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Top 4 Craft Breweries in Cape May County

New Jersey earned elite craft beer status this year as the Garden State welcomed its 100th craft brewery to the family in March. Despite being the fourth smallest state in the U.S., New Jersey ranks 21st in total breweries which had a $1.6 billion economic impact, according to the Brewers Association. A lot of skeptics believe that craft beer will be a short-lived fad, but the fact remains that beer enthusiasts are beginning to recognize that quality matters more than quantity. ICONA Resorts, unlike nearby hotels in Cape May NJ, owns and operates a microbrewery inside the beautiful beachfront ICONA Avalon. Sip on a refreshing pint of craft beer at one of these four sensational breweries when you’re not sunbathing on a sandy beach, soaking in a heated outdoor pool, or meeting adorable animals at the Cape May Zoo County Park & Zoo.

Avalon Brew Pub

The Avalon Brew Pub has five balanced flagship beers, a sleek interior, excellent cuisine, and a hip, decorative keg ceiling. The malty, citrusy We Don’t Play West Coast IPA remains a favorite among guests, though the Chill Pils, a Czech-style lager, will quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Come for a pint of refreshing craft beer, stay for a plate of mouthwatering steak, seafood, or organic chicken! Plus, you have to try the Giant Bavarian Pretzel – a guest favorite!

Ludlam Island Brewery

Operating out of a modest manufacturing complex in Ocean View, Ludlam Island Brewery has the most flavorful beer in Cape May County. Their compact taproom has eight taps, limited seating, wood paneling, and rotating local art. Ludlam Island specializes in hoppy pale ales, including their juicy, dry-hopped oat IPA, Let It Shine. Hoppy beer aficionados often taste all four of their seasonal IPAs in a beer flight.

Slack Tide Brewing Company

Eerily similar to Ludlam Island, Slack Tide Brewing has a petite taproom, but you’ll notice immediately the repurposed wood ceiling and the tap list written in colorful chalk. Their flagships range from IPA, blonde, stout, and pale, but they’ve been experimenting with the newest beer craze: the New England-style IPA. Overfalls is a deliciously juicy New England IPA plump with fruity Mosiac and citrusy Galaxy hops.

Cape May Brewing Company

Cape May Brewing is widely considered one of the premier craft breweries in the Garden State. After officially launching in the summer of 2011, Cape May Brewing quickly grew into an East Coast craft juggernaut after winning over the Philadelphia market. Their charismatic and knowledgeable staff host tours in their production facility and tasting room. Sip on award-winning beer, including the crushable Always Ready Northeast pale ale, and learn about beer techniques and the brewery’s history. ICONA Resorts, home to one of the premier hotels in Cape May NJ, is only 6.5 miles away from this award-winning brewery.

Hotels in Cape May NJ

ICONA Resorts has three beachfront properties in Cape May County, all of which are a short drive from the four best craft breweries in South Jersey. It’s never too soon to start planning an autumn beach escape to stunning Diamond Beach, Cape May, or Avalon – dial 1-609-454-6484 to book that well-deserved vacation you’ve been putting off!

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How to Pack Year Round for ICONA

ICONA, home to three of the premier New Jersey beach hotels, is a four-season resort with lavish guest rooms, award-winning restaurants, breathtaking Atlantic Ocean vistas, a central location to shopping and the Cape May County Zoo, and the always delicious Avalon Brew Pub. Deciding where to stay on your next getaway to beautiful South Jersey is easy: Diamond Beach, Cape May, or Avalon. Choosing what to pack and wear on the Jersey shoreline, however, is somewhat challenging because of our region’s seasonal temperature changes. Grab your luggage set because it’s time to decide what to pack and what to leave at home.

Ideal Summer Temperatures

Our beachfront paradise has an average summer high of 82 degrees. It be may be surprising to some that the temperature isn’t higher, but our refreshing coastal winds help keep our beaches and poolsides cozy, not balmy. Even our summer low is a mere 67 degrees, an ideal temperature for nights spent at the Star Beach Bar and the Sandbar Village. Pack swimwear, sunglasses, sandals, sunscreen, and light shirts, tanks, and shorts. Don’t forget a hoodie or jacket for an evening around the fire pit. It rains an average of six days per month, so pack a raincoat just in case it sprinkles.

Stunning Autumn Foliage

One of the best parts of having four seasons is the autumn colors. Not only are you steps away from the beach but you’re also a short trek from breathtaking drives with stunning fall foliage. The average high consistently drops from 77 in September, 66 in October, and 57 in November. Packing will assuredly depend on which month you’re arriving. It could be 80 degrees on Saturday and 60 degrees on Sunday, so bring along shorts and pants, t-shirts and sweatshirts, flip-flops and shoes. If you’re visiting in November, remember to bring along a coat as the lows dip into the 40s occasionally.

Snowball Fights in Winter

The average high is a relatively steady 45 degrees in the winter with the lows falling to 31. Please pack heavy jackets, jeans, sweatpants, boots, and sweatshirts to stay cozy. Our resort isn’t in the tundra by any means, but you’ll want to pack heavy if you’re not used to chilly winds and occasional snowflakes. You can always take layers off. We’ve experienced low 70s in February as well as lows in the teens.

Spring Bloom

The weather consistently rises from a high of 51 in March to 70 in May. Unlike other regions on the East Coast, we don’t receive very much rain in the spring. While you should always pack a raincoat, it’s unlikely you’ll need it. Spring is typically sweatshirt and jeans weather until May rolls around. After winter ends, many locals walk around in t-shirts and shorts because 60 always feels like 80 in April.

New Jersey Beach Hotels

ICONA’s three lavish New Jersey beach hotels have premier Atlantic views, prime access to shopping, restaurants, and nightly entertainment, and the East Coast’s only beachfront microbrewery, Avalon Brew Pub. Regardless of the season, join us on the beautiful South Jersey Shore for a memorable beachfront escape!

P.S. If you forget to pack a sweatshirt, you can always pick one up at the ICONA pantries located in the lobbies of our three hotels. They’re perfect for cuddling up and make for great gifts or traveling mementos.