from 4-8 pm tonight.  Sand Spike and Tipsy Dipsy are back on tap!  Tipsy Dipsy is a fan favorite, a Juicy Double IPA that tops out at 8% ABV, and Sand Spike is their highly crushable seasonal IPA that is making it’s Summer Return!

Cape May Brewery‘s One-Off Wednesday will feature Chocolate Raspberry Stout

Goodnight Irene’s will be having a Revolution Brewing launch party at 7pm. 4 beers on tap, 2 bottle selections, and the Revolution Brew Crew will be there!

Ludlam Island Brewery will be having its inaugural Ludlam & Artwork night from 5-8pm featuring  the underwater photography of Steve Jasiecki.  Stop by and see some art, meet the artist, and have one of the great beers that Ludlam is making!

Thursday, May 11th

Cold Spring Brewery’s Thankful Thursday this week will benefit the Center of Community Arts.  The event happens from 4-8pm, and a portion of the proceeds from this time will benefit the organization.

Cape May Brewery will be having a Charity Pint Night to benefit the Wildwood City Fire Department Honor Guard.  $1 from each pint or flight purchased from 5-8pm will benefit the Honor Guard

Tomfoolery Brewing‘s Tap-It Thursday will feature the long-awaited English Bitter Cask Ale. This strong English pale ale is malty with a very mild bitter hop presence.  It will be tapped at 5pm, get it while you can!

Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar will be hosting a Revolution Brewing Launch Party at 6pm.  This Illinois based brewery is one of the fastest growing brewers in America and is making it’s South Jersey Debut this week.

Friday, May 12th

Garden State Beer Company ,along with Girls Pint Out, will be having a special Ladies Quizzo challenge starting at 7pm.  Lots of great shopping and  prizes up for grabs from featured vendors LulaRoe, Thirtyone Gifts, Pure Romance, Scentsy, Arbonne, Touchstone Jewelry, and Tastefully Yours.

Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House will be featuring the music of The Big Daddy Duo.  Great food and a fantastic ever-changing beer menu to have a fun Friday Night!

Tuckahoe Brewing Company will be open today from 3-9pm.  Stop by and give them a try!  Always something new on tap, great people and great beer!

Cape May Brewery will be having a dedication ceremony to celebrate Cape May County’s 325th anniversary, and to celebrate the release of their new beer, Follow the Gull — an IPA with 325 pounds of hops and 3,250 pounds of malt.  This collaboration between CMBC and the Cape May County Department of Tourism happens at 4pm.  Attendees will will be able to mingle with the brewery’s co-owners, officials from the Department of Tourism, and the county’s freeholders.

Saturday, May 13th

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, May 14th

Happy Mother’s Day!

Forget Brunch!  Take Mom for A Beer!