News from Georgia Brewers

Sweet Water Brewery expansion from Sweet Water

“Expansion Update It’s been a busy couple of months for our brewery operations folks as we continue to keep workin’ on our last phase of the expansion — the mighty brew house. We’ve had several danktastic deliveries arriving at 195 Ottley Drive lately.

So far, we’ve got three out of five of our new 1000-barrel fermentation tanks, all four bright tanks, our new mash mixer, lauter tun, kettle and wort receiver together and moved into the new brew house.

We’re continuing to trek along and get work done ’cause our gang is pretty pumped to play with all our shiny new toys. After we get all the pieces polished up, it’s looking like we’ll be ready to rock ‘n roll with a finalized brew house later this summer, if not early fall.

Charleston Pub Crawl

 Get ready to get down and get your pub crawl on with us at theCharleston Pub Crawl on Saturday, August 18 from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Downtown Charleston.

Tickets are $25 and include a Pub Crawl T-shirt, two complimentary SweetWater draft beers, $2 SweetWater draft beers at all Pub Crawl venues and lots more super sweet deals. Not to mention, you’ll be “Givin’ of Your Liver to Save the River,” as a portion of proceeds from this event benefit the Charleston Waterkeeper.

So give back and get buzzed as we crawl through Charleston! Click here to follow the fun on Facebook.”

From Terrapin in Athens Ga:

All-American Imperial Pilsner Returns in Time for Presidential Election Season… Vote to Bring Back Your Favorite Retired Terrapin Beer in 2013! 
Athens, GA – July 2012


In honor of this year’s Presidential election, Terrapin Beer Co. has brewed up a batch of the long-gone, but not forgotten, All-American Imperial Pilsner. The brewery decided to bring the All-American out of retirement and in the spirit of democracy, Terrapin is giving fans the opportunity to bring back one of their favorite beers too!

Starting this month, folks will be able to “vote” for one of the 25 beers from Terrapin’s past not currently being brewed. The beer with the most votes on Tuesday, November 6th at 7:00pm ET (when polls close in Georgia) will be brewed again in 2013! Eligible beers include past Side Projects, year round beers and seasonal offerings… sorry; collaborations or “two party” beers are not eligible. Votes can be placed on the brewery web site The competition promises to be tough with campaign plans already in the works!

The All-American Imperial Pilsner is the beer that has inspired all this democratic fervor at Terrapin. The AAIP began its career as one of the original members of the Monster Beer Tour. Originally released  in 2005 as a 7.5% Pilsner with 75 IBUs, it was brewed with all American malts, hops, yeast, and water. Rich, malty, and with an extreme hoppy profile, this was truly a Terrapin-style Pilsner.  The plan to bring the Pilsner back for the Presidential Election was born when the AAIP was retired. It softened the blow to the beer’s many fans to know that it was not gone forever… just on hiatus! It’s back now once again; representing classic German style but with an All-American flair! This time the ABV is even bigger at 8.6% with 80 IBU’s!

The latest version of the AAIP will hit the shelves in late July or early August. Voting for the next beer from the past to be brewed in 2013 is open now! Give your favorite beer a chance to shine again…    vote today!

AAIP Promotion Poster

Terrapin Side Project 17 Samurai Krunkles

Athens, GA – July 2012

The Krunkles saga continues at Terrapin Beer Co. thissummer with yet another brew dedicated to the intrepid traveler and brewer Krunkles! The legend moves forward with Samurai Krunkles, a brew as unique as the man it’s named after and which is set to be released this July as Volume 17 of the Terrapin Side Project Series.

This most recent episode of the Krunkles saga finds our friend traveling around the Pacific Rim. Storms at sea leave Krunkles shipwrecked on the coast of Japan. Taken in by the Samurai, Krunkles develops a love for the diversity of culture, the delicious cuisine, and the skills of the ancient warriors. He decides to extend his stay and eventually becomes known as Samurai Krunkles.



In Side Project 17, Samurai Krunkles takes on the Orient. This Asian-inspired IPA is brewed with fragrant jasmine rice, ginger and jasmine green tea for a bold and unique set of flavors built to balance out the hoppy kick present in all Krunkles brews. Yes, Krunkles is known for his love of hops and the Samurai Krunkles is no exception with five hops in the mix. This beer is our homage to the man and the beers we think he brewed while studying with these ancient masters. We call it his version of the tea ceremony.

Samrai Krunkles is the 17th Volume of the Terrapin Beer Co.’s celebrated Side Project Series of beers. The Side Project Series showcases Terrapin Brewmaster and Co-Founder Brian “Spike” Buckowski’s unique and creative spirit. These experimental beers are one-time brewing improvisations that move beyond traditional styles and celebrate the idiosyncratic nature of the craft beer movement.  The beers are available in 22 ounce bottles and on draft in restaurants, bars, and package stores across the Southeast.

Planned Release: July 15th

ABV: 7.1% IBU’s: 70 O.G.:6.5 Malt: 2-Row, Best Munich, Victory, Pale Crystal Hops: Columbus, Nugget, Falconers Flight, Zythos, Sorachi Ace Other: Green Tea, Jasmine Rice, Ginger, Dextrose

Terrapin’s Third Annual Hop Harvest Festival Scheduled for October 6th, 2012!

Athens, GA – June 2012

Terrapin Beer Co. of Athens, GA, has announced the date for their third annual Hop Harvest Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 6th, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.  This year’s celebration of Everything Hoppy will be even hoppier than last year with 16 casks and the release of the 2012 So Fresh & So Green, Green, brewed with an as-yet-undisclosed hop variety!


So Fresh & So Green, Green: Terrapin’s fresh hop (or “wet -hop”) limited-release beer will be the star of the show. This very special beer is brewed with freshly-harvested hop cones flown overnight from the Yakima Valley in Washington – we brew the day after those cones are picked off the vine! Brian “Spike” Buckowski, co-founder & brewmaster at the brewery, has yet to reveal which variety of hop will be used to brew this Terrapin tradition. Watch for the “hop reveal” on the Terrapin Facebook page and Twitter feed.


Spike will also be busy working on 16 casks of ale, each dry-hopped with a different variety of hops to be served at the festival in two separate cask tents. These casks will offer people a fun and educational tasting opportunity in identifying the distinguishing characteristics of different hop varietals. These unique casks will be tapped throughout the evening of the event.



Other plans for the festivities include:

  • Special guest speakers to educate us about the history and biology of these bittering beauties
  • The harvesting of Terrapin’s own hop garden
  • A wide selection of Terrapin’s hoppiest beers
  • Unique Hop Harvest 2012 Glass
  • Live Music
  • Local food vendors


In response to the record attendance of recent Terrapin events, pre-sold glass vouchers will be available for the 2012 Hop Harvest Festival again this year. Glass vouchers (redeemable the day of the event) will be for sale at the brewery’s gift shop,  located at 265 Newton Bridge Road, and online at www.terrapinbeer.comstarting August 18th. A limited number of glasses will also be available the day of the event but folks are advised to purchase ahead as the event will likely sell out.


Terrapin Beer Co. Brewery is located at 265 Newton Bridge Road in Athens, GA. If you can’t make it to the festival, tours of the brewery are offered every Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The tours are an excellent opportunity to taste Terrapin’s full line of award winning beers and see the brewing process firsthand.

Tragedy Brings Asheville Breweries Together at Highland

A benefit will be held on Thursday, May 24, 4-8pm, at Highland Brewing Company’s Tasting Room to honor and raise funds for the Ben Harris and Alysha Miller Baby Fund. On April 24th, 2012, Ben Harris passed away when a keg exploded at Redhook Brewing in Portsmouth, NH. Ben’s wife, Alysha Miller, is a former Asheville resident and cousin to Jamie DeJohn, Highland Brewing Company’s Assistant Tasting Room Manager. Ben and Alysha were newly married and Alysha is expecting a child in December.

At least 13 breweries and beer-related businesses will donate beer for purchase and beer gear for auction. Hank West & The Smokin’ Hots will play from 6-8pm.  There is no cover, but donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. This event, joining local breweries and showing care for all in the industry, is also the kickoff event for Asheville Beer Week.

“The plans for the night started out as a just a fun event, but Jamie’s idea to do fund-raiser was immediately accepted. Phone calls and emails went out within the hour. The response has been really wonderful. The whole Beer Week idea is to be inclusive, so we love that so many breweries and beer lovers can gather here in a combined effort to help this family,” said Highland employee, Leah Wong Ashburn.

The following companies are participating as of May 11, 2012 at 12pm: Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co., Bruisin’ Ales, Catawba Valley Brewing Co., Craggie Brewing Co., French Broad Brewing Co., Green Man Brewing Co., Heinzelmännchen Brewing Co., Highland Brewing Co., Lexington Ave. Brewery, Pisgah Brewing Co., Southern Appalachian Brewery, Redhook Brewing and Thirsty Monk.

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