Terrapin to Release New Side Project Beer – think Gingerbread!

Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Side Project 24

Turtleneck Gingerbread Winter Warmer Encourages the Cozy

published from press release ~ December 18, 2014 – Athens, GA

As the air grows winter-crisp and the mercury continues to drop, Terrapin Beer Co. helps fans bundle up with Side Project 24: Turtleneck Gingerbread Winter Warmer. Turtleneck was the winner of Terrapin’s second annual Employee Homebrew Challenge.

The Employee Homebrew Challenge is the brainchild of Terrapin VP Sales/Marketing Dustin Watts. The Challenge splits all Terrapin employees into assigned teams containing members from each department. The mission is straightforward: formulate a beer recipe and brew a 5-gallon batch, choose a name, design a label concept, develop a marketing strategy, and present the brew as creatively as possible in a skit to all coworkers and a panel of judges at the company holiday party. There are no style guidelines or rules, though the project must fit the “Side Project” line of inventive, unique beers, must be feasibly brewed on a commercial level, and all aspects of the project (brew ingredients, marketing materials, etc.) must stay within the provided $75 budget.

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“I saw the Employee Homebrew Challenge as a great way to get our employees working together across departments on a fun project that has a real reward,” said Watts. “Employees get to see how other departments in the brewery contribute to each step required to get a beer on shelves from start to finish, so it’s also educational. Besides that, all these skits make our holiday party a ton of fun!”

The members of the winning team are Abigail Agati (sales), Erin Appel (marketing), Henry Friederich (packaging), Jennifer Gresenz (tour), Kelly Guglietta (tour), Lee Maine (tour), Morgan Maine (tour), Andy Rattner (sales), David Stock (packaging), and Brandon Stull (brewer).

 

From the label:
Terrapin’s 2014 homebrew contest winners have created “Turtleneck” spiced winter warmer. Initially brewed in the backwoods of Athens, Georgia, or someone’s kitchen, this gingerbread cookie inspired beer was artfully crafted by a crack team of Terrapin employees. Since no gingerbread men or women were harmed in the making of this beer, we hope you will enjoy with a clear conscience.

 

  • Malt: 2-Row Pale, Malted Wheat, Crystal 85, Honey Malt, DH Carafa II
  • Hops: Warrior, Nugget
  • Other: 
  • Gingerbread spices including Ground 
  • Cinnamon
  • Chicory
  • Ginger
  • Allspice
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg

ABV: 8.4%
IBU: 35
OG: 19.5

 

The third annual Employee Homebrew Challenge is currently underway. The winning beer will be chosen at Terrapin’s holiday party and released as Side Project 26 in late 2015. A new twist has been added for this year; all beers must feature peppercorn.

Turtleneck is packaged in 1/6 BBL kegs and 22 oz. bottles and will be available throughout Terrapin’s distribution network.

ABOUT TERRAPIN

 

Terrapin Beer Co. has a portfolio of six year-round beers, four Seasonal Sessions beers, the Monster Beer Tour collection of four high-gravity selections, and the Side Project series of one-time releases. Terrapin co-owners John Cochran, President, and Brian “Spike” Buckowski, Brewmaster, have developed a reputation for high-quality beers that push the boundaries of creative brewing.

 

Terrapin Beer Co. is open to the public for tours every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with live music and tastings. The brewery is located at 265 Newton Bridge Road in Athens, GA. The tours are an excellent opportunity to taste Terrapin’s full line of award winning beers at their freshest and to see the brewing process first hand. For more information visit the website or Facebook page.

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HI-WIRE EXPANDING; ADDING PRODUCTION FACILITY

It’s sort of old news in this “get-it-now” digital age but we still wanted to pass this information on to our followers. Hi-Wire makes some really great beers so be looking for them in South Carolina and in more spots in North Carolina s well in 2015.

ASHEVILLE, NC – December, 2014 – Hi-Wire Brewing is expanding by building a new production facility in Asheville, NC that will significantly increase its beer output. Since opening in June, 2013, Hi-Wire has been unable to keep up with demand for its beer, and has maxed out its original, Downtown Asheville facility. By building a new facility that will focus on dramatically increasing output of its year-round and seasonal beers, Hi-Wire will be able to expand its capacity from roughly 4,000 barrels per year to approximately 17,000 barrels per year with the ability to grow to 50,000 barrels per year.

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Owner Adam Charnack puts it succinctly, ““The reception to all of our beers to-date has been fantastic. With 300-400% growth in our first year and a half, having been awarded the Best New Brewery in NC for 2013 by Ratebeer, and having won the most medals at the 2014 NC Brewer’s Cup, we can’t wait to have the ability to make more beer and more styles of beer. So, thank you, Asheville, and thank you, North Carolina!”
The $3 million-plus investment will allow Hi-Wire to continue to brew more of its award-winning beer in Asheville while at the same time expanding its lineup, since it will refocus its original, Downtown Asheville brewery on adding more offerings to its lineup.
“One thing, in particular, that we’re really excited about with the new facility is the ability to make a lot more of our Hi-Wire LAGER. That beer takes eight full weeks to produce, which means it requires a lot of tanks to hold all that beer while it properly ages. With our new facility we’ll finally have the space to make much more Lager, while our downtown brewery will be refocused toward brewing interesting, unique additions to our lineup”, says owner Chris Frosaker.

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While details on the new facility are still being finalized, a few things are for certain: the new production brewery will be right in the middle of town and will feature both a tasting room and an entirely new tour program unique to Asheville. Hi-Wire is also planning a big release party slated for some time in mid-2015 to celebrate its opening. Several collaboration brews with breweries all across the Southeast are also in the works to celebrate the expansion.

About Hi-Wire
Located in Downtown Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing embraces its craft from top to bottom – from its hand-produced beers to its artwork, hand-drawn by a local artist. Awarded the most medals at the 2014 NC Brewer’s Cup and the Best New NC Brewery for 2013 by RateBeer, Hi-Wire’s light-hearted circus theme embodies the fun, authenticity, and creativity of this deep-rooted craft. Find Hi-Wire’s award-winning beers on draft at North Carolina bars and restaurants, as well as at its Downtown Asheville tasting room, and in 6-packs at retail outlets. Check hiwirebrewing.com for an up-to-date list of places to find Hi-Wire’s beer. Featuring four year-round beers – Hi-Wire Lager, Prime Time Pale, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch IPA – as well as a rotating selection of seasonal offerings, Hi-Wire Brewing invites you to “Walk on the Wire Side”.
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More news from Terrapin as they collaborate with New Belgium – Red Brick with Max Lagers

December 3, 2014 – Athens, GA

Black WIT Terrapin Beer Co. will welcome New Belgium Brewing brewmaster Peter Bouckaert into their facility for a collaborative brew on December 11, 2014. Black is the New Wit Imperial Black Rye Wit is a traditional Belgian wit brewed with Terrapin brewmaster Spike’s signature rye malt. The addition of black wheat and dehusked roasted barley in the mash gives the beer its unusually dark color.

“Peter and I have been wanting to do a collaboration for about three years now,” said Terrapin’s Brian “Spike” Buckowski. “We originally wanted to brew something with muscadine, but the timing didn’t line up right. We kicked around a couple of ideas like a Baltic porter that didn’t really have a dark color, but got its dark flavor from wood.  From that popped out the idea of doing an imperial black wit brewed with rye and aged on cedar.”

The first edition of Black is the New Wit was brewed on October 20 when Spike travelled to Ft. Collins, CO to brew with Bouckaert at New Belgium Brewing. Both versions of the beer will be virtually the same with the exception of the wood used for aging. New Belgium’s brew is being aged on cedar, whereas the Terrapin brew will be aged on sassafras.

  • Malts: 2-Row Pale, Torrified Wheat, Malted Wheat, Rye, Midnight Wheat, DH Carafa III
    Hops: Sorachi Ace, Lemondrop, Mandarina Bavaria
    Other: Coriander, Bitter Orange Peel
  • ABV: 8.2%

A Meet-the-Brewer event will be held at The Pine in Athens, GA on Wednesday, December 10, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm followed by a joint Terrapin/New Belgium tap takeover at Trappeze Pub.  All are welcome to attend.

Black is the New Wit will be packaged in 22 oz. bottles and 1/6 BBL kegs for release in February 2015, with availability throughout Terrapin’s distribution network.

RED BRICK BREWING

Red Brick releases seasonal beer Divine Bovine, a milk stout brewed with organic Chai spices in bottles and draft.  The brewery describes the beer as one that will “Appease your divine nature and drink in the mysteries of this milk stout brewed with organic chai spices. Dark chocolate notes combine with an exotic blend of ginger, cardamom, black pepper, coriander, and cinnamon, which is softened by the milky sweetness of lactose. Meant to be revered, this handcrafted stout may produce spontaneous moonlight mooing, awaken your chakras, or set you sailing on your own passage to India.”

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The brewery also will be releasing Laughing Skull in CANS early this month with more skus to follow soon.

 

Seasonal Double IPA Atomic Frog  was brewed in collaboration with Max Lagers  that boatshop notes of lime zest, mango, guava, and melon” that clocks in at 8% will be released in 22 oz. bombers by Red Brick. Brewed with Pilsner and carahell malts and then fermented with lager yeast, the beer first debuted back in August at Max Lagers brewpub and is now ready for a full market release.

About Red Brick
www.redbrickbrewing.com

Founded in 1993, Red Brick began their brewing odyssey at a small building in downtown Atlanta. They have established a 20-year tradition of producing fresh, interesting, and delicious brews for your drinking pleasure. They pride themselves on crafting a variety of year round and seasonal offerings, including their exclusive Brick Mason series.

About Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery
www.maxlagers.com

Located at the corner of Peachtree St. and West Peachtree St. in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery restaurant is the oldest brewpub in Georgia, dedicated for the past 16 years to serving customers at the epicenter of the central business and hotel district of the city. The circa 1913 building with its brick, beams, patio and deck houses and restaurant where comfort and quality merge to create a soulful dining experience.

Terrapin Beer Co.’s French Toasted W-n-B Puts Breakfast in a Bottle

ATHENS, Ga.,

French ToastedIt’s out and on allocation so if you want to get your hands on this one you better get it quick! From press release from Terrapin ~

Dec. 2, 2014-  Stout Season gets its cherry on top from Terrapin Beer Co. with the release of French Toasted W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout, the fifth brew in the company’s Reserve Series line.

French Toasted W-n-B brings the beer to the breakfast table by starting with the rich coffee aroma found in Monster favorite W-n-B, then layering in a luscious blend of maple, cinnamon, and vanilla notes. As in all previous iterations of W-n-B, Terrapin sourced the coffee used in French Toasted W-n-B from Athens coffee roaster Jittery Joe’s.

From the label:

Breakfast in a bottle returns this year with one of our favorite morning time treats. “French Toasted W-n-B” combines big maple syrup notes, fresh coffee, and hints of vanilla and cinnamon to stand out among ordinary Imperial Stouts. With this much decadence packing into one bottle, this beer will get you back to the table for another round. 

  • Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal 85, Flaked Barley, Flaked Oats, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley
     
  • Hops: Nugget
  • Other: Jittery Joe’s Coffee, Natural Flavors
  • ABV: 9.5%
  • IBU: 50
  • OG: 21.5

The Reserve Series beers are small-batch brews packaged in 22 oz. bottles, with each bottle hand-dipped in wax. Reserve Series beers will be available thoughout Terrapin’s distribution network in limited quantities. French Toasted W-n-B will be available starting this week in select markets. Remaining markets will release through December.

About Terrapin:

Terrapin Beer Co. has a portfolio of six year-round beers, four Seasonal Sessions beers, the Monster Beer Tour collection of four high-gravity selections, and the Side Project series of one-time releases. Terrapin co-owners John Cochran, President, and Brian “Spike” Buckowski, Brewmaster, have developed a reputation for high-quality beers that push the boundaries of creative brewing.

Terrapin Beer Co. is open to the public for tours every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with live music and tastings. The brewery is located at 265 Newton Bridge Road in Athens, GA. The tours are an excellent opportunity to taste Terrapin’s full line of award winning beers at their freshest and to see the brewing process first hand. For more information visit the website or Facebook page.

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Terrapin Beer Co. Increasing Canned Offerings in 2015

from press release

December 1, 2014 – Athens, GA

Terrapin Beer Co. is announcing a momentous change to their Seasonal Sessions line of beers in 2015. Beginning with the release of Mosaic Red Rye IPA in February, all four Seasonal Sessions beers will be packaged in 12 oz. cans rather than bottles.

The success of RecreationAle and HI-5, Terrapin’s first two canned beers, prompted the brewery to invest in an extensive canning line in 2014. Installation was completed in July and not only allowed Terrapin to increase production of RecreationAle and HI-5 but also opened up the possibility of moving some current favorites from bottles into cans.

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“We really see cans as a big part of the craft beer industry going forward,” said Terrapin VP of Sales and Marketing Dustin Watts. “We wanted to increase the number of can offerings in our portfolio and felt that our Seasonal Sessions line was a great place to start.”

The move from bottles to cans is advantageous in many ways. For the consumer, the change means Terrapin’s popular seasonal beers–MosaicMaggie’s Peach Farmhouse AlePumpkinfest, and Moo-Hoo–will be sold in 6-packs rather than 4-packs. Also, Terrapin’s seasonal beers are meant to be enjoyed in-the-moment. As cans are permitted in many outdoor venues where glass is prohibited, this means fans can enjoy a Terrapin Seasonal Session almost anywhere that moment strikes.

For Terrapin, the move to cans is driven by other factors. Compared to bottles, cans have a smaller environmental footprint. Cans are easily and more readily recycled by consumers and the cans themselves are infinitely recyclable. A can’s lifecycle can be as short as 60 days from used can to recycling facility to new can back on shelves. And not only are cans lighter in weight than glass, twice the number of cans fit into a truck (Ed. note: or fridge…), meaning both lowered shipping and handling costs along the supply chain and less carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Cans are also impervious to light and air; these are beer’s worst enemies and are responsible for “skunked” beer or cardboard-like off-flavors. Since light and air exist everywhere a beer will go, the move into cans will ensure Terrapin’s Seasonal Sessions brews retain the absolute best quality with every stop from the brewery to the consumer’s glass.

 

 

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ABOUT TERRAPIN

Terrapin Beer Co. has a portfolio of six year-round beers, four Seasonal Sessions beers, the Monster Beer Tour collection of four high-gravity selections, and the Side Project series of one-time releases. Terrapin co-owners John Cochran, President, and Brian “Spike” Buckowski, Brewmaster, have developed a reputation for high-quality beers that push the boundaries of creative brewing.

Terrapin Beer Co. is open to the public for tours every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with live music and tastings. The brewery is located at 265 Newton Bridge Road in Athens, GA. The tours are an excellent opportunity to taste Terrapin’s full line of award winning beers at their freshest and to see the brewing process first hand. For more information visit the website or Facebook page.

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