Terrapin Wake-n-Bake, aka W-n-B, is making a seasonal return to the Athens, Georgia based brewery’s seasonal lineup. This year it is available in cans for the first time.
2016 marks the 12th release of Terrapin Wake-n-Bake, an oatmeal stout brewed with a special blend of coffee from Athens local Jittery Joes Coffee.
Black as night, this coffee stout is thick, rich and full of real coffee flavor. Brewed with a special blend of beans from all over the world developed and roasted specifically for Terrapin by our friends at Jittery Joe’s Coffee right here in Athens, GA.
Two years ago, Terrapin invested in a canning line, and has been slowing transition a majority of the lineup from bottles cans.
Taste. There is so much coffee and chocolate in the 2016 release. The coffee blend is epic and available year-round. That coffee blend added to such a smooth and rich imperial stout, and you have a beer perfect for drinking alone, adding to food, or pairing with dessert.
Terrapin Wake-n-Bake is available in 12 ounce cans and draft across the brewery’s distribution network in November, 2016.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Can Debut: November, 2016
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Terrapin Smoke on the Porter is now the brewery’s Side Project #28.
The base beer is a Baltic porter brewed with beechwood smoked malt, that the brewery will be been aging on French oak until this fall release. In case you have a song rolling around your head, the beer is a nod to Deep Purple’s classic Smoke on the Water, released in 1972.
Like music to your ears, “Smoke on the Porter” is that song you just can’t seem to get out of your head. Brewed with beechwood smoked malt and aged on French Oak, this old world lager will keep you humming that familiar tune.
What to expect? Smoke might turn some people off. To get that out the way now, there is just a hint off the beechwood smoked malt. There is a good bit of chocolate. So…smokey chocolate with a hint of fresh oak in the finish. A candidate for rich desserts, vanilla ice creams, or cheesecakes. Hell, even hot wings. Get weird.
Terrapin Smoke on the Porter is headed to shelves in 12 ounce cans – a very limited release.
Pic: Beer Street Journal
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.