What better to think about on a day like today than warm weather and sand between your toes? Well, here’s something else that may help take your mind off the wintery mix outside and the traffic on the roads – a delicious new craft beer coming to Philly!
That’s right, as of December 1 Cape May Brewing Co. — who just paired with Origlio Beverage — will officially be distributing beer in the Philadelphia market. This announcement marks only the second South Jersey brewery to ever bring beer to our area — Flying Fish being the first.
“Philadelphia is a natural next step for us. People have been enjoying our beers down the shore for a while and many of them are asking if they can get our beers in Philly. We’re thrilled to fulfill a demand for our customers,” said Ryan Krill, Co-Owner of Cape May Brewing Co.
The brewing company offers a large selection of beers on tap from Sours and Belgians to a wide range of IPAs, as well as all-natural sodas and craft beer vinegar. Some of the beers they’ll be releasing in Philadelphia are the popular Cape May IPA, King Porter Stomp, Devil’s Reach (a strong Belgian-style ale) and Mop Water (their 5-Spiced Ale named for the beer’s unusual hue).
Cape May Brewing Co. is available in over 120 bars and restaurants in its home market and recently doubled its brewing capacity, which allows the beers to flow into a new market.
The City of Brotherly Love is significant to all three brewery owners: Ryan Krill, Robert Krill and Christopher Henke. Ryan and Christopher are both graduates of Villanova University and Robert is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. “Philly has a quality beer scene. I can go to any bar and have a ridiculously long list of great craft brews to choose from. I’m excited for Cape May Brewery Brewing Company to be added to that list. We are all from the area and are glad to be back,” said Henke.
Christopher and Ryan, who enjoyed brewing beer as a hobby, had an “ah-ha” moment in 2010 while in the Krill family’s backyard in Avalon, N.J. They had been making their own tasty IPAs all summer. It was the Fourth of July and the pair happened to crack open a craft beer that should have been flagged by quality control before it left the brewery. “Why do these guys get to have all the fun? If these guys can do it, we can do it,” Ryan recalled saying. At that moment, they decided to pursue a home brewer’s dream and open a brewery of their own. A few years later, the Cape May Brewing Co. taproom — located in the same building as the brewery — has become a craft beer destination.
One of the first Philadelphia bars that will carry the brewery’s beer is the Draught Horse Pub and Grill located on the campus of Temple University. This is a meaningful connection for Cape May Brewing because the owners of the Draught Horse also own Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill — the first bar to carry their beers in Cape May.
“When we first started out, we needed to stay as local as possible and were only self-distributing in a ten-mile radius. We’re happy that we’ve been able to expand our production and cross the river into Philadelphia,” said Christopher.
For more information on Cape May Brewing Co., click here.