At Devil’s Purse we strive to design and brew beers that are approachable to a variety of tastes, from the most discerning craft beer lover to someone whose first craft beer experience is with us. Many of our beers are American styles heavily influenced by their older European cousins. While most of our beers reflect the elegance of simplicity, we enjoy the creativity and experimentation that can occur in the brewhouse. Above all is our commitment to using only the highest quality ingredients and great care in making our beer.
(Not all beers are available at the same time due to production schedule and the availability of ingredients.)
Our interpretation of a German-style kolsch. Mildly hopped with Vanguard. This unfiltered rendition has pleasant aromas akin to lemon zest and cut grass, with a dry finish and refreshing taste.
5% ABV 18 IBU Unfiltered
Cape Cod is truly a fishing paradise. When we're not brewing beer we're usually fishing (or at least thinking about fishing during the winter). For many local kids their first tackle was a handline--just a line, weight, hook, bait and something to wrap the line around. Many a scup or small schoolie has been caught by this method, demonstrating that sometimes the simplest of things can work just fine. This simple approach to fishing is the same way we view our kolsch--simple, fun and delicious.
Surfman's Check™ ESB
Hopped with Northdown and East Kent Goldings. A classic, malt-forward style driven by Warminster floor malted Maris Otter with small amounts of Simpsons dark English crystal and a touch of Crisp Pale chocolate malt. Taste is well-rounded, with a sweet and spicy up front flavor, dry finish, and a cleansing hop bite.
5.2% ABV 32 IBU Unfiltered
Over a century ago the Atlantic facing shore of Cape Cod was dotted with lifeboat stations manned by the U.S. Lifesaving Service--predecessor of today's U.S. Coast Guard. Ever vigilant to a foundered vessel surfman from each station would patrol sections of the beach in all types of weather. When two surfman would meet at the ends of their patrols they would exchange their "surfman's check" (a badge with their serial number and assigned life saving station) as proof they had completed their patrol. Today, accomplished and highly skilled Boatswains Mates in the US Guard can be certified as "surfman" and awarded a surfman check to designated their level of expertise. Our bold and flavorful ESB pays homage to the U.S. Lifesaving Service crews of the past and the men and woman of the present day Coast Guard who are "Always Ready" to go into harm's way to save a life.
Pollock Rip™ IPA
Packed with Warrior, Apollo, and Chinook hops. This solid IPA has a dry finish with a perceived sweetness and spicy flavors to balance bitterness with added aromas of pithy citrus fruits.
7.5% ABV 68 IBU Unfiltered
Pollock Rip Shoal is centered about three miles east of the southerly end of Monomoy Island in Chatham. For mariners this area was considered particularly treacherous, and between 1849 and 1969 eight different light vessels served at this dangerous open water station. This name of this beer honors the stalwart lightship crews that manned their station day and night through all kinds of sea conditions.
Skatemouth™ Pale Ale
A malt -forward Pale Ale. Sweet malt flavor derived from Warminster floor malted Maris Otter with a delicate edge brought from Dingemans Pilsen Malt. Rye malt adds a hint of spice character. The beer is finished with an infusion of UK Challenger hops providing notes of spicy orange marmalade.
6% ABV 35 IBU Unfiltered
No real mystery behind this name other than it relates to a devil's purse (a skate egg sac). After coming up with the idea for a brewery name we would often banter back and forth about beer names while brewing. Skatemouth was the result of a very, very late night of brewing.
Cuddy Queen™ American Pale Ale
Cuddy Queen is our American Pale Ale dry-hopped exclusively with German Hallertaü Blanc. This delicate German hop has aromas of white grape, pineapple and lemon accented by a wild, grassy quality reminiscent of the sauvignon blanc grape where Hallertaü Blanc derived its name. This is an easy drinking pale ale at 6% ABV.
The release of Cuddy Queen at the start of the Autumnal Equinox is by design. For local Cape Cod mariners and fishermen this is a time when collars get turned up as the days on the water become cooler, damper and a little darker. Cuddy Queen captures this sea going spirit as the desire for the warmth and shelter of the cuddy cabin becomes stronger.
Intertidal™ Dry Oyster Stout
Our take on a dry stout. Extremely dark in color with mild roasted notes. This beer is brewed using locally harvested oysters, which add a pleasant minerality to compliment the dry finish.
Batch #1 : Released Sept. 21, 2016. Made with oysters from East Dennis Oyster Farm. 5.6% ABV 40 IBU Unfiltered
Batch #2 : Released Dec. 16, 2016 Made with oysters from Chatham Shellfish Company. 5.25% ABV 40 IBU Unfiltered
Batch #3 : Released Feb. 24, 2017 Made with oysters from Wellfleet Shellfish Co./Mac's Seafood. 5.25% ABV 40 IBU Unfiltered
Sevenstones™ Double IPA
Based on our Pollock Rip IPA recipe. Secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces Clausenii. Dry with lots of complexity. Notes of pineapple and stone fruits accented by smoky, spicy earthy aromas with hints of barnyard. This beer is brewed and released once a year.
Batch #1 : Released August 2016. 8.2% ABV85 IBU Unfiltered
Batch #2 : Released Dec. 16, 2016. 8.0% ABV 85 IBU Unfiltered
Sevenstones Double IPA is the third release in the brewery’s Light Vessel Series of India Pale Ales. The name comes after the Sevenstones Light Vessel moored on the Seven Stones Reef 15 miles off Land's End, Cornwall in the United Kingdom. The yeast strain of Brettanomyces Clausenii was also originally discovered in the U.K.
Hen & Chickens™ Double IPA
Made with New Zealand and Australian hops and a mix of Pilsner and Floor Malted Maris Otter malts. This is an easy drinking Double IPA with a big tropical nose reminiscent of mango. Extremely limited seasonal availability
8% ABV 85 IBU Unfiltered
Stonehorse™ IPA Series
Single hop IPA series. Each beer will have a slightly unique grain bill to help showcase the character of each hop.
1. Our first Stonehorse IPA features Apollo hops. This hefty beer was brewed with a large portion of malted oats (Simpson's Golden Naked Oats) that creates a smooth viscous body that balances the bitterness and adds a dense nutty aroma to the finished beer. Savory, earthy aromas with funky and fruity tones intertwine to make a complex beer that really showcases the dank, resinous nature of Apollo hops.
7.75% Alc. 85 IBU Unfiltered
2. Batch 2 features Pacific Gem hops. Developed in New Zealand, these hops impart interesting berry and melon aromas. The beer begins with a grain bill of maris otter and flaked rye, and fermentation was undertaken with a blend of dry English ale and American Ale yeasts. Tasting notes include a bready, spicy, and fruity character.
6.7% Alc. 50 IBU Unfiltered
3. Batch 3 features Chinook hops. This beer features a grain bill consisting of malts from Blue Ox Malthouse in Maine, including a generous portion of wheat. The Chinook hops provide piney and grassy notes with a hint of grapefruit.
6.5% Alc. 50 IBU Unfiltered
4. Batch 4 features Citra hops.
7.5% Alc. 50 IBU Unfiltered
Dock Lizard™ Imperial Spiced Ale
Dock Lizard is inspired by a popular cocktail made with rum and ginger beer. It is brewed with molasses, ginger, lime juice, and lime zest, and then aged on oak wood spirals soaked in dark rum.
8.5% Alc. Unfiltered (Brewed once a year)
Scallop Bag™ American Strong Ale
This beer uses Maris Otter as a base malt along with malted and flaked rye, accentuated by English crystal malt. UK Challenger hops add flavor and bitterness, and Citra hops in the whirlpool provide additional flavor and aroma. Scallop Bag is smooth, fruity, and spicy, perfect for the cold winter months.
9.3% Alc. Unfiltered (Brewed once a year)
South Channel Imperial British Stout™
8.3% Alc. 50 IBU Unfiltered
Blanc Belgian Wit™
Our new Blanc, Belgian-style wit is made with Pilsner malt, wheat, flaked wheat, flaked oats, orange blossom honey and the addition of bitter orange peel and coriander seed.
We then used a strain of yeast available from our friends over at bootleg biology. The wit is delicious, with floral and citrus aromas and a soft palate.
More information about this incredible yeast can be found at: bootlegbiology.com/product/chardonnay/
Shiso Berry Ale
The grain bill for this beer is made with Pilsner, wheat, flaked rice and flaked oats. We added a small bittering and aroma addition of New Zealand Pacifica hops. A large amount of Shiso leaf was then added which contributes a bitter, herbal character to the beer. Our Shiso leaf was locally sourced from our friends at Punkhorn Farm in Brewster. After primary fermentation was competed we re-fermented the beer with the addition of blackberry and raspberry puree. The berries create the aroma of this beer, but the palate is dry and finishes with hints of mint and green tea.
PNG Dark Mild Ale
(WITH COLD BREWED PAPUA NEW GUINEA COFFEE ADDED).
The reboot of our Dark Mild Ale! This new release is made with coffee from Papua New Guinea that we sourced from our friends over at The Art of Roasting in Chatham. This low alcohol beer is great anytime of day. It’s smooth and velvety with wonderful chocolate and caramel aromas that pass through to the palate.
Learn more about The Art of Roasting coffee and their Papua New Guinea roast: https://www.theartofroasting.com/…/fair-trade-organic-papua…
Table Beer Series:
Mandarina Table Beer
This is the first installment in our Table Beer series; our Mandarina Table beer is an easy drinking, thirst quenching, lower alcohol hoppy ale. Warminster Floor Malted Maris Otter and Dingemens Pilsen provide the base malts. A pinch of Warrior hops is added for bittering followed by a whirlpool addition of Apollo and Ultra hops. The beer is then dry-hopped with an ample amount of Mandarina Bavaria from Germany that provides a pleasant fruity aroma with distinctive notes of tangerine and citrus.
4.6% Alc. 35 IBU Unfiltered
Citra Table Beer
Dedicated to the Citra hop this dry, hoppy pale ale has heaps of aroma and flavor reminiscent of grapefruit, peach, lime and melon with a musky floral note.
4.5% Alc. 20 IBU Unfiltered
Dark Mild Ale
Our new Dark Mild Ale is the third offering in our Table Beer Series. Caramel, toffee and dried fruit dominate the aroma in our take on a classic English Ale. Easy drinking and full of flavor.
4% Alc. 11 IBU Unfiltered
Table Beer #4 features Yuzu zest and Kohatu hops from New Zealand in the whirlpool and then dry-hopped with a copious amount of New Zealand Pacifica. Pilsener malt, flaked oats and wheat form the grain bill. This is a crisp, dry beer reminiscent of white grapefruit juice.
4.5% Alc. 0 IBU Unfiltered
The fifth installment in our Table Beer series has New Zealand Kohatu and Motueka hops added to the whirlpool along with lime zest and blood orange zest. A substantial dry-hop addition of New Zealand Pacifica hops rounded out the hop bill; no bittering hops were added during the boil. The grain bill includes Pilsner male, flaked wheat, and flaked oats. Crisp and dry on the palate with lime and orange aromas.
4.5% Alc. 0 IBU Unfiltered
Table Beer #6 is an easy-drinking beer made with pale maris otter, flaked wheat, and flaked oats. Hopped with New Zealand Motueka and fermented with our Skywave saison yeast blend. Following primary fermentation we added a copious amount of plum puree from Oregon Fruit Products that re-fermented to increase dryness. This beer pours a beautiful rose/pink color and has an intense fruity aroma and full palate.
4.5% Alc. 5 IBU Unfiltered
Our seventh Table Beer is inspired by our Citra Table Beer, which was released summer 2015 and continues the tradition of low-alcohol, easy drinking summer beers in the series. Heavily hopped with Citra and a smaller addition of Kohatu. Intense melon aroma with tastes of grapefruit and tropical fruits.
4.5% Alc. 8 IBU Unfiltered
Table Beer # 8. Another take on a hop-forward, low-alcohol beer. Maris otter, flaked oats and flaked wheat provide the base for large additions of New Zealand Pacifica and Citra hops. Citrus aromas give way to a smooth, pleasant fruity taste with a surprisingly full body for a 4% ABV beer.
4% Alc. 0 IBU Unfiltered
This is our 9th edition in our series of South Dennis-style hoppy session Pale Ales. Table Beer #9 has a base of Maris Otter, flaked barley and flaked oats. Hop additions of Denali and Motueka were added to the whirlpool followed with a dry-hop exclusively with Motueka. Zero-hops were added for bittering. This beer exudes a refreshing aromatic character reminiscent of lime, pineapple, honeydew melon and pine that are carried through to a dry palate. Enjoy.
4.3% Alc. 0 IBU
Skywave™ Provisional Saison
This provisional saison is brewed with tradition in mind. We use U.S.A. grown noble-esque hops, prodigious dry hopping, French saison yeast plus two strains of Brettanomyces. This dry, funky, effervescent, highly drinkable beer is conditioned in champagne bottles and gets more complex with age. Offered in 750 ml bottles.
Unfiltered. Bottle conditioned.
Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi began sending wireless radio transmissions to England at a station he built in South Wellfleet in 1903. Following this historic event Cape Cod has played an important part in radio and trans-atlantic communications.
Sea Trials #3: English-Style Bitter Conditioned w/ Brett. bruxellensis var. Drei.
Sometimes the inspiration fo a new or variation of an existing beer recipe is fostered by circumstance and opportunity that can pop up in the brewery. For example, the idea for Sea Trials #3 evolved when we realized we would have a bottle-conditioning pitch of yeast from our Sea Trials #4 (100% Brett Pale Ale) available. We have always had an affinity for the ESB (Extra Special Bitter) style, so we thought we would re-work our Surfman's Check ESB recipe and put it into a bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellinsis var. Drei. The lightly funky Brettanomyces yeast is fruity with aromas of dried fruit and chocolate. Produced in 500 ml bottles.
5.5% ABV Unfiltered
Sea Trials #4: Dry-hopped Pale Ale w/ Brett
This is our first bottle-conditioned beer that has been fermented exclusively by Brettanomyces yeast. Dry-hopped with Chinook and Citra hops and fermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis var. Drei. Fruity, earthy aromas of orange pulp, ripe pear, and pineapple dominate the nose of this pale ale while giving way to notes of pine, green apple, and barnyard. The taste is dry but velvety with perceived sweetness on the palate balances by a mild bitterness. Designed to consumed fresh as well as to become more complex with age. Best served in a wine/tulip glass at 45 deg. F. Produced in 750 ml bottles.
5.9% Alc. Unfiltered
Sea Trials #6: Yuzu Funk Weapon
Sea Trials #6 is a wheat and oat heavy Pale Ale with fresh Yuzu zest and juice added. Secondary fermentation was done with Funk Weapon #3 an aromatic Brettanomyces yeast strain from Bootleg Biology. Lightly carbonated and light bodied, this beer is smooth and refreshing with aromas of citrus and an earthy funk--smooth yet complex.
5.4% Alc. Unfiltered
Decommissioned/Out of Service Beers:
(These beers are currently out of production and unavailable, but may return in the future.)
Shovelful Shoals™ Double IPA
This is the name for our open-ended IPAs--both big and small. Each small batch will be different.
Hops: Warrior, Mosaic, Equinox, experimental hop 438, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin and Kohatu
Malts: Simpson's Pale Maris Otter with a dose of Dextrose in the boil
Over the top with big aromas of tropical fruits, peach and a ton of citrus such as key lime and grapefruit. Seasoned IPA drinkers will enjoy the bitterness.
8.2 % ABV 108 IBU Unfiltered
Cross Rip™ IPA
This crisp, dry IPA is both spicy and herbaceous with a bitter citrus pith and rind flavor and aroma from Nelson Sauvin. The NZ Pacific Gem adds a woody earthy aroma with hints of bramble. A small charge of Warrior adds to the bittering.
6.6% ABV 55.5 IBU Unfiltered
Darkened Ship™ Stout
When a ship steams without navigation lights it’s called a “Darkened Ship.” The color of this stout is black as a moonless night with aromas of cocoa powder, coffee, toffee, anise and raisin. This stout delivers a full palate thanks to generous flaked oat additions, with just enough carbonation that sneaks into a bitter, yet pleasant, finish with hints of dark chocolate or espresso coffee.
6% ABV 41 IBU Unfiltered
Sea Trials #1: Brett Kolsch w/ Kohatu & Topaz
Our Handline Kolsch, dry-hopped with Kohatu and Topaz, and bottle-conditioned with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Produced in 500 ml bottles. Refreshing notes of pineapple with lime and grapefruit taking a back seat to the funk from the Brett. The finish is bone dry with earthy, fruity flabors that will be perceived differently from palate to palate. Produced in 500 ml bottles.
5% ABV Unfiltered
Sea Trials #2: Golden Sour Ale Brewed w/ Lime Zest
Golden Sour Ale kettle-soured with Lactobacillus Plantarum, then brewed with Kohatu hops and lime zest & fermented with a blend of American ale yeast and several strains of Brettanomyces. Aromas of citrus with a dry, refreshingly acidic palate, this beer is amazingly drinkable and pairs very well with raw shellfish and an array of fried or grilled seafood. Produced in 500 ml bottles.
4% ABV Unfiltered
Sea Trials #5: Imperial Stout Aged in Rum Barrels
We jumped at the chance when our friends up at South Hollow Spirits offered us some spent Twenty Boat rum barrels. Our Sea Trials #5 is an imperial stout that begins with a robust grain bill of Floor Malted Maris Otter with roasted barley, flaked and malted oats, with the addition of English medium, dark and extra dark crystal malts. For primary fermentation with we used two different strains of English ale yeast followed by a secondary fermentation with our Skywave Saison yeast blend that includes Brettanomyces. After an extended rest on new toasted oak spirals we racked the stout to the rum barrels for 1 month before blending and bottling. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla and oak give way to hints of molasses and smoke. The beer is sweet and velvety on the palate with mild warmth added from the 9.5% alcohol and finishes with a balanced bitterness. Extended cellaring is not recommended. Best enjoyed at 45 to 50 deg. F.
Only 450 (500ml) bottles produced.
9.5% ABV Unfiltered