Looking for a day away from sunshine and sandy beaches? Or perhaps a night out with friends or a significant other? Maybe you’re looking for something to do on a gray day at the shore? We’ve got the perfect answer: experience Cape May County’s local hops, grapes and spirits! The Jersey Cape’s local breweries, wineries and distilleries each have their own unique flare, making for a one-of-a-kind experience at each. Tour the facilities and talk to the experts to learn how beer, wine, rum and vodka are made. Send your palate on a journey with tastings, and bring your favorite flavor home in a growler or bottle!
Slack Tide Brewing Company was founded in 2015 by Jason and Tadhg Campbell, two brothers raised in Cape May County. Their philosophy is simple: create a diverse and high-quality line of beers made with all natural ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, and make Slack Tide a destination in where locals feel at home and visitors look forward to returning. A “slack tide” is the point before any turn of the tide where the water is completely unstressed. This is how Jason and Tadhg want all who step foot into Slack Tide to feel.
From classic beers to unique seasonal flavors, Slack Tide has something for everyone. There are always at least eight beers on tap, with a constant rotation to please everyone’s palate and keep them coming back for more. Slack Tide’s four flagship beers include: Angry Osprey, an American IPA highlighted by pine and citrus notes; 5 Fathom, an American Pale Ale with a slightly sweet finish; Bell Buoy, their award-winning Belgian Blonde/Golden Ale with a complex, slightly sweet flavor and a dry finish; and Monkey Face, an American Stout with a roasted coffee flavor and an underlying creaminess. Some seasonal beers on tap for the summer include the popular Stone Harbor Wheat, an American Pale Wheat Ale made with grapefruit peel, and Shore Break, a Saison/Farmhouse Ale made with sweet orange peel and a Belgian yeast to develop a crisp yet sweet flavor profile.
Although you can find Slack Tide’s beers at many local restaurants and liquor stores, plus multiple beer festivals throughout the county, Jason and Tadhg invite you into their small, family-owned craft brewery to sit back, relax and drink a cold one in Slack Tide’s cozy atmosphere. The brewery is open for tours and tastings. Visit their website at www.slacktidebrewingco.com for current hours. While you’re there, ask about the Slacker Mug Club to tap into great deals, awesome beer and warm camaraderie!