Brewer Spotlight: Skipping Rock Beer Co.

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Brewer: Ben Mullett

How long have you worked at the brewery? I’ve been with Skipping Rock Beer Co. since April of 2018. We opened our doors to the public March 15, 2019.

How did you get involved in brewing? I’m from New Hampshire. I was hired as a dishwasher at a local brewpub, Elm City Brewing Co. The brewer at the time wanted some help cleaning in the brewery. Being a former Marine, I know cleaning. That turned into an assistant brewer position. I completed the Siebel Brewing Science and Technology course and became the Head Brewer for the brewpub. I’ve been brewing professionally for about 12 years.

Tell us something people don’t know about your brewery: If you’ve ever been in to visit you’ll know we like to talk with everyone. That doesn’t leave much that people don’t know. Something that is pretty cool about us though, is that Skipping Rock Beer Co. will be opening our second location in Charlottesville this spring, just a few weeks after our one-year anniversary!

What’s your favorite food and beer combo? Belgian Dubbel with a good cigar is food for the soul.

Tell us about your pets: We have a six-year-old boxer named Pax. He is an 80-pound lap dog and loves being around our family. He’s not a huge fan of delivery trucks…

What is your favorite thing to do in the Shenandoah Valley? Being somewhat new to the area, we still have a lot to explore. We have visited a few of the caverns, checked out some lakes and campgrounds, and gone on many scenic drives. Staunton, specifically Gypsy Hill Park, is awesome. The playgrounds, duck pond, train and live music have given us countless hours of great family time. 

What’s the best way to spend time outdoors in the Shenandoah Valley? Sherando Lake was a great find. Cell phones don’t get service, and it’s just a beautiful spot. We also love family picnics in the park.