Beers in Review: A Love Letter to Cape May Brewing Company

This particular blog has been around for nearly a year now, but before Pourly Reviewed Beer got off the ground, it was called Inside the Keg, and at this point, I can't even remember if I did any work for it. Regardless, the real big take-off was going to be the 2015 version of this particular entry: my (and my family's) 3rd annual visit to Cape May Brewing Company. This brewery and their tasting room is located in warehouse spaces at southern New Jersey's Cape May Airport, and has been producing beer since 2011.

After a self-guided tour (required by state law) at their taphouse, customers enter a tasting room serving up usually 12-15 different beers along with house-made root beer and ginger ale. As I mentioned in Sunday's video, I find they don't make a bad beer--much of their line-up is really solid, with a few stand-outs. One such stand-out is their summer cranberry shandy, known as The Bog, as well as one other beer I'll review later.

I had the opportunity to try several of their beers at this year's stop, starting with another of their seasonals, a Belgian-style Witbier called Summer Catch. Pouring a hazy, pale yellow, this nails the crisp, clean summer beer category. Citrus notes with a hint of grain provide a nice flavor profile for this light summer offering.

Next up was something unique, a Sour IPA called Corrosion. It poured yellow and very hazy, and wasn't quite as extreme as I was expecting for the style. I feel like the sourness was well-cut by the hop profile, which provided bright orange and grapefruit notes. The flavors overall were relatively mild, but the beer was very well-balanced, and one I'd recommend to craft beer drinkers, even if they are not big on sours.

Next up was one of Cape May's flagship beers, their namesake Cape May IPA. The beer has a nice orange-gold hue to it, and brings decently-powered citrus hop notes, along with a hint of earthiness or spiciness. Some dark fruit notes also come along later in the drinking experience.

Their Honey Porter was one of my favorites, with this offering being offered under Nitro. A very dark brown color with a silky smooth texture in the mouth, the Honey Porter featured the expected sweet notes that were very much present, but not overpowering. I think the honey additions blended with the standard Porter notes to generate some delightful cocoa notes. A really delicious porter.

The final beer I had I tried on a whim, and proved to be the most enjoyable of the bunch. I don't normally jump at fruity beers, but an apple-based wheat that checks in at around 8% ABV drew my interest. Quite simply, Apple Bomb lives up to its name in a big way. It brings tons of balanced sweet-tart apple flavor with some bready malt hints for depth of flavor. The tartness does nudge up a bit towards the end of the drinking experience. An absolutely delicious beer that CAN be dangerous, because in no way can you detect the 8% alcohol (if I recall, the brewery limits customers to 2 pints of this and their other high-alcohol beers). Apple Bomb was easily the highlight of this year's visit to the brewery.

Three years of visits to Cape May Brewing Company, and I have yet to have a disappointing beer. Keep up the great work, guys!