Devil’s Purse Brewing Company’s Malt-forward, Unfiltered Beers Debut on Cape Cod by the Growler and Pint
Cape Codders and visitors alike embrace new brewery’s interpretation of classic beer styles
SOUTH DENNIS, Mass., -- Entering just its fifth week of local distribution and tasting room sales, Devil’s Purse Brewing Company’s small batch ales prove popular with the Cape’s beer drinking crowd.
“The positive feedback to all of our European inspired beers pouring at local establishments and filled in growlers at the brewery has been incredible,” said Matthew Belson, 44, co-founder and brewer. “It’s both great and humbling to see such enthusiasm from the community to having a new brewery open on Cape Cod.”
The demand for Devil’s Purse Brewing Company’s beers means long hours brewing, kegging and delivering to local accounts, plus pouring tastings at the brewery.
“There are no idle fermenters at the brewery,” said Belson. “The beer that is being served at local bars and in our tasting room is incredibly fresh. Often it seems our beer is kegged on one day and within a matter of days it’s being delivered or going into a growler.”
Belson, along with co-founder and brewer Mike Segerson, 40, started as homebrewers over five years ago with the goal of opening a new craft brewery on Cape Cod. After years of research the business partners found a suitable space in South Dennis. Their first commercial batch of beer was brewed Feb. 27 on a 7-barrel brewing system from DME of Canada with the first deliveries to local restaurants May 7. The brewery opened its tasting room Memorial Day weekend where craft beer lovers can sample beer and fill 64 oz. growlers and 32 oz. “Crowler” cans.
Drawing inspiration from breweries across the Atlantic, Belson and Segerson use only high quality ingredients, such as Warminster Floor Malted Maris Otter and Dingemans Pilsen as its base malts along with specialty malts like Simpsons Crystal Malts and Weyermann Vienna Malt.
“We use great hop varieties but we are also very proud of the high-end malts that we use in our different beer styles,” said Segerson. “We love hops but making beers that are malt-forward we feel delivers more depth and greater taste.”
Segerson explained how hop aromas in the beer naturally tone down over time but “you’re still left with a great tasting, full-bodied beer on account of the robust malts that we use.”
Rather than focusing on one “flagship” beer Devil’s Purse promotes what it calls its “core” styles.
At the start of the list is Surfman’s Check ESB, a malt-driven English style ale with East Kent Goldings and Northdown hops. Next is Handline Kolsch, Devil’s Purse’s interpretation of a German-style kolsch mildly hopped with Vanguard. This is followed by the malt-forward Skatemouth Pale Ale infused with UK Challenger. Finishing the list is Pollock Rip IPA that is packed with Chinook, Apollo, Colombus, Ultra and Warrior hops and boasts a dry finish.
“It’s especially rewarding to introduce the kolsch and ESB to folks who may not be familiar with these styles and to see them become fans after a tasting,” said Belson.
In addition to its core beers Devil’s Purse brews limited releases such as Cross Rip IPA, made with New Zealand hops and first released at the brewery opening.
“Both the Cross Rip IPA and our Pollock Rip IPA have been so popular that we have to limit the wholesale distribution of our IPAs to just a handful of accounts and retail sales to single 32 oz. Crowler cans filled only at the brewery until we have more inventory,” said Segerson.
He added that several new offerings would be available in time for July 4th weekend including a limited batch of Pollock Rip IPA finished with Brettanomyces clausenii.
“We love using Brett and making funky beers,” said Segerson. “Once we get through summer we plan to come out with our bottle conditioned saison sometime late fall.”