Mark Haynie

Mark Haynie, beer columnist for At The Shore.

Last month was so busy with fests and events, but the calendar has calmed down in this area for the month of July. But don’t think you have no place to go! Now is the time to head to all the great local establishments to enjoy what they have to offer. Breweries are still not allowed to serve food, but you are able to bring in your favorite comestibles with you while you enjoy their libations. Though most breweries are confined to their indoor space, a few like Cape May Brewing have a nice outdoor seating area at their taprooms.

Many restaurants have outdoor seating in the summer and keep a stock of good beers and cocktails on hand for your pleasure. Tailgaters in Galloway is even setting up outdoor music this summer. Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House in A.C. sports a beautiful view of the bay at sunset on their front patio and has some of the best food and beers in town.

Not to be forgotten are venues like The Iron Room in A.C. with revolving taps of fine craft beers, an amazing wine and whiskey selection and excellent cuisine under the purview of Chef Kevin Cronin. Wingcraft pours 40 taps of exceptional beers, and makes fresh food every day. Chickie’s and Pete’s two locations in Tropicana A.C. and BHP in EHT are both well known for their Crabby Fries and tasty bar food, as well as their affection for local beers. Firewaters in Tropicana now has 70 taps of assorted brews from all over the world, with a whole section of locals. There you can grab a sandwich or salad and enjoy the beers and cocktails.

Ludlam Island in Ocean View just celebrated its first anniversary! Congratulations for reaching the first milestone and pouring some great beers from the beautiful taprooms at the brewery.

A recent visit to 7 Mile Brewery in Rio Grande has unveiled some events. For Fourth of July weekend, they released their Red, White and Bru Belgian-style Saison brewed with tart cherries. Last year it came in at 4.7 percent abv, this year it’s been amped up to 7.4 percent abv in honor of the holiday weekend. Get there soon and get your share if there is any left. But you can’t go wrong with any of the 16 beers on tap, and you can take home a growler or a few of their products in cans. On the July 21, the Splash Zone in Wildwood will host a 7 Mile Brewing tap takeover so come and get wet and have a beer!

Tuckahoe Brewing has expanded its hours opening on Thursdays from 3 to 9 p.m.

On August 5, the annual Craft Beer and Crab Festival will be held in Cape May at the Physick Estate with lots of activities for the whole family as well as local beers, food, games, music and informative lessons. It’s a great day outdoors.

Have a safe month and drink responsibly! Cheers!

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