Six Places Craft Beer Flows Five O’Clock

Six Places Craft Beer Flows at Five O’Clock

Cape May, in my opinion, has become a craft beer destination.  The arrival of breweries, wineries and now distilleries has added a whole new tourism demographic to our county. Customers and tourists drawn to this attraction have discriminating palates. Knowing a half-dozen places craft beer flows at five o’clock might be helpful.

Hosting a good selection of local New Jersey Craft Beers is especially interesting to me. Staff educated on the craft beer on tap and what the ABV is when I ask, is especially important.

  1. Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa Hotel. Boasting 19 brews at 19 Jackson Street is right at the top of my list. India Pale Ales (IPA’s) are the weight of the menu list here. Mad Batter also taps a good selection of regional brews, such as Ludlam, Carton and Cape May. They also feature a cask engine, with brews adapted just for the Mad Batter.
  2. Fins Bar and GrilleAround the corner from the Mad Batter on the Washington Street Mall, Fins taps up to twenty beers. Now in their third year of operation at the old Pilot House location, Fins balances a good mix of craft beer and main stream popular brews.
  3. Lucky Bones Backwater GrilleThirty handles on tap here at Lucky Bones. 30 taps makes an impressive display of a wide variety of craft beers including stouts, porters and imperial beers. Staff is knowledgeable and willingly provides menu descriptions on request.
  4. Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille. Fourteen tap choices of craft beer combined with ocean views to die for gets Harry’s on the list of six places craft beer flows at five o’clock. Harry’s is a favorite happy hour stop of locals and visitors. Live entertainment on the deck at happy hour, mediates the plastic cups necessary on the upstairs patio.
  5. C-View Tavern. Though fewer tap handles at this locals favorite, they make up for it in temperature. Always a frosted glass with both Jersey ( Flying Fish), Pa. (Victory)  and occasionally Delaware (Dogfish) satisfies the demand for what is described as the coldest beer in Cape May.
  6. The Rusty Nail. Popular among surfers, dog-lovers and locals. The Nail maintains a great craft beer selection. Frosted pints of trendy craft and main-stream beers make this a perfect after beach watering hole.

These six places craft beer flows at five o’clock is mainly a list without crossing the main bridges. Quality, quantity and freshness in tap rotation are traits that most craft beer lovers look for.

Love to know what places you drink craft beer and if you have any favorites.







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  1. Hugh Murray
    June 28, 2017 / 1:11 pm


    Six of our favorite spots “on the island” for sure. Only 10 minutes from our N. Cape May home.

    • June 29, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Thanks for being a faithful reader Mr. Murray

  2. Zach
    July 17, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the write-ups, John! I’m going to try to hit each of them this summer.