Over the years, Andrew and Jay began to find comfort in the fact that many of their favorite home-brewed and commercially-produced craft beers did not necessarily fit into traditional brewing categories. They began experimenting through the approach for desired flavor profiles, instead of specific styles. While this process does not limit creativity in the brew house, the expectations of the drinker are also less defined. We encourage you to wander, and to seek out new paths and experiences.
Of course we use style guidelines in an attempt to convey what beer awaits you in your bottle; just be aware that it will most likely be defiantly and rebelliously out of bounds. When we designed our new Squishigan Red Pale Ale we decided that we wanted a red pale that features large amounts of bready-malt, dark stone fruit and toffee-like caramel. We also wanted a very pronounced hop aroma featuring citrus, tropical notes and herbal green tea. We wanted the beer to be very flavorful, relatively low in alcohol and light in bitterness. As you can see this description overlaps many brewing styles.
Our entire presence as a brewery has a focus on quality and taste. We employ a very minimal, five barrel brewing system that is hand-stirred, hand-bottled and hand-distributed. We value wood aging, aging with fruit, blending and the use of multiple yeast strains.
All of our beers are naturally unfiltered and bottle conditioned.
Many people ask us, "How do you pronounce the name of your brewery?"
It can be pronounced two ways, "Pie-lee-ate-ed" or "Pill-ee-ate-ed". Whatever you do, please don't refer to us as "pleat-ed" . We are not pants!
We chose this name for many reasons. The term pileated refers to being red-capped. Our logo is a pileated woodpecker, North America's largest woodpecker. It features a striking red cap and distinctive call.
Coincidentally, Jay and I are both former red heads. We say former because time and genetics have not been kind to our once pileated heads.
The Romans used to provide liberated slaves with pointed red felt caps to identify them as being free. These hats are referred to as pileus. We love that this is a symbol of freedom and liberation.