The Beer

Skep’s PNW Berry Sour Ale is here in all its berry-colored glory! This kettle-soured little scamp of a beer has been doing its magic for the last two months fermenting not once but twice; the first as a soured ale, and the second on over 13lbs of whole PNW blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Berry notes and color are big to the eye and in the tasting but with almost no perceivable sweetness due to the high acidity and tenacious yeast strain. At 4.9%, I think you will find it tasty, sophisticated, and refreshing. A perfect salute to the harvest and the first days of autumn.

Sooooo professor, a lambic is what exactly? Good question! A Lambic is a type of soured beer from the central region of Belgium and is often paired with stone fruit or berries late in the fermentation process. The result, as described above is usually tart, dry, and colorful. Skep cultured a proprietary cohort of bacteria to sour the wort prior to fermenting it with a Belgian Ale yeast. Once fermentation was complete, the beer was gently placed atop the generous amount of fruit to achieve its complexity and to allow it to mature. Skep’s Lambic-inspired ale is named Berries and will be available for pick-up tomorrow 9/24/22 after 12pm. Jared

“I’ll have another please….for the B-Vitamins.” 

Beer, as it goes is chock full of goodness. One of which is the mighty blood-building complement of B-Vitamins. Mmmmm, tasty. In honor of this nutritional contribution, September’s IPA has been named B-Vitamins.

B-Vitamins is new to the Skep pantheon of IPAs and a newer substyle in general as it is a “Cold IPA”. Cold IPAs are a new take on a Lager/IPA fusion. Past substyles in this lot used a standard IPA malt and hop bill and simply fermented it using a lager/bottom-fermenting yeast strain. This yielded a unique “hoppy lager” drinking experience that many enjoy. The Cold IPA switches things up by using a super neutral malt bill of pilsner malt and rice to achieve a blank slate on which to highlight the classic hop character of an IPA. Additionally, ale yeasts are frequently used but at the very lowest end of their temp spectrum. 

B-Vitamins was a fun beer to make, and I think you’ll enjoy the nuanced difference the Cold IPA process provides to your drinking experience. Amarillo was the only hop used in the whirlpool. She was complemented later on by a 2lbs dry-hop charge of Mosaic, El Dorado, and another round of Amarillo. B-Vitamins arrived at 6.9% abv and is ready today 9/1/22

For August’s Seasonal, Skep humbly submits to you – Kölsch. Kölsch refers to the German name for the city of Cologne, spelled Köln but written in the local Kölschner dialect. Cologne or Köln began as a Roman outpost named Colonia Agrippina in the 1st Century CE. Somewhere along the way, the “vulgar” Latin dialects morphed Colonia into Cologne, while the Franks kept rockin’ their Proto-Germanic tongue arriving at spelling, Köln somewhere during the dark ages. 

Whatever name you use, Köln has been an important cultural and industrial city on the Rhine for nearly all its 2000yr existence. From this historic locale comes its namesake fermented beverage, Kölsch: A top-fermented (warm) ale that is ripened cold like a lager. In Europe, Kölsch is a protected appalachian/terroir meaning it can be brewed only in Köln, Germany and is typically enjoyed in small pours from long skinny glasses called Stange(n), which is German for stick or pole.

Kölsch is straw in color, bready, and delicious. Skep’s Kölsch is gooood! It’s 5.2% abv. And is ready immediately (8/16/22). Jared

Finally packaged and back by popular demand-Drone (standard octane version)!! 

Drone is named after the male honey bee whose sole purpose in life is to “serv(ic)e” the queen. Sadly this large, bold fellow dies immediately after his work is done, not to mention his inability to feed himself, lack of stinger, and overall clumsy size. I, with my own long list of shortcomings, do not plan to meet the same fate as I will only be “serving” you beer 😉

Like its namesake, Drone is a large, bold West Coast IPA. It is amber in color with a big citrusy-floral hop-hit supplied by an obnoxious amount of Citra, Mosaic, and homegrown Columbus hops thrown in after fermentation. It is a delicious staple in the Taproom and is now available again for your August share. Drone 2022 arrived at 6.5% abv with a slight twist to the original recipe. See if you can taste it! Drone is available immediately 8/15/22.

Kottbusser is the original honey wheat beer from the eastern German city of Cottbus in the region known as Lausitz. Historically, this area which currently borders Poland and the Czech Republic was for centuries the home of the Sorbs, a western Slavic people possessing their own language and customs distinct from their Polish, Czech, and German neighbors. Beer and the brewing of it however were activities robustly shared by all. Kottbusser is therefore a perfect example of this heterogeneity. 

The city crest or Wappen in German features prominently a red crayfish. The exact origin of this symbol is lost to time but no doubt draws inspiration from its tough outer shell, menacing pincers, and ubiquity in local waters. Thus the mighty crayfish has found its way to our 2022 label!

Kottbusser is a medium-bodied and refreshing wheat beer with a tan/straw hue. A clean fermenting Kölsch ale yeast was used paired with a subtle hop treatment leaving a clean slate for the addition of just enough honey (from our own bees!) to give Kottbusser its birthright mellow sweetness. Skep’s Kottbusser, 5.9% abv is ready for pick up 7/24/22 after 4pm.

Matres familiae, Humulus lupulus regiis progenitor; the four “C” Hops. You might know these bad boys by their street names Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, and of course Cascade. Citrusy, piney, floral, and bitter these four hop varietals formed the foundation of what we now know as the American IPA and Craft Beer renaissance. Originally, developed as drought and pest-resistant variants of the classic European noble hops, 

the 4 C’s were too flavorful and too bitter for BIG Beer players like Anheuser Busch and their cronies. In turn, the 4 C’s were placed on ice in big Agri Labs in Yakima back in the ‘70’s; unlikely ever to see the light of day again. Fast forward to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when Anchor Brewing (Anchor Steam), Sierra Nevada (Pale Ale), and Samuel Adams (Boston Lager) came on the scene using the 4 C’s in a big way: and thus Craft Beer was born. 

Over time, these hops have spawned sexier versions of themselves; think Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, El Dorado, etc. The list is endless and the 4 C’s have once again been relegated to the hinterland of the brewer’s psyche…but not today!!! I brought these stalwarts of great beer back this month in a classic American IPA I’ve called…The C Words…

This is a delicious pale-amber treat that combines all the greatness of these four hops in a drinkable and nostalgic presentation I think you’ll really enjoy. The C Words is coming to you at 7.2% Abv and is available after 4pm today 7/1/22.

For June’s Seasonal offering we return to central Germany, to the region of the Harz Mountains; the “Ursprung” or origin of the tale of Hansel and Gretel. In the town of Goslar, sour ale has been brewed since the late 9th century. Using the heavily mineral-laden water of the Gose River resulted in a tart, effervescent, and noticeably salty beverage both refreshing and tasty and aptly named Gose. 

In order to recreate this hyper-regional specialty, Skep first matched the mineral profile of the Gose River in the brewhouse. Next, the wort was soured using Lactobacillus Plantarum bacteria. After reaching a suitable pH of 3.5 the wort was prepared using the Japanese hop varietal Sorachi Ace (very lemon forward). At the very last seconds of the boil, coriander was added to round out the wheat and barley grain bill by providing a deep yet subtle citrus finish. Last but not least a bit of Sea Salt to bring it all together.

Skep’s Gose (pronounced Go-Zah) 4.5%abv, is a tasty, slightly hazy summer treat. (¿German Margarita?) Grab yours today 6/18/22 anytime!

Marketing is a funny thing. Remember when there was only one kinda orange juice? Full, turbid, delicious; the kind you got when you actually juiced an orange? Somewhere in the ‘80s, likely due to space-age competitors like Sunny Delight, Tang, and Capri Sun, the great Florida Orange Growers Cabal decided they needed to up their juicing game and created “Pulp Free” Orange Juice. This of course revolutionized juice as we knew it!

It wasn’t enough though, for Pulp as it turns out is a fairly polarizing topic. Along with the no pulp folks, it turned out there were 50% pulp folks, and full pulp folks, and even extra pulp folks. So much frickin’ PULP!!

Well, Skep is here to make pulp sexy again with the return of our Northeast Hazy IPA-PULP for June’s IPA share. While there is no pulp in Pulp, it is super Hazy and showcases Galaxy, a big alpha hop adding to the already copious amounts of Citra and El Dorado. This bold hop bill gives PULP a big ruby red grapefruit hit and a slightly dry finish. 

Pulp has finished at 6.0% abv and brings with it a pillowy (pulpy?) mouthfeel and lingering citrus vibe. Pulp is ready for pick-up today, Friday 5/27/22.

May’s seasonal is a Belgian-inspired Saison typical of the farm country of Hainaut in southwest Flanders. This is a traditional “farmhouse” ale often provided to farmhands as they planted the spring fields. As this style is drunk in spring, I have named it “Bière de Printemps” meaning…wait for it… Beer of Spring. 

The heavy use of wheat gives this beer a light straw color and slightly hazy visage. The lemony Belgian funk is brought to life by the dance between a classic Saison yeast strain and the Japanese (think Sapporo) hop varietal Sorachi Ace. Bière de Printemps is perfect for drinking in the garden, mowing the lawn (do be careful!), or lounging with friends…Enjoy! Bière de Printemps is available after 4pm today 5/12/22

Pole Dancer is a classic NW IPA showcasing Ekuanot, a grapefruit forward high alpha hop developed and grown in the Yakima valley. Not to be outdone, Azacca and Summit varietals make a strong showing in addition to accepting their invitations to both the whirlpool and dry hop parties. Pole Dancer 2022 was fermented with the classic California Ale yeast and comes to you warmly at 7.2% Abv. 

While the name Pole Dancer may conjure up a variety of images for some (hope you enjoy the label!), Skep had in mind the frolicking sprites of youth dancing around a colorful May Pole, celebrating the verdant warmth(?) of spring. Available today, Friday 4/29/22 after 4pm.

April’s Seasonal is an American Amber eponymously named….Amber. American Amber Ales have a broad spectrum of potential flavor profiles born from the Pater Familias; the English bitter. What unites them as the name implies is their deep amber hue and noticeable maltiness.

Skep’s Amber delivers a very drinkable interpretation of the style. By combining just the right amount of bitter to balance the sweet malt of the mash I think you’ll find Amber a soothing partner to wait out these crazy days of Spring. Amber has arrived at 5.2% abv and is available after 4pm today. 

Due to our now completed vacation, Amber is only available in cans. Jared

So it’s Saturday evening,1978. What ya gonna do? Well, if you’re anything like my family you were hunkering down to watch the latest episode of CHIPS! Yep, the California Highway Patrol in action where “Ponch” Poncherello and his partner Jon wrangled the evildoers of greater LA County. In honor of ‘Ponch”, aptly portrayed by Erik Estrada I have named April’s IPA Aztrata….but wait there’s more…

Aztrata is the sweet sweet melding of two big bold hop varietals Azacca and Strata. The offspring of this magical union and a healthy dose of Vienna malt bring orange-colored hues and big notes of overripe pear. Aztrata feels like a much bigger beer than it is given the use of a higher temperature during the mashing. This creates a bigger mouthfeel while yielding a more sessionable drinking experience at 5.8% abv. I especially enjoyed packaging this beer as not a drop is wasted in the process 😉

Without further preamble, I invite you to put on your aviator glasses and channel your inner Rico Suave as you enjoy April’s IPA offering.

Aztrata is available now!

N.B. As Skep Brewing is on vacation for the next week or so and to ensure the freshest beverage possible, Aztrata is available only in Cans.

It’s all packaged and ready to go, Skep’s liquid genuflection to that storied saint of the emerald isle is ready for the drinking. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

This year’s version of “Lucky” Irish Stout is dark, roasty, and smooth. By adding a healthy measure of flaked barley, a generous mouthfeel and body are created while still keeping the abv at a style accurate 4%. Lucky is sure to tickle the fancy of the little leprechaun in us all!

Enjoy Lucky on its own or pair it with a wee dram of Jameson to make the experience complete. Better yet, swing by the brewery tomorrow from 5pm-9pm and have a pint on Nitro. It’s crazy good!

Lucky Irish Stout (4% abv) is available now! Slainte! Jared

First created in May of 2020, “Isolation” was a nod to the world and human condition as we found it in the beginning days of the Coronavirus. 

The name Isolation is a bit oxymoronic however because this malted beverage is anything but bleak. On the contrary, Isolation IPA is a beautiful straw-hued floral explosion of hop loveliness, bursting with the promise of good things to come. 

Using Idaho 7 and Mosaic cultivars in the whirlpool (after the boil but before pitching the yeast) these two fruity hops have come together to create something unique, fresh, and bright. 

At 6.9% abv, Isolation is ready now. Please take a moment to consider the last two years. Then sit back, and enjoy your Isolation! Jared

February delivers our last “Big Beer” of the season, a Belgian-inspired offering; a classic Triple. Triples are so named because 3x the malt of the standard “Belgian Pale” is used in its creation. As you might expect, with higher malt rates comes greater available sugars. Higher sugar levels mean greater alcohol production. Triples, therefore, are very comfortable in the 8-10% abv range. 

These strong beers (Bière Forte) were historically the purview of the local monastic communities of Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg as brewing strong beers was a common way to “bank” the value of grain during a high yield harvest. This “banking” helped to maintain stable grain prices while also allowing for product diversification. The name Triple however harkens from the 1930s as Belgian brewers attempted to compete against the encroaching popularity of Pilsners.

Please welcome “Triple”, a straw-hued, bready, well balance Belgian from Skep. At 8.9% and fermented with a yeast strain isolated from Bastogne (think “Battle of the Bulge”), Triple is “Factum bene, et Fidelis”-  Well made and true. 

Like all true Belgian ales, “Triple” is intentionally very yeast forward. Low Country yeasts are known for yielding notes of banana, clove, stone fruit, and even bubblegum; all appropriate to the style. Triple is best enjoyed around 40-45 F but please experiment. As with most beers, colder temps yield muted flavors while warmer temps provide greater complexity. 

Please raise a glass to the kind citizens of Bastogne, the 101st Airborne, and Patton’s 3rd Army as you sip this beauty! Jared

Available immediately!

The India Pale Ale; a juggernaut in craft beer began as a pragmatic solution to a vexing problem. “How does one get fine British ale to those chaps on the subcontinent?”, was no doubt the question for enterprising English brewers. Fixed on capitalizing on the ever-growing numbers of royal subjects engaged in the British East-India company throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, the famed brewhouses of Burton upon Trent got down to basics. 

Product stability, rather than flavor was the name of the game as the voyage from England to Bombay (Mumbai) took 6 months as vessels navigated the horn of Africa. Alcohol and the stabilizing and preservative nature of hops were the only tools available. Yet, the “noble” hop varietals present at the time had ⅓ the bittering(preserving) qualities of the big citrusy, tropical, piney, dank hops so commonly showcased today. Thus, hop rates of 5-10x the norm were required to create a beverage able to be shipped far and wide. 

For February’s IPA, Skep is going old school. Using a classic English Pale Ale malt bill and a seriously insane (yet authentic) amount of Noble hops, we have created a smooth, bitter, and classic old-world IPA, much like those found during the time of colonial India. 

“The Raj 1858 IPA” is named for the period of direct British rule from 1858-1947. The Raj is humbly offered to you at 7.2% abv and presents with a warm clear straw-colored hue. Available beginning today 1/31 after 4:30pm. Jared

Schwarzbier (literally “Black Beer”) typically hails from eastern Germany specifically from the areas around the “thumb” created by the Czech Republic (Czechia). The German States of Saxony and Thuringia are millennia-old crossroads of all things Germanic and Slavic. This culturally rich region of rolling hills is deeply seated in coal and salt mining, the birthplace of the nutcracker, the professional seat of J.S. Bach, and home front for the protests which initiated the downfall of communist rule in the Democratic Republic of Germany.

Skep’s Schwarzbier is truly black, with pleasant roasted chocolate notes and a subtle sweetness. As it is fermented with lager yeast at much lower temperatures than an Ale, Der Kommissar is not heavy like a stout, instead, you will find it crisp and flavorful. Der Kommissar comes to you at an approachable 4.9% abv and is one of Skep’s most enjoyed seasonal beers. I am excited to share it with you all again.

So ask your device to play “Der Kommissar” by Falco, pour yourself a little east german love, and get down with your proletariat self! Prost! Available after 4pm 1/14/22.

It’s Dank, It’s Delicious, it’s…yep…Dankolicious!!

Once used to refer to the musty, cold, moist regions of the human experience, Dank has undergone a recent reimagining in the world of craft brewing. As the world of evermore expressive hop varietals continues to challenge our ability to find adequate descriptors We on occasion must rewrite the narrative on those terms we already possess. Dank is one such term.

To the brewer, dank refers to a beer or hop with pronounced flavors of pine, stone fruit, and pineapple. Dank beers often have a robust alcohol content and may present hazy or sparkling clear. A strong yet balanced malt bill and carefully considered mineral additions should provide the perfect backdrop and mouthfeel for this big beauty. Despite using over 4lbs of high Alpha hops (Dry Hop additions), she rounded out at only 40 IBU’s (International Bittering Units).

Dankolicious is a hazy, hoppy, high octane double IPA I hope you enjoy. At 8% abv, she’s here to usher in a happy, healthy 2022! Dankolicious is available for pick-up after 5 pm today 1/1/20022.

Vashe Zdorov’ye! Hazzah! All Hail the Tzar! Skep’s famous winter warmer “Pushkin”, an Imperial Baltic Stout will be ready for pick up Friday 12/17 after 4pm. Pushkin you’ll remember is named after the small village outside St. Petersburg Russia where the Tzar and Tzarina took up residence during the winter months and likely imbibed in a beverage much like this one. 

In order to make the voyage from the breweries in England over the choppy seas of the Baltic to St. Petersburg, Imperial Stouts were brewed much stronger than their native counterparts; twice as much in fact.

Additionally, the royal Russian court enjoyed flavors of vanilla, and licorice to counterbalance the sweetness of the malt and the high level of alcohol. Pushkin does not falter nor disappoint in either account. A proprietary blend of east-Asian botanicals and a long rest on American oak have conspired to bring you an authentic yet refined interpretation of this intriguing style. 

Pushkin is a big beer, made to be shared and to keep you warm when the cold winds blow and the Covid keeps you from those you love. 

At 9.2%, and full of malty goodness and hints of star anise, I hope it will soothe the brooding Russian soul in us all. Given the high octane level and long shelf life of Pushkin, it is only available in cans. Cheers, Jared.

สวัสดี – ครับ – Sawadee kap! – Hello!

All hail the King! Yes, The crowd-pleasing “King of SiAm” is back in 2021 for your drinking pleasure! 

This delicious seasonal IPA from Skep received its ‘nom de Biere’ as a respectful nod to the potentate of Thailand (once known as Siam). It is a Two Hop IPA made with Simcoe and Amarillo Hops (see what I did there? Si+Am=Siam) from our very own Yakima Valley, home to 70% of the world’s hop production. 

Both of these great hop varietals offer big citrus and floral notes and are combined here with a more classic bittering profile (80 IBU). 

The King is lighter-bodied, pale, and TASTY!, It greets you with a big grassy-floral nose and finished at 6.8% abv. Come represent Yakima and grab a King! Available Friday  12/3 after 4pm. Jared

“Deum benedicite fermentum…Amen.” – God bless fermentation! 

For November’s Seasonal we bring you “Funky Abbot”, a Belgian Abbey ale from Skep. 

In the dark, dark days of medieval Europe, beer brewing was most frequently the purview of “the Church”, as fermentation was understood as a divine gift rather than a biological maxim. As such, monasteries and abbeys across Christendom; from the Irish moors to the backwaters of Georgia and proto-Armenia… 

created unique grain-based “beers” that ultimately became appellations or terroirs in their own rights; think Chimay, Westmalle, Achouffe, Westvleteren, Duvel. 

As a style, the Abbey Ale is one born of service. This style was typically brewed by monks in the Benelux for their own consumption and specific to their own tastes. I spent weeks in seclusion before this recipe made itself known to me. 

Last year’s “Abbot” was very well received. This year I thought we’d take it up a notch. Before adding a pure Belgian yeast preparation, I allowed the beer to sit exposed to the open air for three days to allow the natural wild yeast present in my unique biome here at Skep to naturally inoculate the brew. This is a traditional method of fermentation and one that can yield a pantheon of nuanced flavors.

 It is not without risk, however, as the brewer has no control over what type and quantity of little buggers might find their way in. What these guys leave behind is the essence of a Belgian-style beer, and what brought the “Funk” to Funky Abbot!

Funky Abbot is a rich nut-brown color with a slightly yeasty nose. True to its roots it’s got a delightful balanced Belgian funk, a bready body, and a finish akin to a crunchy wheat toast crust. 

At 6% abv, Funky Abbot should placate the thirsty monk in all of us! Get down with yo funky self anytime after 4pm 11/12/21! Jared

“Spicy 47 please!”. I can still hear a 3yo Gretchen (now 14 3/4) ordering her favorite dish from our family’s favorite Vietnamese restaurant on 38th. She wouldn’t touch much food that wasn’t tan and bland but for some reason, she fell in love with the bright, deep flavors of this dish; and always four stars. Yep, four stars local-style.

November’s IPA is aptly named after Gretchen’s favorite childhood dish and has been a long-time staple of my brewing repertoire. Spicy 47, or Vi Cay #47 is a dark-bronze, slightly malty, slightly spicey fall IPA fermented utilizing over 16% malted rye in the grain bill. The big flavor of the rye is balanced by copious hop additions both in the whirlpool and post-fermentation. 

Spicy 47 comes to you at a respectable 6.9% abv and will be available for pick-up after 4pm today Friday 10/29/21. Jared

Nut Brown Ale or simply English Brown is a classic British beer style found everywhere in the UK. While there are of course regional interpretations; lower alcohol in the south, maltier in the north, they all share noted qualities of balance, color, and drinkability. This classic Ale can range from 3%-5% abv, is dark brown in color, and usually presents with little or no hop character.

Skep’s Nut Brown Ale, and October’s Seasonal has been dubbed -Filbert- the curious alternate name for the mighty hazelnut; one of my favorites. True to form Filbert is deep dark brown in color, slightly toasty to the nose, and delightfully balanced with notes of crusty goodness. It is super drinkable and likely to become a fall favorite. At 5.4%, Filbert is available for pick up anytime!! Jared

Freshies!!

Our urban nano-farm produced over 16lbs of whole-cone hops this year! A bumper crop for the six varietals we got growin’ here. As has become tradition, the neighborhood urchins joined forces battling the ever-present orb spiders to pick all these fragrant, resinous cones. This is one of my favorite beer brewing seasons as the annual hop harvest means that drinking fresh-hopped beer is just a few weeks away! If you receive an IPA share, then you are in for a treat that comes but once a year. Skep’s Freshies 2021 will be ready for pick-up by 5pm today, Saturday 10/2/21

Freshies is a fresh hopped or “wet” hopped beer style that incorporates gobs of hops picked right from the bine and thrown directly to the brew kettle. No, drying or homogenizing takes place as with standard hop processing. Fresh-hopped ales are true alchemy as you never quite know what you’re going to get. Earthy, grassy, and citrusy volatile compounds are plentiful and can truly only be enjoyed through this beer style. Due to these volatilities, Freshies 2021 is intended to be consumed within a month of bottling. This year’s offering came out at 7.4% abv which balances out the over 6lbs of fresh hops used in its creation. I hope you enjoy this hazy hoppy delight as much as I do! Cheers, Jared

Skep’s PNW Berry Lambic is here in all its berry-colored glory! This kettle-soured little scamp of a beer has been doing its magic for the last two months fermenting not once but twice; the first as a soured ale, and the second on over 13lbs of whole PNW blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Berry notes and color are big to the eye and in the tasting but with almost no perceivable sweetness due to the high acidity and tenacious yeast strain. At 6.2%, I think you will find it tasty, sophisticated, and refreshing. A perfect salute to the harvest and the waning days of summer.

Sooooo professor, a lambic is what exactly? Good question! A Lambic is a type of soured beer from the central region of Belgium and is often paired with stone fruit or berries late in the fermentation process. The result, as described above is usually tart, dry, and colorful. Skep cultured a proprietary cohort of bacteria to sour the wort prior to fermenting it with a Bastogne Ale yeast. Once fermentation was complete, the beer was gently placed atop the generous amount of fruit to achieve its complexity and mature. Skep’s PNW Lambic will be available for pick-up tomorrow 9/17/21 after 4pm.

Back by popular demand-Drone (standard octane version)!! 

Drone is named after the male honey bee whose sole purpose in life is to “serv(ic)e” the queen. Sadly this large, bold fellow dies immediately after his work is done, not to mention his inability to feed himself, lack of stinger, and overall clumsy size. I, with my own long list of shortcomings, do not plan to meet the same fate as I will only be “serving” you beer 😉

Like its namesake, Drone is a large, bold West Coast IPA. It is amber in color with a big citrusy-floral hop-hit supplied by an obnoxious amount of Citra, Mosaic, and homegrown Columbus hops thrown in after fermentation. It is a delicious staple in the Taproom and is now available again for your September share. Drone 2021 arrived at 6.6%abv and is available immediately 8/27/21.

For August’s Seasonal, Skep humbly submits to you – Kölsch. Kölsch refers to the German name for the city of Cologne, spelled Köln but written in the local Kölschner dialect. Cologne or Köln began as a Roman outpost named Colonia Agrippina in the 1st Century CE. Somewhere along the way, the “vulgar” Latin dialects morphed Colonia into Cologne, while the Franks kept rockin’ their Proto-Germanic tongue arriving at Köln somewhere during the dark ages. 

Whatever name you use, Köln has been an important cultural and industrial city on the Rhine for nearly all its 2000yr existence. From this historic locale comes its namesake fermented beverage, Kölsch: A top-fermented (warm) ale that is ripened cold like a lager. In Europe, Kölsch is a protected appalachian/terroir meaning it can be brewed only in Köln, Germany, and is typically enjoyed in small pours from long skinny glasses called Stange(n), which is German for stick or pole.

Kölsch is straw in color, bready, and delicious. Skep’s Kölsch is a “cask” preparation delivering a gentler carbonation and comes to you at 5.8% abv. It is ready immediately (8/20/21). Jared

Marketing is a funny thing. Remember when there was only one kinda orange juice? Full, turbid, delicious; the kind you got when you actually juiced an orange? Somewhere in the ‘80s, likely due to space-age competitors like Sunny Delight, Tang, and Capri Sun, the great Florida Orange Growers Cabal decided they needed to up their juicing game and created “Pulp Free” Orange Juice. This of course revolutionized juice as we knew it!

It wasn’t enough though, for Pulp as it turns out is a fairly polarizing topic. Along with the no-pulp folks, it turned out there were 50% pulp folks, full-pulp folks, and even extra-pulp folks. So much frickin’ PULP!!

Well, Skep is here to make pulp sexy again by lending the name to our newest Hazy IPA-PULP. While there is no pulp in Pulp, it is super Hazy and shares many foundational elements to its cousin Lint but with some crucial changes in the hop bill. Adding to copious amounts of Citra and El Dorado, BRU-1 was used to give PULP a bigger ruby red grapefruit hit and a slightly drier finish. 

Pulp has finished at 6.4% abv and brings with it a pillowy mouthfeel and lingering citrus vibe that is perfect for the heat and mellow of August. Pulp will be ready for pick-up after 6pm today, Saturday 7/31/2021.

Kottbusser is the original honey wheat beer from the eastern German city of Cottbus in the region known as Lausitz. Historically, this area which currently borders Poland and the Czech Republic was for centuries the home of the Sorbs, a western Slavic people possessing their own language and customs distinct from their Polish, Czech, and German neighbors. Beer and the brewing of it however were activities robustly shared by all. Kottbusser is therefore a perfect example of this heterogeneity.

Kottbusser is a medium-bodied and refreshing wheat beer presenting with a tan/straw hue. A clean fermenting Kölsch ale yeast was used paired with a subtle hop treatment leaving a clean slate for the addition of just enough honey (from our own bees!) to give Kottbusser its birthright mellow sweetness. Skep’s Kottbusser, 5.3% abv is ready for pick up 7/24/2.

Matres familiae, Humulus lupulus regiis progenitor; the four “C” Hops. You might know these bad boys by their street names Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, and of course Cascade. Citrusy, piney, floral, and bitter these four hop varietals formed the foundation of what we now know as the American IPA and Craft Beer renaissance. Originally, developed as drought and pest resistant variants of the classic European noble hops, the 4 C’s were too flavorful and too bitter for BIG Beer players like Anheuser Busch and their cronies. In turn, the 4 C’s were placed on ice in big Agri Labs in Yakima back in the ‘70’s unlikely to ever see the light of day again.

Fast forward to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when Anchor Brewing (Anchor Steam), Sierra Nevada (Pale Ale), and Samuel Adams (Boston Lager) came on the scene using the 4 C’s in a big way: and thus Craft Beer was born. 

Over time, these hops have spawned sexier versions of themselves; think Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, El Dorado, etc. The list is now endless and the 4 C’s have once again been relegated to the hinterland of the brewer’s psyche…but not today!!! I brought these stalwarts of great beer back this month in a classic American IPA I’ve called…The C Words…

This is a delicious amber treat that combines all the greatness of these four hops in a drinkable and nostalgic presentation I think you’ll really enjoy. The C Words is coming to you at 7.2% Abv and is available after 4pm today 7/2/21.

For June’s Seasonal offering we return to central Germany, to the region of the Harz Mountains; the “Ursprung” of the tale of Hansel and Gretel. In the town of Goslar, a sour ale has been brewed since the late 9th century using the heavily mineral-laden water of the Gose River. What resulted was a tart, effervescent, and noticeably salty beverage both refreshing and tasty and aptly named Gose. 

In order to recreate this regional specialty, Skep first matched the mineral profile of the Gose River in the brewhouse. Next, the wort was soured using Lactobacillus Plantarum bacteria. After reaching a suitable pH of 3.5 the wort was prepared using the Japanese hop varietal Sorachi Ace (very lemon forward). Finally, at the very last seconds of the boil, coriander, a traditional adjunct was added to round out the wheat and barley grain bill by providing a deep yet subtle citrus finish. Last but not least a bit of Sea Salt to bring it all together.

Skep’s Gose (pronounced Go-Zah) 4.7%abv, is a tasty, hazy summer treat. (¿Margarita?) Grab yours today 6/11 after 3pm!

Algodon, Baumwolle, Pamuk, bong, cotton; by any name the white billowy fibers of the mighty cotton plant are ubiquitous to the human experience. These fibers, typically woven into fabrics, are cultivated the world over. Invariably, many of these little buggers leave their textile-bound brethren to experience the world around them. Collecting on our clothes, in our dryers, and yes even in our belly buttons, we affectionately (or not) refer to these wayward nonsentient adventurers as Lint.

For June, Skep has concocted a completely new Northeast IPA for your drinking pleasure. I have named it LINT as an homage to its mighty mothership the cotton ball. You see, a Northeast IPA (NEIPA) is the industry term for a hazy IPA and boy is it hazy. Greeting you with a huge tropical nose and billowy mouthfeel, you will be taken on a glorious juicy hop-trip ending with a slightly bitter finish. Heck, you might even take a pause for a little navel-gazing, and if you happen to discover why the lint you might find there seems to always be blue, let me know.

Skep’s LINT NEIPA 6.6%abv will be available for pickup by 3pm today 5/28. Jared

N.B.   No fruit was harmed in the making of LINT. The magical hop (Humulus Lupulus) is solely responsible for all the yummy goodness.

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