Cold Spring Brewery (Cape May, Cape May County)

Cold Spring Brewery
733 Seashore Rd
Cape May, NJ  08204

Reported by:  The Stoutmeister

It is not unusual for the Beer Posse to visit a brewery on a Sunday afternoon.  What was unusual was that I, The Stoutmeister, decided to go to church early in the morning then go beer drinking in the afternoon.  Pretzel, my wife, criticized me for it and I responded: “What is wrong with that? ‘Thou shalt not drink beer.’ is NOT one of the 10 commandments.”  HOWEVER, according to Mel Brooks in his movie, “The History of the World,” Moses was carrying 3 tablets of stone each having 5 commandments inscribed in them but he dropped and broke the third tablet and it left him a total of only 10 commandments.  OK, so ‘Thou shalt not drink beer’ might have been in that broken stone (no one will ever know it now) but as it stands, there are only 10 commandments!  As long as I did not give up beer for Lent, she was okay with it.

So, we took a road trip to visit Cold Spring Brewery.  There, we were joined by John MacBeer to explore this brewery with us.  We all went there with zero expectations about the place and we were so delighted to end up in a barn that was converted into a brewery and tasting room.  The décor was beautiful and was built to match the rest of Cold Spring Village, a restoration of an 1800’s rural community.  Yes, the brewery is part of Cold Spring Village, a must-see attraction in Cape May, New Jersey.  From what we were told, the barn was built from parts of an old structure that were moved to Cold Spring Village from a different location.  The result was absolutely fabulous.  The place was inviting and gave you the feel of what life was in the 19th century.

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by Eric, one of the 2 workers and immediately gave as a quick tour of the brewery which is just right there behind the bar counter.  We did not even have to walk from where we were standing.  It was quick and informative and since breweries are not new to us, we heard the same old things about the brewing process.  But, one piece of information that we have NEVER heard from any other brewery is that Cold Spring Brewery is NON-PROFIT.  Whatever the brewery earns get pooled back into the foundation that supports, manages and maintains Cold Spring Village.

We liked all the brews that we tasted.  I, the Stoutmeister, was jumping with joy upon seeing the availability of Vanilla Milk Stout, something new and different from the stouts that most South Jersey breweries make.  I do not remember any other brewery we visited that made this flavor of a stout.  Unfortunately, it might be a seasonal beer and I probably might not see it again whenever I come back to visit so I made sure I enjoyed a whole pint of it while we were there.

Like all other breweries, they offered growlers and refills.  They had both the 32oz and 64oz growlers.  They also have the short chubby 1-liter growler which I don’t see in most breweries; we made sure we took home one of that.  They also had a nice selection of t-shirts and other souvenirs.  Thanks to Eric and Sherry for their hospitality and knowledge of the village!

While in the barn, we found on their shelves some literature (brochures) concerning Cold Spring Village and what caught our interest was the calendar of events for this summer.  Just based on that, we know that we will be back for another visit.  After tasting their brews, we took a walk around the village.  The village is closed for the season but gave us some idea on what to expect when they reopen.  Cold Spring is a historical village which includes a schoolhouse, print shop, woodworking shop, pottery shop, broommaking, fiber arts, village bakery, blacksmith, tinsmith, bookbinding just to name a few.  Definitely deserves another visit!

Beers on Tap:

  • Cresse American Wheat (ABV: 5.5%)
  • Hildreth German Wheat (ABV: 5.4%)
  • Cold Spring Red (ABV: 5.6%)
  • Dennisville Inn Porter (ABV: 3.9%)
  • Ishmael Pale Ale (ABV: 7.6%)
  • Wassail Ale (ABV: 5.25%)
  • Candlelite Ale (ABV: 4.7%)
  • Vanilla Milk Stout (ABV: 4.7%)
  • Poor Sailor’s Sour Ale (ABV: 4.0%)

Favorite Beers of the Day:

  • JohnMacBeer – Cold Spring Red
  • The Stoutmeister – Vanilla Milk Stout
  • Pretzel – Wassail Ale

Additional Posse Comments:

  • JohnMacBeer – Very cozy atmosphere on a crisp, clear, winter day.  Dog-friendly, old barn wooden floors, wall, ceiling
  • The Stoutmeister – Ray!  No coffee stout!  They have good imagination with their Vanilla Milk Stout.
  • Pretzel – Very cozy, friendly atmosphere.  Reminds me of a ski lodge.  I want to sit by the fire, reading, and enjoying a nice assortment of brews!  The outside areas look inviting as well.  We will have to take another trip during warmer weather.

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Final Scorecard (click to open):  ColdSpringBrewery

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