Cape May Brothel Madam

I’ve never been to Cape May, but I definitely have a reason to go down there now that there’s a brewery. I hear it’s also nice during Christmas with all of the historic houses lit up.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to hauntedplaces.org, “Housed inside an 1880’s mansion, this historic inn was formerly a bordello and gambling parlour before its conversion to bed and breakfast accommodation. Guests staying in the Princess Louise Room have reportedly come across the apparition of a brothel madam, who has been seen and heard in the early hours of the morning. Others staying in adjacent rooms claim to have heard the whistling of a train, although the association of this recurring noise with the building is not clear.”

Random: This beer is named after the ghost that is in the Queen Victoria Inn in Cape May, New Jersey.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was very hazy and a bright pink color. There was no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with Brett and funk. It had a touch of warm berries as well. The taste started with a lot of yeast and Brett with some vinegar tartness. The same berry note came through with a touch of leather as well. The alcohol bite was apparent, which took away a bit from the flavor. The body was on the thicker side with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with funk. I picked this up for $17.99, which came to $.82 per ounce. I thought this beer was good, I just wish the booze was dialed down.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Cape May Honey Porter

While we were on our honeymoon, I took a private surfing lesson. It was amazing! I actually got up a few more times than I expected. Val was a good sport and hung out on the beach while I did it. I can’t wait until I get to go again. Anyways, let’s get to this local beer.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Here’s a taste of South Jersey, better known for farms than fist pumping. Roasted and dark crystal malts shine through in a smooth and light-bodied porter that is balanced by a hint of sweetness thanks to the local Jersey Fresh honey. Welcome to the Garden State, bro. Apiology is the bee’s knees!”

Random: This also comes in a nitro version.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It dissipated quickly, but left no lacing, but a small crown on top of the body. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with dark, roasted malts. The honey made an appearance as well. The taste was sweeter than I expected, I assume from the honey. There were dark malts, which imparted some smoke and maltiness as well. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a quick and sweet honey finish. I don’t recall how much I paid for this, but it was a single on the shelf. I thought this was a good porter, but nothing amazing.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Cape May King Porter Stomp

One of the best parts of Hawaii was taking a boat trip on the Na Pali coast. We had relatively good weather until the end and the scenery was amazing. We saw all sorts of waterfalls and saw a bunch of humpback whales, which I definitely wasn’t expecting. We saw 10 in the ocean and since it was the end of the season, I didn’t expect to see any. We saw them jumping out of the water and hitting their tails against the water. It was awesome. Anyways, beer…

ABV: 7.4%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The smooth notes of natural chocolate in King Porter Stomp are in perfect syncopation with the five different malts that provide the bass line of this robust beast. Medium-bodied with a chocolate aroma, King Porter Stomp is smooth as jazz.”

Random: I’m really enjoying “Blue Planet II.”

The beer poured with a finger of tan head. It went away quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with some visible carbonation. The nose had the normal porter notes of dark chocolate, licorice and dark coffee. The taste was more towards chocolate than anything else. It also had roasted malts, licorice, black coffee and a touch of caramel sweetness at the end. The body was on the lighter side of porter with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with chocolate. A bottle was $2.17, which broke down to $.18 per ounce. This was a decent porter that didn’t pull any punches.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Cape May Devil’s Reach

I’ve never been to Cape May, but always wanted to go. Hopefully Val and I will make a trip down there at some point. Until then, I’ll just drink their beer.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Belgian beast, this strong ale is one of our top selling, award winning, and most highly sought after beers. At 8.6% alcohol by volume this is our strongest full time offering, but you would never know it at first sip. Fruity esters and a super light body makes for an easy drinking and refreshing beverage, however caution is demanded because before you know it Devil’s Reach has swallowed you whole. One of our simplest beer – one hop variety used minimally and the fermentables coming primarily from one grain – this beer receives it’s complexity and character from a funky Belgian yeast strain, which keeps you coming back for more.”

Random: This is another New Jersey brewery that I haven’t made my way out to yet.

The brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It went away quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass, but a slight crown. The body was a cloudy yellow color with light carbonation. The nose was filled with lemon zest, dried apricots, golden raisins and white grape skins. The taste had some spice with clove and coriander. It transitioned into golden raisins and white grapes and had wildflower honey as well. It had some booze to it as well that could have benefitted from being tamed a bit. The body was lighter than expected and didn’t hit the point of syrupy, which is something I was afraid of. Moderate carbonation complemented the flavors well. The finish was lengthy with a lot of honey. A bottle of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This was a solid beer, I just wish it didn’t have as much of a booze bite.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Cape May Foreshore Shandy

Tonight’s selection is a beer that Val picked out. I haven’t been to Cape May brewery, but they are definitely on my list of places to go.

foreshoreshandy

ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spring time at the Jersey Shore, where one day it’ll be snowing and the next it’s 75 and a beach day. Once the cold breaks we’re usually in the clear and what’s more refreshing then a sweet and tart Cherry Limeade Shandy? Deconstructing a snow cone inspired Foreshore, where one sip washes your pallet with sweet cherries, but the next gulp is balanced by a firm lime presence, before being engulfed with the refreshing finish of a shandy. So whether you’re cruising down the parkway blasting ‘Nsync or setting a new dead lift best with your bros, Foreshore is for sure to please.”

Random: I hate when it rains on the day that I plan to mow the lawn.

This beer poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright orange with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was tart with lime and raspberries and then, bready yeast. The taste had a certain cherry sweetness to it that was soda-like. It didn’t have a lot of lime and wasn’t very tart, which I missed. It had a certain lemon characteristic that reminded me of lemonade. It had a medium thick body with lots of carbonation. I think it would have suited the beer better if the body was lighter. The finish was lengthy with cherry extract. I liked this beer, but it had some flaws. I would have it again, but I wish the lime was more prevalent.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0