Cheers! New Jersey Brewery Honors Villanova University's 175th Anniversary With Tongue-Twisting Brew

The co-owners of New Jersey's Cape May Brewing Company are honoring the 175th anniversary of their alma mater with a uniquely named commemorative brew.

The Jersey shore-based microbrewery is releasing its "Demisemiseptcentennial Ale'' in bottles and draft on Jan. 25 to celebrate the founding of Villanova University.

The beer is a classic pale ale brewed with a sampling of German pilsner malt, the brewery's house ale yeast strain and a hefty dose of hops. It's been described as an easy-drinking draft that's perfect for cheering on the Wildcats this basketball season.

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Ryan Krill, Co-founder & President of Cape May Brewing Company with Chicago Cubs Outfielder Matt Szczur and the Demisemiseptcentennial Ale.

Co-owners, and Nova alums, Ryan Krill and Chris Henke first met as freshmen at the suburban Philadelphia school in 2001.

The university wanted to involve alumni in its year-long celebration of the milestone anniversary, said Christine Quisenberry, Villanova's director of presidential initiatives and events.

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The Main Line university explains the meaning of the tongue-twisting word on their website.

"A centennial is a 100th anniversary, but what is a 175th anniversary? It's a demisemiseptcentennial, of course! Demisemiseptcentennial is literally one-half (demi-) x one-half (semi-) x seven (sept-) x 100 years (centennial)," the college said. 

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