Have you thought, “What Cape May needs is more places to have beer!” You’re in luck. Three upcoming MAC events are calling out to you. First is Brews at the Lighthouse, on July 19 from 4 to 8 P.M.. Located on the grounds of the Cape May lighthouse, the party will include music by Nate and Marnie, Barbecue by Matt’s barbecue, and Mr. Softee ice cream – and of, course beer by Cape May Brewing Company.
On August 15 from 4 to 8 P.M., MAC will present Brews at Harbor Cove at Harbor Cove park off Texas Avenue. The music will be by Lynne Smith, food by Hank Sauce, Matt’s Barbecue and Mr. Softee.
The annual big bash is August 3rdon the grounds of the Physick Estate on Washington Street. The Craft Beer, Music, and Crab Festival will frolic to its 8thyear, with steamed crabs, crab cakes, pulled pork, shrimp and hot dogs. Local breweries, distilleries and wineries will provide beverages. There will be music and kids activities. This is a fun day and the high point of many visitors’ stays in Cape May. Make it your new tradition.
I don’t claim to know much (or anything) about beer, but my niece and her fiance, Emma and Max, do, and they introduced me to Cape May Brewing Company. Suddenly, Cape May County is full ofbreweries. Some are reasonably big – like Cape May Brewing Company. Some are tiny, like 7 Mile Brewery. What many have in common it that they are run by enthusiastic young people and have a great atmosphere to hang out in – even if you are not a beer person.
Cape May Brewing Company is located in the airport about three miles north of Cape May. It has a great feeling and really nice employees. I’ve tasted many of their flavors of beer and am told that they are very good. There is also a taco place next door which is run by the owners of The Red Store (a high-end restaurant in Cape May Point) and you can get Mexican treats to go and bring them into the brewery. There’s a large outdoor patio where you can eat, drink, and hang out. Another nearby attraction in the airport is Naval Air Station Wildwood, a WWII aviation museum hosed in a wonderful old hangar. Both the building and the museum are wonderful.
Cold Spring Brewery is located in a rebuilt c.1900 barn on the grounds of Historic Cold Spring Village, about three miles north of Cape May. Here, the attraction is the craft beer, of course, but also the many local bands, the building, and the rest of Cold Spring Village. They also provide for your dog, so you can bring Fido or Rover along.
Gusto Brewing‘s motto is “Keep it small, keep it weird.” It’s located on Bayshore Road in North Cape May. It was founded by two guys (and a gal) from local families who are full of enthusiasm and optimism. The interior is bright and inviting and its tiny size makes you feel at home and part of the family. They also get high marks for their beer.
Bucket Brigade is a little brewery on Main Street (route 9) in Cape May Court House, about eight miles North of Cape May. It was opened by two Philadelphia firemen, and features lots of firehouse theme stuff. It is right in the middle of town, near the courthouse, the hospital, and shopping centers. People talk about how nice the staff is, how fun the interior, and how pleasant the atmosphere.
Make your reservations at Leith Hall bed and breakfast today and tour these and many other breweries soon.
It’s not to late to reserve for Saturday, August 5, for the Craft Beer and Crab Fest. Go to the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate for an all-day festival featuring local craft beers to wash down favorite summer foods … steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs. There will be music all day, Jugglers, acrobats, and low-wire walkers from the Little Circus, and a crafts and collectibles show.
The music will begin at 11 A.M. And will feature The Honeyhawks, James Callio, Jake Tavill, Sean Preston, and the Quixote Project. Some of our local food purveyors will be Gaiss’ Market offering Bacon on a Stick, Crespella offering crepes, Eat Well with lobster rolls and grilled cheese, Executive Catering selling fish tacos, and Wahlburger offering hamburgers.
P.S. Suzie and I recently visited the Cape May Brewing Company with our niece and her fiance. It was a wonderful place to be and I even liked the beer, (and I don’t even like beer). I’d recommend the festival at the PhysickEstate for Saturday, and the Brewing Company for Sunday, after the beach. The owners of the Red Store in Cape May Point have opened a taco place next to the brewing company, so you can have some food to go with the beer.
I know that it’s early, but think about next September. Cape May’s first Harvest Brew Festival will be Saturday September 19th from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.. Lots of craft beers at the Physick Estate; with local food, local produce, local wine – and local talent for entertainment. (four local bands!) There will also be a farmers’ market, a crafts show, and activities for the kids.
The Harvest Brew Festival will also take place during the week-long celebration of gourmandize called the annual Food and Wine Festival (September 11th through 20th). This is our nineteenth year for the Food and Wine Festival, and it never fails to delight everyone who participates. You already know that Cape May is home to some of the best restaurants in New Jersey, and this week gives them a chance to show off. The MAC website will give you lots of information about a Lobster Bake Dinner, grape picking at Natali Vineyards, a Chocolate Lover’s Feast, a Beer Tasting luncheon, and dozens more. Call us today or go online to make your reservation for the gluttony gala in Cape May!
LEITH HALL’S GREAT MIDWEEK SPECIAL 30% off the second night, now through mid-June
Midweek Special. Not only are there wonderful things to do in Cape May for the next month, but now it’s cheaper! We are offering 30% off your second night during the midweek. Remember, for us the weekend is Friday and Saturday night and the midweek is Sunday through Thursday night.
From May 24 through June 11 is the Cape May Music Festival, with Irish music, The Atlantic Brass Band, and a tribute to our own George Mesterhazy – featuring many musicians playing favorites from “The American Songbook.”
May 31 through June 7 is Restaurant Week in Cape May, with a host of food-related activities. There’s a progressive dinner, with each course in a different restaurant. There are contests among the chefs and waiters, a many special events with classes and demonstrations by the star chefs of Cape May. When you add Cape May’s wine and craft beer to the mix, it’ll be a fantastic experience.