CoHo Brewing Company (Cape May Court House, Cape May County)

Address:

28 Indian Trail Rd, Suite 103
Cape May Court House, NJ  08210

Review Date:  08/10/2019

Reported by:  Pretzel

Hello Peeps!  The Stoutmeister and I joined up with JohnMacBeer and Dark Matter to check out what was happening at CoHo Brewing Company in Cape May Court House.  It was a warm summer afternoon, and nothing makes me happier to have an ice cold brew (or 2 or 3 or 4 …).

CoHo portrays a law and order theme.  There are many police department patches proudly displayed along one wall, and all the beer names reflect some aspect of law enforcement.  You can note all the creative beer names below in the “Beers on Tap” section.  CoHo offers the normal selections of pints, tasters, and flights.  However, they took the flight concept a step further, offering “The Jury Box”, which is a 2-tiered flight tray containing 12 tasters!  OMG!  This is brilliant!  Especially since The Stoutmeister and I ensure that we taste every beer available when we are doing an official brewery review!  As JohnMacBeer pointed out, the flight tray looks like the official jury box with 2 rows of 6.  There are several pictures of The Jury Box in the picture gallery at the end of this post.  Be sure to check it out.  Furthermore, once you order The Jury Box, your barkeep (for us it was the delightful and friendly Sheila), bangs a gavel and announces “The jury is out!”  Dark Matter ordered a pint of Five-Oh, and was presented with a complimentary lei which he wore proudly!  Nice touch!

The Stoutmeister and I liked ALL of the beers, while JohnMacBeer were a little less impressed.  But they aren’t known for their good taste, I mean they hang out with us!  Now I found that the 3 offerings that included Vanilla soda were tasty (Bull Bailiff, Rum me my Rights, and Taxed & Confused), but the Vanilla taste tended to overpower the beer’s flavor.  We found that their costing model is better than the majority of other breweries.  For example the 12 sample Jury Box, was a mere $20 or about $1.6 per 4-ounce taster.

The overall vibe of the brewery is industrial, with plenty of seating.  However, the acoustics are not the greatest.  It gets a little noisy, with all the conversations bouncing across the cavernous room.  But it’s not too distracting or overbearing.  There is 1 unisex bathroom, which continues the industrial vibe and is clean and comfortable.  It wasn’t too crowded, so there was no waiting for the facilities, but on a very busy day, it may cause some backup.

The brewing facilities are located at one end of the room, and customers are not allowed in that area.  However, Mike gave us a very informative tour and was able to point out specific brewing processes and equipment adequately from the tasting room.  We had some great conversation covering a lot of topics, and Mike was able to handle all our questions and provide detailed explanations.  We discussed their current capacity and future growth, Quality Assurance processes, recycling spent grains, development of new recipes, and future participation in area beer fests.  Thanks Mike, for the great tour.

CoHo Brewery is a great place to hang out.  As The Stoutmeister said “I will visit this brewery over and over – I loved all their beer.”  Hope to see you again soon CoHo!  Cheers

Beers on Tap:

  • Hung Jury – Hefeweizen (ABV: 4.1%, IBU: 10)
  • Chalk Outline – Farmhouse Ale Sahti (ABV: 5.7%, IBU: 15)
  • Overruled – American Porter (ABV: 4.8%, IBU: 12)
  • Crime Scene – Light American Lager (ABV: 6.2%, IBU: 14)
  • Mechanic & Main – American Pale Ale (ABV: 6%)
  • NGI Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity – Spiced Rum Beer (ABV: 10%, IBU: 9)
  • Five-Oh – Blonde Ale (ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 9)
  • Badgering the Wheatness – Wheat Beer (ABV: 4.1%, IBU: 10)
  • Bull Bailiff – Overruled Porter + Vanilla Soda
  • Rum Me My Rights – NGI + Vanilla Soda
  • Taxed & Confused – Five-Oh + Vanilla Soda

Favorite Beers of the Day:

  • Pretzel – Crime Scene
  • The Stoutmeister – NGI Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
  • Dark Matter – Five-Oh
  • JohnMacBeer – Chalk Outline

Additional Posse Comments:

  • JohnMacBeer – 9 beers + 4 with Vanilla Soda.  Overall, I did not care for the beer.  Lackluster flavor of the 3 I tasted.
  • The Stoutmeister – I will visit this brewery over and over – I loved all their beer.
  • Pretzel – Love the law and order theme throughout the brewery including beer names, police department patches which line the wall, and the gavel they bang whenever someone orders “The Jury Box”
  • Dark Matter – Industrial, clean, and open tasting room with plenty of stools and seats.  The room echoes – small group sounds like a big crowd.

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