The fiance and I frequent Wildwood, New Jersey throughout the summer months. We’ve found the food and drink spots to avoid, and determined our “go to” spots. The one thing I was missing was local craft beer. In the past couple of years, I noticed a “Cape May IPA” popping up at the local bars. Finally I realized that the Cape May Brewing Company is located just miles away. Housing several fermentation tanks, small brew kettles, and various bearded men, the Cape May Brewing company is making its mark on the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia craft beer market.
The founders of the brewery (Chris and Ryan) are South Jersey residents and wanted to have a craft beer that was locally brewed. Unfortunately, there were few options. After some careful planning, the Cape May Brewing Company opened in July of 2011 and began brewing various beers to satisfy their urges. In only three years, the brewery (and taproom)’s reach continues to grow. A larger brew house is in the plans to help them fulfill their distribution wait list of 60 + vendors.
The taproom manager, Jim gives the tour and is well versed in the history and the making of their beer. Jim moved over to working in a brewery after working as a bartender for several years. Jim never really liked beer since he was tasting the water-like substance many of us call “big beer.” However, he visited the taproom and they gave him a flight of various beers to taste. Since then, he’s been hooked on beer. Jim’s advice to craft beer “novices” or noobs is to go to a brewery, order a flight, and keep give it a try. continue reading…
Don’t forget about this weekend’s important holiday. No, not Labor Day…INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY.
You’ve still got a chance to win our bacon-y prize pack. Just post your favorite bacon-y photo anywhere on social media with the hashtag #endlessbacon to be entered to win.
And don’t forget to check out our Endless Bacon Pinterest page for all the latest in pork worth pinning — like this gem of a bacon-corn dip from Damn Delicious.
Don’t know about where you are, but it seems like summer never came to much of the East Coast U.S. this year…but that doesn’t mean we’re gonna let it leave without a fight.
For just a bit more serious summer drinking, try this grown-up limeade beertail, made by mixing pilsner-style ale with fresh lime juice and a little tequila.
1 ½oz Herradura Silver tequila
¼ oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz agave syrup
1 oz Bohemia pilsner-style beer
1. Mix all ingredients together and stir without ice.
2. Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wheel.
Calling all caffeine addicts. Everyone knows that iced coffee and cold-brewed coffee are clutch in these hot summer months, and now there’s a new cold brew in town (literally, it was created in my town of Austin). I’m talking about Coffer, the first ever cold brew that is also naturally carbonated. I scored an invite to their preview party at Houndstooth here in downtown Austin and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect – this was either going to be really good, or really bizarre. Since I love both (a) coffee and (b) bubbly/carbonated beverages, I had high hopes.
Worst case scenario, it could taste like weird coffee-flavored soda, but to my relief it was a best-case scenario… it reminded me of a super-delicious stout. A bit bubbly, a bit sweet, and obviously very coffee-tasting, without being overpowering or bitter at all. I can definitely see myself sipping this as an afternoon pick-me-up. And in case anyone was wondering, yes it may look like a beer, being housed in a brown glass bottle and all, but Coffer is non-alcoholic.
Although, as the Coffer folks were happy to demonstrate, it tastes GREAT with bourbon. They had a set-up with Makers Mark to prove their point. I obviously took full advantage of that opportunity. Yum. If you want to try Coffer for yourself, check out up-to-date info on where to purchase here. Right now they’re only available in Texas, but they’re hoping to be available nationwide ASAP.
Where beer is made. Brewery tours vary in size, location, and even in stories (and in free samples). I’ve noticed that some breweries just tell you how beer is made and dump you off at the pub for you to buy any of the beers. Others give more personalized tours and offer plenty of free samples. Dogfish Head was the best brewery tour to date. Of course, that may be because we got a private tour from an off-centered employee (thanks Senovia!) But before we get started, just imagine what you think the brewery looks like. Now, imagine that times ten. The brewery is part of a large amount of land that is practically becoming the dogfish campus. This includes an insulated pipe line that runs the beer from the brew house to bottling. Oh yeah, and an industrial-aged tree house where they hold their administrative meetings.
As summer comes to an end, you may be preparing to make the switch from refreshing summer cocktails to warming winter drinks. But we don’t want summer to end, so we’ve figured out a way to turn some popular winter drinks into cool cocktails. Remember: just because you’re wearing a sweater doesn’t mean you can’t have a summer state of mind.
Nothing fills a home with the scent of the holidays like a batch of mulled wine. But to get a taste of summer, ditch winter spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or clover, remove the wine from the stove, and add summery citrus fruits like oranges, limes, or grapefruit.Add a splash of Grand Marnier, pour the wine over ice, and violá– you’ve got sangria. Olé!
Everyone likes to toast to the New Year with a glass of celebratory bubbly, but with the addition of a few ingredients like Chambord, peach schnapps, fresh fruit, or Limoncello, you’ll get that summertime vibe no matter how chilly it is outside.
This could be the easiest winter to summer drink conversion you can create. First, brew a pot of fresh coffee. While it’s cooling, pour a little Irish whiskey in your mug. Add sugar, then add ice. Finally, fill your mug with the cooled coffee and top with whipped cream. Sip until well caffeinated, and you think you’re on a beach.
Pork belly is definitely a thing these days. So much of a thing that I’m almost… dare I say… over it. (Gasp!) Every menu in Austin, and probably in the country, is full of the stuff. It takes a veeeery special pork belly to catch my eye these days. All that being said, the pork belly at Odd Duck in Austin does it. “It” being “catches my eye and makes me care about pig again.”
The above is Odd Duck’s pork belly banh mi buns, which I devoured at lunch a week-ish ago. The meat is perfectly prepared and intensely flavorful. Chewy, yet somehow also melts in your mouth. By the way, next time you’re in Austin? Go to Odd Duck. You won’t regret it.