Cape May Brewing Co.

Cape May Brewing Company
1288 Hornet Road
Cape May, NJ 08204
United States
Additional Information 

Visit our Tasting Room
Open daily Noon to 8pm
Located inside the Cape May Airport

Three guys and a beer — that’s how Cape May Brewing Company came to be. Back in 2011, Ryan, Hank, and Mop Man brewed their first batch of Cape May IPA, kegged it up, and sold it to a bar up the street…

…and began South Jersey’s craft revolution.

Our Story

Cape May Brewing Company began with one simple question: Where’s all the beer down here?? With that in mind, we decided to provide South Jersey with fresh, delicious, local beer to put New Jersey on the map as a craft beer state.

In July 2011, we found our home at the Cape May Airport, excitedly purchased our forklift, and delivered our first keg of Cape May IPA to Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill. Since then, we’ve proudly brewed all our beers here, crafting balanced and flavorful ales and lagers for thousands of happy locals and visitors.

Throughout the year, hundreds of our beers can be found throughout the South Jersey and Philadelphia areas. We are proud to self-distribute our beers to hundreds of bars, restaurants, and liquor stores, ensuring premium freshness and excellent service. While the majority of our beers are only available on draft, we bottle several of our flagship brews as well as our recent, highly-acclaimed Barrel Aged Series.

Our Tasting Room is the largest and most accessible in the state, with a spacious and sunny Beer Garden. You can visit our gift shop, “The Brewtique,” and take our interactive, self-guided tour. While many production breweries are only open a few hours per week, we are open daily from Noon to 8pm for tours and tastings.

We’d love for you to stop by!

– Ryan Krill, Chris “Hank” Henke, Bob Krill and the CMBC Brew Crew


Why Beer?



Crafted on the Cape

It’s a phrase we take seriously at CMBC, crafting each of our beers with quality ingredients, many of them locally-sourced — and in South Jersey, those local ingredients are some of the best in the country. With a commitment to variety, CMBC has something for every palate.

Our Core Brands

Cape May IPA

The O.G. IPA of South Jersey

6.3% ABV | 63 IBU | India Pale Ale

The American IPA named for America’s Oldest Seaside Resort, Cape May IPA is loaded with floral and citrus notes, well-balanced with a zesty finish. A West Coast-style IPA brewed at the heart of the East Coast, it’s the beer that’s Crafted on the Cape.

Availability: Year-round

Coastal Evacuation

Hurricane Season Hits Hard -- Are you prepared?

8% ABV | 70 IBU | Imperial/Double India Pale Ale

Coastal Evacuation -- it’s a phrase that’s everywhere at the Jersey Shore. This West Coast-style Double IPA is as big and as bold as hurricane season itself, with a Centennial-forward, brazen blend of hops serving up hints of orange citrus and honeydew melon. It’s time to evacuate. Are you prepared?

Availability: Year-round

Devil's Reach

It will swallow you whole

8.6% ABV | 25 IBU | Belgian Strong Golden Ale

A Belgian beast, fruity and light, the complexity and character of Devil’s Reach comes from a robust Belgian yeast. Deceptively simple, caution is demanded because, before you know it, Devil’s Reach has swallowed you whole.

Availability: Year-round

Cape May Lager

A clean, crisp, and easy-drinking brew

4.8% ABV | 20 IBU | Pale Lager

We believe that beer is the Great Unifier, meant to bring people together. Whether you spend your weekdays working a 9 to 5 or the weekends cheering on the home team, at the end of the day, we can all come together over a cold beer. With that in mind, we brewed a beer that would make everyone's taste buds happy: Cape May Lager.

Availability: Year-round

Always Ready

Intensely aromatic and crushable

4.8% ABV | 23 IBU | Northeast Pale Ale

Cape May is home to the Coast Guard, so we salute those who are Always Ready with a juicy, Northeast Pale Ale. With the addition of wheat and oats for a medium body and with brilliant aromas of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, and citrus zest, this lush hop-bomb is Always Ready.

Availability: Year-round

Our Occasionals

Summer Catch

A wave of citrusy freshness

5.5% ABV | 30 IBU | Belgian-style Wheat Ale

Citrusy and refreshing, notes of orange peel and tropical fruits dominate this Belgian-style Wheat Ale. Lightly dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo hops to give it a noticeably American twist, this crushable wheat ale is complex yet approachable, just like the Jersey Shore.

Availability: Summer

The Bog

Sweet, tart, and full of cranberry goodness

3.9% ABV | 9 IBUWheat Ale brewed with natural flavors

What happens when you make a Cranberry Wheat and accidentally add too much cranberry? Embrace it and turn it into a Shandy! A tart cranberry wheat beer blended with lemonade, The Bog is vibrant and refreshing while still packing tons of flavor.

Availability: Spring


5.8% ABV | 25 IBU | Marzen-Style Lager

Rich and complex, this amber-colored lager is smooth and clean due to a cool fifty-degree fermentation, mellowing as it lagers. Well-balanced with a hint of hops presence, Oktoberfest is focused on the grain bill of Vienna, Munich, Caramunich, Pilsen, and Melanoidin malts.

Availability: Autumn

King Porter Stomp

7.4% ABV | 40 IBU | Chocolate Porter

The smooth notes of natural chocolate in King Porter Stomp are in perfect syncopation with the five different malts that provide the bass line of this robust beast. Medium-bodied with a creamy chocolate milk-like aroma, King Porter Stomp is smooth jazz in a can.

Availability: Winter

Our Limiteds

Snag & Drop

Dank and resinous

10.0% ABV | 75 IBU | Triple IPA

Dank and resinous, Snag & Drop is a lupulin-laden beast. With hints of pine and orange citrus in the background, this alluring Triple IPA is packed to the gills with some of our stickiest and most pungent hops. Snag & Drop is waiting to lure you in and snag you like a trophy fish.

Availability: January - February

Bounding Main

A gale of hops

7.8% ABV | 31 IBU | Imperial/Double India Pale Ale

Brewed with 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel, Bounding Main has a soft and pillowy mouthfeel, a gentle bitterness, and aromas of tropical fruits: mango, guava, citrus — all with a hint of dank in the background. Like many a stormy wind, Bounding Main will blow you away.

Availability: March - April

Follow the Gull

It will swallow you whole

5.5% ABV | 45 IBU | India Pale Ale

Originally brewed to celebrate Cape May County's 325th anniversary, we brew Follow the Gull with a ridiculous amount of Citra, El Dorado, Azacca, and Amarillo hops, yielding a juicy and ultra-drinkable hop-bomb bursting with tropical and citrus aromas. Though the anniversary has passed, we loved Follow the Gull too much not to brew it again.

Availability: May - June

Anniversary Ale 8.0

Unadulterated hop bliss

8% ABV | 50 IBU | Double India Pale Lager

Dry hopped at eight pounds-per-barrel, Anniversary Ale 8.0 is a celebratory feast of hops, blasting you in the face with a tidal wave of fruity tropical aromas. With bold hops layered throughout this luxurious little number, Anniversary Ale 8.0 is dripping with notes of lemony-limey-citrusy goodness and tropical hints of coconut and stone fruits.

Availability: June - July

City to Shore

Sexy hops bring a wave of citrus, grapefruit, and other exotic fruit notes

7.8% ABV | 70 IBU | Double India Pale Ale

Brewed in honor of the annual BikeMS: City to Shore ride, we look forward to this annual Double IPA almost as much as we look forward to the ride itself. Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops lay the foundation for this citrusy and grapefruit-laden hopfest, and just enough malt character and a well-rounded mouthfeel play supporting roles.

Availability: July - August

Captain May IPA

Fruity with tropical aromas

6.4% ABV | 4.6 IBU | India Pale Ale

Captain May lends his name to the Cape we call home, and in his honor, we brewed Captain May IPA. With a soft body, firm yet gentle bitterness, and a beautiful aroma of melons and over-ripened mangoes, Captain May IPA is orange-hued and opaque. It might look like a glass of juice, but it's a brew that the good Captain himself would be proud to drink.

Availability: August - October

White Caps

Juicy, smooth, and absurdly drinkable

7.5% ABV | 45 IBU | Double India Pale Ale

Brewed with hefty portions of wheat and oats, White Caps has a soft mouthfeel, a pillowy head, and a robust body. Featuring Mosaic and Citra hops, this effervescent Double IPA explodes with notes of papaya, mango, stone fruits, and citrus. Like the Atlantic during a nor'easter, White Caps is slightly dangerous, utterly crushable, and thoroughly New Jersey.

Availability: November - December

Our Barrel Aged Series

In the summer of 2016, Cape May Brew Co. embarked on a journey that had been almost two years in the making. Our Barrel Aged Series -- a series of barrel-aged sour beers -- were first offered up in our gift shop, The Brewtique. Portions of these brews had been aging in oaken wine barrels for over two years, making them gorgeously vinous, eminently silky, and unbelievably drinkable.




Ryan Krill
CEO and Co-founder

Ryan is the CEO and co-founder of Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore's first production brewery, which is quickly becoming one of the state’s largest craft beer producers.  He is a member of the New Jersey Alcohol Beverage Control Advisory Committee, a board member for the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, a TED(x) talk alum, and former president of the board of New Jersey Brewers Association.

Ryan holds a bachelors degree from Villanova University and a masters degree from New York University. He has lived and worked in Spain, California, and New York City, and has traveled to over 40 countries…tasting craft beer wherever he goes. When he’s not working or exploring, he’s flying small planes, cycling, or lusting over 13th-century Armenian rugs.


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