The growth in the Garden State has not diminished and new breweries are opening all the time, and new festivals are popping up too.
On Aug. 3, don’t miss the Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival at the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May, It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to attend. You can enjoy seafood, BBQ, roast beef, empanadas, cupcakes, as well as beers, wines and spirits from the local breweries, wineries and distilleries. Bring the kids to enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Circus and other games. Crafts and collectibles will be on sale for those looking for a gift. Live music starts at 11 a.m. so bring your chairs and make a day of this great annual event.
In nearby Cape May Court House, CoHo Brewing will reprise their Blue Stripe Ale made with Sorrel (Jamaican hibiscus) and ginger. Also on tap should be a Pineapple Blonde Ale. In keeping with Hawaiian tradition, you get a lei with the blonde, so stop by to enjoy all the summer beers they have to offer.
Soon 7 Mile in Rio Grande will can its Mexican lager as well as a new hazy IPA. And be sure to mark your calendar for their third anniversary party on Aug. 31 with an all-day celebration and new brews appearing in time for Labor Day Weekend.
Oyster Creek in Waretown just added a single canning machine which will allow customers to purchase pre-packed cans or on-the-go cans.
Tomfoolery in Hammonton is looking out for your health by releasing its Fit 4 Life IPA to fit in with your healthy lifestyle, thanks to about 100 calories per 12-ounce serving and loads of flavor.
Across the street is Three 3’s that specializes in IPAs and Saisons. Come Aug. 24, hit up their third anniversary event at 1 p.m. where they are planning special beers, a can release and lots of surprises. The next day, Aug. 25, they will host the fun run/walk for beer at 11:30 a.m.
Changes are brewing at Tuckahoe Brewing in Egg Harbor Township. Andrew Swanson and Cory Nickerson have become “kings of the kettles” and are taking their job very seriously with some new amazing beers hitting the handles. A great session Pale Ale called The Albatross is a 5.5% ABV smooth-drinking brew that really satisfies and won’t make you pucker. However, their sour IPA, Storm Jib, brings an intense aroma to your nose that only those who are fans of tart can enjoy, but what it does to the palate belies this aroma. It is a smooth, not intense, flavor though heavy on lemon and tropical fruit notes. Not your everyday kettle sour but an excellent example of what a sour should be. At 6.1% ABV it will slake any thirst as it is extremely refreshing in the summer.
Mark your calendar for Aug. 10 to attend the Manahopkin Craft Beer and Music Festival at Manahwkin Lake Park which supports the Stafford Township PBA Holiday Toy Drive. There will be two sessions: first is noon-4 p.m. and the second from 5-9 p.m. This great annual event will showcase all the beers from the local New Jersey breweries and food vendors of all types available for purchase. There will be several stages of live music with bands like The Pickles, Third Watch, The Mott Creek Pickers, The Superbad and the Lovelight. Tickets are $30 plus fees at TicketLeap.
Renault Winery Resort and Golf is hosting Brews, Bogies & Stogies on Aug. 24. Come play a round and enjoy some BBQ and beers and maybe a cigar. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Register at 609-965-2111. The $110 price includes greens fees, beer tastings and BBQ throughout the day. Featured breweries are: Hidden Sands, Backward Flag, Garden State, Three 3s, Tuckahoe and Vinyls as well as Cortez Cigars.