With the return to standard time, darkness prevails as the hours of light diminish. The same occurs with the beers we drink. The light summer ales and lagers begin to make way for the bolder, darker beers of winter. Stouts, porters, doppelbocks, imperial stouts and barleywines appear on taps and shelves to enjoy on cold winter nights as we relax in front of the fireplace. The higher alcohol content, fuller bodies and aggressive flavors preclude the guzzling of these meant-to-be-savored libations. Enjoy the experience as the beer warms to room temperature and the flavors explode on your palate. For those who enjoy a good cigar, these types of brews are a great accompaniment.
The Cape May Ferry kicks off its winter season with a beer dinner 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, pairing the beers of the local Cape May Brewing Co. with some amazing culinary selections. Chef’s choice of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served with Cape May IPA to whet your appetite. Next up is fingerling poutine, bacon, cheddar with maple demi drizzle with Always Ready Pale Ale to be followed by pulled sriracha BBQ chicken tater tots with corn crema and smoked paprika oil paired with City to Shore Double IPA. Also braised short rib, red cabbage, cherry wood smoked bacon confit and butternut squash puree will be served with Biscuits and Honey ESB. A salted caramel creme brulee will be joined with Ties the Room Together White Cream Stout (brewed in collaboration with Left Hand Brewing Co.) Price is $66 per person. Go to Eventbrite.com for tickets and info.
Prefer some art with your beer? From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, there will be the unveiling of artwork by local artists at Tuckahoe Brewing Co., 3092 English Creek Road in Egg Harbor Township. Of course the prevailing theme of this art is our favorite subject — beer! “The Art of Beer” is curated by Mike Bell and includes Jon Baker, Rob Reed, Rodney Ibarra, Diane Roberts, Tania Pamoles, Kristian Gonyea, Cindy Magee, Elise Bond, Dave Reosch, Tim Smith, Don Swenson, Syndea Smith Jordon and more and will be on display while you enjoy the amazing Tuckahoe beers. The exhibition continues throughout November, but on this evening, the artists will be available to discuss their works.
Just up the road at Chickie’s and Pete’s at 7 p.m. Friday will be the Jersey Fresh Stout Fest featuring eight Jersey-based breweries tapping their best stouts. Enjoy the beers of Cape May, Tuckahoe, Ludlam Island, Slack Tide, Glasstown, Carton, Tonewood and Bolero Snort along with your favorite foods and tunes by DJ Rob.
Sports and beer have long been partners and from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, you can watch the taping of a new Comcast Sportsnet program, “What’s Brewing” hosted by Glen Macnow and Don ”Joe Sixpack” Russell at Ship Bottom Brewery in Beach Haven. Russell was a well-known sports writer but now devotes most of his time writing, traveling and speaking about beer. If you have questions about sports or beer, this is the place to go. Join me there and we can enjoy a few beers with these experts. Ship Bottom recently released its Mexican Stout in cans. This amazing 9% ABV lives up to its name, having been brewed with Mexican coffee, Mexican chocolates, cinnamon, ancho and chipotle peppers, lactose and vanilla beans. It will definitely warm your bones.
Everyone likes to save money, right? Well visit Joe Canal’s at 3119 Fire Road in Egg Harbor Township from 6 to 8p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and purchase your earlybird tickets for the A.C. Beer and Music Fest which will be held Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, 2019. Presale tickets will be $50. While you’re there, you can sample beers from several local breweries. Save money and enjoy beers? It’s a no-brainer. Hosted by Good Time Tricycle Productions and WZXL.
Cape May Brewing along with three other area breweries have collaborated on a pot luck style IPA named Friends Giving that will be released Thursday, Nov. 8. The proceeds will aid charities that aim to feed families in the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas. Double Nickel of Pennsauken, Tonewood in Oaklyn and Urban Village in Philadelphia are partners in this endeavor and will make this an annual event, with a goal to raise $30,000 each year. Look for it on tap and on store shelves.
Don’t forget to look for some special brews to enjoy with your Thanksgiving celebration.