Summertime is the busiest time of year for bars and brewing companies in South Jersey, and one local microbrewery has big plans for 2013.
Interested in making your own beer? The Cape May Brewing Company can show you how. The family operated company is also expanding their business by making more of their product, which is in high demand in our area.
The small brewing company was started in 2011 by Ryan Krill, his father, and a friend from college. The three men started making their own beer and saw a great business opportunity in South Jersey.
Ryan Krill, an owner at the Cape May Brewing Company, said, "There's seven wineries just in Cape May County alone and nothing for the guys. We started real small, on a shoestring, and a year and a half later we're up to this, and in about two months we'll even be a lot larger." The brewery currently supplies their beer to local bars and craft beer drinkers in Cape May County.
Krill told NBC40, "We make delicious beer. Last year we won best IPA at the Atlantic City beer festival." After their initial success, Cape May Brewing Company was granted an economic development loan from the state of New Jersey, which has allowed the company to expand and add extra brewing mills.
The Cape May Brewing Company says the beer making process is a lot like making tea, and that it's a fairly simple concept. Krill explained, "It's a hands-on experience. A lot of home brewers really enjoy it here because, for them, they can see that it is not much further past their home brew setups."
The brewery owners say they do tours 5 days a week and after they are over, everyone is invited into their beautiful taproom where they are welcome to try over a dozen craft beers – all made right in their shop.
"You're going to love the atmosphere here. Everybody is friendly. Everybody is talking to each other because everybody is here for the same thing –good, fresh beer," said Chris Heinke, an owner at Cape May Brewing Company.
So if you've ever been curious about home brewing and how you can get started, look no further than the Cape May Brewing Company.