Saturday, March 16, 2013

Skull Camp Brewing

When I got the idea to travel the state and visit all the breweries I knew that I would come across some good and really great beers and people but I never expected to come across what I did at the Skull Camp Brewing.  The day we visited they were having an event and it was very crowded but they were handling it very well.  Ken Gulaian the owner was more than willing to sit with me and share a beer while we talked about his vision.  Skull Camp is a relatively new brewery but they have been making wine under the name of Round Peak Vineyards for years.  Ken is definitely a beer guy and his passion in beer shows.  As of this writing they are brewing on a 1/2 Barrel System so it's very small scale and they only have their beers available on location.  However they are planning an expansion to a 10 Barrel system and will start statewide distribution soon.  I also was able to meet with two of their brewers spending more time with Kent than Jeff but these two guys show their love of the craft and they know how to put out some good brews.

I was able to sample 4 of their current flavors on a flight that came on a paddle made from an old wine barrel.  The Not So Pale Ale which is right in line with some of the best IPA's in the state.  I then had the Flame Thrower Red which is a really good brew in it's own right.  The Black Belt Stout is a true stout.  Most breweries and even the larger and more experienced ones will brew a Stout but they are usually a Porter at best.  The Black Belt Stout is a stout if I've ever had one.  The Bonfire Old Ale is a very close English Pub style bitter.  This would be my "go to" beer for this brewery and I would love to have a Cask version of this one.  I actually mentioned this to Ken and Kent and while they agreed they also reminded me of their small scale.  Maybe by the time you make your trip this dream will become a reality.

This brewery has the right vision and attitude to be a successful NC Brewery.  These guys have a passion and love for the craft and it shows with the quality of brews and excitement you see by talking to them.  Take a visit and have a brew on the scenic patio and tell them NC Beers sent you.


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  1. We enjoyed the whole experience. Sitting on the fully covered patio overlooking the vineyard, pet friendly, and live music made it most awesome! Thanks for including us on this adventure to Skull Camp. I cannot wait to go on the next road trip with you guys!

    1. Yes, the patio and the fact that you are pet frinedly did add to the experiance. Keep up the good work and you will go far.