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Making Southern New Jersey a beverage destination
  Cape May Brewing Company
innovative brewers, winemakers and distillers, the southernmost part of the state has become a favored destination for anyone who enjoys well-crafted adult beverages – beer, wine or spirits.
Several new breweries – think Coho or Gusto – have joined those that preceded them, namely Cape May Brewing Company that started it all nearly a decade ago. Add five distilleries and more than a dozen vineyards – that’s something to celebrate.
The best part: our beverage attractions are open year-round, offering tours, tastings and a full calendar of special events from harvest festivities, pasta dinners, comedy shows, concerts, holiday shopping and even vinyasa in the vineyard.
When Cape May Brewing Company opened in 2011, the company consisted of three guys brewing one beer in a 1,500 square-foot space at the Cape May County Airport.
Nine years later, CMBC has nearly 100 employees, over 150 brews, and occupies more than 33,000 square feet of space – still at the Cape May Airport.
CMBC’s original space is now a dedicated sour brewery – the only one of its kind in New Jersey. You can see the facility on the brewery’s new, state-of-the-art, interactive,
self-guided tour. Designed by New Jersey artist David Macomber in a Southern Shore-style reminiscent of the Wildwood Boardwalk of old, the tour walks visitors through the brewing process with games and playful photo opportunities along the way. The Brewtique carries a full line of CMBC’s swag as well as beer-to-go in six- packs and growler fills.
The growler filler, direct from Austria, can fill a 64-ounce growler in under a minute with none of the spillage when filling it from the tap – all of that beautiful, beautiful brew goes right where it should be. And, it doesn’t let nearly as much oxygen in, so your beer stays fresher longer.
Sit outside and enjoy a flight of seasonal beers in the newly-expanded Beer Garden, complete with a fire pit for the colder months – just one of many expansions completed in the past year.
CMBC prides itself on innovation in brew- ing. With more than 20 taps in the Tasting Room, there are IPAs, Belgians, shandies, seltzers, pale ales, porters, stouts, and lagers of all tastes and varieties. Stop by on a Wednesday for One-Off Wednesday when CMBC taps a special one-keg brew available only in the Tasting room. There’s always a great time to be had at Cape May Brewing Company! 1288 Hornet Rd., Cape May County
Airport; 609-849-9933;
Cold Spring Brewery: Housed in an 1804 barn that was moved to Historic Cold Spring Village and restored, the names of the beers reflect the Village and the history of the area. Try Cape May Farmhouse, a traditional pale ale and possibly the most correct period beer on tap, with a hint of malty sweetness and a little bite at the tail end. Ishmael Pale Ale is another popular choice or Finley Forge IPA. Other beers on tap include Hildreth German Wheat, Dennisville Inn Porter and Vanilla Milk Stout, originally created to be a one-time special brew but now a mainstay. The favorite? That’s Cold Spring Red, the brewery’s best- selling beer! 733 Seashore Rd., Lower Township; 609-854-3077;
Mud Hen Brewery in Wildwood, named for one of the first passenger trains into the resort in the late 1800s that had a proclivity for getting swamped, has quite the reputation. Once a motorcycle dealership, the building is now a huge brewery, restaurant and indoor/outdoor hangout. At the main bar, windows provide a view into the 127-barrel brewery where a local brew master makes up to a dozen approachable beers.
Check out the Coho Brewing Company’s website for some great historical photos of Cape May Court House, the county seat by the way, and a list of beers on the docket. The brewery features Pending Litigation, Hung Jury, or Bench Warrant. Hmm – do we detect a theme here? 28 Indian Trail Road, Unit 103, Cape May Court House; 609-264-6480;
Gusto Brewing Company is a new kid on the block, just a stone’s throw from the Cape May Lewes Ferry, with a fun slogan – “keep it small, keep it weird” with beer names just as offbeat. 3860 Bayshore Rd., N. Cape May; 609-849-8260;
Glasstown Brewing Company: Named for the history of glassmaking in Millville, the brewery has a Maurice River Bourbon Brown Ale, named for the river that flows through the city, along with three or four other beers. Even if you’re not headed to Millville, you can enjoy a glass or two at bars and restaurants around Southern New Jersey. 10 Peterson St., Millville; 856-327-7770;
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