Our Labor Day weekend was spent on Cape Cod. While the weather was almost perfect, it was a bit chilly to sit on the beach all day (which is our normal MO). After lunching in Chatham, we decided to revisit Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. in South Dennis, Mass, which has been open for approximately 15 months. This was our second visit to the brewery this summer. Fun fact – a devil’s purse is another name for a skate egg sack.
The easy to find Devil’s Purse is located in an industrial park with lots of signage. Their space is divided into a brewing/bottling space and a tasting room. The tasting room is a bit small and somewhat dark, but you do not feel crowded in the space. As you walk into the tasting room, you’re immediately directed to find a space at the L-shaped, reclaimed wood bar or at the two pub-height tables. The brewery offerings are displayed on the large chalkboard at the far end of the tasting room (including prices for crowlers, 32 ounce, and 64 ounce growlers) with the tap lines closer to the entrance. The welcoming staff almost immediately offers you a tasting flight, three 5-ounce pours for just $5. Each flight comes with a slip of paper describing each of the day’s offerings. While you can buy a single tasting for $2, you cannot purchase pints at this time.
During our Labor Day weekend visit, Devil’s Purse was offering a flight of Handline Kolsch, Surfman’s Check ESB, and Hen & Chickens Double IPA. The Handline Kolsch (5% ABV 18 IBU) is Devil’s Purse’s interpretation of a German-style kolsch. We found the kolsch to be light and refreshing with a clean finish and fresh aroma. We thought it was a great summer beer. The Surfman’s ESB (5.2% ABV 32 IBU) is an Extra Special Bitter with a nice malt and slight bitterness. Overall, we thought it was very drinkable. Finally, we rounded out our tasting with the Hen & Chickens Double IPA (8% ABV 85 IBU) and WOW! This very drinkable DIPA was exploding with flavor. It was very juicy with notes of tropical fruit and a nice bitterness. We definitely wished we could have ordered a few pints of this! When asked how many pounds were used in the dry hop of the Hen & Chickens, the co-owner told us that there was a reason a growler of this costs $22.
We, of course, had to take home a crowler of Hen & Chickens Double IPA, but we also picked up a bottle of the Sea Trials #4, which is a bottle conditioned dry hopped pale ale (say that three times fast) fermented with Brett. We also have a bottle of their Skywave Provisional Saison (also bottle conditioned) that we picked up on our first visit to the brewery. Be sure to check back to see our reviews of these at a later date.
She said: “I like that all the beers have a nautical theme – perfect for Cape Cod. Plus, I dig their logo and have been wearing their hat most of the summer. So glad that we were in the area when then released the Hen & Chickens Double IPA!”
He said: “I like the minimalist bar in the tasting room. It gave a really nice vibe to the already friendly atmosphere. The Hen & Chickens was a highlight for me as well – it’s my favorite style of beer.”
Overall, it’s great to see breweries popping up on the Cape, and Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. is a must visit. We cannot wait to see what they come out with next!
Devil’s Purse Brewing Co.
120 Great Western Road
South Dennis, MA 02660