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Terrapin to release third brew in Reserve Series

Terrapin-Imperial-Pumpkin-Pie-PorterIt seems like every year pumpkin beers come out earlier and earlier. Last week Southern Tier became available in the Jacksonville area, but the brewery released the beer, at least to some areas, on June 30. Next week another brewery will begin shipping their pumpkin brew to distributors. The Athens, Ga. craft brewing powerhouse Terrapin will release Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter.

The beer joins White Chocolate Moo-Hoo and Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake as the third of the brewery’s Reserve Series small batch brews. This take on pumpkin beers is made with seven different grains including chocolate wheat and chocolate malt, two different hops – Golding and Columbus – spices like cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cloves and, of course, pumpkin.

Terrapin has long been known to push the brewing envelope with its creations from the fertile mind of head brewer Spike Buckowski. This newest creation brings the pumpkin beer to a new high by pushing the ABV out to 9.2%. The Imperial pumpkin beer joins Terrapin’s legacy seasonal Pumpkinfest, a lower alcohol beer that incorporates elements of both a German-style Oktoberfest beer and a traditional pumpkin brew.

If the sales garnered by the brewery on the first two releases in their reserve series are any indication of how Imperial Pumpkin Pie Stout will sell, plan on grabbing a bottle of this as soon as it hit the shelves. Both White Chocolate Moo-Hoo and Cinnamon Roll’d Wake-n-Bake sold out in record time.

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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Beer


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Terrapin Beer Company cited for alleged brewery tour violations

Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Beer Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you thought the laws in Florida regarding growler size were ridiculous  wait until you here about the laws in Georgia governing tap rooms.

In an article on the online addition of the Athens Banner-Herald, reporter Nick Coltrain breaks the news that Terrapin Beer Company has been, “cited four times recently by the Georgia Department of Revenue for allegedly violating regulations pertaining to brewery tours.”

To clarify for those who are unfamiliar with the regulations cited. In Georgia, breweries are not allowed to sell beer in their tap rooms. Instead, they may conduct “brewery tours” that must last at least two hours. Beer may be served as samples. But, these samples may not exceed 32 oz. Patrons must also be made aware that they do not have to purchase a glass to participate in the tour.

In short, the breweries are allowed to open their taprooms for two hours a day, give a tour of the brewery and serve samples during the “tour.” What most breweries do is to open their tap room for two hours a day, ask patrons to purchase a souvenir glass that includes drink tickets and enjoy their beer.

John Cochran, president and co-owner of Terrapin, has been active in the state legislature trying to repeal these archaic and patently ridiculous laws. Could that have anything to do with the targeting he seems to have received by the Georgia Department of Revenue? That is mere speculation, but it does seem rather fishy that breweries across the state conduct their tours in the exact same manner without visits from the revenuers.

Read the entire Banner-Herald article here:

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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Beer News


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Terrapin releases collaboration with Swiss BFM

Sitting around a table at Kickback’s in the King Street Beer District talking about beer is not an unusual occurrence for me. I can often be found prowling the establishments along that storied street from Lola’s to Bold City Brewing, looking for good beer and great conversation. But, last Friday, Oct. 26, it was the guests at the table and the reason for the gathering that made all the difference.

Surrounded by several beer bloggers, John Cochran and Brian “Spike” Buckowski, owners of Terrapin Beer Co., spoke about their newest release; Jérôme and Spike’s 2011 Barley Ryne. The brew, a collaboration with Swiss brewery BFM, is a hearty barleywine made with about 20% rye malt. The gathering was put together by Team Hopheads to introduce the new brew to the Jacksonville market.

John and Spike met as brewers at an Atlanta microbrewery and quickly began to piece together a plan for a new brewery in Athens, Ga. Terrapin had humble beginnings as a contract brewer, but in 2002 released the first beer of their own. That beer, Terrapin Rye Pale Ale went on to win a gold medal at that year’s Great American Beer Festival in Colo. Since then the brewery has won many medals at beer competitions world-wide. Along with the accolades, the brewery has grown from producing just 162 barrels of beer in 2002 to an expected 24,000 in 2012.

The inspiration of Jérôme and Spike’s came from a chance meeting of Jérôme Rebetez, brewer at Swiss brewery Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM). Jérôme was in Athens visiting and decided to tour the Terrapin brewery. He and Spike quickly became friends and started talking about doing a collaboration brew. A style and recipe was hammered out through email and the result was Jérôme and Spike’s 2011 Barley Ryne.

The brew is unique in that it was brewed at both breweries using the same ingredients except for one; the yeast.  Each brewery used their own strains and the brews came out very different. The U.S. version is a smooth, rich, and warm brew that was aged in American oak bourbon barrels for 11 months. It has enticing notes of dark fruits, oak, and alcohol on the nose that carry through to the flavor with hints of caramel and vanilla. The Swiss version tracks closer to a Flanders sour than a barleywine with aromas of red wine, brown sugar, and rum. The flavor reveals a complex brew that hints of caramel and toffee among tart cherries and grapes.

For those interested in the particulars of the brew, it was made with the following ingredients:

Malt: 2-Row, Rye, Munich, Carapils, CaraAroma, Caramunich III, Melanoidin

Hops: Bravo, Columbus, U.S. Golding, Amarillo

And, of course, each brewery’s yeast.

The finished product weighs in at 10.03% ABV.

Look for Jérôme and Spike’s 2011 Barley Ryne at your local beer seller now. But, hurry as it is in very limited supply.

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Beer, Beer News, Beer Styles


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