LOWER TOWNSHIP — Cape May Brewing Co. was voted the second runner-up for best brewery in the nation and was voted best beer of 2017 by Beer Connoisseur Magazine.
The brewery’s special-release beer Topsail received the highest score out of 100 beers listed for the magazine’s winter issue.
Cape May Brewing President and co-owner Ryan Krill was floored when he learned about the honors earlier this week. He said it’s even more of an accomplishment to have the best beer among all of the breweries in the country.
“There are more breweries than there have ever been, and we do what we think is really interesting and different,” Krill said.
Dan Martich, one of the judges who tasted Topsail, a mixed-fermentation sour beer, said he remembers it vividly.
“A beer like that sticks with you and takes you to a place and time that one yearns to go, especially during these frigid temperatures in the Northeast,” said Martich, who awarded the beer a score of 98 out of 100. “It exemplifies summer in a bottle — fruity, grassy, refreshing and light on the palate. The fruitiness and light sour notes play very well together, and neither is stronger than the other. The balanced flavors will stand up to summer foods, and it’s a beer that is very pleasant to look at, to boot.”
Krill said the brewery has been working on its sour program for years, and Cape May Brewing tries not to chase typical trends.
“It’s confirmation for what all of our team has been doing,” he said.
Cape May Brewing Co. was founded in 2011 and opened in Cape May Airport. They still operate out of the same location and have since been recognized both locally and nationally for their beer.
Krill said a few cases of Topsail are still available at the brewery and select liquor stores in the area.
Martich said he wants to try it again.
“I feel honored to have tasted this very carefully crafted beer. Kudos to the brewmaster for curating this delicious blended nectar, and I look forward to seeking some out next time it is released,” he said.
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