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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

Breweries News

Cape May Brewing Company Has A New Look!

Cape May Brewing Company has a brand new look!  As of May 26th, Cape May Brewing Company has made a giant change to a new logo and branding that was announced in a press release last week.  The website has been updated to a fresh, new look inspired by the beach community that it resides.

Cape May Brewery is already one of the premier craft beer breweries in the region with a loyal following, so why do this now?

“This all really began as a desire to update our website,” says co-founder and president of CMBC, Ryan Krill. “However, we quickly realized that a simple website redesign wasn’t going to be enough. In order to put together a website that exemplified who we are and where we are going as a company, we first needed to take a step back and truly define ourselves.”

Through this process, the company was able to put into writing a set of Core Values, a Mission Statement, and a Statement of Purpose: “To build a brewery that makes us proud.”

“We’ve come a long way over the past six years,” says co-founder and COO Chris Henke, “and our new look reflects that growth. The three of us — Ryan, his dad, Bob, and I — started by brewing twelve gallons at a time. This year, we’re poised to break the 10,000 barrel mark. We currently brew as much beer in one week as we did in our entire first year of business.

“We’ve grown up. Our new look needed to reflect that.”

The new look is based on what Cape May represents as a beach community.

 

“We really wanted to find something that says Cape May,” Henke says. “This community has come to embrace us over the past six years, and we realized that Cape May’s laid back beach culture has been a huge influence on our organization. We wanted to reflect that.”

The new design expresses a windswept feeling — like a breezy day on the beach, umbrellas flapping and seagulls flying overhead.

“You just feel cooler,” Krill says, “our new look evokes a refreshing, relaxed feeling  — like a cold beer on a hot day.”

The new designs provide CMBC with a cohesive look across multiple platforms, including their revamped website and new bottle designs. Consumers will be able to instantly recognize Cape May Brewing Company’s packages in the retail environment through this new, unified design.

“For the past six years, each of our bottles had a radically different look,” says co-founder and vice president, Bob Krill. “Aside from our logo, the designs don’t otherwise communicate CMBC. They were all one-off designs with no real connection to one another or to CMBC.

While CMBC’s look has changed, the three owners think it’s important to understand that the only thing that has changed is the look. The product won’t change in any way.

“The quality that our fans have come to know and love from CMBC will not be compromised,” Ryan Krill says. “Our fans put an extraordinary amount of trust in us, and that’s something we take very seriously.”

“We’ve always stood behind our quality,” Bob Krill says, “and we wanted the quality of our beer to be reflected in our creative design. We feel this design communicates exactly that.”

“The new design creates an expectation,” says Henke, “and the beer inside exceeds that expectation. The beer speaks for itself, but we think that new fans will be able to judge us by our packaging.”

“Ultimately,” Ryan Krill says, “establishing a cohesive brand will allow our leadership in the industry to flourish. As we continue to grow in coming years, the new look will assist us as we emerge as leaders within the industry, yet continues to recognize the enormous influence of the Cape May community upon our company.”

 

 

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

 

Events News

Sea Isle City Beer Festival Coming on Saturday, June 3rd!

The Sea Isle City Beer Festival comes back for it 5th year this Saturday, June 3rd.  This event features over 60 Beer and Cider selections, Food, Live Music, and a Jumbo Outdoor Game area.  Your ticket will give you access to all of this and unlimited samplings of beer and cider.  The event runs from 2-5:30pm at Kix McNutley’s SideKix, on 63rd and Landis in Sea Isle City.

This festival continues to grow every year and has an impressive lineup including South Jersey locals Slack Tide Brewing Company, Garden State Beer Company, Ludlam Island Brewery, 7 Mile Brewery, Glasstown Brewing Company, Cape May Brewing Company, Tuckahoe Brewing Company, and Pinelands Brewing Company.  For tickets visit their website www.seaislecitybeer.com on their Facebook page HERE!

 

Breweries Events News

Cape May Brewing Company Releasing the Latest in Their Barrel Aged Series, Brothel Madam, on 5/27

Cape May Brewery’s next entry into their Barrel Aged Series has been announced and we cannot wait to try it!  Love the idea of a fruited sour!  Yet another reason that you need to get to South Jersey and try some of the fantastic beer that is being brewed here!

From the Press Release:

Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore’s premier local brewery, is pleased to announce a new iteration in their highly acclaimed Barrel Aged Series. Brothel Madam — a barrel-aged golden sour ale conditioned on raspberries and cranberries — releases from their Tasting Room at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport on Saturday, May 27th.

“Last year’s Barrel Aged Series was a huge success,” says CMBC president and co-founder Ryan Krill, “and this year should prove to be no different. While last year’s brews were nautically-themed, this year we’ve decided to focus on the numerous ghost stories that abound throughout Cape May.”

Cape May is well-known as haven for the spectral. No fewer than five books have been written about the ghosts of Cape May, the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities runs seven ghost tours throughout the city, and Syfy’s Ghost Hunters did an episode in the town.

When searching for inspiration for the theme of this year’s Barrel Aged Series, Graphic Designer Courtney Rosenberg commiserated with Beertender Maddie Macauley for Cape May-inspired themes, eventually settling upon the phantasmal.

“These aren’t Casper the Friendly kind of ghosts,” Rosenberg says, “they’re ghosts or spirits that have a story at many of the locations people visit daily in Cape May.”

One of Cape May’s bed and breakfast gems, The Queen Victoria, has a building called the House of Royals, which housed a brothel and gaming parlour in the 1800s, where the most powerful men of Victorian America were among her clientele. Reportedly, visitors to the establishment have reported the ghostly apparition of the building’s former manager drifting aimlessly along her halls, searching out the errant customer, dreadfully behind on his payments to the house.

For this brew, Cape May Brewing Company has created a barrel-aged American sour ale, conditioned on raspberries and cranberries. After fermenting the base with Brett for several months in a stainless steel fermenter, the fruits were added before racking the brew into used oaken red wine barrels for about six months. Then, Brothel Madam has been bottle-conditioned for two weeks before release.

While this is CMBC’s first fruited sour, they’re not all that uncommon, with mango, peach, guava, watermelon, acai, kiwi, and apricot being some common fruits brewers tend to use. The base of Brothel Madam already had some notes of peach and apricot and some tartness from the Brett, so this recipe plays up that tartness and increases the fruitiness with some raspberry and cranberry.

“The base was good but simple, with some classic Brett esters, some notes of stone fruits, and just a touch of tart from the Brett as well,” says CMBC Director of Brewing Operations Jimmy Valm. “It was good, but needed a little je ne sais quoi, and we knew this was our beer to add fruit.”

In addition to those fruit flavors, the brew has some wood character from the barrels and a slight vinous character from the red wine they’d held a few years back. In addition, the barrels allow for some micro-oxidation which will greatly increase the complexity of the flavors in the aged beer.

The bottle design is meant to evoke thoughts of the haunted houses that abound throughout Cape May.

“Just think about walking down Decatur Street or Jackson Street in Cape May,” Rosenberg says. “The house colors, the gingerbread, the windows and so on.”

Like the first run of the Barrel Aged Series, the labels will all be variations on a theme.

“The colors will match the houses in Cape May, and there will be similarities between each bottle,” Rosenberg continues. “When you line them up, you will have a lineup of houses you might see on the streets of Cape May.”

Releasing Memorial Day Weekend, the brewers at CMBC think Brothel Madam is the perfect brew to begin the summer season.

“This fruity explosion is going to be great for sitting on the porch as the gentle summer breeze blows by,” Valm says.

Head Brewer Brian Hink agrees. “I dig it, and I think it’s the perfect beer to be coming out Memorial Day Weekend. It’ll be a great summer beer, one I really look forward to going back to again and again.”

Brothel Madam releases from Cape May Brewing Company’s Brewtique at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport on Saturday, May 27th, at noon for $20.

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

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