Congrats, Chris!

Cape Beverage is thrilled to announce the promotion of Chris Verderame to Brand Manager.

In Chris’ new role, he will be working very closely with all Cape Beverage suppliers to fulfill our commitment to providing premium customer service. Chris will act as a liaison between Cape Beverage and our world-class suppliers to implement sales strategies, grow volume, and enhance our supplier-distributor relationships. 

Chris has been with Cape Beverage since 2019, and previously covered four counties in South Jersey as a Sales Representative.

He began his career at New Jersey distributor Warren Distributing in 2008 before moving over to the craft side and joining Victory Brewing Company in Pennsylvania. Since joining the Cape Beverage team, Chris has been Crushin’ It ever since! He has steadily increased our sales numbers, and takes pride in introducing new brands to our customers.

“I started in the beer industry in 2008, two weeks after graduating with a communications degree from William Paterson University,” Chris notes. “I started as a merchandiser, then moved into sales at Warren Distributing Co. South, a MillerCoors wholesaler covering South Jersey.”

He has a wide range of experience, making him the ideal partner for Cape Beverage’s craft brands for a truly personalized experience from someone who understands all of the aspects around distributing your brand to new markets.

Chris started his experience on the supplier side in 2017 with Victory Brewing Company, part of Artisanal Brewing Ventures, where he also represented Southern Tier Brewing and Six Point Brewery, covering South Jersey and Delaware.

You can read more about Chris’s background on his welcome blog here.

From Chris:

“I am very excited to move into the new role as Craft Brand Manager at Cape Beverage. I look forward to continuing the growth of our world class suppliers and identifying new and emerging brands to add to our line of preferred partners. Cheers!”

—Brand Manager Chris Verderame

We can’t wait for you all to work with Chris in this next step of our journey!

Boat Ramp Champ Returns

Cape May Brewing Company is proud to announce that they have renewed their collaboration with The Qualified Captain, an Instagram influencer and lifestyle brand in North Carolina, and have brought back Boat Ramp Champ for distribution this summer. It is available now throughout New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Pennsylvania.

Boat Ramp Champ is a 5.5% ABV Helles Lager crafted alongside The Qualified Captain for a crisp, clean, light beer that makes the perfect complement to a day out on the water. 

Made with German hop Hallertau Mittelfrüh and Bohemian Lager yeast, Boat Ramp Champ has a gentle bitterness complimented by a malty sweetness and delicate aroma. It balances the best of malt, yeast, and hops for an easy-drinking, refreshing brew. 

Originally from South Jersey, brother and sister team Aaron and Lauren Stasiak grew up in Burlington County before making their way to North Carolina and founding The Qualified Captain together in 2016. They began by chronicling the outrageous and often hilarious mistakes that can occur on ramp and in the water and have since become a major force in the maritime community. 

Cape May Brewing Company has long been fans of The Qualified Captain’s Instagram, and CEO Ryan Krill is a boatsman himself, making this collaboration a great match for two shore-based companies focused on passion and quality. 

“Not only was this our first major beer collaboration, this was really our first collaboration with anyone,” shares The Qualified Captain founder Aaron Stasiak. “And what a great group of folks to collaborate and work together with. I feel blessed to have had this opportunity.”

The distinctive art style on the can represents the two brands, with Cape May Brewing Company founders Ryan and Bob Krill, and The Qualified Captain founders Aaron and Lauren Stasiak, represented alongside easter eggs of local Cape May scenery.

“The artwork on the can has been a huge hit,” Stasiak says. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me that the refreshing, crisp beer is so easy to enjoy on the hot days of summer. For the fans that have not had access to the beer, they are dying to try it.”

To celebrate this re-release, Cape May Brewing Company is hosting a launch party at Bird & Betty’s, a beloved Qualified Captain favorite, in Beach Haven, NJ on Saturday, June 25th at 6:30PM. Join the Cape May and Qualified Captain crew for an evening of Boat Ramp Champ and other Cape May beer, fun giveaways, and more.

For more information on The Qualified Captain, check out their website at www.thequalifiedcaptain.com or peruse their Instagram page at www.instagram.com/thequalifiedcaptain

For more information on Cape May Brewing Company, see their website at capemaybrewery.com, or call (609) 849-9933.

Congrats, Biza!

Cape Beverage is thrilled to congratulate Biza for winning three medals in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this year.

Passion Fruit Peach won Silver

Pomegranate Vanilla won Silver

Mango Jalapeño won Bronze

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the largest competition in the world. This year saw approximately 5,000 entrants from more than 40 countries, and we’re proud of our spirits–based brand for snagging some top spots! The RTD category of the competition alone saw over 500 new entrants this year. 

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition was founded in 2000, and is the oldest and largest spirits competition. 

Joseph V. Micallef notes, “Each year’s results are closely followed, both by consumers eager for the expert judgements and more importantly by the trade, especially the distributor community. Many a craft distillery startup has found that recognition by the SFWSC is the golden key to unlocking broad national, and often, international distribution. Even established producers look to the SFWSC for confirmation of their core ranges, as well as validation of new products and new production techniques.”

The judges panel consists of respected, experienced experts in the spirits industry.

Congrats, Biza! If you would like to order Biza for your store, please contact your sales rep or give us a call at 609-759-2042.

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