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Cape May Brewing Company
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TypeIndependent
LocationCape May Airport, Rio Grande, New Jersey, United States 1288 Hornet Road[1]
Coordinates39°0′11.0016″N 74°54′46.5552″W / 39.003056000°N 74.912932000°W / 39.003056000; -74.912932000Coordinates: 39°0′11.0016″N 74°54′46.5552″W / 39.003056000°N 74.912932000°W / 39.003056000; -74.912932000
OpenedJuly 4, 2011 (2011-July-04)
Key peopleBob Krill, Ryan Krill, Chris Henke, founders
Annual production volume10,000 US beer barrels (12,000 hL)
Employees65
DistributionNew Jersey, Pennsylvania
Websitecapemaybrewery.com
Active beers
Name Type
Cape May IPA India Pale Ale
Coastal Evacuation Double IPA
Devil's Reach Belgian Strong Ale
Honey Porter English Porter
Always Ready American Pale Ale
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Apple Bomb Fruit Beer
Apple Pie Fruit Beer
Biscuits & Honey English Special Bitter
The Bog Cranberry Shandy
Boughs of Barley Barrel-aged beer
City to Shore Double IPA
Concrete Ship Imperial stout
King Porter Stomp Baltic Porter
Misty Dawn Saison
Mop Water Spiced Ale
Oktoberfest Märzen
Snag & Drop Triple India Pale Ale
Summer Catch Witbier
Tower 23 Sour Berliner Weisse
White Caps Double IPA

Cape May Brewing Company (CMBC) is the third-largest craft brewery in New Jersey, located in Cape May County. It opened in July 2011, growing from a 12-gallon system to a three-vessel, 30-barrel brewhouse. Their beer is available at over 700 locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

History[edit | edit source]

Homebrewers Bob Krill, Ryan Krill, and Chris Henke incorporated Cape May Brewing Company (CMBC) in October 2010, and formally opened the business in July 2011 at an unused warehouse at Cape May Airport. Henke, a mechanical engineer, built the first brewing unit out of scrap metal. In the same month of their opening, the brewery acquired their first account – Cabana’s Beach Bar and Grill in Cape May.[1][2][3][4][5] This made CMBCthe first microbrewery to open at the Jersey Shore,[6] as well as first brewery in Cape May County.[5] On December 1, 2011, the Delaware River and Bay Authority officially opened the tasting room and allowed for tours of the brewery.[5] Initially, the CMBC began brewing 12 gallons at a time, but gradually expanded.[2] In the first year of operations, the CMBC brewed 62 barrels, or about 1,900 gallons.[7]

In 2012, the council of Lower Township provided a ten-year, low-interest economic development loan as part of its Revolving Loan Fund, the first such loan from the township in nine years. The loan utilized funding from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and was provided to purchase new equipment and for construction costs.[1] After the loan, the CMBC rebuilt its taproom and expanded its brewing operations.[2] In March 2013, both Ryan Krill and Chris Henke were listed in All About Beer magazine's 30 brewers under 30 years old.[8] On October 20, 2013, co-owner Ryan Krill presented a TEDx talk at Cape May Convention Hall.[6] At the event, Krill described the social effects of beer and the company's production process, including its use of local ingredients.[9] In 2014, the brewery began brewing sour beer; due to the potential for yeast infecting other beers during the brewing process, CMBC built a separate production line for sours.[10]

By 2015, CMBC was the third-largest craft brewery in New Jersey, brewing about 6,000 barrels that year.[11] That year, the CMBC further expanded into a nearby warehouse, adding a new brewhouse, bottling line, and tap room, at the cost of $500,000 (USD).[12] In May of that year, the company dedicated the new brewhouse, capable of expanding their yearly production to 15,000 barrels.[13] In August 2015, the CMBC brewed a beer commemorating Pope Francis's visit to Philadelphia called YOPO, short for You Only Pope Once.[14] Also in 2015, CMBC President Ryan Krill was elected President of the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild.[15]

In February 2018, CMBC joined eight other breweries to form the Brewers Guild of New Jersey, representing the largest breweries in the state and 75% of the state's craft beer sales. The company split from the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, making New Jersey the only state with multiple statewide craft beer associations.[16]

Products and sales[edit | edit source]

Due to a change in brewery laws in 2012, CMBC became able to sell pints in conjunction with brewery tours; theretofore, they had only been able to provide samples in the form of 4-ounce pours. The brewery generates some of its revenue on-premises from selling beer in growlers, or 64 US fl oz (1.9 l) reusable glass containers.[17]

CMBC's beers are available in over 700 locations throughout New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania.[18] Among the brewery's 100+ beers include Cape May IPA, Coastal Evacuation Double IPA, Devil's Reach Belgian Strong, Honey Porter, King Porter Stomp chocolate porter, Mop Water 5-spiced ale, Always Ready Northeast Pale Ale, The Bog Cranberry Shandy, City to Shore Double IPA, Corrosion Sour IPA, White Caps Double IPA, and Summer Catch Belgian-style wheat ale.[19]

In 2015, the brewery's Honey Porter became certified "Jersey Fresh", a label associated with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for products grown in the state. It was the first beer in the state with the label, using locally-sourced honey.[20][21] A year later, the brewery launched Beets by May, becoming its second beer to be labeled "Jersey Fresh", using beets from Formisano Farms in Buena.[22]

Awards[edit | edit source]

View of the brewery from the outside

At the 2012 Atlantic City Beer Festival, the CMBC won the award for Best India Pale Ale (IPA) with its Centennial IPA.[23] In 2012, the company won both the "New Business Venture Award" and the "Conservation Award" from the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce.[24][25]

In 2015, CMBC's Sawyer’s Swap barley wine ale received a silver medal from the US Open Beer Championship, based in Ohio, in the aged beer category.[26] And at the Best of Craft Beer Awards, based in Oregon, their Coastal Evacuation brew received a silver medal in the category of Imperial IPA, and the Tower 23 earned a silver in the Berliner Weisse category. The Devil's Reach won a bronze in the Belgian Gold Strong Ale class.[27] At the World Beer Championships, CMBC received a silver medal for Devil's Reach, and a bronze for another Belgian-style brew, the Tripel Wreck.[28] In a different iteration of the same competition, also in 2015, CMBC received a bronze medal for the South Jersey Secession Session Scottish Ale; silvers for the Mop Water Ale, Biscuits and Honey ESB, and Coastal Evacuation Double IPA; and a gold for the Blonde Ale.[29] Cape May Brewing Company received the People's Choice Award from the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival.[30] President Ryan Krill was named a winner in the 2015 NJBIZ Forty Under 40 awards program.[31]

2016 saw many awards given to the brewery as a whole rather than to any specific beer. Cape May Brewing Company was once again named People's Choice at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, NJBIZ named the organization Emerging Business of the Year, and NJMEP named the company Start-Up Manufacturer of the year. [32]

The following year saw the brewery named People's Choice at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival for the third year, as well as People's Choice for Best New Jersey Brewery, and a third-place award for their Double IPA, White Caps. Their Honey Porter received a silver medal from the National Honey Board. CTM Media group awarded the company a Best Brochure award, the Lower Township Chamber of Commerce gave the brewery an Excellence in Business award, and CapeMay.com named Cape May Brewing Company Best Brewery. In addition, The Topsail received a gold medal in the Wood/Barrel-Aged Sour category by the US Open Beer Championships.[33]

In January 2018, the brewery received BeerConnoisseur's Beer of the Year, given to The Topsail. Another in their Barrel Aged Series, The Scupper, took the #2 spot on the magazine's Top 10 American Wild Ales of 2017. White Caps Double IPA came in at #3 on the magazine's list of Top 5 Double IPAs of 2017 and #4 on their list of Top 10 IPAs of 2017. Their Christmas offering, Boughs of Barley (2016) was listed at #55 on their Top 100 Rated Beers of 2017. These honors resulted in BeerConnoisseur naming Cape May Brewing Company the Second Runner-up for Best Brewery of 2017.[34]

In addition, 2018 saw the Beer Army Beer Wars honor Cape May Brewing Company's Phantom Crew with a bronze medal in the Flanders Red Ale categoryand Higbee a silver in the Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer category. Their 2017 iteration of their holiday brew, Boughs of Barley, was honored with Best of the Mid-Atlantic Region in the Non-Whiskey Barrel-Aged Beer category.[35]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mary Linehan (2012-08-15). "Council doubles economic development loan to Cape May Brewing Co". Cape May Gazette. Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Desmond Miller (2012-11-27). "Cape May Brewing Company continues to expand". NBC40. Archived from the original on 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  3. Christopher South (2012-04-04). "Cape May Brewing Company gets beer money from Lower Township" (PDF). Cape May Star and Wave. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  4. Lee Prodica (2011-04-13). "Cape May men look to open a brewery by summer in an area that's not big in the beer industry". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 J. Salmon. DRBA Welcomes Cape May Brewing Company to Cape May Airport (Report). Delaware River and Bay Authority. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Theme: "Nature and Nurture" Cape May, NJ, United States". TEDx. 2013-10-20.
  7. Christopher South (2013-12-25). "Cape May Brewing's Krill, Henke are Men of the Year" (PDF). Cape May Star and Wave. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  8. "Get to Know Our 30 Under 30". AllAboutBeer.com. 2013-03-13. Archived from the original on 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  9. Michael Miller (2013-10-18). "Cape May Brewing joining TEDx talks Sunday". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  10. Kenneth Hilario (2015-12-11). "NJ brewery expanding sour beer offerings". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  11. Alicia Vitarelli (2015-08-20). "Unique products created ahead of papal visit". 6 ABC. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  12. "Cape May Beer quaffs larger market share". Press of Atlantic City. 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  13. Richard Degener (May 8, 2015). "Cape May Brewing Company dedicates brewhouse". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  14. "Local Brewery to Release Pope-Inspired Beer Called 'You Only Pope Once'". NBC Los Angeles. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  15. "Garden State Craft Brewers Build | Straight to the Pint". capemaybrewery.com. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  16. Tara Nurin (2018-03-08). "NJ Brewer's Association Breaks Silence After Founding Members Secretly Form New Group". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  17. Brian Ianieri (2013-01-11). "Cape May Brewing Co. expanding as its beer cup runneth over". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  18. https://www.capemaybrewery.com/find-your-beer/
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  20. "Cape May beer goes Jersey Fresh". The Courier Post. January 5, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  21. "Made with Jersey Fresh". New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  22. Anthony V. Coppola (June 16, 2016). "Buena farmer's beets featured in craft beer". The Daily Journal. Vineland, New Jersey. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  23. Amy S. Rosenberg (2012-06-08). "High tide for beer". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  24. "2012 Annual Report" (PDF). Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. 2013-01-01. p. 5. Retrieved 2014-01-12.[permanent dead link]
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  31. "NJBIZ Top Forty Under 40 awards | Straight to the Pint". capemaybrewery.com. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
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  33. "Press - Cape May Brewing Co". Cape May Brewing Co. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  34. "The Topsail Named Beer Connoisseur's Best Beer of 2017 - Cape May Brewing Co". Cape May Brewing Co. 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
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