Mark Haynie

Mark Haynie, beer columnist for At The Shore.

Winter doldrums got you down? A short trip to one of the local watering holes will lift your spirits, as well as treat your palate.

Mickey & Minnie’s Inn at 733 White Horse Pike in EHT will have a Tomfoolery Tap Takeover from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Not So Old Bohemian Pilsner, Shawn and Gayle’s Pale Ale, Sungrown IPA and Moocha Stout will be poured, alongside appetizers and lighter fare.

Speaking of Tomfoolery, they have quite a list of amazing beers hitting the handles for their “Tap It Thursdays.” In February, we will see Dunkelweizen Doppelbock, King Cake Beer, Cherry Stout for Valentine’s Day and English Bitter in cask. On Saturday, Feb. 10, they’ll celebrate King of the Belgians with a Single, Dubbel, Tripel and Quad. Friday, Feb. 16, Bob’s Bottlehouse Bock will be released.

Lots of great things are happening at Bucket Brigade Brewing in Cape May Court House. You’ll see the release of Pike Pole Pilsner and a Spring Fest beer flavored with lemon as a test batch for the warmer weather. Stop in when it’s available and put in your two cents. They will also be pulling out their Randall and enhancing several beers through it with flavored coffee beans — a great way to change up a beer without brewing a whole batch.

Cape May Brewing produced a special beer in honor of the nearby Coast Guard training center using their motto “Semper Paratus.” Always Ready is a Northeast Pale Ale with notes of pineapple, mango and citrus, heavily hopped with Calypso, Denali, Eldorado, Ekuanot and Zythos. It will be available in 12-ounce cans this month.

Ship Bottom Brewing in Beach Haven released its first annual Beach Party & Pleasure Island Imperial Rye IPA in cans in late January. Strawberry Cream Ale and Barrier Island Baltic Porter will hit the market in cans on Valentine’s Day.

Check out 7 Mile Brewery in Rio Grande, as they have pulled back prices for February in celebration of lowering the excise tax on beer. Owner Pete Beyda tells me beers will be $5 and flights $7. You need to stop in and taste their barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Obsidian, on nitro, as well as the pilot batch of Super Session IPA hitting the handles this month. They may even have some of the bourbon barrel-aged Trippel 7 left, a 12.5 percent ABV Belgian bomb of a beer. Drink responsibly!

Eastern Homebrew at 331 Tilton Road in Northfield will form a new local homebrew club, Eastern Homebrewers Association, this year. Owner Guy Corrado plans to hold meetings at local breweries with educational seminars, brewery tours and brewing demos. Interested parties can reach him at his shop. Call 609-513-8372 for further info.

You know that Mud Hen Brewing in Wildwood is getting close to opening when they hold a job fair to staff the restaurant. On Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., they will accept applications for all positions. Pre-register at MudHen.com.

Don’t forget that the AC Beer and Music Fest is coming up next month, Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Get your tickets now for any of the three sessions before they sell out. Nearly 1000 beers and some fantastic bands will be there. This is not to be missed! Go to ACBeerFest.com for more info.

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