Ultra South Jersey (Beercation 1)

Cape May Brewing

At the southern tip of New Jersey, 3 hours and 15 minutes drive from home, lies Cape May, Cape May Airport and Cape May Brewing. (May I also recommend the Flight Deck Diner in the terminal?)

Cape May FlightHerbal Saison

A cloudy gold glassful with a brief white head. The nose starts with really intriguing herbal notes from dill, rosemary and thyme. The flavor is of malt & herbs ending with spicy hops. 6.2 % ABV

Cape May Mop WaterMop Water 5-Spiced Ale

Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a medium off white head. It smells like gingerbread, delicious warm gingerbread. You can practically chew it, with cake-like malt and spicy hops coming on. The finish is long, spicy and malty, dried out on the end by hops. To me, this is an autumn or winter beer, but I’ll drink it in spring or any time. This was my first half-growler of the Beercation. 7.3% ABV

Honey Porter

Made with local New Jersey honeys, this is very dark brown in the glass with a pale tan head. The coffee nose is light and sweet. The flavor adds a little chocolate, more sweet with a nice hop bite. 5.4% ABV

Cape May IPA

Pours nearly clear light amber with a brief white head. Citrus earthy hops in the aroma, I think they mentioned Amarillo. The flavor is like hop hash, muddy and hoppy, good for hopheads (like me). The finish is not that bitter, the hops show mostly in aroma and flavor. 6.3% ABV

Cape May Coastal EvacuationCoastal Evacuation Double IPA

Pale gold with fluffy white head. Nice strong mixed hop aroma, some citrus some old fashioned earthy but apparently all from Centennial. Light slightly silky body with cracker malt overrun by hops plus a light sweetness. The hops power on into the finish leaving bitterness to savor. This is not for anyone afraid of hops! 8.0% ABV.

As a pilot, I was magnetically drawn to another feature of the airport, formerly Naval Air Station Wildwood, the NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum. In some alternate life I would have been a naval aviator, so this was amazing.

NAS Wildwood MuseumThis is not a little museum, it has a great collection of aircraft dating from the 1930s through the present day.

Wildwood StearmanI have flown (in) a Stearman, the famous WWII trainer called “The Yellow Peril” because you didn’t know where a student pilot would crash one next.

Wildwood SkyhawkHere is a Blue Angels Skyhawk II. I have a couple of hundred hours in Skyhawks…the Cessna Skyhawk, much less glamorous than this Navy bird.

Wildwood TigerAnd here is a Marine F-5 Tiger, still sporting the red star from its appearance as an enemy aircraft in the movie Top Gun. However, inside that red star is engraved the Marine emblem. I also have over a hundred hours in Tigers . . . the single engine, 4-seat piston sort.

An airport with a brewery, a diner, and an aviation museum? Why does it have to be so far away? But at last I achieved my dream of being a naval aviator.
Wildwood Aviator

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  1. Just holding a bottle in my hand takes me back to the moment in the car with my dad driving to a local South Jersey liquor store.

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