New Jersey Craft Beer in Cape May

New Jersey Craft Beer fans will not be disappointed with a trip to Cape May. 

Multiple festivals, beer dinners and microbreweries can be found in and around the town. Many spots are open year round, but other one day festivals are a great reason to book a reservation and make it a weekend away with friends or family. 











Festivals are a great place to start to enjoy the food and New Jersey Craft Beers in the area. The Emlen Physick Estate is home to a few festivals. In June, they celebrate with the Cape May Hops Festival. It’s a great day to enjoy BBQ, brews and local music. August sees the Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival arrive. In the fall, they host the Harvest Brew Fest. This September event is a great reason to come back to Cape May after the summer season has quieted down. Finally, the Mad Batter offers Beer Dinners in conjunction with the Cape May MAC. A perfect pairing for foodies and craft beer lovers alike!

If New Jersey Craft Beer microbrewery tours are more your style, there are many open in the area and even a few on the horizon! Cape May Brewery is a local favorite. They have a wonderful reputation for seasonal and specially brewed beers for local events. They even brewed a beer to celebrate Cape May’s 350th birthday. They also have a new neighbor with Taco Shop opening next door. Great eats, brews and outdoor games await this special spot by the Cape May Airport.

Cold Spring Brewery is located at Historic Cold Spring Village. Long a spot for families to stop and learn more about Cape May History, they recently added the brewery. It’s a great addition and they support the community with Thankful Thursdays. They sponsor a different organization each Thursday. A tasty way to give back!

Ludlam Island Brewery is located in Ocean View, NJ, which is a short drive north up the coast. They offer a private party room in addition to their tasting room. So, it’s a good spot to enjoy New Jersey Craft Beer and host an event.

7 Mile Brewery

Photo courtesy of 7 Mile Brewery










7 Mile Brewery is located in Rio Grande, NJ just north of Cape May. A new brewery in the area, they are earning a great reputation and have 12-14 beers on tap at a time. A sleek, industrial tasting room makes for a great spot to spend the afternoon.

Slack Tide Brewing Co. was founded in 2015 and has garnered a stellar reputation in the area. They are located in Clermont and are a great spot to try their flagship and seasonal beers. 

2019 Update!

Since we first published this blog, some new craft beer pubs and breweries have entered the scene near Antoinette’s Apartments & Suites.

Avalon Brew Pub is located in Avalon, New Jersey. This casual gastropub is a great place to grab a bite and a made in house brew. Avalon is just up the Parkway from Cape May, so it makes for a fun spot to take a day trip when you are staying for a week with us.

Bucket Brigade Brewery has opened in Cape May Courthouse and has earned a reputation as a friendly spot to stop in to Wednesdays through Sundays. Founded by 2 Firemen brothers, it opened its doors in 2016 and offers a wide variety of beers on tap.

Coho Brewing Co. is one of the newest to enter the craft beer scene in New Jersey. This brewery is also located in Cape May Courthouse, which makes for an easy beer lovers day out when paired with Bucket Brigade. Coho is open daily and as with other craft breweries in New Jersey, you are welcome to bring your own food in to pair with their beers. 

Gusto Brewing Company is also new in 2019. The team there has spun off from their days at Cape May Brewing Company. They are located in North Cape May and have a fun slogan that they are keeping it small and keeping it weird. Definitely a fun place to explore for true craft beer nerds. 

Mudhen Brewing Co. is bringing craft beer to Wildwood, NJ. Mudhen is a full restaurant with in house brewed beer. If you are taking a trip to Wildwood for the day, check out this spot named after the first passenger train in Wildwood, NJ. 

Stay with us and make it a week of testing out brews responsibly and exploring the other great aspects of Cape May!






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