Greetings from Spilker Ales….we’ve got some BIG changes happening.
The Good news is that Hopaluia will live on, but produced in a new
location. We’re moving production of Hopaluia draft beer to
Thunderhead brewing in Axtell, NE thanks to a great team effort.
The Other news is that April 6th, 7th, and 8th will be your
last chance to celebrate Spilker Ales’ Frankenbrewery extraordinaire
in Cortland. After 21 years of operation, we’ll be ceasing
production in Cortland and we’ll be giving the brewery a great
farewell with an open house, tours, sampling, collectibles, and food
vendors on that weekend in April.
You won’t want to miss the keg load of fun here in Cortland on
those 3 days in April. THURSDAY April 6th 3:00–8:00 pm, FRIDAY
April 7th 3:00–8:00 pm, and SATURDAY April 8th 12:00–5:00 pm.
Those will be the last days you can buy bottles of our Technique DPA.
The last sips of Sonar JAM or Sonar Tropic Grunge ever sampled…and
the last brewery tours will surely be the best! Besides Technique
DPA, Sonar Botanic Punch, and Hopaluia, we’ll also have Apricot
Jackpot for sale in 22 oz. bottles. No limits on any case buys,
we’ll have enough. Apricot Jackpot has a big stone fruit aroma and
flavor, with a lightly hoppy backround.
While Hopaluia keg beer will stay in production, the rest of our
lineup will be phased out of distribution sometime this fall.
Eventually Sonar, Hopaluia Bottles, and Technique will come to an end
in 2017. The first batch of Hopaluia kegs brewed with our added team
mates is tasting like a piece of liquid art! We’ve brought a lot of
wild and wacky techniques to the new home of Hopaluia, and now there
are plans for Hopaluia to be found in cans within a year down the
Why are operations ending in Cortland? We looked at many
different ways to move forward here, but each path had its own set of
steep risks in a competitive market. The most financially viable
option would lean heavily on “taproom & hospitality” operations, but
that sits squarely outside of my wheelhouse, its still very risky,
and the miss-match of skills would be really hard on the family life.
We are emphatically grateful for everyone who has supported
Spilker Ales through out the years. I know many of you went “above
and beyond” with your help! In addition, we look forward to keeping
the “Gospel of Hops”, Hopaluia flowing that so many of you love. A
special thanks of gratitude goes out for the support from my wife,
Lisa, over the years. I also want to thank Lonnie Mulder for getting
the dirty jobs done when it counted. The relationships that we’ve
made are priceless, and never to be forgotten. Though its likely
brewing won’t be my main occupation in the future, there still may be
a very unique venture or two for Spilker Ales in years to come.
Please stay in touch!
See you in Cortland at 300 W 4th st soon, and don’t forget to
bring some friends and family to get the last tour of a pioneering
brewery in Nebraska. Cheers! Sam Spilker.