Terrapin Beer Co. Goes Year-Round with Luau Krunkles IPA

Square_Luau-Krunkles-300x300Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) announced today that Luau Krunkles Passion Fruit-Orange-Guava IPA will be joining the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in 2018.

The infamous Krunkles, Terrapin’s “fictitious brewer who travels the world making creative IPAs”, is entering some new territory in his brewing career now that Luau Krunkles has emerged from its previous two limited releases to finally provide its creator with some year-round recognition.  Just as the beer’s full name indicates, Luau Krunkles has “tropical aromas of Passion fruit, Orange and Guava [that dominate] the nose while a big juicy hop flavor and smooth bitterness complement the balance of the beer.”  This offering clocks in at 6.5% ABV and 72 IBUs.

Luau Krunkles will begin its Year-Round availability any day now.  You can expect to find Luau Krunkles in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin Beer Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Luau Krunkles Passion Fruit-Orange-Guava IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Year-Round status begins January 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 72
Hops – Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy & Amarillo (Dry Hop Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy & Simcoe)
Malts – 2 row Pale, Ashburne, Carapilsner, Wheat & Honey Malt
Suggested Food Pairings – “White Cheddar & Gouda, or a nicely blacked Mahi-Mahi filet over a bed of coconut rice and an arugula salad”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

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Terrapin Beer Co. Adds Beyond the Galaxy IPA to Seasonal Lineup

unnamed (76)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Beyond the Galaxy IPA will make its Seasonal debut in early January 2018.

Stepping in to replace Mosaic IPA as Terrapin’s Spring Seasonal, Beyond the Galaxy is a single hop India Pale Ale featuring . . . wait for it . . . “an astronomical amount of Galaxy hops.”  “Deep gold in color with a soft, juicy bitterness”, this new offering showcases a “stellar flavor and . . . aroma of candied pineapple and tropical fruit.”  Beyond the Galaxy IPA weighs in at 6.3% ABV and 69 IBUs.

Beyond the Galaxy IPA will make its first appearance on January 4 at an exclusive release event in Terrapin’s Tasting Room.  Distribution will follow in early January, and this offering will hang around through the spring months of 2018.  Once fully released, you can expect to find this 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.  Prost!

Vital Information for Beyond the Galaxy IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Spring Seasonal, launches January 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.3%
IBUs – 69
Hops – Galaxy
Malts – 2-row, Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats & CaraPils
Suggested Food Pairings – “Cheddar & Colby, or Thai Green Curry with Chicken, and Cosmic Brownies for dessert!”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

 

Terrapin Beer Co. Gives Hopsecutioner IPA a Packaging Update

unnamed (12)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced that Hopsecutioner IPA, the brewery’s most popular IPA, will be rocking some new label artwork in 2018.

To make its visual appeal a bit brighter and “[incorporate] elements found in other Terrapin packaging”, the folks at the brewery have decided to give Hopsecutioner IPA its first artwork update in over seven years.  Meant to be subtle, the changes will include “background rays” and a “bit more modern” look for the turtle operating the hop guillotine.  As far as the beer inside the packaging goes, Hopsecutioner IPA will remain “the same . . .  piney and citrusy IPA with a strong malt backbone” that has been “Terrapin’s flagship beer for over 7 years.”

“We wanted to bring Hopsecutioner into the same visual world as RecreationAle and Hi-5, without losing the look of the brand we’ve been building since 2010.” Says Julia Weckback, Marketing Director. “Our core IPAs are often on shelves together, and we wanted to ensure a cohesive brand image.”

The new-look Hopsecutioner IPA will start hitting shelves in early 2018.  As usual, you can find Hopsecutioner IPA available Year-Round in 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles, 16 oz. cans and on draft at beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin Beer Co.’s ever-growing distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hopsecutioner IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Year-Round
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.3%
IBUs – 71
Hops – Warrior, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo & Cascade
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal 24L & Victory
Suggested Food Pairings – “Blue Cheese or Sharp Cheddar. Pair with a classic burger, or play up the citrus in the beer with a glazed orange duck dish.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles, 16 oz. cans, and draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

Terrrapin Beer Co. Re-Releases White Chocolate Moo-Hoo

TerrapinWCMooHooBottleTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced that White Chocolate Moo-Hoo is available once again as a special Limited Release offering.

During the 2016 presidential election, Terrapin Beer Co. held a vote of their own to allow their fans to bring back a previously released beer.  The voice of the people was heard, and White Chocolate Moo-Hoo was declared to be the overwhelming winner.

This beloved Imperial Milk Stout (8.5% ABV) combines cocoa nibs from Nashville’s Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. and white chocolate to supply you with “all the original flavor of Moo-Hoo that you remember, [and] all the new flavor of white chocolate you’ll never forget.”

White Chocolate Moo-Hoo is available now and will hang around while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering in 500ml bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin Beer Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for White Chocolate Moo-Hoo from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited, Fall 2017
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 30
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Flaked Oat, Crystal 85, Chocolate, DH Carafa III & Roasted Barley
Hops – Nugget & Willamette
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs from Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. & white chocolate

Suggested Food Pairings – “Aged Gouda & Honey Chevre, or a scoop of caramel ice cream for dessert!”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

 

Terrapin Beer Co. Brews Hammer 58 Pale Ale With Former Atlanta Falcon

Terrapin-Arched-Logo-270x300Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) announced today that Hammer 58 Pale Ale, a beer inspired by and brewed in collaboration with former Atlanta Falcon Jesse “The Hammer” Tuggle, will be released to coincide with the opening of the Atlanta Falcon’s new home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

To properly commemorate the Atlanta Falcons inaugural season at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Terrapin Beer Co. crew spent some time with Jesse “The Hammer” Tuggle, former NFL Linebacker who played his entire career (1987-2000) with the Atlanta Falcons, at their ATL BrewLab to brew a beer that celebrates both this legendary player and his team.  What they came up with was Hammer 58, an easy-drinking (5.8% ABV), hop-forward (58 IBUs) American Pale Ale that is brewed with “Falconers Flight hop blend and eight malts [to] create a citrusy and floral flavor.”

Hammer 58 Pale Ale is a Special Release offering that will be available throughout football season.  This draft-only offering will be available at Terrapin’s new bar at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, select Taco Mac locations, The Wing, Terrapin Beer Co.’s brewery in Athens, and for a limited time at the Terrapin Taproom at Suntrust Park.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hammer 58 Pale Ale from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Special Release, Football Season (NFL) 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 58
Hops – Falconer’s Flight
Malts – 2-row, Wheat, Flaked barley, Carapilsner, Crystal 65*L
Suggested Pairings – “Cheddar & Limburger, or pairs well with game-day nachos and a Falcons win!”
Availability – Draft-only
Where You Can Find It – Terrapin’s bar at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, select Taco Mac locations, The Wing, Terrapin Beer Co.’s brewery in Athens, & (for a limited time) the Terrapin Taproom at Suntrust Park

Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Blueberry Thyme Saison as Latest Side Project

BlueberryThymeTerrapinTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced the release of Blueberry Thyme Saison as the brewery’s Side Project Vol. #31.

The Side Project Series, a lineup of limited release beers that acts as a creative playground for the brewers at Terrapin Beer Co., sources inspiration from the world of craft cocktails this time around with the release of Blueberry Thyme Saison.  At 9.1% ABV, this Saison-style offering combines “the tart sweetness of ripe blueberries . . . with the floral warmth of thyme [to] play together with the flavors of traditional Saison yeast.”  Blueberry Thyme Saison can be enjoyed on its own or “as an ingredient in your own beer cocktail.”

Blueberry Thyme Saison officially releases on draft and in 500ml bottles at Terrapin Beer Co. on Wednesday, June 21.  This limited release offering will also be available at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Side Project Vol. #31 – Blueberry Thyme Saison from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Side Project Series, launching June 21, 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 9.1%
IBUs – 22
Hops – Fuggle & East Kent Golding
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Malted Wheat & Acidulated Malt
Added Ingredients – Blueberries & thyme
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

Terrapin Beer Co. Expands IPA Lineup with Release of Cumulus Lupulus

unnamed (4)_editedTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Cumulus Lupulus Imperial India Pale Ale will be released in late-March as the newest addition to the brewery’s Monster Beer Tour.

To join in on the hazy IPA movement that has been incredibly popular as of late, Terrapin Beer Co. will soon be adding Cumulus Lupulus to their Monster Beer Tour, a series that was “originally created after Georgia raised the ABV cap from 6.0% to 14%.”  Since these beers represent some of the biggest and boldest beers in Terrapin’s portfolio, Cumulus Lupulus arrives as an 8.1% ABV, 101 IBU Imperial IPA boasting “over four pounds of Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops per barrel.”  To keep the bitterness under control, the brewers “shifted most of the hop additions to the whirlpool . . . to bring out the incredible aroma and flavors of the hops by not driving off oils and volatiles as well as not extracting too much bitterness.”  Finally, Cumulus Lupulus was then left unfiltered to produce a hazy hop experience filled with “tropical, juicy aromas [that] give way to a smooth bitterness and a full mouthfeel.”

“Over the last 15 years, we’ve brewed a ton of IPA styles, ranging from Session IPAs to Black Belgian IPAs, and everything in between. We’ve never done an unfiltered IPA before because it’s more fragile to package and distribute, so we’re excited to launch Cumulus Lupulus.”

 

Dustin Watts, VP of Sales and Marketing at Terrapin Beer Co.

Cumulus Lupulus will officially release in late March and will be available while supplies last.  This limited release offering will be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments found in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area. Take notice, hop fiends – Cumulus Lupulus will only be available in limited quantities, so keep an eye out for this one when it drops later this month.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cumulus Lupulus from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Monster Beer Tour, launching late-March 2017
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 101
Hops – Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy, & Mosaic; dry hopped with Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy & Mosaic
Malts – 2-Row Silo, Wheat, Flaked oats, Carapilsner & Caramalt
Treatment – Unfiltered 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft 

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Terrapin Beer Co. to Release T-Time Berliner Weisse in March

unnamed-6Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced plans to launch T-Time Berliner Weisse in March as their next Specialty Release offering.

Drawing inspiration from the iced tea and lemonade blend made famous by an iconic golfer, Terrapin Beer Co. has developed T-Time Berliner Weisse with the help of Maya Tea from Tucson, Arizona.  The recipe for this German-style Berliner Weisse combines tea and lemon to result in “a tart and thirst-quenching wheat beer.”  At just 4% ABV, “this easy-to-drink summertime refresher will get you back into the swing of things both on and off the course.”

T-Time Berliner Weisse officially releases in March with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  Once launched, you will be able to find limited quantities of this Specialty Release at select craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of the Terrapin Beer Co. distribution network.  T-Time Berliner Weisse is sure to be a fantastic pairing with a day on the links or just warm weather activities in general, so keep an eye out for this one when it hits shelves and taps in the next few weeks.  Prost!

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

Release – Limited/Specialty Release, launching March 2017
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4%
IBUs – 5
Hops – Vanguard
Malts – Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Torrified Wheat & Acidulated Malt
Added Ingredients – Tea from Maya Tea and lemon
Suggested Food Pairings – Chevre & Havarti, or a turkey club sandwich with a side of chips
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

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Terrapin Beer Co. Gives New Life to The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA, Introduces Lucille

Walking Dead Blood Orange_Transparent.pngTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) and Skybound have joined forces once again to release not one but two official beers of the undead in 2017, The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA and Lucille Blackstrap Molasses Stout.

When you consider that the majority of The Walking Dead comic book is based in Georgia, much of the TV show is filmed there, and several beers from Terrapin Beer Co. have turned up in multiple episodes since Season 2, it was just a matter of time before the brewery and Skybound partnered to create a Walking Dead-themed craft beer.

Originally released in 22 oz. bottles in 2015 as their first collaboration, The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA returns this year with an updated recipe and new packaging in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.  The exact details for the “recipe adjustment” are not known, but the brewers promise that they will be “packing more Blood Orange into the beer” this time around.  The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA will officially release in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans in mid-February.

Terrapin Beer Co. and Skybound have also announced that they will be expanding their lineup of Walking Dead beers in 2017 with the introduction of Lucille, a “big and menacing” Imperial Stout inspired by Negan’s weapon of choice.  Brewed with blackstrap molasses and vanilla, Lucille was then properly finished with time spent aging on hickory, maple and white ash – the three woods used to produce baseball bats.  A “super limited” number of 500ml bottles of Lucille Blackstrap Molasses Stout will be released in late February.

Fans of the show/comic book and craft beer can expect to find these offering available for a limited time at craft beer retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s ever-expanding distribution area.  A word of warning – Like the Walking Dead series, these beers are sure to be incredibly popular.  If you wish to enjoy these beers when the series returns on Sunday, February 12, be sure to secure your bottles as soon as you see them.  Prost!

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Tasting Notes: Partner Ships Rye Wit from Heavy Seas Beer & Terrapin Beer Co.

hsbtbcryewitlabelThis segment of Tasting Notes continues the collaboration theme by taking a look at the Partner Ships Rye Wit collaboration from Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) and Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia).

Not only is Rye Wit the current installment in The Partner Ships Series, a lineup of limited releases from Heavy Seas Beer “produced in collaboration with other regionally and nationally recognized brewers in the spirit of friendship, creativity, and adventure,” but it might also be one of the most stealthily clever beer names of the year. How so?  Well . . . Rye Wit sounds a little like “pirate”, an obvious part of the Heavy Seas schtick; it is a homophone for “wry wit”; and it has been said that pirates can indeed have a wry wit.  Savvy?

Alright, let’s move beyond the word play and get back on track with information on this beer.  For this release, Heavy Seas Beer collaborated with the brewers at Terrapin Beer Co. on a recipe that combines the proficiencies for which each brewery is known: the barrel-aging practices of Heavy Seas and Terrapin’s love/obsession with rye.   They ultimately decided to brew up a Witbier boasting the distinct characteristics of rye malts, and then aged it for sixteen weeks in Chardonnay barrels.  Once completed, the 6% ABV Partner Ships Rye Wit was packaged in 22 oz. bottles and released as a limited offering available within the distribution area of Heavy Seas.  This offering is nearing the end of its availability to make room for the next release within the Partner Ships series (click here to read up on that one), but you still stand a pretty good chance of coming across a bottle or two at your favorite craft beer retailer.  That should just about cover the particulars, so let’s put this sweet Witbier glass to some good use and get to the Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Partner Ships Rye Wit from Heavy Seas Beer and Terrapin Beer Co.

Appearance: Rye Wit flows into the glass to produce a body that is a sunburst orange in color.  When held to direct light, golds radiate near the top and bottom of the glass while the orange center deepens and intensifies.  The body has a good amount of haze and cloudiness to it, but a lazy carbonation presence can be seen meandering about in the form of bubbles that intermittently surface.  The pour generated 3+ fingers of fluffy, snow-white foam.  Head retention is quite good, eventually falling slowly to a lasting finger of a top cap.  This foam displays an other-worldly level of stick, leaving globs of pillow-like lace all over the glass.  Spot on, textbook example of what a Witbier should look like.

Aroma:  An alluring white wine character greets the nose to start.  A fruity sweetness presents itself in the form of Chardonnay grapes and melon, and the barrel lends a touch of creamy vanilla as well.  While savoring this quality, the spicy rye begins to gently bloom.  Wheat then lends an earthy grain note and a touch of banana that mingles easily with light, citrusy hop tones.  One word comes to mind here: Exquisite.

Taste: Rye is so unmistakable as an ingredient, so it is no surprise that it hits the taste buds first.  With that said, those spicy, black pepper tones are tempered as a gentle grain sweetness builds and the banana-like qualities of the wheat come forward.  Also, a touch of coriander arrives to complement the rye even further.  The hops then slide into the frame to provide balance with notes of orange, lemon and peach.  The Chardonnay barrels then embrace the entire experience by rounding and smoothing it all out with a snappy white grape character, a bit of tropical fruit, some earthiness, and the faintest of vanilla sweetness.  This may seem like a lot to take in – and it is -, but it all coalesces with an impeccable level of balance that allows you to fully enjoy and distinguish every aspect of this beer’s flavor.  Incredibly impressive.

Mouthfeel:  Rye Wit is medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.  This brew is crisp and dry, so much so that it further reminds the drinker of a tannin-like, white wine experience.  Aspects of sweetness, bitterness and spice are all allowed to play on the palate, but all of this cleans up and out with remarkable quickness.  At just 6% ABV, the alcohol presence is incredibly light to non-existent.  Delicate Chardonnay notes linger as the only trace of an aftertaste.

Final Thoughts: Like I mentioned above, we all know that Terrapin Beer Co. is a huge fan of using rye as an ingredient in their beers.  Knowing this and seeing that this beer’s name starts with “Rye”, I was initially a bit worried that Partner Ships Rye Wit might take the gracefully nuanced Witbier style to a level of spice overload that just translates as a brutish rye bomb.  The reality is that I was unfairly pessimistic because the intricate level of balance achieved by Heavy Seas and Terrapin in the creation of this beer is simply stunning.  Sure, that spicy rye is showcased, but it is done in such a way that it is reserved and knows its place.  Notes of citrusy hops, a sweet and earthy wheat presence, and sophisticated fruity and vanilla tones from the Chardonnay barrels interlace with the rye to create an elaborate experience that is completely devoid of any aggression or harshness.  Each corner of this beer is softly rounded, allowing every quality of Rye Wit to glide and dance freely across the palate.  This beer is ridiculously complex, but it has been presented in a manner that is approachable and familiar.  Oh, and if you have been looking for that perfect offering to introduce the white wine drinker in your life to world of craft beer, this is it right here.  Prost!