A Cape May Brewery Guide

Flight of beers at brewery

Craft beer tours are a popular pastime and a great addition to your vacation. Cape May, New Jersey, is home to a thriving craft brewing scene offering unique experiences and delicious beers on tap. Ocean Club Hotel wants to help guests experience all Cape May has to offer. Here, we explore a few of the best breweries in the area.

Cape May Brewing Co.

Cape May Brewing Co. is the county’s oldest and largest craft brewery and a favorite of locals and vacationers alike. Its spacious tasting room offers both indoor and outdoor seating for four-season fun. Flagship offerings are inspired by the Cape May setting, with labels like Cape May IPA, Coastal Evacuation Double IPA, and Longliner lager. Its 23-strong tap list includes seasonal options such as Mexican Coffee Stout, the Bog Cranberry Shandy, and Mango Crushin’ It.

Cape May Brewing Co. is at 1250 Hornet Rd., Rio Grande, NJ 08242. Check with the brewery for hours.

Bucket Brigade Brewery

Patriotic craft beer aficionados will find plenty to love at Bucket Brigade Brewery. This Cape May brewery was founded in 2017 by a pair of retired firefighters, and many of its labels — with names like Hydrant, Nozzle Jockey, and Axe Head—pay homage to this legacy. Flight glasses are served in a bucket for extra fun.

Bucket Brigade Brewery can be found at 205 North Main St., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Check with the brewery for hours.

Coho Brewery

For another take on patriotism, try Coho Brewery. Its head brewer is a retired police officer, and this commitment to law and order extends to the name — Coho is short for Court House — and the labels of its beers. These include favorites like the Hazeas Corpus New England IPA, Back the Blue lager, and Porter in the Court. If you’re undecided, you can try them all by ordering the “jury box” flight.

Coho Brewery is at 28 Indian Trail Rd., Unit 103, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Check with the brewery for hours.

Cold Spring Brewery

Find a taste of Cape May history at the Cold Spring Brewery. New Jersey’s only nonprofit brewery was established to support the Historic Cold Spring Village living museum and is thematically set in a restored 1804 English-style barn. Its tap list puts a modern twist on historic recipes. Popular picks include Cold Spring Red, a malty red ale, and the period-appropriate Cape May Farmhouse brew. Traveling with friends or family who don’t love beer? No problem; they can enjoy sarsaparilla and orange sodas.

Cold Spring Brewery is at 733 Seashore Rd., Cape May, NJ 08204. Check the brewery website for hours.

Gusto Brewing

Though Gusto Brewing is a newcomer to the Cape May brewery scene, it has quickly become one of the most popular area breweries. Its slogan, “keep it small, keep it weird,” shows strongly in its beer offerings. Instead of keeping several flagships always on tap, Gusto constantly rotates an eight-beer menu of small-batch brews with inventive flavors. Examples include the chocolate-doughnut-and-jelly flavored UHF 2023 and the ultra-bright Regular-Sized Rudi. Gusto Brewing is the perfect place to try something new.

Gusto Brewery is at 3860 Rd., Cape May, NJ 08204. Check the brewery for hours.

Mudhen Brewing Co.

If you’re feeling hungry, grab a bite at Mudhen Brewing Co. This site is both a craft brewery and a full-service Cape May restaurant. Its food menu offers classics including burgers, wings, fish tacos, and steak and salmon entrées. The bar also boasts twelve beers on tap, including its flagship 1883 IPA, alongside lagers, pilsners, porters, and blonde ales.

Mudhen Brewing Co. is at 127 W. Rio Grande Ave., Wildwood, NJ 08260. It’s open daily. Check with the brewery for hours.

Slack Tide Brewing

Slack Tide Brewing is the region’s second craft brewery, founded in 2015. Its award-winning brews include a variety of pale ales and lagers, as well as the occasional sour or stout, all brewed as true to style as possible. Its seasonal Avalon Amber red ale won bronze at the Great American Beer Festival. More favorites include the fresh and spicy Angry Osprey IPA and the Bell Buoy Belgian Blonde Ale.

Slack Tide Brewing is at 1879 Route 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Check with the brewery for hours.

Explore Cape May Breweries

The Ocean Club Hotel is an excellent place to stay while discovering craft breweries and other things to do in Cape May. We offer luxury accommodations with spectacular oceanfront views, and our packages and promotions can help you make the most of your vacation. Guests can enjoy fine dining without the fuss at our Cape May restaurant and Tiki Ten25 bar. Book your stay today.