Creature Comforts Crescendo, a brand new India Pale Ale, will debut soon at the brewery in Athens, Georgia.
Thanks to the addition of a new brewing vessel, Creature Comforts can squeeze in a little extra brewing. The brewery plans on spending that extra time creating special release canned offerings for the taproom.
Among the first – Creature Comforts Crescendo. This new IPA promises to be quite hoppy. 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel, kind of hoppy. Crescendo touts El Dorado, Galaxy, plus an experimental hop known as Grungeist. This new variety boasts peach, lemon, and passion fruit flavors. Creature chose this hop on smell alone.
Creature Comforts Crescendo signals the start of a series of taproom only releases, available as a “souvenir beer” on select tour days. Each release will change, as the brewery dreams up the next flourish of creativity.
Crescendo is already in the tanks at the time of this article. Expect a late-October release date.
Hops: El Dorado, Galaxy, Grungeist
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Taproom Only.
Debut: Late October, 2016
Image: Creature Comforts
Athens, Georgia based Terrapin Beer Co. is building a new pilot brewery at Suntrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves. The stadium opens in time for the 2017 season.
The build is separated into two parts: The Microbrewery, aka the ATL Brew Lab, and The Terrapin Taproom, which will feature Atlanta famous Fox Bros. BBQ. The Battery, a section adjacent to the stadium that will house both the ATL Brew Lab and the Terrapin Taproom, will be open year-round. Concessionaire Delaware North will be running the Terrapin Taproom.
The Brew Lab is a 5-Barrel system which will serve as a pilot system for the Athens, Georgia brewery as well. Terrapin co-founder “Spike” Buckowski mentioned at a media event yesterday that the brewery has never really had a pilot system, so this addition is especially new and exciting.
Construction on the taproom and ATL Brew Lab begins in November, with completion by the spring home opener in 2017.
Terrapin is already planning a few fun collaborations out of the ATL Brew Lab, including one they hope will be with a few notable ex-Braves players.
The base beer is an oatmeal imperial stout, brewed with a special coffee blend from Athen’s, Georgia roaster Jittery Joes. (The coffee blend is actually available for purchase as well.) The brewery has spiked the stout with Montmorency cherry juice.
When life gives us cherries, we make “Tart Cherry W-n-B.” Brewed with real Montmorency cherry juice from the USA, and freshly roasted “Wake and Bake” coffee from Jittery Joe’s, this version of our classic Coffee Oatmeal Stout takes on an impeccable fruit forward dimension.
Other editions of Wake-n-Bake include Cinnamon Roll’d, that has been released a few times in the past, as well as French Toast W-n-B. This year, the brewery will can the base Wake-n-Bake for the first time.
Terrapin Tart Cherry Wake-n-Bake will be a 22 ounce bottle and draft release in December, 2016.
In late July, Athens, Georgia based Terrapin Beer Company announced they were selling a majority stake of the company to Tenth & Blake, the craft division of MillerCoors. Beer Street Journal reported at the time that John Cochran, co-founder of Terrapin would be the only employee departing.
We knew his story wouldn’t end there.
Cochran has 21 years in the brewing industry, and as far as we’re concerned, his love for the American beer industry is unsurpassed. So meet his new endeavor – UpCountry Brewing.
Current Asheville based Altamont Brewing has been sold to Cochran. He will assume the space and assets in the West Asheville area and change the name and brand identity to UpCountry Brewing. He will also be refitting the adjacent restaurant space formerly known as Nona Mia. Once the redesign is complete, the space will serve “Appalachian Eats.”
Having known Cochran for years, we can attest to his love of the burgeoning beer scene in Asheville. The city is a dreamland of opportunity when compared to Terrapin’s home state of Georgia with its restrictive, and at times unbalanced, approach towards breweries. John has been very vocal and active in Georgia beer politics over the past few years, so it’s no wonder he chose a state with a more favorable approach to the growing beer industry.
UpCountry Brewing’s staff includes owner John Cochran, Brewer Jordan Veale, General Manager James Mayfield, Assistant GM Nicole Flynn and Executive Chef Matt Kovitch.
UpCountry Brewing will make beers that are sessionable, thirst-quenching and easy drinking. Our customers are active folks who want to come in after a ride and enjoy a beer that cools them down, but doesn’t womp them with high alcohol content.” – James Mayfield, General Manager
UpCountry Brewing is located at 1042 Haywood Road, Asheville, North Carolina.
Interview with John Cochran to follow. Developing…
Terrapin Luau Krunkles is being upgraded to year-round status in 2017.
“Krunkles” is a fictitious character (perhaps real, depending on who you ask at the brewery) that travels the world looking for new India pale ales. The series has seen releases like Krunkles Down Under (all Aussie & New Zealand hops), Samurai Krunkles, and Dr. Krunkles.
Terrapin Luau Krunkles is inspired by a Hawaiian drink called POG. The beverage is brewed with passionfruit, orange, and guava.
Krunkles is back with another world renowned IPA inspired by this time spent on the Hawaiian Islands. Jam packed with tropical flavors of passionfruit, orange and guava, this “Hawaiian IPA” is brewed to accompany you to your next luau.
Terrapin Luau Krunkles is a 12 ounce can and draft release.
Terrapin Beer Company (Athens, GA) is increasing their partnership with 10th & Blake, the craft division of MillerCoors. The company is acquiring a majority interest.
Around 2010, Terrapin was hitting their production ceiling with a strong need to expand. At that time, John Cochran, Terrapin co-founder, told Beer Street Journal his biggest problem was that he could only make just shy of 19,000 barrels a year. His orders were pushing 32,000.
At odds with their investors and in the middle of a shaky banking climate, Terrapin entered into a minority partnership with 10th and Blake. The 25% stake allowed for fermentor additions, plus a new 100-barrel Rolec brewhouse.
Today, the 10th and Blake partnership increases. Beer Street Journal has already spoken with the brewery to give you a clearer picture of what has happened.
The ONLY structural change is in upper management. Terrapin co-founder John Cochran will be departing after 14 years. Despite the urging of both companies for him to remain, Cochran is ready for a change. He’s been very operationally focused over the past few years, and has been very vocal about the constraints of antiquated Georgia laws. (It’s an embarrassment.)
Terrapin’s VP of Marketing Dustin Watts and co-founder “Spike” Buckowski tell us the partnership thus far has been very mutually beneficial. Plus, they want to enforce that it is the, “Same beer, made by the same people.”
Going forward, Terrapin will be widely increasing their barrel-aging program and plans on adding a sour program in the near future. Watts and Spike will be pushing the creative envelope further in the coming year. The brewery is already planning new market expansions.
The deal is expected to close in August.
Terrapin Beer Company was founded in 2002, producing 162 barrels of beer annually. This year, the brewery hopes to produce more than 64,000 barrels.
First off, let me tell you Terrapin’s co-founder and brewmaster “Spike” Bucowski loves brewing with rye. Examples – Terrapin Rye Pale, Terrapin Rye Cubed, even the Terrapin/Left Hand Terra-ryezd from 2009. Don’t be surprised that this new collaboration has rye in it.
Heavy Seas Partner Ships Rye Wit is actually a barrel-aged rye wit, aged in white wine barrels for sixteen weeks. The added wine nuance to this beer is fairly unique for the style.
With aromas of light fruit, spice, and citrus, balanced by a spicy malt backbone, the third installment in the Partner Ships series is sure to delight the senses.
Look for Heavy Seas Partner Ships Rye Wit to hit shelves in August in 22 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Debut: August, 2016
6% ABV, 20 IBUs