written by Patrick Clark
Huntingdon Valley’s Naked Brewing Company is eagerly anticipating their fifth anniversary. This coming Saturday from noon to 10PM, the brewery will be having a celebration to commemorate receiving their license to operate exactly five years ago.
Attendees will be invited to enjoy Naked Brewing’s standard offerings on their 10-tap system in addition to 2 firkins that are being rolled out for the event. “One is a beer called the Neapolitan Gentleman. A 10% ABV imperial stout mildly-oaked with strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate,” said Brian Sucevic, co-owner and VP of brewing. The second firkin will be the LePetomane Saison, which is infused with passion fruit.
Spring Garden’s Stockyard Sandwich Company will be making a trip out to the ‘burbs for the event, offering a variety of sandwiches to pair with the beers on tap and in firkin. Stockyard specializes in classic BBQ sandwiches and are making a signature sausage to pair with Naked Brewing’s beers for the event. “We love when they come by. I am a BBQ snob, and these guys kill it,” Sucevic said.
Guests can also look forward to a raffle for a membership to Naked Brewing’s “Nudist Colony” growler of the month club. Members of the club get one 64-ounce growler fill with the beer of their choice once a month for a year, with 3 of those 12 fills being premium fills of limited brews. The winner will also get a Naked Brewing Company Growler to go with that membership. Aside from that, live music will be provided by Mojo and the Helper Monkeys throughout the day.
Naked Brewing Company began inside Sucevic’s garage, much like a Silicon Valley tech startup. He co-founded the brewery with Jim Crossland, the VP of brewing and operations. “Jim and I started brewing in my garage about 2010,” Sucevic said. “We loved the beer we made, joined the ALEiens brew club and started having fun. Threw the idea out to the wives to let us start a brewery, and we were LLC’ed by May of that year.”
In order to brew at his home, Sucevic installed walk-in coolers in the garage and set aside 400 square feet of room to work in. “We got licensed April 1, 2012, and thus the brewery was opened on the side of my house in a residential neighborhood in Feasterville,” he explained. “We got out of there in 6 months and have been in our current digs ever since. The new brewhouse went online this year, so we are continuing to strive forward.”
Sucevic and Crossland have expanded significantly since the early days, bringing in four other partners including head brewer Nick Sadowski. Under Sadowski, Naked Brewing has been big on flavor, offering a wide variety of sweet and refreshing beers. Some of the beers they offer include Missionary Impossible IPA (6.5%, IPA), Sawtown’s Pink Bunny Grapefruit IPA (4.8%, IPA), Black Currant Rising (4.6%, Wheat beer), and LePetomane Saison (6.8%, saison with notes of black pepper and coriander).
So if you’re looking for April Fools Day plans, look no further. The guys at Naked Brewing Company have you covered.