Dec. 12, 2016
Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. to Release Oyster Stout made with Chatham Shellfish
Limited beer to be released mid-December to local Cape Cod pubs with a tasting festival at Chatham Bars Inn Dec. 29.
SOUTH DENNIS, Mass., – Freshly harvested oysters from Chatham, Mass., are featured in the latest batch of Intertidal Oyster Stout from Devil’s Purse Brewing Company scheduled for release just in time for the holidays.
While oysters may appear to be an odd ingredient to add to beer, Devil’s Purse co-founder and brewer Mike Segerson explained that the addition of this storied shellfish enhances the flavor of this hearty, yet easy drinking, stout recipe.
“When we set out to make this stout we envisioned using oysters in the boil which not only captures the salinity of the oyster liquor but also extracts the calcium from the shell,” said Segerson. “This minerality from the oyster adds a truly unique layer of complexity to the beer.”
The initial batch of Intertidal Oyster Stout was brewed with shellfish from East Dennis Oyster Farm and released this past September with great response from customers visiting the brewery and terrific feedback from local pubs where the beer was pouring on tap.
“With each batch of our Intertidal Oyster Stout we hope to feature shellfish from different growers around Cape Cod and tweak the recipe to compliment the character of the different oysters,” said Segerson.
For the latest version of Intertidal Stout Devil’s Purse approached Stephen Wright, general manager of Chatham Shellfish Company, to secure some oysters.
“As the only commercial oyster farmer in Chatham I was excited when Devil’s Purse asked me for some oysters to use in one of their beers,” said Wright. “This is certainly a fun and unique way to promote Chatham shellfish.”
The latest Intertidal Oyster Stout recipe uses six-dozen Chatham oysters placed in a mesh sack added to the boiling wort. The grain bill consists of Maris Otter, roasted barley and de-husked roasted barley.
The first kegs of Intertidal Oyster Stout will be ready later this month and available at the brewery as well as select draft accounts on Cape Cod and the South Shore.
A special holiday beer and oyster tasting event at Chatham Bars Inn is scheduled Dec. 29 and will be open to the public. Guests will be able to taste the Intertidal Oyster Stout and other beer styles brewed by Devil’s Purse. A raw bar staffed by Chatham Shellfish Company will shuck local oysters. A $10 charge will cover initial beer and oyster tastings. Sacred Cod Tavern dinner specials will also be created to pair with Devil’s Purse beers.
“We are committed to using locally sourced ingredients and the beers from Devil’s Purse and the oysters from Chatham Shellfish Company continue to receive accolades from our guests,” said Richard Carroll, director of sales and marketing for Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa.
“Chatham Bars Inn remains a great partner with Devil’s Purse and the resort is the perfect venue for celebrating our latest batch of Intertidal Oyster Stout,” said Devil’s Purse co-founder Matthew Belson. “What better way to finish the year than drinking a delicious locally brewed stout paired with delicate local oysters in an elegant location that is a centerpiece of Chatham during the holidays and first-night celebrations.
Devil’s Purse Brewing Company
Devil’s Purse Brewing Company is located on Cape Cod in South Dennis, Mass. We specialize in wide range of European inspired ales. In addition to our core styles we brew limited specialty beers available only at the brewery. Visit us year-round for beer tastings and retail sales. For more information visit: www.devilspurse.com
Chatham Shellfish Company
Chatham Shellfish Company has been cultivating Chatham Oysters on its lease site since 1976. The well know east coast oyster with year round availability has captivated the oyster aficionado’s attention for decades in local, regional and national markets the last 40 years. For more information visit: www.chathamoysters.com
Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa
Cape Cod is one of the U.S.'s most magical getaways, encompassing 17th-century towns and the stunning National Seashore. First settled in 1665, Chatham occupies has an enviable location between the Upper and Lower Cape, with some of the region's best shoreline. The town's most venerable resort, the Chatham Bars Inn, open year-round, was originally built in 1914 and makes the most of this brilliant setting; the property overlooks a private quarter-mile beach. Everything, from the elegant interiors and 25-acre gardens to the gracious staff and acclaimed restaurant and spa, is topnotch. But the main reason this resort has been a favorite of generations is the relaxed ambience that facilitates a blissful return to summer's simple pleasures: beach walks, clambakes, sailing and quality time with family and friends. For more information visit: www.chathambarsinn.com