Farmer Willie’s Ginger Beer

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Recently I was at Wequassett for Foolproof Brewing and I was placed right in between a Cape Cod Great White Rum, and a series of unmarked, brown bottles that reminded me of homebrew. Now, I don’t drink hard alcohol so I was a little disheartened to be at the rum cocktail table, however when I found out the mysterious brown bottles contained alcoholic ginger beer, I was in for a night of next level dark and stormys.

But what was this alcoholic ginger beer only available on my part of Cape Cod? How had I never heard of it? Enter Farmer Willie’s, the new libation in town. Based out of a Cape Cod kitchen way out in Truro by the wrist of the Cape, farmer Willie Fenichel began home-brewing alcoholic ginger beer, which he shared at local beaches and soon became a cult sensation. Co-founders Nico and Max got ready to share his ginger beer with the masses, and Farmer Willie’s began.

The water in Truro is good for lots of things, sharks, erosion, surfing, but unfortunately not for brewing. So Farmer Willie’s is brewed in collaboration with Downeast Cider in Charlestown, MA. After raising over $20,000 on Kickstarter to get off the ground and purchase cold storage and a delivery van so they can roll out 30,000 cans for summer, the beer is available at locations all over the Mid-Lower Cape from farmers markets to liquor stores. My choice location would be Cranberry Liquors in Harwichport, because if you’re the type person who is chasing down craft ginger beer, you probably also like to chase down craft beer, and they have the best selection in this part of the Cape.

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And now onto the beer itself:

Made with ginger, lemons, and something secret, this beer pours a very pale straw color, it sort of looks like a cloudy ginger ale. The smell of ginger is the first thing you notice, it;s a very sweet and earthy smell.

It tastes like a solid ginger beer, not to fizzy, not to sweet, only the kicker with this one is that it has alcohol in it. Aside from a slight warming sensation, the alcohol doesn’t impede the taste at all which would make this a great addition to dark and stormys, or, if you’re like me, to drink a cold glass of this with a sprig of mint, while chilling on a hammock.

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New Brewery- Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. in South Dennis

Devil's Purse Brewing Co.

Devil’s Purse Brewing Co.

Homebrewers Mike Segerson and Matt Belson are opening up Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. in South Dennis this Memorial Day weekend. Inside the brewery bags of malts- Vienna, Crystal, Pilsen, Simpons are stacked high to produce their malt-forward European influenced beers.

Matt and Mike both started out as homebrewers, were successful at it, which lead to the formation of Devil’s Purse. Mike had worked at a winery, taken classes at B.U. for wine tasting, and worked at Truro Vineyards, where he began to get into beer. Matt, a former journalist for the Cape Codder, had gotten a homebrew kit for a wedding project that sat dormant for years, the two were introduced through their wives, and “no exaggeration, once we started homebrewing together it was all we did,” said Matt. They researched, brewed, and bottled, with the support of their friends and families.

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Their next step? Opening a brewery. “Every day is a challenge, every day is rewarding, and we are exceptionally lucky to have people support us and cheer us on since day one,” said Matt. Their name, Devil’s Purse, comes from the skate egg pouches found on many a Cape beach. “I used to collect them on north beach, it’s one of my earlier memories,” says Mike, “I found out what they are called, and thought, that’s awesome.” They tossed around the idea of the name at a 2am brew session and it stuck. Their logo combines a devils purse with a surfmans check badge, which are given to highly skilled mates in the coastguard. These used to be given to the lifesavers at Monomony, and Race Point, to name a few.

Their beers and philosophies pay homage to the past and history of the cape. The beers themselves have nautical names as well- Handline Kolsch, Skatemouth Pale Ale, Surfmans Check ESB, and their Light Vessel IPA series named after notorious rips in the area- like Pollock and Cross.

They hope to see the Cape become a craft beer destination, and the town of Dennis was excited to welcome the 7-barrel brewhouse to town, and their new location sits in a spacious industrial bay on Great Western Road. It features a tasting room that does growler fills, and better yet, crowler fills. Not only is it fun to hold a 32oz. giant can of beer, it’s also much better for the beach and boat life.

I’m pretty excited to see another brewery grace the shores of Cape Cod where things seem to move at a painfully slower pace than the rest of the state. Let’s keep the ball rolling, who is going to be next?

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Memorial Day Weekend Opening Hours at the brewery

Friday, May 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Sat. May 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

***CLOSED Sun. May 24 & Mon. May 25***

Their beer has also begun distribution at local bars and restaurants.

Address and Contact info

Devil’s Purse Brewing Company

120 Great Western Rd.

South Dennis, MA 02660

(508) 694-7171

 For more information visit: www.devilspurse.com

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144. Cape Cod Beer Albatross Imperial Stout

Cape Cod Beer Albatross Imperial Stout

Cape Cod Beer Albatross Imperial Stout

I attended a chocolatey little release (chocolate stout cake anyone?) for this beer at Cape Cod Beer a little over a week ago, and had been waiting for the right time to drink it. So as today came up on 24 consecutive hours of snow (gross), I cracked it open. Sure, I saw people moving around outside shoveling and running errands, but it was just so fun to sit inside, swathed in blankets, pretending that my cats are direwolves, that winter has come to my manor, and I must feast on bread and ale for sustenance as I hunker down while Janus, god of the beginnings and ends, howls outside.

In short, I like imagining stuff.

I also like Cape Cod Beers limited releases. I’ve never been let down by one of their small batches, and since the expansion of their brewery this past year their release schedule promises many more small batches and experimental brews. To those of us on the Cape it’s going to be very exciting to have exclusive and limited batches of innovative brewing going on locally. Cape Cod Beer and Cape Girls’ Pint Out have both changed the beer scene in this area and I’m really thankful for that!

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107. Cape Cod Beer Biere de Mars

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Here’s our review of the limited Biere de Mars release from Cape Cod Beer. The label on the limited 750mL bottle was designed by the aptly named local artist Joey Mars, and the beer itself is a farmhouse ale, specifically a style brewed in Northern France.

This is our first video review, and let me tell you, it’s a lot harder to think about something and say it on the spot, as opposed to sitting down and taking notes, then being able to carefully write up your opinions.

Visit Cape Cod Beer here: http://www.capecodbeer.com/

64. cape cod beer harvest ale

So this is probably going to be the last post from me that’s not a pumpkin beer. Whether that makes you totally psyched or makes you quickly remove us from your bookmarks, I really don’t care because It. Is. Happening.

I can’t stop.

I’m using Cape Cod Beer’s Harvest Ale, a 5% German Ale, as a nice transition to get us into that autumnal mood. This is one of my favorite offerings from my hometown brewery. Very fresh looking, pouring a brown/tawny color with a clinging white head and a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is clean malts, grainy and nutty, and reminds me of a loaf of freshly baked bread. This wholesome breadiness carries over into the taste, plus  some very light citrus notes. It finishes toasty and with a mild hop bitterness. This is a very simple, yet enjoyable beer. It coats your mouth and has a perfect level of carbonation, though can feel a bit thin.

Harvest Ale’s refreshing nature and drinkability make it almost like a session beer. I can definitely see using it as an accessible start for those non-craft beer drinking dinks. Cheers, Cape Cod.

18. Cape Cod Beer Buster’s Brown Ale

Sometimes (a lot of the time) I hold off on sampling a new beer because I haven’t yet written about the last one I tried. And then I end up with this:

A fiendish and compulsive beer-hoarding habit. This is about one-third of the collection, mind you. I went to the liquor store to redeem cans the other day. Repeating the mantra, “I will not buy anything” over and over. But a little peak at their holiday beer selection won’t hurt..right? Oh, it hurt. Now I have more winter beers in the collection that I probably won’t even get around to drinking until spring.

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