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Cape May Brewing Company and Iron Hill Release Collaboration Benefitting Surfrider Foundation South Jersey

Cape May Brewing Company and Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant

Collaborate on Twin Fin Kettle-Soured Session New England Style IPA

Benefiting Surfrider Foundation South Jersey

Cape May, NJ — Cape May Brewing Company is joining forces with Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Voorhees to brew Twin Fin, a kettle-soured, session, New England-Style IPA, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Surfrider Foundation South Jersey — a non-profit, activist organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches.

“We’re inextricably tied to the ocean in Cape May,” says Cape May Brewing Company CEO and co-owner Ryan Krill, “and it’s up to the businesses and residents who are here year ‘round to protect it. It’s — by far — the most precious and threatened natural resource we have in our area, so, when Iron Hill came up with the idea of a collaboration to support Surfrider South Jersey, we were happy to come aboard.”

Many of the staff at Iron Hill — located in the western part of New Jersey — have ties to the ocean.

“My family is from the Jersey Shore,” says Iron Hill Head Brewer William Mink, “and I’ve spent a lot of my life there. I’ve been surfing since I was a little kid, and it’s very important to me to protect our waterways, shores, and coastlines for future generations to enjoy as I have.”

Surfrider South Jersey was “stoked” about the plan, always interested in finding new ways to bring their cause to light.

“A lot of what we do can be serious: speaking at city council meetings, educating kids in assemblies, attending rallies and marches,” said Beth Kwart, Chair of the South Jersey Chapter. “This collaboration is a great opportunity to raise awareness using something fun.”

This collaboration comes at a particularly advantageous time for Surfrider Foundation South Jersey, as there are a number of issues currently threatening the health of the world’s ocean.

“From seismic testing and offshore drilling to a steady increase in plastic pollution, our ocean needs protecting so future generations can enjoy the water as we do,” Kwart says. “That is our mission: to protect and enjoy our local oceans, waves, and beaches. We need more people to get involved! We believe this beer will help us raise awareness and maybe even make someone take further action.”

The teams from Cape May Brewing Company and Iron Hill both feature a number of diehard surfers, and, as such, the collaboration was relaxed and natural.

“We both knew how important this was, and, by creating a unique product, it would drive even more hype for the cause,” says Iron Hill Lead Brewer Rob Fox. “So we let the surfers on both teams drive the ideas on the recipe.”

Eventually, the two teams designed the recipe to be a crushable, easy-drinking IPA with the tropical fruit character of the New England varieties and a touch of refreshing tartness that will help emphasize the pineapple notes from the Denali and Idaho 7 hops. As a kettle-soured New England IPA, Twin Fin is a chance to combine two very popular styles.

“They’re both all the rage right now,” Mink says, “but there are a million of them out there. Why not combine them? I haven’t seen many sour NEIPAs out there. I think this is something the local beer fans will enjoy and find special.”

Twin Fin will benefit Surfrider Foundation South Jersey’s many programs, such as their Ocean Friendly Gardens program and single-use plastic reduction initiatives, including their Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which encourages restaurants throughout South Jersey to lessen their reliance on single-use plastics.

In addition, the three organizations will be participating in a beach cleanup effort the Saturday before Earth Day, April 20th, open to the public, at Higbee Beach in Cape May County from 8:30am to 10:30am.

“Higbee Beach is one of the hidden gems of Cape May,” says Krill. “It’s a haven for bird watching, picking beach plums, hunting for Cape May diamonds, and tracking down some of Cape May’s famous ghosts. It’s also one of the most peaceful places in Cape May County, perfect for soaking up the serenity of nature where the ocean meets the bay, and requires continual preservation efforts.”

As access to Higbee Beach is limited, a mandatory meetup will take place before the cleanup at Cape May Brewing Company’s Tasting Room at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport, with Surfrider Foundation South Jersey providing supplies such as trash bags, gloves, buckets, and trash grabbers. Space is limited, so please register at tinyurl.com/twinfin.

Following the cleanup, Cape May Brewing Company will be hosting a volunteer appreciation party featuring a sneak peek of Twin Fin. Only attendees of the Beach Cleanup are invited to attend.

For more information on Surfrider Foundation South Jersey, see southjersey.surfrider.org. For more information on Iron Hill, Voorhees, see ironhillbrewery.com/voorhees-nj or call (856) 545-9009. For more information on Cape May Brewing Company, including for tours and tastings, see www.capemaybrewery.com or call (609) 849-9933.

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About Cape May Brewing Company:

Once upon a time, 20-something Ryan Krill earned a six-figure salary working in finance and real estate development in Manhattan, while his college roommate, Chris Henke, designed commercial satellites. During a summer weekend at the Jersey shore, they brewed a batch of beer with Ryan’s dad. “Should we open a brewery?” Ryan asked, only half-serious. But, by the following year, the three guys had secured a space at Cape May Airport where they concocted a makeshift brew system and honed their beer-making skills. In 2011, they started with one client. Today, there are hundreds of accounts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania proudly serving the guys’ award-winning recipes. And CMBC’s fearless leaders have never looked back.

About Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant:

Nothing’s more local than beer brewed ten feet from your table, and nothing’s fresher than every dressing, every stock, every sauce made from scratch every day. And nothing’s truer to who we are than letting our craft beers and handcrafted foods inspire one another in unexpected ways. And while we’re the most award-winning brewery east of the Mississippi, we’re not in for the fame or the glory. We’re in it because we love what we do, which is brewing beer, getting creative in the kitchen, and integrating our passion from tap to table. We’re more than a scratch kitchen. We’re more than a craft brewery. We’re Iron Hill. Craft Kitchen. Scratch Brewery.

About Surfrider Foundation South Jersey:

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. The Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter protects the coastline in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. For more information, visit www.southjersey.surfrider.org.

 

Breweries Events

Real Ale Recap: A Firkin Good Time at Yards Real Ale Invitational!

Real Ale Recap:
A Firkin Good Time at Yards Real Ale Invitational
I was lucky enough to win free tickets to Yards Real Ale Invitational, the breweries first at their new location in Northern Liberties. With 48 other breweries and 60 firkins of beer to try, this was a beer event I could not miss. In years past, Yards has hosted the Real Ale Invitational outside of the brewery, with food and tents in their parking lot. This year, everything was inside the brewery and I got an up close look at how Yards brews, cans, and kegs their beers. There was live music, good food, and a great atmosphere. Don’t miss this event next year!
What is Real Ale?
Real Ale is an unfiltered and unpasteurized beer that is conditioned and served from a cask (or firkin) without additional CO2 or nitrogen. It’s normally served at a warmer temperature (50-55 degrees) and has a more complex flavor. Real Ale is very popular in the United Kingdom and has a niche following here in the US. If you haven’t tried Real Ale, I highly recommend it!
Unique and Stand Outs
Yards- ESA and Brawler (my favorite from Yards)
Pizza Boy- Waiting for Rapture: brewed with cacao nibs, guajillo peppers, ancho peppers, and ghost peppers (perfect mix of heat and sweet)
Cape May- Maybe She’s Brewed With It: a kettle-soured ale with cherry and mango.
Greene King- Abbot Ale: Warming, malty and fruity.
Round Guys- Spaceman: orange, grapefruit, and lime zest
AC Beer & Music Festival Events News

Atlantic City Beer Week 2019 Kicks off On 3/25/19! Here Are A Few Events We are Looking Forward To!

This year will mark the first ever Atlantic City Beer Week, a series of beer and beverage related programs hosted by local and regional establishments with the sole purpose of celebrating craft beer, and we have your guide to the cool events being offered that will lead up to the Atlantic City Beer Festival on 3/29-3/30.  There are nearly 40 events that will kick off on Monday, March 25th and run all the way until Sunday, March 31st.  You can find all of the events at Atlantic City Beer Week but here a few that we are really looking forward to!

Monday, May 25th

Chickie’s & Pete’s at the Trop-Dogfish Head 120 Minute X 3 Years

It is rare to be able to get multiple years of 120 on tap and they will have 2016, 2017, and 2018 on tap to do that vertical tasting that doesn’t come along all too often.  And, while you are there, you can grab some of Chickie’s Crab Fries (which are free if you are a New Jersey Craft Beer Member, Click for info)

Boardwalk to Broadway with Little Water Distillery

Combine a brewery, a distillery, and a great restaurant and you have my attention.  We love what Mark, Guy, and the rest of the staff at LWD have done with breweries and the beer cocktail they are making with Forgotten Boardwalk of Cherry Hill will be something we need to try.

 

Tuesday, May 26th

We Bee(r) Spelling With Founders and Friends at Bourré

We are sending Vic to the wolves in the craziest spelling competition ever benefitting the Humane Society of Atlantic County!  Get your tickets and root for your favorite, or just heckle and drink great beer for a great cause!  Click HERE for tickets and info

Wednesday, March 27th

Foraged & Fermented Gourmet Dinner & Beer Pairing

Yes, we are sponsoring this.  I know.  But this is a once in a lifetime Gourmet Dinner and Beer Pairing curated by Great Chef’s and complemented with great beer.  Plus you are taking home all 6 pieces of custom logo glassware as a special thank you from the brewers!  Join us for an outstanding fine dining experience at CARDINAL BISTRO featuring foraged local delicacies and unique craft brews! All proceeds will benefit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch.

For Tickets And Information Click the Picture Below or Visit www.cfbnj.org

Stockton University Craft Beverage Series:  Learn to Homebrew and Craft Beer Happy Hour Panel

Our friend Donna Albano put together this great event as part of their ongoing Bev Ed series teaching people about Beer, Wine, Spirits, and everything Beverage here in South Jersey.  This event will feature our buddy Eric Schmehl from Fermented followed by a round table panel of South Jersey Brewing Luminaries.  This event will not only be fun, if you are not careful you might just learn something.  Tickets and info HERE 

 

Thursday, May 28th

New Jersey Craft Beer Kickoff Party at Chickie’s and Petes in the Trop

First of all if you are not a member of NJCB you need to be.  New Jersey Craft Beer is a membership club that gives you discounts on beer, food, merchandise and more at nearly 700 different locations throughout New Jersey (there is even a few out-of-state).  Your $25 Dollar per year membership gets you access to these things plus much more.  Mike and his gang curate meet-ups throughout the state where you can hang with some like-minded beer lovers and work hard in getting member only discounts that will make that $25 dollar investment well worth the price.  This event is open to everyone, not just NJCB members, so get yourself over there and get special pricing on some local beers and taste the official beer of the Atlantic City Beer Fest, a collaboration between several breweries brewed at Bonesaw Brewing Company just for this week!


Friday, May 29th

25 Taps Of Gold, A Gathering of Brewers at Harry’s Oyster Bar

So you survived the Friday Night Session of the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival and  your ears are still pounding from the awesome music guests and headliners The Used, and you have tried to get to all 158 breweries to sample beer.  Your night is over, right? WRONG!  The party continues at Harry’s Oyster Bar! They will be serving up appetizers and pouring 25 different craft beers into the wee hours of the morning to prepare you for the Saturday Sessions! Party on Garth.

Saturday, May 30th

Bloody Mary Hangover Challenge at Little Water Distillery

Challenge Accepted!  It is said that a little Hair o’ The Dog is what you need after a night of drinking and I fully support this statement.  What could be better than a Bloody Mary made with LWD’s 48 Blocks Vodka?  How about 2!  Fun starts at 10 AM on both Saturday AND Sunday!

Sunday, March 31st

New Belgium Beautiful Brewed Brunch at Wingcraft

As any local knows, Wingcraft has one of the best brunches around.  Pair that with a selection of New Belgium’s Best Beers and you got yourself a winner!  And the first 30 people who buy tix will get a beautifully engraved glass to take home.  Tickets and Info

 

That is just a few of the almost 40 events that we are looking forward to.  Make sure you visit Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival on the web for a complete listing of all of the events that are scheduled for the week!

We hope to see a lot of you there, if you see us please stop and say hi!  We will also be at the festival at the Podcast stage and doing a Live Stream on Friday night that will be shown on Triax 57.  Check it out!

 

Breweries Events

Glasstown Brewing Company Beer Dinner at Cape May-Lewes Ferry on 3/1/19!

The Sunset Lounge at the Cape May Terminal of the Ferry is the setting for a great Dinner featuring Chef George Galati’s 5 Course Meal paired with Glasstown’s terrific beer.  We have attended these events and they are really fun!  The room overlooks the Delaware Bay and the view is spectacular.  Tickets to this event are $66 and are available at Eventbrite.

Here is the menu for the event:

Events Home Brewing

South Jersey Home Brewing Clubs Face Off In A Breakfast Cereal Inspired Competition!

TRI COUNTY BREWING CEREAL COMPETITION CHAMPION 

Cereal…it’s not just for breakfast anymore! 

Members of the Brew Jersey, Ocean County Home Brewers Association and Monmouth County Home Brewers Association members set out to prove just that with their first joint competition. 

Final judging was recently held at Icarus Brewing and congratulations to Dorien Saunders of Brew Jersey who took home the top prize!   Dorien brewed a Cream Ale with the special ingredient being Pumpkin Spice Life cereal.  Dorien will not only have his beer brewed at Icarus, but the brewery will also donate $300 to the charity of his choice.  

Vince Feminella, MCHBA and I have collaborated on a couple of competitions in the past, so when we got together with Eric Schmel from Brew Jersey we discussed several options for a friendly competition between the 3 clubs.  Urged on by our EPIC 2 part South Jersey Beer Scene (episode 13 and 14) podcast we put out a message to our club members for suggestions. SMaSH (single mash, single hop), or everyone using the same grain bill, were a few of them, but then the breakfast cereal suggestion came from one of our members, (I won’t say who, but I KNOW who it is and I have the proof, hahah!) and it clicked! 

We committed to our clubs that we would use BJCP guidelines for the judging and the only stipulation would be that the brewer would have to declare a style and 10% of the grain bill would have to be commercial cereal.  Matching the style to the cereal was key, as the effect and taste of the cereal in the beer was 20% of the total judges score.

“The flavor of the cereal in the beer, really came through on the winning brew.” said Icarus owner and co-founder Jason Goldstein. “

The competition didn’t lack for creativity or style, as we had stouts, porters, brown ales, IPAs, Wheat beers, Hefeweizen all in the mix.  Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Shredded Wheat, were some of the cereals, as much variety as there are on the supermarket shelves. 

“I hadn’t been in the cereal game since middle school, so I didn’t even know that these different types of cereals were even made. “said our champ, Dorien.  “I walked down the cereal aisle and nothing jumped out at me. I was originally thinking some sort of chocolate cereal, but as I continued shopping I saw the Pumpkin Spice Life and knew I had to make the switch.” 

Dorien’s beer had a 38.75 average score amongst our judges who included, Jason, Matt and Mike from Bradley Brew Project and Mike from NJCB.  

Tony Scardaville, MCHBA, came in second with a score of 35.25 for his Brown Ale made with Honey Bunches of Oats and Chris Niedzwiecki, OCHBA, was just a shade behind at 35.00 with an American Porter brewed with Cocoa Krispies. 

Vince, Eric and I had a great time planning and organizing the event, so we look forward to doing more competitions, collaborations and work in the future.  Thanks to the judges and all the rest of the brewers who participated we hope you had a good time! 

Be on the lookout for Dorien’s beer in the tap room at Icarus.  We will make sure to keep you posted on the progress and release date. 

Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for our next story, Weird Beers.  Cheers, all!