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 of breweries. 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.