Terrapin Beer Co. Serves Up Some Jazz Cabbage IPA

Terrapin-Arched-Logo-270x300 (1)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA on July 10.

Expanding upon Terrapin’s “Grateful Dead roots” and weed-referencing beer names like Wake-n-Bake and Dave’s Not Here, Jazz Cabbage is an American India Pale Ale that “packs in [the brewery’s] very own special strain of hemp flavors, and is brewed with hemp seeds.”  This approach creates “aromas of the choicest nugs [which] give way to skunky, resinous hop flavors from a blend of three high quality hops: Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe.”  Coming in at 6.6% ABV and 52 IBUs, Jazz Cabbage is sure to be “one of Terrapin’s dankest releases to date.”

Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA is set to debut at Terrapin Beer Co. on July 10 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this new brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – July 10, 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.6%
IBUs – 52
Hops – Chinook, Columbus & Simcoe
Added Ingredients – A special strain of hemp flavors & hemp seeds
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “The beer features art by Richard Biffle that plays on the name of the beer and stems from Biffle’s jam band roots.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

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Terrapin Beer Co. & Miller High Life Collaborate on Hoppin’ Bubbly Brut IPA

unnamed (39)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that the Special Release of Hoppin’ Bubbly, a Brut IPA brewed in collaboration with Miller High Life (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), will begin in select markets in May 2019.

One evening while the crew at Terrapin Beer Co. was kicking around ideas for their next Collaboration project, a member of the team light-heartedly mentioned who better to brew a Brut IPA – a new style of India Pale Ale “known for [its] dry finish, and champagne-like effervescence – with than ‘The Champagne of Beers’, Miller High Life? After a few phone calls, that suggestion made in joking became a reality and Hoppin’ Bubbly was born.

Hoppin’ Bubbly is a Brut IPA that features “the classic malt bill from ‘The Champagne of Beers'” and a hop bill boasting four varietals – Cascade, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic – that reflects “Terrapin’s affinity for IPAs.”  Thanks to “innovative brewing and dry hopping techniques”, Hoppin’ Bubbly (6.5% ABV, 26 IBUs) offers its drinker “a crisp, bone-dry finish and an aromatic hop profile.”

Hoppin’ Bubbly officially debuted in Terrapin’s Tasting Room in Athens, Georgia on May 1 and distribution is expected to follow shortly after the on-site release.  Available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft, this Limited Release offering will only be distributed in Georgia and Wisconsin, the home states of both breweries, for the time being.  If Terrapin decides to expand distribution of Hoppin’ Bubbly, we will be sure to update this post with that information just as soon as we get it.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hoppin’ Bubbly Brut IPA from Terrapin Beer Co. & Miller High Life

Release – Special/Limited, May 2019
Style – Brut India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 26
Malts – Moravian, Flaked Corn & Flaked Rye
Hops – Cascade, Amarillo, Citra & Mosaic
Suggested Food Pairings – “Blue Cheese or Sharp Cheddar. Sausage, Tenderloin, or Terrine”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Wisconsin only
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

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Terrapin Beer Co. Delivers Krunkles IPA Travel Trunk Mixed 12-pack

unnamed (38)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce Krunkles IPA Travel Trunk, a new variety 12-pack of Krunkles-inspired India Pale Ales, at the end of March 2019.

After nine years of traversing the world and brewing innovative India Pale Ales to serve as Side Project/Limited Release offerings for Terrapin Beer Co., the legendary and mysterious Krunkles has returned from his travels with a Travel Trunk full of goodies. The Krunkles IPA Travel Trunk is a mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans that contains two well-known and beloved Krunkles brews and one of his newest concoctions, the aptly and simply named Mr. Krunkles.  The full descriptions for all three beers featured in the Krunkles IPA Travel Trunk are as follows (descriptions sourced directly from Terrapin’s website):

  • Luau Krunkles | Passion Fruit Orange Guava IPA – Tropical aromas of Passion fruit, Orange and Guava dominate the nose while a big juicy hop flavor and smooth bitterness complement the balance of the beer.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 72
  • Panama Krunkles | Pineapple Papaya IPA – Continuing his world brewing tour, Krunkles is back with another fruit-forward IPA. “Panama Krunkles” blends the tropical juiciness of pineapple and papaya for this Central American-inspired beer.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 77
  • Mr. Krunkles | India Pale Ale – The newest IPA from our man of mystery. Perfectly balanced by a tropical fruit forward hop bill, this delicious IPA highlights his craftsmanship and favorite beer ingredient…hops.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 50 

The Krunkles IPA Travel Trunk will officially release in late March and will hang around through the summer months.  You can expect to find this new variety 12-pack at craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area. Prost!

 

Terrapin Beer Co. Refreshes Long-standing Golden Ale

unnamed (35)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Golden Ale – the brewery’s second ever Year-Round beer – is getting an updated recipe, a new look and expanded distribution availability.

To modernize Golden Ale a bit while still remaining true to its “classic flavor”, the brewers at Terrapin took this long-standing brew’s “crisp and refreshing” nature to another level by adding “a subtle fruitiness from Mosaic, Idaho 7, and Azacca hops.” Coming in at a reduced 4.6% ABV, the new Golden Ale will have a “lighter body” and “fewer calories than before, making it an ideal beer for folks who are looking to make more health-conscious beer choices.”

“We wanted to lower the ABV just a little on Golden,” explains Dustin Watts, President of Terrapin Beer Co. “It’s an easy drinkin’ ale, and we wanted people to feel like they could have a few.”

Additionally, the Golden Ale refresh will include a new label that “still features the Terrapin turtle enjoying the great outdoors, but now it fits in with Terrapin’s other year-round packaged beers like RecreationAle and Up-Hi.”  Also, after spending several years as a Georgia-only offering, Golden Ale will now be available in all 19 states in Terrapin’s distribution footprint.

“With a wide variety of industry-leading IPAs, we’re taking the opportunity to update and expand what has been a great Georgia only brand to the rest of our footprint. Golden ales as a style are one of the fastest growing styles in craft beer,” says Brian Sykes, VP of Sales and Marketing. (Source: Neilson Data)

The revamped Golden Ale is rolling out now with Year-Round availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft (16 oz. cans will turn up in Summer 2019).  You can expect to find this brew at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Golden Ale from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Year-Round, new recipe launches late February 2019
Style – Golden Ale
ABV – 4.6%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Idaho 7 & Azacca
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

 

Terrapin Beer Co. Brings Liquid Bliss Out of Retirement

unnamed (32)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin reintroducing Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter in select test markets during the month of January.

Originally introduced as Side Project – Vol. 18, promoted to Year-Round status in 2014 and then abruptly retired three years later, Liquid Bliss has officially returned with updated artwork and its first ever availability in 12 oz. cans.  If you missed this offering the first time around, Liquid Bliss (6.1% ABV) is a decadent, Zen-inducing Porter that will open your eyes and mind to “the harmonic togetherness of chocolate and peanut butter as it takes you to a place that you never thought possible… a Liquid Bliss.”

Due to “limited capacity and market focus”, Terrapin has decided to launch Liquid Bliss later this month (January 2019) in Georgia and Florida only.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in those two states.  If things go well during this market study, it is possible that Liquid Bliss could see expanded distribution in the future.  Prost!

Vital Information for Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Market Test, mid-January 2019
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.1%
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Florida only

Terrapin Beer Co.’s So Fresh & So Green, Green Explores Fresh Glacier Hops in 2018

TerrapinSoFresh2018Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that the 2018 edition of So Fresh & So Green, Green, a fresh hop IPA showcasing Glacier hops, will begin its Limited Release on Saturday, October 20.

When it came time to select hops for this year’s Fresh Hop/Harvest Ale, the brewing team at Terrapin Beer Co. decided to go with a hop varietal that they have “never used . . . in So Fresh & So Green, Green before”: Glacier hops from Hop Head Farms in Michigan.  These “fun” hops balance “So Fresh & So Green, Green’s malty sweetness” with a “satisfying bitterness” and also bring “notes of citrus and an herbal, woody aroma.”

“We wanted to try hops from somewhere else in the US. We found high-quality hops from Michigan and went for it.

We’re always looking for new hops that are freshest around when we need to brew the beer so that it’s ready in time for our Hop Harvest Festival. That means we have fewer hops to choose from, so we’re really excited about Glacier!”

 

– Spike Buckowski, Terrapin’s Brewmaster and Founder

This year’s So Fresh & So Green, Green will officially debut at Terrapin’s Annual Hop Harvest Festival on October 20 and will enter distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this hoppy Special Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for So Fresh & So Green, Green from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Special, late October 2018
Style – Harvest Ale/American India Pale Ale
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – Glacier hops from Hop Head Farms in Michigan
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

 

Terrapin Beer Co. Goes Old School with Limited Release of Touch of Grisette

TerrapinToGTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that it will be showing its respect for an underappreciated, classic style this month with the Limited Release of Touch of Grisette.

Originally brewed in the 19th century as a thirst-quenching option for the miners that worked in the Hainaut region of Belgium, the Grisette is a low-alcohol, wheat-focused Farmhouse Ale that has quietly faded into obscurity over the years.  Although a handful of modern brewers have embraced the Grisette, the style still remains on the periphery of mainstream craft beer.

Terrapin Beer Co. is doing its part to put the Grisette back in the hands of beer lovers with the release of Touch of Grisette.  Their take on this classic Farmhouse-style Ale is loaded with “wheat and spelt for a soft biscuity malt profile” and “dry-hopped with Azacca for an aromatic rush.” Saison yeast and a lactic fermentation is then employed to round off Touch of Grisette (4.2% ABV) with “a slightly tart and spicy finish.”

Touch of Grisette will hit Terrapin’s Tasting Room in Athens this week and enter distribution at some point in mid- to late September.  You can expect to find this Limited Release brew available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select beer-focused establishments in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin Beer Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Touch of Grisette from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited, mid-September 2018
Style – Grisette
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 23
Hops – East Kent Golding, Tettnang & Saaz; dry-hopped with Azacca
Malts – Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Unmalted Wheat, Flaked Wheat & Spelt Malt
Suggested Food Pairings – “Havarti & Triple Cream Le Riopelle, or a French classic roasted chicken with garlic and herbs.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

Terrapin Beer Co.’s Gamma Ray Wheatwine Returns for a Limited Time

Gamma-Ray-Label-SquareTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Gamma Ray Wheatwine Ale is making a triumphant return this month as the brewery’s latest Side Project release.

Gamma Ray was originally released ten years ago as Side Project: Volume 3 and later experienced a short run on Terrapin’s Monster Beer Tour before being retired in 2011.  Well, this Wheatwine-style Ale is back and looking just as strong as ever – 10.8% ABV to be exact.  Brewed with “a massive amount of honey” from Savannah Bee Company, the gold-hued Gamma Ray offers a “fruity nose [that gives] way to a malty sweet taste of honey.”

Gamma Ray is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies lasts.  You can expect to find this Side Project offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Gamma Ray from Terrapin Beer Co. 

Release – Limited/Side Project, late July/early August 2018
Style – Wheatwine
ABV – 10.8%
IBUs – 40
Malts – 2 Row Pale Malt, Munich Wheat, Carapils & Acidulated Malt
Hops – Pearle & Mt. Hood
Suggested Food Pairings – “Blue Cheddar & Limburger, or a salty beef stew and a side of crusty baguette”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

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Terrapin Beer Co. Adds T-Time Berliner Weisse to Seasonal Lineup

T-Time_Label-Square_STerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that T-Time Berliner Weisse will officially return on Saturday, March 17 as the brewery’s new Spring/Summer Seasonal.

Originally released last year in a more limited quantity as a Special Release, T-Time is back as a refreshing Seasonal that beer fans can enjoy during the spring and into the summer months.  Brewed with Maya Tea and lemon, T-Time (4% ABV) is a “tart and thirst-quenching” Berliner Weisse that is meant to be a “summertime refresher [that will] get you back into the swing of things both on and off the course.”

“The addition of two new brewing vessels to our Rolec Brewhouse has allowed Terrapin to increase the production of kettle soured beer, such as T-Time and our year-round Good to Gose.”

 

– Jack Albanese, Director of Operations at Terrapin Beer Co.

T-Time Berliner Weisse will officially release in the Tasting Room at Terrapin Beer Co. on March 17 and will enter distribution shortly thereafter.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for T-Time Berliner Weisse from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Seasonal, mid-March and into Summer 2018
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4%
IBUs – 5
Malts – Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Torrified Wheat & Acidulated
Hops – Vanguard
Suggested Food Pairings – “Chevre & Havarti, or a Turkey Club Sandwich with a side of chips”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

Tasting Notes: Beyond the Galaxy IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.

IMGP8751_editedFor this week’s installment of Tasting Notes, we find ourselves cruising through the mid-week doldrums at warp speed thanks to a little help from Beyond the Galaxy IPA from Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia).

Arriving as the single hop successor to Terrapin’s Mosaic Red Rye IPA, Beyond the Galaxy is a new Seasonal India Pale Ale that features a “stellar flavor and . . . aroma of candied pineapple and tropical fruit” sourced from “an astronomical amount of Galaxy hops.” Clocking in at 6.3% ABV and sporting “a soft, juicy bitterness”, Beyond the Galaxy IPA aims to “take you on a voyage where no man has gone before.”

Beyond the Galaxy IPA is available now and will hang around throughout the spring months.  You can find this new Seasonal offering in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin Beer Co.’s distribution area.

Now that we have appropriately covered all those necessary particulars, let’s crack open a few cans and single hop our way into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Beyond the Galaxy IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.

Appearance:  Beyond the Galaxy presents itself as a deep, golden colored beer that has a solid orange hue radiating at its core.  When held to direct light, that orange tone softens and the golds glow.  This IPA is completely clear and displays an abundant carbonation level coursing within.  The pour produced nearly two fingers of bright white foam that quickly retreats down to a wispy but complete top cap.  No matter its size, the head still coats the glass with some serious lace coverage.

Aroma: The aromatics are dominated by distinct, tropical fruit notes of passionfruit, grapefruit, orange, mango and pineapple.  An undercurrent of pine progressively settles into the background and the experience closes with just a grace of sweetness from the pale malts.  Just as it should be, this aroma is all Galaxy hops.

Taste:  Leading with pronounced notes of passionfruit and pineapple, the Galaxy hops have come ready to work in this department as well.  A slight malt character eventually threads its way in as the hops transition to juicy and sweet citrus tones.  This opens further to bring some pine resin and dankness just before the experience closes out with a vibrant pop of orange and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel:  Falling on the lighter side of medium in body with a bright carbonation presence, this India Pale Ale is pleasantly crisp and dries out nicely.  This beer does have a moderate amount of bitterness, but it cleans up quickly.  Weighing in at just 6.3%, the ABV is incredibly reasonable for the style and further adds to the easy-drinking nature of the experience.  The aftertaste is minimal, but there is a touch of orange and grapefruit left to linger.

Final Thoughts:  Just as expected, Beyond the Galaxy IPA is a super solid study in Galaxy hops and all the tropical goodness they have to offer.  The hops absolutely rule the arenas of aroma and flavor, but the bitterness is kept in check with just the right amount of balance.  That deft level of balance combines with the beer’s juicy character, lighter mouthfeel and reasonable ABV to create an absolutely crushable, thirst-quenching experience.  Seriously, this beer is ridiculously drinkable, and it deserves your consideration whenever you are partaking in a little warm weather drinking this spring.  Check it out.  Prost!