The region's recent brewery boom has sent waves of pale ale and wit lapping up against the Jersey Shore, too, with a bright pair of microbreweries that have debuted there within the last year. There are some striking similarities between the Cape May and Tuckahoe Brewing Companies: two groups of former home-brewers living the dream (though Tuckahoe's high school teacher-partners still have their day jobs), brewing out of garage bays in obscure industrial parks with limited distribution in local bars, and Saturday-afternoon visiting hours to fill growlers fresh (at $10 a pour, plus the reusable jug) for the thirsty public. The Cape May IPA is notable, as is Tuckahoe's smoke-tinged Steelmantown Porter. But both are also brewing some wonderfully refreshing wheats for summer — the Marshallville wit, a cloudy Belgian-style spiced with orange from Tuckahoe, and from Cape May, a creamier wheat tarted up with reduced cranberries or beach-plum fruit. Now those are truly some beers for the beach with fresh local flavor.
Cape May Brewing Co., 1288 Hornet Road, Rio Grande, 609-849-9933, www.capemaybrewery.com; Tuckahoe Brewing Co., 9 Stoney Court, Ocean View, 609-827-5375; www.tuckahoebrewing.com.