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Featured Brewery: The Naked Brewing Company

After visiting a few breweries, you begin to see quite a difference between each operation. Breweries such as Yards have built themselves up over the years to a state-of-the-art brewery with an amazing system in place to brew. In Huntingdon Valley at The Naked Brewing Company, just as it’s name implies, the beer brewing experience is much more “hands on.”

Almost everything in the brewery was designed and built in house, from the set up of the fermenters to the layout of their tasting room. There’s  TON of both homemade and customized equipment here, complete with rising steam and malt dust! Although they’re newer on the micro-brewing scene, Naked proves that an outstanding product can be made with simple tools in a modest setting, the way it’s been done for a very long time.

Normally when I’m recapping a brewing that is being featured on The Corner Pubcast for the week, I’ll comb through information and try to assemble a narrative about the company’s history and where they are now. In this case though? There’s nobody that can put it better than Brian Sucevic, co-founder of this weeks featured Brewery, The Naked Brewing Company of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.

Ah, where to begin. My first beer is a good place. Sneaking beer to go out camping in the woods of Kentucky was commonplace back then in the early 80’s. I used to think of Old Milwaukee as “beer”, and technically, I guess it is. It was (and still is) made with malted barley and hops and had alcohol. It did the job fine back then.

As I matured, my love for good beer grew. Many college parties, and many beers later, I had grown to enjoy a wide variety of beers. I learned that opting for a 6-pack of good beer was a better plan than crushing a case of ordinary beer. The flavor was everything. Can I tilt a mass produced lager while watching a game? You bet. But, my preference is to enjoy my beer for the flavor, not drink it down in mass for the effects.

In talking with one of my fellow “naked brewers,” Jim [Crossland], we started talking about brewing beer. We both had enough supplies that we could cobble together a decent set-up with which to brew. We brewed the cherry chocolate stout, our first beer, and fermented it in a glass carboy in my basement. We force carbonated it some weeks later and tried it out. The body and flavor exceeded our expectations. In short … it was a damn good beer. We tried other recipes and had similar results.

A few years ago, we started thinking, how hard would it be to start a brewery? Well, as it turns out, it’s actually pretty damn hard. Jim is a heck of a brewer and sensational at making wonderful toys. I am a pretty good brewer as well, and an absolute freak about the details. Our combination of abilities and disorders worked perfect together. We started to move the process forward.

Once our wives figured out that we were serious about this, they both decided not to leave us (they should both be commended for this) and supported us in our endeavor. All of the pieces had fallen into place, our brewery was born, The Naked Brewing Company.

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Brian and Naked Brewing was generous to provide the following beers for last Friday night’s broadcast …

The Gentleman – 10% ABV

This big imperial stout greets you with a tip of his hat, and some big flavors. It ages on apple brandy infused oak to add layers of caramel, crisp stone fruit, and vanilla. Curl up with the Gentleman in front of a roaring fire, and sip your night away.

Pomegranate Wheat – 4.6% ABV

A sweet, golden hued American wheat beer brewed with caramel malts and honey, and infused with pomegranate, providing a bold fruit aroma and a crisp finish.

Sour Pomegranate Wheat – 6.2% ABV

What happens when our brewers are tired and overworked? This. We accidentally made a high-octane batch of pomegranate wheat, so rather than tossing it down the drain, we tossed it in our sour barrels and added some raspberry. The results are surprising—the beer certainly stands apart from her younger sibling.

Pink Bunny – 4.92% ABV

A beer that was originally brewed as a house beer for The Sawtown Tavern in Tacony, this is a big, juicy grapefruit IPA with lots of big citrus hops. Pink Bunny was also designed to come in with a 4.9% APV, so you can definitely enjoy more than one.

 

The Naked Brewing Company offers a quizzo on Thursday nights and live music on a semi-regular basis. You’ll always be able to catch sight of both Brian’s guitars and Jim’s drum kit in a corner of the grain room or tasting area. Naked also provides outdoor seating, complete with a tiki bar, at this little gem of a brewpub located at 51 Buck Rd in Huntington Valley.

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