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The Pirate King Is Coming!

10% ABV - 110 IBUs

Typhoon Will Blow You Away!

Typhoon Windswept Wheat IPA

Skull Coast Brewing Company, Inc.

North Carolina

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Scientists Working to Produce Better Beer by Mapping the Barley Genome

What if Scientists could isolate certain properties in the barley genome to increase crop sizes and boost flavor? Well, it seems that researchers are working on that very thing, right now!

While the benefits may be a few years away, initial results published recently in the Nature journal suggest that by mapping the barley genome they can make better varieties of barley that according to April Flowers of Red Orbit (see below) would "produce higher yields, improve pest and disease resistance, and enhance nutritional value of barley. Not to mention improve beer and whiskey!"

You can read the whole article below: 

Scientists Map The Barley Genome To Produce A Better Beer (via redOrbit)

April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Imagine a hot summer day, sitting in the cheap seats at your favorite baseball park. You have your hot dog, your giant foam finger, and a beer. Does life get any better than this? Can scientists build a better beer? An international consortium…



GABF 2012 Winners Announced

While the Skull Coast Brewing Company, Inc., has not entered any brewery competitions, we want to congratulate all of the 2012 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Winners. This year, the GABF awarded 254 medals from over 4,000 entries, 600 breweries, and over 80 beer categories. The following are all of the winners for each category:


In The News: Hickory Daily Record Story on Brewery Construction

Credit: Jeremy Detter/HICKORY DAILY RECORD PHOTO LinkBy: Tyler Johnson Hickory Daily Record 

"HICKORY NC —The city of Hickory might have to wait a little longer for the opening of its third and newest brewery.

Skull Coast Brewing Company, Inc. is the tenant that will occupy the bottom floor of the east building at the former Hollar Hosiery Mill once the restoration project is complete.

Justin McLean, project manager and building estimator for Neill Grading & Construction, said the setback in construction were due to delays in the final engineering planning. He said recently that his workers had to replace the roof in the east mill because of excessive water damage.

“We hope to have it completed by the end of the year,” said McLean. “If we stay on track like we have, we can get it done.”

For Dave Fox, owner and Chief Drinking Officer of Skull Coast, the delay almost stopped his company from doing business with one of its most important vendors." 

To read the rest of the story, please click Renovation Delays Postpone Open of new Hickory Brewery


In The News: Charlotte Observer Piece on Hollar Development

By Dianne Straley

"A brewery [Skull Coast], full-service restaurant and shops will open in the next few months in an old hosiery mill, a $6 million project under way near Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory.

Crews are now demolishing much of the interior of a pair of brick buildings at the old Hollar Hosiery mill at 883 Highland Ave. S.W, said Nathan Kirby, who is leading the redevelopment for a group of Catawba County investors.

Floor to ceiling windows, wide-planked wooden floors, hefty beams and joists will be left in place to give character to the buildings, said Kirby, managing member of Downtown Pioneers, a Gastonia redevelopment company. “We will have tons and tons of natural light,” Kirby said. Some of the old timbers are 14-by-12 inches thick. The two buildings were built in the 1930s and contain a combined 34,000 square feet...."

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Howard Brewing to the Rescue!

HICKORY, North Carolina – June 12, 2012 – In an amazing display of camaraderie among North Carolina brewers, Howard Brewing Company has agreed to produce a number of batches for the Skull Coast Brewing Company, Inc. (“Skull Coast”) in order to distribute a limited number of kegs to some of its most loyal accounts and customers, and give Skull Coast the opportunity to retain its presence at Bank of America Stadium during Carolina Panther home games for the upcoming season.

For the past two years, Carolina Panther fans have been able to enjoy Skull Coast beers at one of its two designated kiosks located within Bank of America Stadium. When unforeseen construction delays of Skull Coast's new brewery in Hickory, NC, jeopardized the ability of Skull Coast to supply thirsty Panther fans, Howard Brewing came to the rescue and offered Skull Coast the opportunity to brew on its new 15bbl system in Lenoir, NC.

“When Dave Fox contacted me and we discussed the situation I felt compelled to look very seriously at this project between Howard Brewing and Skull Coast. With the craft beer movement in North Carolina gaining momentum and the opportunity to have a platform like Bank of America Stadium, where mass produced American light lagers have historically been the only real choice for beer drinkers, I felt that it would be terrible if Skull Coast (or any of us craft brewers) lost even one tap handle due to not being able to produce. I am really excited about these beers we’re going to help produce and an ongoing relationship between the two breweries,” said Jason Howard.

While Howard Brewing Company's facility is not yet complete, Howard has moved up their opening timetable so that Skull Coast could begin brewing in Lenoir to output kegs before the first preseason Carolina Panthers game.

“We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Jason Howard and Howard Brewing,” said Dave Fox. “Without Jason's incredible offer to begin brewing on their system, we would have surely lost Bank of America Stadium. We can only hope to repay them somehow in the near future for this incredible opportunity to hopefully continue to provide thirsty Panther fans with Skull Coast beers this season!”