Mark Haynie, beer columnist for At The Shore.

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Winter has been pretty mild so far, but we still have February to get through. This month can be full of surprises, but there are plenty of things to do to ward off the winter blues.

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry will host a beer dinner featuring Cold Spring Brewery’s beers starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. The menu is exceptional with hors d’oeuvres, shrimp and clam chowder, salad, veal skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and red velvet cake with white chocolate sauce. Each course is paired with a Cold Spring beer. The cost is $59 per person including tax and gratuity. On March 3, another dinner will be held, featuring beers from Flying Fish in Somerdale. To reserve your spot, contact 1-800-643-3779 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Tailgaters in Galloway increased their tap handles to 28 and will celebrate with special beer tappings that Owner Ari Frangias has saved for this special occasion. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for new happenings.

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Cape May Brewing plans to tinker with some past releases. Geek Out 3.0 will hit the taproom Feb. 10. Head Brewer Brian Hink has played with the El Dorado hop on this iteration. He brewed a slightly bitter, amber beer and dry-hopped it extensively, giving the hop an in-your-face presence. A Bretted variant of this will be available March 24. The next in their barrel-aged series will be released Feb. 17. The Topsail is rustic, with earthy notes and a firm lactic acid presence, having spent nine months in oaked red wine barrels. The Topsail’s exotic fruit flavors will continue to develop in the bottle as the multitude of Brett strains continue to evolve.

Tuckahoe Brewing just released their popular I Want To See Mountains IPA in the taproom and a brew named Diner Coffee, a coffee milk stout, made from the second runnings of their Imperial Stout with lactose and coffee grounds added. Perfect for breakfast!

Chickie’s and Pete’s in Egg Harbor Township tapped an unbelievable selection of beers at the end of January and — if you hurry — there may be some left. Several years of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Carton’s Epitome, Dogfish World Wide Stout, Founder’s Lizard of Koz and Central Water’s Bourbon Barrel Stout are all up for grabs.

Plan ahead for next month now as the tickets for the A.C. Beer and Music Fest sell out quickly. It takes place March 31 and April 1. Tickets are $99 for VIP and $55 for regular tickets. You can also get a NJ Craft Beer package for $65 including a year’s membership in NJCB.

Remember that your local breweries and bars depend on the support of locals in the winter, so let’s keep sipping.



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