By Erin Shaw
Friday the 13th is looking like a lucky day for Hilton Head Island restaurant Skull Creek Boathouse.
Last month, on Friday, Feb. 13, general manager Mike Marignoni and SERG partners Rob Jordan and Chris Spargur went to Charleston’s Palmetto Brewing Co. to mash, stir and ferment an original beer for the restaurant. This Friday, also the 13th, they’ll tap and taste their hoppy creation.
The beer, Marker 13 Wit, is named for the date it was made and the mile marker right off the restaurant’s docks. It will be revealed at a release party beginning at 4 p.m. at the restaurant.
Southern rock band Reuben’s Bell will play at 7 p.m.
Skull Creek Boathouse worked with Palmetto Brewing Co. to come up with a beer that had “a lighter, summer feel,” Spargur said.
They chose a Belgian wheat beer called a Wit, which is brewed with coriander seeds and orange zest for a fruity taste.
“It’s a really easy-drinking beer when it’s 100 degrees out and you’re waiting on a table,” Spargur said.
Skull Creek Boathouse is the first restaurant to make a beer at Palmetto Brewing Co., according to brewer and distributor ambassador Clayton Burrous, although the company has made special beers for other accounts like the Charleston RiverDogs minor league baseball team.
Skull Creek Boathouse brewed 25 half barrels, or nearly 400 gallons of the beer, but Spargur doesn’t think it will last long.
“I think it’s going to go pretty quick,” he said.